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What “Full Service” Means When It Come to Restoration | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of South Bronx to get the job done.

When you own a home or business, there will probably come a time when a disaster or accident will affect your home or business. And if that time comes, you can count on us!

While SERVPRO is known best as a cleaning company of some kind, what you might not realize is that we are a full-service restoration company. We can handle everything from cleaning, restoration and reconstruction to dealing with your homeowners’ insurance.

Let’s take a deeper look into what SERVPRO has to offer:

Water damage recovery. No matter the type or size of water damage that hits your home or business, you can rest assured that we will help sort it out.

Fire damage recovery. A fire happens every 23 seconds here in the United States. Fires can do a lot of damage, and that’s why SERVPRO offers you the biggest help from highly trained technicians.

Mold removal. Mold can come out of nowhere and threaten the structure of your home. Mold can also easily spread during the cleanup process, which is why it’s safer to leave that cleanup to the professionals.

Storm recovery. Natural disasters can bring damage and destruction, no matter the type of event. But you can rest easy knowing that we will take care of your recovery from start to finish.

Commercial needs. Business owners should rest assured in knowing that we offer them the same exact services we offer for homeowners, plus a little extra.

General cleaning. Everyone needs help from time to time, and we offer cleaning help to both homeowners and business owners. Life gets busy, and we can take care of things so that you can focus on your day-to-day essentials.

Specialty cleaning. When you’re in need of cleaning that goes beyond the basic, we’ve got you covered. We have specialized training in everything from air duct cleaning to biohazard cleanup. Basically, if it can get dirty or grimy, we can make it shine.

Construction. Sometimes, disasters or accidents can cause major damage and reconstruction is the only option. While that can be traumatizing, SERVPRO can help you make it the easiest rebuild.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

The 4 Components Needed to Keep a Fire Burning | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”paper.jpg” alt = “a small paper house burning" > If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of South Bronx is ready around the clock to help you recover.

Do you know what a tetrahedron is? It’s a three-dimensional, triangular shape with four equal sides.

Now that you understand what that is, you should know there is something known as a fire tetrahedron. In short, it simply means that there are four components that must be present for a fire to burn.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. One of the most obvious things is there has to be something that fuels a fire. This can be just about anything, including wood, grass or plastics. Pretty much anything in the line of fire can act as a fueling agent.

Heat. Fire is often used to provide heat, and therefore in order for it to burn, it has to become hot enough that whatever is exposed to heat will either melt or burn. 

Oxygen. Just like oxygen helps plants to grow and bodies to function, it also is a necessity for fires to burn. Oxygen feeds the fire so that it can continue to grow and generate products of combustion in the process.

Chemical Chain Reaction. The cycle of feeding heat, fuel and oxygen will produce a chain reaction. As the chain reaction happens, it will continue until something affects the ability to proceed. 

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. When it comes to putting out a fire, you likely think of buckets or hoses full of water dousing a burning building. This solution is used to cool the burning material so quickly that the heat can’t compete.

Smother it. If a fire can’t get oxygen, it will die. The process of smothering a fire can be as simple as snuffing a candle, or as complicated as chemically suffocating a fire.

Starve it. A fire will burn as long as it has adequate fuel, so if you’re going to starve it, remove fueling agents out of the line of fire. This will eventually cause it to starve and come to a natural end.

Interrupt the chain reaction. There are chemical agents that can help you effectively put a fire out. Halon can be very effective, but it has an elevated potential for ozone depletion, which makes it an environmental threat.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

Have You Been Impacted by Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

“a house floating in a large body of water" When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of South Bronx for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

Did you know that 14,000 Americans every day experience some sort of water damage incident? If you are one of them and are needing cleanup and recovery, you can trust SERVPRO.

When you reach out to our team, we will see you through the process of water damage cleanup. Here is what to expect from our highly trained team:

Emergency Contact. When you contact us, our team will ask you some questions that will help us in understanding the situation. Once we are able to assess your specific emergency, we can arrange a time for you and your local SERVPRO team to meet, review the damage and design a plan for your restoration. This will happen as soon as possible, because taking action very quickly is essential.

Water Damage Inspection and Assessment. The SERVPRO team will arrive quickly to the scene and will help you stop the source of the water damage, if this is still necessary. Evaluation of the damage by walking through the space is next. They will note any hazards and then determine what is able to be restored and what needs to be replaced.

Removing Damaged Material. Any items that need to be replaced will be removed as soon as possible so that the items that are deemed repairable can dry.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorizing. One of the hallmarks of water damage is the creation of mold, mildew and unpleasant odors. We will quickly get to the task of cleaning up using industry-leading equipment and techniques to restore any damaged belongings.

Drying. Even when the majority of the water is gone, there could still be water that eludes the eye, which will be removed by our powerful pumps and cutting-edge equipment. We will help return moisture levels to normal so that we can prevent the spread of mold.

Monitoring. Until your home is done with the drying process, your SERVPRO team will be in contact with you daily to make sure that everything is going as it should. We will make adjustments to equipment as needed and will monitor the situation to ensure that your space is coming along effectively.

Repairs and Construction. When the drying is done, any reconstruction or repairs that need to be made will be handled by our team. We can manage everything from minor resurfacing to large-scale rebuilds. By being this one-stop solution for mitigation, drying and reconstruction, this will keep your costs down.

If water damage impacts your property, call SERVPRO for complete cleanup and restoration. We’ll make sure your property is back to normal and “Like it never even happened.”

Because You Simply Can’t Wait for Restoration Services… | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of South Bronx.

Do you remember what life was like before text messages or cell phones in general? If you needed to get in touch with someone and they weren’t home, well, you had to simply wait.

However, times have certainly changed—and for the better. Now, you can reach anyone at almost any time. Even when they don’t want to be reached.

Luckily for you, if you were to need a restoration company in the middle of the night, we are the people you need to call. At SERVPRO, we know emergencies or disasters happen, and when they do, you need help and you need it now.

After a fire. A fire can do a lot of damage to a home or business, but the aftermath also can cause severe damage as well. If flames don’t destroy your possessions or the home’s structure, other fire-related factors might.

There are things like smoke or soot that can take over the entire place. Both soot, which is a sticky, tacky substance, and smoke can cling to surfaces and possessions and quickly imbed themselves.

After water damage. After a fire is extinguished, you might think the worst is over. But water is used during that process—and if it’s left sitting, it can make things worse fast.

It can take 48 hours or less for mold to begin growing in your home if there’s standing water or even residual. And if you don’t have that removed quickly, mold can start causing issues with the structure of your home or business, along with health issues.

Responding quickly to any emergency type event is imperative! It can help reduce the damage done and cut back on restoration cost.

Disasters of any size or kind can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help! Our goal is to provide you with the best quality service during some of the toughest times anyone should have to endure—and fast.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

Winter Safety for Your Home and Family | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

A close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx for fast, restorative solutions.

Seasons change, and that means that we have to change, too. We not only worry about the normal daily tasks that life has, but during the last two months of the year, we throw in activities like family gatherings and religious holidays. And while these things are exciting and enjoyable, the reality is with more added to our plate, we are likely going to forget something.

One thing that must not be forgotten is safety! Winter weather can bring about hazards that you might not be ready for, and that’s why we want to bring up these important issues now.

So take a minute to review some important factors that can help protect your home and family this winter season.

<h3your-family">Protect Your Family

Just like with anything in life, communication is key during bad weather. Communicating with your family can help them better prepare and know what is to come if something disastrous were to happen.

Make sure that your family knows the emergency action plan. By knowing and practicing the emergency action plan, you can help reduce anxiety and fear if you ever have to use it.

Another thing you should prepare is your vehicle. Ensure that your vehicle is in good, working condition, from the tires all the way to the roof of your vehicle.

It’s smart to always have an emergency safety kit in your vehicle, but now is the time to prep it with winter gear, including an ice scraper for your windshield, food and drinks, and warm replacement clothing if you should need it.

<h3your-home">Protect Your Home

Frozen pipes are a huge threat for your home during the winter months. That’s why it’s important to prepare now so that you can possibly prevent this expensive disaster from happening to you.

Check all of your home heating sources to ensure that they have been well-maintained and are in good working condition. Some people prefer to use a fireplace with real burning wood, and it’s important to ensure that you handle every fire with the utmost care. Stock up on firewood now so that you don’t run out later.

<h3your-pets">Protect Your Pets

Pets need our help in caring for them! If the weather is bitterly cold or some type of storm is present, you need to bring your pets in for shelter.

While some animals can’t be brought indoors, it’s important that you take extra caution in helping them prepare. Having a shelter for them to get out of the weather, making sure they have plenty of food and always checking to see that they have unthawed water are simple ways you can protect them.

<h3aware-of-melts-and-flooding">Be Aware of Melts and Flooding

As we all know, winter can bring snow and ice, and these things will melt at some point. When the melting process happens, it has the potential of causing dangerous floods..

Keep an eye on your roof as ice melts, and stay in the know about potential flooding.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

Top Causes of House Fires Revealed | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of South Bronx are here for you if your home is affected by fire.

If you were to pull up to your home or apartment to see it in flames, your stomach might fall to the ground. We work hard to have nice things, and we work twice as hard (and spend a lot of money) to help keep them nice.

But while we might think we are acting in a safe way when it comes to protecting our homes from fire, more than a quarter of all reported fires are house fires.

So, stop what you’re doing and read over the top causes of house fires. Together, we can help bring the house fire numbers down.

Cooking. Most house fires start in the kitchen. And the leading cause of those fires is unattended cooking. Always be present, mentally and physically, when you’re cooking dinner.

Heating equipment. When the cold days of winter arrive, you want your heater working at its best. But heating systems of any kind can present a fire hazard if not maintained properly. Space heaters also present a particular hazard. If using a space heater, ensure you keep it away from anything flammable and in a location where it can’t be knocked over.

Electrical fires. These days, every room in the house contains electrical equipment. It’s important to understand the risks that these things present, like frayed cords or the overcrowding of outlets. If you’re living in an older house, have your electrical system checked out regularly.

Intentional fires. It may be hard to believe, but 28,000 intentional home fires are started every year. These aren’t fires set for legitimate reasons that get out of control; these are fires set on purpose with the intent of destruction.

Smoking materials. People smoking in their home is a personal choice, but if you do so, you should be aware that it is responsible for 5% of house fires and is the leading cause of fire deaths. It’s important to make sure cigarettes and other smoking materials have been completely put out before leaving the room or going to bed.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Commercial Cleaning Done Right | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx for all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO is nationally known for the restoration services we provide to homeowners following accidents or disasters. But some people may not realize that we are every bit as passionate about business owners as we are the homeowners.

We provide business owners the same services that we do for our homeowners, restoration following any type of accident or disaster. And we also provide custom solutions that only benefit the commercial space that you have poured your heart and soul into. Commercial cleaning is one example.

<h2services-for-businesses-of-any-kind-or-size">Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Kind or Size

Your focus should be on pleasing your customers, and you can let our focus be on making your business clean. We handle professional, high-quality cleaning and sanitation for all types of facilities:

Retail facilities, such as department stores, craft stores or supermarkets. Cleanliness goes well with anything, but especially when you are trying to attract customers to shop with you!

Educational facilities, such as schools, libraries or athletic facilities. With so many people in these types of facilities, it’s important to clean commonly used items regularly. And even regular cleaning by teachers and students only gets rid of half the bacteria from desks.

Health facilities, such as doctors’ offices, hospitals or assisted living centers. These places mandate that you keep cleanliness a top priority, and we help you exceed those expectations and the CDC standards.

Foodservice facilities, such as restaurants, kitchens or distribution centers. Without question, cleaning and sanitation are crucial in the food industry. We can help take the burden of cleaning off your plate, so you can focus on the good food.

Property management, like stadiums, apartment complexes or high-rises. When you put effort into the lobby of your company, your customers will take notice.

Studies show that the workforce can lose $260 billion per year in lost productivity due to illness within the workplace. By allowing SERVPRO to handle your cleaning and sanitation needs, you can prove to employees and customers their health is your main concern.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Can You Trust Your Restoration Company? | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of South Bronx.

When disaster strikes your home or business, you are left with making a quick decision about who will help you restore your home to its original state.

Whether you need to recover from a severe storm or an electrical accident at home, you need to know that your restoration company has your back! Here are a few things to consider before you commit to one:

Reputation

When disasters happen, people tend to show up and offer the best services for the best prices. But you have to make sure that they aren’t scammers.

Sadly, scammers seek people out who are vulnerable and rip you off. They promise big things, take your money, then deliver nothing and disappear.

With SERVPRO, you can trust that we will never do that. We have worked hard in this industry for over 50 years, earning a reputation that shows we put in the necessary work to ensure our customers are satisfied after every job.

