Recent Storm Damage Posts

Spring Storm Damage

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

Storm season is among us. What do they say? ‘April showers bring May flowers?’ Well, April showers also bring flooding and water damage. It’s important to get educated and prepared before all of the rain comes.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Manhattan home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

There are many reasons to choose SERVPRO for your storm damage restoration needs. Some of these reasons are:

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
We’re dedicated to respond immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We’re Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
We can access the resources and personnel of 2110 franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

We’re a Locally Owned Company
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergencies. We are proud to be an active member of the Manhattan community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Immediate Storm Damage Repair is a Priority

Quick responses to storm damage can help reduce the severity of the damage and prevent more from happening. For example, if you don’t respond to water damage quickly, you’ll end up with mold.

No one wants mold to develop in their home or building. A mold infestation hinders at the integrity of any structure, which can make it unsafe, risky, and expensive. If you suspect mold after water damage, SERVPRO can help you with mold remediation services.

Many people think that they can wait on storm damage repairs, but that’s a major mistake. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur. The damage repairs may seem costly at first, but it’s significantly less expensive if you jump on the repairs ASAP. If a storm creates a leak in your roof and you wait for it to be repaired, you may end up with an even bigger leak or the need of an entire new roof.

Minimize Storm Damage Ahead of Time

How do you minimize storm damage ahead of time? Simple.

  • Make sure you’re getting annual inspections on your home to ensure that the structure and roof is in good shape and can take on a storm.
  • If you’re in a flood zone or have experienced floods before, be sure to get flood insurance.
  • When you know a heavy storm is coming, prepare your yard. Grills, patio furniture, trees, etc. can become missiles if the winds pick up.
  • Support your garage door by holding it down and on an angle, place several sturdy boards on the door jams.
  • You can attempt to keep flooding/blowing water out of your home by using sandbags in front of your exterior doors.

If April brings you more rain than you hoped for and you’ve fallen victim to a flood or any other storm damage, give SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan a call. Our experts are local and ready to jump on any disaster to help.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of 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.”

How to Prepare Your Lower Manhattan Business for a Winter Storm

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Be Calm

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

Cut the Water & Power

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

Take Pictures

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

Contact Insurance Company

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

Contact a Trusted Restoration Company

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

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

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

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

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

Why Immediate Storm Damage Repair Needs to be a Priority

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Why Immediate Storm Damage Repair Needs to be a Priority

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

Storm Damage Repair for Mold Prevention

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

Neglected Storm Damage Repairs Can Get Expensive

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

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

Small Leaks from Storm Damage Can Turn into Catastrophic Damage

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

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


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

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

Is It Possible To Minimize Hurricane Damage?

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are a grim reality, particularly if you reside in the Gulf of Mexico or the eastern seaboard. Every year, they number in the double digits. For your family, property, and your home, damage can be costly and severe where the consequences of hurricanes are concerned. Permanent water damage can be caused by flooding that goes untreated. A mold infestation could be introduced into your home.

All is not lost, however. You can minimize hurricane damage. To protect your home, starting today, there's a lot you can do. The next time disaster strikes, you'll be able to relieve stress and save money with the right preventative measures.

Annual Inspections

Every year, you may wish to have a comprehensive home inspection done to make sure you stay on top of hurricane damage risks. Hidden dangers can lurk even if your roof seems sound, structurally. As much as possible, your basement should be watertight.

Flood Insurance

You may not be able to stop a flood, but you should be able to insure your home against the devastation of one. Make sure you have the right kind of insurance in place if you are in an area that experiences torrential rains, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other acts of God.

Safety Proof Your Yard

When you know a hurricane is threatening, prepare your yard. Grills, patio furniture, fallen trees, etc. can become missiles, capable of going through the side of your home or a window during a hurricane.


Electrocution and electrical fires are a serious threat, even amid a rainy hurricane. To decrease electrical fire risks, unplug devices. If water pools in your home, steer clear of it in case it comes in contact with an electrical source.

