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What Few People Know When It Comes to Dealing With Upper West Side Water Removal Issues

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

water dripping from ceiling Whether the water damage in your home came from above or below, it's high time to call SERVPRO to investigate and then remediate the damage.

Water Removal Best Practices in Your Upper West Side Apartment

When water escapes into your Upper West Side living areas, ridding the space of it involves both extraction of standing water and drying out any affected structural components. The interior areas of multi-family residential buildings like lofts, high-rise, and brownstones pose some challenges when extracting and drying. Our comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers efficient strategies to ensure we remove all water and residual moisture.

Tight Spaces Need Innovative Approaches

Our crews select from a variety of exaction equipment options when completing water removal on the Upper West Side. Portable units permit our technicians to access and service your unit even if it is many stories above street level. We establish baseline moisture levels by using detection equipment for building materials. We rely on thermal imaging cameras to locate areas where hidden pooled water might lurk behind walls, comparing differences in temperature readings.

Minimally Invasive Methods to Reach Hidden Water

When SERVPRO plans how to dry out walls in your apartment, we first check the bottom stud to see if water fills the channel. Our crew takes great care when removing baseboards to drill 1.5-inch vent holes between wall studs if water or high moisture levels are evident. Technicians protect the wall with a thin, protective board, bracing the claw hammer or nail puller we use to loosen the baseboard. The holes must pierce only the wall facing us, so that warm air we force in using a venting system moves up between your wall and your neighbors rather than leaking water or air next door.

Air Flow Techniques with Limited Cross Ventilation

In many apartments, reliable ways to establish cross-ventilation are limited or non-existent without the use of our equipment. When the SERVPRO team sets up an airflow configuration after extraction, we manipulate angles to ensure that the air movers do not direct humid air full-on into a wall. If the machinery is not set up to move air at a 45-degree angle to the verticle surface, it runs the risk of forcing more moisture into the wallboard or plaster as well as merely “bouncing” the water vapor back into the room. 

Count on SERVPRO of Upper West Side to use experience, training, and appropriate commercial-grade equipment to remove water and moisture from your loft, condo, or apartment. Call us at (917) 498-1362 without delay for the best results.

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Upper West Side and Manhattan Retail Stores Benefit from Swift SERVPRO Water Mitigation Service

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Poly Sheeting Barricades Section of Store for Drying SERVPRO Minimizes Retail Disruptions to Upper West Side Shops with Advanced Water Mitigation Methods

Don’t Let Water Damage on the Upper West Side Interfere with Holiday Shopping

No time during the year is a good time for a plumbing, roof, or appliance leak in your Upper West Side boutique, and a water loss during prime shopping season can directly affect your year-end profits. We understand that faster and more efficient our response, the more likely that your retail space can reopen to share goods and services to your customers.

Historic Buildings Pose Special Challenges

Elegant, trendy, and intriguing spaces dominate retail spaces on the Upper West Side. Water damage should not sideline your business for long as our talented and well-equipped crews have many effective strategies for water removal and structural drying. Relying both on comprehensive training in restoration industry best practices and state of the art equipment, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Aging plumbing and eccentric floor plans combine to create some water mitigation and remediation puzzles, but our employees rise to the challenge.

Hidden Water-Filled Cavities Need Innovative Equipment

Your inventory storage, offices, dressing rooms, and retail spaces can contain recesses between walls that can trap water after a leak or overflow. SERVPRO technicians use detection tools to locate unseen moisture. Our employees take the initiative to pursue the water, carrying portable water extractors to the far corners of your space, ensuring we evacuate as much liquid water as possible before turning to drying equipment. Extraction is 1200 times more efficient than drying, and when exhaustively pursued can get your retail space back in business fast.

Wall Cavity Venting Systems

Once SERVPRO transitions, the focus to applied structural drying, expect us to employ one or more venting or drying methods to reduce moisture levels to normal even behind walls. Small holes drilled into drywall, wood and trim, and closets or cabinet toe-kicks provide access for warm airflow that accelerates drying. Options can include vents attached to air movers or blowers attached to a series of hoses. Injectidry is a brand name often referenced concerning these systems.

Safety First

When SERVPRO uses portable or in-place extraction and drying equipment, it is crucial to be sure the outlets providing power are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). For best results, we avoid blocking air mover vents and use only equipment with thermally protected motors, inlet and outlet screens, and three-pronged plugs.

Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side when water damage threatens the use of your desirable retail space. Call us at (917) 498-1362 day or night to schedule an evaluation.

