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Flood Damage Can Happen in Rockaway Park Without Overhead Storms

2/10/2024 (Permalink)

contents taken outside from flooded property Our SERVPRO team removes flood damaged contents from a Rockaway Park home. We are available 24/7 to assist with flooding.

Ocean Tides Can Cause Flood Damage, Also

Rockaway Park's location makes it prone to flooding from storms and rising sea levels. Parts of our neighborhood are below sea level by two or three yards. Homes here do not need to experience a storm to sustain flood damage. SERVPRO® is always nearby, including here on the peninsula, and ready to help make your property "Like it never even happened."

Property owners in Rockaway Park faced with flood damage should avoid returning to their property until it is safe. Flooding and storms create several hazards, from downed power lines to jagged items that can cut through clothing but submerged under dirty water. SERVPRO handles everything so you can relax and concentrate on stabilizing your family's temporary living situation.

When SERVPRO handles storm and flood damage, we include:

  • Tree removal and roofing repairs,
  • Repairs to flooring, electrical, & HVAC systems, and
  • Removal of damaged materials.

Working in teams allows SERVPRO to accomplish more than one task at a time. While we pump out flood water from your home, we can assess your roof. We can remove any debris or trees and tarp openings. When weather permits, we can repair the roof and underlying elements.

The interior elements of your residence require repairs to be operable again. Flooring can cause trip and fall accidents if not repaired, and electrical conduits must be completely dry. HVAC systems often contain molds and other microbes that grew prolifically because of the flooding. We must also deal with water damage throughout the home.

Water damage can spread to your family's belongings, necessitating their removal for either disposal or cleaning at our facility. Cleaning requires special cleaning agents that remove soils and act as an antimicrobial. We work within municipal codes regarding everything, including any dumpsters we use to facilitate the cleaning up of your home.

Call SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island, for experienced flood damage restorers. You can reach us at (718) 400-9051. We'll address water damage and odors, too.

Rockaway Park Residents Trust SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration

12/17/2023 (Permalink)

a hand with a purple glove on pointing at mold growing in the corner of a room Removing mold from your home is a tricky task. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and professional equipment to help you.

Mold Damage Restoration in Rockaway Park Happens Quick with SERVPRO

Mold damage restoration of your Rockaway Park home requires expertise, precision, and swift action. SERVPRO®, a trusted leader in mold damage restoration, stands at the forefront of this battle, offering help for homeowners and businesses. SERVPRO utilizes cutting-edge tools to remove mold and prevent its return, ensuring a safe environment for all residents.

The primary goal of SERVPRO techs during mold damage restoration of your Rockaway Park home is to prevent the spores from contaminating unaffected areas. We take proper precautions and measures to ensure that mold remediation happens as quickly and safely as possible. 

Establishing Robust Containments During Mold Inspections, Remediations and Removal 

SERVPRO technicians adhere to the rigorous standards of IICRC when establishing containment zones during mold remediation. It ensures that the spread of mold is effectively controlled and cross-contamination is minimized.

Containment is a critical aspect of mold remediation, and it involves creating physical barriers to isolate the affected area. Based on IICRC guidelines, SERVPRO techs categorize containment zones into several types:

  • Source Containment: It is used for minor, localized mold problems. Source containment involves sealing off the area around the mold growth. It is typically achieved using polyethylene sheeting and tape. The goal is to prevent the disturbed mold spores from spreading during cleaning.
  • Local Containment: It involves the creation of a containment chamber, using thick polyethylene sheeting, to isolate the mold-affected area from the rest of the property. Negative air pressure is often employed within these chambers to prevent mold spores from escaping into uncontaminated areas.
  • Full-scale Containment: It may be necessary in cases of widespread mold contamination. It involves sealing off entire rooms or sections of your Rockaway Park property. Sophisticated equipment like air scrubbers and negative air machines maintain negative pressure and filter the air.

