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How to Recover and Restore Your Manhattan Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Excess water can hurt a home in ways we never thought possible. Staten Island homes are often the victims of flooding and storm damage, which can do much more than cause appliances to rust. Warped floors and walls are only the tip of the iceberg. Without proper water cleanup and removal, homes risk developing smells and growing mold.

If you have been the victim of recent storm damage, there are some ways to minimalize the impact on your home. After you have assessed if the area is safe, try some of these tips:

  • Soak up whatever water you can, but don't leave wet towels on the floor. This can cause warping.
  • Remove any rugs on the floor, even if they are soaking wet, and hang them up outside. This can minimize the amount of liquid and weight on the floor.
  • Remove any hanging art or electronics. Water can start to evaporate, leaving the room feeling murky. You don't want this excess moisture ruining something valuable.
  • Place wood blocks underneath furniture to minimize contact with the wet floor if you can't move them out of the room.
  • Take advantage of air conditioners and fans; they can help dry floors faster.
  • Don't hesitate to contact a restoration specialist. Issues with moisture only get worse over time and the right specialist can help remove the water as quickly as possible.

Never be afraid to contact a specialist. Whether your Manhattan home has a flooded basement or large moisture spots on the ceiling, we can help identify the cause of the damage and help you make changes. Our goal is to help you quickly and easily restore your home. Contact us today to learn more.

Why you need a professional to clean smoke damage in your home or business

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

After a fire, your house is left with lingering smoke that can be harmful to your health and property. The best thing to do in such a situation is to clean smoke immediately because if you ignore it, the smoke will cause massive damage on your property which will require more money to clean than if you had cleaned it soon enough. If the smoke is not cleaned as soon as possible, the items that will be mostly affected by smoke are drapes, carpets, upholstery and walls because they will become permanently discolored. Glass will become extremely etched, and metals will tarnish which will require replacement.

You might think that you can do a good job at cleaning smoke by yourself without any basic knowledge and skills on how to go about it but this can lead to you causing further damage on the items. The best thing to do will be to hire experienced professionals from a reputable company to do the cleaning and restore the home to the state it was in before the fire disaster struck.

One of the advantages of using experts to clean soot is that they have specialized tools which are crucial in eliminating smoke. These are tools such as extractors, rotary scrubbers, and wet cleaning tools. Another advantage is that they have a lot of experience in doing such work; therefore, they will know the right steps to take in cleaning hour home and preventing further damage on your property.

When they come to your home, the first thing they will do is to assess the extent of the damage and determine where the odors are coming from. They will then vacuum the whole house to remove any traces of soot. Soot is dangerous because it can cause breathing complications besides damaging property. After they finish vacuuming, they will cover the carpets and furniture to prevent more dirt from settling on them. They will also identify what can and cannot be replaced and advise you accordingly. Once they find the source of the odor they will use specialized detergents to treat it and eliminate the smell completely.

Indeed, bringing in a professional on site will save you a lot of headaches and ensure that you get rid of the smoke efficiently. If you live in New York City or Manhattan, contact us for reliable smoke removal services at an affordable cost. For more information visit our website at http://www.SERVPROmidtownmanhattan.com/ .

Why you need a professional to fix water damage problems at your home

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen when you least expect it. Sometimes it may be as a result of leakages that you have been ignoring, or it can be an aftermath of a fire or flooding. Therefore, it might find you when you are not prepared financially to hire external help. So the first thing that will come to your mind is how to fix the water damage on your own to save money. You can do a very good job at dealing with water damage in your home in some situations, but if the damage is too severe, you will need the input of well-trained professionals to fix it for you. Here are the reasons why hiring professionals to do the work is the most prudent thing to do;

Once on site, professionals can quickly determine what items have been severely ruined by water damage. They will begin by getting rid of any porous items that could have come into contact with water because they tend to absorb too much water which can act as breeding grounds for harmful microbes. These items include mattresses, particle board, box springs, and pillows.

Professionals will also identify any pockets that are holding excess moisture and remove the water. They have special equipment that they can use to measure moisture in hidden areas such as beneath tiles and other materials that do not become wet easily. When they find the hidden pockets, they will expose them to air by taking out the tile or material above it. They will also clean all areas with moisture using methods such as pressure washing with strong detergents. They will also accelerate the process of drying to prevent mold growth or any harmful bacteria. If the professionals discover the presence of bacteria or mold in your house, they will use mechanical or chemical methods to eradicate it.

