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Helping Contents in Your Upper West Side Shop After Water Damage

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Call SERVPRO today if you need help with professional water damage restoration.

Overcoming Water Damage to Your Inventory

Unexpected water disasters can highly damage shops and stores. With limited inventory space, much of your wares are left in harm’s way when standing water threatens the structure. Finding suitable solutions to protect these items begins with the fast response of restoration professionals to mitigate loss and clean up compromised objects. In addition, SERVPRO professionals on-site must answer specific questions that direct recovery action.

Where is the Water Damage? 

The first step in content cleaning water damage in Upper West Side shops is identifying where the damage exists. Understanding the extent of the problem helps establish needed containment and assesses the pressing concerns in the structure that could ultimately damage more of the wares and inventory.

What Items Have Become Affected? 

We must also carefully evaluate the entire property for the compromised items. Finally, we must dry wet contents quickly to avoid permanent damage and loss. Practical strategies for managing immediate action require relocation. We can take wares and stock to a safe, dry place in the building rather than transporting them to our nearby facility for storage. Primary components of mitigating loss to contents include:

  • Item-by-item inspection
  • Relocation
  • Containment

Cleaning Practices to Save Your Wares

Cleaning is one of the strategies that our SERVPRO team might employ. While on-site cleaning is preferred with a staging area, this is only sometimes feasible or efficient with limited clean, dry space. So instead, we can relocate wares to our warehouse for focused cleaning and recovery solutions.

While there are multiple phases of cleanup and recovery after water damage in your shop, we can help to protect the hit to your business by ensuring the safety and salvageability of wares and inventory. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side for fast-responding professionals at (917) 498-1362.

Water Mitigation Approaches to Save Upper West Side Businesses

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Commercial Floor All you need is SERVPRO for all your water damage needs.

Simple Water Restoration by SERVPRO in Upper West Side

Water is one of the essential utilities in most business premises. A problem as simple as a pinhole leak or as advanced as root intrusion affecting plumbing lines can turn water into an enemy that destroys your Upper West Side property or creates uninhabitable conditions for your staff or clients. 

After discovering the intrusion, you should prioritize actions that help facilitate water mitigation at your Upper West Side property or stop the subsequent deterioration. SERVPRO helps establish the best course of action by thoroughly inspecting the affected areas.

Three Simple Mitigation Processes:

  • Move outs
  • Humidity control
  • Expediting extraction

The effects of the intruding water can be concentrated on structural areas or contents, especially stock items, furniture, and appliances. For the contents, one quick mitigation solution is doing a move-out. Our SERVPRO crews can do a pack-out or a complete move-out to an offsite warehouse, thus safeguarding your contents from moisture exposure. Our specialized skills in inventory-taking and packing not only ensure convenience but also prevent damage to valuables during relocation.

Controlling Moisture

Most negative effects like rusting, staining, or smells observed in materials are caused by moisture action. Moisture triggers microbial growth or physical changes such as swelling and accelerates material deterioration. Regulating moisture minimizes wear. Extracting any standing water from surfaces is the most recognizable regulation process. However, it is crucial to note that humidity exists in different forms, including vapor in the indoor air. 

Essential Tips for Dehumidification:

  • Balancing the number of air movers and dehumidifiers 
  • Creating containment to isolate affected areas
  • Using the right dehumidifier type

Our SERVPRO crews set up air movers to help supply sufficient air currents. The air movement boosts evaporation to dry materials faster. Since the evaporating moisture ends up in the air, dehumidifiers are necessary to extract and maintain the correct humidity levels. We can also set up plastic sheets on openings such as doors and hallways to limit humid air movement.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side has significant resources to ensure successful water mitigation at your property. Call us at (917) 498-1362. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Upper West Side and Manhattan Retail Stores Benefit from Swift SERVPRO Water Mitigation Service

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Setup Plastic SERVPRO Minimizes Retail Disruptions to Upper West Side Shops with Advanced Water Mitigation Methods

Don’t Let Water Damage on the Upper West Side Interfere with Holiday Shopping.

No time during the year is a good time for plumbing, roof, or appliance leak in your Upper West Side boutique, and a water loss during prime shopping season can directly affect your year-end profits. We understand that the faster and more efficient our response, the more likely your retail space can reopen to share goods and services with your customers.

Historic Buildings Pose Special Challenges

Elegant, trendy, and intriguing spaces dominate retail spaces on the Upper West Side. Water damage should not sideline your business for long, as our talented and well-equipped crews have many effective strategies for water removal and structural drying. Relying on comprehensive training in restoration industry best practices and state-of-the-art equipment, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Aging plumbing and eccentric floor plans create water mitigation and remediation puzzles, but our employees rise to the challenge.

Hidden Water-Filled Cavities Need Innovative Equipment

Your inventory storage, offices, dressing rooms, and retail spaces can contain recesses between walls that can trap water after a leak or overflow. SERVPRO technicians use detection tools to locate unseen moisture. Our employees take the initiative to pursue the water, carrying portable water extractors to the far corners of your space, ensuring we evacuate as much liquid water as possible before turning to dry equipment. Extraction is 1200 times more efficient than drying and, when exhaustively pursued, can get your retail space back in business fast.

Wall Cavity Venting Systems

Once SERVPRO transitions, the focus to applied structural drying, expect us to employ one or more venting or drying methods to reduce moisture levels to normal even behind walls. Small holes drilled into drywall, wood and trim, and closets or cabinet toe-kicks provide access for warm airflow that accelerates drying. Options can include vents attached to air movers or blowers attached to a series of hoses. Injectidry is a brand name often referenced concerning these systems.

Safety First

When SERVPRO uses portable or in-place extraction and drying equipment, it is crucial to be sure the outlets providing power are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). For best results, we avoid blocking air mover vents and use only equipment with thermally protected motors, inlet and outlet screens, and three-pronged plugs.

Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side when water damage threatens the use of your desirable retail space. Call us at (917) 498-1362 day or night to schedule an evaluation.

Upper West Side Office Fire Restoration Cleaning Challenges

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Phone on Fire Don't let fire damage take over your commercial property, Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362.

What Factors Make Fire Restoration Difficult?

Cleaning up after a fire is rarely straightforward. Office buildings feature hundreds of surfaces and contents, each with its own obstacles for soot removal and restoration.

Conditions of the Affected Surface

Fire restoration in Upper West Side office buildings involves various potential surfaces and materials. From contents like electronics and furniture to drywall and short pile carpeting, the type of impacted hosting element for smoke damage plays a part in its salvageability. Factors can include:

  • Type of Underlying Material – The composition of impacted surfaces affects their cleanability, such as non or less-porous materials being easier to clean.
  • Age of Impacted Element – Typically, the older a building material is, the more challenging it will be to clear of soot damage.
  • Cost of Replacement – In some cases, it is cheaper and easier to replace a material rather than go through an extensive restoration process.

Environmental Conditions of the Fire

Specific environmental factors can also slow or stall cleaning. We are mindful of the influences of:

  • Air Pressure – The air volume increases with the fire's heat. Soot can be driven into cracks and crevices of materials and surfaces under this pressure. 
  • Heat – Higher heat conditions open pores in surfaces more, forcing turbulent smoke into these broader points to become trapped when the material cools.
  • Moisture – A wet environment makes surfaces and contents more likely to become marred or stained by circulating soot damage. 

Accessibility of the Damaged Areas

Another critical element in the restorability of your office construction elements and contents is the accessibility of the damaged areas. We must consider the most efficient and direct approaches that preserve most of the exposed structure. 

Multiple factors and conditions influence the ease of cleaning surfaces and contents from fire-damaged offices. Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side FSRT-Certified technicians can respond fast to emergencies. Call now at (917) 498-1362.

What Elements Slow Fire Damage Cleaning in Upper West Side Shops?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke From Fire Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Factors Can Deter Fire Restoration in Upper West Side Properties

As with all restoration needs that a property might have, these cleaning and recovery steps must happen as soon as possible. However, there are often obstacles and hurdles to overcome with fire loss incidents to reach the needed mitigation phase. Without addressing pressing issues, it is not easy to complete processes like:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Water restoration
  • Smoke damage remediation

Structural Damage 

Structural damage is one of the most considerable factors slowing the restoration of fire damage in Upper West Side shops and stores. Broken fixtures, heaps of bulk materials, and weakened installed elements must be addressed before the typical recovery actions can begin. Our management conducts a thorough examination to determine which materials fall under this heading, and we implement our focused, controlled demolition practices to manage the threat.

Water Damage 

Water is a very beneficial element when extinguishing a structure fire, but it can also hinder the restoration necessary after it does its job. SERVPRO can catalog damage to contents and building materials directly impacted by the high volume of water needed to extinguish the blaze with the fire out. Extraction and drying become critical elements of the emergency services we offer to allow the usual fire restoration steps to start soon.

Unapproved Claims

Another potential slowing factor that can influence how readily a shop or business can be cleaned and restored after a fire is the oversight of the insurance policy provider. Damage claim approval is an intricate process that requires documentation, estimates, and thorough inspections. Many projects remain in a lengthy limbo waiting for approvals to start necessary mitigation and restoration services without beginning this process early.

Several factors can influence how quickly your shop's fire damage restoration and recovery services can get underway. Trust our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team to work with you to get this process started as soon as possible. Give us a call now at (917) 498-1362.

Ideal Water Removal Tools for Upper West Side Office High Rises

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Carpet Cleaned by SERVPRO Tech Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side rapid response team is available 24/7!

Devices for Water Removal in Upper West Side Offices Vary 

From burst pipes to leaks in your office building, there is a finite timeline to get water damage restoration, and extraction started before significant harm results in the building. Objectives of the mitigation team include:

  • Stopping migration of moisture
  • Protecting adjacent commercial spaces
  • Quickly resolving standing water

Wet Vacuums

Specific damage incidents requiring water removal in Upper West Side office buildings can vary considerably in the available access to the work area and the type of extractors and drying equipment brought to the site. In many cases where smaller pooling or limited extraction is necessary, wet vacuums can overcome these water removal requirements. These units can be used with multiple attachments and extensions to add more versatility to their function, including removing water from glue-down carpets or wall assemblies. 

High-Pressure Pumps

These units are fuel-powered and can work by maintaining a constant and powerful pressure that allows suction from higher elevations to the ground level. With several multi-story office buildings in the city, high-pressure pumps allow for a continuous and continual draw of standing water at a greater rate than the limitations of wet vacuums. 

Truck-Mount Extraction Units

Another one of the effective methods for removing standing water after damages is the powerful truck-mount extractor option. There is no water removal tool available to our SERVPRO team more potent or capable. Engine-driven suction manages a high gallons per minute discharge without losing prime, even over considerable elevations to overcome.  

There are a few water removal and recovery tools that can directly impact the mitigation and restoration of your Manhattan office building. Even with significant damage events, we have the devices to manage pooling and trapped water on surfaces like concrete, carpet, and wood flooring. Give our SERVPRO of Upper West Side roster a call now at (917) 498-1362 to help you get your business up and running. 

SERVPRO is Available 24/7 to Restore Your Commercial Water Damage in Manhattan

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

tech drying hotel corridor When commercial water damage affects your Manhattan business, call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

After Hours Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Manhattan

A leaking tap or pipe can cause extensive damage especially if the issue is not recognized immediately and left overnight. A bar, hotel, or restaurant is full of fixtures and fittings which provide cavities for water to seep. When that happens, there is a real risk of uncontrolled microbial growth, which not only provides an unpleasant environment for your customers but also a health and safety issue.

