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How Do I Clean Kitchen Fire and Smoke Damage?

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

Fire When fire damage happens, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 no matter how big or small the problem.

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Cleaners to Restore Your Bronx Apartment

Fire damage in your kitchen can start in the blink of an eye. By the time you have used baking soda, salt, or a kitchen extinguisher to mitigate the damage, you have a tremendous cleanup job on your hands, which can feel overwhelming. However, there is a team that is always available to remove these damages from your home.

If fire and smoke damage in your Bronx apartment's kitchen requires professional cleanup, SERVPRO technicians have the tools and technologies you need to ensure that cleaning is thorough while remaining cost-effective. SERVPRO techs and franchise owners are both highly educated in fire damage as well as its mitigation to help residents in need.

What Appliances Are Most Likely to Cause Fire Damage in My Bronx Apartment?

While stoves pose the most risk, keep an eye out for these appliances as well:

  • Ovens. Toaster ovens, microwaves, and conventional ovens alike can quickly spark fires. Electrical appliances leave particularly hard-to-clean soils from melted cords and burnt electrical components.  
  • Dishwashers. This may be a surprising one, but dishwashers' combination of water with electrical components and heating can create a fire risk.
  • Refrigerators. These appliances are the most common non-cooking source of kitchen fires in the US. Worn or damaged relay switches and compressors are the most common ignition sources for refrigeration units. 

How Does SERVPRO Get Rid of Smoke Damage and Odors? 

SERVPRO fire damage restoration professionals focus on light, loose, and dry soils before moving on to challenging ones. This process minimizes the need to re-clean areas while limiting the use of high-alkaline cleaners and other heavy-duty products. While cleaning solutions for heavy soils are highly effective, they can damage finishes or discolor items in your kitchen if applied too generously to surfaces that do not need them. SERVPRO strives to save your possessions while minimizing repair and replacement costs.

Odor control is accomplished with such tools as:

  • Odor counteractant beads
  • Trays of scented granules placed near air intakes
  • Time-release gel pellets
  • Thermal foggers that dispense solvent-based deodorizers

SERVPRO of South Bronx 24/7 availability ensures that they can be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (347) 590-9902 when you need rapid-response mitigation.

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We are Cleaning Expert

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

CORONAVIRUS CLEANUP We are the cleaning Expert - COVID-19

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of South Bronx, 347-590-9902

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Plumbing Burst Cleanup in Bronx House

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Plumbing/Pipes We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Plumbing Mishaps Can Wreak Havoc In Your Bronx Home, SERVPRO Can Help

With many of the homes in the Bronx built in the 1910s and 1920s still standing in neighborhoods, these pieces of history can become great single-family houses for the right buyer. Insulation is often a concern in these structures, however. Inadequate insulation of areas like plumbing can lead to pipe bursts during the cold snaps common to the winter months.  

Once a pipe bursts, the ensuing water damage in Bronx residences can be a considerable challenge for a homeowner to clean up and restore on their own. Because networking of this plumbing gets installed in the structural cavities between the first and second floor, a breach in your pipe at this point could spread quickly throughout the floor below, and damage sub flooring and carpeting of upstairs rooms. Our SERVPRO professionals can help in many ways when burst pipes occur, from our fast restoration and mitigation response to our in-house team of licensed residential contractors for repairs and reconstruction.

With aging materials like ceiling tile and thin wallboard, a heavier flow of water against these materials can quickly oversaturate them and cause collapses or structural failures. The emergency services that our SERVPRO team offers include controlled demolition to access the damage to your plumbing and repair burst pipes and utilize evaporative drying techniques on joists and supports that can stay installed.

Collapsed ceiling systems require discarding debris and clearing residues and dirt from surfaces and flooring. Often after a water loss drying has completed, our technicians must continue restoration in the form of carpet cleaning and wood flooring recovery. With potent cleaners and cutting-edge equipment, we can make even the most substantial water loss incidents in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Your multi-level family home might have substantial history, but be mindful of when its construction indicates a lack of proper insulation or plumbing maintenance. Give our SERVPRO of South Bronx team a call to help whenever disasters strike. We can arrive quickly and have the tools and the technicians to recover the damage as soon as possible. You can reach us 24/7 at (347) 590-9902.

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Why We Are The Best Choice In The Bronx After A Water Loss

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our air movers drying out the area in this subfloor We used an air mover to dry out the floor to save it from being removed. Call us right away to prevent further damage in your home.

Why Trust SERVPRO When Your Bronx Property Requires Water Damage Restoration Services?

While it may be helpful to think that a mop and bucket is all you need when a water loss incident takes place in your home, there can be hidden moisture that is bound to wreak havoc. Water from any major spill can soak your carpet and padding, damage the subfloor, and also creep into your walls and under your cabinetry. If you have high moisture and warm conditions, this is the perfect storm for mold and mildew growth, which turns into a dangerous situation for your family and pets. 

SERVPRO is available for dependable Bronx water damage services to ensure your property gets back to normal faster than ever. Our team gets to work quickly to wet vacuum all of the surface water, making sure to look for any moisture-laden hotspots that need special attention. Because mold spores are everywhere, all sources of moisture must be thoroughly removed to inhibit growth. 

The SERVPRO Method

One of the many reasons to choose SERVPRO for water damage cleanup is that we understand how moisture moves from wet materials into drier spaces. Any moisture that stays in flooring materials or carpet padding often wicks into walls that are made from wallboard or drywall, both of which are highly absorbent. Dry materials can start taking on moisture when the interior of your structure is filled with humid air.

Avoiding Mold Growth

Our trained technicians always monitor temperatures and humidity levels inside your home, as well as the amount of moisture remaining. We strategically place high-powered air movers and dehumidifiers to foster efficient drying. All levels are continuously checked, and our equipment is moved accordingly to ensure that drying goes as smoothly and as quickly as possible. 

Air movers work to circulate dry air over and around any moist materials in the home. The industrial-strength dehumidifiers that we use help to remove excess moisture from the air as it circulates. Our specialized calculations allow us to formulate a plan for optimum drying conditions at all times throughout the water cleanup process. 

If you need help to avoid mold while addressing water damage in your home, SERVPRO of South Bronx is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give our offices a call at (347) 590-9902, and we can send out a team as quickly as possible.

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Commercial Water Removal In Your Bronx Office

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged office Call us today at (347) 590-9902. We can make the water loss seem “Like it never even happened.”

Necessary Steps for Commercial Water Removal in a Bronx Office Building

An office building can sustain water damage because of several reasons. Old pipes can crack or break. When pipes burst, water rushes out of them, and it can get to different areas of the building, causing damage to flooring, supplies, walls, ceilings, electrical equipment, and furniture.

Performing commercial water removal in your Bronx office building promptly is crucial. Besides the potential destruction to office items, water can destroy vital files and documents. It may also penetrate the cavities of building materials and structures and become trapped. The dampness can create ongoing moisture issues long after the water loss incident, including splitting, discoloration, and warping of structural elements and a musty scent in the office. Mold can also grow and affect the health of the people who work in the building.

At the first sign of water leakage in your commercial building, you need to call a reliable water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO. Our technicians can take efficient and quick measures to prevent large scale, costly repairs. We can deal with the loss by doing the following:

Inspection
Our technicians can find the source of the leak and help you stop or contain incoming water if it is still flowing. We can also locate the affected areas with thermal imaging cameras or moisture meters.

Water extraction
We can use pumps or wet/dry vacuums to extract as much water as possible.

Drying
We begin the drying process after removing all the water damage. Moisture affects materials in different ways. The two main variables in determining the extent of moisture destruction to materials are exposure time and permeance. We can set up air moving and dehumidification equipment in the building and monitor the drying process through each phase to ensure that the affected materials meet the predetermined drying goals.

Sanitization
Our SERVPRO technicians can clean and sanitize the affected areas using antimicrobial products. We can also remove and dispose of contaminated materials.

Rebuild
If the water ruined walls, flooring, or ceilings, we can repair them since we have a full-service reconstruction team.

If a water leak happens in your office building in The Bronx, Hunts Point, or Locust Point, SERVPRO of South Bronx can help you restore it. Call us today at (347) 590-9902. We can make the water loss seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Cleanup in a Bronx Kitchen Brings Mold Surprise

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold" Don't let mold take over your kitchen, Call the experts at SERVPRO today.

Your Bronx Kitchen Is The Last Place You Want To See Mold

Mold is not always a by-product of water damage, but frequently it is found in high moisture conditions. One of the rooms in the home most likely to have water loss is the kitchen. Due to the supply lines, and appliances that use water, such as the ice maker in a fridge or a dishwasher, the potential for water loss events remains.

Working on water cleanup in a Bronx kitchen from a supply line break under the kitchen sink, SERVPRO techs saw evidence of long-term leakage before the break and inspected further for a mold infestation.

Prepping for Cleanup and Mold Remediation

When techs determine that the presence of mold colonies may be present, they put up containment during mitigation to ensure cross-contamination does not occur from airborne mold spores. Covering doorways and vents inhibits the potential of this happening. With their mold remediation certification #01295, SERVPRO techs know the warning signs of mold and how to mitigate it safely.

Controlled Demolition as a Part of Restoration

Once the techs found evidence of mold growth on the sheetrock and within the wall cavity behind the sink, the cabinets needed removal to address the mold. As the cabinets themselves had no damage, they required only cleaning with antimicrobial cleaners. 

Drying Phase 

When the techs use their drying equipment, it takes care of two issues. Mold cannot exist in humidity levels below 50%, and it rids the interior wall cavity of elevated moisture levels. Once dry, the techs wipe down surfaces with antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealant to inhibit any return of the mold before repairs occur.

Repairs After Water Removal 

When mold invades sheetrock, it requires removal and disposal. When it is time for reconstruction, with their general contractor license #2077660-DCA, the techs can put up new sheetrock and reinstall the cabinets after mitigation efforts complete, returning the kitchen to its preloss condition and ready for the residents to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 is ready to assist local homeowners with water cleanup jobs of any scale. With their advanced equipment and techniques, they make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have The Best Drying Practices In The Bronx After A Water Loss

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

An armorer drying the hardwoods in this home after a water loss The air mover in this home dried out the area and saved the subfloor from demolition and removal. We are available 24/7 to prevent further damage.

Essential Equipment for Water Cleanup in the Bronx

The quantity of water flowing and hiding in recesses of your home in the Bronx after a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions can be substantial. If the water loss occurs while you are at work or away for a weekend, the quantity that needs removal can be thousands of gallons. Professional water damage technicians use a range of detection, extraction, and drying equipment, continually monitoring to remove water and return moisture levels to preloss levels.

Emergency Water Removal Equipment

As the crew chief completes the comprehensive assessment, our crew starts water cleanup in your Bronx triplex. To achieve efficient extraction and avoid encountering electrical hazards when the water is deeper than two inches, we use gas-powered submersible pumps, sending the water directly to a treated sewer line. Truck-mounted extractors also bypass the need for residential electricity, using onboard generators to remove substantial amounts of water with powerful suction, the fluids moved into and stored in tanks for lawful disposal if contamination is a concern.

Detection and Moisture Measurement Equipment

To plan for adequate water cleanup, designated crew members complete use water detectors to define the perimeters of the water incursion. SERVPRO’s goal is to return structural components to their normal moisture levels, so we go beyond detection to metering, using specialized tools to sample. These moisture meters provide data for both the water-soaked structure and comparison readings for similar materials in unaffected areas of our home.

Fine-Tuned and Speciality Extraction Equipment

Once SERVPRO management determines the affected space can safely reconnect power, our technicians might change to portable extractors. The benefits of these units include the ability to move further into your home, including reaching confined areas where water seeped behind building materials into cavities and recesses. If trapped water damage is impossible to reach even with a portable extractor, controlled demolition techniques that drill or cut through building materials permit access for systems that use negative air pressure (suction) directed through attachable mats and hoses to pull out the water.

Drying Goals and Equipment

Using the data obtained from moisture meters and detectors, SERVPRO sets drying goals for the affected areas. We set up perimeters of air movers and heaters to accelerate the evaporation of water from the soaked materials. Water vapor capture by refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers then proceeds. Continuous monitoring ensures we are making progress needed to complete water cleanup, “Like it never even happened.”

The operation of appropriately matched equipment accomplishes water cleanup rapidly after a plumbing or appliance emergency. SERVPRO of South Bronx delivers expert assessment, planning, and implementation of needed services as soon as practicable after you call (347) 590-9902.

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Our Experts Discuss Common Issues After A Fire In Your Bronx Home

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property “Like it never even happened.”

Extra Issues Commonly Found With Fire Damage in Bronx Properties

A bathroom received fire damage from too many electric devices plugged into an outlet, and it overheated. Many of the items and building materials in the bathroom required disposal due to charring, however, because the firefighters extinguished the blaze so quickly, there was little damage done to the rest of the home.

SERVPRO technicians put up containment to halt cross-contamination during cleanup of the fire damage in this Bronx bathroom. The vanity and cabinets received a great deal of heat damage and charring, and the techs removed them. The burned sheetrock and insulation also needed careful collection and disposal.

Addressing Water Damage and Mold Prevention
When firefighters use water to extinguish fires, water damage is often the result. The technicians use air movers to dry areas that show signs of excessive moisture and look for signs of mold. With their certification for mold remediation #01295, SERVPRO techs know the early warning signs of an infestation. They can inhibit it before it sets up in the bathroom before rebuilding begins with actions such as the application of an antimicrobial sealant.

Cleaning Smoke Damage
The techs test the smoke residues and wipe down the affected areas removing as much as possible. It is vital to use the correct agents, particularly in the case of wet smoke, and force it to release its grip on surfaces.

Prepping for Reconstruction
To restore the bathroom entirely, the building services division of SERVPRO, general contractor license #2077660-DCA, has the equipment and skills to install new cabinets, hook up plumbing, hang the vanity mirror and set up light fixtures. The restoration services also include painting the walls. Before any of that can happen, the room needs to be odor-free. While cleaning reduces the odors, stronger methods such as thermal fogging and hydroxyl generators that eliminate stubborn scents at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 has the equipment and training to turn around fire damage in local properties and restore the house to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Provides Full-Service Cleanup, Restoration, and Build Backs for Damaged Bronx Structures

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon images of houses affected by hurricanes, floods, and fires When Your Bronx Property Damage Is the Result of Natural or Accidental Mishaps or Catastrophe--SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Bronx Property Restoration from Mold, Fire, Water, and Storms!

We believe that there is never too much that we can do for our customers, and because we strive to offer every new and loyal client the most efficient and cost-effective service, we have more in-house offerings than you are likely to find elsewhere. Because so many disasters that strike homes and apartments in the Bronx are destructive, having an on-staff team of licensed (2077660-DCA) general contractors can ensure that we are doing the absolute most to keep costs low and get your property back to preloss condition promptly. In addition to our effective strategies for water, fire, mold, storm, flood, and biohazard threats, we also are endorsed as EPA Lead-Safe Contractors, Consumer Affairs Home Improvement Contractors, and mold abatement and subrogation.
 
