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Flood Damage Rego Park – Building Structure Compromised

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

The inside of a ceiling in a building. Flood damage can damage your Rego Park building. Let us help make sure your Building structure is not compromised.

If you have water damage to your Rego Park building, we can be there to assist on every level.

Often flood waters quickly overflow the banks of a river or stream, flood adjacent buildings, and then recede just as quickly. But sometimes it may take a few days for the floodwaters to recede. Buildings saturated in water for even a few days can experience structural damage requiring removal of ceilings, wallboard and flooring before restoration can begin.

Once SERVPRO can gain access to homes with flood damage in Rego Park, we can pump the water out of the building with high capacity truck-mounted pumps and begin the restoration process. We need to carefully assess the structure to make sure that it is safe to enter from a structure perspective as well as potential fuel leaks and contamination from various biohazards.

Check for Fuel Leaks

Fuel oil lines may have been severed, allowing fuel oil to leak into or around the home. Propane tanks can be toppled off their mounts, potentially causing fuel leaks. Many homes are heated with natural gas, and supply lines may have ruptured. SERVPRO checks for all of these sources of fuel, along with electrical circuits that may have short-circuited. Fuel leaks represent a significant safety risk. SERVPRO can contact the appropriate experts to resolve the situation. 

Compromised Ceilings and Floors

There can be water in a variety of ceiling cavities which can come crashing down as the supporting drywall structure weakens. SERVPRO can drill one or two weep holes to drain water and reduce the risk of the ceiling collapsing before removing the ceiling.

Construction of subfloors is often from particleboard. When dry, the subfloor is strong and can support the weight of people and machines. Once immersed in water, the glue holding the particles together may weaken, and the wood can also swell. Subfloors can become unstable and not support the weight it is designed for.

SERVPRO examines a flooded building for all of these potential structural hazards before beginning restoration. Until this examination is complete, homeowners should remain outside of the home and avoid risking harm to themselves or their families.

Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Fresh Pond, Kew Gardens, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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When Smoke and Soot From Nearby Fires Enter Your Queens Home

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke around a fire detector Smoke and soot from nearby fires can travel into your home. and leave residues and odors behind.

Fire Damage Includes Smoke Wafting in from Nearby Burning Structures in Your Queens Neighborhood 

Even with closed windows throughout your house, a wildly burning business nearby your Queens residence can make things inside smell smoky. Technicians from SERVPRO can remove this odor from your home or condo. Wiping away any dark soot we find is routine when assisting many of our customers. In this situation, however, we find that soot sediments enter the house differently.  

The interior of nearby homes after a large fire in Queens smell like smoke and fire damage because the particles that cause such odors are so small and able to pass through tiny openings. Cracks in your foundation and around windows and doorways can let in substantial amounts of hot smoke particles. Your house's fresh air intake can let in smoke, too, which is one reason our building services team stays available 24/7, just like we do. 

They can clean out your HVAC system's ducts and remove any traces of smoke, ash, and soot that continually produce offensive odors. Stripping the interior of air ducts, cleaning the vents, and wiping the areas outside each one leaves your home with a fresh scent. 

While the fire occurred, likely, your heating system ran at least once or twice, meaning air from the outside was pulled into your house, bringing in soot particles. Related pressure variations in your home can also cause additional soot to enter through those cracks.  

To further reduce the amount of soot your house contains, we can use thermal fogging techniques. While the fire was not inside of your home, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can assess each area of your residence, allowing the fog to mimic the intrusive smoke adequately enough to achieve the desired results. Bonding with soot helps eliminate odors via molecular bonds that keep odor-causing particles out of the air.  

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood understands fire can be a traumatic experience, even when it happens to someone else. We are near Kew Gardens, Rego Park, and Glendale, and always available to help reduce the impact your family experiences from any source of smoke or fire damage. Call us at (718) 381-3702. 

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The Real Truth Behind Water Removal Issues in Queens

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom Flooding in any part of your home can quickly cause extensive problems. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal services.

