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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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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Jefferson Home After A Flood

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

dryers placed in a room after a flood Cutting out drywall to a few inches above the flood line helps us make proper repairs to your home after a flood.

After Flood Damage, We Pump Out Water, Dry Interiors, and Sanitize Homes in Jefferson

Powerful storms that drench the area around Jefferson can leave sewer systems overflowing in various locations. City streets and side roads are not the only sources of the flooding, however. Creeks, streams, and ditches can send overflowing water into your neighborhood.

After a disaster, SERVPRO helps out in the community by assisting residents in Jefferson cope with flood-damaged houses. We know that the flooding affected more than your house. We help people find local resources that can make a big difference in how a family's post-flood experiences shape their future.

When we first arrive at a flood-damaged house, we spray exposed and contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant. This reduces the amount of cross-contamination that might otherwise happen during our initial cleanup efforts.

We methodically pump any remaining water from the lowest portions of the home with submersible units, taking care to check for signs of stress in the foundation. Carpets get cut into sections for quick disposal, and we do the same with portions of drywall about six inches above the flood line. We pull ruined appliances, furniture, and other large items out of your home and place them outside for disposal. 

After removing the water and items retaining large amounts of it, we need to start working on drying things out more thoroughly. We can do this even if the area's electrical power is out. Box fans and dehumidifiers pull floodwaters from out of the wood frame and allow us to apply antimicrobial agents. We use our Injectidry systems to dry out flooring, wall cavities, and other enclosed areas.

Drying can take a while, as can cleaning up each item. However, the more work we do with these methods, the less you must replace. Restoration is often the least costly of the two options. As soon as the interior becomes dry again, we re-apply a disinfectant to ensure that everything that might cause health effects in your family members no longer poses a threat.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater knows how vital a fast recovery is after a disaster. When flood damage keeps you from living in your Hopatcong, Stanhope, of Mt. Arlington residence, a quick call to our 24-hour service line, (973) 810-2825, can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Professionals Discuss How To Remediate Minor Damage After A Fire In Dover

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire. “Like it never even happened.”

How To Remediate Minor Fire Damage In Your Dover Home

Dealing with minor fire damage in your Dover home can be incredibly unnerving for the average homeowner. After a small kitchen fire, it is understandable if you feel as if the damage was not extensive enough to reach out for professional help. However, you may feel overwhelmed by the task of remediating the damage yourself. For this reason, SERVPRO can offer some professional advice to help you make the most out of a DIY remediation job.

Even if the fire damage in your Dover home is minimal, it is essential to make sure you have access to all of the supplies that you may need to remediate it. Fire doesn't only leave behind unsightly soot stains, but a foul smell as well. To remediate the fire damage, you need some necessary supplies, such as:

    •    A chemical cleaner, designed to break down grime
    •    Something to scrub the soot with
    •    A ventilation fan
    •    Paint

Once you have your supplies, you can remove your stove and then begin to use the cleanser and scrub together. Professionals, like SERVPRO, have access to many cleaning solutions, specifically designed to address multiple types of soot. It is a possibility that when you remediate the damage in your kitchen, you may impact the paint on your wall. You may find that you need to sand down the general area and apply a fresh coat of paint after removing the soot from your wall.

Once finished, you may notice that the general malodor that the fire left behind remains. Unfortunately, there is not too much you can do about this without professional equipment. A SERVPRO technician could use something like a thermal fogger to address the odor on a particle level. However, as most average people do not have access to advanced cleaning and restoration equipment, you could use a fan to try and air out of the area.

Remediating fire damage in your own home is difficult, but not impossible. However, if at any time you feel out of your element, or unsure of the next step, it is never too late to reach out for professional help.

When your home has suffered sudden fire damage, do not allow hesitation to take over. Reach out to SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater by dialing (973) 810-2825. Day or night, we're open 24/7 and able to help you.

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We Help You Keep The Water Flowing In Your Stillwater Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Drying Machines Set Up In A Garage When your home suffers from water damage, moisture that is not addressed within 24 to 48 hours can cause secondary damage such as mold.

Replacing Damaged Plumbing in Your Stillwater Home

A breach in the plumbing of your Stillwater home can leave you contending with a high volume of damage almost immediately. Before you can get the supply of this portion of piping shut down, many neighboring materials become saturated and damaged. While shutting off this valve is critical to preventing even more damages, you also must contend with the steps to repair this broken pipe and restore service to your home. As a premier restoration company in the area, we want our customers to find the confidence to tackle issues that can otherwise cost them such as plumbing repairs. With the right guidance, many homeowners can save on professional plumbers and get the house prepared for restoration needs.