Water
Water loss incidents can be stressful enough without the headache of trying to do all the work yourself. While many of our neighbors here in the Bronx are adamant about handling their problems themselves, it can often lead to worsening conditions when the water does not get entirely dried and the damage not fully diagnosed or corrected. By choosing our SERVPRO restoration services, you are giving your property the advantage of relative humidity meters and infrared cameras that can detect lingering moisture pockets to ensure the property gets sufficiently dry.
 
Considerable water losses require extraction before much else can happen. With this threat, sometimes leaving several inches or more of standing water in the lower levels of your Bronx residence, you can benefit from the vast array of fast extraction tools that we have in our inventory of recovery equipment. From light wands that address confined spaces and smaller volumes of water to our high-capacity extractor truck in the Green Fleet – we have the tools to handle the threat.
 
Drying your home or business is the utmost priority of our professionals beginning as soon as we arrive; the faster that we can get our air movers and desiccants working on your Bronx property, the less migration for water losses our professionals must face. Our prompt deployment of these machines can reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction for your home following water emergencies.
 
Fire
 After a fire occurs in the apartments or homes in the Bronx, you want to secure professional restoration to arrive as soon as the first responders and firefighters have left the scene. With our honest and dependable team of recovery specialists accredited in both Fire & Smoke Restoration (FRST) and Odor Control (OCT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have the right professionals ready 24/7 to help. We can work around the clock to get your residence back to its original condition.
 
Smoke and soot residues can be among the most challenging aspects to contend with when structure fires occur, and this outcome can damage both the contents of your Bronx residence and the building itself. With the acidic nature of soot residue and its likelihood of staining with prolonged exposure, you need a team of professionals that know how to address this threat. We have chemical sponges, potent cleaning agents, and content management strategies off-site to clean and restore damaged materials and belongings.
 
The restoration services that we provide after a fire can exceed what many other competitors can offer because we have a full team of licensed contractors to help. From the earliest stages with debris removal and structural assessment through controlled demolition and full-scale reconstruction, having a comprehensive approach in-house saves our Bronx customers time and money on the work their properties need.
 
Mold
One of the most underappreciated threats over the years is mold and microbial growth. Because of how out of control the situation has become in our area, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) started to issue violations for Bronx property owners. Once you receive one of these notices, you must have licensed, and certified professionals perform mold remediation in your house or property to get back in compliance. Our mold remediators (Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 01295) get licensed through the New York State Department of Labor.
 
It is not difficult for properties, especially those with darker underground levels, to experience the conditions necessary to facilitate mold growth. Higher humidity is a common element to the environment throughout the year, especially with our proximity to large bodies of water. If we can get to a budding situation before it spreads throughout a Bronx home or apartment complex, our SERVPRO team can often limit the potential disaster with the use of mold inhibiting antimicrobial sprays.
 
We understand how stressful the discovery of mold can be for Bronx home and business owners, so we work tirelessly to dry out the affected areas and install lasting solutions to reduce moisture penetration. These long-term solutions can help our customers avoid costly recurrences in the immediate future.
 
Storm
Because of our position, we have a prime location to face some of the worst storms to hit the northern region of the east coast. While many of our buildings have stood the test of time, standing even before the turn of the 20th century, structural damage is still a common occurrence that results from violent weather or severe storms. The faster that professionals can address these threats to Bronx properties, the less costly and damaging they become.
 
With an in-house team of contractors, our SERVPRO team has a unique position in both beginning vital mitigation efforts within the property as well as working to install temporary emergency construction solutions to exterior breaches. Our team can install roof tarping, board-up windows, and other openings, set up temporary fencing, and even remove trees from on or near your Bronx home.
 
With flooding in the Bronx being such a common incident with structural breaches and heavy rainfall or runoff, our team arrives with the full inventory of our extraction and drying equipment to begin protecting property and reducing the severity of its damage with our initial visit. No matter how severe flooding might be to your Bronx property, our technicians can make it “Like it never even happened.”
 
You might have several choices in professional restoration, but our SERVPRO of South Bronx team can get there quickly. We have local roots that help us care about your property as much as you do. Contact us anytime at (347) 590-9902.

Water Damage Bronx – Why Acting Quickly Is Important

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

A man sitting on a couch in standing water. For help with your Bronx water damage, call SERVPRO today! We want to be there for every inch of water.

Water damage to your Bronx home will need help, let us show you.

Most consumers understand that removing standing water as soon as possible is essential. Many do not understand that materials that absorb water quickly must be dried before moisture is allowed to cause secondary damage to other areas. What is secondary damage?

SERVPRO trains our employees to respond and take action fast so that water damage to homes in the Bronx do not experience what is known as secondary damage. Some materials were not exposed directly to water, and can absorb moisture in high humidity situations. Materials such as ceiling tiles may crumble, wallpaper glue can soften, and the wallpaper falls away from the wall. Mold and mildew can begin to grow as well.

Minimizing Secondary Damage

All surface water should be removed immediately, either by pumps, mops, or water extraction vacuums, depending on the situation. Water extractors can remove moisture from carpets and underpadding. However, these materials are still wet and contain a great deal of moisture. A combination of air movers and dehumidifiers must be installed to remove the remaining moisture and lower the humidity to normal levels within the home.

Delays of even a few days can damage wallpaper, ceiling tiles, and even hardwood floors. The finish on a hardwood floor acts as a barrier. However, once moisture penetrates between the boards to unfinished areas, the wood can absorb this moisture and begin to swell. Hardwood floors can crack or start to rise at the edges, commonly known as cupping. Once the wood has absorbed the moisture, it can be challenging to remove it.

Any delay in taking action to remove moisture can cause a great deal of secondary damage. Once mildew and mold infestations occur, the health of the occupants in the home can also be affected. SERVPRO can work with homeowners to help counter the possibility of secondary damage and minimize the amount of damage.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Locust Point, Mott Haven, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Saving Your Bronx Business From Mold

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Partner with SERVPRO of South Bronx when mold damage puts your business at risk.

Saving Business Reputations One Mold Remediation at a Time in the Bronx

Most people recoil immediately when confronted with mold, which is the last reaction you want from visitors to your Bronx business. Inspectors are always on the lookout for microbial infestations. Other reasons for acting swiftly when mold growth is evident are the well-being of your customers and employees and the soundness of the building materials in your shop, offices, or dining establishment. Our certified crews act fast when you need mold remediation in any area of the borough (License #01295).

Mold Exposes Structures and Individuals to Risks
The sight or smell of commercial mold damage in the Bronx can damage the reputation of your business. A mold violation from health officials or building inspectors can close you down temporarily, concerning your customers and encouraging them to look elsewhere for goods, services, or their next meal. Studies show that even a brief closure can undermine your brand. Our ability to isolate the mold outbreak during remediation often permits you to remain open to meet your base’s needs.

Containment Is the Key
SERVPRO mold remediators scope out the mold-affected space. We must make sure that the necessary equipment and workers fit inside the remediation containment area planned. All openings between the remediation workspace, including windows, doorways, elevator openings, corridor entrances, ventilation openings, drains, ducts, grilles, grates, diffusers, skylights, and more require an airtight seal using 6-mil polyethylene, taped or stapled tightly. Any cracks or holes in cabinets, shelving, and other structures and fixtures must be secured completely. Negative pressure air scrubbing machines ensure the seal and vent airborne contaminants to the outside.

Training Takes Over
Our remediation crews are highly-qualified, ready to begin removing mold from both solid and porous surfaces immediately after containment completes. Mechanical removal is most efficient, scraping, and brushing off the organisms before double-bagging for appropriate disposal. Porous materials like insulation usually need removal and disposal as the mold infiltrates them extensively. SERVPRO crews can deliver excellent results for semi-porous surfaces like wood with soda and dry ice blasting. The HEPA filters on the air scrubbers and vacuums remove excess spores and debris from the air and surfaces left as residues after removal methods.

Partner with SERVPRO of South Bronx when mold damage puts your business at risk. Call (347) 590-9902 for a skilled team of licensed remediators to evaluate your commercial space and plan for swift abatement.

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Our Certified Experts Respond Quickly To Resolve Mold Damage Issues In The Bronx

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Two bottles of 126 Concrobium Mold Stain Remover We have access to this unique solution that quickly and easily removes the toughest mold stains on a range of surfaces.

Skilled Handling of Commercial Mold Damage Helps Save Bronx Apartment

Mold can develop any time there is excess moisture in a building that goes unchecked for some time. Simple oversights such as turning off the heat when the property is unoccupied can worsen the situation. For an apartment unit in the Bronx, a leak in a water heater that went unnoticed for over a week led to widespread mold development, necessitating the input of commercial mold damage professionals. We are a licensed mold remediation contractor, License #: 01295.

Unlike other commercial mold damage incidents in the Bronx, which are localized in a particular section within a unit, the combined factors of abundant moisture in the air, and extended exposure spanning a couple of days spread the mold growth almost over the entire property. Our SERVPRO technicians noticed mold on the wall surfaces and behind the wall. The porous nature of drywall meant that even a thorough cleaning and application of antimicrobial agents could not guarantee the elimination of mold colonies from the drywall. As a licensed general contractor, license number #: 2077660-DCA, we had no problem tearing down the affected areas to remove mold.

Apart from the walls, other sections of the property, such as the floors, were also affected. Pulling up the carpet revealed the leaking water soaked everything, including the pad. Our SERVPRO team opted to remove the different assemblies in the house, including the carpet, pad, and cabinets for better access to the black mold. It also created access for dehumidifiers and other equipment to dry the main structural parts.

Mold colonies leave various residues on the surfaces they affect. Cleaning such residues and killing spores is one way to stop immediate recurrence. Our team used a HEPA vacuum to remove debris from the walls, ceiling, and floors. We then applied an antimicrobial sealer to all surfaces, including structural supports such as studs, to help destroy all microbes that developed from exposure of organic materials to moisture because of mold damage. After that, we could reinstall panels and refinish the apartment unit, eliminating signs of mold infestation, "Like it never even happened."

Mold can turn into a nagging issue if left unaddressed. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Our Experts Discuss How To Prevent Flooding Issues In Your Bronx Home

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by a storm When faced with a flood damage disaster, SERVPRO of South Bronx can handle the problem.

Prompt Flood Damage Restoration in your Bronx Home Can Prevent Many Issues

Flooding may occur quickly in the Bronx after a torrential downpour. Apart from making it more difficult for commuters to get to their destination, flooding can also affect homes. As soon as flood damage occurs in your residence, it is essential to look for professional help. Restoration professionals can help prevent further damage in your home.

Flood damage in your Bronx residence can cause health issues. Humidity and dampness promote the growth of mold. Floodwater can bring in sewage and other contaminants into your home.  Although the pollutants may be diluted, you need to take some precautions. Some of the things you can do after your house has flooded include:

    •    Inform your insurance company about the loss and make a list of ruined items.
    •    Remove fittings and soft furnishings that are ruined beyond repair.
    •    Place contaminated food in plastic refuse sacks and seal them. Put them into a dumpster or wait to put them out when the next refuse collection is due.
    •    Wash taps before using them.
    •    Look out for structural damage to your home. If there is danger or damage, seek advice from a builder and your insurance firm.
    •    Remove silt and dirty water from your home using a pump.

When a house floods, the structures and contents can get affected. Removing the water and drying your home quickly can help prevent issues like:

    •    Wallboard disintegration
    •    Twisting of support columns
    •    Warping or rotting of wood
    •    Collapsing of stairs
    •    Bulging of the ceiling
    •    Peeling off of wall paint
    •    Lifting of floor tiles

Floodwater in a home can also cause the electrical system to malfunction leading to short-circuiting, causing fires. Our certified SERVPRO technicians can help in removing the floodwater.  We have different types of water extractors that can remove the water. Our crew can also use pressure washers to remove mud or muck of the exterior parts of your home. Sometimes, the force of high-pressure water cannot break the bond of the dirt to the surface. In such a case, our crew can add detergents or other cleaning agents to the water in the pressure washer to improve the cleaning power of this equipment.

It is also necessary to clean and sanitize the hard surfaces in your home thoroughly. Our SERVPRO crew can clean and disinfect the affected items and dispose of the ones that cannot be salvaged. Identifying and removing excess moisture is also vital. Our team can use moisture meters and infrared cameras to identify all the areas with moisture. We can remove it using air movers and dehumidifiers. Our team can also repair structural damage that the flooding may have caused.

When faced with a flood damage disaster, SERVPRO of South Bronx can handle the problem. Contact us 24/7 at (347) 590-9902 for fast and effective restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why Calling a Certified Mold Damage Remediation Company in the Bronx is Key to Success

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold Damage Pushes Panic Buttons in the Bronx -- Why SERVPRO Stays Up to Date on Remediation Strategies

Perhaps no other household mishap worries residents of the Bronx more than mold growth. Dealing with the rapidly multiplying organisms can feel overwhelming, and fears, deserved or not, of health concerns are why we pledge to be available to homeowners with mold questions as soon as practical. We adhere to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols when remediating mold infestations, following research-based strategies that remove the current mold growth and limit a rebound effect.

Moisture Management is the Key to Mold Abatement

Mold damage in the Bronx as everywhere requires a water source to feed the fungi. Mold spores are everywhere, settled on surfaces, nestled into cracks, seams, and crevices, and floating in the air. Only when a spore absorbs water does the life cycle begin, within 24 to 48 hours after a spill or leak goes unaddressed. The spore-mold growth connection is why we seek out an unresolved water loss or even high humidity levels in your home before removing the colonies. If we do not help you resolve the water issue, mold growth recurs.

Containment Protects Occupants and Prevents Drift

Spores are tiny, actually invisible to the naked eye. Large quantities of spores are produced as colonies grow, and they expose susceptible individuals to irritation and allergic reactions. They also are the genesis of new colonies if they move on air currents and find additional moisture. Limiting both of these undesirable outcomes is why SERVPRO creates containment partitions before proceeding to the removal of moldy materials. Heavy plastic taped to doorways prevents drift, and the use of negative pressure air scrubbers seals the edges for the duration of the remediation. HEPA filters capture airborne spores and debris, and contaminated air vents outside. Our technicians don personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to minimize tracking mold debris through your home.

Mechanical Removal Techniques

Mere broadcast spraying of disinfectants is inadequate as a complete mold remediation method. Brushing and scraping mold colonies off solid surfaces is the preferred and best practice. Porous materials are sometimes irreparably damaged and must be discarded as hazardous waste. Innovations in mold remediation are a reason why SERVPRO sends our technicians to continuing certification. We offer licensed technicians as indicated by these: General Contractor License #: 2077660-DCA and Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 01295. We have succeeded in saving some porous materials through the use of gentle abrasive techniques like soda blasting, removing surface growth, and incapacitating the hyphae or roots of the organisms.

Training, experience, and the right equipment are why SERVPRO of South Bronx consistently remediates mold damage. At the first hint of mold growth, call (347) 590-9902 for assistance.

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We Have The Skills And Experience Necessary In The South Bronx After A Fire

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Deodorization Basics after Fire Damage in the Bronx

Working with residential customers in the Bronx to eliminate malodors after a fire is a process. No one solution helps in every case because the conditions during and after your fire are unique. Also, we know each person living in the spaces that suffered fire damage perceive odors differently. Responding to concerns about unpleasant smells lingering after we clean up the charring and soot residues is a fluid and dynamic procedure. Our team relies on a combination of deep cleaning and the use of innovative equipment and products to achieve success.

