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Some Shortcuts to Water Damage Remediation Success in the Upper West Side

3/15/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen water damage Don't let water damage cause your to panic. Contact SERVPRO immediately for effective water removal efforts.

Kitchen Wall Causes Need for Water Removal in Upper West Side Home

A single wall in a kitchen holds a myriad of potential water damage sources. It is a good idea to regularly open the cabinets and inspect the wall space for signs of spotting and make sure the dishwasher, fridge and other appliances that use water supply lines are in good working order. This action alone can assist in lessening the chance of a surprise water event in the home. 

A homeowner got up in the middle of the night and stepped in cold water. She knew immediately her Upper West Side kitchen needed water removal. She immediately put down towels to blot up the water. However, she was not sure where the water emanated from and shut off the flow until SERVPRO arrived.

Scoping for Scale and Source of Water Loss

On arrival, the technicians immediately used their equipment to determine both the area of the home affected and where it came from. The culprit was a supply line to the kitchen sink. The sheetrock showed evidence of a longterm leak behind the cabinet and the floor underneath needed drying. 

Opening the Loss Area

The techs carefully pulled the cabinets away from the wall for removal of the damaged sheetrock and drying of the wall cavity and flooring. Fortunately, the moisture detection equipment showed no evidence of seepage into the subfloor, and the tile floor remained intact with no signs of delamination. 

Repairs and Reinstallation

After drying the wall area and verifying the loss area attained air moisture goals, the homeowner brought in a plumber to make the needed repair to the supply line. Because of the length of time, the high moisture conditions remained within the wall cavity; the techs cleaned the exposed framework with antimicrobial cleaners. The application of an antimicrobial sealant inhibited the potential for any mold growth. SERVPRO techs then installed new sheetrock and put the cabinets back into place. 

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 is available for water removal 24/7. The techs arrive quickly and with their advanced equipment and restoration methods, make the water loss in the home, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage In Upper West Side

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Restores Upper West Side Carpets with Water Damage

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make with water damage is throwing towels and rags on their carpet and assume that it is enough. Those things work to absorb some moisture at the surface but do nothing for the water that ran downward, affecting the rest of the carpet and padding.

The steps that SERVPRO technicians take when handling water damage to Upper West Side carpets make the difference between keeping the carpet and having to replace it.

Problems with DIY Water Loss Cleanup
When moisture remains within the carpet, it sets it up for numerous issues including:
    •    Bleeding of color
    •    Spotting
    •    Rotting of the primary and secondary backing resulting in loose fibers
    •    Mold
    •    Foul odors

Extraction Equipment is Key
SERVPRO technicians choose different types of equipment depending on the amount of water that requires extraction and the pile of the carpet. Centrifugal pumps work well in most situations to pull up moisture. When significant amounts of moisture require removal, stand-on, and stationary water removal systems perform best.

Restoration to Carpet
Some carpets get stained or show spots after a water loss event and need additional cleaning to restore the fibers. SERVPRO techs carefully test fibers before cleaning, so the correct cleaning agents and methods get used, so there is no damage done to threads or issues such as shrinkage.

Techniques for Drying Carpet
A misstep homeowners sometimes make when attempting to dry carpets is using household fans. In some cases, they can make the problem worse. When necessary, the techs can remove carpet and dry it in-plant for reinstallation. However, to limit the disruption to the home, the techs dry the carpet in place. One commonly used application, referred to as floating, involves loosening the carpet on one side. Air movers get positioned to force air in the opened space, which assists in drying the carpet and padding from the bottom up and inhibits secondary damages. As the air movers force the embedded moisture to the surface, it gets captured by the dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 for help with water damage in your home. The certified technicians can handle any size water loss and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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Don’t Let Water Damage Interrupt Business at your Upper West Side Bistro

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Empty restaurant. Tables and chairs Water loss events can be catastrophic for business owners. SERVPRO can dry the water and minimize the loss. Call us today!

Commercial Water Damage in an Upper West Side Bistro 

One of the most damaging things that can happen in a business that relies on foot traffic is commercial water damage. The danger for slip and fall accidents, the potential for bacterial growth, and damage to the building materials make professional cleanup a must.  

When commercial water damage occurred in an Upper West Side Bistro from a broken supply line to a refrigeration unit, a large amount of water spilled into the floor around the entire front of the establishment.  

Scoping the Bistro Finding all the areas the water migrated into is crucial for doing a complete cleanup job. The technicians rely on not only visual inspection looking for signs of water loss but also their state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment. Fortunately, the property owner called in for restoration services quickly, and the water did not seep into the subfloor. The techs removed the water from the floor using portable pumps and squeegees. 

