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Can Spores Spread During Commercial Mold Remediation in Hopatcong?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Have Extensive Training for Handling Commercial Mold Remediation in Hopatcong Properties

While airborne mold spores occur naturally both inside and outside of structures, they do not cause any problems unless the conditions arise to cause them to germinate. If this happens, an infestation can spread rapidly.

SERVPRO technicians use multiple methods to ensure that during commercial mold remediation in Hopatcong structures, the area is known to contain colonies does not get the opportunity to spread to other areas of the building. This gets accomplished through the use of: 

  • Negative air chambers
  • Containment over vents and doorways
  • Tenting directly over the colonies during drying

After drying and abatement of the dried matter, the techs wipe down surfaces with proprietary antimicrobial cleaners and use sealant applications as needed to inhibit any return. After the mitigation efforts complete, SERVPRO can bring in a certified industrial hygienist to measure the air quality and confirm the presence or absence of harmful mold spores. This ensures that commercial properties can reopen for business with total peace of mind the premises is safe for operation. 

Local businesses rely on SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at  (973) 453-0401 for commercial mold remediation services to eradicate the infestation and get the company reopened. 

Can Fire Restoration Work for Wood Furniture in Dover Homes?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Brings Years of Experience to Fire Restoration in Dover Properties

When wood furnishings get exposed to fire damage, the outcome can range from reuse to disposal. But the result cannot get predicted from a simple visual inspection.

SERVPRO technicians use several fire restoration methods on Dover furnishings to bring them back to the same state as before the fire. The scoping of the fire damage throughout the home include close inspection of the furniture. It is not unusual for the techs to find tables and other articles covered in soot and needs detailed attention to restore the piece. The techs used cleaning agents specially formulated for use on wood to lift away the residues while doing as little harm to the finish as possible. 

The techs determine the restoration potential in each furniture piece by looking for damages such as:

  • Cracked or split joints from heat or water exposure
  • Charring 
  • Residues on an otherwise undamaged surface

Once the mitigations efforts complete. The piece gets a final inspection to determine if the wood requires refinishing or not. 

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 453-0401 brings the latest fire restoration methods to local Dover properties. 

Dover Residents Know to Call SERVPRO For Water Removal

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Deliver Fast Water Removal for Dover Properties

It is unclear if Dover received its name from Dover, England or New Hampshire, but one that is known for sure, the lands were purchased in 1713 by Joseph Latham from local Native Americans. One of the first industries to get established was the mining sector. Iron ore was so abundant that it was unnecessary to dig it up, as it was on the surface around the Dickerson Mine. For over 6,000 years, humans have known how to separate ore from metal. In this time, the collected ore got processed into bars that got sent to industrial areas where it got rendered into:

  • Musket barrels and balls
  • Cannons
  • Pots and pans
  • Wrought iron objects

Dover Grows and Expands

Dover's town did not get incorporated until 1869, after the Civil War ended, and the town charter to make it fully independent did not occur for another thirty years. After the incorporation, the town began to grow and establish businesses outside of the iron mills. Many industries sprang up, including machine shops, mills, knitting and silk mills, and MacGregors hosiery factory. 

Hurd Park

Hurd Park, developed as a passive park without playgrounds or sportsfields, has pavilions and is an overall scenic location. John Hurd donated the land to the city in 1911.  Another feature in the park is the 1922 World War I statue known as "Spirit of the Doughboy," depicting a soldier walking with his rifle. The etymology of the term "Doughboy" is thought to have originated as an insult against the American servicemen and inferring they were soft like dough. 

Other Parks in the Dover Area

For a town with a population of 18,000 residents, Dover has many parks for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. Hedden County Park is by far the largest, covering 380-acres, and has areas to picnic, playgrounds, ball friends, and many hiking trails. The JFK Memorial Commons Park hosts several community events throughout the year, including the annual Christmas tree lighting, Easter egg hunt, Halloween parade, and numerous summer outdoor concerts.

What Type of Water Removal Should Dover Homeowners Avoid?

