Recent Storm Damage Posts

Central Park West Residents Head to Bank of America Winter Village

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

ice skating in Central Park NYC After the storm, SERVPRO invites you to ice skate in Central Park

Ice Skating, Shopping & More – One of the Favorite Events with Central Park West Folks

Winter does not mean staying inside. Getting out into the open air is good for your mental and physical health. The Bank of American Winter Village at Bryant Park is recommending folks do just that. The main event is ice skating, and it is free. While you are there getting some physical activity, you can indulge in some rink-side snacks and hot drinks. There is plenty of local shopping as well. The walkways have been expanded to allow for less congestion. Other things to know include:

  • Rink reservations must be made online
  • Enhanced cleaning is taking place
  • Skate time is booked per timed session
  • Ice skaters must wear a mask

You can visit the Holiday Shops through January 3, 2021. Typical hours are Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 8 PM. Many stores may be open later after Thanksgiving.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side offers storm and flooding restoration services to Central Park West and the surrounding areas. Contact us at (917) 498-1362.

What Actions are Necessary to Restore Sanitary Conditions after Flood Damage Affects a Condo in the Upper West Side?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Well Versed with General Cleanup and Removal of Harmful Substances from Properties after Flooding Incidents.

A flooding incident can affect any section of a condo, whether it is individual units or common areas, like the parking lot. Restoring the property to its preloss state takes several processes, including sanitizing all the areas the floodwaters reach. Sanitization may also be necessary for areas unaffected by the water since moving in and out of the facility can spread contaminated materials from the affected areas. SERVPRO helps ease the restoration of flooded condos in the Upper West Side

What does sanitization require after flood damage affects a condo in Upper West Side? 

  • Removal of dirty water
  • Removal of solid wastes like mud, silt, or raw sewage
  • Removal of affected building materials
  • Cleansing all affected materials

Flooding affects properties in different ways, including depositing harmful substances on surfaces or deep within materials. Moisture action also breaks down materials or starts chemical processes within the materials. Restoring sanitary conditions in a property is only possible after addressing all these issues. Our SERVPRO crews break down the process into groups of related tasks making it easier to handle the damage.

Is it possible to prevent contamination of a property once flooding occurs?

The Intrusion of floodwaters into a condo readily spreads contaminants around the property. The initial dispersal of such materials is limited only to sections where the groundwater reaches. Contaminants can only spread in the rest of the property through secondary transfer by foot traffic or aerosolized through the air. It is possible to prevent such secondary spreading by taking timely preventive steps.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help by setting up physical barriers to limit people and air movements from spreading materials from the affected areas to the unaffected sections. We set up the barriers using plastic sheets and other unique accessories such as spring-loaded metallic poles. It takes limited time to set up the barriers creating airtight protection around the desired sections of the condo. With this option, our technicians can: 

  • Block hallways, doors, and other access points
  • Create three-side rooms within rooms
  • Seal off sections of the property

With the temporary barriers in place, we can be sure that the areas we clean or disinfect cannot be re-contaminated by people or the other steps we take to restore the property, such as running air movers to improve the evaporation rate from wet materials.

Which resources are needed for efficient cleanup of the condo?

  • Various types of water extractors 
  • A variety of cleaning tools 
  • Access equipment like ladders or cherry pickers
  • Miscellaneous tools such as shovels, pry bars, and saws

Since the soils introduced by flooding into a property vary, several types of equipment are necessary to facilitate clean up. For instance, removing floodwaters may require different extractors at different stages, including self-priming slurry pumps, which remove water containing dissolved solids like mud and silt. Regular high-capacity extractors with accessories such as extra-long hoses are also necessary to fast-track water removal if there is a considerable volume of standing water in the property. 

Deteriorated materials within the walls or floors must also be torn down because once porous materials are contaminated, it is hard to cleanse them by cleaning or other restoration procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the loss site prepared for such tasks by bringing building tools like saws and pry bars to facilitate the removal of drywall, insulation, and other porous materials affected by the floodwaters. 

Cleaning all the surfaces, including floors and walls, is necessary to remove visible soils and invisible contaminants. Our crews apply potent cleaning agents, including EPA-registered disinfectants. The task also requires proper agitation to reach and remove all the substances from materials. Our technicians use rotating brushes or pressure washers to provide the strength needed for removing such substances. 

What are some challenges that might prevent a smooth restoration process?

