Recent Storm Damage Posts

Spring Preparations

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

Winter is Gone, and Spring is Here-

With winter behind us, New Yorkers can look forward to blooming flowers and spring cleaning now. To make sure your home is in good shape, here are some tips to inspect for damage, these will not only save you money in the long term but prevent unnecessary property damage. Even after a mild winter, it is critical to assess your property’s exterior to make sure the cold weather hasn’t left you with damages you didn’t expect. It is also important to react quickly and take the necessary steps to prevent property damage from combining with the effects of rain showers to come this spring. Winter weather can be hard on your residential and commercial property, make sure to look for problems that frigid temperatures, snow and ice may have caused.

Winter storms are accompanied by lots of moisture – snow, freezing rain, ice, hail and wind. This can cause common issues like ice dams, frozen pipes and frost heave that may cause damage to your home or business. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is always there to help resolve your property damage restoration needs as soon as you call us, 24/7. Our local disaster restoration services includes:

  • Inspection and Assessment of any damaged areas
  • Water Removal
  • Water Extraction
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning and Repairs
  • Restoration and Reconstruction, as necessary.

There are several common problem areas to inspect during spring for potential damage, including your roof and gutter system, foundation and yard, plumbing system and your property’s exterior. From the top down these areas could see potential damage from the worst that the winter elements can bring. From your roof to your plumbing, here are some signs of damage to look out for:

  • Roof and Gutter System Damage
  • Window, Door and Exterior Damage
  • Foundation and Other Drainage Problems
  • Plumbing Damage
  • Preventing Property Damage Starts With Routine Inspection

If you've noticed any of these above issues just give us a call at Give us a call!

Winter Storms Ahead

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

In the colder months, Staten Islanders can expect rain, snow, and ice storms. As well as a variety of issues that can mess with your home like flooding in your basement or garage from frozen pipes or melted snow. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island, our well trained team is prepared to respond to a flood or water disaster immediately. We are locally owned and operated, always prepared for storm damage and are ready to respond quickly.

How to prepare for the cold winter ahead-

Here are some simple tips to get your home for the cooler weather

  • Insulate walls and attic through a professional company
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
    • These wear out over time and let in drafts
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
    • Just like the issue with worn weather stripped, windows can create a draft 
  • Be prepared with emergency heat:
  • A Fireplace with a good supply of wood or propane
  • A Small, well-vented, wood, coal, or camp stove with fuel
  • A Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
    • Be careful with these as they can cause fire hazards 

Prepare for the Next Thunderstorm

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Knowledge is extremely powerful to have when disaster strikes.  Having a plan in place can keep you and your family safe from harm.

Here our some tips from the American Red Cross concerning Thunderstorms: 


Severe thunderstorms produce hail with a diameter of at least 1 inch or wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Lightning produced by thunderstorms kill more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Widespread power outages caused by high winds which damage homes, blow down trees and utility poles. Flash flooding can be caused by heavy rains during thunderstorms.

What’s the Difference? Storm Watch vs. Storm Warning

A severe storm watch is when there is a possibility for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It is advised to remain informed and ready to act in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

A severe thunderstorm warning is when there has been reports of severe weather by spotters or radar. Warnings indicate an imminent danger to life and property. 

People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning. While some may not be informed on such warnings, there are those who hear the warning but do not heed to it; therefore, it is vital to stay engaged and have a plan in place in the event of a severe thunderstorm and if evacuation is necessary. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, may help save lives.

For more information about storms please visit the National Weather Service.

If you need us in the event there is property damage, feel free to reach out to us at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island. We are always available- 24 hours a days, 7 days a week here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Keeping Gutters Clean For Rain

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Your gutters are a great line of defense to prevent water buildup and put water where it should go, but if they are clogged this is not going to work so well. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks, floods, and bad water damages you don't want to deal with. Here are some tips to follow to prevent damage and larger issues.  

Remove debris: Twigs, leaves, granules and other stuff can accumulate in your gutters, especially if you don't have leaf guards in place. Always make sure to check and remove all possible obstructions inside your gutters to minimize the chances of clogging and overflowing. Make sure to use the most adequate equipment while doing so.

