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Commercial Damage to Property
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 water less 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.
Fire Damage to Property
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
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
- 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
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.
SERVPRO Handles Fires
Here at 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 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 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.
Water Damage In Office Space
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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.
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan Handles Your Items With Care!
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 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.
What is National Preparedness Month?
We do know it's only April, 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 percent 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."
Mold in Bathroom
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."
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.
Soap Scum and Mold Remediation
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
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.
Commercial Ceiling Repair
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.
Make Mold a Thing of the Past!
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
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.
Who are you going to call? MOLD busters !
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.
Always Be Prepared for a Snow Storm
This winter has been back and forth with snow storms.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 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.
Use SERVPRO this Holiday Season!
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Storm Damage in Home
Storm damage before our cleanup.
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. 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.
Real SERVPRO Hero Spotlight
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.
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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.
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It's Time to Clean up the Leaves!
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!
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 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!
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
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.
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 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.
Got Frozen Pipes?
Let us fix your frozen pipes.
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 Hoboken/Union City and we will be glad to provide our services.
Elephant Falls Asleep After Soothing Lullaby From Caretaker
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
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!
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
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
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.