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Lower Manhattan Commercial Cleaning Tips & Tricks

1/25/2023 (Permalink)

Cleaning a business is nothing like cleaning a home. You can’t just throw extra things in a closet and plan to deal with it during spring cleaning… we know you do it, most people do. When it comes to a business, you need to make sure everything is up to par for the sake of you, your employees, and customers/clients. Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning your lower Manhattan commercial business!

Hire a Professional
First off, it’s smart to just hire a professional to get this done for you. The last thing you need is to add cleaning to your busy plate. Plus, professionals will come in with the best equipment and understand exactly what needs to be done and how to do it. When it comes to SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, we can take care of carpet & upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, odor removal, and sewage & biohazard cleanup.

Get the Right Products
If you are, in fact, handling the cleaning on your own - be sure to choose the right products. You want to look for non-toxic cleaners if you own a place of business that sells or makes food, and all-natural disinfectants will keep the areas safe for your customers/clients and employees.

Disinfect!
Staying on top of disinfecting is important, especially while we live in the world of Covid-19. Make sure there are hand sanitizers in many places around the building and ensure every surface is cleaned after each day. A clean work environment is a safe work environment.

Clean the Air Ducts
Professional duct cleaners will see to it your ducts are clean and sanitized properly. This is going to be particularly effective when you increase your business’ ventilation. When people talk, sing, cough, or sneeze, respiratory droplets are released. To keep your employees safe, ventilation should be increased. Have an HVAC professional help you adjust.

Graffiti & Vandalism Cleanup
Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting, especially if it occurs to your business in Manhattan. It can range from minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. We will act quickly to remove this from your commercial space. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastics, and masonry.

Count on SERVPRO to Keep Your Building Clean
Everyone likes to watch their budget, but when it comes to the sanitation of your building, it’s not the time to cut corners. Make sure only the most dependable, reputable company takes care of cleaning and sanitizing all areas of your office and common areas. You don’t want to put your business and your employees or your clients at unnecessary risk. You also want to put forth good first impressions when new clients visit.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

How to Prepare Your Lower Manhattan Business for a Winter Storm

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

Winter storms can be a nightmare, especially if you live on the east coast. If you own a business in the lower Manhattan area, you’ll need the best tips and tricks on how to properly prepare for winter storms. SERVPRO is not only here to give you those tips, but we’re here to help you clean up as well. Let’s check out those tips, shall we?

Check Out the Full Weather Advisory
Ahead of the storm, it’s a good idea to look into the full winter weather advisory before preparing. If your area is only supposed to get some flurries, you don’t need to prepare as much. However, if you see anything in the list below - it’s time to assemble the troops.

  1. Possible road closures
  2. Freezing rain/sleet
  3. Heavy snowfall
  4. Possible power outages
  5. Freezing temperatures

Put Together an Emergency Kit
In case you’re still at your business during a winter storm, compiling a list of items for an emergency kit will be comforting to you and whomever is there with you. Be sure to pack blankets, a supply of food and water, candles, flashlights, a first aid kit, and a shovel.

Check Out Your Inventory
Before the storm hits, ensure that you are taking inventory of your supplies, products, technology, etc. Take pictures of everything as well - this is all in preparation for possible damage during the winter storm. Why is this important? Insurance reasons.

Check Your Insurance Coverage
Assuming damage occurs to your business, you’ll have the before pictures to present to your insurance company. If there is damage, before cleaning it up, take as many pictures as you can. You’ll be able to provide proof to your insurance company so you can be covered.

Other Preparations
Grab bags of salt for walkways so ice doesn’t accumulate, be prepared for snow removal - whether that will be your job or if you plan on hiring a company that will help clean up and inspect for any damage that can go unseen (roof damage, structural damage, water, mold, etc.)

To keep your business safe from a winter storm, please follow the tips provided. If you need help with restoration, SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan can help.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Causes in Your Lower Manhattan Commercial Facility

12/16/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage in your Lower Manhattan commercial facility can be detrimental to your business. It’s important to know the causes of water damage and how to effectively restore the building to prevent additional damage, such as mold.