Quick Action

When a disaster takes over your home, it is nice to know that you can reach out to someone who is ready to take care of your problem now!

That’s why we are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week! We know that there is no time to waste when it comes to fixing your home. Not only are you ready to be back to “normal,” but you also don’t want to incur more damage or cost in an already devastating situation.

Backup

SERVPRO of South Bronx is locally owned and operated, so you can rest assured that our employees that are here in the Bronx and readily available.

But sometimes, disasters impact entire communities. When that happens, you can rest assured we can access the help we need. We are fully backed by a nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises. When we call for help, they come running with the support and resources we need.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

What You Need to Know About Fall Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of South Bronx is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to welcome the cooler fall weather!

But like all the other seasons, autumn brings about safety risks. Taking a few minutes to learn about those risks now can help you prevent a fire later.

Campfire Safety

Did you know there’s a right and a wrong way to build a campfire? Seriously, when building a campfire, you need to stay aware and alert from beginning to end.

Knowing where and how to build a campfire is the first step. Make sure you keep it in an open area and away from anything flammable. Also, remember to use dry logs or limbs.

As you’re preparing to ignite the campfire, only use a match or lighter, never an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

And before you are ready to call it a night, you must ensure that your fire has been completely extinguished. If you aren’t careful, all it takes is a small gust of wind to help reignite the fire. To be safe, you can slowly douse your campfire with a bucket of water to help ensure all the embers are put out.

Space Heaters

As most of you know a portable space heater can become quite handy. This is true at all times of year, especially when you’re working in a chilly office environment. But space heaters are also a significant fire risk, especially during the fall and winter.

Make sure to keep your heater away from anything flammable. It’s also imperative to keep it on a level surface, because even though most come with an automatic shut-off, it’s better to be extra cautious.

You should also plug the heater directly into an outlet rather than into an extension cord. Using an extension cord to power your space heater creates a fire hazard.

Halloween

Halloween, while still a few weeks away, can provide some great decoration opportunities. But it’s important that you stay aware and alert as you decorate and as you enjoy the new scene.

Candles, costumes or other Halloween mainstays can be extremely flammable, so you need to be attentive.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Noticing Water Leaks? Check Out These Common Culprits | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of South Bronx team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Do you see damp spots on the ceiling? Is there a dried water stain down the wall? A puddle of water under the kitchen sink? No one likes to deal with these situations.

Unfortunately, we seldom get notice of an impending water disaster. Water takes the path of least resistance, and that can lead to water being in places it shouldn’t be.

Knowing how water can enter your home and ensuring those systems that are designed to keep water out are working as planned is an important way of limiting your risk. Here are a few of the most common origins of home water damage to keep your eyes on:

Faucet connection and washers. Most faucets use rubber gaskets to seal the water into the faucet. Over time, these degrade and wear out. Pressure from the supply line can then cause a leak.

Refrigerator drain pan. The evaporator coil usually handles the water generated from the defrost cycle, but whatever it doesn’t handle falls into the drain pan. Most of the time, it will evaporate naturally. If not working properly, water can accumulate and overflow the drip pan.

Foundation cracks. Cracks in the foundation of your house are easy places for water to infiltrate. If this occurs, contact a professional foundation repair expert to evaluate the problem and offer solutions.

Vent boots. Vent boots can degrade and cause small leaks. Over time, these leaks can create major damage in the roof system and the surrounding framing. These issues should be identified and repaired quickly.

Defective septic tank. There are any number of reasons for an improperly draining septic tank. The most obvious reason is that solids have built up in the system and clogged the outflow opening into the drain field.

Moisture in the crawlspace. Excessive moisture in the crawlspace can lead to rot, mold and structural damage if not addressed quickly. This moist environment is always a breeding ground for termites and other pests.

It’s important to keep up with the systems that keep water and moisture out of your home. If you can observe the warning signs in advance and make repairs, you may avoid a major repair.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Common Strom Damage Caused By Hurricanes | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement. After a flood, it is vital to begin restoration immediately.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

SERVPRO Of South Bronx Commercial Property Restoration Due To Water Damage

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Oil spill and water flood in commercial space. SERVPRO of South Bronx will grantee you highly skilled contents restoration experts will determine the best techniques for treating your belonging, d

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 Us Today: (718)-590-9902

Commercial Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage to your business. Damaged commercial basement due to a flood.

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 TODAY: 347-590-9902

SERVPRO Of South Bronx 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage to your home! We are available 24/7. Call us today for your emergency services!

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 Us Today: (347)-590-9902

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.

We Have The Specialized Equipment To Handle Fire Damage Remediation In The Bronx

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Bronx Fire Restoration This building had smoke damage from a fire in a shared basement.

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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The Experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx are Just a Phone Call Away

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of South Bronx is your local restoration expert.

Working hard as an adult means working to ensure things go smoothly for everyone.

Thanks to this little thing called life, though, we don’t always get the pleasure of things running smoothly. Disasters and accidents happen every day, and when one happens to you, it seems that roles and responsibilities change.

Luckily for you, at SERVPRO, we stay ready for these events so that you don’t have to.

A Quicker Response

Like most things, disasters or accidents don’t always happen on our timing. That’s why having us available 24 hours a day, seven days a week pays off.

We are here, ready and waiting for your call.

A Fast Response Time

Disasters or accidents can cause major damage, which is why you have to act fast.

When accidents happen and repair is delayed, it can allow for more mold growth, more smoke smell or more water damage. Responding quickly is essential, and that’s why us being here in The Bronx matters. We can get work underway quickly.

"Like it never even happened."

We want to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the work we provide. We take pride in our work and hope that it shows in the finished product.

We will not end our job until the finished product meets your approval.

Adapting to a Changing World

Here in New York, we’re no strangers to the effects of COVID-19. In the face of the pandemic, disease prevention is a primary focus for everyone.

Because we understand this, we now offer a cleaning service that goes above and beyond the traditional janitorial services that others provide. Now a business must provide a customized clean to ensure that customers and employees are safe.

No matter what your need, we’re here to help. When disaster strikes, you can sleep well knowing that you have SERVPRO here on your side, ready to tackle it for you.

As much as proactive planning can help, disasters happen. Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, technicians and training to get your situation under control. When you need help, get in touch with SERVPRO of South Bronx for the best service possible.

What to Know About Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

a large bright lighting strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of South Bronx is ready to make things right again.

Summer usually reminds most people of sunny days, spending the days outside with the family playing games or swimming. But what we don’t realize is summer typically brings more rain than the other months.

The saying is “April showers bring May flowers,” but it seems that lately summer brings even more rain. Summer weather brings two important ingredients for storms—heat and moisture in the air. When those combine, storms and rain result.

Here in The Bronx, we’re familiar with this trend and see increased precipitation during the summer. The good news? It typically starts to diminish beginning at the end of August.

Are You Ready?

While the average rainfall in summer increases and showers are more common, it’s important to remember that all storms have a chance of becoming severe. It’s imperative to pay close attention to the weather or storm alerts that come across.

With technology today, you can easily stay up to the minute with weather alerts, but if you lose power you might be out of luck. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in an NOAA Weather radio, which is battery-operated.

It’s smart to be cautious during storms. Storms can cause flooding, or they can wreak havoc on your belongings. You can take safety precautions throughout the year by keep up with your yard maintenance and clearing your property of debris that can be stirred up by wind or water during a storm.

Many people die every year from storm-related incidents, so it’s always best to use caution during any kind of bad weather event.

Stay Safe

Storms can be somewhat peaceful at times, but if you hear thunder or see lightning, it’s best to stay indoors. And anytime you hear thunder, you should always know that lightning is sure to follow.

Like your mother or grandmother used to warn, stay away from windows and avoid bathing during a bad storm.

It’s also important to keep an emergency kit prepared for your family. Having one in your car is also a good idea.

Flooding can happen quickly and also bring about many dangers, so it’s best to stay on high ground and avoid any flood waters if possible. As kids we remember playing in the water puddles or flooded ditches, but these waters can conceal electrical wires.

When flooding conditions are present, stay off the roads. Even a small amount of standing water can be dangerous or even life-threatening.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Defensible Space Is Wildfire Protection | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of South Bronx is ready and able to repair any damage.

It’s not something we often think about in and around The Bronx, but wildfires are more common, causing more property damage that you might realize. A wildfire can spread at alarming rates, especially since our world is made up of so many combustible materials.

We must do our part in protecting our homes to give us a fighting chance against wildfires. That can be as simple as being more careful.

But there are also other measures we can take, including defensible space.

Making a Plan

Defensible space sounds a little intimidating, but in reality, it’s a buffer area that you can create around your home. You can create this defensible space by removing anything that can feed a wildfire, things like dead trees or leaves.

This is why planting and pruning practices become important. You can also use flame-resistant gravel landscape to help lower your chances of being affected.

Defensible space can be thought of as a shield of protection around your home. It is helping slow down or stopping the spread of fire as it nears your home, and gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it takes over your home.

Because defensible space has proven to be effective, some states started requiring it by law. It isn’t required in our area, but if you own or rent a house, it may be worth investing in.

The Rising Hazards of Wildfires

There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020. Every state was impacted.

California accounted for 10,000+, but the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. In New York, we fared better than most states with only 192 wildfires, but they burned 1,123 acres of land.

It’s imperative that home owners take the necessary actions to protect their home. Defensible space is one way of doing this.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

The Costs of Severe Weather Are Rising | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx to start the restoration process.

2020 was tumultuous year to say the least, and the weather was no exception. In fact, it was a record-setting year for climate and weather disasters.

Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

There were a total of 22 official weather disasters, which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollar in damages, plus many other damaging storms. There were so many hurricanes and tropical storms during 2020 that the NWS had to start using the Greek alphabet to name all the storms.

How Costly Can It Be?

Hurricanes are easily seen as destructive and financially draining, but lately, other types of severe weather are starting to have the same effects. The most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

There were 14 official weather disasters that were severe thunderstorms, and some of these unleashed tornadoes as well. Thunderstorms happen so often that we typically forget the damage that can be associated with them. Reality is showing that we have to start taking safety actions now.

In August 2020, eastern Nebraska experienced what seemed to be a typical thunderstorm, but it quickly turned into something much more eventful called a derecho. A derecho is something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm.

When Nebraska had this hit, it impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields, which is almost half the state’s corn crops—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

Our area is no stranger to severe weather, either. Last summer, we saw the impact of Tropical Storm Isaias, which was the most destructive storm in New York since Hurricane Sandy. And shortly thereafter, a line of severe thunderstorms came through the city and left a trail of tree damage from The Bronx to Queens.

Bigger Storms, Bigger Costs

The trend is showing that these severe storms aren’t backing down anytime soon. 2020 was the 10th consecutive year that had at least eight billion-dollar disasters.

2017 saw the highest total of damages on record, with over $300 billion in damages. And then in 2018 and 2019, there was a combined total of $136 billion in damages.

Severe storms happen, and lately they are becoming more intense and more costly, so as a home or business owner, it’s never too early to take whatever precautions are possible. in order to minimize the damage to your property.

No matter what precautions you take, life always throws curveballs, so it’s nice to know you’ve got friends in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

The Level of Clean Your Customers Now Expect | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of South Bronx team.

We can finally breathe a little easier! Areas across the country that were COVID-19 hotspots, like New York City and The Bronx specifically, are now experiencing major turnarounds.

If the last year and a half taught us anything, they taught us that our health is incredibly fragile. As we start to return to a more normal life, including in-person shopping, we now expect that businesses we patronize will keep our safety and wellness top of mind.

Need to make sure your business stays in front of those expectations? Start with a Certified: SERVPRO Clean.

The SERVPRO Difference

When it comes to cleaning your business, you have lots of options for potential vendors. Many companies offer commercial cleaning services.

But our services encompass way more than basic cleaning! Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program uses advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go well beyond the traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

What makes our program different than others? The 3 C’s:

Consult. SERVPRO of South Bronx is locally owned and operated, so we’re intimately familiar with the specific needs and guidelines in our area. But your cleaning program is also customized to your business. We will sit down with you to discuss the unique needs of your business, including the size and layout of your space, the type of work you do, and the people who use your facility.

Clean. Once we have a strategy in mind, we’ll come on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. Using these types of products gives your building the clean of a lifetime, always adhering to (or exceeding) the CDC standards. This cleaning technology does much more than simply protect your employees and customers from COVID-19. It also clears the space of other bacteria and viruses, such as the common cold and the flu.

