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Saving Personal Belongings From Your Flood-Damaged Brooklyn Home

2/25/2024 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water covering the floor Removing flood water from your home is a job best left to the professionals. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians who are ready to help.

Storms Can Often Foretell Local Flooding

After a flooding event in Brooklyn, we restore both houses and the personal belongings of our customer's family. SERVPRO® helps retrieve and restore special items to decrease the disaster's effects.

Flood damage within your Brooklyn property changes everything. Our approach speeds up recovery and the return to your family's routines. Constant communication between our team and your family makes targeted restoration faster, safer, and more efficient. We need your input to determine which items are most important to you and deserve our attention first.

While certain team members work on restoring and repairing the first of your home's contents, our IICRC-certified flood damage restoration team handles other tasks. Such tasks mitigate many kinds of damage related to flooding and include:

  • Moving large items to higher places inside your home and
  • Boxing up and transporting items to our facility.

Lower levels in your home often contain shelves and places where you may have placed things in anticipation of the flood. Doing this avoids water damage with these items, but placing things higher can decrease damage from humidity. Flooding significantly increases humidity levels inside a home. Such increases remain after the waters recede, promoting mold and other secondary damages.

Two situations where SERVPRO packs items to take to our facility are when a house runs out of space or when the dampness becomes too intense. As we prepare items for the move, we inventory everything and provide you with a copy. Once at our facility, we store undamaged items without unboxing anything. We unbox the items that sustained water damage and start the restoration process. Minor cleaning, removal of soiling, drying out, and other treatments preserve and restore your family's belongings.

After a flood or any other water that invades your home, call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands, at (718) 381-3271. We can protect your house and everything within.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Fire Restoration in Brooklyn

12/24/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering the ceilings and walls To quickly address the damage in your home after a fire, call SERVPRO. Our certified technicians can form a remediation plan built for you.

Brooklyn Residents Trust SERVPRO® with Fire Restoration

Fire restoration of your Brooklyn property demands specialized skills, immediate response, and thorough execution. SERVPRO, renowned for its expertise in fire damage restoration, offers a helping hand to homeowners and businesses in distress. SERVPRO techs efficiently tackle smoke and soot damage, addressing visible and hidden hazards.  

The foremost objective of SERVPRO technicians during the fire restoration of your Brooklyn home is to assess and treat all affected areas meticulously. We implement stringent protocols to manage smoke, soot, and structural damage, ensuring the restoration process is conducted swiftly and effectively.

Using Different Cleaning Methods to Restore Fire-Damaged Homes

SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians employ diverse cleaning techniques tailored to different types of damage and materials. These cleaning methods ensure the highest efficacy in restoring your Brooklyn property to its preloss condition.

  • Dry Cleaning: Utilized primarily for light residues or as a pre-cleaning step, dry cleaning involves brushing, vacuuming, and sponge cleaning. It is effective for removing surface dust and soot without introducing moisture. 
  • Wet Cleaning: An intensive cleaning method for eliminating moderate to heavy residues. Wet cleaning involves using water, possibly with added cleaning agents, to remove soot, smoke, and other contaminants. It is ideal for materials and surfaces that can be soaked or saturated.
  • Foam Cleaning: The method is employed when wet cleaning might cause damage, such as on upholstery or fabrics that might shrink or bleed. Foam cleaning involves applying cleaning foam with minimal moisture, effectively removing soil without overwetting the item.
  • Spray and Wipe: Ideal for items that can't tolerate wet cleaning, this technique involves spraying a light mist of cleaning solution and wiping it off. It allows for control over the moisture applied, making it suitable for slightly delicate surfaces.
  • Abrasive Cleaning: Used for robust surfaces with heavy residues, abrasive cleaning incorporates agitation into the cleaning process. It can involve abrasive cleaning products or mechanical action to dislodge and remove soot, grime, and other contaminants.

Call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands, at (718) 381-3271. Remember, we are always Here to Help®.

Prompt Water Damage Response Gets Results in Brooklyn

11/28/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew consulting with homeowners in their kitchen with the caption: "WE'RE HERE TO HELP" If you have water damage in your Brooklyn home, call SERVPRO. We're Faster to any size disaster™.

Reach Out to SERVPRO® 24/7 for Water Damage Help

Once you cross the Brooklyn Bridge, you instantly become immersed in one of the most famous boroughs of New York City. As the most populated of the five boroughs, Brooklyn has plenty of exciting things to see and experience. Living and working in the area means always having a supply of new restaurants to try or art exhibits to take in. As a multicultural utopia, the neighborhood constantly buzzes with excitement and life. To help keep your life on track after experiencing water damage, SERVPRO is here for the cleanup and restoration you need.

