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

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal Best Practices in Your Upper West Side Apartment

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

Tight Spaces Need Innovative Approaches

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

Minimally Invasive Methods to Reach Hidden Water

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

Air Flow Techniques with Limited Cross Ventilation

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

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

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How to Deal with Water Damage in Your Manhattan Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prevent Further Water Damage From Striking Your Home By Calling SERVPRO Today

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Damp wall from water damage. Don't let your Manhattan home get inundated by water damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for assistance.

What to Expect from Professional Water Damage Remediation in Manhattan

Whether your Manhattan water loss is a result of a longstanding but hidden leak, a sudden rupture of a pipe, or a malfunctioning appliance, disruption of your regular routine is certain. Although we cannot help predict the timing or the severity of your water emergency, we can explain how our team handles the mitigation and remediation of the crisis. Depend on our training and experience to manage the challenges swiftly and per restoration industry best practices.

We Offer a 24 Hour Response

Water damage in your Manhattan residence can happen with no or little warning any time of the day or night. Our emergency line answers 24/7, 365 days a year. As soon as possible, a fully-equipped crew arrives at your home, ready to assess the damage and develop a plan to mitigate or halt progressive damage and begin remediation or reversal of its adverse effects. 

We Come Prepared and Ready to Act

When SERVPRO arrives, we have the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians and state-of-the-art equipment, tools, and products available at a moment’s notice. As our seasoned crew chief or project manager evaluates the scenario, crew members stand ready to roll water removal, cleaning, sanitizing, and drying essentials off our signature green service vehicles. The moment we complete your plan is precisely when we begin the transformation from wet and damaged to “Like it never even happened.”

We Can Provide the Power

Water damage scenes frequently present plug-in problems. Electricity is often shut off temporarily for safety reasons, wet wires presenting electrocution risks for occupants and responders. SERVPRO uses gas-operated pumps when standing water exceeds two inches in depth, and can employ truck-mounted and generator-powered extractors until utilities are reconnected. Our equipment can collect water for disposal offsite, especially critical if contamination of the fluids presents a hazardous material concern.

We Complete Structural Drying Appropriately

Water removal must pair with Applied Structural Drying (ASD). SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians employ research-based strategies and techniques to ensure moisture levels in structural components reduce to normal. Moisture measuring devices and thermal scanners locate wet areas. We use this baseline data to design efficient configurations of heated air movers to move absorbed water from building materials into the air. Our desiccant and evaporative dehumidifiers capture the resulting vapor for disposal.   

Count on SERVPRO of Upper West Side for the professional response needed when water intrudes into your apartment, condo, or loft. Call us at (917) 498-1362 confident that 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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If Your Manhattan Carpets Are Damaged By Water, Our Experts Can Help!

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

We have sophisticated equipment to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (917) 498-1362.

Removing Moisture From Water-Damaged Manhattan Carpets

Carpeting varies significantly from one Manhattan home to the next regarding feel and coverage. With a natural magnetism that already exists with this flooring for dust, debris, and other potential buildups, it is no surprise that disasters like water loss incidents can see saturation occurring quickly with carpets in the area as well. While multiple tools play a role in the recovery of these damaged components, one with a particularly important job is the weighted extractor.

This equipment is not necessary for every Manhattan residential water damage incident, though it can help to quickly relieve saturation and limit lingering moisture and dampness in this flooring material. Carpets have no resistance to permeation, putting subflooring and support joists beneath it at risk for structural degradation, but also secondary effects like mold or microbial growth if this situation persists for several days unresolved. With the use of weighted extractors, our SERVPRO professionals can begin the recovery process to protect installed materials and prevent unnecessary tear out and reinstallation.

Weighted extraction devices can get rented from specialty hardware stores and other chain locations throughout the city, and these are much simpler models that utilize the weight of the homeowner standing on the equipment, again and again, to force moisture to the surface for removal with an onboard vacuum. Our SERVPRO professionals have a more advanced approach common to the restoration industry in remote-controlled devices to move quickly throughout each damaged room.

With a fast response to the water loss incident, this practice alone can address the majority of the moisture and saturation beginning with the carpeting and getting into the padding and underlay beneath. Removing the dampness and saturation entirely before compromising effects like mold growth take hold can protect carpeted areas of your property from requiring removal and replacement.

There are many situations that homeowners can address on their own but should your water loss incident get out of hand and spread farther than you anticipated, let our SERVPRO of Upper West Side response team help. We have sophisticated equipment to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (917) 498-1362.

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We Have The Necessary Equipment To Restore Your Manhattan Apartments

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage at this Manhattan apartment was the result of a burst water pipe and we had the equipment to handle the restoration needs.

How Drying Mats Remove Water Damage in Manhattan Apartments

Water loss incidents are more common in Manhattan apartments than many property owners might care to believe. With so many units sharing the same floor and multiple stories of these units stacked on top of one another, an issue in any single apartment could have widespread and detrimental effects. Even smaller-scale water loss incidents can spread their effects through multiple properties, requiring a fast and thorough response from qualified and trained restoration specialists like ours.

