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Queens, A diverse Population and Business Economy

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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First Settled in 1635, Queens is Named After the Queen of England

Queens is one of five boroughs in New York City, with over 2.2 million people from diverse backgrounds. This rich diversity offers everyone something, whether dining, nightclubs, sports activities, beaches, or museums. Connected to the other metropolitan boroughs by subway, visitors and residents can enjoy the area's rich culture, all connected by underground transit.

Major landmarks located in the borough include:



JFK International Airport

LaGuardia Airport

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Citi Field

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Silvercup Studios

Aqueduct Racepark and

The Queens Night Market



Each of these landmarks has its history and background, which many people find attractive. For example:

Kaufman Astoria Studios

The studio was originally built in the 1920s near the Broadway theater district. Over the years, it has been expanded to include backlots, residential units, shops, and dining areas. Some of the exciting pictures filmed on this lot include Sesame St, The Money Pit, Goodfellas, Angels in America, and many more made for TV and movie theater projects.

Silvercup Studios

The largest film and TV production facility in the city began operating in 1983 in what was known as the Silvercup Bakery. Initially used to produce music videos, there has been a gradual shift to television shows and series production. While it is impossible to name all of the shows produced at this facility, a few include Gangs of New York, Quantico, The Deuce, The Devil Wears Prada, Sex and the City, and many more.

Queens Night Market

Reflected by the diversity of the borough, the market features up to 100 vendors representing over 80 countries marketing everything from food, artistic creations, and merchandise. Enjoy various food items from many different countries, cooked fresh and tasty. There are also small scale performances that demonstrate the diversity of the city's neighborhood and the borough. The market operates on Saturday night from April to October, with an average of over 10,000 visitors. There is a price cap of $6 on all food items. Enjoy the entertainment, the exotic food, a beer, or a glass of wine on Saturday nights.

Top Attractions in the Borough and Nearby

In addition to those already mentioned, visitors and residents can enjoy many attractions. For example –



Long Island Railroad

Gantry Plaza State Park

Cunningham Park

Noguchi Museum

Rockaway Beach

Museum of the Moving Image

Queens Zoo and

Many other popular and interesting museums and sites.



 Long Island Railroad

The Long Island Railroad began service in 1834, providing daily services between New York and Boston via a rail-ferry connection. Today it carries over 384,000 passengers daily, over 700 miles of track with 124 stations.

Gantry Plaza State Park

The park consists of 12 acres on the East River in the borough of Queens. There are playgrounds, a waterfront promenade, and playing fields. Many locals spend their days fishing and crabbing on Pier #4

Cunningham Park

Cunningham Park is 358 acres lying between the Grand Central Parkway and the Long Island Expressway. This park is popular with hikers, cycling, and mountain biking. Trails range from beginner level to expert.

Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum has been open since 1985, showcasing Japanese American artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi. His architectural models, sculptures, and artistic furniture design are well recognized and an excellent example of the community outreach program.

Rockaway Beach

The beach is the longest urban beach in the US. It was once known as the Irish Riveria due to the large Irish population living in the region. The area has become known for day trips, surfers, and scuba divers. The beach is being rebuilt after the devastation from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Museum of the Moving Image

The museum is focused on digital media, television, film, and the technology associated with these industries. View artifacts in a multimedia format aimed at increasing the understanding of the sector. There are regular movie series about the art of cinema.

Queens Zoo

The zoo covering 18 acres in Queens, New York, opened in 1968 and is part of the association of four area zoos' managed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Visitors can view more than 75 species from the Americas. There are domestic animals and wild animals from all over the continent—bald eagles, elk, vultures, pumas, coyotes, to name just a few.

The multicultural nature of the Borough of Queens has a great deal to offer residents and visitors. The examples highlighted in this post are just a few of the more popular activities and sites to visit in the borough.

Remove Mold Contamination Before It Causes Structural Damage

Mold spores exist almost everywhere around us, indoors as well as outdoors. They can never be removed 100%, however mold contamination and infestations can be removed, especially before severe structural damage occurs from untreated areas.

