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Post Construction Cleanup Professionals

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

What is Post Construction Cleanup and Why You Should Choose Us-

At SERVPRO we are very experienced in cleaning up, and construction sites are no stranger to our skillset. We offer quick and easy cleanup services after the work has been completed, before the finishing touches go into the building's construction. For when you have work done, big or small, we can handle any size site cleanup with our extensive network and readily available equipment. 

Post Construction Cleaning: Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it’s time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate.  SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design so you don't start off with a dirty base .

Dehumidification and Drying: During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on us at SERVPRO to provide the assistance you need to eliminate moisture and prevent the potential for mold.

Final Cleaning: When openings, you want your business to look its best. Your local SERVPRO Franchise provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine; these include:

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
  • Ceiling, walls and fixture cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Debris Removal 
  • Window Cleaning

Dirty Water Cleanups

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Did You Know There Are 3 Varieties of Water Damage?

If the disaster seems manageable you may be tempted to handle it yourself, unlike a large flood or burst pipe. While this may seem like a cost saving idea in the short run, the hazards and future problems can become very costly. In reality, cleaning up and restoring a water damage isn’t always as straightforward as it seems.

Below we have highlighted three major things you need to be aware of when addressing water damage from a small to big water loss.

1) Know What You’re Dealing With

Water damage can be caused by  the three types of water listed:

  • Clean water (Category 1)
  • Gray water (Category 2) 
  • Black water (Category 3) 

It’s crucial to understand the differences between each of these categories, Category 2 and Category 3 water both present risks to you, your employees, customers and loved ones. And all three categories need to be handled in a different manner to be done properly.

Clean Water-

The most common sources of clean water normally come from a pipe, water heater, steam lines or even rainwater after a storm. The basic rule of thumb- it should look and smell like tap water. These types of water can be handled with normal water loss procedures, however recovering from Category 2 and Category 3 water damage involves additional considerations.

Gray Water-

A Category 2 water loss, or “grey water” refers to a source of water which contains a large degree of chemical, biological, or physical contaminants that can cause health effects. 

Black Water-

Category 3 water loss involves water that is contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Such water contains things like silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or unsafe substances.

2) Make Sure You Investigate All of the Damage

The challenging thing about recovering from water damage from something like a broken pipe or storm damage is that you can typically only see the visible surface damage. The majority of the moisture is actually hidden in walls, floors and more, making it necessary to identify and thoroughly dry all of the affected areas to prevent mold growth. If the wall has insulation, we will use flood cuts. We may even need to remove your base molding and flooring materials depending on damage, these are things that can become overlooked doing it yourself.

3) Establish Proper Airflow and Keep the Windows Closed When Drying

Once moisture becomes present, your first thought may be to open windows to assist in the drying process, in reality this may not be your best move. For example, if your building is mechanically ventilated, the systems need constant pressure levels to work correctly. You should avoid excess heat, cold, and humidity, or you may end up slowing the drying process. After we remove wet materials and create necessary cuts in the walls, we begin placing down drying equipment. This process continues until moisture meters read safe levels again.

No matter what type of water damage you’re dealing with, don’t hesitate to call us. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is here to help!

Burst Pipes= Big Problems

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

As the weather gets colder, many residents experience frozen pipes as a side effect. While freezing temperatures are not year round, it's important to know what to expect when they do occur. If temperatures drop and you happen to encounter a leak in your house, it could be due to a variety of factors:

  • An improperly connected appliance.
  • Clogged Drain
  • Broken sink, bathtub, toilet, washing machine, or dishwasher.
  • A clog in a drain.
  • Or a broken pipe

The very real possibility of a broken pipe. A broken pipe can cause an enormous amount of damage to your home. In particular, the most amount of damage occurs when you don't know where the break is or if you don't have direct access to the water break. 

Broken pipes occur for a variety of reasons: freezing, corrosion, water pressure.

Freezing

With colder weather, extreme temperatures can cause pipes to expand and break. Once the ice melts, the water can flood your home. It's important to note that pipes can freeze when they are exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. In particular, the pipes that are most prone to freezing are found in unfinished basements and in attics during the colder months.

Corrosion

Older pipes break down with age, and require a trained professional in order to replace pipes. If ignored, it can cause an enormous amount of flooding. It's best to have a professional like SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan to come inspect your pipes if they are older and may need replacing.

