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What Are Common Sources of Water Damage in High Rise Properties?
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Line Up the Commercial Disaster Recovery Experts at SERVPRO to Minimize Water Loss Disruption and Expense on the Upper West Side
The sheer size of a highrise building in Manhattan or any other major city in the country hints at the challenges waiting for a building manager when just one tenant suffers from a water loss. All of the advantages the tightly-knit community of residences, retailers, restaurants, and specialty goods and services providers offer has a negative effect when dozens to hundreds of separate units can share the damaging effects of a leak, spill, or appliance breakdown.
How Much Damage Can a Tiny Leak Do in a Multi-Story Building?
The migration of water damage in an Upper West Side mixed-use multi-story building can be considerable. A cracked pipe or loose plumbing connection in an upper floor condo might only dampen the bottom of the sink cabinet in the first unit before the water flows between walls down many stories, following utility lines or supportive structures, collecting in an ever-widening pool at the street or basement level. Modern construction methods tend to tuck pipes and drains in hidden spaces, meaning that small leaks become enormous problems before anyone notices. A few gallons of water leaking daily can become a crumbled series of walls down to a collapsed ceiling on a floor where the layout of the rooms varies, funneling the fluid onto a floor or other flat surface until the weight destroys building materials.
Where Does the Water Originate?
In the interrelated warren of rooms, hallways, elevators, and stairways that make up a typical highrise building, the following not exhaustive list of potential sources of damaging water are seen frequently by our experienced commercial restoration project managers and technicians:
- Damaged or poorly maintained roofs
- Boilers and piping that distribute hot water for pump and gravity heating systems
- Other heating, ventilation, and cooling systems (HVAC) that deliver and collect water, including condensate AC systems
- Cold (supply) and hot water, including storage tanks to make provision to many units more efficient
- Bathtubs and showers
- Waste or sewer pipes
- High-pressure sprinkler systems to meet fire codes
- Appliances, including:
- Dish and clothes washers
- Water heaters
- Freezers and refrigerators, both manual and self-defrosting
- Ice makers
- Window and free-standing air conditioners
Buildings with pools or health clubs add another few boxes to tick as we look for a water origin. Locker rooms, saunas, and hot tubs can expose the rest of the structure to substantial water damage.
What Are Solutions for Large-Scale Commercial Water Loss?
Engage the services of a local water mitigation and remediation company with a scalable, rapid response capability. We have our emergency response team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our company also can leverage the resources of the SERVPRO national network of restoration professionals if necessary.
How Essential Are Commercial Grade Equipment and Highly-Trained Technicians?
Water damage in a commercial setting mandates the use of appropriate equipment operated by individuals who mastered comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Although you may employ or contract with exemplary housekeeping and building maintenance services, water removal and structural drying require specialized skills performed by certified workers who focus solely on water damage recovery.
Is Water Detection Necessary in a Large Scale Project?
Although it requires tenaciousness, exhaustive moisture detection and migration mapping are worth every moment they take as we assess a commercial water damage scenario. Failure to discover the water source and trace the many pathways moisture took throughout the building guarantees that progressive deterioration continues, and secondary damage such as mold infestation is a near certainty. Our Building Moisture Thermography (BMT) technicians join forces with our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) certified employees to ensure we account for the water and absorbed moisture throughout the building as we design the mitigation and remediation plan.
What Is the Next Phase After Trained Technicians Find the Water?
Our crews bring adequate inventories of pumps and truck-mounted or portable extractors to begin water removal. Best practices might lead to controlled demolition, accessing hidden water using flood cuts and holes drilled in walls, baseboards, and mortar joints. Standing water is extracted as entirely as possible, and then drying plans finalize.
How Does Drying Happen in a Commercial Building?
Although it is tempting to consider oversized responses to a large building, the reality is that drying in multi-unit construction is completed space by space. Rather than increasing the size of air movers and dehumidifiers, we increase the number of pieces of equipment, deploying them in each space that needs drying. When we contain wet areas, the drying rate accelerates, so with multiple containment spaces, the overall project approached completion.