Mold spores love high humidity, areas where there is food, and locations where there is little light. Places inside walls, under sinks, and around windows are areas where mold colonies can become established, especially if there is a continuous humidity supply. A mold colony left in place long enough can weaken organic structural elements such as wood and drywall. If you notice a strong, musty odor, there is probably mold nearby.

SERVPRO has the experience and knowledge to deal with mold situations. We follow a systematic process to remove mold infestations:



Inspect and assess the damage

Check for humidity sources and correct as needed

Contain the mold to the area

Apply air filtration or exhaustion of air externally

Remove all mold and materials infested with mold

Clean all contents where possible

Reconstruct as needed if structural elements were contaminated



SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood provides mold removal services to Queens commercial business customers and companies and the surrounding area. Call (718) 381-3702. We are available 24/7to help with all your mold removal needs.



Burn Off Thanksgiving Dinner in Queens

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Turkey running While you burn off the extra calories you gobbled up, SERVPRO is ready to race over to restore your home after a fire has left it burnt.

Participate in Queens’ Inaugural Flushing Meadows Turkey Trot 5K 

Burn off some of those excess Thanksgiving calories and recharge your batteries after stressful Black Friday bargain hunting at the first annual Flushing Meadows Turkey Trot 5K. The event is being sponsored by the Never Stop Running Foundation and takes place on Saturday, November 28th, at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. The following are some useful things to remember when planning for the activity:



It has five different start times: 8:00 AM; 8:30 AM; 9:00 AM; 9:30 AM; and 10:00 AM.

Each of the five waves is capped at only fifty trotters, for a total of 250 in-person participants.

Virtual participation is possible and can take place between November 28th and December 6th

No spectators are allowed, and there is no official bag check.

Online registration is $45/person.  



Your neighbors at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood know that, just like it takes time and effort to recover from Thanksgiving, it also requires similar perseverance to overcome a house fire’s effects. With that said, our fire damage restoration experts likely have all the right knowledge and equipment necessary to handle your fire-related issues successfully. Call us anytime at (718) 381-3702 for help.



Join The Great American Smoke Out from Your Kew Gardens Living Room

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

No smoking sign Take some time for self care while SERVPRO cares for your homes water damage.

Becoming a Non-Smoker in Kew Gardens

The Great American Smoke Out is held on the third Thursday of November. This year, Kew Gardens residents can participate on November 19th. Although there are no Fun Runs or other big events, people can still join local and national communities for support. 

Where to Find Assistance:

Exercise classes are still available through many area hospitals and community centers. The difference this year is that you will need to access them through Zoom or another online source through your phone or home computer. For those of you willing to mask up and maintain social distance, you can always watch online and still enjoy getting outdoors. 

If exercise isn’t an issue, there are still online support groups. There are thousands of people here and across the nation trying to make positive changes in these circumstances. Join them.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood is thrilled to be part of this and other online events serving our community. If you need assistance with water mitigation in your Kew Gardens residence, call us today at (718) 381-3702. 

Can Restoration Services Dry a Home Faster After Flooding?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

wood moisture meter with prongs Flood damage mitigation means discovering moisture points in a Kew Gardens hardwood floor. SERVPRO has the newest technology like this moisture meter

SERVPRO Technicians Utilize Comprehensive Drying Strategies to Rescue your Kew Gardens Home from Flood Damage.

Is restoring a water intrusion complex?

The process of drying a structure is science. When floods intrude in your Kew Gardens home, there is likely to be visible and invisible damages occurring at the property. Standing water is an obvious example of visible signs of harm. However, less apparent injuries could include material saturation, water migration, humidity levels, and microbial infestation. Managing a loss site requires a solid knowledge of how water spreads as well as how it evaporates. While most flood loss site recoveries begin by pumping or extracting massive amounts of liquid water, the later stages are essential to avoid further damage. We find that many properties with odor or mold issues are the result of incomplete drying. Our technicians work hard to measure and monitor your home throughout restoration to secure it against further harm.

