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Why you should leave fire cleanup to the professionals

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

When any type of fire occurs in your home, its probably smartest to rely on experts to instruct you on the safest cleanup methods. After a fire has damaged any part of your home or property, there are certain precautions that one must take in restoring the area. More often then not, certain tools and knowledge is required. 

For many property owners, walls or floors must be entirely replaced, and this requires professional assistance. Because without the proper methods, it is very possible to cause further damage without realizing. You want your property to be restored properly so you can once again live or work properly in the area. 

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is more than willing to come assist you in any situation like this. We operate in the midtown area and will respond to the scene as soon as we can.

Giving to Prep for Prep

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

We are proud to announce our donation to the NPO Prep for Prep, a leadership development and educational program founded in 1978 right here in New York City. 

We fully believe in the way that Prep for Prep donates to the community, providing high achieving minority students with efficient academic resources and scholarships. 

Good luck students and continue to thrive!

Tornado Safety Tips

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

With the extreme shifts in weather patterns, it is more important now than ever to be prepared for whatever.

Here are some suggestions on safety during a tornado from FEMA:

If you are at home during a tornado:

  • Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

If you are at work or school during a tornado:

  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are outdoors during a tornado:

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

The More You Know...

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Knowledge is invaluable when disaster strikes.  Having a plan in place can keep us safe.

Here our some tips from the American Red Cross concerning Thunderstorms:

About Thunderstorms

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

Know the Difference

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. 

Every year people are killed or seriously injured by severe thunderstorms despite advance warning. While some did not hear the warning, others heard the warning and did not pay attention to it. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, may help save lives.

There is no job too big or too small

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Many times, the work that we perform in a Large Loss Water Damage scenario is very much time sensitive. In an emergency setting, its crucial that the initial hours of the loss be utilized effectively and efficiently. Water is dangerous if neglected, and its important to call professionals such as SERVPRO Of Midtown Manhattan who are accustomed to responding to such jobs.Our location has a full staff of project management combined with hard working and qualified technicians who is very hands on in making certain that our emergency trucks are ready to go at a moments notice, and that our technicians who are performing the labor are NEVER without tools or materials.       Our aggressive work ethic has helped us forge quality relationships with many staples in the Midtown Manhattan community, and we would love to continue that pattern by arriving on time, fully prepared, and ready to trouble shoot or re-mediate any restorative needs that may incur.

3 Basic Construction Safety Tips to Avoid Problems

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Busy construction worksites are often very dangerous places to be. Many things can go wrong throughout the process of a project, so it is in one's best interest to take the proper preventative safety measures. These three basic tips will help minimize any risk.

1. Find the correct Personal Protective Equipment to Wear on the Job.

Wearing the proper gear for a job proves to be very helpful in preventing injury. When lifting heavy objects, be sure to wear a secure back brace to limit damage to your body and the surrounding areas. Wearing proper construction footwear such as non-slip rubber soled shoes will prove to be very helpful in avoiding slipping and falling. 

It is also extremely important to protect your lungs and wear breathing masks to avoid inhaling dangerous toxins around you. 

Limit Crowding Within the Work Area

It is not uncommon for those working on a construction site to crowd around large and powerful machinery. Although it may often be unintentional, staying away from this powerful machinery is your best bet in limiting damage to other workers and even pedestrians. This rule should be strictly enforced on a construction site, and it is the responsibility of the foreman to ensure his surroundings are clear before engaging in his work. 

Loading and Unloading Equipment Safety

Make sure there is ample room around you when loading and unloading heavy equipment off of machinery. Proper clearance of all obstacles and people around you is key in avoiding damaging any people or structures that are around you. Make sure that all objects are secured using the correct tie-down procedures. 

By following these tips, you can make your construction site as safe and efficient as possible for you and your team. Although these tips may seem basic is should always be your first priority to practice the correct safety measures in the workplace.

Claim filing Assistance

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Disasters can be harrowing and stressful experiences. If your home has just experienced a serious fire, for example, the last thing you probably feel like doing is filing a time-consuming claim and negotiating with an insurance company. The mere thought probably makes your head feel like it's going to explode. If you're interested in a reputable restoration company that is more than happy to handle claim filing on your behalf, then it's time to get into contact with SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan. We'll communicate with the insurance company for you to see to it that you get the coverage you deserve, period.

If you're in Manhattan and looking for a reliable restoration company that can assist you with the often frustrating and time-consuming claim filing process, give SERVPRO a call as soon as possible. If your property has just experienced any type of severe disaster (whether a fire, flood or anything else), our company is right here waiting to help you. If you're worried about the damage a disaster may have caused your property, we can give you much-needed peace of mind.

Reach out to the team at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan today to learn more about our in-depth restoration services. Call our company ASAP to learn more about our efficient insurance assistance as well. We're here to help you!

Fire, Smoke, Water, And Mold Damage Restoration

5/8/2019 (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 of 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.

6 Tips for Pet Safety During a Hurricane

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are frightening for us and can have the same effect on our furry friends.  Having a plan in place can keep you and your pets calm during the storm.  Here are some pet friendly tips from Pet MED:

1. Make a Plan

Have supplies set aside and ready.  This includes: an emergency kit, pet supplies in a separate bag ready to go, and an escape option.

