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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.

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.

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 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.

Water Cleanup in Mill Basin Leaves Your Home Clean and Protected

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

corner baseboard with mold damage from water The first step to resolving water damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO.

Fight Mold, Rot, and Odors with Water Cleanup

SERVPRO can help clean your Mill Basin home and reduce the risk of secondary damage after a water leak. Secondary water damage is not always the physical kind that requires building repairs or painting. Water cleanup is something that SERVPRO provides that comes with many benefits.

When a Mill Basin home needs water cleanup, we know that in the future, this home is much less likely to need services for mold, additional water damage, or odors. We restore your house to an optimal humidity level by removing all the water and then drying out the affected area. 

Water can bring about so much damage in a home that even elevated amounts of humidity need correcting as quickly as possible. Some things that can adversely happen to your residence if you do not have SERVPRO carry out water cleanup services promptly:

  • Microbial overgrowths and infestations,
  • Dry rot and deterioration of materials, and
  • Foul, stagnant odors that seem to come from ‘somewhere.’

Even slight elevations of dampness can permit microbes like mold and mildew to take over your home. Any place with cellulose becomes a possible harbor. Let us help you in protecting your home from this with our targeted services.

Microbes cause a lot of deterioration because they grow into the materials they infest, breaking them down from the start. Carpeting and other floor coverings are notorious for falling apart when left damp for too long. We can help prevent this, also.

Odors develop in homes that need work focused on water’s presence. These odors happen because of water’s ability to break things down into small enough pieces that they become airborne. Mold can also cause smells from what it destroys or the spores it uses to reproduce. 

None of these situations need to happen inside your property. We can help prevent these and other problems from becoming costly emergencies. Let SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands help protect your home from the potential problems caused by escaped water. Call us for assistance at (718) 381-3271.

Prompt and Reliable Water Removal in Brooklyn Homes by SERVPRO

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign Water removal for your Brooklyn home is no easy task. Call SERVPFRO for fast and immediate service.

Actions Water Damage Cleanup in Your Brooklyn Home

When your home suffers water damage, it may be hard for you to locate all the affected areas. Undetected and unattended moisture continues to wreak havoc in your Brooklyn home. You may not understand which areas require extra work even when you know where the damage is. Therefore, opting for professional water removal helps you access appropriate information on the condition of your home. An expert helps reveal the seriousness of the damage and how to treat it.

The amount of water and the size of the area impacted by the intrusion plays an essential role during the water removal process at a Brooklyn home. Knowing that water damage causes a devastating setback to homes and even the smallest amount can wreak havoc on your house, SERVPRO strives to respond quickly. We do everything it takes to mitigate the damage and restore your home with minimal disruption. 

Materials that may trap hidden moisture

  • Underlay
  • Subflooring
  • Baseboards
  • Insulation    

The water removal challenge

Water removal is particularly challenging when the leak point is enclosed or the moisture migration spreads to such areas. Identifying where there is a problem and reaching the hidden moisture are two crucial steps, yet it is difficult to tackle them without sophisticated equipment. SERVPRO invests in simple and sophisticated equipment to help resolve any issues related to moisture intrusion. For example, thermal cameras help reveal whether moisture is trapped within subfloors or areas enclosed with drywall panels.

Helpful actions against hidden moisture

  • Drilling weep holes
  • Ventilating cavities with warm, dry air
  • Specialized extraction with drying mats

Water can be trapped within a space or absorbed into porous materials. You must drain trapped water before pursuing other restoration solutions such as drying. Our SERVPRO teams can drill weep holes into walls or ceilings to release the water trapped within the cavities. Such holes can also force dry air into the area during drying. If we discover moisture trapped beneath tiles, drying mats help facilitate extractions.

SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands offer the prompt services your property requires to resolve any water intrusion-related problem "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (718) 381-3271.

Mill Basin Homeowners Turn to SERVPRO After Water Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

standing water in living room/ dining room Do you know how to dry water damage? SERVPRO does! We are equipped and trained for your all water damage restoration needs.

Optimizing Dehumidification After Water Damage to Mill Basin Homes

Dehumidification is one of the most essential steps in water damage restoration of Mill Basin homes. Restorers use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity of the air and create favorable drying conditions within the drying zones. 

SERVPRO techs ensure that all the moisture evaporating off wet materials gets dehumidified during water damage restoration of Mill Basin homes. Hence, the restorers must install a sufficient number of dehumidifying equipment at the correct locations to get the best possible results. Once the SERVPRO water restoration techs arrive at the site, they calculate how many pints per day (PPD) of water must be removed within 24 hours. After careful consideration of the conditions, the techs decide what type and number of dehumidifiers they need to use.  

Considerations While Placing Dehumidifiers During Water Cleanup

Simply placing a dehumidifier somewhere in the drying zone can start the dehumidification process. However, it is vital to strategically place several of them throughout your water-damaged Mill Basin home to get the best possible results. Some considerations while placing dehumidifiers include:

  • Ideally, SERVPRO techs place at least one dehumidifier in the room where water intrusion 
  • Techs place dehumidifiers such that their exhaust can be directed toward wet materials.
  • The techs let the units run non-stop until they achieve the set drying goal.

A combination of state-of-the-art commercial dehumidifiers and their strategic placement can reduce the drying times to 12 to 36 hours, depending on the water damage situation.

If you need more information on water damage restoration due to burst pipes and ceiling leaks, call SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands at (718) 381-3271.    

Water Damage Management Services Are Within Reach in Mill Basin

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

stackof air movers on a cart SERVPRO provides advanced equipment like air movers to mitigate water damage in Mill Basin properties

Emergency Water Services Aid in Damage Mitigation for Mill Basin Property Owners

When a water emergency occurs in a Mill Basin home, the homeowner may receive multiple recommendations for the next steps. Some may include do-it-yourself solutions, while others recommend specific people to come to your aid. Taking pause and finding the right group of professionals is the best first step to handling the situation. Although time is of the essence, finding the right resources can help minimize your loss and set the stage for an efficient water restoration process.

In Mill Basin, a search for water damage restoration professionals will lead you to SERVPRO and our certified team of experts. Our focus on the building blocks of a successful water remediation guides us when deciding how to remove water, dry your home and assist in any specialty drying techniques necessary to preserve your belongings. SERVPRO’s deliberate approach and proven track record help return your life to normal and prevent secondary water damage.

Aside from bringing in air movers, pumps, and dehumidifiers to help remove water and control humidity, our SERVPRO team may recommend other actions to protect your home. For example, we may suggest controlled demolition, which entails targeted demolition to some walls and structural elements. This approach also involves some of the following-

  • Making flood cuts to improve air circulation
  • Cutting drywall and replacing it
  • Removal and/or replacement of toe-kicks and cabinets to eliminate water deposits and help dry the home

Water mitigation services are multi-pronged and need a comprehensive approach to be effective. SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands is ready to help as soon as you call us at (718) 381-3271. Like you, our team’s goal is to bring in the latest water restoration equipment and techniques until your water-damaged home looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”