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

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

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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3 Tips for When You Need a Sewer Cleanup

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

If you have sewage backup call SERVPRO of Forrest Hill-Ridgewood.

Sewer Damage

In the event a sewer backup occurs in your Forest Hills, NY, home, you may be wondering what to do about the sewer damage that results. Here are three steps that could help with the cleanup and restoration process.

1. Contact a Professional

One of the first steps to dealing with sewage damage is to contact your local water damage restoration service. This team of professionals should have the tools necessary to find and solve the source of the problem, conduct any repairs necessary, and clean and sanitize the affected area.

2. Wear Proper Safety Gear

When dealing with sewer damage in your home, it's important to wear the proper safety gear. Many sewage company professionals wear coveralls as well as protective boots and gloves. Some may also choose to wear masks. Not only does this help prevent any sewage material from touching the skin, but it can also help to ensure that undesirable matter does not get tracked through the rest of the home. When performing a cleanup of this type, it's also important to properly wash after doing any work.

3. Sanitize Affected items

If you have sewer water in your home, whether from a backup situation or a flooded toilet, it's important to properly clean and sanitize any affected items. This could include bath mats and shower curtains, or even cabinetry and tile. Different types of items may require different cleaning procedures, so it's best to follow manufacturer instructions, and when in doubt talk to a professional.

When facing sewer damage in your Forest Hills, NY, home, it's important to remember to wear proper safety gear. You will also want to clean and sanitize any affected items. Calling a professional maybe the best route to go as they have the gear and knowledge necessary to get your home back in order. If you have any questions, your local professional may be able to help.

What To Do When Your Flooring has Water Damage

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Damaged wooden floor in a Kew Gardens, NY residence

When dealing with a pipe break in Kew Gardens, NY, you may find that your carpet and other flooring retains water damage. When this happens it’s not uncommon to wonder if the material is salvageable. Here is some information you may want to know.

Know What Problems Water Damage Causes

Water damage can lead to a number of problems with flooring if not dealt with quickly. They include

  • Swelling of wood in wooden floors or sub-floor leading to warping
  • Carpeting can hold onto moisture long term which can damage to sub-floor
  • Cracks in wood or tile if the water freezes
  • Possible mold growth
  • Porous flooring can soak in contaminants

Clean up Quickly

When dealing with a pipe break it’s important to clean up any remaining water as quickly as possible. Doing so can help you prevent further damage. It’s also a good idea to locate and remedy the source of the water damage. Doing so can help prevent future problems. Depending on the type of break, you may want to call in a plumbing professional or a water damage restoration service.

Call in a Professional

In many cases contacting a professional service may be your best bet for having your home restored quickly and preventing further problems. They can not only clean up the damage and make repairs, but many repair services can also check for mold and help restore any personal items that may have been damaged as well.

Salvaging your flooring after a pipe break is possible if the flooding occurred from a clean water source. If the water was tainted with sewage you will want to replace it. In both cases any flooding should be cleaned up as quickly as possible, and the source of the damage found and fixed. A local Kew Gardens, NY, restoration service may be able to help you get your home back in order.

Ice Dams Are Simple To Understand

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

You may not have a problem with ice dams in Forest Hills,NY but water damage happens in many ways

The key to comprehending the formation of an ice dam lies in basic roof construction. For this discussion, the roof consists of four layers.

1) Rafters support the roof.
2) The roof deck is nailed to the rafters.
3) The Underlayment covers the roof deck.
4) The shingles are nailed through the underlayment to the roof deck.

When snow covers the roof, problems may occur. If the roof deck is warmer than the outside air temperature, ice dams often form as described below.

1) The warmth from the roof deck causes the snow touching the roof to melt.
2) The water runs over the shingles, under the snow, and refreezes at the bottom of the roof.
3) This process continues, causing a large ice dam to build up.
4) The water behind the dam backs up under the shingles and causes a roof leak.

Ice Dams Are Preventable

In new construction, they should be virtually nonexistent. In existing homes, properly installed ridge and soffit vents should solve the problem. Roof rakes to remove snow and heating cables can also help eliminate them.

Ice Dams Can Cause Extensive Damage

You may not have a problem with ice dams in Forest Hills, NY, but water damage happens in many ways. Sometimes it happens quickly and is obvious. Other times it is slow and subtle. Ice dams usually form gradually. By the time you see a stained ceiling or crumbling plaster, the destruction may be significant. Affected areas may show up in many locations.

  • Roof deck
  • Rafters
  • Insulation
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Lights and other fixtures

Ice Dams Are Manageable

Mitigating damage caused by them is usually not for the do-it-yourselfer. These problems need to be addressed quickly before mold establishes a foothold. The best solution is to bring in water damage repair specialists to do the job quickly and completely.