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How Flooding Damages Building Materials in Two Bridges Commercial Properties

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Common Issues with Building Materials After Commercial Flood Damage in Two Bridges Properties

The cleanup of commercial flood damage is never a one-size-fits-all project. Things that make the structure unique, also make the mitigation process individualized. 

The parts of properties that traditionally receive commercial flood damage in Two Bridges are flooring and building materials in. SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site to save property owners from the replacement cost for both contents and structure with their advanced restoration methods.  

Insulation

Of all the types of insulation, only fiberglass insulation has the potential for cleaning and reinstallation. However, when the water intrusion is floodwater, the insulation does not have the potential for a return to sanitary levels for reuse. The technicians collect and bag wet insulation for disposal.  

Wet Sheetrock

Sheetrock has a very narrow window of recovery after exposure to water. It wicks moisture, and once it warps, buckles or sags, it requires removal as it has no restoration potential. When removing sheetrock, the techs measure above the highest level moisture has gone within the core and cut several inches above that waterline. Known as a "flood cut," this action halts any further damage and opens up the interior wall cavity for extraction and drying.  

Floorcovering Challenges

Floodwater most often affects the flooring of a commercial property. Different types of floorcoverings react in various ways to exposure to water. Glue-down carpet and tile tend to fare the worst and delaminates. Depending on the construction materials, particularly of tile, it may have the potential for reinstallation after cleaning. Vinyl laminate and other engineered and composite boards fall apart after prolonged exposure to water and are usually a loss.  

Hardwood flooring may buckle or crown, but that is due to the wood absorbing water. On a case by case basis, the boards can dry in place or get removed for drying and reinstallation. The technicians rely on specialized drying equipment such as drying mats to accomplish this level of restorative treatment. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan (332) 900-2337 cleans up and restores properties with commercial flood damage with their advanced equipment and methods to make the loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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Basements in Manhattan and the Lower East Side Receive Swift Water Removal and Restoration from SERVPRO

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

water leak and puddle in corner of a block basement Water in Your Lower East Side Basement? Call SERVPRO for Removal and Restoration

Water Removal from a Lower East Side Basement

A finished basement is a perfect place for a playroom. However, Lower East Side basements are one of the top areas in a home or apartment unit that receives water damage.

SERVPRO techs can perform water removal in Lower East Side basements quickly with their vast array of extraction equipment. Squeegees work great on slab and tiled flooring, while portable pumps with weighted extractor heads make water removal a quick job on carpeting. When the water is more than two inches deep, the techs have access to submersible pumps, so there are no delays in restoration.

Why SERVPRO?
Water loss causes more damage by the minute, and fast action is a crucial element in saving both structure and contents from needing replacement. That is why SERVPRO emergency response teams are available 24/7 and arrive within four hours of the call, and often very soon after the initial contact, to start the cleanup and restoration from any type of property disaster.

Basement Floors Get the Worst of It
The typical behavior of water is to follow the path of least resistance, and that direction is usually downward. In the case of a basement, the water tends to pool on the substrate. Particularly when the sump pump either is not working properly or simply cannot keep up with the amount of water. Glue-down carpet and tile often delaminate and require removal during the water extraction phase of the restoration service. Depending on the construction materials used, this flooring may have the potential for reuse after drying and cleaning. Groundwater contamination may result in antimicrobial application to disinfect the damaged area.

Drying Concrete Slab
The most common substrate in a basement is concrete. Because of the porous nature, SERVPRO techs use the power of air movers to draw moisture to the surface where the dehumidification equipment removes it.  Efflorescence happens when the soluble salts within the concrete come to the surface and leave a chalky, whitish coating. This film gets easily cleaned away, and in some cases, sealing the substrate may be advised once the restoration services complete. The process of drying a concrete slab takes extended time; it must be done properly before a new flooring surface can be installed.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 comes to local properties for water removal and arrives quickly on-site with our green service vehicles loaded with all the equipment needed. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Flood Damage in your Lower East Side Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by flooding Flood damage recovery is a specialty of SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan.

Safety Checklist for Flood Damage on the Lower East Side

Responding to a residential flooding situation on the Lower East Side requires our trained crews to balance appropriate solutions for safety concerns with the need for rapid resolution. We need to keep you and your family safe during mitigation and remediation project phases, and also protect our employees from hazards encountered during the job.

