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Water Mitigation in Brooklyn Homes Helps Reduce Damages

5/18/2023 (Permalink)

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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.

SERVPRO Offers Fast Water Damage Restoration in Brooklyn

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands at (718) 381-3271 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Brooklyn Entrepreneurs Trust SERVPRO with Water Damage Restoration 

Water damage can lead to significant business interruptions, resulting in lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and damage to the business's reputation. Thankfully, professional restorers like SERVPRO can help in the water damage restoration of your Brooklyn commercial space. 

One of the main advantages of hiring professionals like SERVPRO for water damage restoration of your Brooklyn commercial property is the reduced downtime during the repair. Thanks to state-of-the-art equipment, our IICRC-certified technicians can accelerate the restoration process so you can keep serving your customers. 

Extracting Water During Commercial Flood Restoration 

Water extraction is crucial in restoring water damage to your commercial property. The more water SERVPRO techs can remove using extraction equipment, the less time they need to evaporate and dehumidify it with drying equipment. 

SERVPRO techs use several types of extracting equipment and tools to remove accumulated water. Some of the equipment we use include:

  • Extraction units: SERVPRO techs use portable and truck-mounted extraction units to remove standing water. While portable water extractors are flexible and can be taken to almost any area of the structure, truck-mounted extractors are very powerful. 
  • Light wands: It is appropriate for the initial water removal and extracting water from the glue-down carpet. It is also effective in removing residual water on the surface of carpets after a stationary tool has been used. 
  • Pumps: If large volumes of water need to be removed from a commercial building, SERVPRO techs often use different types of pumps. Our most common pumps include self-priming trash, submersible, and high-pressure pumps. 

Choosing the Right Pump

SERVPRO techs use various factors to determine which pump to use during water removal. Some of the factors we consider include the following:

  • The volume of water present
  • Height of the discharge head
  • Distance through which water needs to be transported
  • Availability of power 

Call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands at (718) 381-3271 we will restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Water Mitigation in Brooklyn Happens Fast with SERVPRO

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

SERVPRO Saves Time and Money in Water Mitigation of Brooklyn Homes

Water damage from a storm can be a devastating experience, leaving homeowners with flooded homes, damaged personal belongings, and uncertain about what to do next. Water mitigation of your Brooklyn home is a complex process that requires careful planning.  

SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified techs use a multi-step process during the water mitigation of your Brooklyn home. The first step is removing the standing water, then drying the property to limit the extent of the damage. SERVPRO techs manipulate the temperature and humidity of the air to speed up the drying process. 

The Role of Dehumidifiers in Water Restoration 

Dehumidifiers play a crucial role in the water damage restoration process as they help to remove moisture from the air and speed up the drying process. In the aftermath of a storm, excess moisture in the air further damages the property and its contents. SERVPRO techs use strategically placed dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity of the air during the restoration process. 

SERVPRO techs use the following two types of dehumidifying equipment:

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers: They draw in moist air and pass it over refrigerant coils, which cool the air and condense the moisture into the water, which is then collected and removed.
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers: When the temperature is low (below 500F), SERVPRO techs use desiccant dehumidifiers that pass moist air over special material like silica gel that attracts and captures water molecules. 

Heating and Cooling Equipment in Flood Restoration  

The temperature of a water-damaged home must be controlled to ensure proper drying. SERVPRO techs use indirect-fired furnaces and portable electric heaters to control the air temperature. Techs use direct expansion (DX) units for more significant projects that combine temperature and humidity control in one piece of equipment.   

Call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands, at (718) 381-3271 for fast and efficient service.

Fire Restoration in Brooklyn- Content Cleaning with SERVPRO

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Smoke Coming Under Door Having an issue with fire damage in your property. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

Dealing with Fire Damage in Brooklyn Properties

Home fires leave a real mess not only within the structure but also in your contents. While some fire incidents are a total loss, sometimes they are smaller in scale, causing partial damage. However, significant smoke/soot damage is typical in almost all incidents, requiring meticulous cleaning. When dealing with smoke damage, always seek professional assistance from a company such as SERVPRO to determine what can be salvaged and restored to preloss conditions.  

Fire restoration in Brooklyn properties may seem daunting at first. SERVPRO crews do everything possible to reduce your stress and workload. While it is generally easy to tell smoke damage in the part of the house where the fire was contained, smoke tends to drift from room to room, leaving residues in areas not even close to the fire source. Our crews thoroughly inspect and test for smoke residues to identify the affected items and locations to determine the restoration methods necessary to bring your life back to normalcy.

Signs of smoke damage:

  • Soot streaks
  • Black dusty residues
  • Discolored paint

Content Cleaning After Smoke Damage

Using specialized products and tools, SERVPRO crews tailor a cleaning approach for each item, depending on its condition, the material composition, and the scope of the damage. We also perform deodorization services to eliminate the persistent smoky smell. Sometimes there might be a need for offsite content restoration, such as when the structural repair is in progress. In such a case, we can pack, restore, and store them until home repairs are finished. Smoke-damaged clothing should be cleaned immediately. Since many clothing items are manufactured with synthetic fibers, smoke-odor molecules and particles can bond with fabrics if cleaned slowly.

Considerations when cleaning and deodorizing clothing:

  • Remove clothes from metal hangers as smoke residues cause hangers to oxidize, staining clothing
  • Blow out garments using compressed air to evaporate odor molecules and blow off smoke particles
  • Spray garments with a solvent-based odor counteractant to minimize the effects of smoke odor

SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands aims to exceed your expectations and minimize any disruption in your life while performing fire restoration. Call us at (718) 381-3271. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Problems Water Mitigation Prevents in Brooklyn Properties

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

water on Wood Floor Don't let water damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands at (718) 381-3271.

SERVPRO Offers Brooklyn Homeowners Fitting Water Repairs

If you could anticipate water leaks, you can take preventive actions such as turning off water mains or moving valuables away from the exposed areas. However, since such incidents happen unexpectedly, you must deal with the consequences. However, you can do something to limit the destructiveness of an incident. Perfectly executed water mitigation can change the course of an incident.

Water mitigation at your Brooklyn home should help minimize the inconveniences you face or the restoration cost. You are at an advantage if you seek help from a professional team like SERVPRO since we are well-equipped and have significant experience dealing with such incidents, so it is easier to anticipate the problems that might arise.  

Common Issues Triggered by Moisture:

  • Warping, rotting and rusting
  • Mold development
  • Odors
  • Stains

The problems usually take time to develop fully, which is why mitigation is effective. The timeline varies for each issue, so perfect timing is crucial to get the desired results. Severe physical changes like warping, rot, and mold take the longest to reach irreversible stages. Our SERVPRO technicians can initiate timely moisture control and other intervention steps. If you have a hardwood floor, we extract any standing water and use specialized equipment, such as drying mats, to remove the moisture trapped beneath the boards. If we notice swelling, we anticipate buckling and cupping so we can pull some boards to create room for the remaining boards to swell without changing shape.

Vexing Problems

Some of the issues moisture causes may not be very disruptive, but they are annoying. For instance, your favorite couch still serves the main purpose even after staining since nothing prevents you from sitting on it. However, it becomes an eyesore, so you may be forced to remove it or change the covering material. Odors also fall in the vexing category since you might ignore them and continue staying in the home, albeit less comfortably. Preventing these problems from developing or anticipating and thus resolving them in time is ideal.

Solutions to Counter Stains:

  • Enzyme digestion
  • Bleaching
  • Oxidizing
  • Removal with strong acids

SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands, has the resources you need to execute water mitigation successfully. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. (718) 381-3271.