Odor Detection Is Not Objective

Odors resulting from fire damage in your Bronx brownstone or coop are impossible to discern using testing or sampling tools. Our technicians use a range of detection tools to measure moisture content, discover hidden water, and monitor for fungal growth. Similar supports are unavailable when attempting to locate, quantify, and qualify bad smells. 

Odor Elimination Follows a Basic Deodorization Protocol

Despite the quirky nature of odors and individual perception, SERVPRO has deodorization success when we follow four basic odor-banishing procedures. The quartet of odor banishers includes:

  • Removal of the odor source and debris
  • Deep cleaning of odor-producing residues
  • Recreation of odor-causing conditions
  • Sealing surfaces persistently emitting odors

Debris Removal and Deep Cleaning 

The first attempts at odor elimination trace the same trajectory SERVPRO uses for the fundamental fire damage cleanup process inside your home. Our technicians clear away the burned debris and use research-based cleaning methodologies to dissolve and lift away fire residues. We often add air scrubbing technology during the deep cleaning phase to capture any airborne soot, another efficient way to rid the space of the fire stench. 

Innovations to Recreate and Target the Odor-Bearing Particles

If the mechanical methods of cleanup and disposal are inadequate to deodorize the space thoroughly, SERVPRO technicians turn to a range of technological advances. Thermal fogging employs a heated chamber to combust deodorizing components that then “pair” with and neutralize the odor-bearing particles during application. Ozone generators emit unstable oxygen molecules, featuring a third oxygen atom that combines with the odiferous soot bits, destroying the odor through this oxidation process. Hydroxyl generators emit molecules of HO•, deodorizing by breaking down the chemical bonds of the bad-smelling particles.

Sealing as a Strategy

Some porous materials hold tight to odors. Wood framing and trim are examples of structural components that are not easily deodorized and costly and impractical to replace. SERVPRO technicians apply sealing agents to contain the odor inside the structure. Another circumstance where sealing can eliminate persistent odors inside HVAC ductwork. Tight quarters and hard to reach recesses might benefit from a sealing spray application. 

Removing odors post-fire damage requires the skills and experience of trained SERVPRO of South Bronx technicians. Call us at (347) 590-9902 for a consultation about our methods and the technology we use to make the malodor “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Removes Smoke Odors From Bronx Apartments

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Deodorization Options for Smaller Properties in the Bronx 

Apartments are a typical residential property throughout the Bronx borough. As such, our restoration and recovery tactics needed to fit into this smaller area with the same level of efficiency. After a fire occurs, there can be many damaging effects that must get addressed. Yet, often, one of the most challenging lingering concerns is a smoke smell that can infiltrate the entire floor layout, even getting into wall cavities to affect your immediate neighbors. 

While we have several choices for effective deodorization after a fire in a Bronx apt, several of these options are most efficient in larger square footages. When it comes to the more concise available space in many apartments in the region, it has become customary for our SERVPRO team to choose more direct routes for neutralizing lingering odors in the unit, such as our thermal and UV foggers. 

Thermal foggers play a significant role in reducing harsh and noxious odors following fires in your apartment. Regardless of how the disaster started, there is often a clear origin point where the highest concentration of damage and circulating effects exists. This area is also where odors can be the strongest. 

Controlled demolition is a practical first step in notably reducing smoke and other odors after extinguishing a fire. Because partial combustion and charred materials play a vital role in amplifying the overwhelming scents, removing these damaged elements can limit how powerful lingering smoke effects can be. We have a division of qualified general contractors licensed (#2077660-DCA) through the state of New York. Their experience ensures that only overly damaged materials get removed to keep costs as low as possible for our customers. 

Eliminating smoke odors falls to the capable equipment we bring to fire loss recoveries like our thermal foggers. These units quickly heat deodorization agents to a vapor fog and disperse it through the immediate space around the device and the technician moving through the apartment. Because of its aerosolized delivery, it can better penetrate softer materials like clothing, upholstery, carpeting, and other damaged areas of your apartment. 

Deodorization is a standard need for every apartment after a fire loss. Let our SERVPRO of South Bronx team show you how we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today at (347) 590-9902. 

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Basement Flood Damage Cleanup in Locust Point

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO help with your Locust Point flood clean up.

While flood damage can be quite a problem in New York, residents can be shocked at the costs the come after flood-related disasters. Without adequate cleanup and mitigation, mold, structural damage, and foul odors can compromise the comfort and livability of structure. 

If you have flood damage in your Locust Point home, the crew at SERVPRO is only a phone call away from providing their services to you. No matter the extent of damage or the time of day, you can get service that restores your home to a preloss condition. SERVPRO also offers general contracting services (License #2077660-DCA) as well as mold remediation (License #01295) to aid you in the restoration process as needed.

Tips for Filing Your Flood Claim

Whether you are a seasoned veteran of New York flooding or new to the area, here are some helpful tips for filing a flood claim for your residence: 

  • Know your evacuation plan. Keep track of local evacuation routes and have an emergency contact ready if you need to vacate your area. Make sure you can get to higher ground if transportation is compromised.
  • Prep your home. Keep essential items on a second floor or other elevated areas to minimize risk, especially for basement items. Use sandbags to divert and dam water. 
  • Take inventory of losses. Keep track of damaged personal belongings with photos, detailed descriptions, serial numbers, and other identifying information. Keep receipts and other proofs of purchase. Specificity is critical for filing your claim.
  • Shut off utilities. Turn of gas, water, and electricity to maximize your home's safety a flood. Know where you can shut off these systems in a pinch.
  • File a claim ASAP. Call your insurer and file a claim as soon as possible. Most policies require reporting flood claims within a specific time frame after loss, so it is prudent to act fast.

How SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO offers cutting-edge, effective mitigation tools and techniques to combat flooding. Deodorizing equipment, for example, can eliminate odor-causing particles and clean the air in conjunction with EPA-registered disinfectants. Ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging is one method of deodorization that can utilize either water- or solvent-based deodorizers to remove foul odors from your home. This fog saturates surfaces vulnerable to odor in a similar manner to how moist air saturates surfaces.  

SERVPRO of South Bronx is a team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (347) 590-9902 today for swift, reliable cleanup.

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We Can Save Your Flood Damage Bronx Basement

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Restoring Natural Flooding in Bronx Basement Apartments

The flow of water after hard rains is the job of many sanitary workers, and when things work as they should, runoff and even rushing water can stay out of Bronx homes and apartments. Catch basins and storm drains work by directing the flow of water toward these receptacles to ultimately keep them off the roadways, sidewalks, and residences. Basement apartments are particularly susceptible when these designed diversion techniques and collection areas fail.

After a hard rain, residents throughout the borough might be closer to flood damage in Bronx basement apartments than they realize. Storm drains lining the edges of the roadways are only useful when they are entirely open, and in autumn, debris like falling leaves can clog in the grating of these openings, leaving them unable to take on the normal flow of water they originally got designed to address. The result is water pooling and running over the sidewalk – right down to the front of your apartment beneath the street level.

Depending on the longevity of the storm system and the severity of the water flow missing collection by the catch basin or storm sewer, a substantial volume of water can continually threaten your basement apartment. With the door being usually several feet below street level, water can pool in the cavity of the building and the sidewalk until it has an avenue to penetrate the building and flood the apartment. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to water loss emergencies to help.

Our experts strive to provide the most efficient and cost-effective flood recovery, especially in situations where residents contend with several inches – or even feet – of standing water. We have premier extraction tools to clear out the excess, including sump pumps, trash pumps, and our mounted truck extractors. The objective is to reach the point in which our SERVPRO team can begin our necessary drying efforts to protect your installed structural elements and other areas of the building as much as possible.

Addressing flooding in your basement apartment is more common than many property owners might think. Our SERVPRO of South Bronx storm response team stays ready and prepared to mobilize at a moment’s notice to help. Give us a call anytime at (347) 590-9902.

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We Discuss How To identify Mold in Your Bronx Bistro

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Identifying the Signs of Mold in Your Bronx Bistro

As common as mold might be to the businesses and residences throughout the Bronx, many property owners still do not know the appropriate ways of identifying this threat in its earliest stages. The faster that you can notice a problem developing in your bistro, the less that your customers get affected, and your business suffers. Mold growth can close your doors indefinitely until the appropriate environmental testing confirms that the threat is gone, and these protocols are even more strict in the food and beverage industry.

Figuring out whether or not you have mold damage in your Bronx bistro involves a careful inspection of the property. Higher humidity levels are all that is necessary to feed this growth, and that might be how many businesses get taken by surprise. Water damage and persistently moist areas might be prone to develop mold conditions, but these are not the only ways that these situations exist. Learning how to spot the signs of early mold development can be critical to ensure that remediation takes as little time as possible.

Odors
Your small restaurant has limited indoor space, meaning that anything that counteracts the delicious scent of the food getting prepared should get quickly discerned. Developing mold colonization emits a strong, musty odor. If you encounter this smell, even without seeing any physical signs of a colony, you should reach out to our skilled SERVPRO remediators.

Spotting
Much like it sounds, spotting can be a visual cue that mold growth has begun. On drywall surfaces, especially, you can see the early stages of mold development as an array of splotches and dots on the surface. These spots can also often indicate a much more considerable threat beyond this wall in a structural cavity for our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) to address.

If you have confronted any of these signs, or other indicators that you could be contending with harmful mold development, give our experienced SERVPRO of South Bronx team a call. We have a fast response to make mold losses. “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (347) 590-9902.

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We Help You Get Back In Business In The Bronx

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

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What to Expect During Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in the Bronx

As the proprietor of a Bronx business, you know you have the responsibility to arrange for abatement if mold growth occurs on your property. Understanding how mold remediation professionals approach, plan for, and implement a project helps you prepare your employees, protect your customers, and put a brake on any panic you may feel. Our team has the training, experience, and equipment to complete your mold remediation job with minimal disruption to your business.

Mold Inhibition Is About Moisture Control

When coping with mold damage affecting your Bronx business, learning about the life cycle of these organisms helps put everything into perspective. Mold spores are everywhere in our environment, inside and out. Airborne or settled on surfaces they cause no concern, so small they are invisible. They need two things to grow and multiply -- oxygen and water. When a moisture source is available for at least 24 to 48 hours, colonies can develop.

Zealous Cleaning Can Accelerate Mold Growth

Often the commercial cleaning products used in your business are mostly water. Preparations your cleaning staff might use to target evidence of mold damage such as staining can contribute to an ongoing mold issue. Diluted bleach solutions used to clean up mold rarely penetrate deeply enough to eliminate all hyphae, the filaments that comprise the “roots” and other structures of mold organisms. SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) learn strategies that either remove an active outbreak or interfere with the mold’s ability to continue growth and production of new spores.  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Protocol

SERVPRO mold remediation professionals follow a procedure developed by the EPA to manage mold infestations in schools and commercial buildings. The steps include:

  • Locating and determining the perimeters of the mold damage.
  • Containing the space to prevent the spread of the moldy materials with plastic sheeting and negative pressure air-scrubbing technology.
  • Mechanical removal by scraping, brushing, and use of gentle abrasives.
  • Double-bagging of mold and irretrievably contaminated porous materials.
  • Disposal of the bagged materials following local regulations.
  • Cleanup with HEPA-equipped vacuums.
  • Preventive measures such as application of EPA-registered antimicrobials and consideration of mold inhibiting coatings.
  • Finding and arranging for elimination of the moisture source that fuel the original mold outbreak.

Commercial mold removal is a specialty of SERVPRO of South Bronx, and our experts know how to abate mold with minimal disruption to your operations. Call us at (347) 590-9902 to schedule an inspection, evaluation, and planning session.

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How To Become Better At Fire Damage Remediation In The Bronx

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Caution and Special Equipment Needed During Fire Damage Residue Clean-Up in the South Bronx

One of the ways that South Bronx fire residues differ from ordinary soiling is impossible to understand without looking through a microscope. The visible portion of smoke and the staining seen from soot is made up of tiny bits of incompletely combusted building materials. These minute particles frequently smear and spread if a simple wipe away approach is used, although that technique is often successful with other kinds of dirt.

Soot Is Abrasive, Acidic, and Toxic

The residues left after fire damage in your South Bronx also contain rough, sharp-edged particles. Merely scrubbing them away results in scratching of smooth surfaces because of the fine, gritty materials. Many surfaces coated in soot residues experience tarnishing or corrosion, a chemical change linked to the highly acidic nature of soot. Soot also contains hazardous substances created during combustion, including known carcinogens. Cleanup without personal protective equipment (PPE) exposes workers to potential injury or illness.

Air Quality Suffers Because of Fire Residues

Much of the soot in smoke settles on surfaces, but a percentage remains airborne. While performing fire damage cleanup, additional soot particles are stirred up and join the bits floating. These particles contribute to long-lasting odors issues and impair healthy air quality. To address this challenge, SERVPRO recommends the use of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment in fire damage mitigation and remediation projects. The air scrubbing set up includes plastic barriers to isolate the work area, sealed by the suction action of the equipment. Contaminated air moves through HEPA filters, with significant capture of the small, abrasive particles. The filtered air vents to the outside to prevent further residue deposit.

Research Points Our Technicians to Effective Cleaning Protocols

The hot, high oxygen fire fueled by paper or dry wood leaves a loose, ashy residue. Dry brushing or sponging removes staining from ceilings and walls, and HEPA-filtered vacuums are well-suited to collect and contain that ashy for disposal. Rubber, plastic, and padding or fabrics release sticky, dark soot full of abrasives. SERVPRO uses cleaning products containing wetting agents and surfactants to lift the residues from the surface, suspending the debris to limit its abrasive effect as it is sponged or toweled off the structures.

Protein-Based Residues Require Special Handling

Kitchen fires produce a residue that is an evaporative substance rather than soot--similar to the coatings on frequently used pots and pans. Industry best practices employed by SERVPRO include the careful application of abrasives often accompanied by solvents to dislodge this highly adhesive coating.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training mastered by our SERVPRO of South Bronx employees help us match products, tools, and methods to clear away fire residues appropriately and efficiently. Call (347) 590-9902 to schedule an assessment and planning to resolve challenging fire damage issues.

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How to Minimize Injuries Resulting From Commercial Water loss in the Bronx

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Accident Rates Increase during Commercial Water Damage Events Inside Bronx Factories 

Any abnormal conditions can be considered unsafe in a factory setting. Workers in the Bronx expect to have a safe environment from the time they clock in until the time they leave for the day. Unforeseen incidents with plumbing or weather can create severe problems in any manufacturing setting.

When your facility in the Bronx shows signs of commercial water damage, your response should include how to protect employees immediately. Slipping on wet floors is one way employees might sustain an injury. At SERVPRO, safety is vital for both ourselves and our customers. We do not want your employees to work in an unsafe setting.

Water continues to hold the potential to cause accidents long after someone has cleaned it up when water-damaged areas remain. SERVPRO specialists understand the variety of ways damage can develop inside your factory. We not only perform diagnostic checks to locate still-damp areas, but we also discuss where the water located during the emergency. This information can help us provide more thorough mitigation and restoration services to you.