Here are some top causes of water structural water damage (and later, what you can do about it):

Deteriorating Plumbing & Burst Pipes

How old is the plumbing in your building and when is the last time the pipes, sprinklers, toilets, etc. were replaced? Old plumbing is the cause of many water damage instances, so if you believe it’s time to replace the old with the new, do it before it’s too late.

Burst pipes are also a leading cause of water damage, especially in the winter months. If the pipes freeze, there’s a large chance that they will burst if the necessary actions are not taken.

Natural Disasters

Severe weather like hurricanes, flooding, and even blizzards can cause a tremendous amount of water damage. If your business is in a vulnerable place, or not prepared for a large storm, the chance of water damage is high. There are ways you can try to protect your building if you know a bad storm is coming, but if it’s bad enough - you may be looking for a restoration company after the damage has been done.

Roof Problems

Ensure that you get your roof inspected at least once a year. A roof leak can lead to even bigger problems like mold, structural damage, and more. If you do have a leak, get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid more damage.

HVAC System Malfunctions

Like all machines, building HVAC systems are subject to wear and tear as time passes and this will ultimately inhibit their performance. When your cooling/heating system stops operating, cracks or leaks can appear within its drains and pipes. This in turn will lead to the leakage of liquid outside the unit which can get all over the floor and become a slip and fall hazard and cause mold, and water damage to the floor and surrounding objects.

Check the Windows

If there are any cracks in the windows of your commercial business building, seal them up as soon as possible. This can cause unwanted liquid and moisture to get inside. This is why experts recommend inspecting every seal and window and if problems are found they should be fixed immediately.

Faster to Any Disaster
There isn’t time to wait when it comes to disasters - especially if they are to your business. With SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel, you can expect an immediate response time - day or night. We provide emergency disaster cleanup services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - including holidays.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (212) 564-6365

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Holiday Safety Tips to Prevent Fires in Your Lower Manhattan Home

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

‘Tis the season for mistletoes, holiday music, and mall madness. However, ‘tis also the season for house fires.

Although the holiday season is desirable and warms your hearts, it’s important to remember the hazards that may come with it. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan wants to provide you with holiday safety tips to prevent fires in your Lower Manhattan home.

Space Heaters

Whether you have a space heater from the 90s that is still kicking or a new, visually appealing fireplace heater, they should never be unattended. Here are some tips to help you avoid a fire due to your heater.

  • Never turn on a heater you suspect is damaged.
  • Before use, inspect the heater, power cord, and plug for any damage.
  • Never leave the heater operating while unattended, or while you’re sleeping.
  • Keep materials such as beds, sofas, curtains, papers, and clothes at least 3 feet from the front, top, sides, and back of the heater.
  • Make sure the heater plug fits tightly into the outlet - if not, don’t use this outlet. Poor electrical connections are another leading cause of fires.
  • Ensure that the heater is placed on a stable, level surface and located where it will not be knocked over.

Christmas Trees

One of the deadliest types of fires that occurs during the holiday season involves live Christmas trees. Here are some tips to help you avoid Christmas tree fires.

  • Always make sure your tree is properly watered
  • Check for electrical issues and broken bulbs when hanging lights on the tree.
  • Remove heat sources in close proximity to the tree.
  • Unplug your tree when you’re not home and overnight.

Fireplaces

There’s nothing like sitting in front of a fire, sipping cocoa, and watching a holiday movie. Keep fires from reaching outside the fireplace with these safety tips:

  • Clean up build-up and ash before lighting a new fire.
  • Schedule an annual chimney inspection before the season.
  • Use safe fire starters - this includes well-seasoned hardwood or CSIA-approved logs.
  • For kindling, stick to fired twigs or branches
  • Ensure all of the embers are completely burnt out before heading to bed.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (212) 564-6365

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

What to Do For Your Manhattan Business: Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

11/29/2022 (Permalink)

What to Do For Your Manhattan Business: Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO franchise professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Here are the steps so you can further understand our mold remediation process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-800-TEAMHRV

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Step 3: Mold Containment

Step 4: Air Filtration

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Step 7: Restoration

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems, or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

When it comes to your business, it is extremely important to understand mold and what to do so you, your employees, and your clients/customers are safe. SERVPRO professionals are skilled and trained to deal with all types of mold, water damage restoration, storm damage restoration, and much more. 

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (212) 564-6365

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.” 

