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What Is The Process For Water Removal If My Stillwater Home Has Been Flooded?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

water dripping from a ceiling tile Water can collect in your property before you even realize it. Act quickly and contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation.

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Experience to Thoroughly Remove Water from Your Stillwater Residence

If your Stillwater home has experienced flooding, immediate water mitigation is a must. Our Green Team will arrive on the scene, ready to take on the challenge.

How soon will your technicians arrive on the scene?

When a call comes in to deal with water removal in Stillwater, our technicians are ready to go. We provide an immediate response any day of the week, day or night. Flood damage doesn't stop when you stop the source of the flooding, or the storm ends. It keeps on causing insidious problems, doing damage that you may not be able to see. Flood damage can include:

  • Water gets absorbed into walls, contents, and upholstery.
  • Furniture and rugs can bleed onto carpets causing permanent damage.
  • Papers, books, and documents can swell and become permanently ruined.
  • Drywall can break down from water absorption.
  • Tarnish, rust, and corrosion will deteriorate metal objects.
  • Mold and mildew spread rapidly.
  • Musty odor starts and worsens with time.

We Understand the Importance of a Rapid Response

The list above is only a portion of what water can do. It can seep behind walls, cupboards, and under floorboards. That is why water removal to your Stillwater residence immediately is vital. The Process that The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians use is based on advanced technology and years of handling flood issues in homes and businesses.

Getting Started – Assessment

The first thing the techs will do is an inspection and damage assessment. This allows them to determine the extent of the flooding and plan appropriately. Everyone's situation is different. While there are standard procedures to follow, we fine-tune them to meet the client's needs. If the flooding is extensive enough to require a move-out, this begins now.

Beginning the Water Removal

Now we bring in the powerful pump equipment and start extracting the majority of the water. Truck-mounted pumps can remove thousands of gallons of water quickly. SERVPRO has submersible pumps that aid in the removal in cases of high levels of water. Portable extraction units get used for minor flood damage. There are other water extraction tools the Green Team uses as well. These include:

  • Moisture Sensor – SERVPRO uses specialized, ultra-sensitive moisture detectors, meters, and hygrometers. These devices allow the techs to determine moisture saturation levels.
  • Infrared cameras – The staff uses these to seek out water hiding behind walls and ceilings.
  • Rover – A highly maneuverable water extraction system 
  • Squeegee – Used on hard flooring with either a truck-mounted or portable pump.
  • Carpet Wand – Used on carpeting with either a truck-mounted or portable pump

Water Restoration

Once the majority of the water gets removed, restoration to preloss condition continues. Carpets and padding get inspected to determine if they need removing. If delamination has occurred, they are not salvageable, and the goal is to prevent damage to the subflooring. At SERVPRO, we want to leave your home, "Like it never even happened." This entails cleaning and restoring your home to the way it was before disaster struck. Throughout the entire process, we will continually monitor the moisture levels in the floors and walls.

Drying Everything Out

The IICRC technicians take into account the temperature, room size, and relative humidity to determine the proper amount and type of drying equipment. We want to restore your home and prevent secondary water damage such as warping and swelling of furniture, walls, and flooring. Industrial strength dehumidifiers are the key to preventing that from happening while pulling excess moisture from the air. Water evaporation is accelerated by air movers that create a massive airflow in the flooded area and across content such as furniture.

What You Can Do to Help

If you have undergone flooding in your Stillwater home, you may want to help while waiting for the professionals to arrive. But safety is the primary goal. Turn off electricity if the water intrusion has occurred where there is the possibility of electrical shock. Do not risk your personal safety in attempting to move heavy items or where you could slip or fall. Wait for the professionals to arrive. If the damage is contained and it is safe to do so, mopping up excess water right away can help. Here are some things you can do:

  • Remove items of wood furniture and wipe dry.
  • Remove colored rugs from carpets.
  • Prop up cushions and other upholstered items.
  • If it's warm weather, turn on the air conditioning. ONLY if it's not an electrical hazard!
  • Pick up items off the floor to allow the team to vacuum. 

When dealing with any size flooding, SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Contact SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 for quality water removal service.

How Damaged is My Jefferson Home After a Storm?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarp on gable of roof Lucky Jefferson Homeowners Can Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water and Storm Damage

Our SERVPRO professionals can assess damage and repair structural breaches after severe storm systems. 

Severe weather is nothing new to Jefferson's homes and businesses, but the damage that occurs requires immediate attention by competent contractors and restoration technicians of our SERVPRO team. In our area, especially factors like severe wind, can damage your home's defenses, such as the roof or siding. While you cannot control these natural elements outside of your house, you can have a clear plan in place regarding who repairs and restores these damages when they occur.

It might be initially challenging to calculate the damage that occurs from a windstorm against Jefferson structures. In many cases, competent professionals like our technicians must begin job scoping and damage assessment upon arrival to fully grasp the entire spectrum a loss to the property.We fixate our inspection on several areas most prone to structural compromise after severe weather events so that we can quickly determine what repairs and emergency tarping/board up might be required. Some of the most sensitive material to windstorms include:

  • Roofs
  • Eaves
  • Windows
  • Siding

Can Water Damage Result from Structural Damage?

Vulnerabilities in your home's exterior can leave openings for water penetration. The water inside of your house can spread quickly and affect multiple areas. Much like the emergency services where structural breaches can get repaired or temporarily resolved, mitigation that follows seeks to address any water that might have entered your home from these physical vulnerabilities. Extraction is the foundational element of this approach. We use submersible pumps and wet vacuums to address standing water and surface damage before delving more deeply into drying and water removal with the air movers dehumidifiers.

Storm losses can be devastating. Our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team can offer both structural repair and restoration solutions to make these losses "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (973) 810-2825.

Is it Ever Possible to Get My Flooded Jefferson Home Back to Normal Since the Recent Storm?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded We always make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for flood damage services.

After Storm Flood Damage, SERVPRO Works Fast to Restore Your Jefferson Home to Pre-Loss Condition

Any water infiltrating your home’s interior, especially with storm flooding, leaves behind a significant amount of damage. The water from a flood brings about the potential for a laundry list of contaminants. Working with trained water restoration technicians (WRT) is the only way to ensure you have safe, reliable cleanup. SERVPRO features skilled technicians that can arrive at your Jefferson property to start restoration within a few hours after the incident. We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week, for emergency service because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Happens After I Call for Restoration?

Handling flood damage in Jefferson calls for a targeted approach. Once we arrive, your interior must get thoroughly assessed so that we may determine the full extent of the loss. From there, our crew chief formulates a plan of attack for flood water removal, followed by the remainder of our specialized restoration steps. Safety hazards are always at the forefront of our minds when addressing floodwaters, so our team takes precautions before starting remediation and restoration. The following is a sampling of standard steps to ensure safety and efficiency with any flood loss event:

    •    Examining various areas of your interior to ensure that there are no electrical hazards
    •    Floodwater testing to determine the level of contaminants
    •    Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFC) get put on specific electrical equipment
    •    Technicians dress in personal protection equipment (PPE)
    •    We take special care when searching for hidden moisture pockets and other areas susceptible to mold growth

What Happens During Flood Cleanup and Restoration?

SERVPRO follows proven guidelines and protocols for handling water restoration and flood loss events. We put a plan into action and have professional-grade extraction tools and pumps at our disposal to quickly and efficiently remove immense amounts of water. Once the standing water gets picked up, we then follow a formula that tells us how many drying units to set up throughout your Jefferson home. Options available to us include:

    •    High-powered industrial fans
    •    Centrifugal air movers
    •    Dehumidifiers

Will DIY Methods Work to Clean Up After the Storm?

Even if you have decent equipment on hand to start cleaning your interior, DIY is never a match for the industrial-grade tools and advanced equipment that our Green Fleet comes stocked with. Our centrifugal air movers boost airflow in the loss zone, allowing embedded moisture to rise. The dehumidification equipment takes it from there, capturing the remainder of the moisture flowing through the air.

How Do You Find Hidden Moisture Pockets?

It is essential to locate and address all hidden moisture so that mold and mildew do not develop. Our team works to provide rapid cleanup, including moisture detection services. If water made its way into your walls, under flooring, and behind your baseboards, we have professional detection tools to find it. A sampling of our detection tools include:

    •    Moisture sensors
    •    Moisture meters
    •    Thermal imaging camera technology

Along with rapid water removal, we also deep clean all surface areas and disinfect using EPA-registered anti-microbial agents. Throughout the drying process, we also continually reposition our dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers until we can get regular readings from our moisture detection tools.

In some instances, it may be necessary for our technicians to perform what is known as controlled demolition to complete the restoration process. During this time, we may perform flood cuts several inches above the water line to remove damaged sheetrock. It then gets replaced with brand-new materials and finished off to ensure the walls look as they did pre-flood.

What About Carpeting in My Home?

Each flood restoration project gets treated on a case-by-case basis due to the nature of floodwater and the presence of potential contaminants. We can test the materials to determine the contamination levels, which tell us whether your carpet and carpet padding is salvageable. If cleaning is not possible, we remove the wet carpet and all padding below. We then treat the subfloor beneath, ensuring everything is dry to inhibit the onset of fungal growth.

We Leave Your Interior Fresh, Clean, and Deodorized

Damp, musty smells are common with any water loss incident. If not addressed appropriately, this smell could linger and become a constant reminder of the flooding. Our crew uses EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaning agents to sanitize your home thoroughly. However, we also have a range of professional-grade equipment to help us facilitate deodorization, including:

    •    Air scrubbers
    •    Thermal fogging
    •    Air filtration devices (AFD), and more

We always make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for flood damage services. To have a crew deployed to your property once you get hit with storm damage, give us a call at (973) 810-2825.

How Can I Protect My Home From Flood Damage?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Jefferson NJ Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home

Technicians Offer Professional Flood Damage Mitigation for Jefferson Homes

Home flooding is the most common natural disaster in the continental United States. While the surface-level damage caused by floodwater, silt, debris, and contaminants is overwhelming enough on its own, flooding also requires rapid mitigation because of the damage it can do behind wall cavities and beneath floors.

