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Getting Your Business Back on Track After a Fire

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

When you’re dealing with fire damage to your Queens, NY, business, you should get back up and running as soon as possible. Completing the maze of paperwork, meeting with an insurance adjuster, and getting estimates on repairs can consume all of your time when all you really want to do is get back to work. Once the flames are out, take these steps to make your way through the process as efficiently as possible.

1. Call your insurance company as soon as possible. It should open a claim and send out an adjuster to evaluate the fire damage. Depending on your policy, it may also provide an up-front cash payment so you can hire a cleaning crew and/or restoration service to start making repairs.

2. Take pictures and document all the damage you can. Do this only after the fire department says it’s safe for you to go back onto the property. Wear gloves and a breathing mask while you’re doing this.

3. Contact a professional company to help you start on the road to reopening. Often referred to as disaster restoration providers, these are specially trained teams that know how to put things back together structurally and cosmetically. They can even remove smoke odor, which is bad for your health and continues to damage surfaces if not cleaned properly right away.

4. Consider hiring a fire mitigation company once you’re up and running again. This is strongly recommended, especially if you’re in an industry with an above-average risk of fire, like handling flammable chemicals or working with materials at high temperatures. These consultants can evaluate your work flow and space and give you tips on how to avoid future fires. If you can find one company to do the cleanup, restoration, and mitigation, you can speed up the recovery process considerably.

Fire damage doesn’t have to be catastrophic to your Queens, NY, business. Now you know the right steps to take once the flames are out.

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The Items in Your Home That Are Susceptible to Mold

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

The Items in Your Home That Are Susceptible to Mold

Mold damage can occur just about anywhere. Every room of your house in Queens, NY, is a potential victim of mold growth because mold spores are in the air in every room. The bad news is that all organic material is susceptible to mold. The good news is that there are ways to lower the likelihood that a problem will occur.

1. Kitchen

The kitchen is a prime place for mold to grow. It often holds many of the things that mold loves, such as water sources, damp towels or washcloths, deteriorating food and steaming pots that cause condensation and possible water damage. You can protect your kitchen by washing and drying dishes and all surfaces after every meal. It is also a good idea to check the pipes under the sink for leaks on a regular basis.

2. Bathroom

Bathrooms are prone to mold damage, especially if they are not well ventilated. Hot showers create steam that lingers on walls and tile, inviting mildew growth. If the condensation has nowhere to go, mold spores may begin to cluster and grow. Leaky faucets or toilets can cause water damage that promotes mold growth. By repairing leaks in a timely manner and installing an exhaust fan to vent moist air outside, you can stop mold in its path.

3. Walls and Floors

Mold can sneak into floorboards and grow inside your walls. If a pipe bursts, causing extensive water damage, a mold problem can easily follow. Moisture not only warps hardwood floors but also makes them more vulnerable to a fungus infestation. Any time there is excess water in your home in Queens, NY, call remediation specialists immediately to resolve the issue and prevent extra damage from mold.

Almost every surface and item in your home is under potential threat of mold damage. You can lower your risk by cleaning frequently and keeping the moisture level of your home under control.

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Preventing Cigarette Damages

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Smokers are aware of the decline in public places in which they are permitted to puff, and many enjoy the fact that privately, they may still light up in their own homes if they choose. However, fires caused by cigarettes are still the most common type of fire in residential properties. Forming good fire safety habits when smoking can help you avoid starting a cigarette fire.

Fire Safety Basics for Smokers

• Smoking outside is the best way to prevent starting a residential cigarette fire. Remember to properly discard your cigarette remains when smoking outdoors, and never leave a lit cigarette unattended.
• Clean your ashtray to ensure embers from recently disposed cigarette butts do not ignite those that were previously disposed, as this may cause an ashtray fire. It is also best to keep ashtrays away from your home as well as flammable materials.
• Smoking near medical oxygen is dangerous and should never be done. The oxygen can explode in the presence of a flame or spark even if the tank is turned off.
• Linens and Mattresses are extremely flammable, and smoking in bed is never a good idea.