Throughout the mold remediation process, SERVPRO technicians meticulously follow IICRC guidelines for containment to ensure that mold is effectively isolated and removed, safeguarding the safety of the building’s occupants and the integrity of the structure.

Call SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island, at (718) 400-9051 to get started today.

Rockaway Fire and Smoke Removal

10/9/2023 (Permalink)

image of fire damaged wall and brickwork We're Faster to any size disaster™. Call SERVPRO to cleanup soot and fire damage in your Rockaway home.

SERVPRO’s Efficient Fire and Smoke Removal in Rockaway

Rockaway is a charming coastal neighborhood boasting many historical landmarks and tourist destinations. The Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk offer miles of pristine sandy shores, perfect for relaxing, swimming, and sunbathing. Visitors can explore the historic Rockaway Lighthouse, a testament to the area's maritime heritage. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge provides a serene retreat with diverse ecosystems and abundant birdlife. The vibrant local food scene is another highlight, with renowned eateries offering fresh seafood and delicious cuisines. While Rockaway's coastal beauty and local landmarks draw visitors, unfortunate incidents like fire and smoke damage can occur. In such instances, the resilient community relies on professional services like SERVPRO® to provide safe and efficient restoration.

SERVPRO technicians excel at fire and smoke removal in Rockaway due to their extensive training, experience, and use of advanced techniques. Our expertise enables us to assess the severity of the damage, efficiently remove soot and smoke residue, deodorize affected areas, and restore homes to their pre-fire condition.

Removing Smoke and Soot During House Fire Cleanup

Rockaway has unfortunately experienced the devastating effects of fire damage, impacting its local architecture, schools, parks, and the surrounding community. Historic buildings like the Rockaway Beach Fire Station have suffered significant damage, disrupting the area's architectural heritage. Local schools, like Scholars' Academy, and parks, including Bayswater Park, have also been affected, disrupting the lives of residents and the recreational spaces they cherish. However, with the support of professional restoration services like SERVPRO, the community is working diligently to rebuild, restore, and revitalize these vital assets, ensuring a safer and thriving environment for all.

SERVPRO techs understand the interaction of smoke and soot particles with various surfaces and use four essential actions to break the bonds between them-

  • Mechanical action
  • Lubrication
  • Chemical action
  • Suspension and dispersion

Lubrication aids in loosening residue for easier removal. Chemical action involves using specialized cleaners to break down and dissolve soot. Suspension and dispersion techniques help to disperse and remove suspended particles from surfaces, ensuring thorough cleaning and restoration.

Call SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island, at (718) 400-9051.

Starting Water Damage Restoration in Queens Quickly

8/13/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with water covering the hardwood floor Water damage repair is a job best left to the professionals. Call SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians and equipment to fix any disaster.

SERVPRO? Helps Water Cleanup at Every Stage

Queens is the largest of the NYC boroughs and is home to 2.4 million people. It is one of the more diverse subsections of the metropolis, having neighborhoods devoted to all classes and featuring diverse high-rise and single-family structures. Queens also features Coney Island and The Rockaways, providing a stretch of beach that has become attractive to surfers and swimmers for several months of the year.

While you might not want to need water damage restoration in your Queens home or business, it is nice to know experienced professionals are ready to help. Whether a Large Loss involving Citi Field or the New York Hall of Science to high-rise apartment units where disasters impact several homes simultaneously, fast action is critical. This fact can be especially true for the many protected buildings and properties throughout the Central Ridgewood Historic District. These aging structures provide a look at primarily bygone architecture and the unique history of the borough.

Water Damage Restoration Solutions

Effective water damage restoration services involve several steps and stages. The experience and skill of our IICRC-certified recovery team ensure that you have competent professionals to guide you through each phase of returning your home or business to preloss condition. We arrive fast to begin mitigation to keep the situation from worsening and stay with the project until it feels like home again. Steps can include:

  • Extraction 
  • Drying
  • Content Cleaning
  • Repairs
  • Mold Prevention 

Water damage restoration can be as stressful as catching a flight out of LaGuardia or JFK International Airport. Experience matters with your Queens County property, which can be particularly true for cultural centers this part of the city is known for, such as the Louis Armstrong Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Noguchi Museum. SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island is here to help when needed. Call us at (718) 400-9051.

