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The Faces of Destructive Brooklyn Fire Damage

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

tile floor covered in soot damage Our team can help with fire damage restoration. Call our technicians to arrive at your Brooklyn home with the trained technicians and equipment.

SERVPRO Fire Restorers Recover Fire Damage in Brooklyn Homes 

Fires threaten Brooklyn homes and businesses in several ways. Understanding the specific restoration practices necessary to address these threats is essential when you seek assistance from IICRC-compliant and trained technicians like our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team. Threats to your home after a fire can include: 

  • Structural Threats
  • Soot Damage
  • Smoke Malodors
  • Destroyed Contents

Fire damage in Brooklyn properties requires prompt action. Because we have experienced FSRT-Certified technicians ready to help 24/7, we work to immediately collect the necessary information for damage claim approval from your home insurance provider. We interface with the insurance adjuster to meet demands and generate a detailed work scope and estimation to get mitigation and restoration started fast. 

Emergency Services Improve Structural Stability

The fast pace of our response team ensures that we can reach your doorstep to begin emergency services as rapidly as possible. These efforts describe a collection of pre-job mitigative steps designed exclusively to protect the structure and occupants from more significant fire harm. Improving structural stability is a chief objective of these early actions. Our response team shores weakened elements, begins the often widespread controlled demolition process, and completes temporary board-up and repairs. 

How Can Soot Impact Surfaces?

Another face of fire damage to structures is soot generated from the partial combustion of fuels. Wood or oils can leave formidable deposits of soils on nearby surfaces. SERVPRO professionals determine the washability and salvageability of these impacted areas by considering:

  • Type of Damage – Multiple types of smoke damage exist, and each is removed and cleaned differently. Cleaning dry smoke requires tools and products that differ considerably from wet smoke threats. 
  • Hosting Material – The underlying surface where soot damage comes to rest impacts the type of cleaning necessary to restore the damage. Solvents damage some materials, so green cleaning and less-acidic approaches are more favorable to prevent permanent marring. 
  • Is it Worth Salvaging? – Restorers of our SERVPRO team consider whether impacted materials are worth restoring or if it is faster and more cost-efficient to rebuild and replace. 

The Generation of Smoke Odors

Smoke malodors can be one of the final restoration obstacles, but critical to address to return preloss conditions. Offensive odors result from the combustion of many materials throughout a structure, such as plastics, wood, fabrics, chemicals, and more. With the widespread damage, we use multiple neutralizing approaches like ozone, hydroxyl machines, and fogging. 

Prioritizing Personal Items

Many homeowners might not realize that the full spectrum of our fire damage recovery efforts involves the management of soot and smoke-damaged contents and personal belongings. This is often as vital to property owners as any other restoration process, so it is done with care. At our facility, items receive:

  • Surface Cleaning – Soot and smoke damage removal is often the most pressing concern with impacted contents after fire damage incidents. Chemical cleaners and our ultrasonic tank can help. 
  • Deodorizing – Smoke malodors can also damage the contents of your home as much as its building materials and open spaces. Ozone chambers at our facility manage multiple items simultaneously.
  • Drying – Extinguishment can leave contents wet and saturated. We have efficient drying practices to coincide with other fire damage cleaning solutions necessary. 
  • Safe Storage – While waiting for restoration to complete, contents at our facility can be stored and inventoried for easy access by customers until they can be safely returned to the restored residence. 

House fires cause hazardous and destructive conditions for your structure. Our experienced restoration professionals of our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn team are ready to help when you call (718) 522-4400.

Stopping Brooklyn Water Damage from Ruining Your Home

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

drying mats on a water damaged hardwood floor You can count on our team with state-of-the-art equipment to thoroughly dry your Brooklyn property so you can return safely after a water incident.

SERVPRO Helps Brooklyn Water-Damaged Homes After Disasters

Because there are multiple triggers for water damage in your home or business, Brooklyn property owners are often unable to navigate the full spectrum of cleanup, drying, and repair that a building needs after damage incidents. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn has a 24/7 response to emergencies, as disasters can strike at any time and leave you needing mitigation and restoration solutions

It is important to react quickly when you discover water damage in Brooklyn residences. Your contact with our administration and dispatch starts qualified water restoration professionals moving to help. This first notice of loss determines the best tools and approaches to mitigate damage.

What Is Mitigation?

As a literal definition, mitigation is an effort to reduce the severity or consequences of an action. When used in context with water damage restoration, mitigation is used early in the recovery arc to prevent the situation from worsening, costlier damage, or the destruction of exposed contents and personal belongings. Mitigation often comes in several forms:

  • Water removal services
  • Bulk material removal
  • Controlled demolition and repairs
  • Content relocation

Among the most direct methods of mitigating water damage effects are extraction and water removal services. Actions taken with pumps and vacuums alleviate the impact on porous materials and make later restoration efforts faster and more thorough.

