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Cleaning Up After Home Fire Damage?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Remediate Damage to Queens Properties

Queens holds the honor of being New York City’s largest borough and the second-most populated. The borough is located in Queens County and is also the second-largest New York state county by population.

Queens is also distinguished among the other boroughs of New York for being one of the most culturally diverse places in America and the most linguistically varied in the world. New York State Comptroller data indicates that 138 languages are spoken in Queens, including:

  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Polish
  • Urdu
  • Tagalog

Over half of residents surveyed aged five and older in Queens–over 1.1 million people–spoke a language other than English at home.

Queens’ Economy and Employment

Queens is second only to Manhattan when it comes to the size of its economy. Nearly one-fifth of all private-sector jobs in New York City are in Queens. Overall, employment is diverse yet evenly balanced between retail, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, transportation, and TV and film production.

In 2004, transportation, trade, and utilities were the most crucial portion of the borough’s job economy.l This sector is incredibly vital, considering that two of New York City’s three major airports are located in Queens. Airlines alone employed approximately 25% of residents and accounted for almost a third of the area’s reported wages. In 2012, healthcare, education, and social services-related jobs dominated the local economy.

Large businesses headquartered in Queens include:

  • Bulova in East Elmhurst
  • Glacéau in Whitestone
  • Steinway & Sons in Astoria
  • JetBlue Airways in Long Island City

Various job sectors dominate specific areas in Queens. Flushing, for example, is a hub for Chinese- and Korean-American businesses. Jamaica’s local economy emphasizes civic and transportation jobs, while Long Island City is a renowned manufacturing hub.

In the mid-2010s, New York City became a flourishing hub for tech companies in “Silicon Alley.” The majority of New York City tech startups are in Manhattan, but the remaining boroughs, including Queens, house promising technology firms. This development has turned New York City as a whole into North America’s leading Internet and telecommunications hub, bolstered by its proximity to transatlantic fiber-optic infrastructure.

How Does SERVPRO Availability Help Queens Property Owners?

When fire damage occurs in Queen's residences, SERVPRO professionals prioritize swift arrival to minimize property damage and return structures to a pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO availability means:

  • Property owners can contact the team 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays
  • Mitigation from a locally-owned and operated restoration firm that is Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified
  • Restoration services include fire and water damage mitigation, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning
  • Professional-grade tools include personal protective equipment (PPE), HEPA-filter vacuums, and EPA-registered antimicrobials
  • A restoration-oriented mentality emphasizes property cleanup and repair over replacement when possible to minimize interruptions to your day-to-day schedule after a fire

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood renders fire damage mitigation services for homeowners who call (718) 381-3702.

Can Plumbing Emergencies Force Business Closure?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Commercial Water Cleanup Teams in Queens Can Minimize the Impact of Plumbing Malfunctions at your Business

Plumbing systems at business premises are generally under more consistent usage than those found in residential properties. High levels of use can pressure the plumbing system, resulting in a leak, backup, or pipe burst. In some situations, these malfunctions can impact a business by forcing temporary closure and lost revenue.

Contacting a commercial water cleanup service in Queens can reduce the business costs of a plumbing malfunction by reducing closure times. SERVPRO uses local, qualified technicians that can reach your business within four hours of notification of loss. Using advanced equipment, we can shut off the source of damage, extract water, and return the premises to a sanitary state. 

  • Using portable and truck-mounted water extractors, our team can remove large volumes of water, up to 100 gallons, quickly from the premises.
  • Advanced dehumidification equipment can control microbial growth and prevent potential vapor damage.
  • We can disinfect and decontaminate the area of damage using a full range of industrial cleaning products. 

Professional restoration services can reduce the impact of business interruption. Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood for expert water cleanup at (718) 571-8072

Can Water Intrusion Make a Building Unsafe?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Can Cause Catastrophic Harm to a Structure. SERVPRO Helps Queens Residents Protect their Homes

Materials in the building assembly may suffer adversely from exposure to water. Porous materials and hybrid woods like drywall can break apart after consistent water exposure. More solid materials may deteriorate steadily and eventually threaten the structural integrity of a property.

