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

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Get Your SERVPRO ERP Now to Protect Your Forest Hills Business 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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Consider Our Pack-Out Service During Kew Gardens Fire Damage Remediation

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Consider Our Pack-Out Service During Kew Gardens Fire Damage Remediation Let SERVPRO save your most precious possessions.

Don't take on that smoke damage alone.

When a fire roars through your Kew Gardens home, it uses anything in its path as fuel. Structural components and fixtures often suffer substantial damage from the heat and flames, and water damage is usually a major problem because firefighters do what it takes to knock the blaze down. Sorting out these significant issues can shift concerns about contents to a back burner. Utilizing our pack-out option streamlines remediation inside your home and allows thoughtful consideration of the fate of the transported items.

Fire damage remediation for Kew Gardens homeowners is an overwhelming proposition. In addition to the long list of tasks, the timeline for completion is daunting. The water removal phase needs to sunset in fewer than 24 to 48 hours to avoid mold growth. Meanwhile, fire residues begin discoloring plastics and appliances within hours, wood and grout darken, metals tarnish after a day. Furnishings and fabrics yellow, metal pits, hardwood needs refinishing, within a week. As more days go by, glass etches, and silver tarnishes.

If SERVPRO does a pack-out right after an assessment, we can slow the progressive damage to contents as well as turning back the corrosive process. Your belongings are secure, documented by our Claims Content Inventory System (CCIS) with lists, digital photos, and barcodes. We move them to our production facility where they are cleaned, dried, restored, and deodorized using specialized procedures and technologically advanced equipment.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training mastered by our employees make each technician multi-talented in fire damage mitigation and restoration. As the production facility staff move through the boxes of possessions, rugs, furniture, clothing, window treatments, and more many items you feared destroyed return to the function and appearance you treasure.

At your home, the structures and fixtures receive professional cleanup after water mitigation and removal. Charred items are evaluated for strength once the burn is scraped or sanded away, the structures restored or discarded with integrity and safety in mind. Soot types match with the products, tools, and techniques research shows are most effective. Odor is cleared, starting with a thorough cleaning and moving to advanced technologies like thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators until the stench neutralizes.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood balances the dual needs for fire damage restoration within your dwelling and packed-out items for one compelling reason -- it takes both to make a house a home. Once the firefighters depart, call us at (718) 381-3702 to plan for your home’s rise from the ashes.

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Storm Damage Remediation Shouldn’t Be A Daunting Task in Your Forest Hills Home

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Remediation Shouldn’t Be A Daunting Task in Your Forest Hills Home Flood damage can accumulate quickly. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Harsh Winds Can Lead to Flooding in Forest Hills Homes

With the level of severe weather systems that can strike Forest Hills homes and businesses throughout our area, it is no surprise how many residents depend on the fast response and expertise of our disaster relief team. Many systems offer more damaging conditions than torrential rainfall, bringing gale force winds that can pull of siding, remove shingles from a roof, and break windows. Within moments from structural compromises, your home can become at risk for widespread flooding and other damaging conditions.

Once flood damage has started in your Forest Hills home, it can often be challenging to slow down, let alone to stop entirely. Property owners depend on the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals, and we can work quickly to mobilize our certified technicians and contracting specialists to address both the structural weaknesses of your house and the spreading water effects as well. The faster that our team can arrive, the less flooding from runoff and direct precipitation exposure occur.                 

Part of our mitigation efforts when we first arrive at a flood-damaged home starts with the structural damage that has already occurred. With breaches in the defense of your residence, water flow can continually penetrate the structure until the appropriate measures get taken to address these concerns with temporary construction solutions. We have an experienced crew of SERVPRO general contractors that can provide board-up, tarping, and temporary power restoration solutions for your damaged property.

Knowing what you are up against is a critical element to successfully navigating the often complex restoration path. We begin a thorough inspection of your property beginning the moment we arrive to determine where water damage exists and the best approaches, equipment, and personnel to handle these concerns.

We have spent years building our credibility and reputation throughout the region as a team you can trust when every second counts. Whenever flooding occurs, you can expect our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood professionals to arrive quickly with the equipment to help. You can call us anytime that you need us at (718) 381-3702.

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When Water Damage Issues Appear In Your Kew Gardens Home Our Experts Can Help

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Issues Appear In Your Kew Gardens Home Our Experts Can Help For professional cleaning services, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702.

Professional Water Cleanup For Kew Gardens Residents

Discovering large quantities of water in your home is the last thing a homeowner wants. By using a professional service, you can get your property back to pre-damage condition. We have a stellar reputation in the restoration industry and specialize in the repair of water-related issues. Using a combination of know-how, industry leading training and equipment, we can make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

One of the core services we provide is water cleanup in Kew Gardens and the surrounding area. These jobs incorporate cleaning, drying, and deodorizing a property after excess amounts of water have entered the home. By acting quickly, you can reduce the amount of damage caused by a water spill and our local technicians can arrive on site in as little as four hours from notification of loss.