How do professional water restoration technicians measure water intrusion levels?

There are numerous technologies at our disposal when dealing with flood damage in your Kew Gardens home. A good restoration technician combines knowledge of psychrometry using in-depth measuring equipment before deciding on the best course of action to recover your home. Sometimes using knowledge means searching the property for signs of migration, including temporarily removing parts of the building's assembly. At other times, measuring equipment is utilized to test the saturation of these materials. It is not uncommon for a home and its contents to be exposed to moisture for several hours or days when dealing with a flood loss site. We actively pursue effective measures to mitigate losses and confirm our drying strategy using data.

What are the areas of a home at risk of water damage after flooding?

  • Fittings such as cabinets, baseboards, floor finishes, carpets, and upholstery can often suffer from prolonged exposure to moisture.
  • Parts of the homes building assemblies, such as the subfloor or drywall, may become soft or disintegrate if over-saturated.
  • Semi-porous building materials like lumber can expand, warp, crown, cup, or buckle once moisture content levels go over 5% of the regular equilibrium moisture content.

What detection and monitoring devices are used for fixing flooded properties?

Homes are built from many different types of materials. Additionally, contents can use complex or sensitive fabrics in material construction. Technicians must understand how to measure metals, woods, hard surfaces, and textiles accurately to understand the extent of a water emergency. To do that, we use a variety of detection devices. Some of these devices measure temperatures, which allows a crew chief to assess whether moisture exists beneath or behind materials. Other devices use penetrating probes. These probes enable a restoration technician to monitor the extent of moisture saturation accurately. A wood construct, for example, could have many layers. Using a penetrating moisture meter, our technicians can keep tabs on how far the water has penetrated these materials and how effective dehumidification or other drying strategies are in the home.

What are the categories of moisture detection equipment?

  • Sensors are non-invasive measuring tools that could include thermal imaging cameras and allow technicians to assess whether water migrates into structural cavities.
  • Probes are used to take moisture content readings from inside materials. Sometimes, boroscopes may be used to check behind walls or flooring for evidence of moisture.
  • Thermal hygrometers detect the level of humidity in a property, which often raises after water intrusion. Humidity control is vital to limiting microbial growth.

How do moisture readings influence drying strategies?

No two homes are the same, so technicians need to assess the quality of restoration regularly. Different materials, as well as different severities of water intrusion, strongly influence the drying procedure. Using a penetrating moisture meter, a technician may find that hard surface material's moisture content is above the average equilibrium level. Those readings could influence the drying strategy by enacting a switch from refrigerant dehumidifiers to desiccant dehumidifiers. Desiccant equipment can reduce indoor humidity to a level where indoor air begins to draw moisture from a semi-porous surface. This humidity managing is a vital strategy for tackling concrete, hardwoods, and other hard-surface floorings that may become adversely affected by exposure to moisture.

How do technicians maximize monitoring equipment to increase drying times?

  • A technician may use multiple devices on the same surface to assess humidity, water penetration, and interior cavities.
  • Restoration technicians are assigned specific areas of the home to monitor and measure, providing reliable numbers.
  • When measuring humidity, we use both relative humidity and temperature to calculate the actual grains per pound of moisture within the indoor environment (preferably keeping it below 60GPP to prevent mold growth)

Tailoring a drying strategy to your home's unique build and contents can significantly reduce the restoration time-frame. Contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 568-6530 now.

What Should Forest Hills Homeowners Do Once Their Properties Sustain Fire Damage?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged room with soot covering the walls and items Fire damage can easily destroy many of your belongings. Team SERVPRO can help. Contact us 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services.

Homeowners Can Seek Fire Restoration Services from SERVPRO Technicians in Forest Hills.

