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Fire Damage Restoration Processes for Queens Properties

5/24/2024 (Permalink)

caution tape at fire scene SERVPRO techs cautiously clean up fire and smoke-damaged properties in Queens. Here to Help®

Procedural Approaches to Resolve Fire Damage

Even if you have never been to Queens, NY, you have probably seen some of its beautiful neighborhoods on TV and in films like Goodfellas, Spider-Man, and Coming to America, filmed there. Its cultural diversity is legendary, with people from over 100 countries speaking over 138 languages. One advantage of such cultural divergence is the diverse food scene, which ranges from Chinese to Greek cuisine. The borough has renowned cultural institutions such as the Queens Museum, which is popular for housing a scale model of New York City. The Moving Image Museum in Astoria houses Art, History, Digital Media, and Technology of film artifacts. 

When an incident necessitates fire damage restoration at your Queens premises, planning it elaborately can save you frustrations and costs associated with such situations. SERVPRO® provides technical assistance to ensure you sail through fire incidents conveniently. 

Essential restoration steps

  • Structural integrity evaluation
  • Addressing smoke damage 
  • Resolving water damage
  • Electrical system evaluation
  • Managing environmental hazards

The flames and intense heat can compromise the structure by deeply charring supports or compromising utilities. A thorough inspection is necessary before attempting other restoration procedures to guarantee the safety of those entering the premises and to identify items that need replacement. SERVPRO crews have handy inspection tools, including char gauges and rebound hammers. 

Smoke damage and water damage are typical after fire incidents since smoke spreads everywhere and significant water is used to quell the flames. Our technicians evaluate the type and extent of soot left, determining the necessary cleaning procedures and products. For the moisture, dehumidifiers and, in some cases, water extractors help restore dryness. 

Sometimes, fire creates hazards that may expose you to dangerous materials or electrical shock. Such outcomes occur when flames expose asbestos and hazardous chemicals or melt the insulation covering electric cables. 

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood is a reliable fire damage restoration service that you can rely on when your property is affected. Call (718) 381-3702.

The Art of Water Restoration for Queens Floor Assemblies

3/26/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech using a moisture meter for standing water on hardwood floors. When your Queens home has water damage, you need the help of SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment for every size disaster.

SERVPRO® Helps Identify Water Damage in Queens Homes

Queens, NY, has various landmarks that honor its deep-rooted history and cultural legacy. The renowned Queens Museum in the historic New York City Building displays diverse artwork and artifacts that commemorate the borough's dynamic cultural diversity. Additionally, landmarks such as the Louis Armstrong House Museum, dedicated to preserving the jazz legend's heritage, and the tranquil Queens Botanical Garden offer a peaceful retreat amidst the bustling urban environment. Queens is a melting pot of entrepreneurial spirit. Its diverse neighborhoods are dotted with businesses, including Queens Place Mall, Queens Convenience and Gift Shop, and Jamaica Colosseum Mall.

Comprehending floor assemblies is essential in water restoration for Queens Homes as it enables restoration experts to pinpoint the materials and structures impacted by water infiltration and formulate suitable restoration plans. SERVPRO crews take immediate steps to mitigate further water damage, such as extracting standing water, drying the area, and removing damaged materials. Restoration efforts may vary depending on the extent of the damage, with potential tasks including repairing or replacing affected flooring materials.

A floor assembly encompasses elements like

  • Subflooring
  • Padding
  • Floor finishes like carpet or hardwood and engineered flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring resembles solid hardwood in appearance but is crafted from several layers of thin wood bonded together. Its surface features a thin veneer that is prefinished at the factory, including staining and sealing by the manufacturer. SERVPRO crews inspect for slight swelling of the edges of the boards, which is irreversible. SERVPRO crew performs drying when only a tiny section within an extensive, open area experiences water damage.

