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

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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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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Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Dover Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 to arrange a call out.

Oven Hoods And Kitchen Fire Damage Cleanup In Dover

Kitchen fires are not as uncommon as you might think. The scale of harm that occurs during an event like this is usually relatively small- structure remains intact with minimal permanent damage to appliances and contents. However, the smoke produced by a kitchen fire is challenging to remove with just household products and creates a thick, unpleasant odor. By using a professional restoration service, you increase the chances of returning your home to its preloss condition.

Animal fats are incredibly flammable and one of the common reasons why our customers require fire damage cleanup in Dover. Smoke, although mainly composed of carbon, also carries with it chemicals present in the material burning. Where protein is concerned, smoke or soot deposits are typically greasy, and using the wrong products can result in spreading soiling around rather than removing it. SERVPRO technicians conduct a pre-test so that we know what type of smoke we are dealing with and the best way to remedy each particular type.

We understand that you want to get back to your everyday life as quickly as possible after a kitchen fire. Although the flames are usually contained to a specific area, smoke rises upward and can travel around the home as smoke cools, ash and soot drop onto countertops and flooring. You can assist in the cleanup operation by performing light wiping off some soot from some of these surfaces. SERVPRO specialists communicate with you every step of the way and can direct you to areas that you may wish to help with during service. Some areas, however, require professional attention and should remain the sole responsibility of your technician.

Cooking appliances are frequently fitted with hoods. These hoods feature fans that expel cooking odors. When a fire occurs the hood, as well as inside the ventilation shaft, can become soiled, causing malodors. SERVPRO can thoroughly clean and deodorize inside the oven hood to prevent this from becoming a lasting issue in your home.

Restoring a property requires professional assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 to arrange a call out.

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If Your Dover Crawlspace Has Water Damage Call Our Experts For Help

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team can arrive with sophisticated drying equipment that can quickly address the moisture and dampness beneath your house.

Crawlspace Moisture Can Damage Your Dover Residence

While many Dover homeowners contend with moist basements and cellars, the properties that only have crawlspaces also combat these same damaging effects. Without a proper means of regulating this persistent moisture, mold spores existing naturally in this environment can seat and colonize into organic materials within this area. Considering that most crawlspaces are “stick built,” meaning that they have gotten constructed primarily of wood, this is an ideal environment for widespread mold colonization.

There are many ways that water damage to your Dover home’s crawlspace can affect your house and its occupants, it’s also important to understand why you should be seeking out the experience and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO professionals to overcome this situation. You want to correct excessive moisture and standing water concerns in your crawlspace as promptly as possible, even without the possibility of mold growth and colonization.

Saturation of wood materials commonly installed for supports, framing, and the sides of your crawlspace can change the composition of these elements. Within as little as 2-3 days, saturated wood can begin to swell and bloat, distorting from its original shape into a warped new design. Not only does this cause structural concerns for your property, as these damaged wood components now must get replaced, but it can also continue to pose a threat to areas currently unaffected by the spread of this moisture and dampness.

Our SERVPRO team can arrive with sophisticated drying equipment that can quickly address the moisture and dampness beneath your house. Additionally, our professionals can assess this area as a potential candidate for crawlspace encapsulation, which can keep ground water and dampness from ever penetrating this area of your property again.

Whether you need a quick solution to address standing water or moisture beneath your home or you are curious about the potential benefits and long term advantages to crawlspace encapsulation, give our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team a call anytime at (973) 810-2825.

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Why the SERVPRO Way Cleans Up and Restores Water, Fire, and Mold Damaged Properties in Dover

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Dover Homeowners Trust the Work of SERVPRO Technicians for Cleanup and Restoration Services

Dover Homeowners Benefit from Professional Restoration Services

New Jersey experiences extreme weather changes all year round, including intense storms and the seldom hurricanes that cause flooding and wind damage to homes. Non-weather related events that can lead to the need for restoration services in a Dover property include water damage from plumbing and appliance failures, fire damage, and mold remediation needs.

Homes in Dover with water damage need extraction and drying as soon as possible after the initial event. The more prolonged exposure to water to the structure and contents lessens the chance for successful restoration. SERVPRO employees go through intensive training using the methods and procedures as advocated by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration to learn the best practices for every type of home or commercial disaster.  

The type of water our technicians need to mitigate makes a difference in the kind of procedures used.  

Clean water poses little threat from contaminants and tends to have one of the best outcomes in terms of loss when extracted quickly.  

 Gray water is also known as "sullage" and can come from sources such as washing machines or toilet tank overflows, and is more serious when it occurs.  

Black water comes in the forms of groundwater from flash foods or sewage backups and should always have professional cleanup due to the need for protective safety gear and the potential for toxins, sewage, and debris.  

