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Our Technicians Discuss The Fire Damage Cleaning Methods In Forest Hills

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Understanding Fire Damage Cleaning Methods In Forest Hills Properties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quick Water Removal Prevents Secondary Damage in Ridgewood

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

How Professional Water Removal Services in Ridgewood Help Prevent Extensive Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Call Us If A Mold Infestation Plagues Your Forest Hills Home

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

Thorough Mold Inspections For Forest Hills Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about Forest Hills, click here.

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

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about Forest Hills, click here.

The Multi-Step Cleaning Process Necessary after Flood Damage in Your Forest Hills Home

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows the necessary steps to take with flood damage in Forest Hills.

Let us walk you through your flood damaged Forest Hills residence.

Flooding incidents can lead to severe damages in your Forest Hills home. However, the most obvious concern is the soiling left in the wake of the incident. It is usually widespread and requires several cleaning steps before the home can regain its normal sanitary state. Seeking professional help can ensure the cleaning process runs smoothly because of the expertise and resources the service provider has.

Removing the murk left after flood damage in your Forest Hills home is an integral part of the restoration process. The floodwaters drive different soils, including mud and silt into the house, especially when groundwater is involved. Unlike plain water which you can scoop with buckets and wipe with mops, removing silt and mud is more complicated.  There is also the issue of disposal since such materials are considered hazardous. Our SERVPRO technicians bring shovels and disposal bins, among other tools to the loss site allowing easier scooping and transportation to the disposal site.

Floodwaters leave debris at the loss site. While some of the debris might be from outside the structure, the rest forms from materials and contents ruined within the structure. Cleaning up, therefore, involves demolition of parts of the structure to remove materials such as wet drywall, insulation, carpets, and pad. Demolition can cause additional damage if not done correctly.  In most cases, lack of proper tools is what leads to those other problems. Our SERVPRO crews have access to a variety of tools that ease the task, including:

Molding Lifters

Rubber Hammers

Pry bars or crowbars

Air Sleds

Some aspects of flooding can continue causing problems in the future if not appropriately addressed during the cleaning phase. Failure to disinfect all affected areas can pose serious health risks. Our SERVPRO team sprays EPA registered disinfectants directly into all flooded areas before starting the restoration process. We also use professional cleaning products which act as sanitizers, disinfectants, or anti-microbial agents. We also remove excess moisture from contents, building materials, and the air using dehumidifiers and air movers.

For thorough cleaning during the restoration of flood damage, call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood to assist. You can reach us at (718) 381-3702 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Are The Right Choice For Your Water Removal Services In Rego Park

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

The team responded quickly to begin assessing and cleaning up of this house after the drywall in the kitchen suffered water damage.

Unexpected Water Removal Emergency in Rego Park

Life in a highrise in Rego Park on occasion means your neighbor’s troubles become your own. Shared walls and your ceiling underlying another’s floor can mean a water loss suffered by one of the other owners or tenants becomes an emergency for you as well. Sorting the matter out happens eventually, but at the time water showers from a ceiling or seeps in through the baseboard, you must take action fast.

Water removal in your Rego Park residence proceeds much more smoothly when you partner with our professional water disaster recovery team. Getting the water out of a multi-unit residential building is tricky, and particularly frustrating when the leak or overflow that caused the problem is ultimately out of your control. We can help extract the water from your living area quickly and use water and moisture detecting devices to make sure no further influx is probable from this event.

Water measuring two inches deep or more is a candidate for pumping. Immersible pumps, powered by gas motors, remove the water rapidly even if the electricity in the space is temporarily out of order. Our truck-mounted water extractors can also operate using power generated onboard our service vehicles. SERVPRO records data concerning moisture levels in the structural components in your residence so we can move towards drying out your home after the bulk of the water exits.

It is critical to reduce moisture levels in the walls, floors, ceilings, and other building materials and fixtures. SERVPRO technicians know that if excessive moisture remains soaked into these materials, progressive deterioration leads to weakening, crumbling, and collapse. Mold growth is also a risk if moisture levels remain elevated for more than 24 to 48 hours.

SERVPRO works with your insurance company during the water removal project, keeping you informed and helping with documentation. Assistance with the claims process is crucial when your damage is secondary to a water loss in a neighbor’s residence in a multi-unit building.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood has the experience, equipment, and training to manage water removal from any residence. Call us at (718) 381-3702 when water intrudes from adjacent apartments or condominium units.

