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Practical Things to Note about Soiling in Dover Homes from Fire Damage

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

soot damage on a wall and door of a bedroom When a fire occurs in your Dover home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO. We are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Offers Guidance and Assistance in Dover to Facilitate Fire Restoration

After a property disaster, many thoughts may run through your mind. The physical damage to valuables and structural elements is usually the primary concern, especially after fire incidents, since the heat and flames consume materials. Such incidents also leave Dover properties heavily soiled. Therefore, when preparing to address the damage, you should have a solid plan to tackle the soiling it causes.

Some of the things you notice in your Dover property after fire damage may not paint a clear picture. For instance, if the incident seems minor and is restricted to one area, such as the bathroom, you might assume every aspect of restoration needed, including the cleaning process, would be easy. However, an experienced team like SERVPRO understands that surface evaluation can be deceiving when dealing with fire.

The combustion process has many byproducts, and most soil various materials, whether fabrics, wood, stone, and plastic, in many ways. Ash, dry soot, and wet smoke residues are the most common results. Quelling the fire also contributes to soiling since it introduces water or fire-retardant chemicals within the house. The water readily dilutes residues driving them deeper into materials or causing staining in fabrics. 

Some important things to note:

  • A small fire does not always leave minimal soot
  • Soot is not a homogeneous residue
  • Fire intensity influences the physical condition of soils

The amount or quality of residues you have to remove from your property depends on what transpires during combustion rather than how far the flames spread. If the blaze is scorching, it consumes materials almost entirely, thus leaving minimal deposits. Residues also tend to be fine. On the other hand, a smoldering fire only manages partial combustion, thus leaving significant wet residues. 

Synthetic and Organic Residues

Fire residues can be simply described as a mass of black or gray deposits embedded or accumulating on surfaces. From this perspective, cleanup is expected to be straightforward, wiping off residues from surfaces. In reality, fire residues greatly vary, which affects the ease of cleaning. One of the factors with the most significant impact is whether the materials burnt are organic or synthetic. Organic material is a naturally occurring substance such as wood or cotton fiber, while synthetics are artificial and include plastics. 

Qualities of soot from organic sources:

  • Fine and powdery
  • Less pungent
  • Dry and easy to clean

The cleaning challenge is significant if the soiling left in your house by fire comes from synthetic materials. Such deposits tend to adhere to surfaces. Alternatively, the residues can be wet and smeary. Our SERVPRO technicians use distinct approaches to deal with soling from such residues. In the case of upholstery or fabrics, we use the salvage cleaning technique using 1 percent chlorine solution bleach. For structural materials such as wood, highly abrasive methods such as sanding or blast cleaning help strip off the stubborn layers of residue accumulating on the surfaces. For china and crystal, especially in kitchenware, the acidic properties of wet smoke residues can cause etching. Timely cleaning is the best solution to such an outcome. A method like ultrasonic cleaning helps remove the fire residues fast and effectively. 

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater has years of experience and is well prepared to handle any aspect of fire damage at your property, making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (973) 810-2825. 

Technical Restoration by SERVPRO in Dover Homes with Water Damage

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on a water damaged floor Water damage can leave your Dover property with many issues. Trust our experts to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Are Certain Actions Necessary in Dover Homes Undergoing Water Restoration?

Restoring your Dover property after water intrusion can seem challenging or straightforward, depending on your perspective of water-triggered changes. Actions such as extracting stagnant water or wiping wet areas are standard. However, the importance of something like blowing air over wet contents as part of addressing water damage may confound you. Knowing the technical processes that facilitate drying makes it easier to understand which actions are vital.

Whether you want to work on your own or involve a Dover water damage professional to handle the problem for you, having the correct information is essential. At the very least, it can help you manage your expectations and limit the chances of conflict with the people working for you. SERVPRO crew chiefs spare time to explain the processes we intend to utilize in your home and their importance in combating the loss.

Crucial things to know include:

  • Water readily changes form
  • A material can have several unique properties
  • Moisture is constantly moving

Water intrusion can originate from any section of a house, whether it is an opening in the roof, a pipe under a sink, or an overflowing appliance in the kitchen. Conventional wisdom would indicate the problem is restricted to the areas where you notice physical wetness. However, water damage can occur in any section of your house following such an incident, even if it is far from the leak point. Such unexpected outcomes develop because water quickly changes form after it spills. Evaporation and condensation can transfer a problem to the ceiling when it starts from the floor. Moisture also moves constantly, especially by wicking through materials or gravity flow. 

