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What to Do With a Broken Window

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can lead to unexpected damages in your home that can cause much bigger issues. In the event of a broken window, it is important deal with this issue immediately. 

First you must take photos of the damage for insurance purpose and then clean the glass from the area as best as possible to minimize risk of cutting yourself. Once the glass is cleaned, a tarp can be secured over the window until a new window can be put in. 

A restoration company like SERVPRO can be used to do the full clean up and assess anymore damages after a storm. Never hesitate to contact the professionals. 

Water Damage in Drywall

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall is a fundamental part of your home, in the event of a water damage though it is often forgotten. While the material is fairly durable, a leak can wreak havoc on it. Because of the porosity it can wick up water and become problematic. Areas affected by this are prone to mold and become more serious then they started out. In these cases it is necessary to contact a company such as SERVPRO to remove and treat the issue at hand. Do not leave yourself at risk and always deal with water damages promptly. 

Keeping Your Gutters Clean

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

As fall beings to approach, leaves begin to pile into gutters. It is important to keep your gutters free of debris so water can run into them without resistance. Some steps to prevent clogged gutters include: Trimming trees near the home, installing gutter guards, and removing materials that have fallen into the gutters with a scoop or by hand. If you are unable to clean them yourself there is a plethora of companies who do this work.

Clogged gutters can result in degraded foundations, cracked roofs, flooding in many areas of the home, and broken gutters. The results of a clogged gutter will require much more effort to repair then simply fixing it before it occurs. 

How to Deal With an Electrical Fire

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Faulty wiring and poor maintenance of your electrical systems can result in a dangerous fire. In the case of such an event it is crucial you handle it correctly before and after. If you see the start of a fire you must shut off power from the breaker box, it is important you do not pull out anything plugged in as it could be electrically charged and result in harm to yourself. Do not use water to extinguish an electrical fire, nor a standard fire extinguisher if the power is still connected. A class C fire extinguisher is required for these types of fires, but if the power is cut then a class A extinguisher should be used. Once you have put out the fire completely the results will be damage to some extent and the lasting odor of a fire. SERVPRO is able to handle this clean up and before you know it, the fires damage will disappear. It is important to deal with an issue like this immediately and the longer you wait, the more lasting damage.  

Why you should leave fire cleanup to the professionals

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

When any type of fire occurs in your home, it's 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.