FIRES HAPPEN! Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. SERVPRO of Central Manhattan is here to help!
SERVPRO of Central Manhattan has been successfully helping Central Manhattan, NY homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years.
SERVPRO of Central Manhattan’s local professionals have been successfully helping Central Manhattan, NY homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding FASTER to any size disaster. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service
Call SERVPRO of Central Manhattan, New York at (212) 246-4148 we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with all your damage remediation needs.
First Steps After a Fire:
- Safety: Ask the firefighters or proper authorities on the scene if it is safe to go inside.
- Call your Insurance provider: Let them know what happened so they can start a claim and initiate the paperwork for you.
- Contact loved ones: Call to let everyone know you’re okay or let people who weren’t home know what happened.
- Secure the residence/business: Prevent theft by locking the doors and covering windows or holes. If, you need help contact SERVPRO of Central Manhattan, we are here to help!
- Obtain a copy of the fire report: The report specifies all the necessary information about the fire including the time, casualties, date and the extent of fire damage.
- Your current location: Notify friends, family, employers, schools, utilities & services of your temporary location. If you need somewhere to stay you can also contact the American Red Cross for assistance.
CONSIDER CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS: SERVPRO of Central Manhattan, NY can provide services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced. We can help you with providing estimates to insurance companies for the cost of damages and will help walk you through the process of thoroughly deodorizing, cleaning and repairing your home.
SERVPRO Steps for a Fire Damage Emergency:
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of Central Manhattan, New York, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO of Central Manhattan Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Central Manhattan Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO of Central Manhattan Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today
SERVPRO of Central Manhattan, New York at (212) 246-4148
Your First Steps After a Disaster
You might feel overwhelmed after a disaster, but we are here to help rebuild your home!
It can be difficult to find your bearings after a disaster. We know there are a lot of questions running through your mind after disaster strikes; we’ve found the first question is usually: “What now?”
The most important step before continuing is to ensure your house is safe for reentry. Fire, water, and mold damage can all make your house inhabitable in the short-term. Contaminants in the air or structural damage can cause serious health risks if not addressed immediately.
If the house is safe to reenter you might think the next step is to begin cleaning. We recommend documenting—using a camera or cell phone—the damage done to your home first. Photographic evidence of the damage done to your home and possessions will help when filing your insurance claims.
If your house is unsafe to enter or you lost your camera in the disaster, the next step is to call a professional at SERVPRO of Central Manhattan. Our staff will be able to help document the damage if you are unable and give you an honest assessment of the damage done to your home.
After the assessment, the serviceperson at SERVPRO of Central Manhattan will be able to advise you of the next step. Depending on the cost of repairs, possible increases in deductibles, raises in monthly premiums, or threats of cancellation, it could mean it would actually be more beneficial to not go through your insurer. If you are going through an insurer it is important to note that insurance companies often have agreements in place with companies they call “preferred vendors”. They might try to lean you towards one of their preferred partners, but you should know that you always have the right to go with a company you already know and trust!
It can always be difficult to return to normality after a disaster; we hope you find comfort in knowing that SERVPRO of Central Manhattan is here to help make it easier. Turn a bad situation into a positive one by improving your home during the rebuilding process. We can help you add that extra bathroom you’ve always needed, or that laundry room you’ve always craved. SERVPRO of Central Manhattan is ready to help you turn your house into a dream home and repair it like it never happened!
Get Your Ducts in a Row
Removing a vent cover will give you a glance inside your duct system.
Duct cleaning is a rather large undertaking that should be best done by service professional. On the bright side, it isn’t too much work to see if they need a cleaning. Removing the vent covers can give you a glimpse into the duct system, allowing you to see if they are free of debris. Air filters will also need to be check for contaminants. These two steps will provide you some insight into the cleanliness of your system. If either of these checks reveals dirt or debris, we advise you call a professional to efficiently clean your system. You can also check your heater; if the heat exchanger surface is unclean then your system is not working at peak performance.
As summer approaches (quickly), now would be a great time to look inside your air conditioner. AC coils should be free of dust or debris. If you shine a light onto coils and are unable to see the light projected on the other side, then you will need our help. The coil fins must be spaced evenly and damage free. If any of these pieces are sullied your AC will be less efficient. Don’t sweat it though, give us a call and we can get your AC running efficiently in no time.