SERVPRO is proud to serve residents and business owners that require assistance with water damage restoration in Brooklyn. As a locally owned and operated franchise, we support the surrounding community. If you are looking for new adventures, some of the top spots include:

  • Coney Island: This historic entertainment spot has become a nostalgic amusement park destination. You will find a range of sideshow peculiarities, old-school roller coasters, and electric excitement from the lights and sounds. Be sure to grab a world-famous Nathan’s hot dog when you are there!
  • Prospect Park: If you like to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature, Prospect Park is a smaller version of Central Park located in Brooklyn. Within these 500 acres, you will find an ice rink, a concert band shell, a carousel, and Prospect Park Zoo. During the summer, many free concerts occur, making for an excellent spot for relaxing and enjoying some tunes.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: These are spacious botanical gardens where visitors can experience over 300,000 preserved plant specimens. During the Spring, you can see all of the cherry blossom trees in bloom or walk around the Japanese pond and garden. 

Customers in the Brooklyn area can rest assured they have the water damage assistance they need after a spill, flood, or burst pipe. SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands is here 24/7 with all the equipment and training to return your interior to pre-damage condition. Call our customer care center at (718) 381-3271.

The Need for Mold Damage Repair in Flatlands Property

11/28/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech using a moisture meter in a basement with the caption: EXPERTS IN MOLD INSPECTIONS, SERVPRO. If you suspect mold in your Flatlands property, call SERVPRO. We're Here to Help®.

SERVPRO® Helps in All Stages of Mold Remediation 

With Brooklyn's massive size and population, it is always important to remember the smaller communities that make up the borough. Flatlands has been in the area for hundreds of years and was an independent city before joining the rapidly forming borough of Brooklyn. This assimilation occurred around the turn of the 20th Century. Its long history pre-dates the American Revolution, so several buildings in the neighborhood still showcase this colonial architecture, like the Stoothoff-Baxter-Kouwenhoven House and Joost Van Nuyse House.

With many historic landmarks, efforts like mold damage repair in Flatlands must happen quickly when these threats exist. SERVPRO is a fast-responding team of professionals to help. However, that is not to say that the community is only stuck in the past. Current neighborhood residents appreciate various shopping, dining, and service locations. Those looking for some retail therapy can find it along the busiest lanes in Flatlands, such as Utica Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, and Ralph Avenue. Here, shoppers connect with malls and centers like Georgetowne and Kings Plaza.

Where Are Mold Damage Repairs Needed? 

Discovering mold can be an alarming and overwhelming situation. Knowing where to expect further damage is crucial, so you contact our remediation team as soon as you need assistance. With moist conditions often seen in certain areas of the house, mold can be a threat to rooms and regions like:

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen

Mold damages can significantly threaten your home or business, so recovery must start immediately. While our team works, take time away from home and enjoy the eateries like Napoli Pizza and Spoons. You can also take a step away from the bustle of Flatlands in designated green spaces like Fox and Andries Playground in portions of the community. Meanwhile, our SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands team can return your home to pre-mold condition. Call us at (718) 381-3271.

Water Mitigation in Brooklyn Homes Helps Reduce Damages

5/18/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Tackle Water Damage Emergencies in Brooklyn

Water incursion can be very destructive to your Brooklyn residential property. Excess moisture can gradually cause severe issues within indoor environments, including mold growth, wood rot, and structural damage. Without rapid measures, many long-term effects can befall your home. So, proper water mitigation is crucial whenever water damage arises.

Water mitigation in Brooklyn homes can be a complex process hence should be handled by professionals. SERVPRO crews can ensure that the damages are properly addressed, and your home is restored to its preloss condition quickly and efficiently. We have the skills to identify and address hidden moisture, which may lead to microbial growth. Our crews use specialized equipment to tend to all affected areas.

Some ways to mitigate water damage include:

  • Identifying the source of water and stopping it
  • Removing standing water
  • Removing damaged materials
  • Disinfecting the affected areas to prevent mold growth
  • Drying the affected areas

Dealing with Standing Water

It is essential to determine the source of water as it helps in taking appropriate steps to mitigate the damage and prevent leakages from occurring in the future. This also helps us identify the extent of the damage and the type of water we are dealing with. Our crews check for obvious leaks in your plumbing fixtures, like sinks and toilets, and invisible sources behind walls or under floors.

Another essential step in water mitigation is extracting standing water. Taking rapid measures to remove standing water can prevent it from seeping into floors, walls, and other porous surfaces, thus preventing mold growth and structural damage.

