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Can Ceiling Water Damage Be Repaired?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

One of the worst aspects of water, where damage and stains are concerned, is that it can go pretty much anywhere. It seems to get to and through anything and everything. A plumbing leak or inclement weather leak can affect the quality of your home as well as your family’s comfort and health.

Ceiling water damage can end up in repair bills of staggering amounts. Check to see if there is any ceiling discoloration to head off ceiling water damage before it becomes a major problem. If your ceiling has started to sag a bit, a lot of damage has already been done! If you see a saggy ceiling, you've got trouble! First and foremost, you'll have to repair the cause of the water making your ceiling sag. Once that's done, your best bet is to bring in a professional cleanup/restoration service. Shortly, we’ll inform you as to the best company to contact.

Water Damage Causes

Plumbing issues are the number one cause of ceiling water damage. If your ceiling experiences discoloration, look closely at where it first appears. Is the leak coming from the bathroom? Kitchen? Drains, when they leak, frequently cause water stains underneath (which would be the ceiling of the room below). With old plumbing systems under toilets, sinks, showers, etc., the more water that flows through them, they further they break down (if corrosion is the problem).

Another common cause of ceiling water stains is the possibility that your roof may be compromised and/or weak. During heavy rain falls and other severe weather conditions, you may have active water dripping through onto your ceiling. This might be caused by roof damage or a clog somewhere in the roofing system.

Assessing Ceiling Leaks And Damage

Before working on the leak, move any valuables that may be damaged by water well out of the way. You have to go above the stain to find out where the water is coming from. It may not be falling directly down. Rather, it may be flowing to a low spot which just ends up being where the stain on your ceiling is located. The source of water leaks can be very tricky to locate.

Once the leak is fixed, you'll have to inspect the areas that have been affected by the water. A lot of water can be held in drywall ceilings. Plaster, however, not so much. You may choose to remove any collected water above a drywall ceiling by poking a hole in it. Make sure you have a container underneath to catch the water. Be prepared for floor damage if you don't protect your floor with something to catch the water.

Repairing Stained Ceilings

Some light staining is not that big of a deal. A can of Kilz and some paint and you're on your way. But when the damage is more serious, rather than dealing with all of the mildew, mold, flaking or broken drywall, damaged plaster, rebuilding, repainting, etc., call in the professionals. Particularly if mold and mildew has formed – and it probably has – you want to bring in technicians who are going to make sure your family and home is safe and healthy. That's the best way to deal with mold and mildew. Leave it to the people who have all of the equipment and other products specially made for dealing with situations such as this.

Need Water Damaged Ceilings Repaired? Contact the Pros at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District!

When you need cleanup and restoration after a ceiling leak, or any other disaster in your home or business, the best move you can make is to contact the knowledgeable, experienced professionals at SERVPRO. Our locally owned and operated company is a trusted leader in the industry of restoration and cleanup. What's more, we always use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment for our projects. Compared to others, “We get there faster to any size disaster!”

Contact us today if you need help. We offer 24-hour emergency service.

Has Your Roof Been Destroyed During A Storm?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

A destroyed roof, both during and after a storm, can wreak havoc on a residence or business. Even the slightest roof leak can lead to a plethora of problems. If it gets bad enough, you may even experience standing water in your building. While floodwaters carry risks all their own, water damage can run the gamut from mild to severe. Threats to individuals as well as the structures can result from extended water leakages and/or damage.

The most important thing to remember is that, as soon as you notice water damage, locate the source and remedy the problem. Once the water trouble source has been taken care of, it's time for repairs and refurbishment. Fortunately, at SERVPRO, we are experts at water restoration resulting from floods, leaks, storms, fires, and more.

For now, however, let's take a look at damaged roofs and what should be done when you encounter them.

Damage Comes in Many Forms

When you think of roof damage during a storm, rain may be your first thought for the cause. Truth be told, however, there can be lots of causes for roof damage and a number of situations that result. Here are the types of damage that you may experience:

  • Wind damage
  • Rain damage
  • Hail damage

What to Look For

Now that the storm has passed, what should you look for to determine what kind of damage you have, if any? Frequently, missing roof shingles, curled shingles, or water spots on the ceiling are obvious signs of roof damage. You might also notice issues around your home's exterior like standing water, water walls, damaged roof flashing, and more. You may even experience winter ice damming.

Here's what to watch for:

  • Always check the condition of your shingles after a storm
  • Check for peeling and/or loose sealant
  • Watch for missing flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights, and roof edges
  • On your ceiling or in your attic, check for water damage

Remember that signs of roof damage aren't always obvious. You may need to go in search of it.

If You Experience Roof Damage

Getting your roof repaired following damage is crucial to both the integrity of the structure itself and to any people within the building. This applies to both businesses and residences. Take pictures of the damage if you can. Contact your insurance company immediately. If necessary, cover the damaged area with a tarp or hire a service to do so. Once the insurance company has surveyed the problem, it will be time to hire a roof repair service. Following repair, it's time to restore any water damaged areas.

The Importance of Acting Quickly after Roof Damage

Though there can be many causes of home or business flooding, a damaged roof (during and after a storm) can wreak havoc on the following:

  • Individuals who depend on the building for business
  • Visitors to a business or home
  • Those who live in the building as a residence
  • The integrity of the structure itself, and more

Water damage and flooding can be caused by heavy rains, faulty plumbing, broken appliances, etc. The faster you act when you notice water damage, the sooner you can remedy the problem and restore your business or residence to its original beauty and functionality.

We, at SERVPRO, understand when it comes to water damage, the problem must be remedied, and the property restored in an expedited manner. Families and businesses depend on the buildings we service. To resolve water damage problems, according to your precise needs, we will help devise a plan and execute the process as quickly, but as thoroughly, as possible.

Do you have water damage from a leaky roof? Don't wait another moment to address the problem. Contact us today.

Why Choose Our IICRC-Certified Water Damage Restoration Specialists?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Despite its benefits, water can be a destructive force. The potential disaster that water can cause in your home or workplace is quite scary. Water damage can happen in any residential or commercial areas and it can affect buildings on different levels. Water can creep into the different area of your home and can cause severe damage to your floors and walls. All that moisture can also lead to the formation of mold and vermin infestation in your home, and if not immediately addressed, it could weaken the foundation of your house. That is why before things get even worst, water damage restoration is a must. It is important to hire a restoration company that will take immediate action to address any water damage in your home effectively and efficiently. IICRC-certified water damage restoration specialists are specifically equipped to handle such situation and you can be rest assured they are capable to address any water damage in your home.

What is IICRC-certified?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC, is a certification and a non-profit organization for inspection, cleaning and restoration. Their mission is to establish restoration and uphold cleaning standards that are globally recognized to ensure that these restoration companies give their customers the highest quality services that they can offer. Each restoration company have to prove that they are able to accommodate any restoration projects in both small and large properties. Each technician has to pass a rigorous examination to prove their knowledge in water damage and other form of restoration. Technicians will not be able to perform any restoration service until they met the requirements needed.

The Benefits of Hiring IICRC-Certified Water Damage Restoration Specialists

The importance of finding a certified restoration company is essential when you are dealing with water damage as prolonging the situation at hand will cost extended damage to your property. There are several benefits that comes with hiring an IICRC-certified specialist such as

  • Their knowledge of handling the proper equipment. These professionals have to operate all the drying equipment in those areas affected by water damage, mold growth and infestations.
  • They work well under pressure. A certified specialist will know what to do in as emergency situation. They are calm in stressful situation and an excellent problem solver in solve any water-related issues.
  • They are able to handle large-scale water damage issues. They will have a team of specialist who are able to remove the damages in various areas.
  • They are transparent with their customers. Any owner will want updates on any restoration works. A certified specialist can provide owners with clear and open communication throughout the entire process.

Let SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District be Your Choice for Water Damage Restoration

Our highly-trained specialists are well-versed in water damage restoration. We are IICRC-certified and specialized in the restoration and cleanup for both commercial and residential properties. We understand the stress of having water damage in your home and strive to provide the best service possible for our clients. Feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries!

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Lower Manhattan For Fire Damage Restoration Services?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

When your business or residence needs fire damage restoration, to whom can you turn? Allow us to introduce you to our services. Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan can help you get back to normal after a fire or water emergency. We stand ready to help and have expertly trained individuals nearby. To help you get back to a normal life as soon as possible, we employ methods that reduce downtime and quickly make your surroundings look "Like it never even happened."

Why choose us for fire damage restoration? Here are just a few reasons:

  • We use advanced techniques and equipment
  • We are highly trained specialists
  • We are quick to assist after any disaster
  • In the restoration industry, we are a trusted leader
  • We’re locally operated/owned
  • We offer 24-hour emergency service

After a Fire

Naturally, after a fire, a building will suffer soot, smoke, and fire damage. But your business or home may also have suffered other problems as a result of firefighting efforts, such as water damage, and more. This isn’t easy to process for any business or family. The destruction is upsetting.

We understand you may feel vulnerable, confused, and stressed after such an incident. That's why, in any crisis, our experts are capable, willing, concerned, and will provide superb support. We treat your business and/or home with loving care.

To restore your home or business to pre-fire conditions quickly, SERVPRO uses specific equipment, personnel, and damage restoration training.


We specialize in water and fire damage restoration. For our business, it's a cornerstone of sorts. To get your property back to normal, we make sure our staff has received extensive restoration and damage cleanup training in the following areas:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Fabric and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor control
  • Smoke and fire restoration

We have numerous specialists whose expertise is one or more of the above-stated topics.

SERVPRO Has Highly Trained Individuals

IICRC training introduces and instructs employees regarding best practices where upholstery and carpet cleaning, mold remediation, water restoration, fire restoration, and other restoration/cleaning courses are concerned.

Modules of certification training include the following (these are also included in initial franchise training):

  • Fire restoration
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Water restoration
  • Crew training

Continuing education classes are a necessary part of staff training. For franchise staff, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and insurance agents, SERVPRO offers both non-credit and credit courses. Programs such as these are designed to improve emergency mitigation and knowledge. Included in the courses we offer are the following:

  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • A non-credit course: Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control

Turn to SERVPRO for Fire Damage

We understand that every fire and smoke damage situation varies somewhat. For specific conditions, a unique solution tailored to precise needs must be used. Different cleaning procedures are needed depending on the residue left behind, materials that burned, etc.

Depending on your needs, we offer the following restoration processes, benefits, and services:

  • Restoration
  • Cleaning and repair
  • From all surfaces, removal of smoke and soot
  • If water damage is present, water removal and drying
  • If needed, immediate roof tarp and board up services
  • Fire damage/inspection assessment
  • Emergency contact 24/7

Don't wait another minute to bounce back from a fire! Contact today!

What Can Flood Water Do To Your Home After A Storm?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Following a storm, though many threats can occur as a result, one of the most likely is the danger of flood water. In fact, every year, various regions across the US are devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, and more. Once the storm has passed, seemingly, so has any threat to your well-being, property, etc. That's not necessarily the case, however. Some of the biggest dangers that can result – in addition to road closures, lack of supplies, and more – are the risks presented by standing floodwater.

If your business or residence has experienced a flood, for whatever reason, your fast action is crucial to the well-being of your family, your staff, your business, your home, etc. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that. That's why we stand ready – with 24-hour emergency services – to be of assistance.

Now, let's take a look at some of the threats we are referring to where floodwater is concerned.

Hazards of the Physical Nature

Though physical hazards do exist after a flood, other threats can be present. We’ll refer to those in a moment. First of all, however, let's talk about any physical hazards that may arise as a result of floodwater.

Beneath the surface of murky water, threatening animals and/or dangerous insects can be concealed. Sometimes, this depends on the storm’s location but, in southern and tropical regions such as Florida and Louisiana, alligators have found their way to areas they wouldn't ordinarily inhabit. As a result of the storm, they are perfectly happy to make use of a new home!

That's only one scenario, however. Even after a storm is done, flood water can contain dangers. Impossible to see until you actually encounter it, can be sharp metal or broken glass, which can cause significant injury.

Downed power lines are always a problem after a severe storm. This kind of damage, particularly if flooding has occurred, can be widespread and exceedingly dangerous. When in standing water, the risk of electrocution is high.

In addition to all of the above, it never fails that someone tries to cross a flooded area on foot or in a car. Regardless, drowning can be the result.

The CDC Weighs In On Flood Water

While we at SERVPRO cannot legally advise you on health effects, the CDC themselves have weighed in on the topic of standing flood water presenting health effects. In the event of a storm disaster, according to the CDC, the threat of numerous diseases becomes more likely (think West Nile and Norovirus). Why is this? The CDC tells us that infected water can spread diseases and bacteria to everything it touches. This includes the toys your children play with and articles of clothing.

Even if a storm is not particularly severe, depending on your location, flooding can happen. With insufficient drainage, an area can be flooded with even a medium amount of rain.

So, you can see the importance of proper cleanup and sanitation following a flood.

The Importance of Fast Action after a Flood

There can be many different sources of water damage. In addition to heavy rains, things like broken appliances, faulty plumbing, and more can cause a flood in your home or business. What's truly important is that, as quickly as possible, you react. At SERVPRO, we know time is of the essence particularly when referring to water damage from a flood.

To create a plan for water restoration after a flood, count on our team of professionals. If you have experienced flood damage, don't hesitate another moment. Fast action is crucial! Contact us today.

Understanding Commercial Carpet Cleaning After Fire Damage

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Every year, there are close to 1.5 million fires that occur in the United States alone. Judging from the sheer number of cases, fire damage is a common problem that many businesses have to deal with. Fire is an important part of lives but it can be extremely detrimental to our lives when we lose control of it. Fire damage has resulted in many people losing their businesses and their assets ruined permanently. As such, if you have a wall-to-wall carpet that has been affected by fire damage, this article will explain about the carpet cleaning process and what can be done to mitigate the damage that has been done.

Level of Difficulty

Your business or corporate property, you might not even know where to start when it comes to cleaning after fire damage has been sustained. However, when addressing the issue of difficulty when cleaning commercial carpets, it is dependent on the extent of damage that has been done and the type of damage. If your carpet is merely affected by the smoke, then the chances are that it will be much easier to clean. On the other hand, if your carpet or upholstery has been damaged by a combination of water, dirt and heat, then the process of cleaning will definitely be more complicated and difficult.

Cleaning Process

If you make the wise choice to hire a professional to clean the carpet after fire damage, then it is best that you are aware of the carpet cleaning process. The process usually involves the sanitizing of the carpet and mitigating any damage that has been caused by debris and smoke as a result of the fire. Before anything can be done, the carpet will be sanitized using the proper cleaning agents, in order to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria which might cause adverse health effects. The sanitation will also help to remove the remaining dirt that are stuck in the fibers of your carpet. After ridding your carpet of these unwanted items, it is then necessary to apply anti-odor chemicals to it. This will help to eradicate the odor of smoke, which can be extremely overwhelming if it is not dealt with properly.

Carpets that Cannot be Restored

If you see that your carpet has already sustained substantial damage from things like heat or water, then there is a high chance that you might have to get it replaced. When carpets are exposed to extremely high temperatures, the fibers can be damaged permanently. If you are dealing with upholstery, the internal wood or metal components might also be structurally compromised.

Conversely, if your carpet has been exposed to too much water, it might remove the adhesives that bind it to the flooring. In cases where the carpet gets too wet, its padding can become saturated. Unfortunately this damage is irreversible and the only way to fix the problem is to replace it with a new one.

Commercial Property Owners Should Take Note Of Humidity Levels

6/27/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage is something every commercial property owner would worry about because of how susceptible any space can be to mold growth and how much it would cost them when it comes to business. Depending on the area that you are located in, some parts of your country may have more humidity while others have a dryer climate. The humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air and a high level of humidity will result in a higher possibility of mold growth in your space. The ability to control the amount of moisture that gets indoors is the key to controlling humidity levels which leads to the risk of your commercial property getting mold.

When the environment is damp and there is a presence of organic material such as wood, paneling, drywall paper backing and other material that used to be alive, this is when mold will thrive. Mold growth increases when such areas have a relative humidity of 60% and above, which is easy to reach when commercial property owners are not careful to check and maintain the area on a regular basis. When mold starts to consume these organic materials, mold spores are shot into the air resulting in a damp or musty smell. Apart from causing bad air quality which can cause allergies and respiratory problems for tenants, this is also very damaging for building materials. There is hence a need for to pay close attention of humidity levels in your commercial property to protect building materials especially evaporator coils, and to improve indoor air quality.

What Causes Humidity Issues?

One of the common causes for high humidity issues is from the ventilation and make-up air since they carry the biggest humidification load. The second most common problem for severe moisture issues is when outdoor air that is humid is pulled through the exterior wall through accidental suction. This suction is typically formed from exhaust ducts or unsealed return air. If these two factors are not why your property is experiencing high humidity level, you could also check for water seepage where there is dampness in the walls and foundation of your building. There is a possibility of water seeping into your building through joints in the concrete foundation. These will lead to fungal growth and when the moisture seeps in and comes into contact with organic building materials, mold will grow.