If fire damage takes place in your Forest Hills residence, it can affect your life and daily routine, especially if you do not handle it promptly and appropriately. If your Forest Hills home has sustained any form of the said damage, it is paramount that you find professionals well versed in handling it. SERVPRO can help you to restore your home. 

What should I do immediately after a fire?

To prevent further damage and make sure that fire restoration in your Forest Hills home takes a shorter period, you can do a few things. They include:

  • Shut off the electricity to reduce the risk of further electrical damage. 
  • Keep the movement inside the building at a minimum. This can reduce the spread of soot to areas that haven't been already affected. Additionally, you may not directly identify which part of the building's structure has been damaged. By reducing movement, you minimize the chance of injuring yourself.
  • If it is possible, you should totally avoid the area that has been damaged by the fire.

What should I not do after a fire has damaged my property?

Your house needs to be restored as soon as possible. That is understandable. However, if you choose to do some things yourself, you can inadvertently increase the level of damage. Consequently, you should avoid doing the following things:

  • Refrain from cleaning electrical appliances that have any sort of damage
  • Refrain from trying or actually washing off soot from upholstery, painted walls, and the carpet.

What happens to ruined belongings. Do I need to remove them from my house?

Our trained and experienced technicians can identify which items we can clean and restore, and which ones need replacement. Our SERVPRO team can salvage a majority of fire-damaged items. We can list the salvageable and non-salvageable items and present it to you.

When possible, we restore ruined items on-site. Cleaning content on site reduces the number of times the items are handled. This can reduce the chance of the contents getting damaged while in the possession of restorers.

If it is not possible to restore contents on-site such as when a home is not structurally sound enough for our crew to work there or items have sustained severe damage, we can move the items to our secure facilities. Our team can carefully inventory, pack out and transport them to our facilities for thorough cleaning and restoration. If you have high value items that require restoration by a specialist like electronics and artwork, we can take them to a competent restorer.

The experts at SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood are qualified to restore homes after fire loss incidents of any size or scope. Contact us through our hotline (718) 381-3702 for effective restoration.

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How Does SERVPRO Remove Hazardous Conditions?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor in a room. Kew Gardens let SERVPRO assist you through your water damage.

A Professional Team of SERVPRO Technicians Can Assess and Mitigate the Damage at Your Kew Gardens Property

When our team first arrives at your Kew Gardens home, they make sure that there is no immediate danger. Safety is the top priority during home restoration. Non-contaminated water by itself does not necessarily cause danger but left unattended can cause multiple safety issues ranging from severe structural damage to increased slip and fall risk. Before SERVPRO workers begin the cleanup and restoration process, they must identify hazards. Residents and workers alike should always strive for safe working conditions.

What Could Happen if Hazards Remain?

SERVPRO Technicians Address Safety Hazards

While undergoing water mitigation in Kew Gardens, various safety concerns can arise. Sitting water can cause structural damage, leading to severe dangers such as ceilings and walls caving in. Sitting water can also lead to mold growth that can cause health effects. It is critical to take action quickly when water damage occurs in your home.

What Do Technicians Look for When They Perform the Safety Check?

  • Sagging Ceilings: This indicates the possibility of the ceiling caving in. Technicians may choose to punch weep holes to let out some of the standing water.
  • Electrical Hazards: Water in light sockets or near outlets can pose a serious risk.
  • Slip, Trip, and Fall Hazards: Technicians make sure floors do not pose any slip or trip hazards. Extracting excess moisture and removing cords from the ground can help ensure there are no accidents.
  • Mold Growth: Identifying mold growth allows technicians to spray the appropriate antimicrobial, they are limiting further growth.

Once immediate hazards are identified and addressed, technicians can go about the task of removing excess water and restoring your home to preloss condition.  For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Are There Any Good Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services in Forest Hills?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

flood in building coming through under door When dealing with water damage, immediate action needs to be taken. Contact our SERVPRO technicians for fast service.

Yes, One Local Service In Forest Hills, SERVPRO, Has Helped Numerous Area Businesses Successfully Remediate Their Water Damage.