At SERVPRO, we have experienced professionals who can spot compromised areas in your house and do everything possible to restore it. They are certified through a recognized organization. We serve New York City and Manhattan areas. Visit our website here http://www.SERVPROmidtownmanhattan.com/ and find out more about us.

Signs that you need mold services urgently

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold thrives in a warm, humid and damp environment. Most types of mold are harmful to human and animal health. Some of the health issues they can cause on the people within the house include throat irritation, eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, skin irritation, and coughing or wheezing. Mold or mildew is not harmful in small quantities; it only becomes harmful when its growth spirals out of control and increases in quantity. Your home is likely to have mold if there are leaking pipes, leaks in the roof, poor ventilation, condensation, flooding and wet clothes. Dealing with these problems early enough can prevent mold from setting in and causing havoc on the property.

There are ways in which you can prevent this menace from happening. Always ensure that you clean up water as soon as it spills in large amounts because this will reduce the chances of mold growing there. Also, ensure there is ample ventilation in the house after you finish cooking showering or washing utensils. Insulate your house to quell condensation. Also, keep the basement dry always. If all these fail, you should seek the help of professionals to remove mold from your home. These are the telltale signs that you should look out for if you want to know whether you need mold services;

  • If your home has experienced flooding recently due to excessive rain, broken appliance or pipe there is the likelihood that mold will grow. This can happen especially if you did not enlist the services of professionals to clean it.
  • When you see mold growth, it is also a red flag that you should do something about it.
  • The presence of an unpleasant and wet odor it can be emanating from the mold.
  • If you or anyone else living in the house start experiencing allergies that you did not have before
  • The presence of moisture should also alert you to the imminent growth of mold and hence the need to call in professionals.

If you reside in New York City or Manhattan and you have noticed some of these signs, you should visit our website at http://www.SERVPROmidtownmanhattan.com/ and allow us to address your problem promptly.

How to prevent water damage in your home

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is said to be one of the worst problems that homeowners face. There are numerous causes of water damage in a home that can be attributed to the weather or an old plumbing system. These causes include the AC soaking the ceiling, fire sprinkler systems might freeze, cold weather can cause pipes to burst, blocked draining, and garbage disposal might flood cabinets. Pressure getting to the washing machine, running or dripping toilet, leaking water heaters, sump pump fails to pump, and sewer lines backing up can also cause severe water damage in a home.

Clearly, water damage can cause a lot of damage to your property which will cost you a significant amount of money to repair. In some instances, you will be required to replace walls or doors because the extent of the damage could have affected the integrity of the existing ones making it unsafe to live in the home. The best thing to avoid spending a lot of money on repairs is to prevent water damage from happening.

There are three key ways of preventing water damage that every home owner should know and apply.

  1. Watch out for water leaks and address them; inspect your roof occasionally and repair any damaged, loose and missing shingles. You should also check for stains on ceilings, toilets that shake and dark spots below pipes.
  2. Ensure all drainages are working perfectly; you can accomplish this by cleaning the gutters and downspouts on a regular basis, and making sure that your yard has sloped some distance away from the foundation.
  3. Test electrical appliances frequently; check to ensure that water heaters, the sump pump, and washing machine are in good working conditions.

The other steps you can take to prevent water damage is to;

  • Keep track of your water bill
  • Disconnect hoses
  • Install water detection devices
  • Close your water main whenever you are going away for an extended period
  • Take care of your vegetation and trees. Avoid landscaping too close to the utility pipes

If you have done all the above but are still facing water damage problems, it is time to seek the help of a professional. Visit our site here http://www.SERVPROmidtownmanhattan.com/ and book an appointment with us for quality water damage repair services. We serve New York City and Manhattan area and will be happy to put an end to that problem for you.

Mold Myth Busting 101

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your New York City home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources.

But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

  • A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

  • Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

  • Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

  • Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

Want to know more about mold damage? Call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan today - (212) 768-9400!

Fire, Smoke, Water, And Mold Damage Restoration

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most profound losses that business people and homeowners experience are mainly caused by fire, water, mold or smoke damages. Witnessing your home and precious belongings being consumed by water or fire can be traumatizing. The only reassurance you can have after such a disastrous loss is obtained from having a clear support and guidance in rescuing as much property as possible.

In the indoor environment, water is the only long-term most catastrophic material. Structures and other personal properties can deteriorate rapidly as a result of too much flooding or moisture.

We have successfully restored much water, fire and smoke damaged structures in Manhattan, New York.