The most popular method of dealing with a water issue is by establishing what we call a closed system. Closed systems involve quarantining an affected zone through physical barriers. The benefit of a closed system is that we do not risk humid air traveling throughout the home and can focus on a smaller surface area, resulting in faster drying times. SERVPRO can also assess water migration using thermal imaging cameras to assess how large a drying zone needs to be.

One of the steadfast rules in water cleanup is to remove furniture staining while the item is wet. SERVPRO has a full range of chemical agents to assist our technicians during the cleaning phase ranging from powerful disinfectants to light sanitizers. Depending on the sensitivity of the materials we are cleaning, we can opt for non-harmful or corrosive cleaners to help remove stainings or reduce potential damages.

Once a property is thoroughly dried, it is normal for the vast majority of odor to dissipate naturally. Sometimes, if water has disturbed pre-existing issues, SERVPRO may need to place pellets or even look at fumigating the affected zone using thermal fogging equipment. However, in most cases, finishing surfaces with a light, non-toxic air freshener can mask an odor until it dissipates naturally.

For professional cleaning services, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702.

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Our Highly Skilled Technicians Can Restore Your Home In Forest Hills To Pre-Damage Condition

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Highly Skilled Technicians Can Restore Your Home In Forest Hills To Pre-Damage Condition Give us a call anytime at (718) 381-3702.

Extensive Training Quickens Fire Recovery For Forest Hills Homes

As a team that has been proudly serving the Forest Hills area for many years, we know that our success comes from committing to becoming knowledgeable and experienced in every aspect of restoration and recovery. Fire damage has many effects and layers of damaging symptoms, and overcoming these effects requires certified Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control Technicians with continued education in the field. From fire debris removal through the removal of soot staining and foul odors, you must be able to trust the professionals you leave in charge of recovery.

While there might be many effects that professional restorers like ours must address from fire damage in your Forest Hills home, it begins with a fast response to your address to get this process started. We stay ready for emergencies 24/7, helping us to mobilize quickly and get the right personnel to contain effects and prevent new areas of your house from getting affected by spreading conditions.

While all of our SERVPRO technicians in the fire recovery division undergo extensive training to obtain their accreditation through The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we know that the best thing that we can do for our customers and their properties is to hone our expertise and knowledge continually. With fire damage, products and equipment changes regularly, so we work to stay ahead of this curve by helping our technicians to know the best approaches and best equipment to use in every situation.

Through in-house and online coursework, our SERVPRO professionals can also learn more about recovery and restoration processes for individual materials affected by a fire. From restoring carpets and hardwood flooring through protecting construction materials and structural elements when possible, our growing knowledge in the field and experience with our team ensures that every customer is getting the best possible result when they suffer a fire loss incident.

We understand how important it is to get things back to normal for you and your family after a fire has occurred. Even with the multiple obstacles to overcome, our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood response team is always working to improve our efficiency and effectiveness in making fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (718) 381-3702.

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Get Rid of Commercial Water Damage in Kew Gardens For Good With SERVPRO

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Get Rid of Commercial Water Damage in Kew Gardens For Good With SERVPRO Should your business have water damage contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO right away.

Cleaning Up a Water Loss Incident in Your Kew Gardens Apartments

With any disaster that could affect a Kew Gardens apartment complex, cleaning from our IICRC-Certified technicians is a vital component to restoration and recovery. With water loss incidents and water damage situations, effects can spread quickly from the source throughout the apartment to become a costly and challenging situation to overcome. With cleaning being a general heading for much of the restoration work that we perform to return a property to preloss condition, these professionals are among the most skilled, trained, and experienced members of our team.

There are many phases to water cleanup in your Kew Gardens apartments, and the tenants that are directly affected by this disaster look to you to respond quickly to the situation and get experienced restoration technicians in route to help. Our SERVPRO professionals have years of experience in the restoration industry and combined with our growing inventory of advanced recovery equipment, makes us a wise choice to handle even spreading water damage affecting multiple units of your apartment complex.

With multiple units connected through shared flooring or walls, networks of plumbing contained within these cavities can almost always affect more than one apartment when leaks and breaks occur. While the mitigation of this situation can begin immediately when our SERVPRO team arrives at your building, our cleaning team has many steps to recovering the affected areas of the properties to prevent secondary effects and to get the tenants back into their units quickly following the efficient drying of the damages.

One of the biggest challenges for our cleaning team when responding to widespread water effects is preventing secondary concerns like mold and microbial growth. We have advanced products that are OSHA approved and better for the environment than others. These antimicrobial solutions can penetrate surfaces, contents, and structural elements to make these materials uninhabitable to potential mold colonies or to preemptively kill and eliminate the earliest stages of colonization.

Owning multiple apartments can leave you with a critical timetable when disasters like water loss incidents strike. To protect your investment and to keep from displacing your tenants, you can count on the fast and experienced response of our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team. We can get reached 24/7 by calling (718) 381-3702.

