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What to do with Water Damage in Your Forest Hills Walls

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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The First Step To Any Water Damage Incident Is To Call SERVPRO

Moving furniture and noticing that your paint is warped due to a slow leak behind your bedroom wall can be a cause for concern. You may have no idea how long it has been there and if the moisture resulted in dangerous mold growth.

Dealing with water damage in your Forest Hills home can be dealt with quickly and effectively, using the correct measures to take care of the leak and the damage. After you stop the source of the leak, you can go about the business of removing moisture and restoring the area. After the moisture is gone and the area dried to preloss moisture levels, you may choose to paint the area, or even the entire room to create a more substantial vapor barrier should something similar happen again. 

When dealing with a slow leak like previously mentioned, it is crucial to obtain a full picture of how much moisture is present. SERVPRO technicians have tools to both detect moisture and determine the moisture levels within a surface. Infrared cameras can measure temperature within the drywall, finding temperature discrepancies within the material to indicate the presence of water. Technicians also use moisture sensors to detect water with and without probes, depending on the surface. Moisture sensors show how far water migrates through a surface, allowing technicians to have a clear picture of restoration needs.

Moisture meters pick up the amount of moisture within a surface. Technicians use them to test the walls containing moisture and unaffected walls to determine the typical moisture content levels since materials typically contain small amounts of moisture, and over-drying an area can lead to more problems such as warped walls. When using a moisture meter, SERVPRO restoration technicians choose the correct setting since wood and non-wood surfaces such as drywall have different readings.

After identifying the impacted area, and measuring the moisture content, SERVPRO technicians move on to drying the area using air movers and dehumidifiers, before making the finishing touches such as painting the walls.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage In Your Forest Hills Home

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 for 24/7 service.

Flooded Basements In Forest Hills

Homeowners experience flooded basements from time to time. The water pours in from the street from a water main break, or the storm sewers cannot handle the excess water after a massive rainstorm. The water may contain many different chemicals picked up from rushing along roads and through yards. There are often animal feces, and sometimes sewage is accumulated in the runoff, leaving an unsanitary mess in your basement.

SERVPRO has been responding to flood damage events like these for many years in Forest Hills and surrounding areas. We are ready to mobilize equipment and highly trained team members. We are usually on-site within four hours and are available on a 24 / 7 basis to respond to all emergencies involving water damage, flooding, fire, mold, storm, and other significant emergencies. We also provide cleaning services that re needed beyond the scope of the regular janitorial staff.

Cleaning Flooded Basements after a Flood
Flooding in basements can vary from several inches to several feet of contaminated water after a storm. The amount of water and contamination dictates the procedures SERVPRO takes to remove the water, recover your contents, and dry the structure. We can deploy submersible pumps to remove water, use water extractors to remove water from carpeting and hard surface floors. We may need to replace severely damaged carpets and underpads. Porous items may also need to e replaced, while hard-surface contents can usually be cleaned and dried.

SERVPRO may also need to remove baseboards, as well as make flood cuts in the walls above the waterline, to expose the concrete and studs to ensure that all moisture s removed. We use moisture meters to check cavities and structural elements to ensure there are no pockets of moisture remaining that can be a future source of mold.

Our trained technicians identify and remove all moisture from your home or commercial building. We use the latest equipment to dry your building and return humidity levels to normal ranges.

Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Middle Village, Richmond Hills, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Water Damage In Your Forest Hills Property

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage in Forest Hills Includes Sewage

When commercial water damage happens in a business, it is vital to restore the property to a sanitary level for both employees and the public. If the water includes sewage, it gets rated as a biohazard-level cleaning event due to the probability of contaminants and possible pathogens.

In short, DIY cleaning of commercial water damage in Forest Hills properties should never happen when the possibility of sewage is a factor. Consumer-grade cleaners and even the equipment and cleaning products of the regular janitorial crew cannot match the power of the equipment and professional-grade solutions SERVPRO brings to the site.

Safety During Extraction
When dealing with this type of water event, the techs wear personal protective gear, including respirators, as breathing airborne water molecules can result in illness. As techs scope the bathroom area to determine the scale of the loss, other techs use trash pumps to extract the water and solid waste rapidly. Before extraction, it is not unusual for technicians to treat the water with antimicrobial solutions to lessen the potential for hazards in any standing water. Containment over the doorways and vents assists with keeping cross-contamination with other areas of the business space to a minimum.

Removal of Contaminated Materials
No seepage under the tile floor meant the floor did not require removal for drying. The water wicked into the sheetrock, and SERVPRO techs cut it away several inches above the waterline. This action also opened up the wall for drying.

