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Cleaning and Restoring Fire Damage in Staten Island Homes

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

Severely fire damaged living room with the caption “Faster to any size disaster” We're Faster To Any Size Disaster so that we can limit the fire damage to our Staten Island neighbors' homes.

The Full Spectrum of Fire Damage Recovery

After a fire damages your home, there is more to recovering this impact on your property than removing the surface damage you can see. It is essential to begin emergency services as soon as possible, which makes our 24/7 availability critical in fire recovery efforts. Once extinguishment completes, we can work directly with you to prioritize specific services that protect your home and what you value most. Some of these early services will include:

  • Debris cleanup
  • Water removal
  • Air filtration
  • Emergency repairs
  • Content cleaning and relocation

Because there are many levels of cleaning fire damage in Staten Island homes, you may believe that multiple contractors or experienced professionals are necessary. The knowledge and expertise of the certified technicians on our roster help with each aspect of this complicated and intricate recovery.

The Mitigation Your Home Needs

The most critical element of the restoration service we provide for homes after fires are meant to mitigate loss. Fires rapidly spread through a structure, impacting hundreds of surfaces and contents. Mitigation is intended to keep this situation from worsening while restoration begins. Two key elements of this phase of restoration are debris removal, which can help to lessen soot concentrations and offensive malodors, and removing water used in the extinguishment process that might cause greater harm.

Trusted for Insurance Recovery Work

You are unlikely to face fire damage in your home without involving your insurance provider. This adjuster will need to work with our restoration team to set their expectations and approve a damage claim based on our estimations and recovery plan. Our professionals provide key services to help:

  • Claims Inventory – This service is meant to catalog the condition of contents in harm’s way. We determine the salvageability of personal belongings and document when materials and items cannot be restored.
  • Estimation – Our professionals create a detailed plan noting the hours involved, equipment necessary, and expected completion. This documentation expedites the damage claim approval process.
  • Restoration Plan – We create a custom restoration plan based on your property and its needs. We continually communicate with the insurance adjuster and the customer to keep everyone informed about progress and changing conditions.

The Truth About Soot

One of the first recognizable signs of damage after a fire will be several surfaces and contents coated with a black residue. Partial combustion creates soot, a carcinogenic product that becomes a formidable obstacle in fire restoration. We have multiple solutions for removing surface deposits, ranging from solvents and detergents to more complex abrasive cleaning. Our decision in these tactics varies based on the type of smoke damage present, such as:

  • Wet Smoke
  • Dry Smoke
  • Grease Residues

Deodorizing Products That Can Help

The burning of materials also creates another challenging hurdle for post fire cleanup. Offensive smells impact more than the open air in the spaces most heavily damaged by burning. The gaseous form of smoke during the spread of the fire allows these odors to penetrate porous materials, requiring similar deodorization practices to neutralize and address. We have multiple odor removal approaches ranging from fogging to oxidation.

The Repairs a Home Might Need

Your home may face few fire damage incidents that do not require repairs or reconstruction. With a general contractor license, our professionals can manage these needs as they arise. From early controlled demolition to reach damaged areas or prevent structure collapse to replacing removed materials at the end of the restoration period, we have a team of contracting specialists ready to help.

Experience fire damage restoration is only a phone call away. Reach out to our trusted SERVPRO of Northern Staten Island team today at (718) 750-9455.

SERVPRO Approaches to Water Damage in Staten Island Homes

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee hand holding the top of a water extraction tool Rapid water extraction can mitigate the damage to Staten Island homes. SERVPRO says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our Quick Response to Water Damage

Water damage incidents can occur without warning, from a burst pipe to a broken hose from a water-fed appliance in your kitchen or laundry room. These disasters rapidly spread through a structure, impacting multiple rooms of your home and creating a threatening situation opposing threats of structural deterioration, mold development, and other concerns.

  • Drying
  • Extraction
  • Content cleanup
  • Repairs and rebuilding
  • Removing odors

The Phases and Focuses of Water Damage Recovery

Professional cleanup of water damage in Staten Island homes and businesses involves several phases and stages. Our prompt response to emergencies allows us to begin needed emergency services as soon as we arrive. Some of our professionals' first actions include managing damaged contents and personal belongings, relocating them to a safe space, or providing a staging area for cleaning these items on-site. We can thoroughly inspect your household to determine the most efficient restoration and recovery solutions to get life back to normal.