Readying the Establishing for Drying

Moisture went behind the industrial-grade rubber baseboards, and SERVPRO techs removed them for drying. The sheetrock had low-grade moisture around the floor joints but showed no signs of buckling or warping and did not require removal. The front counter area did not have water underneath, but the seating area for diners needed drying. The techs determined they could dry the tables and chairs in place and placed the chairs on the tables and the tables on blocks. 

Expedited Drying

Because the structural damage was limited, the drying process went quickly with air movers and dehumidification equipment rapidly, bringing down the interior moisture levels.  

Sanitary Standards for Serving the Public

In any business, cleanliness is a must. In an industry that serves food and drink, it is particularly essential a bistro to both smell and be clean. SERVPRO technicians have access to a broad array of cleaning agents, including antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions, to ensure that the surfaces in the establishment are left free from contaminants and ready to serve customers. 

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 has the specialized equipment and advanced restoration methods to restore any size bistro from commercial water damage, "Like it never even happened." 

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Winning Tactics of Flood Damage Remediation in Your Manhattan Home

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

looking down hallway into kitchen of apartment When water damages your apartment, SERVPRO to the rescue. W! have what it takes to remove the water and restore your home.

What Professional Flood Water Removal Offers Manhattan Residents 

Whether the flooding in your Manhattan home is due to storms or a significant plumbing or appliance breach, you need help fast. Multi-unit buildings pose real challenges to residents of our borough as the water disaster your neighbor endure can migrate into your condo, apartment, or townhouse without warning. No matter how several inches or even a foot or more of water enters your home, it is essential to remove the water. 

To accomplish flood water removal in Manhattan a restoration company needs a highly-trained and skilled team of technicians and managers as well as state of the art equipment. Often when water collects in a house, the electricity is shut off for safety reasons. This lack of power makes it essential that the responding company has power generation capabilities on their service vehicles to avoid delays that are costly in both time and money. 

SERVPRO has the qualified crews and the high-efficiency equipment needed to remove the water rapidly, including onboard power generators. Our employees complete rigorous IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, training to master the strategies needed to extract the water, measure moisture levels in porous building materials, and implement structural drying techniques. We use thermal scanning devices to locate hidden pockets of water, employing options like flood cuts, drilled holes, and extensions for wanded extractors to reach and release the trapped moisture.   

We complete the flood water removal with a drying plan that uses air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in structural components to normal levels. SERVPRO also takes advantage of innovations like floor drying mats and building cavity drying systems that harness the power of negative air pressure to suction residual moisture out of layers of flooring or from behind walls. 

To inhibit any potential mold growth, common after water losses, we use EPA-registered disinfectants on the affected surfaces. SERVPRO’s goal is to leave your home dry, cleaned, and refreshed after the headache of a flooding event -- “Like it never even happened.” 

Call the experts at SERVPRO of Upper West Side when you need help after a flood in your Manhattan abode. You call (917) 498-1362, and we answer 24/7.

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Manhattan Dwellers Deal Best with a Fire and Smoke Loss with SERVPRO's Assistance

2/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech wiping down stairwell walls and ceiling from soot SERVPRO Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Tech Cleans Soot from Outside a Manhattan Residential Building

Unraveling Puzzles Left by Fire Damage in Manhattan

When a fire burns your Manhattan condo, it is likely to leave damages at the source and other sections of the property even if the flames are doused early. Although most of the damages, such as charred materials or surfaces are easy to locate and understand, some outcomes of fire incidents leave homeowners puzzled. Hiring a professional restoration team can help you understand the damage and find the right solutions.    

The deposits left after fire damage in Manhattan units can form unusual patterns. For example, the homeowner may notice blacked dots where nails lay hidden beneath the drywall. It might appear as if the fire pulled out the nails. The popular name for this phenomenon is nail pops, and it forms due to magnetism in smoke residues. The residues drift towards the metallic nails resulting in the nail pops even though the nails are still in place. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the surrounding drywall, and if there are no other signs of severe damages, we can clean the area to remove the residues.

Smoke residues may also collect in areas you would not expect them to. For example, rooms that were closed off from the main areas affected by the fire may have high concentrations of smoke residue. Such outcomes occur because closed windows and doors cannot hinder smoke movements. Areas isolated from the fire also tend to be colder, so smoke tends to concentrate there because it moves through convectional currents, hot air circulates toward cooler air.  Our SERVPRO technicians check all concealed areas, including cabinets, to eliminate all smoke residues.

It is common for fires to leave a stench in the affected areas. In most cases, the smell goes away after removing charred debris and cleaning the area. It can, therefore, be puzzling for the smell to linger after doing a thorough cleaning. The odor particles can penetrate deep into materials, especially since the heat from the fire opens up pores in materials. Neutralizing the odor particles is the only solution to a stubborn odor problem. Our SERVPRO technicians can use ULV foggers or Ozone generators in extreme cases, which produce different agents that combine with odor particles, neutralizing them.
 