While water damage in Stillwater homes after a pipe break is widespread and substantial, repairing the plumbing itself is an essential starting point. You can look for the areas of drywall or flooring with the highest visible moisture content as a reliable indicator of where the breach has occurred. If you need precise information, many home improvement locations sell or rent similar detection devices that our SERVPRO team uses. These tools can identify the presence of moisture pockets and the severity of these conditions to narrow the precise point of rupture.

Often you do not have direct access to plumbing breaks, so portions of drywall must get removed to reach the water damaged sections of pipe. Controlled demolition techniques, such as removing only a small region of sheetrock directly blocking the plumbing, can help to expedite reconstruction and structural repair once any restoration work completes.

Most hardware stores sell the specific fittings and replacement joints that you might need to repair the damage that you find. These purchases get made both on the specific damages you see and the type of materials you encounter. Depending on when your home got constructed, you can encounter galvanized metal, lead, copper, brass, or PVC. The plastic is the new standard in home construction, and you can find compression fittings that can allow you to replace the damaged metal pipe with PVC without replacing large sections of this plumbing network.

Once you have repaired the damage to your plumbing, you need to think about the best approach for drying out the saturated materials and water-damaged areas of your house. Our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater restoration specialists have the skills and equipment to make a difference quickly to make this loss “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (973) 810-2825.

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We Discuss How To Start Remediation On Your Own In Your Jefferson Home

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Cleanup Teams In Jefferson Describe How To Start Remediation On Your Own

Across the country, plumbing failures are one of the most common types of problems that causes insurance claims including in the Jefferson region. If one of your sewage lines or water pipes break, it is crucial to start water cleanup right away. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs at SERVPRO can show up quickly to start your remediation project. There are things you can do on your own with the equipment you probably own.

By following some necessary steps, you can get a jumpstart on your remediation project before you call in our SERVPRO team or in some cases, it is possible to handle small issues yourself. When starting water cleanup inside you Jefferson home, we begin by finding the source of the excessive moisture. As soon as you notice wet carpets or see the liquid H2O, follow your wet flooring materials to the closest water source. Once you find the leak, take note of whether it is coming from a clean water pipe, a sink drain, or toilet sewage pipe.

The restoration project can vary depending on the leak's source. If the water coming into your house came from a sink drain or sewage line, there is a possibility of contamination. If the leak is found on a water pipe going into your house, then the water is most likely clean and the problems created are easier to mitigate.

When dealing with either type of situation, the next step is to shut off your water so that moisture does not continue to affect your contents and building materials. It is also wise to shut off the power in the affected room so that no electrical shorts can occur. Next, you should check for any possible hazards, including wet drywall that can fall, light fixtures full of water, and slip hazards.

Once you feel the area is safe to occupy, begin removing as much water as you can while it is still in the liquid form. If there is water on a hard surface floor, use a mop or squeegee to soak up the moisture. If your carpets got wet use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the moisture inside the carpet fabrics, if items like your furniture got wet, you can also you the vacuum to help speed up their drying process.

However, if a water-related problem inside your Mt. Arlington, Mine Hill, or Byram home ever gets too complicated for you to handle, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Offer Fast Cleanup Action In Jefferson After A Flood

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

If flood damage is not addressed within 24 to 48 hours it can cause secondary damage such as mold to begin to develop. We arrive right away.

Yes, Sometimes Insulation Can Be Saved From Flood Damage in Jefferson Homes

It feels overwhelming enough when a strong storm drops a tree branch on your roof and water pours in. It is even worse when the rainwater runs through the fiberglass insulation and soaks the ceiling in the room below. Fast attention can turn this situation around and limit loss.

Because airborne mold spores can begin to germinate as fast as 24 hours after a flood damage event in a Jefferson home, cleanup should occur quickly. When SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, one of the first actions our team members do is to tarp over the damaged roof area to inhibit any further entrance of water to the house. 

Attic spaces often present a particular challenge for flood damage cleanup due to the fact space is often limited. One of the key elements for drying an attic is the removal of the fiberglass insulation. Our technicians have specialized attachments on their commercial vacuums that let them pick up the insulation for drying and preparation for reinstallation if the homeowner chooses.