Other accidents that could cause injury to employees involve rumpled areas of carpeting, warped planks on stairways, rusted metal fasteners on railings on stairs. Our team members also have to watch for exposure to electrical components like wiring. For many of these, our building services department, under General Contractor License # 2077660-DCA, assists us in eliminating these problems. Restoring your factory's interior ensures that wiring and plumbing never stay out in the open, exposed, and capable of causing harm.

Just like our water damage mitigation professionals do, our building services professionals take the more effective methods and make them as cost-effective as possible. We want to reduce costs as much as we can while eliminating the damage that can spread or cause someone injury. Visual signs posted around the area we need to work in can also help prevent your employees from coming into hazard-filled areas.

SERVPRO of South Bronx works with other local businesses, including those in Hunts Point and Locust Point. Water damage increases the likelihood of accidents for both employees and customers, making restoration crucial for any affected factory. Our emergency services line, (347) 590-9902, is answered 24/7, 365 days a year.

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SERVPRO Deals in Science for Strategic Drying of Water Damaged Units in the Bronx

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Evaluating a Bronx Apartment for the Best Drying Practices

Water loss incidents present a specific timeline that Bronx homeowners and property owners must adhere to if they intend to preserve installed exposed materials. With how quickly water losses can spread throughout an apartment, for example, the severity of the loss can change the drying equipment needed to recover the items from the damage. Our SERVPRO professionals must employ drying sciences to determine the best approach.

Many factors can cause drying to occur at a much slower rate than it should, which can result in worsening water damage for Bronx apartments. Psychrometry, or the study of air properties, can help to identify some key figures that can dictate the potential success of specific drying strategies for apartments. With units sharing walls, the threat of structural moisture can become an effect that migrates to neighboring residences and can become a widespread concern for the entire floor of a building, or damage to a verticle tower with water seepage.
 
High humidity is one of the factors that play a role in the slowing of material drying. Low humidity, as you might expect, can enhance drying times. It is the job of our SERVPRO technicians on-site to identify the best containment procedures to regulate relative humidity (RH) levels within an affected area of the residence. Damaged portions of an apartment dry more efficiently and thoroughly when the tools get used in already lower-humidity conditions.
 
Temperature is another condition that can have an effect on the drying process within a damaged area of a local apartment. Within the drying zone established with the containment barriers installed, our technicians must establish a consistent temperature without running the risk of enhancing secondary effects like mold and microbial growth.
 
Our professionals get trained to establish a moisture baseline and to manipulate conditions in the drying zone to favor ideal conditions to remove moisture and saturation. An efficient process can save our customers time and money on recovery efforts.
 
No matter when disasters strike that can leave New Yorkers dealing with water loss in their apartment, you can count on our team to help. We have the right training to create the ideal conditions for rapid drying. Give our SERVPRO of South Bronx team a call today at (347) 590-9902.

Our Crew Is Ready To Respond Quickly To Your Flood Damage Emergency In The Bronx

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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What Happens To Home Contents With Flood Damage In Bronx Homes?

When flood damage happens in a residential property, one of the first questions homeowners have is how much are they going to lose? When SERVPRO technicians work on this type of water loss situation, they attempt to save as many possessions as possible; however, the nature of groundwater limits the number of items with restoration potential.

Bronx homes with flood damage need the water tested and expedited extraction. Groundwater picks up everything along with the way and brings it into the house and any part of the home it comes into contact with requires disinfection and possible disposal.

Common Issues with Home Contents During Flood Cleanup
The technicians set up barriers for containment around water loss areas to prevent cross-contamination of the property. It is normal during this type of mitigation for the establishment of a decompression area for the cleaning of both equipment and removal of personal protection equipment to restrain the spread of elements in the water. Water-based toxins or bacteria have the potential to spread to other areas of the property. Home contents such as carpet, pillows, upholstered furnishings, and other porous objects typically require disposal as they cannot return to sanitary levels for reuse.

Structural Issues After Damage from Floodwater
When SERVPRO technicians tackle a property affected by groundwater, often rebuilding is the best outcome. Controlled demolition techniques for removal of ruined sheetrock, subfloor, and actions such as the opening of wall cavities for removal of wet insulation and to allow airflow is necessary.

Disinfection Before Drying
Due to the extreme danger of groundwater contaminating other areas of the residence, disinfection measures are vital before the drying phase begins. The types of sanitization applications are dependent upon the kind of substances or bacteria found in the water in the home.

Proactive Mold Remediation
Mold spores exist both indoors and outdoors. When flood damage happens, the rapid rise in indoor humidity combined with ambient temperatures above 70-degrees Fahrenheit creates perfect conditions for the germination of spores and the accelerated establishment of colonies. As the technicians hold certifications in mold remediation, they know the signs to look for, and before rebuilding, the application of antimicrobial cleaners and sealers is standard.

SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster when you need fast action against flood damage. The emergency response crew is available 24/7 to help return your property to its preloss condition.

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We Act Quickly To Limit More Mold and Storm Damage To Your Bronx Home

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Short and Long-term Protection after Storm and Mold Damage in your Bronx Property

Storm and Mold Damage Bronx
The structural contents of your property are not built to withstand violent weather events. The sheer force of rushing floodwater, high winds and flying debris can uproot trees, flip vehicles, as well as blowing out doors and windows. Once gaps in your property appear, rain water can get in causing waterlogging as well as water-related damages. Chief among these is mold growth which can quickly infest wet, porous materials in your home. Using professional restorers after storm events can help to secure your property against both immediate and future harm.

Mitigation is crucial for homeowners with mold and storm damage in the Bronx. SERVPRO can mitigate the immediate losses by performing emergency board-ups and strapping tarps over cavities to prevent rainwater from entering. In the case of flash flooding, we can act quickly to reduce standing water levels- which can put significant pressure on walls and flooring- before then using water extractors to prevent waterlogging and prolonged exposure to moisture. In the immediate aftermath of a flood, these tasks can help to keep your claims expenses low and temporarily protect your home against further damages.

Microbial growth issues are generally considered secondary damages because they can crop up during or after the event. In as little as 72 hours after introducing water, mold spores can form fully-fledged colonies. SERVPRO can provide anti-microbial treatments as well as biocides to control this, but the single most effective way of preventing molds is by removing moisture from home using proper drying techniques. Without water, microbial fungi cannot reproduce or become an issue to the property owner.

Drying procedure carried out by SERVPRO involves bringing in dehumidifiers, centrifugal box fans as well as rapid air movers and filtration devices. By maintaining a balance of humidity, temperature, and air movement, we can encourage the evaporation process while ensuring that humidity levels do not create the conditions needed for uncontrolled microbial growth. In situations where water has migrated, we can bring in applied structural drying (ASD) technicians to dry those cavities and limit the likelihood of a mold issue after storm damages.

Protecting your home in the short and long term is essential to overcoming storm-related incidents. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 today.

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Why Bronx Owners Trust SERVPRO For All Remediation Services

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Bronx Water Heater Tank Flood Causes a Large Amount of Water Damage

Hot water tank heaters account for a portion of water damage in both residential and commercial properties, with a full 75% of them failing before they have been in service for twelve years. 

When a Bronx homeowner contacted us about water damage in their home, we arrived within an hour to begin to clean up. The water heater in an upstairs utility room burst and the area became saturated. Our moisture detection equipment showed water migrated through the flooring into the floor joists before dripping through the ceiling on the first floor. 

Why SERVPRO? Our technicians undergo extensive training through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a non-profit that sets the standard for best practices in the restoration services industry. Our team members become certified in several areas to assure the most favorable outcome in every situation. 

When water runs under floors and into walls and ceilings, it requires drainage. We have many different methods to open up affected areas such as:

  • Removal of trim and baseboards
  • Specialized attachments to collect fiberglass insulation for cleaning and reuse (if applicable) 
  • Drilling of weep holes for drainage and airflow
  • Flood cuts to remove damaged sheetrock and leave the undamaged portion intact

After drilling weep holes in the ceiling on the first floor and removing the baseboards upstairs, we worked on the extraction of the water and prepping the areas for drying. The Injecti-Dry is a specialized attachment to our air movers that pushes warm, dry air into specific areas such as the floor joists or within wall cavities to ensure complete drying. SERVPRO team members then cleaned and disinfected all water-loss affected surfaces.

Anytime there is water damage in a home; mold has the potential to set up home. Our certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) treat the water loss areas to inhibit the growth of mold and ensure it is not a problem afterward. 

SERVPRO of South Bronx is available 24-hours at (347) 590-9902. Our certified technicians have the equipment and training to turn back the clock on water damage in your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Our Water Damage Technicians Will Save Your Bronx Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Hidden Water Leak Buckles Your Bronx Hardwood Floors

Older homes often shift and settle over time. The floors are not flat, and doorways are no longer square. Sloping floors are a natural occurrence in many homes more than 30 or 40 years old. When a water pipe begins to leak, the water always flows to the lowest point before pooling and causing damage. This situation occurred for one client living in his sixty-year-old home. The owner recently completed minor renovations and added a dishwasher. Unfortunately, one of the connections was leaking, and water ran under the cupboards into another room, causing the floors to buckle.

The owner was distraught when he called SERVPRO about the water damage in their Bronx home. There was a concern about the flooring under the cupboards as well as the kitchen dining area. The floor was beginning to buckle from the high moisture levels. Our technicians advised the couple to turn off the water supply to the kitchen area immediately and to mop up as much water as possible. Also, turning the air conditioning on can help to lower the overall humidity in the home.

The basement area of the home is unfinished. Our technicians were able to gain access to the cavity under the cupboards were the dishwasher is located. Our Techs also located the exact source of the leak and were able to make arrangements for repairs. Once SERVPRO opened the cavity, water poured out, which, we caught with a bucket. Next, we opened the area further and were able to extract even more water without damaging the floor above or the cupboards.

The water had traveled through a false ceiling in the basement into the kitchen dining area. Our technicians opened this area as well and extracted the remaining water. Blowing air through this area with high-speed fans, using dehumidifiers and running the air conditioning reduced the humidity in the home sufficiently. The boards that had begun to buckle gradually returned to their original size without showing any further damage. The homeowner was pleased that this situation was brought under control, and the leak caused very little damage.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for 24/7 service. We serve Hunts Point, Locust Point, Mott Haven, and surrounding areas. We deal with unique situations professionally. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Getting Rid of Harmful and Odor Causing Particles after Fire Damage in your Bronx Home

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wants to always insure your safety as well as the fire damage cleanup in your Bronx property.

Don’t let your Bronx odor damage from a fire keep you and your loved ones at risk.

Combusting materials produce hundreds of carcinogens in the form of thick, black smoke. During a fire, rising temperatures cause air particles to move faster, the increase in air pressure and movement causes a billowing effect that can see smoke splatters on walls, cabinets or fittings. Inhaling carcinogens like monoxide can be fatal; however, once a fire is extinguished, lethal particles return to normal within the first hour or so. You should always get the fire department to carry out a thorough inspection of the property for safety reasons before entering. 

There are going to be visible signs of fire damage in your Bronx home as well as invisible ones. Particles in the air that are left behind by smoke or fire can remain for a long time, causing odor problems and hurting your indoor air quality. Since these particles are nearly impossible to measure, and invisible to the naked eye, you need to bring in professional fire restorers and odor control technicians (OCT) to restore your indoor environment to its preloss condition. 

Before our arrival, you may want to open windows to provide a natural airflow through the affected area, exchanging particles with cleaner outdoor air. Particles can be released into the indoor environment during the cleanup operation. This process is a normal part of the restoration procedure, but you may notice odors becoming more prominent as upholstery- which can absorb odor particles during the fire and release them afterward- is agitated or foam cleaning.  SERVPRO cleaning procedures are one of the most effective methods of removing odor or particles because they remediate the source of the issue.

Once the property has been thoroughly cleaned, then professional dried many odors are less prominent or gone altogether. To finish the job, SERVPRO can deploy box fans to help promote healthy circulation and bring in fresh out-door air. We can also deploy air filtration devices known as air-scrubbers. These industrial equipment are useful in closed spaces because they remove carcinogens and odor-causing particles through a series of filters. SERVPRO air-scrubbers are equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that can remove particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Restoring your indoor air quality is just as important as removing the visible signs of soot and smoke residues. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for a professional restoration solution.

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Our Flood Damage Technicians Will Save Your Bronx Home!

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Contact us at (347) 590-9902; we are available 24-hours to make the water loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

Does Flood Damage In A Bronx Property Mean Loss Of The Carpet?

When water damage from a storm happens, various factors affect the cleanability of the carpet in the home. We know carpet replacement is expensive and work to restore it whenever possible through the use of our advanced equipment and cleaning products.

Flood damage to your Bronx home breaks down into three categories of water.

Clean-rated as a category one biohazard. Requires no particular caution for bacteria and is not the result of storm damage entering the home as rainwater or snowmelt.

Gray-rated as a category two biohazard. May contain bacteria, microorganisms, and small amounts of chemicals In a storm damage situation, it is generally clean water that has not been cleaned up within 24 hours but less than 48 hours. Internal plumbing leaks from appliances that contain laundry products are considered gray water.

Black-rated is a Category 3 biohazardous liquid. This type of water from storm damage enters the home as groundwater or is clean water that has remained in the property for over 48 hours. The potential to contain bacteria, sewage, and mold is likely, and protective equipment is necessary during the cleanup.

Why SERVPRO? Our technicians have extensive training in the restoration trades to make a difference in saving both home and contents from the cost of replacement and loss. Additionally, our location has a general contractor license, which means we can offer a one-stop restoration and rebuilding services to clients so outsourcing the task to us reduces the stress of finding a company to do repairs and reconstructions after the completion of cleanup efforts.

If the water damage to the carpet is clean water, there is a good chance we can extract the water and dry it in place. This may involve “floating the carpet,” by lifting it from the edges to introduce warm, heated air. Gray water in a carpet usually means homeowners may not lose the floor covering, but the removal of the padding must happen for sanitary reasons. Black water is the most severe type of water loss to carpeting, and both carpet and padding require that SERVPRO technicians handle it as hazardous waste. These need to be replaced, though we always strive to restore what we can, the safety and security of our customers always come first.

SERVPRO of South Bronx understands that property owners made an investment in their structure and possessions and need help mitigating loss from flood damage. Contact us at (347) 590-9902; we are available 24-hours to make the water loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Flood Damage Technicians Discuss The Pros And Cons Of Sandbags In The Bronx

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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The Pros And Cons Of Sandbags For Flooding In The Bronx

Sandbags are a universal solution to help prevent the penetration of floodwater into Bronx homes and commercial structures, especially when area residents get prepared for the rising water conditions. With multiple solutions in the form of temporary flood barriers, the question becomes, which is the best choice for you and your property? Understanding both the advantages and disadvantages can help you to make a more informed decision well before the clock is ticking.

It is possible to entirely prevent flood damage to Bronx structures with the appropriate preventative approach, but choosing can be a challenge. Multiple factors can make options like sandbagging ideal for your property and what could also encourage you to seek alternatives. Our SERVPRO professionals can help any home contending with flood effects, but taking the right steps to reduce these damaging conditions can save you time and money on getting things back to normal.

