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Thank You To Our Team!

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

thank you on post it green background Thank you to our incredible team!

We wanted to take a moment to share just how much we appreciate our team. The past year has shown extraordinary circumstances that have proven challenging for everyone from our customers to our dedicated staff. 

In the restoration industry, hard-working and dedicated employees are hard to come by. Our crew works in difficult conditions - cleaning homes after a fire, cleaning a COVID-19 positive office, dealing with a sewage backup, etc. They are also on call throughout the day, a large commitment that not all are willing to make to help others in their time of need.

Cleanup and Restoration also requires our technicians to be trained in a multitude of fields and to have the certifications necessary to work at our office. In addition to their service knowledge, our technicians also provide exemplary customer service to our customers- many of whom are distraught about their property damage or their safety.

Our technicians are an incredible group of people who show up day after day ready to help. They couldn't do their jobs, however, without the support of our office staff. In our office, the phones are always ringing and when our staff answers a call, they know that on the other end are people who might be in the midst of a challenging time.

The employees in our office are well versed in the in's and out's of the water, fire and mold damage restoration industry. They work hard every day to help our customers through the restoration process.

From our technicians on the field to the dedicated staff that helps to coordinate and schedule our jobs, we are so thankful. Cheers to everyone in our office as we celebrate this New Year!

What you should know about mold after a storm

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

mold on the wall Mold can develop quickly after a flood

Hurricane season is most definitely upon us! The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is the first on record in which nine tropical storms formed before August 1st.  As most of you living in NYC know, Tropical Storm Isaias blew through the streets of the city on Tuesday afternoon with fast winds and heavy rain.  New York City’s power utility said it saw more outages from Isaias than from any storm except Superstorm Sandy in 2012.  Isaias closed bridges, halted commuter trains and sent thousands of trees limbs crashing down on homes, cars and streets of New York.  

The SERVPRO midtown Manhattan crew was dispersed throughout the city cleaning up the immediate aftermath of the storm.  Responding instantly to a storm of any speed or magnitude is our specialty, however we also pride ourselves in handling the residual damage caused by a storm that may not be so visible, a fungus known as mold. 

After a natural disaster such as a tropical storm or hurricane that causes flooding or standing water, tons of excess moisture can contribute to the growth of mold.  Mold can grow in homes and buildings and can produce allergens and irritants. Mold can develop within a little as 24-48 hours after water exposure and what’s worse is that it will continue to grow until steps are taken to stop it. If your home or building has been flooded, or has been exposed to excessive moisture after the storm you may be at risk for mold, even if you have since dried the area. 

We do not recommend that you dry the area yourself. Water damage mitigation if not done properly can create mold growth after a storm. It can create a constant mold problems if property is not dried out completely and there is a high change it will begin to grow on material such as drywall, studs, carpeting and insulation, which can be extremely costly to replace once it is damaged. We do not recommend you try and remove the mold yourself with bleach or any other disinfectants.  Our SERVPRO professionals use anti-fugal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies to help prevent new colonies from forming. We at SERVPRO midtown do mold testing and safe mold remediation. You can call us at SERVPRO for immediate service 212-768-9400.  

What you should know about mold. Mold can enter though heating and air conditioning systems. It can enter though vents, widows and open doorways. It can also attach itself to shoes and clothing and be carried indoors. When mold spores drop on a place with excessive moisture where leakage might have occurred the mold with then grow. 

Usually mold can be seen or smelled, mold often produced a strong, musty oder. During SERVPRO’s inspection and mold damage assessment various technologies will be used to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

We at SERVPRO are at your service at a moments notice when it comes to water damage or flooding after a storm.  However mold can infest your home in a more subtle, insidious way.  Here are some helpful tips on how to keep mold from entering your home and preventing it from spreading throughout.

  • Make sure your roof gutters and roof are cleaned frequently 
  • Check under potted indoor plants to make sure water does not accumulate
  • Remove or replace wet carpets or rugs that are not drying properly 
  • Increase ventilation and air flow as often as possible especially when showering, cooking, using the dishwasher or clothes dryer
  • Use de-humidifiers and fans to help remove excess moister and condensation 
  • Whenever there is a spill or leak, clean it up immediately 

If you do detect mold in your home or building SERVPRO midtown is here for you. Call us anytime at 212-768-9400. We provide a 24/7 emergency service with highly trained specialists who will come to inspect and assess right away. STAY SAFE! 

