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Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice for Emergency Water Removal in Dover

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in corner of water damaged room We have the equipment necessary to remove the water and dry your home.

Why You Can Trust SERVPRO for Emergency Water Removal Jobs in Dover 

When a disaster happens inside your Dover home, you want someone who can get things back "Like it never even happened," fast. Local residents know they can trust SERVPRO to make things safe again through mitigation and restoration. Our technicians are skilled in managing such situations, including the utilization of powerful equipment and highly accurate monitoring devices.  

Each time we purchase new equipment for our office in Dover, including water removal machines, we learn how to use it as a team. Our skill in handling the machines that get each job done in as little time as possible is why both homeowners and business trust SERVPRO owners. Following the directions on setting it up, using it to perform at peak efficiency, cleaning it after each use, and breaking it down to place back in our Green Fleet is time we see as a valuable and far-reaching investment. 

SERVPRO invests in equipment and in the training our mitigation specialists receive. We want to provide you with the most economical services possible when you need our services the most. After a disaster, getting the water removed and your home and its contents dried out as quickly as possible is a large part of achieving swift recovery for your family. 

Removing water on your floors is one of the more manageable parts of our work. Finding water in hidden spots, like underneath the tub, often requires a reading downstairs with an infrared camera. Water held in a lower floor's ceiling poses severe risks to your family's well-being. Drywall ceilings are quite strong, but when wet, they crumble apart as they lose strength, making it possible for the ceiling downstairs to fall. Drywall is already quite heavy, and a damp one weighs even more. 

Our dedication to understanding your home's needs in removing water after a disaster is also why We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. The more time that passes before we begin removing water from the affected areas of your house, the more damage occurs, increasing costs, as well as the amount of time recovering from such an event can take. 

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater serves property owners in Hopatcong, Jefferson, Stanhope, and Mt. Arlington with water removal services, drying, cleaning up, and other services often needed after a water-related disaster. Contact us at our 24-hour emergency services line, (973) 810-2825, any day of the year. 

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Remediating Commercial Mold Damage in a Hopatcong Locker Room

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall. Hopatcong mold can take over your building quicker than you know. Let SERVPRO help remediate.

Let SERVPRO Help remediate your Hopatcong commercial mold damage.

Mold may be responsible for things like cheese and penicillin, but if left unchecked, it can also affect the structural integrity of businesses. Mold can also have health effects, so it is crucial to minimize these occurrences through comprehensive remediation practices from a specialized team. Whether you have mold buildup in or around a shower area, or there is mold present in other parts of your property, it is crucial to choose a team you can trust to handle the problem.

If your business requires commercial mold damage remediation in Hopatcong, SERVPRO technicians are just a phone call away from cleaning the area any time of the day or night. They can remove damage and restore your facilities to a pre-mold condition that maximizes safety for customers, employees, and other visitors. Not only does remediating mold minimize the potential risk to building inhabitants, but it can also salvage structural materials and other items in your business.

Minimizing Mold in Locker Rooms & Shower Facilities

Without proper remediation, mold can discolor tile grout and weaken wood, so it is crucial to remove mold and mildew and prevent it from proliferating further. Try these tips for keeping your facilities dry and mold-free:

  • Reduce moisture as much as possible, ideally to 30 to 50% relative humidity. This goal is challenging to maintain in facilities like locker rooms and showers. Still, it is crucial for preventing further damage from mold.
  • Use construction materials in your building that are naturally resistant to mold and mildew, such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is also rust and bacteria resistant
  • Use water-resistant paint and similar materials to minimize mold growth in your facilities

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

Several methods are used for removing mold from surfaces. Semi-porous materials like wood and concrete can be cleaned with sanding, damp wiping, wire brushes, and other abrasive tools that dislodge soils for safe removal. For long-term exposure, wood items may have to be removed, as mold can eventually cause it to rot. If there are settled mold spores in the area, HEPA vacuums and damp wiping with EPA-registered disinfectants are generally sufficient for removal. 