2. Be a Stickler

Whatever your decision is, stick to it. Otherwise, you may put your pet in real danger. If you decide to leave town at the first sign of warning, then do so as planned. Changing your mind or changing the plan often leads to unnecessary confusion. 

3. Get Your Kit On

pet emergency kit isn’t that much different to yours. Enough water for three days, non-perishable food (include a can opener if needed), a solid carrier, litter, litter box, puppy pads, plastic bags, medicine and medical records for both you and your pet in waterproof containers, extra leash, and a picture of your pet on you in case the worst happens and you get separated. Tags and/or microchipping your pet will also make it easier to recover, should it get lost.  

4. Staying In

If you’re staying home to ride out the storm, keep your pet in its carrier or on a leash. You never know when you might be forced to evacuate. And even if that doesn’t happen, you don’t want to be tracking down a petrified pet during the chaos. Therefore, secure your pet before the storm hits.  

5. Going Out

Stay tuned to the news reports. If you’re told to evacuate, you must do so at first warning. Moreover, it helps to have everything ready to go. We suggest a backpack that holds all the essentials for you and your pet. And make sure you know ahead of time exactly where all the shelters are and how to get there.  

6. Stay Calm

Whether you leave early, choose to stay, or are required to evacuate due to the storm's severity or due to house damage, remember to stay calm. Your pet can sense your emotions, so a calming demeanor can lead to a less-panicked pet. Oh, and don't forget to speak to your pet in a calm, soothing voice, too.  

Hurricane Evacuation Tips from NYC GOV

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

 

New York residents are not strangers to the extraordinary, but being prepared is always in fashion.  Check out these evacuation tips from NYC.gov, being in the know is en vogue!  

If You Must Evacuate

  • Know your zone. Determine whether you live in an evacuation zone by using the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at NYC.gov/knowyourzone or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115). Zones are color-coded and labeled 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 when represented on a map. If your address is in one of the City’s hurricane evacuation zones, you may be ordered to evacuate if a hurricane threatens New York City.
  • Evacuees should be prepared to stay with friends or family who live outside evacuation zone boundaries.
  • If you cannot stay with friends or family, use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder, or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) to identify which evacuation center is most appropriate for you.
    • Evacuation information is subject to change. For the latest information, visit NYC.gov or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115). Visit the MTA's website at www.mta.info or call 511 for the latest transit information. If you need assistance evacuating during an emergency, please call 311.
    • Information on evacuation centers, including accessibility features, is subject to change. Please visit NYC.gov/knowyourzone or contact 311 for updated reports on building status and accessibility features.
  • When a coastal storm is approaching, the City may order the evacuation of neighborhoods in danger of flooding from storm surge, starting with zone 1 and adding more zones as needed. Zones will be evacuated depending on life safety-related threats from a hurricane’s forecasted strength, track, and storm surge.

*If the City issues an evacuation order for your area, do so as directed.* The City will communicate through local media specific instructions about which areas of the city should evacuate. If a mandatory evacuation is issued, do so as directed. Use public transportation if possible, keeping in mind that public transportation may shut down hours before the storm. For additional information about how to evacuate, including transportation options, please contact 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115).

How to Evacuate

Since flooding and high winds can occur many hours before a hurricane makes landfall, evacuees should leave their homes immediately if instructed to do so by emergency officials. The City strongly recommends evacuees stay with friends or family who live outside evacuation zones. Evacuees should plan their mode of transportation with special care and take the following steps:

  • Plan to use mass transit as much as possible, as it offers the fastest way to reach your destination. Using mass transit reduces the volume of evacuees on the roadways, reducing the risk of dangerous and time-consuming traffic delays. Please note that public transportation may shut down hours before the storm.
  • Listen carefully to local news media, which will broadcast reports about weather and transportation conditions.
  • Leave early. Hazards like strong winds, heavy rain, and flooding may force the early closure of roads, bridges, and tunnels. Also, evacuate early if you rely on elevators to get out of your building. Elevators may be out of service and may not be available at all times.
  • Allow additional travel time and consider your transportation, dietary, and medical needs (oxygen, extra batteries/chargers, eyeglasses, prescriptions, etc.). Bring all medications with you and have contact information for your health providers written down to carry with you.
  • The City advises against car travel during an evacuation. The City will be working hard to keep roads clear, but traffic is unavoidable in any evacuation.
    • Be ready for a long, slow trip. The City will monitor conditions along major transportation routes to help vehicular traffic flow as smoothly as possible.
    • Evacuation route signs point the way to high ground, away from coastal flooding. If you must evacuate, leave your home before storm conditions make roadways unsafe.
    • Stay tuned to local media for information about road and bridge closures. New York State's 511 can help you monitor traffic on State roads.
    • Many evacuation centers do NOT have parking available.
    • Wind restrictions and vehicle bans may be implemented on area bridges. Large vehicles such as trailers, trucks, other vehicles with higher wind profiles will be restricted sooner than cars or SUVs.
    • In any significant rainstorm, *avoid driving through standing water.*