Dehumidifiers get your home dry in a jiffy when you call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

green dehumidifiers Call your leading Restoration Provider SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan today for immediate relief of any disaster 212-768-9400!!

WHEN TO USE: Use to reduce moisture levels in the air and accelerate the drying process in water restoration.

HOW IT WORKS: Our dehumidifiers cool incoming air before it passes over cold evaporator coil. The cold coil condenses water vapor into water that collects in condensate pump and is removed by automatic pump-out system.

WHEN/ WHERE NOT TO USE:

  • For Indoor Use only. Do NOT expose to rain, water or snow.
  • All refrigerant dehu performance is limited if ambient dew point is under 36º F.
  • Do not use with any solid-state speed control device.
  • Unit must be connected to an 115v/60Hz circuit protected by a GFCI device.
  • Do not use an extension cord with this unit.

SET-UP AND OPERATION:

  • Optimal operating range is between 70º and 90ºF.
  • Uncoil and straighten entire drain hose for proper drainage. Pump purges system every 20 minutes or when reservoir is full.
  • Always store, transport and operate unit in horizontal position. If in vertical position, return to horizontal and allow at least 30 minutes before turning unit on.
  • To reduce possible water leakage while moving, press purge key at end of job prior to turning unit off to ensure all water is drained from unit.

ITEMS INCLUDED:

  • #70978 4-PRO – 10.9” x 9.91” x ..79” 3/PK
  • #70846 40’ Drain hose

OPTIONAL ITEMS:

  • #72490 Protect-it Leak Tray (10/pk.)
  • F530 Duct Attachment Kit

FEATURES:

  • Precision Control technology auto-adjusts to optimize water removal across range of conditions.
  • Solid state control panel.
  • Automatic humidistat sets and maintains desired humidity level.
  • Hour meter displays total operating hours and can be set to record current job hours.
  • 40’ condensate hose.
  • 25’ power cord with hospital-grade lighted plug.
  • Durable, rugged roto-molded housing.
  • Easy-carry handles.
  • Attached cord and drain hose storage wraps.
  • Stackable up to three units for transport and storage.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Easy access for cleaning and maintenance.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Power: 6.2 amps / 115v / 60Hz
  • Moisture Removal: 80 pints/day AHAM 134 pints/day @ 90º F/90% RH
  • Airflow: 121-180 CFM | 3.43 – 5.1 CMM
  • Operating Range: 33ºF to 100ºF | 1º - 38ºC
  • Dimensions: 12.5”W x 17.6”H x 21.5”D 31.8W x 44.7H x 130.8D cm
  • Weight: 65 lbs. | 29.5 kg.
  • Power cord : 25’, 14/3 black with hospital- grade plug
  • ETL listed to CSA standards.

MAINTENANCE: (Follow Dehumidifier Maintenance Checklist) Daily (if used):

  • Inspect power cord for damage or wear; replace if needed.
  • Inspect and vacuum or replace filter. Do NOT use compressed air or expose filter to any liquids as it may damage the electrostatic filter.
  • Inspect drain hose for obstacles, kinks or clogs.

Monthly Maintenance:

  • Inspect coils; clean when dust accumulation is visible.
  • Inspect and clean pump, pump housing, check valve and impeller assembly.

DECONTAMINATION PROCESS:

Change filter after each job if mold or other contamination is possible. To decontaminate equipment, wipe thoroughly with hot water and detergent taking care not to expose electrical components to water. Let dry and apply EPA Registered Disinfectant as per label instructions.

COMMON REPAIRS:

  • Clean or replace filter as needed.
  • Clean pump check valve and basin.

WARRANTY: Lifetime on rotomolded components. Six years on compressor and coils. One year on parts and labor.

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan crew proudly wear their PPE

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

cleaning supplies on shelves Not only are the staff at SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan certified in multiple areas of Restoration, we always wear our PPE. Call 212-768-9400

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or any other garment or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from an injury or infection. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include and are not limited to physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazard and airborne particulate matter.

Most common types of PPE:

  1. Latex, vinyl, or nitrile gloves
  2. Goggles
  3. CPR mouth barriers
  4. Aprons
  5. Full protective suits
  6. Respirators
  7. Waterproof boots

PPE Rules to Remember:

  1. ALWAYS check PPE for defects or tears before using.
  2. If PPE is torn or defective, replace it for a new one immediately.
  3. Remove PPE BEFORE leaving a contaminated area.
  4. Do not reuse disposable equipment!

