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How Can Professional Remediators Contain Mold in Queens Apartments?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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With a variety of physical barriers and equipment, SERVPRO can prevent spore movement in Queens homes. 

Mold can be an underappreciated threat to apartments and residences throughout the borough, so our professionals work quickly to establish a set work area that does not expand or create worsening conditions for the house occupants.

Mold Inspections Identify the Damage Zone

Our leading professionals understand that mold damage in Queens apartments changes from one address to the next. The best custom solution for your property comes when our professionals investigate the damage with a mold inspection.

Physical Containment Solutions for Queens Residences

A solution for stopping the spread of mold spores is placing polypropylene sheeting over structural openings and pathways that organisms might use to reach new areas. HVAC systems can also be an avenue to mold migration, so returns and vents get covered up as well to create a secure work zone.

Equipment to Slow the Spread of Mold Spores

While physical barriers are often the most popular form of containment to slow the spread of mold spores and harmful organisms, some of the equipment in our inventory can also play a role in this containment. Establishing a perimeter with tools that feature HEPA membrane filters can trap migrating spores as small as 0.3 microns. Some of the tools helpful to containment include:

  • HEPA Air Scrubbers
  • Negative Pressure Units
  • Hydroxyl Generators

Containment is a considerable aspect of nearly every remediation need. Because mold can be so damaging, our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team acts fast to remove the active infestation and prevent the further development of colonies in other areas of the house. Our experienced remediators are available 24/7 at (718) 381-3702.

What Are the Main Concerns Overcoming Flood Damage in Forest Hills?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO demolition in progress. SERVPRO flood damage restoration team has the knowledge and experience in all phases of storm damage mitigation.

Flooding can damage Forest Hills homes and require direct action to restore completely. 

There are multiple immediate efforts that our professionals must undertake to manage harmful flood loss scenarios. These mitigative solutions serve as a direct path to more efficient restoration and recovery options. Some of the mitigative actions our team can take when we first help flood-damaged homes are:

  • Water removal services
  • Debris removal
  • Muck-out cleaning
  • Bulk material discarding

Complete Surface and Content Cleaning 

After initial mitigation and even restoration, flood damage in Forest Hills homes is still not fully resolved without lasting cleaning and recovery solutions like surface cleaning. Contaminants and bacterial pathogens are a common element of natural flooding, so general disinfection and biocide cleaning can be beneficial when materials and contents are not discarded.

Structural Damages and Vulnerabilities 

With a general contractor license, our experienced team can help with permanent repairs necessary to seal structural vulnerabilities that allowed flood penetration. From broken foundation blocks to missing portions of the roof, we have experienced personnel to meet the demands of your building's envelope and prevent further flood damage moving forward. 

Mold Prevention Strategies

Preventing mold can be as important for area homes as eliminating the floodwater. Persistent moisture penetrating areas like a basement or attic could lead to rapidly developing mold. We provide effective drying solutions and apply inhibitors to make host materials inhospitable to spores looking to colonize.

With how threatening flooding can be to local homes and businesses, professionals need to work fast to restore and repair the damage these disasters can cause completely. Flooding is more than just standing water, so specific health and safety guidelines must get met to make these emergencies "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team is standing by now at (718) 381-3702.

What Are The Most Common Mitigation Needs for Water-Damaged Queens Homes?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Emergency services vary from one Queens home to another, but some mitigative needs are common. 

Mitigation is a term used to describe several specific actions our professionals take when reaching a water-damaged address after a disaster. Because these situations can get out of control quickly with water migrating and absorbing into sensitive surfaces, common mitigation goes beyond basic principles like:

  • Removing standing water
  • Protecting damaged contents
  • Overcoming safety and health hazards

Water Removal Services Protect Exposed Contents

Almost every example of water mitigation in Queens homes or businesses involves some level of water removal services. While not all situations are akin to substantial flood damage with several inches or feet of standing water, even small pooling threats can negatively impact your home. We have multiple extraction tools and devices in our inventory to handle water removal services of all sizes. 

Content Relocation and Surface Cleaning 

Your personal belongings and furniture are often as highly regarded as the rest of the house when water damage occurs. Our mitigation strategies focus on protecting these items however possible, usually through relocating personal belongings to another area of the house or through cleaning and restoration off-site at our nearby SERVPRO facility. 

Controlled Demolition and Bulk Material Removal

While not every water damage situation will require controlled demolition and debris removal, this is one of the initial emergency services that our team must provide when these actions are necessary. Our general contractor license can help provide these needs without customers pursuing subcontractors. 

Water damage can occur in many different ways and ranges in the damage caused to the property. The initial mitigation solutions that our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team provides can be instrumental in protecting your property and the belongings that matter most. Our experienced team is ready to help anytime at (718) 381-3702.

Burst Pipes in Forest Hills Means Calling Trained Technicians for Water Cleanup

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Water Cleanup to Ensure Your Forest Hills Property Gets the Attention it Needs!

