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The Causes of Odor and How We Can Help

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

The Causes of Odor and How We Can Help

Odors are... well, smelly, and there are many reasons why your home or business can develop a strong odor. As experts in deodorization, we are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure. So, let's talk about the causes of odors and what we can do to help get rid of them.

Water Damage

Water damage is one of the biggest causes of odors. If your home or business deals with any kind of water damage whether it be from a storm causing flooding or a leak somewhere in the building, water will cause a very stagnate, musty smell.

The smell will get worse as the time goes by, so it's important to get your water damage dried out and restored right away. You don't want to have to live with a musty smell in your basement, living room, kitchen, or anywhere in your home.

If you suffer from any kind of water damage, give us a call. We're water damage restoration specialists and we're here to help. We'll be sure to examine the area, figure out the water source if you're not aware of it, and dry your home or business out successfully, followed by any type of structural damage restoration needed.

That's why you can trust SERVPRO. We will identify the water source and determine the situation to take the proper steps to restore drywall, floors, ceilings, walls, etc. when they fall victim to water damage.

Mold Damage

Mold damage is another source of bad odors. If there were any type of water damage that was not taken care of quickly, your chances of mold growth are much higher. Also, higher than normal humidity levels will cause mold growth as well as any kind of condensation or excessive moisture. If you're not able to physically see the mold, you'll know it's there by its smell.

If you have any kind of inkling that you may have a mold problem in your home or business building, please reach out ASAP. Mold is not safe to live with and can cause a lot of health problems down the road. We will properly remediate the mold so you don't have the smell around anymore, as well as the mold itself.

To help you understand mold a bit more:

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

Sewage Cleanup & Restoration

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is very unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Not only is it very unsafe, but the odor it gives off is awful, especially if it's gray water or black water. What's the difference?

Gray water is considered "category 2 water." This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for this include washing machine overflows, toilet overflows with some urine, or dishwasher overflows.

Black water is very unsanitary and can cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact must be avoided. The source for this type of water includes flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing surface water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Egg Rot

No, we don't mean the eggs that you cook and may have left overnight. The smell of egg rot or sulfur is definitely not pleasant and is a sign that something is seriously wrong. It usually means your either have an electrical problem or a gas leak. Manufacturers of natural gas are mandated to add a special chemical named mercaptan inside so that it is easier to perform leak detection. When this additive isn't present, it won't be possible to smell, taste, or see natural gas. So, if you detect the infamous rotten egg smell, the first thing you want to do is check with your gas company.

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

Fishy Smell

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

Residential Cleaning Services

Odor comes with any kind of mess, generally. We have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. We use special SERVPRO products that wipe out dirt and grime with ease. If you want a deeper thorough cleaning, reach out. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also alleviate any foul odors and create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for your family.

We offer many types of cleaning that include carpet and upholstery, air duct/HVAC cleaning, odor removal - as we mentioned, sewage and biohazard cleanup, cleaning of ceilings/floors/and walls, furniture, drapes and blinds, trauma and crime scene cleanup, and more.

Commercial Cleaning Services

Let's be real, you don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office floors and creates odors that your employees have to live with. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the score of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan for prompt service. Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or a carpet, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Our services range from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and materials to get your property back to business.


Whether you are dealing with water damage, fire damage, storm damage, mold, or just foul odors, we can help. We have the training and expertise to restore your home or business. As for odor removal, we have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products, capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call and leave the restoration to us.

Aside from that, we're highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

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

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


What is Carpet Bonnet Cleaning and Is it Worth it?

5/26/2023 (Permalink)

If you have ever spent time in a hotel lobby, commercial building, etc., during late-night hours, you’ve likely seen a staff member or service operating device that uses a spinning pad to polish and buff concrete, linoleum, or tile floors. These are used frequently in commercial establishments.

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that the same cleaning process might work well for carpets! It is referred to as carpet bonnet cleaning and uses the same rotary machine, more or less, but concentrates on carpets rather than hard floors. If you’ve come across those “so satisfying” videos on TikTok of companies performing carpet bonnet cleaning, this is what we’re talking about!

Initially, the bonnet - made of propylene, rayon, or cotton - is attached to the rotary machine and soaked with shampoo. Over the carpet, they move the machine back and forth. The carpet is significantly cleaner once it has dried.

A Temporary Fix at Best
The thing about bonnet cleaning is that it’s pretty much just a topical solution. You’re taking surface dirt and essentially scraping it off. If you know anything about stains, you know that to remove them, scrubbing is not usually the best method. Rather than removing the stain further into the carpet, the stain ends up being ground down and in. That’s pretty much what’s going on with bonnet cleaning. You’re scrubbing your stains - that used to be on the surface - deeper down into your carpet. Who wants that?

Yes, it does dislodge and collect dirt from the surface to a point, but again, it’s also pushing some of it deep into the pile.

After bonnet cleaning, the carpet does dry fast (one of the more attractive points of bonnet cleaning), and it looks clean. But think about this - anything that came off the carpet, but doesn’t appear on the bonnet, is actually just staying in the carpeting. There is no extraction method with bonnet cleaning.

The More You Know
In case you’re not convinced that bonnet cleaning isn’t the best way to go about refreshing your carpet, here’s some additional information that may be valuable to you.