Completing Fire Damage Restoration in Queens

5/23/2023 (Permalink)

fire damaged wall; smoke and soot seen; SERVPRO is the first choice for fire damage restoration needs.

Resolving Fire Damage Conveniently with SERVPRO

A fire-damaged property presents many problems, such as unstable structural fixtures and hazards from harmful debris like soot or frayed electrical cables. Combined with strong smoky odors, they can force you to leave your Queens home even when damage is minimal. With assistance from SERVPRO, you can comfortably leave your property and expect to find it better when you return.

You may have extra hours to fill daily as the SERVPRO professionals handle restoring fire damage at your Queens premises. When you aim to get away from your soot-caked property, visiting some elegant location, such as an art gallery where you can explore immersive artworks known as installations, sculptures, paintings, and more, is a good idea.

Galleries You Can Visit in Queens

  • The MoMA PS1 contemporary gallery on Jackson Avenue features art installations, performances, and exhibitions.
  • The SculptureCenter contemporary art museum on Purves Street features sculptures and installations from emerging and established artists.
  • The Socrates Sculpture Park offers a unique chance to enjoy art in the outdoors. The park is built on a former landfill and features multimedia installations and sculptures.
  • Flux Factory, located on 29th Street, hosts exhibitions.

Apart from sightseeing, leaving your property during fire restoration can be a chance to do things you have been pushing to the back burner, such as tuning or detailing your car. There are several car repair shops in Queens specializing in different services. 

  • M-Spec Performance, located on 73rd Place, is an excellent choice for maintenance, repairs, or performance upgrades for exotic and European cars.
  • S & M Ignition offers full-service auto repairs, including oil changes, engine diagnostics, and brake repairs.
  • R&S Auto Repair on Broadway handles various repairs, including brakes, suspension, and engines.
  • AWE Tuning offers high-performance upgrades for exhaust systems, intakes, and suspensions.

SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island, makes fire damage restoration convenient, allowing you to live normally. Call (718) 400-9051. 

Rapid Water Cleanup for Rockaway Park Manufacturing Facilities

5/11/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Air Movers For fast and efficient service call SERVPRO.

Water Cleanup Starts with Extraction

With much waterfront access on the peninsula's north and south, all Rockaways feature manufacturing facilities and warehouses. When flooding or water damage impacts these structures, Large Loss professionals must work fast to get your doors back open and production back to normal. Extraction is critical in managing the pressing threat of water damage in these sprawling commercial structures, so SERVPRO professionals work fast to regulate pooling water with immediate extraction. 

Effective Water Removal Solutions for Warehouses

Starting water cleanup for Rockaway Park businesses like warehouses focuses first on clearing surface water. Our fast action can protect wares and machinery from water exposure with the proper removal approach. Our SERVPRO team breaks up the water removal process into three stages based on the water threat present:

  • Engine-Driven Extraction – The most potent extraction device in our inventory, this device is capable of massive water movement and managing possible solids and debris caught in standing water.
  • Interior Extraction – Extraction then shifts to using mobile units like trash pumps and wet vacuums. Combined, these can manage most of the collected water that the truck-mount extractor could not remove.

  • Squeegee Wands – Finishing the water removal on smooth, concrete surfaces uses more than mops and towels. Squeegee wands work with wet vacs and pumps, corralling the remaining water puddling on floors and collecting it.

Moving Forward After Effective Extraction

Removing the surface water is rarely the extent of the effort needed to clean up after flooding or water damage in a warehouse. We have practical drying tools like air movers, dehumidifiers, commercial-grade heaters, trailered generators, and more to help. Our experienced technicians rapidly transition from mitigation to restoration to meet the urgent timeline of commercial recovery. 