Potentially, any damage requiring water removal in a Dover home should be handled by a professional mitigation service. The reason for this is that it is impossible to tell through visual observation only if there is seepage into the subfloor or wicking into walls until these areas show signs of damage such as:

  • Loosened tiles
  • Cupped or crowned flooring
  • Wet carpet
  • Buckled sheetrock from wicking water

Certain types of water damage in a home can be dangerous to come into contact with. This can include floodwater that involves groundwater entering the house, sewage backups, and water that has been allowed to stand within the property for more than 24 hours. 

SERVPRO techs have specific training and equipment for handling hazardous situations where the water carries a biohazard rating. The techs use protective equipment during the cleanup phase of the mitigation to ensure they do not touch nor breathe in the airborne water vapor that can carry bacteria and pathogenic elements. Treatment of the water with professional biocides helps make it safer to handle. Not only does it need to get extracted safely, but also there are special regulations for the disposal of the water. 

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 453-0401 handles all types of water removal in local Dover properties, including hazardous situations, with the closest attention to safety for all.

Dover Residents Can Enjoy Boutique Style Shopping Experience at the Craft & Vendor Fair

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Unique Handmade Items for Valentine's Day Gifts for Dover Residents

A satisfactory shopping experience requires several things, including a good variety of items that the shopper might need, fair prices, and a superior customer experience. For the latter aspect, boutique shopping is preferable over visiting large establishments. The Craft & Vendor Fair scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, 2021, seeks to give shoppers from Dover and surrounding areas a unique shopping experience a few days before Valentine's Day.  The event is designed to showcase various unique handmade items like jewelry, décor, and accessories. People also have a chance to explore different gift ideas for the upcoming holiday. 

When making your plans to attend the Craft & Vendor Fair, note that:

  • The fair starts at 10 AM and end at 5 PM
  • The event is free, and no prior booking is necessary to attend
  • The location is at the Rockaway Townsquare, an approximately 10-minute drive from downtown Dover

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater provides distinctive solutions in residences affected by flood incidents. Call us at (973) 810-2825 to help with cleanup and other restoration processes.

Ice Rescue Weekend in Hopatcong

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Crucial Lessons for Raising Awareness and Building of Ice Rescue Skills for Hopatcong Residents

Ice rescue situations may present higher risk levels because the involved party might be in an isolated area; they turn fatal in a matter of minutes, and the danger to rescuers is as severe as it is to the victim. One of the best ways to improve the outcomes of ice rescue situations in Hopatcong is to learn how to control such a situation before an incident happens. The Ice Rescue Weekend program that starts on January 29th, 2021, offers full technician level training equipping participants with sufficient skills to handle rescue safely. The event ends on January 31 2021.

Some of the main highlights of the event include:

  • The training offered meets the NFPA 1006 & NFPA 1670 qualifications
  • The 20-hour course addresses the three main levels of ice rescue, including Awareness, Techniques, and Operations
  • Participants should be over 18 years and have their PPE
  • Participation certificates provided after successful completion of the event

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater helps business owners in Hopatcong clean up their premises after fire incidents, guaranteeing safe access by customers and staff. Call us at (973) 810-2825 to assist you. 

Timely Response Helps with Flood Damage Mitigation in Dover

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Sends Well-Equipped Teams to help Mitigate Flood Damage in Dover Properties

Dover is situated along the banks of the Rockaway River in Morris County, New Jersey. The presence of iron ore in the area and the construction of railway lines and a canal were the main factors that fueled the town's early development. In 1713 the proprietors of West Jersey deeded Joseph Latham portions of land bought from Native Americans. Later, Latham deeded 527 acres of his land to John Jackson, who had an interest in exploiting iron ore, which was so plentiful in the area that it could be picked off the ground at nearby Dickerson mine. However, his venture was heavily affected by the Iron Act's passage, which sought to limit the building of iron-related production facilities in North America, maintaining manufacturing capacity in Great Britain while limiting competition from the colonies with sufficient supplies of raw materials. The resulting financial difficulties led Jackson to bankruptcy in 1753.

The Morris Canal, whose construction started in 1824 and was completed in 1831, connected Dover to several towns lying along the canal, including Easton, Phillipsburg, Washington, Hackettstown, Boonton, and Jersey City, among others. The canal was the primary transportation route for coal, iron, and agricultural products. The earliest canal boats were mule-drawn and could move up to 70 tons of cargo. The transport route transformed Dover from a rural settlement to a thriving industrial town.