Water Damage Restoration

We are a local company with the necessary equipment and resources to handle commercial water damage in Manhattan. Our crew chiefs hold IICRC qualifications in water damage restoration (WRT) and applied structural drying (ASD), allowing them to lead an efficient service for your commercial property. Our technicians are also available after hours for emergency remediation services.

In today's industry, remediating property water damages is as much about controlling microbial growth as it is about removing moisture. The presence of microbes in moisture means that bringing humidity levels below 60 GPP in the affected area is an essential part of the service, alongside proper drying behind fittings, in cavities, and underneath structural contents.

SERVPRO technicians have access to some of the most advanced restoration equipment available today. Injectidry systems are a practical solution to drying inside cavities that may harbor damp spots. Using thermal imaging cameras, your technicians can find residual moisture that may not be noticeable to the naked eye. Working outward from the source, we can put in place a game plan to efficiently remediate the property and limit secondary damages.

By drilling small holes in wall cavities or into the base of fittings, SERVPRO can establish an airflow inside the cavity. We then attach injector nozzles into these holes to run a current of warm air that evaporates moisture into the surrounding atmosphere. We can then deploy air movers alongside dehumidifiers to draw that moisture from the air and return the affected area to an average humidity level.

Proper drying methods are about preventing secondary issues while keeping temporary closure to a minimum. Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 to restore your water damage quickly.

Need Help Fast for Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Central Park West – Call SERVPRO

11/6/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire SERVPROs IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience in all phases of fire damage mitigation.

SERVPRO Delivers Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup to Business Customers in Central Park West

When there is a fire in a commercial building in Central Park West, all commercial business operations come to a full stop. Even if it is just a small fire extinguished quickly, customers leave, employees are asked to stay out of the building, damage from the fire, and a smoke odor permeates the building. Commercial operations cannot restart until we complete a full cleanup, repairs are made, and damaged goods are replaced. The cost only increases every day your shut down.

SERVPRO responds fast to commercial fire damage cleanup emergencies in Central Park West. We are onsite within four hours or less of your call. We know how every hour counts towards recovering and returning to normal business operations. Our team focuses on removing water, debris, and smoke residues.

Once we assess your building, SERVPRO team leaders will review the recovery plan, including storing undamaged goods in a clean staging area. The staging area may be in an area unaffected by the fire, or SERVPRO can provide secure faculties to keep your products and materials until they can be returned.

Our services for commercial customers and clients include:

  • Fire damage cleanup and restoration
  • Reconstruction services including utilities, flooring, and structural components
  • Smoke damage cleaning and sanitation
  • Secure staging facilities on your premises or at one of SERVPRO’s facilities

We are focused on returning your business to normal operations as quickly as possible. Our building services division helps with the entire process to save time and keep the costs low.

Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side for fire damage cleanup in Central Park West and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (917) 498-1362.

Don’t Let Water Damage Interrupt Business at your Upper West Side Bistro

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

pipe burst Commercial water damage remediation is a specialty of SERVPRO. Call now for the help and service needed to have your business up and running.

Commercial Water Damage in an Upper West Side Bistro 

One of the most damaging things that can take place in a business that relies on foot traffic is commercial water damage. The danger for slip and fall accidents, the potential for bacterial growth, and damage to the building materials make professional cleanup a must.  

When commercial water damage occurred in an Upper West Side Bistro from a broken supply line to a refrigeration unit, a large amount of water spilled into the floor around the entire front of the establishment.  

Scoping the Bistro 

Finding all the areas the water migrated into is crucial for a complete cleanup job. The technicians rely on not only visual inspection looking for signs of water loss but also their state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment. Fortunately, the property owner called in for restoration services quickly, and the water did not seep into the subfloor. The techs removed the water from the floor using portable pumps and squeegees. 

Readying the Establishing for Drying

Moisture went behind the industrial-grade rubber baseboards, and SERVPRO techs removed them for drying. The sheetrock had low-grade moisture around the floor joints but showed no signs of buckling or warping and did not require removal. The front counter area did not have water underneath, but the seating area for diners needed drying. The techs determined they could dry the tables and chairs in place and placed the chairs and the tables on blocks. 

Expedited Drying

Because the structural damage was limited, the drying process went quickly with air movers and dehumidification equipment rapidly, bringing down the interior moisture levels.  

Sanitary Standards for Serving the Public

In any business, cleanliness is a must. In an industry that serves food and drink, it is particularly essential for a bistro to both smell and be clean. SERVPRO technicians have access to a broad array of cleaning agents, including antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions, to ensure that the surfaces in the establishment are left free from contaminants and ready to serve customers. 

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 has the specialized equipment and advanced restoration methods to restore any size bistro from commercial water damage, "Like it never even happened."

Who Can Provide Around-the-Clock Water Cleanup Services to Businesses in Manhattan?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

nighttime view of city street; busy street showing cars and people walking Manhattan never sleeps and neither does SERVPRO! We are available 24/7 to handle your commercial water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO is Quick to Respond to Manhattan Commercial Establishments and Provide Emergency Services for Water Damage

Manhattan is undoubtedly the heart of the city that never sleeps, and businesses must be ready to face any emergency quickly and without missing a beat. Every moment a ceiling leak or burst pipe interrupts regular business operations, and your clientele is open to take its business elsewhere. Quick reaction as a business owner must be matched by an equally swift response from the water restoration team you select.

In Manhattan, quick water cleanup services are available 24/7 by calling SERVPRO. Our trained and certified technicians are ready to implement the latest water damage remediation techniques while expertly managing the nuances of water removal services in the city. Local ordinances and limitations due to space and location are no match for our team. We perform water damage repairs and assist in coordinating with other contractors, insurance needs, and any other regulations applicable to your industry.