The Appropriate Disposal of Extracted Water in Queens Homes 

As essential as removing standing water from Queens homes might be after a water loss incident, knowing where this excess must go is essential as well. Improper drainage of standing water can sometimes create new problems for you or fail to solve the current damaging situation. Our SERVPRO team follows very explicit guidelines and regulations about the proper disposal of excess water from a house and can choose among these options based on the circumstances and the most efficient available solution. 

Part of the scoping of a loss incident that our project manager oversees determines not only the severity of the damage and need for water removal in Queens homes but also the appropriate draining method that our field technicians should employ. In some situations, extraction discharge can get moved directly into available drainage networks in your property, such as a bathtub or sink. There are situations where this might not always be possible or recommended, however. 

Potential Contaminations 

While most of the water loss incidents that homeowners experience are clean water threats, any potential contamination that could exist might encourage our SERVPRO technicians to choose to discharge into sewer cleanouts. This puts any potentially contaminated water into the sanitary sewer system for your municipality. 

Debris and Solids 

Even without a threat of contamination, many water loss situations have our SERVPRO team battling debris and solids from degrading materials, dirt, and other crumbling contents. While our trash pumps can handle this debris in the water, heavy saturation might require removal from the area with our extractor trucks. We can take these tanks to our warehouse for proper disposal, or in some situations, take them directly to a water treatment facility. 

With extraction being a vital element to managing loss scenarios in your home, drainage decisions must happen immediately. We can quickly identify what method is most efficient and cost-effective for our customers. No matter how our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team can help, give us a call anytime at (718) 381-3702. 

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We Get You Back To Business In Kew Gardens

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

A large amount of mold on a building wall Using our advanced equipment, our team will restore your commercial property to pre-damage condition. Call us right away we respond 24/7.

Steps to Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Kew Gardens Properties

One fact about commercial mold damage is that it will continue to get worse. There are many "treatments" on the market, but generally, they remove visible signs of the mold only. 

When SERVPRO technicians handle commercial mold damage in Kew Gardens businesses, they know going in that mold is a symptom of another often more significant issue. 

Common Reasons Causing Mold Damage

It is a good idea to inspect commercial properties regularly for things that need repair or addressing to inhibit mold growth. Some frequently seen issues resulting in mold include:

  • Slow plumbing leaks within walls or ceilings 
  • Water damage from flash flooding improperly cleaned up
  • Poor ventilation in attic storage or above kitchen areas
  • Roof and gutter damage allowing water inside the building
  • Poor sealing around windows or doors allowing moisture to build-up

Drying and Remediation Actions

Property owners often remark they previously treated mold, but it came back. Actually, it never left. Treatments such as spraying visible colonies with bleach work to remove the evidence of mold on the surface; however, it does nothing to remove the issue from the property. SERVPRO technicians determine all areas of mold infestation, including underfloors and behind walls. 

They contain the area to stop any further spread of mold damage and dry the colonies. Once the humidity in the area is below 50%, the mold cannot exist. They remove the dried colonies using hand tools or in cases of large areas that require removal, soda blasting is a way to abate the infestation gently from surfaces.  Hand vacuums fitted with HEPA filtration to catch the minute particulate thoroughly pick up the dried matter. 

Post-Remediation Actions

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in handling any size mold infestation. After remediation, they apply antimicrobial agents as well as sealants to inhibit the return of mold before necessary repairs happen to end the condition making the structure favorable for spore germination and colony growth.

Contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 for assistance with commercial mold damage. Our emergency response team is local, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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Our Experts Are Available 24/7 In Forrest Hills To Handle Your Flood Damage Restoration

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling with water stains after a flood Our crew can handle any size water disaster in your home. We have the training and equipment necessary 24/7 to restore your home.