Expert Drying Services

There are multiple steps to efficient and effective drying processes, but it must be direct and thorough because this is one of the most critical phases of water damage restoration. We are recovery experts, following IICRC guidelines, arriving with industry-leading equipment and cutting-edge tools to help. From drying the surface of materials like drywall to penetrating structural cavities in less-invasive ways, we have the solutions to help.

Several drying tools are necessary to achieve the needed drying goal set by the management operating and overseeing field technicians working in the home. These tools help regulate relative humidity, saturation, and secondary damage from high moisture content. These include:

  • Air Movers - Forcing air across moist surfaces helps with the direct evaporation of wet materials. Using axial and centrifugal air mover units, we can directly address trapped water in flooring and wall systems.
  • Dehumidifiers - Dehumidifiers convert moisture content in an environment into collected water to dispose of it properly. Depending on conditions, the processes to achieve this range from producing condensation within a unit or absorbing moisture.
  • Heaters - Portable heaters are a way to increase the temperature on a surface or throughout an entire workspace. Warmer temperatures help in several ways, such as increasing the capacity for moisture content in the environment for evaporation and dehumidification and amplifying chemical processes by faster molecular movement.

How Do You Know the House is Dry?

Peace of mind is not a guarantee during the restoration process. That is why our SERVPRO team works so diligently after water damage concerns to alleviate concerns and show the progress of our efforts. Water damage to your home can impact materials far beyond the surface layer, so sensors and infrared imagery help track moisture beyond the visible layers.

Experience in Action

A point of pride for our experienced professionals is the level of training we receive to help with disaster relief and cleanup. For water damage threats, we have a roster rounded off by multiple certifications:

  • WRT – Water Restoration
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning
  • ASD – Structural Drying
  • OCT – Odor Control

Water damage restoration is necessary as soon as possible once disasters strike. SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is ready to help when you need it at (718) 522-4400.

The Likelihood of Mold Damage in Brooklyn Homes

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

containment barrier set up in a mold damaged home Let our fast response team in Brooklyn eliminate the mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Remediators Help Manage Active Mold Damage in Brooklyn Residences

Because of the borough's placement amid large bodies of water and severe weather systems in every season, many conditions can exist to support mold growth and spread in area residences. Mold development is more likely than many homeowners believe. It could exist and migrate without the property owner's knowledge until it breaches the surface of the living area.

It is often advisable to act fast when mold damage in Brooklyn properties is discovered. AMRT-certified technicians of our roster are available 24/7 to mobilize for mitigation and remediation of active colonization in your household. Prompt action helps to reduce the further spread of this harmful organism. Our remediation work is based on data acquired by third-party mold inspection agencies per strict New York guidelines regarding mold remediation.

How Does Mold Form?

Mold is an opportunistic threat to your home, meaning that when the conditions are met to facilitate its growth, it is likely to do so. Mold spores occur naturally in most environments, but without temperature and moisture conditions being met, these spores are a harmless part of the atmosphere in your household. When damp conditions exist or relative humidity becomes a concern, these spores can settle on organic materials and begin colonization.

Organic matter in your home, be it building materials or contents, are food sources for the growing colony. It is crucial to evaluate the condition of the affected materials as remediation gets underway to determine the most efficient solution. As IICRC-trained mold removal specialists, we can help manage mold damage across multiple hosts.

Where Does Mold Target? 

Mold requires organic matter to grow and thrive, so not all surfaces and materials found in your home are capable of supporting colonies. However, porous elements common to modern home construction are welcoming to these spreading microbes. Some of the usual hosting materials for mold include:

  • Drywall
  • Wood Framing
  • Carpeting
  • Clothing/Fabrics

How Can SERVPRO Remove Active Colonies? 

Remediation is a recovery action designed to remove active colonies and destructive organisms from the property by our AMRT-certified technicians. Depending on the impact of microbes on the hosting material, the type of material impacted, and the desire to salvage the structure, several remediation options are possible:

  • Surface Cleaning – This process utilizes sporicidal products in our inventory to target superficial mold damage mostly visible on a surface.
  • Sanding – Hand-sanding or power tools remove a thin top layer of material like wood framing to eliminate mold without compromising structural integrity.
  • Media Blasting – Pressurized air or water can be combined with media like sodium bicarbonate or dry ice chemicals to destroy mold colonies without damaging the hosting material.
  • Controlled Demolition – The final remediation measure when other less invasive or destructive methods are not possible to eliminate the current mold threat.