After containment and cleanup have occurred, the area can be dried with centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. Technicians continually test surface moisture levels to ensure that mold cannot thrive on them.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater wants to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." For a rapid disaster cleanup service you can always count on, call (973) 810-2825 today.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Dover After A Flood

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our air movers sitting in the garage in this home working to dry the property after a flood We have state of the art equipment necessary for any size flood damage disaster in your home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Extracting Basement Flood Damage in Dover

Industry estimates speculate that 14,000 people in the US experience water-related emergencies at home or work every day. On top of that, 98% of basements in the United States suffer some water damage during their lifetime. Not only is the frequency of water damage staggering with basement areas, but the cost can be quite high, particularly for finished basements.

If your Dover basement requires flood damage mitigation, SERVPRO professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to mitigate damage and return your home to a preloss condition. This IICRC-certified firm strives to provide homeowners with thorough cleaning solutions that minimize loss while maximizing safety for homeowners after a disaster occurs.

SERVPRO Has the Tools for the Job

SERVPRO professionals have access to a variety of cutting-edge technologies that allow for rapid, high-quality mitigation of flood damage, including: 

  • State-of-the-art moisture detection and measurement equipment, such as infrared cameras and thermohygrometers, evaluate moisture levels in surfaces, and establish drying goals for affected materials.
  • High-powered extraction equipment for a variety of applications, including portable back-mounted extractors for hard-to-reach areas, submersible gas-powered sump pumps, and truck-mounted pumps to maximize water removal potential in large areas.
  • Industrial-grade centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers to address drying needs for both porous surfaces and structural materials.
  • Odor removal equipment that minimizes airborne contaminants as well as EPA-registered, OSHA-approved disinfectants and antimicrobials.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

If your finished basement has been affected by flooding and your access to power is limited, SERVPRO technicians can provide their own power sources for extraction materials, drying equipment, and deodorization tools. To dress damage to walls, technicians can make flood cuts as well as drill small weep holes to maximize ventilation while drying wall cavities. 

If your basement has a concrete floor, SERVPRO professionals can use industrial-grade cleaners in combination with mops, squeegees, wet-dry vacuums, and extraction tools to minimize chalky surface bloom from this porous flooring. Other porous items, such as fabrics and furniture, can be moved out of flood-damaged areas for disinfection, drying, or disposal at the discretion of homeowners and insurance adjusters until structural elements of your basement are dried to completion.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 810-2825 today for disaster cleanup that can begin within hours. 

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Your Best Guide to Water Removal in Hopatncong

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

broken copper pipe with water leaking Broken or cracked pipes can cause extensive water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Our Capacity to Work Fast and Handle Large Quantities is Why SERVPRO Receives High Marks for Hopatcong Water Removal

The amount of water that can spill into your Hopatcong home after an appliance malfunction or a broken pipe can be substantial. Cleaning up is not a job for a mop and a bucket, or even a household shop vac. When we respond to a water loss, our project manager takes the time to review precisely what extraction equipment in our inventory would be the best fit. Matching tools to projects is why we pack our service vehicles with a range of options.

Pump or Extractor?

When beginning a Hopatcong water removal job, a threshold question is whether to use a pump or an extractor. Pumps can be submerged, and work most efficiently when the water depth is more than two inches. The pumps we use are often gas-powered, why we can get to work on right away even if power has been temporarily disconnected. We position pumps and then allow them to operate, disposing of water into a treated sewer line. A pump does not need to be swept across a surface, making it a gentler, less disruptive way to remove water when compared with wands and extractors.

Portable or Truck Mounted?

If our truck-mounted equipment can reach the standing water, using it allows continuous use until the water is evacuated in most cases. We either run a hose to a treated sewer line or contain the water if contamination is an issue, suctioning it into a storage tank that can hold 60 to more than 100 gallons. If needed, the truck-mounted pump can operate off generator power. When confined areas or spaces far from our vehicle need extraction, portable exactors are an option. Flexibility is why SERVPRO stocks both types of extractors, ensuring your particular water removal needs are met.

Extraction Before Drying

The ultimate goal of our crew is to leave your home clean and dry. Structural drying takes place only after we have extracted all possible liquid water, including from building cavities and beneath floorboards. Extraction is 1200 times more efficient than drying equipment alone, why SERVPRO prioritizes its completion prior to structural drying.

Our expectation that our team is well-equipped and prepared to rid your home of water is why SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater proceeds to a successful conclusion with confidence. Your call to (973) 810-2825 delivers what you need after a water loss.