Check for leaks: If your gutters have seen a few downpours, the best thing you can do is make sure they haven't suffered any damage, and that the seams are properly sealed. The best way to detect this problem is to hose your gutters and inspect every foot of your gutters to look for leaks. If you do find them, don't worry and apply a layer of sealant to solve the problem.

Make sure your downspout isn't clogged: This is really, really important. A clogged downspout is not only one of the main reasons rain gutters overflow, but they are also difficult to detect. To achieve this, hose down your downspout from the top and check that water is flowing freely at the bottom. If this is not the case, use a plumber's snake to get rid of the obstruction.

Tropical Storm Henri is Coming- What to do?

8/21/2021 (Permalink)

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. 

Thunderstorms causing more than just noise?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms have the potential to be very dangerous as winds pick up and heavy rain flows. There are numerous ways to keep you and your family safe though and ways to avoid these dangers. Make sure you follow the tips below to prepare you and your household for a potentially dangerous storm. Thunderstorms happen often and can cause a lot of damage to your home if small things are not done in advance. Of course, there are things that can not be prevented but it is important to avoid as many dangers and damages as possible. To prepare for a Thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
    • Include:food, water, light source, a radio, power and any medications you or your family needs
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage.
    • These can fall on people, cars, your roof and cause severe damage
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
    • Lawn chairs, bird feeders, and anything that could blow through a window 
  • Stay inside your home or a secure building.
    • Don’t go outside until it is cleared by city officials and police. Especially stay out of any water
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
    • Your windows can let in flying debris and cause injuries and damage

If you are affected by a bad storm call us today to start a cleanup and restoration. 

Flooding, Oh No!

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage is no fun-

Severe weather can cause damage to your home, property or business.  Stay safe during the storm.  After make sure to call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island.

Here's what FEMA says about floods:

Flooding happens during heavy rains, when rivers overflow, when ocean waves come onshore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. This is the most common natural-weather event. Flooding may be only a few inches of water or it may cover a house to the rooftop. Floods that happen very quickly are called flash floods.


  • Build an emergency kit with things such as: food, water, light source, and a way to communicate.
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Warn others if you hear a flood warning on the TV or radio.


  • Head the commands of authorities and safety officials.
  • If there is any possibility of a flash flood, get to higher ground. 
  • Help your family move important items to the highest floor. 
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even 6” of water can make you fall.


  • Stay away from flood water. It could be contaminated, meaning it can contain dangerous substances such as waste.
  • Stay away from moving water. It can knock you off your feet.
  • Stay out of the way of emergency workers so they can do their job easily and clean up
  • Give SERVPRO a call to repair any damage from the disaster. 

Preparing For A Storm: Apartment Edition

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

storm in NYC Stay safe and protect yourself during any storm!

In New York City, there is a misconception that large storms cannot have an affect on major cities (for whatever reason), and that any building as large as an apartment complex is too big for a severe storm to do real damage too. 

The number of thunderstorms is much larger than the number of urban areas across the United States, showing that direct hits DO occur more often than you might think. 

Below, we have compiled some notes on what you should do to prepare for a storm, from the safety of your apartment.

  • Keep canned and pantry-safe food and drinks on hand.
  • Have access to flashlights with an extra set of batteries.
  • Make sure you keep a first aid kit available: bandages, ibuprofen, and other essentials are must-haves.
  • Keep in touch with your loved ones, singling out an emergency contact to call to verify your safety.
  • Pay attention to all relatives with special needs, small children and pets, as they are the most vulnerable.
  • Find out what emergency plans are in place in your community and how you will be notified in the event of an emergency.
  • Know the hurricane risks in your area and learn the storm surge history and elevation of your area.
  • Store away your important documents (insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, and social security cards) Also have cash, checkbook, credit cards readily available.

An apartment building is as safe as its construction in consideration of the strength of the storm hitting it. And remember, the best place to go in your apartment building during a storm is an interior room on the lowest floor you have access to. It's important to stay away from windows during a storm, due to the risk of broken glass from severe winds.