Flood Damage can Involve Ocean Water and Damage Wood Floors in Your Forest Hills Residence

After a heavy storm that sweeps ocean water into the Forest Hills area, the type of water might seem unimportant at first. However, SERVPRO wants homeowners to understand that wood can suffer damage in its interior. Such wood includes flooring that might seem to dry out beautifully. However, the salt content can cause a process called delignification to occur.

Delignification of wooden structures happens in homes in Forest Hills when flood damage comes from saline-rich sources. Lignin helps hold the basic structures in wood together and without it, the wood deteriorates and falls apart. SERVPRO responds to this by flushing wood floors with fresh water. At first, this only dilutes the salt content. However, just like it worked to remove the salt from our subway system after Hurricane Sandy, flushing with fresh water can protect a wooden floor, and other wooden items, from unnecessary damage. We check with diagnostic materials to ensure that as soon as the saline content reaches normal amounts, we begin the drying process.

We can use the same technique to save the framework of your house, as well. While flood damage saturates softer materials like plaster and drywall, destroying it beyond repair, the wood within those walls can often be saved. We need to begin this as soon as possible. Delignification is irreversible. Once it takes place, there is no means to restore the wood's composition to normal again. 

We can remove and box up wooden items like furniture legs and other objects, packing them up as we inventory them. Once taken to our facility, they can soak in a water bath where the salt washes away. We carefully monitor this to avoid warping and discoloration, although re-staining is always an option. Our building department is skilled in furniture restoration, as well as other aspects involved in reconstruction.  

These items, and everything else in your flooded home in Rego Park, Kew Gardens, or Glendale, require disinfecting and removal of debris, as well. We can help with all stages of flood damage recovery. Call us, SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood, at our 24-hour services line, (718) 381-3702, year-round. We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Steady Appliance Leaks Can Cause Mold in Rego Park Laundromats

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Washing machines and dryers stacked up in a room with a basket of  laundry and detergent on the floor. Mold won't stand a chance in your Rego Park Laundromat with SERVPRO on the job.

Has mold taken over your Rego Park laundromat ? SERVPRO will kick it right out the door.

Your Rego Park laundromat makes money when people can readily use the washing and drying machines as they need. With water-fed appliances like the line of washing machines you have positioned along one side of the building, a small leak can be hard to pinpoint exclusively, but can also lead to worsening conditions from the prolonged moisture like microbial threats. 

Because many of these situations are unique and can feature any of thousands of microorganisms, mold damage in a Rego Park laundromat is best left to professionals like our SERVPRO team. With exposed materials like linoleum flooring, baseboards, and drywall, any of these areas can host spreading colonies and allow the organism to spread beyond the initial water damage spot. 

Successful remediation begins with an assessment of the property to determine the scope of the damage. This inspection includes determining the migration of the active colonization, as well as the source of the water damage that fed the problem initially. With many machines positioned closely together, we might have to pull units away from the walls to identify which machine or hose connection has the leak which lead to mold growth. 

Addressing mold concerns starts with determining how severe colonization has become in affected surfaces. Baseboards are not complicated to replace, making it often more cost-effective to detach this trim rather than dry it out and use remediation tactics like soda blasting to remove the colonization. We have a team of certified and licensed general contractors that can oversee the controlled demolition of materials like the baseboards to allow access to the wallboard behind. 

Because units get moved around and pushed more often than they should, it can cause cracks and missing portions of your linoleum tile floor. Water penetration beneath these microbe-resistant tiles can not only spell trouble for the flooring itself but leave a door open for mold growth beneath them. The application of sporicides can kill growing colonies forming at these vulnerable positions while our SERVPRO team works to continue addressing active colonization in other areas. 

We understand how damaging the presence of mold can be for your customers and your business, so our SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team aims to prove We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We can help when you call (718) 381-3702. 