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Our Experts Discuss Steps For Dealing With Water Damage In Your Dover Retail Store

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

retail store Maintaining a professional, clean, and inviting retail store environment is part of running your business successfully.

Steps for Dealing With Commercial Water Damage In Your Dover Retail Store

Maintaining a professional, clean, and inviting retail store environment is part of running your business successfully. That’s why it is essential to take water damage in your retail space seriously. If you experience a water intrusion incident of any magnitude, do not let it interfere with your business operations by closing your doors for long or risking mold growth that can turn your customers away.

Commercial water damage in your Dover retail store can cause loss of inventory and damage to shelves, floors, and building materials. Recovery involves completing certain activities to ensure that your business returns to its usual daily operations. You need a well-developed strategy to ensure timely and orderly recovery.

Ensure safety
Even though restoring normal store operations is a priority, the safety and health of your staff and customers is also a major consideration. When you re-enter your water damaged retail store, it is essential to do the following:

    •    Evaluate the affected areas. Check if there is damaged electrical wiring, falling stock, and uneven flooring.
    •    Water flowing in the premises may have caused the stock to shift, so be on the lookout for falling objects.
    •    Have the building’s maintenance personnel or a professional examine the electrical system before turning on the power.

Basic cleanup
The staff can begin taking the merchandise to an elevated level and start extracting water using sweepers and squeegees while waiting for cleanup experts. The manager should record and document the damage and expenses incurred. Rapid action by the staff and store manager can significantly reduce the time required to perform repairs, leading to efficient recovery.

Professional water removal and drying
Trained and experienced professionals handle water loss incidents better because of access to sophisticated restoration equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect the affected areas to determine the appropriate cleanup methods and equipment to use. If standing water is present, we can use electric submersible pumps to remove it. Our technicians can also use thermal imaging cameras to detect the level of moisture on surfaces.

Our team also knows the adjustments to make on environmental elements like humidity and temperature to dry your retail store effectively. We can use axial air movers to speed up evaporation and minimize drying time. Axial air movers deliver lower pressure at high volume, covering a vast area of affected surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO crew can also place dehumidifiers in strategic locations in your retail store to allow the humid, moist air in the building to be moved into the units and the dry, warm air they discharge to circulate back into the ruined areas.

When a water loss problem occurs in your Hopatcong, Jefferson, or Stanhope store, SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can help. We have the expertise to handle any retail store water damage. Call us today at (973) 810-2825.

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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Mitigation in Dover

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom with white bed and end tables Flood damage and stagnant water can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Why Water Removal is Vital for Flooded Dover Homes

Debris removal is one of the first steps that you can anticipate your Dover home needing, which might include strenuous hours spent raking and shoveling loose content from the floors of your residence. In many situations, however, water removal must precede debris cleanup because of the severity of standing water and its potential contamination threats present. The extraction process is a critical one for many reasons.

Flood removal for Dover homes hinges on the use of premier extraction tools available to our SERVPRO professionals arriving at your damaged residence. One of the most routinely used devices for our water recovery and flood restoration professionals is our submersible pump. Though it runs on electricity in situations where the power might be disconnected, we have portable and trailered generators to supply stable power to the units where necessary. If the water is thought to contain sewage or other contaminants, we can also work with septic pump truck operators to remove this hazardous standing water.

Hydrostatic pressure is another reason why reacting quickly to flooding scenarios is the focus of our SERVPRO team. Softening soil around the foundation of your house, combined with literal standing water against this structure, can present a challenging scenario. We have to regularly inspect the condition of nearby surfaces like block walls and their mortar joints for new moisture pockets or literal leaks through the masonry of your basement or crawlspace where applicable.

Continually discharging floodwater from a damaged residence often requires us to find the most reliable path to a sanitary sewer system or use our extractor trucks to transport this removed water to a licensed disposal facility. Because many homes have sewer cleanouts towards their home or close to where a service line and mainline come together, drainage to the sewer system is often accessible with these standpipes.

Removing standing water and the hazardous flood effects that can result is the priority of our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team. We have the experience and equipment to help, however you need. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (973) 810-2825.

