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When Should Mold Remediation Happen in a Dover Home?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Removal from Dover Homes is an Urgent Matter

When you live in Dover and suspect mold in your home, it may be tempting to wait a few months while the weather gets nicer before contracting a specialist to help you take care of the problem. However, mold is a severe issue with adverse health effects, so resolving it should be a top priority. Every minute mold spores travel through your home makes the problem bigger. Avoid deterioration of your walls and furniture by calling a reputable company as soon as you encounter mold in your home.

In Dover, you can call SERVPRO for mold remediation services. Our IICRC team is ready around the clock to respond to your call and initiate a comprehensive mold removal and remediation process. The source of most mold problems is excess humidity due to leaky pipes or malfunctioning appliances. Our team closely inspects your home to identify the head of the problem and address it while returning moisture levels to normal. We can gather the data necessary to guide our actions thanks to our state-of-the-art moisture meters.

It is common for our SERVPRO crew to find mold in places the homeowner had not yet detected. As much as we focus on cleanup with air vacuums, anti-microbial solutions, and air filtering systems, the best attack on mold is preventing it from growing. To detect mold at its earlier stages, you can be vigilant of the following-

  • Dark spots on your walls that seem to be spreading
  • A musty odor in some areas of the home
  • Leaks in attics, basements, and other less-traffic areas of the house

At SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater, we like to work hand-in-hand with our clients to achieve the most effective solutions. Call us at (973) 810-2825 and let us work to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Are Dover Businesses at Risk of Flood Damage?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians in Dover Can Help Mitigate Losses From Commercial Flood Damage

Over the winter months, your business premises are at a greater risk of damage. Common causes for flooding in commercial properties can include pipes freezing or drainage systems suffering blockages from falling leaves, sleet, and snow. Flooded business property can prevent staff from working or customers from visiting, which ultimates affect the bottom line of the business. Revenue losses from property damages can be especially bad for companies in the public service industry, where customers may need to be refunded. A fast return to business following flooding relies on:

  • Quickly assessing flood damage
  • Planning a comprehensive restoration
  • Executing the restoration solution properly

Dealing with commercial flood damage in Dover relies mainly on the proper execution of drying methods. These methods can include understanding how a building's material assembly can be affected by water or how to set up and run the necessary equipment for maximum drying power. SERVPRO is a professional organization that has experience helping business owners and property managers overcome unforeseen events such as flooding. Our team uses proven methods to quickly restore premises following water intrusion and perform expert inspections of the damages it causes. 

  • Thermal imaging cameras are a non-invasive method of assessing water migration into a building assembly. 
  • Using thermal imaging cameras can be advantageous because they do not require technicians to drill into or otherwise cause damage to walls and flooring.
  • Thermal imaging relies on measuring temperature drops to predict whether or not water may be present in cavities. 

Using a professional commercial restorer can reduce downtime at your business. Contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for flood damage restoration at (973) 810-2825.

Do Hopatcong Residents Use Fire Restoration Services to Get Rid of Odor?

12/25/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO in Hopatcong Can Help with Odor-Control and Other Fire Restoration Needs

Reacting to a fire loss situation can be difficult without prior experience. Common household materials can combust quickly in a house fire producing unpleasant smokes, odor, and staining. While most dangerous toxins such as monoxide disperse quickly after extinguishing a fire, other poisons such as sulfur- which can cause unpleasant odors, often stay in a property for several weeks. Using tried and tested methods, SERVPRO technicians can help reduce the amount of odor in your home. Reducing odor is possible with deodorants, odor counteracting beads, and traditional cleaning methods. The most effective measure against fire damage is to enlist the help of professionals. We can help with:

A professional fire restoration service in Hopatcong can help organize and manage all the processes necessary to return your home to its preloss condition. At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on communicating clearly with homeowners to help ensure a smooth restoration and ease the transition they face when dealing with damaged property. Our services include specialist content cleaning methods that often help restore items that may seem unsalvageable to a preloss condition. Some of our contents cleaning services include:

  • Professional dry-cleaning can help remove odors, soots, or stains from clothes, bedding, and draperies following a fire. 
  • Odor removal for large soft furnishings includes mattresses, bean bags, and upholstery. 
  • Expert care for high-value organic fabrics such as leather cleaning, satins, and silk restoration to help bring your home back to its preloss original condition. 