Commercial Drying Equipment - Industrial Fans

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT IS AN AIR MOVER?

A major piece of drying equipment which is used by restoration professionals during water damage restoration and drying projects. Despite it's prevalence, many people don’t know how this unit works, or how to select the best one for their project. Air movers have a few alternative names, such as blower fans, commercial air blowers or air mover fans. They’re used to increase air circulation, which speeds up water evaporation and reduces drying time, compressed air is used to maximize airflow.

ADVANTAGES OF AIR MOVERS

Their low power draw means that they’re safe to use in a wide variety of settings, and it makes ideal for water damage restoration projects. Compared to other types of fans, these units also have high velocity, which makes them ideal for cooling and ventilation purposes.

AIR MOVERS USAGE

With these advantages, it’s no surprise that air movers are used in so many industries.

Some of their many applications include:

  • Reducing water damage to carpets and floors
  • Drying carpets for carpet technicians
  • Flood and disaster restoration projects
  • Drying concrete and paint
  • Improving ventilation in large areas
  • Removing fumes or gases from a work space

There are some truly creative uses for air movers, but most of them fall into a few basic categories:

  • Drying: Drying is one of the most common usages.

By rapidly increasing air circulation, commercial air movers promote evaporation. Rapid air circulation is critical for shortening drying times. An air mover can reduce carpet drying time to a more than 20 minutes. Industrial models also make it feasible to dry large areas quickly.

  • Curing Concrete and Paint: Industrial air movers are also widely used in the construction industry.

They speed up the concrete setting and cut down on how long it takes paint to cure. Air movers are an odorless, fast alternative to chemical admixtures and they are particularly useful in humid areas where concrete and paint tend to sweat as it dries.

  • Removing Fumes: Because of their high-powered blowers, air movers are used to remove fumes or gases from an area.
  • Blowing: These units can also be used to ventilate large work spaces or cool engines and other equipment.

When winter weather bestows the unexpected on your property, be prepared. Call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan!

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

green truck american flag Winter weather can introduce unnecessary havoc on your property. Don't panic! Call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan!

With Christmas only a week away, all of us here in New York City know that the brutally cold weather is almost upon us. There is nothing like a New York winter. However, the temperature can drop extremely low and powerful snowstorms are common.

Winter can be a long, cold, and dark season in New York. A snowy Christmas would be nice, but intense snowfall can lead to property damage. Now is the time to familiarize yourself with your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan.

We are available 24/7 for any water damage or fire damage that can occur to your property this winter. Call our office at 212-768-9400.

Who is SERVPRO?

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a residential and commercial restoration company and has been in business since 1967. Our goal is to promptly decrease disturbances caused by fire, water, and storm damage. We also greatly lessen stress and feelings of overwhelm while providing full restoration assistance. Our services include mold remediation and we are proud to offer fast and efficient round the clock service calls. We want customers in New York to know that help is on the way. We also have a national network of conveniently located franchises. 

We are available to our customers every step of the way. Initial and ongoing advanced industry training ensures that our staff members are fully equipped to deal with any disaster restoration project, and our team covers everything from damage assessments to assist with insurance claims paperwork. The SERVPRO team studies standards for inspection, cleaning, restoration, and installation, and consistently maintains a high level of quality. 

With one phone call, our NYC team is on the way to assess damage and then begin with water removal and drying, smoke removal, air filtration, mold containment, or any task related to residential or commercial damage. Our team assists with tasks such as odor removal and deodorization, and contents restoration. Emergencies take place at any unpredictable hour, and our team is always ready to assist.

Commercial damage restoration

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial damage restoration

If you own a New York commercial building, you know there are tons of risks. Commercial buildings are constantly in danger of being damaged from poor maintenance, the elements and a number of other causes. If you do have damage to your building, you need to get it fixed and the damage restored to usable condition as soon as possible. 

Fire damage 
One of the most common ways NYC commercial buildings are damaged is due to a fire. Even a small fire in a large building can make the entire building unusable due to smoke and water damage. If your building is damaged by fire, you need to hire a company with expertise in fire restoration. 

