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How Damaged is My Jefferson Home After a Storm?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarp on gable of roof Lucky Jefferson Homeowners Can Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water and Storm Damage

Our SERVPRO professionals can assess damage and repair structural breaches after severe storm systems. 

Severe weather is nothing new to Jefferson's homes and businesses, but the damage that occurs requires immediate attention by competent contractors and restoration technicians of our SERVPRO team. In our area, especially factors like severe wind, can damage your home's defenses, such as the roof or siding. While you cannot control these natural elements outside of your house, you can have a clear plan in place regarding who repairs and restores these damages when they occur.

It might be initially challenging to calculate the damage that occurs from a windstorm against Jefferson structures. In many cases, competent professionals like our technicians must begin job scoping and damage assessment upon arrival to fully grasp the entire spectrum a loss to the property.We fixate our inspection on several areas most prone to structural compromise after severe weather events so that we can quickly determine what repairs and emergency tarping/board up might be required. Some of the most sensitive material to windstorms include:

  • Roofs
  • Eaves
  • Windows
  • Siding

Can Water Damage Result from Structural Damage?

Vulnerabilities in your home's exterior can leave openings for water penetration. The water inside of your house can spread quickly and affect multiple areas. Much like the emergency services where structural breaches can get repaired or temporarily resolved, mitigation that follows seeks to address any water that might have entered your home from these physical vulnerabilities. Extraction is the foundational element of this approach. We use submersible pumps and wet vacuums to address standing water and surface damage before delving more deeply into drying and water removal with the air movers dehumidifiers.

Storm losses can be devastating. Our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team can offer both structural repair and restoration solutions to make these losses "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (973) 810-2825.

Is it Ever Possible to Get My Flooded Jefferson Home Back to Normal Since the Recent Storm?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded We always make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for flood damage services.

After Storm Flood Damage, SERVPRO Works Fast to Restore Your Jefferson Home to Pre-Loss Condition

Any water infiltrating your home’s interior, especially with storm flooding, leaves behind a significant amount of damage. The water from a flood brings about the potential for a laundry list of contaminants. Working with trained water restoration technicians (WRT) is the only way to ensure you have safe, reliable cleanup. SERVPRO features skilled technicians that can arrive at your Jefferson property to start restoration within a few hours after the incident. We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week, for emergency service because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Happens After I Call for Restoration?

Handling flood damage in Jefferson calls for a targeted approach. Once we arrive, your interior must get thoroughly assessed so that we may determine the full extent of the loss. From there, our crew chief formulates a plan of attack for flood water removal, followed by the remainder of our specialized restoration steps. Safety hazards are always at the forefront of our minds when addressing floodwaters, so our team takes precautions before starting remediation and restoration. The following is a sampling of standard steps to ensure safety and efficiency with any flood loss event:

    •    Examining various areas of your interior to ensure that there are no electrical hazards
    •    Floodwater testing to determine the level of contaminants
    •    Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFC) get put on specific electrical equipment
    •    Technicians dress in personal protection equipment (PPE)
    •    We take special care when searching for hidden moisture pockets and other areas susceptible to mold growth

What Happens During Flood Cleanup and Restoration?

SERVPRO follows proven guidelines and protocols for handling water restoration and flood loss events. We put a plan into action and have professional-grade extraction tools and pumps at our disposal to quickly and efficiently remove immense amounts of water. Once the standing water gets picked up, we then follow a formula that tells us how many drying units to set up throughout your Jefferson home. Options available to us include:

    •    High-powered industrial fans
    •    Centrifugal air movers
    •    Dehumidifiers

Will DIY Methods Work to Clean Up After the Storm?

Even if you have decent equipment on hand to start cleaning your interior, DIY is never a match for the industrial-grade tools and advanced equipment that our Green Fleet comes stocked with. Our centrifugal air movers boost airflow in the loss zone, allowing embedded moisture to rise. The dehumidification equipment takes it from there, capturing the remainder of the moisture flowing through the air.