One of the tools that our SERVPRO professionals use when we respond to widespread water damage in the Manhattan high rise apartments is drying mats. With many of the units featuring hardwood floor or vinyl alternatives for a modern and sophisticated appearance, water damage can be very damaging to these surfaces. Even with flooring designed to resist water, standing liquid can often find creases and vulnerabilities to soak both through the planks in the flooring and the subflooring padding as well.

We intend to ensure that no homeowner has to replace their entire affected flooring when we respond to water emergencies. While some situations require controlled demolition and replacement, the right response with clean water incidents can help to protect installed materials from requiring removal. While air movers and dehumidifiers can work to address concerns above the flooring, the Injecti-Dry System and drying mats can address the issues underneath.

Drying mats get used in sets and can slowly draw moisture from affected materials. With wood flooring, it is imperative to monitor moisture content to ensure that flooring does not become overly dry. Our SERVPRO technicians keep monitors installed over the tenting of these units to continually keep track of humidity to ensure that we remove the equipment once the water loss effects get addressed.

With how quickly Manhattan apartments can become water damaged from water loss incidents, it is essential to get the right professionals there quickly to help. Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side has a fast response with qualified technicians that can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (917) 498-1362.

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Upper Westside Water Woes? Call SERVPRO for Positive Results

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water Problems in the Upper West Side? Let SERVPRO Take a Look with an Infrared Thermal Camera Inspection

Get Rid of Water Damage Manhattan-Style

Life in Manhattan is exciting, vibrant and not for the faint of heart. It almost feels like the heartbeat of the world itself lies underneath this metropolis where young and old come together to set the pace for the rest of the globe. However, living in Manhattan does not exempt renters and homeowners from dealing with the trials and tribulations dwellers face nationwide. The sheer pace of the Big Apple can add an extra layer of challenges when a pipe bursts or a bathtub overflows.
 
If you face water damage to your home in Manhattan, make use of our 24/7 line and reach our expert SERVPRO team to help restore your home as quickly as possible. Precisely because you want to save the character of your upper west side home, you need to take action immediately to avoid widespread damage to your unit and the rest of your building. Thankfully, our team is trained to work within the constraints of modern-day Manhattan and can apply its experience to your benefit.
 
Once the source of the leak is under control, our Green Fleet works to identify water remnants and extract the liquid from your home. Our thermal imaging cameras let us know if water has accumulated in places such as under floorboards or other crevices. By closely monitoring the moisture levels in your home, our SERVPRO team determines how to proceed with the extraction and drying process.
 
Ideally, we arrive as soon as the leak happens. However, it is not uncommon for a pipe to be leaking for some time before you notice its presence. When water stands for a while, it can serve as breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. As our SERVPRO team dries your home and its contents, we also focus on disinfecting and preventing further proliferation of organisms. For some cases, we may use air filtration devices and air scrubbers to improve air quality, thus anticipating unwanted ramifications from the water damage to your home.
 
SERVPRO of Upper West Side is available at (917) 498-1362 to be your resource as soon as disaster strikes. Do not let a water incident interrupt your busy life. Call us and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Manhattan Property Owners Trust SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Loss

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO "Rises" to the Occasion for Water Mitigation in the Upper Westside of Manhattan

Aging Pipes Can Lead to Water Cleanup in Manhattan Condos

The architecture throughout Upper West Side Manhattan has a unique look and feel that sets the townhouses, condos, and high rises here apart from any of the other boroughs. Part of that character comes from the older properties, many of which still have their original copper plumbing beginning with the primary service line from the distribution system and throughout the network of piping indoors. This material, while formerly the common choice in new construction, has begun to show its weaknesses over the past decades in rusting and scaling. Rust can erode the material, ultimately causing it to be too thin to withstand the pressure of a charged water line and rupturing it.

When this kind of water damage occurs on the second floor Manhattan condo, there are many potential threats that both the property and adjacent units could experience. It is important to get the right trained personnel to the emergency as quickly as possible to prevent widespread irreparable loss to areas like the hardwood flooring and to prevent the spread of this damage through shared walls to affect other units. Our SERVPRO professionals have unique and powerful equipment designed to dry up damage like this quickly to preserve original construction materials whenever possible and keep restoration costs to a minimum.

With damage to hardwood flooring, it is vital to understand the full extent of the damage from the time that we arrive. We can utilize thermal imagery to see moisture pockets beneath the surface to determine the best location to set up drying equipment. For the flooring, we can use air movers, LGR dehumidifiers, and even our large drying mats to pull moisture from the planks to remove dampness in the subflooring. For affected areas like wall cavities, tools like our SERVPRO injectidry system can effectively dry out these damaged areas without the need for excessive tear out.

Protecting your property is often much more than just preserving the materials used in its construction. For your condo or townhouse, you want to protect your investment and make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Upper West Side water restoration specialists a call today at (917) 498-1362.

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