A leading cause of structural flood damage for Queens residents is long-term water exposure to the framework, floors, and wall cavities. Floodwaters migrate quickly through a building assembly and can affect the inner recesses within a few hours. SERVPRO advanced structural drying technicians can investigate and restore these cavities to protect your home against long-term damage. 

  • Moisture sensors and thermal imaging cameras can detect moisture without needing to deconstruct parts of the home. 
  • Moisture meters use a penetrating probe to assess the extent of water absorption in solid materials commonly used in building structures.
  • Cavity drying equipment such as injectidry systems can access and restore wet cavities reducing secondary damages.

Water migration can result in permanent harm to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood for flood damage cavity restoration at (718) 571-8072.

Are Fire Repairs Expensive in Queens?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO's Professional Fire Mitigation and Restoration Services Can Reduce the Expenses of Fire Restoration

The borough of Queens is one of New York City's largest, with 2,230,722 people. The district lies on the Western side of Long Island sharing borders with the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The formation of Queens dates back to the seventeenth-century when settlers from Europe took place on the Eastern Coast of the United States. The original settlers were a mixture of Dutch and English, with residents of the settlement being subject to Dutch law until 1664, when the area was officially named New York. Queens was one of the original twelve counties that were incorporated into New York State in 1683. While modern-day Queens formally is a borough, it ranks on the same scale population-wise as some of America's largest cities. There are numerous neighborhoods in the area that cover both affluent and social housing regions. Key areas include Ozone Park, Flushing, and Jackson Heights.

Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the United States with African-American, Asian, Peruvian, Italian, and Latin-American communities. There are estimated to be 138 different languages spoken throughout the borough of Queens. The rich diversity in the borough has led to it being the center of important cultural events throughout the twentieth century. These include the Jazz explosion in the 1920s. Jazz masters such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald lived in Queens during the early twentieth century to avoid segregation and other civil injustices. The borough is also notable for producing the East Coast hip-hop sound, including Nas, Run DMC, and a Tribe Called Quest. The Queens Night Market is a celebration of food diversity and attracts thousands of residents and visitors each day.

  • Citi Field is the home of Major League Baseball team the New York Mets. Situated in Queens, the 41,922 seater stadium was estimated to cost $850 million.
  • Each year, the US Open takes place in the neighborhood of Flushing Meadows at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
  • Queens, Harlem, and Brooklyn cultural tours allow visitors to experience the area's unique heritage and cultural history, from CBGB punks like the Ramones to Jazz masters like Louis Armstrong.

SERVPRO Assists Queens Residents with Contents and Structural Restoration after Fire

Fires can cause extensive damage to a home. Cosmetic damages may include smoke residues, low indoor air quality, and foul odors. A high-temperature fire can cause structural damage or char to materials in the building assembly. SERVPRO can help restore your home after a fire.

Using professional fire damage restoration in Queens can remove the stress from a recent fire. Our technicians are capable of identifying non-salvageable materials and removing them quickly. By operating with a restore over replace mentality, we can help keep the cost and time-frame of restoration low.

  • Air Filtration Devices can remove foul odors and restore indoor air quality in your home.
  • Using a combination of fogging equipment and odor, counteractants can deal with most odors caused by fire.
  • Our team is local to the area, which can reduce call-out times significantly.

Get a quick resolution to property damages, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood for fire damage restoration at (718) 571-8072.

Compost Community Volunteer Days in Queens

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Learn How Composted Food Scraps from Queens Homes Can Nourish the Soil

As a large city resident, issues such as soil fertility may not be at the top of your mind since you might not be involved directly in food production processes. However, do you know that you can contribute to the maintenance of rich soils? One way to achieve this is to help with composting efforts. Most of the food wastes that you throw away can help improve the soil structure and nutrients. In case you feel your efforts are insignificant, you can join other people through an initiative such as the Compost Community Volunteer Days organized by the Queens Botanical Garden. 

The Botanical garden organizes regular events where individuals can pitch in what they can to achieve the greater goal of preserving soils through composting at least 4,000 lbs food scraps from Queens. You can participate by:

  • Emptying bins of scrap food
  • Removing up contaminants
  • Chopping up whole foods
  • Bringing food scraps

You can register free to participate on January 18th, 2021, or any other date that you find convenient.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood helps with fire restoration if Queen's properties are affected. Call (718) 381-3702 for immediate assistance after an incident at your property.