Should Repairs Occur? 

Mold damage repairs are often necessary, primarily when exposure to spores occurs over a more extended period. Our contractor license allows us to provide several types of build-back and reconstruction services that resolve the harm that active microbial threats caused the structure.

How Do You Prevent Mold from Happening Again? 

As important as the efforts made to overcome active colonization and the impact on building materials and contents are, preventing the situation from recurring is another priority. Without addressing the intrusion of moisture into the affected areas of the residence, mold damage is likely to happen again. Often this is resolved through repairs and reconstruction of compromised portions of the property during the final stages of remediation.

Mold damage to Brooklyn homes can be a direct and damaging threat to a structure and its occupants. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn remediation team is ready to help when you need it. Call today at (718) 522-4400.

Water Damage Repair in Brooklyn Offers a Lasting Solution

3/14/2023 (Permalink)

Damaged tile floor The first step to resolving water damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn.

Trust SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair in Brooklyn

One of a home’s basic functions is to keep the residents dry. However, unwanted water sometimes gets into the living space when the homeowners least expect it. Water damage repair firms have technicians who respond fast to fix water damage to limit the destruction. 

SERVPRO performs water mitigation to stabilize a home and ensure no further damage happens. Water damage repair in Brooklyn homes occurs after water mitigation and is meant to return properties to their pre-damaged state. Our restoration process can involve the following activities: 

  • Pulling out damaged flooring and replacing it. 
  • Removing water-damaged structural components like drywall. 
  • Restoring or replacing the subfloor.
  • Mold remediation.
  • Testing for moisture to confirm that all structures and contents are dry. 

Hiring professionals from SERVPRO quickly can save you energy and money. The tools we use help ensure that the affected area dries up quickly. We can use powerful portable pumps to remove the water. Many of the pumps we use are centrifugal pumps. They work by converting rotational energy from a motor to energy to move a particular kind of fluid. They include electric submersible pumps, high-pressure pumps, and self-priming trash pumps. 

It is necessary to eliminate moisture from the air to dry a home. Evaporation adds moisture to the air as air movers evaporate it from wet materials into the air. Our SERVPRO team ensures that dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air as quickly as or more rapidly than it is being added. We call this a Balanced Drying System. We can use a closed or open system to dehumidify the air. An open drying system exchanges the moist air inside the building with the drier outside air. A closed system separates the affected area from the outside air and the structure’s unaffected areas. 

After cleanup, our SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the stability of your home’s essential parts, like walls. You can therefore avoid living in a compromised structure. 

A timely and professional response to water damage can provide peace of mind. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 for efficient restoration. 

Brooklyn Water Damage Repair Specialists Know What Storms Can Do

2/8/2023 (Permalink)

Leak On Floor Call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn to ensure your home is dry and sanitary.

After Bad Weather, SERVPRO Does Water Damage Repair Work

Storms can clear the air of smelly pollution and leave a fresh scent behind throughout Brooklyn. It can also leave property damage behind. When rainwater saturates construction materials inside a residence, the most effective response is to arrange for skilled water damage repair experts to begin working on your property.

After shingles sail off your roof, a tree limb punches a hole through a window, or gutters pour water up against your siding instead of away from your Brooklyn home, water damage repair professionals can make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO has trained specialists in different areas who can repair and restore your dwelling. The following helps keep secondary water damage from developing while mitigating existing damage:

  • Roofing and attic space
  • Window glass replacement
  • Minor flooding and its causes

Our Residential Contractor License, #2015353DCA, allows us to work on rebuilding homes, including roofing. We match your current shingles to replacement ones as closely as possible and get them nailed into place. Working inside your attic, we dry everything out and check for damage in this and any crawlspaces, paying close attention to insulation.

Replacing a broken window is a minor task that provides substantial protection from the outdoor elements. We can handle single or multiple panes of glass. We can discuss which kind is most appropriate for your family. If the screen is also damaged, we can replace this, also.

Debris thrust through the air or a falling tree can cause damage to your gutters. Once bent or dented, these channels can allow rain from your roof to pour onto the side of your home. Being too close to your foundation can allow it to seep into your home. We can extract the water and dry everything out for you. Once dried, we can check to see how bad the permanent damage is and what steps to take.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Competency Is Vital for Effective Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

Multi Story Home On Fire When a fire hits your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Restoration in Brooklyn Is Better with SERVPRO 

The ruin from a fire can take the form of burned walls, furniture, damaged staircases, and holes in the roof. Sometimes, pipes melt or burst during a fire, causing water to leak into the building. While fire may cause tremendous damage, water damage may render some structures and contents unsalvageable. 