We have a wide variety of residential and commercial services to our clients. Over the years, our company has grown all over the New York community as a result of the exemplary services that we provide. We have a team of certified and fully trained professionals who are ready to respond to all emergencies at any given time.

Our company can tackle any disaster since we have all the necessary equipment for fire, smoke, and water mitigation.

Some of the services that we provide are as follows,

• Fire damage restoration

• Restoration of water damage

• Restoration of storm destruction

• Mold damage restoration and others.

As a leading restoration firm, we are capable of handling it all; from damage restoration, to water removal, to the cleanup of fire damage.

If not handled carefully and immediately, natural disasters can cause extensive destruction to your property. That's why you need a company that is fully equipped and experienced to restore your property to its initial condition. SERVPRO Midtown Manhattan is the company you need for quick mitigation of any form of natural disaster.

Our team of emergency support is on standby 24/7, so you shouldn't hesitate to give us a call night or day.

Call us today at (212) 768-9400, and we respond immediately.

 

Water Damage in Manhattan, NY

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

You should check your household fixtures and irrigation systems every year to ensure there are no leaks.

Leaks Cause a Massive Loss of Water

The average home wastes 10,000 gallons of water each year on leaks. This is enough to wash 270 loads of laundry. Nationwide, household leaks waste 1 trillion gallons a year, or the equivalent water use of 11 million homes. Up to ten percent of homes leak 90 gallons a day.

Where Leaks Occur

Common causes of leaks can be spotted easily.

  • Worn toilet flappers
  • Dripping faucets
  • Leaking valves.

These can be easily corrected, which can save a lot of money on your water bill over time. If you have water damage from leaks in Manhattan, contact SERVPRO or visit us online to book an appointment.

Leak Detection

Review your past water bills to detect a spike in recent months. This sharp increase in winter water usage can point to a problem. As an example, a family of four probably has a serious leak problem if the winter water usage is more than 12,000 gallons per month.

Check the water meter once, wait two hours and check it again when there is no water running. If the meter goes up, you have a leak. You can check for a toilet leak by placing food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the bowl in 10 minutes before flushing, there is a leak in the toilet.

Faucets and Showerheads

A faucet that leaks one drip per second wastes 3,000 gallons a year, which is enough for 180 showers. Fix leaky faucets by checking washers and gaskets and replacing worn ones.

Toilets

If your toilet leaks, you need to replace a faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this rubber part decays and it is very cheap to replace. Replace the entire rubber flapper to avoid future issues. If you end up replacing the entire toilet, look for a WaterSense labeled model, which could save 13,000 gallons each year. Retrofitting your house with WaterSense toilets can save nearly $2,400 in water and bills over the life of the toilets. If you have water damage from leaks in New York City, contact SERVPRO or visit us online to book an appointment.

Mold Damage Cleanup Manhattan

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

The EPA has specific recommendations on mold damage. In order to avoid health problems, you need to know what you can do yourself and what you will need a professional to do. Mold damages whatever it is growing on so you have to act quickly. If left untreated, it can lead to expensive renovation work.

Although it can be found in many places, one of the most common places mold establishes a foothold is in leaky windows, where it begins to rot the frame and windowsill.

Who should Clean it Up?

Measure the moldy area. Determine if it is more than 3 feet by 3 feet. You may be above to handle the job yourself in this case. However, larger areas require heavier remediation and pose greater health risks.

If you decide to use professional service providers:

  • Make sure they have experience with mold remediation
  • Ask for and check references
  • Verify that the service provider knows and follows EPA guidelines

If it looks like the heating, ventilation or air conditioning (HVAC) system could have mold, then consult the EPA guide 'Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?' If you think the HVAC system is compromised by mold, do not run it. It can quickly spread mold throughout the entire building.

If the mold damage has been caused by contaminated water, then call a professional right away. Make sure they have experience cleaning buildings damaged by sewage water.

For mold remediation and clean up in Manhattan, contact SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan. Let us worry about and take care of the damage without risking your health or possessions.

Are your Commercial Ducts in a Row?

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a direct impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity. If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system.

You can keep your commercial ducts in a row by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors then the damage needs to be repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning.

You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system. If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork.

If you notice that your system isn’t working as well as it normally does such as an increase in electrical bill costs or the system is running more often than usual then it may be time for a cleaning as well. If your system is regularly providing you with maintenance issues such as improper temperature or humidity issues, these may be signs or symptoms of your HVAC system needing a checkup.

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan 212-768-9400 for a free estimate.