The Establishment of Dover

The village of Dover was incorporated in 1826. The name is thought to have been adopted from Dover, New Hampshire, or Dover, England. The village prospered with silk manufacturing, knitting mills, and the sizable MacGregors hosiery factory. It also had several machine shops, furnaces, stoves, rolling mills, and drill works. As it continued developing, it was incorporated into a town on 1st April 1869. 

Several structures and monuments built in those days still stand in the area and include:

  • Baker's Opera House

In 1880, a renowned miner from the area, William Henry Baker, built the Baker Opera House as a vaudeville theater. The three-story brick building features an Eclectic style.  It also includes a tower. Some of its unique features include a Mail Pouch Tobacco sign covering the southern side of the building. The Northside is made up of granite lintels and window sills, recessed brick panels, and a granite name plate written "Baker Building." 

  • The Dover Doughboy

The Dover Doughboy is one of several similar sculptures made for different communities all over the United States to honor casualties and veterans of World War I. The Dover sculpture is placed on top of 38 unique stones collected from surrounding areas.  Each stone has a bronze place inscribed with the name of a soldier from the Second District of Morris County killed in the war. The monument was dedicated on May 30th, 1922. 

Interesting Things to Do in Dover

The town has grown tremendously over the years from its humble village beginnings. There are several shops, entertainment joints, parks, and other facilities that provide the amenities visitors and residents need.  Some notable areas to visit while in Dover include:

Hedden County Park

The general-purpose public park covers a total area of 389.42 acres, including the 6 acre Hedden Pond. The park, first established when the Hedden Family donated the original 40 acres in 1963, was later expanded to its current size. At the park, there are two ball fields, a children's play area, and multi-purpose fields. The pond has a fishing deck, and there is a sheltered area that can accommodate up to 140 people. Several hiking trails provide the perfect avenue to explore the woods, streams, and waterfalls.

Marcade Family Fun Center

The gaming and entertainment center is a classic 80s and 90s arcade. All games at the facility are set to free-play allowing visitors to pay by the hour.  

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey

The dynamic Orchestra performs music from all periods and styles, not just the baroque period. The baroque period usually refers to the years around 1600 to 1750. At the concerts organized by the orchestra, you are likely to hear Dvorak, Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, or Bach. They also organize summer music festivals that include chamber music, concerts, cabarets, and even full opera performances at reasonable prices.

Dover Little Theatre

The small theater established in 1933 has a 100 seat capacity.  A visit to the facility gives audiences the chance to enjoy memorable theater experiences. There are five mainstage productions each season. The theater draws producers, actors, directors, set designers, and other talents locally.  Various entertainment pieces, including plays and musicals, are exhibited at the facility.  

How Does SERVPRO Help with Flood Damage Recovery in Dover?

Flooding incidents in Dover, New Jersey, are mostly attributed to periodic inundation and obstruction of waterways forcing groundwater into homes and other properties. When such incidents happen, remedial action is necessary to save the affected structures or the contents within. SERVPRO is an established flood damage mitigation service that helps homeowners determine the best course of action and take the necessary implementation steps.

The primary issue after a flooding incident is the exposure of various materials to the floodwaters. Such exposure contributes to further physical deterioration or contamination. SERVPRO focuses on limiting the effects of such exposure, thus reducing damages by:

  • Doing partial or complete content move-outs 
  • Expediting extraction of standing water from the property
  • Making flood cuts and other physical alterations to the structure to half moisture migration

The effectiveness of such steps varies greatly depending on the timing and the skill level of the people working on the restoration. SERVPRO teams are made up of IICRC certified Water Restoration Technicians and Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, among other professionals ensuring the right skill sets are applied. Our teams have state of the art equipment that helps simplify processes such as water extraction, cleaning, and decontamination of the affected property. Our customer care staff is also available 24/7, ensuring timely response when notified of an incident. 

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater helps manage flood damage remediation in Dover properties conveniently. Call us at (973) 810-2825 for timely intervention if your property is affected by a flooding incident.