Water Removal Services

When our technicians arrive at a home with standing water, the most urgent priority is removing this pooling water and assessing the damage to the materials impacted. Our inventory has multiple extraction tools and equipment, ranging from powerful truck-mounted extractors to smaller, more manageable submersible pumps and wet vacuums.

Thorough and Quick Drying

Drying is a universal need for damaged homes. Water can quickly migrate into building materials and structural cavities, making efficient drying practices critical in the recovery of your home. Certain tools are vital in this effort:

  • Centrifugal Air Movers

Airflow is necessary to ventilate a moist area of the house and allow for surface evaporation of wet materials. Centrifugal air movers are among the most commonly used tools for this purpose.

  • Portable Heaters

One of the drying principles is managing and adjusting the temperature of the affected space. Portable heaters can introduce warmer temperatures that promote more efficient evaporation.

  • Moisture Management

Another vital element of effective drying is our use of dehumidifiers and other moisture management tools. Humidity is a significant concern when regulating water damage; these tools collect moisture from the environment for removal.

  • Drying Mats

Special drying equipment like mats is needed to manage moisture and water trapped in surfaces like wood plank flooring. We set these units up to pull water up from the subflooring before molecules bond with the cellulose of the wood and distort the installed planks permanently.

Preventing the Threat of Mold

Water damage often leads to other threats and risks to your structure and well-being, such as mold growth. We have effective means of cleaning up these colonies and protecting the hosting material from permanent ruin when possible. Our remediation is a multi-faceted approach at the tail of our water restoration efforts:

  • Sporicidal Agents – Our team uses proprietary products to eliminate mold spores on surfaces and provide a protective coating against future colonization.
  • Managing Moisture – Depending on the materials affected, we might recommend more permanent moisture management in the form of sump pumps, dehumidifiers, or other solutions.
  • Inhibiting Long-Term Growth – Stopping recurring mold is another key to effectively managing this post-water damage threat. Through repairs and inhibiting products, we can stall new growth.

There is little time to waste when contending with water damage threats to your home or business. Thousands of water damage claims occur every year, making the prompt response of SERVPRO of Northern Staten Island critical to protect what matters most to homeowners. We are ready 24/7 with experienced technicians and state-of-the-art equipment and products. Call us at (718) 750-9455.

Early Steps for Mold Damage Remediation in Staten Island Homes

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

an employee using a moisture meter to test a mold damaged wall Call SERVPRO to inspect for and remediate mold in your Staten Island Dwelling. "Like it never even happened."

Our Remediation Team Helps After Mold Damage

Mold accounts for a large percentage of Damage claims for residences every year. The discovery of mold in your home can be alarming and overwhelming, especially when you are unsure how widespread this threat has become. Worse still, many homeowners may need to recognize a developing issue that might warrant contacting professional remediation companies like ours to help.

 Mold damage in your Staten Island home is more likely than you might believe. Any prolonged moisture exposure to organic building materials and contents can create favorable conditions for microbial growth. In many cases, the discovery of mold occurs after the Organism has spread through many building materials out of sight.

Some signs can help you diagnose when SERVPRO remediation specialists get involved:

  • Recurring Moisture – Are you dealing with moisture or damp spots that linger for prolonged periods? Wet materials are attractive to mold colonies and could be a sign of an issue even if you have not yet seen mold growth.
  • Irregular Spots on Surfaces – When colonies form, you can sometimes see the initial growth forming as spots on the material. These can be a variety of colors and shapes, so any discoloration or splotches should be treated with caution.
  • Musty Smells – Sometimes you will notice a developing mold colony by its smell. Active growth emits strong, musty odors that can spread farther than the colony. The scent of mold can be a powerful precursor to rapidly spreading damage.
  • Deteriorating Materials – Keep an eye on materials in mold-prone areas of the house. Even growth in wall cavities ultimately shows on the surface through material degradation and crumbling.

Our Remediation Process

Remediation is a combination of several actions. We must first work to contain the damaged areas to prevent spores from spreading through pathways like the HVAC system or structural openings. Constructing physical barriers is the most effective method of preventing this movement.

Multiple approaches are suitable when it comes to removing the mold damage found in your house. Depending on the severity and materials affected, we begin by cleaning the surface where possible to preserve and salvage the hosting material. More aggressive remediation tactics are sometimes necessary, including sanding and dry ice blasting.