SERVPRO offers emergency-response flood damage mitigation for Jefferson residents. Theses Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians, provide comprehensive disaster cleanup that includes the following:

  • A thorough initial inspection by a SERVPRO crew chief to develop a plan of action for saving your home from flood damage.
  • A rapid-response team that is available day and night to restore your home, including on weekends and holidays.
  • In-depth extraction, sanitation, and drying can be accomplished with SERVPRO’s own power sources when yours have been affected by flooding.
  • Restoration and rebuilding services provide cost-effective home cleanup while safely minimizing loss of structures and contents.

Preventative and Emergency Measures for Home Flooding

Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes

  • Formulate an emergency plan with your family before a disaster. Keep an emergency kit at the ready with enough first aid, shelf-stable food, water, medicine, and other necessities for everyone.
  • Keep photos and digital copies of documents, valuables, and other items and store this data in a safe, off-site location.
  • Consult with licensed professionals about implementing landscaping, drainage systems, waterproofing, or barriers that can lessen the impact of home flooding.

During the Flood

  • Monitor the situation with an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio.
  • Move important documents and other valuables to higher ground or an upper floor. Make use of sandbags for fast-acting diversion of floodwater.
  • Focus on personal safety for yourself and your loved ones above all else. Avoid making contact with floodwater and focus on keeping occupants safe until the disaster has passed.

After Flooding Subsides

  • Do not make contact with floodwater and avoid interacting with electrical components affected by flooding.
  • Call your insurer as soon as possible to file a claim. A prompt filing is more likely to provide faster service and compensation from your insurance provider.
  • Document damage with photos, video, and detailed descriptions of affected structures and property before performing any temporary repairs.

SERVPRO is ready to coordinate with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that cleanup is performed per IICRC standards and your insurance policy.

How SERVPRO Restores Flood-Damaged Belongings

SERVPRO techs have the resources to take the content of your home off-site for thorough cleaning. This process, called a pack out, entails technicians documenting, packing, and moving damaged items room by room for restoration. This process not only bolsters your proof of loss claim with extensive written, photo, and video evidence, but it also strives to prevent loss to a variety of items in your home, including:

  • Books and documents
  • Electronics and digital media
  • Keepsakes, heirlooms, and antiques
  • Collectibles, jewelry, and artwork
  • Children’s toys and items of sentimental value

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater offers mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 810-2825 for an emergency response team to come to your home.

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What Damage Can a Leaking Pipe Cause in My Dover Café?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

"Welcome we are open please come in" Our SERVPRO team will have you back to business as usual in no time. Give us a call at (973) 810-2825.

Persistent leaking pipes can saturate porous materials in wall systems and ceiling cavities, requiring intricate drying and repairs. 

You might not immediately notice a leak in the plumbing of your Dover café.Over several days of leaking into structural cavities, exposed materials can begin to deteriorate and degrade. Addressing both the leak and the structural damage is a priority of our responding SERVPRO contractors.

Among the emergency services and water damage repair for your Dover café, our professionals must consider the most efficient paths to restoring and recovering the property. Opening your business to serve your customers again is the ultimate goal, so we work to extract, dry, and rebuild your structure after substantial water loss incidents.

How Bad is the Water Damage? 

Assessing the severity of water damage can help to identify how pressing controlled demolition and reconstruction are. While direct water exposure to areas like the main store floor with its wood furnishings and carpeting can often get resolved with immediate extraction and drying solutions, leaks in the wall can be challenging to initially identify and even more complicated to determine the severity. Some of the options for this include:

Who Can Repair Damaged Plumbing? 

Repairing the damage to the plumbing network is equally vital to removing surface water and drying out exposed materials. Once a leak gets identified with discovery tools, we can utilize controlled demolition tactics to access the specific breach point to repair the plumbing. Fixing the leak or break ensures that we can pressurize the service lines again and restore the water service to your facility and keep your business going. When repaired quickly enough, it is possible to keep your café running in a limited capacity.

No matter how severe water losses can be, our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team can help through restoration, repairs, and reconstruction. Give us a call anytime at (973) 810-2825.

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Who Can I Call for Fire Damage Removal in Dover After an Attic Fire?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

active fire burning in attic of a house Fires can often take you by surprise. Mitigate the situation with a quick call to SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

Certified Mitigation Professionals Eliminate Fire Damage from Your Dover Property

Attic fires can spark quickly and get out of hand suddenly. The extent of damage to both your home’s structure and its contents can be overwhelming to consider after the danger has passed. However, there is a team that is ready to help you restore your home.

If your Dover home has suffered attic fire damage, SERVPRO is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO is committed to providing homeowners with mitigation, cleanup, and rebuilding services that return fire-damaged properties to a preloss state.

What Causes Attic Fires?

The three most common causes of residential attic fires include:

  • Electrical failure. Malfunctioning electrical systems are the most likely culprit behind a whopping 43% of attic fires. Overloaded circuits and outlets, damaged wiring, and pests can all contribute to a higher risk of an electrical fire.
  • Natural causes. Natural sources like lightning, felled tree branches, and rainwater account for 13% of home attic fires.
  • HVAC malfunction. A simple buildup of lint or debris in your home’s HVAC system can lead to a fire risk, especially when the heater is running. Home heating and cooling systems account for approximately 5% of attic fires.

How Can SERVPRO Salvage My Home?

Preserving structural materials can be a challenge after an attic fire. Charring on wood fixtures and flooring may require blast media for removal, while some soot deposits can simply be removed with Crumbly Cleaner or a dry cleaning sponge. Technicians can move the contents of your home off-site for cleaning and restoration as needed, including documents, electronics, and keepsakes.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater provides disaster mitigation that keeps your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Professional restoration is a phone call away at (973) 810-2825.


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Water Cleanup Can Save Your Dover Home

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Photo Of Flooded Floor From Water Leak Call us for water cleanup of any spills, back-ups, or overflows that threaten your residence.

How Water Cleanup by SERVPRO Helps Dover Homeowners Now and in the Future

After a washing machine or other appliance spills its contents over and onto your Dover home’s floor, using a mop, towels, and a fan can seem sufficient. However, any moisture that found its way underneath the floor can create an environment that allows unwanted changes to take place.

SERVPRO knows how to help homeowners in Dover with water cleanup that fixes the current situation and leaves the area protected against related problems in the future. We view mitigation and restoration of your property as a way to protect your investment in both your home and our community.

We use different things to perform our work, including:
    •    Injectidry systems, which performs several tasks
    •    Both self-contained extraction units and truck-mounted pumps
    •    Air movers to produce directed air currents
    •    Heaters that help increase efficiency and decrease the time involved

One way our technicians do this for our customers is with a special system that can perform two functions. The first involves pulling damp air away from surfaces, and the second method lets us force heated air into enclosed cavities.

Both of these methods protect your property’s structure. Extracting water from the inside portion of your floors and lower sections of walls helps by reducing the amount of water that can spread. This also means that we need to dry less and can finish the job sooner for you.

The same extraction system that powers it also helps us remove standing water, when needed. Air movers and high-powered fans also help dry surfaces. The air currents produced by these become more efficient when the air’s temperature increases above normal.

Our machinery and equipment, when combined, keeps a small situation from increasing in both size and the amount of damages that occur. Making the area less friendly to microorganisms that can cause intense damage protects a structure well into the future.

Call us for water cleanup of any spills, back-ups, or overflows that threaten your Hopatcong, NJ, Jefferson, NJ, or Stanhope, NJ residence at (973) 810-2825. You can rely on SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater to make things “Like it never even happened.”

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Dover, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater today at (973) 810-2825 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

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

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

flooded basement flooring in a home The quicker you respond to the flooding emergency in your home, the better the outcome. Contact team SERVPRO right away after an event.

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 loss becomes.

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

If you find your Dover property has commercial 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 loss 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 in 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 Loss Items After Commercial Flood Loss

Floodwater brings some of the most extreme losses 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 losses 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 Loss

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

How Do I Get Rid Of The Smell Of Fire Damage From Contents?

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Pink gloved hand using sponge to clean soot Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Helps in Dealing with Fire and Smoke Issues by Cleaning Dover Properties Where Damage is Identified

Bad odor is a common outcome after fire incidents affect properties. The odor might affect different things, including structural components or the contents held within the premises. When carrying out the restoration process, it is easy to overlook contents, especially when they do not exhibit signs of physical damage. However, looks can be deceiving, so there is a need to clean and deodorize various contents in a house to remove all traces of fire-related odors in Dover.

Which contents are likely to emit odor?

Fire and smoke cleaning when there is damage in your Dover property requires a skillful approach to guarantee a positive outcome. Unlike other forms of fire damage, the areas where odor emanates from might have direct or indirect fire damage. Remember, smoke, which is responsible for most odors, filters effortlessly to most sections of the house through convection air currents. Contents made from non-porous materials such as plastic can only produce an odor when physically affected by the fire. However, other contents made from porous and semi-porous materials allow penetration of odor, especially when exposed to smoke. Such contents can emit odor even when no physical damage is noticeable and include: 

  • Wooden furniture
  • Upholstery items 
  • Fabrics

Is the smell of smoke harmful?

The smell your nose picks up is more of an alert signal that there is an underlying issue. It may not have a significant effect apart from the discomfort it causes you. However, the underlying issues that cause the smell can be harmful to the house occupants or even lead to property damage over time. 

If the smell emanates from aerosols or particulate matter suspended in the air, there is a significant problem since such materials can cause respiratory issues when breathed in over extended periods. Our SERVPRO technicians take corrective steps such as ventilating the area to remove the particulate matter, thus eliminating the risks they pose as well as the odor they produce. In most cases, we use axial air movers, which produce high volumes of air, thus forcing the particulate-filled air out of the property. 

Residue deposits on contents can also cause the smoky smell you experience. Residues such as soot have corrosive properties, which can damage finishes on contents or cause stains.  Removing the residue helps protect the items from permanent damage while also dealing with the odor.

What steps are crucial for odor removal?