During the drying phase, there may not be room to bring in our air movers, and we create configurations with hoses running from the air movers into the attic to deliver warm, dry air. If the water ran from the attic into the floor joists and the ceiling below, we have drying mats to force air into the area and assist with complete drying. 

Once the attic attains pre-set drying goals, our technicians perform the following functions: 

  • Thoroughly hand clean the area to inhibit the growth of mold, bacteria, and odors.
  • In some cases, antimicrobial sealant around the damaged area further makes the area inhospitable to mold growth.
  • If water odors remain, we apply different methods to neutralize them.

Flood damage in your home does not automatically mean a complete loss. With fast cleanup action, our technicians assist homeowners every day by minimizing water loss. Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825, and we can make the water damage in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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The Risks of Standing Flood Water in Jefferson Homes

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

We know and understand all concerns with your flood damage in Jefferson.

SERVPRO wants to help you understand the risks of your Jefferson flood damage.

Flooding can become a very traumatic experience quickly for Jefferson homeowners. Ideally, property owners would seek to secure the experience and fast response of trained disaster relief specialists to help address this invading water and any structural concerns that might also exist. With a substantial push for DIY projects, many owners are looking to overcome these obstacles on their own without a full understanding of the potential risks involved. 

Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training to combat flood damage in Jefferson homes through both the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA.) Both of these firms offer extensive training and coursework to technicians looking to become valuable assets in these restoration and recovery niches of the industry. 

As you might expect, safety is a top concern for our SERVPRO team when we approach the recovery of a flood damage situation in area homes. Likewise, even if you do not intend to utilize our expertise and experience in these matters, we want to ensure that residents in our service region are handling these disasters smartly and safely, carefully assessing risks and working to overcome these hazardous conditions within their limitations and abilities. Here are some risks that exist with standing water in your property: 

  • Water pouring through openings can bring in rodents, snakes, and harmful insects. Do not get into the floodwater without extensive protection. 
  • Flooding can overflow sanitary sewers to present biohazardous contamination for your entire household exposed to the water. 
  • Standing water can substantially weaken flooring, sag ceilings, and deteriorate supports. Tread carefully even after this water has gotten extracted. 

Standing water presents significant risks to the safety of homeowners and even our certified and experienced SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater technicians. It is critical to understand these threats and how to avoid them to keep yourself and your family safe throughout the restoration and recovery efforts. Give our professionals a call to help however we can at (973) 810-2825.

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Is Mold Growing on Your Hopatcong Store's Inventory?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Just a little water damage can cause mold, which can grow on your store's inventory. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective mold remediation.

Strategies for Fighting Commercial Mold Damage in a Hopatcong Retail Store

When there is mold in your retail store, the repercussions can be severe because apart from causing real damage on the structure, the musty smell in the air and spots that develop on surfaces after such infestations can dissuade customers from shopping. Dealing with a mold problem can easy or severe, depending on the strategies applied. A professional AMRT, Applied Mold Remediation Technician, can help initiate the right response. 

Before initiating any step to restore commercial mold damage in your Hopatcong retail store, there is a need to identify the true extent of the problem. While a considerable portion of the mold colonies might be visible on walls, ceiling or other surfaces, the bulk of the infestation is likely to develop in confined areas including subfloors. Mold tends to develop better in most areas with minimal natural lighting. Our SERVPRO technicians can use different strategies, including their extensive experience, to find mold colonies. 

Since moisture is a critical element for microbial growth, stopping any water source and drying excess moisture helps ensure the problem does not recur. Leaks from the roof or broken plumbing lines are likely sources of moisture. If there are heavy wooden frames used in shelves or other materials that can absorb significant amounts of moisture, they can fuel future growth if not dried properly. Our SERVPRO crews use moisture sensors with probes to check whether any materials retain wetness after addressing the primary water source. We then use air movers to improve evaporation and dehumidifiers to dry them. We can also separate vast areas in your store into smaller drying chambers for more effectiveness. 

Killing spores is an essential part of dealing with mold problems in your retail store. Using professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties when cleaning the affected areas, helps kill spores. Our SERVPRO technicians also take steps to limit the spread of mold debris, which is crucial in a retail store where cross-contamination can cause great inconvenience. We set up containment airlock barrier zipper chambers to prevent mold debris from spreading. 

With the correct strategy, it is possible to prevent the recurrence of a mold problem. Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 to help clean your store restoring it to preloss state. We're faster to any size disaster.

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