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EPS Featured on This Way on Bay

EPS was recently featured on hyperlocal Staten Island blog, This Way on Bay, in an article about EPS’ family tradition of historic renovations. In the article, owners Melissa and David Mazzei spoke about their current project, restoring the historic Pavilion on the Terrace:

If you’ve ever taken a drive or a stroll down Richmond Terrace on Staten Island, you may have gone by The Pavilion on the Terrace, which has been closed for 12 years. The building was first constructed as a residence in the year 1835 and then in 1965 started operating as a banquet hall until its eventual close in 2005. Since its closure, this historical treasure has been sitting and waiting for new life and that new life has come.

EPS Contracting, a Staten Island-based company, is currently rebuilding and renovating the property for owners Kecia & Devone and they have hopes to complete and be able to cater to their first customers by May of 2017. The property will be a 170 seat catering hall and restaurant. Operated by Melissa and David Mazzei, EPS is a second generation restoration company. Melissa and David grew up watching their father, Ettore Mazzei, restore a dozen historic projects over their lifetime. The process inspired them to start their own construction restoration company; EPS Contracting.

You can read David and Melissa’s full comments in the rest of the article, here.


Advice For Flood Victims To Save Money Before Demolition

 

As the cleanup effort from Hurricane Sandy continues here in Staten Island, I’ve dispensed the same piece of advice to flood victims a number of times:

Plan your rebuild before you begin demolition.

Many victims under-estimate the cost of rebuilding, and demolish everything in their house when they don’t have to.  Take note of hard surface that can simply be cleaned. Bathrooms with tile floors don’t need to be removed, but when we arrive clients have already included them in the demolition without realizing this. Many of the surfaces in a bathroom can get wet without structural damage and can be salvaged.

Sub-floors are another item being needlessly demolished. When building a house, first you lay the foundation. Then you put sill and then joist the sub-floor. After that the walls are built, and so on. Aside from wasting money, removing a sub-floor can affect the structure of the home.

If you’re looking into a rebuild after a flood in the New York City area, contact us. We can take a look and assist in the planning to save you money and aggravation.


Mold Remediation: Getting Rid of Mold After Flooding

 

Getting Rid of Mold requires knowledge of what mold is, where it exists, how to detect it, why it proliferates and the consequences of living with it. Then we can properly dispose of it so we can enjoy healthy indoor living. There are many myths related to mold some created by suppliers of mold products & contractors that want your money. When unsure of mold facts go to Centers for Disease control and prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/mold.

What is mold: Mold is an essential component to our ecosystem that provides decomposition of many organic substances necessary to plant, animal and human life. Mold multiplies by producing spores which circulate in the air. When the spore contacts a moist surface it clings to it and mold develops. In an indoor environment, airborne mold spores can cause health problems to the occupants. Air quality is a key factor to healthy living, and often when houses are sealed for temperature control, the lack of ventilation can cause a build up of humidity and serious air quality problems, especially if mold is present. (more…)


Save Money on Flood Repairs After Flood Damage

Getting your house in order after a hurricane isn’t an easy process, but it’s necessary to get your life back on track. Flood repairs and restorations aren’t cheap, however you can save money by cutting back on unnecessary repairs while you recover from natural disasters. Here’s a guide to saving money while working with your local contractor to restore your home.

Severe storm damage is expensive to replace, but budgets can be modified according to specific circumstances. (more…)


Green, Yellow and Red Cards & Hurricane Electrical Safety Repair

Due to severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy, homes and businesses throughout New York City have suffered electrical water damage. Electrical panels, wires, outlets and appliances have all been affected, and as a result, these homes and businesses are without power.

New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB) has been working feverishly to inspect buildings ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. They’ve placed green, yellow or red placards on buildings to inform residents of their building’s condition.

Green: No restriction. No apparent structural hazards were observed; you are not restricted from entering and re-occupying your home.

Yellow: Restricted use. Property is damaged; entry limitations are specified on each posting.

Red: Buildings tagged with a red placard are not safe to enter. Property is seriously damaged and is unsafe to enter or occupy.

In the event your block doesn’t have obvious and apparent structural damage, one single green placard, may be posted in a prominent location. If your home is on a block and it doesn’t have a placard, then your home has not been inspected or inspections didn’t determine any apparent structural hazard. Call 311 for more information.

Also, as of November 13, homeowners can sign up for NYC Rapid Repairs. NYC Rapid Repairs is a new program that sends contractors and inspectors into neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy. They’ll be able to make quick and efficient repairs to damaged homes. Visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-62103362, to get a FEMA ID number. Once you have your FEMA ID, visit NYC.gov or call 311.

Getting Power Back to Homes with Green or Yellow Cards

If any electrical wiring, receptacles or equipment were submerged in water during the storm, you are required to hire an NYC-licensed electrician to inspect equipment prior to use. In most cases, any electrical components that have come into contact with salt water must be removed and replaced due to the fact that dried salt conducts electricity. Licensed electricians can disconnect affected wiring to allow unaffected areas to be used in service again. Licensed electricians should file completed, signed and sealed Self-Certification Forms directly with LIPA.  (more…)