Recent Posts

Fire Damage Restoration in Manhattan

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged commercial building A commercial fire is a job for a reputable company. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for any size fire restoration project.

SERVPRO offers water & fire damage restorations in Manhattan area businesses.

A fire in a commercial building can be devastating for the tenants and the owners of Manhattan buildings. The retail tenants lose their business operations and income. The owner must manage the impact on all of the tenants exposed to water, fire, and smoke damages.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration to tenants of Manhattan commercial properties and the owners of the buildings. The fire seriously impacts both parties. We coordinate restoration and repair with both parties and other tenants in the building if required.

The area where the fire started may have fire damage, water, and smoke damage. Other tenants in adjacent units may have only water and smoke damage. SERVPRO has the resources, including equipment and staffing, to address all of the requirements to:

Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side for fire restoration services in Manhattan and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (917) 498-1362.

Flood Damage Biohazard Remediation in Upper West Side Homes

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Biohazard sign Flood damage from a storm may cause extreme damage, especially to water sources. SERVPRO uses the experience and knowledge of its techs for the job.

Why is biohazard remediation and disinfection so necessary after a flood?

Floodwaters are saturated with dirt and debris. Dirt and debris are left inside homes as the water subsides and must be removed and cleaned. Hidden in the soil and water are many biohazards and chemicals that can be hazardous to human health and our pets.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup and biohazard remediation in Upper West Side homes and businesses. Our highly trained team is experienced in dealing with biohazards of all types. We take all of the necessary precautions to protect your family and our employees from dangerous chemicals and biohazards carried into your home.

There are many substances often picked up by floodwaters.

These include:

  • Sewage
  • Viruses and bacteria
  • Human waste
  • Gasoline and oil
  • Chemicals from various containers damaged by the floodwaters

Our flood restoration includes removing the debris, the water, the dirt and cleaning all surfaces using disinfectants to ensure a safe return to your home once everything is dried and repaired.

Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side for flood damage services in Upper West Side and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (917) 498-1362.

Fire Damage Restoration Services Upper West Side

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from a fire Fire and smoke remediation by SERVPRO is top notch. Our techs are IICRC certified for any size fire restoration job.

Smoke remediation can save your most valuable heirlooms in your Upper West Side home.

The Upper West Side is part of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The neighborhood's boundaries are the Hudson River, Central Park, West 59th street, and West 110th Street. While it is mainly a residential area, it is known for being one of Manhattan's intellectual and cultural hubs. The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University, and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School is located in this part of Manhattan.

There are numerous additional cultural institutions, historical sites, opulent apartments facing Central Park, and many restaurants and gourmet grocery shopping areas. Several notable institutions and locations include:

  • Lincoln Center
  • Museums
  • Columbus Circle
  • The Dakota
  • Residences Along Central Park West
  • Restaurants and Grocery Stores

Lincoln Center

The Lincoln center covers over 16 acres and is home to 12 performing arts companies. There are thirty outdoor and indoor facilities. Over 5 million people every year are entertained. Visitors and residents enjoy many artistic events, including opera, ballet, film festivals, and educational opportunities in the performing arts.


There are also many museums in the Upper West Side section of the borough. Among the notable museums are the American Folk Art Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Museum of Biblical Art, and the Nicholas Roerich Museum.

There are many historical locations to enjoy in the borough. Several of these include the American Youth Hostel, Apple Bank, Columbus Circle, the Dakota, Grant's Tomb, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. 

Visitors and residents can enjoy a stay vacation visiting many of these museums and historical locations in the city.

Columbus Circle

Named for Christopher Columbus, the location is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The circle is also the location of a heavily trafficked roundabout in Manhattan. The center of the circle is also where all official distances from New York City are measured. The monument, built-in 1892, which celebrates Christopher Columbus, stands 76 feet tall. An Italian sculptor, Gaetano Russo, designed it.

The Dakota

The Dakota is famous for being the location where Beatles John Lennon was murdered in 1980. The building was constructed in 1880 and is home to artists, musicians, and actors. It is considered an official city landmark. The Dakota was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and is at the intersection of Central Park West and 72nd Street.