The pros and cons of using sandbags to prevent water flow into your property are:

Pros
    •    A cheap solution for water diversion
    •    Often made available for free from home improvement locations or the municipal offices during a crisis
    •    Can get relocated as needed

Cons
    •    Labor-intensive approach
    •    Water can still penetrate any cracks or breaches
    •    Arduous to clean and dispose of after the emergency has subsided

In many cases, homeowners and property management divisions have sought alternatives to using sandbags, primarily to increase success rates when every minute counts. While there are many choices, and people have developed many valid approaches to limiting water flow during a flood, some of the popular choices that require less time to successfully erect are:

    •    Flood fence barriers
    •    Inflatable water dams
    •    Hydrabarriers

Finding the right solution to prevent flooding your home does not have to be a complicated procedure. Understanding sandbags and the alternatives ahead of time can help you to make the right decisions in real-time. Give our SERVPRO of South Bronx team a call to help you make all flood effects “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us 24/7 at (347) 590-9902.

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Why Deal With Mold Damage Alone In Your Bronx Home

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let mold overcome your Bronx apartment. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How Experienced Licensed Mold Remediation Helps Bronx Homes  

You might have heard about several companies and mold teams throughout the Bronx and other boroughs of the city that can remove mold they find in your home. As good as this might sound, the full removal of mold colonization might be possible, but there is little that can get done to clean up naturally occurring spores in the environment. Part of the reason that organisms can develop so quickly in moist conditions is the presence of microscopic spores in every environment. We do not offer the misleading service of mold removal. Instead, we offer mold remediation with certified recovery specialists.  

With our Mold Remediation Contractor license #01295, Bronx residents and commercial properties have an accredited and experienced team of remediators and restorers that can help properties through every phase of mold recovery. Advanced equipment like HEPA filtration systems for vacuums and air scrubbers, mold removal equipment like soda or dry-ice blasters, and EPA-approved biocides are in our arsenal. We arrive, scope the job, erect containment barriers when needed, and get to work. 

There are areas where you can help to make this process less costly and time-consuming before our SERVPRO team first arrives at your property. Before the Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians arrive, homeowners can:  

Work to keep the people and pets within their home from encountering the mold colonization as much as possible. While remediation efforts can often occur and allow you to remain in the house, direct colony exposure can lead to potential health effects.  

Do Not remove the contents from adjoining areas and rooms in case you think that mold has already begun to spread to these areas. You can expand the infestations.

Turn off ventilating systems can decrease mold spores from circulating once released from active colonies. Often mold can result from unused ventilation devices in bathrooms and kitchens, so employing these elements--after mold remediation-- can reduce the presence of moisture and dampness thus helping to prevent future problems.  

It is essential not to attempt to remove mold colonization on your own. As tempting as it might be to scrub it clean with bleach, some varieties of mold can produce volatile organic compounds when combined with chlorine plus the water content in the bleach provides additional moisture for growth. 

There are multiple steps to recovering any property suffering from mold and microbial growth. Our SERVPRO of South Bronx team knows how to successfully remediate and make these damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (347) 590-9902.  

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Our Fire Damage Experts Can Restore Your Bronx Brownstone

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (347) 590-9902 as soon as possible after the firefighters release your unit back to your control.

Pack-Out A Plus For Fire Damaged Bronx Brownstone

The chaos and mess after a fire in your Bronx residence are overwhelming. Many tasks need completion before you and your family feel at home again. Moving out furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions might seem daunting. With the help of our experienced pack-out and production facility technicians, the decision to transport items away temporarily can be both time and cost effective.

Fire damage in your Bronx apartment, condo, or townhome is challenging to manage. Water from the efforts to extinguish the blaze is everywhere, and smoke and soot damage makes it hard to distinguish what is worth restoring and what needs discarding. The structural components of your home need the undivided attention of our fire remediation experts. At the same time, the contents also need evaluation, cleaning, drying, and restoration.

SERVPRO uses the Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) when we pack up and move items to our production facility. Our crew will list, photograph, or barcode the articles transferred, creating documentation for you and your insurance company. Specially trained technicians at our headquarters assess the condition of the pack-out materials and match recovery techniques and products to the soiled items.

We have a broad range of cleaning and drying resources available for the inventory brought to our facility. SERVPRO uses industrial washing and drying equipment and dry cleaning to manage fabric and soft items. Soot-encrusted surfaces of household goods and decor such as blinds, dishes, knick-knacks, and cooking utensils receive immersion or ultrasonic treatments to dislodge debris and residues from even intricately detailed features. Photos, documents, and books undergo freeze-drying which arrests the damage with sub-zero temperatures under pressure, and then uses lyophilization, a process that skips the liquid state between ice and water vapor, to remove the moisture.

The SERVPRO crew working on the fire damage inside your home has fewer impediments during the cleanup of water and fire damage residues when the contents are gone. After your premises are ready, cleaned, dried, and disinfected, your possessions return to make the restored space a home again.

SERVPRO of South Bronx knows how to achieve and balance the restoration of both your dwelling and your personal property after a fire loss. Call us at (347) 590-9902 as soon as possible after the firefighters release your unit back to your control.

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Get Help Now with Correcting Mold Violations In New York City

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

General Contractor License #: 2077660-DCA Mold Remediation Contractor License #: 01295

Mold Violations are a serious matter in South Bronx

As a landlord in South Bronx who owns three or more rental units in one building, or anywhere else in New York City, you are most likely well aware that there is a 311 hotline that allows your tenants to report mold problems to New York Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). HPD can issue fines that can amount to thousands of dollars for one violation. Local laws permit tenants to withhold rents, or reduce their rent and make repairs themselves when the landlord does not correct mold in their apartment promptly. Tenants also often successfully sue landlords for the adverse health effects from mold in their rental unit. Many of these laws apply to mold in commercial rental spaces as well. In summary, there are a lot of good reasons to get a mold infestation cleaned up promptly in your rental property.

Getting a Fast Response on a Mold Remediation Can be Critical

Once a landlord has been notified by the tenant or a city official of a potential mold issue, the clock starts ticking. The landlord must take immediate steps to help prevent any adverse health effects for the tenants, and to reduce the likelihood of severe legal or financial ramifications. Calling on a properly licensed and competent mold remediation company like SERVPRO of South Bronx is the best solution. We are locally owned and operated, right here in The Bronx. We are open 24/7/365 and can respond and be on site within an hour or less of receiving notification from you.

Licensed, Certified, and Well Trained in Mold Remediation

We are trained, tested, and licensed as a Mold Remediation Contractor by the New York State Department of Labor. Our firm and our technicians are also certified by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification in Advanced Microbial Remediation (AMRT). We have combined experience of over 30 years in mold remediation and property damage restoration. We are also A rated by the Better Business Bureau in the New York City area. You will not find a better trained, more experienced, and more trustworthy mold remediation contractor to meet your needs for fast mold remediation.

Call Us Immediately After A Water Damage Incident Occurs In Your Bronx Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for any type of cleanup and restoration needed, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Speedy Water Removal Limits Loss At Home In The Bronx

When there's water damage in a home, you should always have the cleanup done quickly and professionally. If water migrates into areas of the property that do not receive proper remediation, the result can be mold, foul odors or structural weakening.

SERVPRO handled water removal from an overflowed bathtub of a Bronx resident. The homeowner ran a bath and lost track of time talking to a friend on the phone. Once she remembered, water had already pooled in the bathroom and hallway.

The homeowner used towels to dry as much water as she could but realized quickly this water cleanup job was bigger than some towels, and a mop could accomplish. Worse still, she noticed the wet carpeting outside the bathroom doorway and contacted our emergency response team.

Our technicians immediate scoped the room with our moisture detection equipment to trace the path of water migration. We found elevated moisture levels behind the baseboards, under the vanity and the carpeting in the doorway leading to the hallway showed signs of saturation.

The quick action from the homeowner prevented the bathwater from reaching the floor joists or subflooring as we found no indications of raised moisture levels. Our technicians removed the baseboards from both the wall and under the vanity, revealing a hollow area where water collected. We extracted the water using our portable pumps and to push out the maximum amount of moisture from the carpet and padding; we deployed our stand-on Rover unit that uses the weight of the technician to pull deeply seated areas of moisture.

Our SERVPRO technicians use the science behind air movers that forces embedded water vapor to rise to the surface when exposed to high-velocity air movement. As this happens, our dehumidifiers capture it and port it away. As this cycle continues, progressively drier air blows on the water damaged areas increasing drying speed. The bathroom and hallway carpeting dried completely and after we cleaned and disinfected the water loss areas, leaving the bathroom ready for use again.

The faster water removal happens, the more you can save from water loss. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for any type of cleanup and restoration needed, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Professional Mold Remediation in New York City Commercial Properties With a Mold Violation Works

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help and Remediate Mold Violations in New York City--Just Call Us!

Why SERVPRO of the South Bronx for Mold Remediation--General Contractor License #: 2077660-DCAMold Remediation Contractor License #: 01295

As a landlord or commercial property owner, it can be shocking to find out a tenant has filed a complaint regarding mold violation needs. It is vital to use the services of a professionally licensed remediator to address mold issues inside residences. Failure to do so adequately can lead to lawsuits filed against property owners in Housing Court or answering a complaint filed with the New York State (NYS) Department of Housing and Community Renewal, both of which are costly outcomes.

When SERVPRO of South Bronx handles mold violations for New York City properties, it starts with scoping the property to determine the cause of the colonies and identify the locations that require treatment. Mold is always a symptom of other issues such as poor ventilation, poor drainage, or undetected leaks.  

Why SERVPRO? We are a licensed Mold Remediator by the New York State Department of Labor- #01295. When a client requests assistance with answering a mold violation report with remediation, we arrive on site quickly and determine the violation classification level as A, B or C and work to ensure our efforts meet the standards for passing NYC mold inspections.

Once our technicians locate the affected areas in the property, we contain the infested areas to prevent the spread of spores to other parts of the building. We are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists (AMRT), and we do not solely rely on antimicrobial solutions for mold as the basis of treatment. The remediation process includes fast drying the structure, removal of unsalvageable mold-damaged items from the property and using equipment such as HEPA filtered air scrubbers to capture airborne spores. For established colonies found on building materials such as wooden beams, we use a variety of mechanical removal techniques, such as soda blasting. Our General Contractor License #2077660-DCA allows us to rebuild the structure, "Like it never even happened."

Upon completion of the remediation efforts for the building, we give the property owner an itemized list including photos of the treatment for mold and colonies throughout the property. We also give a list of necessary repairs to restore the building to its preloss condition and prevent mold issues from occurring again. In many cases, we can perform these tasks.

Answer mold violation notices with professional mold remediation from SERVPRO of South Bronx. Contact licensed technicians at (347) 590-9902, we are available 24/7, and we have the expertise and equipment to handle any size remediation needs.

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Call the Experts When Water Damages Your Bronx Business

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will keep that water over the bridge.

Don’t let water stop your work day, let SERVPRO help today.

Water is an incredibly destructive force, and if not contained in your Bronx offices, production areas, and retail space, severe consequences follow. Water loss can result from many events -- slow leaks in aging plumbing and radiators, overflows and spills, appliance malfunction, and extreme weather, to name a few. The harm is progressive, and water migrates on sometimes hidden pathways to other areas far from the source. Secondary damage such as mold growth is probable if the loss is unattended for more than 24 to 48 hours.

A fast and professional response is needed when your Bronx business suffers water damage. Even if you have a reliable cleaning service in-house or on contract, their skills and tools rarely are enough to mitigate and remediate water damage thoroughly. A cornerstone of our company’s mission is efficient and effective water loss restoration. Our team of Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)--trained technicians is ready to assist you within hours of your first call.

SERVPRO has specialized equipment that takes seemingly ruined business space from chaos to “Like it never even happened” condition rapidly. Our service vehicles are stocked with water removal and applied structural drying tools on every call. After our experienced crew chief assesses your property’s situation, our crew members are ready to begin the project without additional delay. Standing water of more than two inches in depth exits via pumps, and truck-mounted extractors vacuum up as much of the remainder as possible.

Carpeting and hardwood floors make a statement for your business, and SERVPRO uses industry best practices to restore both to function and appearance. Weighted wand extractors and negative pressure floor mat systems pull moisture out of several layers, and our technicians know how to accomplish this without harming the materials restored.

SERVPRO employees are experts at Applied Structural Drying (ASD), positioning air movers and heaters strategically to encourage water absorbed into porous building materials to vaporize. Once airborne, dehumidifiers capture the moisture using evaporative or desiccant technology for permanent removal from your business space. Throughout the project, our technicians measure and monitor moisture levels to ensure no pocket of water remain.

SERVPRO of South Bronx awaits your call for any of your water damage remediation needs. Contact us at (347) 590-9902 to arrange for professional water loss assessment and resolution.

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We Have The Specialized Equipment To Handle Water Damage Restoration In The Bronx

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

This building had a leakage that effected the walls. Our team stepped in and used the Stackable Cam Pro Air Mover 803 to dry out all wet walls.

Why it is Crucial for Businesses in The Bronx to Have Commercial Water Damage Professionally Mitigated

We know commercial water damage is a stressful event any time it occurs in a property. It is crucial to have the water loss mitigated professionally to ensure, along with cleanup and restoration, there are no secondary issues such as foul odors or mold growth, which have the potential to harm your business.

When SERVPRO answers a call to assist a retail business in The Bronx with commercial water damage, we gather information during the call to ascertain the type of water spill, whether it is clean water from a pipe break or biohazard-level cleanup with more severe water intrusions such as a sewage backup or groundwater.

Towels and mopping are never enough to clean up water adequately. Water migrates to places difficult to reach such as behind baseboards, under flooring and wicked into sheetrock. Our technicians spend extra time extracting water from the property using portable pumps and also using specialized equipment from weighted extractors for pushing water up and out of carpets to machines that the technicians stand on called "Rovers" that use the weight of the technician to force water to the surface. This attention to water removal speeds the restoration process along, which reduces the drying time and lessens closure time for the business.

SERVPRO techs hold certifications in a diverse array of restoration sciences, and we use specialized equipment and proprietary techniques for remediation which enable us to help business owners save more contents from being counted as a water loss, Our goal is always to restore rather than have a customer replace an item.

We know the longer a business stays closed for remediation, the more it is losing in the form of revenue. To save time, when pack out of contents is not necessary, we dry furnishings in place on raised blocks, so there is as little disruption as possible during mitigation.

After cleanup and drying, we wipe all surfaces to ensure they are sanitary for both employees and customers. Our location has certifications for mold remediation, and once we finish the cleanup and restoration, we take measures to ensure conditions are not favorable for mold growth or foul odors.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 at the first sign of commercial water damage. Our certified technicians handle all types of water loss for your business or organization and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Don’t Let A Water Heater Malfunction Cause Water Damage To Your Bronx Home

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water heaters are a critical component to comfortable living, but can also be a catalyst of substantial water loss incidents for your property.

Water Heater Malfunction In Your Bronx Home Can Cause Damages

Water heaters are a vital component to comfortable living in every home throughout the Bronx. With the role that they play in setting specific water temperatures, damage to this unit could be devastating to your house in multiple ways. With many of these appliances capable of housing forty to sixty gallons of water at any given time, a breach in the tank can flood the immediate area of your property and require immediate, focused attention to resolve.