Technical Implications of the Moisture Changes

Controlling or limiting moisture movement is essential for successful drying. For instance, when restoring assemblies such as walls or ceilings, regulating the conditions at the top and bottom of the assembly helps ensure uniform drying. If you concentrate only on one side, you can run into roadblocks, or other advanced issues can arise. For instance, moisture from the wet concealed areas replenishes the dried spots. Materials like floorboards can also cup when moisture levels at the bottom are higher than at the surface.

Drying Requirements

Managing the conditions that facilitate drying is challenging, especially in vast or concealed areas. Our SERVPRO technicians take different actions to ease the process during water restoration. Creating access points to reach covered areas is one such step. Therefore, do not be surprised when our technicians punch holes at the base of the wall. Such holes provide a perfect access point to increase the airflow within the concealed area for sustained drying. Our crews can set up drying chambers for better humidity control when drying big rooms.

Heating is one of the straightforward actions people expect to facilitate the drying of wet items. However, you might have the wrong idea of how the heat eliminates wetness since it works indirectly by increasing the capacity of surrounding air to hold more moisture. Therefore, more water escapes from the materials into the air. If the moisture-rich air is cooled, the vapor quickly condenses and can wet the dried materials again. Heat also helps improve the vapor transfer rate from the core of semi-porous materials toward the surface. Our SERVPRO crews can use portable heaters, indirect-fired furnaces, or AC systems to regulate the temperature in water-damaged areas.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater views any case of water damage from a technical perspective, thus adopting the right approach to resolve it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (973) 810-2825.

Safe and Long-Term Intervention for Dover Homes with Mold Damage

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

containment barrier in a mold damaged living room Containment is essential when remediating mold damage in your Dover home.

SERVPRO Experience Overcomes Dover Mold Contamination

It is no secret that mold infestation creates risks once it develops in a property. Deterioration of structural materials and release of particulate matter are the main issues people fear. Some mold damage hazards might develop when you try to mitigate the problem, so it is better to involve a professional when the issue affects your Dover home.

Some of the safety issues that develop when your Dover home has mold damage emanate from your choices. Choice of restoration method, equipment, or chemicals can lead to adverse outcomes, including damages from residues or fires when chemical control products ignite. SERVPRO helps prevent negative consequences by choosing safe yet effective solutions.

Safe mitigation of mold damage starts with a clear understanding of the problem. The contamination is caused by different species of fungi that colonize organic materials, which they break down and consume as nutrients. The process starts when moisture activates microscopic spores lying on a surface. The problem only becomes apparent when a large colony forms and exhibits signs like discoloration and dark patches. Removing the colonies takes physical agitation, applying biocides and deodorization to manage the musty odors.

Ways to Contain Mold Development

  • Eliminating moisture sources
  • Killings spores
  • Removing unsalvageable materials
  • Refinishing and restoration

The moisture that activates mold spores can be from a temporary source such as flooding or a long-term one such as pipe leaks. If the source still adds moisture to a building, the problem keeps growing and spreading beyond the initially affected areas. Eliminating such sources is vital. Our SERVPRO technicians can help perform various actions against moisture, including regular or specialized water extraction or drying. 

Problems After Intervention Against Mold

Issues can arise from the very actions you take to manage an infestation. For example, drying needs to be closely monitored and managed to avoid spreading contamination. Drying involves using air movers. The air currents produced can spread spores and moldy residue across the house. Of significant concern is the possibility of contaminating the HVAC system with such residues, resulting in long-term indoor air quality issues. Spreading residues can also contaminate new areas. 

Drying also removes moisture from wet materials, releasing it into the air as humidity. Unfortunately, this is not a final solution since condensation can release moisture into the materials you intend to dry. SERVPRO professionals ensure sufficient dehumidification resources to extract humidity from the air.

Other useful precautions:

  • Using a dry deodorization technic
  • Turning off flames, flash, and ignition sources when fogging 
  • Using essential PPE such as respirators or bodysuits

Curtailing moisture supply resolves a mold problem only halfway. A complete solution needs to clean soiled areas eliminating signs of the contamination "Like it never even happened." Cleaning moldy soils is challenging compared to ordinary materials because you must collect all the fine residues from surfaces and crevices. Using wet cleaning methods is not ideal since it can spread the contamination further. Our SERVPRO technicians HEPA vacuum surfaces first before using other cleaning methods. We then damp-wipe the affected areas with antimicrobial detergents. The best cleaning products contain sporicides that effectively control fungal and bacterial spores.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can help ensure your home is safe from immediate recurrence after mold damage by addressing the root causes of an infestation. You can reach us at (973) 810-2825.