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Why Protective Equipment Is Crucial During The Fire Damage Restoration Process In Your Forest Hills Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

If a job becomes too big, or you need a second opinion, you can count on our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team to arrive quickly to help.

Protective Equipment To Use In Fire-Damaged Forest Hills Homes

It is a common trend for DIY enthusiasts to take on whatever restoration their Forest Hills home needs after emergencies, taking on whatever symptoms they can before consulting with professional recovery crews. As much as some elbow grease and quick learning can save you some money on the early stages of mitigation and cleanup, there are also some considerations which can make the process safer and more comfortable to accomplish.

Keeping yourself safe should always be the top priority above all else when addressing fire damage in Forest Hills properties. While the DIY approach can sometimes save time and money on fire recovery, it should not encourage homeowners to work at a pace that is uncomfortable, unmanageable, or unsafe. After a fire gets extinguished, the earliest stages of inspection and damage assessment must happen slowly and thoroughly to ensure that all areas get cataloged and adequately evaluated. Maintaining safe conditions begins with the right personal protective equipment like our SERVPRO team uses to navigate a damaged property safely after a fire.

Closed Shoes
You do not know the condition of certain materials you could be stepping on, or what might lurk in piles of debris and buildup. Work boots are even more ideal for these situations, but it may not be something every property owner has.

Respirator
This gear is a purchase that you can make at any chain hardware store. Paper masks are not as effective and allow more penetration than half or full-face respirators with cartridges.

Gloves
Much like closed-toe shoes, debris removal, and damage assessment often require you to move damaged components around physically. Be prepared for nails, broken glass, and other threats with durable, thick gloves.

Tyvek Full Suit
This attire is a standard look for our SERVPRO professionals entering your home for debris removal and clean up after a fire because it offers a lighter weight, full body protection for our technicians.

Protecting yourself during any stage of fire loss recovery is critical and is something that should get taken seriously to keep you and your family safe. If a job becomes too big, or you need a second opinion, you can count on our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team to arrive quickly to help. Give our experts a call anytime at (718) 381-3702.

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For Awesome Restoration after a Water, Mold, Fire or Storms Problem---In Forest Hills--Call SERVPRO

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs Have the Experience, Skills, and Equipment to Restore Your Forest Hills Home after a Mishap--"Like it never even happened."

Why Using Professional Restoration Services for Forest Hills Properties is a Smart Move

There are various types of home improvements that work out great as DIY weekend projects. However, when your Forest Hills property requires cleanup and restoration services from damage done by storm, fire, water or needs mold remediation, it is a smart move to outsource the task to a professional company. 

Water damage arrives in Forest Hills homes in many forms. Supply line breaks often happen suddenly, and the water loss can be a few gallons or many depending on how quickly the water is shut off in the home. Another common culprit is the hot water tank when it fails it can dump anywhere from thirty to fifty gallons of water in a house on average. The number one enemy in a water cleanup situation is time. The longer the time frame between the water spill and water removal, the more damage done to both the property and its contents. Also, water that stands longer than 48 hours gets a rating as a category three biohazard that requires protective gear during extraction.

SERVPRO has many kinds of water extraction equipment to ensure even hard-to-reach moisture gets removed. During the initial call, we inspect for the general scope and scale of water cleanup needs; this preparation ensures our green service vans arrive stocked with everything needed from portable pumps to stand-on Rover units and weighted extraction wands for pushing water out of carpet and padding for on-site drying, saving it from loss.  

When Forest Hills require fire damage cleanup, it is usually a multilayered process. The type of fire damage determines the way we handle the mitigation, and we test the residue before the start of cleanup, so we apply the correct methods and solutions for the type of smoke damage that requires removal. 

Fire cleanup entails removing charred items that have zero restoration potential along with identifying things that our proprietary cleaning techniques can save. Water damage is also a common issue after a fire, and we perform extractions as fast as possible. 

Even small fires can leave significant odors in a property and until dealt with, may spread throughout the premises. SERVPRO Odor Control Technicians (OCT) use different types of equipment depending on the scope and scale of the fire odor removal needed. Some methods include:

Gel pellets-work on time-release to create a pleasant scent 

Hydroxyl generators- these machines take airborne particles and molecules and use UV rays (just like the Sun) to neutralize them

Thermal fogging-our technician applies a solvent heated to a fog-state to penetrate porous objects and eradicate smoke odors.

Mold damage in Forest Hills properties often goes quietly unnoticed until the homeowner notices a musty smell or finds tell-tale mold colonies growing on walls, wood or other parts of the home. 