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Our Professionals Can Save Your Home In Forest Hills After A Water Damage Incident

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

water damage in bathroom We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Effective Water Removal in Affected Forest Hills Homes Takes More than Having Extraction Equipment

Water intrusion is a significant concern because it damages property, including the contents. Whether the origin of the water is internal, such as when a supply pipe bursts or from an external source, there is a need to take the right steps to remove the water immediately. Although using sophisticated extraction equipment helps ease water removal, sometimes it takes more to get the job done.

Reaching the Water that Finds Way into Cavities
When water spills, it finds a way into hidden areas within the property, and therefore the water removal exercise in Forest Hills must find a way to reach those areas. Merely having high-speed water extractors and pumps is not sufficient to deal with the hidden water. Our WRT, Water Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO, learn various techniques to reach all hidden cavities. We punch vent or weep holes to release the water trapped in wall cavities or ceilings. In major water spills, we make flood cuts to remove water and wet materials from wall cavities.

Removing Water from Materials
Once the water spills on surfaces, porous and semi-porous materials such as wood, carpets, and upholstery absorb a significant percentage of it. Equipment with sufficient lift capacity can help remove water from fabrics, but for semi-porous materials such as wood, elaborate procedures are necessary to ensure sufficient removal and to save the material from permanent destruction. Our SERVPRO technicians use different procedures to help with such removal. We can set up a drying chamber to help improve and control the rate of drying for wood. We can also heat the area to improve the evaporation rates.

Drying the Property
Even after a thorough extraction, some traces of moisture remain, requiring specific drying steps. Increasing airflow and extracting moisture from the air helps with removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use air movers to improve airflow and dehumidifiers to extract the moisture that evaporates into the air. Dehumidifiers also exhaust warm air back into the room, improving the drying process further.

Removal of water from wet properties requires a combination of resources. At SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood, we have a variety of equipment and sufficient skills to handle any issue. Call us at (718) 381-3702. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why You Need SERVPRO For Fire Damage Restoration In Forest Hills

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen with an oven turned over with fire and soot damage. Fire damage in your Forest Hills home will need SERVPROS assistants, let us help.

Let us show you how important it is to use us for a fire damage in your Forest Hills home.

Forest Hills residents enjoy an amazing location. Two parkways, two lakes, and an expressway give easy access to the rest of the city and a place nearby for fun and relaxation. Being an amazing place to live does not eliminate the risk of disasters like fire damage to area homes, however. 

So why choose SERVPRO for fire damage to your Forest Hills home? In one word, training. The technicians on our response teams train extensively to the industry standards established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). After completing the certification, each team member works to maintain and increase their proficiency in the extensive inventory of devices we maintain on-site. 

To restore a home after a fire, that means they master the tools and cleaners needed to remove smoke and soot residues, and eliminate odors in each residence after even a minor blaze. Our technicians know exactly when they can use water to wipe down smooth surfaces like glass tables, and when they need to change to strong cleaners, including sterilants that not only remove the residues but also clean tougher surfaces like tile and porcelain in kitchens and bathrooms. 

SERVPRO team members fully understand how tough it is to remove odors. For especially pungent odors that come from kitchen and garage fires, they have to use multiple steps to accomplish it. Their first step is to clear the air inside by setting fans at doors and windows to increase air circulation. It reduces the odor strength as other team members use sprays to neutralize odor particles on surfaces. 

If the odor-causing residues penetrated deeply into the structure of the home, technicians might switch to an ozone generator. It creates particles that can penetrate as deeply as the residues, effectively eliminating them at the molecular level.

If this is the training and knowledge you want for your home here or in nearby Glendale, Kew Gardens, and Rego Park, contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood today. For more on how we restore your home to its pre-fire condition, call our office at (718) 381-3702. We are here for you.

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We Discuss Deodorization Using Foggers In Queens

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen Putting Out a House Fire Disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Crews From Queens Discuss Deodorization Using Foggers

Any time something burns on or near your property in Queens, the smoke created by it can penetrate deeply into porous contents and building materials inside your home. A significant portion of any fire damage restoration project is the deodorization process. After something ignites inside your structure, pungent aromas can exist. If you call in a professional company such as SERVPRO, we can help you eliminate these burnt smells.