We Discuss The Best Extraction Methods For Your Manhattan Basement Apartment

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Best Extraction Methods for Manhattan Basement Apartments

Apartment water recovery after flooding can require creative solutions implemented immediately to reduce widespread structural deterioration and more expensive restoration efforts for Manhattan property owners. With some of the high rise apartment buildings that famously make up the skyline, we need portable yet effective water removal tactics to reduce a need for significant controlled demolition and build back.

Storm systems threatening the borough can produce fierce conditions capable of breaking windows, puncturing roofs, and other scenarios that might lead to a need for flood removal in Manhattan residences. Because of how closely connected the entire apartment and its contents are, a single flooding incident can damage your entire property. Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple choices for fast and thorough extraction, and with an apartment several stories from the ground level, we must consider the best possible tools for the job.

Wet-Vacs / Light Wands
These are among the most popular options as they are the most portable of the options available to the team. Often these units collect water into their tanks, and those get emptied through available drains in the residence. The advantage to these units is that they do not require discharge hoses at all, so they are a lightweight and manageable extraction tool designed to excel in smaller, confined areas.

Submersible Pumps
Another of the lightweight and highly mobile options for our SERVPRO team is the electric submersible pump. Most often, in situations where standing water exceeds 2 inches in depth, these units must get used before the extraction job gets finished with the light wands. The discharge of these lightweight sump pumps can get directed to sink drains and other outlets to extract standing water continually.

Specific equipment most ideal for high-efficiency extraction, like our truck-mount pumps, are a challenge to use in high-rise apartments. Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side has practical solutions to rapidly dry your flooded apartment to get it back to preloss condition quickly. No matter where you are, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (917) 498-1362.

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DIY Manhattan Fire Damage Restoration Can Lead to Further Complications

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Cord plugged into outlet burning A fire in a neighboring apartment can damage yours. Don't DIY the restoration. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to take your call.

Limitations of DIY Fire Restoration in Manhattan Apartments 

Fires can become a substantial challenge to face, especially in confined Manhattan studio apartments. With several units on each floor, a fire anywhere near your residence could leave you contending with any number of concerns, including harsh odors, soot particulates, debris, and structural compromise. As tempting as it might seem to clean and restore these occurrences on your own, inadequate cleaning and recovery can lead to further complications. 

Because of the open area in studio apartments, fire damage in Manhattan properties can affect nearly every personal belonging, piece of furniture, and structural element in the unit. Even if your neighbor’s apartment is where the fire originated, shared walls can allow for the penetration of microscopic soot, smoke odors, and other threats into your apartment. Quickly overcoming these concerns requires trusting in the experienced hands of our SERVPRO professionals to help, as there are limitations to DIY restoration. 

Inadequate Inspection 

Our project manager and crew chief can work alongside our customers to determine the full scope of the fire damage. We can document loss, damage to contents, manage the pack-out of compromised belongings for focused cleaning and attention, and work with your insurance provider to afford the work. DIY assessment can often leave damage undiscovered, allowing it to worsen over time or remain a threat.

Deodorization 

The infiltration of odors from even neighboring units can be impossible for ill-equipped apartment owners to face on their own. With the open floor plan of your studio apartment, we must deploy effective deodorization strategies like our thermal fogger or hydroxyl generator to neutralize harsh scents on contact.

Soot Removal 

Soot is a hazardous situation, precisely because of its microscopic size and ability to generate health concerns for those directly exposed. DIY restorers should be mindful of these threats, and trust in the safety-focused SERVPRO team arriving to help. 

There are definite limitations to DIY fire restoration, but our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team can work to get you back to preloss condition quickly. With our experience and premier equipment, we can make these loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (917) 498-1362. 

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How to Deal with Water Damage in Your Manhattan Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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A DIY Job Gone Wrong Could Cause Water Damage in Your Manhattan Flat

Sometimes, you may be tempted to do a job yourself, especially if it saves you money. However, lack of proper experience, or a mistake, could leave your Manhattan home in need of water damage remediation services. In particular, many homeowners are tempted to perform bathroom renovations themselves. Doing the renovation yourself can sometimes cut down expenses by more than 50% of what it would have cost to go with a professional service. 

However, what if you made a mistake in your renovation that caused water damage to your Manhattan flat? Imagine that while you were trying to remove the vanity from your bathroom, to replace it, you accidentally damaged a plumbing pipe. Water spilled out into your bathroom almost immediately and soaked the floor. Furthermore, to make matters worse, imagine it takes you twenty minutes to get the water shut off inside of your flat. 

Whenever water damage happens inside your home, you must remain calm. Getting professional water damage restoration technicians (WRT) into your home as quickly as possible is essential. Remaining calm can help you make the phone call you need to much quicker, and leave you level-headed enough to provide all necessary information quickly. 