Rapid Drying
Because the water extraction phase is so thorough, the use of multiple air movers and dehumidification equipment makes the drying phase of the mitigation process go even faster. Air scrubbers commonly run during cleanup to capture airborne particulate and improve air quality.

Sanitizing and Prepping for Repairs
Anytime sewage is involved in a water loss situation, the use of antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents is crucial to ensure that the bathroom and anywhere affected by the sewage-contaminated water get thoroughly disinfected.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 makes it a priority to clean and restore local properties with commercial water damage and make the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage Restoration In Forest Hills

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home We can help you return your home to the way it was before the blaze, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Restoration In Forest Hills Often Requires Utilizing Deodorization Products

If even a small fire ever starts inside your house in Forest Hills, many problems can take place. Fire damage can often come in the form of soot residues and unpleasant aromas. If the blaze was minor, you might not have suffered from a large amount of burnt or charred contents and building materials, but soot residues can still cause you issues on their own. For example, some soots can stain or ruin certain surfaces.

As a part of fire damage restoration in Forest Hills, our SERVPRO technicians can offer cleaning and deodorization techniques. When the surfaces of your building materials and contents get coated with soils and soot residues as a result of the smoke coming from the blaze, the first step we take is to figure out the best cleaning method. When conducting the first inspection, we can test clean your negatively affected surfaces to see if they can be saved and what chemicals and techniques will work the best. Once we figure out the best methods to use, we can clean all of the surfaces in your home that got coated with soot residues.

In some cases, all foul odors can be neutralized during the cleaning process. In other situations, our SERVPRO team has to conduct further deodorization procedures. When removing unpleasant aromas, we can utilize a variety of deodorization products. For example, odor counteracting beads are made of a porous material that is treated with counteractants. When the bag of beads gets opened, the counteractants are released into the air.

We can also utilize specialized deodorant granules or pellets to help deodorize your structure. These pellets work like a sponge that attracts and holds malodor particles. Water-based counteractants can also be used to neutralize bad smells that exist on surfaces.

Other tools we have at our disposal include wet mist or thermal foggers. These machines get filled with chemicals that get dispensed into the air in tiny particulates that can mimic the way smoke traveled throughout your building. We can also use sealers which can seal in odors that exist from burnt or charred materials.

If you ever notice the presence of soot residues after a small fire burns in your house, call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 any day of the week. We can help you return your home to the way it was before the blaze, “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Cleanup In Your Forest Hills Home

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Get Help With Flood Cleanup in Your Forest Hills Home

Flash flooding can occur quickly after a torrential downpour in Forest Hills, and the water can end up in your home. After such an incident, you need to call experts in flood damage cleanup to prevent additional destruction and like mold infestation, which is not visible immediately.

At SERVPRO, we consider flooding as a critical emergency and respond quickly with our 24 hours, 7-day emergency relief services. Our competent technicians can help you perform flood cleanup in your Forest Hills home quickly. We are experts at cleaning up and drying flood-damaged properties. We have certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and we follow its standards in all restoration jobs.

Our team can manage all aspects of flood damage clean up, including rebuilding the affected areas. Our crew can examine your home to determine the severity of the damage. We can then carefully map out the water extraction, drying, cleaning, and restoration processes that your home needs. We can also provide your insurance firm with restoration outlines to support your claim. Through our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), we can provide a precise list of your ruined belongings.

The presence of floodwater in a home usually promotes and sustains microbial growth. The main steps our team takes in remediation include:

    •    Drying the environment to remove moisture and reduce humidity levels
    •    Removing contaminated materials

Our team can remove as much of the floodwater as possible quickly using advanced extractors. Removing the water reduces secondary damage and the drying time required to bring a building and its contents to an equilibrium moisture content. Drying your home thoroughly after a flooding incident is also vital. We can use advanced drying systems to dry beams, walls, joists, and other structures that require industrial-strength drying.

Floodwater often contains microbial contaminants that can affect your health. Our SERVPRO team can use environmentally-friendly antimicrobial treatments to kill microbes or stop their growth.  The floodwater can also leave unpleasant odors in your residence. Our team can use odor counteracting beads to eliminate the smells. These products are made of a specially treated porous material that is permeated with solvent-based counteractants. After restorers open the package of beads, the volatile odor counteractants are released and migrate on air currents.  They give off pleasant scents that freshen up the areas we are treating.

