Spring Brings Thunder and Lightning, How to Prepare
Thunderstorms Have the Potential to be Dangerous-
Below we have listed some advice to stay safe during a thunderstorm. Make sure you follow these tips to prepare yourself and your household for a potentially dangerous storm. Thunderstorms occur often and can cause a lot of damage to your home you don’t want to deal with. Of course, there are ways to help prevent or minimize any damage, to prepare for a Thunderstorm, you should do the following:
Create a Plan and a Store Supplies-
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or home damage.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage to your home.
- Stay inside your home or a secure building until the storm has passed.
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades/curtains.
Some Thunderstorm Facts You May Not Have Known:
-Thunderstorms can occur in clusters or in a line formation.
-A single thunderstorm can be severe if the storm stays in place, pummeling a location for a prolonged period of time.
-Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for the development of Thunderstorms.
-Dealing with Storm Damage can be made easy, call our team at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan for help at 212-768-9400!
Spending Less Money on Your Home in the Long Run
Routine Maintenance to Save You Money
Your homes’ maintenance cost can add up to a considerable sum over time. The best way to keep maintenance costs low for any structural system, or appliance is to handle the issues sooner rather than later, as well as anticipate potential problems. Most home systems, such as HVAC or plumbing, can be maintained for years without major incident, as long as homeowners schedule routine upkeep. Here are the three best ways to keep service costs low and maximize the lifespan of every system in your home.
- Take Care of Minor Fixes-
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.
- Perform 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 ruined parts and restoring damage it can create.
- Get The Job Done Right-
It is important to have trained professionals install, service and repair home appliances and systems such as HVAC and plumbing. Maintaining high management standards may cost a little more per job, but the risk of experiencing major problems that prove to be 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 will become. 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.
Why Choose an IICRC Certified Company?
What Being an IICRC Certified Company Means-
SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is an IICRC-certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. As a result? Our technicians are amply qualified to take care of any commercial or residential loss you may encounter.
The IICRC Certification Requirements We Follow-
In order to keep and maintain our elite status as an IICRC Firm, our office takes steps to meet the following requirements:
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintaining a written complaint policy and agreeing to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry-
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace. This benefits our customers, as they directly benefit from our trained and certified technicians.
About Us, SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan-
At SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan we specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are (as you may have gotten by now!) an IICRC certified firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan for Restoration?
More Than 50 Years of Experience
Since 1967 SERVPRO corporate has been the leader in the restoration industry. With over 1,800 franchises nationwide, even stepping outside of the States, SERVPRO has created a system that allows for personal touch while giving access to resources on a much larger scale. As a part of that system, we at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan believe that part of the importance is in the name itself, to “serve” and to be a “pro”, as in a professional. Here are some values we believe it takes to provide service and professionalism.
Nothing is more important to us than the people and community we serve. With every job, starting with our initial call to the last interaction, our clients will know that their wellbeing and peace of mind matter to us most. We consider ourselves a company of helpful problem solvers, that value people first, and happen to be excellent with the work of restoration. Much of our love for our community can be seen in our involvement, and programs we have developed to help our local community outside of our work with restoration. If you are looking for a company that will treat you with professionalism as well as compassion you deserve then you have come to the right place.
With the occurrence of disasters, we see many people come home and walk into something terrible: like severe water damage. Ceilings caved in, a house filled with water. We are there to tell you that it'll be alright. At our core SERVPRO is a team of problem solvers. Our team of technicians are excellent at what they do. Most importantly? We want to help our customers find hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.
Over the years some of the most consistent feedback has been about our quality of workmanship, because for us, a home that has been affected by damage isn't just about walls and a roof, it's about the memories and experiences those things carried. Our passion to give our best on every job is driven by our heart for restoring your most valuable assets, your home, and your heart. We know that excellent workmanship should come with excellent care in these situations, and it is our pleasure to deliver both
If you are looking for restoration done to the highest standards, by a crew who will care about what it means to you, then you have found the right place to help! Contact our SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan Team by calling us up 24/7 at 212-768-9400
What to Avoid After a Flood
Keeping Yourself Safe During a Flood
In the midst of a storm, water can invade your home and cause considerable damage to your property in the form of flooding. However, your main priority should always be to keep yourself, your family members, and your pets to safety. Let the storm pass and when conditions are safe, you can return to assess the damage, and then begin the cleanup process. Below are some things you should not do when returning to the site of a flood:
Do Not 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.
Do Not 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.
Do Not 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 ever experience a flood or some type of water damage in Midtown Manhattan, a professional restoration company like SERVPRO can help get your home back to its original condition- or better. Call us 24/7 at 212-768-9400 for a free assessment and quick help!
Why Standing Water Should Be Avoided
Flood Water, Be Careful!
After flooding occurs, the surface water left behind can affect your Midtown Manhattan home and or office. Standing water can absorb into the materials and ultimately allows for the deterioration of exposed structural elements. The pooling of the water can also present potential health effects or hazards for those exposed and remaining in the area. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan offers the quickest possible extraction, as well as drying solutions for your Midtown Manhattan property after flooding. We also have ways to reduce the standing water concerns by offering extremely efficient flood removal for Manhattan homes. To accomplish this, we call upon a wide array of extraction and moisture removal tools in our well stocked inventory.
So, What Tools Are Best for Drying Up Flood Damage?