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You Can Call Our Technicians 24/7 After A Fire In Your Forest Hills Home

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage You Can Call Our Technicians 24/7 After A Fire In Your Forest Hills Home SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood can help you take measures to limit additional deterioration.

Reducing The Level Of Secondary Fire damage In Forest Hills

A little fire can turn into a big blaze in a matter of seconds causing widespread damages. Even after the flames and embers die down, secondary damages can still happen and in most cases lead to severe outcomes such as huge restoration costs that can drive your insurance premiums up. Our professional restoration services can help prevent such secondary damages because we arrive early at your loss site and take preventive measures.

Fire damage in Forest Hills is likely to open up the property and its contents to external elements by shattering windows or puncturing holes on the roof or exterior walls. Such openings create access points for weather elements, wild animals and even vandals to cause further damages. Our SERVPRO technicians board up the affected properties and install roof tarps immediately after arriving at your loss site.

In the aftermath of a fire, several residues including soot and ash spread all over the property. Some of these residues are acidic and therefore cause surfaces to deteriorate through staining and corrosion. Such deterioration mostly affects metallic items or finishes which rust and stone materials such as marble which stain. Our SERVPRO technicians prevent this by pre-cleaning any materials we establish to be at risk. We also apply a thin oil film to protect the material from other residues that may accumulate later. Taking such measures helps prevent subsequent deterioration.

Apart from the damages caused by the fire, the measures taken to put it out can also lead to other damages. Water is the primary fire suppression medium, and it is sprayed in considerable volumes to kill the fire leaving the property wet. Wetness can lead to mold and other forms of deterioration such as rot. Our SERVPRO technicians extract such water fast using water extractors. We also use drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to extract excess moisture.

Homeowners in Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Ridgewood end up footing the bill, whether the damage is from the actual fire or secondary issues. SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood can help you take measures to limit additional deterioration. Call us at (718) 381-3702 any time.

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Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup What happens after police have processed a crime scene? SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood is here to help.

When the worst case scenario happens, SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood is here to help.

Once police have processed a crime scene or the scene of a traumatic event, the restoration process can begin to transform an unsafe environment into a clean, safe, and habitable space again.

Our primary concern is your safety. Crime or accident scenes can expose you to serious health risks from bloodborne pathogens and other biohazard contaminants. Our SERVPRO team will respond immediately to your needs, backed with the experience, specialized training, and protective equipment necessary to safely clean the scene. We will treat both your property and the people involved with the utmost care and empathy to help you move on with your lives.

SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood provides the following services in the event of an accident, crime, trauma, or death:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals cleanup
  • Tear gas/pepper spray residue cleanup
  • Fire extinguisher residue cleanup
  • Removal and disposal of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially pathogenic substances.

In addition to these services, we also provide cleanup for

  • Arson and vandalism
  • Methamphetamine/illegal drug labs.

Prepared with the proper safety equipment and cleaning products, our crew can help your home or business heal from a traumatic event.

Do you need trauma or crime scene cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood today at (718) 522-4400.

If Your Forest Hills Home Is Damaged After A Flood, Our crew Is Here To Help!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If Your Forest Hills Home Is Damaged After A Flood, Our crew Is Here To Help! When the moisture content reaches above 20% mold growth can occur.

Rescuing Hardwood Floors And Sheetrock After Flood Damage In Forest Hills

One of the emergency services we run is for residents suffering from flooding. Unlike other water-related issues, flooding can be particularly hard on flooring, sheetrock and, if the damage is the result of an internal plumbing issue, ceilings. Due to the excess quantities of moisture we usually find in a flooded property some items must be replaced, others require a concerted effort to restore correctly.

Our services for flood damage in Forest Hills range from full-scale property damages that require temporary relocation to a minor, flood contained to a single room. Either type takes a heavy toll on flooring, particularly for residents with hardwood floors. Without a tested drying strategy, these materials can warp, cup or buckle from prolonged exposure making time a critical factor in the remediation process.

SERVPRO has technicians on call throughout the night for emergencies. We do this because of the risk that prolonged exposure to moisture causes to your homes structural contents and components. Standing water, in particular, can wear varnish on wooden flooring and become absorbed into it. When the moisture content reaches above 20% mold growth can occur.

We can help to restore the moisture content of your flooring to an equilibrium of 12%. We achieve this by placing drying mats on the floor and using suction to draw water from it. Sometimes, careful placing of dehumidifiers can dry the surrounding air causing water absorbed into woods to be drawn out. Once equilibrium is established, your SERVPRO technician can begin sanding out cupping and warping if the damage is not too severe.

Sheetrock is also very susceptible to water since it is a highly porous material. The drying period for large amounts of sheetrock is around 5 to 7 days for a single layer. The time it takes to dry correctly may make sheetrock not worth salvaging, especially if it is double layered. A SERVPRO technician may choose to demolish and replace the sheetrock to be more time efficient.

Exposure to moisture can result in natural materials sustaining permanent damage, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills at (718) 381-3702.

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