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What Makes SERVPRO the Right Choice?

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan, we have a well trained team of professionals that are prepared to handle any situation, 24/7 and 365 days a week! Our results are proof of our promise to provide the best service to our clients with expedited service that does not compromise on value!

Always On Call

Whether it is Four in the morning or in the afternoon, SERVPRO is able to dispatch a team of professionals to quickly address any issue you may have. Burst pipes? Fire damage? Flooding? No matter what you’re facing, we have a team standing by with the best equipment and professionals. 

No Job Too Big

Did you know that the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is both prequalified and strategically positioned to handle a natural disaster of any size within the United States? Our SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is uniquely positioned to help in case of any large loss with urgency and unmatched mitigation efforts. Whether flood or tornado, hurricane or storm, the Disaster Recovery Team is prepared for the unpredictable! We were ready to mobilize during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, calling upon our 1,700 strong network of franchises across the globe!

Proven Track Record

At SERVPRO we are a trusted franchise that has been the leader in the cleanup and restoration industry for 50 plus years. In that time, our services have been trusted by businesses, homeowners, the insurance industry, and the government! 

No matter how big your disaster, we will make sure it looks "Like it never even happened." Call today for more information and help. 

Tropical Storm Henri- What to do?

8/21/2021 (Permalink)

Tropical storm Henri is evolving into a hurricane that will slam the Northeast, high speed winds, flooding, and heavy rain are expected. It is important you and your family stay safe and prepared, below are some tips on how to do so:

How to Prepare for Tropical Storm Henri-

  • Be informed- make sure you are receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies. 
  • Learn if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone- if you do, make a plan to evacuate
  • Learn whether your property is in a flood-prone or high-risk area via the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood maps.
  • Create and commit to memory your family emergency plan and discuss it with them.
  • Assemble an emergency kit with what you will need such as food, water, medication, and communication.
  • Prepare for possible power outages and blocked streets.
  • Take photos or videos of your personal property and store these records in a safe place.
  • Prepare your home with temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors if possible.

Create a Plan-

  • Pick more than one safe place in your home where you can go if there is an emergency.
  • Pick two ways to get out in case you have to leave, and keep these exits clear.
  • Pick a place for your family to meet in case you are separated -- one in and one outside your neighborhood.
  • Pick a place where you can stay in case you must evacuate your home.
  • Make a plan to keep your pets safe if there is an emergency.
  • Know how to turn off the electricity, gas and water in your home.
  • Take photos of possessions inside and outside your home in case you need them for insurance purposes.

Once it's over?

Once a hurricane is underway, the experts urge people to avoid driving and stay indoors. Flooding and damaging winds can make traveling extremely dangerous. Nearly 90% of all hurricane-related deaths involve water, according to the National Weather Service.

If you must travel, experts warn not to walk or drive through flowing water. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off of your feet and cars can be swept away in just two feet of moving water. Stay safe and stay informed, SERVPRO will be there for you after the storm. 

What can we do for you?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

A disaster in New York City is a popular movie scene, but unlike a movie set, disasters don't just disappear. If your kitchen sets on fire from spilled grease, or your commercial office building gets flooded, it's important to respond quickly, let us help set up provisional and protective measures to avoid further deterioration. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is available 24 hours a day every day of the week, with efficient and skilled restoration technicians prepared to clean up any mess ranging from the upholstery in your home to the removal of water damaged flooring in your office building.

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan offers restoration and cleanup from any of the following and more:

  • Fire Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Smoke Damage
  • Storm Damage
  • Mold Damage/Remediation
  • Cleaning & Building Services

Save yourself time and money by hiring SERVPRO. We will be there for every stage of the recovery preventing you from carrying the burden of the rebuild knowing a trusted pioneer of the Restoration and Renovation industry will respond.

When disaster strikes, depend on the professionals at SERVPRO. In times of distress our capable and highly-skilled technicians will make sure your problem is resolved.

No matter what the elements throw at you, whether it is a bathroom flood or severe smoke damage from a fire, SERVPRO will have your property clean again. At SERVPRO we are a trusted leader in commercial and residential restoration throughout the US. 

We are there to fix any kind of disaster you may face: water, fire, smoke, mold or storm damage. Hundreds of franchises are ready to dispatch highly-trained restoration professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. New York City is an iconic staple of the United States and SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is the best at keeping it clean.

Dealing With Fire and Smoke Damage

7/31/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot

A fire in your home or business is a devastating experience that comes with extensive damage throughout the area. The smoke and soot damage is hard to identify at times and still leaves behind linger smells and irritants. Our experts at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan will survey the site and determine the damage done from the fire and whatever was used to put it out. Using state of the art machines to detect the areas that have been affected. The visible soot may be able to be wiped off at first but the damages normally run deeper than you expect. 

What we do

Our crew will come out and use the latest technology and equipment to clean up the entirety of the affected area. We clean up and restore your place to its original condition  and much more hygienic and clean then it has ever been. Using things like air scrubbers and specialized chemicals we will get to remove the soot that is stuck to walls and items, and clean the smell from these items as well. Nothing is worse than your lingering smoke smells after a disaster. Do not suffer, give us a call today and let us handle smoke and fire related damages so they get done right. 