During some fire damage projects in Queens, smoke odors can still be prevalent after all burnt materials and soot residues have been removed. When this occurs, our SERVPRO crew can take other steps to deodorize your structure. The best way to rid your property of unpleasant aromas is to dispense masking and pairing agents that both cover up and chemically neutralizes malodor particles. When the smoke has penetrated your building materials and contents deeply, we can dispense chemical agents in a way that mimics how smoke behaves.

To dispense deodorant agents into the air, so it behaves like smoke, we must use a fogging machine to break down the chemicals into microscopic particles. Once the chemical molecules are around the same size as the smoke particles, they can then penetrate items in the same way the smoke did. When fogging a structure, we can implement either an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging machine or a thermal fogger.

ULV foggers get used for wet fogging and they work by turning water-based chemicals into a mist. These units can break down chemicals to 20 to 60 microns in size. The only risks prevalent when wet fogging are the possibilities of moisture damage on horizontal surfaces.

Thermal foggers use petroleum-based or solvent-based chemicals in their fogging process. The machine vaporizes the deodorants into a smoke or fog that consists of extremely small particles. These foggers can break chemicals down to as small as a half a micron in size.

Deodorization procedures can be vital when attempting to return your house back to the way it was before the inferno ignited, “Like it never even happened.” To seek out aid from the industry's experts, call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 381-3702 any time of the day.

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We Get You Back To Business In Rego Park

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged floor in a building Our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced cleaning techniques will restore your building after you have a water damage disaster.

Our Commercial Water Removal Services Right Everything after Accidents in Rego Park Retail Shops

Minor plumbing mishaps and terrible weather events can create emergencies within your shop in Rego Park that affect your business. People coming to your store do not expect conditions that compromise their safety, and government regulations require employers continuously maintain safe environments. The liability that results from unsafe situations requires your immediate concern and attention.

When retail shops in Rego Park need commercial water removal services that restore dry, safe conditions, we know that we must act quickly from the initial call. We want our customers to know We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and understand your concerns regarding interruptions, expenses, and possible changes to your shop's interior.

Our specialists and technicians receive certificates from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), ensuring their ability to professionally mitigate and restore your retail setting back to how you remember. Working with our building services staff, we remove damaged materials and building components, repair places where minor damage may worsen, clean areas that are at risk of sustaining damage and dry the entire setting. We can handle severe disasters, including fallen trees that tore through your roof, also.

Your store's merchandise, the units used for displaying these items to your shoppers, and any other furnishings also require the attention SERVPRO's IICRC-certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT). The glass, metal, and wood of these structures require the elimination of dampness to protect from loss caused by rust, grime, and other problems that leaks can visit upon your business. We extract moisture from these after we gather them together and place inside a drying chamber. 

We help retail businesses recover inventory and reduce loss through helping gather undamaged items, and setting those needing replacements. We can list these for you on inventory sheets that help you with the task of replenishing your stock. Many stores include damaged items in particular areas marked appropriately to help customers obtain a bargain while decreasing their losses related to inventory. We can help you eliminate 

Carpets and rugs need protective measures against moisture that gets trapped in their fibers, and thorough cleaning can provide precisely what these floor coverings need. Many times, we also find shops with tile and other types of flooring. We can dry all of these and prevent any warping, bubbling, or other signs of the past water-related emergency. Although many smaller-sized shops can mop up or use a wet-dry vac to remove small spills, relying on our building services team to repair plumbing and other leaks, including those coming from the roof or appliances, can free up other resources that you need.  

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood takes pride in helping businesses with water removal and extraction services in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Rego Park. We also provide mitigation and other services to those areas, as well as to the Ridgewood area. Contact our 24-hour emergency services team by calling (718) 381-3702, any day of the year. We can help you by making everything “Like it never even happened.”

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