Roof Safety

Rooftops have been ripped right off of buildings due to hurricane updrafts. During storms, keep your roof tightly in place with specially designed hurricane straps.

Garage Door Safety

To support the garage door and hold it down, on the door jams, at an angle, place several sturdy boards. You may also wish to invest in garage braces.


To get them out of harm's way, relocate window air conditioners, stereos, TVs, computers, and other appliances. The attic is a good place to keep them away from floodwater.

Does Your Home Have a Safe?

To keep all of your important documentation free from harm – even in a flood – invest in a watertight safe. Your attic is a good location for the safe to help keep it away from floodwater.


You can attempt to keep flooding/blowing water out of your home by using sandbags in front of your exterior doors. For maximum protection, put the sandbags around the perimeter of your house, too.


Shattering, sharp glass can be one of the most serious dangers when hurricanes hit. It can damage furniture and floors, destroy walls, and endanger your family. When the forecast becomes dire, you can quickly close window coverings referred to as storm shutters. Don't wait until hurricane season hits to have them installed.

SERVPRO Manhattan – When A Hurricane Leaves Your Home Damaged

When major storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters damage your home, the cleanup and restoration project that follows can seem daunting. We can help. We are SERVPRO Manhattan. For years, we have been a leader in the restoration industry. We will get to you faster than the competition, send in our highly trained technicians, and offer 24-hour emergency service.

Flood and storm damages require restoration techniques that are highly specialized. Precise equipment is needed for the job. With our expertise and experience, our locally owned and operated business can help restore your home to its former

Is It A Good Idea To Handle Water Damage On My Own?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Threatening the integrity of a building and endangering those within, flooding can result from numerous causes. Faulty plumbing, broken appliances, storms, and more can result in flooding and water damage. Once the water source has discontinued – either naturally or through repair – what's left? Pooled water, damage to floors, walls, structures, and more can be the final product of a flood or even a slow but prolonged leak.

After water damage, can you restore your home or company building yourself? This can be a tricky business and poses dangers of a varying nature. Safety measures must be taken, some expertise must be applied, the gravity of the situation must be recognized in no uncertain terms – the list goes on.

Let's take a look at water damage and how to handle it.

What Are the Damaged Materials?

Water can damage everything it touches, no matter what kind of building the leakage and/or damage occurs in. Everything inside or involved in the structure is prone to harm including devices, wiring, the floor, walls, etc. To know whether or not this clean-up is a do-it-yourself project, you must survey the extent of damage.

Is the drywall damaged? For days following a leak or flood, drywall can hold on to water. This can threaten the integrity of a building. To make your walls and ceiling look like new again, complete replacement of plaster/drywall may be necessary.

Some areas might just need some drying out. You may be able to salvage wooden pillars, furniture, etc., but this is on a case-by-case basis. Most often, after flooding, electrical appliances and carpeting will need to be removed and disposed of properly.

If you suspect possible damage with asbestos, call a professional immediately.

During Clean-Up – What Should You Expect?

Both water and debris will need to be cleared from a flooded area. Due to muddy floodwaters, insects and certain animals may be attracted to the property. While cleaning the area, don't be surprised if you have to deal with insects, snakes, rats, and more.

If a floor feels like it's sinking in or drooping, be extremely careful walking in the area. If you're not sure where it's safe to step, you can get hurt. Avoid going into a structure that looks like it's falling apart.

Tips and Precautions

PPE (personal protective equipment) and clothing should always be worn when cleaning up or dealing with water contamination, water damage, etc.

To remove water and mud from your property, you cannot use a regular vacuum cleaner. Dehumidifiers, heavy-duty fans, and commercial wet vacs should be used.

To avoid infection, after drying, areas must be thoroughly cleaned and/or sanitized. For services like ceilings and walls, detergent and warm water may suffice. However, hot water and soap are recommended for dirty items like dishes, cooking utensils, silverware, and more.