Water damage 
Water damage can occur in a number of ways. A flood can send millions of gallons of water surging through your building, causing extensive damage. High winds can damage roofs or windows and allow rain to enter your building and cause damage. Water damage also can come from an interior source, such as a burst pipe or sewer damage. In any of these cases, you need professional cleanup and remediation to ensure your building is returned to usable condition and also that there are no long-term issues, such as mold growth. 

In any case where your commercial building has sustained damage from fire, water or some other cause, SERVPRO can help. Our professional staff and proven methods can help you get your building back to usable condition quickly after you are hit with a disaster.

SERVPRO handles your insurance company

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why NYC Residents Should Choose SERVPRO To Restore Property Damage

For people in New York City, one of the top full-service property damage restoration companies is SERVPRO. They help people in NYC recover from damage to their residential or commercial property such as fire damage, flood damage, sewage backup, and infestations of mold. They are a locally owned and managed franchise that also has access to the resources of a national brand. 
The team at SERVPRO works directly with insurance companies in the event of a claim. This reduces the work that a homeowner or commercial property owner has to devote to getting their claim resolved. It also helps speed up the process which reduces the cost of the claim and mitigates the damage that occurs to the property. By having this company work directly with the insurance company the homeowner or business can get back to using their property as soon as possible. 
Whether it is a small insurance claim or a large one the team at SERVPRO can assess the damage, get it cleaned up, and get the property restored to the condition it was in before the damage occurred. The employees are trained to resolve property damage at both the regional level and at this company's national training facility. They receive ongoing training in order to stay on top of the latest techniques to restore property. This company also offers educational classes to insurance adjusters, insurance agents, and other professionals who work with real estate.

Pet Safety In the Winter Months

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

We love our furry family

Pet Safety During the Winter
At SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan, we know that your pets are an important part of your family. Most pets in NYC are indoor animals, but it is a common sight to see the dog owner's of New York walking their animals as they return from work. Animals are prone to the same winter hazards as human beings, especially cold and ice. Here are some tips for keeping your family pet safe.

Limit outdoor time on bitter cold days. Try to go out when the sun in shining. Even with fur, animals can become too cold and go into hypothermia.

Avoid the ice. Animals can slip and fall just like you. More importantly, animals cannot recognize the danger of breaking through thin ice on frozen water. It is always better to keep your pet on a leash during the winter to help them steer clear of hazards.

Wipe their paws when you come inside. The streets and sidewalks of New York are often treated with salt or other de-icers. These substances can irritate your animal's paws. Some can be toxic, which is especially dangerous if your pet licks its paws.


People and pets want a safe place inside for the cold months. If a winter emergency like a burst pipe makes your home unsafe, contact SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan. We are here to help the residents of NYC quickly get their homes back to normal.

Emergency Document Drying and Recovery

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Document Drying

When tragedy strikes, you can lose not only your most valuable assets, but also your most important documents. Sometimes this means irreplaceable assets such as artwork and letters from loved ones becoming ruined resulting in devastating loss. Luckily, the methods for restoring documents have become more and more advanced in recent times. While no piece of paper can ever be returned completely to the original condition, the drying and recovery methods we use can greatly improve the condition of documents formerly destined for the garbage can.

Tragedies can strike at any time, and when these disasters damage our documents who do we turn to? At times like these we need a professional who can come in and assure us that our documents can be restored. We offer our document recovery services for home owners, business, government organizations, schools and healthcare professionals. Even items considered to be a total loss can sometimes be fully recovered using our advanced techniques.

We are a full service restoration and document recovery firm. Our mission is to save your damaged documents from the destruction of fire, smoke, water, and moisture. Recovering your damaged documents is our specialty.

We currently are able to restore documents of nearly all types which includes but isn't limited to:

  • Artwork
  • Blueprints
  • Books and Manuscripts
  • Business Records and Documents
  • Coated Papers
  • Drafting Linens
  • Electronic Media - Of All Forms
  • Film
  • Legal Files
  • Manuals
  • Maps
  • Paintings
  • Paper Money
  • Parchment
  • Patient and Medical Papers
  • Pulp Paper
  • Reference Books
  • Text Books
  • Textiles
  • Vellum
  • X-Rays

Our team of document restoration professionals are both certified as well as capable of getting the job done with years of experience and the best, most advanced training available. We combine experience, training, and state-of-the-art technology to restore and preserve your documents as close to their original state as possible given the damage of the content and available technology.