Water spreading along the floors of your warehouse can threaten your business and slow down production or stop it entirely. With our fast response and experience with effective extraction and post-water damage cleanup, we can get you back in business fast. Give SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island, a call when disaster strikes at (718) 400-9051.

How Fire Damage Affects Rockaway Park Homes and Businesses

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee on a ladder in a fire damaged room applying paint SERVPRO vanquishes smoke odors when restoring Rockaway Park homes after a fire.

SERVPRO Overcomes Fire Damage Threats

Thousands of residents depend on our restoration team for our prompt response and experience with the damage their homes might face after disasters like fires. As destructive as these emergencies might initially appear, our comprehensive recovery solutions can help with all aspects, from emergency repairs and mitigation to soot removal and deodorization.

The Importance of Early Action

One of the most important aspects of restoring fire damage to Rockaway Park homes and businesses is the prompt response of professionals. Our team's early actions can prove critical in creating a fast turnaround against threats to the contents of your home and structural integrity. We have multiple emergency services that can begin as soon as our team arrives.

Reducing Airborne Contamination

Air quality is an important goal for fire restoration specialists working in your home. Not only can this create a volatile environment that endangers professionals working to clean the house, but air quality is also a substantial concern in returning your residence to its original condition. The HVAC system can contain much of the smoke damage moving through the structure, as these systems are usually operational when the fires begin. We use HEPA filtration products and air duct cleaning to address these issues.

How SERVPRO Removes Soot

Smoke damage is one of the more formidable obstacles for fire restoration professionals. We understand the importance of eliminating soil deposits on surfaces before permanent damage results. Because the severity of these soils can vary significantly, different approaches will be necessary to remove soot fully and overcome its impact on your house. Some of these include:

  • Dissolving Residues- Solvents are important in removing soot and smoke residues from surfaces. These powerful products dissolve particles on the surface to make wet cleaning possible.
  • Alkaline Detergents - Soot is a corrosive substance on surfaces, making it likely to destroy the finish of a substrate if exposure lasts longer than it should. We have alkaline cleaners that can balance the pH of acidic soot particles and make cleaning easier.
  • Cleaning with Abrasives - Surface cleaning does not always work, however. We have robust and effective solutions for removing thick residues from textiles, including media blasting.
  • Demolition - If other tactics do not work for removing soot, we also have the advantage of a general contractor license to complete controlled demolition. Ruined materials should be removed quickly to avoid cross-contamination with nearby surfaces that can be salvaged.

Lingering Odors After Fire Damage

There is no mistaking the odor that a fire can leave behind. The combustion of materials alone creates a volatile environment that makes comfortable living difficult for your family. Even a small grease fire rapidly contained in the kitchen can create strong odors that must be overcome.

We have several deodorization tactics beginning with foggers and hydroxyl generators. Using pairing agents to combine with odor molecules in the environment, we can rapidly neutralize strong smells that impact your home. We also have helpful tactics to address imaginary smells (phantosmia) that homeowners believe they sense after experiencing a fire.

A fire in your home or business can be destructive and ruinous. We have experienced professionals available to help. Count on our SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island team for a prompt response with the necessary personnel and proprietary equipment to get life back to normal after fire damage disasters. Call us today at (718) 400-9051.

SERVPRO Helps Rockaway Park Homes Overcome Water Damage

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO air mover with the caption “Here to Help” SERVPRO is always Here to Help our Rockaway Park neighbors to restore their water damaged properties.