Water Pressure

High pressure can cause the pipes in your home to break. Water is transported from a water company supply line to the house, needing to pass through a pressure regulator. If the regulator is faulty, it can cause the water pressure to rise exponentially. If the pressure gets high enough it can lead to a pipe breaking in your home.

Why Us?-

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is an expert in resolving water damage. If a pipe breaks, we are there to help you clean up the water and damage as well as properly dry out your home. Our Project Managers and technicians are able to help you locate the source of the water, to clean up the damage from where it started. We take extra care to ensure that there is no moisture left in your surfaces. If a broken pipe ever occurs on your property, make sure that you give us a call and we will be right there!

Leaving the Water Damage Up to the Pros

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Post Cleanup Your once flooded basement can look like this!

Your Contents During a Water Damage

There are 3 phases regarding the contents of your home/building SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan will take to restore your property. Following these steps allow us to efficiently do our job, restore items that can be saved and reduce damage to the structure as quickly as possible.

Pack Out- 

Our Content Specialist will begin the process by thoroughly inspecting inventory, then begin to physically package, move and ready the items to be stored, to ensure minimal damage is brought onto your property during the unforeseen loss you just encountered.

Content Cleaning- 

Our expertly trained cleaning specialists are certified professionals who are knowledgeable about the various types of content and the appropriate cleaning procedures necessary, as well as the factors that cause/caused them.

Content Inventory- 

During the damage analysis, home item inventory, pack-out and resetting stage of our services; our well trained Inventory Specialists will take photos of each and every step along the way, creating an inventory of what was salvageable and what was unsalvageable.

With a focus on limiting the damage, we always work as fast as possible to protect your property from further damage. During the entire process we work directly with your insurance agent or adjuster on your loss for a streamlined and expedited process. We always will keep in contact with you so you know what is going on while we work with your property. 

A Recap of what SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan can do for you-

  • Professional and Concise Inventory of Contents
  • Pack Out and Moving Services
  • Specialized Cleaning and Decontamination of Contents
  • Contents Repair and Restoration
  • Secure Contents Storage
  • Thorough and Accurate Pack-Back and Reset Services

Do you or someone you know need their property professionally inventoried, packed up and stored in a safe and secure facility? If so, don’t hesitate and give us a call today!

My Pipe Burst… Now What?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home from a burst pipe, what is next-

A burst pipe is one of the last things you want to come home to, the mess and damage it causes is not a simple cleanup. It definitely is going to be easier with some professional help…

Follow the steps below to control damages from a broken pipe:

  • Immediately turn off your home’s water supply using the main cutoff valve.  
  • Drain your pipes by running cold water through the faucets and flushing the toilets. 
  • Thoroughly dry affected areas by running fans for approximately 2-5 days depending on the severity.
  • If repairs and cleanup turn out to be more than you can handle, contact your insurance company. Most homeowner policies cover burst pipe water damage, and you should let your agent know you'd like to hire SERVPRO.

Don't wait to give us a call!

We have enjoyed a warm winter so far here in New York City, but it’s best to be ready for the unexpected cold we know very well. By knowing what to watch out for, what to do and who to call, you can minimize the problems from ruptured pipes on a cold winter day.

And remember, our team is always ready to help you clean up a water damage and complete the necessary repairs. We take care of it all, start to finish and we even offer our certified mold remediation services if necessary. When a broken pipe in your home tries to ruin your winter, give us a call here at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan and let us get your life back to normal as fast as possible. 

Extension Cord Safety

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Why choosing the right extension cord is important-

Extension cords are a common and convenient way to bring power to electrical devices when outlets are not nearby. However, when used without proper care and caution, they can become fire hazards and pose serious risks to your safety.

Follow these tips below to help keep your home safe when using extension cords:

Selecting extension cords

  • Only buy cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
  • For outdoor projects, use only extension cords marked for outdoor use.
  • Read instructions for information about the cord's correct use and the amount of power it draws.
  • Select cords that are rated to handle the correct wattage of the devices with which they'll be used. 
  • Consider the length you'll need, longer cords can't handle as much current as shorter cords of the same gauge.
  • Choose cords with polarized or three-prong plugs.
  • For use with larger appliances, choose thick, round, low-gauge extension cords. For smaller appliances and electronics, you can use thin or flat cords.