Smoke Remediation Techniques Save Contents and Heirlooms from Smoke Damage

Kitchen fires often produce a great deal of smoke residue that seems to penetrate every room in the home. It can leave an oily residue, especially if grease ignites and air currents carry it to other rooms.

SERVPRO fire and smoke technicians respond to these types of fire damage conditions on the Upper West Side often, unfortunately. While there may be some scorching from the immediate fire, and the chemicals used to quell the fire, most of the fire damage restoration is to remove odors and oily residues.

After mapping where the residue traveled through the structure and the type of residue, SERVPRO technicians implement smoke remediation action:

  • Remove all fire and smoke damage odor-producing materials
  • Dissolving residues to remove them from surfaces
  • Vacuuming from surfaces
  • Washing, rinsing, and drying

Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side for fire damage restoration services on the Upper West Side and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (917) 498-1362.

Fire Damage Restoration Done Right By SERVPRO for the Upper West Side

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage property Fire damage is no DIY project. The technicians at SERVPRO are IICRC certified for any size fire restoration service needed for your property.

SERVPRO Serves the Upper West Side for Fire Damage Restoration Services

One of the most important parts of cleaning up a property after a fire of any size is removing the smoke residues and soot. SERVPRO has numerous methods and professional agents to remove post-fire stains and deposits of any size.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Residues?

The first step in the removal of residues left behind from a fire is capturing them. The techs use a host of techniques for fire damage restoration in Upper West Side properties, including:

  • Restorer products that rely on exposure to air and fluids
  • Removal through light vacuuming
  • Dissolving residues using solvents

Dry particulate presents a problem in most cleanup situations. A mistake many property owners make is in removing the residues themselves. The use of liquids on this type of deposit can drive it further into surfaces and ruin sheetrock that could have otherwise been restored if the proper cleaning technique got used. 

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 handles the fire damage restoration needs for Upper West Side properties. The techs make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Restoration Services in Manhattan by SERVPRO

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. SERVPRO has the team of technicians and equipment for any size water restoration service you need. Our techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Local Manhattan Residents Trust SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Scoping equipment is a crucial part of the water mitigation process. SERVPRO techs never rely on visuals alone to ascertain the size and scale of the cleanup needs in a property.

SERVPRO techs use a variety of devices in Manhattan homes for water damage restoration services. Because water's nature is to follow the path of least resistance and migrate quickly, establishing the actual work area that needs extraction and drying is an initial part of the process.

The techs' professional equipment gets chosen depending on the building materials or articles they are scoping. These devices include:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo-Hygrometers

Moisture sensors are one of the most widely used pieces of equipment as they work to detect moisture resident within carpets, padding, and upholstered items through the use of the sharp-edged probes that can detect deeply embedded moisture. Thermal imaging cameras do not detect moisture but show cool spots that are a good indicator of collected water within a structure.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 handles all types of water damage restoration in Manhattan properties.

SERVPRO Restores Upper West Side Homes with Flood Damage

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

flood damaged home When a flood strikes and damages your home. SERVPRO should be the team to call. Their techs are IICRC certified for any size job.

Upper West Side Residents Choose SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup

The Upper West Side is one of the most well-known Burroughs in Manhattan, New York City. It lies between the Hudson River and Central Park, and West 59th and West 110th Streets. New York is primarily a residential development with a mix of both brownstone and luxury apartment buildings. 

The area was initially settled by Dutch immigrants during the early seventeenth century and encountered resistance from the local Munsee Indian tribes. An agreement to allow the settlers to inhabit the Native American lands eventually got established and the settlement began to grow. The area was known as Bloomingdale and was primarily farmland, with the main crop being tobacco. In 1703, Bloomingdale Road got built to handle the influx of commerce; the road still exists with the well-known name: Broadway. Due to the relative isolation of the area, it became a draw for wealthy merchants to build their country estates.  

The Schwab Mansion

The Upper East Side featured one of the most ambitiously designed homes ever built on Manhattan Island, The Charles M. Schwab mansion. The house took four years to complete construction and drew heavily on French Renaissance styles for its look and cost a total of six million dollars in 1906, which would be $174 million in the present. Schwab named the mansion "Riverside."