Local Service Helps with Water Cleanup in Queens Properties

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in full PPE suit After a water leak, don't make it a DIY project. Call the professionals of SERVPRO to save you time and money plus receive knowledgeable experience.

SERVPRO Uses Various Approaches to Resolve Water Spills Affecting Properties in Queens

Queens is famous as the home of the New York Mets, but there are several other interesting aspects of this borough, which has the second-largest population density among the five New York City boroughs. It was instituted in the late 17th century as one of 12 counties in the province of New York. The name Queens was chosen in honor of English Queen Catherine Braganza. At the time, the neighboring county of Nassau was part of Queens County. 1898 marked the consolidation of New York City, and Queens became one of its boroughs. Politicians from the local, city, and state spheres of influence spearheaded the consolidation after it had failed when proposed as a government vote. If the consolidation had not sailed through, Queens would currently be the fourth most populous city in the United States with its 2.23 million people.

The borough itself has polyglot origins since it was a collection of villages and small towns initially, including Maspeth, Vlissingen, Newtown, and Jamaica. Even today, Queens stands out since the Endangered Language Alliance estimates over 800 languages are spoken by residents, making it the top multilingual location in the world. It is no surprise since 47% of the population is foreign-born.

Unique Structures and Landmarks that Define the Borough 

The skyscraper is a ubiquitous structure in New York. In Queens alone, at least 37 buildings are taller than 300 feet. However, other unique structures stand out for various reasons, including historical significance and architectural beauty. 

  • The Unisphere is a stainless steel structure set up in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, created as a celebration of the beginning of the space age. It was also the theme symbol of the New York World fair held in 1964. It is made of a spherical steel skeleton with over 500 chunks of metal formed to represent the continents. Three rings surround the sphere representing the satellites in orbit at the time. It is set atop a 20-foot base with a reflecting pool at the foot of the structure. Completing the unique look are 48 fountain heads that shoot water at the sphere make it appear to be floating.
  • The Church of the Transfiguration, constructed in 1962, is a unique A-frame structure that incorporates aspects of traditional Lithuanian symbols in a modern structure. The front façade is a wall of colored glass, while white bricks surround the doors.
  • Fort Totten officers club, or "the castle," as it is commonly known, was designed by the military engineer Robert E Lee before the civil war and then constructed in 1870. It features the neo-Gothic style, which was popular during the era and was approved as a generic style for military installations. The Castle is part of the fort built in 1857 to keep the New York waters safe. 

Museums and Historical Institutions

For an area as culturally diverse as Queens, it is possible to lose track of the changes happening over time. Luckily the borough has dozens of museums and galleries that have helped preserve the history over the years. 

  • The Queens Museum, or the Queens Museum of Arts, as it was formerly known, was set up in 1972. It has over 10,000 artifacts on display. Of these, 60% relate to the two world fairs held in 1939 and 1964 in the city. The most notable exhibit at the museum is the Panorama of the City of New York, which allows people to explore the miniature version of the city. It features all the buildings in the five boroughs constructed before 1992. The work of art has been featured in movies such as New Year's Eve and a book titled Wonderstruck. 
  • Louis Armstrong's house keeps the memory of one of the most talented jazz musicians alive. In 1943 Louis Armstrong chose the modest address on 107th street to spend the rest of his life with Lucile. After he died in 1971, his wife decided to hand over the house to the city to set up a museum focusing on her husband's legacy. Currently, it features souvenirs and paintings given to Armstrong from different places, including Asia and Africa.
  • Museum of the Moving Image or "Momi" is located in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens. It documents the history, art, technique, and technologies in film, digital media, and television. Visitors who patronize the facility can follow the various stages the industry has gone through as it evolves over the years. 
  • The Queens County Farm Museum is a forty-seven-acre piece of undisturbed farmland, which gives people a rare insight into how the area was before it was all built up. It is still a functional farm and has several restored farmhouses, greenhouses, and various vintage farm equipment. 