How Do You Find Hidden Moisture Pockets?

It is essential to locate and address all hidden moisture so that mold and mildew do not develop. Our team works to provide rapid cleanup, including moisture detection services. If water made its way into your walls, under flooring, and behind your baseboards, we have professional detection tools to find it. A sampling of our detection tools include:

    •    Moisture sensors
    •    Moisture meters
    •    Thermal imaging camera technology

Along with rapid water removal, we also deep clean all surface areas and disinfect using EPA-registered anti-microbial agents. Throughout the drying process, we also continually reposition our dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers until we can get regular readings from our moisture detection tools.

In some instances, it may be necessary for our technicians to perform what is known as controlled demolition to complete the restoration process. During this time, we may perform flood cuts several inches above the water line to remove damaged sheetrock. It then gets replaced with brand-new materials and finished off to ensure the walls look as they did pre-flood.

What About Carpeting in My Home?

Each flood restoration project gets treated on a case-by-case basis due to the nature of floodwater and the presence of potential contaminants. We can test the materials to determine the contamination levels, which tell us whether your carpet and carpet padding is salvageable. If cleaning is not possible, we remove the wet carpet and all padding below. We then treat the subfloor beneath, ensuring everything is dry to inhibit the onset of fungal growth.

We Leave Your Interior Fresh, Clean, and Deodorized

Damp, musty smells are common with any water loss incident. If not addressed appropriately, this smell could linger and become a constant reminder of the flooding. Our crew uses EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaning agents to sanitize your home thoroughly. However, we also have a range of professional-grade equipment to help us facilitate deodorization, including:

    •    Air scrubbers
    •    Thermal fogging
    •    Air filtration devices (AFD), and more

We always make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for flood damage services. To have a crew deployed to your property once you get hit with storm damage, give us a call at (973) 810-2825.

How Can I Protect My Home From Flood Damage?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Jefferson NJ Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home

Technicians Offer Professional Flood Damage Mitigation for Jefferson Homes

Home flooding is the most common natural disaster in the continental United States. While the surface-level damage caused by floodwater, silt, debris, and contaminants is overwhelming enough on its own, flooding also requires rapid mitigation because of the damage it can do behind wall cavities and beneath floors.

SERVPRO offers emergency-response flood damage mitigation for Jefferson residents. Theses Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians, provide comprehensive disaster cleanup that includes the following:

  • A thorough initial inspection by a SERVPRO crew chief to develop a plan of action for saving your home from flood damage.
  • A rapid-response team that is available day and night to restore your home, including on weekends and holidays.
  • In-depth extraction, sanitation, and drying can be accomplished with SERVPRO’s own power sources when yours have been affected by flooding.
  • Restoration and rebuilding services provide cost-effective home cleanup while safely minimizing loss of structures and contents.

Preventative and Emergency Measures for Home Flooding

Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes

  • Formulate an emergency plan with your family before a disaster. Keep an emergency kit at the ready with enough first aid, shelf-stable food, water, medicine, and other necessities for everyone.
  • Keep photos and digital copies of documents, valuables, and other items and store this data in a safe, off-site location.
  • Consult with licensed professionals about implementing landscaping, drainage systems, waterproofing, or barriers that can lessen the impact of home flooding.

During the Flood

  • Monitor the situation with an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio.
  • Move important documents and other valuables to higher ground or an upper floor. Make use of sandbags for fast-acting diversion of floodwater.
  • Focus on personal safety for yourself and your loved ones above all else. Avoid making contact with floodwater and focus on keeping occupants safe until the disaster has passed.

After Flooding Subsides

  • Do not make contact with floodwater and avoid interacting with electrical components affected by flooding.
  • Call your insurer as soon as possible to file a claim. A prompt filing is more likely to provide faster service and compensation from your insurance provider.
  • Document damage with photos, video, and detailed descriptions of affected structures and property before performing any temporary repairs.

SERVPRO is ready to coordinate with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that cleanup is performed per IICRC standards and your insurance policy.