Flood Water Presents Many Hazards
When we assess flood damage in your Lower East Side apartment or loft, our focus begins with an evaluation of the condition and location of the fluids. Typically floodwaters are categorized as highly contaminated, termed Category 3 or Black Water. As storm waters flow over pavement and the ground, they pick up chemicals, dirt and mud, and a wide range of organic debris, including sewage, if storm drains are overwhelmed. As we prepare to contain, remove, and dispose of the contaminated water and dry out the space, our workers don personal protective equipment (PPE) and recommend residents evacuate affected areas.

Wet Surface Woes
SERVPRO crew members know slip, trip, and fall accidents are common when water covers floors. Wires, broken glass, and other debris hidden under the water increase the probability of injury for occupants and restorers. Water collecting above a ceiling can breakthrough, damaging structures and exposing any individuals occupying the space to the possibility of severe harm.

Electrical and Other Utility Risks
Electrical shock is a concern if power is live in the flooded spaces. When water drained into your home from above, light fixtures can fill or wall switches short out, causing the risk of electrocution or fire from sparking wires. SERVPRO arranges to shut down power until the water is controlled. We have gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extractors that allow us to begin water removal even when electricity is temporarily unavailable. Our technicians check for natural gas smells and work with local utilities to shut off supplies to avoid contamination and fire risk.

Structural Risks
The onslaught of water can weaken building materials. During active flood water removal, we need to be sure floors and walls retain integrity, especially as we add extra weight with equipment and multi-member crews. To avoid dangerous surprises, SERVPRO technicians use thermal imaging technology, comparing and evaluating temperature readings to locate trapped water in building cavities. Moisture detectors and meters help us determine the extent of the floodwater migration and the level of saturation of porous structural components.

Flood damage recovery is a specialty of SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan. Call us at (332) 900-2337 to see how our experience as part of the nationwide Disaster Recovery Team translates a successful outcome here at home.

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SERVPRO Neutralizes and Restores Smoke and Odor Damaged Apartments in Lower Manhattan

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage in a Kitchen on the Lower East Side Spreads Odor Throughout a Condo

Fires that occur during cooking account for the majority of residential fire damage in the United States' largest city. These types of fires often contain more pungent odors than other kinds of blazes due to the presence of meat proteins and cooking oils.

When dinner caught fire in a Lower East Side condo, the fire damage left light charring, but the entire unit required odor removal. The homeowners brought in SERVPRO quickly to clean up the mess. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Removal of Damaged Items

SERVPRO techs do not remove any items without the approval of the homeowner or adjuster. The techs compile a report of things that need disposing of during fire loss cleanup.  Each piece gets photographed and entered into a detailed report that assists in expediting insurance claims, in this case, the losses were few with only a few ceiling tiles that received charring too great for restoration and required removal. SERVPRO always attempts to restore, and not replace, fire-damaged building materials, fixtures, and possessions.

Smoke Residue Cleaning Process

The techs test the smoke present on surfaces before beginning the restoration process to ensure they use the best methods that do not mar or damage the contents they are cleaning. This is because different types of smoke require diverse applications for removal. While dry smoke gets lifted away with specialized tools, wet smoke requires solvents and cleaning agents to release its grip.

Smoke Odor Control

Because the wall-unit AC's were running during the fire, the smoke odor from the kitchen fire spread throughout these rooms. SERVPRO technicians used air scrubbers and air purifiers to assist in the capture of airborne soot particles. Hydroxyl generators are safe for use around people, plants, and pets as they use UV rays, precisely like from the Sun. These machines take odorous particulate matter and change it at the molecular level, neutralizing foul odors in the room. The rapid removal of odorous particles is crucial to minimizing disruptions to neighboring units.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side / Downtown Manhattan at (332) 900-2337 has certified technicians to restore your home from fire damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Construction Clean-Up & Post Construction Clean-Up Services

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning crew working at the completion of construction project. Keep your job site clean and well managed with SERVPRO of Lower East Side/Downtown Manhattan

There is practically no construction job in New York City that doesn't worry about the amount of space available to complete the job and work comfortably. This was something a little new to us about 6 years ago when we opened our first New York City SERVPRO franchise. Being from Rhode Island often times our construction crews and construction clean-up crews had room to work in large spaces, places to put dumpsters or bullbags and even store equipment on-site without the worry that we would be impeding upon space needed for others. Now that we have been in the city for a few years we have found our niche in offering efficient, compact and affordable professional construction cleaning services and project management in all 5 boroughs. We are available to help manage construction projects in New York City, call our offices today! 