Certify. When the technicians are done, you can proudly display, the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your front window. This badge of honor proves to people that they are about to walk into a business that cares for them. You’ll also receive a digital emblems and other signifiers as well, and both you and your customers will know you’ve gone to the greatest lengths to protect everyone inside.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Fires and the Warmer Months | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx to learn more.

The warmer months are upon us! Which means more activities outdoors—things like cookouts, family reunions, seasonal celebrations and so much more.

The downside of that is the warmer months also bring an increase in fire activity.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of the year. So, what can you do to help prevent fires?

Below are three main areas that you can pay attention to.

Grilling. Barbecue is a summer staple! With that said, the grill gets a bad rap as being the biggest risk, because, well it is. With a combination of flame, heat, grease and gas, it gives way to danger easily. Before grilling, do a quick little inspection to make sure it’s in good working order with no leaks, placed at least three feet away from anything flammable and is cleaned in between uses. While cleaning in between uses seems to come naturally, improper cleaning is the cause of almost 20% of the reason of grill fires.

Fire pits or fireworks. Warmer nights remind us of sitting by fire pits and fireworks to celebrate holidays! While these things are fun, it’s easy to let safety slip your mind. Never leave kids unattended around a fire pit. Keep a bucket of water close to the pit. Don’t add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and when you’re ready to put it out, do it slowly to keep from scattering embers. Fireworks are the same—keep a fire hose close and water them down before throwing them in the trash.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Most people aren’t using their fireplaces in the warmer months, so it’s the perfect time to have the chimney cleaned or inspected. Dryer vents are another source of fire risk. Be sure to have those vent pipes cleaned out, even if you regularly clean the lint trap.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

How to Spot Water Damage in Your Basement | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of South Bronx is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

A basement can be a great resource for any homeowner fortunate enough to have one. It can provide everything from extra storage space to extra living space, and it can be a safe space to shelter in storm situations, especially if the home doesn’t have an underground shelter.

However, because of the fact that basements are by their nature partially or mostly underground, homes are prone to water leakage from moist surrounding soil over time.

While this is not a certainty, if your home has a basement, you’re going to want to educate yourself about how water can come in and what kind of damage it can do. Let’s examine some of the indicators of water damage in your basement—and remember, we have technicians on standby ready to assist you should you realize there’s a problem.

How to Identify Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. Even if water leaking into your underground basement is clean when it comes in, over time and after evaporation and temperature changes, it becomes toxic and begins to give off the pungent odor many people associate with basements. There’s a common misconception that all basements smell this way, but this really should not be the case. The smell arises when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while they may go unnoticed by your eyes at first, your nose will let you know something’s going on.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Thinking they’re heading off the basement water problem forever, homeowners will sometimes apply a waterproof paint to the walls or cinder blocks of a basement. Unfortunately, this paint will only mask the problem temporarily and then give way to a more serious issue as time goes on. Water will eventually be too much for the paint to handle, and the walls will show the wear and tear via bubbling and cracking.

Foundational cracks. Homes shift slightly over time, but cracks in the foundation are problematic in that they indicate the presence of a dangerous situation caused by an untreated water leak. Cracks may show up first in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls and are often a sign that there is water putting pressure on your home’s structure. Hairline cracks are no cause for alarm, but if they grow or lengthen, you should take steps immediately to repair them.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

What to Expect When a Thunderstorm Strikes | SERVPRO of South Bronx

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty delighted to be welcoming warmer weather! After months of sometimes-bitter cold and frozen precipitation, warm days and sunshine are a refreshing change of pace.

But while those brighter days feel amazing—and are a reminder that summer days (and outdoor time) are straight ahead—they also bring with them an increased risk of thunderstorms.

We don’t usually think of thunderstorms as being particularly dangerous, but that’s precisely why they can be dangerous. Since storms are common, we often let down our guard, which can leave us unprepared for the dangers.

What is a thunderstorm exactly? It’s exactly what it sounds like! A thunderstorm is a storm that contains thunder. And that also means it contains lightning, since thunder and lightning are always paired together, even if you can’t see the lightning.

Many of these storms are mild, but thunderstorms can also be upgraded to severe status in certain conditions. This occurs when winds reach over 58 miles per hour and hail is an inch or larger in diameter.

The Damages Thunderstorm Can Cause

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Fun fact: The thunder you hear during thunderstorms is actually caused by lightning. That lightning can also be pretty dangerous. More than 300 injuries annually are reported due to lightning strikes, and strikes can also cause property damage.

Property damage due to hail. You probably know that hail is not always a part of thunderstorms. But it is fairly common. Hail forms in the cold parts of thunderstorm clouds, essentially forming dangerous ice pellets that can cause injury or destruction. These pellets can vary in size, and when they’re large, they can damage cars and homes, along with people or pets who are unable to seek cover in time.

Harm from flash flooding. While driving in flash flood conditions isn’t a danger for many of us who use public transit, it’s still something to be aware of. Flash flooding is often a result of overwhelmed drainage systems, meaning it can impact nearly any area and come about suddenly. Once water piles up, even as little as an inch can make it difficult to walk and dangerous to drive.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Our Approach on Restoration

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

There is a lot that goes into choosing a restoration company as a homeowner. Not only are you picking someone to restore your home, but you are also forced to make a big decision during a stressful time in life. Choosing the right company will give you peace of mind and make your experience a positive one, but it’s important to pick one that is trustworthy.

Because there are so many types of damages that can occur from a disaster, it is important to choose a company that can handle a variety of situations.

When water damage turns into structural damage or a small kitchen fire releases toxic soot particle into the air, homeowners will want a company that can handle the entire situation. Seeking a company that can handle complications is essential for a positive experience.

Our Approach to Restoration

Our restoration jobs are just as much about providing excellent service as they are restoring your home. These are the ways in which we approach restoration differently:

With a Guaranteed Quick Response Time

Emergencies do not have respect for anyone’s schedule, which is why we do not have business hours. Our emergency service line is an around-the-clock service, meaning you can call us 24 hours a day to report the damage. Once we receive the call, our technicians will spring into action in order to get to you ASAP.

With an Experienced Team

Our restoration technicians are industry leaders with proven results. Trained according to IICRC standards, they will ensure the most up-to-date methodology is used in your restoration for any type of damage.

With a National Network

Our franchise locations are located across the country with over 1,700 locations. This means that we have a national network to utilize for resources. Therefore, we can treat a large-scale disaster with the same care and efficiency as we would an isolated spot of thunderstorm damage.

If you have experienced storm damage, we are always here to help! Call our experts of SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902 so we can address your damages quickly.

Home Fire Prevention Tips

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke alarms are a great tool for house fire prevention, but they are not the only way to lessen your risk.

The causality of house fires is varied, but one thing that is consistent is how frequently they occur. By learning about the statistics and proven prevention methods, homeowners can keep their families safe.

The Numbers Behind House Fires

In the United States, it is reported that a home fire is put on record every 24 seconds according to the NFPA. That works out to nearly 8,600 house fires a day.

Though the vast majority of house fires are cooking-related, malfunctioning appliances, frayed wiring or cords, and carelessness with open flames are also often to blame. The fact that fires spread rapidly and can quickly consume an entire home, it is essential to be vigilant in prevention for the safety of your household.

House Fires Prevention Tips

Being proactive is the best defense against house fires. By keeping these fire prevention tips in mind, you can minimize your risk and keep your home safer:

Maintain smoke detectors. Maintain your smoke detectors by testing them each month and replacing them every 10 years.

Clean the dryer. After each load of laundry is dried, make a point to clear lint from the tray. Lint can build up and become a fire hazard when the dryer gets warm.

Keep an eye on open flames. Fires can start and spread faster than you think, which is why it is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Whether it is a candle, cooking flame or fireplace, always keep an eye on them.

Maintain electrical cords. Cords and electrical wires should be checked often for frayed spots and immediately replaced if they are present. Never run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat.

Read product labels. Chemicals in household products can be highly flammable, and so can products that come in aerosol cans. Keep these away from sunlight or heat sources.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire, smoke and soot remediation, we are here to help 247.

The Reason You Should Choose SERVPRO for Home Restoration | SERVPRO of South Bronx

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Home Owners Insurance Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

When you’re buying or renting a home in the Bronx, a number of factors come into play. You’re looking for the best possible cost per month, whether it’s rent or mortgage, plus any other fees, like HOA costs or building maintenance. You probably also considered where to get your renters or homeowners insurance.

But did you consider where to turn in the case of a disaster requiring home restoration?

While home damage is something we never want to consider, the Insurance Information Institute, reports that one out of every 350 American homeowners will file a fire-related claim this year.

That stat is alarming, but it only relates to fire. When you consider all the different types of home damage, one in 20 households will have to file a homeowners claim this year. That’s a lot of damage in need of restoration.

Now’s the time to think through who you’ll work with if disaster strikes. Read on to learn what sets us apart.

The SERVPRO Difference

When you work with SERVPRO, you gain access to a number of benefits. We’re a local company, but backed by a national organization. That means we have the full spectrum of advanced technologies and techniques—and can bring in other providers in large-scale instances where many people in the community are affected.

We’re also available 247, so you don’t have to wait when you need restoration. Whether your home damage occurs day or night, we can get the process started as soon as possible.

But we believe that our people are truly what set SERVPRO apart.

When you partner with SERVPRO for restoration work, you gain access to a team of technicians with highly specialized training. Not only do they have a keen knowledge of our community and how it works, but they’re also armed with best practices for handling all types of home damage carefully and thoroughly.

To prepare for handling any type of restoration, our technicians go through both internal SERVPRO-specific training and obtain specialized certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, which sets the industry standard for best practices related to restoration.

If you’re ever in need of restoration, that means that you can rest assured knowing that you’re in good hands with SERVPRO.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Use These 3 Simple Steps to Prevent Heavy Rain Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of South Bronx

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy Rains You can prevent storms from damaging your home or business.

No one likes to think about what they would do if water damaged their home. But dealing with this problem is a reality for many homeowners every year, including people in our community.

We know it’s common from our experiences, but the numbers show it’s a common problem, too. According to insurance industry experts, about one in every 50 Americans will need water damage restoration this year. That means literally millions of people will deal with this issue.

We hope it doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, it’s good to be prepared.

Water Damage Causes

When you think about the natural disasters and home appliance and plumbing malfunctions that can lead to water damage, you can probably make a list of things that can cause water damage.

You may not even think of rain as a cause of damage at all. It’s a common fixture in many weekly forecasts, so it doesn’t register the same way a storm system does. But if your home is not well-maintained, rain can damage it over time.

It’s not as difficult as you might think to lessen your risk with planning and creativity.

Keeping Your Property Safe From Heavy Rains

Our team members have good ideas for ways to protect your home from water damage. Basic home maintenance can make a difference, and many of these projects might be on your list already:

Check your yard for drainage issues. Knowing the way your yard drains in relation to your home is vital. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Use native plants. Choosing native plants can protect your home from water damage. Plus, they can make your home look more beautiful. Talk to a local expert about native plants or visit a native plant sale.

Make time to seal your roof. Did you know that 95% of roof damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles? Sealing your roof will prevent this problem.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Common Plumbing Failures You Should Know About

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of South Bronx has been helping homeowners and business owners repair water damages caused by plumbing failures. We have seen all kinds of water damage, and we have the professional training, experience, and equipment to restore the emergencies you may encounter. While there are many reasons pipes burst or fail, here are some top culprits:

  1. Freezing
  2. Tree root encroachment
  3. Corrosion
  4. Soil Shifting
  5. High water pressure
  6. Clogs

Some of these examples may be prevented through maintenance of your pipes.  Water pipes, if not properly maintained and insulated, can cause a costly repair later and, in some cases, even destroy or cause extensive damage to your home or business. Smaller water leaks can, over time, damage your home as well as attract mold growth.

In the event you do sustain damage from a failed plumbing system, SERVPRO of South Bronx is here to help 24/7/365.  Give us a call at 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com for a no-cost assessment of your water damage situation.

5 Star Customer Review

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Customer Review Recent customer review for commercial cleaning in Bronx, NY.

At SERVPRO of South Bronx, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent and professional customer service. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage or fire damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible.!

One such example of this comes from a review written by a customer in Bronx, NY for whom the SERVPRO of South Bronx team performed commercial cleaning services of a very large basement.

Here at SERVPRO of South Bronx, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied with a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call for help at 347-590-9902 or email us office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

The Services You Need for Safe Reopening From Local Experts I SERVPRO of South Bronx

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Supporting businesses in our neighborhood is important to members of our team.

Why are we passionate about being a good partner to business owners? It’s simple. We know it takes a lot to successfully operate a business and provide services to our community.

It’s not only a lot of work. It also takes a lot of planning to be prepared for anything the future brings. Business owners are planners, too.