How SERVPRO Restores Flood-Damaged Belongings

SERVPRO techs have the resources to take the content of your home off-site for thorough cleaning. This process, called a pack out, entails technicians documenting, packing, and moving damaged items room by room for restoration. This process not only bolsters your proof of loss claim with extensive written, photo, and video evidence, but it also strives to prevent loss to a variety of items in your home, including:

  • Books and documents
  • Electronics and digital media
  • Keepsakes, heirlooms, and antiques
  • Collectibles, jewelry, and artwork
  • Children’s toys and items of sentimental value

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater offers mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 810-2825 for an emergency response team to come to your home.

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What Damage Can a Leaking Pipe Cause in My Dover Café?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

"Welcome we are open please come in" Our SERVPRO team will have you back to business as usual in no time. Give us a call at (973) 810-2825.

Persistent leaking pipes can saturate porous materials in wall systems and ceiling cavities, requiring intricate drying and repairs. 

You might not immediately notice a leak in the plumbing of your Dover café.Over several days of leaking into structural cavities, exposed materials can begin to deteriorate and degrade. Addressing both the leak and the structural damage is a priority of our responding SERVPRO contractors.

Among the emergency services and water damage repair for your Dover café, our professionals must consider the most efficient paths to restoring and recovering the property. Opening your business to serve your customers again is the ultimate goal, so we work to extract, dry, and rebuild your structure after substantial water loss incidents.

How Bad is the Water Damage? 

Assessing the severity of water damage can help to identify how pressing controlled demolition and reconstruction are. While direct water exposure to areas like the main store floor with its wood furnishings and carpeting can often get resolved with immediate extraction and drying solutions, leaks in the wall can be challenging to initially identify and even more complicated to determine the severity. Some of the options for this include:

Who Can Repair Damaged Plumbing? 

Repairing the damage to the plumbing network is equally vital to removing surface water and drying out exposed materials. Once a leak gets identified with discovery tools, we can utilize controlled demolition tactics to access the specific breach point to repair the plumbing. Fixing the leak or break ensures that we can pressurize the service lines again and restore the water service to your facility and keep your business going. When repaired quickly enough, it is possible to keep your café running in a limited capacity.

No matter how severe water losses can be, our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team can help through restoration, repairs, and reconstruction. Give us a call anytime at (973) 810-2825.

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Who Can I Call for Fire Damage Removal in Dover After an Attic Fire?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

active fire burning in attic of a house Fires can often take you by surprise. Mitigate the situation with a quick call to SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

Certified Mitigation Professionals Eliminate Fire Damage from Your Dover Property

Attic fires can spark quickly and get out of hand suddenly. The extent of damage to both your home’s structure and its contents can be overwhelming to consider after the danger has passed. However, there is a team that is ready to help you restore your home.

If your Dover home has suffered attic fire damage, SERVPRO is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO is committed to providing homeowners with mitigation, cleanup, and rebuilding services that return fire-damaged properties to a preloss state.

What Causes Attic Fires?

The three most common causes of residential attic fires include:

  • Electrical failure. Malfunctioning electrical systems are the most likely culprit behind a whopping 43% of attic fires. Overloaded circuits and outlets, damaged wiring, and pests can all contribute to a higher risk of an electrical fire.
  • Natural causes. Natural sources like lightning, felled tree branches, and rainwater account for 13% of home attic fires.
  • HVAC malfunction. A simple buildup of lint or debris in your home’s HVAC system can lead to a fire risk, especially when the heater is running. Home heating and cooling systems account for approximately 5% of attic fires.

How Can SERVPRO Salvage My Home?

Preserving structural materials can be a challenge after an attic fire. Charring on wood fixtures and flooring may require blast media for removal, while some soot deposits can simply be removed with Crumbly Cleaner or a dry cleaning sponge. Technicians can move the contents of your home off-site for cleaning and restoration as needed, including documents, electronics, and keepsakes.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater provides disaster mitigation that keeps your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Professional restoration is a phone call away at (973) 810-2825.

