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Our Professionals Can Save Your Home In Forest Hills After A Water Damage Incident

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Effective Water Removal in Affected Forest Hills Homes Takes More than Having Extraction Equipment

Water intrusion is a significant concern because it damages property, including the contents. Whether the origin of the water is internal, such as when a supply pipe bursts or from an external source, there is a need to take the right steps to remove the water immediately. Although using sophisticated extraction equipment helps ease water removal, sometimes it takes more to get the job done.

Reaching the Water that Finds Way into Cavities
When water spills, it finds a way into hidden areas within the property, and therefore the water removal exercise in Forest Hills must find a way to reach those areas. Merely having high-speed water extractors and pumps is not sufficient to deal with the hidden water. Our WRT, Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO, learn various techniques to reach all hidden cavities. We punch vent or weep holes to release the water trapped in wall cavities or ceilings. In major water spills, we make flood cuts to remove water and wet materials from wall cavities.

Removing Water from Materials
Once the water spills on surfaces, porous and semi-porous materials such as wood, carpets, and upholstery absorb a significant percentage of it. Equipment with sufficient lift capacity can help remove water from fabrics, but for semi-porous materials such as wood, elaborate procedures are necessary to ensure sufficient removal and to save the material from permanent destruction. Our SERVPRO technicians use different procedures to help with such removal. We can set up a drying chamber to help improve and control the rate of drying for wood. We can also heat the area to improve the evaporation rates.

Drying the Property
Even after a thorough extraction, some traces of moisture remain, requiring specific drying steps. Increasing airflow and extracting moisture from the air helps with removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use air movers to improve airflow and dehumidifiers to extract the moisture that evaporates into the air. Dehumidifiers also exhaust warm air back into the room, improving the drying process further.

Removal of water from wet properties requires a combination of resources. At SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood, we have a variety of equipment and sufficient skills to handle any issue. Call us at (718) 381-3702. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why You Need SERVPRO For Fire Damage Restoration In Forest Hills

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen with an oven turned over with fire and soot damage. Fire damage in your Forest Hills home will need SERVPROS assistants, let us help.

Let us show you how important it is to use us for a fire damage in your Forest Hills home.

Forest Hills residents enjoy an amazing location. Two parkways, two lakes, and an expressway give easy access to the rest of the city and a place nearby for fun and relaxation. Being an amazing place to live does not eliminate the risk of disasters like fire damage to area homes, however. 

So why choose SERVPRO for fire damage to your Forest Hills home? In one word, training. The technicians on our response teams train extensively to the industry standards established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). After completing the certification, each team member works to maintain and increase their proficiency in the extensive inventory of devices we maintain on-site. 

To restore a home after a fire, that means they master the tools and cleaners needed to remove smoke and soot residues, and eliminate odors in each residence after even a minor blaze. Our technicians know exactly when they can use water to wipe down smooth surfaces like glass tables, and when they need to change to strong cleaners, including sterilants that not only remove the residues but also clean tougher surfaces like tile and porcelain in kitchens and bathrooms. 

SERVPRO team members fully understand how tough it is to remove odors. For especially pungent odors that come from kitchen and garage fires, they have to use multiple steps to accomplish it. Their first step is to clear the air inside by setting fans at doors and windows to increase air circulation. It reduces the odor strength as other team members use sprays to neutralize odor particles on surfaces. 

If the odor-causing residues penetrated deeply into the structure of the home, technicians might switch to an ozone generator. It creates particles that can penetrate as deeply as the residues, effectively eliminating them at the molecular level.

If this is the training and knowledge you want for your home here or in nearby Glendale, Kew Gardens, and Rego Park, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood today. For more on how we restore your home to its pre-fire condition, call our office at (718) 381-3702. We are here for you.

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We Discuss Deodorization Using Foggers In Queens

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen Putting Out a House Fire Disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Crews From Queens Discuss Deodorization Using Foggers

Any time something burns on or near your property in Queens, the smoke created by it can penetrate deeply into porous contents and building materials inside your home. A significant portion of any fire damage restoration project is the deodorization process. After something ignites inside your structure, pungent aromas can exist. If you call in a professional company such as SERVPRO, we can help you eliminate these burnt smells.

