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Battling the Elements: Storm Preparedness & Recovery with SERVPRO of Staten Island

8/14/2023 (Permalink)

As part of Staten Island, we understand the impact that storms can have on our local homes and businesses. High winds, torrential rains, and lightning can all cause considerable damage, with every storm bringing its unique set of challenges. Here at SERVPRO of Staten Island, we're dedicated to helping you prepare for storm threats and recover swiftly should damage occur.

Understanding the Risks

In Staten Island, we experience a range of storm types, each with different hazards. Heavy rainstorms can lead to flooding, powerful winds might damage structures, and lightning can ignite fires. Knowing these risks helps us prepare and informs our post-storm response.

Preparing for the Storm

1. Protect Your Property:

Regular inspections can help identify potential vulnerabilities in your home or business. Check roofs for damage, ensure gutters are clear, and secure any loose items that high winds could turn into dangerous projectiles. Consider installing storm shutters or use plywood to shield windows.

2. Create an Emergency Plan:

Have a plan that outlines evacuation routes, establishes meeting points if family or employees are separated, and includes a list of emergency contacts. Remember to account for pets and any special requirements individuals may have.

3. Assemble an Emergency Kit:

Prepare a kit with essentials like bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, necessary medications, important documents, and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.

Weathering the Storm

1. Stay Informed:

Follow the latest weather forecasts and heed local authorities' advice. If evacuation orders are issued, comply promptly. Your safety is paramount.

2. Secure Your Property:

Before a storm arrives, make sure your property is secure. Bring outdoor furniture inside, shut off utilities if instructed, and lock all doors and windows.

After the Storm

1. Assess the Damage:

Once it's safe to return, assess your property for damage. Document this for insurance purposes with photos and detailed notes.

2. Cleanup and Restoration:

Post-storm cleanup and restoration can be a daunting task, but you don't have to face it alone. Our team at SERVPRO of Staten Island is trained in post-storm cleanup and restoration. We're committed to helping you restore your property to its pre-storm condition quickly and efficiently.

Here at SERVPRO of Staten Island, we're more than just a business—we're your neighbors, ready to assist when storms strike. For more information or immediate assistance, don't hesitate to reach us at 718-979-4100. We're available 24/7, ensuring you always have help when you need it.

Bouncing Back: Your Comprehensive Guide to Commercial Restoration with SERVPRO of Staten Island

8/2/2023 (Permalink)

A warehouse dealing with extensive flooding damage A warehouse dealing with extensive flooding damage

In Staten Island, we have a diverse array of businesses – from bustling restaurants to small, family-run enterprises. Our vibrant business scene makes our community a great place to operate a commercial property, but it's also essential to be ready for potential disasters like storms, fires, or water damage. Knowing the ins and outs of commercial restoration can help get your business back in operation swiftly and efficiently if disaster does strike.

Identifying Restoration Needs in Staten Island

Given our location, Staten Island faces threats from natural disasters like hurricanes, which can result in significant water and wind damage. Fire hazards are also a prominent concern, particularly in commercial spaces like restaurants that use heat or electrical appliances. Understanding these potential threats is the first step in preparing your business for a quick recovery.

Steps to Commercial Restoration

1. Emergency Contact and Damage Assessment:

In the wake of a disaster, reach out to a professional restoration service like SERVPRO of Staten Island. Our team will promptly assess the damage and formulate a plan for efficient restoration.

2. Mitigation and Water Extraction:

If water damage occurs, immediate water extraction is critical to prevent further damage and mold growth. Our team employs advanced equipment for water removal and drying.

3. Cleaning and Sanitizing:

Be it soot from a fire or contaminants from water damage, comprehensive cleaning and sanitizing are essential to the restoration process. We also deodorize the premises to eliminate any residual unpleasant odors.

4. Repair and Restoration:

This is the final phase in restoring your business to its pre-disaster state. It might involve minor repairs, like replacing drywall and carpet, or major tasks like reconstructing damaged areas.

Preparing Your Business for a Swift Recovery

1. Disaster Response Planning:

Having a disaster response plan can significantly shorten the recovery period. This plan should outline immediate post-disaster steps, key contact information, and data backup strategies.

2. Sufficient Insurance Coverage:

Ensure your commercial property insurance covers various types of disaster-related damages. Also, consider business interruption insurance to cover income loss during restoration.

3. Choosing a Reliable Restoration Partner:

Partnering with a trusted restoration service provider can save precious time in a disaster's aftermath. They'll be familiar with your property and can act quickly to minimize damage and business downtime.

At SERVPRO of Staten Island, we recognize how vital it is to get your business up and running after a disaster. Available 24/7, our professionals specialize in commercial restoration. We're committed to minimizing business interruption and restoring your commercial space to its pre-disaster state quickly and efficiently.

Staten Island, stay prepared! And remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO of Staten Island is here to help you recover and restore, enabling you to resume business as usual without delay.