Mold restoration is not an accurate description because mold occurs naturally both inside and outside the home. What matters is if conditions in the house become favorable for mold growth. Situations such as slow leaks that continue over time or poor ventilation from an exhaust fan are common reasons that lead to the need for mold remediation in both commercial and residential properties.

SERVPRO technicians hold certifications in mold remediation AMRT and know how to remove mold colonies safely from structures and stop the spread of spores through containment. We dry the structure, and when the mold dries, we can use different methods of abatement such as soda blasting which does not mar surfaces and cleans away colonies. Small hand-held HEPA filtered vacuums assist when scraping mold colonies from surfaces. As part of our restoration services, we also determine the cause of the mold and give the homeowner the steps necessary to inhibit the return of the issue.

When a Forest Hills property has storm damage, you need to act quickly, especially if groundwater has entered the property as it is a category three biohazard and requires special handling for safety and health reasons. 

Upon arrival, SERVPRO technicians tarp over damaged roofs or seal off broken windows. Whenever possible we dry furnishings in place to avoid as much disruption when it is water from snowmelt or rainwater.  Non-groundwater flooding through a broken window provides a much more potential for saving items through our cleaning methods. In the case of water in an attic, we use specialized insulation vacs to collect wet fiberglass insulation for restoration and reuse after drying. There is always the option of discarding and installing new insulation.

Flash floods resulting in groundwater coming into a home is the most severe level of water damage for a home. The water has the potential to contain debris, contaminants, and even sewage. Our technicians wear protective gear during mitigation and use EPA-registered solutions to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens.

Water extraction is vital to saving as much of the home and contents as possible. Because the more water we remove with our portable pumps and other equipment designed to expedite the process, the faster the drying phase goes. Thorough lowering of moisture levels under 45% inhibits the growth of mold and lowers odors significantly. 

Why SERVPRO? Our technicians reside locally in the Brooklyn and Queens Boroughs and hold certifications in various restoration sciences. We follow the best practices as taught by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our team possesses the skills necessary to restore items using our proprietary techniques that result in less loss and savings since there is often no need to replace damaged items. 

We know when local property owners contact us, they are already dealing with the stress of damage in their homes and have the added issue of providing proof to the insurance carrier for filing a claim, so there is a fast turnaround for the homeowner. To assist homeowners in feeling less overwhelmed, we provide detailed reports complete with before and after photographs of each phase of our restoration services. To ensure the property returns to its preloss condition, we also give both the adjuster and homeowner a list of repairs or required reconstruction necessary. 

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood is available 24/7 at (718) 381-3702 to provide restoration services needed after damage from water, fire, storm or mold. Our trained, certified technicians can make any home disaster "Like it never even happened." 

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Get Your SERVPRO ERP Now to Protect Your Forest Hills Business

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Download your SERVPRO ERP today!

Preparing for Commercial Flood Damage in Forest Hills Helps Prevent Huge Losses in Retail Settings

For businesses in the Forest Hills area, a disaster can force them to close unexpectedly. Overall, companies that put together a recovery plan before a disaster happens succeed at much higher rates in reopening and resuming normal activities than businesses that did not take the opportunity to prepare for the worst.

SERVPRO offers a free plan, the Emergency READY Profile (ERP), that can make disasters like commercial flood damage less destructive in Forest Hills businesses. When the owner or manager of a retail business takes the time to complete an ERP, the benefits might not appear immediately, but the protection can prove invaluable when needing help the most.

We have found that an ERP helps local Forest Hills businesses recover after a commercial flood disaster more quickly, with less loss, and also with less expense. Recovering more quickly also puts less strain on agencies because employees can return to work sooner. There are vast economic differences between cities with healthy businesses and those that falter.

As soon as we receive a call from a business, we begin taking their information so we can arrive completely ready to start the mitigation process. When that company has a SERVPRO ERP, we already have the necessary information. Not needing to ask more than the most basic questions saves us considerable time.

Already Faster To Any Size Disaster because every minute that ticks by when a flood soaks your building, an ERP means we also have a layout of your building. Such layouts include utility shut off locations, entrances, staircases, and other structural components that can help us in mitigating the damage. Flooding affects your business differently than what fire or other problems do, and we want to provide you with the most effective services possible.

When your retail business sustains flood damage, call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702. We can help you before such disasters happen with an ERP of your own. Serving nearby communities, including Maspeth, Glendale, and Middle Village, year-round, including holidays, weekends, and the middle of the night, we are ready when you need us.

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