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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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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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