The Best Advice For Handling Water Damage

If your home or business has experienced water damage, you may not want to attempt repair and/or restoration on your own. It can be extremely difficult to deal with and even unsafe. But, if you contact the water damage experts at SERVPRO, you can begin the process of post water damage recovery in expedited fashion.

Set your mind at ease by letting certified and experienced professionals take care of the problem. Do you have water damage? Don't wait another moment. Contact us today.

Understanding Home Inspection For Storm Damage

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

In the aftermath of a storm, it is normal to expect some damage to have been wrought on your home. You may wish to carry out a quick home inspection before calling in the professionals. Always remember to do this safely, especially if you need to inspect your roof. In this article, we share with you more about the signs to watch out for when conducting a home inspection for storm damage.

Spotting Signs of Damage on Your Roof

As the part of your house that is most exposed to the elements, your roof may have sustained the bulk of damage. Below are some warning signs to watch out for:

  • Shingle granules in the surrounding areas, such as your yard and possibly your neighbors’ yards
  • Water damage in your attic, including leaks
  • Dents in your shingles
  • Pieces of roof that may have washed down your gutters

Keep in mind that storm damage to your roof can be directional, which means that just one side of your roof is affected, with the other three sides looking completely fine. When inspecting damage on your roof, the safest way to do so is from ground level. Never attempt to crawl out onto the roof by yourself – always leave that up to a professional.

Spotting Signs of Damage on Your Windows and Doors

Another vulnerable part of your home is your windows and doors. When strong winds cause flying debris to hurl against the exterior of your house, windows and doors can bear the brunt of the damage. Look out for any cracks, dents and broken panes, and remember to give your shutters, awnings and window caps a one-over too.

Spotting Signs of Damage on The Exterior of Your Property

Even though the exterior of your house is made to be durable, it can also sustain damage during a storm. You will want to watch out for any damage caused to shingles, siding as well as cement and brick boards. Any dents, cracking or chipping are a sign that the exterior of your property has sustained some form of damage. You may also want to check any exterior features such as pipes and A/C parts.

SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District Can Come to You for Storm Damage Restoration

When your home has sustained storm damage, a timely response will go a long way in reducing secondary damage as well as keeping restoration costs down. Our team at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District is always ready, day or night, to respond to your emergency call. We are able to get to your property promptly to evaluate the damage done and provide restoration solutions. We have access to a wide selection of specialized equipment that will enable us to get the job done efficiently and to your satisfaction. If you have any questions about our services, please feel free to contact us today.

What Are The Signs Of Storm Damage?

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

After a storm has occurred in your area, you may be concerned whether your property has sustained any damage. One area that is prone to storm damage is your roof. Being completely open to the elements, it is no small wonder that roofs can sustain damage after a storm, which homeowners have to watch out for. In this article, we share with you more about the signs of storm damage.

Spotting the First Signs of Damage

If you are worried that your home has sustained storm damage, look out for the following signs both inside and outside your house:

  • Ceilings with a “wet” appearance
  • Damaged or missing shingles on your roof
  • Mold growth on your walls or ceiling, which can be identified by a damp smell
  • Peeling interior pain
  • Any large branches that have fallen on the roof
  • Leaks around the house

These are all signs that your property has sustained storm damage. To prevent the problem from worsening and posing a threat to your family’s health and safety, always consult a professional storm damage restoration technician as timely as possible. 

Inspecting Your Roof

Besides the signs you should look out for above, you will also need to pay close attention to your roof. As the part of your house most exposed to the elements, it’s possible that your roof may have sustained a level of damage. Below are some signs to watch out for:

  • Shingle granules in your yard or on the surrounding grounds
  • Water damage in your attic
  • Damaged shingles, such as those with dents and chips
  • Damaged sealant or flashing

If you spot any of the warning signs on your roof from the ground up, always keep in mind that you should not attempt to investigate this on your roof by yourself. It can be dangerous for individuals who have not undergone professional training to climb onto a damaged roof, as unstable shingles and other forms of damage can result in possible trips and falls. When that is the case, getting a professional in is the best course of action to mitigate any additional damage to your roof as well as keep yourself safe.