What You can do to Get Rid of Humidity

Our team of experts and professionals here at SERVPRO in lower Manhattan are licensed and well-trained to assist you in checking your commercial property for humidity levels as well as carry out dehumidification services. We take pride in helping you enjoy a peace of mind with our dehumidification solutions and strive for you to enjoy running your business worry-free of mold and humidity issues in your commercial property. Our one-stop solution also includes other services such as cleaning and garden maintenance for the total maintenance of your commercial property. contact us now for any queries or to simply book an appointment with our consultants today!

Active Home Fire Prevention Steps To Take

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Majority of home fire cases is unexpected and they are often caused by the most common task that we perform daily at home which we perceive to be safe. Things like accidentally turning on a stove, leaving the kettle on for too long, forgetting to blow out a candle, and many other daily activities may end up in a scary nightmare. Below are some simple yet effective home fire prevention tips that we can all follow to prevent common household fires.

Cooking Fires

Cooking fires make up at least 23 % of home fires and 9 % of fatalities. They can start with something so simple like a hand towel that is placed too close to a stove to an entirely dangerous house fire in just a matter of seconds. To prevent cooking fires, avoid ever leaving anything combustible near the stove burner. Keep them at least 3 feet away from the cooktop and this includes wall decorations and curtains.

Heating Equipment

Space heaters and wood stove tops are the most common heating equipment that causes house fires. They account for 15 % of house fires and 13 % of fatalities. Most heating equipment fires take place when space heaters or wood stove tops are placed near combustibles with nobody around attending to the area. Such fires can be prevented by placing space heaters or wood stove tops at least 3 feet away from bedding, drapes, and other flammable items. You also need to plug them directly into power sockets instead of using extension cords and switch them off completely when you head to bed or leave the house.

Electrical Equipment

Overloaded extension cords or bad electrical connections are dangerous as they can melt the wiring system which starts house fires. This type of fire accounts for 9 % of home fires and 10 % of fatalities. To prevent this type of fire, replace your extension cords which seem to be fraying. Those extension cords that are undersized to support the number of electronics you have also need to be changed to larger-gauge cords. Extension cords are also not supposed to be run below rugs as accidents are just waiting to happen. Other causes of accidents may involve miscellaneous incidents that are caused by negligent homeowners.

Fire Damage Restoration

Prevention is not that difficult to accomplish if we follow the correct recommended steps. However, occasionally things just happen unexpectedly which are simply beyond our control. If you have suffered from an unfortunate home fire, do not worry about fixing everything on your own. Always engage the services of professional fire damage restoration experts who can assess the extent of your home damage and recommend the proper techniques that need to be taken. It can be hard to come back from a home fire both physically and mentally which is why it is crucial to make use of professional restoration services. Focus on recuperating mentally while the experts take charge of getting your home back to its original physical condition with careful expertise and equipment.

Understanding The Importance Of Dry Out In Water Damage Restoration Processes

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can be caused by plenty of factors and not just solely by flooding alone. Leaks, higher humidity, and broken pipes are some of the other reasons that may cause water damage to happen. Water damage can lead to much more critical problems inside your home which are potentially harmful to humans and property as wet areas are the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. This is the exact reason why dry out in water damage restoration is the most important step to prevent serious problems.

Prone to Flooding

If your home or place of business is prone to flooding, always have the contact of a good water damage restoration company handy. Flooding is often caused by a storm or broken pipes and this situation needs to be tackled immediately so that the dry out process can be put in place within the shortest time possible to prevent further damage. The professional water damage restoration company will have the proper knowledge and equipment to perform the necessary drying process to ensure damp conditions will not become worse. In turn, various risks and challenges can be prevented so as to save on damage costs and to also reduce the risks of inflicting possible harm to your health.

Hiring Water Damage Professionals

When dealing with water damage, the best option is to always hire water damage professionals. They possess the necessary skills and knowledge as well as the required equipment to perform a professional job. If you handle the water damage situation on your own, you may not know the proper techniques of handling the situation and the dry out process may be even tougher than you would have expected. Hiring water damage professionals means having someone with expertise come assess the situation for you which they can address and fix immediately so the problem can be resolved without any delays.

Using Drying Equipment

If your water damage situation is caused by flooding, do not attempt to dry your home or place of business using any DIY methods you saw online. They may cause more harm than good as further damages may be imposed to your home or business structure. Water damage professionals on the other hand, come equipped with drying equipment that works around the clock to ensure your home or business is all around dry. Professional equipment is high in quality and power to offer a safe environment for you to settle back down so the downtime of your operations can be kept to a bare minimum. The condition of your home or business will also be closely monitored by the professional team to ensure the humidity and moisture levels in your home or business are within safe levels. If the levels are unsafe, proper adjustments can be made to match the requirements of the location.

Professional Help

If you are experiencing any form of water damage at your home or business, make sure to act quick and engage the services of SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. This is a crucial step in making sure the water damage situation can be contained and minimized.

What Is The Recommended Duration For Running Dehumidifiers After Water Leaks?

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

As per records from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, there is a waste of approximately 1 trillion gallons of water each year that is caused by household water leaks. In addition, 37 % of homeowners admit having suffered financial losses due to water damage in their residences. Water leaks are truly more than just that annoying dripping water sound. They could mean going days getting involved in major clean-ups to ensure carpets, furniture, walls, and floors get thoroughly dried out. Running dehumidifiers after water leaks is also helpful during this process to support your efforts.

Do Dehumidifiers Help to Dry Out Water Damage?

Dehumidifiers work the same way like vacuum cleaners which is to take the moisture out from the air. Dehumidifiers basically involve two different processes which are absorption and adsorption. Absorption is the process of taking out moisture from a particular material that is drenched in water. Adsorption is when you lift off moisture from a surface. Dehumidifiers do not just help to dry out water leaks but they are also useful in reducing allergy symptoms. Dehumidifiers draw moist air from the room where flooding or a water leak has taken place. There is a rotating wheel inside the duct which is highly absorbent which is used to remove humidity in the air. Drier air is then being circulated back into the space which will help to dry out the dampness found inside the room.

How Long Should Dehumidifiers Be Run?

The duration that a dehumidifier needs to be run after flooding or water leak really depends on a number of factors. Water damage professionals will first assess the flooded area to determine the degree of the damage. Other factors that need to be considered are as follows:

  • Size of Flooded Area – If the area is small, then the dehumidifier needs to be run for a much shorter period of time. However, if the entire house is affected, it is recommended to run several dehumidifiers at once for a number of days or up to an entire week. An enclosed area will also help dehumidifiers to function more efficiently.
  • Humidity Levels – Another factor that affects the duration is the level of humidity in the area. During summer, you will typically need to run a dehumidifier much longer due to higher humidity levels. During the winter, the duration can be reduced as humidity levels are also lower.
  • Severity of Damages – A water leak that happens in linoleum floor or concrete as well as in walls causes much lesser damage as these materials are not as absorbent. However, if the water leak seeps into your drywall, carpets, wooden furniture, and other wooden surfaces, then a dehumidifier needs to be run for a much longer period of time to achieve optimum results.

Regardless of your water damage situation, restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan are able to provide a solution after a proper assessment. Get in touch with our team as soon as you uncover a water leak or flooding to keep the situation at bay.

Understanding Different Fire Residues And Smoke

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

There are basically three different types of smoke and fire residues that may get left behind after a fire broke out in your home or at your place of business. Below is a more comprehensive depiction of each of these residues and the corresponding techniques that you can take to clean them up thoroughly.

Synthetic Residues

These synthetic residues form when materials that are oil based get burned. These include fabrics and plastics which can appear in the forms of furniture, window frames, electronics, and carpets. When synthetic materials burn, a thick black smoke is produced. This will then leave behind a smeary residue which can cause a huge mess if not cleaned up through the right techniques. In such a situation, do not touch any of the residue so as to prevent smearing. Vacuuming is the best method to clean the synthetic residues which is to be followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.

Protein Residues

When meats and beans burn, they cause a fire that leaves a yellowish-brown residue behind. The texture is slightly greasy and the residue may stick onto any surface which makes it a chore to clean up. It is crucial that you purchase the right fire cleaning chemical from a hardware store if you need to work on protein residues after a fire. Be sure to get hold of the correct chemicals as using an unsuitable product may cause the residue to spread and stick, causing an even bigger mess.

Natural Residue

Fires that are caused by burning natural products like paper and wood can produce a residue that looks dry and powdery. This residue is usually greyish-black in color and is much easier to clean up as compared to synthetic or protein residues. To remove this type of residue can easily be done by using a vacuum cleaner that is fixed with a bristled brush attachment. Following this, a dry-chem sponge cleaning can be done to finish things off.

Fire Damage Restoration

It is important to note that minor fire damage that takes place on a bad day can be cleaned up on your own but the results you achieve may last just for a short term. However, it is still highly recommended for you to engage the professional services of fire damage restoration experts if you are unsure of the proper steps to take. Handling the situation on your own may help you save on some costs, but if you happen to take the wrong steps, you may end up causing an even bigger mess which may be irreversible. This in turn may lead to even heftier damage costs that you need to fork out on top of the D.I.Y solutions you have tried earlier on. Restoration experts are able to assess the extent of the fire damage in your home or at your place of business and recommend the proper techniques and products to use.

Act fast and be quick to engage the professional services of fire damage restoration experts from SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan to keep your situation at bay. Make use of services that offer lasting results.

Understanding Fire Damage Restoration Processes

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

You should never try to attempt fire damage restoration after a fire has occurred. To ensure that your home is safe again, it is important to reach out to a professional fire damage restoration professional to carry out the proper fire restoration process required. As a homeowner, it is important to understand how these processes are carried out.

Confirmation That Property Has Stabilized

The first step to a professional remediation process is to check if the property has stabilized enough for safe entry. A professional will check for signs of damage to the home’s structure and inspect the property carefully from the outside before opening the door. It would be advisable to wait for an inspector to consider the property safe to enter before you do so.

Damage Control

Be cautious of soot stains, rust, corrosion, mold, mildew, and the air quality in the home. Even after the fire has been extinguished, smoke and soot can cause further damage to your home.

  • Soot stains are caused by soot which adheres to the surface and discoloration occurs. Depending on material and time elapsed, soot stains may be removable while soot stains may be permanent for other materials.
  • Mold and mildew form quickly after a fire has occurred due to the fire extinguishing process. If there has been signs of water damage, proper damage restoration processes should be implemented as soon as possible to minimize further damage.
  • Rust and corrosion refer to the risk of any metals that become oxidized after interacting with water. This is important to take note of for small electronics with metal. If components in the electronics corrode, your item may have been damaged beyond repair and there could be a high risk of electric shocks.
  • Air quality is one of the areas which professionals focus on, especially when lingering odors are detected. Smoke damage cleanup is often done with the use of an air scrubber and air mover.

Removal of Items Damaged Beyond Repair

For personal possessions that have been damaged beyond repair, they should be removed with extra caution. This is especially important for electrical appliances or machines. Conversely, items that have not been damaged by the fire should be removed as well to prevent further contamination.

Cleanup Excess Water and Wet Surfaces

Standing water needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible because water may damage your walls or flooring.

Deodorizing, Deep Cleaning, and Stain Removal Begins

Once the damage has been assessed, professionals will begin the appropriate damage restoration process for the property. Taking into consideration the level of damage, they should consult with you to work out the level of priority to work with and you should receive regular updates from them.

Why Work With SERVPRO?

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with fire damage. If you have experienced fire damage to your home in Lower Manhattan, reach out to us immediately. Our highly trained fire restoration specialists will be dispatched as soon as possible to assist you. Time saved in getting a response team on site equates to lesser damage caused to your property. If you would like to find out more, contact us today!

How Does Mold Grow In Homes?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

How Does Mold Grow In Homes

Mold is an unwanted substance in many areas such as households and office buildings. If you are wondering about how mold develops in homes, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will take you through how mold can spread in your household.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus that develops once moisture can be detected. They are tiny spores that can be found on mycelium, which then further forms into hyphae. It can be found almost anywhere, and its growth is inevitable when there is moisture present on any substance. In most cases, it is a challenge to get rid of mold due to its growing spores. These spores are tiny seed-like structures that develop under damp and humid conditions. It is key to remove mold every now and then to create a safe environment in your household.

What Is the Growth Of Mold Like?

These tiny spores give way for mold to reproduce. Since they are microscopic in size, they spread easily through water and wind. They are also able to stay alive for long once they are stuck to fur or any clothing. Many people identify mold on their clothes through stains and the odd odor that it produces.

There are also several conditions that you should take note of to stop mold growth. These include an environment with oxygen, water, food as well as a suitable temperature. Mold is strong enough to withstand unusual environments, which toughens the removal process. Since it can grow both indoors and outdoors, it is important that you check all your household areas such as your windows, vents as well as your open doorways. There is usually excessive moisture in these areas.

How To Prevent Mold?

If you are wondering how to prevent mold, the first step to take is to ensure that your home is not too humid. The humidity level in your household should not surpass 50 percent as moist conditions are a catalyst for mold to grow. You can do so by checking the humidity level more than once a day. Also, be sure to check that your household has smooth air ventilation. Continuous air flow within your household helps to prevent the spread of mold.

Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services for Your Household

After reading the above, you are on your way to achieving a mold-free home. However, it is always necessary that you hire a professional to conduct checks every now and then. Here at SERVPRO, we make life easier for you as we have formed a team of licensed cleaners that could help with the sanitize your household better. Contact us today for more information!

Graffiti Problems That Businesses Face

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

If your business has constantly been getting affected by graffiti problems, you must have undergone a lot of stress as cleaning up graffiti often involves a lot of work. Instead of doing everything on your own and getting distracted from your business operations, why not consider hiring a professional cleaning team? They can get the job done as swiftly but with much more convenience for you. Continue reading the article to learn more about the implications of graffiti and how you can prevent them.

Common Problems Caused by Graffiti

Graffiti usually consists of illegible scribbles which often lead to various issues for businesses. Some of the issues are as follows:

Putting in Effort and Spending Money to Clean It Up

When graffiti appears on the exterior of your business, you have to put in effort to clean it up with chemicals. This costs money and affects your operations.

Graffiti Causes Damage to Exterior

Some materials that are used to draw graffiti can be cleaned up pretty easily with a power washer or simply being painted over. However, that is not always the case. Several exterior materials which are porous such as brick walls may disintegrate under the pressure of a power washer. They are also more likely to absorb spray paint which makes them trickier to clean without damaging the outer layer.

Graffiti Spoils Your Business Reputation

A business that is covered in graffiti may be off-putting for patrons. It may appear as though you do not care enough about your reputation by letting your business exterior be left unattended. This is why it is essential for exterior wall cleaning to be done as soon as you find graffiti on it.

Preventing Graffiti on Your Business Exterior

There are several ways you can follow to actually help prevent graffiti from being drawn on your business premises. Below are some tips that you can consider:

Installing Automatic Lighting

Add an automatic lighting system around your premises especially where vandalism is common. Lights that switch on automatically upon detecting motion can help to deter vandals. Graffiti artists prefer to work in an environment where they are less likely to get caught, so a lighted area is definitely not a feasible setting to express their creativity.

Putting Up Signs

Put up signs informing vandals that your premises are installed with security cameras that are watching them around the clock. This will deter them as they do not want to be prosecuted.

Adding Anti-Graffiti Layers

If it has been getting increasingly common for your business to be scribbled with graffiti, you may consider applying a layer of anti-graffiti coating. Such products can help to create a clear protective barrier which will prevent graffiti material from sticking onto the surface. This will also make cleaning so much easier.

Adding Exterior Barriers

If you own the land outside your business premises, you can add barriers that can prevent vandals from getting inside. There are different types and sizes of barriers that you can choose from to suit the needs of your business.

5 Things That Water Damage Repair Specialists Do

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

There are different processes to be done during the evaluation of water damage. Going through the scale of the necessary repair works requires the help of water damage repair specialists who are experts at their job. The article below explains in more details the job scope of these experts so you can know exactly when to consult them.

Identifying the Different Types of Water

There is a total of three different types of water. The very first type is called clean water which is produced by condensation, rain, leaky pipes, and others. Clean water is relatively harmless to clean up on your own.

The second type of water is called gray water. It is slightly dirtier than clean water and it is produced by dishwashers, washing machines, waste-free toilets and more. It may also contain some contaminants. You may wish to clean it up on your own but make sure that you put own protective gears like gloves to protect yourself.