SERVPRO of Upper West Side is familiar with the challenges of water detection and removal in highrise, multi-use buildings. Give us a call at (917) 498-1362 to explore your options 24/7.
Don’t Let Water Damage Interrupt Business at your Upper West Side Bistro
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.
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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We Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Manhattan
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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Upper West Side and Manhattan Retail Stores Benefit from Swift SERVPRO Water Mitigation Service
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.
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.
Our Crew Remove Any Odors That Remain After A Fire In Your Manhattan Coffee Shop
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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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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Manhattan Home After Flood Damage
Our professionals can be reached 24/7 and will respond quickly to your disaster. We have experience, specialized training, and equipment.
How Does SERVPRO Get Rid of Commercial Flood Damage in Manhattan Properties So Fast?
When flood damage happens to a business in The City, we know the competition is fierce in most industries. So, there needs to be as little downtime as possible during mitigation, or the loss of revenue for your business hits hard. This is especially vital in brick and mortar retail establishments.
Commercial flood damage in a Manhattan business of any type gets fast action from SERVPRO. The more exposure to water stock and building materials receive, the more potential for loss to the company. Our goal is to keep the stress of mitigation to a minimum, and although we dry furnishings in place, sometimes it is better to do a professional pack-out of items in the property to our secure storage or a secure pod located on-site. Using our pack-out service works because:
- It allows for more efficient water extraction and drying of the property
- We clean and restore flood damaged items at our climate-controlled facility in-plant
- Inhibits the danger of damage to stock or equipment from excessive humidity
- Specialized equipment for freeze-drying papers, files, and books
- Thermal chambers for the drying of electronics and equipment
- After completion of mitigation, we bring removed items back into the property and return them to their original positions
We use our exclusive Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) that creates a detailed report that includes a listing of items removed, their condition, and digital photos. We also have the ability to barcode items to increase the speed and accuracy of identifying inventory.
This service assists property owners in the expediting of insurance claims as it includes documentation with both before and after photos of water loss items. If an item is found to have no potential for restoration, it is easy to prove through the use of our CCIS report.
SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 stands ready to help with every aspect of commercial flood damage. Our emergency response team works fast and efficiently to make water damage to your property "Like it never even happened."
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Why Fast Remediation is Necessary for Your Water Damaged Manhattan Businesses
SERVPRO of Upper West Side can handle all of your water loss incidents, whether large or small.
Manhattan Property Needs Fast Commercial Water Damage Help
For a property in The City, commercial water damage can hurt business when you have to close for repairs from a pipe break and the longer the company remains closed, the more damage done. The key to limiting water loss lays in the quick drying of the structure so you can get back to serving customers.
When SERVPRO assists with commercial water damage in Manhattan businesses, our first concern is safety. During the initial call, unless it is necessary, we advise property owners to avoid the water loss area due to the danger of slip and fall accidents from wet flooring.
Because we are local, our certified technicians arrive quickly on site to begin water cleanup, and we have the equipment to handle large-scale water loss incidents. In the case of multiple floors of a commercial property affected by water loss, our truck-mounted pumps extract thousands of gallons of water and used in tandem with a commercial desiccant dehumidifier dries a structure as quickly as possible.
Desiccant dehumidifiers work by attraction moisture the air movers raise to wheels covered in a non-absorbant substance such as silicone. The water vapor collected on the desiccant and ported away. As the cycle continues progressively drier air circulates in the structure and dries it thoroughly.
Odors are another common problem left behind. When water loss affected areas dry entirely, this frequently lessens odors significantly. When foul scents require more robust measures, we have specialized equipment to combat them. Among them are gel pellets for time release odor control, hydroxyl generators for eradicating airborne odors and even manual methods such as ultra-low volume fogging.
When our technicians complete mitigation for damage from water on a commercial property, in cases where cleanup required removal of sheetrock or other structural components, we let the property owners know what actions are needed to bring the building back to preloss condition. We find that giving the property owners the ability to coordinate with local contractors gets the necessary repairs done quickly.