If Water Damage Plagues Your Jefferson Commercial Property, Call Our Experts Immediately!

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Contact Us Sign For quick results when dealing with water-damage, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 453-0257 any time.

How To Deal With Commercial Water Damage In Jefferson Quickly

Most cases of water damage in commercial establishments happen fast when plumbing lines burst, drains clog, or other water-related problems occur. A quick response is necessary for two reasons. The first is that the longer water remains in a property, the higher the level of ruin. The second reason is to ensure normal operations resume as soon as possible. We offer professional restoration services in Jefferson that can meet your need for speed.

The goal of fixing commercial water damage in Jefferson might not be that easy to achieve. One of the biggest hindrances is the lack of resources such as equipment to remove water, clean up the affected area and dry it to pre-damaged levels. The task requires a sufficient workforce to accomplish your desired goal in time. Because SERVPRO sends a team fully equipped to handle any emergency, we can overcome these hindrances easily.

The large open spaces typical in commercial spaces also complicate the restoration process. For example, extracting water and drying a carpeted conference room presents a volume challenge unless the right equipment and specialized skills are applied. Using specialized water extraction equipment such as step-on rover water extractors, our SERVPRO technicians can accomplish the task fast. By stepping on the rover, the technician's bodyweight helps create an airtight seal between the surface and the extractors removing more water. Also, the technician does not use effort to move the extractor allowing coverage of large areas quickly.

Dealing with unique finishes such as wallpaper on surfaces can delay the restoration process. Vinyl wallpaper common in commercial spaces acts as a vapor barrier, making it harder to dry walls. Removing the wallpaper can overcome this problem. Our SERVPRO technicians also use other approaches, such as drilling vent holes at the bottom of the wall and forcing air into the wall cavity. Venting helps dry the wall fast without the extra work and cost of removing and replacing wallpaper.

For quick results when dealing with water damage in Hopatcong, Stanhope, and Mt. Arlington areas, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 any time. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Dover Office Building Fire Restoration and Recovery

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

power Plug On Fire For any type of fire damage in your office building you can count on SERVPRO to help.

24/7 SERVPRO Response in Dover for Commercial Fire Restoration

If fire sweeps through your Dover office building, repair and restoration must begin as soon as possible. The decisions made early following your commercial fire will significantly impact the results. SERVPRO is available with scalable resources to handle commercial projects along with the help of our IICRC-certified and trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT). 

Once you call us for commercial fire restoration in Dover, we arrive to assess the structure as a whole so that our crew chief can determine best practices. It is important to remember:

  • Fires in an office building may impact many suites and floors, so there may be a waiting period until the whole building gets cleared for entry.
  • Toxic fumes, soot, and smoke may have contaminated the contents of your business that survived the blaze.
  • Professional restoration is best to handle any damage from moisture or soot residue that goes beyond surfaces.
  • The movement must be minimized, and your building’s HVAC system should be turned off to prevent soot particles from traveling into unaffected suites and floors.

SERVPRO’s Proven Methods To The Rescue

We go through the entire building to examine contents and building materials to determine what can get salvaged and what must get discarded. Specialized techniques may get used to help us achieve our goals, including steps like media blasting.

Media blasting helps blast away damage from a fire while also deodorizing and cleaning the surface. We often use silica sand, sodium bicarbonate, or other particles with pressurized air to break away light charring and soot residues. 

SERVPRO understands that foul odors are never welcome in any office setting. We have odor control technicians (OCT) who have many options for odor elimination to erase all reminders of the fire. 

Let us handle your commercial fire restoration! Call SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater at (973) 810-2825. We offer a 24/7 emergency response so you can get back to business.

Call The Experts To Tackle Mold Head On In Your Dover Home

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Human looking At Mold Don't tackle mold on your own call SERVPRO.

Preventing Mold from Reoccurring in Your Dover Home

Once you have dealt with the effects of a disaster in your Dover home, you want to try and apply preventative measures to keep it from happening again. Mold damage can be uniquely challenging to combat both in identifying the source of the moisture that allows it to occur and in removing the organism itself. Most homeowners understand the importance of a thorough removal job and seek out experienced professionals like our applied microbial remediation technicians.

Even recovering from the effects of mold damage once in your Dover home can be an involved process, even with entrusting this work to the skilled hands and expertise of our technicians. Mold growth can spread quickly and affect a wide area over a brief moment, requiring effective containment and removal solutions to promptly protect materials that have not become affected yet.

