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Why Are Mold Remediation Companies Your Best Bet in Queens?

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

Containment barrier being installed Mold damage remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every size of disaster.

Mold Remediation and Cleanup Call for Skilled Technicians – Call SERVPRO to Your Queens Property!

Black mold is never anything that a Queens property owner wants to spot in their building. Whether you are a homeowner or property manager, working fast to have the mold safely and efficiently cleaned up is crucial. Even the smallest amount of mold infestation brings potential health effects for people and pets within the home. This means having mold specialists on the job to perform rapid remediation is best. SERVPRO can help, making your property Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Why look to mold remediation companies in Queens? Because SERVPRO knows how fast mold spores colonize, given the ideal moisture levels and temperatures. After it begins to spread, it can lead to irreparable damage to your building materials, contents or even bring structural damage. Even worse, there are some cases where mold spores may spread without detection.

Bathroom, kitchen, and basement mold cleanup is a pain for anyone to attempt with DIY methods. Trying it yourself means running the risk of inhaling it or disturbing the spores, so they become airborne. These are some of the top reasons why you need SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians to handle your project:

  • Mold cleanup is laborious – You should never spray and wipe areas of visible mold. You should also never have your HVAC system running because it can catapult spores throughout the building. SERVPRO has proven methods for carefully vacuuming spores and cleaning surfaces in the safest manner possible.
  • Personal protection equipment is required – All of our team works while wearing PPE and puts containment barriers in place to limit tracking and displacement of mold spores.
  • Prevention of future issues – Once cleaned, mold can colonize again when given the right environment. Our SERVPRO team will go over the best way to keep mold from developing in moisture-prone areas of your building. 

Mold cleanup and remediation are better when an experienced team is handling them for you. Call (718) 381-3702 to talk with us at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood when you need mold-related assistance.

Forest Hills Building and Facilities Water Damage Cleanup When You Need It

1/8/2022 (Permalink)

Clothing store with water damage, SERVPRO tech looking around When your commercial building has water damage, you need the help of SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment for every size disaster.

Commercial Property Owners in Forest Hills Can Trust SERVPRO to Handle Their Water Damage Cleanup Needs

Any industrial water-related emergency calls for precision and experience to handle cleanup and restoration. Facilities managers know that calling in a team like SERVPRO brings the latest equipment and proven processes to offer water removal services and ensure the business has little or no downtime. Whether you had a pipe burst during an overnight shift at your production facility or you are experiencing ceiling leaks at your motel, we are on the scene within hours to get to work. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

It used to be that water damage cleanup in Forest Hills may have closed your commercial property down for a week or longer. Today, the available technology and equipment help speed up the process. Waiting to address standing water or hidden moisture in your building could result in a loss of business, unsalvageable inventory, and potential health effects from black mold development.

SERVPRO Can Help!

No matter if you had a sewage backup, storm flooding, or a pipe leak, SERVPRO has IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) to help bring your business back to tip-top shape as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of water intrusion, you may need controlled demolition to get everything back to normal.

  • Controlled demolition involves the removal of all saturated or contaminated building materials deemed unsalvageable. We take care of the removal, disposal, and reconstruction with new materials to make it “Like it never even happened.”
  • It may be likely that your business will take on some structural damage. Failing to address this problem promptly means that it could intensify. This translates into irreparable secondary damage that takes more time and money to get fixed.

Commercial water damage cleanup with SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood ensures your business never misses a beat. Regardless of the scope of the project, our Green Fleet is there to get the job done. Call us at (718) 381-3702 or request help online.

Can Winter Weather Cause Water Damage for Queens Residences?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team working in the winter elements Winter months may cause frozen pipes issues. SERVPRO techs have the training and experience for all storm damage restoration.

Take preventative steps to avoid costly damages to Queens homes during the winter months. 

The winter can be a hectic time for area homes and businesses, which might leave you less attentive to the needs of your property. Insufficiencies during harsh winter conditions can result in water damage.