The third type is black water which is produced by serious flooded rivers and lakes or from the sewers. This water contains waste, germs, and other toxic contaminants. Black water can cause implications that are detrimental to your health and should not be cleaned up on your own. Always hire professional restoration specialists to tackle the situation to prevent any serious health issues to yourself and your family.

Inspecting Serious Issues Like Mold

Water repair damage specialists will also help in inspecting serious issues including mildew and mold. They can start developing when the conditions are right in as little as 24 hours. Mold that has thrived for an extended period of time, you need to be very careful as it poses as a long-term issue. Some mold can cause health effects and can cause severe property damage. For small mold, simply get rid of them on your own. For more severe cases of mold infestation, always seek the help of professionals to avoid the mold spores from spreading and getting out of control.

Drying the Water Damage Area

Restoration specialists will first remove all moisture at water damage areas to prevent it from causing further damage to the property. For small leaks, it is still important to be thorough to cover every nook and cranny. We will focus on circulating the air with the aid of several devices such as dehumidifier, fans, and more.

Removing and Clearing Porous Materials

The next step performed by specialists is to move on with the removal of any porous materials found in the water damage areas. These materials include insulation, carpet, fabric, and so on. If they are fully soaked, we will cut them out accordingly so they can be removed swiftly. Water would have damaged them by warping or shrinking them which is further worsened by mildew.

Disinfecting Remaining Materials

After the removal of damaged components, the specialists will focus on disinfecting the entire space using industrial-grade yet safe chemicals. They can help prevent the formation of mold which can cause prolonged damage to your health and property.

Common Fire Incidents In The United States

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fires can start anywhere and at any time and the injury and damage that they cause can at times be severe. The article below illustrates some of the most common fire incidents in the United States that you can read about to help you in reducing or eliminating the associated risks. By learning some of the important tips that we are about to share, you can save your property and your loved ones from a threatening situation.

Kitchen Fires

The most common type of fire is the kitchen fire. The reason behind why the kitchen is the source of many fire hazards is because it is where electricity, heat, grease, and water come together. Grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire. It is highly dangerous as it can spread out of control quickly throughout the whole house. Most grease fires occur because a frying pan is left on the stove unattended for an extended period of time. An overheated pan may also cause a fire when the grease inside catches fire. Grease fires cause critical injury and major property damage, so it is important to pay close attention when you are cooking.

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are caused by different factors such as faulty electrical wiring, faulty appliances, worn out breaker boxes, or improper use of electrical sockets. Older homes also may not have proper wiring to handle the excessive number of electrical appliances being used in a day. Old breaker boxes are designed to automatically shut off the electricity supply when the circuit becomes overloaded. However, worn or broken connections may not activate the breaker switch. Lighting may also cause electrical fires if the system contains improper wiring. The use of light bulbs that come in wattage that is higher than the recommended level may also cause a fire.

Heater Fires

This type of fire is especially common during winter. Portable heating units need to always be equipped with automatic shut-off technology whenever they overheat. However, improper wiring or worn-out appliances may eventually still cause a fire. Coil space heaters are just as hazardous as their coils will ignite anything that is combustible. It is recommended to place your space heater at least three feet away from anything combustible such as bedding, curtains, furniture, and clothing. Do not use space heaters with extension cords as they generate high levels of electricity which may start a fire.

Smoking-Related Fires

Fires caused by cigarettes cause at least 1,000 deaths in the United States per annum. Majority of these fatalities do not even concern the smoker who is the main culprit of each of the situations. Most smoking fires get started by embers that ignite on bedding, furniture, and trash cans. This is why smokers need to always extinguish their cigarettes completely before emptying their ashtrays into the trash. Never smoke in bed or when you are tired or drowsy. Flammable surfaces such as chairs, couches, or beds should also always be free of ashtrays as they may tip over and cause a fire.

For professional fire restoration works, engage the services of our experts at SERVPRO Manhattan.

What You Need To Know About Mold Season

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold develops when its spores that are airborne get into contact with moisture and several sources of food such as dirt, wood, and paper. Moisture can be found in areas like leaky pipes and roofs, humidifiers, flooded places, and other water damage sections of a building. Mold growth can get ugly as it involves unpleasant odors and damages to the structure of a building. When you are aware of mold season and its implications, you can engage mold remediation services to get the issue resolved swiftly.

Mold Season

Mold season refers to the time when mold can easily thrive due to several factors like climate and location. Mold can grow and spread any time but there are certain periods when mold growth is widespread. Mold growth is most rampant from early spring to middle of fall but its peak is around late summer. Always check areas that may have excess water during weather changes such as when snow thaws and during rainy days.

Winter is the season when mold turns dormant but it is not gone completely. Mold basically hibernates during winter where temperatures are low. Areas that experience mild winters may even witness mold growth all year long. After being dormant during winter, mold can move on to find other damp places to call home. You can prevent this by pouring bleach at the locations where mold grows.

Early Spring

You can expect dormant mold to grow back again during spring. It is the worst season for mold especially in areas that experience heavy rain. The lots of moisture created from the spring showers provide a suitable environment for mold to invade. Check areas where there are standing water such as your basement, attic, windows, crawlspaces, and doors. Spot any crumbling on your drywall and pay attention to any strange odors as these are symptoms of mold issues or hidden water damage.


Summer is the worst season for mold in regions that experience high levels of humidity. Kitchens and bathrooms are both places that are prone to mold growth due to consistent use of appliances with hot water. Air conditioning units cut down on humidity from inside the house but the extracted water may leak into basements or crawl spaces due to poor ventilation.

Mid Fall

Mold growth slows down during fall and begins to hibernate during winter. Fall is when it becomes the easiest to handle mold as it becomes dormant due to the cold. Homeowners also do not have to worry over humidity or rain but it is advisable to remove any mold during this season before winter comes.

Mold Allergy Season

The period from early spring to mid fall is when allergies become the most severe. Mold season can trigger health effects and each season can affect you differently. Spring is typically when mold continues to thrive after winter whereas summer is when mold spore count is particularly high due to humidity in the air and fall works like spring where allergies get into the picture.

By understanding each season correctly and their relationship with mold growth, homeowners can better manage their mold problem.

Top Tips for Storm Damage Recovery

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Top Tips for Storm Damage Recovery

It is easy to be overwhelmed by what is left to tackle after the storm has hit you hard. Do not despair as help is on its way. First and foremost, prepare yourself for what is about to come up next to be able to handle the storm damage aftermath with grace and great knowledge.

Educating Yourself

Be sure to know your rights and what you are entitled to as a homeowner. Since you first moved into your current house, have you ever had a need to replace the roof and how many occasions have you ever followed up with an insurance claim?

Always know how and when to file a claim. After the disaster situation has settled, contact your insurer to find out what your options are. Notify them of your current state and what are the subsequent steps to be taken before a claim can be made. Do not hesitate to get into details by inquiring regarding every aspect of your insurance coverage including any reports, cash value, deductibles, depreciation, and more.

Selecting a Contractor

This is not the time to be naïve especially when there are plenty of people out there waiting to take advantage of your vulnerable situation. Just about anyone can claim that they are a contractor. Thus, adequate research is necessary to ensure you get ahold of a licensed contractor who is certified to work within your city with necessary permits on hand.

Assessing the Damage

Look around every nook and cranny of your property to roughly estimate the scale of the losses as an entirety. Inspect your front and back yards as well for damages incurred on any structures or furniture pieces. If your vehicle had been parked outside, consider that as a separate section out of your total damages as its insurance claim will fall under a different category.

Filing the Claim

Once you are confident that the situation is well under control, go ahead and file the loss claim. This warrants an adjuster to pay a visit to the damaged property to assess the losses thoroughly. An evaluation report will be generated to be submitted to your insurer for a reimbursement. Once the settlement amount is well underway, it is time to launch the restoration project. The earlier you get the contractor starting work on your property, the faster you can settle down and allow things to fall back into place like before.

Remember that you are not alone! Never let yourself fall into an even bigger predicament by allowing the problem to drag on and cause your property condition to deteriorate further. Take control and take matters into your own hands! Nothing is impossible with professional help around.

Here at SERVPRO, our experts understand that time is of the essence when dealing with storm damage. Work with our team of professionals to formulate a plan to get your storm damage problems well under control to get you back on track! 

Commercial Business StoreFront Cleanup

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial  District ,we understand how badly some instances can affect our customers. This particular case is one of one individual projecting damage onto a place of business by fecal matter. This job is not one of our common jobs but we take care of a long list of items here at SERVPRO. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to the damage. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and power washed the main issue to get to the root of the problem. Our crew followed standard procedure with this type of issue. Our customer was very satisfied with the results. Pictured here is what the place looked like before we cleaned and sanitized the area.

How to Avoid MRSA Infections?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Staphylococcus aureus is a surprisingly widespread type of bacteria. Commonly known as Staph, approximately thirty percent of all healthy humans are carriers of Staph in some way. This bacterial is typically found living on the surface of our skin and inside of our nostrils. Although it exists without affecting the individual, it can result in severe infections through small cuts in some cases. The danger when this happens is that antibiotics do not work on a rising number of Staph bacteria strains. A minor infection can rapidly turn into a potential fatal emergency. Since it is difficult to treat, following some precautions to avoid MRSA infections is important.

What is MRSA?

MRSA refers to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This type of bacteria is able to withstand common antibiotics used against bacterial diseases. There are 3 main types of MRSA:

  • Community-acquired (CA-MRSA): This refers to any bacteria that is found outside of a medical facility.
  • Livestock-acquired (LA-MRSA): This is commonly found in the nasal swabs of humans who work in livestock handling kennels and facilities.
  • Healthcare-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA): First identified in the 1960s, it is called healthcare acquired due to how prevalent it was in hospitals.

Where can you get MRSA?

Although MRSA thrives best in moist and warm areas, it is also able to live for a long period of time on hard surfaces. Environments where many people come into contact with shared surfaces are more dangerous. This includes the following places: 

  • Shopping carts
  • Elevator buttons
  • Doorknobs
  • Gym Equipment
  • Keyboards
  • Flush Levers

Although there are some treatments available, there are many circumstances where the bacteria are resistant to all available treatments. Hence, taking the necessary preventions against MRSA infections in the first place is extremely important.

MRSA Precautions

Restrict antibiotic use

Using many different kinds of antibiotics is related to an increased risk of the bacteria becoming more resistant, which aids in colonization.

Shower after Sweating

As MRSA thrives in moist environments, it is important to shower immediately after you sweat. Do not share your towels with others.

Wash your Hands

Regularly wash your hands for a minimum of fifteen seconds, before drying with a disposable towel. Do remember to bring along hand sanitizers based in alcohol for times when you are not able to wash your hands.


So as to reduce the spread of infections, especially in hospitals, screening for people with MRSA should be carried out. Some ways of doing it is to swab the nostrils and isolate the bacteria.

Cover your Wounds

It is important to keep your wounds covered and clean. This applies to infected people as well as those who are not infected, reducing the risk of spreading to others.

No Injection of Illicit Drugs

For those who take intravenous drugs, including HIV, Hepatitis C and MRSA, the occurrence of life-threatening infections are higher.


For individuals who do not practice good hygiene, or stay away from skin-to-skin contact, they should be isolated so as to avoid the infections from spreading further. It is also suggested to isolate laundry and everyday appliances.    

3 Common Types of Floodwater

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

It is common for homeowners to immediately want to get to work after a flood to salvage whatever is left of their home. However, you could be doing more harm than good without first knowing what has actually hit you. Different types of floodwater have different causes and effects on one’s health, so only handle what is within your capability and leave the rest to the professionals.

Floodwater 1: Clean Water

  • This is pretty straightforward, so you can go ahead and get those towels and any other retrievable fabric pieces you can find to kickstart the floodwater absorption process. However, be sure to pick up the pace before this type of floodwater changes into the next state. Get everyone to join in the effort to settle down as soon as possible and take the opportunity to bond as a team to keep spirits high.

Floodwater 2: Grey Water

  • This is the next state which had transitioned from clean water. It is normal to feel skeptical about even getting into contact with this type of floodwater because you never know what is flowing beneath. There could be contaminants of a chemical, physical, or even biological nature, usually derived from kitchen or bathroom malfunctions.

Floodwater 3: Unsanitary

  • This is the deadliest state floodwaters could get into. Thus, be absolutely wary of your surroundings while handling this form of floodwater to prevent any detrimental adverse effects on your health and that of your loved ones. You could be getting yourself into a situation of pathogenic and toxigenic agents’ category, which has dissolved silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, or toxic organic substances. Thus, save yourself the trouble and your health to stay fit to storm through the aftermath.

Cleanup Process

There are so many different ways and approaches that you can get your hands on through various online tips and guidelines. Nevertheless, you could be doing it all wrong when you fail to correctly distinguish the real type of floodwater that has flowed in your home at the very initial important stage. Therefore, there has to be a certain level of guarantee before you can truly say that you are safe from harm that could cause you to become sick or be left with a home that is only cosmetically free of floodwaters.

Cleanup Guarantee

What is this guarantee that we are talking about? It is the sense of assurance that will leave you feeling comfortable and put your mind at ease again as though no natural disaster had ever struck your home sweet home. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is that guarantee you need to get your mind and health off of things and lay back and relax while our professional cleanup team gets down and dirty with all the strenuous and exhausting cleaning up. We will guarantee that every last drop of floodwater will be gotten rid of for good, even the deadliest floodwater form that you can imagine. Get our number on your speed dials today, or just drop us a message to address any of your concerns.

When Do You Need Duct Cleaning?

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Having periodical air duct cleaning service done is important. Read on to find out when you should engage professional air duct cleaning services!

When Do You Need Professional Air Duct Cleaning Services

Everybody wants a clean house. But, what if your house is not as clean as you thought? Even though your floors and surfaces may be dust-free, it does not mean areas that you cannot see and reach are clean. Unfortunately, your air duct contains a lot of dirt, dust, and allergens as they work frequently to provide cooled or heated air around your home. As air conditioning systems draw in air from the outside world to cool the house, it is easy for contaminants to enter your home.

Cleaning air ducts is a complicated process that requires specific knowledge. As such, you should always engage professionals for cleaning services to help you do a thorough job. If you are unsure of whether your air duct requires cleaning, read on to find out some signs of a dirty air duct.

Presence of Mold in Your Air Conditioning System

Your air conditioning system should undergo maintenance and clean periodically. Professionals recommend your system to be serviced at least twice a year. Due to the condensation that results from cooling air, mold growth is a possibility, especially if the climate you live in is a humid one. If your technician informs you that your air conditioning system has mold, you should ask to see the evidence. Once confirmed, you can contact a mold expert. Air conditioning technicians may not have the credentials to get rid of mold, so you should ensure you get a certified professional to do so.

Even if mold is found, it does not necessarily mean your air ducts are affected. However, it makes it highly possible. It is important to engage professionals to check to make sure.

Your Home is Newly Renovated

Construction sites are very messy. Even if contractors clean up and cordon off areas to keep the rest of the house not undergoing construction tidy, little pieces of debris and dust will find their way in. Unless your air conditioning system is not turned on and kept completely covered up throughout the construction work, it is possible for the dust and dirt to find their way to your air ducts. Furthermore, construction dust contains matter that can be harmful when you breathe it in. You should call professionals to clean your air ducts before any other major problems arise.

Your Home is Dusty Despite Cleaning

Cleaning up dust is not the most exciting activity, but is something we have to do often. However, if you notice that surfaces and areas of your house seem to always have a layer of dust even if you just cleaned the area, you probably need to clean your air ducts. You can take a look at the supply and return vents in your home. Do they look dirty? Go one step further to check by removing the vent cover and looking into the ductwork. If they are covered in dust, it is time to schedule a professional air duct cleaning service.

Increasing Cost for Heating or Cooling Air

Every year, the costs incurred from switching on the air conditioning and heater should be relatively similar and predictable. However, if you notice your bill increasing even though you find your usage to be about the same, you may have a problem. In some cases, the air duct is so dirty that air cannot flow through the system efficiently and freely. As such, the air conditioner needs to work harder to maintain the temperature of the room, thus consuming more electricity and resulting in higher utility bills.
If you are looking for professionals to help clean your air ducts, look no further than SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. Our team of professionals will be able to help you with keeping your air ducts clean. Feel free to contact us for more information about our services today!

What You Need to Know About Frozen Pipes

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Identifying Frozen Pipes During The Upcoming Winter Season

During winter, homeowners are faced with many possible home problems that require repair. When the temperature starts to drop below zero degrees, a common problem homeowners encounter is a frozen water pipe. A frozen water pipe is dangerous and can be very costly to repair. When water freezes, it expands; this results in increased pressure in the lines, to the point where these pipes cannot hold the water anymore. If you can spot a frozen water pipe early, it can save you the trouble of a burst water pipe. For instance, if you turn on the faucet and only get a small trickle of water, you may have a frozen water pipe. If you are unsure about maintaining your pipes, you should engage professionals to help you prevent them from bursting.