If clean or gray water stands without mitigation for over 48 hours, we handle it as a black water cleanup. Using training garnered from becoming Water Removal Technicians (WRT) we at SERVPRO know the appropriate equipment to choose for small water cleanup jobs to full-scale property floods requiring truck mounted pumps.  Our water extraction methods work to pull as much moisture out the property to lessen drying times.  

Fire damage in Dover properties brings many challenges to SERVPRO technicians. There may be charred building materials and contents that require removal, smoke damage to clean, and water damage from fire extinguishing efforts. Containment is a standard method applied during fire cleanup and restoration services to inhibit the spread of soot to unaffected areas of the property.  

We test smoke residue to determine the best cleaning methods and use manual techniques such as HEPA filtered portable vacuums, dry cleaning sponges to pick up soot before using wet cleaners. In cases where a fire has gutted a residential or commercial property, our technicians have training in controlled demolition to remove building materials too charred for restoration through our proprietary cleaning methods. This removal of non-salvageable materials enables property owners to rebuild without any residual reminders of the fire, such as smoke odors.  

Odor elimination is a large part of most fire cleanup efforts. Because even a small fire with little done in the way of property destruction can leave behind huge odors. Our technicians have several types of equipment that effectively neutralize odor-causing molecules.   

The first sign a Dover home needs mold remediation may come in the form of a musty odor, and then the discovery of visible mold colonies. There is no way to completely remove mold as spores occur naturally both indoors and outdoors. However, the key to inhibiting the growth of mold lays in removing the essential elements it requires to exist. Namely: moisture, temperature, and a food source.  

When SERVPRO technicians address mold damage in a residential or commercial property, we contain the areas where colonies are to stop the spread of spores to other areas during remediation efforts. We also scope the rooms to determine areas of excessive moisture and the cause, to fix the root of the issue. 

We have the equipment to dry the areas, and once the colonies dry, they are carefully removed using hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to capture spores and when necessary, lightly abrasive techniques such as soda blasting for mold abatement.  

Our technicians pay special attention to the HVAC ductwork in properties after both odor control and mold remediation efforts and often perform thorough cleanings to halt any further spread of spores or soot particles when the HVAC is turned on.  

After storm damage to a Dover residence or commercial property, it is vital for professional water cleanup. Water follows the path of least resistance and can wind up far from the entry point. Our technicians use different kinds of moisture detection equipment from probes to thermal imaging to ensure we locate all excessive moisture. The reason professional restoration services are vital is if moisture is left behind after flood damage or other water intrusion event in a property, it leaves the structure in danger of developing mold or the weakening of building materials and loss of contents.

In cases where water wicked into sheetrock, the removal of the entire wall may not be necessary. Our technicians have the training to properly perform flood cuts that only require cutting away about six inches above the water line in the sheetrock and letting a more substantial amount of airflow within the wall cavity for thorough drying.

The goal of SERVPRO technicians is to save the property owner from the cost of replacing items when restoration through cleaning is an option. For example, water damaged books and important documents are not automatically a loss; we have access to and use the same restorative techniques as the Library of Congress for preserving valuable books and papers.  

WHY SERVPRO? Performing restoration services on Dover properties should not be a DIY task. The danger comes in property owners creating unhealthy living conditions through inadequate water cleanup or leaving soot behind after a fire. Our technicians hold several certifications in the restoration sciences and know how to apply them for the best outcome for every job. 

Once our technicians complete the mitigation efforts on a property, we give the homeowner and adjuster a list of all activities done along with photographs to expedite the filing of insurance claims. We also identify the repairs that need to occur to prevent the growth of mold or other damaging issues.  

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater stands ready to help property owners 24/7 with restoration service needs after damage from fire, water, mold, or storm. Using our high tech equipment and technicians, we can make the loss to your property, "Like it never even happened."

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Be a Savvy Dover Business Enterprise with SERVPRO's ERP Mobile App

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers the ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan to Help Prevent and Mitigate Water and Fire Losses to Your Dover Business

Extreme Weather Patterns Continue Risk of Flood Damage to Unprepared Dover Businesses

When rain and wind storms bear down on Northern New Jersey, Dover businesses can be in the path of significant flooding. The owners and employees of any affected company know all too well the financial stress and worry that accompanies commercial damage from the contaminated water and the tremendous amount of work needed for proper cleanup. Let our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team help you through this difficult time.

Retail establishments, restaurants, office buildings, schools, and healthcare facilities are among the commercial enterprises that keep Dover a robust and attractive community. Flood damage to your business affects everyone in the area, limiting the choices for residents and other businesses for as long as you must remain shut down. Nearly 50 percent of businesses that halt or severely curtail the provision of goods or services after flooding risk permanent closure.

SERVPRO has strategies that help keep your business on track even after the flood waters rise. Preparation for the devastation your commercial building might suffer after contaminated waters from overland or flash flooding invade is the key to surviving the crisis. Our Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) is an excellent way to predict how flooding could affect your property, allowing you to adapt to minimize damage in advance.