It is easier to deal with fire-damaged property with help from a professional team. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side to help. You can reach us at (917) 498-1362 at any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Act As Quick As Possible In Central Park West After A Flood

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

One of our technician using an orange device to measure the water content under this window Our technicians checking the moisture content of the wood framing of this window in this apartment unit. Count on experts to take out the guesswork.

Slowing Migration of Floodwater in Central Park West Apartments

One of the most potentially harmful aspects of flooding in Central Park West apartment buildings is the volume of residents that could become affected. While there might be dozens of pathways for floodwater to enter your property, how you handle the migration of this flooding can be the difference in which other units become affected and how severe the damage in your residence is as well. Because many property owners lack the appropriate tools and equipment for slowing the movement of flooding, it is vital to reach out to our emergency response team.

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that can help when you have to face flood damage in a Central Park West apartment. There are multiple solutions that our SERVPRO professionals can employ when we first begin working on a damaged address to slow or completely stall the progression of floodwater.

Containment 

One of the initial steps that our SERVPRO team can take when we address the widespread flooding concerns in an apartment unit is establishing the perimeter of the current loss effects. Our construction of physical barriers around this damaged area with thick 6mil plastic sheeting can allow our technicians to regulate airflow, temperature, and humidity levels to maximize efficient drying.

Extraction 

Standing water on the surface of flooring might not always exist, even with flooding in the apartment. Instead, we can utilize extraction tools like our carpet and light wands to pull enough water from flooring materials to prevent further migration, while more direct drying efforts get underway.

Positive Pressure Systems 

When flood damage enters through structural cavities, these breaches can get resolved through evaporative drying tools like our Injecti-Dry system. By drilling small holes behind the baseboard of affected walls, we can remove standing water and then introduce a consistent stream of warm, dry air into the cavity to dry out moist elements.

Each of these solutions can help to slow the spread of flood effects to neighboring properties or other areas of your apartment. We can respond quickly after a storm loss to make flooding effects “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team a call today at (917) 498-1362.

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No Trace of Water Damage in Manhattan Home after Restoration by SERVPRO

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Our Team of Professionals Provide you With the Results that you and your Manhattan Home Deserve

A homeowner in Manhattan called SERVPRO, informing us that a significant part of her home was flooded with water, and she needed assistance. She had turned off the mains, so the intrusion had stopped, but it was not clear whether the loss originated from a faulty appliance or a supply pipe.

When dealing with such water damage cases in Manhattan, our SERVPRO crews take a proactive approach to ensure we establish all problems and make the right steps to fix them. Among the first issues to establish was whether there were access restrictions to the loss site. The loss had only affected the ground floor in the building, so issues like intrusions into wall cavities or ceiling spaces, which complicate access to the spilled water, were minimal. With fast extraction and drying, we could complete the restoration process.

Water loss incidents are notorious for sparking safety or security issues when they affect the property. For a loss discovered immediately, the primary concern is electrical faults if the water finds a way into sockets or power cables. With most of the water at the house being on the floor, we anticipated no such problems. However, our SERVPRO technicians still used circuit checkers for confirmation. 

For severe water loss incidents, additional services such as pack-outs, specialized content cleaning, and drying may be necessary. Our SERVPRO team was ready to perform any of these services at the property. Although we did not need to perform a pack-out, we still had to move some contents from the wet ground floor area to upper rooms in the house, clearing space to extract water and perform drying procedures. Wet-vacuuming the rooms with a truck-mounted water extractor removed most of the water.

We also performed immediate stain removal in some parts of the carpet in the living room through spot cleaning before embarking on drying. We set up a couple of air movers and dehumidifiers, monitoring them every 24 hours, ensuring that the house regained its preloss state in just a few days.

Fast, targeted action helps save water-damaged property. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Manhattan

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Air mover on the floor of a living room with a black couch and various tables and shelves The air movers are drying the room in this home after a storm hit. Our technicians removed the carpet as a loss and restored this home right away.

Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage in Your Manhattan Diner Should also Address Salt Water

When the East River pushes over its banks in Manhattan, business owners should have concerns about the salt deposits left behind. Contaminants related to flooding can change once-familiar surroundings in diners and small restaurants from safe to highly risky. The health effects associated to flooding decrease from the use of our disinfectant sprays, but salt remains unaffected by such applications.

Salt left behind in Manhattan businesses make flood damage especially troublesome for many. Because of its hydrophilic properties, the increased moisture close to structural materials can rapidly erode finishes. Corrosion of metals, including underneath protective paints, can happen quickly. Chlorine is only one of the three most common salts deposited on surfaces during a flood. Sulfide and nitride ions also bond to surfaces. The damage caused when surfaces stay damp from ocean water happens much faster than with freshwater. 