Having a plan in place for challenges—or at least being proactive enough to deal with them as they arise—is vital.

But even if you have a nuanced plan that covers a decade of growth, it’s not possible to plan for everything that could happen. No one saw the COVID-19 pandemic coming. As a business owner, you’ve probably spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.

Some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers through the internet. Others are opting to open up restaurants, stores and companies for in-person services.

Regardless of how you decided to move forward, you can get help and support for a safe reopening.

A Safe Reopening Is a Priority

You can find plenty of information out there to help you continue to move forward. There are business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust. Resources like these can help you operate during uncertain times.

Ensuring that your business is clean and safe for everyone is another important step. That’s where we can help you.

We will get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” What does that mean?

Here’s what to know:

First, we’ll consult with you. You can use our one-on-one advice and support to ensure that the plan we come up with will work for you.

Then a team of experts will clean your business. They’ll use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers to come back. Our teams work with proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, our teams certify your space. That means you can rest assured that you’re ready to be open for business.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you. Call 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com today!

Secondary Damage: What Is That?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Home affected by water damage. Home that suffered water damage. Drying with SERVPRO equipment to prevent any secondary damage. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today!

Some water damage is evident.  This will be something like a burst pipe or dishwasher overflowing. Some water damage is more hidden.  This could be a slow leak that drips over time.

Whatever type of damage you have, it needs to be addressed quickly. Especially with warmer months around the corner, water damage has the potential to turn into mold damage very fast.  The warm and damp conditions are a perfect breeding ground for mold.  This is called secondary damage, as it is not the initial water damage, but is directly related to it.

This is why SERVPRO of South Bronx works to minimize these risks.  We remove the affected areas. We dry the affected areas thoroughly by monitoring if equipment is being used. When drying is done we spray antimicrobials to those same affected areas to ensure no mold can grow.  If we are called for mold, we can remediate that as well.

After water damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of South Bronx has the skilled technicians and specialized equipment needed for your commercial and/or residential damage remediation needs.  That is why we should be your first call. Contact us at 347-590-9902 for immediate assistance or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

What to Avoid When It Comes to Mold

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

mold in common areas Mold in bathroom. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today!!

Some disasters that impact your Bronx home happen all at once and are impossible to ignore. Other situations can provide comparable damages to your property, but they do not occur dramatically. Mold and microbial growth are a good example of this potential threat and taking care of this problem immediately must be a top priority for homeowners. The effects from a mold colony can irreparably damage structural elements and pose potential health effects for the people and pets within the residence.

While many homeowners might not consider mold damage in their Bronx house to demand immediate attention, there are several considerations to make. A primary concern that a homeowner should have about mold growth is the potential health effects that could result. Exposure to colonies can be challenging to avoid, and that is where highly trained professionals like our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians can help.

Our team undergoes significant training to obtain the IICRC mold remediation certification that sets the bar for quality remediation work in the industry. Additionally, our highly trained personnel can continue their educational opportunities through e-learning experiences and in-house courses designed to improve their ability to respond to disasters and preserve your home in an emergency. We strive to provide our customers with well-prepared technicians who can overcome any obstacle to restore damaged property.

This franchise offers a 24-hour response for mold mitigation. With how quickly active colonies can spread throughout a moisture-ridden environment, you need our SERVPRO technicians there quickly to isolate the colony and prevent it from spreading further. Our approach can also prevent spores from seating in new areas through the use of OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions on potential surfaces that could support a colony.

Mold is not something that a homeowner should attempt to remove on their own, as this approach rarely removes the entire problem and can allow further damage to their home and its occupants. Give our SERVPRO of South Bronx applied microbial remediation technicians a call today at (347)-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

Get Your Home Ready for Spring Storms With These Tips | SERVPRO of South Bronx

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of South Bronx

Are you ready for winter to end? If so, you aren’t alone. A cold, dreary winter during a pandemic definitely has many of our friends and neighbors longing for warmer days and weather that lets us get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Since March has arrived, our spring fever will be cured soon. For now, you may be spending some time planning what you’ll do when the weather. Why not also spend a little time planning your spring maintenance projects? It’s a good idea to plan for one of spring’s biggest weather threats—strong thunderstorms.

There’s nothing we can do to stop a strong or severe thunderstorm from hitting our neighborhood. But there’s plenty we can do to make sure our home is in the best position to weather these storms. Here’s how.

Are These Projects on Your To-Do List?

Check out these projects. They’ll make a good addition to your seasonal to-do list, and keep your home safer, too.

Be sure your roof is ready. Don’t let the first time you realize your shingles are loose or your roof is leaking be when it starts storming. Check for missing shingles and signs of leaks first. Repair them to keep your home safer.

Don’t forget to check your sump pump if you have one. Some homes and townhomes need one of these to regulate basement water levels. If yours does, be sure it’s ready to withstand storms.

Be sure your gutters aren’t cluttered with winter debris. Clean channels allow water around your home to flow the right way. When they’re full of trash, they can overflow and cause water damage.

Secure everything you can around your home. Items like patio furniture and grills can be blown around or over during a windy storm. If you can, find a way to secure these items not to see them damaged later.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Locust Point Business Can Thrive After a Fire or Flooding l SERVPRO of South Bronx

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bronx knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. SERVPRO of South Bronx knows the commercial restoration process inside & out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right restoration company

We know business owners can feel like they’re facing an uphill battle when dealing with damage from a fire or flooding.

But business owners in our area have a powerful partner in the South Bronx SERVPRO team. We’ll use our expertise to advise and support you the entire way.

Rebuilding Your Business After a Fire or Flood

Your business can rebuild and succeed even after it’s been damaged. But you’ll need to move forward with a plan quickly. Here’s how you can do it:

Take time to review your disaster plan. Focusing after a fire or flood damages your family business can be a challenge for even the most focused business owner. That’s why your plan is an essential part of moving forward. Please read through it again once (or a few times) and follow it carefully.

Document all your damage before the cleanup process begins. Having pictures from before the cleanup process begins allows the insurer of your property damage. Invest some time in building a complete inventory of all your lost or damaged items. If you can, add the value of each item to your inventory. You can pass all this information along to your insurer.

Support your valuable employees. You rely on your employees, and they rely on your business. You can take steps to do what you can for them during this difficult time. You can look to resources like the Small Business Administration (SBA) for help.

Don’t forget to update the members of your community. Communicating with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community. will put you in a better position when it’s time to open again. Social media and your email marketing list can make this easier.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

What Precautions Can You Take Against Flood Damage?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Man on phone sitting on couch submerged in water When dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx for prompt & dependable service.

Because it’s a harsh truth that some form of flooding is involved in 90% of natural disasters, the chances of homeowners dealing with flooding at some point in their life is high.

Homeowners should always be aware of their risks concerning natural disaster-related floods, and know how to lessen their chances of water damage in the process.

Ways to Lessen Damages From a Flood

Learning a flood is imminent can be a frightening time. Though disaster-related flooding cannot be prevented, homeowners can take steps to limit the damage a flood may cause:

Know your risk. Use the FEMA Flood Map Tool or call the local branch of your emergency management office to better understand your risk and the precautions to take.

Anchor fuel and propane tanks. Propane tanks can become dislodged in the event of rushing waters, so anchoring them to the ground is advised.

Turn off electricity. Never take risks when electricity and water are concerned. If you think any part of your home might flood, cut the electricity to that area immediately.

Digitize valuables. Items considered irreplaceable, such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, should be digitized and the physical copies kept off-site or in a waterproof safe.

Protect appliances. In the case of a shallow flood, appliances such as washers and dryers can be elevated on bricks or stands to protect the internal workings from water damage.

Elevate hazardous materials. Dangerous chemicals are contained in many household liquids, which can leach into the water and create even more dangers. Elevate these products in order to keep the area safe.

In the event of a disaster, keeping your family out of harm’s way is your primary concern. Advanced precautions can go a long way in keeping your home safe, and will lessen your likelihood of obtaining severe damages.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of South Bronx is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Fire Safety All Businesses Should Know

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

When you are at work, you should remember to practice fire safety. It may be easy to forget about safety when you’re busy doing your daily tasks at work, but remembering safety is always important. When it comes to fire safety in the office there are a few things you should remember. 

 Tips for Office Fire Safety

Make fire safety a priority in the workplace by encouraging your colleagues and employees to take action. Here are some tips for fire safety:

  • Have an emergency evacuation plan in case of a fire
  • Hold office fire drills at least once a year
  • Be attentive when using coffee makers, toasters, and microwaves in the office
  • Try not to use a space heater, or keep heaters away from flammable items
  • Do not use damaged electrical equipment
  • Only use extension cords for temporary purposes
  • Only allow smoking in designated areas and make sure cigarettes are properly disposed of
  • Train employees on how to use fire extinguishers

Fire Protection for Office Buildings

One of the best ways to stay safe from a fire is to install fire protection systems in your building. Fire sprinklers, alarms, and extinguishers can keep you safe from a fire.

Fire Sprinkler Systems

Installing fire sprinkler systems saves lives and protects property. Fire sprinklers can extinguish or stop the spread of a fire. A fire sprinkler system can be designed to fit the needs of your facility and keep everyone safe.

Fire Alarms

Fire alarm systems alert building occupants of a fire so they can escape safely and quickly. When a fire breaks out, you may only have minutes to escape so every second count. This means you need a fire alarm system to alert people as soon as a fire is detected in the building.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can prevent fires from growing too large and destroying property as well as injuring people. Install extinguishers and have them regularly inspected to keep your building protected. Train employees on the proper way to use a fire extinguisher.

DIY Water Cleanup vs. Professional Water Cleanup

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

One mistake homeowners sometimes make taking on water cleanup in their homes after a plumbing disaster, appliance malfunction, or storm damage is self-cleaning. Sometimes the amount of water is more considerable than the home efforts can handle. 

One of the most significant differences between DIY and professional water cleanup in New York City properties is the equipment. SERVPRO technicians have access to a vast array of advanced equipment designed specifically for different types of surfaces and situations. 

Why SERVPRO?

The training the technicians of SERVPRO undergo is extensive and ongoing. As new advancements happen in the restoration services industry, they stay on top of the latest technology to ensure each job they work on gets the best outcome from fire, mold or water damage.

Consumer vs. Professional Drying Equipment

Fans blowing on a wet surface tend only to dry the area the airflow hits. When SERVPRO deploys their air movers and dehumidification equipment, it works to not only dry surfaces but pulls embedded moisture out of the structure for complete drying. 

For particular situations such as wet wall cavities, there are specific pieces of equipment such as the Injecti-Dry system that directs concentrated airflow into tight spaces. Drying mats have the potential to make the difference in a hardwood floor that is a restorable rather than a loss. The careful monitoring during the drying phase ensures that the damaged area meets preset goals for air moisture levels.

Avoiding Water Odors

Often, after drying and wiping down the water loss area with antibacterial cleaning agents, it is enough to dispel residual odors. However, in some cases, the musty calling card of damage from water may require more robust treatments. The techs have access to numerous types of odor control equipment and choose the best method based on the level of scent removal required. 

When your home needs water cleanup, call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902. The technicians arrive quickly and work to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."  

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Bronx Home

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Many people do not realize it but there are numerous bad habits we tend to ignore that may spark a fire in our homes. Consider the following hazards:

  • Dirty rags- Sure, we’re inclined to pile up rags in a corner, but be aware! Oil soaked rags thrown and left unattended can potentially oxidize, spontaneously combusting, causing a house fire. Let rags dry flat outside or if disposing, use a metal can filled with water and a tight lid.
  • Improper use of electric blankets- Yes, even a cozy blanket can go wrong. Never let your pet snuggle on top, and make sure not to pile extra covers over the electric blanket. Excessive heat build-up can trigger a fire. To stay on the side, keep your blanket on the lowest setting and don’t forget to turn it off when not in use.
  • Home Appliances Recalls- A significant amount of home appliances caused house fires in the past decade, some being from defective appliances. To ensure that you are on top of your home appliances, register your appliances with the manufacturers or recalls.gov to see if any of your models are on the list.
  • Dryer Lint- Aside from cleaning your lint screen for more drying efficiency, did you know that lint can become flammable? Be very consistent with cleaning out lint from your dryer vent and exhaust duct.
  • Excess amount of extension cords- Connecting a large amount of cords for an extensive amount of time can cause a short circuit and ignite a fire. Extension cords are not permanent solutions for a lack of electrical outlets.
  • Oven Range hoods- While stoves can be a very common source for kitchen fires, range hoods present potential fire hazards as well. Grease builds up inside the vent hood filter and can potentially drip onto the stove, igniting a probable fire.