Problems that Arise from a Frozen Pipe

If you miss the initial warning signs, the problem can get worse and bring about several complications. These include:

Increased possibility of bursting: A frozen pipe can burst at any time and bring about a host of problems. If a water pipe bursts outdoors as you will need to deal with damaged water in harsh weather and a slippery condition.
Lack of running water: It is incredibly inconvenient without a proper supply of running water. It makes simple daily tasks like showering and washing the dishes difficult, and can interfere with the activities you do on a daily basis.

Identifying Frozen Pipes

There are many water pipes in a house, both outside and inside. Every bathroom, shower, and sink has its own pipes. The good news is that you are able to identify frozen pipes before they burst from these warning signs.

Strange sells that come from the faucet: if your faucet gives off a weird smell, it may be a sign of a frozen pipe. If the pipe is blocked from ice, the only way to release the order is through the drain or faucet.
Visible frost on the pipe: If your pipes are exposed, you may be able to see frost on the surface of the pipe. If there is the presence of frost, it is likely your pipe is frozen.
Temperature is extremely low: Pipes will not freeze if it is not cold enough. However, once the temperature of your environment drops below the freezing point, you should start to take precautionary measures in order to prevent your pipes from becoming frozen.

Work with Professionals from SERVPRO

If you are on the lookout for professionals that can help you with your home pipes, look further than SERVPRO from Lower Manhattan. We have a committed team of experts that are committed to bringing you the best experience working with us. We also have a certification in sanitization and offer different services including cleaning services, mold remediation services, and more. Our services cater to a wide range of facilities like hospitals, elderly homes, and more. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries today!

Hurricane Season 2020

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane image courtesy of Pexels. Hurricane image courtesy of Pexels.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing. This season has had tropical cyclone formations at an unprecedented rate. So far, it has featured a total of 24 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 23 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. Are you prepared for a hurricane? Continue reading to learn ways to prepare yourself and your property for this type of storm.

Create An Emergency Ready Plan

At SERVPRO we belive individuals should always be prepared for a storm and should have a place in place in case your home or property is in the path of a storm. A few basic items to include in an emergency ready pack are backup generators, flashlights, batteries, dried goods. It is also important to have a route planned on where you will go, and how you will remain in contact with the members of your household. 

Get in touch with a member of our team to schedule a free phone consultation about Emergency Ready Plans: 212-564-6365.

Damage to Commercial Property

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

This is what the front of the structure looked like before our serivces. This photo indicates where the damages were prior to our cleaning.

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, we understand how badly some instances can affect our customers. This particular case is one of one individual projecting damage onto a place of business by fecal matter. This job is not one of our common jobs but we take care of a long list of items here at SERVPRO. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to the damage. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and power washed the main issue to get to the root of the problem. Our crew followed standard procedure with this type of issue. Our customer was very satisfied with the results. Pictured here is what the place looked like before we cleaned and sanitized the area. 

SERVPRO: Helping The Community

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Daycare space prior to our cleaning services. We love helping our community take steps towards a higher standard of clean.

When a local daycare called us to help with an issue they were having with mold and water damage we were more than happy to help. We want our customers to be aware that no matter what size of the job we are #heretohelp. A goal of ours is to aide those in need regardless of if you’re dealing with a residential or commercial size issue. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools they needed to help remove all the problems the daycare had that were leading to problems. When anyone has an issue, it is a big deal for us. This job was especially serious to us because the children were present to these conditions. To prevent future health issues, we made sure the job was done quickly and efficiently.

Getting Ahead of Frozen Pipes

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

A dripping faucet can be helpful this winter. Letting your faucet drip helps keep the pipes damn and avoids them freezing over.

Although the frosty breeze and sparkling snow can be breathtaking during winter, there are risks we must be aware of. Winter can be enchanting but this is the season where frozen pipes can be an awful disaster. This change in weather can cause temperatures to drop to extremely low levels and can cause pipes in your home to freeze and burst. If pipes are not properly insulated or if there are cracks or gaps where the pipe enters your home, this can cause the pipes to freeze easily. During the dramatic temperatures, water freezes and expands continually, and eventually, the pipes can burst. Be sure to maintain and check your pipes regularly to help avoid these situations. If you find yourself in this position, you can contact our location at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District and we will be glad to provide our services.

Pools of Water Flood Commercial Space

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage causes standing water. Water floods and buckles the floors of commercial property.

Water damage is among one of the leading calls we get here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. We take each case very seriously. This job was interesting because the amount of standing water was so extreme. When looking at the picture attached here you can see that the total water present almost resembles a swimming pool. No one wants their home to unexpectedly become a swimming pool. We are here to make homes become homes once more. Our motto here at SERVPRO is to handle each job with a degree of care and effort that fulfills our mission of making any job look "Like it never even happened." Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools that will quickly get rid of the water. Our customer was very happy when the job was finished and everything was back to the way it should be.

We Specialize in Fire Damage Cleaning and Restoation

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flames from a fire. We have trained technicians ready to combat whatever damage a fire has left.

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District, we have a long list of jobs we specialize in going beyond the fire, soot, and mold. Cleaning up fire damage is one of our specialties. So naturally, when a local high school suffered a grease fire in their kitchen we were more than happy to help clean up the damage that occurred.  It is our job here at SERVPRO to make accidents look "Like it never even happened." The extent of the fire was pretty bad as soot-covered most of the walls. Our team used our special SERVPRO cleaning products to help restore the kitchen to a much cleaner state. The owners of the property were very pleased with the rate of our work as well as the final product. Call us 24/7 at 212-564-6365 to schedule a consultation. 

Our Take on Fires

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Grease fire caused damage to kitchen. The structure after we preformed our cleaning services post fire.

Not all fires are started the same way. Some can be caused by a candle left on through the night or a cigarette not being put out all the way. Whatever the cause may be, all fires are messy and leave an unwanted burden on a number of individuals. We know the stress thoroughly but more important than that, we know how to help.

In the photo pictured here, a local high school suffered a grease fire in its kitchen. While the cause remains unknown to us it does not matter to our services. Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District, we care about restoring your home, business, or property back to its original state. We are here to help you forget the stress of the damage and make you realize it is possible to make the problem look like it "Never even happened."

Storm Causes Damage to Home's Interior

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

The debris on the floor is the aftermath of a local storm. We bagged all these items and loaded them into our dump truck. The debris on the floor is the aftermath of a local storm. We bagged all these items and loaded them into our dump truck.

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to the damage. This job classifies as storm damage as you can see the amount of debris on the floor when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with the proper tools to get rid of all the garbage and debris and make this home look like a home again. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO is #heretohelp.

SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan Handles Your Items With Care

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Item have been cleaned, carefully wrapped, and stored in a unit. Item have been cleaned, carefully wrapped, and stored in a unit.

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, we know how precious your items are to you. Certain items do not hold monetary value and that’s why we make sure we handle everything with care. You never know how much something could mean to something, especially material possessions. At the risk of potentially damaging something, we make sure we wrap every single item in bubble wrap thoroughly and never pack too much in one box. We follow this process to ensure the satisfaction of our customers. We treat your items on how we would want ours treated. We also have an on-site storage unit in the event that you needed us to hold your items for a few months. Curious to know more? Call us today to find out more: 212-564-6365.

Hurricane Season Is Here, Are You Prepared?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is here. Hurricane season is here, are you ready?

For the first time in recorded history, eight named tropical storms formed before August 1st. The first hurricane of the season, Hanna, made landfall last weekend. With the season in full swing, it's time to start thinking of an emergency ready plan, and we can help you do just that. Our trained professionals can help you come up with an emergency ready plan that is suitable for your property. We've lived through dozens of storms and we know just how severe they can be, that being said it's always better to expect the unexpected. In the event of an emergency, it's helpful to locate all the possible exits of your facility. Establishing a plan between your family or employees is the first step in being prepared. With our guidance, we can weather any storm together. 

When is National Preparedness Month?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

We do know it's July, but that doesn't mean you can't get ready for National Preparedness month! 

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan think this is a great time for business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans.

Look at the startling statistics like this one to emphasize the importance of advance planning: according to FEMA, as many as 40 percents of businesses never reopen following a major flood disaster.

Because we know the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before it's needed, our corporate offices developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile for their facility, at no charge.

Are you ready for your Emergency Ready Program? Give us a call and we'll schedule an appointment. We're READY to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You know our motto, "Like it never even happened." 

5 Common Upholstery Cleaning Mistakes

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Sofas and mattresses are one of the most important items in your house. They are places you sit and sleep at and therefore, it is pertinent that you take proper care of them so as to ensure the overall health of your home. Keeping your house clean and healthy will improve the quality of indoor air, making it a much better environment overall for you and your loved ones.

Cleaning sofas and mattresses are pretty straightforward and easy, as long as you follow the guidelines given by the manufacturers. However, not many homeowners follow the guidelines and ended up making huge mistakes that can damage their furniture. Read on to learn about the top 5 most common upholstery cleaning mistakes people make, and how you can avoid them.

Ignoring the Guidelines Given by The Manufacturer

Usually, directions will be given by the manufacturer on the product labels on how you can clean your furniture. Sales assistants at the furniture store will also advise you on the kind of maintenance needed for your furniture when you purchase the product. Different materials would require a different kinds of cleaning techniques and therefore it is important that you follow the guidelines given so as to keep your furniture in tip-top condition for as long as possible. Failure to follow them may result in you making an irreversible mistake on your upholstery.

Using the Wrong Products for Cleaning

Not all cleaning products are suitable for your upholstery. You have to read the label on your cleaning product to make sure that the product does not pose any risk to the upholstery. Not only will the hazardous product damage your furniture, but it may also even cause health problems such as skin rashes, breathing problems, or eye irritation. To ensure the health of your loved one, make sure to read the label on your furniture to see what products are right for your furniture. If you are still unsure which product to use, do contact your furniture manufacturer or retailer for product recommendation.

Soaking Your Furniture With Water

The biggest mistake homeowners are likely to make would be to soak your upholstery with water. Water may remain in your furniture, causing mold to grow over time. Mold growth is especially bad for furniture and can cause many health effects too.

Not Hiring the Professionals

Many people think that they can clean their furniture themselves and do need to hire a professional upholstery cleaning company because it is too expensive. However, this is not the case. Cleaning your upholstery yourselves may dirty and damage your furniture even more. If your furniture is frequently dirtied, it would be better to engage a professional to help you. An upholstery cleaning service provider can make sure to remove all stains, dirt, and bad odors from your furniture, making it as new as when you first bought it.

Hiring the Wrong Professionals

Yes, you should hire a professional to clean your furniture. But you have to hire the right one. If not, you may end up damaging your furniture or having to pay more to get the work redone. Therefore, do research carefully when finding an upholstery cleaning company. You can get some recommendations from your furniture retailers as they would understand the furniture better. It is also good to find out the type of cleaning products and techniques your cleaning service provider use, and whether it is suitable for your furniture.

SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the cleaning industry. Their team of professionals is trained to the highest standards and only uses the best cleaning equipment. To learn more about their cleaning services, contact them here!

Fay Is On The Way!

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm, Fay, is making its way up the East Coast. The storm is set to bring heavy rains prompting areas to flood. Make sure your property is set up for this type of weather by securing any loose items outside and moving items away from windows and doors. Be sure to account that all employees or family members are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts.  If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for first responders.  While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.  Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.  Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.  Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains). Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.  Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.  Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.  Return only when authorities indicate it is safe. Stay safe everyone!

Avoid Using Bleach To Clean Mold

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Are you thinking of using bleach to remove mold? If you are, then read this article first before you decide on doing anything.

Since we usually use chlorine bleach to clean items, we may naturally assume that chlorine bleach can be used to remove mold as well. However, that is not the case! You should never use bleach to clean mold. Bleach cannot remove mold and in some cases, it might even encourage mold to grow where it was not present before. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has strongly recommended against the use of bleach for mold remediation. But before we explain to you why using bleach to remove mold is a big fat NO, let’s go through the basics of the mold first to get a better understanding of how it works.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungus, that thrives on moisture and reproduces through lightweight spores that travel through the air. Mold can live almost anywhere, both indoors and outdoors. In fact, we are exposed to mold every day. Once the mold has located the perfect environment, it can grow extremely fast. Therefore, if your house has recently suffered from a flood, water damage, or burst pipes, there is a high chance that mold is already in your home.

Contact A Reliable Mold Removal Specialist!

So, we now know that bleach cannot remove mold, what should we do instead? Mold can be extremely tricky to remove and if dealt wrongly, you may even exacerbate the problem. The right way would be to engage a mold removal specialist to help you. At SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, we have a team of highly professional experts that can help you with your mold assessment and remediation. We provide 24/7 emergency service and use advanced mold remediation techniques, giving you the best customer service possible. So, wait no further can call us today!

4 Common Types of Storm Damage

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Has your house been hit by a storm? Storm damage can be a really scary and dangerous thing. It can cause immense damage to your house, compromising the safety of you and your loved ones. As a homeowner, it is important that you are aware of the 4 most common types of storm damage and how you can deal with them effectively. It will also be useful if you can keep a reliable and trustworthy roofer’s contact detail with you in case you are hit with storm damage and require emergency roof repair service. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is a leading roofer in the United States, with over 50 years of expertise, making sure you get the help you need for your home.

Wind Damage

The strong winds from the storm can cause your roof to sustain serious damage. This is because the strong winds weaken your roof, lifting the shingles and causing cracks. Apart from that, flying debris in the wind can also cause holes in your roof and siding. Do look for any missing or damaged shingles on your roof and around your property. Approach your roofer immediately if you discover damage so as to avoid more costly problems.

Hail Damage

Hail damage can affect both your roof and your siding. Keep a lookout for shingles or missing bits of your roof. The penetration of asphalt shingles can lead to problems such as leaks and cracks. Hail damage is one of the most difficult types of storm damage to be identified. Any form of a hailstorm can cause long-term problems for your house and therefore we would strongly recommend that you engage a professional to help you inspect your roof for damage.

Water Damage

Water damage can be extremely dangerous and troublesome as it affects your entire house. It can seep into the walls and grounds of your property, compromising the structural integrity of your home. Not only so, but it also poses a fire hazard and mold growth, which may lead to several health problems. If you feel that your house may be suffering from water damage, you got to approach your contractor immediately. Water damage needs to be addressed immediately and swiftly to prevent extensive water damage to your home.

Impact Damage

Impact damage is normally caused by objects such as fallen trees and storm damage debris. The damage caused may not noticeable immediately and may only be problematic months or years later. Often, a complete replacement of the roof is needed for this type of damage. However, if only a side of the roof is damaged, a partial replacement of the damaged part is also possible.

At SERVPRO, we specialize in different kinds of storm damage. If your home has sustained any of the roof damage mentioned above, do contact us immediately. Storm damage has to be fixed immediately. Contact us at (973) 869-5801 today!

Commercial Mold

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

The mold is present in the upper right corner of the floor. Visual representation of the mold that was present.

One of our clients maintains a huge resident building. When they faced problems with the elevator shaft being flooded they called SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan to help service their recovery. The elevator shaft, not pictured, had severe flooding damage that spread throughout the entire building causing other issues. This job was no different than hundreds of others our crew has conquered. Our team was up for the challenge, as always. They went to the scene with air movers and mops and restored the residence back to a clean and waterless state. You can see in the picture the state of the property and how it needed our help. Water damage is one of our favorite jobs to clean up. Our customer was very pleased with the results. We are here to make your property back to a better condition. 

Explaining the Meaning of the Word Biohazard

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

The biohazard symbol is as recognizable as the red-white STOP sign and the big yellow smiley emoji but what does the biohazard symbol truly represent? It often leaves a lasting impression and is usually perceived as an indicator of a potentially risky zone. However, where does the biohazard symbol really originated from?

Biohazard Symbol Origin

The biohazard symbol which we must have encountered at least once throughout our entire life was first created by Charles Baldwin in the year 1966 along with Robert Runkle. They were from Dow Chemicals and the National Institutes of Health respectively. Fast forward to five decades later, the biohazard symbol has emerged as a universal logo for common understanding amongst industries like medical, waste removal, and science. The biohazard logo has gained so much popularity that it has made its debut in cameo appearances in modern platforms like video games, movies, and more.

Charles Baldwin first came up with the idea of the symbol as a result of working with an excessive list of dangerous chemicals. He wanted to make it obvious to people not within the industry to know exactly what to expect and to avoid the chemicals being transported. He knew exactly how the symbol should look like and it should be easily recognizable, set apart from existing symbols, no fixed up or down position, acceptable by all groups, and specific yet ambiguous.

Biohazard Symbol Display

The only rule in displaying the biohazard symbol is to ensure it is showcased with enough contrast to optimize its visibility. Some color combinations of the symbol include black and white, black and yellow, white on red, and other contrasting combinations. The symbol also needs to be large enough to create an impression that lasts.