You can’t just walk into the bonnet cleaning process if you’ve never done it before and here’s why:

  • Friction burns could result from dry hard carpet scrubbing because not enough detergent was used.
  • You will need to vacuum up residue that stays behind after the carpet dries - because you’ll notice swirl marks - if there’s too much shampoo or detergent.
  • Various carpet designs call for specific types of bonnets.
  • Mildew and mold can build up on bonnets if they are not regularly laundered after use.
  • Because this type of cleaning needs to be done so often, it offsets the savings you thought you would enjoy.
  • Lastly, you may well void the warranty on your carpet if you use bonnet cleaning. This is a policy for some carpet manufacturers.

So, What’s the Better Solution?
Truth be told, bonnet cleaning is not the recommended cleaning method for carpeting! As suggested above, it is only superficial, among other things. When you need a thorough, deep down carpet cleaning, there’s no one like SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan to get the job done. PLUS, we don’t stop at carpets… we’re capable of odor removal, cleaning drapes and blinds, taking care of walls, floors, and ceilings, upholstery cleaning, biohazard cleanup, and HVAC/air duct cleaning.

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

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

4 Types of Air Duct Contaminants

5/8/2023 (Permalink)

If you own a business, you should know all about how to keep your air ducts free of contaminants. However, it’s also important to know what types of contaminants can build up there.

Most residential and commercial property owners take their air ducts for granted. Meaning, as long as cold and hot air is emitted when desired with no chemical or burning scents, most people are content. However, air duct contamination can become a real problem and it must be addressed.

The four main types of air duct contaminants are:

Ductwork is the perfect conduit for warm air during winter and cool air during the summer. This makes it an attractive nesting spot for many insects and rodents, some of which might spread pathogens and cause other damage. Unless you enjoy rats, mice, or roaches suddenly showing up in your property, you’ll probably want to have your ductwork cleaned regularly.

Dander, Dirt, and Dust
These are the most frequent contaminants that you’ll find in typical ductwork. Textiles such as furniture and carpets often generate dust and dirt and they will gain entry through windows and doors. Dander is the result of hair and skin cells that are shed by both animals and people.

The good news is that the majority of dirt, dust, and danger are removed during standard vacuuming and cleaning. The bad news is that because they consist of particles that readily become airborne, your air ducts will suck them in. While HVAC systems have filters that are capable of capturing the particles in varying quantities, there is still plenty that will end up in the ducts, accumulating as the months and years go by.

Mold can be found in virtually every home, from studio apartments to penthouses and mansions. However, most forms are relatively harmless to humans and pets. They result from condensation within ducts which frequently occur because of insufficient insulation. Once mold colonies form, they will contaminate the air of the interior each time the HVAC system is activated. There is also rare black and green mold that is considered a biohazard and if they appear in your home, you’ll need to evacuate so the property can be professionally cleaned.

Allergens and Pollen
Both airborne allergens and pollen behave similarly to dirt, dust, and danger, appearing within air ducts. While some of it comes from outside the building, others will be generated from within. Either way, both will compromise the quality of your indoor air and can cause some serious effects on your health.

As you can see there are many contaminants that can appear in your building’s ductwork. Commercial property owners, in particular, must be careful because businesses are required by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to create a safe working environment for employees. If your building is found to have contaminants in the ductwork that is harming employees or customers, it can threaten your business and potentially lead to fines and litigation, not to mention a loss of reputation.

This is why regular cleaning of your ductwork is so important, but because the task can be tedious, it is best to hire a professional like SERVPRO that has the expertise, equipment, and credentials to get the job done right.

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

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

Residential Cleaning in the Spring

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

Spring is coming! When most of us hear “spring” we think of spring cleaning. The thought of having your current or new home professionally cleaned is the “ahh” moment you’ve been waiting for all year. With that said, SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan provides residential cleaning services so you can enjoy that fresh feeling.

Life can be messy. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents, and homes get dirty. We have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. We use special SERVPRO products that wipe out dirt and grime with ease. If you want a deeper, thorough clean - we’re here to help.

It’s also beneficial to get a professional cleaning service done to your new home prior to moving in. You never know what kind of dirt, dog, hair, grime the people that just moved out left behind. Keep your mind at ease and allow us to make it feel brand new.

Our Residential Cleaning Services Include:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get rid of the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dirt and dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture will make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Air Duct Cleaning
We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Odor Removal
Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up
Our experts are ready to assist in the cleanup of sewage and other biohazard materials to provide deep cleaning services for your home.

We provide cleanup and recovery for many biohazard situations including:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

If you’re ready for the ultimate spring cleaning for your current or new home, contact SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan. We have the skills, knowledge, and expertise to make your home feel new again.

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

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

Lower Manhattan Commercial Cleaning Tips & Tricks

1/25/2023 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crime Scene Cleanup at Your Manhattan Home!?!

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Crime Scene Cleanup at Your Manhattan Home!?!

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

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

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

Crime Scene Residues

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

Bloodborne Pathogens

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

Illegal Drug - “Meth” Labs

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

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

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

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

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

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

Avoid Major Mishaps by Keeping Medical Facilities Clean

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

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!

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!

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.

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. 

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.)