An ERP also assists our team at SERVPRO to provide you with targeted and effective responses if the worst does occur. When we work with you to develop your personalized plan, we gain vital information about your layout and operations. An experienced project manager visits your site, looking for the strengths and vulnerabilities in your business’s set up. Expect practical pointers to improve outcomes, including suggestions about storage decisions, equipment safeguards, exterior and interior building maintenance tips, and more.

Use our mobile app to give us more details, including contacts for vendors and contractors who designed your systems. Identify SERVPRO as your preferred restoration provider and name agents among your staff, family, or other trusted individuals to act on behalf of you and the company if flooding occurs when you are unavailable.

Businesses served by SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can rely on our experience, training, and equipment to weather any storm and resulting flood damage. Call us at (973) 810-2825 to set up an ERP consultation or to ask for assistance after a flooding loss.

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Hopatcong House Fire?? Yikes!! Call SERVPRO for Help!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fires Can Be Prevented--SERVPRO Says Never Leave Cooking Unattended in Your Hopatcong Home

Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Hopatcong Home

Fire safety in your Hopatcong home begins with fire prevention, considering once a fire starts there is very little time to respond. Within just a moment or two, the blaze can become life-threatening. It is therefore essential that you and your family know what to do if a fire breaks out. Working smoke alarms on each level and enclosed rooms of your home are very important and are the first step to fire safety.
If your family has been unfortunate enough to experience a fire and fire damage in your Hopatcong home, it is sure to be something you don’t ever forget. To help you forget in some ways, SERVPRO is always here to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. As a professional remediation company, we have the training and tools to restore your home to the way it was, whenever possible.
You should also create an escape plan which outlines various routes of escape from each room of your home in the event of an emergency. Once you have a strategy in place, practice it as a family to make sure that everyone in your household knows how to get out of the house if a fire were to occur. Be sure to have fire extinguishers in easy to reach places, especially the garage and kitchen.
With some smoke conditions, SERVPRO staff may be able to use mechanical action to remove the residues without applying a cleaning product. Light concentrations of smoke particles that are not greasy, as produced from a dry smoke, can be cleanable from nonporous surfaces. These mechanical actions make only mild agitation and are safe to use on almost all surfaces.
We can use a feather duster to remove residues on furniture with hard surfaces. Paint brushes of various sizes are suitable for brushing residues from ornamental or decorative areas of hard surface furniture. A vacuum can take heavy deposits of loose smoke particles and smoke webs off of ceiling and wall surfaces. We use a cleaning brush attachment to agitate the residues from the surface. Compressed air blows loose residues from electronic equipment with regulated compressed air. We are careful to control the amount of air pressure that we apply. For significant fire loss, we recommend having an electronics company deal with the cleaning of the devices.
Other things you can do for the safety of your home is regularly servicing your heating system to make sure it is working right and keeping your clothes dryer free of lint. Be careful as well not to overload any circuits and supervise your cooking closely.
SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater understands that sometimes fires can still happen, so when your home in Oak Ridge, Byram, or Mt. Arlington has suffered from a fire incident, we are here to help. Call us at (973) 810-2825 as soon as the flames are extinguished so we can get to you and help you restore your home as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

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Dover Homeowners Appreciate Post-Flood Content Preservation Done by SERVPRO

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Skills to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home in Dover While Protecting Your Contents in a Pack-Out

What Happens to Flood Damaged Items in Your Dover Home?

It can be challenging to contend with flooding in your Dover home, especially when it comes with considerable structural concerns. With multiple symptoms and effects to face, most homeowners can appreciate their need for professional restoration technicians to work quickly to protect property as best as they can. What many of these same homeowners do not realize is that with teams like ours, structural recovery is only the beginning to the work that we do to restore your home and your life after a flood emergency.

A property is much more than building materials and space, and when flood damage occurs in your Dover home, you can start to appreciate the various items and contents within that now become at risk for irreparable damages. The belongings within your house can easily become ruined by standing and rising waters, especially when that water comes with the threat of contamination and bacteriological concerns. Our SERVPRO professionals responding to the emergency can work to protect these items with our pack-out process.

With the initial assessment of the property when our mitigation team arrives at your address, our contents department can walk through the home as well and earmark belongings, furniture, and other items for removal and storage off-site. There are many steps that these possessions undergo once they reach our SERVPRO facility, and it can prepare them for their later return to your restored residence.

First and foremost, our team works to dry out damaged belongings removed from the house to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from taking root. In some cases, antimicrobial agents must get introduced to make surfaces uninhabitable for mold spores in the environment. Additionally, deodorization and disinfection are conventional approaches before these items go into storage in our controlled-climate facility.

While you might think that restoration is all about bringing your home back to pre-flood condition, there are more steps than many homeowners realize. You can count on the experience and advanced techniques of our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater professionals to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (973) 810-2825.

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