Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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!

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 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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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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Basement Flood Damage Cleanup in Locust Point

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Wood flooring with standing water under a couch, next to a set of windows. SERVPRO wants to be the professionals that takes the load off of your Locust Point flood damage.

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)

flooding in basement after flood Give us a call anytime at (347) 590-9902.

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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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)

A stackable cam pro air mover sitting on the ground This Stackable Cam Pro Air Mover is used for maximizing the airflow in your drying chamber after storm damage has effected your home.

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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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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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.

 

Unpredictable Storms

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

SO, WHEN A STORM HITS, DON’T PANIC!!!

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

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

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.

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.