For water damaged documents there are several methods available to remove the water and any moisture from your documents ensuring that they are fully restored to their maximum potential. The process involves freeze drying, vacuum thermal drying, air drying, desiccant air-drying and other advanced techniques. If your document is capable of being saved, we're capable of doing it, and we have some of the most competitive prices in the market when it comes to the document restoration business. We can offer you direct billing or work with your insurance agency at your discretion.

Our team of highly trained professionals can handle documents damaged by smoke, fire, and water. Each type of damage presents it's own unique set of challenges and problems based on the type of damage and the form of media that has been damaged. Water damage can be especially bad as it often packs an onset of problems by not only causing all of the problems associated with typical water damage but also setting up the perfect habitat for mold. Thankfully, we are well versed at stopping and preventing mold damage to documents as long as you act quickly and contact us to begin the restoration procedures ASAP.

Our document restoration service for fire and smoke damaged documents is the most thorough you will find in the industry, anywhere. We know that with this type of damage it's not only the damage you can see on the surface but also what is trapped on the inside that you can't see with the naked eye. Soot and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your media but our team of experts are able to remove even the most extensive damage.

We use the most state-of-the-art technology in the field and we keep upgrading our restoration methods as new and more improved ones become available. So you can easily rest assured any document restoration performed by us will be done while making use of the latest and the best technology available. If you have any document damage we invite you to contact us and join our family of customers. We hope to hear from you soon!

Fire, Smoke, Water, And Mold Damage Restoration

5/12/2017 (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 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.

 

The new SERVPRO tool for destroying Odor

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan now introduces new tool of odor destruction. One of the most annoying things is an unpleasant odor, be it at home, office or any other place. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan understands the frustration you go through trying to get rid of the odor and thus introduces a new tool that will make sure the odor is gone for good.

With the use of hydroxyl generator, you are assured that the odor will be gone by the time we are through. Previously, deodorization was done using masking agents, filters and other ineffective methods. However today with the latest technology we assure our customers perfection, by using hydroxyl generator. The generator is a new technology that beats all the other methods. It is able to:

  • Cleans all air and all spaces in a contained room
  • Produce atmospheric hydroxyls that are strong enough to neutralize bacteria and viruses.
  • Hydroxyls are able to penetrate into porous materials, fabrics and anywhere else as needed.

However strong the odor is the hydroxyl generator will be able to kill it. It produces hydroxyl molecules that are a composition of chemicals that are powerful. These molecules can penetrate to the furthest edge of the house restoring its original scent.

Prepared At All Times

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

It's important for everyone to be prepared at all times; this is especially the truth when it comes to restoring and cleaning up your home when there has been any type of disaster that has occurred. While you know you want to be prepared in the case of an emergency, you may not know what needs to be done so that you ensure you are prepared. Here are some tips that will aid you in getting prepared so you don't have to worry any longer.

Prepare your home         

  • Have a wireless water alarm: good positions for your water alarm would be in the basement, behind your refrigerator or even under your sinks.
  • Make sure you have fire extinguishers: you want the right type of fire extinguishers and you want to make sure you have one for every level of your home.
  • Ensure your smoke detectors are kept up and are powered by batteries
  • Keep a carbon monoxide alarm outside of your smoke detector.
  • Keep a fire escape ladder in all bedrooms that are located upstairs; practice using them regularly so you know how to use them.

Have a plan in place

  • Make sure you meet with your family consistently to make sure everyone knows about the plan you have in place; nobody should be left out
  • Have something worked out so if an emergency should arise that leaves damages your home can be put back together quickly without any hesitation

Have the knowledge needed

  • Know which disasters are common for the area that you live in
  • Be informed on how your local authorities will inform you of an emergency
  • Know the difference between a watch, warning and other alerts that are given
  • Know how to protect yourself and your home if it's possible to do so.

While you can't prevent a disaster from happening, you can try to prepare yourself as much as possible. Should you experience a disaster, we are here to help you pick up the pieces of your home and getting things back together again! When disaster strikes we want to help you out and get things back to how you had it prior to the disaster.