The Costly Damage of Winter on Local Homes

There are many ways harsh winter conditions could impact properties, such as frozen pipes and ice damming Queens residences experience during this season. These situations could have costly and destructive effects on a property, making it vital to take any preventative measures possible to avoid these emergencies. Some of the ways that you can do this include:

  • Better Insulation - Insulation is key to preventing roof damage and frozen pipes. Sufficient protection from the cold on lines and keeping warmth in the house by not letting it escape through the roof both help these causes. 
  • Expose Pipes to Warm Air – Pipes need to be exposed to warmer air you have to regulate the temperature for the rest of the property. You might need to open cabinets or doors to allow better circulation. 
  • Avoid Ice Formations - Preventing ice dams can keep areas like the attic from becoming flooded. Heated cables are the trusted method of avoiding ice formations, but ice belts also work to deter this buildup. 

Can SERVPRO Help After Water Damage?

If preventative measures never happen or prove insufficient, our SERVPRO team can help with the mess that results. We have fast mitigation solutions to handle standing water and begin intricate drying, surface cleaning, and structural/plumbing repairs.

The winter months might be a hazard to many homes, especially those unattended or underinsulated against the threats of lower temperatures. Our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team can help throughout the borough and surrounding areas to make water damage threats like burst pipes "Like it never even happened." Call today at (718) 381-3702. 

What Tasks Are Commonly Left Unfinished After Restoring Flood Damage in Queens?

12/18/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help SERVPRO techs are here to help 24/7 365 days a year, no matter the size of storm damage restoration needed for your home.

SERVPRO Handles Simple as Well as Advanced Restoration Tasks for Total Peace of Mind

Flooding is known to cause significant damages to properties in Queens. Therefore, most focus is on major tasks such as tearing down structural materials or cleaning heavily soiled areas. However, those tasks only address part of the damages.

Many seemingly minor issues are overlooked during the restoration of flood damage in Queens properties. Apart from being minor, the other reason is the tedious processes involved in resolving them. However, these issues might impact the structure and the general comfort at the residence later on. SERVPRO can help guarantee conclusive restoration after a flooding incident by addressing such issues.

Among the tasks that should not be ignored include:

  • Repairing subfloors
  • Inspecting, cleaning, and replacing electrical components
  • Cleaning or repairing HVAC systems

Since floods leave inches of water covering floors, moisture can find a way into the subfloor causing significant damages. Even on hard floors such as tiles, water can seep through the grout lines, so it is essential to confirm water intrusion in the subfloor. After extracting standing water, our SERVPRO technicians can use thermal cameras to find water below the surface. When confirmed, we can choose to dry the subfloor using drying mats, thus avoiding costly demolition.

Flood water can affect various electrical components, including switches, sockets, and light fixtures, depending on the entry point or height of standing water. Leaving such components unaddressed increases the chances of electrical shorts and even fires. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect them to determine what requires cleaning or replacement.

Ducts and other HVAC components might also need attention after flooding to address:

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood takes full initiative to manage all aspects of flood damage, leaving properties comfortable and safe. Call us at (718) 381-3702 for assistance in making any flooding situation, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Does It Take Significant Effort To Manage Odors After Fire Damage in Forest Hills Homes?

12/11/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke from a fire Fire and smoke removal is no DIY project. Fire damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO have the knowledge and experience for every size disaster.

SERVPRO Helps Identify and Remove All Residues Which Is One of the Reasons for Lingering Odors

One challenging issue Forest Hills property owners like you might experience after a fire incident is removing the foul odor left in the property. Cleaning and airing the house only lessens the problem, so further action is necessary to restore preloss conditions.

Clearly understanding the combustion process can help you better address odors after fire damage at your Forest Hills home. Since SERVPRO fire restoration technicians undergo rigorous training and IICRC certification, you can expect a better understanding of the odor problem and thus better resolution of the issue in your home.