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Water Cleanup Can Save Your Dover Home

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor From Water Leak Call us for water cleanup of any spills, back-ups, or overflows that threaten your residence.

How Water Cleanup by SERVPRO Helps Dover Homeowners Now and in the Future

After a washing machine or other appliance spills its contents over and onto your Dover home’s floor, using a mop, towels, and a fan can seem sufficient. However, any moisture that found its way underneath the floor can create an environment that allows unwanted changes to take place.

SERVPRO knows how to help homeowners in Dover with water cleanup that fixes the current situation and leaves the area protected against related problems in the future. We view mitigation and restoration of your property as a way to protect your investment in both your home and our community.

We use different things to perform our work, including:
    •    Injectidry systems, which performs several tasks
    •    Both self-contained extraction units and truck-mounted pumps
    •    Air movers to produce directed air currents
    •    Heaters that help increase efficiency and decrease the time involved

One way our technicians do this for our customers is with a special system that can perform two functions. The first involves pulling damp air away from surfaces, and the second method lets us force heated air into enclosed cavities.

Both of these methods protect your property’s structure. Extracting water from the inside portion of your floors and lower sections of walls helps by reducing the amount of water that can spread. This also means that we need to dry less and can finish the job sooner for you.

The same extraction system that powers it also helps us remove standing water, when needed. Air movers and high-powered fans also help dry surfaces. The air currents produced by these become more efficient when the air’s temperature increases above normal.

Our machinery and equipment, when combined, keeps a small situation from increasing in both size and the amount of damages that occur. Making the area less friendly to microorganisms that can cause intense damage protects a structure well into the future.

Call us for water cleanup of any spills, back-ups, or overflows that threaten your Hopatcong, NJ, Jefferson, NJ, or Stanhope, NJ residence at (973) 810-2825. You can rely on SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater to make things “Like it never even happened.”

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Dover, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater today at (973) 810-2825 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Get Flood Water Out of the Floor of My Dover Business?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooded basement flooring in a home The quicker you respond to the flooding emergency in your home, the better the outcome. Contact team SERVPRO right away after an event.

When Flood Damage Happens to Your Dover Property, You Need Fast Help From SERVPRO

It can be disheartening to walk into your Dover business and find standing water or wet floors and walls from heavy overnight storms. One thing is certain: the longer the cleanup efforts wait, the worse the potential for loss becomes.

What Should I Do First After Commercial Flood Damage in My Dover Business Property?

If you find your Dover property has commercial flood damage, the first thing you should do is ensure that neither yourself nor anyone else on-site comes into contact with the water. Other proactive measures to take include: 

  • Turn off the power to the property if there is danger water coming into contact with floor-mounted outlets
  • Remove important documents and files if it is safe to do so
  • Close doors to the loss area if possible and turn off the HVAC 

Fast Extraction is Crucial to a Complete Mitigation

SERVPRO techs remove the water in Dover using the most practical means possible. For smaller spaces, it may include the use of portable pumps allowing the techs to move quickly around the space. For large amounts of water, mainly if debris is part of the problem, truck-mounted pumps can remove copious amounts of water rapidly. Often this latter method gets followed up with the use of portable pumps to ensure the maximum amount of moisture gets removed before moving on to the drying phase.

Why is Flood Water Considered So Dangerous?

While the water in your commercial space may not look or smell harmful, it has the potential to have a diverse array of elements that have the potential to cause injury or illness. Sewage is a frequent component in floodwater, and due to the bacteria present, it should not get touched nor aspirated. When handling this level of cleanup, SERVPRO technicians wear head to toe protective clothing, including goggles and respirators with HEPA filtration.

Debris can also be a hazard. Sharp rocks and objects picked up by the water can pose a safety threat while mud present in the water stains and seeps into any available space where it lands in the property.