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Replacing Damaged Fittings in Your Hopatcong Home After Freezing

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flozen pipe SERVPRO knows the damaging effects frozen pipes can have on your Hopatcong home.

Water damage from frozen pipes can get worse by the minute, call us today.

With the winter months settling in, it is only a matter of time before many Hopatcong homes contend with frozen pipes and other damaging situations that result from the severe temperature lows. Even with insulated pipes, many homes in our area still suffer from freezing and pipe bursts when cold snaps occur. Even without the full-scale separation that can result from damming and freezing within your plumbing, homeowners could have to contend with leaking connections and fittings. 

For as hazardous as freezing pipes can be and for the water damage in Hopatcong homes that could result, our SERVPRO team encourages area residents to inspect their pipes several times throughout the winter to ensure that they have adequate insulation and coverage. It can even be beneficial to leave a faucet or two very slightly moving cold water during nights where temperatures drop well below freezing. 

If you have not had the opportunity to protect your plumbing before an unexpected cold snap occurs, you could find yourself chasing down water leaks that result in the weakest points of your plumbing network. While breaks and leaks could occur anywhere along the pathways of the pipe, you can most often expect to see them in the exposed areas of your basement or beneath fixtures. These locations make these portions of the damaged pipe accessible for repairs. 

While our SERVPRO team can help with identifying the source of leaks and breaches with our advanced inspection tools and moisture meters, we can also help to repair plumbing when you feel that this is outside of your capabilities. For the DIY-inclined homeowners, you can start by stopping the flow of water and allowing the pipes to drain out from the lowest point. 

Using a wrench, you can carefully remove damaged fittings. Before attaching the replacement components, wrap thread tape around the end of the pipe to better ensure a watertight seal. Once you have replaced the leaking connectors, inspect any remaining fittings for wear before restoring service to these lines. 

Replacing damaged portions of your interior plumbing is a necessity after freezing or other excessive pressure situations that could damage weak points in the network. No matter how we can help, from post-repair inspections to restoring the damage ourselves, you can count on our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team. Give us a call anytime at (973) 810-2825.

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Fixing a Fire Damaged Living Room can be Overwhelming for Your Stanhope Home

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged living room Fire damage in any part of your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave for best remediation results.

How Dry Cleaning Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Stanhope

When your home and personal belongings are burned by a fire, your first instinct may be to start washing all of it. However, not everything can withstand water without getting further damaged. A fire in the living room can leave your drapes and upholstery fabrics a smoky mess, but these materials are very particular. Typical wet cleaning methods might not be the best approach for restoring your home. 

SERVPRO uses dry cleaning techniques for fire damage in Stanhope homes when the affected materials are not strong enough for aggressive wet cleaning. Dry cleaning is also used in the initial, pre-wet cleaning process where light to medium soils, soot, and dust are brushed and wiped away. In the case of the living room fire, dry sponges and vacuums are effective methods of getting rid of the initial layers of smoke before deep cleaning begins.

A living room fire can mean that furniture, rugs, curtains, lamps, and walls are ruined by smoke. In the case of upholstery and drapery, a highly specialized process is employed to clean these fabrics without ruining them. Some wet cleaning methods can shrink drapery fabrics. Dry foam shampoo applies detergent and clean drapes with little to no moisture required. When upholstery needs to be dry cleaned, a series of steps are begun to ensure that these materials are cleared of the effects of smoke. In fact, SERVPRO has 8 upholstery cleaning methods to ensure a thorough restoration. 

When textiles are too sensitive to be cleaned with wet products, they can be dry cleaned with solvents made from oil instead of water. Our dry cleaning machine is safe for most upholstery and drapes, but some fabrics are still better off with hand-drying techniques. Heatable upholstery and drapery solvent can be applied directly or with a towel and then patted dry. All surfaces are toweled multiple times and in different directions to agitate the fibers and shake loose any remaining smoke molecules. After your fabrics have been cleaned, the final restoration can begin. 

Get the right kind of cleaning for your expensive fabrics after a living room fire. Contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 for fire restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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Did the Washing Machine Hose Fail and Cause Water Damage in Your Jefferson Home?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Clothes on spin cycle of washing machine Washing machine failures can cause a lot of water to invade your home quickly. SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can restore your home quickly.