SERVPRO of Upper West Side stands ready 24/7 at (917) 498-1362 to handle commercial water damage in a single area of a property or a multi-level property. Our technicians have the expertise, equipment and since we are local We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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SERVPRO is Available 24/7 to Restore Your Commercial Water Damage in Manhattan
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After Hours Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Manhattan
A leaking tap or pipe can cause extensive damage especially if the issue is not recognized immediately and left overnight. A bar or restaurant is full of fixtures and fittings which provide cavities for water to seep. When that happens, there is a real risk of uncontrolled microbial growth which not only provides an unpleasant environment for your customers but also a health and safety issue.
We are a local company with the necessary equipment and resources to handle commercial water damage in Manhattan. Our crew chiefs hold IICRC qualifications in water damage restoration (WRT) and applied structural drying (ASD), allowing them to lead an efficient service for your commercial property. Our technicians are also available after hours for emergency remediation services.
In today's industry, remediating property water damages is as much about controlling microbial growth as it is about removing moisture. The presence of microbes in moisture means that bringing humidity levels below 60 GPP in the affected area is an essential part of the service, alongside proper drying behind fittings, in cavities and underneath structural contents.
SERVPRO technicians have access to some of the most advanced restoration equipment available today. Injectidry systems are a practical solution to drying inside cavities that may harbor damp spots. Using thermal imaging cameras, your technicians can find residual moisture that may not be noticeable to the naked eye. Working outward from the source we can put in place a gameplan to efficiently remediate the property and limit secondary damages.
By drilling small holes in wall cavities or into the base of fittings, SERVPRO can establish an airflow inside the cavity. We then attach injector nozzles into these holes to run a current of warm air that evaporates moisture into the surrounding atmosphere. We can then deploy air movers alongside dehumidifiers to draw that moisture from the air and return the affected area to an average humidity level.
Proper drying methods are about preventing secondary issues while keeping temporary closure to a minimum. Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 to restore your water damage quickly.
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Do You Have a Water Loss Emergency Plan For Your Manhattan Retail Store?
Call SERVPRO to develop a comprehensive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) for a water disaster.
Ensure a Fast Professional Response to Commercial Water Damage in Manhattan with a SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan
Risk anticipation and a plan to minimize harm are smart moves for retail shop owners in Manhattan. Businesses work hard to attract and retain loyal customers. Disastrous circumstances such as flooding or other water loss can drive loyal clients of your goods and services to another source if you are unprepared. The results our trained and well-equipped work crews achieve when we are familiar with your business layout and operations can have you back on track quickly.
Water damage in your Manhattan shop can trace to many different causes. Plumbing lines can break, appliance hoses or connections can crack or dislodge, and neighboring business or residential tenants in the same or adjoining building can create water emergencies that affect your space. Your sales floor, storerooms, offices, and other areas all can suffer damage. Inventory, equipment, and documents risk ruin.
You have backup strategies for other aspects of your business. SERVPRO can help you develop a comprehensive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) for a water disaster. The more we know about the physical layout of your store, the location of utility lines, and how you conduct your operations, the better we can serve your needs if a water crisis exposes you to loss.
An experienced SERVPRO project manager assesses your space. We create a digital “footprint” of all the space you occupy, evaluate the water loss vulnerabilities of equipment and goods in all areas, and discuss your operations to gain a firm grasp of how your business works. We make suggestions to limit the impact of an unexpected water event, including effective ways to shield inventory, documents, and the tools of your trade before water intrudes.
You personalize the ERP by using our mobile app to add essential details to the overall plan. Identify and provide contact information for vendors and contractors who sold or leased equipment or developed systems for your shop. Designate trusted employees to act in your stead if water damage occurs when you are unavailable. Make it clear you choose SERVPRO to provide emergency water damage mitigation so we can respond immediately.
SERVPRO of Upper West Side protects your business best if we arrive at your water loss scenario with an easily accessible digital plan. Call us at (917) 498-1362 to prepare jointly to be Faster to any size disaster.
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