Resources that help remove standing water:

  • Pumps
  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Mop or towels

If standing water in a structure is inches deep, we use a pump to facilitate extraction. Pumps vary in capabilities, size, and power modes, with electric and diesel-powered options being the most common. Both surface and submersible pumps are helpful for extraction, with the submersible option being better when water depth exceeds 2 inches.

SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands, promptly handles the water mitigation process, helping you avoid massive damages. Call us at (718) 381-3271. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What to Do During Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn

5/4/2023 (Permalink)

Smoke Fire Soot Odor words on white background Don’t let fire damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands.

Practical Ways to Cope With Brooklyn Fire Loss Incidents 

At a minimum, a fire at your Brooklyn residence is disruptive. Ordinarily, it causes unprecedented destruction of structural areas and possessions. Most people focus on cost, yet there are other important considerations, such as coping with the inconvenience of the loss. Hiring a professional fire damage restoration team like SERVPRO to fix your property minimizes the burden – limiting your worry only to what to do while waiting for repair completion. 

There is no simple way to cope with property loss. Still, you can use the period it takes the professional to complete fire damage restoration at your Brooklyn home for a therapeutic break by visiting the landmarks and exciting locations you never see as you go through the daily hustle and bustle. 

Notable Landmarks to Explore:

  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade - the elevated walkway is perfect for exploring the Manhattan skyline.
  • Grand Army Plaza - if you love architecture from past eras, the arch and statue of General William Tecumseh are a sight to behold. 
  • Brooklyn Museum – you don’t have to go far to experience the world. You can visit this museum to explore contemporary art and artifacts from many countries, including Egypt.

The fire at your property may be traumatic to other family members. Keeping everyone occupied as SERVPRO handles cleaning and debris removal can improve the recovery for everyone. 

Sites Favorable for Family Activities in Brooklyn:

  • DUMBO – the neighborhood is known chiefly for its independent boutiques, so it offers a chance for your family to pick some choice items to forget what they lost in the fire. 
  • Barclays Center - sports can captivate your mind when something is bothering you. You can catch Brooklyn Nets basketball games, boxing matches, and concerts at the Barclays Arena.
  • Coney Island – this highly populated location offers an amusement park, beach, and boardwalk.

It takes significant effort to recover from the property loss sustained in a fire. SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands, ensures you have all resources, including gainful information, to ease your recovery. Call us at (718) 381-3271 for timely assistance.

Why SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Lowers Indoor Humidity in Brooklyn

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

Mold around Pipes With advanced equipment, SERVPRO restores property to pre-damaged conditions, "Like it never even happened."

Drier Homes Less Likely to Need Mold Remediation

We use the most recent developments and discoveries in restoration science to ensure we resolve destructive issues like mold infestation within our Brooklyn customers' homes. When someone finds mold and mildew contaminating their living space, they can count on our experts to handle the task. Our mold remediation services include measures that help prevent future infestations.

When working with homeowners in Brooklyn needing mold remediation services, they can trust us to protect their homes. We do much more than remove mold colonies and replace materials destroyed by microbes. We also eliminate the environmental factors that allowed mold its previous unchecked growth.

Our high-tech equipment means we can detect and remove the aspects inside your residence that facilitate microbial growth. These include tools and machines such as:

  • Instruments to quantify the amount of water vapor in the air
  • Infrared imaging equipment
  • Devices to manage your house's moisture

Knowing where water vapor is the most concentrated can help us decide the best placement for desiccant machines, air movers, and other tools. Moisture detection also helps us know when different stages of our work can progress to the next phase in the current project.

Specialized cameras that can help us find the source of excess moisture allow us to make needed repairs. Eliminating these problem areas in your house protects your residence even further. Leaks around plumbing fixtures, cracks in basement walls, and other sources are often easily seen with this type of equipment.

One part of remediating mold within a home includes the (sometimes drastic) reduction of water vapor that the home's air contains. Elevated humidity can cause microbes to flourish again. We often install a highly rated dehumidifier in or near an area with the highest risk of mold reinfestation to minimize that possibility.

When you need remediation that goes the extra mile, call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands, at (718) 381-3271. We can make everything "Like it never even happened."

Preparing for Brooklyn Fire Damage Emergencies

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

Smoke detector sitting on an evacuation plan When things don’t go according to plan, call on SERVPRO for expertly trained technicians and thorough fire damage restoration for your Brooklyn home.