For our SERVPRO staff to keep up an efficient water restoration pace, we take some steps to help us speed the process, including the following:

  • Providing move-out services to protect undamaged items and allow more space for water removal equipment and staff.
  • Use of industrial-grade air movers to encourage water evaporation and shorten the drying time.
  • Water removal from subfloors, attics, and wall cavities with specialized water extractors such as wands, drying mats, and injecti-dry technology.

Protect your business in Manhattan by calling SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 as soon as possible. Our preparation and expertise come together to restore your water damage and leave your clients feeling “Like it never even happened.”

How Does Our Professional Mold Removal Team Help Upper West Side Businesses?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage wall Mold removal remediation services are not easy to do. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service for your property.

With fast remediation approaches, we can get your Upper West Side facility back up and running.

We understand the value of evaluating post-mold conditions in your business to ensure that the appropriate cleaning and remediation strategies get underway. Mold removal companies like our experienced SERVPRO team begin addressing these situations with a thorough inspection and damage assessment. This walkthrough of the property can help with:

  • Identifying mold growth
  • Content damage assessment
  • Structure cleaning
  • Deodorization

Do Harsh Odors Present Issues for Remediation Professionals? 

Even after initial actions from mold removal companies in Upper West Side shops, lingering effects like harsh odors can continue to be an obstacle to returning the property to pre-mold condition. Musty smells can be a deterrent to customer traffic, making it critical to begin deodorization as soon as other mold remediation phases complete.

With as fast as your business can become impacted by spreading microbial organisms, experienced remediation technicians need to begin mold removal and cleaning as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team is available 24/7 at (917) 498-1362.

Fire Damage Restoration in Manhattan

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged commercial building A commercial fire is a job for a reputable company. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for any size fire restoration project.

SERVPRO offers water & fire damage restorations in Manhattan area businesses.

A fire in a commercial building can be devastating for the tenants and the owners of Manhattan buildings. The retail tenants lose their business operations and income. The owner must manage the impact on all of the tenants exposed to water, fire, and smoke damages.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration to tenants of Manhattan commercial properties and the owners of the buildings. The fire seriously impacts both parties. We coordinate restoration and repair with both parties and other tenants in the building if required.

The area where the fire started may have fire damage, water, and smoke damage. Other tenants in adjacent units may have only water and smoke damage. SERVPRO has the resources, including equipment and staffing, to address all of the requirements to:

Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side for fire restoration services in Manhattan and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (917) 498-1362.

When Should Manhattan Business Owners Contact a Restoration Company?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment We understand the need for swift response to water damage incidents in your business property. Let us help get you back to business as usual.

Water damage to any Manhattan business warrants the expertise of SERVPRO’s water restoration technicians

Something as small as a burst pipe can be the source of incredible damage in a commercial setting. Business owners need to factor in the actual loss due to the incident and any resulting loss of revenue. Whether the water permeating your inventory and equipment is clean, or if it includes bacteria living in sewage, calling a professional restoration company is the most efficient way of mitigating the damage.

In Manhattan, water damage restoration services are easily delegated to our SERVPRO team. Our trained water restoration technicians can dry your contents and take the necessary steps to thwart mold growth. If you are unsure of the extent of the damage, lookout for some of the following telltale signs-

  • Peeling paint or flooring
  • Musty smell
  • Discoloration in ceiling or floor
  • Swelling or bubbling in walls

In Manhattan, where life moves rapidly, and we share our space with fellow business owners, taking quick action after a water leak is especially important. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 and let us take charge of the restoration so you can take care of your business. 

Upper West Side – Manhattan – a Cultural Powerhouse

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers in office hallway Leave the water restoration to the professionals. Call SERVPRO in your area for the trained and experience technicians to do the job.

Explore Your Families History at Manhattan's Ellis Island Immigration History Center

Manhattan is one of five boroughs comprising New York City and is the most densely populated of all boroughs. The (UWS) Upper West Side is one of the neighborhoods in the borough. While Manhattan consists primarily of Manhattan Island, the Upper West Side is bounded by the Hudson River on the west, Central Park on the east, 59th Street to the south, and up to 110th street in the north.

Approximately 214,000 people live in the Upper West Side area compared to 1.6 million people living on the island. The UWS is considered one of the cultural, media, financial and intellectual hubs of the area.

Manhattan began as a trading post in 1624, named New Amsterdam by Dutch colonists, and purchased the island for 60 Guilders from Native Americans. The English took control in 1664, renaming the area from New Amsterdam to New York after the king's brother, the Duke of York. The city of New York was the United States capital for five years, from 1785 until1790. The Statue of Liberty, gifted by France and dedicated in 1886, has greeted millions of people immigrating to the United States. The Statue was one of the first visual cues that immigrants saw when they arrived by ship. It remains a potent symbol of freedom in America and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Manhattan is the densest populated area in the US and among the densest in the world.

There are many cultural, dining, and entertainment activities for residents to take advantage of along the Upper West Side of Manhattan and nearby. A few are listed:

Extensive shopping, restaurants, and fine hotels – Broadway and Amsterdam's streets are filled with restaurants and bars from 67th street to 110th street.

Central Park – is the east side boundary of the Upper West Side, covers 843 acres, and is visited by an estimated 38 million people every year.

Fairway Market – the flagship store at Broadway and West 74th street

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – covers 16.3 acres with multiple building complexes dedicated to the performing arts, including the Metropolitan Opera, the NTC Ballet, and the NY Philharmonic.

Numerous universities and colleges are located in the borough, which ranks among the top 40 in the world:

Columbia University

New York University

Cornell Tech

Weill Cornell Medical College and

Rockefeller University.