Here at SERVPRO, we also value calm and effective action. We understand how time-sensitive water damage is. Our technicians know that water damage left untouched for less than 72 hours could form mold damage. For this reason, we always work around your schedule. Remember, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

In this scenario, SERVPRO could be at your home within hours of your initial phone call. Once we enter your flat, our WRT can begin right away by using advanced equipment to remove the standing water from your bathroom. We can use devices like extractors and wet/dry vacuums to remove the water, and then flood drying mats on the floor to ensure that none seeped between the tiles. SERVPRO can also set up dehumidifiers and axial fans to dry out the base of the walls, to ensure that no remaining excess moisture is left behind. 

Once finished, SERVPRO can recommend a plumber to you who can come and fix the pipe that was damaged inside of your bathroom. 

If you accidentally cause water damage to your apartment, never hesitate. Speak with SERVPRO of Upper West Side by phoning (917) 498-1362. Our technicians are always ready to help. 

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Our Skilled Restoration Professionals Are Ready To Respond To Your Disaster In The Upper West Side

10/12/2019 (Permalink)

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We Can Save Your Property In The Upper West Side

We New Yorkers have a passion for getting a job done right quickly and having it how we want it the first time you ask. That’s the mentality of our SERVPRO team that has been proudly serving the Upper West Side and other areas of Manhattan for years. As a family-owned restoration company, we can utilize the resources of our parent company without losing the roots and the ties to our community that make us such a respected choice when emergencies occur. We want not just to have you as a customer, but to know that should anything ever happen again, we are the team you want to call to make it right.

Water
We have to approach almost all of the water loss incidents that we address throughout the Upper West Side as situations that can affect other residences as well. With a high percentage of properties for our customers in the area being lofts, apartments, and condos, it is easy for disasters to spread beyond their initial source point to damage the entire unit. Once saturation has become an issue in the source residence, moisture can migrate to neighboring apartments and properties to present a more substantial hurdle for our restoration team to overcome.

We have seen the high volume of water restoration calls that our professionals receive every year, and that is why our experts focus on training and education to ensure that nearly all of our staff have the necessary certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in water restoration. This comprehensive accreditation means that we always have qualified technicians available immediately when disasters strike your Upper West Side property.

Our professionals have to have the equipment to match this claim. We have an ever-growing inventory of tools and machines ranging from our portable sump pumps and light wands for extraction in confined spaces to the rapid drying solutions for Upper West Side residences like our desiccant dehumidifiers and positive pressure practices like the InjectiDry system.

Fire
While the recovery of fire loss incidents might seem par for the course to our SERVPRO professionals, the restoration services we provide Upper West Side properties rely on other aspects of our process as well, including interaction with our customers. We know that this is an overwhelming experience, and many times you question whether your home or apartment might be a total loss. We take pride in how we can not only help homes and businesses but also their owners, through traumatic and substantial fire losses.

Our team focuses on bridging the gap between our customers and their insurance company, as we have established working relationships with area providers. We know what these companies need to submit your damage claim and can document and catalog loss and damage through the extensive walkthrough and assessment that our experienced project management provides upon our initial arrival. There are several obstacles that are standing in the way of returning your Upper West Side property to preloss condition, and we have the experienced IICRC-Certified professionals to help.

Permeation of fire loss effects to neighboring properties is a concern for this type of emergency as well, so to reduce the spread of smoke odors and soot throughout your Upper West Side unit. Through the use of sophisticated equipment like ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, and thermal foggers, we can eliminate noxious scents and keep other neighboring properties from suffering these effects as well.

Storm
With many apartment buildings and structures having more than just a single owner, our SERVPRO team understands that the prompt service we provide can help to keep Upper West Side residents from becoming displaced for prolonged periods. It is part of the reason that our team of professionals has grown to include a full-service contracting division – so that we can address the basic needs of properties as storm damages occur. The faster we can overcome these concerns with even temporary measures, the faster effective and property-saving mitigation tactics can begin.

Because of the limitations that many of our structures place on effective extraction and drying tools we have in our recovery arsenal, our professionals must utilize efficient extractors that can be portable enough to transport into high rise buildings with the right power to complete the task. We have numerous portable extractors, including electric sump pumps and light wands that can help to remove standing water before it migrates beyond the immediate damage location in Upper West Side buildings.

There are multiple layers to storm and flood recovery that require the full measure of our team and their capabilities. We encourage continued education for all of our technicians, even after their acquisition of IICRC certification in specifically related niches like water restoration, structural drying, mold remediation, or cleaning. The result has been a comprehensive approach to restoration that includes efficient mitigation, reconstruction, and restoration for every storm damaged Upper West Side structure.