SERVPRO Tools Save Fire Damaged Homes and Property

When home fires occur, which is often when Brooklyn residents least expect them, it can be overwhelming to consider preparations or remember exit routes. However, these measures can prove instrumental in keeping families safe. Emergency preparedness and fireproofing are vital to minimizing the effects of a disaster, and restoration firms are just as crucial to remediating the damage.

Brooklyn SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians are prepared to restore impacted homes around the clock. Services rendered can include inspections, cost estimates, mitigation, and rebuilding. Regardless of the scale of the fire, SERVPRO tools and solutions are tailored to a diverse array of mitigation needs. 

Creating a Residential Fire Damage Emergency Plan

While safety is one essential component of disaster prevention, it is also crucial to know what to do and expect if safety and fireproofing measures fail to contain flames. Keep these tips in mind for preparing an evacuation plan tailored to a residence: 

  • Look at floor plans for the living space and consider escape routes for each room. Map out multiple paths to a safe escape wherever possible, and share these maps with family members and other home occupants.
  • Practice evacuation approximately twice a year with occupants. If these practice evacuations are done with children, make sure they are not scared of the situation. Explain that this is being done as practice.
  • Apartment buildings on upper floors may need to consider the possibility of stairways being blocked. Consider alternative methods for leaving the unit, including patio or window fire escapes. Consult with a property manager to address these concerns.
  • Multi-story homes can face similar problems to upper-floor apartments. The stairs can be obstructed by flames or debris, blocking an easy exit. Consider installing an escape ladder or emergency escape on the upper floor.

How property owners and their families leave a disaster is also crucial. Stay close to the ground and crawl to minimize smoke inhalation, and have emergency tools like extinguishers on hand in areas with no easy access to windows or escape ladders. 

SERVPRO's Emergency Fire Mitigation Services Protect Homes and Residents

While preparedness cannot prevent all disasters, SERVPRO can remove fire and smoke damage left behind by debris. Salvageable belongings can be collected and moved off the property during a pack-out for offsite cleanup in an approved SERVPRO facility. Fire suppression-related water damage can also be addressed with SERVPRO extraction and drying equipment.

Other fire restoration services include:

  • Demolition of melted or deteriorated structural materials
  • Window and doorway board-ups
  • Roof tarping
  • Wall, flooring, and ceiling repairs
  • Repainting, floor, and baseboard installation

SERVPRO can address salvageable structures and contents with such tools as dry cleaning sponges, alkaline cleaning solutions, EPA-registered biocides, and abrasion blasting media like dry ice or soda ash. These tools can all address varying degrees of fire and smoke damage soiling. Odor-causing soot particles can be collected with HEPA-filter vacuums. 

Technicians also use personal protective equipment (PPE), polyethylene chambers, and negative air machines to contain smoke damage and prevent it from spreading. After soils have been addressed, SERVPRO techs can focus on odor control with thermal foggers and high-powered ventilation box fans, improving indoor air quality after fire damage. 

When emergencies happen, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Homeowners can call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands at (718) 281-3271.

Cleaning Up Brooklyn Water Damage Efficiently

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

Equipment in a water damaged living room SERVPRO has the training and equipment for water damage restoration at Brooklyn properties.

SERVPRO Water Cleanup for Carpet and Drywall

Water-related disasters can strike anywhere and anytime in a home. While there are ways to anticipate and minimize damage, a sudden plumbing mishap or appliance failure is all it takes to saturate walls, ceilings, and floors within minutes of exposure. Professional mitigation can help Brooklyn homeowners save time and money while dealing with the stresses caused by water damage. 

Our water damage restoration crew in Brooklyn is ready to mitigate damage to structures and belongings 24/7, even during weekends and holidays. Cleanup plans and estimates are tailored to meet clients' needs while adhering to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification's (IICRC) standards for the restoration industry. 

How and Why Moisture Affects Carpeting and Drywall 

Carpet, pad, and sheetrock are among the most commonly-affected surfaces that water mitigation technicians handle. While it may not seem like they have much in common at first glance, they share some fundamental properties that enable water damage to spread:

  • Though carpet might be made of synthetic fibers or walls covered in water-resistant paint, the base materials are porous and prone to moisture buildup.
  • Because carpet is made of fibers and drywall is essentially a gypsum and cardboard sandwich, water damage can easily wick up surfaces and spread.
  • Much like carpet cannot remain attached to the pad underneath after too much moisture exposure, wallpapers, adhesives, and paints can start bubbling, peeling, and detaching from drywall.
  • Moisture can affect subfloors beneath carpet and studs or joists behind drywall after moisture damage has had time to proliferate on a property. This exposure can create the potential for mold. 