Apartment Fires

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

How to prevent them-

Fires are frightening for everyone, but living in an apartment the fear is greater and the risks are more present. Living in close proximity to others it is impossible to control what they are doing, but there are steps you can take to make yourself more prepared. 

Test fire alarms and change fire alarm batteries frequently- press the test button on your fire alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly. If you cannot replace them yourself contact your landlord or super as soon as possible.

Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen- most fires begin in the kitchen, make sure to keep an up to date fire extinguisher rated for grease and kitchen fires. 

Blow out candles- never leave a lit candle unattended, always blow them out before leaving even for a few minutes. 

Keep it clean- make sure you avoid clutter in the way of exits as well as near any heat sources as this can feed a potential fire

Do not overload outlets- make sure you do not have too many things plugged into your outlets. Electrical fires can happen while you are not home and cause serious fires.

Plan how to get out- make an escape plan for you and anyone else living in your apartment, plan ahead to get you and your family out. 

Be aware- finally, if you smell smoke coming from another unit call your landlord or super immediately, and if necessary dial 911

Refrigerator Water Damage and What To Do!

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Wet floors from refridgerator leak Remember to clean up any water that you can see

What happened?

The common cause for these water leaks is the plastic water line behind the refrigerator will crack, a slow drip begins and water pools behind the fridge unnoticed. Another common cause is excess condensation buildup which has the same effect. Water damage from your fridge can cause numerous problems in your home especially since the problem can go unnoticed for so long, at this point the damage has already taken a toll on your floors and surrounding areas. Moisture and heat in the dark environment create perfect conditions for mold to form and your floorboards to rot. Somewhere like an apartment or enclosed area these mold spores can cause issues and a problem like this should not be overlooked. Over at SERVPRO we are experts in mold remediation and will gladly remove and prevent further frustrations for you.

So now what?

It is important to first clean up any visible water to avoid further damage and possibilities of mold occurring. Once this is done you should inspect your fridge and see if there are any noticeable leaks or areas where condensation may be forming to excess. It is important to replace any faulty connections to stop the immediate leak if possible. If you are able to, assess the damage done to the area under and around the fridge. Most of the time floorboards will show visible damage, but the real problems can occur underneath where you cannot see. We recommend you give us a call at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan (212-768-9400) where we are available 24/7 to assist. We will send a team out to stop any further damage and spread of mold and help prevent this issue from occurring again. While you may be able to swap out the damaged areas of flooring, mold can continue to grow and cause more problems in the future. With many years of experience we will make the cleanup a quick and easy experience.

Pro tip: add a water alarm behind/under your fridge to catch any further problems from getting far

What NOT To Do After A Flood

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

During a storm, flood water can invade your home and cause considerable damage to your property. However, your main priority should always be to get yourself, your family members, and your pets to safety. Once the storm has passed, you can return to assess the damage and begin the cleanup process. Here are four things you should not do when returning to the site of a flood.

1. Make Contact With the Water
Floodwater can contain many different types of contaminants including bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and debris. Help protect your skin from harmful water by wearing rubber boots and gloves and keeping your hands and face from making contact with the water. If contact occurs despite your best efforts, wash immediately with soap and clean water.

2. Enter Standing Water 
After a flood, homes, yards, streets, and other areas can be covered in standing water. Powerful winds often accompany heavy storms, so it is not uncommon to find downed powerlines after a storm. Since water from a flood is usually murky, you cannot always tell what lies beneath the surface. If the water has been electrically charged, you could experience an electric shock if you enter a flooded home. Rubber boots will help protect against the risk of electrocution.

3. Let the Water Sit
The longer water sits, the more time bacteria have to multiply. When items are left to sit in water for long periods of time, the structural integrity of those items can begin to break down. The water should be safely extracted as soon as possible. By cleaning the water faster, you can help to lessen any water damage to your home. Since mold can begin forming in as little as 24 to 48 hours, it is important to begin the drying process as soon as the water has been extracted.
By following a few precautions, you can help keep yourself safe from the dangers of floodwater.

If you have experienced a flood or any type of water damage in Midtown Manhattan, a professional flood restoration company can help get your home back to its pre-flood condition. Give our team a call at 212-768-9400 for a free assessment.

Storm Safety: Apartment Edition

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

storm lightning strike Be prepared for any storm with our apartment guide edition of Storm Safety!!

New Yorkers, the only wrong time to prepare for a hurricane is when it’s too late. If you live near the coast, hurricanes are an ever-present danger. Knowing how and what to prepare for a hurricane can save your life and your belongings.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1st to November 30th. Stay prepared with our best tips and practices for Storm Safety here in the big apple.

Prepare Online

Do your research and prepare for a storm by compiling a list of organizations and websites with critical information that can assist you in the long run.

1. Bookmark the page(s) on your power company’s website where outage maps and updates are posted if the power goes out. Sign up for the company’s emergency email alerts (if they offer them) to stay in the know.