Subfloor Water Damage Restoration

The subflooring is the foundational support beneath the surface flooring material, such as hardwood, tile, or carpet. It comes in various materials like plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), particleboard, MDF, or concrete. Damage from water can undermine the subfloor's structural stability, resulting in problems like warping, expansion, or decay. Engineered wood subflooring materials, including plywood and oriented strand board (OSB), offer excellent durability. We use a penetrating moisture meter to determine if moisture has permeated the materials. We can gauge the moisture levels at different depths within the materials with a hammer-probe attachment. To dry, we typically employ air movers and dehumidifiers.

Prompt drying prevents many problems;

  • Delamination
  • Disintegration
  • Swelling, warping, and buckling

SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood ensures effective water restoration. Call us at (718) 381-3702. Faster to any size disaster™.

Migrating Mold Damage in Queens Basements

1/19/2024 (Permalink)

wall removed from water and mold damage Water and moisture invite mold damage into your Queens home and basement. SERVPRO can remove these unwanted guests. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO® Remediates Mold Infestations

Mold can rapidly spread to other parts of your home if the conditions are right. It grows in damp places and can be hard to detect. A wet basement can affect the rest of your home. So, it's important to address mold issues immediately to prevent it from spreading.

Overcoming mold damage in a Queens basement is about understanding how to contain the organisms. Spores, microscopic seeds, are carried by air and circulated to other house areas via the HVAC ducts. This movement also happens when warmer air rises (pushed up by cooler air), so they are carried to the higher floors of the house. Spores attach themselves to clothing, fabrics, and skin. Therefore, traffic in and out of this lower level likely carries the spores to other rooms.

Removing Mold from Queens Basements

SERVPRO is the ultimate solution for mold remediation, removal, and repair needs. Our experienced professionals will immediately identify the mold's source and take corrective measures. We will evaluate the scope of the damage entirely by inspecting all the rooms in your house. If the problem is still limited to the basement, we will seal all the cracks in the foundation and fix any holes to prevent mold from spreading.

Our SERVPRO technicians take mold growth seriously. We replace and insulate the HVAC air filters and ducts if necessary to ensure your home or business is safe and mold-free. We work against future issues by treating:

  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Rafters
  • Joists
  • OSB Board

Experts to Help When You Need It

If you suspect mold growth in your crawlspaces or basement, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood, your trusted mold specialists for Queens and beyond. We offer 24/7 availability and can arrange a prompt inspection. Take action now and call us at (718) 381-3702 to keep your property safe and healthy.

SERVPRO Can Clean Up Flood Damage & Mitigate Your Queens Home

11/28/2023 (Permalink)

A row of houses with a storm brewing in the sky with the caption: "STORM DAMAGE CAN HAPPEN IN A FLASH" If you experience water damage after a storm in your Queens home, call SERVPRO. We're Faster to any size disaster™.

Flood Damage Requires Specific Safety Protocols

Flood damage is a nightmare for anyone. The sudden inundation of water can wreak havoc on your Queens property and cause extensive damage. Flooded homes develop serious problems that can pose dangers to cleanup workers.

SERVPRO® understands that storms can all too easily cause flood damage in Queens. Strict adherence to safety protocols throughout the restoration process ensures the well-being of our technicians. Our expertise and unwavering commitment to safety protocols protect us as we clean up the mess and restore your home so it's "Like it never even happened."

Here's how SERVPRO follows strict safety protocols to protect both cleanup specialists and homeowners as we clean and restore your property:

  • Wearable gear,
  • Controlling contamination, and
  • Improving air quality.

Everyone on our team has their own fitted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). SERVPRO technicians understand the importance of wearing PPE and how it helps create a safe working environment. Our PPE includes gloves, masks, goggles, and Tyvek suits. Each piece helps minimize harm from potential hazards and contaminants present in the floodwater.

When flooding happens, it is easy for contamination to spread from one area to another location. To control cross-contamination, we use physical barriers and specialized equipment. Wherever possible, our machinery includes a HEPA filtration system. Together, these isolate contaminated areas.