Manhattan & Upper West Side Museums

New York City, Manhattan, and each of the boroughs have made considerable contributions to American society, covering all facets of our life. Music, Finance, Industry, and cultural development in the city has made contributions that affect us today and for many years in the future. A few of the exciting venues to visit are:

American Family Immigration History Center

American Museum of Natural History

American Folk Art Museum

Children's Museum of Manhattan

American Family Immigration History Center

The American Family Immigration History Center is located on Ellis Island and schedules regular family history research activities for individuals and families researching their history. As many as 22 million people landed at the Port of New York and Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. The majority were immigrants, and however, many were crew members and other passengers coming to New York.

The history center runs daily schedules for anyone wishing to research their family history. Book tickets online and secure your date and time to visit. Volunteers are available to assist; however, searchers should prepare in advance. Collect as much information as possible beforehand, including:

First and last names

Year of arrival


Age on arrival

Ship traveled on

Port of departure

Traveled alone or with family members

All of this information will increase the opportunities for finding information about your ancestor's journeys from ship manifests and images. Many people use this information to complete their family's history in the New World and link back to the original cities and towns in Europe where they originated.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is among the most significant natural history museums in the world. Twenty-six buildings are housing 45 exhibition halls with collections of more than 34 million specimens. Learn everything you want to know about plants, animals, fossils, rocks, human remains, and human artifacts that can be found in the museum. As with all large museums, it is essential to plan your visit to ensure that your visit is productive. Tickets can be booked online and specify the time of entry to manage the number of people visiting the museum every day.

Water Restoration of Historic Buildings in Manhattan

Many commercial businesses are operating out of historic buildings in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As with any structure, including historic buildings, it is essential to remove water and moisture as quickly as possible before long term damage occurs and mold gets a chance to infest the area. Historic buildings are even more susceptible to water damage due to their age and requirements to preserve the historic architecture. They require specialized water restoration and mitigation techniques that protect and maintain the architecture of the buildings.

SERVPRO has the equipment and highly qualified trained technicians to manage every situation. We respond 24/7 to all water damage incidents knowing how important it is to protect the contents, the building, and buildings directly connected to yours. Our approach includes the following steps to the restoration of your premises, "Like it never even happened."

Assess the situation

Deploy water extraction equipment

Install air movers and dehumidification equipment

Utilize specialized minimally invasive equipment to find and remove water pockets and remove excess water and moisture while mitigating the damage.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side provides water restoration services to Manhattan commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (917) 498-1362. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water restoration needs.

Thanksgiving Day Without a Parade? Macy’s Manhattan Tradition Adapts and Emerges Triumphant

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon We are looking forward to this year's parade!

Enjoy the Fun and Festivity of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Virtually from Midtown Manhatten’s Herald Square 

A special event, anticipated and watched by millions every year, will not see its 90-year history of glitz, energy, or balloons grounded in 2020. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade this year takes on a different slant but still delivers the holiday entertainment. Filmed over two days in front of Macy’s flagship on Herald Square in midtown Manhattan, the pageantry and fun come to fans on-screen during its airing on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, at 9:00 am Eastern Time.  

Changes include: 

  • Deferring out-of-town participants for this year
  • Focusing on local talent -- socially distanced
  • Wrangling the signature balloons with specially engineered vehicles, not humans 

Mold removal companies need adaptable plans to remediate the damage in your business. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 to solve microbial overgrowth challenges so your show can go on.

How Can a Mold Outbreak Get Cleaned Up?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold, fungus, mildew" If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Your Upper West Side Commercial Space Deserves Efficient Mold Damage Remediation – Call SERVPRO Today!

If your commercial space is a structure built many years ago, then mold may be more of an issue than you think. Frequently, when the ventilation system isn't entirely up to par, and there is a great deal of humidity with high temperatures, it can turn into a breeding ground for harmful mold spores. Whenever you suspect that you have a mold or mildew infestation, calling in the help of trained professionals ensures your Upper West Side property gets back to regular faster.

When you contact SERVPRO to assist with mold damage in the Upper West Side, you can count on our professional mold remediation services. We have crews on stand by and ready to handle any of the mold issues you may encounter at your facility. With the knowledgeable IICRC-certified technicians on our staff, we have the training to handle a broad range of situations. 

Time is always of the essence whenever mold and microbial growth is suspected. Our team takes care of your structure so that all employees and visitors can enter your facility safely. With our detailed planning for remediation, we inspect your property and assess everything to ensure health and safety. We also put together any technical reports for you to use if an insurance claim is involved. Depending on your business's nature, SERVPRO can also pack up contents and have them stored throughout the remediation process so that we can efficiently clean any areas impacted by mold.

Why Call the Experts for Mold Remediation?

No matter the mold outbreak's cause, we have skilled technicians that execute a comprehensive mold remediation plan. Steps used to eliminate the issue include:

  • Finding the mold as well as the moisture source feeding it
  • Assess all damage brought on by mold
  • Isolation and containment while using physical barriers or options like negative air pressure – this helps prevent the spores from spreading
  • Mold removal with the help of EPA-registered antifungal and antimicrobial treatments
  • Disposing of any porous materials infested with mold
  • Thorough cleaning of contents as needed, followed by sanitization and deodorization
  • Repair and reconstruct any damaged areas of your Upper West Side commercial space

It is important to note that you should never try to handle mold remediation on your own. Trained technicians understand best practices for handling and solving mold issues within your commercial location. We quickly work to eliminate your mold outbreak so that it does not spread into other areas of your building. Once you hire the professionals for the cleanup, you can rest assured that everything gets done the first time correctly. 