Here is a guide to the work that will do into cleaning your ducts, and making sure everything is running smoothly:
First, we check the AC filters. If the filters are dirty then the air you are breathing is contaminated! Cleaning, or if needed replacing, your filters will ensure the air you breathe is clean and the air flow is unrestricted.
After dealing with the filter, we turn to the condenser coils. Clean condenser coils will keep your unit running at peak efficiency; saving you money every month on your electrical bill. A SERVPRO of Central Manhattan professional will ensure you are getting the coolest air possible by cleaning the coolant lines.
Finally, to make sure everything is running perfectly, your service person will check the unit while it is powered up. With the power on, we can make one last check for any problems. Needless to say, if there are any additional problems we are ready to fix them!
What Causes Mold Inside The Home?
SERVPRO of Central Manhattan has a team of trained mold removal specialists.
Mold needs dampness, water, or mugginess to prosper. Mold spores will start developing when they reach a wet surface. Some basic spots mold can be hiding include:
- Showers, baths, sinks, and toilets are common spots for mold. These places tend to be clammy and, without legitimate ventilation, provide the perfect home for mold.
- Air conditioning and warming vents.
- Fireplace and stack. When not being utilized chimneys and smokestacks are cool, clammy, and murky—fertile ground for mold spores.
- In the attic. In the event that your rooftop has a leak mold can develop and spread through the ventilation space in the upper room. It will likewise flourish in ventilation or soffit vents.
- In the cellar. That recognizable basement smell is proof of dampness and—more than likely—mold. Frequently, mold will be found surrounding pipes, close to the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.
Indoor mold development must be halted by drying the dank conditions inside. In the event that there is mold development in your house it is important to stop it quickly and eliminate the source of the issue. In the correct circumstances mold growth will become rapid, in as meager as 24-48 hours.
If you believe your home has mold it’s important that you call an expert as soon as possible. They will begin by examining and testing the zone. The Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of Central Manhattan are experienced and certified in water and mold removal. They’re specialists in mold restoration and know how to efficiently deal with mold, utilizing the best available hardware.
SERVPRO of Central Manhattan’s specialists will evaluate the damage and, if required by law, receive a protocol for a Certified Mold Assessor in order to devise a strategy. They will then focus on the compromised area, utilizing barriers and negative air pressure chambers, containing the mold so they can get to work cleaning and restoring your home.
The specialists at SERVPRO of Central Manhattan are thoroughly trained in remediation, guaranteeing that the rebuilding of your home or business is completed swiftly and efficiently.
SERVPRO of Central Manhattan offers an immediate response every minute of every day, or you can call to plan an extensive exam of your home or business.
Is Black Mold Really Dangerous?
Contact SERVPRO of Central Manhattan for all of your mold removal & remediation needs.
We’ve all been there. You go into your basement or your bathroom and there, on the wall, you see it: black mold. You panic, because you’ve heard horror stories for years about the dangers of black mold, but is there really any truth to the hype?
In truth, the term “toxic black mold” is a misnomer with no scientific validation at all. In fact, the term “toxic mold” is also inaccurate. According to the CDC, “the term ‘toxic mold’ is not accurate. While some molds can produce toxins, specifically mycotoxins, the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous”.
So what kinds of mycotoxins can black mold produce? The trichothecene types below are found in toxic black mold:
- Roridin E
- Satratoxin F, G and H (the most abundant type of trichothecene)
- Sporidesmin G
- Verrucarin J
Molds come in a rainbow of colors but it is the black mold species Stachybotrys chartarum that has been falsely dubbed “toxic black mold”. In reality, mold is everywhere in our environment, it’s the dosage that makes the poison.
There is no argument that excessive exposure to almost any type of mold can cause adverse health effects, no matter what the color.
In addition, mold growth can also damage buildings—weakening structure and causing unpleasant odors, as well as causing ugly staining. Cleaning mold is often exactly what causes it to spread; the process dislodges mold spores and allows them to travel into new areas of the environment.
To avoid this it’s best to call a professional when you suspect you have a mold issue in your home or business. SERVPRO of Central Manhattan has years of experience in mold removal and remediation and can ensure that any damage caused by mold is repaired properly, and completely. With SERVPRO of Central Manhattan it’ll be "Like it never even happened."