Mold
Mold is a situation that many properties throughout the Upper West Side find challenging to avoid entirely. Our professionals can understand how severe these effects can become and how they can present health risks to those exposed. Our proximity to the Hudson River and other major water features creates conditions where higher moisture content and relative humidity (RH) levels are difficult to avoid. Even with a proactive stance against rising moisture content, it can be impossible to negate entirely.

Because mold gets discovered in an Upper West Side home or apartment does not necessarily indicate a need for the property owner to vacate the premises until remediation completes. Our professionals have many strategies for containment that fixate on limiting the spread of these effects through the application of plastic sheeting and the operation of HEPA machines, including air scrubbers, negative air chambers, and hydroxyl generators.

If you believe a mold infestation is growing in your Upper West Side home, it is best to have the property thoroughly inspected by our IICRC-Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. If a threat gets discovered, we have immediate practices to implement to remove this organism and to protect the materials that were hosting a colony.

You might have several choices in restoration services throughout New York, but our professionals have worked hard for years to become a reputable and renowned team. We have a fast response, and we have the experience to help. Give our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team a call anytime disasters strike at (917) 498-1362.

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We Are The Leader In Water Cleanup In Manhattan

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

An air mover and lay-flay poly duct forcing warm air into a ceiling Our advanced equipment is working in the bedroom to extract remaining water vapor in SERVPRO's efforts to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO Celebrates Successful Water Cleanup Outcomes in Manhattan

Residential water damage in a Manhattan brownstone, highrise, or loft presents unique challenges. Bringing the submersible pumps and extraction tools needed to the wet spaces requires adaptations and creativity, why our highly-skilled and experienced team is in demand after a water loss. A fast response is critical as the water can migrate throughout your residence or into neighboring units within hours.

Gas Powered and Highly-Efficient Pumps

When more than two inches of water cleanup in your Manhattan apartment is necessary, our crews turn to gas-powered, submersible pumps. As the pump operates, we arrange for disposal of the water collected into an available treated sewer line. Frequently we use a toilet, a practical choice that permits immediate resolution without transporting the fluids outside of your living space and down many floors to ground level.

The Possibilities of Portable Extractors

Although our truck-mounted equipment is powerful, practicality requires the use of portable water extractors when the moisture is beyond the reach of our service vehicles. The flexibility of our portable extractors is vital to a positive water cleanup outcome. Our technicians can carry a portable model into any structure, able to collect up to 12 gallons of water between disposals. We can extract water in tight and closed-off areas. Our ability to eliminate hard to reach moisture is why SERVPRO exceeds industry best practice norms for water removal. 

Thorough Extraction Enhances Structural Drying Efforts

The more thoroughly we extract the standing, liquid water, the faster the structural components in your residence dry. Because of the difficulties of water cleanup in a loft or condo, it can be tempting to move to the drying phase prematurely. Our persistence in extracting as much water as possible is why SERVPRO winds up the structural drying quickly. We  minimize the disruption experienced by you and your family as we diligently work through each step, task, and activity needed to make the plumbing leak, appliance malfunction, or overflow “Like it never even happened.”

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster,  and this is why SERVPRO of Upper West Side can be proud of our proven expertise in prompt and complete water cleanup. Call (917) 498-1362 at the first sign of a water loss.

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Stormwater in Your Manhattan Unit? Just call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Plastic Poly Containment Barrier a wall with a zipper to enter A Containment Barrier Decreases Treatment Area Along with Service Time.

What To Do When Flood Damage Hits Your Manhattan Home

Water damage is one of the most costly home disasters a property owner faces. When the loss situation emanates as the result of a storm, the circumstances in the home have the potential to bring further loss to both property and contents, depending on how quickly cleanup begins.

One of the first things a Manhattan homeowner facing flood damage should do is to ascertain if it is safe to remain in the home. If the water enters the house as rainwater, usually through damage to a window or roof, it is considered clean water and not hazardous as long as the structure is sound. The real issue comes when groundwater affects your home. Black Water can contain petroleum residues, pesticides, organic material, and even animal carcasses which means bacteria and pathogens can be looking for a new home. With these types of contaminants, people and pets in the home should avoid contact.

Safety First
If the floodwater has the potential to reach wall plugs in the home or you notice light fixtures have water in them, turn off the electricity in the house. If someone mistakenly turns on a light, it may cause expensive electrical issues that require repair along with the endangerment of electrical shock or worse. If appliances receive water damage, unplug and show them to the SERVPRO technicians, who on a case-by-case basis, can arrange for an outside expert to work on the device if it has restoration potential.