  • Removal of charred materials
  • Residue cleanup from contents
  • Ventilating rooms
  • Deodorizing affected contents

Odor removal is a multistep process that requires a combination of different steps to achieve the intended goal. Our SERVPRO technicians start by evaluating the loss site to establish crucial issues that need attention. We remove contents damaged beyond repair for disposal. We also use specialized cleaning procedures such as soda blasting to remove charring from surfaces on salvageable furniture or other wooden contents.

Most contents require a thorough cleaning to remove soot and other smoke residues that they collect during the fire. We use various approaches, including spray wiping and immersion, depending on the material or other characteristics of an item. Our technicians also have skills to disassemble some items such as chandeliers or electrical fittings such as lighting accessories to carry out the cleaning process effectively. Where necessary, we use specialized cleaning equipment such as sonic cleaners and upholstery cleaning equipment to deal with various forms of soiling. 

How does deodorization help?

Although removing soils such as soot eliminates a certain percentage of the odor experienced after fire incidents, it is hard to purge all smells through cleaning alone. Deodorizing contents helps breakdown remaining odor molecules. Since some odor molecules penetrate beyond the surface of materials, deodorization is the only way to reach such odor molecules.

Different procedures are necessary for deodorization to be successful. Our SERVPRO technicians mix water-based deodorizers with the cleaning agents we use when cleaning some contents. We also apply deodorizers through:

Methods such as ULV fogging deliver the deodorizer in the atomized state while thermal fogging recreates the conditions of odor penetration by mimicking smoke. The two methods allow deeper penetration into materials reaching all odors. The deodorizer can pair with odor molecules neutralizing them or work in other ways, such as digesting or sanitizing. From experiences gained over the years while restoring fire-damaged properties, our technicians understand the best approaches to tackle each situation. In many cases, we combine different deodorization techniques to achieve the desired goal or to quicken the process. 

The odor emanating from contents can ruin the outcome of fire damage restoration in your Hopatcong, Jefferson, or Stanhope home. SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater has experienced crews that can clean up and deodorize all items eliminating all odors from the fire, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (973) 810-2825.

Water Removal In Dover

4/18/2020 (Permalink)

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In-Ground Pool Water Removal for a Dover Home

While having an in-ground pool can feel both luxurious and rewarding for any New Jersey homeowner, some care is needed to prevent water damage. The most common sources of home water damage from swimming pools are compromised supply and return lines. If left unchecked, these damages can create costly repair needs for essential structures such as your home's foundation.

When your Dover residence needs water removal due to swimming pool water damage, SERVPRO technicians are always prepared to restore your home to its preloss condition. These IICRC-certified technicians, as well as staff and franchise owners, receive specialized training in disaster mitigation for structures as well as contents to minimize replacement costs and costly repairs. This team coordinates with both property owners and insurance adjusters to file quick and comprehensive water damage claims.

How Pools Cause Home Water Damage

    •    Damaging basements and crawl spaces. The sheer volume of water in a pool leak can cause thousands of dollars in damages to your home. Check the water levels regularly. If your pool needs frequent refilling, there may be a leak affecting your home.
    •    A damaged filtration system. The filter system for an in-ground pool is usually in the garage or basement. These filters keep pool water clean, but can also flood when pipe leaks occur. Double-check your filter or have a professional service it before opening your pool.

A backyard swimming pool can be an excellent addition to any home but requires extra care and attention to prevent water damage to your property.

Extracting Pool Water Damages Thoroughly
SERVPRO technicians focus first on the extraction process. Pool water may require extensive amounts of time extracting with portable, back-mounted units. If your basement has a floated wood or laminate floor over it, this flooring may require removal address moisture absorption and efflorescence--a white, chalky residue--on the concrete floor underneath. Hardwood can often be restored after such a disaster, but laminate wood may be more cost-effective to replace.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater provides mitigation and restoration that aids homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (973) 810-2825 for cleanup that saves you time, money, and stress.

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Flood Damage Cleanup In Dover

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Cleanup In Dover Involves A Final Cleaning Process

After stormy weather comes into the Dover region, weaknesses in your house's structure can become the source of a water leak. Any time rainwater gets into your residence, there is a chance that it can be dirty and contain contaminants. Any outdoor moisture breaching the exterior shell of your building can also be the source of mold growth or mildew-like odors.

As a final step of your flood damage project in Dover, our SERVPRO technicians go through your home to make sure that everything is clean and looks “Like it never even happened.” This final cleaning phase can often include steam cleaning all of the carpets inside your dwelling to remove any staining or unpleasant aromas. To make sure your affected contents and building materials are as clean as possible, we use the following six different aspects to define your home as being "clean."

1. Looks Clean
Our SERVPRO team knows that it is very important that any visible stains or soiling on your carpets and other items are removed during the final cleaning processes.

2. Smells Clean
Smelling clean refers to your house, both containing pleasant aromas and not having foul smells such as mildew.

3. Feels Clean
Clean carpets should be soft and fluffy to the touch and feel like your hair when you get out of the shower. Clean fibers should not feel matted or greasy.

4. Stays Clean
If the carpet cleaning procedures get conducted properly, your carpets should not quickly attract soils to it. During the carpet cleaning phase, our SERVPRO crew rinses your carpets so that soap residues do not attract dirt or dust.

5. Dries Fast
During carpet cleaning, we extract as much excess moisture as possible so that your floors do not stay wet long after they get cleaned.

6. Is Sanitized
During the cleaning process, we can use detergents that have anti-bacterial properties that work towards eliminating any microorganisms that may have been present in the water that entered your home from the outside.

Restoring storm-related problems can require the use of advanced technology just in the cleaning phase. For professional assistance, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Your Dover Office Building Deserves High-Quality Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO Teams are Trained and Certified to Properly Handle your Properties Water Damage and Cleanup Needs

If you are in charge of a commercial space that houses multiple businesses, you never want the fallout from a water loss to reach astronomical costs. Even if you have a cleaning service for your building, they are limited as to what they can do with a water damage emergency. Hiring skilled technicians gives you access to industrial-strength equipment and cleaning agents, as well as industry knowledge for ensuring your building is back to normal fast.

There could be many causes for commercial water damage in Dover, including a burst water supply line, problems with your bathroom plumbing, and more. Any significant spills can send water through multiple rooms, so establishing a perimeter is where our team at SERVPRO begins after the initial assessment. The first steps after assessment are critical to ensure that no moisture is unaddressed, or the risk of secondary damage is doubled.

Water Location

Our SERVPRO technicians are trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They understand that water infiltrates as many areas as possible, following a path to dry materials. Once we arrive at your commercial office building, we use a variety of tools to locate all of the areas in your structure where water travels.

Moisture Meters – These tools help determine moisture content in materials. Some of the meters use probes to penetrate areas like wall cavities and underneath wood flooring. Other non-penetrating meters work by sensor technology that reads moisture levels at the surface. 

Moisture Sensors – These sensors use sharp probes that tell our technicians how much moisture there is within soft materials. The readings determine the presence of moisture if it is more than 17%. 

Thermo-Hygrometers – These tools measure both relative humidity and temperature, with some advanced models that help SERVPRO technicians by recording the dew point. 

Water Removal Procedures

After SERVPRO determines the water migration throughout your office building, we strategically position extractors and pumps to bring out the water to meet drying goals. Our specialized tools are consistently in play during the drying process, including heaters, dehumidifiers, and air movers. 

Whenever you suffer from commercial water damage, you should never go it alone. Calling our skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 deploys a team that gets started right away on assessment and water removal. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster!

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Flood Damage In Dover

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Unexpected Storms in Dover Can Leave Homeowners Reeling from Flood Damage

Storms can bring unpredictability in the form of high wind and excessive rain. Without warning, trees can drop limbs onto your roof, allowing water to get in and leaving your interior drenched. In addition to this, you also have potential harm from storm debris that may leave your outside drains clogged where water may enter your home in other areas.

To make sure you can adequately address any flood damage in Dover, it is a good idea to call trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” With a simple phone call to our offices at SERVPRO, we send out a team equipped with the tools necessary for locating unwanted water. We then extract all of the water, dry out the contents of your home, and ensure that everything is cleaned and disinfected for your family to resume daily activities safely.

Should there be damage to your roof, our building crew is available to remove overhead branches and to get the repair work started. You must know that your family does not have to go through flood loss alone. Our skilled technicians bring a great deal of expertise and experience to your home to get everything back to normal.

Prompt Action
The sooner that we are able to get to work on your flood-damaged home, the less there is that must be repaired. Expedient mitigation helps halt the spread of any contaminated water, thus cutting back on the risk of mold growth. Our team utilizes powerful antimicrobials that easily adhere to various surfaces to inhibit bacteria from spreading.

Flood Mitigation
Proper drying after floodwater is removed calls for careful monitoring. We utilize specialized equipment to detect hidden moisture along with the help of mighty air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers. InjectiDry systems help extract water from hollow cavities and flooring while putting forced air into places where other drying equipment is unable to reach.

Flood damage in your home often leaves behind debris and silt on your floors, which also gets pushed into corners and other smaller areas. Our SERVPRO technicians help ensure debris and residue is cleaned up to make your home pleasant to be in once again.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater is available to address all of your flood damage needs. With just one phone call to our office at (973) 810-2825, we deploy a team to your location promptly to start the assessment.

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Why We Are The Best Choice For Dover Water Cleanup

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Two of our drying equipment machines drying this home after a flood Our experts arrive right away in your home and begin restoration to prevent further damage. We have state of the art equipment to handle any size job.

Why SERVPRO) Water Cleanup Dover – Frequent Emergencies

Some clients seem to have more emergencies than others. Perhaps it is the type of business, the age, and condition of the building structure or the environment of the building. Large older homes or businesses can have water problems often enough to be a significant concern for the owners.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services in Dover and surrounding areas. We have been in the business of providing and responding to emergencies in this area since 2014. Our employees live and work in the area. Combined with the experience and training our team has, we are the leading providers of water cleanup services in the area. We also respond to fire and storm damage emergencies, flooding, and mold events.

Another Major Advantage

SERVPRO has created an Emergency READY Program for both residential customers and commercial customers worried about response and recovery times for water damage situations. Also, our program is geared to storm, flooding, fire, and mold remediation services.