Sometimes the restoration of the condo might be affected by factors beyond the damages caused by flooding. For instance, if common areas and some units are affected, it might not be clear who should shoulder the cost of restoration.  Another problem is the failure to understand the full extent of damage and especially moisture spread patterns. Identifying the problems at stake can help people make decisions faster. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on state-of-the-art equipment such as thermal cameras and thermos-hygrometers to reveal unseen problems such as water intrusion into hidden sections of the building or excessively humid air, which can lead to unnecessary microbial growth, lengthening the time taken to restore sanitary conditions.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side can help the restoration of a flooded condo. Call us at (917) 498-1362 when you need help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Recent Storms Caused Flooding at the Ground Level of My Building, Now What?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

infrared camera imaging a wall SERVPRO checks a wall in an Upper West Side unit after a flooding event. We leave when the place is dry, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Handle Emergency Calls to the Upper West Side to Begin Prompt Flood Damage Cleanup

If flooding from the street after a storm brought water into your first level, you need to act fast to limit the damage. The last thing you want is ruined items or any structural damage to your Upper West Side building, especially if you have tenants to think about. SERVPRO can be there quickly, as We're Faster to Any Size Disaster with crews available 24/7 to get to work on your restoration project.

We Feature IICRC-Certified Technicians

When you have flood damage in the Upper West Side, you can rest assured knowing that our team has been trained via the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This means that we come armed with the skills, knowledge, and industry-proven methods to limit the loss and quickly get your building back to normal.

Available Around the Clock

Storms and devastation can happen at any time of day or night, so we provide flood services seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Once you call us, we arrive on the scene in as little as a few hours to:

  • Assess your building, locating the point(s) of entry for the flood water
  • Put a perimeter in place to limit the tracking of moisture and debris into other areas of the building
  • Begin extraction of the water and work to repair any damage where water was coming in
  • Commence drying efforts, including dehumidification to restore relative humidity levels to normal
  • Deodorize and sanitize all surfaces using cleaning products approved by the EPA
  • Restore and clean any furnishings or content that was affected
  • Ensure everything is back to pre-flood condition. “Like it never even happened.”

Call (917) 498-1362 to have SERVPRO of Upper West Side work on your flood damage needs. We address all floodwater and devastation quickly to take the burden off of your shoulders.

Do I Need a Special Kind of Disaster Recovery Company to Help Me with Flooding Affecting My Upper West Side Apartment?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

water flooding a wood floor in an apartment building Floods can damage your belongings even if you live in an apartment or condo. Contact SERVPRO for flood and storm damage remediation services.

Your Local SERVPRO Adapts to Meet Your Needs Where You Live -- When You Reach Out for Flood Damage Assistance on the Upper West Side We Will Be Ready

Single-family homes are not the norm on the Upper West Side, so reputable flooding recovery firms must invest in training and equipment that deliver results in densely populated, multi-family, multi-story home buildings. The research-based theories and best practices taught by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) apply to damage in a high-rise. Still, the approach must consider the challenges of removing water and drying out the property when there are equipment accessibility hurdles.

I Live Many Stories Above the Street -- What Kind of Flood Damage Will I Reasonably Have?

You might feel impervious to flood damage on the Upper West Side, but you will feel the flooding effects even if it does not flow directly inside your apartment or condo. Many systems that provide heating, cooling, plumbing, and transport (elevators) base their operations in the lower levels of your multi-level building. If contaminated water interferes with these systems' workings, you and your neighbors experience immediate cessation of electricity and climate controls. Elevators cannot run without electricity, so you are either stuck in your unit or forced to use stairways that can have flooding issues of their own the closer you get to the bottom.

What About My Storage Areas? Will They Flood?

If you use assigned rooms or containers in the lower levels of your apartment, condo, or brownstone, unfortunately, the chances are excellent that your belongings will absorb flood water in the Upper West Side. One of the benefits of hiring SERVPRO to manage that crisis is our ability to pack-out items and evaluate and restore them away from the confusion caused by many other residents dealing with similar issues. We use a system that provides a digitized record of the items we pack out -- the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). We track articles through:

  • Written lists
  • Digital photos
  • Barcoding

The records are saved to a digital file and permit our specially trained contents technicians to document the process from assessment through mitigation and remediation interventions, arriving finally at either an acceptable return to function and appearance or a decision to discard an item because of intractable damage. Our documentation helps when you seek coverage from your insurance company. Restoration interventions found at our production facility include:

  • Industrial wash and drying systems for textiles and soft items
  • Freeze-drying technology for papers and photos
  • Immersion and ultrasonic tanks to loosen grime and pathogens carried by the flood waters and now coating loose items
  • Small drying chambers for electronics and furnishings where we can monitor and manipulate air movement, temperature, and humidity
  • EPA-registered cleaning and disinfection products 
  • Deodorization products and innovative equipment that can eliminate persistent odors 
    • Ozone machines
    • Fogging machines
    • Hydroxyl generators

What If Exterior Storm Damage Makes Its Way Inside,  Even Many Stories Above the Street?