You will notice that we never leave anything to chance, so our technicians are always outfitted with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). All of the techs on our team have been through detailed training and understand how to approach mold colonies safely. Should we suspect mold has gotten into your HVAC system or air ducts, we also have specialized methods and equipment to ensure everything gets cleaned out safely and effectively.

What is the Best Way to Prevent Mold?

Once you know how mold grows and festers, you can learn how to keep it from coming back again. There could be numerous factors that brought on the mold growth with most common areas, including:

  • Carpeting: Entry rugs for your building and any carpeted areas can harbor moisture from shoes or spills.
  • Kitchens and Employee Lounges: Freezers, refrigerators, and kitchen plumbing can lead to leaks and excess moisture buildup.
  • Entry Points: Windows and doors to your commercial space can let in humid air from the outside that brings on condensation.
  • HVAC Systems: When a problem arises with your HVAC equipment, such as the compressor lines, vents, or drain pans, mold growth may become an issue.
  • Trash Receptacles: When left un-emptied for some time, trash bins might turn into a source of unwanted moisture.

Why is Mold a Hazard?

When mold begins to contaminate your commercial space, it can overtake a range of areas. Mold thrives on damp or wet surfaces, including:

  • Wood
  • Drywall
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Carpeting
  • Wallpaper
  • Insulation materials, and more

Once there is excess moisture within any given space, or the relative humidity becomes too high, mold begins to colonize rapidly within 48 hours. Because it can bring with it potential health effects and pose a threat to your property's structure, you need to have the pros begin cleanup and remediation right away. Once you start to see any signs of mold or mildew, SERVPRO can come in to start the assessment and leave your commercial space, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Upper West Side is the team to call when you want prompt, reliable mold damage repair. Contact us for emergency service by calling (917) 498-1362, and we will send our Green Fleet out within hours.

My Industrial Building In Upper West Side Has Flooding, Can I Salvage Everything Inside?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Handles Commercial Flood Damage Quickly and Effectively, Salvaging Everything Possible Within Your Upper West Side Building

Nobody ever wants to deal with a natural disaster resulting in flooding, but these events happen fast and without warning. SERVPRO is ready to spring into action to cover any water-related emergency at your Upper West Side industrial property. Our trained water restoration technicians (WRT) know that every second counts. This is why our team works rapidly to ensure you get back to business regardless of the scope of the flooding.

Why Should I Call SERVPRO to Handle Flood Restoration?

When you contact our team for flood damage in your Upper West Side commercial property, we will be there within hours to get started. You can count on us to:

•    Understand the characteristics of flood damage: We locate the cause or entry point of the flooding and begin the cleanup and content management. We address the root cause for the issue and start salvaging whatever possible while marking off a flood zone to limit water migration.
•    Handle the water damage with skill and precision: We have powerful extraction tools to bring up the water and high-volume desiccant dehumidifiers to manage moisture within the environment. We control the contamination and put a plan of action into place for repair or replacement of unsalvageable building materials
•    Take care of content and document recovery: Our crew knows how essential documents and contents are within your industrial building. We can work on cleaning items on-site or remove them to be restored at our secure facility. Everything is meticulously inventoried and put back into place once the restoration is complete.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side is your answer when you need help with flood damage in your commercial space. Call us 24/7 at (917) 498-1362, and we send out a Green Fleet equipped with all the tools and products to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

What Are Common Sources of Water Damage in High Rise Properties?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Line Up the Commercial Disaster Recovery Experts at SERVPRO to Minimize Water Loss Disruption and Expense on the Upper West Side

The sheer size of a highrise building in Manhattan or any other major city in the country hints at the challenges waiting for a building manager when just one tenant suffers from a water loss. All of the advantages the tightly-knit community of residences, retailers, restaurants, and specialty goods and services providers offer has a negative effect when dozens to hundreds of separate units can share the damaging effects of a leak, spill, or appliance breakdown.

How Much Damage Can a Tiny Leak Do in a Multi-Story Building?

The migration of water damage in an Upper West Side mixed-use multi-story building can be considerable. A cracked pipe or loose plumbing connection in an upper floor condo might only dampen the bottom of the sink cabinet in the first unit before the water flows between walls down many stories, following utility lines or supportive structures, collecting in an ever-widening pool at the street or basement level. Modern construction methods tend to tuck pipes and drains in hidden spaces, meaning that small leaks become enormous problems before anyone notices. A few gallons of water leaking daily can become a crumbled series of walls down to a collapsed ceiling on a floor where the layout of the rooms varies, funneling the fluid onto a floor or other flat surface until the weight destroys building materials.

Where Does the Water Originate?

In the interrelated warren of rooms, hallways, elevators, and stairways that make up a typical highrise building, the following not exhaustive list of potential sources of damaging water are seen frequently by our experienced commercial restoration project managers and technicians:

  • Damaged or poorly maintained roofs
  • Boilers and piping that distribute hot water for pump and gravity heating systems
  • Other heating, ventilation, and cooling systems (HVAC) that deliver and collect water, including condensate AC systems
  • Cold (supply) and hot water, including storage tanks to make provision to many units more efficient
  • Bathtubs and showers
  • Kitchens
  • Waste or sewer pipes 
  • High-pressure sprinkler systems to meet fire codes
  • Appliances, including:
  • Dish and clothes washers
  • Water heaters
  • Spas 
  • Freezers and refrigerators, both manual and self-defrosting
  • Ice makers
  • Humidifiers
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • Window and free-standing air conditioners
  • Aquariums

Buildings with pools or health clubs add another few boxes to tick as we look for a water origin. Locker rooms, saunas, and hot tubs can expose the rest of the structure to substantial water damage.

What Are Solutions for Large-Scale Commercial Water Loss?

Engage the services of a local water mitigation and remediation company with a scalable, rapid response capability. We have our emergency response team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our company also can leverage the resources of the SERVPRO national network of restoration professionals if necessary.