Looking for advice on commercial restoration services or want to create a disaster response plan for your business? Call us today at 718-979-4100. SERVPRO of Staten Island is always ready to assist the Staten Island business community, helping you bounce back stronger than ever.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Staten Island? Your Local Experts for Disaster Recovery & Restoration

8/2/2023 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes your Staten Island home or business, it's crucial to have a trusted partner to help you navigate the challenging recovery process. Whether you're dealing with water damage, fire, mold, or storm aftermath, SERVPRO of Staten Island is your local expert committed to getting you back on track. Here's why you should choose us for your restoration and recovery needs.

1. 24/7 Rapid Response

When it comes to disaster recovery, every minute matters. That's why SERVPRO of Staten Island operates 24/7, ensuring immediate response to your emergency, thus mitigating damage and minimizing recovery costs.

2. Highly Trained Experts

Our team at SERVPRO of Staten Island is made up of professionals who are extensively trained as per IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) standards in fire, water cleanup, and restoration, as well as mold remediation. Their expertise enables them to handle your specific situation efficiently and effectively.

3. Cutting-Edge Technology

At SERVPRO of Staten Island, we employ state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in all our restoration services. From water removal and drying to smoke elimination and mold remediation, we use advanced tools to ensure the best results.

4. Full-Range Services

We offer a comprehensive suite of services, right from initial damage assessment and cleanup to final restoration. With SERVPRO of Staten Island, you'll have a dedicated team managing your recovery process, ensuring a smooth, consistent, and efficient journey back to normalcy.

5. Respect for You and Your Property

We understand the stress and disruption that comes with fire or water damage. Our team treats your property and belongings with the utmost care, working meticulously to restore as much as possible to its pre-damage condition.

6. Assistance with Insurance Claims

Navigating insurance paperwork after a disaster can be confusing and stressful. We're here to help manage the insurance process, making it less daunting for you.

Located in the heart of your community, SERVPRO of Staten Island is dedicated to helping our neighbors recover from disasters swiftly and efficiently. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Need expert cleanup and restoration services in Freeport? Call us today at 718-979-4100. Day or night, SERVPRO of Staten Island is ready to assist, providing local expertise you can count on.

Taking the Stress Out of Water Damages

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Made Simple

At SERVPRO we know places like Your basement can flood at any time of the year, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Because places like your basements are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level they are inherently prone to flooding. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

Regardless of how or when it happened we will be there for you and your family to clean it up and get your life back to normal again. No one wants to be limited in their own home, don't deal with the hassle of a cleanup yourself- give us a call and we will be right there to help. These homeowners gave us a call in the middle of the night and we arrived immediately to begin the extraction and drying process. Being accessible at all hours allows us to prevent damage that would occur while it sat, not only does this save you money it saves you a lot of time by preventing bigger issues

We are a company you can trust to be there when you need us most, don’t settle for anything but the best and give SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island a call. 

Letting Us Handle Your Water Damage

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

How We Do it-

There are 3 major steps we follow at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island to restore your property after a water damage has occurred: 

  1. The Pack Out- Our Content Specialist will carefully inventory, package, move and store your belongings to ensure minimal damage is brought onto your personal property during the unforeseen disaster you just encountered.
  1. Content Cleaning- Our Cleaning Specialists are highly trained and certified professionals who are knowledgeable of the appropriate cleaning procedures for all sorts of damages, as well as, the factors that caused them.
  1. Content Inventory- During the damage analysis, home item inventory, pack-out and resetting stage of our services; our well trained inventory specialists will take photos every step of the way and create an inventory of what was salvageable and what was unsalvageable. This will be sent to you at the end so you know exactly what we did. 

Choosing Us-

With a focus on limiting the damage, we’ll work quickly to protect your belongings. Throughout the entire process we will work directly with your insurance agent/ adjuster on your covered loss for a streamlined and expedited process, so you don't have to. 

What will SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island do with my personal property?

  • Professional and Concise Inventory of Contents
  • Pack Out and Moving Services
  • Specialized Cleaning and Decontamination of Contents
  • Contents Repair and Restoration
  • Secure Contents Storage
  • Thorough and Accurate Pack-Back and Reset Services
  • And much more!

Being Ready For Any Disaster

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Be Ready!

If an emergency were to happen in your business today, would you and all employees be prepared? If your answer is no then don't be frightened!  SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is here to help! We can come out to your business and set up an Emergency Ready Plan for FREE! What is an Emergency Ready Plan aka ERP?  An ERP is a packet for you and your employees to have to help keep everyone calm during an emergency.  The packet includes a property overview, building access information, an emergency action checklist, contact information for the local Fire Department, Police Department, and Hospital, pictures of all shut off valves and description of location, and more.  Being prepared for an emergency requires a team effort.  Communities and businesses need to have contingency plans in place to ensure their residents and workers stay informed.  By working together, individuals, families, businesses and communities can make a real difference in minimizing the impact that a disaster has on their lives and their livelihoods.  If disaster does strike, leaving fire, water or mold damage in its wake, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island's emergency restoration specialists offer an assortment of services to help local residents quickly restore damaged property.  For more information about SERVPRO or to receive free emergency preparedness materials, please contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island.