Adequate ventilation is crucial during flood damage restoration. It facilitates the removal of excess moisture. SERVPRO uses powerful but efficient devices like industrial-grade air movers, desiccant machines, and dehumidifiers. These create stable streams of airflow within your home. They also significantly speed up the drying process. Dry, moving air also prevents the growth of destructive microbes.

These and other methods help SERVPRO technicians work more safely while increasing their efficiency. Storms are chaotic. A primary characteristic is their ability to flood a neighborhood. SERVPRO's specialists work in an orderly, calm fashion, which helps our customers make sense of the current situation.

When flooding threatens your home, call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood at (718) 878-4365.

SERVPRO Takes Care of Commercial Water Damage in Queens

11/24/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of water suction tools with cation: "WE'RE FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER" If your business has water damage in Queens, call SERVPRO. We're Here to Help® 24/7.

Need Commercial Water Damage Cleanup in Queens – Call SERVPRO®

One of the most important decisions you can make when facing water leaks at your commercial property in Queens is to call for help with cleanup  immediately. While many commercial owners and their employees will get to work mopping up water, they need the appropriate tools to thoroughly remove all water and moisture. Remaining water and moisture can cause even more water damage, leading to secondary problems with mold and structural degradation.

SERVPRO provides water damage cleanup and repair services in Queens. Our services are available 24/7, and we can be on-site in less than four hours to help remove water moisture and protect the contents and structure of your commercial property. 

Property owners and managers of commercial buildings should immediately endeavor to shut off the water supply to control the water inflow. Simultaneously, have someone call SERVPRO to arrange for our team to mobilize. Assess the damage to contents, rooms, and structure where possible. 

Let SERVPRO know what type of emergency there is and any details about the building, amount of water, affected areas, and any information that will help us prepare. This information aids in deploying the right equipment to arrive at your commercial building. Our team will assess the situation and get to work!

Additional tips for owners and employees to consider include:

  • Beware of live electrical devices and associated wiring to avoid electrical shock
  • Avoid using any electrical equipment in the affected area
  • Turn off electrical circuits to the affected area when possible
  • Stay out of rooms if the ceiling is wet or sagging

SERVPRO will remove excess water and moisture and dry all contents and structures to avoid subsequent water damage from mold and absorption by porous materials

Call the commercial water damage cleanup and repair specialists at SERVPRO of Forest Hills, Ridgewood, and nearby areas for assistance. SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster™ 24/7. Call (718) 381-3702.

Damaged or Faulty Pipework Necessitate Queens Water Restoration

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

An Old Pipe SERVPRO understands how important your business is. Let us help you out.

We Expertly Handle Queens’ Water Restoration Needs 

As one of America’s first heavily settled areas, Queens hosts some of the oldest buildings in the nation. An astounding number of these date back to the mid-to-late 1800s, but some were constructed well over three hundred years ago. Local business owners should consider this when leasing or buying commercial facilities and prepare for potential issues related to old, degraded piping.

SERVPRO is exceedingly experienced in performing water restoration work on Queens’ historic buildings. Our emergency water damage services teams have routinely located and repaired ceiling leaks and burst pipes. Moreover, they have also completed any water damage repairs necessary to return businesses to their normal operations. It is important to remember that pipe-related problems can arise from a number of ordinary, everyday situations. Some of these particular circumstances include:

  • Defective piping that has bad, leaky connections because it was constructed with cheap materials or was done by low-skilled workers
  • Metal and plastic pipe failures resulting from age-related corrosion or brittleness
  • Ruptured pipework is caused by freezing and thawing cycles that either cause pipes to burst immediately or weaken them over time until they eventually fail
  • Pressure-producing clogs and blockages arising from accumulations of mineral deposits, grease, and remnants of everyday wastes
  • Excessive water pressure that exceeds a pipe network’s design limits and causes parts of it to leak or burst
  • Construction or renovation mishaps that accidentally damage pipes in structural elements like ceilings, walls, and flooring

Armed with knowledge, it becomes much easier to know where to anticipate possible plumbing issues in your commercial establishment.