Reasons why SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan uses thermal imaging

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan brings cleaning and restoration services at your doorstep. We are a team of professions who respond to your emergencies at any time of the day and with our national network connection to over 1650 franchises we are able to respond faster with more resources. Our services range from water, fire, mold and storm damage repairs and restoration.

Damage restoration process takes the following step:

  • Emergency contact
  • Inspection of the damage
  • Identification and elimination of the problem
  • Restoration of the business or home to pre-damaged condition.

Among the many techniques we use to identify the source of you damage is by use of thermal imaging. Thermal imaging cameras are used to determine heat loss and moisture intrusion and create picture of problem easy to understand.

Reasons why we use thermal imaging.

Thermal imaging helps identify electrical issues. Through this, we can determine an electrical problem before a disaster happens.

Determine thermal performance by identifying if the air flow is sufficient where there is enough air from outside to disburse heat in the room.

Identify and eliminate roofing problems. The equipment helps pinpoint the specific area that has an issue and saves your money since you will not need to replace the whole roof.

For residential and commercial restoration service in New York, call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan and we will be there to assist you.

How Can You Make Sure Your Investment Properties Are Worth Their Price?

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Why Do You Need to Inspect Your Investment Properties?

Most investment properties are big, meaning that it is possible for their current owners to conceal all sorts of faults in order to secure a better selling price. As a result, if you are interested in a particular investment property, you should inspect both its interior and its exterior to make sure that it is worth its price.

What Are Some Common Warning Signs?

Here are some common warning signs:

  • Uneven heating and cooling in the attic could be a sign of something wrong with the insulation of the roof. As a result, get a roofer to check the roof for cracks, crevices, and other faults, while also making sure that the drainage system is running properly.
  • A musty smell combined with discoloration in humid surroundings mean that there could be mold. Not only is mold potentially dangerous for human health, but it is also a sign that there is too much moisture, which can cause a lot of materials to deteriorate.
  • The history of changes that have been made to an investment property can say a lot about its current condition. If the current owner is unwilling to divulge more than a bare minimum of information, that could be an bad sign that they are attempting to hide something.

Contact Us

Whether you need cleaning or restoration services for your investment properties, you can contact us for fast and reliable results.

It's Never too Late To Go Green

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

NYC, Lets go green!

You are environmentally aware. You recycle and limit the fuel you use to cut down on your carbon footprint. But you want to do more to help the environment and keep you and your Manhattan family away from harsh chemicals. Have you thought about what you're using to clean your home or business? Most commercial cleaners contain dangerous corrosives that overpower the stain but also your system. Carpet cleaners have perchlorethylene or ammonium hydroxide which can cause liver and respiratory problems. Even the tried and true cleaners that have been in use for generations--bleach and ammonia--have negative effects on living tissue.

Increase your Green Awareness

In an area the size of New York City, we inhale or ingest dangerous chemicals many times daily. The soap residue of carcinogenic cleaners is left on surfaces around Manhattan, introducing millions of people to nasty chemicals. But by becoming aware of what you use to clean your home or business, you can minimize your exposure to these chemicals.

"Green" cleaners like those produced by Nature's Source, Meyers and Green Works are becoming more popular as people in New York City and other large cities around the country realize that they have the ability to make things better for future generations. While green products vary in the exact ingredients they use and the name they go by, all green products have some things in common:

  • They are not tested on animals
  • Active Ingredients are "all natural" and non-toxic
  • They are made from recycled products or are biodegradable
  • The companies that produce them follow eco-friendly ideals

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan understands your need to avoid dangerous chemicals and contribute to a healthy environment. Our professional cleaners promote environmentally safe practices and products to keep New York City beautiful for future generations.

Harzardous Harms of Asbestos

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is known to be extremely dangerous. While many know that asbestos is hazardous, they may not know of the harms that can come from asbestos and how important it is to get rid of asbestos.

  • Shortness of breath: Your respiratory tract is where you will most commonly find issues when you have been exposed to asbestos. Shortness of breath is the main symptom that you will find from someone that has been exposed to asbestos.

  • Mesothelioma: This is a rare lung cancer; you will often see symptoms of shortness of breath and chest pain. You may also experience abdominal mesothelioma which can result in weight loss, pain and swelling in the abdomen, bowel obstruction, fever, anemia and more.

  • Lung cancer: The symptoms of lung cancer you may see from asbestos include hoarseness, wheezing, coughing or coughing up blood, persistent chest pain, anemia and weight loss as well.