Ultimately there are many ways that this larger loss incident must get handled, and effective mitigation efforts must start with water removal in your Bronx home. Our SERVPRO professionals have state-of-the-art extraction tools and equipment capable of removing standing water at a rate of up to 300 psi. Understanding how your water heater can break and continue to cause problems for your home is also an important selling point for your need for professionally trained restoration specialists.

These appliances are water fed, often with an independent supply hose and a discharge line that connects directly into the plumbing network for the entire property. Age, degradation, and damage to the unit can all lead to leaks that can drain the tank. Even with preventative valves and flow stoppage, you can still lose the entirety of the stored volume before the situation levels off, and flow ceases.

When there is no immediate shutoff with a check valve, the water flow can continue until the homeowner or our SERVPRO rapid response team manually stops it. This situation can become even more threatening to construction materials, contents, and structural elements exposed. We can work quickly to remove standing and spreading water from your house and begin vital drying efforts with air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers.

Water heaters are a critical component to comfortable, modern living but can also be a catalyst of substantial water loss incidents for your property. Our SERVPRO of South Bronx professionals can help with fast extraction solutions to make this damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (347) 590-9902.

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We Work With Your Insurance Company While Restoring Your Bronx Home After A Fire Damage Disaster

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

We have the necessary experience, equipment and expertise to restore your home after a fire. Call us right away so we can get started.

What to Expect When Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Respond in the Bronx

Dealing with the aftermath of a household fire in your brownstone, condo, or townhouse in the Bronx is an intense situation. It is hard to imagine that the soot, water, and debris clogging up the rooms in your home ever will be set to rights. The key is to engage the services of a reputable fire loss remediation company. We have both trained technicians and equipment to get your dwelling back to preloss condition.

Working with your insurance company is critical when we mitigate fire damage in your Bronx apartment. Often your insurance company recommends disaster restoration companies, and we are proud to be among that list of highly-qualified providers. We are a full-spectrum recovery business handling fire, water, mold, cleaning of all kinds, and more. We intend to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Because so much water is typically used to extinguish fires SERVPRO takes on water removal and structural drying tasks first. Our service vehicles are stocked with pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters and dehumidifiers to get standing water and residual moisture out fast so that already harmed materials do not disintegrate further and to avoid secondary issues like mold growth.

SERVPRO’s technicians master multiple certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our graduates of the Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) course use strategies learned to characterize soot types and match appropriate products and techniques to remove residues from surfaces. Because soot can range from loose ash to a thick, sticky coating, it is crucial to treat it according to the research-based methods developed by the IICRC to avoid smearing or grinding it into a surface. Ashy soot vacuums or dry sponges away, and the thicker, black soot from electrical or smoldering fires needs agitation and cleaners with surfactants and wetting agents.

A third type of soot commonly results from kitchen fires. Protein-based, the deposit is thin but strongly adhesive with a noxious smell. SERVPRO crews employ solvents and abrasive tools to remove it, taking great care not to damage the underlying surfaces.

Be confident that SERVPRO of South Bronx is prepared to respond to your fire crisis. Call us at (347) 590-9902 for fast and professional assistance to return your home to “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO, Water Damage, Cleanup, and Satisfied Bronx Homeowners

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

When a Sponge and Bucket Just Aren't Enough--Call SERVPRO --Fast Arrival and Cleanup for Your Bronx Property

Comprehensive Remediation of Water Damage for Residents of the Bronx

The presence of large amounts of water in your property can cause significant damages over time. In many cases, mold issues can be the result of a water spill several weeks before that has not been remediated correctly. Our technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that allows us to provide a holistic approach that can help prevent further issues occurring after a water spill.

There are many options to choose from when looking at repair services for water damage in the Bronx. However, not all of these services are capable of both restoring your property and taking the vital steps to control microbial growth during the service. SERVPRO can send a water damage restoration technician (WRT) to your property within four hours of notification of loss to conduct an expert assessment and remediation service.

One common issue after a water spill is staining to upholsteries and fabrics. Although drying the affected area is essential, the removal of stains is more likely while items are still wet. SERVPRO provides our technicians with a full range of chemical cleaning agents including light sanitizers, anti-microbial sprays, and stain removers to give your possessions the best chance of being restored rather than replaced.

Once clear and apparent signs of staining are dealt with, SERVPRO can remediate the affected area using proper drying techniques. Proper drying involves measuring, and controlling humidity levels using thermal hygrometers. Equally, we can deploy a range of detection equipment to assess where water has migrated to from the source of the damage. Damp spots in wall cavities, for example, can result in the rapid proliferation of mold colonies and must be dried quickly by establishing an airflow inside the cavity.

In modern water restoration, controlling microbial growth is an essential part of the service. We do this primarily by ensuring the affected area is properly dried. However, as an added layer of protection, we can apply anti-microbial treatments and biocides to carpets, paintwork, and surfaces to ensure we limit bacterial growth both during and after service.

Getting your home back to preloss conditions involves preventing secondary damages occurring further down the line, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 589-8165 for a comprehensive solution.

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SERVPRO Provides Bronx Property Owners with Premier Water Loss Restoration Services

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides The Bronx with Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration--and FAST!

Comprehensive Remediation of Water Damage for Residents of the Bronx

The presence of large amounts of water in your property can cause significant damages over time. In many cases, mold issues can be the result of a water spill several weeks before that has not been remediated correctly. Our technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that allows us to provide a holistic approach that can help prevent further issues occurring after a water spill.

There are many options to choose from when looking at repair services for water damage in the Bronx. However, not all of these services are capable of both restoring your property and taking the vital steps to control microbial growth during the service. SERVPRO can send a water damage restoration technician (WRT) to your property within four hours of notification of loss to conduct an expert assessment and remediation service.

One common issue after a water spill is staining to upholsteries and fabrics. Although drying the affected area is essential, the removal of stains is more likely while items are still wet. SERVPRO provides our technicians with a full range of chemical cleaning agents including light sanitizers, anti-microbial sprays, and stain removers to give your possessions the best chance of being restored rather than replaced.

Once the clear and apparent signs of staining are dealt with, SERVPRO can remediate the affected area using proper drying techniques. Proper drying involves measuring, and controlling, humidity levels using thermal hygrometers. Equally, we can deploy a range of detection equipment to assess where water has migrated to from the source of the damage. Damp spots in wall cavities, for example, can result in the rapid proliferation of mold colonies and must be dried quickly by establishing an airflow inside the cavity.

In modern water restoration, controlling microbial growth is an essential part of the service. We do this primarily by ensuring the affected area is properly dried. However, as an added layer of protection, we can apply anti-microbial treatments and biocides to carpets, paintwork, and surfaces to ensure we limit bacterial growth both during and after service. We have members of our crew certified as applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT.)

Getting your home back to preloss conditions, so you feel "Like it never even happened," involves preventing secondary damages occurring further down the line, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 589-8165 for a comprehensive solution.

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Commercial Restoration Against Any Disaster | SERVPRO of South Bronx

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Services

Your commercial property is always at risk of being damaged by natural elements. If your business gets hit by a disaster, you’ll need a commercial restoration company with real-world experience and the resources to return your property to its normal state. SERVPRO has over 40+ years of experience in residential and commercial restoration services. Our team of experts offers:

  • Commercial water damage restoration
  • Commercial fire damage restoration
  • Commercial mold damage restoration
  • Commercial storm damage restoration

Our professionals have the training and equipment needed to restore your business after common issues with minimal interruption to your daily operations. SERVPRO of South Bronx also provides disaster planning to ensure that your property fortified in case future damage strikes.

At SERVPRO of South Bronx we offer 24/7 commercial restoration services for damage caused by water, fire, smoke, mold, storms, and other disasters.

SERVPRO of South Bronx has a longstanding heritage dedicated to innovation, resourcefulness, empathy, and outstanding customer service. Our franchise organization is proud to provide fast, high-quality cleanup and restoration services to both commercial and residential properties. We always put your property first at SERVPRO of South Bronx.

CALL SERVPRO of South Bronx

If your business or commercial property has experienced significant damage, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today at 347-590-9902.

Mold Remediation Process | SERVPRO of South Bronx

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

The Remediation Process

Assessment

Experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx will help to identify the source of the problem and the scope of work involved. If mold is present, samples will be taken as well as a general moisture survey of all affected areas.

Stabilization

If mold is found to be an issue, mold remediation specialists will stabilize the area to control moisture levels while using containment measures to prevent the spread of spores.

Establish a Drying Plan

Drying and dehumidification measures will take place during this step. Temperatures will be controlled in the affected areas so the dehumidification process happens as quickly and efficiently as possible. Excess water is removed and specialized equipment is used to evaporate the remaining moisture.

Perform Remediation

With containment measures in place, HEPA filters are used to create negative pressure in the work environment. Negative air helps to ensure that mold spores do not escape during the remediation process. When remediation is complete, Certified Mold Remediators will do testing to help ensure that the process was successful.

Professional Mold Remediation

It’s important to call professionals who specialize in mold removal and remediation like the experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx. Our technicians follow IICRC guidelines when working on your home or business so you can feel confident that all excess mold is removed. With our comprehensive services, we can fix the source of the problem, remove any affected building materials, sanitize and dry the space and make any repairs to your property after the remediation process has been completed. Mitigation strategies will be put in place to help prevent the problem from returning.

If you suspect a mold problem in your property, call SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902

Commercial Restoration & Cleaning Services | SERVPRO of South Bronx

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Many events can affect your facility. A sprinkler head breaks and your offices are flooded. A machine fails and your production plant fills with smoke. Or just everyday dust and dirt dull your floors. No matter what affects your institutional, industrial, commercial, office or retail facility, you need a business restoration vendor to get the job done fast, and done right.

Water Damage Restoration Services

Our water damage cleanup specialists respond quickly to your emergencies. They use a full range of water damage remediation techniques for water removal, drying and dehumidifying to prevent further damage.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Quick action after a fire can help restore your life to normal. Our  commercial fire restoration services are ready to take care of smoke and fire damage 24/7, every day of the year.

Mold Restoration Services

Mold can have a significant effect on indoor air quality. Our mold remediation specialists will help you handle mold problems by identifying sources of mold, cleaning damaged areas and providing recommendations to limit future mold growth.

Content Restoration Services

Content restoration is an important part of returning your life back to normal after fire or water damage to your property.  SERVPRO of South Bronx will grantee you highly skilled contents restoration experts will determine the best techniques for treating your belonging, depending on the source and extent of the damages.

How to Spot Water Damage | SERVPRO of South Bronx

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

As water damage can sometimes be subtle, on occasion it is necessary to look for the signs and symptoms. The sooner you catch water damage, the more of your property can be saved and the less it will cost you – so be vigilant and ever on the look-out for these signs:

Water Drips and Puddles

- This is an obvious sign that you have water in your property. If you notice puddles building up on your property, then this can be a clear indication of a leak or of seeping/lack of ventilation.

Smell

- Sometimes you will be able to smell moisture or even mold in the air. This is again a sign that you may have a leak or a puddle. The amount of moisture in the air does vary, of course, depending on your location and your property. If you suspect you simply live in a very humid area, then you may choose to use a dehumidifier to address the problem without needing restoration services.

Discoloration

- Water can cause paint to fade and can also drain the dye out of carpets and furniture. You may even notice water marks on your walls or windows where water has been running down the surface. This is particularly common where you have issues with eaves troughs overflowing or leaking – which commonly lead to other problems such as damage to the foundations or leaking basements.

Soft Patches and Peeling

- If moisture has gotten into your walls or flooring, then it can gradually break down the fibers that hold it together. If you notice a dip around your toilet for instance, then you might have a leak. Similarly, if tiles are coming off of your wall, or the wall is soft and crumbling in certain patches, this can similarly indicate a moisture problem.

What To Do In The Event of A Water Emergency | SERVPRO of South Bronx

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can have long-lasting, expensive effects when not treated properly. When a pipe bursts, a plumbing problem causes a leak or backup, or when flooding from a storm threatens your home, it’s essential to act quickly to reduce the amount of damage and keep costs down. Follow these steps if you have a water emergency in your home.

AFTER YOU FIND WATER IN YOUR HOME:

  • Turn off the water supply in your home if the source is from a leak
  • During a flood, turn off electricity to your home if you can safely reach the fuse box; otherwise, wait until a professional can do so for you. Do not enter a flooded basement if the electricity is still on!
  • If possible, ventilate the area by opening windows and turning on fans.
  • Vacate the property if needed.

CALL SERVPRO of South Bronx 347-590-9902

When you call SERVPRO of South Bronx one of our specialists will arrive at your property in 2hrs or less to assess the damages. We are ready to assist with water emergencies 24/7, so don’t delay! Even small amounts of water can cause expensive damages if left untreated.

Protecting Your Property From Wind Damage Due to Storms | SERVPRO of South Bronx

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Damaging winds are one of the most concerning threats that can accompany severe storms. These winds can take you by surprise and have long-term impacts to structures.

Wind Damage Basics

Traditionally, damaging winds are considered those with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can stem from a strong thunderstorm as well as tornadoes and hurricanes. You will commonly hear damaging winds referred to as “straight-line” winds, which differentiates them from tornado wind damage.

Because straight-line winds can cause loose objects on properties to become projectiles, they can be extremely destructive. Windows and the roof are notorious for taking the brunt of this damage. If the damage is extensive, it will result in water damage as the inside of the home becomes more vulnerable as the outside elements come in through the damaged windows and roofs.

If you are living in a thunderstorm-prone area, you can be at risk from damaging winds. There are some structures such as mobile homes that are especially at risk even if they are anchored and could be seriously damaged in winds gusting over 80 mph.

Ways to Protect Your Home

Let’s check out some ways to protect your property from damaging winds. Keep in mind the “Two R’s”: reinforce and remove.

  • Your garage door should be professionally reinforced.

  • Remove or anchor any loose objects on your property that could be moved or tossed by the wind, including trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.

  • Have large or dying trees and branches removed by a professional as these could be blown onto your home.

High winds can come without advanced warning, but if you are proactive with the above suggestions, it could just mean the difference between no damage and extensive damage.

Also, if you are building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure the windows, walls and doors are up to building code for weather in your area.

If your home has been hit by damaging winds and resulting water damage, our highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of South Bronx are here 247 to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home.

 

Signs of Mold

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home is scary. We like to think our home is safe – and it should be. Mold can easily grow within 24 to 48 hours and will begin to colonize in 1 to 12 days. There is a variety of mold growth signs that should not be ignored.

Signs of mold:

  • Odor - Mold on the outside of your house often smells stale, but mold on the inside smells musty and damp.
  • Visible Mold Growth - If you see mold then obviously you have mold. the question is "how much?" It’s the mold you CAN’T see that is often the scariest.
  • Water Leak - Current or previous leaks are often the indicator that mold is present. Leaky pipes or a leak in the roof often produce moisture in overlooked places.
  • Pasting Flooding - If your house has been in a flood there’s a good chance you will end up with a mold problem. To be at peace with continuing to live in your home, you should have a professional remediator test for mold.

These are common signs of mold that people tend to oversee.

If you come encounter with any of these signs, DO NOT HESITATE!