Knowledge can be evaluated based on the understanding of:

  • What combustion involves
  • Physical properties of the residues fires produce
  • Spread patterns

Although it might not seem so, combustion is a process that turns solids into gas through heat. Since there are different types of materials in a house, combustion produces a wide array of gases. Some materials are fully consumed, while others are only partially consumed during the process, thus leaving different residues strewn all over the property. Dealing with the residues is essential in managing odors.

The essential aspects of addressing fire residues to control odors include:

  • Locating all smoke residue deposits
  • Identifying the different types of residues
  • Identifying various surfaces where residues collect

Powdery residues like soot can travel far from the seat of the fire. In rooms unaffected by the fire, you can find soot inside wall cavities, closets, and light fixtures. Our SERVPRO technicians help inspect your property thoroughly, thus locating all residues. Differentiating residue types and surfaces also helps ensure we remove all residues, thus eliminating all odor sources.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood can remove all residues left by fire damage at your property, eliminating any traces of odor, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (718) 381-3702 when you need assistance.

What Are the Main Activities During Mold Removal From Properties in Queens?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Got mold? Mold remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience for every phase needed for your home.

SERVPRO Handles the Background Work Before Embarking on the Main Mold Removal From Properties

You can easily notice mold contamination in your house, especially when dark spots appear on surfaces or the air has a musty smell. However, you may not be aware of how much work the remediation process might involve. Without the right information, restoring your Queens home to its preloss state is challenging.

Completing mold removal in your Queens property is a comprehensive process that takes more than just addressing mold colonies. Taking care of the property and protecting the people living in the premises are equally essential steps. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified microbial remediation technicians who can break down the processes into manageable stages.

Some of the crucial activities that help with mold remediation include:

  • Identifying work areas
  • Identifying unsalvageable materials
  • Choosing cleaning methods
  • Servicing the work site

Being organized is one of the crucial aspects of successful mold remediation. Otherwise, it is possible to spread debris and soils all over the property, thus worsening the problem.

Establishing which areas need cleaning and which sections can serve as storage areas for contents and equipment helps ensure orderly remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians can use various rooms in your home for different purposes or set up containment barriers with plastic sheets. We also set up dumpsters for better management of the loss site during the remediation processes.

If the mold heavily contaminates porous materials, the only solution is to tear them down and dispose of them. Mold hyphae penetrate deep into such materials making removal difficult using other methods. Proper planning is essential when doing such demolition since it affects the other remediation processes such as cleaning. 

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood is dedicated to ensuring satisfactory mold removal from any property. Call us at (718) 381-3702.  We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Clearing Runoff Floodwater in Queens Basement Businesses

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

electric water pump, hose SERVPRO has advanced equipment like sump pumps, trash pumps, truck-mounted pumps to extract floodwaters from Queens area retail basement shops

Effective extraction measures and cleaning can be vital after flooding in Queens

It can be tempting to try and save everything you possibly can when flooding occurs in your lower-level business, but this is neither safe nor feasible. Most things can be replaced. When torrential rains or situations like the remnants of a powerful hurricane system impact New York City, culverts and drainage systems might not be able to keep up. Designed spaces below the street level can be victims of rapidly developing flood scenarios. In these situations, here is what you need to do:

Water Removal with Pumps and Vacuums

Storm damage in Queens businesses on this lower level, often below sidewalk height, can involve several feet of standing water. Using a range of pumps and vacuums, our professionals can begin to discharge the pooling to assess the extent of tear-out and reconstruction that will ultimately be necessary to make these threats “Like it never even happened.”

Muck-Out Cleaning and Content Recovery

Once our truck-mount extractors and trash pumps have managed the water and some of the debris/solids present, muck-out cleaning and post-flood cleanup are next. Being runoff from the street, many residues can coat wall and content surfaces, including oil, grease, cinders, and more. Additionally, this is the time to inventory and evaluate any contents for what is unsalvageable and what might still be saved.

Flood Restoration After the Disaster

Even if you do not contact our professionals immediately, we are here to help with whatever phase of flood recovery and restoration you might be in. At times of crisis, many property owners are preyed on by unprofessional cleaners and con artists who do not do the work promised to get your business up and running again. We can help however you need.