During some fire damage projects in Queens, smoke odors can still be prevalent after all burnt materials and soot residues have been removed. When this occurs, our SERVPRO crew can take other steps to deodorize your structure. The best way to rid your property of unpleasant aromas is to dispense masking and pairing agents that both cover up and chemically neutralizes malodor particles. When the smoke has penetrated your building materials and contents deeply, we can dispense chemical agents in a way that mimics how smoke behaves.

To dispense deodorant agents into the air, so it behaves like smoke, we must use a fogging machine to break down the chemicals into microscopic particles. Once the chemical molecules are around the same size as the smoke particles, they can then penetrate items in the same way the smoke did. When fogging a structure, we can implement either an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging machine or a thermal fogger.

ULV foggers get used for wet fogging and they work by turning water-based chemicals into a mist. These units can break down chemicals to 20 to 60 microns in size. The only risks prevalent when wet fogging are the possibilities of moisture damage on horizontal surfaces.

Thermal foggers use petroleum-based or solvent-based chemicals in their fogging process. The machine vaporizes the deodorants into a smoke or fog that consists of extremely small particles. These foggers can break chemicals down to as small as a half a micron in size.

Deodorization procedures can be vital when attempting to return your house back to the way it was before the inferno ignited, “Like it never even happened.” To seek out aid from the industry's experts, call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 any time of the day.

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We Get You Back To Business In Rego Park

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged floor in a building Our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced cleaning techniques will restore your building after you have a water damage disaster.

Our Commercial Water Removal Services Right Everything after Accidents in Rego Park Retail Shops

Minor plumbing mishaps and terrible weather events can create emergencies within your shop in Rego Park that affect your business. People coming to your store do not expect conditions that compromise their safety, and government regulations require employers continuously maintain safe environments. The liability that results from unsafe situations requires your immediate concern and attention.

When retail shops in Rego Park need commercial water removal services that restore dry, safe conditions, we know that we must act quickly from the initial call. We want our customers to know We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and understand your concerns regarding interruptions, expenses, and possible changes to your shop's interior.

Our specialists and technicians receive certificates from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring their ability to professionally mitigate and restore your retail setting back to how you remember. Working with our building services staff, we remove damaged materials and building components, repair places where minor damage may worsen, clean areas that are at risk of sustaining damage and dry the entire setting. We can handle severe disasters, including fallen trees that tore through your roof, also.

Your store's merchandise, the units used for displaying these items to your shoppers, and any other furnishings also require the attention SERVPRO's IICRC-certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT). The glass, metal, and wood of these structures require the elimination of dampness to protect from loss caused by rust, grime, and other problems that leaks can visit upon your business. We extract moisture from these after we gather them together and place inside a drying chamber. 

We help retail businesses recover inventory and reduce loss through helping gather undamaged items, and setting those needing replacements. We can list these for you on inventory sheets that help you with the task of replenishing your stock. Many stores include damaged items in particular areas marked appropriately to help customers obtain a bargain while decreasing their losses related to inventory. We can help you eliminate 

Carpets and rugs need protective measures against moisture that gets trapped in their fibers, and thorough cleaning can provide precisely what these floor coverings need. Many times, we also find shops with tile and other types of flooring. We can dry all of these and prevent any warping, bubbling, or other signs of the past water-related emergency. Although many smaller-sized shops can mop up or use a wet-dry vac to remove small spills, relying on our building services team to repair plumbing and other leaks, including those coming from the roof or appliances, can free up other resources that you need.  

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood takes pride in helping businesses with water removal and extraction services in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Rego Park. We also provide mitigation and other services to those areas, as well as to the Ridgewood area. Contact our 24-hour emergency services team by calling (718) 381-3702, any day of the year. We can help you by making everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Avoid The Top Storm Damage Remediation Mistakes In Rego Park

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damaged Apartment Flooding and subsequent flood damage can seem insurmountable. Contact SERVPRO when your home has suffered from an event.