Looking for a team to help you with cleanup after the storm? SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is here for you! Give us a call at (718) 979-4100 to have a team sent out to you as soon as possible.

How to Prepare Your Home For Winter Storms

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Winter Storms? SERVPRO is here for you! Is your home ready for winter storms?

Winter weather brings freezing temperatures, and snowy conditions.  Ensure your home or business is prepared by reading the tips below:

1) Drain water from the swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. 

2) Be careful with Anti-Freeze: Do NOT put antifreeze in these lines unless directed:  antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, and wildlife.

3) Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain.  Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break. 

4) Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl space.  Ensure that areas where water supply lines are located are insulated enough.  Consider leaving kitchen and bathroom sink cabinet doors open and dripping over night if you think they risk being frozen.

5) Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes. 

6) If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Temporarily suspend the use of lower night time thermostat temperatures to lower the risk of frozen pipes.

If your home or business ends up sustaining damage from winter weather, call SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island 718-979-4100.  We can help you get your property restored to preloss condition.  Call us as soon as you see storm damage.  

Common Questions About Storm Damage

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Aftermath of a Storm Ever wondered what to do in the aftermath of a storm? You're not alone!

When confronted with a natural disaster, it’s important to prepare for the aftermath of the storm. Extreme, tempestuous weather can cause major damage to your home. As trusted restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is ready to answer your questions about how to deal with storm damage.

What Type of Damage Can I Expect?

Each storm and disaster is different in it’s severity and scope. There is no real way to predict the impact of a storm on a home. The most common types of damage include water damage and structural damage to the home, from flooding or fallen debris on the home. The heavy wind that often comes from storms can break windows or pull doors off the hinges. When a door or window is blown away, it allows for water to enter the home, causing severe damage that requires water restoration.

What Do I Do Now That the Storm is Over?

You must react quickly if your home has suffered any type of damage after a storm has subsided. The first step is to locate a contractor who provides restoration services. Your home is susceptible to further structural damage, mold, and more if you do not act quickly and have an expert restore the damage quickly. If any windows and/or doors have been removed, be sure to put them back in place or find a suitable solution until you can properly replace the units. 

Roof Damage? Restoration Professionals will put a tarp on a broken roof to ensure that the property is safe. Keep in mind: you will also need to contact your insurance provider to start the claims process. Take plenty of pictures of the area to aid your claim.

What Happens During Restoration?

The process of restoration is unique to different situations, Storm Damage Restoration being no different. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island uses professional-grade equipment to quickly remove any excess water and effectively dry out the area. If applicable, our professionals will use further steps to get rid of unwanted odors and sanitize the space. Our professionals will remove damaged drywall, re-install flooring, clean all surfaces, and perform any other needed tasks to ensure that the home is back to its original state.

Storms can be debilitating to homes which is why it is important to pick a reputable cleanup and restoration company. Be sure to put your home in safe hands, with the help of the team at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island. Give us a call at (718) 979-4100.

Five Must Know Tips for Preparing For Storms and Floods

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Flood in NYC streets from Storm Storms can wreak havoc on your home (and your sanity!) Preparing today can save you peace of mind and money down the line.

From appliances mishaps to natural disasters, water damage has many types and forms that accompany it. Storms and floods are one of the most common types of water damage homeowners and renters can expect here in New York City:

According to New York City Emergency Management, floods account for over $1 billion dollars of damage each year in the United States. It is a threat that every New Yorker is exposed to, regardless of proximity to the waterfront. Flooding can arise from storms, water main breaking, or sewage backups. 

  1. Make an Emergency Readiness Plan

It is recommended to make an Emergency Readiness Plan to be ready for any situation. This includes knowing where to meet family after an emergency, there should be at least two locations chosen to meet with others in your household in case of separation. This guarantees that all involved know that they will be able to locate each other with ease, eliminating stress. In addition, pick a neighbor or family member who lives nearby that you can call for support in any case of emergency.