Airborne water vapor droplets can have a myriad of bacteria or pathogenic factors present. During the cleanup process, SERVPRO techs run machinery known as "air scrubbers," and they do exactly as the name implies. With their labyrinth of HEPA filtration, they capture particulate matter smaller than the human eye can see and improve the air quality during mitigation. 

Drying the property needs professional equipment. The technicians have access to a large array of devices and utilize a large number of air movers at a time to assist in rapidly bringing down the moisture levels. This method brings the interior to a dry state much faster and helps lessen any further degrading of structural elements from exposure to excessive moisture.

Common Loss Items After Commercial Flood Loss

Floodwater brings some of the most extreme losses to commercial properties. Usually, anything that absorbs this water does not have the potential for restoration. SERVPRO techs remove the items and dispose of them safely. Other frequently seen losses include: 

  • Glue-down tiles or carpet
  • Sheetrock that has wicked floodwater
  • Composite wood furnishings
  • Electronics with direct exposure to water

Professional Odor Control Applications are a Must After Commercial Water Loss

While water damage within a property has a distinct, musty odor, floodwater stinks. The smell within the loss area is stronger and usually needs more robust applications to remove from the premises. SERVPRO technicians often take a multi-layered approach to the odor removal needs within a commercial property and use more than a single application to ensure the area is left odor-free and ready for any reconstruction or repairs to get the business back on track.

Proactive Ways to Avoid Commercial Water Loss in the Future

A good plan is to talk to your insurance adjuster to develop a monthly inspection plan for your property. It can cover areas to watch, such as: 

  • Directing the grade for your commercial property to divert water flow
  • Installation or repair of gutter systems
  • Inspection of property looking for signs of small leaks or openings through which water could enter
  • Signs of water stains or mold on walls or ceilings
  • Use of an environmental monitoring system for both water and fire
  • Choose someone to check in on the property during holiday closures or long weekends.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 brings the equipment and expertise to handle any size commercial flood damage to your property. The certified techs are available 24/7 and arrive quickly to clean up the loss and restore your property to its preloss condition.

How Do I Get Rid Of The Smell Of Fire Damage From Contents?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Pink gloved hand using sponge to clean soot Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Helps in Dealing with Fire and Smoke Issues by Cleaning Dover Properties Where Damage is Identified

Bad odor is a common outcome after fire incidents affect properties. The odor might affect different things, including structural components or the contents held within the premises. When carrying out the restoration process, it is easy to overlook contents, especially when they do not exhibit signs of physical damage. However, looks can be deceiving, so there is a need to clean and deodorize various contents in a house to remove all traces of fire-related odors in Dover.

Which contents are likely to emit odor?

Fire and smoke cleaning when there is damage in your Dover property requires a skillful approach to guarantee a positive outcome. Unlike other forms of fire damage, the areas where odor emanates from might have direct or indirect fire damage. Remember, smoke, which is responsible for most odors, filters effortlessly to most sections of the house through convection air currents. Contents made from non-porous materials such as plastic can only produce an odor when physically affected by the fire. However, other contents made from porous and semi-porous materials allow penetration of odor, especially when exposed to smoke. Such contents can emit odor even when no physical damage is noticeable and include: 

  • Wooden furniture
  • Upholstery items 
  • Fabrics

Is the smell of smoke harmful?

The smell your nose picks up is more of an alert signal that there is an underlying issue. It may not have a significant effect apart from the discomfort it causes you. However, the underlying issues that cause the smell can be harmful to the house occupants or even lead to property damage over time. 

If the smell emanates from aerosols or particulate matter suspended in the air, there is a significant problem since such materials can cause respiratory issues when breathed in over extended periods. Our SERVPRO technicians take corrective steps such as ventilating the area to remove the particulate matter, thus eliminating the risks they pose as well as the odor they produce. In most cases, we use axial air movers, which produce high volumes of air, thus forcing the particulate-filled air out of the property. 

Residue deposits on contents can also cause the smoky smell you experience. Residues such as soot have corrosive properties, which can damage finishes on contents or cause stains.  Removing the residue helps protect the items from permanent damage while also dealing with the odor.