Biohazard Categories

Some of the biohazard waste categories within the medical fields that utilize the biohazard symbol are as follows:

  • Solid biohazardous wastes (no sharps)
  • Liquid biohazardous wastes
  • Biohazardous sharp objects
  • Pathological wastes
  • Soil collection and disposal

Biohazardous products comprise more than just medical waste materials even if that is the entire perception of the general public. Any content that may cause radiation to inflict sickness deserves to display the biohazard symbol. This is the exact reason why it is easy to spot the symbol at any cleanup areas of a crime scene and biohazard locations that deal with dead bodies, blood, and biohazard vehicles.

Biohazard Symbol in a Modern Setting

Today, the biohazard symbol can be spotted in modern settings when being used by subcultural groups, LGBTQ communities, and awareness societies. They utilize the symbol with a twist that holds an ironic message which the participants hope to convey across through the famous logo. Only a certain percentage of viewers would often catch the hidden agenda of the biohazard symbol usage by these groups but the general term the symbol often refers to is simply “danger”. Regardless of the given scenario, simply stay away should you come across such a symbol in the future.

Why You Shouldn't Use Over-the-Counter Mold Tests

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Over-the-counter mold test kits are often touted as a cheap and accurate DIY method to test for the presence of mold in homes. In fact, you might have even considered buying one at the nearest DIY home improvement store. You should, however, think twice before getting one because such kits are not all that they are cracked up to be. Here are some reasons why.

Accuracy Problems

Over-the-counter mold test kits are often advertised as being able to accurately detect the presence of mold in your home. However, these may be tall claims as such devices are hardly ever accurate in identifying mold. Even if the results were reliable and accurate, it is difficult to interpret them correctly without any professional experience in doing so.

Lack of Inspection

While over-the-counter mold test kits purportedly detect the presence of mold, they cannot pinpoint the specific location where this mold exists. This renders the reading rather useless, even if it is said to be accurate. In order to precisely locate mold in your home, a professional inspection needs to be conducted. This comprises sampling, as well as inspecting for issues related to mold that are usually not obvious to laypersons who lack professional experience in identifying and handling mold. As a result, even the Environmental Protection Agency recommends enlisting the services of professionals to deal with mold.

Lack of Certification

Over-the-counter mold test kits are usually made in labs that are not certified or endorsed by accredited agencies. These kits also lack important documentation known as a chain of custody, which describes how the item has moved from its original handler to the next party. As a result, such mold test kits lack legitimacy and should be avoided.

Lack of Expiry Date

Over-the-counter mold test kits do not come with expiry dates. This means that they are often displayed on store shelves until they are sold or disposed of. If you do buy such a kit, then there is a possibility that it is several years old and you will not be able to tell how much it has been exposed or handled prior to being purchased and brought home.

Lack of Necessity

If the mold in your home is visible, then there is no need to buy an over-the-counter mold test kit. Visible mold in itself is a confirmation that mold is present in your home, and hence the next course of action should be the removal of the mold in accordance with industry guidelines. It is a waste of time and money to try and detect mold after it has made itself obvious.

Over-the-counter mold test kits may be a waste of your time, energy, and money. Instead, consider working with professionals. With the latest equipment and highly trained mold remediation specialists, we at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan can help restore your property quickly and effectively. Our fast response can reduce mold damage, prevent further damage, and reduce the overall cost of remediation. What are you waiting for? Contact us now!

Did Storm Damage Destroy Your Roof?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Your home’s roof is constantly exposed to the elements and bears the brunt of seasonal changes and harsh weather conditions. To ensure that your roof stays in good condition, it is vital to check on it, especially in the aftermath of weather events like storms. A strong storm can inflict various kinds of storm damage on the roof. Signs of such damage include wet walls, water spots on the ceiling, faulty or missing roof shingles, and damaged roof flashing. If left unchecked, even something as small as a leak can cause more serious damage to the roof and your home’s interior, i.e. water damage. Here are some types of roof damage to look out for after a storm has occurred.

Damage by Wind

Strong windstorms can cause damage to your shingles, puncturing them, removing them, or even just lifting them off a little. When this happens, spots are left open in your roof, and leaks can occur through them when it rains. Additionally, flashing can go missing along the edges of the roof, skylights, chimneys, and vents. Windstorms can also cause debris to fall onto your roof and damage it. It is important to conduct a complete assessment of your roof after a strong windstorm occurs, as damage caused by such storms are usually not always apparent.

Damage by Hail

Come spring and fall, hail tends to be the most common reason behind roof damage. Hailstorms can create holes and dings in your roof, especially in asphalt shingles. These can give rise to more serious problems immediately. However, hail is also capable of causing less obvious damage that may go undiscovered until it becomes severe enough to give rise to more damage.

Damage by Rain

Damage caused by rainstorms is the most common and obvious type of storm damage that can happen to your roof. The integrity of your roof is challenged when the internal layers of your roof get exposed to moisture. This gives way to a host of other problems such as decay, mold, leaks, and structural damage, all of which are indicators of damage caused by rain. Such problems may mean that you need to replace your roof soon.

It is imperative that you inspect your roof for damages after a storm has occurred. However, it can sometimes be hard to spot signs of damage because they are not always obvious. Professional roofing experts can help you spot these signs of damage and fix them promptly. In fact, the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners enlist the services of professional roofing experts at least twice a year to inspect their roofs. It is hence imperative that you act on it as fast as you can after a storm occurs. At SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, our storm damage specialists understand how to look out for damage on your roof and can help you fix issues before it is too late. Contact our team of professionals, who can advise you on how best to protect your roof and your home from future storms.

What Should Homeowners Do After Fire Damage?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most seriously devastating things to happen to any family and/or property is fire damage. To make matters worse, in an attempt to save money, corners are constantly cut on fire insurance claims by insurance companies. Homes are completely destroyed, and personal belongings lost forever in fires. Getting a hard time on your insurance claim from the insurance company through which you have your homeowner's policy is the absolute last thing you need!

To add insult to injury, however, even moderate fires cannot be put out without copious amounts of water. That's going to mean water damage to your belongings and in/on your home. It's not the fault of the fire department, of course. They did everything they could to save your home but had to use a lot of water to do so.

How can you keep headaches to a minimum where fire damage is concerned? Here are a few tips.

Check Your Policy Before the Unthinkable Occurs

Does your homeowner's insurance have "replacement coverage"? Your policy may only stipulate that for the personal items lost, you can get nothing more than the actual cash value. You may choose to opt for a replacement policy, particularly if the things in your home have aged.

Here's an example: You may only get $25 for your tired, old living room set on Craigslist – because that's all it's really worth – but it's going to cost you many times that to replace it.

Is The Condition of Your Property Secure?

You may be required by your homeowner's coverage policy, in order to minimize property damage or harm, to take reasonable steps. This is referred to as a duty to mitigate damage, in short terms. It's relatively easy to do through small steps as in the following scenario: If you find a massive pipe burst, turn off the water and/or cover areas around the leak with plastic wrap. It seems like common sense, more or less, but it's going to make a big difference.

Are You Watching Your Living Expenses?

A “loss of use clause” is included in the homeowner's policies. That means that while you're out of your home, you are entitled to adequate living expense reimbursement. This does, however, only apply to additional living expenses such as the difference between what it's costing you to live somewhere now and what it would have cost you to live in your home, ordinarily.

Say you’re spending $400 a week while eating most of your meals at home. But now with the house fire, you’re spending $500 a week because you are eating out more often. The additional $100 spent is the only thing you'll be able to claim.

Have a Claim? File It Right Away!

Once your home has been damaged by a fire, do not hesitate to file your claim. In fact, this could well be a requirement of your insurance holder. Put a call into your agent as soon as possible. They will likely ask for a "proof of loss claim". This is where you'll list the value of each thing you lost in an itemized manner. You may not receive a claim adjuster in expedited fashion if you wait a long time to file your claim.

Quick Action Is Important

Most often, along with fire damage comes water damage. The important thing to remember here is that reaction time should be as timely as possible. The longer water damage sits unattended, the more problems will arise, including toxic mold and decay. We, at SERVPRO, have experts who understand that, when dealing with fire and water damage, time is of the essence. To formulate a plan to solve your water and fire damage problems according to your precise to your needs, work with our team of professionals.

Should You Remediate All types of Mold?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

There are more scenarios for mold problems than you may realize. Different solutions are called for in different situations. The bottom line, your best bet is to call a professional remediation service if you have a mold issue. This will help prevent the mold from coming back as well as getting rid of it. For those on an extremely tight budget, however, there are some things that homeowners can do on their own to try to alleviate a mold issue in some cases.

So, you have a mold problem. Is it time to call in the pros or is this something you can take care of your own? Let's take a look at when the pros are the only ones who should be taking care of a mold problem and when to think about a do-it-yourself solution.

Remediation Weighed Against Removal

For those not aware, mold remediation and mold removal are two different things. To remove all mold is a tall order and very nearly impossible. Mold spores, even after a thorough cleaning, can remain because they are microscopic and hard to detect. They may cause no issues because they can be dormant. They take on a life of their own once activated, however, and growth begins. Mold remediation services on a professional level are the best course of action here.

When it's time to call in a professional service for mold remediation, you want a qualified company that fully comprehends the science involved in mold prevention, mold removal, mold growth, and mold itself. To completely remediate the mold in your business or home, only the professionals have the expertise and training required. The remediation of mold focuses on getting normal mold levels back into existence and at a natural concentration.

The Process of Remediation

Frequently, following major water damage resulting from a leak, flood, etc., mold problems will rear their ugly heads. Remember, there's every chance that mold will return if you don't identify its original source. Once again, remediation crew professionals come in handy here because they know the common causes of subsequent mold that follows water exposure. To identify spores and the type of mold present, they will begin by taking air samples. They will determine the best way to get rid of mold and the extent of the contamination.

When Is It Okay to Do It Yourself?

There are everyday solutions through which mold can sometimes be attacked. A little elbow grease and the right kind of cleaner can help solve minor mold problems in bathrooms, near hot water heaters and sump pumps, along with sinks, and in the thresholds of exterior doors. Use a solution of 1 to 9 bleach and water for more stubborn mold growth. Spray the area and wipe it down. This is for mold growing in small areas on surfaces that are easy to clean such as sinks, tubs, tile, metal, and glass.

Caution! If you have health problems that are worsened by mold exposure you should never consider removing mold on your own! Additionally, if mold is growing on or in materials that are hard to clean (such as carpet), or if you're simply unsure of the best way to go about the removal, do not hesitate to call in a mold remediation professional.

Contact Us

If you are concerned that you and/or family members are experiencing mental or physical symptoms of toxic mold exposure in your home, don't hesitate one moment longer! Consult our team of professionals here at SERVPRO at lower Manhattan. We will execute extensive testing and quickly create a plan of action with which to eradicate toxic mold.

Are Dehumidifiers Designed to Kill Mold?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

What is one of the most frustrating scenarios for a homeowner? It's mold! It hides in places you never think to look like remote basement corners, down in crawl spaces, behind walls, and more. You can't ignore it, even though it tries very hard to hide (often in plain sight). Innumerable health effects can be caused by mold and it has the potential to take the very structure of your home and damage it to severe levels. You must find a way to kill mold! But how do you go about it?

It is not impossible to remediate mold, but it can be difficult. Some people think that a dehumidifier will solve the problem. But will it?

Growing Mold

In environments where it is most dark and moist, mold thrives. It requires a food source, however, in addition to moisture. That can be cotton, drywall, wood, etc. You will most often detect mold in laundry rooms, bathrooms, attics, and basements. As soon as possible, you must nip mold problems in the bud because things will get worse the longer you wait and allow mold to prosper.

The Job of a Dehumidifier

Long story short, the humidity level in your home is reduced by a dehumidifier. Humidity is increased in your home any time water evaporates. You wash the dishes, lay your clothes out to dry, or take a shower…and the humidity in your home rises. As the humidity intensifies, mold finds the perfect conditions for growth. It seems only natural that to take care of the problem, a dehumidifier would be used.

Killing Mold – Is It Really the Dehumidifier's Job?

Humidity isn't the singular source of the type of moisture mold thrives on, though it is a biggie. Leaky roofs, flood-prone basements, and burst pipes can also be mold infestation contributors. Your humidity problem will be lessened with a dehumidifier. But if the mold is being caused by a persistent leak, the dehumidifier can't be expected to solve that issue. Mold will not be killed by merely tackling your humidity problem. Though existing mold won't be killed outright, the dehumidifier can help discourage mold growth, however.

Getting Rid of Mold

Okay, if not with a humidifier, how are you going to get rid of the mold in your home? First of all, you have to remove it. After that, whatever was causing it to grow must be removed, as well. Only half the equation can be solved with a dehumidifier if more than a humid environment is the cause of mold.

Existing mold spores most be gotten rid of! For true, complete mold remediation, acquiring the services of a professional is your best bet. That's the best way to eliminate not just the mold but the problem causing it.

So, to answer the question of whether or not a dehumidifier will take care of your mold problem and kill it – no, it will not! Does that mean that you should forgo a dehumidifier? It does not. A dehumidifier will help stop mold from coming back once you have completely removed it from your home. But, again, you have to completely remove the mold, the spores, and the cause of moisture to truly remedy the situation.

Hire SERVPRO To Kill Mold

Work with our team of experts and professionals here at SERVPRO in lower Manhattan to solve your mold issues. We will analyze the situation in your home, discover where mold is hiding, find the cause of mold, and devise a plan of attack for ridding your home of this frustrating and unhealthy situation. We will then help you determine how best to prevent mold from coming back.

Contact us today!

Commercial Ceiling Repair

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This particular job was for one of our clients who experienced troubles after a pipe burst in their parking garage. Not pictured here is the damage that took place on the ceiling of the garage. The ceiling had air pockets that were swelling up with water inside them. This type of damage can lead to a number of other issues including mold. Our client was lucky they called us when they did or this could have gotten much worse.  Our crew went in with SERVPRO tools and the damage was fixed hastily. The picture on the right is the ceiling once it’s been patched up and restored to its original condition. Our client was very happy with the results and noted that it was done way sooner than anticipated.

Why Should You Get a Post-Construction Cleanup?

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A post-construction cleanup is essential to make sure that nothing unnecessary gets left behind. Developers would want to leave a spotless home before welcoming homeowners in. As for homeowners, you would want to ensure that you get to move into your much-awaited home without further delays either to welcome your loved ones or to put up the place for rental listing. 

In both scenarios, a completely made over unit would help to ensure that both parties do their part and get what they have initially anticipated. Developers would get a positive review and no post-construction complaints whilst homeowners get to settle down immediately or get potential home viewings shortly after.

A post-construction cleanup can help to ensure this can be realized in order to give homeowners full satisfaction that they desire. What are some of the factors that contribute toward a full presentable home package? Let’s read on to find out.

Debris Removal

A team of professional cleaning crews will dispose of construction debris and raw materials left behind at a proper disposal site. This would help prevent any danger to your safety should you need to remove them on your own upon moving in.

Floor Cleaning and Polishing

A team of professional cleaning crews will clean and polish the floors using recommended tools and equipment according to the type of flooring options like tiles and hardwood, or even carpets without damaging them and to retain their quality for long. You can even take your shoes off upon moving in without a worry of a speck of dust.

Window Cleaning

A team of professional cleaning experts will get the windows streak-free and spotless to let that natural lighting in to warm the place up awaiting your arrival.

Countertop Cleaning

A professional cleaning crew is good at handling wood and porous stones and will have them free of dirt, dust, and bacteria ready for immediate usage to cook a nice meal for your loved ones after settling down with the luggage and furniture.

Sanitation of Plumbing Fixtures

Professionals will help ensure fixtures such as sinks, faucets, toilets and bathtubs will be washed and sanitized thoroughly to promote better health. They will be ready for immediate occupancy without any delays as they make the most essential part of a home.

SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan has a list of professional cleaning services to suit your individual needs. From post-construction cleanup to mold and mildew, there is nothing our professional crews will miss out to give you a presentable home to settle you in without delay. All you have to do is bring in your luggage and furniture before you can settle down in your new abode. 

Give our friendly customer service officers a call today to request a quote for your post-construction cleanup needs.

Three Types of Common Floodwater

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It is common for homeowners to immediately want to get to work after a flood to try to salvage whatever is left of their home. You could, however, be doing more harm than good without first knowing what has actually hit you. Different types of floodwater have different causes and effects onto one’s health, so only handle what is within your capability and leave the rest to the professionals.

Floodwater 1: Clean Water

  • This is pretty straightforward so you can go ahead and get those towels and any other retrievable fabric pieces you can find to kickstart the floodwater absorption process. However, be sure to pick up the pace before this type of floodwater changes into the next state. Get everyone to join in the effort to settle down as soon as possible and take the opportunity to bond as a team to keep spirits high.