Next, identify any possible exit routes out of the city. Account for bridges and tunnels being overwhelmed by traffic, or for having to seek out another form of transportation to leave the city if you have to evacuate your home during the cleanup and restoration process following a flood.

  1. Check Your Insurance Policy

If you rent your home, renters insurance will insure the items inside your apartment. Homeowner? Make sure that flood and wind damage are included in your homeowner’s policy. In many cases, homeowners insurance neglects to include flood damage coverage, so be sure to add it to your policy to be prepared. Keep your insurance information on your phone and printed out or written in an easily accessible space, such as in your wallet, car glove box, or in your bag. 

  1. Make a Go Bag

It’s exactly what it sounds like. A Go Bag is a curated collection of items that you can grab in a hurry in case of an emergency. Make sure the bag itself is sturdy, such as a backpack, and customize it to your household’s direct needs.

Examples Include:

  • Bottled Water and Nonperishable Food: Granola bars, beef jerky, trail mix are all great quick snacks to include.
  • Flashlight with batteries included.
  • List of medications you take with a brief description of why and when you take them.
  • A contact list of your family and household members, with phone numbers included.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Child, pet, and other special care items
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Cash
  • Toiletries, such as: a toothbrush, razor, deodorant, contact solution/case, etc.
  1. Protect your home as much as possible

If you live in a flood-susceptible area, keep materials, such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber, on hand to help protect your home. It will help minimize damage to the structure of your building. Renting? Check with your property manager to see what they are doing to prepare for any major storm or natural disaster. If you would like more information, consult the NYC Department of Environmental Protection for resources that can help protect you.

  1. Lastly, protect your property.

One step you should take that can be done anytime, is to make an itemized list of personal property, including furnishings, clothing, and valuables. Be sure to include more items to this list as you make purchases going forward. This will help you in case any items are damaged and must be replaced via your insurance policy.

As the saying goes,

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

In many cases floods can be either man-made or result from a natural disaster. In either way, it’s important for New Yorkers to make preparations to alleviate stress and deal with the problem as efficiently as possible. At SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island, we are able to help you create an Emergency Readiness Plan (or ERP) that is tailored to your exact home or business needs. Give us a call today at 718-979-4100 and ask for Annmarie!

Checking For Damage After A Storm

8/4/2020 (Permalink)


The aftermath of a large storm like Tropical Storm Isaias can be daunting. Within seconds, a storm can change everything. If your home or business is affected by storm damage, water or otherwise, it’s very important to prioritize restoration in order to minimize loss. Knowing what to expect will help bring back your normal day-to-day routine.

Once it is safe to do so, check your property for damage. It’s important to make sure that the area is safe, so refer to local news to be certain that there are no more storm hazards. 

Be very careful to watch out for: broken glass, exposed nails, downed power lines, collapsed roofing, and standing water. When assessing damage, be sure to keep ample distance from downed power lines.

Important places to look immediately following a storm? Look for any damage to the outside unit. This means scanning all exterior services for damage such as splitting, cracks, chipping, and discoloration. Both windows and doors are prone to damage from being hit by debris and hurt by strong gusts of wind. In addition, be sure to locate outside appliances such as an air conditioner to be sure that it is still working properly.

It’s important to get a professional contractor in as soon as you suspect damage. Any signs of water damage could lead to the immediate and swift growth of mold in the area. Trust SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan and Southern Staten Island to take the heavyweight of the responsibility off of your back. Choose one of the most reliable names in Cleanup and Restoration to make sure that your life can get back on track--fast! 



11/12/2019 (Permalink)

53' trailer Unexpected loss from heavy storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, & blizzards can do serious damage to a property and put a great deal of stress on the owner.

The weather can be unpredictable and intense.  No one can control the weather. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help restore your home after any type of havoc a storm may leave behind.

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island has a specialized storm team and large loss response system to provide the resources to restore your property in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO tactically places disaster teams across the country to travel when needed and provide disaster relief after large storms. Our disaster team is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year and are prepared for the unexpected.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island today 212-768-9400!

Storms can strike at anytime and catch property owner’s by surprise.