Counteracting Washing Machine Flood Damage in a Jefferson Home  

There are few things more discouraging for homeowners and renters than a malfunctioning washing machine. However, few expect hose failures that result in a sudden flood in the laundry room. If left unchecked, this water can seep into nooks, crannies, flooring, and possessions, leaving flood damage that can be costly and tough to clean up on your own.  

If a sudden washing machine failure causes water damage in your Jefferson residence, you do not have to deal with it on your own. SERVPRO technicians are just a phone call away from restoring your home to its pre-flood condition. After you call, a team can reach your property in mere hours.  

Cleaning Up After A Washing Machine Hose Failure 

If a washing machine causes water damage to occur in your home, here are the steps you can take to clean the area:   

  • Turn off the water valves for your washer or shut off the main water supply. Unplug the washing machine. 
  • With towels or a mop, soak up standing water. If you have or can procure a wet/dry vacuum, suck up as much water as possible. Using dehumidifiers and fans quickly dries out the area. Air movers can also speed up the drying process if you have them. 
  • Remove clothing from the washing machine, finish cleaning them by hand, and allow them to drip dry. Extract excess water from the machine and inspect the surrounding area, removing unsalvageable items as needed. 
  • Sanitize water-affected areas with a strong disinfectant. Maximize ventilation to prevent mold growth and facilitate drying.  

How SERVPRO Can Help  

If, for example, you have your laundry in a basement with unfinished concrete floors, SERVPRO can thoroughly address water damage. When the team comes to you, they can measure moisture with a variety of tools, including non-penetrating moisture meters and infrared cameras, to examine the moisture in your flooring, walls, and fixtures.  

Without an intact vapor barrier and not addressing leaks causes concrete to absorb moisture, which can leave chalky calcium deposits that can reappear. Our pros can use HEPA vacuums and EPA-registered, OSHA-approved disinfectants to address bacteria and odors. If you have ceramic or vinyl tile in your laundry room, SERVPRO technicians can check the subfloor for water damage. Drying is accomplished with industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent grouting and microbe proliferation. Drying subfloors from underneath, depending on the location of the disaster, is sometimes possible.  

SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater is proud to serve Morris and Sussex counties with 24/7 disaster mitigation services. No matter when disaster strikes, your home can look, "Like it never even happened." Call (973) 810-2825 today for speedy cleanup.  

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Stanhope After A Fire

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

a room covered in smoke and soot damage after a fire Our certified technicians are ready to restore your home 24/7 after a fire. We have state of the art equipment to remove soot and smoke damage.

Fire Damage Stanhope – Kitchen Stove Fires

One of the most common causes of fires in the home is grease fires that begin on the kitchen stove. A fire can begin almost anywhere in your home. However, a kitchen fire can start due to inattention, distraction, and sometimes just bad luck. If a fire starts, get everyone including pets out of the house and call 911. First responders can deal with the fire while your family remains safe.

The technicians at SERVPRO in Stanhope understand how stressful fire damage in your home can be. Cherished heirlooms may be lost. Your life is disrupted. Even the material used by the fire department to control the fire causes damage to your home and contents.

Where to Begin

Homeowners are often overwhelmed by conditions in their home and wonder how their family can recover. Our SERVPRO crew chief can develop a plan to put everyone's mind at ease. The first step is to assess the damage, e.g., is it safe to enter the home? What rooms are impacted? What is the extent of the fire, smoke, soot, and water damage?

SERVPRO can also provide board up services to cover broken windows, and tarps to cover the roof to prevent further damage. We also help manage the paperwork required by your insurance company.

Restoration Of Your Home

Depending on the extent of the damage, restoration of your home may require removal of water from basements, floors, and walls. We clean all surfaces. We wash all hard surfaces and walls are wiped down, and all of your contents can be removed and cleaned.

Fire damaged structures such as cupboards, countertops, and even wall structures may need to be replaced depending on the extent of the damage.

Smoke odors may remain even after a thorough cleaning. We deploy ozone generators and thermal fog deodorizers to remove smoke odors in your home. The occupants of the home may need to leave home for a few days while this process is applied.

We work closely with your home insurance company and contractors to ensure your home is restored after a fire, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Hopatcong, Jefferson, Wharton, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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