How to Remediate Minor Flood Damage in Your Rego Park Apartment

Imagine a scenario where you leave for work one morning and come home to find your Rego Park studio apartment suffering from minor flood damage. Before work, you left the large window in your living room cracked open to combat stale air. However, while you were at work, a storm rolled over your city, and the window allowed rainwater into your home. So, what should you do in this scenario?

Because the flood damage in your Rego Park apartment is not significant, you may be tempted to remediate it yourself. No matter the situation, here at SERVPRO, we understand that accessing professional services is not always a practical option. For the betterment of your home, and your finances, we have some advice for successfully remediating the flood damage in your home.

The first principle is to remember that any leftover excess water could cause further damage inside of your home, such as mold damage. The key to successfully remediating the damage is to imagine where all the water could be, even the water that you cannot see. Here at SERVPRO, we use thermal imaging cameras for this very reason, but we understand that it is not a practical option for the average person.

As water sits on hardwood floors, the wood can begin to absorb the excess moisture. Some vital signs that your hardwood floor has become water damaged are bubbling, cracking, and swelling. In this scenario, if you notice any of these signs, you should reach out for professional help immediately.

You can use towels, or a mop, to soak up the excess water on the top of your floor. However, removing the water is not enough to ensure that water or mold damage cannot form. SERVPRO recommends using devices like space heaters and dehumidifiers to help draw any leftover moisture away from your floor.

After you finish, you should keep a close eye on the area for a couple of weeks. If you were to notice any signs that the hardwood floor panels are beginning to warp, or you catch a musty scent, reach out for help immediately. SERVPRO can rush to your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

If your home needs flood damage remediation, get that help you need right away. Speak with SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood by calling (718) 381-3702. We're always here to help you.

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Our Technicians Discuss The Fire Damage Cleaning Methods In Forest Hills

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Understanding Fire Damage Cleaning Methods In Forest Hills Properties

After the fire damage, then comes the need for fast cleanup. The longer the charred mess sits, the more potential for loss happens.

One mistake frequently made by homeowners in Forest Hills is attempting fire damage cleanup on their own. This type of restoration is never a one-cleaning-solution-fits-all type of situation. There are many things to consider before conducting any kind of mitigation to avoid doing additional damage to both the structure and contents.

Pretesting is Crucial
Many factors affect the restorability of home contents, especially upholstery and carpet. Testing of the fibers tells SERVPRO technicians whether the object is colorfast, resistant to shrinkage, and assists in narrowing down the best cleaning method to use.

To Bleach or Not to Bleach
When SERVPRO technicians remove soils after a fire loss, it is a delicate process. Sometimes soils require chemical altering to release their hold on some materials. In some cases, bleaching works to accomplish this but is never used on dyed materials as the bleaching action can remove or fade the color.

Water Spots Often Accompany Fire Damage
Water stains on carpet and upholstered furnishings are a frequent issue SERVPRO technicians deal with when mitigating fire damage. The technicians have specially formulated cleaners to address problems such as overwetting or browning that sometimes occur. A side effect of saturated furnishings with nailheads, zippers, or other metal accents is rust. Specific cleaning methods if applied quickly enough, have the potential to turn around the rust damage.

Fire Loss Cleanup is Never One-Size-Fits-All
Along with the correct chemical agents, the proper tools and equipment are vital for the best outcome of fire loss cleanup. Items such as hand vacuums with HEPA filtration and dry cleaning sponges are a large part of fire damage mitigation. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training in simulations, so even unusual cleanup situations do not catch them by surprise.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood stands ready to help local property owners with the cleanup and restoration from fire damage. We are available 24/7 by calling (718) 381-3702, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Quick Water Removal Prevents Secondary Damage in Ridgewood

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

air mover blowing air under plastic barrier We dried these hardwood floors by creating a barrier and directing air through that barrier.

How Professional Water Removal Services in Ridgewood Help Prevent Extensive Damage

Most homes in the Ridgewood area sustain water damage occasionally. After a water intrusion incident in your home, you need to take immediate action. Appliance leaks or burst pipes can cause primary water damage, and not taking care of the problem can cause secondary damage to your possessions and home. 