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

equipment hallway Our goal at SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is to restore your property back to a clean, safe, and healthy, environment.

Storm and flood damage can leave property owner’s overwhelmed and devastated. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is an emergency service that is available 24 hours a day. Our crew is well prepared to deal with any size damage might have occurred on your property due to a storm.

Recently, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island was called to a home to resolve damage that was due to a storm. When our crew arrived at the home, they performed emergency services which included, setting up 4 dehumidifiers, and 8 air movers. Our crew then cut 1 access hole and ducted it to lay flat in the hallway, where most of the damage occurred.  The following day, we performed the remaining remediation in the home.

Our crew noticed a lot of water had accumulated in the ceilings of the closets, so they put 3 access holes with lay flats ducted to air movers and a dehumidifier. Then, they removed the base trim in the hallways and put another lay flat ducted to a dehumidifier, which they planned to check the following day to see the moisture level. By day 3 when we returned, the moisture levels in the bathroom had gone down significantly, but the ceilings still needed additional drying. When our crew went back a few days later to do a moisture reading, the flooring in the second hallway was still wet but the main hallway had dried.

When the damage after the storm was resolved, and we removed all our equipment, the homeowners were very satisfied with our work and appreciative that we were able to help so quickly. For all your restoration needs call us 24/7 at: (718) 979-4100.

Battering Storm, Staten Island? Call SERVPRO 24/7/365!

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

structure impacted When the Storm hits, SERVPRO has got you Covered!

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island specializes in storm and flood damage restoration that have affected homes or businesses. Our crews are professionally trained regularly, and we use specialized equipment to restore your home to its condition, Like it never even happened.

Faster Response Time

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker and ensure our trucks are loaded with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Richmond County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 718-979-4100.

When Storms Affect Your Office, SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island was Born Ready!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

flooded office Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in your Richmond County Business.

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island specializes in both storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are professionally trained regularly, and we use specialized equipment to restore your business to its condition before the storm.

  • Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

  • Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Southern Staten Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 718-979-4100.

Storm Restoration in Richmond County

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

ceiling caved in and pipe burst Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Richmond County.

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Richmond County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 718-979-4100.

When Floods hit Staten Island, SERVPRO is ready!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

water in basement Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Richmond County.

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Richmond County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 718-979-4100

Staten Island Storm Watch

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

With the Atlantic hurricane season approaching, meteorologists are recommending that certain regions take the proper precautions for the upcoming hurricane season. 

Forecasters at AccuWeather have just recently predicted an above average hurricane season this year, meaning that the number of expected storms is slightly larger than normal. According to the forecasters there may be up to 14 storms this season, which ranges from June 1 to Nov 30. Up to 4 of this 14 may become classified hurricanes. 

Based on these stats, it is within the advice of professionals to start planning well ahead of time so that safe measures may be appropriately executed. 

Staten Island Water Damage

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Living in New York, water damage can be a common and very devastating thing. While there are many causes such as leaking/bursting pipes in apartments, issues with plumbing in homes, or even a natural disaster there is a way to restore the damage depending on the situation. Unfortunately, in some cases, there is a chance that some items aren't capable of restoring, for example, some items soaked in water past forty-eight hours can reach a point of no return. On the flip side certified professional water damage restoration specialist can tell the best way to restore water damage to property or if it can even be restored.

Keep in mind one of the best things a person can do is make sure their insurance policy will cover any water damage in the unfortunate event of a disaster. Although making sure to take steps to prevent water damage from happening in the first place will always be the recommended first and best choice.

Tips For Avoiding Water Damage:

-Keep a close eye on your water bill

Sometimes leaks can happen in our homes that we have no idea about and by the time you realize it, there is water damage left behind that's irreversible or you end up coming out of pocket to fix not only the leak but the water damage too. Monitoring your bill can help you catch if it reaches an unusually high amount which can indicate a leak.

-Maintain clean roof gutters

Most times roof gutters can get overlooked but it's important to clean it out at least once a month. Things such as leaves, sticks, debris that has blown around in the air, and even bird nests could be clogging your gutter. This in return can send water flowing into your home on a rainy day.