This stark increase in the rate of how quickly damage such as corrosion sets in on metal plumbing, electrical components, and metal furnishings requires swift manual removal of the film left on these items. Rinsing with fresh water often fails to remove all of the salts in any given area. A very dilute mixture containing muriatic acid helps dissolve salt from surfaces when applied with a cloth. We use rubber gloves and goggles during this task, and follow it up with a thorough rinsing with clean water. 

Even after drying the area using axial fans and desiccant machines, any remaining salt in the area can continue to cause corrosion. We recommend regular inspections so you can stay informed of any problems that develop before they cause interruption of electrical service or broken plumbing.

One area that diner owners might find they often replace due to flood damage from the Hudson or East River is the floors. Tile flooring can withstand flooding, even when salty, better than other flooring materials. Another option, while seemingly counterintuitive, is inexpensive carpeting. Gluing this directly to a concrete slab allows secure removal in the event of any future flooding. Our building department team can discuss potential options with you to help reduce the impact of any future disasters.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side stays prepared to assist diners and eateries in Central Park West stay open after flooding bathes our part of the city. Call (917) 498-1362 for experts who live and work here, and who know how flood damage from the East River can affect local businesses.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Manhattan Home After A Flood

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment drying out residual moisture in this home Our equipment dried out the residual moisture during this partial demolition after a flood disaster hit this home.

Crucial Steps in Managing Flood Damage Incidents in Manhattan Involving Sanitary Water

Flooding incidents cause different categories of water loss. Category-one water loss involves sanitary water and mostly happens when rainwater filters into the house. Typical scenarios include winds or debris opening up holes on the roof, letting in rainwater. Alternatively, driving rain can push rainwater through gaps in doors or windows. With a few crucial steps, it is possible to control flood damage involving sanitary water.

Protecting Contents

When flood damage incidents in Manhattan involve sanitary water, the intrusion point is usually at an elevated point, meaning no groundwater reaches the interior. Such incidents can affect more items, so there is a need to protect them. In case we find an ongoing intrusion such as arriving when it is still raining or when draining water trapped in the ceiling, our SERVPRO technicians use plastic sheets to cover contents protecting them from unnecessary exposure. We also use towels to wipe off excess water from items and remove materials from the floor where most collects.

Expedited Water Extraction

Extracting the standing water left after flood damage strikes helps kick start restoration of the property to its preloss state. Extracting the water requires equipment with the right lift and volume capacity. A truck-mounted water extractor helps our SERVPRO crews move significant volumes of water within a short period. For minor intrusions, portable extractors are sufficient. Sometime the floor type might influence the extraction method. For example, on hardwood floors use of towels to remove water, then setting up drying mats might be appropriate in some cases.

Humidity Control

Moisture build-up in the structure is common during flooding. Although the drying process starts fully after other restoration steps, including water extraction and cleaning, there is a need for humidity control before that to prevent secondary damage caused by moisture migration. Our SERVPRO crews use different approaches to provide this control, including setting up some dehumidifiers or maintaining negative pressure in some areas.

Even though flooding happens unexpectedly, it is possible to manage the outcome. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Can Help You Restore Your Manhattan Apartment After A Fire

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A room in this property covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We have the certified personnel, expertise, advanced training, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Manhattan's Fire Damage Restoration Technicians Point Out Various Types Of Deodorants

The odds show that if you live in an apartment in Manhattan for long enough, then there is a decent chance that something will burn inside your complex. Even if your unit does not initially become the victim of fire damage, the smoke coming from the blaze inside another group can still negatively affect your dwelling. Depending on the characteristics of the burn, partially burned particles or smoke can travel throughout your building.

The smoke itself can cause problems with your building materials and contents. During many fire damage projects in Manhattan, smoke can leave behind pungent aromas and soils or soot residues. During some situations, our SERVPRO crew notices that most foul smells go away once all burnt materials and soot residues get removed from the negatively affected structure. In other cases, where the smoke has penetrated your contents and building materials deeply, unpleasant odors can still exist even after all soils and soot residues have been cleaned.

When smoke-like smells tend to stick around, our SERVPRO technicians can use other deodorization methods. Most deodorization techniques are found to be effective by using one or a combination of a large number of chemical agents. Each type of deodorant that can be useful during smoke mitigation works to eliminate odors differently after fire damage.

One common type of deodorizing agent works by masking. These masking agents use more pleasant aromas to cover up pungent ones. A different kind of chemical called a pairing agent works differently by causing a chemical reaction. Pairing agents have molecules that chemically bond with malodor particles and neutralize them.

Filtration agents are other types of products that can be used during deodorization. Some chemicals, like baking soda, work through absorption or by absorbing moisture into the substance. Different products work by adsorbing malodor particles or capturing gases and holding them on the surface of the gent.

Utilizing a variety of deodorization methods can prove to be useful when eliminating aromas caused by different types of smoke. If you ever notice smoke damage inside your apartment unit, call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 24/7. We can help you restore your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

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