These are a few things to think about and help fire proof your home. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com. Call the experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx today!

NYC Pipe Burst Hits Bronx Businesses Hard

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Bronx Basement of local Bronx Business affected from 3 feet of water that rushed in due to a NYC Pipe Burst.

There was a massive water main break in the morning hours of Thursday, January 7, 2021 that caused significant damage to many businesses. It has left them with flooding, property/content damages, no power and an enormous amount of stress as well as frustration. This is why it is extremely important to know what crucial steps to take next and who to call. Here at SERVPRO we excel in water mitigation. The faster you call us the faster you minimize the damages and the faster you get your business back up and running.

No one wanted to start the year this way but unfortunately for many Bronx business owners this was a sad reality and truly a nightmare. There are numerous business owners that have lucrative businesses and great insurances but when disaster strikes they feel lost, confused, overwhelmed and simply don't know what to do. This is where SERVPRO of South Bronx comes to save the day. We have the knowledge and expertise to ease the entire process for you. We work with any insurance with you in mind. We will answer any questions you may have and address all your concerns. We take pride in our business and will treat you like family. This is why you should call SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902 today!!!

The Experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx are Just a Phone Call Away

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

It is in our nature to care and hold dear of what is important to us. You want the best doctors and education for your children. You would not entrust your children with just anyone. Therefore, why would you entrust just anyone with your home, business and/or possessions? You would want the best of the best on the job. We are the experts in the restoration business.

We are at an advantage for being a full-service contractor that has gained knowledge and experience over the years. What does that mean to you? Let us just say SERVPRO of South Bronx can save you time and money. Why contract two different companies when you can simply contract SERVPRO of South Bronx and make it like it never happened. We can answer any of your questions and meet all your needs to provide you with excellent service while being cost effective while working with your insurance company with your best interest at heart.

We are constantly learning to master our trade to become more effective in every aspect. We try to offer different services through the ever-changing times that have happened throughout our beloved City of the Bronx with such services as COVID-19 cleaning that will make you feel safe in the environment you call home and/or work. Therefore, our knowledge is infinitely evolving to be the most effective in the industry.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today with any questions you may have 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com.

When Water Hits You Must Act Quick

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water can cause significant destruction in your Bronx office despite if it results from a broken HVAC system, malfunctioning fire sprinkler system or a burst pipe, among other reasons. When water hits you must act quick to minimize overall loss to your business such as destruction to office equipment, supplies, furniture, and documents.

Furthermore, commercial water damage in a Bronx office building can cause loss of income if you must shut down operations. The impact it can have on your business’ finances can create time-consuming tasks for some of your office personnel. Restoring an office after a water loss incident is a challenge. Using proper water removal strategies can restore salvageable items and spare the building from further destruction. The experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx can help you to manage the damage. Here are a few helpful tips to that can prevent further damage to your business:

  • Shut down the main water source immediately to stop any water flow from coming into the office.
  • Switch off electricity for areas of the office building which came into contact with any water.
  • Open doors and windows to boost air circulation.
  • Mop the wet areas, surfaces, and furniture to extract as much water as you can.
  • If there are damp paper documents, determine which ones are essential and which ones you can discard. Spread out the valuable documents in an appropriate location so they can dry.
  • Move computers, documents, and other equipment or materials that are not ruined, but are sensitive to moisture.

Water intrusion in any office building is a sensitive situation, and that’s why SERVPRO of South Bronx responds promptly to emergency calls 24/7/365. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) can help you remove the water and dry your office with minimal disruption to your daily operations. Our technicians excel in the field and will quickly act on what needs to be done effectively. Water may seep into wall cavities and get trapped behind building materials, creating ongoing moisture issues. Surfaces can appear to be dry but there can be moisture that cannot be seen by the naked eye. We have specialized equipment to monitor like moisture meters and thermal cameras to detect moisture under floors and behind walls. If mitigation is not done correctly more serious problems can arise in the future such as mold which is everyone’s nightmare.

We also have advanced air movers that allow the proper airflow to circulate the affected area and speed up the drying time. Our crew also uses dehumidifiers to eliminate any moisture from the air creating an effective drying atmosphere for affected areas. We provide total cleanup services that can restore your office to its preloss state quickly and effectively. We can communicate with your insurance company to handle the formalities of filing a claim making the entire process a little easier.

When water affects your office, call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for restoration services. We can get the job done right to make the incident seem “Like it never even happened.”

Let US help YOU with the Flood in Your Home

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flood in Basement Home Call us at SERVPRO of South Bronx 347-590-9902

Extraction tasks can vary in severity from heavily saturated flooring materials in Bronx homes to several inches or even feet of standing water. With structural breaches that allow for flooding, areas of your home can quickly become compromised and in need of efficient water removal services. That is why choosing the right company to render such services is crucial. Here at SERVPRO of South Bronx, we are extremely knowledgeable in restoration services alongside with our industrial equipment we can effectively extract any level of water as soon as we arrive to minimize damage to you home.

We have a full inventory of extraction tools and equipment from portable to ride-on machines that help to tackle flood damage in any Bronx residences. Deciphering approach is crucial and our main objective to successfully extract the water and prevent any further loss. Our team can devise a plan suited to the particular damage present and which extractor options best accommodates the condition.

Weighted Extractors 

These tools are ideal for pulling saturation from carpeting and subflooring/padding when the carpet is not getting removed. In clean water damage, rapid drying and recovery solutions can ensure that carpeting does not need to get discarded, and weighted extractors can help it to dry more evenly and efficiently.

Portable Extractors

We have many portable options including sump pumps and light wands that can handle continuous removal of floodwater, but at a reduced volume to some of the other more powerful options in our extractor arsenal. These options typically require electricity, which means they require the presence of a generator in situations where the power has become disconnected.

Stationary Extractors 

These are heavier units like our trash pumps that are less readily moved from one area to another without considerable effort. These units, which also include the truck-mount extractor in our SERVPRO Green Fleet, pull higher volumes of water from a damaged area of the home. These are ideal for significant loss situations with several inches to several feet of standing water.

Choosing the right extractor is something that most homeowners do not have to address on their own. By choosing SERVPRO of South Bronx, you are choosing a team of qualified professionals capable of fast extraction and rapid drying time for your home. Call us anytime at 347-590-9902. We are here for you!

Water in a NYC School Should be the Least of Your Worries

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damaged School Sewage water backup in NYC School. SERVPRO of South Bronx 347-590-9902

When the concern for COVID-19 is on the forefront and ever rising, proper water mitigation is of great priority as well. Bacteria grows in moist areas and a water loss is a perfect breeding ground for any and all types of bacteria, however, water restoration done by professionals who excel in that field will give you security as well as peace of mind.

A New York City School and/or Charter School was affected by a sewage water. The sewage line backed into the school via the toilet in the bathroom. SERVPRO of South Bronx quickly went to perform a scope of work and effectively executed the water mitigation assuring not only the school but all those who attended like students and teachers, that it was done right the first time.

Category 3 water loss includes water that is disgustingly contaminated. It is also known as black water. It can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. It can come from places like sewage which means everything that has gone down drains including toilets. 

To think that children can be exposed to any type of bacteria because mitigation work was not performed correctly is not something, we condone ever at SERVPRO of South Bronx. This school entrusted us to do the job effectively with professionalism and we provided just that. Anything less would be uncivilized and unorthodox.

Water mitigation and sanitizing is a process in which there is no room for error. If the affected areas are not correctly removed, disinfected, dried and restored then it can lead to complications and health hazards later such as mold. Mold not only can affect a structure of any property but can affect one's health as well.

Our industrial powered equipment such as our dehumidifiers and air movers ensure that the affected will be completely dry leaving no moisture or damp areas. We continuously monitoring daily with moisture readings until the area is dry. We then begin the process of restoring area to leave it brand new. Call the experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902 and get it done right the first time! you can alos contact us via our email office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com.

Fire In a Bistro of the Bronx

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in Bronx Business Fire in Local Bronx Business. Call the experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx!

When your business suffers a fire loss it can be quite devastating. The fire loss instantly becomes a water loss too. Firefighters vigorously try to put the fire out thrusting hundreds of gallons of water into your business property. As a business owner you are not left with a smoky and soggy situation. A bistro in the Bronx endured such a loss and SERVPRO of South Bronx came to the rescue.

Once we arrive, we immediately begin to remove all damaged areas affected by the fire. Also, we cover all exposed areas that have been exposed to the natural elements such as windows, doors and any holes the roof might have incurred. We do this so we can prevent any further damages that can be cause by mother nature.

After we have rid the premise of all affected areas, we can now begin working on the water damage. Here are SERVPRO of South Bronx we have specialized equipment to eliminate any water and moisture from your business by using such equipment as pump and dehumidifiers to prevent any further issues.

Once we reach an acceptable moisture level after closely monitoring the areas affected by water, we can then begin the cleaning process of all surfaces to rid them of any soot and smoke damage. SERVPRO of South Bronx will clean and sanitize all salvageable items to pre-fire conditions where possible. We do so by using a wet and dry-cleaning method. We will notify you what items we be beyond repair. Of course, we will save and recover an item to save you from paying costly replacements. We have industrial equipment such as air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any lingering odors that were caused by the fire.

Lastly, we start the full start restoration process of your business that may include minor repairs. Such repairs are like replacing drywall, replacing carpet or flooring, painting. Also, we can do major repairs like roofs and damaged walls that took a hard hit from the fire loss.

We are always here around the clock to help in your most difficult time of need. If unfortunately, you have experienced a fire loss do not waste another minute and risk your property and possessions from acquiring further damage. Call us at SERVPRO of South Bronx at 347-590-9902. or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

When There's a Fire Call SERVPRO of South Bronx

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Bronx Fire Restoration This home was affected by a fire loss. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx

No one ever is ever prepared for such disasters like a fire. It is disheartening for anyone to ever endure. Fear, anger, sadness and the feeling of being left empty handed after such a loss despite the magnitude can be life changing to a renter, a homeowner or business owner. After the fire has been contained and the flames extinguished, the worst is over but now you are left with a soggy situation accompanied with smoke odor, affected personal belongings, tainted memories, and confusion of what now? Where do I go from here? Your first step should be to call SERVPRO of the South Bronx. We understand the process of recovery can leave you with many questions but knowing what steps to take can make that process so much easier.

How Do We Help?

By using our high level of expertise accompanied with the proper tools to provide effective service. We will work with you closely and with your insurance company directly to get you well on your way to restoring your home, property or business as well as your possessions. No matter how small or big, we use the same amount of effort. We take pride in what we do.

Every situation is unique and may require different solutions, but the process is always with your best interest in mind.  We are on call ready to tackle your problem while providing the utmost care and respect to your property and possessions. If your fire loss calls for it, we will pack out all your furniture and personal belongings to a temporary storage. Every single item is accounted for and undergoes evaluation in terms of cleaning, drying and restoration. Once your property is ready in every aspect that is restoration, we then return all your possessions to make it feel like home again.

What Can I Do to Help My Situation?

After a fire, the smoke smell is strong and very unpleasant, even if the fire was contained in one specific room. When you increase ventilation within your property by opening all windows and doors is a good first small step until the restoration team arrives with industrial equipment to further ventilate.

Also, you can clean non-porous surfaces such as tiles, countertops, etc. You can clean such surfaces with soap and warm water to get through that first layer of grime. Use mild soap and a towel you don't mind disposing of.  Harsh cleaning products can have an adverse effect. Therefore, if you are unsure about how to clean please leave it to the experts. Sometimes not cleaning property can lead to further loss.

Furthermore, if you can wash things you normally would in a washing machine then by all means do so. It is advisable to wash them with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution. Any delicate fabrics should be left to professionals.

These are miniscule steps that can be taken to aid your situation until the experts of SERVPRO of South Bronx can arrive. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask us at 347-590-9902 or email us at office@SERVPROsouthbronx.com

How Significant Are the Risks of Water Contamination During the Aftermath of Flood Damage in the Bronx?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooded with floating chair and no one above The team at SERVPRO of South Bronx has your back when highly-contaminated flood water invades your home.

Flood Damage Threatens Your Bronx Home’s Structure and Contents and Might Present Hazards to Your Health and Wellbeing -- You Need the Support of SERVPRO to Weather the Storm

Late summer and fall are prime times for hurricanes and tropical storm systems to move up the Atlantic coast or even sweep across thousands of inland miles connecting the Bronx with the Gulf of Mexico. Once the torrential rains and high winds arrive in the borough, flood damage to your home might not be far behind. The water that rushes in is likely to contain contaminants, requiring a swift, professional response to avoid accelerated structural destruction and health concerns.