Take ownership of your property restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for fire restoration at (973) 810-2825.

Look Out for Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming in Dover this Winter

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Dover is Providing Guidance to Dover Residents for Avoiding Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming

The winter can be hazardous for your home as colder weather conditions, severe winds, and rain become more common. One of the principal concerns for homeowners during the winter months is plumbing. Below freezing temperatures can cause blockages in the plumbing to your home. When water freezes, it expands, which can cause the pipes containing them to burst or split. While plastic pipes generally offer more leeway against frozen water expansion, they can still break under intense pressure. Burst pipes can cause significant damages by:

The best methods of avoiding frozen pipes and ice damming in your Dover home are preventative. As cooler weather comes in, it is vital to perform maintenance checks of your plumbing to reduce the likelihood of pipes bursting. One method of reducing the probability of pipe bursts is to insulate your pipes in areas where they may be exposed to outdoor conditions. These areas could include lines that run exterior to the home or through garages and crawlspaces. Roofs and attics can also benefit from insulation which could prevent water tanks from freezing. Some of the most useful tips for avoiding frozen pipes include:

  • Maintaining central heating during periods when you are away from the property. Keeping pipes running and providing heating may feel expensive but is essential to preventing frozen pipes.
  • Shutting off the water supply to non-essential plumbing such as water sprinklers or swimming pools as these are common areas that can cause harm. 
  • If pipes do freeze- often denoted by low or drip-level pressure when faucets are opened- you can melt the ice inside lines by using a hairdryer or portable heating in areas where pipes are frozen- such as garages. 

Protecting your home during the winter can help save thousands of dollars in repair. If you need assistance with any property damages, contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.

Everything in My Jefferson House Is Soaked -- Can Professional Recovery Technicians Help My Belongings Survive Flooding?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

puddles on the floor of a living room Flooding can quickly overtake your home. Contact team SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate the flood damage in your home.

Flood Damage Can Threaten the Heart of Your Jefferson Home -- Fear Not Because SERVPRO Has Strategies for Both Structure and Contents

When you are just watching news reports or reading and looking at pictures of flooding, it can be upsetting to imagine your Jefferson home could be next. In our area, summer and fall are hurricane and tropical storm season, so the image you see on the screen or the paper could be your reality with little to no warning. You might be stoic about the damage your walls, floors, ceilings, and other structural components might suffer because of the availability of replacement materials if restoration of all surfaces is not possible. What tugs at your heartstrings is the fear that irreplaceable photos, documents, heirlooms, toys, clothing, furniture, electronics, and more will not just be damaged but instead lost, ruined beyond repair.

Is There Hope for Flood Damaged Household Goods, Furniture, and Personal Possessions?

Flood damage in Jefferson does not discriminate according to the emotional value of the items harmed. Although you can try to move your things to higher ground when a flood threatens, the reality is your house is a home, a place where you eat, sleep, laugh, study, and work. It is impractical to store all items away from flooding that might not materialize. With many families using all possible spaces in their homes for living and remote working activities, rising floodwaters in your lower levels will affect your personal property.

How Can Professionals Complete Appropriate Flood Damage Remediation with All My Property in Their Way?

There are ways to manage flooding recovery even when a home is full of damaged contents, but SERVPRO often recommends a partial or full pack-out as a preferred option. We suggest this approach for several reasons, including:

  •   Clearing the spaces affected by storm-related flooding makes it much more straightforward to complete pumping and extraction of the floodwaters
  •   Removing wet contents also reduces the humidity levels in the affected spaces, making applied structural drying much more efficient once the liquid water is gone
  •   Packing out items avoids the need for our on-site technicians to shift them numerous times during the project
  •   Our production facility IICRC-certified technicians have numerous resources to clean, disinfect, dry, deodorize, and otherwise restore contents to functionality and appearance -- they are skilled in working with your insurance company to document claims for restoration or damages if articles are beyond help

I Am Already Stressed --How Do I Know My Personal Property Is Tracked and Secure?