After floodwaters enter your property, call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 for help. Our restoration specialists can provide you with timely flood cleanup services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What Everyone Must Know About Forest Hills Fire Damage Remediation Services

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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The OSHA Program and Fire Damage in your Forest Hills home

Working through the restoration of a property after a fire can quickly become overwhelming. We build emotional attachments to both structure and possessions of many years as homeowners who can make destructive fires particularly devastating. Several factors can affect your home during and after a fire. Some of these may be soiled, smoke residues, or odor. Others may be structural charring or weakening of critical components within your home. Water used in firefighting procedures serves to further complications in restoration and can set soots or soiling into fabrics and upholstery. 

Overcoming fire damage in your Forest Hills home efficiently and effectively requires a solid strategy from start to finish. While certain aspects may seem simplistic and manageable issues can escalate without professional know-how. Take, for example, soiling on ceilings and walls. These soot deposits can vary in their composition and respond negatively to specific cleaning solutions and chemicals. Equally, agitative cleaning may damage the decor or drywall of the wall itself. Without professional assistance, you may run the risk of causing further harm to your already damaged home.

We know that there is no uniform approach to restoring property at SERVPRO. Fires that burn for a significant amount of time, and at high temperatures, can begin to destroy vital structural elements. You may find doors, window frames, or ceiling subfloors suffer significant charring. Unfortunately, it can be impossible to restore these components because charred materials consistently release unpleasant odors and soot into the indoor environment. To simplify the restoration process, you may decide to choose a single restoration firm to work from start to finish. 

Here at SERVPRO, our roster of technicians include in-house general constructors. You can trust our construction technicians to carry out work safely and professionally because each of them completes a 10 hour General and Construction Industry Training Program (OSHA) with an independent body. We can carefully remove elements of structure for disposal and professionally replace them without you running the risk of poor craft, causing lasting damage to your home. 

For a company that can bring your home back to its best after an emergency, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702.

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SERVPRO is the Trusted Choice to Restore Your Water Damaged Home

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room Because we are always on call, we restored this water damaged home quickly.

Why Choose SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Home in Forest Hills? 

Once a water emergency sprouts up in your Forest Hills home, you need to be sure that you spring into action as soon as possible. Instead of taking on the cleanup process on your own, the best results come from hiring trained professionals. Our technicians at SERVPRO get to work quickly to ensure adequate drying takes place so that the entire restoration process goes as smoothly as possible. 

To better learn how we can serve you when you have water damage in Forest Hills, it is essential to know our process and the equipment that we use. We get in quickly to assess the water loss and formulate a plan of action to start the cleanup and restoration steps. No matter the size or severity of the project, drying is a crucial element to ensure mitigation goes smoothly and results in success. We have a SERVPRO response team with the latest tools and machines to implement extraction and drying to protect your property throughout the disaster. 

Once you call us, our Green Fleet arrives at your property with a variety of specialized tools. Using gas-powered pumps, truck-mounted pumps, portable electric pumps, wet-vacuums with extraction wands, and rolling weighted extractors help us tackle any pooled water within the home. We start with a comprehensive assessment to determine the right course of action so that no moisture is left behind. 

Efficiency and expediency go hand in hand for the drying efforts. SERVPRO technicians set up air movers, or high-powered fans, that help blow air throughout the space to displace moisture found in carpeting, materials, and any other saturated surfaces. The air movers are used together with desiccant and LGR dehumidifiers that work to pull out moisture from the surrounding environment. 

While you may think that you can extract water on your own, the best thing to do is call the professionals whenever you have a water-related disaster. Our technicians employ the use of moisture meters and thermal imaging technology to locate even the slightest bit of moisture left unseen by the naked eye. Once thoroughly dried, we clean and disinfect all surfaces to keep mold, mildew, and foul odors from spreading. 

Give us a phone call today at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood if you have questions about water damage and to learn how we can help. You can reach a team member any time of day or night by calling (718) 381-3702. 

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Our Water Damage Specialists Can Save Your Forest Hills Property

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

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How do I Know How Much Water Damage Has Spread In Your Forest Hills Home?

You may not notice damage in your home immediately.  Sometimes it happens in an area of your home you do not frequent, or even within wall cavities or under your floor.  As a homeowner, you should not let the presence of water derail your day.  Professional water restoration technicians exist to help you in these situations.  A reputable company can assess your home and determine the source and extent of the damage, giving you a clear picture of the necessary steps to achieve a full restoration.

When your home in Forest Hills is the one suffering from water damage, SERVPRO is the professional group you need to contact.  Our water restoration technicians hold certifications by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as evidence of our know-how as it pertains to protecting your home after water has made its way through it.  All you need to do is contact our 24/7 hotline and allow us to take care of the rest.