Steps To Overcome Water Damage

Water damage recovery service calls make up a large percentage of the work we do throughout the year. Homes experience multiple types of disasters in this area, allowing water to move rapidly from the source throughout the house. Professionals like ours understand that every situation is different, so we arrive with hundreds of drying tools to match the specific conditions of your home for efficient and effective cleanup. Some of the common types of disasters that could impact your home include:

  • Burst pipes
  • Leaks
  • Appliance failures
  • Spills
  • Flooding

 Qualified SERVPRO Technicians to Help

Water damage in Rockaway Park must be handled fast. Most DIY cleanup and recovery are not ideal for damaging disasters in your residence, specifically because surface cleaning only sometimes addresses the entire issue. You must often lean on the experience and accreditations of professional restorers like our team to help. We are WRT-Certified through the IICRC. With 24/7 availability from our centrally located facility, we can quickly reach properties throughout The Rockaways and Coney Island.

Rapid Mitigation Solutions

Our professionals need to work fast to determine the pressing concerns after we arrive. Mitigation is meant to regulate conditions that could make restoration more complicated or create an unsafe environment for your family. Our emergency services focus on several areas where we can help, often focusing first on removing any standing water that might be present in the house. It is challenging to determine the extent of damage to the rest of the property without first addressing hindrances to a proper inspection.

Extraction and Water Removal Services

Various extraction tools will be necessary to address the water standing in several areas of the house. Severe water pooling will require our most powerful removal equipment. A truck-mount extractor, self-power sourced with gas or diesel fuel, is part of our Green Fleet of service vehicles. More manageable conditions can fall under our inventory's capable equipment, like pumps and vacuums. We also utilize attachments and accessories for wet vacuums, such as light wands and squeegee wands, to provide the finishing touches on surface water damage.

Caring for the Contents of Your Home

Under the right conditions, it will take little time for your personal belongings and treasured possessions to become permanently ruined by water exposure. It is a priority of our restoration team to work in the early stages to relocate at-risk items to a safer location or create a staging area for on-site cleaning and recovery. Our content claims service can also help insurance companies to keep track of loss and our efforts to salvage what can be cleaned.

Needed Drying Equipment

Any water damage situation involving your home requires some degree of drying. While the specifics of this need will vary from property to property, the underlying requirements of evaporation and humidity control remain the same. Some of the common approaches for our efficient drying process include:

  • Centrifugal Movers – Powerful blowers force air against wet materials to directly dry these installed elements as rapidly as possible.
  • Dehumidification Units – Where air movers work to create evaporation and force moisture into the air, dehumidifiers regulate this humidity to continue the drying process. Two dehumidification units come into our process: desiccants and low-grain refrigerant options.
  • Drying Mats – Flooring like hardwood can be complicated to dry. Mats remove moisture through capillary suction, often preserving these planks from permanent damage.

You do not have to let water damage destroy your home. Count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island team to help. We are available 24/7 at (718) 400-9051.

Removing Mold Damage from Rockaway Park Homes

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

mold damage on the insulation behind a bathtub with the caption “mold damage can happen out of sight” Trust SERVPRO for mold cleanup and remediation in Rockaway Park. We restore your property, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps Homeowners Through Mold Damage

When mold damage exceeds 10 square feet in the affected area, the EPA and other trusted sources state that professional remediation services are necessary. The suspicion of mold can be enough to contact an inspection company to verify and confirm the presence of microbial colonies. This team ultimately directs professionals like ours on the work necessary to return your property to its original conditions based on their assessment.

Understanding the Truth About Microbial Damage

There is much bad information about mold damage in Rockaway Park properties. You can convince yourself that the situation is not as bad as it seems or that rapid remediation is unnecessary. Debunking some of the myths about mold can help you to appreciate the severity of these situations and why quick action is your best option to protect your property and those exposed.

  • Can Anyone Fully Remove Mold?

One significant area of misinformation is the complete removal of mold. Spores are part of every environment in our household and, in most cases, pose no threat to your home or family. Only when moist conditions are favorable to colonization does mold removal often need to occur.

  • Will Mold Resolve Itself? 

Mold will not resolve itself and often becomes a worsening scenario for your household until remediation gets underway.