Using extension cords

  • Never remove an extension cord's grounding pin in order to fit it into a two-prong outlet.
  • Avoid powering multiple appliances with one cord.
  • Never use indoor extension cords outdoors.
  • Don't plug more than one cord together.
  • Don't run extension cords under a rug or furniture.
  • Don't bend or coil cords when they're in use.
  • Cover cord receptacles with childproof covers when not in use.
  • Never use extension cords that feel hot to the touch.

Caring for extension cords

  • Always store cords inside where they can remain dry.
  • Unplug extension cords that are not in use.
  • Throw away damaged cords immediately.
  • Pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting from the outlet.
  • Remember, extension cords are intended to be temporary wiring solutions. If you find you're using them on a permanent basis, this can create an unnecessary risk in your home.

Keeping Warm and Staying SafeKeeping Warm and Staying Safe

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Want to stay warm, make sure you are staying safe too-

Over half of all home fires related to heating, these resulted from fires that started when heating equipment was placed close to things that are flammable. These are things such as: upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding. Space heaters should be placed a minimum of three feet away from anything that can burn, and need to be turned off when people leave the room or go to sleep.

Here are some tips to keep your home safe this winter while staying warm-

  • Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Hire a qualified professional to install a stationary space heater, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a professional.
  • Always use the correct kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a safety screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. 
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms to avoid the risk of poisoning. 
  • If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
  • Don’t use your oven to heat your home.

Cleanup at a Fair Cost

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Cleanups don't have to clean you out!

The effects of COVID-19 have taken their toll on everyone, especially economically. Due to the halt in business activity people have been forced to limit services and reduce their workforce. Business and residents have gone with no work due to businesses closing down, unable to stay afloat. An unprecedented amount of requests for unemployment relief have been filed causing a backup in the government’s ability to process claims in a timely manner. In turn, creating a loss of income and a debt accumulation not just for residents but for business owners. 

We get it!

These are not easy times and keeping healthy is a top priority. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that disinfecting our homes, businesses, schools and medical facilities is of utmost importance, but many may not have the available finances to support these costs when they need it most. 

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan has been working with our customers to ensure they are able to receive the service needed at a cost they can actually afford. Our top priority is making sure our community is staying safe and healthy during this rough patch. For details, feel free to contact us through our website or phone number. We’re there to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the community we call all home.

Dealing with the Cleanup After a Fire

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

What's next?

Few things are as devastating to any homeowners as a house fire. If your home catches fire, our team at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan works to aid you in the process of rebuilding. However, there are a few things you must do after a fire has occurred that applies to homeowners anywhere in Manhattan, or anywhere else. 

Give Your Insurance Adjuster a Call

You must call your insurance company promptly after. Your agent will help you figure out what happens after the fire has been put out, and they will walk you through the process of finding the proper contractors. Your adjuster should assist you in finding a place to stay in New York while your home is no longer livable, and they can help you figure out the financial situation you are now in. 

Calling in the Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO is a restoration company that helps people with their homes following a fire throughout the US. What makes a restoration company imperative is that you cannot just head back into your home after there has been a fire. There are numerous hazards that must be cleaned, boarded, and a variety of other issues that must be handled first. For example, the water used to put out the fire can cause water damage, a whole other problem to add to the list following a fire. 

Sort Your Property 

Once you have a restoration specialist handle the details inside your home and you’re cleared to enter, it’s time to sort your property out from what can be saved and what you must part with. There may be undamaged items in your home that you can salvage. There are many more that are unsalvageable, and those items will need to be sorted and disposed of. 

Being the victim of a house fire is heartbreaking. It’s also a scary process to deal with, but you are not required to go through this alone. The people you hire at SERVPRO are there to help you with your new needs, we are here to make sure you know what to expect and how to handle it!

Christmas Fires- No Thanks! Some advice on how to stay safe!

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

Play it safe this Christmas season

It was found that between 2015 and 2019, United States fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started from Christmas trees per year. And from that these fires caused an average of two deaths, 12 injuries and $10 million in direct property damage annually. You definitely do not want to add to those numbers this year. At SERVPRO we do fire cleanups and restorations frequently, seeing the toll it can have is the reason we want to share some advice to stay safe this winter.

Here are some tips we have below:

  • Get a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. 
  • Cut 2" from the base of the trunk before placing it down. 
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators or lights. 
  • Add water to the tree stand daily so it does not dry out. 
  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Don't use anything that gets warm.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.