Our customers know that a fast response can often have a significant impact on the recovery of contents, damage to the structure, and total time needed before clients can return to their primary business operations. SERVPRO responds on a 24 / 7 day a week basis, often on-site in less than four hours. Even with a fast response, delays can occur because the on-site person at the time of the emergency is not well informed about whom to call, knows where the location of keys to unlock doors, or locations of water shut off valves and power control systems.

SERVPRO has demonstrated that we can avoid valuable loss of time by creating a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile. Creating the profile is free and provides all of the information your employees and SERVPRO team members required to react quickly to a disaster. The information provided also helps clients understand what to expect and what action to take to enable an effective and efficient response. We can reduce reaction times by minutes, sometimes even hours, by being prepared for disastrous events.

When SERVPRO provides water cleanup services, we aim to return your building to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Cranberry Lake, Oak Ridge, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Removal In Your Dover Residence

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Deep Extraction Tools for Multi-Level Water Removal in Dover Residences

Residential water emergencies can affect multiple levels of the home and be a challenge for homeowners looking to carry out restoration themselves. For professional restorers, residential properties requiring multi-level water extraction can be limiting in terms of equipment. We may also have to consider other factors such as noise levels of equipment and how easy it is to access areas of the home. There are many variables which is why we offer a multi-faceted, flexible approach to your water emergency.

One of the core components of water removal in your Dover residence is extraction. Extraction tools are much more efficient than air-moving or dehumidification equipment- which is usually reserved for deeper structural or contents drying. Extractors use a powerful centrifugal vacuum in combination with heating elements. Portable units are useful in the restoration of residential properties because they can be taken on multiple levels without issues of hose-length or noise getting in the way.

SERVPRO technicians can use deep extraction tools when dealing with carpets in multi-story properties. These tools are heavy and use their weight to squeeze moisture from thicker carpets and pads, which can then be vacuumed into a portable storage tank or disposed of directly into a nearby sewer point. Using a deep extraction tool can remove up to 1,200 times more water than a dehumidifier in the same period.

Self-propelled extraction tools are weighted extractors with an independent motor that can run up and down a carpet to remove moisture. In some cases, SERVPRO water restoration technicians may need to stand on top of the extractor during the motion to provide extra weight and squeeze moisture from the surface. By using probes, our technicians can take regular measurements throughout the service to assess the saturation levels of the carpet and how effective extractors are working. Often, extraction is followed by pre-cleaning and conditioning to bring the carpet back to its preloss condition after water damage.

Removing massive quantities of water from your home is tough without the correct, industrial extraction equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.

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Rapid Responses for Your Dover Home After a Water Loss

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee standing in a room with SERVPRO equipment. Water damage to your Dover home will need more than just your normal cleaning routine, let SERVPRO be there.

SERVPRO can and will be your Rapid response team after your Dover water loss. 

Whether it is a faulty appliance, frozen plumbing fixtures, or leaks, water losses in your Dover home do not get better on their own. Despite the insistence of many homeowners to take care of problems on their own, without the right technologies and equipment available to our SERVPRO professionals, properties get inadequately dried, and the problem is not entirely addressed. Cleaning up after a water loss means much more than applying elbow grease.

Water cleanup for Dover homes after a loss involves the removal of residues, prevention of staining, and a practical assessment of the salvageability of damaged construction materials and structural elements. These decisions often get made based on the cost of replacing these components versus the expected money involved in restoration, drying, and other recovery solutions. With hundreds of drying decisions that must get made with every water loss scenario, our project management gets to work with sophisticated moisture detection tools to scope out the necessary tasks to complete the job.

Staining is a scenario that can often be challenging to avoid for specific materials. Saturation in carpeting, for example, can often leave a residue behind that requires cleaning to restore fully. Avoiding these conditions means not only effectively drying out the carpet with our wands, weighted extractors, and air movers, but also then deploying our cleaning equipment for hot water extraction or deluxe pre-conditioning and cleaning.

It is a focus of our SERVPRO team to reduce unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction when restoration is a possibility. When we can respond quickly to a loss, much of the migrating water has not yet moved beyond the surface of surrounding materials. Extractors and drying tools in our inventory can work to remove this surface water before it penetrates flooring, wallboard, or furniture and alters their appearance or structural integrity.  

Being located here in Dover, NJ, our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team of professionals can often reach loss disasters within hours of your initial call. With water losses, every moment counts to preserve and protect the installed materials and contents of the house. Give our team a call today at (973) 810-2825.

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Understanding Fire Damage Remediation in Dover

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged bedroom Fires happen every day. Be prepared to call SERVPRO to get your home back. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Fire Debris Removal Experts In Dover Discuss The Importance Of Air Scrubbers

If a fire ever sparks inside your Dover home, the results could be catastrophic. An inferno can quickly grow if given enough oxygen and fuel, which could cause you to have to conduct fire debris removal. If the blaze burns hot and long enough, it could torch many of your building materials and contents. In some situations, items can be restored, but in others, they must be removed and replaced.

For example, if wooden items such as your wall studs get torched, and they are charred more than a quarter-inch deep, then they may have to be removed and replaced by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. As a part of several fire debris removal projects in Dover, burnt items must get removed and properly disposed of. It is vital that when removing charred items, soot does not spread to previously unaffected areas. In some cases, we set up a containment chamber to trap in any dust and soot created during the demolition process.

During several restoration projects where our SERVPRO technicians set up containment chambers, we also utilize air scrubbers. These scrubbers suck in the contaminated air and push it past a high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filter. The filter traps in any dust or soot particles before the air gets exhausted out of the machine.

We can attach the air scrubber to the containment chamber by cutting a hole on the side of the chamber and attaching plastic to the air scrubber, and the hole cut into the contained area. Once the air scrubber is turned on, negative air pressure is created inside the contained region. The negative air pressure causes any dust created during the demotion process to be sucked into the scrubber and pulled past the HEPA filter so that the debris does not spread to previously unaffected rooms in your house.

Air scrubbers can also be used to clean or scrub the air in an affected area after all burnt items have been removed and replaced. Once all charred contents and building materials have been discarded in sealed plastic bags, the air scrubbers can continue to pull any dust or soot out of the atmosphere. Air scrubbers can also be run in unaffected areas of your building to ensure that no dust or soot remains inside your home.

For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at  (973) 810-2825 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Restores Commercial Water Damage in Dover

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members standing behind SERVPRO restoration equipment. SERVPRO vehicles in background When your business suffers a water loss event, you are working against the clock to dry the water. Call us today. We are equipped and ready to go!

Commercial Water Removal Services Gets Your Fabric and Craft Store in Dover Back to Normal for You and Your Customers 

After Dover has a massive storm that pushes water into your store, you need to do more than mop-up things and put out ‘wet floor’ cones. SERVPRO can clean up, so you don’t face unpleasant, musty odors in the future, as well as any other potential issues. We know your customers do not want to encounter this and expect to be greeted by the odor of crisp fabrics and recently cleaned floors, instead. 

SERVPRO can mitigate any possible damage in your fabric and craft store in Dover with commercial water removal services. Many business owners find that this is a cost-effective way to prevent water damage, mold infestation, in addition to clearing away the substances that cause malodorous conditions to develop. Tile flooring, standard in many retail settings, includes spacing between each tile where water can seep in and remain. The most absorbent towels cannot reach into the underside of these tiles and get that water out of there. 

When our Green Fleet arrives, we bring unique floor mats with us that, once taped down to the floor and attached by flexible hoses to our Injectidry system, pull any water trapped below the tiles out through these crevices. We understand that you have little control over the cleanliness of the parking area outside your store. Decomposing food items dropped in the parking lot, automobile fluids, and salts from de-icing efforts can all cause serious problems if left underneath these tiles. Extracting these substances, along with the water, keeps many potential future problems from developing. 

The migration of moisture occurs in several different ways. People coming into the store can carry moisture on their footwear is only one way. Once this moisture enters the air, it can migrate elsewhere and create dampened pockets. If it reaches high enough percentages, it can change the environment enough that microbes can begin growing. Spots on clothing detail mildew. Sizing and other finishes applied by manufacturers only slightly protect new fabrics. 

To protect your inventory, we cover each table of fabric bolts, shelving displays, and bins with clear, durable plastic sheeting. This protective covering also keeps the high-velocity air movers from blowing smaller items into a jumble and helps keep things organized. If needed, we apply antimicrobial agents, perform deodorization tasks, and ensure that no permanent damage took place to your store’s flooring. Continued dampness in the subfloor can cause tiles to crack from the unevenness that develops, but we can stop this by using water removal techniques to mitigate the area.

Serving businesses throughout Hopatcong, Jefferson, and Stanhope, SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater, reach our water removal technicians by calling (973) 810-2825. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and always ready to answer your call. 

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Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice for Emergency Water Removal in Dover

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in corner of water damaged room We have the equipment necessary to remove the water and dry your home.

Why You Can Trust SERVPRO for Emergency Water Removal Jobs in Dover 

When a disaster happens inside your Dover home, you want someone who can get things back "Like it never even happened," fast. Local residents know they can trust SERVPRO to make things safe again through mitigation and restoration. Our technicians are skilled in managing such situations, including the utilization of powerful equipment and highly accurate monitoring devices.  

Each time we purchase new equipment for our office in Dover, including water removal machines, we learn how to use it as a team. Our skill in handling the machines that get each job done in as little time as possible is why both homeowners and business trust SERVPRO owners. Following the directions on setting it up, using it to perform at peak efficiency, cleaning it after each use, and breaking it down to place back in our Green Fleet is time we see as a valuable and far-reaching investment. 

SERVPRO invests in equipment and in the training our mitigation specialists receive. We want to provide you with the most economical services possible when you need our services the most. After a disaster, getting the water removed and your home and its contents dried out as quickly as possible is a large part of achieving swift recovery for your family. 

Removing water on your floors is one of the more manageable parts of our work. Finding water in hidden spots, like underneath the tub, often requires a reading downstairs with an infrared camera. Water held in a lower floor's ceiling poses severe risks to your family's well-being. Drywall ceilings are quite strong, but when wet, they crumble apart as they lose strength, making it possible for the ceiling downstairs to fall. Drywall is already quite heavy, and a damp one weighs even more. 