The Real Truth About Mold Removal And Mold Remediation
Mold can be very dangerous to your health. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Central Manhattan immediately if you find mold.
Many contractors and even mold removal companies will try to confuse you as to the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. Some will try to tell you that for a small mold issue, you can get mold removal, but for a larger more dangerous issue, you’ll need a more complicated, and expensive, mold remediation. Out of fear, many will choose to go with remediation and spend the extra money. That makes sense, mold can be extremely dangerous, causing severe illness and other problems, but the fact is that mold removal and mold remediation are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing!
Mold is endemic in our environment, meaning you can find it almost everywhere that water and oxygen are present. While some mold, such as the mildew in your shower (when in small quantities,) are considered “cosmetic mold” and can be simply sprayed with bleach, other types of mold (and even mildew when it spreads,) can become dangerous and toxic.
Certified Mold Specialists
SERVPRO of Central Manhattan has certified mold remediation technicians that can not only help to identify and properly remove the mold in your home, but they will also locate the source, and eradicate the cause of your mold issues.
When you find mold in your home, make sure that your mold professional can explain the mold remediation process in simple terms. Many small mold issues should not be expensive to handle. Moldy drywall is one example. If the affected area is small, it should not be a tremendously expensive fix. The most important issue with small drywall fixes happens once the damaged section is removed. It is imperative to ensure that spores are not spread further, so great care must be taken with the disposal of affected areas. If the technicians you hire use extremely technical terms to frighten you into tremendously expensive treatment options, be wary.
When you call SERVPRO of Central Manhattan, we will carefully inspect your property to ensure that not only are all mold issues are addressed, but also that we locate the source of the issue, and eradicate it. If we do find an issue that needs to be addressed, we will use specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores that may be in the air and to prevent them from spreading during removal.
In addition to mold removal, we also specialize in cleaning your belongings and ensuring that they are sanitized and safe to use. Should major restoration need to be done, we can also handle reconstruction and finishing to ensure that you are back to normal as quickly, and cleanly, as possible.
Mold doesn’t have to be scary, so don’t let an unqualified contractor or “specialist” make it into a nightmare.
Water Damage & Flooding
If you experience water damage or flooding, contact SERVPRO of Central Manhattan immediately
The rainy season is upon us in Central Manhattan. Excessive rainfall means the potential for leaky roofs, flooded basements and other types of water damage. These situations are some of the most costly that a homeowner or business owner can face. Water can quickly lead to mold growth, damage furniture and drywall, and compromise the very structure of a house or building.
Common causes of water damage include corroded or damaged pipes, blocked gutters, and leaks from roofs or windows.
To prepare for flooding, elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home or building. Install check-valves to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains. And know how to locate and safely shut off all utilities.
There are also several measures you can take to help prevent water damage. Inspect sinks, showers, toilets, gutters and downspouts to ensure there are no blockages. Have a sump pump installed in the basement of your home or business. Seal basement walls and floors with waterproofing compounds.
If certain areas consistently have standing water or if there are a few spots in your basement where water regularly collects, there might be a problem with the pitch or angle of the grounds outside. If the ground is pitched toward your house or building, water will run back toward it, causing leaks or flooding. So make sure the ground pitch is angled away from your home or facility.
Water and flood damage restoration is not a do-it-yourself project. It is a lengthy and potentially dangerous process that should be tackled only by experienced professionals, like the experts at SERVPRO of Central Manhattan. If you have an issue, call SERVPRO of Central Manhattan right away. While you wait for our restoration team to arrive, take the following steps:
1. Turn off all power
2. Move important possessions and documents to safety
3. Raise all furniture or remove it entirely
4. Let in fresh air if weather permits
5. If safely doing so is possible, use buckets to remove water, and clean out the internal and outside water drainage of your home or building
Once they arrive, the SERVPRO of Central Manhattan team will begin the repair and restoration process:
Our technicians determine f the water is from a clean source or an unsanitary place like a sewerage system. SERVPRO of Central Manhattan locates and measures the damage, from subfloors to inside the wall cavities and elsewhere.
We use powerful vacuums capable of removing thousands of gallons every hour.