How Essential Are Commercial Grade Equipment and Highly-Trained Technicians?

Water damage in a commercial setting mandates the use of appropriate equipment operated by individuals who mastered comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Although you may employ or contract with exemplary housekeeping and building maintenance services, water removal and structural drying require specialized skills performed by certified workers who focus solely on water damage recovery. 

Is Water Detection Necessary in a Large Scale Project?

Although it requires tenaciousness, exhaustive moisture detection and migration mapping are worth every moment they take as we assess a commercial water damage scenario. Failure to discover the water source and trace the many pathways moisture took throughout the building guarantees that progressive deterioration continues, and secondary damage such as mold infestation is a near certainty. Our Building Moisture Thermography (BMT) technicians join forces with our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) certified employees to ensure we account for the water and absorbed moisture throughout the building as we design the mitigation and remediation plan.

What Is the Next Phase After Trained Technicians Find the Water?

Our crews bring adequate inventories of pumps and truck-mounted or portable extractors to begin water removal. Best practices might lead to controlled demolition, accessing hidden water using flood cuts and holes drilled in walls, baseboards, and mortar joints. Standing water is extracted as entirely as possible, and then drying plans finalize. 

How Does Drying Happen in a Commercial Building?

Although it is tempting to consider oversized responses to a large building, the reality is that drying in multi-unit construction is completed space by space. Rather than increasing the size of air movers and dehumidifiers, we increase the number of pieces of equipment, deploying them in each space that needs drying. When we contain wet areas, the drying rate accelerates, so with multiple containment spaces, the overall project approached completion.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side is familiar with the challenges of water detection and removal in highrise, multi-use buildings. Give us a call at (917) 498-1362 to explore your options 24/7.

We Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Manhattan

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Air mover on the floor of a living room with a black couch and various tables and shelves The air movers are drying the room in this home after a storm hit. Our technicians removed the carpet as a loss and restored this home right away.

Mitigating Commercial Flood Damage in Your Manhattan Diner Should also Address Salt Water

When the East River pushes over its banks in Manhattan, business owners should have concerns about the salt deposits left behind. Contaminants related to flooding can change once-familiar surroundings in diners and small restaurants from safe to highly risky. The health effects associated to flooding decrease from the use of our disinfectant sprays, but salt remains unaffected by such applications.

Salt left behind in Manhattan businesses make flood damage especially troublesome for many. Because of its hydrophilic properties, the increased moisture close to structural materials can rapidly erode finishes. Corrosion of metals, including underneath protective paints, can happen quickly. Chlorine is only one of the three most common salts deposited on surfaces during a flood. Sulfide and nitride ions also bond to surfaces. The damage caused when surfaces stay damp from ocean water happens much faster than with freshwater. 

This stark increase in the rate of how quickly damage such as corrosion sets in on metal plumbing, electrical components, and metal furnishings requires swift manual removal of the film left on these items. Rinsing with fresh water often fails to remove all of the salts in any given area. A very dilute mixture containing muriatic acid helps dissolve salt from surfaces when applied with a cloth. We use rubber gloves and goggles during this task, and follow it up with a thorough rinsing with clean water. 

Even after drying the area using axial fans and desiccant machines, any remaining salt in the area can continue to cause corrosion. We recommend regular inspections so you can stay informed of any problems that develop before they cause interruption of electrical service or broken plumbing.

One area that diner owners might find they often replace due to flood damage from the Hudson or East River is the floors. Tile flooring can withstand flooding, even when salty, better than other flooring materials. Another option, while seemingly counterintuitive, is inexpensive carpeting. Gluing this directly to a concrete slab allows secure removal in the event of any future flooding. Our building department team can discuss potential options with you to help reduce the impact of any future disasters.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side stays prepared to assist diners and eateries in Central Park West stay open after flooding bathes our part of the city. Call (917) 498-1362 for experts who live and work here, and who know how flood damage from the East River can affect local businesses.

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Our Crew Remove Any Odors That Remain After A Fire In Your Manhattan Coffee Shop

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Reducing Smoke Odors After A Fire In Your Manhattan Coffee Shop

Knowing the best tools to use for specific fire loss effects in your Manhattan coffee shop is not a task that most business owners can handle on their own. In most cases, even smaller-scale fire losses, property owners seek out the experience and the rapid response of our SERVPRO team. As a trusted name in the area, we offer restoration services that can address each effect as a single hurdle towards getting your business back to running at full capacity.

With the foot traffic that you receive from customers every single morning, you cannot afford for fire damage in your Manhattan shop to hinder production for long. Not only do you have a skilled team of barista employees that depend on the paycheck that your shop provides, but coffee shops also do not always inspire the most loyal of patrons. If your shop stays closed for too long, you might not have the dedicated fan base that you had even several days prior. Our SERVPRO team can help with practical strategies to help you run at a limited capacity when possible by utilizing containment barriers and efficient machines like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators.

Even though you might not have extensive seating options throughout your small shop, lingering smoke odors can permeate wooden materials like the tables and chairs to become a challenging effect to overcome. Our professionals have multiple deodorization options that vary based on the affected materials and areas, how severe these effects are, and whether or not we can keep your doors open to your stream of thirsty customers.

In most situations, the use of our thermal foggers can neutralize odor molecules on contact. From the furniture and the central coffee bar in the room to the carpeted areas and drywall, this fog features a potent deodorization product that can eliminate noxious scents. These devices are ideal for soft materials as well, including the carpets, upholstery, aprons, and other cloth items throughout the main production areas.