Why Are Flood Waters Presumed to Contain Hazardous Substances?
Flood damage in the Bronx is likely to expose your home to a broad range of muck, organic debris, chemicals, sewage, and saltwater if a storm surge occurs. Unlike the relatively clean water that invades your space if a supply line bursts, flooding begins as heavy rain that collects into urban “gully washers,” roiling up and carrying debris into your home from:

    •    Industrial sites
    •    Oils and pavement chemicals off roadways and sidewalks
    •    Sanitary sewer backups when the system becomes overwhelmed
    •    Saltwater from the East River spreads into neighborhoods

Restoration companies know that the flooding is contaminated by definition, adjusting removal and disposal practices to ensure that applicable regulations on hazardous waste are followed.

How Do Flood Damage Restoration Professionals Approach Contaminated Water Removal?
Upon arrival at your flooded home, the SERVPRO project manager begins with a safety inspection. We need to grasp the extent of the flooding within your home and plan for other hazards such as:

    •    Overhead structural collapse potential
    •    Electrical shock
    •    Slip, trip, and fall risks
    •    Weakening or other damage to foundations, floors, windows, roofs, or other structures due to winds, rain, or the force of overland flooding
    •    Confined spaces and trapped water
    •    Mold growth -- current or potential

What Steps Do Workers Take to Secure and Control the Hazards?
Crew members tarp and board up any roof and exterior damage that otherwise exposes your home to the elements. Our team includes a licensed construction division, an excellent fit if we need to shore up weakened surfaces, sagging ceilings, or bulging walls. The construction of partitions to contain water and debris spread is also standard, preventing infectious substances or chemicals from moving into unaffected areas of your home. As water extraction begins, we may consider calling on our construction crews to carefully plan and implement controlled demolition to assist in the removal of contaminated water:

    •    Weep holes to release water in ceilings -- punched first near the wall joints and moving toward the center to avoid uncontrollable drainage.
    •    Cut or drilled holes in drywall near the floor to drain water from building cavities and permit enhanced airflow during the drying phase.
    •    Flood cuts -- wet drywall is sawn several inches above the flood line between studs for water release and efficient drying.
    •    Drilled holes in mortar joints in cinder block or other brick-type construction facilitate the removal of water from block cells or behind structures.
    •    Once flood water-related services complete, our construction team can repair, replace, and rebuild damaged or altered structures.

How Is the Tainted Water Contained During Extraction?
Our truck-mounted units suction water to tanks that can hold more than 100 gallons. Our portable units hold less water than the truck-mounts, but can be drained into holding tanks and reused multiple times to remove flood waters from tight, confined areas.

How Do I Arrange for Lawful Disposal of the Dirty Flood Water?
We are knowledgeable about current disposal requirements in every community we serve. Our crews manage the required paperwork and actual disposal.

Is Removing the Contaminated Flood Water Enough to Protect My Family from Lingering Waste?
Once the bulk of the floodwaters exit through extraction, our crews thoroughly clean affected surfaces. We then apply antimicrobial products to kill any remaining pathogens and inhibit their regeneration, including potential mold growth. The proprietary products used for cleaning and disinfecting are registered for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The team at SERVPRO of South Bronx has your back when highly-contaminated flood water invades your home. Our IICRC-trained crews equipped with the latest products, tools, and technology in flood water removal, containment, cleaning and disinfection, and build-back capability are just a call away at (347) 590-9902.

What If Water Removal Causes Additional Damage at My Bronx Business?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Fast Water Removal in the Bronx Is a Must for Businesses -- If Strategies for Efficient Extraction Result in Structural Damage SERVPRO Anticipates the Problem and Has a Solution Ready.

It is very common for water losses in Bronx businesses to involve considerable migration of fluids into porous building materials and cavities. Just because the water seems to have disappeared does not mean that progressive deterioration and secondary damage are not continuing unseen. Spaces between walls, over ceilings, and in various recesses become containers for water that needs release and extraction.

What Strategies Do Professional Restorers Use to Access Water Behind, Under, and Above Structural Components?

If water removal in your Bronx jewelry store requires extraction of trapped water, strategies we use start with the least disruptive. Listed below are some approaches that increase in disruption of the affected building materials.

Removal of Toe Kicks

Your display counters might rest on wooden supports, the front of which can be pried out without permanent damage to allow the release of water and enhanced airflow during structural drying.

“Injectidry” Type Systems for Floors and Under Baseboards

If water percolated through hardwood floor strips or planks or is caught behind the ball at baseboard level, negative air pressure suction systems work to pull that fluid out. Floor mats lie flat on the hardwood and attach to hoses linked to an extractor to remove water from several flooring layers. Similarly, the baseboards can be pried off, small holes cut, and the hoses inserted to suction liquid water. Changing the air pressure to positive forces warm air through later to facilitate drying.

Weep Holes and Flood Cuts

When water causes surfaces to bulge, SERVPRO technicians punch weep holes to release the water carefully, in a controlled manner. Suppose walls are damp and deteriorating from the base up. In that case, we might recommend a flood cut, the drywall sawn several inches above the waterline, and removed for fast water extractions and more effective drying.

Who Takes on Responsibility for Build Back of Structural Altered During Water Removal?

Our carpenters and other construction division workers help with the controlled demolition for water release. They then return to reconstruct any portions of your store that have permanent damage from the water removal facilitation.

SERVPRO of South Bronx offers wrap-around water removal and rebuilding solutions for local businesses. Call us at (347) 590-9902 for an evaluation and a detailed restoration plan.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 2077660-DCA

Mold Remediation: 01295

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The Heavy Storm Left Me Dealing with Severe Flood Damage in My Bronx Property. Whom Should I Call?

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Nursery Flooded Storm damage can lead to costly repairs if not handled on time.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in the Bronx to Contain and Mitigate Flood Damage in Your Home

Floodwater may take a while to recede, and if you wait long, most of your valuable items, together with the structure, can be severely damaged. Also, mold growth, insect infestations, and health effects may arise if you let moisture stay in your Bronx property for an extended period. It is essential to act fast by contacting SERVPRO’s team of restorers to help save as much property as possible.

What can I do before the restorers arrive at my property?

Our response team is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. We have a friendly team that is ready to help you mitigate the storm damage in your Bronx property. Before our restorers arrive to your home, you can do the following things:

    •    Check for electrical and structural damage from outside.
    •    Check for gas leaks and fire hazards using a battery-powered light source.
    •    Wear eye protection, rubber gloves, and sturdy shoes before walking in the affected property.
    •    Wear a respirator if mold is present to filter spores.

Why contact SERVPRO technicians?

We are the right company to hire when in need of flood damage restoration services because of the following reasons:

    •    Decades of experience: With over 50 years in the restoration industry, we have successfully restored thousands of homes. We know how to handle flood damage emergencies.
    •    Licensed: Our company has met all the licensing requirements. Our  General Contractor License number is 2077660-DCA.
    •    We respond and act fast: Our professionals can restore flood damage in your property in a brief period.

How thorough is the inspection process?

Our technicians can inspect your property to come up with the best mitigation technique. However, we do not demolish surfaces during the inspection since it can lead to costly repairs. We utilize our high-tech tools and equipment to assess the affected area. We can use inspection cameras and borescopes to check for moisture in cavities and confined places. With the device, we can determine visible contamination and inspect the construction techniques.

How do you eliminate the moisture in confined areas?

Our restorers can utilize structural cavity drying equipment to drywall cavities. The machine can direct dry air into wall cavities to replace moist air with dry, warm air. This raises the temperature of the affected surface and drops the vapor pressure, increasing the rate of evaporation. Our technicians can drill minute holes in walls, ceilings, or beneath cabinets to direct air under cabinets, into wall cavities, and other structural cavities.

Storm damage can lead to costly repairs if not handled on time. Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for effective restoration in a short period. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why Does Fire Damage Restoration Seem So Complex in The Bronx?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Places a Premium on Clear Communication with Our Bronx Commercial Customers -- We Share Your Vision of Getting Back to Business Fast After Fire Damage Restoration

Stressed does not even begin to describe how you feel when the Bronx business you built up over the years suffers a significant fire loss. You are used to being in charge and responsible for your company's well-being and the expectations of your customers and employees. Fire damage places you on uncertain footing. The conversations you have with fire fighting authorities and restorations companies can be confusing, perhaps making the actions needed to mitigate and remediate the damage seem more complicated than necessary.

What Is My Best Source for Questions About Fire Damage Restoration?

When seeking commercial fire damage restoration in the Bronx, a firm with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained and certified managers and technicians is crucial for successful results. Our well-prepared workforce has completed the course, many returning after the basic classes to earn advanced certifications better to implement the fire damage restoration industry's best practices. Open communication with our team is an excellent way to inform yourself about the true extent of the damage and the phases, steps, and tasks needed to return your property and even more your operations to preloss conditions.

Why Is Valuable Fire Damage Restoration Time Spent on Testing?

SERVPRO knows the clock is ticking for your business after a water loss. Research indicates that nearly half of the companies that close even temporarily in response to a disaster risk permanent failure. When you call on us to get your business back on track, we must get our interventions right the first time if your operations are to get running again. To avoid choosing the wrong cleaning agents, techniques, or tools, we use our training and testing our conclusions in inconspicuous spots to ensure a good result.

How Do Professionals Sort Out the Types of Fire Damage?

The residues from a fire group into three main types -- dry, wet, and protein-based. Each type is dependent on the materials that fueled the fire. It is important to note that the residues can vary within the space, so we must be vigilant to evaluate them as they change.

Dry soot -- light and ashy, typically from a hot and fast paper or wood-fueled fire, usually removed by mechanical means:
    •    Brushing
    •    Dry sponging
    •    Vacuuming

Wet soot -- thick and sticky, resulting from plastics, rubbers, or damp textiles smoldering, removed with a cleaner and a technique matched and tested to the soot's characteristics.

Protein-based soot -- nearly transparent and attached to surfaces like lacquer, occurs after food and grease dehydrates in the flames and heat of a kitchen fire, removed with solvents and abrasives.

What Are the Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cleaning Product?

Once the soot is identified, we need to select the most advantageous approach to restore the surfaces in your business. An eternal principle in fire damage restoration is that like dissolves like, so our first question always is the soiling water or oil-based? Once we make an initial analysis, we use our experience and training to select the most likely product. We carry a full inventory of proprietary water and oil-based cleaning solutions, as well as detergents that can bridge the gap on surfaces where both water and oil-based soot settled.

What Other Ways Do Professionals Adapt the Cleaning Process?

As we complete the cleaning of surfaces in your commercial building after identifying the type of residues, we use our knowledge of the elements of cleaning to remove the soot and staining. We adjust each element as necessary to achieve the desired result. The elements are:

    •    Temperature -- higher temperatures speed the chemical reaction of cleaning products, but can shrink textiles and cause colors to run
    •    Agitation -- loosening residues through the movement of the surface or objects to be cleaned, movement of the solution used to clean, or both (brushing, scrubbing, air or water pressure are examples)
    •    Chemical action -- the right cleaning solution permits the soiling to suspend or emulsify in the oil or water matched to use to sweep away soot or other residues
    •    Time -- also referred to as dwell time, this represents the period a solution lies on a surface, or an object soaks in a basin before agitation or rinsing

Care must be taken to ensure the objects or surfaces are durable enough to withstand the products and methods.

SERVPRO of South Bronx always takes the time to listen to customers and explain the commercial fire damage restoration process every step of the way. One quick call to (347) 590-9902 gets you back on track no matter how severe the damage.

Can My Favorite Suit Be Salvaged After A Bronx Fire?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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No One Wants to Buy a New Wardrobe After a Fire in The Bronx – Our Content Management and Cleaning Crews Can Save You Money by Restoring Your Clothing

More than one-quarter of all fires occur in the home. Bronx residences are not exempt from that statistic. The contents of your home become smoke damaged many times, even if it is a minor fire.

Do I need to toss my smoke damaged clothing?

Most of us have a favorite suit, skirt, or comfy bathroom that we would hate to lose. If you have suffered even minor fire damage to your Bronx home, the smoke can travel into unaffected areas. Soot, which is smoke that has settled, can creep into the smallest places. Smoke odor can cling to clothing. But here at SERVPRO, we have technicians trained to clean and restore clothing to preloss condition, but the key is moving quickly.

How Do You Clean Clothing that is Smoke Damaged?

Because smoke particles and odors can bond quickly with certain fabric types, the quicker they get cleaned, the better. If you have clothing that needs cleaning as part of your fire restoration service, you will be instructed to make three groups:

1. Immediate – clothing you need to use immediately
2. Non-immediate – important but necessarily needed right away
3. Seasonal – least important need

Once that is done, the cleaning process will begin. The crew will remove clothes from metal hangers and dispose of the hangers. Compressed air blows of smoke particles and dry, loose residue. A solvent-based odor counteractant helps dissipate odors. Dry cleaning or laundering doesn’t always remove all odors. In that case, thermal fogging further deodorize items.