Flooding does not have to be the end for your business. Give our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team a call to help at (718) 381-3702.

Using Humidity Data to Make Drying Efficient in Forest Hills Homes

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

air movers in a kitchen SERVPRO techs maneuver air moving equipment to facilitate the drying process in Forest Hills area homes. Monitoring humidity plays a key role.

Using several tools and practices, we can make drying and cleanup efficient in Forest Hills properties.

Multiple measurements and calculations go into thoroughly drying and restoring a home after water damage. Removing trapped moisture and water from building materials and the environment involves direct management of humidity. Drying principles, when manipulated appropriately, can make for highly efficient and thorough evaporation practices.

The Role of Humidity

Humidity is the measure of moisture in the environment and can indicate the damage requiring water removal in Forest Hills homes. Calculating and tracking the presence and level of humidity in the atmosphere can determine the type of drying and water removal tactics necessary to restore the house. Each of the primary drying principles must be in balance for the most efficient solutions, so humidity must be measured against:

  • Airflow
  • Temperature
  • Affected Materials in Workspace

The Humidity Capacity

The capacity of moisture in the environment is a necessary piece of knowledge to regulate how much work must be done to return a building to favorable conditions. Temperature greatly dictates the humidity ratio, or the capacity for air to hold moisture. As the temperature increases, the capacity for water in the environment increases as well.

Measuring Relative Humidity and Seeking Balance

Just because a specific environment can hold a certain amount of moisture does not indicate that the workspace is fully saturated. As drying and dehumidification begin, this relative humidity RH will start to lower. The relative humidity is a percentage of actual moisture in each environment against the capacity for moisture determined by the humidity ratio. This knowledge helps to track the progress of drying as we continue to restore your property.

With experienced restoration professionals ready 24/7, trust our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team to efficiently mitigate loss and restore your home to preloss condition after water damages. Call us today at (718) 381-3702.

How Does Cleaning Dry Smoke Differ from Wet Smoke Residues in Queens Homes?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

model of house on fire When your precious home or apartment needs excellent fire damage and smoke cleanup--call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire restoration focuses on effective cleaning of soot and smoke damage in Queens area residences.

Fire damage takes many forms, so our professionals responding to these emergencies must evaluate the situation carefully to determine the best restoration approach. As challenging and overwhelming as these conditions can often be, homeowners look to professionals and certified technicians like ours to implement the proper cleaning and recovery strategies, beginning with removing soot and smoke residues from the structure. Count on IICRC certified professionals (FRST) to get it done right.

What Determines Wet or Dry Smoke Damage

The composition of these residues and soils can change how fire mitigation in Queens apartments and homes changes as well. Understanding the damage we must overcome narrows the products and approaches possible to ensure the most efficient response. Some of the factors that can determine the type of soot deposit on surfaces include:

  • Oxygen present during the fire
  • Material/substance burning
  • How fast the combustion occurs

How Does Dry Smoke Get Cleaned?

Dry smoke is often produced by high heat situations but can be among the most simple substances to remove after the fact. In this situation, dry particles are deposited on surfaces that do not typically stain or adhere to the underlying substrate. Odors are often more manageable as well. Clearing dry smoke residues often falls to rubber sponges and non-aggressive cleaning tactics. A filtered, portable vacuum is often the first step in residue removal.

How Does Wet Smoke Get Cleaned?

Wet smoke is far more challenging to remove. In contrast, this type of damage features many liquid components aerosolized in the environment. These damages result from slow, smoldering fires rather than high heat and complete combustion situations. Cleaning these damages involves carefully considered wet cleaning strategies to dissolve and emulsify bonds with the material hosting the soot damage.

We are experienced restorers and cleaners that can help your home after a fire. Our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team knows what your Queens home needs, and we can help when you call (718) 381-3702. 

How Can Professional Remediators Contain Mold in Queens Apartments?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage door and ceiling Mold remediation is no DIY project. SERVPRO uses EPA-registered biocides for all mold mitigation services. Call now!

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.