Schwab was an American success story and a self-made multi-millionaire who was president of U.S. Steel. He lost his fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and died relatively penniless in 1939, and bequeathed Riverside to the State of New York to be used as a residence for each subsequent mayor. No one wanted to live in the rundown mansion, and during World War II, the grounds were reduced to hosting victory gardens for the community, and it was torn down and replaced with red brick apartment dwellings known as "The Schwab House."

As time passed, through the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Bloomingdale Road saw some of New York's most prominent homes and families. However, by the mid-1800s, the area became host to less-prosperous families, and after the establishment of Central Park, squatters moved their shanties into the area, and it started to be known as The Upper West Side.

The Upper West Side's gentrification began in the late 1800s and after Columbia University relocated to the Morningside Heights building on the land where the Bloomingdale Asylum once stood. Soon after, The Dakota and The San Remo buildings went up. A huge turning point for the area came with the completion of the subway in 1904. This made the West End less residential and made the site have more of an urban look and feel. 

Historical Sites in the Upper West Side

With the long history of the Upper West Side, there are numerous historic structures such:

  • American Youth Hostel – the former Richard Morris Hunt landmark that was a blighted, abandoned property received a grant to become a safe space for young travelers. 
  • The Dakota - a world-renowned apartment building that borders Central Park
  • Firemen's Memorial – erected in 1913, this monument has been the site of numerous gatherings, including after 9/11

Why Does Flood Damage Need Controlled Demolition to Dry Upper West Side Properties?

There are several steps to the cleanup after flood damage in Upper West Side houses. One of the most important is the demolition plan as needed. SERVPRO techs need to decide on various worksite areas when the water intrusion has been too significant for the building materials to manage. 

How a Demolition Plan Works

The techs determine that areas that require controlled demo actions following flood damage based on several different factors such as: 

SERVPRO techs go over the reasons for the demolition in the home and get the homeowner's approval before removing any items or building materials compromised by the floodwaters. The materials get removed in a manner that takes off the minimum amount of sheetrock or flooring, so the least amount of replacement materials are needed.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 serves the local Upper West Side with any size flood damage cleanup needed by local property owners.

When Should Manhattan Business Owners Contact a Restoration Company?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We understand the need for swift response to water damage incidents in your business property. Let us help get you back to business as usual.

Water damage to any Manhattan business warrants the expertise of SERVPRO’s water restoration technicians

Something as small as a burst pipe can be the source of incredible damage in a commercial setting. Business owners need to factor in the actual loss due to the incident and any resulting loss of revenue. Whether the water permeating your inventory and equipment is clean, or if it includes bacteria living in sewage, calling a professional restoration company is the most efficient way of mitigating the damage.

In Manhattan, water damage restoration services are easily delegated to our SERVPRO team. Our trained water restoration technicians can dry your contents and take the necessary steps to thwart mold growth. If you are unsure of the extent of the damage, lookout for some of the following telltale signs-

  • Peeling paint or flooring
  • Musty smell
  • Discoloration in ceiling or floor
  • Swelling or bubbling in walls

In Manhattan, where life moves rapidly, and we share our space with fellow business owners, taking quick action after a water leak is especially important. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 and let us take charge of the restoration so you can take care of your business. 

What do Fire Restoration Companies do to Restore a Manhattan Home?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

"Fire line do not cross" A fire can happen without warning and you are going to need a company to come in and take care of the damage. Call SERVPRO for fire damage remediation

SERVPRO follows industry best practices to restore Manhattan properties with fire damage

Fires erupt suddenly, leaving homeowners in need of repairs and guidance as to the restoration process. Ashes and soot travel quickly to settle on your belongings, regardless of the distance to the fire's origin. Acting swiftly to clean each surface and eliminate the smell of smoke can make a big difference in mitigating your loss.