Our dedication to understanding your home's needs in removing water after a disaster is also why We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. The more time that passes before we begin removing water from the affected areas of your house, the more damage occurs, increasing costs, as well as the amount of time recovering from such an event can take. 

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater serves property owners in Hopatcong, Jefferson, Stanhope, and Mt. Arlington with water removal services, drying, cleaning up, and other services often needed after a water-related disaster. Contact us at our 24-hour emergency services line, (973) 810-2825, any day of the year. 

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Remediating Commercial Mold Damage in a Hopatcong Locker Room

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall. Hopatcong mold can take over your building quicker than you know. Let SERVPRO help remediate.

Let SERVPRO Help remediate your Hopatcong commercial mold damage.

Mold may be responsible for things like cheese and penicillin, but if left unchecked, it can also affect the structural integrity of businesses. Mold can also have health effects, so it is crucial to minimize these occurrences through comprehensive remediation practices from a specialized team. Whether you have mold buildup in or around a shower area, or there is mold present in other parts of your property, it is crucial to choose a team you can trust to handle the problem.

If your business requires commercial mold damage remediation in Hopatcong, SERVPRO technicians are just a phone call away from cleaning the area any time of the day or night. They can remove damage and restore your facilities to a pre-mold condition that maximizes safety for customers, employees, and other visitors. Not only does remediating mold minimize the potential risk to building inhabitants, but it can also salvage structural materials and other items in your business.

Minimizing Mold in Locker Rooms & Shower Facilities

Without proper remediation, mold can discolor tile grout and weaken wood, so it is crucial to remove mold and mildew and prevent it from proliferating further. Try these tips for keeping your facilities dry and mold-free:

  • Reduce moisture as much as possible, ideally to 30 to 50% relative humidity. This goal is challenging to maintain in facilities like locker rooms and showers. Still, it is crucial for preventing further damage from mold.
  • Use construction materials in your building that are naturally resistant to mold and mildew, such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is also rust and bacteria resistant
  • Use water-resistant paint and similar materials to minimize mold growth in your facilities

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

Several methods are used for removing mold from surfaces. Semi-porous materials like wood and concrete can be cleaned with sanding, damp wiping, wire brushes, and other abrasive tools that dislodge soils for safe removal. For long-term exposure, wood items may have to be removed, as mold can eventually cause it to rot. If there are settled mold spores in the area, HEPA vacuums and damp wiping with EPA-registered disinfectants are generally sufficient for removal. 

After containment and cleanup have occurred, the area can be dried with centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. Technicians continually test surface moisture levels to ensure that mold cannot thrive on them.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater wants to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." For a rapid disaster cleanup service you can always count on, call (973) 810-2825 today.

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We're Faster To Any Size Disaster In Dover After A Flood

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our air movers sitting in the garage in this home working to dry the property after a flood We have state of the art equipment necessary for any size flood damage disaster in your home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Extracting Basement Flood Damage in Dover

Industry estimates speculate that 14,000 people in the US experience water-related emergencies at home or work every day. On top of that, 98% of basements in the United States suffer some water damage during their lifetime. Not only is the frequency of water damage staggering with basement areas, but the cost can be quite high, particularly for finished basements.

If your Dover basement requires flood damage mitigation, SERVPRO professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to mitigate damage and return your home to a preloss condition. This IICRC-certified firm strives to provide homeowners with thorough cleaning solutions that minimize loss while maximizing safety for homeowners after a disaster occurs.

SERVPRO Has the Tools for the Job

SERVPRO professionals have access to a variety of cutting-edge technologies that allow for rapid, high-quality mitigation of flood damage, including: 

  • State-of-the-art moisture detection and measurement equipment, such as infrared cameras and thermohygrometers, evaluate moisture levels in surfaces, and establish drying goals for affected materials.
  • High-powered extraction equipment for a variety of applications, including portable back-mounted extractors for hard-to-reach areas, submersible gas-powered sump pumps, and truck-mounted pumps to maximize water removal potential in large areas.
  • Industrial-grade centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers to address drying needs for both porous surfaces and structural materials.
  • Odor removal equipment that minimizes airborne contaminants as well as EPA-registered, OSHA-approved disinfectants and antimicrobials.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

If your finished basement has been affected by flooding and your access to power is limited, SERVPRO technicians can provide their own power sources for extraction materials, drying equipment, and deodorization tools. To dress damage to walls, technicians can make flood cuts as well as drill small weep holes to maximize ventilation while drying wall cavities. 

If your basement has a concrete floor, SERVPRO professionals can use industrial-grade cleaners in combination with mops, squeegees, wet-dry vacuums, and extraction tools to minimize chalky surface bloom from this porous flooring. Other porous items, such as fabrics and furniture, can be moved out of flood-damaged areas for disinfection, drying, or disposal at the discretion of homeowners and insurance adjusters until structural elements of your basement are dried to completion.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 810-2825 today for disaster cleanup that can begin within hours. 

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Your Best Guide to Water Removal in Hopatncong

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

broken copper pipe with water leaking Broken or cracked pipes can cause extensive water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Our Capacity to Work Fast and Handle Large Quantities is Why SERVPRO Receives High Marks for Hopatcong Water Removal

The amount of water that can spill into your Hopatcong home after an appliance malfunction or a broken pipe can be substantial. Cleaning up is not a job for a mop and a bucket, or even a household shop vac. When we respond to a water loss, our project manager takes the time to review precisely what extraction equipment in our inventory would be the best fit. Matching tools to projects is why we pack our service vehicles with a range of options.

Pump or Extractor?

When beginning a Hopatcong water removal job, a threshold question is whether to use a pump or an extractor. Pumps can be submerged, and work most efficiently when the water depth is more than two inches. The pumps we use are often gas-powered, why we can get to work on right away even if power has been temporarily disconnected. We position pumps and then allow them to operate, disposing of water into a treated sewer line. A pump does not need to be swept across a surface, making it a gentler, less disruptive way to remove water when compared with wands and extractors.

Portable or Truck Mounted?

If our truck-mounted equipment can reach the standing water, using it allows continuous use until the water is evacuated in most cases. We either run a hose to a treated sewer line or contain the water if contamination is an issue, suctioning it into a storage tank that can hold 60 to more than 100 gallons. If needed, the truck-mounted pump can operate off generator power. When confined areas or spaces far from our vehicle need extraction, portable exactors are an option. Flexibility is why SERVPRO stocks both types of extractors, ensuring your particular water removal needs are met.

Extraction Before Drying

The ultimate goal of our crew is to leave your home clean and dry. Structural drying takes place only after we have extracted all possible liquid water, including from building cavities and beneath floorboards. Extraction is 1200 times more efficient than drying equipment alone, why SERVPRO prioritizes its completion prior to structural drying.

Our expectation that our team is well-equipped and prepared to rid your home of water is why SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater proceeds to a successful conclusion with confidence. Your call to (973) 810-2825 delivers what you need after a water loss.

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Our Experts Discuss Steps For Dealing With Water Damage In Your Dover Retail Store

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

retail store Maintaining a professional, clean, and inviting retail store environment is part of running your business successfully.

Steps for Dealing With Commercial Water Damage In Your Dover Retail Store

Maintaining a professional, clean, and inviting retail store environment is part of running your business successfully. That’s why it is essential to take water damage in your retail space seriously. If you experience a water intrusion incident of any magnitude, do not let it interfere with your business operations by closing your doors for long or risking mold growth that can turn your customers away.

Commercial water damage in your Dover retail store can cause loss of inventory and damage to shelves, floors, and building materials. Recovery involves completing certain activities to ensure that your business returns to its usual daily operations. You need a well-developed strategy to ensure timely and orderly recovery.

Ensure safety
Even though restoring normal store operations is a priority, the safety and health of your staff and customers is also a major consideration. When you re-enter your water damaged retail store, it is essential to do the following:

    •    Evaluate the affected areas. Check if there is damaged electrical wiring, falling stock, and uneven flooring.
    •    Water flowing in the premises may have caused the stock to shift, so be on the lookout for falling objects.
    •    Have the building’s maintenance personnel or a professional examine the electrical system before turning on the power.

Basic cleanup
The staff can begin taking the merchandise to an elevated level and start extracting water using sweepers and squeegees while waiting for cleanup experts. The manager should record and document the damage and expenses incurred. Rapid action by the staff and store manager can significantly reduce the time required to perform repairs, leading to efficient recovery.

Professional water removal and drying
Trained and experienced professionals handle water loss incidents better because of access to sophisticated restoration equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect the affected areas to determine the appropriate cleanup methods and equipment to use. If standing water is present, we can use electric submersible pumps to remove it. Our technicians can also use thermal imaging cameras to detect the level of moisture on surfaces.

Our team also knows the adjustments to make on environmental elements like humidity and temperature to dry your retail store effectively. We can use axial air movers to speed up evaporation and minimize drying time. Axial air movers deliver lower pressure at high volume, covering a vast area of affected surfaces and materials. Our SERVPRO crew can also place dehumidifiers in strategic locations in your retail store to allow the humid, moist air in the building to be moved into the units and the dry, warm air they discharge to circulate back into the ruined areas.

When a water loss problem occurs in your Hopatcong, Jefferson, or Stanhope store, SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can help. We have the expertise to handle any retail store water damage. Call us today at (973) 810-2825.

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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Mitigation in Dover

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom with white bed and end tables Flood damage and stagnant water can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Why Water Removal is Vital for Flooded Dover Homes

Debris removal is one of the first steps that you can anticipate your Dover home needing, which might include strenuous hours spent raking and shoveling loose content from the floors of your residence. In many situations, however, water removal must precede debris cleanup because of the severity of standing water and its potential contamination threats present. The extraction process is a critical one for many reasons.

Flood removal for Dover homes hinges on the use of premier extraction tools available to our SERVPRO professionals arriving at your damaged residence. One of the most routinely used devices for our water recovery and flood restoration professionals is our submersible pump. Though it runs on electricity in situations where the power might be disconnected, we have portable and trailered generators to supply stable power to the units where necessary. If the water is thought to contain sewage or other contaminants, we can also work with septic pump truck operators to remove this hazardous standing water.