Engage Professional Restoration Services
It is essential to bring in professional restoration services that test the water, remove damaged items, and have the equipment and training to salvage as much as possible through cleaning and drying methods.

Mold Happens Fast
Most people never consider airborne mold spores are always present both indoors and outdoors. The rise in humidity inside the home after a flood allows for the germination of mold spores. Inhibiting mold or cleaning away early established colonies is key to stemming secondary flood damage. SERVPRO technicians have the training to remove infestations and apply preventative measures such as antimicrobial sealers to ensure it does not return to the treated areas.

The certified technicians at SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 stand ready to handle any type of flood damage to your property using both their equipment and expertise to make the water loss "Like it never even happened."

Our Crew Remove Any Odors That Remain After A Fire In Your Manhattan Coffee Shop

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Two cups of cappuccino with latte art “Like it never even happened.”

Reducing Smoke Odors After A Fire In Your Manhattan Coffee Shop

Knowing the best tools to use for specific fire loss effects in your Manhattan coffee shop is not a task that most business owners can handle on their own. In most cases, even smaller-scale fire losses, property owners seek out the experience and the rapid response of our SERVPRO team. As a trusted name in the area, we offer restoration services that can address each effect as a single hurdle towards getting your business back to running at full capacity.

With the foot traffic that you receive from customers every single morning, you cannot afford for fire damage in your Manhattan shop to hinder production for long. Not only do you have a skilled team of barista employees that depend on the paycheck that your shop provides, but coffee shops also do not always inspire the most loyal of patrons. If your shop stays closed for too long, you might not have the dedicated fan base that you had even several days prior. Our SERVPRO team can help with practical strategies to help you run at a limited capacity when possible by utilizing containment barriers and efficient machines like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators.

Even though you might not have extensive seating options throughout your small shop, lingering smoke odors can permeate wooden materials like the tables and chairs to become a challenging effect to overcome. Our professionals have multiple deodorization options that vary based on the affected materials and areas, how severe these effects are, and whether or not we can keep your doors open to your stream of thirsty customers.

In most situations, the use of our thermal foggers can neutralize odor molecules on contact. From the furniture and the central coffee bar in the room to the carpeted areas and drywall, this fog features a potent deodorization product that can eliminate noxious scents. These devices are ideal for soft materials as well, including the carpets, upholstery, aprons, and other cloth items throughout the main production areas.

Smoke odors can be a considerable hurdle to overcome, but our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team can help you however you need. With our experience and leading equipment, we can make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Let our technicians help you get back to business as usual by calling (917) 498-1362.

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Cleaning Soot from the Belongings of Your Manhattan Apartment

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Apartment building, the top floor burned. Bottom two floors tarped off, with a dumpster outside the building. Fire damage will take over your Manhattan apartment home, let us help you.

Let SERVPRO clean soot from your Manhattan Items.

We have multiple strategies that exist to reduce the presence of soot and smoke residues on surfaces and the contents of your Manhattan apartment. With a confined space that many property owners must contend with, nearly all of your belongings can become affected by even a smaller-scale fire loss incident within the apartment. While many residents lack the training and skill to address these concerns on their own, more and more have trusted in the experience and equipment of our SERVPRO brand to help during the crisis. 

Content management is a vital component of our recovery of fire damage in Manhattan apartments like yours. We understand how concentrated effects can become, especially in units that do not have an open floor plan, and we must work quickly to face these immediate effects to safely remove affected and damaged possessions. We can move these items to our nearby facility for focused cleaning and deodorization, which is necessary when contending with soot and smoke residues. 

Not all cleaning practices work the same for every item damaged by the recent fire loss in your apartment. For hard materials that are not compromised by submersion in a solution, the ideal practice for addressing soot buildup is an immersion practice. Most often, this involves the use of our ultrasonic tank, which is full of a powerful cleaning product. Items get entirely submerged in this solution, and vibration from sound waves generate microscopic bubbles that burst creating an action that breaks up the soiling and leave the surface of the material clean and vibrant. 

This equipment in our SERVPRO facility is often the only cleaning that many of the damaged items removed from your apartment require before they get safely stored until they can get returned to your residence. Ultrasonic tanks are ideal for ceramics, silverware, glass, and other hard items that can be costly to replace or resurface. 

Removing soot and smoke residues can be a challenge for even our experienced SERVPRO of Upper West Side professionals at times. With our advanced equipment and our line of powerful cleaning and deodorization products, we can make all fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that disaster strikes at (917) 498-1362.

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