Removing the Odor of Smoke

If you’ve been smoking inside your home and would like to quit smoking or want to begin practicing fire safety techniques by smoking outside, the smoke odor in your home may become more apparent. Eventually, you may want to have this odor removed. Luckily, local Queens, NY, businesses that offer deodorization services may be able to assist you. Often, these experts do not solely specialize in odor removal, and they can also help with fire cleanup in the unfortunate event that a cigarette fire occurs in your home. Additionally, more than just deodorization may be necessary to fully remove the effects of previous indoor smoking. Yellowing from the cigarette smoke may be visible and require removal of paint or wallpaper as well.

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How to Prevent a Fire in your Home?

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Prevent a Fire in your Home? Board up job in Queens, NY

“I never thought it could happen to me,”

people often say after they are in a fire, hurricane, or other emergency or disaster. While you may take comfort thinking that an emergency will never happen, this thinking really is not very helpful. Instead, take control now by planning how you will prevent or manage in an emergency.  

Here are some ways that all people, including those with disabilities, can help prevent and prepare for fires and other disasters or emergencies. 

Fires at home: these are ways to prevent them. 

  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fire blanket
  • Rope/chain-link ladder
  • Fire safe box
  • Nonflammable material
  • Sprinkler system

Common fire hazards and ways to prevent them

  • Cooking
  • Space heaters
  • Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves
  • Electrical outlets, appliances and wiring
  • Trees, leaves, bushes, and other landscaping

Read more about this here.


How Much do you Know about Fire Prevention?

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Much do you Know about Fire Prevention? Smoke Alarms Save Lives in House Fires

Learn About Fire Safety 

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Think you know a lot about preventing Fires. Take the Quiz and see how much you actually know. 

Didn't score well? Take what you learned from the quiz and use it to make you home safer from starting a fire. 

Want to learn more about Fire Prevention?

These are all educational videos to explain fire prevention. 

This is a link to Fast Facts about Fires.

For Immediate Service in Your Neighborhood, Call SERVPRO

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage For Immediate Service in Your Neighborhood, Call SERVPRO Flooded Office in Queens, NY

SERVPRO of Ozone Park / Jamaica Bay provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. 

We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 347-233-2305

Residential Services

Whether your Queens home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Queens commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business


Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Commercial Carpet Cleaning Is Essential For Floors Flooded office needs carpets cleaned.

Carpet Cleaning Services for Commercial Clients

Thorough commercial carpet cleaning is the single best way to preserve and extend the life of carpeting, but proper treatment requires careful planning and extensive training. It’s the kind of training that a professional would receive through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional to integrate quality practices into their own firm.

But how much goes into proper commercial carpet cleaning? It starts with keeping soil and debris from entering the building to begin with. By placing entry mats in entrance and high traffic areas and maintaining the walking surfaces outside of the building, there will be less soil to deal with inside the building. Inside, frequent vacuuming is the first line of defense, and may be needed daily in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Vacuuming ensures deposited soil does not penetrate the deeply into the fibers and cause damage.

Spot and stain control is essential, even if the flooring is colored in a way to make stain detection difficult. Stains will degrade the integrity of the flooring and alter its texture, so professionals will have to respond quickly to any problem areas. Formulated detergents and targeted agitation will normally do the trick. Finally, deep treatment, usually through hot water extraction or encapsulation methods, will need to be done several times a year to remove soils that have become embedded in the carpeting’s fibers.

Again, a customized plan works best for a company, and a certified firm will make sure to include these processes in a plan they create for the client.

Keeping mold from growing in your home.

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Keeping mold from growing in your home. Mold Growing on wall in Jamaica, NY

The trick with mold is making sure the spores do not spread into the uncontaminated areas of the home.

Assuring that the mold doesn't cross contaminate the rest of the building is simply erecting a containment around the visible mold. Containing the mold is vital since the spores use air flow to migrate from one place to another. There are many ways that mold can migrate around the house.