2. Install FEMA’s app. If your power company has an app, install that, too.

3. Photograph your items. In the event of catastrophic damage following an evacuation, photographs make filing an insurance claim easier. Store the photos online using a service such as Dropbox or Google Docs.

4. Review your renters insurance policy for natural disaster protection. Then, scan your policy documents and store the file online with your photos.

5. Research the most convenient evacuation centers in your area and the traffic routes you’d take to reach them. If your apartment is in an evacuation zone and you receive an evacuation order, it is in your best interest to follow it rather than waiting the storm out.

Prepare Inside Your Apartment

While storms can cause severe structural damage, you can take some steps to keep the rain and wind at bay.

6. Store everything you need to be comfortable for a few days. Create an emergency prep bag. Make sure it includes:

  • A first aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable, canned food
  • Prescribed medications
  • Emergency blankets
  • A radio for news and weather updates
  • A water purifier

7. Make pet preparations. If you have a dog, cat, or other beloved pet, make sure you have an emergency prep bag for them, too! Also, locate nearby shelters or hotels that can accommodate both of you.

8. Charge your devices. This includes cell phones, laptops, tablets, and, yes, even the devices you use to charge your various devices.

9. Request preventative maintenance from your landlord. If you have a leaky window or other outstanding maintenance issue, request that your landlord fix them now before things get serious.

10. Unplug electronic devices (like desktop computers) and appliances (like coffee makers and toaster ovens) if you lose power. Doing so will help prevent an electrical surge from damaging them when power returns.

Prepare Outside Your Apartment

11. Test your generator (if you have one) to ensure it’s in good working order. Also, verify that you have enough gas to operate it.

12. Report any overgrown tree branches that risk falling on your unit. Heavy tree branches can damage your belongings and your vehicle.

13. Secure any outdoor items. You’ll reduce the risk of them being scattered or damaged by high winds and heavy rain.

14. Park your vehicle in a safe location. Park your car away from possible flooding areas or places where it could be in danger of falling debris.

15. Get to know your neighbors. Working together helps everyone stay safe during a hurricane. Suggest an emergency fund to repair damage to common areas or help neighbors heavily-impacted by the storm.

At SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan, we understand that natural disasters can be catastrophic. We're dedicated to educating and servicing our community to help keep all New Yorkers safe. If you're dealing with damage from a storm, give us a call at 212-768-9400.

Is Standing Water Dangerous?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

standing water flood room Standing water can lead to structural damage and mold. If you've experienced a burst pipe or a flood, call us at 212-768-9400 for immediate help!

Surface water can affect your Midtown Manhattan home and its tenants in multiple ways. While this standing water can absorb into materials and ultimately allow for the deterioration of exposed structural elements, pooling can also present potential health effects or hazards for those exposed and remaining in the area. 

SERVPRO offers fast extraction and drying solutions for your Midtown Manhattan home after a flood. 

We can help reduce the standing water concerns by offering efficient flood removal for Manhattan homes. To accomplish this, we can call upon a wide array of extraction and moisture removal tools in our broad inventory. 

What Tools Are Best for Drying Up Flood Damage? 

Because every flooding situation is different from the last, there are different tools and devices that are best to remove water or dry the area. Identifying the most efficient solution is always the priority, as the sooner standing water gets addressed, the less damaging flooding typically becomes. Some of the standard water removal and drying tools include:

  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Positive Pressure Systems
  • Floor Mat Systems

After a flood, you want your home to look like it did before the disaster as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan team can help anytime you need us. Call us today at (212) 768-9400

How to Spend Less on Maintenance

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Three Ways To Keep Service Costs Low

Home maintenance costs can add up to a considerable sum. The best way to lower maintenance cost for any structural system or appliance is to handle issues sooner than later and anticipate potential problems. Most systems, such as HVAC or plumbing, can be maintained for years without major emergency incidents as long as homeowners schedule routine upkeep. Here are three of the best ways to keep service costs low and maximize the operational life of every system in a home.

1. Fix Minor Problems
It’s a good idea to start small when it comes to maintenance. Addressing issues that seem minor when they arise can help to prevent serious issues from developing down the road. In general, scheduled or preventative maintenance is more affordable than emergency repairs in terms of the cost of parts, labor and incidentals.

2. Do Preventative Maintenance
Homeowners should schedule periodic inspections of the structural systems, appliances and other aspects of a residence. Inspections may draw attention to issues that require maintenance. Cleaning components and getting the parts necessary to prevent problems from occurring down the line tends to have a lower maintenance cost than fixing broken parts and restoring damage.

3. Get Jobs Done Right
It is important to have trained professionals install, service and repair home appliances and systems such as HVAC and plumbing. Maintaining high facility management standards may cost a little more per job, but the risk of experiencing major problems that prove very costly is significantly reduced. Bonded and insured professionals also typically guarantee their work.
The longer a problem persists, the more severe it may become and the higher the maintenance cost. When it comes to structural systems and appliances at a home in Manhattan, regularly scheduled inspections, maintenance, preventative measures and timely repairs can help homeowners avoid costly emergency fixes for major problems that can cause major damage.