Every flooding situation is different from the last, there are different tools and machines that can remove water or dry the area better than others. Identifying the most efficient solution is always the priority, once the sooner standing water gets addressed, the less damaging the flood becomes. Some of the standard water removal and drying tools include:
- Air Movers
- Floor Mat Systems
- Positive Pressure Systems
- And much more!
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. Let us take the hassle of dealing with a disaster off your shoulders, call us today at (212) 768-9400
Storm Safety in Your NYC Apartment
People of New York, the only wrong time to prepare for a hurricane or bad storm 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 the place you call home. In 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.
Doing your research and preparing for a storm by compiling a list of organizations and websites with critical information can assist you in the long run, even if it doesn’t seem necessary now.
- 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.
- Install FEMA’s app. If your power company has an app, install that, too.
- 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.
- Review your renters insurance policy for natural disaster protection. Then, scan your policy documents and store the file online with your photos.
- 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.
Preparing Your Apartment before a Storm
While storms can cause severe structural damage, you can take steps to keep the rain and wind at bay and keep yourself safe.
- Store everything you need to be comfortable for a few days. Create an emergency prep bag. Make sure it includes:
- A first aid kit
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable, canned food
- Prescribed medications
- Emergency blankets
- A radio for news and weather updates
- A water purifier
- 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.
- Charge your devices. This includes cell phones, laptops, tablets, and, more.
- Request preventative maintenance from your landlord or super. If you have a leaky window or other outstanding maintenance issue, request that your landlord fix them ASAP before things get worse.
- 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.
If you have experienced any kind of storm damage in your Manhattan apartment be sure to give SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan a call, let us handle the hassle of cleanup and restoration so you don’t have to.
Handling Commercial Losses With Ease in NYC
Handling Your Commercial Loss
When it comes to commercial restoration, you shouldn't leave anything to chance. That's why property managers all over NYC rely on professionals like SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan. Compared to other restoration companies, our skilled technicians and the advanced equipment we use to take care of any-scale disaster is unmatched. Our use of professional equipment and train technicians allows us to restore your Manhattan commercial property or retail business back to its preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more efficiently.
Here are some of the unique tools we have to restore your property:
- Infrared cameras can be used to identify hidden water locations for the thorough removal of moisture that is hidden from the naked eye.
- Sensitive moisture meters/detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
- Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water from events like floods.
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
- High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.
- Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
- Air Scrubbers that are able to filter the air of contaminants and fumes.
- Thermal Foggers and environmentally-safe Deodorization Agents to leave a pleasant scent upon use.
When disaster strikes, you can count on SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan to take care of your property, so you can put your commercial business back in order. Give us a call at 212-768-9400 24/7!
Prepping for the Storm Ahead
With Winter gone and Spring weather here again, the storms can be as unexpected as the damage they cause. However, with the right preparation, most of the storm damage can be minimized or prevented entirely, saving you time and money. Below we have listed some tips to help prevent damages upcoming storms may cause.
Clean Out Your Gutters-
When it rains, and your gutters are clogged, it could cause the overflow to run down into your home. Often, this water can go undetected and sit. Over time, mold can grow in these areas that remain wet. Having clean and sturdy gutters before the rain comes can minimize the damage a storm may cause.
Maintain Landscaping and Unclog Drainage-
Depending on the land your home is built, water runoff can accumulate around your foundation, and flood your homes. Fortunately, there are solutions with the right landscaping. Better pathways can be created for water runoff, guiding the water away from your home. If you have noticed puddles or water accumulation near your home when it rains, contact a professional to help, before a storm comes. That can make the difference in whether your home is damaged or not.
Trim or Remove Damaged or Dead Trees-
Storm damage often occurs when a tree or limbs break off and fall onto a home. Snow and rain can weigh down trees, while wind can make them bend. If this happens to trees and limbs that are dead or damaged, there’s a high chance that they will break. Before the storm season comes, be sure to trim your trees, and remove all dead limbs.
Spring is Here, Time to Do a Home Checkup
Winter is Gone, Spring Has Arrived-
With winter behind us, New Yorkers can look forward to blooming flowers and spring cleaning now. To make sure your home is in good shape, here are some tips to inspect for damage, these will not only save you money in the long term but prevent unnecessary property damage. Even after a mild winter, it is critical to assess your property’s exterior to make sure the cold weather hasn’t left you with damages you didn’t expect. It is also important to react quickly and take the necessary steps to prevent property damage from combining with the effects of rain showers to come this spring. Winter weather can be hard on your residential and commercial property, make sure to look for problems that frigid temperatures, snow and ice may have caused.
Winter storms are accompanied by lots of moisture – snow, freezing rain, ice, hail and wind. This can cause common issues like ice dams, frozen pipes and frost heave that may cause damage to your home or business. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is always there to help resolve your property damage restoration needs as soon as you call us, 24/7. Our local disaster restoration services includes:
- Inspection and Assessment of any damaged areas
- Water Removal
- Water Extraction
- Drying and Dehumidification
- Cleaning and Repairs
- Restoration and Reconstruction, as necessary.
There are several common problem areas to inspect during spring for potential damage, including your roof and gutter system, foundation and yard, plumbing system and your property’s exterior. From the top down these areas could see potential damage from the worst that the winter elements can bring. From your roof to your plumbing, here are some signs of damage to look out for:
- Roof and Gutter System Damage
- Window, Door and Exterior Damage
- Foundation and Other Drainage Problems
- Plumbing Damage
- Preventing Property Damage Starts With Routine Inspection
If you've noticed any of these above issues just give us a call at Give us a call at (212) 768-9400!