With that said, if your shop, store, restaurant, or hotel ever suffers a water event, remember that your friends at SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood can help. Contact us anytime for all of your water restoration needs. We are ready for your call at (718) 381-3702.

Experts for Water Restoration in Queens Residences

4/25/2023 (Permalink)

Wet floor in a hallway Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood immediately to respond to your emergency! Our crew is standing by 24/7.

Psychrometry to Improve Water Restoration Speed

Drying up a home or apartment in the city takes more than having the equipment to meet the demand. Therefore, we educate our SERVPRO field team in psychrometry or the behavior of water in disaster situations. An understanding of this topic is critical for effective and efficient restoration practices. 

Understanding the Behavior of Water 

Water restoration for Queens homes hinges significantly on understanding how water behaves in specific situations. Environmental factors, impacted materials, and the volume of water can all play an essential part in how we prepare to overcome the impact of water moving and migrating through a residence. The principles of psychrometry include the following: 

  • Wet Goes to Dry - One of the clearest examples of psychrometry is water migration to the dry materials around it. Pooling water continually spreads as long as possible, making containment vital in managing drying zones. 
  • Hot Goes to Cold - Temperature plays an essential factor in the drying process, so when the heat of an area is moving to find cooler spaces, the drying process slows. Regulating temperature is vital to dry wet rooms effectively. 
  • High Pressure Seeks Low Pressure - Wet materials have a higher pressure than the dry air around these impacted elements. Evaporation pushes high pressure to these low-pressure regions, raising the humidity.  

Using Psychrometry to Speed Up Drying

We can better establish an effective and efficient recovery solution by understanding what to expect from water and how the structure responds to the drying processes. For example, knowing how humidity and trapped moisture migrate in the household, we can manipulate conditions to promote continual and steady evaporative drying. 

Our educated and experienced SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood team can help with end-to-end water damage cleanup and drying. Call us at (718) 381-3702.

Skilled Fire Damage Restoration for Queens Property Owners

3/30/2023 (Permalink)

soot covering a white tile floor When your Queens home has fire damage, you need to bring in an experienced company with effective equipment. Contact SERVPRO right away!

24/7 Fire Damage Assistance from SERVPRO Gets Results in Queens

Kitchen fires, electrical fires, a blaze started by an unattended candle or cigarette – all fire emergencies result in damage on some level. How you act and proceed determines what the outcome will be as far as fire restoration. SERVPRO is there 24/7 for all fire restoration needs, including removing charred debris, drying any water or moisture, and handling smoke remediation. We get the job done so that you can get back to your home and life as usual quickly – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why hire professionals to handle fire damage in Queens? One reason is that smoke is inescapable with any fire. Once you have smoke and fire-charred debris on your property, significant damage may be present. No matter how the fire started, how far it reached, or how it got extinguished, some of the damage you may be up against includes:

  • Structural damage
  • Broken stairs
  • Charred contents and furnishings
  • Discoloration on various surfaces
  • Damage to appliances and electronics
  • Scorched building materials, fixtures, and cabinetry
  • Saturated materials from chemicals or water used to douse the flames
  • Etching or pitting on materials like glass, metals, and stainless steel

We Have IICRC-Certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT)

When it comes to property restorations, you want nobody but the best. Fire restoration is no different except that specialized training is necessary to handle the hazards that come with all fire-related projects. Our IICRC training helps us know and understand the risks involved and how to address the safety of your building throughout the job. 

Fire-Related Restoration Risks:

Contrary to what many people may think, fire risks do not end once the flames are out. Soot and smoke remaining and soiling your interior leave a pungent and unsightly reminder of what took place. Because remaining residues and fire-damaged materials can be harmful, our crew wears personal protection equipment (PPE) for our safety during the house fire cleanup and restoration.