Floodwater 2: Grey Water

  • This is the next state which had transitioned from clean water. It is totally fine to feel skeptical about even getting into contact with this type of floodwater because you never know what is flowing beneath. There could be contaminants of a chemical, physical or even biological nature which usually derive from kitchen or bathroom malfunctions.

Floodwater 3: Unsanitary

  • This is the deadliest state floodwaters could get into. Thus, be absolutely wary of your surroundings while handling this form of floodwater to prevent any detrimental adverse effects on your health and that of your loved ones. You could be getting yourself into a situation of pathogenic and toxigenic agents’ category which has dissolved silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals or toxic organic substances. Thus, save yourself the trouble and your health to stay fit to storm through the aftermath.

Cleanup Process

There are so many different ways and approaches that you can get your hands on through various online tips and guidelines. Nevertheless, you could be doing it all wrong when you fail to correctly distinguish the real type of floodwater that has flowed in your home at the very initial important stage. Therefore, there has to be a certain level of guarantee before you can truly say that you are safe from harm that could cause you to become sick or be left with a home that is only cosmetically free of floodwaters.

Cleanup Guarantee

What is this guarantee that we are talking about? It is the sense of assurance that will leave you feeling comfortable and put your mind at ease again as though no natural disaster had ever struck your home sweet home. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is that guarantee you need to get your mind and health off of things and simply lay back and relax while our professional cleanup team get down and dirty with all the strenuous and exhausting cleaning up. We will guarantee that every last drop of floodwater will be gotten rid of for good, even the deadliest floodwater form that you can possibly imagine. Get our number on your speed dials today or just drop us a message to address any of your concerns.

How Long Does Water Damage Take to Ruin a Home in Lower Manhattan?

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Water damage can become worse over a long period of time and is extremely annoying to a homeowner. The best way to deal with it is to act as fast as possible and rectify the problem immediately. Prolonging the problem might cause health risks and potentially destroy your precious belongings that are irreplaceable or even important documents. 

In the First Few Minutes of Water Damage

It is important to note that water can travel extremely fast and spread very quickly in your home. In the first few minutes, it can diffuse into everything that it comes into contact with-imagine your carpets and wallpaper becoming increasingly wet. In the initial stage, the first items that potentially can suffer from damage include your paper goods. This consists of your paper documents or books. They can become irreversibly damaged as the water changes the structure of the paper and dilutes the ink. Additionally, porous materials in your house such as your carpet padding and wiring will start absorbing water. 

In the First 24 Hours

Following an entire day of water damage, the aforementioned porous material will begin to break down and deform. Metal objects and surfaces might become rusty and tarnished. Items that are made from wood will start to swell up from absorbing the large amounts of water. In just 24 hours, dangerous molds can start to form with the forming of spores. You will also notice a strong musty odor that is prevalent in the affected areas. 

In the First 48 Hours

After two whole days of water damage, the mold starts to spread and grow more extensively with the increase in moisture. Their spores become airborne and might be absorbed into respiratory systems. At this point the studs in the wall and the wooden components of the structures in your house also begin to swell and warp. The metal structures also begin to corrode as the rusting process worsens. 

After 48 hours, your carpets might not be able to be salvaged from the absorption of water.

After One Week

After a week the damage becomes more severe as the structural integrity of your house becomes compromised. The mold can turn into a biohazard that can seriously harm your family. The items in your house that have been damaged by water are no longer safe to use by this point. Repair costs would be extremely high at this stage of water damage. Unfortunately, most insurance policies will not want to cover these damages because they have to act immediately to mitigate the problem. Your house also becomes uninhabitable because of the dangerous mold and possible contamination of drinking water. The airborne spores will also make the air quality fall. 

The Importance of Quick Action

Water damage can arise from many different sources. These include lousy plumbing, broken appliances, or heavy rains. The important thing is that you act on it as fast as possible. Here at SERVPRO, our experts understand that time is of the essence when dealing with water damage. Work with our team of professionals to formulate a plan to solve your water damage problems that are curated to your needs.  

Factors That Can Lead to Commercial Water Damage

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A main cause of commercial water damage comes from heavy storms and major incidences of flooding. However, as a business owner, it is important to understand that commercial water damage can arise from a wide range of problems. These include but are not limited to, levels of abnormally high moisture, plumbing leakage or even the poor quality of sewer lines that are out of your control. The smart thing to do in order to protect your business is to find out more about the causes of problems caused by water. The next step is to find out mitigation methods in order to solve these problems once you spot them. 

Damaged Plumbing and Poor Piping

Every building’s pipes and plumbing system deals with extreme large amounts of water every day. If these pipes are of inferior quality, they might be exposed to a higher risk of wear and tear. Damage to these pipes might be detrimental to your whole business because the plumbing needs to be fixed. It is common for business owners to experience plumbing leakages in their facilities despite how big of a problem it might be. However, fret not because these pipes can be easily replaced or repaired. Here at SERVPRO in lower Manhattan, we offer services that can fix your broken plumbing. 

Faulty Appliances and Electrical Equipment

You may not notice but faulty and damaged appliances such as dryers or washing machines that deal with water can sometimes experience water leakage. This can essentially lead to serious water damage in your facility. It is a wise choice to have your appliances regularly maintained and take proper care of any equipment that uses water to prevent such incidences. 

Faulty and Damaged Sprinkler Systems

Although sprinkler systems are extremely useful in a fire situation, it might cause problems to you If they are old and damaged. Outdated sprinklers can cause severe water damage to your building in a case where they might be accidentally turned on without the presence of a fire. These sprinklers can cause flooding in your building and lead to water damage as well, destroying your equipment, furniture and even the structural integrity of your building. Therefore, it is also a good idea to have your sprinklers updated regularly and inspected for any damage.

Choked Toilets and Lousy Sewer Lines

Choked toilets and sewer lines that are of inferior quality can cause major health problems. They contain many forms of bacteria and toxic pathogens that can affect the quality of life of the those affected. The contaminated water can also damage your precious belongings and ruin the air quality in your building. In the situation that your toilet or sewer line is malfunctioning, the best mitigation is to deal with the problem immediately. Do not try to solve the problem yourself as it can be unsafe and hard to deal with. Your safest bet is to contact water damage experts in our company and let them deal with any forms of repair to set your mind at ease. 

Avoid Major Mishaps by Keeping Medical Facilities Clean

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People who work in medical facilities like hospitals or general clinics are generally trained and required to follow strict sanitation rules. Ultimately, they follow these guidelines to avoid the occurrence of germs and disease being spread throughout the facility. It is crucial to understand that these hygiene guidelines are useless if the facility is already a conducive environment for dangerous pathogens to flourish. 

Sometimes, the staff of these facilities become careless with their sanitation methods and this leads to dire consequences. An example of this would be a situation in which medical personnel are understaffed and untrained for high workloads. As a result being overworked and undergoing level high levels of job stress can make them forget or neglect the importance of proper methods of waste disposal and sanitation. 

On the other hand, this could also be a problem that private outpatient clinics might encounter. Although the staff in these clinics might not be overworked, they might also neglect certain common hygiene practices that are used in larger medical facilities. As they receive a much smaller flow of patients and clients, they follow a much less restrictive form of guidelines that are often lower in standard. This is especially so if the private clinics hire cleaning staff that are inexperienced or unprofessional in their work. 

The absence of good sanitation practices and low levels of hygiene in these facilities is more serious than you think. This is because there is a higher risk of dangerous pathogens being spread around the facility. A patient who enters the facility for one reason might leave with another one. The spread of these germs and bacteria puts both workers and clients at risk of getting infected with a wide range of diseases. Furthermore, if these people have weaker immune systems, they might face higher risks of infections and their symptoms might be more severe. If not treated well, they can go on to spread their diseases to their own communities and cause danger to the elderly and the young. 

It is a fact that poor hygiene and lousy sanitation standards also affects the lives of the elderly in homes for the aged. To avoid this problem altogether, it is very important that regardless of the type of medical facility, high standards of cleanliness and sanitation are observed strictly. 

Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services for your Medical Facilities

Work with our team of experts and professionals here at SERVPRO in lower Manhattan to employ a cleaning service that is suitable for any facility. Our cleaners are licensed and well-trained to carry out high quality sanitation for healthcare situations. This extends to a wide array of facilities such as hospitals, clinics and elderly homes. Our team of cleaners work under the direct supervision ofstaff that have training and degrees in Infection control. We are also certified to carry out sanitation and waste disposal for other facilities like schools and offices. Our other services include cleaning and even garden maintenance. What are you waiting for? Contact us now!

Understanding the Six Important Classes of Fire Damage

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Fire is a devastating force of nature that both residential and commercial property owners face. Falling asleep with a lit cigarette or a kitchen fire incident can cause a home or business to sustain severe damage. If you are looking to learn more about the different classes of fire damage that plague households and businesses in the United States, you are at the right place. 

Understanding the Different Classes of Fire Damage

  • Class A: Fires involving cloth, wood, rubber, paper, plastics, and other flammable solids.
  • Class B: Fires caused by flammable liquids and/or solids that can become liquefied. For example, paint, plastics, wax, oil and petrol. Fires caused by fats and cooking oils, however, are excluded from this class.
  • Class C: Fires involving flammable gases such as natural gas, butane, propane, and hydrogen.
  • Class D: Fires caused by combustible metals such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Class E: In addition to factors from Classes A and B, Class E fire damage also involves electrical elements.
  • Class F: Fires that occur while cooking fats and oils. Class F fire damage, however, is significantly hotter than those found in Class B and can cause severe damage to one's property.

What are the Most Common Types of Fire Damage?

Now that you are familiar with the various classes of fire damage, it is useful to note the different types and causes of fires in the country as well. 

  • Faulty heater fires

To keep warm during winter, homeowners typically utilize portable heaters. Some heater units, however, may become the catalyst of a fire, especially during the months of January, February, and December. That's why it is important to purchase heaters that come with automatic shutoff features. In addition, owners should keep these heaters at least three feet away from any flammable or combustible source. 

  • Kitchen fires

Grease fires are one of the most common types of kitchen fires. A fire may occur if an individual accidentally leaves a frying pan unattended. Oftentimes, these fires can cause major property damage and serious bodily harm. To avoid appliance fires and oven fires, one should always keep the kitchen clean, never leave cooking food unattended, and unplug appliances when not in use.

  • Smoking-related fires

Cigarettes account for thousands of fire-related deaths in the United States per year. Unfortunately, smokers are not always the ones who lose their lives. That’s why smokers must be cautious and ensure that their cigarettes are completely extinguished prior to disposal. It is recommended that one smokes outside the house if drowsy, inebriated, or exhausted. In addition, smokers should use fire-resistant bins and ashtrays whenever necessary.

  • Electrical fires

Worn out breaker boxes, improper use of electrical outlets, faulty electrical wiring, lightning, and faulty appliances are some of the known causes of electrical fires. Older homes are at a greater risk because of faulty or worn wiring, which may cause shorts and sparks that ignite nearby combustibles. 

It truly pays to be a well-prepared citizen or business owner as fire damage is often devastating. If you or a loved one was a fire victim, consider contacting a trusted restoration company. At SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, we have fire restoration specialists who can restore your home or business to pre-fire condition. Our company is committed to providing superior 24-hour emergency services. Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today.

Restoring Your Commercial Building Exterior

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Spring is just around the corner. This means that many Property and Facilities Managers are frantically scrambling to clean the exterior of their buildings after the cold winter. When it comes to maintaining your commercial building exterior, it is common knowledge that the appearance of the landscaping and parking lot is important. However, there are three main areas that also require upkeep in order to restore the beautiful appearance of your commercial building. Let us take a look at them below.


Metal is a common component of every commercial building. All of them are bound to have various metal parts on their exteriors. They come in the form of handrails, monument signs, door and side windows and light bollards. When these metal parts have stainless steel or bronze finishes or are anodized or painted, their appearance can be damaged by harsh weather environments. For example, over time, bronze oxidizes and stainless steel can rust. Anodized aluminium, on the other hand, will start to corrode to form pitting or show other signs of degradation.

All these forms of damage result from chemical reactions to airborne particles or exposure to salt products. To remedy this, you can enlist the help of a qualified contractor to clean your metal surfaces. They will apply a wax barrier to protect the metal from future damage. In the event that the metal has been so severely damaged that cleaning cannot restore it, the contractor can give it a clear synthetic coating to protect the surface of the metal until you can get it serviced.


Every building needs to undergo regularly window cleaning. For most commercial buildings, it is routine. Unfortunately, it may take more than routine cleaning to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of your windows panes. This is because the irrigation systems of many commercial buildings frequently spray water onto the windows of the first floor. In the long run, this causes the accumulation of lime scale, magnesium and calcium deposits, on the window panes. Lime scale is tough to remove and the longer it is left on the window panes, the more damage it causes to the glass. To prevent irreparable damage, it is recommended to have a professional check for and remove lime scale from the windows at least once a year.


Winter inevitably covers your concrete exteriors of commercial buildings with layers of dirt and salt. This unfortunately results in the concrete appearing dirty, worn and pasty. Concrete surfaces include the building façade, sidewalks and dumpster pads to name a few. All these surfaces need to be properly cleaned to get rid of all the layers of salt, dirt and debris. However, most cleaning chemicals contain acidic chlorides that can damage the concrete by increasing its pore size. This means that water is able to seep into concrete, causing even more damage when it freezes and thaws repeatedly. To protect your concrete surfaces, it is best to hire qualified professionals to pressure wash them and make the necessary repairs. Getting professional help not only ensures that all harmful pollutants are removed, it also guarantees that your concrete surfaces look spotless and new.

As long as these three main areas receive proper care and maintenance, you can be sure that your commercial building exterior will look fantastic this spring.

Beware of These Office Fire Hazards

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Many people think that a fire is unlikely to take place in their office. However, they are sadly mistaken. Statistics from NFPA’s 2013 report showed that from 2007 to 2011, there was an average of 3340 fires in office properties each year. This is devastating number, especially as all these fires could have been easily prevented. To help you fire-proof your office, here are some office fire hazards you should beware of.


Although offices do not contain oils, gases or naked flames, this does not mean that there is no fire risk. Offices are home to a surprising number of combustibles.

  • Dust

Many people are unaware that dust can ignite when the thing it is coating gets too hot. On top of preventing machines from overheating, it is recommended to keep office spaces well-ventilated to prevent the accumulation of dust.

  • Paper 

There are hundreds of paper documents and binders lying around in every office, in cabinets, desks and waste paper baskets. It is best to keep these paper materials away from any heat sources and to empty out your waste paper baskets regularly.

  • Cleaning liquids 

People often forget about the cleaning liquids that cleaning staff use to maintain the cleanliness of an office. These cleaning liquids are highly flammable and need to be stored properly to prevent an accident.

Electrical Hazards

It is not uncommon for fires to come from an electrical source. To prevent such a situation, here are the steps you can take.

  • Keep machines from overheating

You can do this by ensuring that all machines are properly ventilated to allow them to cool down. It is also a good habit to turn off these machines every night.

  • Remove broken cables

Leaving broken cables lying around the office is just asking for trouble. The moment there are sparks, an electrical fire is sure to break out.

  • Don’t overload extension cables

Everyone loves to use extension cables. However, it is important to check how much an extension cable can take before you plug in too many machines. 

  • Get PAT testing

Having your PAT equipment inspected regularly will prevent any electrical faults that could lead to an electrical fire.

Don’t Block Exits 

One of the most important things you need to do for a fire risk assessment is to ensure that all staff and visitors to your office can make a quick escape from the building in the event of a fire. Here is what you can do to maximise the chances of a safe exit.

  • Keep fire doors closed 

It may be tempting to keep the fire doors open in a stuffy office or to allow for easy entry. However, fire doors are designed to keep fires contained to buy enough time for people to escape. This means that they must never be pinned open.

  • Keep doors clear

Never pile stocks or other belongings in front of doors. Doors must always be kept clear to allow for easy entry and exit in any emergency.

  • Keep corridors clear

To allow everyone to leave the building as quickly and efficiently as possible, corridors must be kept clear. If there are piles of office paper or binders in an already small space, they will become obstacles that impede an escape.

Now that you are aware of the common office fire hazards, you can take the necessary steps to remove them to keep you and your staff safe.

What Should You Do If A Grease Fire Erupts In Your Home?

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Anyone who has ever experienced a flare-up in their kitchen knows very well how scary it can be. Grease fires are ten times more terrifying. They usually occur when the temperature of your cooking oil gets too high. In such cases, the oil will start to boil before starting to smoke. If the temperature is not reduced soon after that point, the cooking oil catches fire, resulting in a grease fire.

Grease fires are far more dangerous than regular fires and are much harder to put out. They can erupt suddenly and cause a huge amount of damage within the span of minutes. Trying to extinguish them the same way you would a normal fire can make a grease fire worse.