Add the Jefferson Library to Your Holiday Break Plans

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Families in Jefferson looking for Something to do during Winter Break can have some Virtual Fun Through the Library’s Programs.

In between the weather and the health crisis, Jefferson residents may be at a loss during winter break. If you have children in your household, you may find yourself in an even greater need of coming up with activities before the little ones grow impatient. The Jefferson Township library has a few events on its calendar that may provide just what you need. On Monday, December 28th, participate in virtual bingo from 11:30-12:00 p.m.

  • Register online before the event to receive the meeting link
  • Download the bingo card at home and get ready for some fun
  • Prizes are available for all players after the bingo is over. They can be picked up at the library
  • Children 3 and up are welcome to join

Just like the library is a great community resource working within the limitations we have today, so is our SERVPRO team. In our training and the course of our work, we habitually wear personal protective equipment to protect your home and our team. If your home suffers from fire damage, you should feel confident that our team is equipped to handle the most challenging jobs while keeping safety in mind.

SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater wants you to celebrate the holidays as you should. When you call us at (973) 810-2825, you enlist the help of our professional team working with the single focus of leaving your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t Drive Too Far from Dover for Some Holiday Shopping.

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

signage xmas popup event Dover Neighbors can enjoy a Holiday Pop Up for last-minute shopping, even as SERVPRO inspects and remediates the mold in your home

Dover Residents are Welcome at the Holiday Season Pop Up Event for Last-Minute Holiday Purchases

It is time to see Dover dressed up for the holidays, including our streets and homes. As we look back on 2020, it seems to have been a super long year with many challenges. Yet, many of us are now surprised by how quickly the holidays came about. If you are still looking for gifts for your virtual office mates, your family, and neighbors, take a quick trip from Dover to Union for a one-stop shopping event on December 19th from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

  • The pop-up event will take place in the Clinton Manor Hotel
  • Vendors will have jewelry, clothing, candles, and other great gifts
  • Admission is free, and masks are required

Just like this X-Mas Pop Up Event is a one-stop solution, so is SERVPRO. Whether you have fire or water damage, or suspect mold in your home, our team is here to help. A call to our 24/7 hotline is your first step in taking care of restoring your home.

Trust our trained staff to bring the latest and best restoration practices into your home.

SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater is available at (973) 810-2825 whenever you need us. Invite our team into your home and let us work until it feels “Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal in Hopatcong Homes Is Just a Phone Call Away

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has the Answers to Hopatcong Property Owners Water Woes

When we think of boroughs, we may not automatically think of Hopatcong, but the borough of this name has a close tie with New York City. Located in Sussex County, New Jersey, the town surrounds Lake Hopatcong, the biggest one in New Jersey. A mere 40 miles away from New York City, it was precisely the Lake that first attracted staunch New Yorkers to the area. A source of entertainment and relaxation, wealthy residents sought it for some family fun. Lake Hopatcong is partially man-made and serves as the limit between Morris and Sussex counties in New York.

Bertrand’s Island, an amusement park near the Lake, and the growth caused by Interstate 80 served as catalysts for the change in suburban New York. Today, it is mostly residential. If we were to travel in time, we would find that today’s Hopatcong has been renamed a few times. Originally it was known as Brookland, while the Lake was known as Great Pond. In the 1830s, its name's spelling changed to Brooklyn to be consistent with Brooklyn in Kings County. In the early 1900s, Brooklyn was replaced by the Borough of Hopatcong, presumably after the Native American word for “stone over water.”

The Lenape people inhabited Hopatcong well before European explorers arrived. Its natural resources were sufficient for their livelihoods, based on plentiful fishing, abundant wildlife, and forests. However, once Europeans made their way into the area, many Lenape people died due to disease or fled the area. The Lake, or “Great Pond” as the Lenape initially knew it, was impressive, to begin with, and dredging and dams have made it what it is today, the largest Lake in New Jersey. 

Despite much-needed iron in the area, Hopatcong did not grow significantly following The Declaration of Independence due to challenges in transporting the natural resource. After the War of 1812, our nation began a critical era in which canals' construction became of utmost importance. Transporting iron through a network of waterways was more efficient than the use of wagons, hence the Amawaterways network Lake Hopatcong was essential to feeding the Morris Canal, causing the builders to raise the Lake to 12’ above sea level, which is where it stands even today. The Morris Canal operated for almost one hundred years but faced significant challenges. Although the project was not successful, its existence gave Hopatcong and its surroundings its foundation as a resort area.