Several household items do not burn clean, including:

  • Food items (proteins)
  • Foam
  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Textiles
  • Chemicals/cleaners

Other elements that may get caught up in invisible soot particles during a fire include asbestos fibers, tar, formaldehyde, and ammonia. This is why our crew chief does a thorough inspection and testing during the assessment phase, so we know how to proceed with the cleaning and restoration throughout each affected area of your property. 

Why Detailed Assessment Matters for All Restoration Projects

Anyone with an untrained eye may sift through charred possessions and declare many items worthless. Not only that, but there are a lot of hazards that homeowners or business owners may not know about. A professional assessment helps minimize risk and loss so that the team can move through recovery procedures. Cautious disposal cuts back on possible risks and allows many more items to get salvaged. 

How Does SERVPRO Handle the Pungent Odors from Soot And Smoke Residue?

We have odor control technicians (OCT) on our team who understand best practices for eliminating even the toughest odors. With the top equipment in our industry, we can move through each room to break down odorous particulates and leave everything smelling fresh and clean. Some of the equipment you may see us using includes ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, thermal foggers, air scrubbers, and products like deodorizing granules and pellets.

Let us assist with your fire damage needs, including working with your insurance provider to facilitate your fire restoration claim. SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood can be reached by dialing (718) 381-3702, or you can request help online.

Water Damage to Any Queens Property Calls for Skilled Restoration

3/30/2023 (Permalink)

drying equipment and tarp over a water damaged hardwood floor Water can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact SERVPRO for water damage mitigation in your Queens home.

SERVPRO Helps Queens Home and Business Owners with Water Damage

Hiring a water restoration professional generates the best result when you experience damage brought on by flash flooding or burst pipes from an upstairs bathroom. A significant amount of damage can come from water infiltration, especially if it seeps into your building materials, behind walls, and saturates your belongings. SERVPRO features franchises nationwide, including Disaster Ready crews available for dispatch as needed during emergencies. You can always look to us to help at your commercial and residential property for all your water restoration needs!

It would help if you took action promptly to reduce water damage in Queens. While some people wish to try the do-it-yourself way by cleaning up water with a mop and bucket or shop vac, skilled technicians know how to limit the loss, locate hidden moisture, and perform specialized cleaning to get the results you deserve.

SERVPRO Wants Area Customers to Know the Benefits of Hiring Our Skilled Team

Advanced Equipment

Our Green Fleet arrives filled with the best tools and equipment that allow our technicians to handle water removal services and water damage repair with ease. Some of the pieces we have readily available include:

  • Wet/dry vacuums
  • Submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Moisture detection tools; sensors, meters, and thermal imaging
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filters
  • Injecti-dry system
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

Highly-Trained Staff

We take pride in keeping our team staffed by trained and IICRC-certified technicians ready to handle the whole gamut of restorations – water, fire, mold, and biohazard cleanup. Our team takes the necessary time to ensure everything gets done correctly, informing you through each step. We also work as a liaison with your insurance provider to assist with your water damage claim. 

Save Time and Money

You might be surprised to know how long DIY efforts can take to adequately address water damage, whether commercial or residential, regardless of the size and scope of the project. Opting to hire skilled technicians with proven processes in place allows for:

  • Rapidly remove the water before it has the chance to migrate and cause secondary damage
  • Ensure drying gets done in tandem with water removal services to help us achieve our overall goals
  • Restore versus replace – meaning we do whatever we can to salvage contents and building materials to save money on your project

Mold Mitigation and Cleaning

Where there is any water-related incident within your property, there stands a chance that moisture creates the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Depending on how long water was left standing in your Queens property, our team may have to begin mold remediation to ensure safety with proper cleaning. We have EPA-registered cleaning solutions and antimicrobials that help us clean, disinfect, and sanitize all surfaces.

