Tropical Storm Henri Inbound
Tropical storm Henri is evolving into a hurricane that will slam the Northeast, high speed winds, flooding, and heavy rain are expected. It is important you and your family stay safe and prepared, below are some tips on how to do so:
How to Prepare for Tropical Storm Henri-
- Be informed- make sure you are receiving alerts, warnings, and public safety information before, during, and after emergencies.
- Learn if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone- if you do, make a plan to evacuate
- Learn whether your property is in a flood-prone or high-risk area via the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood maps.
- Create and commit to memory your family emergency plan and discuss it with them.
- Assemble an emergency kit with what you will need such as food, water, medication, and communication.
- Prepare for possible power outages and blocked streets.
- Take photos or videos of your personal property and store these records in a safe place.
- Prepare your home with temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors if possible.
Create a Plan-
- Pick more than one safe place in your home where you can go if there is an emergency.
- Pick two ways to get out in case you have to leave, and keep these exits clear.
- Pick a place for your family to meet in case you are separated -- one in and one outside your neighborhood.
- Pick a place where you can stay in case you must evacuate your home.
- Make a plan to keep your pets safe if there is an emergency.
- Know how to turn off the electricity, gas and water in your home.
- Take photos of possessions inside and outside your home in case you need them for insurance purposes.
Once it's over?
Once a hurricane is underway, the experts urge people to avoid driving and stay indoors. Flooding and damaging winds can make traveling extremely dangerous. Nearly 90% of all hurricane-related deaths involve water, according to the National Weather Service.
If you must travel, experts warn not to walk or drive through flowing water. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off of your feet and cars can be swept away in just two feet of moving water. Stay safe and stay informed, SERVPRO will be there for you after the storm.
Why You Need To Clean Your Carpets In Your Building
The pandemic has forced business owners to re-evaluate almost every aspect of business. From how they run their day to day life in the office, to how they interact with their clients. Companies of all sizes have been driven to make changes never seen before, internally and externally, to stay afloat during this time of crisis. While some of the changes are strategic, others may be more practical. We have seen that keeping the workplace clean is one of the biggest shifts in businesses across the world. While everyone has always strived to keep a clean workplace, the standards of cleanliness have changed dramatically. Commercial carpet cleaning is one of the features of keeping an office clean that has gotten more attention recently, and definitely for good reason.
So why should you?
Failing to regularly get your carpets cleaned in a commercial building can negatively impact your company in a number of ways. people will look poorly upon dirty carpets, giving off a bad first impression. But most importantly, dirty carpets hold a wide range of bacteria that can make the workplace unsafe for your employees and clients. Not just during COVID, but it is important to always maintain a clean and healthy working environment to keep staff safe and wanting to work to the best of their ability. Things like dust, dirt, and even dead skin flakes will quickly accumulate on a carpet that has numerous different people on it everyday, making the appearance suffer as well as creating an unclean working environment. Carpets are by and far the most common type of flooring found in commercial spaces across the country, making maintenance and care critical. Additionally, regular commercial carpet cleaning will extend the life of the carpet and thus save the owner money in the long run.
Why choose us?
At SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint , we are specialists in commercial carpet cleaning. With many years of experience and training, our commercial carpet cleaners are experts in their field and ready to complete a premium job. Contact us today, we are available 24/7 and glad to tell you more!
Maintaining a Clean Office Environment
A clean office reflects on you-
Business owners know how overwhelming running an office can be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; at SERVPRO we understand. When it is your responsibility to oversee the day-to-day operations within a company, keeping it clean is understandably the last thing on your mind. Dusty cabinets or stained carpet floors with everything in between makes keeping your workspace clean and neat a constant challenge. But during the midst of a spread of COVID-19, keeping a workspace tidy is more important than many business owners imagine. Studies have shown that work productivity and employee morale is much higher when an office space is kept well-ordered and organized. Don’t waste your preciso time trying to do it yourself, hiring commercial cleaning services like SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint to regularly visit your office and clean as well as disinfect, is a bottom line in today's day and age.
In addition to helping motivate your employees, a clean office is also crucial for clients and guests who visit. How can a potential client trust that your company will provide great services if your office is a mess? Spend some time today walking around your office and give yourself a score against this clean workspace checklist:
- Clean floors: check for carpet stains and dirt on hard floors
- Trash cans: empty your trash cans each night and wash as needed
- Dusting: spot check all surfaces and furniture for unwanted dust
- Fingerprints: remove any marks from glass doors, windows, surfaces, and walls as well as any door frames and light switches
- Disinfect: make sure all floors are mopped and door handles are cleaned
- Cabinets: spot clean and polish all office furniture to remove any unwanted stains
- Break Room: keep kitchen and fridge/freezer clean and tidy, throw away expired or old food/beverages
- Vents: vacuum vents once a month
- Organize: make sure all files, folders, and papers are neatly stored
- Restrooms: refill soap dispenser, disinfect surfaces, clean toilets, and make sure that all bathroom appliances are operating correctly
It does not matter what type of office you run, cleanliness is essential to the well-being of your business, its clients and most importantly its employees. Be sure to keep this checklist in mind when you consider hiring SERVPRO to clean your office for you, it is no easy task especially to do correctly.
