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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

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 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 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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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

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

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

mold damaged wall Don't let a mold infestation frighten you! Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

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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Why Bronx Owners Trust SERVPRO For All Remediation Services

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

A couple holding buckets since the ceiling is leaking while on the phone with a plumber. Don't try and clean up water damage yourself. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

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 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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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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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.

Read more about mold violations on the NYC.gov site.

SERVPRO, Water Damage, Cleanup, and Satisfied Bronx Homeowners

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

Comprehensive Remediation of Water Damage for Residents of the Bronx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Signs of Mold

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

Signs of mold:

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

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

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

CALL SERVPRO of South Bronx

347-590-9902

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

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 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