When is Controlled Demolition Necessary?

Controlled demolition gets performed by trusted area contractors so that we can ensure your property gets left “Like it never even happened.” If you have saturated drywall that is swelling, warped, or crumbling, we will need to remove it to replace it with all-new drywall. When floodwater only impacts some drywall, we may perform flood cuts a few inches above the saturated and unsalvageable portion. New drywall gets installed and finished with paint or wallpaper for a seamless look. 

We also consider any saturated carpeting, tile, hardwood, and subfloor that may call for replacement or repair. It all boils down to water damage being no match for a trained team of restoration technicians, which you will find when you put SERVPRO in your corner. 

Do you have water damage that requires attention? Call SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood at (718) 381- 3702. We can have a team there within hours to begin the inspection, water removal, and drying!

Safe, Effective Mold Damage Cleanup for Queens Property Owners

3/30/2023 (Permalink)

employee setting up a containment barrier in a mold damaged home Mold damage should be addressed with rapid haste to prevent further spread. Call SERVPRO in Queens, and our technicians can investigate the situation.

Contact SERVPRO in Queens for Commercial or Residential Mold Damage

Why not handle black mold and mildew on your own? Many people think they can buy mold removers or wipe away visible mold they find within their Queens property. However, there are hidden dangers with mold infestations that call for the help of trained restoration technicians. There is the potential for structural damage that can occur if mold colonization gets worse. SERVPRO is there for mold remediation to feel confident that you can breathe easily again!

But why choose SERVPRO for mold damage in Queens? You might be amazed at how people are unaware of best practices for handling mold. Not only that, but property owners also have to consider how the mold growth began. After the mold has the chance to start colonizing, it may spread rapidly in as little as 48 hours. 

A Few Things Everyone Should Know About Mold

When you hear about a product or company that says mold removal is possible. It is not. Because mold is all around us - on our clothing, outside in our environment, and in the air, a complete removal is impossible. However, SERVPRO’s skilled team understands all the properties of mold, including proven methods for cleanup, to help you get back on track and your property free of the issue in very little time. Things to remember:

  • Countless types of mold are present all around us
  • Microscopic mold spores are not visible to the naked eye
  • Mold is located both outdoors and inside all buildings
  • Itty bitty mold spores can make their way into your living space on your clothing, attached to your pets, and through the windows or HVAC system

You may want to have a professional mold inspection and testing done in some instances. This gets followed up by our SERVPRO team handling cleanup and remediation so that you can get the spore count back to baseline levels within your home or commercial property. Our team also addresses the source that brought on the mold problem during any mold project so that it does not come right back. This means our technicians determine where the moisture came from – it could be excessive moisture because of poor ventilation, a hidden plumbing leak, or a water spill that was not thoroughly dried. The problem gets fixed so our technicians can move forward to handle mold cleanup with precision and care.

How Do I Know Mold is There?

Because you may not see the mold does not mean your property is free of it. Should you notice musty odors, the chances are high that mold has begun to colonize somewhere. You may also have an issue should you have 45% or higher humidity levels, which means there could be mold just about anywhere – under bathroom cabinets, within your carpeting, and in various tight spaces. 

After our Green Fleet arrives at your door, inspection and containment begin. We put up containment barriers and use negative pressure in the area where mold is suspected so we can keep the spores from traveling. Our equipment consists of specialized air scrubbers with onboard HEPA filtration to pull tiny spores out of the air.

Contents Handling and Cleaning Following Our Protocols

Mold infestation impacts more than your structural components and building materials. There could also be spores multiplying on your personal belongings and furniture. Our team knows how to handle mold on surfaces such as:

  • Artwork
  • Furniture
  • Keepsakes
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • Books and more

Whether you have questions about mold damage or need to schedule a crew to help at your house or commercial property, you can count on SERVPRO of Forest Hills/Ridgewood to get the job done right the first time. Reach us by dialing (718) 381-3702, and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”