Cleaning Your HVAC System!

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

HVAC Cleaning

A building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and subsequent ducts are the key component to air quality. HVAC and duct cleanliness have a significant impact on the functionality of the equipment as well, a clean system ought to function at maximum capacity. If your system is clean and properly functioning, it should provide you with positive indoor air quality and a lower monthly cost of running your HVAC system. During the times of COVID-19 this is an important factor to consider to avoid the spreading of germs. 

You can keep your commercial ducts clean by changing the filters within the system regularly - it is recommended to change them every 90 days. Check any connections for damage. If you can see any damage to the connections, wires, or motors- it is crucial that the damage is repaired immediately in order to keep your HVAC system safe and properly functioning.

You should annually inspect your HVAC system and ducts to see if there is visible mold, a surplus of dust and/or debris, and rodent infestation. Signs of a rodent infestation would be feces and odors in your system or noises occurring in the system. If your HVAC system and ducts have any of these signs then it is time to call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island has highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians that will provide you with a free estimate for your HVAC system and ductwork and begin work as soon as you're ready. 

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island understands the significance of a properly functioning HVAC and duct system especially with sickness amidst. We want to help you do all you can to maintain your system. When you are in need of professional cleanup and restoration of your commercial ducts call SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island for a free estimate.

There For You When Disaster Strikes

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

going to a late night job Late Night Disaster

Choosing the best and most trusted in the industry-

At SERVPRO we know that disaster strikes without any warning, nature can take a quick and violent turn creating things like: floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards. Any of these can have a devastating effect on the business or home you have worked hard to create. SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster, in your home or commercial property. We know that response time is critical, not only to mitigate your damages but to get your business or life back up and running quickly. SERVPRO professionals can handle anything from minor commercial storm damage to a large-loss event.

What makes us different from other companies?

Our teams can respond quickly because we have a network of storm teams strategically positioned across the country ready to respond 24/7, 365 days a year. We can assure you when disaster strikes, we will be there. With over 1,900 SERVPRO locations spread across the US and more now, we are able to set up a local command center near you to execute a rapid response wherever a major event may take place. At SERVPRO we respond to large and small events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods, wildfires and more.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island?

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Choosing the best in the business- 

When it comes to residential and commercial restoration or cleaning services, the value of speed cannot be overstated. When disaster strikes, the ability to get the problem fixed immediately is imperative, not only to get your life back to normal, but to mitigate damages. For residential properties, we understand that our clients depend on fast action to get their home back in order so their family can return to their normal routine. For commercial properties, we certainly get that business owners depend on fast action to get their company back up and running and ensure that no customers or employees are subjected to unsafe conditions.

So why us?

At SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island our restoration specialists are truly faster to any size disaster any time of the day or week. Our team consisting of highly trained professionals understands the urgency that comes with fire damage, water damage, storm damage, mold remediation or any other disaster. As such, we are proficient at providing 24-hour emergency service with the best response rates, making us the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

On top of our unmatched speed, we specialize in handling disasters of any size. Whether your property has suffered from a minor water damage in the garage or a major fire in your 3 story home, our advanced restoration and cleaning equipment can handle it all. We take a lot of pride in our ability to serve the local community and play our role in keeping residents safe and secure.

Don't hesitate to call!

If you or a loved one has a property that has been damaged, look no further than SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island . As soon as we get the call, we will begin to act right away, sending out a project manager and our skilled restoration technicians to your property right away. If you need someone to get there quickly and do the job right, call us today. 

Water Extraction Done Right

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

What is water extraction?

Water extraction is done to remove water from a home or business after a flood, burst pipe, or storm. When large amounts of water come on to your property, it’s important to call your local SERVPRO in order to have the water extracted as soon as possible to prevent mold and further damage to your property.

What tools do we use to extract the water?

Our trained technicians use pumps and vacuum units in order to remove large amounts of water from the walls, flooring, ceiling, and other surfaces in your home. These machines are so powerful, they can extract hundreds to thousands of gallons of water from these surfaces in order to dry. Here is a list of some of the tools we use:

  • Submersible Pumps
  • Industrial Vacuums (Wet/Dry)
  • Infrared Cameras (to find hidden water)
  • Moisture detectors

What are the first steps to take before a water extraction?

Our team will first identify the cause of the water damage, and if needed, will take steps to stop it in order to begin remediation. For example, if there is a burst pipe, our team will first stop the pipe from spouting off water before starting the extraction process. Next, our team identifies the type of water that has entered into the property. Depending on the classification, if it is contaminated or not, a professional will make sure to plan accordingly to make sure your property is safely restored. Furniture and/or other contents belonging to the property may also be moved to prevent damage or stains on the floor.

How do I know that all of the water has been extracted?

Our professionals will use pumps and vacuums to remove a majority of the water from the property. The remaining water will be removed by technicians manipulating temperature and humidity within the premises to ensure the area is fully dried. Progress is then monitored by moisture meters that give us an accurate indication of water levels.

Did we answer all of your questions about water extraction? Give us a call at (718) 979-4100 or find us on social media!