That’s why it is important to know how to deal with them if you ever have the misfortune of encountering one. Here are some tips on what to do and when you should contact a professional in the event of a grease fire in your home.

What Not to Do

In the event of a regular fire, it is okay to use to water to extinguish the flames. However, this should never be done in the case of a grease fire as the consequences are highly dangerous. When water is thrown onto a grease fire, it causes the oil to spread and splash, spreading the flames. The water will also be instantly flash-boiled into steam by the extreme heat, causing a small explosion that will send flaming oil droplets everywhere.

You may have heard of using baking soda to put out a grease fire. However, it is not a good idea to use any kind of powder type substances to put out a grease fire. Firstly, it is dangerous to get close enough to the fire to apply the powder. Secondly, it is difficult to cover the fire with enough powder to extinguish it. Last but not least, certain household powder substances can be ignited, making the whole situation worse.

Putting Out a Grease Fire

You may not be able to use water or baking soda but there are other ways to extinguish a grease fire in your kitchen. The first thing you should do is to turn off your heating source. Next, before the fire spreads outside of your pan or pot, cover it with a metal lid or cookie sheet. You must never use a glass lid as the intense lid could cause it to shatter, sending glass shards flying everywhere.

If the grease fire becomes too big and you have a class B chemical fire extinguisher at home, your best chance is to try to hose the grease fire down with it. 

If none of these techniques are effective, you should evacuate the building immediately and call 911. 

Professional Fire Damage Restoration

If your home has been damaged by a grease fire, it is best to get a restoration professional to clean your home for you. Grease fires can leave behind a mix of residues that require special tools and experience to remove. With professional help, your home can be restored to its original state in the shortest time possible. Our team of experts and professionals here at SERVPRO specialize in quick and effective fire damage restoration. Feel free to contact us to engage our services!

Storm Damage in Home

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At Lower Manhattan/ Financial District we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. Like our motto says, we want to make any type of job to make it look "Like it never happened." From looking at the picture on the right you can see where exactly the storm left the most damage. Our crew went in and disposed of the damage. The picture not shown here shows all the damage picked up and the state of the home is much cleaner. Our client was thrilled with the results they received.

Are You Prepared for a Snow Storm?

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The last winter we experiences was a relaxed one though we did experience some snow.One day there's no snow on the ground the next there's a storm on the way! We can only try to predict the wrath of a snow storm but 1-2 inches doesn't always mean that. Sometimes 1-2 inches will actually leave a foot of unexpected snow. Mother nature has a way of always making us aware of her unpredictability. Snow storms can be very unpredictable.  The amount of damage a storm can bring is undetermined until it stops. Whether you’re suffering from frozen pipes or water damage from melting snow we are here to help you. When it comes to damage to your home or property SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District is here to serve your needs. No jobs are too big or small for our crew. Remember we will make any storm "Like it never even happened." Call us 24/7 at 201-656-0035.

Fire Damage In Basement

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Here at SERVPRO we take pride in our long list of services we provide to our clients. On this list is fire damage restoration. One of our clients had the unfortunately experienced a fire in their basement and called us to help them out of their situation. As you can see in the picture on the right the fire tarnished much of the foundation of the basement. Our crew went in and cleaned up all the debris the fire had left behind. Once they were done with the cleanup they moved on to replacing basement with a new foundation. Our client was very pleased with the level of professionalism they received as well as the final product of the basement. The best part of our job is knowing we helped alleviate the stress of a worried client. 

Water Damage In Local Gym

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This local sport rehab center had a leak over the weekend. When the team arrived all the floors were buckled; it was clear what needed to be done. Our crew worked with the business owners schedule and took the proper steps in assessing and amending the damage that was done. Our team tore up the floor panels and used air movers to rid of all the water. The cleanup process was effective and hasty thanks to our team members of SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan knowing just what to do thanks to their experience. You can see from the picture here all the water has been removed. Our customer was very pleased with the turnout and grateful for us that she did not lose business during such a tough time. 

Storm Damage In Warehouse

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Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms and other instances can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. The job pictured here is the aftermath of a storm passing through. It left a warehouse flooded with over eight inches of water. The blue hose you see in the picture is getting rid of all the standing water and moving it to the sewage drain. We are open to any size job. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools to get the job done. Our customer was very pleased with our work.

Commercial Damage to Store

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Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms and other instances can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. The job pictured here is a case of mold hidden within the walls at a local business. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and tore through the walls to get to the main source of the problem. Once the mold was exposed our crew followed standard procedure in mold remediation. Our customer was very satisfied with the results.

Water Damage to Residential Building

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Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. This job classifies as water damage as you can see the amount of standing water when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with air movers and dehumidifiers to collect all the water. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO is #heretohelp.

Containing the Damage

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We take mold jobs very seriously here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. Pictured here is one of our job site’s that was facing a growth. We contained the mold to one room. The sheet prevents the and continuous spreading. Once the area is contained we then use antimicrobial sprays to stop the mold in its tracks. Unfortunately mold does not hold back. It spread to numerous boxes and bins that were not able to be saved. Fortunately, for the client we were able to salvage a good amount of items that were unaffected. We sprayed these items as well as they were exposed to the mold spores. Once the items were cleaned we separated them from the containment to prevent further contamination. The client was very happy with our work post labor.  

Fire Damage to Property

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO we take pride in our long list of services we provide to our clients. On this list is fire damage restoration. Any type of fire is a big deal to us here at SERVPRO Lower Manhattan. That’s why when we got a call about a small kitchen fire we told the customer we’d be more than happy to help. Not pictured here is where the damage of the fire had taken place, above the cabinets the damage was the most visible. Not pictured is the damage to the stove and counter tops. As you can see when looking at the picture on the right our crew restored the kitchen like there was never a fire a there in the first place.

How to Prevent a Fire From Starting in Your Home

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There is a long list of causes when it comes to home fires. They're beginning to become a commonality. When you're victim of a house fire you lose everything; all the memories you've made, burnt to a crisp.

Some practices to preventing a fire in your home are as follows:

    • Make sure everything is switched OFF and unplugged
    • Check/Inspect your chimney annually
    •  Keep comforters and anything flammable away from heaters
    • Test fire alarms/ replace batteries frequently
    • Never smoke in the home
    • Keep a spoon or spatula as a reminder when cooking/ do not leave stove tops unattended when lit

It is widely recommended that families practice a fire escape route in the event a fire does occur. No one sees a fire coming and it's best you know what plan of action to take in case you're faced with one.

In the event your home has endured a fire, call SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan at 212-564-6365 and we'll make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage In Commercial Building

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

A fire that started in the elevator shaft of a commercial building caused repercussions throughout different parts of the structure as well. Unless it's summer and you're sitting next to a bonfire fires are never anticipated. In almost any case, they are not what any business owner wants for themselves. As you can see in the picture we have a different point of view from the building and there is soot damage present on the flooring. This is shown by the darker color on the floor and the foot prints shown within them. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan went in to this job and before we even put a single piece of equipment down we assured the business owner that this was nothing new to us. 

Water Damage In Office Space

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

As we continuously reiterate, here at SERVPRO we put our customer’s needs above all else. We’re also here to help the community in any way we can. So when we got the call from a local business that they needed our help we were more than happy to provide our services. As you can see from looking at the before picture the building suffered severe water damage. Notice the huge puddle of water in the photograph. Our crew went in with air movers and dehumidifiers to get rid of all the water. This process is timely but our crew stays until we are absolutely sure all the water is removed. Our products work phenomenally to ensure that we give quality service every time we have a job.

Dorm Room Water Damage

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Living with roommates can have its ups and downs. Each person has to adjust to the other person's idiosyncrasies. One thing that definitely will not help the relationship blossom is water damage in your dorm room! This was exactly the case wit a local university. There was water damage in one dorm room that eventually effected multiple other units in the facility. Water left untreated can lead to mold, which is a health risk. We care about our local universities and the students that make them up. Pictured here is the moisture reader reading a 99.9% water in the dorm room. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan consistently monitored the moisture readings to make sure we removed all the water from each dorm room. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Another Day, Another Water Damage

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

While water is vital to our existence it can lead to a number of issues. Too much water is definitely a problem many individuals face on a day to day basis. Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we've seen a great deal of flood incidents. Pictured in the photo you see the ceiling panels beginning to slouch down as a result of flooding. The water is absorbed by the panels and if not treated properly can lead to a case of mold (which is another service SERVPRO provides). Our crew went into this job with the acquired skill that comes with doing this so often. They removed all the water from the job and then worked from there. The owner of the building was thrilled that we could fix as much as we did.

Standing Water Damage

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the number one calls we receive here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. With this job in particular you can see very clearly the surplus amounts of levels of water. Our customer was frazzled and we assured them that this type of job is our specialty and we would alleviate the stress caused by the water damage. Our crew went in with air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the water. Once all the water was dry our crew did the rest of the cleanup and restored the property to its original state. You can see when looking at the attached picture how much standing water was in the house. Once we removed all the water, our customer was very pleased with the job.

Why Deal with Mold? When you can CALL SERVPRO!

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Who wants to deal with mold? I’m sure you answered no to that question. Mold is the friend that comes over unannounced and the moment you see it you want it to leave.  Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we want you to forget about your pesky friend Mr. Mold better yet, we’ll make it so you forget it ever existed. We have the unique tools here to make the mold stop in its tracks. Our crew members work to their fullest potential to ensure that the job is done professionally and passionately. This mold shown in the picture was isolated and then the surrounding wood was removed to prevent further growth. The customer associated with this job was very happy with the results received. 

Let's Weather the Storm Together

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

No one can control the wrath of Mother Nature and when she passes through it’s not always for the best. Storms in particular are very unpredictable. You never know just how much it will affect you.  A storm could simply pass through and leave no damage but it can also tear through your home or property severely. Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we know your home or property have a significant meaning to you. We’re here to assure you that if anything happens to your property we are ready and willing to fix it. Being an emergency service allows us to help you no matter what time of day. We’ll take care of what you love so you can focus on other things!

Storm Damage on Property

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City and Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. Not pictured here is the damage a storm that hit this house pretty badly left. It left a mountain of debris to be cleaned up. Our crew went in with their tools and sorted the situation to make the home look like a storm never happened. Our customer was very happy with our work. Pictured here is the property after our crew cleaned everything up.

When Water Damage Strikes, Call SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we know that water damage is never in anyone’s plans. No one wakes up and goes “Gee today is a great day for my building to get flooded! These types of things are an out of the normal occurrence, luckily this is our norm. We look at different types of water damages everyday. Whether your pipes flooded every floor of your house or your property is damaged from a neighbors toilet we’ve seen it all. Pictured here is a hotel that had a fire and then water damage from their sprinklers. We lifted the bottom portion of the wallpaper to expose the wet wall. This allows for better ease of access when our dehumidifiers dry up the moisture. Call us 24/7 for a free estimate or to set up work! 212-564-6365. 

Mold in Bathroom

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we take pride in the long list of services that we provide. We are willing to help anyone that needs our help as a means of alleviating the stress they are going through.  As we have said time and time again mold is among the list of problems you do not know you have until it is brought up to your attention. Mold reproduces in dark areas usually exposed to some kind of water or dampness. No one wants mold in their life so it’s our job to make it so you’d never know the mold was there to begin with. You can see in the picture on the left that the ceiling has spots of darker coloring. This is primarily where the mold was reproducing. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools needed for mold remediation and made it look "Like it never even happened."

Soap Scum and Mold Remediation

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Glass door after our services.

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we offer a wide array of services. While most jobs we receive are either fire, water, or mold jobs that is not always the case. With this job we received a call from a customer who thought they had mold in their shower. Even if you're unsure of whether something may or may not be mold we still advise that you call us at 201-656-0035 to ease your mind. Our team will inspect the potential mold and determine what the next steps are. It turns out the mold the customer thought she had was a build up of soap scum on the shower glass door. We gave the glass door a power wash and performed a deep clean to the surrounding areas. Pictured here is the glass door after our services.  

Fire Damage in Resident Basement

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some fires can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage.  This job classifies as fire damage as you can see the color of the beams after the fire got to them  when looking at the picture. Our crew went in with the proper tools to get rid of all the garbage and debris the fire left behind to make this house look like a home again. Our customer was very happy with the level of professionalism we provided. It’s easy to get worked up when something like this happens to you but don’t worry SERVPRO is #heretohelp.

Make Mold a Thing of the Past!

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we take a great deal of pride in the amount of varies jobs we provide for our customers. The size of your damage does not matter to us; we are always willing to go above and beyond for everyone who uses our services. This job is the classic case of mold remediation. You can see from looking at the picture that our crew had to tear up the floor to get a good look at how much damage there was. Our crew made sure that the area was secured and we assured our customer there would be no more reproduction of mold. In this case, the mold was not visible to the naked eye. Our crew used SERVPRO tools to locate where and how much mold there was. 

Mold Removal VS. Mold Remediation

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This 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. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-800-SERVPRO
  • 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 along 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.

Who are you going to call? MOLD busters !

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is that person you went to high school with and hope to never see again but then one day you run into each other at the supermarket. No one ever anticipates mold growth in their property or hopes for it. Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we know no one wants to deal with pesky mold. We make it so you don't have to! Once you've established that you have mold growth in your property we will come in with our technicians fully equipped with the necessary equipment. First, we'd target the area of growth and isolate said area. Once we remove the surrounding area we will use SERVPRO products to prevent the growth of mold in the future. We'll make you forget you ever had mold growing in the first place. 

Use SERVPRO this Holiday Season!

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Happy holidays!

The holidays are in full effect! Which means love, laughter, and spreading cheer. Except, some holidays bring unforeseen disasters like a water heater bursting or a frozen pipe. You really just never know what's going to happen, but that's why SERVPRO is a nationwide franchise. We run by expecting the unexpected. We also take pride in knowing that we are faster to any size disaster. The holidays are the worst time to add any more stress other than decorating and figuring what presents to get who. If you've used our services in the past, we want to thank you! You're part of the reason we can keep doing this day in and day out. We want to make your life easier, especially around the holidays. SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union city is here for YOU !

Mold Remediation in Home

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we take pride in the long list of services that we provide. We are willing to help anyone that needs our help as a means of alleviating the stress they are going through.  This particular job is the result of mold found in the home of one of our customers. Mold is definitely a sneaky culprit in the sense that you do not always see it. For instance, if there is a water leak or exposed water that has been sitting for a while these are the ideal conditions for mold reproduction to occur. Here at SERVPRO we take care of the mold by means of mold remediation. Pictured here is one of our crew members following mold procedure.

The Best Time to Sell a House

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Just like there’s a magic day to buy a plane ticket, there’s a specific month when you should try to sell your house: May.

It is said that spring time may be the best time to sell your house. Home selling and home buying are at peak during this season.

In a new study, researchers at Zillow found that homes listed between May 1 through May 15 sold, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during that timeframe. Homes that sold in the first half of May were also purchased for about 1 percent more than the average listing, which translates to a premium of about $1,700. 

If you are thinking about buying or selling your house, spring may be the best time of the year to start making preparations.

Spring is here!

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air ladies and gentlemen! Here comes the blooming flowers and beautiful weather. However, along with saying goodbye to winter, we also have to welcome sniffles and sneezes. Yes, allergy season is here as well, unfortunately. While others are frolicking in the spring breeze, there are those who are stopping at their local drug stores for allergy medication. For those who have to take extra precautions during this time of the year, here are some tips to make spring enjoyable rather than bearable. 

- Laundry, laundry, laundry! After being outside pollen may stick to clothing and the skin/hair. Be sure to wash clothing after being outside!
- For homeowners: Make sure to mow your lawn! Take care of those pesky weeds and other flowers that release pollen.
- Keep windows and doors closed during days where there are high pollen levels.
- Dehumidifiers and air filters in your home may be very helpful!
- Clean, clean, clean!

Have a wonderful spring everyone!

Biohazard Bathroom Cleanup

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Bathroom tiles after our services were provided.

Here at SERVPRO we take pride in our long list of services we provide to our clients. On this list is bio hazardous damage removal and restoration. These types of jobs are a sensitive topic but we at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan are always up for any type of job where it’s possible to give the customer a sense of relief and satisfaction. Not pictured here is where the blood on the floor of the bathroom was. The removal of this should only be done by trained professionals. Our crew went in with the proper equipment and tools they needed to remain safe while simultaneously fixing the damage. Pictured here is the tiles after our job was done. You can see the tiles have been restored to working conditions and no longer look like damage had ever taken place there to begin with.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Photo provided by SERVPRO corporate.