Broken windows and poorly configured or damaged drainage systems can offload torrential rains into your living space. Leaks around windows and exterior doors leading to balconies or decks can cause significant damage even if the glass remains intact. How can we help with this challenge?

  • A project manager arrives to assess for any safety issues
  • We are on the lookout for water in ceiling or wall cavities which can cause structural collapse
  • If found, we use controlled demolition techniques like punching weep holes or cutting holes into or taking sections of walls out to access trapped water
  • If you live on the first three floors, truck-mounted extractors can remove water
  • Higher elevations require our technicians to use one or many portable (backpack) extractors to remove fluids
  • One of our highly trained technicians uses detection and metering devices to trace the perimeter of the water incursion and test materials for water absorption levels.
  • The moisture measurements inform our drying goals
  • Air movers and dehumidifiers facilitate the evaporation of moisture from building materials and into the air where we capture it for disposal

Flood damage in your apartment or condominium building affects your life in ways you might not expect. The scenario is tricky to mitigate and remediate, but SERVPRO of Upper West Side has the skilled technicians and equipment to get it managed quickly and successfully. Give us a call at (917) 498-1362 to discover what we can do to help you during this difficult time.

We Had Flooding; I Need Help to Dry My Interior

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded home with floating objects SERVPRO Leaves Your Flood Damaged Home in Upper West Side Only When It Is Dry and Ready for a Build Back

SERVPRO’s Green Fleet in the Upper West Side Comes Equipped with the Best Tools for Flood Damage Restoration

Once you know that your family is safe as flooding overtakes your Upper West Side home, you can call SERVPRO for mitigation and restoration services. Cleaning up your interior and ensuring everything is sanitized and deodorized can be challenging, but we are here to help. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster with crews available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. Once you reach out to us, we send a team to your property to begin the assessment in as little as four hours or less. 

Will All Building Materials Need Replacing?

We arrive and formulate a plan quickly to get the water removal started. In any situation involving flood damage in the Upper West Side, the longer that you wait, the more secondary damage takes hold. Things to look out for include:

  •   Saturated and weakened subflooring
  •   Soaked drywall that begins to crumble
  •   Buckling or warping of hardwood floors
  •   Warped and buckling wood framing
  •   Supports or metal fasteners that start to rust
  •   Bulging or breaking ceiling tiles
  •   Blistering or peeling wallpaper or paint

How Do You Know What Steps to Take?

SERVPRO uses a unique formula that allows us to determine the equipment we need and how many pieces of equipment can facilitate water removal, drying, and cleaning. Powerful water extraction tools allow us to remove hundreds of gallons of debris-filled water promptly. We then set up drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from materials and the air inside the home. Moisture detection tools allow us to find any lingering pockets that require further attention. Everything then wraps up with complete sanitizing and deodorization to prevent the development of foul odors. 

Call (917) 498-1362 day or night when you need help with flood damage to your home. Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team ensures your interior is just “Like it never even happened.”

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Are There Health Risk Concerns with Flood Damage in the Upper West Side?

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Aerial view of upper west side NY Flooding in lower levels of Upper West Side Homes Require Expert Cleanup and Recovery -- Call SERVPRO

Groundwater Can Transport Various Contaminants Requiring Disinfecting

Many homeowners are not concerned about health issues associated with flood damage. These consumers are worried, rightfully so, about the damage to their homes and contents. How can their families recover after so much is destroyed? Many people may not realize that floodwaters absorb a variety of potentially dangerous elements that we should also take into consideration.

Who Offers Storm and Flood Damage Recovery?

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup, repair, and restoration on the Upper West Side. We have been specializing in flood, fire, water, and mold restoration services in the area for many years. Debris removal is a critical segment of cleanup and recovery after a storm.

Floodwaters absorb many different pathogens, biological materials, and chemicals and deposit these same materials as the water recedes. For example:

  • Animal waste and carcasses
  • Human waste
  • Chemicals such as oil and gasoline
  • Viruses – Norovirus, rhinovirus, feline calicivirus and many more
  • Mold spores

Does Specialized Equipment Really Help with Storm Water Removal?