5 Steps to Guide Fellow Manhattan Commercial Business Owners in Dealing with Winter Storm Damage

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

5 Steps to Guide Fellow Manhattan Commercial Business Owners in Dealing with Winter Storm Damage

Winter storms can cause a lot of damage to your commercial business property, so quick action is critical. If you’re able to leave your home and check out your business - there are steps you can take prior to the storm hitting to make the recovery process run smoothly. Here are 5 steps to guide lower Manhattan commercial business owners in dealing with winter storm damage.

Be Calm

Being calm may be easier said than done, but trust us on this one. SERVPRO can help in any way, shape, or form, so assuming damage has already been done - we can assist with the restoration. We’re able to help with water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, cleaning services, and we’re specifically trained in storm and major events cleanup

Cut the Water & Power

If you’re familiar with your breakers, turning off your water and power connection will help tremendously prior to or during the storm, especially if a flood is involved. Be sure to check your pipes as well due to winter storms causing them to leak or burst. Assuming this has already happened and a flood occurred, we’re here for you!

Take Pictures

It’s a good idea to take pictures and videos of your commercial property before the storm hits. This will help when you’re coordinating with your insurance company, your chosen restoration company, and with any vendors you may use for products that are under warranty. When you’re taking these pictures and videos, make sure there is a timestamp on the footage as well to ensure that any damage that has occurred due to the storm was because of the storm - this will eliminate any back-and-forth with your insurance company.

Contact Insurance Company

After the storm has hit, you’ll want to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim. Get those forms filled out, provide your photos and videos, and wait for instruction on the next steps. Remember to keep track of the personnel you talked to and their position with the insurance company, phone numbers you contacted, date and time of the transaction, initial agreements, and any other critical information from the discussion.

Contact a Trusted Restoration Company

Now that you’ve gotten everything figured out with your insurance, it’s a good time to contact a water restoration company. Make sure you do your research on one that you can trust - like SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. Be sure that the company you choose can do everything that needs to be done and begin the process. 

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (212) 564-6365

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Helps Recover Florida from Hurricane Ian

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Recover Florida from Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian in Florida caused catastrophic damage with losses estimated to be more than over $50 billion. Most of the damage was due to flooding from a storm surge of 10-15ft, hitting the cities Fort Myers Beach and Naples the hardest.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan wanted to give our neighbors, SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan a shout out for the cleanup and recovery they have been assisting with down in Florida. 

With bridges and other infrastructures destroyed, some areas and families can only be reached by barge. Helping all the way from NYC, SERVPRO uses a barge each day to transport their vehicles and equipment to help reach families that need help the most.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City

We understand the stress and worry that comes from trauma and crime scenes and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Crime Scene Cleanup at Your Manhattan Home!?!

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Crime Scene Cleanup at Your Manhattan Home!?!

Although this may sound like a blog for Halloween - this is the real deal. Unfortunately, crime happens inside residential homes, and SERVPRO is here to help clean it up - and by cleanup we don’t mean helping someone hide the body. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back to a clean, safe home or business. Here is some information around how SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan can provide a crime scene cleanup at your home.

Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers - you know what we mean if you’ve ever seen an episode of Dexter. However, most of those who commit the crime are not always as clean as Dexter, and that’s where we come in. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Following the police investigation, the cleaning and restoration process may begin. We’ll tackle biohazard chemicals, blood, and other contaminants that would put you at a health risk. The following list provides you with common trauma and crime scene scenarios.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals, to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property of these substances after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Our trained professionals clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Illegal Drug - “Meth” Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as “meth” are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

If you need trauma or crime scene cleanup, call (212) 564-6365 today. Our services include:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants 

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City

We understand the stress and worry that comes from trauma and crime scenes and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Why Immediate Storm Damage Repair Needs to be a Priority

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Why Immediate Storm Damage Repair Needs to be a Priority

Storm damage may be inevitable if a heavy storm has blown through your neighborhood. While this is an unfortunate reality, there are steps you can take to minimize the impact of a storm and prevent additional storm damage from occurring.  One way to do this is by getting storm damage repairs done as soon as possible. This will ensure that your building remains structurally sound and safe. Why is it important to make immediate storm damage repair a priority? We’ll show you below.