Although the repercussions of fire damage are devastating to property owners, fire damage cleanup and repair can address every issue related to a fire. When you hire SERVPRO to perform fire damage restoration in your Brooklyn home, we can sort through the mess and restore things to normal. As a reputable fire restoration firm, we possess several distinctions, like:

  • Extensive experience in fire damage repair
  • Appropriate licenses
  • Dependability and punctuality
  • Quick response time 

SERVPRO’s fire damage repair process includes several procedures to restore the damaged areas to their pre-damaged condition. They include: 


Our team can perform a walk-through and analyze the damage to create the right action plan to counter it.        

Soot Cleanup

Soot residue, acid stains, the discoloration of appliances, and rust formation can result shortly after a fire if there is no immediate effort to clean up the fire-damaged structures and contents. Generally, continued permanent destruction can occur because of the acidic residues a fire leaves behind. Soot may also become layered within your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can use advanced techniques to restore your property. 

Water Damage Restoration

We can use extraction tools like submersible pumps to pump out excess water. We use equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to increase evaporation and remove water vapor from the air. 

Odor Removal

Deodorizing a fire-damaged property is crucial because discomfort and frustration result from unpleasant odors. Our SERVPRO team can remove odors using advanced fire restoration technology like thermal foggers. This equipment vaporizes petroleum or solvent-based deodorizers, generating a fog or smoke of tiny particles. Thermal fogs are pairing agents that chemically react with smell-causing residues and eradicate odors. 

Please call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 and tell us about your fire restoration needs. We can get back to you immediately.

How Water Mitigation Stops Long-term Damage in Brooklyn

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment With advanced equipment, SERVPRO restores property to pre-damaged conditions, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Technicians Can Reduce Water Restoration Expenses

Long-term moisture problems can wreck a business. Structurally, wooden framing can warp or buckle under consistent exposure to water. Equally, wall joints can erode under constant water exposure, causing cracking and threatening the structural integrity of the building. When excess quantities of water enter the building, it is vital to enact professional repair and restoration to prevent the damaging effects of waterlogging on structure and contents. SERVPRO is a registered and licensed restoration service that operates locally. 

Our services:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Structural cavity drying
  • Water-related repair

Protecting your businesses long-term future means using a professional water mitigation service in Brooklyn. Mitigation is a service that helps to restrict damages caused to a property in the immediate aftermath of an emergency. Often the restriction of damages involves humidity controls, water migration prevention, and a comprehensive drying strategy to protect contents or material damage. We often find that long-term structural problems or mold issues result from pre-existing water damage. For businesses, long-term problems can represent a significantly high expense.

Preventing Long-term Damages in Water Emergencies

Drying is the most effective mitigation technique that we have against water-related problems. Effective drying means exposing wall cavities, inspecting underneath carpets, addressing subfloor issues, and testing materials for water absorption. Without a thorough approach, residual moisture could be missed and weaken or cause deterioration of essential materials in the building assembly. Adopting an informed approach revolves around determining what is wet in the property. To understand this, our technicians use measuring and monitoring equipment. We can then use these readings to calculate the necessary drying equipment and the time needed for restoration.

  • Moisture sensors use surface temperatures to determine the likelihood of water residing beneath materials. 
  • Penetrating moisture meters provide accurate moisture content readings and are usually used for wood and other dense materials.
  • Thermographic images can be taken to assess if water has flowed into cavities of the business without having to remove layers of drywall or building assembly.

Reacting quickly to water intrusion can help to prevent costly long-term damages. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn for water damage restoration at (718) 522-4400.

SERVPRO Provides Mold Removal Services in Brooklyn

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Spots On Wall Don't let mold take over your property, Call SERVPRO of Northeast Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400.

SERVPRO Recommends Immediate Mold Removal from Buildings in Brooklyn

Mold spores are everywhere inside buildings in Brooklyn, waiting for the right conditions to multiply and infest a room, inside walls, and under sinks inside cabinets. Mold spores need moisture, an organic food source, and warm locations. All of these conditions are available in our homes and commercial buildings.

SERVPRO provides mold removal services in Brooklyn and surrounding areas. Consumers can avoid mold growth by removing all moisture sources and keeping the immediate area dry and clean. Even with your best efforts, mold colonies can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after a water leak. Mold grows quickly, contaminating the surfaces in the area and releasing a strong, musty smell. This smell is the first indication of a mold problem for many consumers.