Assessing the source of the moisture is vital when our SERVPRO rapid response team first arrives at your address. We can determine where the penetration points are or the root cause of the dampness and dry out the area thoroughly with air movers and dehumidifiers. Once the situation is contained and the site is dried, we can focus on material removal and mold growth removal from structural elements like framing, beams, and studs.

Preventing this situation from occurring again in the immediate future is also a concern for our SERVPRO team as they work to remove the mold growth affecting your property. We can offer lasting solutions like water diversion techniques, crawlspace encapsulation, and sump pump installation and recommend fixtures such as dehumidifiers to help regulate moisture levels where the source of the dampness cannot get sufficiently stopped.

While mold damage alone can be a damaging presence in your home for structural elements, it becoming a recurring problem poses an even more significant threat. Let our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater help you restore your home and offer practical solutions for the future to prevent further mold colonization. Give us a call at (973) 810-2825.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Dover After A Fire

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Room After 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 Dover – Kitchen Stove Fires

One of the most common causes of a fire 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 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 Dover 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 homes and wonder how their families can recover. Our SERVPRO crew chief can develop a plan to put everyone's mind at ease. The first step is to assess the loss, 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 the 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 house 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.

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

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of We Can Help 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 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 essential 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.

The 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 groundwater 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 are curious about the potential benefits and long-term advantages of crawlspace encapsulation, give our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team a call anytime at (973) 810-2825.

Dealing with Carpets During Water Damage Restoration in Dover

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Let SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater fix it, Don’t stress it.

SERVPRO Helps with Water Cleanup in Dover

Everyone has most likely had their toilet backup on them at least once at one point in their lives. Sometimes, the water fills up the toilet bowl, and then you can plunge it without any water coming out. But in other cases, a toilet backup can cause excessive amounts of water to pour into your house. And since the source is a sewage drain, the water is most likely contaminated.

When we conduct water damage restoration in Dover, our SERVPRO technicians first identify the source of the damage. If a clean water line broke, it would be classified as a category one damage situation since contaminants are not an issue. If the water in your house came from a sink or bathtub drain, it is possible that it contains harmful particles, so it gets classified as a category two scenario. Extra precautions get taken not to spread contamination. If the source is your toilet or sewer, it is considered category three since you deal with contaminated, "black" water.

We can do the following to return your house to its per-loss state:

  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Decontamination of Structural Components
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Carpet and Pad Removal
  • Water Extraction Services

If your toilet backs up and sewage water gets all over your flooring, our SERVPRO crew must remove any porous materials it contacted, such as your carpet, pad, rugs, or clothing. Hard, non-porous materials can be treated with an antibacterial solution before setting up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the area. We can also set up an air scrubber to remove any harmful particles from the air. 


If you ever have a toilet get clogged and then the water flows out of it all over your floors, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.

Cleaning Soot Residues During Fire Restoration in Dover

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

smoke coming under door Smoke is produced with even small fires. But no worries! SERVPRO knows how to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Provides Fire and Smoke Remediation Services in the Dover Area

After a fire inside your home gets extinguished, one of the most visible forms of damage can be the presence of soot residues. Not all fuels get combusted when things burn, and partially combusted particles get released as smoke. When the smoke travels through the air, it can solidify when it touches cooler surfaces and turn into soot.

Fire restoration in Dover often involves a large amount of soot cleaning. Soot residues can be present on your building materials and contents, like your furniture. Our SERVPRO technicians know that figuring out how to clean the various types of soot can be a significant portion of the remediation project.

When cleaning soot residues, the process must break the bond between the soot and the affected item. We can use the following four methods to loosen the soils from the affected surfaces in your home:

  • Mechanical Action: Agitating the affected surface is often an effective way to dislodge soot residues. For example, we can use mechanical action to pre-clean a surface before using water-based chemicals.
  • Lubrication: When we use a chemical to lubricate an item, we make it slippery. Lubrication can help break the connection between the soot and the affected surface.
  • Chemical Action: We can also use products that chemically alter the soot. The changes made to the soil's molecular structure can allow it to be removed from the affected item.
  • Suspension and Dispersion: In some cases, it is best to soak your affected contents in a cleaning solution.

Other services available after you suffer from a fire:

  • Smoke Remediation
  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Fire & Water Damage Restoration
  • Structural Deodorization

If several of your contents ever get covered in soot residues after a fire ignites in your home, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.