If you did not detect the water leak as soon as it happened, or are unsure of just how long water has been seeping into the structure of your home, it is best to let our SERVPRO team take a look at the situation.  With the help of infrared technology and state-of-the-art equipment, we can monitor humidity levels and identify anomalies.  Subsequently, our crew can bring in water extraction equipment, ranging from small wands to truck-mounted pumps, to extract the water and normalize moisture readings throughout your home.  This process sounds simple, but restoring the natural balance of your home environment, including furniture and fixings, is a systematic process guided by our expertise and access to appropriate technology. Overly drying an area can cause problems in items like hardwood floors, and leaving behind water traces can later become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

At SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood, we are quick to disasters of all sizes. Calling our trusted crew at (718) 381-3702 is a decision in the right direction. Like you, we want to make your water damage a thing of the past.  Together, we can leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage Rego Park – Building Structure Compromised

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

The inside of a ceiling in a building. Flood damage can damage your Rego Park building. Let us help make sure your Building structure is not compromised.

If you have water damage to your Rego Park building, we can be there to assist on every level.

Often flood waters quickly overflow the banks of a river or stream, flood adjacent buildings, and then recede just as quickly. But sometimes it may take a few days for the floodwaters to recede. Buildings saturated in water for even a few days can experience structural damage requiring removal of ceilings, wallboard and flooring before restoration can begin.

Once SERVPRO can gain access to homes with flood damage in Rego Park, we can pump the water out of the building with high capacity truck-mounted pumps and begin the restoration process. We need to carefully assess the structure to make sure that it is safe to enter from a structure perspective as well as potential fuel leaks and contamination from various biohazards.

Check for Fuel Leaks

Fuel oil lines may have been severed, allowing fuel oil to leak into or around the home. Propane tanks can be toppled off their mounts, potentially causing fuel leaks. Many homes are heated with natural gas, and supply lines may have ruptured. SERVPRO checks for all of these sources of fuel, along with electrical circuits that may have short-circuited. Fuel leaks represent a significant safety risk. SERVPRO can contact the appropriate experts to resolve the situation. 

Compromised Ceilings and Floors

There can be water in a variety of ceiling cavities which can come crashing down as the supporting drywall structure weakens. SERVPRO can drill one or two weep holes to drain water and reduce the risk of the ceiling collapsing before removing the ceiling.

Construction of subfloors is often from particleboard. When dry, the subfloor is strong and can support the weight of people and machines. Once immersed in water, the glue holding the particles together may weaken, and the wood can also swell. Subfloors can become unstable and not support the weight it is designed for.

SERVPRO examines a flooded building for all of these potential structural hazards before beginning restoration. Until this examination is complete, homeowners should remain outside of the home and avoid risking harm to themselves or their families.

Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fresh Pond, Kew Gardens, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When Smoke and Soot From Nearby Fires Enter Your Queens Home

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke around a fire detector Smoke and soot from nearby fires can travel into your home. and leave residues and odors behind.

Fire Damage Includes Smoke Wafting in from Nearby Burning Structures in Your Queens Neighborhood 

Even with closed windows throughout your house, a wildly burning business nearby your Queens residence can make things inside smell smoky. Technicians from SERVPRO can remove this odor from your home or condo. Wiping away any dark soot we find is routine when assisting many of our customers. In this situation, however, we find that soot sediments enter the house differently.  

The interior of nearby homes after a large fire in Queens smell like smoke and fire damage because the particles that cause such odors are so small and able to pass through tiny openings. Cracks in your foundation and around windows and doorways can let in substantial amounts of hot smoke particles. Your house's fresh air intake can let in smoke, too, which is one reason our building services team stays available 24/7, just like we do. 

They can clean out your HVAC system's ducts and remove any traces of smoke, ash, and soot that continually produce offensive odors. Stripping the interior of air ducts, cleaning the vents, and wiping the areas outside each one leaves your home with a fresh scent. 

While the fire occurred, likely, your heating system ran at least once or twice, meaning air from the outside was pulled into your house, bringing in soot particles. Related pressure variations in your home can also cause additional soot to enter through those cracks.  

To further reduce the amount of soot your house contains, we can use thermal fogging techniques. While the fire was not inside of your home, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can assess each area of your residence, allowing the fog to mimic the intrusive smoke adequately enough to achieve the desired results. Bonding with soot helps eliminate odors via molecular bonds that keep odor-causing particles out of the air.  

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood understands fire can be a traumatic experience, even when it happens to someone else. We are near Kew Gardens, Rego Park, and Glendale, and always available to help reduce the impact your family experiences from any source of smoke or fire damage. Call us at (718) 381-3702. 

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