Experience Storm Damage Restoration Team

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

A photo collage of SERVPRO team members working after major storm damage. Our SERVPRO Team has helped in disaster recovery efforts after major storms.

Our team of disaster restoration technicians are lead by seasoned project managers who have helped in recovery efforts after major storms around the country. We have learned quite a bit over our 12 plus years of providing disaster restoration services to commercial and residential property owners in New England, New York and several other states, and as we have grown our presence in the region we have also grown our skill sets to provide more efficiency in the recovery process after a disaster. Mainly we provide professional construction & contractor services allowing us to more effectively tackle a disaster restoration project without the impediment of subcontractor delays. We manage your restoration project from start to finish, quickly and transparently keeping you and your staff up to speed throughout. If you are in need of our disaster restoration and construction services contact our office today. We are here to help!

What To Do After A Fire Damage

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a home has left soot all over the walls and cabinetry. After a fire, the clean-up process can be almost impossible without the right equipment and training, call us!

When fire damages a property, emotions run high and the amount of work required to repair the home or business at times can seem overwhelming. This is why your first call in fire damage recovery should be to your local SERVPRO office. After the damage has occurred we will arrive on location to quickly help you to avoid further damage and to evaluate the situation so that we can provide a complete quote to restore the property. We will provide you with project updates throughout the process that will help you understand the steps we will take to completely restore your property. Our professional contractors never cut corners and are backed by the SERVPRO Guarantee of Satisfaction, so you can rest assured there will be no issues later on down the line. And our efficient, 'Start-to-Finish' abilities normally make us the most affordable option for restoration projects of all sizes. Call our office to learn more. 

We Help Keep Your Business Running After A Disaster

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

In the hospitality world, damage to your property means downtime and immediate loss of revenue. Depending upon the severity of the damage and the type of business, losing space in your hotel, motel, or other hospitality business has many repercussions. Your restoration requires a dedicated team of professional restoration technicians versed in restoring these types of losses. Our team is trained and well prepared to quickly and efficiently provide restoration and construction services guiding you through this important project from beginning to end. Upon receiving your call we immediately send out a project manager and restoration techs to begin processes that will limit the damage. We provide up-front, transparent quotes and pricing. Also, we have worked with almost every major insurance provider so we can relieve your concerns and provide complete project management services.

Water Damage Repair NYC

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

A living room has been flooded with water. If you experience water damage in New York City call our office, fast!

We are your 24/7 water damage repair team here in NYC. Our local team of restoration technicians understand the importance of their work and are on-call when an emergency water damage occurs anywhere in the city. When you call SERVPRO of Lower Eastside/Downtown Manhattan a local representative will be at your property in a timely manner, depending upon the severity of the issue they may arrive shortly after your call. Because most homes and apartments in NYC are in multi-level buildings our disaster response teams are trained to act quickly in after a water damage call. The sooner we are able to clean-up water that has soaked the area and remove moisture from the floors, walls, ceilings, and the air; the more damage we can prevent.

Do you have a large construction project in NYC?

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

A major construction project in a large city. Cranes dot the skyline during major commercial construction.

When contemplating the right time to renovate and restore a building in NYC there are several factors that go into the decision-making process. There are many different contractors and sub-contractors that need to be hired and trusted to do their job in a timely fashion, concern for the state of the building and its tenants during construction amongst other factors. SERVPRO is an area leader in Commercial Building Renovations in NYC, we can manage all phases of your construction project and provide complete transparency throughout the process. Our experienced restoration managers are able to diagnose and quote the renovation contract with accuracy ensuring there are few surprises once construction is underway.  We provide a professional and clean-working crew that will provide quality work with as little disturbance to the rest of the property as possible. Contact our office today to discuss your next major renovation, we have the solution you need!