Storm Damage Repair for Mold Prevention

No one wants mold to develop in their home or building. A mold infestation hinders the integrity of any structure, which can make it unsafe, risky, and expensive! Buildings that experience water damage events are prone to mold exposure, which can come on fast or may take time to develop. Either way, the presence of mold is bad and needs to be taken care of immediately. The best thing to do is to address the storm damage before mold starts to grow so you can prevent it from even becoming an issue.

Neglected Storm Damage Repairs Can Get Expensive

Some people think they can wait on storm damage repairs, but that’s a major mistake. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur, whether it’s through mold or other problems.

Storm damage repair costs may seem like a lot of money initially, but they will be significantly less expensive than if you let the damages linger.  For example, let's say your roof leaks during a big downpour. Ignoring this for an extended amount of time could result in you having to replace the entire roof and perhaps even walls and ceilings if the water damage issue spreads. By acting fast and getting a storm damage repair service team to fix things early, however, you could prevent more expensive repairs and maintain the overall safety of your home. 

Small Leaks from Storm Damage Can Turn into Catastrophic Damage

You may be wondering how a small leak could cause such major damage to a home or other building. While patching up a leak could seem like a quick fix, that’s rarely the case following a massive storm. Water damage from storms can be severe and could erode wood and drywall, rot out joists, and cause mold to grow. What started as a small, innocent leak could turn into a serious problem if it goes unattended for too long.

The best way to keep your home safe during storms is to keep an eye on your gutters and downspouts and ensure that they are draining properly. If you haven't installed gutters or downspouts, now's the time! This will help keep rainwater from flooding through your roofing system into your walls, where it can start doing some serious damage before you know it.

Conclusion

If your home or building experiences damage as a result of a storm, the best thing you can do is hire a professional team to perform storm damage repairs done as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that additional damages will occur.

Need storm damage repairs? Call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. We’re here to help you through the entire process. Contact us today to get started.

Having Difficulty Tracking Odors Inside Your Home?

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Some homeowners find themselves in a situation where an unusual and unpleasant odor is detected on the premises but they are unable to identify the exact source of the smell. Below are some tips that can help you identify the unwanted scent so you can contact the appropriate residential odor removal services.

Sewage

This has a distinct and unmistakable smell. It could be a sign that your P-trap is dried out. A P-trap consists of the miniature curved portion of piping that aids in creating a seal for the sewage gas which is present behind it. However, the P-trap must be water-filled to produce the needed blockage.

Homeowners that don’t regularly use their sinks might cause the water which usually produces the seal to evaporate and then dry out, causing sewage gases to rise into the home. To prevent this, all you need to do is run water in each drain periodically, about once each month.

Egg Rot

The smell of egg rot or sulfur is definitely not pleasant and is a sign that something is seriously wrong. It usually means you either have an electrical problem or a gas leak. Manufacturers of natural gas are mandated to add a special chemical named mercaptan inside so that it is easier to perform leak detection. When this additive isn’t present, it won’t be possible to smell, taste, or see natural gas. So if you detect the infamous rotten egg smell, the first thing you’ll want to do is check with your gas company.

Aside from gas leaks, the smell of rotted eggs can also result from faulty electrical systems. If you’ve checked for a gas leak and none is present, the next thing you’ll want to do is try shutting down your circuit breaker. Additionally, the smell of rotted eggs might come from running out of hot water. This is because you probably have an aging anode rod that needs to be replaced. Experts recommend replacing anode rods once every five years or so otherwise corrosion can occur, but many property owners are busy, and getting a replacement is easy to forget.

Stale Air

If you notice that the air in your home seems stale, this is often the result of air leakage. Does your home have an attic with recessed lights? If so this form of illumination is susceptible to leakage and if this is the case the leak will need to be sealed.

Fishy Smell

If you don’t have any seafood in your home or garbage, a fishy smell often results from electrical components which are overheating. If the plastic, wiring, or other electrical devices smells like sulfur or rotted fish, this means that you potentially have a dangerous situation on your hand like arcing within a switch or outlet that can lead to a fire. As you can imagine, this is not something you want to handle on your own, as you run the risk of being electrocuted or burned, so it is highly recommended to contact an expert immediately.