Although it is mostly a residential community, Forest Hills does have a wide variety of restaurants, markets, and retail shops.  These seemingly insignificant commercial establishments mostly service area residents and are actually an important part of the local economy.  So, when one or more are impacted by a water issue, it can be a real inconvenience for both the owners and neighborhood residents.  Every day an establishment is shuttered, is a day it is losing precious income and moving closer to insolvency.  This is an especially important consideration in our area because commercial rents and taxes are exceedingly high and they can quickly bury a closed business in debt.  At the same time, locals could lose access to jobs and their favorite nearby eatery, market, or store.

Do Water Damage Cleanup and Repair Services Like SERVPRO Understand the Unique Concerns of Businesses?

As fellow business operators in this area, your neighborhood SERVPRO truly understands the concerns of firm owners who need water damage restoration in Forest Hills.  This means that, unlike other water damage remediators, we are much more likely to deliver the service they need, in the manner that they need it.  So, as our technicians work to restore your water-damaged commercial site, they are always:

  • Trying to work as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimize your enterprise’s downtime and return it to operational condition as soon as they can   
  • Concerned about preserving and restoring your invaluable and, often, irreplaceable business records
  • Focused on restoring, rather than merely replacing, your expensive equipment and furnishings
  • Mindful of and dedicated to eliminating potential customer and employee safety issues
  • Aware of local building ordinances and codes so that your restored business complies with them
  • Dedicated to keeping you informed of job progress and only completing work authorized by you

In all of these various ways, our trained professionals attempt to minimize your overall losses and swiftly return you to profitability.

What Specific Services Does SERVPRO Offer Local Business Owners Impacted by a Water Issue?

We offer area restaurateurs and shop owners in Forest Hills suffering water issues numerous beneficial remediation services.  These involve everything from basic water removals to complex reconstructive efforts and include:

  • Water extractions of various magnitudes to limit potential damage and facilitate restoration efforts
  • Site security services like tarping openings, boarding up windows and doors, and fencing in the perimeter of your commercial site to prevent trespassing and looting
  • Repairing compromised roofing and impaired drainage systems to eliminate leaks
  • Fixing or replacing defective or deteriorated piping to combat water issues
  • Repairing leaking appliances that could cause further damage
  • Skilled drying of business documents, furnishings, other important contents, and the overall interiors of your commercial structure
  • Expert reconstructions of destroyed portions of your building by trained contractors 

As you can see, whatever level of water damage you have experienced, we likely offer a service that can effectively resolve your particular issues.  Moreover, we are often able to handle these problems more swiftly than other cleaning and restoration companies.

What Remediation Training and Credentials Do SERVPRO Professionals Have?

SERVPRO technicians receive extensive in-house training and take certification courses from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Some of the industry-related certifications they hold are in:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Applied structural drying
  • Health and safety
  • Lead-based paint activities and renovation
  • Construction safety

Rest assured that, armed with all of this restoration knowledge, our skilled experts are more than capable of successfully resolving whatever water-related problem you may have.  Using their specialized equipment, they can perform all the necessary steps to quickly and efficiently return your business to its preloss condition.  

Operating a business in the quaint town of Forest Hills is usually a wonderful experience. Although it is less than ten miles from Manhattan, it often feels like you are far from the hustle and bustle of the big city when you are in this peaceful community.  The town’s tree-lined streets and architectural styles mimicking old English and Dutch construction only add to its suburban charm.  With all that said, ruptured water pipes, a severe roof leak, malfunctioning appliances, or leaking water storage containers could quickly turn your idyllic small-town commercial experience into a money-sucking nightmare.  However, remember that if any of these problems ever affect you, there is help available nearby.     

Whenever you need your commercial property inspected for water damage or are dealing with the troublesome aftereffects of a water event, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 for assistance.

Can Storm-Related Flood Damage in Forest Hills Cause Structural Problems in Spaces Other Than the Lowest Levels?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Kitchen Interior The observant experts at SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood know where to look for all aspects of storm-based flooding in your home.