We use a detailed and mostly digital Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to list and follow your individual items through the recovery process. CCIS uses the following to document the packed-out articles:

  •   Written lists and checklists
  •   Digital photography
  •   Barcoding
  •   Labeling of boxes or other containers
  •   A dedicated space for storage of processed items in our climate-controlled warehouse

What Are the Innovative Interventions Used to Mitigate, Remediate, and Restore the Packed-Out Items?

Machines, tools, and other equipment located in our production facility are target to contents processing. We also maintain relationships with subcontractors for some unique treatments.

  •   Freeze-drying under pressure for wet paper and photos -- uses a process called sublimation that removes water by skipping the liquid state between a solid and a vapor
  •   Industrial washing and drying systems for clothing, textiles, and other soft items
  •   Small contained chambers for cleaning, deodorizing, and drying padded and upholstered furnishings
  •   Small contained chambers for drying electronics, avoiding reaching the dew point by manipulating air movement, humidity, and temperature -- electronics checked by a specialist to ensure proper function before storage or return to you
  •   Immersion tubs for cleaning and disinfection of solid loose items
  •   Ultrasonic machines and tanks for durable loose items encrusted with dirt, grime, or infectious waste -- this technology uses sound waves to loosen debris through jets of microbubbles and superheated solution

How Do the Packed-Out Items Return to My Cleaned, Sanitized, and Dry Home?

Our crews have monitored and updated the location of all items throughout the off-site water damage restoration process. The boxes and other containers are checked off against the inventory before loading to transport back to your house. We take great care to return the items to their place of pride in your home.

Rely on the comprehensive training and experience of the SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team when flood damage disrupts. Call (973) 810-2825 to set storm damage and flooding right.

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

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

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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 damages become.

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

If you find your Dover property has 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 damaged 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 on 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 Damaged Items After Commercial Flood Damage

Floodwater brings some of the most extreme damages 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 damages 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 Damage

While water damage within a property has a distinct, musty odor, floodwater stinks. The smell within the damaged 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 Damage 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 of commercial flood damage to your property. The certified techs are available 24/7 and arrive quickly to clean up the damages and restore your property to its pre-damaged condition.

What Is Necessary to Contain Flood Damage in Dover Properties?

11/14/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with everything floating in the water When a recent storm brings a large amount of water into your home, turn to SERVPRO for water removal and flood damage remediation. Call us 24/7.

SERVPRO Focuses on Managing Contamination, Protecting Contents and the Structure After Flooding Incidents

If your Dover property lies in the path of a storm, there is little you can do to protect it from being affected. However, afterward, you need to take action to contain the effects of the resulting flooding. Containing flood damage requires you to know what to do and time such action correctly to be impactful.

Containing flood damage in your Dover house requires addressing several unrelated factors simultaneously. With the situation rapidly changing, there is limited chance to correct any errors.  SERVPRO avoids negative outcomes by sending fully staffed teams to ensure every aspect gets timely and sufficient attention.

The three primary aspects that help contain flood damage are:

  • Tarping and boarding up structure openings
  • Content pack-outs or move-outs
  • Controlling contaminants

Storms can create different types of openings in structures by blowing off roofing shingles and shattering windows. Such openings can worsen the damage in your house over time by allowing rainwater, sunshine, and other weather elements into the property's interior. Our SERVPRO technicians install roof tarps and use plywood panels to board-up wall openings. We can also create barriers inside the house using plastic sheets and steel poles.

Floodwater can be laced with chemicals and biohazards, thus contaminating your house. Alternatively, water left to stagnate for some time becomes contaminated due to microbial proliferation. Our SERVPRO technicians spray EPA-registered disinfectants directly into the standing water to manage contamination. That way, we limit the spreading of contaminants while we perform the other tasks, including moving contents. 

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can perform various procedures to help you deal with flood damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (973) 810-2825.

How Can a Dover Property Benefit From Fire Damage Restoration After a Puff Back?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Dover Residents Trust SERVPRO with Their Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Services 

While the fire damage from flames is minimal when a puff-back occurs in a Dover property, the smoke damage and need for soot cleanup are huge. A puff-back causes soot to blow forcefully through every open vent in the home. The result is every surface throughout the home gets covered in soot and requires a high amount of manual cleaning for the best outcome. Because the soot can be spread to other areas, foot traffic should get limited within the worksite. 