Hydrostatic pressure is another reason why reacting quickly to flooding scenarios is the focus of our SERVPRO team. Softening soil around the foundation of your house, combined with literal standing water against this structure, can present a challenging scenario. We have to regularly inspect the condition of nearby surfaces like block walls and their mortar joints for new moisture pockets or literal leaks through the masonry of your basement or crawlspace where applicable.

Continually discharging floodwater from a damaged residence often requires us to find the most reliable path to a sanitary sewer system or use our extractor trucks to transport this removed water to a licensed disposal facility. Because many homes have sewer cleanouts towards their home or close to where a service line and mainline come together, drainage to the sewer system is often accessible with these standpipes.

Removing standing water and the hazardous flood effects that can result is the priority of our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team. We have the experience and equipment to help, however you need. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (973) 810-2825.

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Replacing Damaged Fittings in Your Hopatcong Home After Freezing

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flozen pipe SERVPRO knows the damaging effects frozen pipes can have on your Hopatcong home.

Water damage from frozen pipes can get worse by the minute, call us today.

With the winter months settling in, it is only a matter of time before many Hopatcong homes contend with frozen pipes and other damaging situations that result from the severe temperature lows. Even with insulated pipes, many homes in our area still suffer from freezing and pipe bursts when cold snaps occur. Even without the full-scale separation that can result from damming and freezing within your plumbing, homeowners could have to contend with leaking connections and fittings. 

For as hazardous as freezing pipes can be and for the water damage in Hopatcong homes that could result, our SERVPRO team encourages area residents to inspect their pipes several times throughout the winter to ensure that they have adequate insulation and coverage. It can even be beneficial to leave a faucet or two very slightly moving cold water during nights where temperatures drop well below freezing. 

If you have not had the opportunity to protect your plumbing before an unexpected cold snap occurs, you could find yourself chasing down water leaks that result in the weakest points of your plumbing network. While breaks and leaks could occur anywhere along the pathways of the pipe, you can most often expect to see them in the exposed areas of your basement or beneath fixtures. These locations make these portions of the damaged pipe accessible for repairs. 

While our SERVPRO team can help with identifying the source of leaks and breaches with our advanced inspection tools and moisture meters, we can also help to repair plumbing when you feel that this is outside of your capabilities. For the DIY-inclined homeowners, you can start by stopping the flow of water and allowing the pipes to drain out from the lowest point. 

Using a wrench, you can carefully remove damaged fittings. Before attaching the replacement components, wrap thread tape around the end of the pipe to better ensure a watertight seal. Once you have replaced the leaking connectors, inspect any remaining fittings for wear before restoring service to these lines. 

Replacing damaged portions of your interior plumbing is a necessity after freezing or other excessive pressure situations that could damage weak points in the network. No matter how we can help, from post-repair inspections to restoring the damage ourselves, you can count on our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team. Give us a call anytime at (973) 810-2825.

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Fixing a Fire Damaged Living Room can be Overwhelming for Your Stanhope Home

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged living room Fire damage in any part of your home can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave for best remediation results.

How Dry Cleaning Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Stanhope

When your home and personal belongings are burned by a fire, your first instinct may be to start washing all of it. However, not everything can withstand water without getting further damaged. A fire in the living room can leave your drapes and upholstery fabrics a smoky mess, but these materials are very particular. Typical wet cleaning methods might not be the best approach for restoring your home. 

SERVPRO uses dry cleaning techniques for fire damage in Stanhope homes when the affected materials are not strong enough for aggressive wet cleaning. Dry cleaning is also used in the initial, pre-wet cleaning process where light to medium soils, soot, and dust are brushed and wiped away. In the case of the living room fire, dry sponges and vacuums are effective methods of getting rid of the initial layers of smoke before deep cleaning begins.

A living room fire can mean that furniture, rugs, curtains, lamps, and walls are ruined by smoke. In the case of upholstery and drapery, a highly specialized process is employed to clean these fabrics without ruining them. Some wet cleaning methods can shrink drapery fabrics. Dry foam shampoo applies detergent and clean drapes with little to no moisture required. When upholstery needs to be dry cleaned, a series of steps are begun to ensure that these materials are cleared of the effects of smoke. In fact, SERVPRO has 8 upholstery cleaning methods to ensure a thorough restoration. 

When textiles are too sensitive to be cleaned with wet products, they can be dry cleaned with solvents made from oil instead of water. Our dry cleaning machine is safe for most upholstery and drapes, but some fabrics are still better off with hand-drying techniques. Heatable upholstery and drapery solvent can be applied directly or with a towel and then patted dry. All surfaces are toweled multiple times and in different directions to agitate the fibers and shake loose any remaining smoke molecules. After your fabrics have been cleaned, the final restoration can begin. 

Get the right kind of cleaning for your expensive fabrics after a living room fire. Contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 for fire restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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Did the Washing Machine Hose Fail and Cause Water Damage in Your Jefferson Home?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Clothes on spin cycle of washing machine Washing machine failures can cause a lot of water to invade your home quickly. SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can restore your home quickly.

Counteracting Washing Machine Flood Damage in a Jefferson Home  

There are few things more discouraging for homeowners and renters than a malfunctioning washing machine. However, few expect hose failures that result in a sudden flood in the laundry room. If left unchecked, this water can seep into nooks, crannies, flooring, and possessions, leaving flood damage that can be costly and tough to clean up on your own.  

If a sudden washing machine failure causes water damage in your Jefferson residence, you do not have to deal with it on your own. SERVPRO technicians are just a phone call away from restoring your home to its pre-flood condition. After you call, a team can reach your property in mere hours.  

Cleaning Up After A Washing Machine Hose Failure 

If a washing machine causes water damage to occur in your home, here are the steps you can take to clean the area:   

  • Turn off the water valves for your washer or shut off the main water supply. Unplug the washing machine. 
  • With towels or a mop, soak up standing water. If you have or can procure a wet/dry vacuum, suck up as much water as possible. Using dehumidifiers and fans quickly dries out the area. Air movers can also speed up the drying process if you have them. 
  • Remove clothing from the washing machine, finish cleaning them by hand, and allow them to drip dry. Extract excess water from the machine and inspect the surrounding area, removing unsalvageable items as needed. 
  • Sanitize water-affected areas with a strong disinfectant. Maximize ventilation to prevent mold growth and facilitate drying.  

How SERVPRO Can Help  

If, for example, you have your laundry in a basement with unfinished concrete floors, SERVPRO can thoroughly address water damage. When the team comes to you, they can measure moisture with a variety of tools, including non-penetrating moisture meters and infrared cameras, to examine the moisture in your flooring, walls, and fixtures.  

Without an intact vapor barrier and not addressing leaks causes concrete to absorb moisture, which can leave chalky calcium deposits that can reappear. Our pros can use HEPA vacuums and EPA-registered, OSHA-approved disinfectants to address bacteria and odors. If you have ceramic or vinyl tile in your laundry room, SERVPRO technicians can check the subfloor for water damage. Drying is accomplished with industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent grouting and microbe proliferation. Drying subfloors from underneath, depending on the location of the disaster, is sometimes possible.  

SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater is proud to serve Morris and Sussex counties with 24/7 disaster mitigation services. No matter when disaster strikes, your home can look, "Like it never even happened." Call (973) 810-2825 today for speedy cleanup.  

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

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

a room covered in smoke and soot damage after a fire Our certified technicians are ready to restore your home 24/7 after a fire. We have state of the art equipment to remove soot and smoke damage.

Fire Damage Stanhope – Kitchen Stove Fires

One of the most common causes of fires in the home is grease fires that begin on the kitchen stove. A fire can begin almost anywhere in your home. However, a kitchen fire can start due to inattention, distraction, and sometimes just bad luck. If a fire starts, get everyone including pets out of the house and call 911. First responders can deal with the fire while your family remains safe.

The technicians at SERVPRO in Stanhope understand how stressful fire damage in your home can be. Cherished heirlooms may be lost. Your life is disrupted. Even the material used by the fire department to control the fire causes damage to your home and contents.

Where to Begin

Homeowners are often overwhelmed by conditions in their home and wonder how their family can recover. Our SERVPRO crew chief can develop a plan to put everyone's mind at ease. The first step is to assess the damage, e.g., is it safe to enter the home? What rooms are impacted? What is the extent of the fire, smoke, soot, and water damage?

SERVPRO can also provide board up services to cover broken windows, and tarps to cover the roof to prevent further damage. We also help manage the paperwork required by your insurance company.

Restoration Of Your Home

Depending on the extent of the damage, restoration of your home may require removal of water from basements, floors, and walls. We clean all surfaces. We wash all hard surfaces and walls are wiped down, and all of your contents can be removed and cleaned.

Fire damaged structures such as cupboards, countertops, and even wall structures may need to be replaced depending on the extent of the damage.

Smoke odors may remain even after a thorough cleaning. We deploy ozone generators and thermal fog deodorizers to remove smoke odors in your home. The occupants of the home may need to leave home for a few days while this process is applied.

We work closely with your home insurance company and contractors to ensure your home is restored after a fire, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Hopatcong, Jefferson, Wharton, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Jefferson Home After A Flood

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

dryers placed in a room after a flood Cutting out drywall to a few inches above the flood line helps us make proper repairs to your home after a flood.

After Flood Damage, We Pump Out Water, Dry Interiors, and Sanitize Homes in Jefferson

Powerful storms that drench the area around Jefferson can leave sewer systems overflowing in various locations. City streets and side roads are not the only sources of the flooding, however. Creeks, streams, and ditches can send overflowing water into your neighborhood.

After a disaster, SERVPRO helps out in the community by assisting residents in Jefferson cope with flood-damaged houses. We know that the flooding affected more than your house. We help people find local resources that can make a big difference in how a family's post-flood experiences shape their future.

When we first arrive at a flood-damaged house, we spray exposed and contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant. This reduces the amount of cross-contamination that might otherwise happen during our initial cleanup efforts.

