Recent Storm Damage Posts

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)

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.