  • Keeping the air conditioning or heat on.
  • Using fans to dry out the walls
  • Removing the mold even stirs up a lot of airflow creating a lot of cross contamination.

Containments are built around the mold to keep the spores from getting outside the work area. We then go one step further and add a HEPA Air Filtration Device inside the containment to remove the mold spores from the air while we work.

Check out our site on mold for more information.

Bid Adieu to Mildew

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Whether they’re cleaned nightly by a professional crew, weekly by employees or periodically by tenants, the bathrooms in commercial buildings in Queens, NY can easily become hotspots for mildew, a simple fungus that can give way to other, more pernicious types of mold. Unfortunately, these organisms need little more than a warm, wet place to thrive. They can get out of hand quickly, and trying to get mildew clean can become a challenge.

What Causes Bathroom Mold?

Two bathrooms in the same building may have radically different amounts of mold, a seemingly illogical situation that can often be explained in one of several ways:
- Lack of adequate ventilation. If the bathroom includes a shower, the room probably fills with steam every time the shower is used. Without adequate ventilation, that steam enters porous surfaces like drywall, where mold can thrive.
- Leaks. Sometimes, leaks are hidden from view; for example, behind a vanity or under a bathtub. Mildew can colonize near the leak and then stealthily make its way up and out from there.
- Inconsistent or insufficient cleaning. Mold is present everywhere, and in most cases it’s not a problem. But if bathrooms are rarely cleaned or pools of water are left standing on a floor or vanity, it’s easy for mold to get out of hand.

Removing Mildew for Good

Fortunately, getting mildew clean in Queens, NY is fairly simple, and keeping it away is a matter of diligence. If a bathroom lacks adequate ventilation, installing a vent to the outdoors may be the best approach. If there are windows, opening them any time the room fills with steam helps release excess moisture to the outdoors. Periodically inspecting plumbing for leaks can help ensure that bathroom mold doesn’t take over. And lastly, regularly using commercial products to keep spots that are prone to mildew clean will prevent its spread.

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Water, Water Everywhere: Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

When your commercial irrigation system operates correctly, the flawless view of your property can be breathtaking. However, if the system malfunctions, flooding can quickly create swampy bogs that seep into buildings, damaging floors, equipment and furniture, often requiring the services of a water damage remediation professional in Queens, NY.

To avoid this catastrophe, pay close attention to your sprinkler system’s performance. At least once a week, walk around the property for a simple visual inspection. Troubleshooting problems early can help you avoid costly restoration in the future.

Troubleshooting Basics

Most sprinkler system problems are caused by the following elements:

1. Sprinkler valves and heads
2. Solenoids
3. Damaged pipes
4. Electrical connections
5. Transformers

Get to the root of the irrigation problems through the process of elimination. Begin with inspecting the sprinkler heads and proceed down the list as necessary.

Valves and Heads

These are usually the most widespread cause of flooding. When they don’t operate properly, waterlogging can lead to flooded buildings.


Solenoids are often sensitive to dirt and debris and can stop functioning when blocked. Remove the clog and retest the system. If the solenoid plunger in the irrigation system clogs from damage or corrosion, solenoid replacement is usually the easiest and fastest resolution.

Damaged Pipes

Damaged pipes often flood yards and landscaping and invade structures. Check the aforementioned causes before you start digging and inspecting pipes. Minor pipe damage can often be repaired instead of resorting to costly replacement.

Electrical Connections

Sprinkler systems that ignore the timer or controller may be victims of faulty electrical connections. Conduct a volt meter test to determine if the typically required 24 volts are reaching the wire leading to the valve. If not, replace the wiring to get the system back on line.


Find the transformer terminals in the irrigation system usually marked “24 vac.” If a volt meter test shows the transformer is getting less than 24 volts, replace it.

Troubleshooting irrigation troubles can take patience. However, it’s generally wisely invested time if it prevents flooding. For solutions to major irrigation problems, contact a professional in Queens, NY.

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