Flood Damage in Forest Hills Is Not Confined to the Basement -- Consult with the Professionals at SERVPRO to Make Sure You Account for All Structural Hazards

Flooding conjures up cellars, garden level apartments, and basements knee-high in contaminated water in Forest Hills. These circumstances certainly can challenge after torrential rains and overland flooding. If your home escapes a sodden lower level after heavy rains and winds, do not assume the chance for harm passed over you. Checking other spaces in your home is critical, and if you notice anything amiss, get a professional consultation.

What Signs of Upper-Level Flood Damage Should I Look For?
If your house or apartment sustained any exterior damage, you are probably already alert for flood damage in Forest Hills. Homes may suffer:

    •    Broken windows and doors
    •    Damaged brickwork or siding
    •    Ripped off shingles, flashing, and other roof materials

Can I Be Certain There Is No Flood Damage if I Do Not Observe Any Water Inside?
Just because you see little or no water on surfaces is no assurance that the rain did not intrude. Water can flood into your home and collect unseen in building cavities. Indications of trapped storm flood water include:

    •    New staining on walls or ceilings
    •    Bulging on walls or sagging on ceilings
    •    A sheen on surfaces that looks like ‘sweating”
    •    Unpleasant musty odors or “wet wood” smells
    •    Warping of floors near walls

What Can Be Done if I Have “Flooding” Inside My Building Structures?
Our SERVPRO project manager does a visual inspection and assigns a trained technician to complete moisture detection and metering using infrared imaging and sensitive probes and devices. If we locate trapped water, we consider controlled demolition strategies to release water for removal. Tactics include punching “weep holes,” particularly in ceilings. We also cut or drill holes near the base off walls, and sometimes make “flood cuts” several inches above floor level from stud to stud. These openings also make drying technology more efficient.

The observant experts at SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood know where to look for all aspects of storm-based flooding in your home. Call us at (718) 381-3702 for an assessment and peace of mind, even if you hope you weathered the storm.

Is Mold Affecting the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System in your Business?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

commercial metal ductwork for HVAC Forest Hill Commercial Buildings Rely on SERVPRO for Cleaning HVAC Ductwork to Remediate Mold Damage

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Mold Remediation in the  Forest Hills Area

Why are commercial HVAC systems at risk of mold infestation?

Businesses in the Forest Hills area rely on the HVAC system to provide staff and customers' ideal conditions throughout the year. Unlike residential systems, a commercial HVAC can be in use all year round. Higher usage dramatically increases the likelihood of malfunction. By failing to replace filters regularly or perform maintenance on a high usage system, you increase the chances of a mold infestation. Since HVAC systems transport recycled air through business premises, an outbreak can spread rapidly, affecting acoustical ceiling tiles, carpets as well as the inner ducts of the system itself. SERVPRO has experience working with commercial properties to overcome potential mold growth issues.

How are HVAC systems inspected for mold damage?

When an HVAC requires mold remediation in your Forest Hills business, it may extend beyond the regular access and maintenance points. To access ducting, we may need to employ circular drilling equipment to open the ducts and inspect the interior walls. These temporary access points can often be resealed using thin metal panels attached to the cavity to return the HVAC to a working condition. If there is a significant amount of mold within ducts, SERVPRO technicians can use ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging equipment to disperse anti-microbial chemicals in the conduits. These chemicals break down microbes and help prevent new colonies from building up through the stages of growth.

What is the benefit of having a clean HVAC system?

  • Removal of potential mold colonies from inside ducts
  • Cost-efficient remediation of the inner HVAC system
  • Inspection and point of contact should a third-party repair be required for the restoration of a faulty appliance
  • Improved IAQ Indoor Air Quality

Dealing with microbial growth promptly can save time and expense in the long run. Contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 306-6536.

How Does Fire Damage Get Cleaned from Contents?