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we love the colors green and orange. After all they are the SERVPRO colors! In honor of Saint Patrick's day our employees wore their green SERVPRO shirts. For lunch our crew enjoyed corned beef sandwiches from a restaurant in Bayonne, New Jersey called Alex and Terry's. We love celebrating holidays with our crew members. It helps make everyone feel more at home than working in an office. Attached here is a picture of SERVPRO workers courtesy of SERVPRO corporate. You can see from the picture everyone has on green hats and the truck in the background is also green. It's only fitting that we'd all be in green this Saint Patrick's day! 

NJAA Toys for Tots

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

During the month of December, we had the pleasure of sponsoring the annual NJAA Toys for Tots. The drop location was at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Secaucus. Toys for Tots is a wonderful program by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Their mission is to obtain new toys during the winter months to give away to less fortunate children in your local neighborhoods. This is a great mission that allows our struggling children to be able to have new gifts during Christmas. For this special event we allowed children to come up by groups of two’s and pick out toys of their liking. Once the toys were picked we personally handed it out to them. Seeing the smiles on their faces was an unforgettable memory and we here at SERVPRO were grateful to be a part of this lovely mission

Building Cleanup

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Condition of the building before our team went in.

At SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand the frustration that comes with damage to your home or property. This is why we work hard to ensure our customer’s satisfaction above all else. When looking at the picture you can see that this property faced a number of different issues that caused them to call us. The floor suffered water damage that led to a number of other issues. Our crew went in and used their SERVPRO tools to help get rid of the water and other damage the property suffered. We used air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to remove all of the water on the property. Then we went back in and cleaned what we needed to in order to restore the property back to the desired state. 

Grease Fire Cleanup

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

This was the state of the kitchen before our crew went in and cleaned it up.

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we have a long list of jobs we specialize in going beyond fire, soot, and mold. Cleaning up fire damage is one of our specialties. So naturally, when a local high school suffered a grease fire in their kitchen we were more than happy to help clean up the damage.  It is our job here at SERVPRO to make accidents look like they never even happened. You can see from the picture the extent of the grease fire. Our team used our special SERVPRO cleaning products to help restore the kitchen to a much cleaner state. The owners of the property were very pleased with the rate of our work as well as the final product.

Flooding in Department Store

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding is visible on floors.

A local building suffered severe flooding after a storm. You can see when looking at the picture on the left just how much water is on the floor. The extent of the water runs throughout the entire building structure. Our team here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan went in with air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers to rid of all the water in the property. As you see in the picture this flooding took place in a clothing store. If water was left untreated on the clothing the fabric would be ruined. This would have cost the business owners a great deal of money to replace all the damaged items. Once the water was all dried up our team got the place feeling brand new again.

Bathroom Cleaning

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Condition of bathroom prior to our work.

When looking at the image on the right it is visible to see where the damage is. The room is covered in dust, debris, and possible unknown toxins. These types of conditions are unsuitable for any individual to be in. Our team here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan knew exactly how to take this task head on. You can see in the after picture on the right the conditions have improved immensely. The floor is visible again. Both the sink and toilet have been restored to their original white color. The green air mover was a great tool to help get the job done. Our customer was very thankful four our services and overall happy with the final turnout.

Biohazard Cleaning

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Stairwell after our cleaning.

Whenever a job includes blood cleanup or any related incident it is a sensitive case.Our crew at SERVPRO is trained to handle this kind of situation. Out of respect for the individuals associated we have no attached a before photo. Blood classifies as a bio-hazard job; this type of clean up should be done by professionals as there are diseases that this exposure can lead to. Our team goes in with the proper attire, protection, and tools get the job done. Pictured here is the aftermath of our clean up. Upon cleaning up the blood off the steps the damage that was there before was no longer visible to the naked eye. Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we are always up for any type of damage. 

Biohazard Cleaning in Home

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hoboken and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan goes beyond your typical fire and water damage jobs. We also get a number of other calls and jobs that we are always prepared to tackle. Similarly this is the case we have here. Not pictured is the deep brown stain on the carpet. This stain is a hazardous material and our team when in dressed accordingly and took the appropriate measures to get the job done. Our crew took out the carpeting and the flood boards and properly disposed of the hazardous materials. This kind of job is not easy and it sure is not for everyone. Our team is properly trained to deal with these kinds of things. They are not phased and keep it professional consistently. The owner was very pleased with the level of our work. 

Real SERVPRO Hero Spotlight

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Hoboken/Union City (NJ) Recently, my elderly mother and I experienced a vertical flood stemming from a broken water main pipe in the third floor condo above us. Hours went by as plumbers inside and the town water department outside tried to stop the flow of water. Needless to say, gravity brought that water straight down into our first floor condo! We cannot praise enough the SERVPRO® team who came to our rescue and stayed with us each difficult step of our month-long odyssey! Production Manager Damon Tosada came that fateful night along with Raheem Coleman. Raheem stayed hours assessing damage, performing triage in the most apparent affected areas, setting up equipment, etc. The next day dawned early with Team Leader Steve Roberts and Raheem at our door with big smiles and assurances that we were not to worry they would take care of us...and they did. Bryan Wartel joined them as the remediation days continued. Packing us out of our home and then back in four weeks later was done with the utmost care. My mother is almost 89 and team leader Steve, Raheem, and Bryan treated her as they would their own grandmothers! Damon worked hard on the management end keeping us updated while coordinating between the condo association, insurance companies, remodeling team, etc. I believe God answered my prayer for the right people to help us. They were knowledgeable, strong, compassionate and respectful both of us and our property. Please let Damon Tosada, Steve Roberts, Raheem Coleman, and Bryan Wartel know just how much they were and are appreciated. As the SERVPRO® Franchise Owner and the GM, I thought you’d like to hear what strong assets these men are to your company. They are the role models for how it should be done. I’ve attached pictures so you can see your A-TEAM in action! With much appreciation we offer our heartfelt thanks.

Follow us on Social Media!

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Instagram logo

We finally took a leap into the socially hip world of Instagram and Twitter! 

So, what should you expect from us? You'll definitely get some great tips concerning everyday life or tips about what to do in emergency situations. You may also get some random happenings at our office or at the job sites - maybe a couple of before and after photos. There may be photos of important special events that we attend. Sometimes there might be a funny meme post for laughs or maybe a new restaurant in our area that we will recommend you to try. With social media constantly advancing we decided to join the world of Instagram and Twitter so you can see our daily adventures, share laughs, and receive wonderful daily life tips.

Check us out on Instagram @SERVPROHoLoNYC and Twitter @SERVPROofNYNJ

It's Time to Clean up the Leaves!

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Photo courtesy of SERVPRO corporate

Did you know leaving wet leaves on the ground can have serious consequences?

We're currently in hurricane season so in other words there's going to be a lot of rain in the coming months. While the colors of the leaves are lovely to look at be sure you don't leave them on the ground for too long. Believe it or not wet leaves can actually cause mold! 

Mold reproduces dark and wet areas; this is exactly why they can thrive underneath wet leaves. The leaves need to be picked up and properly disposed to prevent this outcome. 

In the event that you do find yourself faced with a case of mold there's no need to panic. SERVPRO of Hoboken / Union City specializes in mold remediation so we've got you covered! 

Let's Clean up the Mess!

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard material on the floor.

Our services go beyond just fire, soot, and mold. Our crew here at SERVPRO welcomes any challenge presented our way. For instance, the situation pictured was a call we received. Blood classifies as a bio-hazardous job. Once we are called we send a crew over to the scene to assess the damage and see what more needs to be done. We take pride in being well-equipped to handle these type of situations. At this job, we sent our crew in with all of the protection needed to keep safe and they cleaned up the stains presented in the picture. There's never a job that's too much of anything for us to handle here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City. Our customer was very pleased with the results they received once our crew was done.  

Sewage Draining

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage build up.

Our crew here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City work day in and day out to provide our customers with the best service to ensure the best results. One of our clients had a case of sewer damage and called us to help with the problem. You can see in the picture where most of the damage had taken place. The sewage reached a couple of inches, which is never a good thing. Our crew set up a draining system with trash pumps that moved the sewage from the property and placed it where it belongs, in the sewer. These types of jobs are never the prettiest but our crew is trained well and knows exactly what to do in these circumstances. Our client was very pleased with the results they received.

Out with the old, in with the new!

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

New canvases on the walls.

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we want to make sure when our employees come to work they are entering a comfortable environment that in a way makes you feel at home. We want our office space here to be a clean and calming space for our employees to get work done. In recent weeks our General Manager, Jeffrey Lupo, took steps to get the office feeling more like a home than a work space. We added portraits to the walls as you can see in the picture. These photographs in particular allow for the viewer to be transported to a different setting while still sitting at work! This way we all can have the best of both worlds.

Snow on the Way

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Photo courtesy of weather.com

This winter has been a pretty relaxed one. We have not seen too many snow storms or snow at all for that matter. Mother Nature thinks we’ve waited long enough! She’s sending us over some snow this Thursday.  Snow storms can be very unpredictable.  The amount of damage a storm can bring is undetermined until it stops. Whether you’re suffering from frozen pipes or water damage from melting snow we are here to help you. When it comes to damage to your home or property SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is here to serve your needs. No jobs are too big or small for our crew. Remember we will make any storm "Like it never even happened." Call us 24/7 at 201-656-0035.

Our Team

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Photo of our team

This is a photo of our team here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. Without each and every one of these individuals we would not be where we are today. Each person on our teams serves a vital role in our business. Think of it this way, to build a house you need a strong foundation that you know is going to last you a long time. That's how we view our team. They make up the foundation that holds our SERVPRO together. 

We just want to extend a sincere thank you to ALL of our employees. Whether you're in the office or on the field, you are an important asset to our team. Not all of our employees were able to make this photo, but this thank you is extended to everyone pictured and not pictured. 

Basement Cleaning

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Basement after our crew went in and cleaned it up,

Cleanings are one of our services we offer here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and Lower Manhattan. Not pictured in the picture on the right is the basement of this property had a great deal of clutter the customer did not want to deal with. Here at SERVPRO we like nothing more than to take the stress off the shoulders of our clients. Our crew bagged up everything the client wanted to discard and took the appropriate steps to waste cleanup. Looking at the picture here on the right you can see the difference of clutter. We discarded all the unwanted items and disposed of them properly. Our client was very impressed with the level of skill our crew provided and can rest assured. 

Elephant Falls Asleep After Soothing Lullaby From Caretaker

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Baby elephant fast asleep by his mother

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we though this article by Olivia Cathcart was too sweet not to share! Take a look:

At her home in Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park, this sweet pachyderm loves nothing more than her caretaker, Sangduen "Lek", Chailert’s voice. You can tell she and Faamai have a special bondwhen Lek starts singing the elephant’s favorite lullaby. After just a few seconds of singing, the elephant pulls her friend in closer with her trunk. A few more bars, and she is on the ground, slowly dozing off for the ultimate cat nap. Faamai was born in the ENP in 2009 and known to be curious and gentle.

May 29, 2016 By Olivia Cathcart


Decluttering kid stuff

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

No more stepping on LEGO'S!

• Keep them open-ended. Boxes, blocks, building things, art supplies—all these can be manipulated a million different ways.

• Make sure the toy invites the kid to play. There are far too many toys on the market that entertain, not provide the chance to play. A telltale sign (for me, anyway): they involve a lot of buttons that make noise.

• They should stand the test of time. Sure, some toys are age-specific. But most should be enjoyable by all the kids in the house, and for years at a time.

• They’re quality over quantity. I’d rather have fewer, better things. Kids play with things more, not less, when they’re given fewer options. (It’s the classic paradox of choice we face when we’re in the toothpaste aisle, forced to choose from 27 varieties. If we’re in a small store that has three, we’ll choose one and easily move on with our lives.)


Fathers Day TREAT!

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Surprise dad with this easy Coca Cola Frozen Treat!

I thought it would be fun to serve some frozen on a stick to celebrate Dad and his favorite drink.  Let’s enjoy a traditional Coke Float Popsicle by way of ice cold Coke, vanilla ice cream….and don’t forget the cherry on top!

The key to using carbonated soda in a popsicle, is to use flat soda.  Just open the soda, pour it into a glass and let it sit an hour or more in the refrigerator, so it stays cold, but loses some of the fizz.

Traditional Coke Float Popsicles

1.       Fill popsicle mold a quarter of the way up with flat Coke. Place 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream into form, drop one maraschino cherry into the mold and pour a little more coke on top. Leave about 1/4″ on top for the popsicle to expand when it freezes.

2.       Freeze for about 1-2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and continue freezing popsicles for at least 5 hours, or overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

TIP:  if you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can use small (3-5 oz) paper cups.


Biggest Risks for Popular Summer Activities

6/1/2016 (Permalink)

Sitting on the dock

We all love the summer, but here are somethings we need to keep in mind when we head out to great adventures for this summer.

Cruise: Sprains are the most common injury for someone on a cruise, along with contusions and other superficial wounds.

  • Camping and mountain trips: Falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared. Dehydration is also a danger.
  • So what’s a summer-loving person to do?

  • Pack: Appropriate clothing, insect repellent, sunscreen and first aid items. Include soap, tweezers, wound gel, personal medication and items such as fever reducers, fungal creams and pain relievers.
  • Know: The level of ability of the people in your group and the environment around you.
  • Head over to redcross.org to find tips for specific situations, such as getting stung by a jellyfish or dealing with a blister.

    Bonus Preparedness Points: Classes and Apps

    Oh, so you’re an overachiever? Want all the safety arrows in your quiver? Get suited up with a couple more critical resources.

  • Take a Class: Prepare for the unexpected with First Aid/CPR/AED training.
  • Download Apps The Red Cross First Aid App has instant access on how to treat common emergencies as well as a hospital locator which is helpful for travelers, and the Emergency App is a single ‘go-to’ source for weather alerts and safety tips.
  • Stay safe out there, folks!

     by Sarah Layton


    Garden Tips

    6/1/2016 (Permalink)

    Garden Tips!

    Crushed eggshells sprinkled around your flower beds or veggie gardens will prevent slugs from passing through. Crushed eggshells also provide a nice calcium supplement for vegetable beds.

    Here are some other Garden tips that can save tons of time and energy.

    1. If its getting cold and you have tomatoes still ripening on the vine — save your tomatoes! Pull the plants up and bring them inside to a warm dry place. Hang them up, and the tomatoes will ripen on the vine.

    2. Keep garden vegetables from getting dirty by spreading a 1-2 inch layer of mulch (untreated by pesticides or fertilizers) around each plant. This will also help keep the weeds down.

    3. Paint the handles of your gardens tools a bright, color other than green to help you find them amongst your plants. You can also keep a mailbox in your garden for easy tool storage.

    4. Compost needs time to integrate and stabilize in the soil. Apply two to three weeks prior to planting.

    5. There is an easy way to mix compost into your soil without a lot of back breaking work: Spread the compost over your garden in the late fall, after all the harvesting is done. Cover with a winter mulch such as hay or chopped leaves and let nature take its course. By spring, the melting snow and soil organisms will have worked the compost in for you.

    6. Like vining vegetables, but don’t have the room? Train your melons, squash, and cucumbers onto a vertical trellis or fence. Saves space and looks pretty too.

    7. Garden vegetables that become over-ripe are an easy target for some pests. Remove them as soon as possible to avoid detection.

    8. Onions are ready to harvest when the tops have fallen over. Let the soil dry out, harvest, and store in a warm, dry, dark place until the tops dry. Cut off the foliage down to an inch, then store in a cool, dry area.

    9. Over watering is worse than under watering. It is easier to revive a dry plant than try to dry out drowned roots.

    10. When planting a flower or vegetable transplant, deposit a handful of compost into each hole. Compost will provide transplants with an extra boost that lasts throughout the growing season.

    11. Insects can’t stand plants such as garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums. Grow these plants around the garden to help repel insects.

    12. Plants will do best if they are well suited to your growing area. Take some time to read up and choose plants accordingly.

    13. For easy peas, start them indoors. The germination rate is far better, and the seedlings will be healthier and better able to fight off pests and disease.

    14. If you’re short on space, garlic, leeks and shallots make excellent container plants. They tend to have few insect or disease problems and don’t require much room for roots.

    15. Another reason to use natural and organic fertilizers and soil amendments: earthworms love them! Earthworms are extremely beneficial in the vegetable garden; increasing air space in the soil and leaving behind worm castings. Do what you can to encourage earthworms in your soil.

    16. Water your garden in the early morning to conserve moisture loss and to help avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that are often spread by high humidity levels.

    17. Some vegetables actually become better after a first frost, including kale, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts.

    18. When transplanting tomatoes, cover the stem with soil all the way up to the first set of leaves. This greatly encourages root growth, making a stronger, healthier plant.

    19. Healthy soil means a thriving population of microbes, earthworms and other organisms. A soil that has “good tilth” will produce robust garden plants that are better able to resist pests and disease.

    20. A simple five percent increase in organic material (compost) quadruples the soil’s ability to store water.



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