Dover homeowners look to professional fire damage restoration in Dover, after a puff-back. A frequently seen misstep by property owners is using wet solutions to clean the soot from surfaces. This action has the potential to result in permanent staining and ruination of surfaces. The techs use different types of tools and cleaning agents to handle smoke residues on various surfaces. 

Common Puff-Back Smoke Damage Equipment

  • Hand vacuums to remove smoke webs from ceilings
  • Rubber sponges to pick up dry smoke off walls and porous surfaces
  • Soot removal on washable fabrics in the Esporta Washing System

Compared to a house fire, there is considerably less controlled demolition needed during the cleanup after a puff-back.  In some cases, the sheetrock or carpet may be beyond recovery, particularly if a homeowner with good intentions attempted to clean the soot themselves using over-the-counter liquid cleaning agents. SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training and the experience to handle any amount of soot and smoke damage on surfaces and articles in the home.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 supports the local Dover community with fire damage restoration services. The trained, certified techs are available 24/7 for all types of house fire cleanup jobs.

Do Cabinets Have to Get Removed for Water Removal in Dover Properties?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Perform Water Cleanup With as Little Disruption as Possible to Dover Homes

Two rooms in a Dover home are most likely to be on the receiving end of water damage: the kitchen and bathroom. Both of these rooms have a large amount of plumbing, and both usually have some cabinets, which makes the challenges during mitigation similar in many ways. 

When SERVPRO techs handle water removal in Dover properties, the goal is always to limit disruptions to the home and get the job completed promptly, including leaving the structural elements in place whenever possible such as bathroom vanities and kitchen cabinets. 

Since water tends to migrate within a home, tracking the path taken by the water is crucial. SERVPRO technicians have many devices they rely on, along with visual inspection of the worksite. After removing the toe kick at the bottom of a cabinet or vanity, the techs can use their detection equipment to determine the moisture level present and if seepage into the subfloor under the cabinet has occurred. Whenever possible, the techs work hard to leave the built-in and furnishings in place during water damage mitigation services. 

Examples of Water Removal Techniques Used by SERVPRO

The ability of the technicians to adapt their equipment to any environment assists with the best outcome on every water cleanup job. 

  • Use of extensions and attachments on equipment to get under cabinets when possible
  • Drilling weep holes to drain walls that have wicked moisture
  • Use of controlled demo when needed to stop the deterioration of an entire wall or ceiling

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 supports the Dover community for all sizes and types of water removal services. The sooner the restoration begins, the better the outcome.

What are the Steps Professional Hopatcong Mold Remediation Companies Take?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Can Handle Any Size Mold Damage Problem in Hopatcong Properties

Like most problems, a mold infestation in a Hopatcong home will only worsen if not addressed. It is also unfortunate that there is a vast amount of misinformation for handling mold colonies that can make the issue worse. Mold damage always should have professional mitigation for the best outcome. 

Among mold remediation companies in Hopatcong, only the top choices ensure their employees have the level of comprehensive training that SERVPRO technicians undergo. The techs receive an ongoing education for the latest advancements in both restoration and common repairs after mold infestations get cleaned up. 

A large percentage of property owners suspect they have a mold issue before it has a chance to infest the entire home. For this reason, SERVPRO technicians utilize containment during mitigation, so airborne mold spores do not float to another area of the house or enter the ductwork.

Building materials with mold growth generally require safe disposal as sheetrock, and most types of flooring have no potential for reuse after exposure to a mold infestation. A homeowner undergoing mold remediation can expect to see: 

  • The removal of walls and ceilings with mold damage
  • Most types of flooring do not fare well against mold growth and require disposal
  • Cleaning with professional antimicrobials and the use of sealants on some building materials left in place

Solutions for surfaces include abatement to remove any dried residues left behind. The techs carefully hand vacuum or for stuck-on colonies on organic materials such as studs, the techs use methods such as soda blasting to get rid of the hard-to-remove areas without marring the surfaces.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 assists local Hopatcong property owners as a top-tier mold remediation company. The trained, certified technicians have the knowledge and experience to mitigate any size of mold infestation.