Professional Cleaning For All
The economic effects of COVID-19 have struck everyone around the world. With a freeze on activity, businesses have been forced to limit services and reduce their workforce to a bare minimum. In New York especially, a city that thrives on interaction, residents have gone without work due to business closings. An exorbitant amount of requests for unemployment relief have been filed causing a backup in the government’s ability to process claims in a timely manner. In turn, creating a loss of income and debt accumulation not only for residents but for homeowners alike. Everyone has taken a hit and wants to get back on their feet again to make life “normal” again.
These are hard times, and here at SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint we understand the toll it has taken. Disinfecting our homes, businesses, schools and medical facilities is of the utmost importance in a pandemic like this one, many may not have the financial means to support the cost of these services to keep them safe in a time of need.
We at SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint work with our clients to ensure we are able to provide them with the service they need at a cost they can afford. For details, feel free to contact us any time, we’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in our communities.
Buckled Floor? Don’t wait!
What does it mean?
Floor buckling is the most extreme reaction that can occur due to moisture in a hardwood floor. The buckling occurs when the wood flooring pulls up from the subfloor due to moisture being embedded underneath causing it to lift several inches in one or more places. Fortunately, this is not a common occurrence in most buildings, but it is definitely a possibility and something to keep an eye out for.
If the damage is noticed and treated early, spot repair and replacement may be possible to prevent a much larger restoration project. Once the standing water causing the issue is removed, several boards can be taken up from the floor so that forced air can circulate across and below the floor drying it up to an acceptable condition. We will test and confirm the area is dry before completing our restoration. When the floor is fully dried to a stable moisture level, the needed repairs can usually be made or at least made ready for the new floor if necessary.
What do we do?
At SERVPRO of Williamsburg and Greenpoint we are professional in the industry, on arrival we will begin to set up floor protection, drying mats and drying equipment. We will then clean all affected areas to rid them of moisture and possible mold. And as the floors are drying we will discuss a restoration plan with you to get new floors in and prevent any further water from introducing itself to your home/business.
Disaster can strike businesses and homes alike in Brooklyn. Whatever the time or the season, there are always factors that can increase the probability that damage can occur to your property. How the response is handled makes all the difference and this greatly depends on who, and how quickly they respond to what has happened. This is crucial to limiting the amount of damage ultimately occurs, and how long it will take to get back to its original condition or better.
SERVPRO of Norwalk/Wilton prides itself on our response time, and we ensure that in two ways.
SERVPRO has phone lines open 24/7 ready to spring into action and assist. Whether you have basement flooding at 12am or a kitchen fire at 12pm, you will speak to us when you call and we will be prepared to help.
Wherever you have damage, our technicians and specialized equipment is never too far away. When necessary, we can be on scene quickly to begin the remediation process and get your life back to normal. Free of our crew and your disaster.
We have over many years of experience remediating all types of damage in an efficient manner. Our skilled technicians utilize both the most effective techniques in the industry and specialized equipment to make sure that you are taken care of properly and damage will not be recurring. We will act fast to get your business back up and running as soon as possible or your home back to magnificent living conditions.
Kitchen fires can be very unpredictable; they can be a small mishap or a huge disaster in a matter of seconds. It is important to keep fire extinguishers nearby and have a plan in place. Never leave food unattended while cooking and always make sure appliances are off once you've finished using them.
The Oven is a hotspot for disasters, oven fires can start when the baking is well overdone, or when a flammable material drips down to the heating element. Oven fires also happen when an oven becomes dirty from food particles building up.
When this occurs your first reflex may be to open the oven door, but do not open the door! Instead, put out the oven fire by allowing it to suffocate. Leaving the door closed, you’ll turn off the oven to oven to stop the cooking (unplug when possible). Eventually, the flames will consume all of the oxygen, and oxygen is what the fire needs to sustain itself, killing the flames inside. When the flames eventually snuff out, clean up and open a window if possible, but if they persist, call the fire department immediately.
The stove is another likely place to cause fires, mainly with grease. Here are some good tips to deal with a grease fire on your stove-
- Don’t use water to put out grease fires. Water won’t put out the fire, it will just divert the grease and thus spread the fire.
- For a small fire, use the big lid trick as mentioned earlier. Turn off the burner and cover the burning pan or the burner itself with the lid tightly so it’s deprived of oxygen.
- Pour baking soda or salt on the flames until it’s snuffed out (again, do not use flour).
- Use a water-soaked towel to smother the flames. This is different from pouring water on the flame.
- Use a fire extinguisher, pointing it at the base of the flames.
You've Got Mold…
How Does Mold Form?
Mold is present all around, indoors and out floating in the air through AC, heatings, on your clothes or even your dog. Mold thrives in moist environments and can grow in as little as 48 hours. Mold spores can affect people with compromised immune systems and those with allergies. Wet areas of your home are very prone to mold and can be causing you issues you may have never realized. With all of the rain we have experienced recently, it is important to inspect your home for signs of mold or any water leaks. Some common places to check for mold include: under your sink, behind your toilet, behind your fridge/freezer, basement, and around windows
What to do?