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" We have the training, expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire. Call us right away.

Structure fires in Forest Hills homes can be challenging to clean and restore without the products and equipment available to our SERVPRO team. 

Cleaning up your Forest Hills home after a fire loss incident can be a considerable challenge, especially when considering the various types of residues and soiling that could be present. Depending on the combustion rate and the affected materials, each fire disaster's cleanup plan and strategies could look different. Choosing the most efficient paths involves a carefully crafted approach from information obtained in the job scoping and evaluation phases. 

Fire restoration for Forest Hills hinges significantly on the cleaning result that our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team can provide. Removing smoke and soot residues from structural elements often combine several tactics happening at once. In some situations, chemical agents can remove stubborn soiling from surfaces while abrasive cleaning techniques like soda and media blasting are ideal for thicker coatings that could result in staining or marring of the underlying substrate. 

When Does Cleaning Occur Over Replacement? 

Our restoration mentality relies on cleaning and recovering damaged items and structural elements rather than immediately choosing controlled demolition and later reconstruction. While some fire restoration companies might believe that rebuilding is inevitable, our SERVPRO restorers and contractors understand that the choice in material discarding over cleaning relies on several individual factors. These include: 

  • Cost-Efficiency - The replacement costs must become a factor in whether removal and rebuilding is a better option for the customer. With cheaper building materials like drywall, replacement might be more cost-efficient than cleaning and restoration. 
  • Accessibility - How challenging restoration efforts are can also play a role in the likelihood of tear-out and reconstruction options getting chosen. 
  • High-Valued Contents or Structural Elements - With properties that have been constructed with higher quality materials, restoration might be worth the added time cleaning can take. For example, replacement materials for our historic properties can be nearly impossible to match with modern offerings. 

What Types of Content Cleaning Approaches Are Effective with Fire Losses? 

The contents of your home must require the same attention and consideration that structural elements receive. On-site restoration and cleaning all can reduce the costs of recovery for these damaged items and furniture. Depending on the affected materials and the severity of the damage, a few specific cleaning techniques and products are used to help. 

  • Spray & Wipe – Cleaning products get designed primarily to address surface aesthetics after a fire impacts the contents and furniture in your home. Using rags, dry sponges, and other equipment, residues and soiling can get sufficiently addressed. 
  • Foam Cleaning – Using a pump sprayer with a shampooing product or an upholstery brush, we can use a cleaner that heavily foams to lift light soils from upholstered, fabric furniture. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning – These solutions use products as much as physical actions to achieve the desired result. While we have abrasive chemical agents, often applying chemicals with agitative cleaning utensils, such as steel wool or pads, can also have the desired effect. 
  • Immersion Cleaning – While it is feasible to establish immersive cleaning approaches on-site, off-site restoration at our SERVPRO facility can utilize our Ultrasonic Immersion Tank for more efficient results. 

Is Off-Site Recovery Worth It? 

After a fire, many homes and their contents are worse for the wear. Even with the fast response of experienced technicians like our SERVPRO team, off-site recovery and restoration of your valuables and belongings can be inevitable. There are a few advantages to allowing pack out to occur:

  • Advanced Cleaning – Unlike the limitations of cleaning and restoring your belongings in the recently damaged property, we have the full measure of cleaning and restoration capabilities in our warehouse. 
  • Deodorizing Item Lots – With areas like the ozone chamber, entire lots of smoke-damaged materials and contents can get deodorized simultaneously. 
  • Safe Storage & Inventory – Effective inventory solutions mean that our technicians know where your belongings are and can safely store them until they are ready for return. 
  • Staging – Before returning to your home after fire recovery, staging restored belongings in our warehouse allows our technicians to look over everything one last time to ensure we have addressed all smoke and fire damages.

Fire losses can be traumatic for homeowners, especially when contents and structural elements become damaged by smoke and soot residues. Give our SERVPRO of Forest Hill / Ridgewood team a call to help you however you need at (718) 381-3702.