Wet carpet and drywall are, fortunately, often salvageable. Moisture is easier to get out of synthetic than organic fibers. However, mold can still grow if the water damage is not addressed within 24-48 hours after exposure starts. Drywall, meanwhile, can often be dried without total demolition, though some portions may require cutting away for drying or safety. If possible, it is much more cost-effective to replace small amounts of sheetrock than to demolish and rebuild an entire wall or ceiling. 

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Can Save Wet Walls and Floors

SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians are trained to handle water damage scenarios and often have to treat wet walls and floors in homes. Whether the disaster is small or large in scale, SERVPRO can do the following for homeowners dealing with moisture damage:

  • Inspect the affected property with calibrated moisture sensors, meters, thermal imaging cameras, and thermohygrometers before, during, and after mitigation.
  • Perform demolition tasks necessary for water cleanup, whether they be small cutouts in ceilings to force air into cavities or drilling weep holes into walls to dry the cavities without demolishing excess drywall that is otherwise salvageable.
  • Extractor wands designed for carpets can remove moisture and deploy EPA-registered solutions that eliminate bacterial growth exacerbated by moisture exposure. Several passes with an extractor can also accelerate drying.
  • Position air movers and dehumidifiers near walls and use specialized tubes to push air into ceiling cavities. For carpet, affected portions can be tented up for onsite drying with air movement and dehumidification equipment or moved offsite for more thorough cleaning. After restoration, which can include subfloor water cleanup, SERVPRO crew members can reinstall and re-seam carpeting and pad.

When homeowners want quality results, they can call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands at (718) 381-3271 for restoration that looks and feels "Like it never even happened."

The SERVPRO Commitment to 24/7 Mold Remediation and Restoration

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

Mold damage under a window on a white wall Call SERVPRO for mold remediation in Brooklyn to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Providing Brooklyn Homeowners with Swift Cleanup

Mold damage is one of the largest secondary disasters homeowners have to endure. These microbes are a necessary part of many ecosystems and aid with the decomposition of organic matter. However, many home materials, including drywall, wallpaper, and carpeting, can turn into food to be broken down by their digestive enzymes. 

Brooklyn mold remediation technicians at SERVPRO have the equipment necessary to turn a home around after microbial growth has infiltrated a residence. The crew can do everything, from inspection and cost estimates to rebuilding and odor control. This comprehensive service ensures that properties and occupants get high-quality professional results that adhere to restoration industry standards. 

What to Look for in a Professional Mold Remediation Company

Homeowners seeking out effective local mold restoration companies should look for the following qualities: 

  • Does the company promise "mold removal" or mold remediation? This distinction might not seem significant, but total mold removal is impossible. Meanwhile, microbial remediation tackles moisture and other causes for mold spread and the spores themselves.
  • Does the company ensure improved indoor air quality? Professional restorers like SERVPRO often use HEPA filter air scrubbers and negative air machines to control the travel of spores and ensure that technicians can remove more of them with ease. A mold restoration company should strive to clean a home's air and other damages related to microbes.
  • Does the company provide copies of cost estimates and cleanup plans? These documents are crucial for any insurance claims that a homeowner might file, but they also provide a basis for transparency and accountability.

SERVPRO does all of this and more for homeowners, no matter when disaster strikes. 

Around-The-Clock Emergency Mold Cleanup Services for Homes 

Extensively-trained SERVPRO crews deploy effective restoration tools 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service is also available over holidays and weekends to ensure that homes receive the care needed to minimize damage and maximize repair potential for structures and contents when feasible. 

Mold is typically a secondary disaster that usually stems from water damage. One of the most crucial steps to remediation is understanding how moisture enables mold and how easily microbes can spread in the right environment.

  • Mold can come in from anywhere, as it exists indoors and outdoors. Even pets or residents can bring it home unintentionally. It can then settle on other surfaces and start proliferating in earnest under the right conditions, which often begin with water damage.
  • Water saturation from pipe leaks, floods, or fire suppression starts within minutes for most surfaces in a given home. Porous and organic materials like sheetrock, insulation, and wood are among the most vulnerable items enabling mold growth.
  • Moisture can start spreading in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water damage starts and typically begins behind walls and other surfaces. It can become a more severe issue of contamination that can heavily damage structural materials and belongings within a week or more after damage occurs.

SERVPRO restoration services for microbes include moisture mitigation, sanitation with EPA-registered biocides, demolition of unsalvageable materials, odor removal with commercial-grade foggers, and build-back services like drywall and carpet installation.

SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands is only a phone call away from performing restoration that can seem "Like it never even happened." Contact the team at (718) 381-3271 to start inspection and cleanup within a few hours of an initial call.