The short answer is YES! However, correct placement, number, and devices chosen, when coordinated by IICRC-Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification technicians ensures optimal performance and minimum damage. The advanced equipment can be:

  • Extractors
  • Pumps and vacuums
  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Power sources
  • Truckload of equipment

We train our team in the use of EPA certified chemicals for sanitizing and disinfecting homes and businesses after a flood has passed through an area. We are equipped with Personal Protection Equipment to use while we remove debris from your home, clean, and dry your home so that restoration can proceed.

Call SERVPRO for assistance after a flood. We are available 24/7/365, in Manhattan, Central Park West, and the surrounding area at (917) 498-1362. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Winning Tactics of Flood Damage Remediation in Your Manhattan Home

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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What Professional Flood Water Removal Offers Manhattan Residents 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Protecting Contents

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

Expedited Water Extraction

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

Humidity Control

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

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

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We 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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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."

Quick and Efficient Storm Damage Remediation in Manhattan With SERVPRO 

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storms cause a lot of cleanup for the neighborhood. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Risks that Can Complicate Restoration of Flood Damage in Your Manhattan Home 

After flooding incidents unfold, you need to respond fast to mitigate the loss and destruction left behind. While doing so, you need to be aware of the risks that you might be exposed to because some can lead to bodily harm. Hiring a professional restoration team to handle the entire process of restoring flood damage can help you avoid such risks. 

When cleaning up or removing materials affected by flood damage in your Manhattan home, you should consider the danger of electrical shocks. The pooling water can relay electricity from exposed cables or electrical outlets, shocking anyone wading into the water unprotected. You can avoid such risks by turning off the mains before taking other mitigation steps. In case of flooding after a storm, the risk may persist because of downed power lines. Our SERVPRO technicians can work safely, even in such circumstances because we have the right PPE, Personal Protective Equipment. Among the safety equipment we have, include: 

Rubber Boots 

Heavy Duty Gloves 

Electrical Circuit Testers 

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters 

Flooding leaves properties murky from the combination of soils dragged from outside the structure and debris from damaged items within the house. As you prepare to clean the murk, restoring the property to its preloss state, you should be aware of the contamination risks flooding can present. The groundwater swept into your home may include hazardous contaminants such as raw sewage and chemicals. Our SERVPRO technicians spray EPA registered disinfectants into the water to neutralize the contaminants and wear protective gear.  We also bring shovels to remove silt and sludge conveniently. 

Wicking water can reach confined spaces such as subfloors and structural supports such as frames and joists.  If left unchecked, it can trigger rot and other forms of deterioration that weaken them, posing a risk to the house occupants in the future. Our SERVPRO technicians can trace wetness even in hidden sections. We use moisture sensors with probes to check the levels of wetness in materials such as wooden floorboards. We also have FLIR thermal cameras that reveal wetness in concealed areas. 

You can deal with flood damage incidents safely with professional assistance. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 to help. Our combined resources can help restore the damage "Like it never even happened." 

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Plan for the Severe Weather and Flood Damage that Can Impact Your Manhattan Apartment

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you make a plan

Are you ready?

Hurricanes can move up the East Coast after wreaking havoc in the Caribbean or moving through the mid-Atlantic states from the Gulf of Mexico. Sandy is the named storm Manhattan residents have in mind when extreme weather occurs, but lesser and even more powerful fronts that can-do great harm to your property are possible during the season. Knowing that flood waters can visit our grid of streets, avenues, parkways, and green spaces make planning for such a possibility sensible.

Flood damage in Manhattan can be an issue even if your apartment, condo, or townhouse is located a dozen or more floors above street level. Common spaces can fill with water impacting utility services, HVAC systems, elevators, and laundry and storage facilities. Underground parking is one of the first spaces to flood, a problem if you have a vehicle. Safety and convenience suffer when inches to feet of water invade either personal or public spaces.

SERVPRO is no stranger to the chaos extreme weather flooding can bring to multiple unit metropolitan housing. Owner and tenant associations, individuals, and landlords can take the opportunity to work with us to develop personalized Emergency Ready Plans and Profiles (ERP). When we familiarize ourselves with the layouts of residential buildings beforehand, our response to the actual crisis is faster and more effective.