While it is possible to clean up mold yourself, we recommend giving a professional a call. Depending on the severity and type of mold you could put yourself at risk cleaning it up and make the problem more severe. Oftentimes people attempt to clean these issues up themselves only to result in more growth over time as the root issue is not taken care of. At SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint we are trained in mold remediation and will stop the current spread, as well as any future spreading of mold spores in your home or business. Mold cleanup requires special chemicals and equipment to be done correctly, and at SERVPRO we have tested our products with great results for years.
Pro tip: The smell of mold is the biggest sign you should have your home/business checked out. The musty/earthy smell under your kitchen sink could be causing you and your family health effects you never realized.
What to Do After An Apartment Fire in Your Brooklyn Apartment
Call our office if you're dealing with an apartment fire in your Brooklyn home!
Damaging fires, unfortunately, happen every 24 seconds in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Apartments are no exception to this reality. In fact, an average of 382,397 fires that occur annually in the United States happen within residential properties, with many injuries as well.
Dealing with an emergency like this is extremely stressful and often unplanned for. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint is equipped to handle the aftermath of incidents like this in any size residential space, including apartments.
What do I do if there’s a fire in my apartment?
It's important to act immediately, but stay calm. You need to alert everyone in the apartment and make sure to leave the property immediately.
Use your pre-planned escape route if you have one, and consider developing one now if you don’t.
When everyone is evacuating the building, make sure everyone stays low and crawls since smoke rises.
Safety Tips: Do's and Don'ts
- DON'T stop to retrieve any valuables or collectibles.
- DO close the door to the room the fire started in and close doors as you continue to exit the building, if you can do so safely.
- DO check handles/door knobs for heat before grasping. For example, touch it with the back of your hand. If the door is warm, then there is likely fire behind it and you must find an alternative route to exit the building.
- DON'T attempt to extinguish a fire unless you are trained to do so.
- DON'T go back into the building.
- DO call the fire department as soon as you safely have the opportunity to do so. If there is anyone remaining in the building, make sure to inform them of this.
What should I do after the fire department leaves?
Once the fire is extinguished and the dust settles, call a restoration company immediately to address the damage. Only those who are equipped to handle the water, smoke and fire damage your apartment has suffered should be entering the building and handling the situation. You will also want to get in touch with your insurance company. Did you know? SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint works with all insurance companies.
Why should I choose SERVPRO for my Fire Restoration Needs?
- We offer a wide-variety of services: Content Cleaning, Technology Restoration, Document Restoration, Dry-Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Smoke/Soot Removal, Move-In/Out, and other services to help with getting your space back to normal after a fire.
What's more? We work closely with your family and the various adjusters to make sure that the job is done right. We understand that your apartment needs to be cared for and respected during this difficult time. We pride ourselves on limiting our interruption into your lives. When possible, we will work around your schedule so that the day-to-day routine of your family is not disrupted further.
What steps do we take to handle fire damage restoration?
SERVPRO provides Structural Cleaning and Content Cleaning for Williamsburg and Greenpoint homes that have been affected by Smoke or Fire Damage.
How Does Water Damage Lead to Mold Growth?
Water Damage in the Brooklyn Can Lead to Mold
There is no place in the world like New York City. If you're lucky enough to live in Brooklyn, you have access to an unparalleled view of the Manhattan skyline from Williamsburg or Greenpoint. While we enjoy a variety of culture, fine dining, exciting activities city living is not without its challenges.
The age of both our own and neighboring properties can make our homes susceptible to accidents. Older residential buildings have the normal wear-and-tear on their facilities, including pipes. When a pipe breaks, water can leak all over your house, leaving you in immediate need of reputable restoration service like SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint.
In Northern Brooklyn, Water Damage is the specialty of our team here at SERVPRO. Navigating the streets, regulations, and needs of New York is not for outsiders. Our team is part of the Brooklyn community, and we know how valuable your space and time are, so we strive to mitigate your losses as we diligently return your home to mint condition. Just call our 24/7 hotline and let us do the heavy lifting to protect your home.
How can I avoid mold?
Whenever a water incident occurs, acting swiftly is the most critical step. It takes less than three days for mold to begin multiplying in your home if the water is left standing. When you call our SERVPRO crew, we assess the extent of the damage and jump into action as soon as it is safe.
With our industry-grade tools, we can determine where water is hiding beneath your cupboards, inside wall cavities, and under flooring. We can also decide which pieces of furniture, if any, need a deep cleaning and which we need to remove from your home. So, what do we use to measure humidity in your home?
• Thermal imaging can show us water behind walls and under cabinets.
• Moisture sensors can report relative humidity in furniture and fixtures.
• Borescopes let us reach hard-to-access corners to verify moisture within them.
With a complete suite of equipment informing us of our progress, we can work to eliminate excess humidity in your home. By acting swiftly, you will significantly reduce the risk of mold growing in your home. SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint is your ally in an emergency. Call us at 917.809.6562 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”