What steps are crucial for odor removal?

  • Removal of charred materials
  • Residue cleanup from contents
  • Ventilating rooms
  • Deodorizing affected contents

Odor removal is a multistep process that requires a combination of different steps to achieve the intended goal. Our SERVPRO technicians start by evaluating the loss site to establish crucial issues that need attention. We remove contents damaged beyond repair for disposal. We also use specialized cleaning procedures such as soda blasting to remove charring from surfaces on salvageable furniture or other wooden contents.

Most contents require a thorough cleaning to remove soot and other smoke residues that they collect during the fire. We use various approaches, including spray wiping and immersion, depending on the material or other characteristics of an item. Our technicians also have skills to disassemble some items such as chandeliers or electrical fittings such as lighting accessories to carry out the cleaning process effectively. Where necessary, we use specialized cleaning equipment such as sonic cleaners and upholstery cleaning equipment to deal with various forms of soiling. 

How does deodorization help?

Although removing soils such as soot eliminates a certain percentage of the odor experienced after fire incidents, it is hard to purge all smells through cleaning alone. Deodorizing contents helps breakdown remaining odor molecules. Since some odor molecules penetrate beyond the surface of materials, deodorization is the only way to reach such odor molecules.

Different procedures are necessary for deodorization to be successful. Our SERVPRO technicians mix water-based deodorizers with the cleaning agents we use when cleaning some contents. We also apply deodorizers through:

Methods such as ULV fogging deliver the deodorizer in the atomized state while thermal fogging recreates the conditions of odor penetration by mimicking smoke. The two methods allow deeper penetration into materials reaching all odors. The deodorizer can pair with odor molecules neutralizing them or work in other ways, such as digesting or sanitizing. From experiences gained over the years while restoring fire-damaged properties, our technicians understand the best approaches to tackle each situation. In many cases, we combine different deodorization techniques to achieve the desired goal or to quicken the process. 

The odor emanating from contents can ruin the outcome of fire damage restoration in your Hopatcong, Jefferson, or Stanhope home. SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater has experienced crews that can clean up and deodorize all items eliminating all odors from the fire, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (973) 810-2825.

Water Removal In Dover

4/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater provides mitigation and restoration that aids homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster.

In-Ground Pool Water Removal for a Dover Home

While having an in-ground pool can feel both luxurious and rewarding for any New Jersey homeowner, some care is needed to prevent water damage. The most common sources of home water damage from swimming pools are compromised supply and return lines. If left unchecked, these damages can create costly repair needs for essential structures such as your home's foundation.

When your Dover residence needs water removal due to swimming pool water damage, SERVPRO technicians are always prepared to restore your home to its preloss condition. These IICRC-certified technicians, as well as staff and franchise owners, receive specialized training in disaster mitigation for structures as well as contents to minimize replacement costs and costly repairs. This team coordinates with both property owners and insurance adjusters to file quick and comprehensive water damage claims.

How Pools Cause Home Water Damage

    •    Damaging basements and crawl spaces. The sheer volume of water in a pool leak can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home. Check the water levels regularly. If your pool needs frequent refilling, there may be a leak affecting your home.
    •    A damaged filtration system. The filter system for an in-ground pool is usually in the garage or basement. These filters keep pool water clean, but can also flood when pipe leaks occur. Double-check your filter or have a professional service it before opening your pool.

A backyard swimming pool can be an excellent addition to any home but requires extra care and attention to prevent water damage to your property.

Extracting Pool Water Damages Thoroughly
SERVPRO technicians focus first on the extraction process. Pool water may require extensive amounts of time extracting with portable, back-mounted units. If your basement has a floated wood or laminate floor over it, this flooring may require removal address moisture absorption and efflorescence--a white, chalky residue--on the concrete floor underneath. Hardwood can often be restored after such a disaster, but laminate wood may be more cost-effective to replace.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater provides mitigation and restoration that aids homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (973) 810-2825 for cleanup that saves you time, money, and stress.

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