Experienced SERVPRO management team members assess the building layout, documenting the location of utility shut-offs, heating and cooling systems, and other configurations that impact the risk of water damage due to flooding. We identify strengths and vulnerabilities in the building as a whole and in your unit. Expect practical suggestions to help protect valuables from exposure to enhanced flood risk.

The mobile app SERVPRO developed allows customers to give further details to improve the outcome of any project we take on together. Identify your priorities, confirm that we are your preferred restoration partner, and designate family or friends to act in your stead should your plans take you out of town or make you otherwise unavailable. Preventing even a few hours of delay is crucial when responding to flood damage.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side is ready to partner with residents as individuals or groups to plan for a flooding disaster. Call us at (917) 498-1362 to set up an assessment for an ERP.

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Introducing the Simple Way to Achieving Flood Damage Remediation Success in Manhattan

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding that affects your condo or apartment needs to be taken seriously because often it's not just your unit that is involved. Call SERVPRO.

Call the Professionals for Flood Removal in the Manhattan Area

The population and business density of the Manhattan area make it an exciting and vibrant place to live and work. When living spaces experience significant water incursion in the city that density and the residential building configurations offer many challenges. Our highly-qualified team of flooding mitigation professionals has both the training and the specialized equipment to get the job done right and fast.

When flood removal in the Manhattan area is needed because of broken water mains or overflowing sanitary sewers during heavy rains, garden level condos and apartments suffer the most. Although all spaces in a multi-story residential property can have issues when lower levels are flooded, living at or below the street targets those units for a rapid emergency response. Our crews arrive ready to assess the situation begin restoration efforts immediately.

Each SERVPRO service vehicle carries a full complement of water removal and structural drying equipment. We can pump and extract water from your home even if the electricity service is interrupted. Our gas-powered and truck mounted tools prevent delays that could mean progressive damage to your property and serious secondary concerns like mold growth. We employ thermal scanners to locate hidden water migrating into cavities after a flood to ensure all fluids are contained and removed.

Expert flood recovery needs an accurate measurement of moisture levels throughout the process. During IICRC training SERVPRO technicians study the science of psychrometrics, the principles behind applied drying techniques. Establishing drying goals based on reliable moisture measurements is vital. We use meters and probes to fix baselines and revisit those levels to assess how well the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers we position in your space are reducing moisture in the structural components of your home.

To attend better to the requirements of your furnishings and personal possessions during flood removal SERVPRO might recommend a pack-out of some items. At our production facility, we can clean and dry out articles you fear were ruined using advanced technologies such as freeze and thermal drying. We use a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) protocol to create and maintain an inventory and track restoration attempts. This documentation helps us work with your insurer as well.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side is ready to help when your apartment or condo is afloat in flood waters. One call to (917) 498-1362 can line up water removal, structural and contents drying, and assistance with your insurance claim process.

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SERVPRO Mitigates Flooded Properties in Manhattan

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded TH in Manhattan? Try Calling SERVPRO for Water Damage Mitigation

Drying Flood-Damaged Manhattan Townhouse Basements

Your Manhattan townhouse often has livable space in the basement area with finished construction. While this can be a welcomed addition to the layout of your home, it also poses risks when disasters like flooding strike. As the lowest levels of your property are often the first to succumb to the spreading floodwater, your finished basement requires professional restoration technicians to respond quickly to this emergency to provide real-time mitigation solutions designed to protect your belongings and dry up the damaged area.

When flood damage occurs in the finished basement of your Manhattan townhouse, there is often no avoiding the need for controlled demolition and reconstruction. The amount of this removal effort required depends on the response of restoration technicians to the scene to begin mitigation tactics to prevent the spread of water damage throughout this area of the property. Our SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and provide immediate attention to damaged homes.

Before we can get to the necessary drying efforts that your basement requires, our contents department can begin removing at-risk items from this lower level of your property. In many cases, with focused drying, disinfection, and cleaning, your belongings in this affected area can get restored entirely and returned to the property once restoration completes.

Drying is a vital component to the restoration and mitigation process following a flood. These efforts can help to preserve structural elements like studs and framework to prevent costlier reconstruction bills once the area gets thoroughly dried, disinfected, and cleaned. Our controlled demolition techniques can help to make the transition between mitigation and reconstruction smooth and efficient, limiting the time the overall restoration process takes.

As traumatic as flood damage might be to your home and your family, knowing the right team to call when disaster strikes can save you time and money in restoring the damages. You can count on our SERVPRO of Upper West Side to provide a fast response with industry-leading equipment to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (917) 498-1362.

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