Smoke odors can be a considerable hurdle to overcome, but our SERVPRO of Upper West Side team can help you however you need. With our experience and leading equipment, we can make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Let our technicians help you get back to business as usual by calling (917) 498-1362.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Manhattan Home After Flood Damage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our professionals can be reached 24/7 and will respond quickly to your disaster. We have experience, specialized training, and equipment.

How Does SERVPRO Get Rid of Commercial Flood Damage in Manhattan Properties So Fast?

When flood damage happens to a business in The City, we know the competition is fierce in most industries. So, there needs to be as little downtime as possible during mitigation, or the loss of revenue for your business hits hard. This is especially vital in brick and mortar retail establishments. 

Commercial flood damage in a Manhattan business of any type gets fast action from SERVPRO. The more exposure to water stock and building materials receive, the more potential for loss to the company. Our goal is to keep the stress of mitigation to a minimum, and although we dry furnishings in place, sometimes it is better to do a professional pack-out of items in the property to our secure storage or a secure pod located on-site. Using our pack-out service works because:

  • It allows for more efficient water extraction and drying of the property
  • We clean and restore flood damaged items at our climate-controlled facility in-plant
  • Inhibits the danger of damage to stock or equipment from excessive humidity
  • Specialized equipment for freeze-drying papers, files, and books
  • Thermal chambers for the drying of electronics and equipment
  • After completion of mitigation, we bring removed items back into the property and return them to their original positions

We use our exclusive Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) that creates a detailed report that includes a listing of items removed, their condition, and digital photos. We also have the ability to barcode items to increase the speed and accuracy of identifying inventory. 

This service assists property owners in the expediting of insurance claims as it includes documentation with both before and after photos of water loss items. If an item is found to have no potential for restoration, it is easy to prove through the use of our CCIS report. 

SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 stands ready to help with every aspect of commercial flood damage. Our emergency response team works fast and efficiently to make water damage to your property "Like it never even happened."

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Why Fast Remediation is Necessary for Your Water Damaged Manhattan Businesses

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper West Side can handle all of your water loss incidents, whether large or small.

Manhattan Property Needs Fast Commercial Water Damage Help 

For a property in The City, commercial water damage can hurt business when you have to close for repairs from a pipe break and the longer the company remains closed, the more damage done. The key to limiting water loss lays in the quick drying of the structure so you can get back to serving customers. 

When SERVPRO assists with commercial water damage in Manhattan businesses, our first concern is safety. During the initial call, unless it is necessary, we advise property owners to avoid the water loss area due to the danger of slip and fall accidents from wet flooring. 

Because we are local, our certified technicians arrive quickly on site to begin water cleanup, and we have the equipment to handle large-scale water loss incidents. In the case of multiple floors of a commercial property affected by water loss, our truck-mounted pumps extract thousands of gallons of water and used in tandem with a commercial desiccant dehumidifier dries a structure as quickly as possible. 

Desiccant dehumidifiers work by attraction moisture the air movers raise to wheels covered in a non-absorbant substance such as silicone. The water vapor collected on the desiccant and ported away. As the cycle continues progressively drier air circulates in the structure and dries it thoroughly.  

Odors are another common problem left behind. When water loss affected areas dry entirely, this frequently lessens odors significantly. When foul scents require more robust measures, we have specialized equipment to combat them. Among them are gel pellets for time release odor control, hydroxyl generators for eradicating airborne odors and even manual methods such as ultra-low volume fogging. 

When our technicians complete mitigation for damage from water on a commercial property, in cases where cleanup required removal of sheetrock or other structural components, we let the property owners know what actions are needed to bring the building back to preloss condition. We find that giving the property owners the ability to coordinate with local contractors gets the necessary repairs done quickly. 

SERVPRO of Upper West Side stands ready 24/7 at (917) 498-1362 to handle commercial water damage in a single area of a property or a multi-level property. Our technicians have the expertise, equipment and since we are local We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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Do You Have a Water Loss Emergency Plan For Your Manhattan Retail Store?

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to develop a comprehensive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) for a water disaster.

Ensure a Fast Professional Response to Commercial Water Damage in Manhattan with a SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan

Risk anticipation and a plan to minimize harm are smart moves for retail shop owners in Manhattan. Businesses work hard to attract and retain loyal customers. Disastrous circumstances such as flooding or other water loss can drive loyal clients of your goods and services to another source if you are unprepared. The results our trained and well-equipped work crews achieve when we are familiar with your business layout and operations can have you back on track quickly. 

Water damage in your Manhattan shop can trace to many different causes. Plumbing lines can break, appliance hoses or connections can crack or dislodge, and neighboring business or residential tenants in the same or adjoining building can create water emergencies that affect your space. Your sales floor, storerooms, offices, and other areas all can suffer damage. Inventory, equipment, and documents risk ruin. 

You have backup strategies for other aspects of your business. SERVPRO can help you develop a comprehensive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) for a water disaster. The more we know about the physical layout of your store, the location of utility lines, and how you conduct your operations, the better we can serve your needs if a water crisis exposes you to loss. 

An experienced SERVPRO project manager assesses your space. We create a digital “footprint” of all the space you occupy, evaluate the water loss vulnerabilities of equipment and goods in all areas, and discuss your operations to gain a firm grasp of how your business works. We make suggestions to limit the impact of an unexpected water event, including effective ways to shield inventory, documents, and the tools of your trade before water intrudes. 

You personalize the ERP by using our mobile app to add essential details to the overall plan. Identify and provide contact information for vendors and contractors who sold or leased equipment or developed systems for your shop. Designate trusted employees to act in your stead if water damage occurs when you are unavailable. Make it clear you choose SERVPRO to provide emergency water damage mitigation so we can respond immediately. 

SERVPRO of Upper West Side protects your business best if we arrive at your water loss scenario with an easily accessible digital plan. Call us at (917) 498-1362 to prepare jointly to be Faster to any size disaster.   

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