CALL SERVPRO of South Bronx

347-590-9902

Unpredictable Storms

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mother nature is so unpredictable. You never know when a natural disaster is going to strike. Storms are commonly known for destroying one’s home or business and as a normal human being, it may cause someone to panic. But DON'T feel under the weather when a storm hits because SERVPRO is faster than any disaster. We will respond and start the restoration of your property quickly and efficiently. A long the way, SERVPRO’S certified professionals will reassure you that everything will be FINE with their work ethics.

SERVPRO of South Bronx technicians are properly trained and can take on any type of storm disaster. They will inspect the extent of the damages and come up with the proper strategies for the specific damages. As the restoration is in process, SERVPRO of South Bronx will keep in mind the distress the customer may be feeling and work diligently to provide the best services as quickly as possible so the customer can go back to living their normal lives.

One thing SERVPRO knows for sure is how to take care of fire, water and mold damages.   

SO, WHEN A STORM HITS, DON’T PANIC!!!

CALL SERVPRO OF SOUTH BRONX – 1-347-590-9902

Fire Hazards to Watch in Your Home | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

In this blog, we’ll be diving into two of the most common household fire hazards. Because no one wants to experience the unfortunate possibility of seeing their home damaged by fire, it’s important to learn and understand how you can protect your home from this harsh reality by understanding fire hazards and knowing how to identify them.

Don’t Fall Asleep When Burning Candles

According to the National Fire Protection Association, during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candles. In total, there were 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.

When burning a candle, be sure to keep it at least 12 inches from anything that could ignite and put it in a sturdy holder that won’t easily tip over. If oxygen is used in the home, never use a candle—and always be sure all candles are extinguished before leaving a room or going to bed.

Most Home Fire Fatalities Stem From Smoking

Douse all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand prior to throwing them out, and keep in mind that one out of four fatal victims from smoking-related fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.

If you’re a smoker, it is safest to smoke outside, as most deaths result from fires that start in living rooms, family rooms or bedrooms. Fire-safe cigarettes are a great option, and a deep, sturdy ashtray should be used.

While cooking is the leading cause of home fires, smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths. An estimated 17,200 home structure fires due to smoking materials were reported in 2014, which includes cigarettes, pipes and cigars. Those fires resulted in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage, per the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

Lesser-known Fire Hazards

While candles and smoking are two of the most common causes of home structure fires, there are also other lesser-known hazards that could be present in your home.

Did you know that some kinds of glassware in your home could be a fire risk? When sunlight passes through them, the concentrated ray could ignite flammable materials, which is why it’s best to move glass accessories away from windows.

Dust bunnies can also pose a fire risk when collecting near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Sweeping or vacuuming your floors regularly and cleaning hard-to-reach areas like behind the entertainment system can help prevent buildup.

Also, look out for loose outlets in your home. The movement of these electrical outlets could loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by water damage from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO® of South Bronx is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Easy Fire Safety Planning Tips for Your Family | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Every year in the United States, more than 350,000 house fires occur, adding up to more than $5.5 billion in property damage. Besides the financial loss, these fires cause nearly 3,000 deaths and another 10,000 injuries.

Advance preparation is your best defense against a fire. That’s why it’s important for everyone in your family to be prepared and know how to prevent fires and how to respond if a fire does occur.

You can start by teaching your kids basic fire safety guidelines at an early age. Also take a look at three other fire safety guidelines you can practice together:

Creating a Fire Safety Plan

In the event of a fire, everyone in the family needs to know what to do—including how to escape a burning house and where to go once they’ve safely escaped.

But don’t just create a plan without having practice drills.

Practice makes perfect. Conduct regular practice drills of implementing your plan. Doing so will help you to remain calm and remember your family fire plan if a fire happens.

Fire Hazards to Watch For

Thoroughly inspect your home. You may be surprised at how many fire hazards you spot! Take some time to inspect every room as well as all outdoor spaces to uncover and eliminate these hazards.

  • Are all appliances working properly?
  • Are there frayed or damaged electrical cords?
  • Are your electrical outlets and/or extension cords overloaded?
  • Are you using the proper wattage bulbs in your light fixtures?
  • Are your electrical wires covered up by rugs or carpet?
Cooking Up Fire Safety

One of the biggest house fire hazards is cooking. It is important to be especially careful in the kitchen.

Basic cooking safety is important to follow by anyone who’s cooking:

  • Cooking when tired or otherwise not able to pay attention should be avoided.
  • Always supervise kids and teens while they are cooking.
  • Have a lid close by when cooking on the stove should a grease fire happen. Using the lid to cover the grease fire will help to smother the fire.
  • If your oven catches fire, turn the oven off and keep the oven door closed.
  • Leave the room and close the door if a kitchen fire occurs and begins to spread.

If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of South Bronx can help! Give us call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you.

Storm Damage Restoration Process | SERVPRO of South Bronx

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings as well as vegetation. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain and snow to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems. Elements such as wind, rain, hail, and lightning can result in turning people’s lives upside down, this is why having a storm damage restoration service like SERVPRO of South Bronx to help this type of emergency is a good option.

Here are some of the activities you can expect from the storm restoration service professionals.

  • Whether it is a business or residence, SERVPRO of South Bronx will come to your property and our trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help them discover the level of the damage. In many cases, SERVPRO will discuss the renovation plans with you and your insurance adjuster.
  • When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment the professional will use. In the case of flooding, they will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas.
  • Generators will be brought in to operate their dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a change to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, the specialist will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors.

If contacted in time, SERVPRO of South Bronx will be able to rescue your building from greater structural issues, by inspecting the roof and replacing the dilapidated areas. After sealing and renovating the roof, they will then address the ceiling and restore to its former condition.

As you can see, when you suffer from natural disasters, the storm damage restoration process is something the experts can handle.  

If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the specialists at SERVPRO of South Bronx today to help reinstate your home.

347-590-9902

Commercial Restoration Services | SERVPRO of South Bronx

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Your commercial property is always at risk of being damaged by natural elements. If your business gets hit by a disaster, you’ll need a company that specializes in commercial restoration with real-world experience and the resources to return your property to its normal state. SERVPRO has over 50 years of experience in residential and commercial restoration services. Our team of experts offers:

  • Commercial water damage restoration
  • Commercial fire damage restoration
  • Commercial mold damage restoration
  • Commercial storm damage restoration

Our professionals have the training and equipment needed to restore your business after common issues with minimal interruption to your daily operations. SERVPRO also provides disaster planning to ensure that your property fortified in case future damage strikes.

At SERVPRO of South Bronx, we offer 24/7 commercial restoration and reconstruction services for damage caused by water, fire, smoke, mold, storms, and other disasters.

Why SERVPRO of South Bronx?

What makes SERVPRO different from other commercial restoration services? We offer multiple services through one point of contact. This means you only need one number to reach our reconstruction, emergency services mitigation, contents cleaning, training, insurance claims assistance, and disaster planning teams. You can depend on us for additional commercial damage services like cost savings, streamlined catastrophe planning, and minimized disruption.

SERVPRO of South Bronx has a longstanding heritage dedicated to innovation, resourcefulness, empathy, and outstanding customer service. Our franchise organization is proud to provide fast, high-quality cleanup and restoration services to both commercial and residential properties. We always put your property first at SERVPRO.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx!

If your business or commercial property has experienced significant damage, do not hesitate. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today!

347-590-9902

Commercial Property Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bronx is always ready to Protect Your Business from Damage.

At SERVPRO of South Bronx, we specialize in the restoration of both residential and commercial properties that have been damaged by weather, mold, and other causes. Our professionals are experienced and knowledgeable, with the training and equipment necessary to restore your commercial property. We have years of experience and a full range of restoration services for commercial clients.

We believe in the importance of ensuring that our customers are happy. No matter how difficult the restoration process, we want to ensure that you understand the steps ahead and that you are confident in our technicians. We understand that your business may well depend on our ability to provide efficient, effective restoration services. You can have confidence in our team.

For Free Estimate Call 347-590-9902

Water Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage is a problem that most property owners and businesses dread. This can be caused from busted pipes, heavy rains, flood waters and catastrophic events. The damage from these events can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, production equipment as well as finished inventory product. Water damage in not attended to quickly and properly can also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to remediate. Hiring a water damage restoration company can make the cleanup process easier to handle. At SERVPRO of South Bronx we employ experienced workers trained regarding the best means and measures to mitigate, repair or replace damaged items and help with water damage cleanup. 
Perhaps the biggest nightmare any homeowner can experience is a flood, be it the result of natural disaster or plumbing failure. If you have been the unfortunate victim of flood damage, there are a number of procedures and processes you should follow on your way to undertaking flood damage repair. Heavy rains can wreak havoc on homes or offices. While we do what we can to prevent properties from experiencing flood damage, the reality is that too much water around a property usually leads to the inevitable: water damage. For Flood damage restoration or whatever the case, we can assist you by providing complete emergency flood cleanup services.
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Fire Loss | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Almost every fire loss is also a water loss due to the extinguishing process. SERVPRO of South Bronx is a mitigation focused, full service contractor that strives to get you back to normal as quickly as possible with as little reconstruction and replacement as possible to make it look "Like it never even happened." Calling upon our 50 plus years of experience, SERVPRO of South Bronx will work diligently to get your property back to preloss condition and get your life back to the way it was before this occurred.

SERVPRO of South Bronx will perform all necessary work with as little inconvenience and intrusion as possible. So call us at 347-590-9902 - and we at SERVPRO of South Bronx will be on our way fast and promptly.

 

Commercial Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

When a loss happens at a place of business, it is important to work with an experienced restoration company who specializes in commercial losses. Most Restoration companies focus on residential restoration business and rarely do commercial fire, water or other losses.

Here at SERVPRO of South Bronx all technicians have a great length of commercial restoration experience and are fully equip to take on any commercial job. Commercial restoration jobs are much more complex and often ran in a completely different way then regular residential jobs.

SERVPRO of South Bronx has the software and tools necessary to elevate business disaster services. Gathering preloss data, organizing arrival protocols and information. We also have the flexible availability and we are ready at any moment to response to your claim of loss.

CALL US NOW 347-590-9902

Fire Damage Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair

When you have a fire in your home or building and it is extensive enough to need the fire department, fire and smoke is not the only reasons for damage. The fire department deploys thousands of gallons of water to put out the fire and restore safety to your building. SERVPRO of South Bronx is not only fire restoration experts but water damage experts as well. Once the fire department has deemed the building safe to enter, SERVPRO of South Bronx will begin restoring your home or building.

SERVPRO of South Bronx has 24/7 emergency response services. Once the fire department has deemed your building safe to enter SERVPRO will begin a professional assessment of your damage for not only you but your insurance company. After a fire restoration expert has completed their assessment they will then board up and tarp any open areas to seal the building against unauthorized entry or more damage. They will begin the cleaning up and removal of debris, drying the structure from the water and begin smoke odor removal.

If you ever encounter fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of South Bronx to restore your property!

Call us NOW 347-590-9902

Common Cause of Water Damage | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Plumbing issue from a leak or a broken pipe are the most common cause of water damage. In some areas flooding is always a concern. SERVPRO of South Bronx offers professional water mitigation services, which will reduce the harm caused by a water related incident in your home or business. SERVPRO of South Bronx can dry and restore your home or business to its previous condition.

As time goes on, damage from a flood gets worse. Your property can become permanently damaged if an emergency response is delayed past the first 48 hours after a water damage.

In the event of a flood, do the following:

First, Be Calm! Call SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902.

  • To stop further areas and items from water damage, make sure the water source is turned off.
  • Be sure to turn off circuit breaker in the affected area before you unplug or remove any electrical devices located on the wet carpet.
  • You should place aluminum foil under the legs of any furniture which is on the wet carpet if you can’t move it to a dry area.. This will help prevent furniture stains on your carpet. It will also keep the furniture from absorbing water which will prevent damage.
  • Tie or lift drapes up away from any wet carpet.
  • Remove all items that are in contact with the wet carpet, like books, shoes, paper goods, plants, and other items which could stain the wet carpet.

Do not attempt the following:

  • Do not use your home vacuum, since you may get an electrical shock, and you may damage the equipment itself.
  • Don’t place newspaper in traffic areas to walk on. Newspaper ink may stain the wet carpet.
  • Don’t walk on carpet any more than you have to. This will keep the damage from spreading to dry areas.

Anything that is not dried properly and quickly can become a source for mold to grow, which could require professional mold removal.

Our Flood Damage Restoration Technicians are trained on all of the latest techniques, using state-of-the-art equipment and machinery. Moisture meters are used to locate moisture that may not be visible or may be hidden behind walls or cabinets, so that our Water Damage Restoration Service Technicians can be certain that everything is dry. Because we understand how important it is to react quickly in the unfortunate event of water, smoke or fire damage, you can rely on SERVPRO of South Bronx. We’re there when you need us!

For emergency service call us at 347-590-9902

Common Strom Damage Caused By Hurricanes | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

The Bronx is familiar with the damage that accompanies severe storms, like hail, ice, and snow storms. With its location near the coast, neither is the area unfamiliar with hurricanes. But did you know there are a total of ten common storms? They are hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, snow storms, hail storm, thunderstorms, lightning storms, tropical storms, ice storms and Derecho storms.

Of these, Derecho storms are actually considered rare. Have you heard of it before? This type of storm happens when several large storms form one giant storm that can reach speeds of 58 miles per hour (at least) and cover 250 miles.

Whatever storm is coming, SERVPRO® of South Bronx knows how important it is that a home feels secure and protected.

With South Bronx’s proximity to the coast, many of these possible storms could affect the area. New York is already familiar with how far reaching the destruction from Hurricane Sandy was. In fact, most hurricanes reach farther than one might think.

<h3they-cause-so-much-damage-it-s-vital-to-be-familiar-with-the-damage-caused-by-hurricanes-and-how-the-damage-is-caused:0a3064c99cbe1ad3a6862dacb0cd104d">Since they cause so much damage, it’s vital to be familiar with the damage caused by hurricanes and how the damage is caused.<h4wind:0a3064c99cbe1ad3a6862dacb0cd104d">First, wind.

The wind created by hurricanes can be linked to the majority of damage caused by hurricanes. In some hurricanes, the wind is so strong as to form tornadoes. Powerful winds of 74 - 155 miles per hour are common and strong enough to cause severe wreckage. Trees, power lines, vehicles, and roofs are all at risk from wind. Storm winds pick up and scatter debris of all shapes and sizes, causing further destruction.

<h4storm-surge:0a3064c99cbe1ad3a6862dacb0cd104d">Second, storm surge.

Even before a hurricane hits land, its wind is causing damage. As the hurricane moves closer to shore, it brings water with it, pushing it toward the coast. The excess water has nowhere to escape to, so it piles up and forms what has been called a “wall of water.” The water rises high above the predicted tide level and crashes into the shore, creating destruction and flooding inland.

<h4floods:0a3064c99cbe1ad3a6862dacb0cd104d">Third, floods.

As mentioned, storm surge is a primary cause of flooding when excess water is forced from the ocean and onto the shore and further. But the other primary cause of flooding is from heavy precipitation. Hurricanes cause excessive heavy rainfall, both in the area where it lands and as far as the surrounding 100 miles. Tropical storms that don’t reach hurricane status can have this effect, too.

