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We Can Help You Restore Your Manhattan Apartment After A Fire

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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Manhattan Multi-Tenant Building Management Should Consider SERVPRO for Fire Loss Mitigation

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke, and Odor Containment in a Manhattan Apartment Is a Job for SERVPRO

Prevent Fire Odors from Spreading Through a Manhattan Apartment

Many consequences from fire loss incidents require an immediate management plan within Manhattan apartments. Effects from these disasters can not only spread quickly through the affected source unit, but any neighboring properties sharing common walls, floors, ceilings, and hallways, as well. While installed suppression systems can often make short work of the combustion and flames, lingering consequences like soot and smoke odor can present hurdles property owners must overcome to return their residence to preloss condition.

While containment strategies are one of the specialties that you can expect from our SERVPRO professionals overcoming fire damage in Manhattan apartments, there are ways that you can limit this spread on your own. One of the first steps that you can take once the fire has gotten suppressed in your unit is to gear up with personal protective equipment including respirators, gloves, and other safety gear and work to begin cleanup and recovery of the apartment.

Our SERVPRO team would encourage homeowners and apartment owners alike to proceed with caution when attempting to remove substances like soot and smoke residue from surfaces, contents, and construction materials. Though cleanup of these damaged areas can help to reduce lingering odors in the apartment, specific approaches are necessary to prevent smearing and staining.

Another approach that property owners can consider to help contain the spread of odors after a fire has gotten extinguished is to rent air purification machines with a HEPA filter. These units can help to reduce the concentration of particulates circulating through the air and can work to provide a barrier that prevents much of the damaging effects from the fire from spreading elsewhere in the apartment or neighboring units.

With how standard apartments are to our borough, owners have to not only care for their own living space, but also those of the neighbors sharing walls and floors. If a situation gets too widespread or overwhelming, you can always count on the expertise and industry-leading equipment of our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team. We can arrive quickly to make fire losses “Like it never even happened” when you call (917) 498-1362.

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How to Deal With Fire Damage Remediation in Your Manhattan Apartment

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

One small appliance can be a large source of trouble for some homes. Contact SERVPRO today for any fire damage remediation assistance.

A Small Space Heater Can Be A Real Threat to Your Manhattan Apartment

When you live in Manhattan, you are subject to unexpected temperature drops even though summer is right around the corner. To warm up just a bit, you may plug in an old space heater in your living room without realizing that its wiring can pose a threat to your apartment. Once it causes a fire, you realize just how vulnerable we are to accidents, even if they seem minor.

Despite your quick response in using a fire extinguisher, there still is fire damage to your Manhattan apartment, and you want to make sure to address any potential trouble this may cause. Our SERVPRO crew is at your service to assess the extent of the damage and help you restore your home. All you need to do is call us as soon as disaster strikes. Our team is available 24/7 and ready to mitigate your losses by acting quickly and effectively.

Aside from the smoke and soot residue left by the fire, you may wonder whether your belongings can be salvaged. Our SERVPRO team analyzes the path of the flames and also considers the nature of each element that suffered. Synthetic materials such as plastics do not burn in the same manner as natural materials do, such as wood. Understanding the difference is crucial in applying proper cleaning and disinfecting agents to each affected surface of your home.

Ridding your home of the foul smoke odor is also essential. Our SERVPRO staff understands the buildings in New York City and applies deodorizing agents in a way that is specific to the materials used in your home. We have at our disposal many options for eradicating the smell, including odor pellets, charcoal-activated filters and even thermal fogging. Whether the fire was big or small, we want to eliminate all its traces.

New York City living is fast-paced and vibrant, and SERVPRO of Upper West Side wants to make sure you do not miss a beat. Call us at (917) 498-1362 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Where to Begin With Cleaning Your Fire Damaged Manhattan Condo

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Cleanup after Fire Suppression in Your Manhattan Condo

Fires that occur in your Manhattan condo can often get quickly extinguished with fire suppression systems installed in the property. While this can often prevent catastrophic damage to your residence, these same suppression systems can often create widespread damaging effects of their own if not cleaned quickly and adequately. Our professionals have a prompt response to fire emergencies, and we have training in the recovery of properties contending with residues from suppression systems to get you back to your normal life quickly.

Recovery of fire damage and cleaning up the residues of fire suppression products in your Manhattan condo should begin as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to fire emergencies to ensure that no customer waits for the mitigation and cleanup solutions that their property needs. This approach also includes protecting and cleaning the contents of your condo affected by this residue or effects from the fire itself.

From the time that our SERVPRO team arrives at your condo, we can get to work on establishing the full spread of the fire damage to set up containment and begin mitigation. Our contents department can earmark damaged or at-risk items for removal to our nearby facility. These same professionals can provide focused cleaning and deodorization for affected items and safely store these items until restoration completes. While these items are getting packed up for their transport, our IICRC-certified cleaning specialists can begin work on removing the fire suppressant residue from the walls and surfaces throughout your condo.

Dry chemical fire extinguisher residue is among the most common to clean up after the suppression of a smaller fire. Whether this has gotten installed above your stove or has come from canisters installed strategically around the condo, removing this residue requires a specific approach. With sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonates, cleanup requires a mixture of cleaning solutions to neutralize these chemical compounds.

While suppression systems and fire extinguishers can keep a fire from getting out of control in your condo, the cleanup of the lingering residue requires skill and knowledge. Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side rapid response team can make all aspects of fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (917) 498-1362.

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How Professionals Clean Fire Extinguisher Residue From Your Manhattan Apartment

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire suppression systems requires special cleanup.

Restoring Fire Suppression Damages in Your Manhattan Apartment

Over range fire suppression systems are becoming more and more common throughout Manhattan homes and properties to reduce the fast spreading nature of kitchen flare-ups. While these might quickly put out a potential fire, it does not happen without damages and a mess of its own to face. Powder suppression can spread the extinguishing material throughout the affected area, and when coupled with smoke and soot damage from the small fire, can become problematic to overcome without the right training and equipment.

After a small kitchen flare-up that engaged the suppression system, you get your first look at the fire damage in your Manhattan property. Residues from powder, smoke, and soot affect many of the surfaces in the immediate area and cleaning these as promptly as possible can reduce the possibility of staining. If the damage stays primarily contained within the kitchen, our SERVPRO team can isolate this area with the use of thick plastic sheeting and other containment strategies.

The wipe down process can reduce and eliminate a large portion of this residue from surfaces within the affected areas. Quickly cleaning these damaged surfaces can help to reduce the possibility of requiring replacement of certain materials by protecting and preserving cabinets, appliances, flooring, ceilings, and even the HVAC system if soot, smoke, and residual powder get pulled into the ductwork.

Lingering odors are another problem that property owners face after a kitchen fire. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced equipment like our hydroxyl generators that can help to significantly reduce or permanently eliminate noxious odors throughout this kitchen area. The containment that isolated this affected region of your home can help to ensure the effectiveness of the deodorizing equipment.

Powder suppression systems can sometimes cause more of a mess than smaller fires that they work to prevent. Whether you need cleanup or full restoration to your fire-damaged structure, our SERVPRO of Upper West Side restoration technicians can help. Our rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (917) 498-1362.

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