  • Managing the Moisture Threat – It is imperative to address the underlying cause of mold damage, which is the presence of moisture. We resolve structural vulnerabilities or install proper ventilation in rooms that have become mold-prone.
  • Addressing Foul Odors – We must address harsh smells created by active mold colonies. Even after the mold is removed, these smells will persist. We use multiple deodorization practices to address these concerns, from fogging to hydroxyl generators.
  • Rebuilding the Damage – Our experienced team can also begin rebuilding and reconstructing any removed portions of drywall and building materials affected by mold.

Once the Mold Damage Gets Removed

Even with the initial mold threat resolved, more action is needed to protect your property in the future. Many of the surface cleaning solutions we apply can act as inhibiting barriers to stall microbial production. Additional safeguards, such as mold-resistant paint, may be applicable during repairs or reconstruction.

You do not have to deal with mold damage for long. We have experienced remediators ready to help when you discover colonies forming in your house. SERVPRO of Northern Staten Island can help with every facet of recovery and cleanup, from removal to repair. Call us when you suspect mold for a professional inspection at (718) 750-9455.

Fire Damage in Staten Island Doesn't Mean You Must Move or Sell

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

Bedroom After A fire The first step to resolving fire damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Staten Island.

We Won't Let Fire Damage Ruin Your Family's Future

A house fire in Staten Island can create terrible destruction in areas without any flames because intense heat can occur without a fire burning in that area. SERVPRO handles all kinds of fire damage, including the restoration of belongings and the rebuilding of structures with our streamlined services.

SERVPRO understands the tremendous and devastating impact a house fire can have on a family in Staten Island. Our fire damage experience can make the aftermath less stressful for your loved ones. Our team shares relevant local resources with families facing disasters affecting their homes, minimizing the event's effect. 

Here are some of the ways we reduce the effects caused by fire:

  • Ensuring you make the decisions regarding cherished items
  • Cleaning, deodorizing and rebuilding

Floating ash can damage blankets, upholstered furnishings, and plastic toys if it is still hot when it lands on these items. For items that cannot be restored after such damage occurs, we set them aside so you can decide regarding these belongings. We can arrange for specialists to restore things such as electronics, oil paintings, and other fragile belongings. For special mementos, we understand that even in a damaged state, they might still be irreplaceable.

Other steps we take to ensure you and your family can once again call your house 'home' include removing the soot and any destroyed structural elements. Thermal fogging helps eliminate traces of soot and its ability to cause heavy odors. Other methods are used as applicable. The changes we make to your home's interior leave new walls and ceilings where there were once blackened streaks of soot, elevating your hopes for the future and diminishing your family's stress. 

After a fire, call SERVPRO of Northern Staten Island at (718) 750-9455 for the dependable and caring professional restoration team your family deserves.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Water Damage Restoration in Staten Island

2/6/2023 (Permalink)

submersible pump SERVPRO techs swiftly extract pooling water and dry out your Staten Island dwelling--"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Fast and Efficient Service Saves Staten Island Homes from Water Damage

Water damage to your Statin Island home can be devastating, whether from a ceiling leak, burst pipes, or faulty plumbing. It is essential to act quickly to prevent further damage and restore your property to its preloss condition.

Restorers like SERVPRO use advanced technology and equipment to ensure that water damage to your Staten Island home is brought under control before it causes a lasting impact. Our IICRC-certified techs remove the standing water from your property as soon as possible, followed by drying out the structure.  

Type of Water Extraction Equipment We Use During Water Clean Up

Several types of water extraction equipment are available to remove the standing water from your flooded home. However, it is crucial to use the right kind of equipment for the best results. Depending on factors like how much water is present and from where it needs to be extracted, SERVPRO techs use the following water extraction equipment-

  • Portable extractors are small, compact machines that SERVPRO techs can quickly move to the affected area. These extractors work on electricity and are ideal when removing small amounts of water.
  • Truck-mounted extractors are Large machines mounted on a truck and can handle high volumes of water removal and operate on fuel from the truck.
  • Submersible pumps are designed for use in flooded basements and other deep-standing water areas that need a higher vertical lift.
  • Trash pumps are heavy-duty pumps designed specifically to remove water from large areas containing a lot of floating debris and sediment.

Deep Extraction Tools

Once the techs remove the standing water, they use deep extraction tools to remove water absorbed into the carpets. These devices squeeze the carpet and pad to extract the absorbed water and accelerate drying.

Call SERVPRO of Northern Staten Island at (718) 750-9455; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.