The damage caused by hurricanes can be extensive and overwhelming to recover from. But you don’t have to do it alone. SERVPRO® of South Bronx is always ready to help.

4 Ways to Prepare for Storm Damage and Flooding | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

A 2017 report from the Economist says that the likelihood of floods, even in low-risk areas, is increasing due to climate change. If it rains, flooding is possible.

So what is a flood? By its legal definition, a flood is when two (or more) properties or acres have been wholly or partly submerged in water.

But when you’re facing a flood, you won’t care about the legal definition. You’ll care about personal safety, property damage, and restoration.

So in the event of a flood, here are some simple steps for preparation.

Risk

Geography - how close you are to the coast and the type of land your property sits on both affect your risk of flooding. To learn about your area’s flood risk, contact the local government or FEMA. Knowledge is power, especially in an emergency. Learn the risk in order to prepare appropriately. For the South Bronx area, start here.

A weather radio is also a good way to be informed about imminent flood risks.

Prepare

Every home should be equipped with an emergency preparedness kit - and every car and office. The purpose of the kit may change how it is stocked, but it’s important to store important documents and medications, etc., in a waterproof case. Include extra food and water supplies. Fresh water is especially important in the event of a flood, because flood waters contaminate normal water sources.

If you need help packing your emergency kit, read this.

Power

Flooding caused by a severe storm can potentially knock out the power grid. Having a generator in your home means having a reliable power source. For a guide on how to purchase a generator, start here.

Water conducts electricity in dangerous ways. If possible, move appliances to drier and safer ground before a storm hits.

Evacuate

An evacuation order is often issued if a storm is a big enough threat. Prepare for this by becoming familiar with the local government’s evacuation policy. This plan can be used to create an evacuation plan for everyone in your household. Include emergency communication modes in this plan. Everyone should practice evacuating until the plan has been memorized.

Remember, high flood waters conceal damage caused by currents and high winds. Always be cautious.

When the flood waters recede, you’ll be eager to return home as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of South Bronx is always ready to help with expert restoration services.

Mold in Cold Weather | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a mold issue in your home, it's not going to matter if its June or January. If there is a food source and a moisture source mold can grow.

In the colder months, homeowners/business-owners can be faced with different situations that could potentially create mold growth in their homes or businesses. The situations that can cause mold growth in the winter are: frozen pipes, improper insulation, pipe bursts, ice damming and more. Here are tips to help prevent these winter-related issues that may result in mold growth:

  • Make sure all gutters are cleaned out to help prevent ice damming
  • To help prevent mold in attics, make sure the attic is properly insulated to help prevent condensation.
  • To help prevent mold in crawl spaces, make sure any pipes running through the crawl spaces are insulated to help prevent pipe bursts. Also, if there are vents to the outside, close those vents during winter months.
  • To help prevent mold in basements, run dehumidifiers in the basement, even during the winter. (Anytime the relative humidity exceeds 50-55%, there is enough moisture in the air for mold to grow.)
  • Make sure bathroom exhaust fans are working properly when you are taking your hot, steamy showers.

If you think you may have a mold issue, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx to schedule a mold inspection.

Office: 347-590-9902

4 Ways to Prepare for Storm Damage and Flooding

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

A 2017 report from the Economist says that the likelihood of floods, even in low-risk areas, is increasing due to climate change. If it rains, flooding is possible.

So what is a flood? By its legal definition, a flood is when two (or more) properties or acres have been wholly or partly submerged in water.

But when you’re facing a flood, you won’t care about the legal definition. You’ll care about personal safety, property damage, and restoration.

So in the event of a flood, here are some simple steps for preparation.

###Risk Geography - how close you are to the coast and the type of land your property sits on both affect your risk of flooding. To learn about your area’s flood risk, contact the local government or FEMA. Knowledge is power, especially in an emergency. Learn the risk in order to prepare appropriately. For the South Bronx area, start here.

A weather radio is also a good way to be informed about imminent flood risks.

###Prepare Every home should be equipped with an emergency preparedness kit - and every car and office. The purpose of the kit may change how it is stocked, but it’s important to store important documents and medications, etc., in a waterproof case. Include extra food and water supplies. Fresh water is especially important in the event of a flood, because flood waters contaminate normal water sources.

If you need help packing your emergency kit, read this.

###Power Flooding caused by a severe storm can potentially knock out the power grid. Having a generator in your home means having a reliable power source. For a guide on how to purchase a generator, start here.

Water conducts electricity in dangerous ways. If possible, move appliances to drier and safer ground before a storm hits.

###Evacuate An evacuation order is often issued if a storm is a big enough threat. Prepare for this by becoming familiar with the local government’s evacuation policy. This plan can be used to create an evacuation plan for everyone in your household. Include emergency communication modes in this plan. Everyone should practice evacuating until the plan has been memorized.

Remember, high flood waters conceal damage caused by currents and high winds. Always be cautious.

When the flood waters recede, you’ll be eager to return home as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of South Bronx is always ready to help with expert restoration services.

SERVPRO of South Bronx After Water Damage, Prevent Mold Growth Tips

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is a devastating problem for home and business owners, not only due to the damage it can cause, but also because of the unique health hazards and risks it can present.

One of those dangerous risks is mold growth. There are many negative symptoms associated with mold exposure listed by the CDC, and the problem is exacerbated because of how quickly mold can begin growing.

If you’re concerned about mold growth after experiencing water damage, here are the steps you can take to help stop mold before it starts:

Before You Get Started

  • Never re-enter your building before officials have deemed it safe and are sure all water has receded.
  • Take photos and videos of damage throughout—including damage done to furniture and walls—for insurance claim purposes.

Drying Should Begin Right Away

  • Weather permitting, open windows and doors to maximize airflow for as long as possible.
  • Before the professional cleanup crew arrives, begin vacuuming with a heavy-duty, outdoor vacuum.
  • Make use of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters to speed up drying time.

Items Exposed to Water Should Be Sorted

  • Non-porous materials—such as metal, plastic and glass—can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused.
  • Porous materials, such as wood, upholstery and paper of any kind, can trap mold and should be discarded.
  • It is important to note that drying carpet will not necessarily remove mold spores if they’ve already begun to grow.

A Professional Should Always Be Consulted

Mold is commonly associated with discolorations and foul odors, but can often lurk unnoticed long before it is seen. In some cases, carpets can be salvaged after water damage, but experts typically recommend, at minimum, replacing the carpet pad.

While replacing the carpet pad alone is less costly than a full re-carpeting of the home, only a professional can determine if this is adequate enough to prevent mold from spreading.

If you’re worried about cleanup associated with water damage and preventing mold growth, SERVPRO® of South Bronx can help you restore your home back to normal.

SERVPRO of South Bronx Mold Remediation

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Our mold remediation professionals recognize the growth of mold may stop, but the damage left behind remains. Unfortunately, the substance used to treat the mold aren’t magical and can’t restore the home to what it was before the fungus. SERVPRO of South Bronx does have a way to recover from a mold outbreak.

Mold remediation begins with us killing all of the mold with an antimicrobial chemical. This isn’t the end of the process, though. Further measures need to be taken in order to rid the home of mold. HEPA filters are used to rid the home of mold spores floating through the air. These spores cause the mold to relocate and begin to repopulate. Unless all the spores and mold are gone, the problem will just continue.

SERVPRO of South Bronx takes into consideration the different types of materials the mold may have contaminated. In other words, our experts wash the non-porous surfaces and educate you on the best course of action with the porous surfaces. You may have to rid your home of some of these items, but we take the necessary steps to help you rebuild and start over again without fungus. We may suggest having your air conditioner or air conditioning system professionally cleaned since a/c’s are notorious breeding grounds for mold.

We take the necessary steps to find the cause of the moisture in your home, which is the cause of the mold. Once we target it, we take the necessary steps to rid your home of the moisture. This prevents you from having to deal with the problem of mold once again after the cleaning takes place. Mold remediation requires many items in your home to be dried. This takes away one of the necessary components of mold growth, moisture. We even take the needed steps to look in crawl spaces and other areas of the home known for mold. These forgotten-about spaces have the potential to grow mold and spread it throughout your home, especially through your heating system. You must have all the spaces with mold in your home cleaned, or you’re repeatedly going to have to undergo the same process.

Once your materials have been removed from your home, we begin the process of rebuilding, so you don’t have to.

Mold remediation benefits your home in so many ways. In fact, mold remediation improves the appearance of your home since visible mold is unsightly. It can make a clean house look dirty. Plus, it’s known by a majority of people who enter your home what’s all over your walls. Not to mention, it improves the health of anyone who has asthma or an allergy to mold. Mold remediation benefits those who are immunocompromised as well.

SERVPRO of South Bronx offers our mold remediation clients a treatment unique to their needs. Each house is treated differently in order to truly rid the home of the problem. To learn more, you should contact our mold remediation professionals at 347-590-9902

SERVPRO of South Bronx Immediate Services

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bronx provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in The South Bronx. We can respond quickly to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 718-590-9903

Residential Services

Whether your South Bronx home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration experience training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your South Bronx commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly experienced technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROsouthbronx.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Cleaning

SERVPRO of South Bronx Does Carpet Cleaning Too

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, it’s easy to let carpet cleaning fall by the wayside. Most assume that vacuuming will suffice, so it might not seem like something that has to be done. However, when it comes to debris trapped within carpet fibers, vacuuming only tackles so much.

Many carpet companies require regular cleaning to maintain the warranty, and there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By helping banish bugs and mites, making your personal cleaning routine easier and even improving indoor air quality, carpet cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowners looking to extend the longevity of their floors.

Still not convinced? Here are some reasons why carpet cleaning is the smart choice:

Maintain carpets more easily. Because heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been removed, carpets that are cleaned regularly will be easier to vacuum. While vacuuming is a surface-level solution to a deeper carpet problem, the two can be quite complementary!

Improve air indoors. We all know that carpet contains dirt, but there are also more dangerous pollutants and bacteria lurking within the fibers. Every time your front door is opened, contaminants are brought into the home. Because vacuuming only handles surface-level contamination, the pollutants lurking under the surface are still wreaking havoc on indoor air quality.

Extend your carpet’s life. Older homes are notorious for having carpets that look “tired” and must be ripped out—but the reality is just that they’ve been too dirty for too long. Every time carpet is walked on, dirt acts like sandpaper to the delicate fibers, embedding the debris further and ruining the longevity of your floors.

Remove mites and bugs. Just as with other soft surfaces in the home, plush carpet fibers are the perfect place for the pests to reside. A thorough cleaning will the carpet inhospitable for the critters while maintaining a regular schedule will keep them from coming back.

Still not convinced carpet cleaning is for you? Get in touch with our team of certified cleaning professionals today to discuss how carpet cleaning can help your home!

SERVPRO of South Bronx Safety Tips to Follow Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is a devastating feeling. While damages from a fire can often be mitigated with restoration, hiring a professional is key to getting your home properly restored.

Working with a restoration company has several benefits—not only will they work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, but they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. That being said, many people are curious about what they can safely do as they’re waiting for help to arrive.

While anything you’re unsure about should be left to the professionals, a few tasks can be done while you wait so you can get your life back to normal faster. If you decide you’re ready to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Increased Ventilation

To begin reducing the smoky smell, open windows and doors if weather allows, for as long as possible. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to ventilate further, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Preliminary Cleaning

Non-porous surfaces such as tile and countertops can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the initial layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner with a towel you won’t mind throwing away. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so leave anything you’re unsure about to the pros.

Laundry

Because most things will be washed multiple times, if your washer and dryer have not been affected by the fire, starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. Wash clothing, bedding and other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution. However, always leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

If you’ve had damage due to a home fire, SERVPRO®’s team of trained professionals can help your life get back to normal, faster.

The Levels of Pollution Found in Water Damage | SERVPRO of South Bronx

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

“Black water” and “clear water” are likely terms that you’re familiar with if you’ve ever been around discussion of water damage. Though black water is certainly the most dangerous, there are actually three categories of pollution types that can all cause their own damages.

We want you to be prepared if water damage comes your way, so we’ve compiled the three types of water damage pollution in one convenient guide.

Water Damage Pollution Levels

Category 1: To fall into the first classification, “clear water” must have originated from a clean source. Uncontaminated water is often sourced from a broken pipe or supply line, a leaking faucet, or rainwater that’s come from vertical rainfall. Category 1 water is not harmful if consumed, though we wouldn’t recommend it.

Category 2: Grey water, the next level, is a bit more serious. This is wastewater generated from household appliances and water pipes, such as appliance drainage failure or a “flush” from sink and shower drains. Category 2 will likely cause illness if consumed due to the contamination it contains.

Category 3: The third category, commonly referred to as black water, is the most dangerous. This water is sourced from rising floodwaters, stagnant water that has begun to breed bacteria or the sewage overflows. Black water can cause illness or death if consumed and should be regarded with caution.

Categories Do Change

One thing to keep in mind is that water starting out as a category one can evolve into a category three easily. Soil, dirty surfaces or anything else the water comes into contact with will factor into the pollution levels, and water left stagnant will breed harmful bacteria.

Because of this, it’s advised to hire a professional for water damage cleanup so you can have peace of mind to know that your home or business is properly restored.

If you have water damage of any category, SERVPRO®’s team of water damage professionals can help!

SERVPRO Of South Bronx Commercial Property Restoration Due To Water Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at SERVPRO South Bronx commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South Bronx

SERVPRO of South Bronx specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call Today: (718)-590-9902

SERVPRO Of South Bronx 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bronx is available 24 hours for all water damage emergencies. It is important to take immediate actions when water damage accrues. Any delays can greatly increase the condition of the water damage.

Our services are 24 hours and we are ready to help you!

Call Today – (347)-590-9903

We recognize that water damage can cause a devastating setback to families or businesses and at SERVPRO we do whatever it takes to give back that sense of security. Recognizing the trauma and emotional disruption that most people suffer from a flood or even minor water damage, you can rely on us to restore your property to look "Like it never even happened." Our professionals identify the full extent of moisture damage, both obvious and unseen. We specialize in helping home and business owners overcome their feeling of helplessness by explaining the process in a way that they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.

An SERVPRO representative will ask several questions about your water damage emergency to determine what equipment and resources to bring, along with how many trained SERVPRO Professionals you may need.

Several questions that will be asked by a SERVPRO Representative:

  • Name and contact information
  • Insurance information (if applicable)
  • Complete address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of South Bronx

SERVPRO of South Bronx specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after water damage. We offer a comprehensive water removal service, including carpet cleaning and restoration as well as mold and mildew removal. Our SERVPRO staff are highly trained in property damage restoration and have the proper knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO Of South Bronx Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very dangerous and can penetrate various spaces within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately evaluate the measures of the damage to develop an specific plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. Therefore, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of South Bronx will start restoration after testing the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Base on the information identified during pretesting, we will then determine the type of cleaning procedures is best for the specific fire damage.

Additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each one requires a unique solution for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat you with empathy and treat your home as if its our own.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (347)-590-9902

SERVPRO Of South Bronx Suspected Mold Safety Tips

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold that is visible should not be disturbed. You can unintentionally spread the mold infestation throughout your home. Disturbed mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of South Bronx specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (347)-590-9902

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