Contact SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 for an expert for fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Will My Bronx Business Recover from a Significant Water Loss?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Restoration in The Bronx Can Require Many Kinds of Interventions -- Learn How SERVPRO Professionals Accomplish Comprehensive Water Removal and Restoration in Your Commercial Space  

Water damage can occur in your South Bronx business from many sources. It can be a sudden emergency, featuring a geyser of water spewing from a broken pipe to soak your stockroom. Or slow, unnoticed seepage eventually causes weakened supports and wavy floors, contributing to the risk of hidden mold growth and ruined inventory.

What Is the First Step Toward Water Damage Restoration?

Hiring a professional South Bronx water restoration company is crucial, providing clear benefits for business owners coping with either an emergency or long-term disaster. You have considerable expertise in your industry, but probably not for effective water damage restoration. As you hope your customers turn to you when your skills, experience, and products are desired, we provide our highly-trained and well-equipped water disaster crews on the job for the best results.

How Is the Water Removed and the Space Dried Out?

SERVPRO arrives with a fully-stocked service vehicle and the certified technicians to employ the tools of our trade. After ensuring that the water supply is shut off until repairs can be made, we move into emergency cleanup mode:

  • Standing water removal with submersible pumps, and remaining liquids extracted using both truck-mounted and portable units (useful for confined areas)
  • Moisture detectors and meters help technicians gather data to locate hidden water and provide baselines for drying goals
  • Limited demolition such as flood cuts and weep holes release trapped water and provide access for more efficient drying
  • Air movers and dehumidifiers encourage evaporation and capture water vapor for disposal

Where Do Rebuilders Fit Into Water Damage Restoration?

We offer a streamlined process for our business customers, supporting water damage restoration from the initial assessment through repair and reconstruction. Avoid stress and save time and expense by having all restoration phases managed by our team.

Count on SERVPRO of South Bronx to pull out all the stops necessary to get your business back on track after a water crisis. We can proudly place a decal on your front door or window--Certified SERVPRO Cleaned. Call (347) 590-9902 24/7 to explore our wrap-around restoration services.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 2077660-DCA

Which Restoration Procedures Can Help Save My Items After Water Damage?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water splash A water intrusion can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

SERVPRO Offers a Wide Range of Water Damage Restoration Services Helping Bronx Homeowners Save Valuables Affected by Water Intrusion Incidents

Salvaging more items after a water intrusion incident in your property can help minimize the costs of recovery. Apart from minimizing costs, you can also save items that have sentimental value, such as family heirlooms. Saving contents after exposure to water is a challenging process, but SERVPRO avails various resources to Bronx residents to help ease some of the difficulties.

What Items are water spills likely to affect most?

When making plans for water damage restoration in your Bronx property, you need a strategy to ensure your restoration efforts yield the best outcome. Identifying which contents are likely to sustain severe damage due to direct or secondary water exposure is one crucial aspect of such a strategy. Typically, water damage is most severe on: 

  • Items made from permeable materials
  • Items that have electronic circuits
  • Metal items
  • Items made of hygroscopic materials

Among your valuables, fabric items, upholstery, and wooden furniture, which readily absorb water due to their higher permeability, also sustain a wide range of damages including:

  • Breakdown of chemical bonds leading to loss of structural integrity 
  • Decomposition or mold infestation
  • Physical changes such as warping or shrinking
  • Staining due to soiling or deterioration of dyes

Should I worry about non-porous valuables?

Although items made from non-porous materials do not absorb water, exposure can ruin them in other ways. Metal items rust when exposed to water or high humidity levels. Sometimes, the damage can develop internally, while everything seems okay, outwards. For instance, when electronic items are exposed to high levels of humidity, internal components can rust - by the time you notice, the damage is too widespread to save the item.  

What level of damage can restoration procedures reverse?

One advantage of involving a professional team like SERVPRO is access to a broader array of restoration resources, including highly trained technicians and sophisticated equipment that simplify some challenging tasks. Even with the availability of such resources, reversing extensive damages is not always possible. In other cases, it is better to spare the effort altogether. Before embarking on restoration, our technicians consider several factors to ensure we deliver a desirable outcome:

  • Cost of restoration compared to replacing the item
  • Level of damage
  • Age of the items
  • Sentimental value of the items

What does a typical restoration involve?

Since the damage results from exposure to water, moisture removal is one of the typical restoration processes. Depending on the item, the procedure can vary. For fabrics such as carpets or upholstery, extraction is necessary to remove the absorbed water. After removing all liquid water, other processes, such as evaporation, and dehumidification can help remove the remaining moisture. Our SERVPRO technicians move the items to a dry room then set up air movers to increase airflow around them.

For items made of semi-porous materials such as wood, extraction is not necessary since they do not hold liquid water. However, elaborate drying procedures are essential to release the moisture they hold. When removing surface water from furniture, it is better to pat-dry them rather than wiping to avoid ruining finishes or leaving marks. Wood requires slow drying to remove absorbed water, without causing other problems such as cracking. Our technicians place the items in a dry yet shaded place, which can be one of the rooms in your house to permit stable drying. We can run some air movers and monitor wetness levels constantly to ensure even drying.

Apart from individual items, water also affects fixtures such as hardwood floors and cabinets. If left unaddressed, they can continue to deteriorate, necessitating a costly replacement process. Drying assemblies presents many challenges, especially since they cannot be moved like individual items. Our crews rely on their advanced training to overcome drying challenges. For instance, we create drying chambers over hardwood floors by setting up plastic sheets over the floor for better control of air movements and humidity levels, thus allowing stable drying.

Can I save heavily soiled items?

Soiling is easy to resolve through cleaning if it does not involve contamination or stains. The good news is that a clean water spill is not likely to involve contamination. However, stains can develop on carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to establish whether the stains fall under these categories:

  • Protein soils
  • Color-adding or discoloring soils
  • Water-soluble or oil-soluble soils
  • Insoluble soils

Depending on the results, we can use a wide variety of cleaning products or procedures to reverse the damage. For protein soils, we use enzyme products to break them down, making it possible to remove the stain. We can also use stain-absorbing powder, natural fabric brighteners, and peroxide bleach solution to deal with other forms of stains. 

Assistance from professional water restoration technicians can help you save more items after water loss incidents. Call SERVPRO of South Bronx at (347) 590-9902 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Flooding Happen at Any Time of the Year?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded street Flash floods can cause water to invade your home. We have the equipment and experience to restore your home.

Bronx Properties are Always at Risk of Flooding, but our SERVPRO Team is Prepared to Help With a Fast and Confident Response.  

No matter what time of the year,Bronxhomes and apartments can fall victim to violent storms and substantial weather events that compromise the structural integrity of buildings in the borough. In some situations, water creates a path through a structure with force and pressure common to natural flooding events. Other emergencies might see the collapse of roofs, structural breaches, or other openings that allow water flow to penetrate the property. 

During the winter months, flood damage in homes becomes more common than many property owners realize. Heavy snowfall can lay on roofs for weeks, testing the limitations of aging underlayment, joists, and other supports. The same devastating flooding can occur during warmer months as well when violent storms with hurricane strength make landfall at New York City and affect hundreds of properties. 

What Can Be Done to Remove Standing Water?  

Whether the damage occurs from flash flooding after torrential rainfall or direct water flow from a damaged roof, standing water is a standard obstacle for flood-damaged homes. There are several tools in our arsenal that we can use to begin removing surface water shortly after we arrive. Many choices we have in this area vary based on the type of damage and the severity of the situation. Removing standing water often involves one of the following tools: 

  • Submersible Pumps
  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums 

Does SERVPRO Help with the Build Back?  

Flooding often sees controlled demolition occur. This process removes compromised structural elements and materials to make later reconstruction and repairs faster and less costly. With a team of in-house contractors, we have experienced professionals restore your property to its original condition after a flood. 

Flooding can be a devastating situation, but our SERVPRO of South Bronx team can help anytime disaster strikes. We are available 24/7 at (347) 590-9902.

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How Can I Deal with the Wet Contents of My Bronx Apartment After a Storm-Related Flood?

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Innovative Contents Pack-Out Options for Bronx Victims of Storm Flooding When Tight Living Conditions Make Remediation Challenging

Heavy rains collect and flow with force along streets and sidewalks in the Bronx. A wall of water can crash through doors and flow through the lobby and hallways of a high-rise and then into individual units. The stress of managing flash flooding into your street-level apartment in the Bronx is exacerbated by the worry about how you can sort out, clean, and dry your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. You are confident that a professional disaster recovery company can take charge of the flood water removal, cleaning, disinfecting, and structural drying inside your home. On the other hand, your living space's relatively small size makes you feel crowded out and unable to make constructive headway in the recovery of your personal property.

Is There an Option for Apartment Owners Who Need Urgent Property Assessment and Storage?

Flash flood damage in Bronx multi-family buildings affects contents, and we meet the need for restoration and storage by recommending a pack-out. We use the features of our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to create a large digital inventory. Our team packs, labels, and transports your possessions, using traditional lists, photos, and barcoding to track your possessions.

Can You Restore My Possessions During the Pack-Out?

SERVPRO has specially trained technicians at our production facility, with unique resources and interventions for soiled and wet packed-out contents. We work with you as well as your insurance company as we evaluate the condition of the items and make recommendations about cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorizing, and otherwise restoring the function and the appearance of your flood-damaged personal property.

Creative solutions for urban disasters are an everyday response for SERVPRO of South Bronx. Call us at (347) 590-9902 to explore your options for flood recovery at this difficult time.

How Hard Can It Be to Remove Excess Water in My Bronx Brownstone?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Big or small, SERVPRO of South Bronx is here to help you with whatever water cleanup you require.

Trained Water Cleanup Professionals from SERVPRO Ensure your Bronx Brownstone is Dried Faster

When it comes to a significant spill or leak in your Bronx home, you may be tempted to try to tackle the cleanup on your own to save a bit of money. However, the problem lies with hidden moisture that migrates to dry spaces and remains unseen by the naked eye. Instead of letting mildew or mold growth set in, you can enlist the help of IICRC-certified technicians from SERVPRO to get the job done faster. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we make sure that your interior is free from microbial dangers and secondary damage from hidden moisture.

What Does SERVPRO Doe for Water Removal Services?

Once called, we deploy a crew to arrive at your property within four hours or less to get started on your water cleanup in the Bronx. We assess the interior of your brownstone to gather a detailed picture of all damage. This allows us to put together a plan for restoring your interior after extraction wraps up. We are here for:

    •    Availability on your schedule. Our skilled technicians operate offering emergency services 24/7 so that we can be there whenever you need us.
    •    Highly-trained water restoration technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). We are there to make your interior “Like it never even happened.” so that you can get back to your routine as usual.
    •    Our Green Fleet comes fully equipped with all of the latest equipment and technology for prompt water removal to stop moisture migration.

Why Can’t I Just Use My Own Cleaning Tools?

Even if you have a wet/dry vacuum, it is never a match for the industrial-strength equipment that SERVPRO brings to each job. Professional water cleanup involves more than removing any visible fluids in your home. We address all small cavities where water migrates and then employ the use of moisture sensor equipment, leaving no stone unturned. Just a sampling of the equipment we have at our disposal includes:

    •    Submersible pumps and truck-mount extractors that help us remove copious of waters in a short period.
    •    Light wands for pulling up excess moisture from your carpets as well as the carpet padding beneath.
    •    Disinfectants and anti-microbial agents that inhibit bacterial growth known for creating foul odors as well as potentially hazardous mildew and mold.

When Will You Know if All the Moisture is Gone?

Our crew is specially trained to follow water migration paths, but we also use a selection of tools that allow us to find other areas where moisture might be lurking. Some of the moisture detection tools that we have available include:

    •    Penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters that reveal the moisture content left in various materials.
    •    Moisture sensor technology that determines moisture levels left in porous or soft materials such as upholstered furniture and carpeting.
    •    Thermo-hygrometers that measure the relative humidity levels and temperatures in the air.
    •    Inspection cameras and borescopes allow us to get wall cavity readings without removing the materials altogether.

DIY Methods Won’t Work for Water Cleanup?

In the case of a small spill, do-it-yourself measures may be enough. However, you never want to leave it to chance that any moisture gets left behind. For example, water can seep through cracks in tile flooring that may cause them to lift. With carpets, any lingering moisture can cause damage to the subflooring and bring about harmful microbial growth. These and other reasons are why it is better to call for skilled technicians with the experience and technology for the job.