Asbestos is extremely harmful… inhaling the fibers that are released when there is asbestos around can lead to serious disease and it may even lead to death. You need to make sure you get rid of asbestos immediately after you it has been detected to avoid these hazards.

How Can You Make Sure Your Investment Properties Are Worth Their Price?

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Why Do You Need to Inspect Your Investment Properties?

Most investment properties are big, meaning that it is possible for their current owners to conceal all sorts of faults in order to secure a better selling price. As a result, if you are interested in a particular investment property, you should inspect both its interior and its exterior to make sure that it is worth its price.

What Are Some Common Warning Signs?

Here are some common warning signs:

  • Uneven heating and cooling in the attic could be a sign of something wrong with the insulation of the roof. As a result, get a roofer to check the roof for cracks, crevices, and other faults, while also making sure that the drainage system is running properly.
  • A musty smell combined with discoloration in humid surroundings mean that there could be mold. Mold is also a sign that there is too much moisture, which can cause a lot of materials to deteriorate.
  • The history of changes that have been made to an investment property can say a lot about its current condition. If the current owner is unwilling to divulge more than a bare minimum of information, that could be an bad sign that they are attempting to hide something.

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Whether you need cleaning or restoration services for your investment properties, you can contact us for fast and reliable results.

Signs of Need for a Spring Cleaning

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Is there mold in your home?

Spring Cleaning is an important part of everyone’s routine this time of year, SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan wants everyone to remember that mold can cause health effects. Here are some signs that you may have a mold problem in your home.

 

  • Visual: Mold can come in many colors such as black, white, green, orange, and purple. It can also come in many shapes and sizes such as slimey green or black spots, a film on surfaces that frequently come in contact with moisture, or patches.

  • Non Visual: Mold needs darkness, dampness, and a food source in order to reproduce.

    • Crawl Spaces are a prime location for mold. We would advise having a professional assess your crawl space for any possible mold problems.

    • Large appliances that use water such as your washing machine or dishwasher could have mold behind them if there has been any leakage from the running water.

    • Pipes in your home could have leaked and left water behind your walls, if you can see water damage on your walls there is the possibility of mold.

    • Bathrooms due to their constant exposure to water allow for mold growth especially if your fixtures are not properly sealed, allowing for water to drip behind tubs, showers, and sinks creating a hospitable environment for mold.

    • HVAC systems should be regularly inspected for mold in addition to changing filters regularly.

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan understands the importance of keeping your home happy and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding mold in your home call 212-768-9400 or visit www.SERVPROmidtownmanhattan.com to schedule a free estimate today!

Beating the Big Freeze brought to you by SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan

2/12/2016 (Permalink)

Wind Chills Below Zero in the Northeast

This Valentine's Day weekend the Northeast will be experiencing Extreme Winter Weather. It is imperative that you are prepared for the coldest temperatures of the season as they can be life threatening. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan wants everyone to stay safe during this Arctic Blast.

Staying Warm Yourself:

  1. Layers on layers

    • wear a base layer to wick sweat away and prevent a chill

    • wear an insulating layer to trap your own body heat

    • wear a shell to protect yourself from wind and remain dry

  2. Cover exposed skin

    • hats and gloves - wind chills could lead to frostbite

  3. Watch for signs of Hypothermia

    • shivering

    • shallow breathing

    • confusion

    • drowsiness

    • slurred speech

    • loss of coordination

    • weak pulse

Staying Warm in Your Home:

  1. Preventing Frozen Pipes

    • leave a small trickle of hot and cold water running

    • keep all cabinet doors open

    • keep the building warm

  2. Prevent overworking your Furnace

    • run ceiling fans clockwise recirculating warm air

    • keep south facing curtains open allowing the sun to help heat your home

  3. Do NOT use a stove or oven to heat your home

    • either can easily start a fire in your home

If you are experiencing problems with the pipes or furnace in your home, call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan - your 24/7 Service Professionals that are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Additional Safety Tips:

  1. Check Tire Pressure and car battery

  2. Keep a winter safety kit in your car

  3. Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from space heaters

  4. If operating a generator - never have it running inside your home

  5. If using a fireplace - use a glass or metal screen to catch sparks

Beat the Big Freeze this Weekend by Staying Safe & Staying Warm!

