Cold Fall Nights Are Ahead
SERVPRO of Long Island City is available to handle any sized disaster in New York City.
With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away all of us here in the northeast know that the cold fall and winter nights will be upon us any day now. In fact, a look ahead into this week's forecast shows that this will be the first week this fall where the temperature will dip below freezing... and there is a potential for some snowfall on Friday! This is why right now is a great time to get to know your local SERVPRO. In a water damage or fire damage emergency, which are far more typical in the winter, we are available at a moment's notice to help mitigate and repair the issue. And, when you contact your local SERVPRO office, you can be assured a timely response. Call our office 24/7, (718) 440-6994
The UN's IPCC Predicts Stronger, Wetter Hurricanes
The world's ice & oceans are taking on the brunt of heat and carbon dioxide from climate change impact in the latest report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Warmer ocean temperatures lead to stronger, and more rain-heavy hurricanes like Hurricanes Harvey & Dorian. If this is true those of us on the Gulf of Mexico and on the east coast need to be prepared for these dangerous storms in ways that we wouldn't have thought previously possible. In Houston, TX flooding was once again a problem in 2019 as Hurricane Imelda, although weaker by hurricane standards than Hurricane Harvey, dumped more rain and in some ways was more damaging to the low-lying areas around the densely populated city. Our crew here at SERVPRO of Long Island City is prepared to help when these disasters strike. We have been in Houston to help out in 2018 and 2019 and will be trained and prepared to continue to help in the recovery effort wherever we are needed!
Fire Damage Repair NYC
We were recently called into a residential building in Long Island City where a small boiler fire created a big mess in the force hot-air building. Like many highrise residential buildings in New York City forced hot-air is used to heat the building in the wintertime, and move fresh cool air throughout the building the rest of the year. The system relies on ductwork that begins in the basement. So when the fire in the basement broke out the soot and dust that was created quickly filled the air ducts and left a mess in many apartments within the building.
We were prepared and ready to clean the ducts from the basement to each and every apartment to ensure a clean and healthy environment for all residents.
Back To School, Fire Safety 101
Kitchen fires account for the majority of residential fires across the country and in September, when the kids go off to college, many will stay in 'apartment-style' dorm rooms. These dorms feature private bathrooms, common living spaces and sometimes a common kitchen. In these living conditions, the chances of a fire in the kitchen increase dramatically, not just because younger people might not always be the most experienced cooks, but because there are several kitchens throughout the building. If your children are heading off to college for the first time remind them to cautious and aware of the potential for a kitchen. Also, check to see that their kitchen is equipped with a working fire extinguisher.
Dry Grass & Leaves, Chance of Fire Increases
Throughout the northeast, we have, for the most part, enjoyed a rather flawless summer so far when it comes to the weather. Some areas have been hotter than others and the occasional thunderstorm has rolled through towns and cities to cause some damage and flash flooding but otherwise, it has been warm and sunny almost every weekend. One concern many home and business owners should be aware of is the increased chance of fire due to dry grass and leaves while we are enjoying these prolonged periods without rain.
Many times a backyard fire, a BBQ, or fireworks can be the cause of the of these types of fires that quickly get out of control and cause damage to property in the immediate area.
The best way to prevent these types of fires is to be aware of flammable dry grass and leaves in the immediate area and to always keep a water source nearby. If you do ever experience damage from a fire contact our offices immediately after your local contacting emergency response.
Staying Cool is Great, But Watch the Drip Pan!
If your home or business has central air conditioning you are probably prone to want to stay inside and stay cool during these hot summer days. And why not! Air conditioning has revolutionized the way we live and the places we can inhabit. But one hazard with a central air handling unit that most home and business owners are not aware of is the overflow of the drip pan, especially when the unit is working in overdrive! Your drip pan is designed to drain out of the building but this small drain line (normally 1" PVC) can easily be clogged just enough to slow down the drain pan and to cause the overflow. The result of this issue is water damage that could go undetected for weeks while causing thousands of dollars in damage. If you experience water damage from an air handler overflow, call our office now. We can help with all phases of restoration.
Power Outages Can Cause Damage To Your Home or Business
A summer thunderstorm can be fun to watch from a safe distance. The warm air, the rolling sound of the thunder in the background and the streaks of lightning that light up the night sky is like natures version of fireworks. But of course, with a thunderstorm, the chance of a power outage is always a possibility.
Normally, a short power outage is no big deal, but the longer the power is out the potential for damage to a home or business increases. For example, homes that take on water during storms generally, have a sub-pump that removes the water from the basement before damage can occur. Without power, this pump will not work allowing water to fill up the basement. Or if you rely on air conditioning to keep your home or business from getting too humid, a power outage can quickly lead to mold growth.
If you do run into any of these issues contact our office. We can help you to repair water damage and remove mold.
Flash Floods & Thunderstorms
So far in the northeast, the summer of 2019 has been just about perfect, but this weekend culminated in a record-breaking heatwave followed by thunderstorms and heavy rains lasting up to 12 hours. Many areas saw flash flooding during this time.
Flash floods and heavy rain can be potentially dangerous for many reasons. The first reason is the road. Driving in these conditions is difficult and it can be extremely hard to determine the depth of water on the road before it is too late.
Basement flooding also becomes a major issue, especially when the area is already saturated, as is most of the northeast.
If your home or business was damaged from or took on water from this most recent rain event call us now. The warm weather will be back tomorrow and damp buildings will be susceptible to mold growth, we can help. We have drying equipment and technicians available 24/7.
Contact our offices today.
Are We Going to See A Hot Summer?
If the first week of July is any indication of what summer in the northeast will be like this year then we are in for a long hot summer. When looking at recent trends in the northeast one can estimate that there will be at least 20 days that will reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Last year 23 days in the northeast were over 90 degrees along the coastline, making it even hotter inland! And, after one of the wettest springs on record in the midwest, moisture in the ground will ensure it will be humid and uncomfortable for many of those hot days. These conditions will be perfect for mold growth in damp places and if left unchecked can lead to an expensive outbreak! If you plan to leave any of your properties unattended for an extended period of time contact our office today to learn more about renting our professional dehumidifiers and air purifiers. We can give you peace of mind that your school, business or home will be safe from the threat of mold while you are away for the summer!
Commercial Opperations Expansion
In less than three short years in New York City our SERVPRO of Long Island City disaster restoration team has made a huge impact. We have been part of several major restoration projects throughout the city, we have made strategic relationships with important product and service vendors and have put together a team of reliable professionals ready to serve our city on a moments notice. It is because of our amazing clients and our trusted team members that we are currently expanding our commercial operations to include new team members, a larger vehicle fleet, more rental equipment including professional dehumidifiers & air purifiers, and a stronger management presence in major restoration projects throughout the area. If your commercial business in the New York City area is in need of a reliable Disaster Clean-up & Construction Management team look no further, call us now!