Plumbing accidents like burst pipes can leave behind a terrible mess. Not only will there be standing water that fills your basement, bathroom, or any other location it took place, but you also need to act fast to prevent secondary damage and black mold growth. Many Forest Hills homeowners may not realize that tremendous damage can occur within 48 hours of the initial water incident. To get the results you need and deal with the flooding fast, you need SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO, our skilled technicians work using advanced equipment to help mitigate water issues so that your interior is like-new once again. After you have a significant water issue on your hands, we can arrive within hours of your call to begin the water cleanup project in Forest Hills. Until we get to your home, the best steps to take include:

  • Turn off the water using the supply valve or main water shut off.
  • Go to a nearby faucet and turn it on to open it up, even if just a slow trickle that releases pipe pressure.
  • Call in our expert team at SERVPRO so that we can get our Green Fleet ready to head to your property.
  • In some cases, you can work to pull up water with old towels or a mop and bucket until our team arrives. However, if the water includes contaminants, it is best to leave it alone until we arrive.
  • If possible, turn on ceiling fans or open up a window to facilitate better airflow and wait for our arrival.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood offers prompt water cleanup and proven methods for drying that far exceed anything that DIY efforts could achieve. Contact us 24/7 by calling (718) 381-3702.

Minimizing Flood Damage Before Storms Arise in Forest Hills

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

After Storms Roll Through, SERVPRO Helps Forest Hills Homeowners to Handle All Flood Damage Needs

Severe storms in Forest Hills can come about any time of year. While the thought of a thunderstorm wreaking havoc on your neighborhood may not seem major, the right set of circumstances can lead to immense property damage. If you want to avoid water damage and basement flooding in your home, you can be proactive with various preventive measures. However, despite all of your preparations, you may still need assistance with the clean up. This is where the team at SERVPRO can help with all of your basement flooding cleanup and flood restoration needs. 

Minimizing Flood Damage from Forest Hill Storms

Rainfall is a significant concern with storm damage in Forest Hill, as the excess stormwater can overwhelm your system and bring property damage. Take the time to ensure these areas of your home are in order:

  • Gutter System – Gutters shuttle excess rainwater away from your home, so if they get clogged, you could see extensive water damage or ceiling leaks on your upper floors. 
  • Ventilation – Water damage from storms can also come about if you do not have proper ventilation in your home, especially your attic. Ensure that you do not have clogged or inadequate ventilation that may allow water or excess moisture under the roofing.
  • Seals – Always inspect the seals on windows, skylights, siding, and chimneys to ensure everything is sound. This step can prevent storm damage from entering your home.

Of course, basement flooding and first-floor water intrusion often happen when flash floods come during a storm. SERVPRO is here to ensure all contaminated water gets carefully treated and extracted so that drying can begin. When we get done with drying and any necessary water damage repairs, your relative humidity and indoor air quality get restored so that your interior is back to normal. 

Call (781) 381-3702 when you need our storm crew from SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood to come to your home for flood damage assistance.

Full-Scale Fire Damage Restoration In Queens

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

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The SERVPRO in Queens Offers Total Fire Damage Restoration to Ensure Your Queens Property is Back to Normal

Many companies today will specialize in only house fire clean up and mitigation but struggle with rebuilding and restoration. This leaves clients searching for a company that can finish up the job to bring their fire damaged homes back to normal once again. SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated full-service restoration company that brings you the best in advanced technology, certified technicians, and methods to handle your entire project from start to finish. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and guarantee your Queens property will be back to pre-fire condition in no time.

From initial contact to set up your fire damage restoration in Queens to the time we sign off, our team is with you each step of the way. We work under the motto that we will repair and restore versus replace whenever possible. What this does is help save you time and money. Just a sampling of the services you may receive when contacting us for your fire and smoke restoration and cleanup include:

  • Complete or partial pack-out
  • 24-hour emergency tarping and board up
  • Total contents cleaning and restoration
  • Charred debris removal and safe disposal
  • On or off-site storage for contents during the restoration
  • Controlled demolition, as needed 
  • Ozoning and deodorization
  • Fire and smoke remediation and odor control
  • Coordination with your home insurance provider

Our technicians have received detailed training with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We have gone through training to handle water damage restoration (WRT) to handle leftover moisture from first responders extinguishing the blaze. We also have odor control technicians (OCT) on our team to ensure no lingering smoke odors get left behind once we are gone.

There is nothing like the quality work we provide at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood when it comes to fire damage restoration. Call us whenever you might need us, day or night, at (718) 381-3702.

How Can Delaying Mold Remediation Impact My Queens Business?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

black mold in bathroom Business and mold do not share a common interest. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate mold remediation service for your property.

Avoiding Mold Remediation Can Harm Your Business in Numerous Ways. 

Mold is a rather insidious microorganism that often seems rather benign when first encountered in your Queens business. It produces seemingly innocuous growths that discolor impacted materials and emit musty odors. However, as time progresses, these growths could potentially threaten your business’ survival.