Winter Weather Advisory Tips from SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan

2/10/2016 (Permalink)

Winter is Coming!

New York City & the Tri State Area are under a Winter Weather Advisory which means expectant winter weather conditions including snow accumulation, freezing rain, and sleet. The following Winter Weather Advisory Tips are available through SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan - We can do as little or as much as you want!

Winter Weather Checklist for Your Home:

  1. Put weather strips on doors & windows to prevent heat from escaping.

  2. Insult water lines that run along outer walls of home - to prevent frozen pipes.

  3. Chimney & flue inspection.

  4. Purchase a fire extinguisher.

  5. Check roof for any possible leaks - repair them if necessary.

  6. Purchase salt & sand for the entryway of your home.

  7. Purchase bottled water, batteries, a first-aid kit, and canned food in case of an emergency.

  8. Keep your home temperature above freezing (even if you are not home) - to prevent frozen pipes.

  9. Make sure to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from any flammable items & always turn them off before leaving the house or going to sleep.

  10. Help others - check to see that your elderly neighbors are prepared for winter weather as well!

Power Outage Safety Checklist:

  1. Have a flashlight in your home.

  2. Leave water taps slightly open to drip continuously.

  3. Conserve heat by keeping doors and windows closed unless absolutely necessary to open them.

  4. Dress warm & stay dry.

As temperatures drop through the week, SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan wants to reminds everyone to be prepared for any size disaster - SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan is Faster to Any Size Disaster. For 24/7 Emergency Service call 212-768-9400!

Winter Storm Jonas

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Jonas in NYC.

Winter Storm Jonas has left over 2 feet of snow across the New York Metro Area. In the wake of winter storm Jonas, temperatures are rising. This lends to potential flooding especially when coupled with rain showers, which have been forecasted for 4 out of the next 10 days. SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan & Southern Staten Island would like to remind everyone to remain safe in the wake of Winter Storm Jonas. When night falls and temperatures drop below freezing, remember that any exposed wet areas will freeze and create a slipping hazard. We suggest maintaining a layer of salt & sand on all areas at risk of freezing.

In addition to slipping safety concerns, the heavy and rapidly melting snow creates the potential for roof collapse. Below are some signs of a potentially compromised roof:

·        Sagging roof members including steel bar joists, metal decking, wood rafters, wood trusses and plywood sheathing.

·        Leaking water dripping through the ceiling.

·        Popping, cracking and creaking sounds.

·        Sagging ceiling tiles and/or sagging sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads.

·        Doors and/or windows that can no longer be opened or closed.

·        Leaking water dripping through the ceiling.

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan hopes that everyone remains safe during the snow-melt. If you should experience the need for any water damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan & Southern Staten Island are faster to any size disaster and provide 24/7 Emergency Service. 

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

12/29/2015 (Permalink)

While most fireworks remain illegal in New York State, a recent law has authorized counties and cities outside of New York City to legalize the sparklers and certain sparkling devices for those who are over 18 years of age. Here is the list of the jurisdictions that have opted to legalize sparkling devices in the state of New York.

  • Only use fireworks outdoors free of overhead obstructions and away from dry grass or other flammable materials.

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

  • Never give fireworks to young children.

  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

  • Always have a bucket of water, and charged water hose, nearby.

  • Dispose of spent product by wetting it down and place it in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until morning.

  • Do not use illegal explosives or professional fireworks.

  • Do not use fireworks after consuming any quantity of alcohol.

  • Read the cautionary labels.

  • Never relight a dud. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan would like to wish you a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Christmas Safety Tips Brought to You by SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan

12/18/2015 (Permalink)

Safety Never Takes a Holiday… and either does SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan, 24/7 Emergency Service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster

Oh Christmas Tree…

  • Try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition.
  • Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from any heat source such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, or heat vents.
  • Below is a list of electrical safety tips to keep your Christmas Tree problem free!
  •  Lights, Camera, Action…

  • Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.
  • Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.
  • When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, gas appliances, or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.
  • Rock it down to the Electric Avenue…

  • Never connect more than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.
  • Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to switch lights on and off. Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home -- especially near sleeping areas.
  • Christmas Clean Machine…

  • To help prevent CO hazards in your home, have SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan perform a yearly maintenance check of your furnace and venting system, and clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons.
  • Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.
  • The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. Call SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan to clean your chimney and check it for damage.