Our mold removal technicians can be onsite in less than four hours from your call. After they have evaluated the situation, the first step is to remove the source of the moisture. They also remove contaminated materials and contents that cannot be cleaned and restored. In severe infestations, they may need to use controlled demolition techniques to remove ceiling tiles, drywall, and flooring materials. Everything is bagged in place before being cleared to avoid the transfer of mold-contaminated particles to other areas of the building.

Once contaminated materials have been removed, the area is dried, disinfected, and cleaned before being restored. SERVPRO can help with restoration after contaminated materials have been removed. Our construction contractor license Residential: 2015353DCA and Mold Remediation: 00055 allows us to provide our clients with a complete range of reconstruction services.

SERVPRO provides the following services:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Black mold damage removal
  • Bathroom and basement mold remediation and removal

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Brooklyn for mold removal and restoration services. We provide service to Brooklyn and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (718) 522-4400.

We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Brooklyn Home

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO air mover being used in water damaged room The team began clean up procedures quickly and used proper equipment for drying. We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate and call us right away.

Not One, But Two Floors of Water Removal and Cleanup in Brooklyn

Surprise water damage events are overwhelming for homeowners, even more so when the indoor disaster affects not one but two floors.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive to perform water removal at Brooklyn homes, they scope the property to find anywhere the water migrated. In cases where the water spill event encompasses two floors, the cleanup is even more challenging.

Controlled Demolition Tactics

When water affects multiple floors of a home, extraction and thorough drying must occur within the floor joists to prevent costly future issues such as mold, weakening of the building materials, or foul odors. Controlled demolition techniques such as weep holes or removal of sections of sheetrock to increase the amount of airflow work to ensure complete drying of the affected areas.

Professional Drying Techniques

Consumer-grade fans generally can only dry surfaces. The centrifugal air movers blast warm, dry air into the water-affected areas and cause the embedded moisture left behind after water extraction to rise. SERVPRO technicians choose different types of dehumidifying equipment to capture the water vapor and remove it from the area.

Restoration of Upholstered Furnishings

Water from a floor above often winds up in the carpet or upholstered furnishings in the room below. SERVPRO water removal equipment has specialized attachments such as weighted extractor heads that push water out of porous items. To keep home disruption to a minimum, they can dry fabric-covered furniture in place and have the skill to avoid stains on the carpet or residual spotting on the upholstery.

Reconstruction Services Lessen Stress

After completion of the water damage cleanup efforts, SERVPRO technicians give the homeowner a report that serves the dual purpose of assisting in expediting any insurance claims and also details the nature of the repairs necessary to return the home to its preloss condition. They have a general contractor's license #2015353DCA, so they can offer restoration and reconstruction services.

The faster water removal happens, the more opportunity to lessen damage to the home and its contents. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn at (718) 522-4400 when you need a quick turnaround on cleanup and restoration services to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Repair and Restoration in Williamsburg

8/6/2022 (Permalink)

tech, vacuuming flooded floor in basement Our SERVPRO technicians clean and disinfect Black Water following flooding in a Williamsburg home.

Need Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Williamsburg? - Call SERVPRO

While storms can cause extensive flooding in Williamsburg, they can also bring trees down on your home, damage the roof, break windows and even puncture holes in the walls. These are all potential entry points for rainwater and flood waters to enter your home, causing added damage to your home's structure and contents.

SERVPRO provides Williamsburg properties flood damage repair and restoration services, including the surrounding areas. Emergency response teams can place tarps over holes in the roof, board up broken windows and doors and remove floodwater from your home utilizing high-capacity pumps. We also supply portable generators to run portable pumps, and there are high-capacity truck-mounted pumps available to our teams.

Many personal items and contents are exposed to flood waters and rainwater seeping into your home. Flood waters bring bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and debris into the house. Even rainwater seeping through the ceiling onto carpets and fabrics can make removing stains and carrying bacteria into your home difficult.

SERVPRO cleans, disinfects, and dries every item whenever possible. Our clients appreciate the restore vs. replace approach followed by our restoration experts, saving time and expense. As your contents are cleaned and dried, they are placed in a secure area until they can be returned.

Quick action by SERVPRO can also reduce secondary damage to flooring, walls, and contents. Water and high humidity levels allowed to linger can damage some items beyond repair. Floors and furniture absorb moisture and swell, causing warping and loss of structural integrity. SERVPRO can be on-site in less than four hours from your call.

We provide the following services to our clients in Williamsburg:

  • Floodwater clean up
  • Flood restoration
  • Ceiling and roof repairs from storms

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn for flood damage restoration services. We provide service to Williamsburg and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call 718) 522-4400.