After the Storm: Quick and Effective Water Damage Restoration Process

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the long-term destructive substances in the indoor home environment. Flooding can lead to structure destruction and cause the personal property to deteriorate rapidly. The issue becomes severe if the cleanup service is delayed.

The harmful impacts of water can significantly be minimized by a prompt and efficient clean up within 24-48 hours. Even if the flooding may seem severe, a quick cleanup and restoration produce amazing results. There are numerous causes of water damage which include;

  • Natural hazards and weather-related water damage
  • Building your house in an area prone to collecting water like basements and crawl space
  • Malfunctioning of home appliances
  • Problems with the plumbing system
  • Leaking pipes
  • Sewage backups

Regardless of the cause, we are here to help you and ensure that your building goes back to its prior state.

If water damage restoration is not quickly and appropriately done, it could lead to significant losses like business interruption, health risks, and other financial burdens. When conducting a water damage restoration, we follow the following steps;

Property assessment

When you contact us for a water damage restoration, our contractors come to your property and perform a thorough evaluation of the damage done. This provides them with a clear understanding of the method to use for the remediation. They will then develop a strategic plan to maximize the restoration process.

Getting rid of water

Through a strategic plan derived by the specialists, they start the water removal process. It involves the use of specialized equipment like power pumps and vacuums to ensure no moisture left.


After removing the excess moisture, we perform the drying and dehumidifying process. After water removal, the floor and walls are likely to retain excess water, and this step is meant to get rid of that moisture as it can cause warping and swelling of the property leading to further destruction.

Cleaning the property

This is the final step which involves cleaning and removing any debris caused by the water damage. This will also include treatment, disinfectant, and odor removal treatment.

After the Rain: Restoring your valuables

9/4/2016 (Permalink)

Restoring your valuables

The chances of restoring your furniture after a flood highly depend on the magnitude of the flooding and the furniture type. But obviously, less porous solid wood furniture has a higher chance of being salvaged than the particle board or upholstered furniture. Even though restoring water ruined valuables seems to be an easier task, it is better you leave it to professionals. Immediately after a flood, consider doing the following:

- Act fast but also respect all the contents in it. Damages on your valuables will be severe if you allow more time to pass after the flood.

- Move salvageable furniture to drier areas to start the drying process.

- Remember to take some photos of the damaged items. These photos may help you when filing an insurance claim. When deciding on the furniture pieces to restore you have to consider the damage severity, the sentimental value and the total cost of restoration.

- You can also salvage your upholstered furniture if it came into contact with a smaller amount of clean water – during the flooding. Remember to separate your upholstery fabrics and the other colored items – this will prevent bleeding. Never dry it as this may lead to mildew or mold growth.

Always protect your home from floods. But if anything unexpected happens, our technicians are always ready to help customers with valuables restoration. You can contact us at any time particularly if you are looking for the best services.

Repair Water Damage In Staten Island

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Staten Island Water Damage Restoration Service

Has your Staten Island property been damaged by a flood or some other natural disaster? SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is the company that will come to your rescue. After your home or business has been damaged by water, there are a few tips you can take before we arrive.

  • Mop and blot excess water.
  • Remove tabletop items.
  • Remove excess water from wood furniture.
  • Turn air conditioner on for maximum drying in summer months.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Staten Island SERVPRO will provide:

  • 24-hour emergency services
  • Highly-trained technicians
  • Trusted leader in water restoration
  • Advanced water inspection, extraction and drying equipment

Our Restoration Process

We are available to take your calls 24 hours a day. Be prepared to answer questions about your specific water damage. We need to know what equipment to bring and how many professionals to send to complete the job quickly and efficiently.

  • We assess the damage.
  • Identify and stop water source.
  • Identify type of water.
  • Move furniture.
  • Remove water.
  • Dry the area.
  • Clean and sanitize.
  • Restore your home or business to pre-water damaged condition.
    • Replace drywall.
    • Install new carpet.
    • Reconstruct areas or rooms.
    • Temporarily board up buildings.