The Canal prompted the railroad construction through Nolan’s Point, and the Canal would eventually become obsolete. With the arrival of the railroad into Hopatcong, tourists dared venture into the scenic area.  In the earlier years, tourism was mostly constrained to the area around the Lake, but as vacationers visited the spot for extended periods, more hotels opened, and boat service became an essential transportation source. As tourism flourished, wealthy visitors embarked upon building “cottages” that really were grand Victorian homes. The Lake continued to be a popular spot through the Depression when the economic landscape and the introduction of automobiles gave families the ability to travel further. The advent of World War II decimated the area.

Once World War II was over, Hopatcong regained some of its visitors, mainly the middle class, and entertainment venues sprung throughout the city. The 1960s saw the completion of Route 80 and the accompanying growth in the community. Rather than a summer town, Hopatcong became a residential suburb, and Bertrand Island Amusement Park’s closing in 1983 further confirmed its status.

Fire in Hopatcong Historical Sites

Hopatcong has changed throughout the years, both in its demographic and its landscape. Although much of its history is available for research, several of its most famous sites succumbed to fire. Among those, we include-

  • Mad House- Opened during Prohibition, the establishment was a haven for musicians and those looking for a good time. Purchased by Joe Cook in the 1920s, he renovated the place and renamed it "Sleepless Hollow." It became the place to be seen for the wealthy and famous vacationing in the area. Sadly, it burned in 1970.
  • Hopatcong House- Another casualty of fire, it is said to have been a tavern in the mid-1800s, and it is recorded as the first hotel in Lake Hopatcong.
  • Castle Edward- Built in 1905, it is said to have been the grandest of Hopatcong hotels. Mush Island was built right in front of the castle-style hotel, and the second and third levels were added eventually. Once the Depression impacted its operations, it was forced to close, and a fire destroyed it in 1931.

These, and other historical features of the area, can be appreciated at the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, where evidence of its past and growth are available for all to see.

Protecting Your Home from Water Damage

If restoration services like SERVPRO had existed in the early 1900s, maybe Hopatcong’s landmarks would still be standing. Whether it is fire damage restoration or water removal services, our crew has the knowledgebase and experience to address it. 

Our state-of-the-art equipment and application of industry best-practices place us on the path to success whenever you invite us into your home.

The effects of the weather can hinder the integrity of your home by allowing leaks or excess humidity. 

When you call our team, we take great care to assess the scope of the damage and present a thoughtful plan to mitigate your loss. If additional contractors need to be coordinated or an insurance claim filed, you can count on our team to help you through it.

SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater is at your when disaster strikes, regardless of how big it is. 

Place your trust in our expertise by calling our 24/7 hotline at (973) 810-2825 and letting us step up to the challenge. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home feeling “Like it never even happened.”

Dover Livestream – An Evening with James Gedeon & Friends

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Music Lovers Do Not Want to Miss this Livestream for Residents of Dover, NJ, and the Surrounding Areas

Music soothes the soul and warms the heart. During times of social distancing, the ability to watch a wonderful concert from the comfort and safety of your own home is priceless. An Evening with James Gedeon & Friends - an upcoming show at the Mayo Performing Arts Center will be live-streamed for your listening and viewing pleasure. This is your chance to enjoy melodies from singer-songwriter, and former Morristown Onstage champion, James Gedeon.

  • Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
  • Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Where: Online – high-quality live stream from the Mayo Performing Arts Center
  • Cost: $20 per livestream

Accompanying James Gedeon on stage includes bassist Bruce Alcott, drummer Lou Gioia, and keyboard player Jim Nuzzo.

SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater is proud to support our local community for live events such as these, especially during trying times and the need for social distancing. If you have a fire in your home and require professional fire damage restoration, we have the technology, workforce, and methods to get the job done. Contact us by calling (973) 810-2825, and we will send our Green Fleet to your property to get started as soon as possible.