In the unfortunate event of water loss in your house, you need to hire professionals who offer water removal services in Ridgewood. A restoration company like SERVPRO comes in handy because we have the workforce, experience, and equipment to handle the incident. You can start removing the water as you wait for our technicians to arrive, but take the following precautions to stay safe:

  • Avoid using your ordinary vacuum cleaner to remove the water because it may get damaged or expose you to the risk of electrocution. Use a wet/dry vacuum instead.
  • Do not use electrical appliances that are on wet floors or wet carpets.
  • Do not enter rooms with stagnant water if the electricity is on.
  • Avoid lifting tacked down carpeting because improper lifting could promote shrinkage.

Within minutes, water spreads quickly from room to room. The walls and furniture absorb the water and may become saturated. Within 24 hours, the drywall swells. Metal surfaces tarnish, and the paint on walls forms blisters. After 48 hours to one week, mold forms in a home and spreads. Metal can corrode and develop rust. Professional water removal helps prevent such issues.

Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) have expertise in cleaning up a home and restoring water-damaged possessions. Our team carefully inspects all aspects of the ruined areas and starts mitigating the loss. We pump out standing water using the right extractors. We also check the walls and floors below the destroyed areas and crawl spaces for standing water and pump it out. Our SERVPRO crew also takes a detailed inventory of salvageable items. We take the things we can save to a safe area and restore them. We may also take some contents to our facilities for thorough cleaning and restoration.

We also ensure that no danger exists after a water loss incident. Water can soak through several layers of drywall or seep through crevices to cause a hidden mold infestation. Our WRTs use moisture meters to determine the extent of water penetration in floors, carpets, ceilings, and walls. If your carpet is damp, we can detach it and extract water from the floor and pad. We also perform proper drying and dehumidification that goes beyond the surface level. We use industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected structural elements and furnishings thoroughly to ensure that no troublesome mold outbreaks occur.

If you need immediate water removal services in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, or Rego Park, SERVPRO of Forest Hills/ Ridgewood can help you.  Call us at (718)381-3702 for quick restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Call Us If A Mold Infestation Plagues Your Forest Hills Home

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing on the wall of a home after a water damage incident. Give our specialists a call anytime that you need us at (718) 381-3702.

Thorough Mold Inspections For Forest Hills Homes

For as detrimental and damaging as mold growth can be in Forest Hills homes and businesses, many homeowners still lack a functional knowledge of the best ways to identify this threat. With many periods of the year featuring elevated relative humidity throughout our area and the potential for flooding in crawlspaces and basements, your property might already meet the necessary conditions to facilitate the growth of mold. The best solution is to routinely inspect the house, the basement, or crawlspace regularly.

With as quickly as mold damage in Forest Hills homes can spread and thrive, it is critical to work immediately to identify threats and reduce the present colonization. While some property owners can identify the presence of mold through visible spotting on surfaces like drywall or through a foreign musty odor that is uncommon to their home, these signs are not always so blatant and easy to distinguish. Often, homeowners who suspect that mold damage could exist are responding to an increase in mild respiratory conditions for the household or irritations to the eyes, nose, and throat. These can also be indicative of a thriving colony somewhere out of your immediate sightline.

Our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your property with the full measure of our moisture detection tools, including infrared and thermal imagery cameras. These devices can help to identify moisture pockets in areas out of sight. These moisture pockets can often facilitate mold growth, especially in areas without much natural sunlight and poor ventilation. Your HVAC system can be another common point to experience mold colonization, which can become especially problematic for your family because these conditions can spread volatile organic compounds throughout the entire structure.

Testing is another sound strategy when even our experienced professionals have not become convinced that a problem exists. We can utilize lab testing for environmental analysis. Often these tests study the concentration of mold spores in a particular sample. Higher readings than you can expect often indicate colonization occurring in wall cavities, the HVAC system, or some other inaccessible location.

Our professionals strive to provide our clients with a knowledgeable and confident response, especially when mold could be a factor. We have tests and strategies to know for sure, and our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood can begin remediation approaches right away if colonies get discovered. Give our specialists a call anytime that you need us at (718) 381-3702.

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Warehouse Owners in Forest Hills with Commercial Fire Damage need one Company

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

We understand how serious a fire damage can be for our Forest Hills community.