We methodically pump any remaining water from the lowest portions of the home with submersible units, taking care to check for signs of stress in the foundation. Carpets get cut into sections for quick disposal, and we do the same with portions of drywall about six inches above the flood line. We pull ruined appliances, furniture, and other large items out of your home and place them outside for disposal. 

After removing the water and items retaining large amounts of it, we need to start working on drying things out more thoroughly. We can do this even if the area's electrical power is out. Box fans and dehumidifiers pull floodwaters from out of the wood frame and allow us to apply antimicrobial agents. We use our Injectidry systems to dry out flooring, wall cavities, and other enclosed areas.

Drying can take a while, as can cleaning up each item. However, the more work we do with these methods, the less you must replace. Restoration is often the least costly of the two options. As soon as the interior becomes dry again, we re-apply a disinfectant to ensure that everything that might cause health effects in your family members no longer poses a threat.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater knows how vital a fast recovery is after a disaster. When flood damage keeps you from living in your Hopatcong, Stanhope, of Mt. Arlington residence, a quick call to our 24-hour service line, (973) 810-2825, can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Professionals Discuss How To Remediate Minor Damage After A Fire In Dover

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire. “Like it never even happened.”

How To Remediate Minor Fire Damage In Your Dover Home

Dealing with minor fire damage in your Dover home can be incredibly unnerving for the average homeowner. After a small kitchen fire, it is understandable if you feel as if the damage was not extensive enough to reach out for professional help. However, you may feel overwhelmed by the task of remediating the damage yourself. For this reason, SERVPRO can offer some professional advice to help you make the most out of a DIY remediation job.

Even if the fire damage in your Dover home is minimal, it is essential to make sure you have access to all of the supplies that you may need to remediate it. Fire doesn't only leave behind unsightly soot stains, but a foul smell as well. To remediate the fire damage, you need some necessary supplies, such as:

    •    A chemical cleaner, designed to break down grime
    •    Something to scrub the soot with
    •    A ventilation fan
    •    Paint

Once you have your supplies, you can remove your stove and then begin to use the cleanser and scrub together. Professionals, like SERVPRO, have access to many cleaning solutions, specifically designed to address multiple types of soot. It is a possibility that when you remediate the damage in your kitchen, you may impact the paint on your wall. You may find that you need to sand down the general area and apply a fresh coat of paint after removing the soot from your wall.

Once finished, you may notice that the general malodor that the fire left behind remains. Unfortunately, there is not too much you can do about this without professional equipment. A SERVPRO technician could use something like a thermal fogger to address the odor on a particle level. However, as most average people do not have access to advanced cleaning and restoration equipment, you could use a fan to try and air out of the area.

Remediating fire damage in your own home is difficult, but not impossible. However, if at any time you feel out of your element, or unsure of the next step, it is never too late to reach out for professional help.

When your home has suffered sudden fire damage, do not allow hesitation to take over. Reach out to SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater by dialing (973) 810-2825. Day or night, we're open 24/7 and able to help you.

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We Help You Keep The Water Flowing In Your Stillwater Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Drying Machines Set Up In A Garage When your home suffers from water damage, moisture that is not addressed within 24 to 48 hours can cause secondary damage such as mold.

Replacing Damaged Plumbing in Your Stillwater Home

A breach in the plumbing of your Stillwater home can leave you contending with a high volume of damage almost immediately. Before you can get the supply of this portion of piping shut down, many neighboring materials become saturated and damaged. While shutting off this valve is critical to preventing even more damages, you also must contend with the steps to repair this broken pipe and restore service to your home. As a premier restoration company in the area, we want our customers to find the confidence to tackle issues that can otherwise cost them such as plumbing repairs. With the right guidance, many homeowners can save on professional plumbers and get the house prepared for restoration needs.

While water damage in Stillwater homes after a pipe break is widespread and substantial, repairing the plumbing itself is an essential starting point. You can look for the areas of drywall or flooring with the highest visible moisture content as a reliable indicator of where the breach has occurred. If you need precise information, many home improvement locations sell or rent similar detection devices that our SERVPRO team uses. These tools can identify the presence of moisture pockets and the severity of these conditions to narrow the precise point of rupture.

Often you do not have direct access to plumbing breaks, so portions of drywall must get removed to reach the water damaged sections of pipe. Controlled demolition techniques, such as removing only a small region of sheetrock directly blocking the plumbing, can help to expedite reconstruction and structural repair once any restoration work completes.

Most hardware stores sell the specific fittings and replacement joints that you might need to repair the damage that you find. These purchases get made both on the specific damages you see and the type of materials you encounter. Depending on when your home got constructed, you can encounter galvanized metal, lead, copper, brass, or PVC. The plastic is the new standard in home construction, and you can find compression fittings that can allow you to replace the damaged metal pipe with PVC without replacing large sections of this plumbing network.

Once you have repaired the damage to your plumbing, you need to think about the best approach for drying out the saturated materials and water-damaged areas of your house. Our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater restoration specialists have the skills and equipment to make a difference quickly to make this loss “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (973) 810-2825.

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

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Cleanup Teams In Jefferson Describe How To Start Remediation On Your Own

Across the country, plumbing failures are one of the most common types of problems that causes insurance claims including in the Jefferson region. If one of your sewage lines or water pipes break, it is crucial to start water cleanup right away. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs at SERVPRO can show up quickly to start your remediation project. There are things you can do on your own with the equipment you probably own.

By following some necessary steps, you can get a jumpstart on your remediation project before you call in our SERVPRO team or in some cases, it is possible to handle small issues yourself. When starting water cleanup inside you Jefferson home, we begin by finding the source of the excessive moisture. As soon as you notice wet carpets or see the liquid H2O, follow your wet flooring materials to the closest water source. Once you find the leak, take note of whether it is coming from a clean water pipe, a sink drain, or toilet sewage pipe.

The restoration project can vary depending on the leak's source. If the water coming into your house came from a sink drain or sewage line, there is a possibility of contamination. If the leak is found on a water pipe going into your house, then the water is most likely clean and the problems created are easier to mitigate.

When dealing with either type of situation, the next step is to shut off your water so that moisture does not continue to affect your contents and building materials. It is also wise to shut off the power in the affected room so that no electrical shorts can occur. Next, you should check for any possible hazards, including wet drywall that can fall, light fixtures full of water, and slip hazards.

Once you feel the area is safe to occupy, begin removing as much water as you can while it is still in the liquid form. If there is water on a hard surface floor, use a mop or squeegee to soak up the moisture. If your carpets got wet use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the moisture inside the carpet fabrics, if items like your furniture got wet, you can also you the vacuum to help speed up their drying process.

However, if a water-related problem inside your Mt. Arlington, Mine Hill, or Byram home ever gets too complicated for you to handle, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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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Our Experts Can Safeguard Your Dover Home After A Water Damage Incident

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

If there is water loss in your home, contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 to handle the damage.

Get Professional Water Damage Repair In Dover To Safeguard Your Home

Dishwasher leaks are a common cause of water damage in homes. Your dishwasher can leak because of several reasons, including a worn-out gasket, loose connections, improper installation, a faulty door or a defective tub. A leaky dishwasher can damage your kitchen floor and surrounding structures.

When a leaking dishwasher has caused water to pool in your home, it is critical to seek help from a reputable water damage restoration firm like SERVPRO. We can provide you with prompt water damage repair for your Dover residence. When we arrive at your home, we can begin the process of water cleanup almost immediately after assessing the affected areas.

When a dishwasher leaks, the water spreads through the surrounding kitchen cabinets and drywall, underneath floors, and to the carpeting or hardwood floor in your living room if the water loss is significant. We can use an infrared camera to inspect your dishwasher and surrounding walls, floors, and baseboards for water damage. After our inspection, we can provide you with a detailed report and estimate of our services before beginning to clean up, fix, and restore your home from water loss.

Our technicians can use wet/dry vacuums to extract the standing water and then dry the affected areas. We can perform necessary repairs to your floors, walls, or cabinets to restore your home to its normal condition. Our certified technicians abide by the highest carpet and hardwood floor restoration standards. We can repair any kind of flooring and restore it to its preloss condition. Our goal is to make the damage appear “Like it never even happened.”

Once we repair the structure and contents, we perform the final cleaning. We then perform the final inspections, remove all the equipment from the job site, and then put all the contents back in place. Our SERVPRO technicians can keep you updated on the water removal and cleanup project at every step. As part of the restoration process, we provide you with the information your insurance provider requires and assist you to file your insurance claim.

If there is water loss in your home, contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 to handle the damage. We are restoration specialists and can tackle jobs of any size. We serve several local communities, including Hopatcong, Jefferson, and Stanhope.

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The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Hopatcong

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Should your bed and breakfast suffer from water damage, making the call to SERVPRO is critical to your remediation success. Call right away.

SERVPRO - Commercial Water Cleanup Actions For Hopatcong Businesses

Located just North of I-80 and along the lake that bears its name, Hoptacong is a carefully planned, growing town that balances the needs of the local community against a growing reputation as an excellent bed and breakfast location. Keeping those businesses open is vital for everyone.

For a bed and breakfast, commercial water cleanup in Hopatcong has to happen fast to check in the next guest. SERVPRO specialists can remove and clean up the effects of water flooding across the floor, regardless if it is from a faulty sprinkler or a broken pipe in an upstairs bathroom.

After removing the water, one of our primary concerns for a home business is to preserve the wood floors. If the water is out of a backed up toilet, we also have to remove any human waste and clean the floorboards with an anti-bacterial agent to ensure there is no health risk. In most cases though, the water is clean, and our technicians’ concerns are to dry the floors.

SERVPRO specialists start with a content meter to determine the amount of moisture trapped in and around the floorboards. If the percentage is very high, that indicates there is also water pooled in the sub-floor. To find and eliminate it, they lift a floorboard usually under a piece of furniture and insert a hose attached to a small pump.

To draw out the above-trapped water, we use a combination of air movers, exhaust fans, and dehumidifiers. The air movers force warm, dry air across surfaces to push out moisture into the surrounding air. The exhaust fans pull it out with the damp air, or the dehumidifiers capture and draw it out of the air to increase the rate of evaporation, so the wood dries without cracking or splitting.