Let SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District Assist You with Storm Damage Restoration

After your property has sustained damage by a storm, a timely response is necessary to reduce secondary damage and the costs that can come out of restoration. At SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District, our team is always ready to respond to any emergency, day or night. When you get in touch with us, we will get to your property promptly to assess the situation and provide the restoration services you need. Our specialized equipment enables us to get the job done efficiently and restore your home to the condition it was in before. If you require more information about our services or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us today.

How Does Hail Damage Affect Your Roof?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Hailstorms most commonly occur in the southern and central plains of the United States. They are caused when rain droplets that are transported upward by thunderstorm updrafts into extremely low temperature parts of the atmosphere and freeze. They fall when the updrafts can no longer carry the weight of the hailstones.

Your roof is one of the most integral parts of your residence as it helps to shield everything within your home from the element. As hailstorms are an uncontrollable aspect of our local weather and climate, damage to our roof over time can cause severe issues in the long-term. Here are the common signs of hail damage on the roof and why you shouldn’t ignore them.

Bruising on the Roof

Bruising is a very common result of hailstorms. They are usually identified by small dents along the roof shingles. If the dents give way when some force is applied, it is an indicator that your roof might be decaying, whereas if the bruising is not serious, no immediate actions will need to be taken.

If possible, you should go up to the roof and feel along the surface to check if there are any bruised or decayed parts on it. If the bruising is severe and there are signs of decay, it is important for you to contact a roofing professional to do a comprehensive inspection to prolong the lifespan of your roof.

Missing Spots on the Roof

Missing spots or shingles on your roof can be caused by many factors such as exposure to the elements like the sun and inclement weather like hailstorms and thunderstorms that can cause the roof to be fragile. Cracking, blistering, and flaking are also other types of common wear and tear caused by storm damage. These are usually signifiers that your roof might need maintenance.

Leaving these missing spots unrepaired in the long-term can threaten the structural integrity of your roof and with more exposure to the elements, can cause even more damage like water leaks within your home. At the end of the day, you might be looking at expensive bill for a roof repair or replacement.

Whenever it’s possible and safe for you to do so, you should do a physical check and identify any damage or cracks in your roof shingles. It is important to note that the appearance of the damage may vary depending on the material and composition of your roof shingles.

Weak Spots on The Roof

After a hailstorm, it is important for you climb up and inspect your roof physically. One type of roof damage you should check out for are soft spots, they usually feel like the surface of a ripe apple’s skin. If left unaddressed, these may cause serious problems like water leaks in the future. Immediate actions and repairs should be taken to rectify the issue immediately.

Defective and Damaged Roof Vents

Most roof vents are created using lightweight metal. As a result, dents and cracks can be formed by the impact of the hail falling on them. In the worst case, where there are actual breakthroughs on the entire structure of the roof vents, serious issues such as water damage may occur and will cause extensive damage. Contact your local roofing professional immediately if you discover these defects during your roof inspection, time is of the essence.

Roofing Granules Found in Roof Gutters

When checking your roof for any hail damage, you should also check its gutters for any shingle granules that might have come loose due to the hailstorms. Hailstorms can chip away at the granules in the shingles and may be carried away into the gutters once the hail melts.

These granules are extremely small and are usually indicators that your roof is not providing your home with the same structural integrity and protection as before. If this is the case, it is vital that you contact a storm damage specialist to repair and fix any roof damage.

The aftermath of a hailstorm can be messy and a true hassle to deal with. If you are looking for a quality storm damage cleanup and restoration service provider, SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District is prepared to help you through your turbulent times, please feel contact us to find out more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.

Storm Damage in Home

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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?

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Storm Damage In Warehouse

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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.

Snow on the Way

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

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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.