Our licensed restoration professionals have the knowledge and heavy-duty
equipment to start the air movement necessary to dry out your home or facility. They will also inspect the affected areas for mold.
Without prompt action, water damage is virtually guaranteed to spread and become permanent. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. So if you live in Central Manhattan and have a water issue, call SERVPRO of Central Manhattan immediately. Our professionals have the expertise to reverse and prevent the devastating effects of flooding and water damage.
When a pipe bursts in your home.
A burst pipe can cause serious water damage.
2018 has brought us mostly subfreezing temperatures. When it gets this cold outside homes are at risk of burst pipes and all of the headaches and water damage they bring. Water pipes burst when the water inside them freezes and expands causing an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain it bursts causing damage to your home.
A burst pipe can happen almost anywhere, but usually occurs with pipes that are close to the exterior of your home. The most critical aspect of dealing with a burst pipe is turning off the water supply and stopping the flow of water. Water in a crawlspace or basement is usually well contained and can be easily dried out. However, when a pipe bursts in the main part of your home, such as a toilet feed or an under-sink supply line, it can create a much bigger mess depending upon how much water has inundated the house.
As with any water damage, time is of the essence as mold can start to develop in as little as 24 hours after flooding occurs. The more time that passes without treatment the more likely those materials will continue to deteriorate and may not be salvageable. This is doubly true in homes with carpeting.
When a pipe in your home bursts—affecting multiple rooms—travels from an upper level to a lower level of the home, or has been left unnoticed for more than 8 hours, professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment is essential for preventing long-term damage. If you see that water has seeped into the subflooring or the drywall the safest step would be to contact a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Central Manhattan to help remove or restore items that would otherwise be destroyed by mold.
Prevent Smoke Damage From Your Fireplace
Prevent Smoke Damage From Your Fireplace
The weather outside is frightful and there is nothing better than curling up on a cold night to the warm glow of a fireplace. Unfortunately, fireplaces can also pose a smoke and fire hazard to your home. There is, however, nothing particularly soothing about unwanted fireplace smoke puffs that spill into the home while the fire is burning. Fires can also start when hot embers from the fire catch on residue from unclean chimneys.
If you are someone who likes to use their fireplace during the winter here are a few tips to prevent smoke or fire damage to your home.
Nobody likes a drafty house, but a house that is relatively airtight may not be able to supply enough outside air to the fire, resulting in a negative pressure in the home. Well-insulated homes can benefit from an outside air supply vent installed in the fireplace to satisfy the fire's needs.
Exhaust fans—like in kitchens or in forced air heating systems—can cause negative pressure, which will drag the smoke from your fireplace into your home. Turn off exhaust fans before settling down by the fire.
Only use your fireplace when it is cold out. The difference between the indoor and outdoor air helps the smoke draft properly. If it is too warm the smoke will have nowhere to go.
Make sure that the damper is open all the way. Sometimes there is a rain cap or even another damper on top of the chimney, which may be obstructed and needs attention. This can also be a fire hazard, so be careful.
Wet firewood can create heavy smoke. Make sure you only use seasoned firewood that is dry in your fireplace.
If you experience smoke or fire damage from your fireplace this winter contact the experts at SERVPRO of Central Manhattan. Their smoke damage experts can clean your furniture, curtains, walls, and floors to get rid of not only the black soot, but the foul odor it leaves behind.
Responding to Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey Blasts Texas
SERVPRO is known to respond faster to any disaster; after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, we lived up to that claim. Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that hit Texas on August 25, 2017. It caused $180 billion in damage. That’s more than any other natural disaster in U.S history, except the largest estimates of Hurricane Katrina damage.
At its peak on September 1, 2017, one-third of Houston was underwater. Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. The storm claimed the lives of 82 people and damaged 203,000 homes, of which 12,700 were destroyed.
Harvey was just winding down when our team landed in San Antonio, TX, after that it was a harrowing journey navigating across flooded river crossings and damaged bridges to get to Houston. Within the first three days we surveyed thirty properties for water and storm damage and started getting them on the path to recovery.
We were able to coordinate efforts mobilizing the resources we needed to help dry out and rebuild these properties, shipping in tractor-trailers full of equipment, our crew of one hundred ready to work.