Can You Salvage Saturated Personal Belongings?

We work to salvage whatever possible depending on the level of saturation and the nature of the materials. For furnishings with padding or cushions, SERVPRO technicians may tent the area and use industrial fans to get the air circulating to facilitate drying. We also have brushing techniques often used on the upholstery to restore the fabric pile while getting rid of any topical soiling. If necessary, other belongings in your home may be packed up and brought to another location for proper cleaning and disinfecting.

We Also Address Moisture That May Be Embedded

We assess each water cleanup job case by case, where some call for a controlled demolition to eradicate embedded moisture. This might include the removal of baseboards and flooring to address moisture in the floor joists or subflooring. Should water have wicked up into your drywall, we perform flood cuts just above the water line to facilitate drying. Everything is then replaced and restore to pre-water loss condition.

Big or small, SERVPRO of South Bronx is here to help you with whatever water cleanup you require. To have a crew deployed to your location 24/7, you can reach us by calling (347) 590-9902.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Bronx, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of South Bronx today at (347) 590-9902 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventative Cleaning for Bronx Businesses

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of South Bronx Technicians Use CDC Approved Cleaning techniques to Fight the Pandemic

With many in the media saying the NY area is ground zero again, it’s more important than ever to keep Bronx businesses open at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standard of clean. For businesses that are reopening, now is also the time to be cleaning and preparing. 

This current virus seems to have a longer life than most other viruses. Because there is not yet a cure, the cleaning measures must be sufficient to meet the challenge. We invite you to consider using a professional cleaning company that knows how to apply the proper EPA registered disinfectants correctly in Bronx businesses. The virus lives longer on certain materials, and we use specific chemicals for particular surfaces. For example, some of the cleaning products that work well for disinfecting the biofilm on a metal surface can damage textiles such as silk, cotton, and wool used in upholstery, area rugs, and carpeting. Commercial, hospital-grade cleaning agents come with dwell time instructions. Some cleaning solutions need wiping off while others must air-dry. Our experts at SERVPRO of South Bronx know these details. 

We offer cleaning plans for establishments that remain open and for locations that plan to reopen. Reopening locations may want to consider the deep cleaning of carpet, floors, HVAC systems, restrooms, and more to impress returning customers because clean equals healthy in the public’s judgment.   

When a business owner or management team hires professional help, they are protecting their staff and their customers, demonstrating that they care -- that is good public relations. Everyone is in this fight together. SERVPRO of South Bronx offers specialty cleanup for commercial facilities, call us at (347) 590-9902. 

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Why Are the Residues from A Kitchen Fire Challenging to Remove?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with a full fire blazing. Let SERVPRO be there for your Bronx fire damage.

SERVPRO Trains in Strategies Specific to Protein-Based Soot Removal for a Successful Outcome in Your Bronx Residence

Residue removal after any residential fire is dependent on an accurate evaluation of the materials that fueled the fire and the characteristics and durability of the surfaces affected. Many fires start in the kitchen and can spread protein-based soot throughout an entire home. The residues created are nearly transparent and are thus hard to see. They carry a particularly noxious smell and can discolor paints, stains, and varnishes if not removed rapidly and entirely.

How Is Protein-Based Soot Created?

The fire damage in your Bronx home varies according to the types of residues produced. A kitchen fire typically begins when foods and cooking oils superheat, or when grease combusts when it boils over, tips, or drips onto a heating element. Residues from this kind of fire present in a mist-like form as the materials evaporate, leaving behind a yellowish film that clings tenaciously to any surface.

What Method Works to Clean Up After a Kitchen Fire?

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) use their knowledge of industry best practices mastered during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses along with on-the-job experience to remove protein-based fire damage safely and efficiently. We match cleaners to the type of residues, determining which product is most likely to loosen the coating by dissolving or emulsifying. Which type of cleaner and method do we find effective for grease or protein-based residue?   

Like dissolves like --

Oily soot responds to an oil-based solvent.

Tight adhesion --

Increasing agitation assists in dislodging the residue through:

  • The use of an abrasive tool like steel wool
  • The addition of an abrasive inert substance to the cleaning product

Count on the expert fire damage pros from SERVPRO of South Bronx. We have the training, tools, and techniques, along with proprietary cleaning products, just a phone call away. Call us at (347) 590-9902 day or night for a fast response.

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Why Do You Need a Full-Service Contractor to Respond to a Water Loss in The Bronx?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Of Flooded Floor In Room From Water Leak Multiple licenses and certification are why SERVPRO is the solution for our neighbors experiencing water loss.

Water Cleanup in The Bronx Has Surprises--Why SERVPRO Can Handle All Aspects Including Rebuilding and Secondary Damage Like Mold

A residential water loss might start out looking pretty straightforward. An overflowed tub, for example, would seem to need just a thorough mopping. But when stained walls or blistered ceiling paint arises below, what does that tell you? Arranging for an assessment from a reliable water restoration company can avoid severe and permanent damage.

Why Is Water Cleanup Just the First Phase?
When we arrive at your home in the Bronx, water cleanup is just one of the tasks we undertake. Visible standing water we extract, but that cannot be the final task. Why do we take further steps to follow the path of the water?

    •    Lingering moisture continues to break down building materials and fixtures
    •    Mold growth stems from high humidity and persistently damp spaces

What Is Water Migration and How Is It Traced?
Our crews must use the training and devices in our “toolbox” to follow water migration after the spill. We use moisture detectors to locate the path and moisture meters to measure the variance from normal levels in unaffected materials in the same residence. Drying out these materials stops any progressive deterioration and limits mold growth, why SERVPRO gathers the data.

How Do We Reach the Moisture?
Because the water hides behind walls, under floors, and over ceilings, access is difficult. This challenge is why we employ controlled demolition to remove drywall, ceiling tiles, or other materials to permit release and extraction of liquids and efficient drying of wet materials, using temperature adjustment, air movers and dehumidifiers.

Why SERVPRO Stands Apart?
Our general contractor license and mold remediation certification are two essential resources, and explain why we can offer comprehensive services to our customers. Our team is adept at partial demolition and build back. If mold has taken hold, we have the licensed technicians to remediate under local requirements.

Multiple licenses and certification are why SERVPRO of South Bronx is the solution for our neighbors experiencing water loss. Call (347) 590-9902 for a thorough assessment and recovery plan.

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How Do I Clean Up My Bronx Basement Apartment After a Flood?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Young man on flooded floor After a flood, it is vital to begin restoration immediately.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Efficient Drying and Potent Cleaning Approaches to Make Your Bronx Apartment Feel Like Home Again After a Flood

Flooding can damage a house in many ways, but apartments can often get even worse damages. Without higher square footage that you might find in single-family homes, basement apartments common to the area can experience several feet of standing water in severe circumstances. This disaster threatens the entire layout of your apartment, its contents, and any of its occupants. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with a fast and confident response that showcases the full measure of our cutting-edge equipment to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Get Rid of Standing Water?
Addressing flood damage in your Bronx apartment involves knowing what your residence needs as soon as our team arrives. With almost all flood scenarios, some degree of extraction and water removal is necessary. We have multiple extraction units that can help to resolve this need as quickly as possible so that vital drying efforts can begin. Some of the most heavily used of our water removal tools are:

Submersible Pumps
One of the advantages of using submersible pumps is that the motor and all of the working elements that provide the suction and response of the device are protected from water. The entire unit can get submerged entirely and reduce standing water down to two inches in depth.

Truck-Mount Pumps
Our SERVPRO Green Fleet features extractor trucks with mounted pumps driven by the engine of the vehicle. An advantage of using this variety of extractor for standing water in the house is that the intake can get submerged, and water gets forcefully drawn from the damaged area at a 300-psi rate. It is the most powerful extractor in our inventory.

Wet Vacuums
Vacuums are among the most versatile extraction tools that our team can use. Not only can these portable units reach inaccessible areas in the farthest reaches of your basement apartment, but it is also a foundation for many helpful attachments like a carpet wand or squeegee wands for specific flooring types.

Are Debris and Contaminants Likely a Problem After Flooding?
Because of the position of your basement apartment to the main street level here in the city, flooding in the neighborhood can bring many different substances and debris into your home. It is ideal to manage this buildup and any present solids or residues as soon as possible when extraction completes. Some of the most common threats and contaminants that your apartment faces during natural flooding include:

Oils
Heavily traveled roadways are magnets for all manner of fluids used to keep cars running well. Oils, grease, fluids, and other chemical substances can all get carried into your apartment with floodwater. This presence can leave a challenging film on contents and surfaces that requires water-based solvents to address.

Foliage and Mud
If water passes through dirt and landscape features that might be in front of the apartment building or along the street, it can also bring this sediment into your unit. Dry vacuuming and muck-out shoveling can be useful in removing this buildup on the floors.

Cinders and Grit
With nearly constant traffic moving up and down the street in front of your building, gravel, cinders, and road grit, all can build up along the edges of the roadway. When flooding occurs, this is light enough to get moved and carried to your apartment quickly.

What Tools Get Used in the Drying of My Apartment?
When it comes to drying your residence after a flood, there are multiple tools that our team can use. Each of these listed items has a significant role in the recovery of your apartment depending on different materials used, changing conditions in the environment, and other relative drying sciences. Some of the most efficient moisture removal tools that our SERVPRO team uses are:

Air Movers
There are multiple styles and types, but these units are responsible for directing heated airflow throughout the damaged apartment. This continual circulation of air can be a useful evaporative tool.

Dehumidifiers
Regulating the moisture in the environment is a critical element of efficient drying of your apartment after a flood. Desiccant dehumidifiers help to remove higher concentrations of moisture and exhaust heated, dry air back into the unit.

Electric Portable Heaters
Increasing the temperature in established drying zones can help to keep cool air pockets from forming that can slow the progress of drying efforts.

Positive Pressure Systems
Structural cavities can be a pathway for flood damage to move from one damaged unit to another. If it gets determined that drywall and other structural elements do not need to get removed, positive pressure systems can help to evaporate moisture pockets trapped in this cavity before secondary effects like mold growth can take root.

Is Professional Cleaning Necessary After Flooding?
Cleaning has always been one of the staple phases of flood recovery for our professional restorers, and it is a recommended process versus DIY approaches. Because your basement apartment is a condensed space, inadequate cleaning can lead to widespread odors or microbial threats that envelop the entire unit.

After a flood, it is vital to begin restoration immediately. Give our SERVPRO of South Bronx team a call at (347) 590-9902.

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How Do I Know If My Floors In My Bronx Home Are Dry Enough?

4/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Call us at (347) 590-9902 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Bronx Neighbors Can Rely on SERVPRO to Monitor the Humidity Levels in their Homes After a Leak

Pipes burst, and appliances break. When this happens, water may leak all over your floors and cabinets. The water removal process may appear easy, but how do you verify that the excess moisture is gone and that your flooring and carpets are safe from further damage?

Bronx neighbors needing water cleanup services can rely on our expert team to extract water while protecting your flooring and other personal property. Our team is available around the clock to work on the restoration of homes throughout the area. Our knowledge and experience prepare us to handle water removal jobs of all sizes.

What happens if there's excess moisture on my floor and carpet?
The average person may think that extracting water is enough to protect your home. At SERVPRO, we know that normal humidity levels vary based on the material. For example, wood floors require a different moisture level than a marble tile. Our team uses specialized measuring tools, such as infrared moisture meters, to monitor each area of your home and restore normalcy. Here are some of the different issues facing your home:

    •    Concrete floors- these are porous and may leave a powder-like residue when the water dries. Treating it with an EPA-approved disinfectant completes the job.
    •    Ceramic tile- Often the tile is in good shape, but the subfloor it rests on may expand due to excess water. We use specialized tools to measure the humidity level in the subfloor and adjust our drying method accordingly.
    •    Carpets- carpet may separate from its backing, and its adhesiveness may be defective. In some instances, removal may be more sensible than restoration, and our team assists with this process as well.

SERVPRO of South Bronx is your best resource when water attacks. Call us at (347) 590-9902 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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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)

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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)

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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)

A huge fire in a kitchen with flames The most common type of kitchen fire is due to grease and can spread quickly, call our experts right away to begin restoration.

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)

smoke filling area around smoke detector Unfortunately fires happen. SERVPRO of South Bronx has the know-how to remove smoke odors from your apartment. Call us today!

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)

smoke coming out of a brick building Fire often includes smoke and charred residue. Contact SERVPRO after the fire fighters leave for effective remediatation services.

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)

Flooded living room We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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)

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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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.
CALL US NOW 347-590-9902

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!

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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

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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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