How Does SERVPRO handle Water Cleanup in Queens Properties?

Water leaks or other forms of water intrusion cause significant damage to properties because of the excess moisture they introduce or promoting microbial growth. The Leaks affecting Queens' properties may develop mostly because of old infrastructures such as pipes and accessories or accidental discharge. Whatever the cause, having a plan on what to do to restore the property to its preloss state is essential. SERVPRO helps homeowners or property managers perform thorough water cleanup in affected properties.

Water cleanup may involve several processes, including removal of any stagnant water in the property and cleaning of any soiling, staining, or other issues. The challenge in completing these tasks varies on a case-by-case basis, primarily if the leak originates from a hidden section such as a wall cavity or if moisture migration spreads the loss to hidden areas. SERVPRO technicians rely on various resources to address the challenges.

  • Use of sophisticated water extraction equipment with sufficient lift capacity to cut down the time take to remove standing water. Cutting down the time materials remain exposed to moisture minimizes deterioration from microbial growth or staining, thus easing cleanup.
  • Cleaning affected areas using potent cleaning products to deal with soiling
  • Drying the property thoroughly to remove all traces of moisture

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood helps with water cleanup after leaks in Queens properties. Call us at (718) 381-3702 for immediate assistance.

Bachata Beginner for Queens Couples

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Learn Everything about Salsa from a Passionate Queens Dancer, Choreographer, and Performer

Dancing is an exciting and fulfilling experience, but when you do not know the moves, it can be awkward. Instead of disappointing people or feeling embarrassed that you cannot dance, you can take action to learn a few styles. For instance, the bachata beginner class scheduled every Tuesday at 4700 Northern Boulevard, Queens, can teach you all you need to know about salsa. The event is organized for couples. 

When planning to attend, you should note that:

  • Each participant is charged $20. However, there are special packages that can save you some money. Call the organizer to get full details.
  • You need to bring a partner.
  • The organizers comply fully with health safety procedures imposed because of COVID-19, including temperature checks and the use of masks. However, participants must sign liability waivers to participate.

You can participate in the class on January 26th, 2021, or any other time you find convenient since the event is organized every Tuesday.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood helps organize a proper cleanup of properties after water intrusion incidents in Queens. Call us at (718) 381-3702 if your property is affected.

Visit Vander Ende-Onderdonk Home In Queens

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Vander Ende Onderdonk Home Visit Vander Ende Onderdonks Home in New York City, while our experienced technicians bring your home back from fire damage.

Take a Candlelit Tour in a Historical Home in Queens

Vander Ende Onderdonk Home is the earliest Dutch Colonial home in NY City. It is located on the border of Queens and Brooklyn in Ridgewood. A small house was constructed in 1660; however, the current house was constructed in 1709. There were various changes and additions made to the home over the years. After many years of disrepair, it was saved from demolition in 1975 and reconstructed. The house and estate have been open to the public since 1982 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house has become a permanent exhibit and museum covering the history of the area and settlement. There are various tours available. Visitors can visit and admire the house and grounds exploring the history of the site. A favorite tour is the Onderdonk after dark evening tours by candlelight scheduled on December 12th and again on January 9th. Reservations for the tour and tickets should be purchased in advance.

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

Women’s Club of Forest Hills Contributes to the Community

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

Women's Club logo Attend one of the general meetings at Forest Hills Women’s Club and leave your homes water removal and clean up to the experts at SERVPRO.

One-Hundred-Year-Old Forest Hills Tradition

The Women’s Club of Forest Hills began in 1923 and has formed an integral part of the community ever since. Over 300 women participate from the area and focus on:

Social activities


Intellectual and

Philanthropic endeavors.

General club meetings are scheduled on the first Monday of every month from October through to May, while chapter meetings are held weekly or monthly as business requires in each chapter. New members are welcome and can attend chapter meetings or general meetings to learn about our activities and enjoy luncheons, lectures, and trips. Many chapters appeal to a wide variety of interests. Some of the areas many find interesting are:

Community affairs


Musical performances


Creative writing

Parenting, and many more.

Attend one of the general meetings to learn more about the Forest Hills Women’s Club.

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

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.