Queens mold remediation experts at SERVPRO know the hazards of not routinely having mold inspection conducted on your business and failing to have mold removal, basement mold remediation, and black mold damage repairs performed promptly. These simple oversights could harm your business in the following ways:

  • The aesthetics of structural elements could be permanently altered.
  • Foul mold-related odors could get progressively worse, driving off customers and creating an unpleasant work environment for employees.
  • The structural integrity of floors, walls, and ceilings might become compromised as mold eats through building materials.
  • Portions of your business structure could collapse, potentially causing injuries and requiring expensive, time-consuming reconstructions.
  • Mold-filled air could potentially cause health effects in all those who enter your business. 
  • Structural and other mold-related effects could force your commercial site to close for extended periods of time, costing you precious revenue.

With this in mind, remember that your neighbors at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood are always here and ready to help you with all your mold remediation needs. Call us whenever you need us at (718) 381-3702.

Tides and Storms Cause Flood Damage in Queens, NY Properties

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

demolition of storm damaged room Stormy weather and heavy rains may cause damage. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every size of disaster.

Queens Residents Routinely Suffer All Kinds of Flood-Related Damage. 

Stormy weather, heavy rains, and the flood damage that often results are nothing new to residents of Queens. Several times a year, stormwaters overwhelm area storm sewers and low-lying parts of the city. When this happens, local homes experience various types of flood-related damage.

Flood damage in Queens comes in all forms, and SERVPRO has successfully dealt with them all. Floodwaters are particularly dangerous and damaging because they pick up and carry various wastes, like feces from overflowing sewers. Also, they are always a concern because it does not take much excess stormwater to produce serious results. In fact, floodwaters can permeate the foundation of your home and cause basement flooding long before rising to the level of your first floor.

Some types of flood damage our biohazard remediation teams have most often encountered in Queens are:

  • Sewage-contaminated rooms and contents
  • Severe basement flooding, involving several feet of standing water
  • Inches or feet of deposited silt and waste inside impacted homes
  • Moldy, degraded, or otherwise compromised structural elements
  • Persistent, foul, flood-related odors that permeate all parts of affected residences

In order to address all of these common issues, SERVPRO offers expert sewage cleanup, residential disinfection, water removal services, and water damage repairs. 

So, if you ever need flood damage remediation services, know that your friends at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood can help. Contact us anytime at (718) 381-3702 for assistance.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remediate My Water Damage in Forest Hills?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Our Experts Can Resolve Your Water Damage Issues with Cutting Edge Techniques. 

When you experience a water-related event at your Forest Hills residence, you must resolve the resulting issues as soon as possible. This is when the right equipment and techniques come into play. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the requisite resources to quickly address the situation and limit water damage.

SERVPRO regularly handles water damage in Forest Hills. We provide impacted residents with emergency water damage services to successfully remediate, among other things, burst pipes, ceiling leaks, and basement flooding. When doing so, our highly experienced technicians employ all the latest cutting-edge equipment and methods to get the job done right and in less time than other water damage remediation services. 

Some of the advanced techniques we use to resolve your water damage are:

  • Arriving on-site within four hours to rapidly remove any standing water with powerful wet vacs and extractors
  • Strategically setting up a network of state-of-the-art air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems to swiftly dry out your home’s interiors
  • Employing advanced foggers and injection devices to treat impacted areas and household contents
  • Disinfecting and deodorizing water-damaged structural elements and contents with EPA-approved chemical agents

With all that said, if you ever need help overcoming the effects of water damage, rest assured that there is a service that can assist you. Contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 whenever you need us.

Can Professional Queens Water Mitigation Minimize Office Downtime?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded office with a lifebuoy floating Water damage at your business location can certainly stop any productivity. Contact Team SERVPRO immediately after any event for remediation services.

SERVPRO Techs Remove Queens Office Carpet Damage with Water Mitigation Tools

After flood claims, water damage is the most common insurance claim filing in the United States. While, in many cases, water damage can be prevented, disasters can still occur at any time of the day or night that impact Queens facilities.

SERVPRO responds quickly to commercial water mitigation calls for Queens businesses with various sophisticated tools and tried-and-true methods for cleanup. The firm’s constant availability keeps business downtime–and the impact of water damage–to a minimum.

Water Extraction Processes for Carpeting

Carpeting requires specialized care from certified technicians to remove moisture and minimize the need for replacement.

  • Thorough moisture extraction with tools like carpet wands and rovers are essential to preparing carpet for drying with air movers and dehumidifiers. SERVPRO techs ensure that this process is performed without risking delamination of the pad from the carpeting
  • Carpet with significant moisture saturation can be pulled up and tented for drying both above and below the surface. Technicians can also examine the subfloor for potential cleanup and drying needs
  • Drying chambers made with polyethylene sheets can make the drying process more efficient through containment
  • Inspection is performed multiple times throughout the extraction process to ensure that drying goals remain consistent with the normal moisture levels of structural materials in a given Queens business

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood is a phone call away from performing commercial mitigation services at (718) 381-3702.