Fire damage to Manhattan residences can affect your property as well as neighboring units. Smoke and soot can cling to walls and ceilings, rendering your cleaning efforts ineffective. Before you waste precious time, call our trained technicians at SERVPRO and let them apply their expertise for your benefit. We train to understand the principles behind each fire and develop an action plan accordingly. Once you invite us into your home, you may see us doing the following-

  • Apply chemicals to clean your surfaces
  • Use agitation techniques to accelerate the clean-up process
  • Deodorize your home by using air scrubbers, ozone generators, and thermal foggers

SERVPRO of Upper West Side works efficiently to protect your home and adjacent structures. You can reach us at (917) 498-1362 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

The Upper West Side Showcases Architectural Treasures

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo If you need professional storm damage remediation services, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Call SERVPRO at (917)-498-1362.

Flood damage to Upper West Side buildings threatens their history

The Upper West Side of Manhattan is where movies are made, and people aspire to reside. On the east, Central Park serves as its border, and the Hudson River borders the west. An affluent area, many residents work, play, and live in Midtown and Lower Manhattan. In the late 19th century, the Upper West Side's riverfront portion centered around manufacturing and shipping activities. As Central Park was being built in the 1850s, the area became the home of squatters and borders. It wasn’t until the opening of the first subway line in 1904 that residential construction prospered. The subway, the advent of the elevator, and newer construction techniques made the area affordable and practical for the middle class.

The demographic of the Upper West Side has changed over the years. Even though it continues to be mostly a white neighborhood, Asians and Hispanics continue to grow, while the African American population decreases. The buildings facing Central Park continue to be some of the most coveted in the city. Riverside Drive hosts some pre-war structures, and architectural gems can be seen at every turn. Four of the most famous co-ops from the 1930s- the Majestic, the Century, the San Remo, and El Dorado- grace the Upper West Side Historic District. The American Museum of Natural History and Beacon Theater are also notable buildings in the area.

Needless to say, entertainment abounds in the Upper West Side, as it does in all of New York City. Just like Broadway is synonymous with theater and glamour, the Upper West Side caters to an arguably more sophisticated audience. Among the landmarks to visit, make sure to include-

  • The Lincoln Center- home to the most prominent performing arts organizations, including the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Philharmonic.
  • The Beacon Theatre- its art deco style has hosted some of the most famous names in the performing arts, including the Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson.
  • Symphony Space, comprised of two theaters, is an ongoing entertainment opportunity in dance, comedy, and music, among others.

A visit to the Upper West Side delivers much of what New York City is famous for. Central Park, a lively artistic community, and unparalleled culinary experiences surrounded by an undercurrent of wealth and power make the area like no other in the world.

Storm Damage to Upper West Side Buildings

Despite the longevity of many buildings in the Upper West Side, one cannot assume they are infallible. 

Storms and changes in the weather can easily damage structures that have withstood the test of time. When homeowners identify flood damage in their homes, they must rely on a professional service to mitigate their loss.

SERVPRO is at your service to move quickly and efficiently to control the damage caused by the elements. 

Our team is ready to arrive at your home and apply the latest techniques to its restoration, including the following-

  • Water extraction
  • Disinfection
  • Specialty drying solutions

SERVPRO of Upper West Side is available around the clock by calling us at (917) 498-1362. Do not waste precious time when disaster strikes. 

Place your trust in our certified technicians and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Great Entertainment for Free in Manhattan

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Numerous water restoration equipment in action Water damage is no laughing matter. Call SERVPRO who's technicians are IICRC certified for the job.

West Side Comedy Club in Manhattan Offering Free Tickets

The West Side Comedy Club, located on 75th Street in the upper west side of New York City, regularly offers superstar comedy to its patrons. Bill Burr and Jerry Seinfeld both recently closed their shows to standing ovations. New talent frequently is part of the show. While you may not have heard of them, they provide an entertaining evening for everyone. One of these entertainers may be the next major star, and you saw them at the West Side Comedy Club.

On Jan 19th, patrons can book tickets for the Blue Crush Comedy show. Entertainment begins at 7:45, and tickets are free until sold out. Comedians from popular venues will be on hand for your comedy entertainment, such as

Comedy Central,

Fallon. Conan,


True TVCBS and

Sirius XM

The club offers excellent food and drinks to enjoy during the show. The tickets are free; however, the club is asking for a two-drink minimum.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side provides water damage services to Manhattan residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (917) 498-1362. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage needs.