  • Is DIY Remediation Possible?

It is only recommended to attempt to clean up a very small surface area of no more than 10 square feet. Beyond this, the situation could be much worse than you might see. Our IICRC-certified technicians can get the job done right.

The Earliest Stages of Mold Damage Recovery

Before beginning the necessary remediation and cleanup of affected materials in your home, we must perform initial actions to expedite this restoration process. This mitigation serves as an accelerant for the recovery of the house and a safeguard to prevent the situation from worsening.

  • Containment – Actions taken to stop the spread of mold spores and migrating organisms.
  • Evaluating the Structural Damage – Assessing the condition of hosting materials to determine if they are salvageable through cleanup and drying.
  • Finding the Water Source – We seek out the source of moisture damage to offer needed repairs or sealing services.

Removing Mold Damage

When it comes to removing the mold that has been found in your home, several approaches can accomplish this. Our decision in how we approach mold removal varies based on our assessments of material salvageability and the severity of the mold infestation. While superficial cleaning is ideal, it is not always enough to address the full spectrum of spores or active organisms in affected rooms. Remediation takes many forms, such as:

  • Surface Cleaning
  • Abrasive Removal
  • Power Sanding
  • Demolition 

Overcoming Threatening Musty Smells

One of the telling signs of mold damage in your house is a strong, musty smell that accompanies mold development. Volatile organic compounds are generated by active colonization, and these compounds are recognizable by their strong scent. Homeowners can sometimes determine the presence of mold without seeing colonies based on this distinct malodor. Deodorization is an important part of our remediation process, using various tactics from oxidation to HEPA filtration and fogging.

What Repairs Are Necessary?

You might not immediately be thinking about the repairs and reconstruction your home could require after mold colonies. Because some of the remediation processes might have included controlled demolition, replacing these building materials is a priority for our professionals to return your home to preloss condition. In addition, we must provide suitable solutions to protect your home against recurring mold in the future. This might ultimately require sealing services or repairs to the structure where moisture has been allowed to enter the property.

If you think mold might threaten your home, do not let a bad situation worsen. SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island professionals can help with our quick response and experience with effective remediation solutions. Give us a call at (718) 400-9051.

Cleaning Up Rockaway Park Homes After Storm and Water Damage

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

Water Damage on Floor and Wall Don’t let storm damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Water Damage Resulting from Storms 

The New York City area experiences severe weather throughout all seasons of the year, so Rockaway Park homes and businesses must stay prepared to face the threats involved. Violent winds, torrential rain, and heavy snowfall can all take their toll on your residence, introducing water into several areas of the structure. 

Water damage in Rockaway Park requires specific approaches and mitigation when it results from storm losses. The first step must be to determine the damage's extent and affected areas of the property. We have a fast-responding mitigation team for emergency services and repairs. SERVPRO understands the vulnerabilities of the house based on where water enters.

  • Water Through the Roof 

From fallen trees to wind damage that destroys portions of shingles on the roof, water can easily make its way into the attic from damage to this structural system. 

  • Water Though the Exterior 

Other exterior elements that make up the building envelope can also become compromised by severe storm systems or freezing conditions. The water behind the veneer of the building must be dried and removed promptly before mold damage results. 

  • Water in the Basement 

Through vulnerabilities in the foundation or entry via below-grade stairwells, water in the basement level of the building can be a challenge to extract and manage. 

Effective Water Removal and Cleanup

Knowing where the water comes from can help start repairs, but when the water has already made it inside, our SERVPRO team must also mitigate loss with effective water removal. We use extraction tools like pumps and vacuums first to clear surface pooling. Effective drying can follow with strategically placed air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the affected rooms.


Storms are not an uncommon part of living in our service area. When your home suffers damage that introduces water into your living spaces, contact our SERVPRO of The Rockaways, Coney Island team. Our disaster response crew is ready 24/7 at (718) 400-9051.