Let SERVPRO blaze through your commercial fire damage in Forest Hills.

Exposed spaces with poor insulation are increasingly likely to sustain fire as loose, or aging wearing becomes exposed to temperature changes, condensation, and humidity. A warehouse manager needs to be aware of the potential for fire in their property by making regular maintenance assessments of their electrics and fusebox to keep the likelihood of an electrical fire to a minimum. 

Warehouses tend to be situated away from residential, or business centers, so the potential for moderate or major fire damage in your Forest Hills business is higher. Slow combustion materials, like synthetics, can result in thick, stubborn smoke residues that are not cleanable with regular, non-oil based cleaning agents. If an electric fire breaks out during working hours, you should never use water to control the blaze since it conducts electricity and could hurt you. You should keep a dry powder fire extinguisher on-site at all times. 

Once a blaze has been contained, your commercial property is likely to have a thick, unpleasant smoke odor, charred debris, and wide scale soiling. SERVPRO operates a large loss recovery team for commercial business owners that can arrive on-site quickly to carry out the tasks needed for restoration. We can remove, and dispose of charred items as well as remove structural components like damaged windows or doors. Any stock or materials in the affected area can be removed during the cleaning procedure to avoid further losses.

Commercial buildings tend to be much larger than residential projects, which is why SERVPRO makes sure we have the human resources and the equipment to handle larger job sites. A larger Jobsite requires more work. However, a vacated space has many advantages in restoration. Easier access to walls, ceilings, or floors as well as a more extensive array of equipment can be used in a vacated space. 

SERVPRO can deploy Ozone generators to alter the indoor atmosphere and eliminate odors and gases permanently. These machines can be lethal during use, which is why they can only be deployed in vacated spaces. However, they can be noticeably more efficient and provide better results than regular fogging equipment or Hydroxyl generators. Give your business the very best treatment after a disaster to ensure it gets back to its preloss condition.

Large projects require restoration services with resources. Contact the SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood commercial response unit at (718) 381-3702.

To learn more about Forest Hills, click here.

Warehouse Owners in Forest Hills with Commercial Fire Damage need one Company

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO blaze through your commercial fire damage in Forest Hills.

Exposed spaces with poor insulation are increasingly likely to sustain fire as loose, or aging wearing becomes exposed to temperature changes, condensation, and humidity. A warehouse manager needs to be aware of the potential for fire in their property by making regular maintenance assessments of their electrics and fusebox to keep the likelihood of an electrical fire to a minimum. 

Warehouses tend to be situated away from residential, or business centers, so the potential for moderate or major fire damage in your Forest Hills business is higher. Slow combustion materials, like synthetics, can result in thick, stubborn smoke residues that are not cleanable with regular, non-oil based cleaning agents. If an electric fire breaks out during working hours, you should never use water to control the blaze since it conducts electricity and could hurt you. You should keep a dry powder fire extinguisher on-site at all times. 

Once a blaze has been contained, your commercial property is likely to have a thick, unpleasant smoke odor, charred debris, and wide scale soiling. SERVPRO operates a large loss recovery team for commercial business owners that can arrive on-site quickly to carry out the tasks needed for restoration. We can remove, and dispose of charred items as well as remove structural components like damaged windows or doors. Any stock or materials in the affected area can be removed during the cleaning procedure to avoid further losses.

Commercial buildings tend to be much larger than residential projects, which is why SERVPRO makes sure we have the human resources and the equipment to handle larger job sites. A larger Jobsite requires more work. However, a vacated space has many advantages in restoration. Easier access to walls, ceilings, or floors as well as a more extensive array of equipment can be used in a vacated space. 

SERVPRO can deploy Ozone generators to alter the indoor atmosphere and eliminate odors and gases permanently. These machines can be lethal during use, which is why they can only be deployed in vacated spaces. However, they can be noticeably more efficient and provide better results than regular fogging equipment or Hydroxyl generators. Give your business the very best treatment after a disaster to ensure it gets back to its preloss condition.

Large projects require restoration services with resources. Contact the SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood commercial response unit at (718) 381-3702.

To learn more about Forest Hills, click here.