As long as the water is clean, team members can clean and dry carpets and area rugs. Even if they were vacuumed right before the water disaster has some dirt and other contaminants in it. Our commercial-grade shampooers are far superior to any device available for rent at a retail outlet. The device forces the cleaner into the fibers, agitates it, and then rinses and removes the cleaner, dirt, and water so the carpet or rug can dry.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater is to help our fellow business owner reopen to support local customers and tourists. If you need our expertise, call (973) 810-2825 today to get started.

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When A Flood Strikes Your Dover Home, Call Our Experts At SERVPRO Right Away!

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

For expert inspection and solutions to property, damages contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.

Scoping Flood Damage For A More Efficient Service In Dover

When we think of flooding the first thing that comes to mind is external — natural weather events like heavy rainfall, storms, road overflow or flash flooding. However, flooding can be caused by many other issues internal to the home. If there are issues with an attic water tank, HVAC system or second-floor plumbing, then water can quickly flood the home requiring emergency assistance from an experienced service provider.

We can provide expert IICRC certificate holders to help residents with flood damage in Dover. One of the first things your SERVPRO technician can use their expertise for when arriving on site is conducting a visual inspection, also known as scoping the property. This process may seem time-consuming, especially when there is water around your ankles, but scoping is an essential part of delivering an efficient service.

The scoping procedure involves checking to make sure ceilings are not loaded with water. Equally, shutting off electrical shock hazards and checking subfloors to see how much water has been absorbed. We start from the source of moisture and work outwards using moisture meters to detect where water may have migrated to as well as making a note of different materials that could be a source of damage.

Once a thorough assessment is complete we can then bring in the correct equipment, tailoring it to your property and possessions. Water extraction units combine heating elements with vacuum power and specialize in removing excess moisture. These are effective in combating pooling without risking damages to your structural contents.

If, during the scoping procedure, there is a discovery of excess water beneath your subfloor, underneath fittings or inside wall spaces SERVPRO can deploy specialty drying equipment. Injectidry systems involve drilling small holes at the base of walls to allow a current of hot air to be passed through. We can refill and repaint these holes afterward. However, the process is essential to ensuring your home is thoroughly dry, “Like it never even happened.”

For expert inspection and solutions to property, damages contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.

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Our IICRC Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Hopatcong Home

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and experience to handle water damage in your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7 for all your restoration needs.

Fast, Professional Results are Why SERVPRO is the Solution to Water Damage in Hopatcong

Every year, one out of every 50 homes has a water loss claim according to the Insurance Information Institute. A number of those homes are likely to be in Hopatcong, and the way you respond if yours is among them can significantly affect the outcome of any restoration efforts. A lineup of IICRC trained technicians, state of the art equipment, and a commitment to customer satisfaction is why our services offer a superior result.


Water damage in Hopatcong occurs due to a broad range of circumstances. Storms and accidents that destroy the integrity of your home’s structure can allow water to invade through roofs, windows, and siding. Tiny cracks to big breaks in pipes or loose connections let fresh or wastewater soak into structural components or contents. Spills and overflows or appliance malfunctions can flood areas of your home. Sewers back up and send foul liquids into lower levels. Each type of damage has its challenges, and our experience and knowledge are why we can respond most effectively.

Contamination of the water that damages your home potentially exposes your family to pathogens, chemicals, and other noxious substances. Evaluation of the category of water is crucial in planning for extraction and drying. Our team completes comprehensive training concerning contamination, which is why SERVPRO is best positioned to contain and discard the water safely and according to applicable regulations.

Even relatively clean water is immediately destructive to most building materials, dissolving cellulose-based wallboard and ceiling tiles and causing wood floors, trim, and cabinets to swell, warp, and buckle. We are Faster to any size disaster, explaining why SERVPRO crews are available 24/7. The earlier we arrive, the more likely we can salvage water saturated materials by removing standing water and using commercial-grade equipment to dry structural components and fixtures. Fast removal and rapid drying help avoid secondary damage such as mold growth and offensive odors which complicate and raise the cost of the restoration process.

Responsiveness and quality of outcomes are two of many reasons why SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater should be your first call for water damage assistance. Call us at (973) 810-2825 for round the clock help with any water emergency.

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SERVPRO Says We're Faster To Any Size Disaster to Help Our Dover Neighbors with Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says to Dover Area Residents--Be Prepared for Storm Season

Be Prepared for a Hurricane Or a Tropical Storm in Dover

After Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle, on October 7, 2018, we all understood the importance of taking Mother Nature seriously and being prepared. Preparation is the key survival technique that we all need to acquire to keep our families and pets protected. With multiple dangerous storms and hurricanes approaching the country, this is the year to learn how to be safe and what are some of the steps that we need to follow in case of this type of emergency. Some important recommendations to consider are:

All Dover homeowner should gird up for storm damage. Protect your home: Make sure to reinforce your windows, roof, doors and garage doors (a good idea is to board up the house). If possible trim damage trees or remove limbs that could affect your property. Also, make sure to remove any items from your backyard that has the potential to become a safety hazard and hit your home during the storm. Finally, if it is possible to purchase a portable generator that you can safely use after the storm.

Prepare a disaster kit: It is important to get all the supplies necessary for you and your family ahead of time. The anxiety created before the storm can make it difficult to find the items that you may need if you wait too long (all the supermarkets will have empty shelves.) Make sure you store enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight with extra batteries, a portable (battery) radio, a first-aid kit, extra cash, any prescription medication, personal sanitation supplies, and remember your pets. Also, remember that SERVPRO is close at hand, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Determine where to go: Your local officials can provide enough information about where to go in case you are ordered to evacuate. Take the time to know the evacuation routes and have a plan in place if your family needs to go. Remember to get your car ready as well, keep a full gas tank, blankets and extra clothes in it, and the car in generally good condition. SERVPRO strongly advises only to store extra gas in approved containers.

Other recommendations: Ensure that your electronic devices are fully charged, make copies of any important documents, check with your insurance company to have proper coverage, and if possible make an inventory with pictures of your belongings in case you have to file a claim later. Use that thumb drive for future reference.

Our team can be ready to assist you after a storm by calling (973) 810-2825. SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater can work hard to restore your property, "Like it never even happened."

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Yes, Lightning Can Strike Your Dover Home--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning Strikes Out in Dover When SERVPRO Come to the Plate for Cleanup and Restoration

Fires and Damages Caused by Lightning in Dover

Lightning may not strike your home more than once, but that is sufficient to create havoc. Hazardous conditions can put your family at risk along with property damage.

One element that could cause damages and even a fire in your Dover home is lightning. If your house suffers a strike, you should call your fire department, and be concerned about the damages even if you do not see them right the way. Stay away from electrical appliances for starters. Lightning poses the following three important hazards to consider:

Power Surge Damage: Say goodbye to most of your electronic devices if they were connected. If lightning hits home and it chooses the electrical wiring as its path, the explosion could damage most if not all the appliances that are connected. The damage to the electrical system can be substantial. SERVPRO recommends proceeding with caution.

Fire Damage: One of the biggest fears, when a house is hit by lightning, is the possibility of starting a fire. Most houses are built with flammable materials, which makes it the perfect environment for a flare-up after a strike. Most of those fires start either in the roof or in the attic.

 Explosive Shock Wave: The waves created by lightning can be destructive. In many cases, these waves can cause damages to stone, brick, and concrete, not to mention your ears. Structural damage can be a dangerous result requiring cleanup from a professional outfit like SERVPRO. Shattered glass, destruction to chimneys, and cracks in the foundation of your property can be the results demanding immediate attention.

Besides caring about the physical destruction of your property you should understand that even though it is not common, it is possible to receive an injury from lightning while in your house. Therefore if there is a storm that involves lightning your best bet is to stay away from any pipes or wiring that can be used as a path for the lightning. For example, you should avoid taking showers, using a computer, appliances, and a land phone line.

There is a high potential of a fire starting because of lightning, therefore if your house has been affected by one do not hesitate and contact your fire department. Consider a professional electrician to check your breaker panels and wiring.

Use your cellphone to contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for any kind of property damage resulting from storm, water, wind, fire, or even lightning. We can make you feel "Like it never even happened." (973) 810-2825

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Don't Let Water Damage Wreck Your Dover Business

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

This is the beginning of water damage. Don't let this progress, call SERVPRO today.

What to Do When Your Industrial Dishwasher Causes Water Damage in Your Dover Diner

The last thing any business owner wants is for water damage to interrupt their hours of operation. In the case of your diner, the industrial dishwasher malfunctioned and began to leak water into your small kitchen throughout the night. When you arrived in the early morning, to begin prepping your diner for service, you discovered the water in the kitchen that had been sitting overnight. While you can clean up the water that is laying on top of the tile flooring, you cannot account for how much has already been absorbed and therefore should not ignore the problem.
 
Leaving the water damage unchecked inside your Dover diner can cause further damages to your property. The longer that excess moisture sits unchallenged, the more likely it is that mold damage can begin to form. Mold is caused when mold spores are exposed to moisture for a prolonged period. While the floor of your diner may seem dry after mopping up the water, it probably isn't. The water had plenty of time to soak into the base of the floor overnight.
 
Getting professional help to your property as quickly as possible lessens the chances of mold forming, or for unsightly cracks to appear in the tile. Here at SERVPRO, we believe in working by your schedule and coming as soon as possible to your property after your initial call. We understand that your time is valuable and we can work whenever it suits you, through the day or night.
 
When our SERVPRO techs arrive at your diner, they can begin remediating the water damage on your property promptly. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and have been trained excellently, ensuring they can always select the best solution for the damages on your property.
 
First, SERVPRO can begin with setting up dehumidifiers, ventilation fans, and drying mats, blasting the area with fresh and dry air. We can ensure that dry air is getting to every nook and cranny that the water may have run to during the leak. Once we're sure the floor is adequately dry, SERVPRO can use thermal imaging technology to make sure that no pockets of water have gone unnoticed.
 
If faulty equipment causes water damage on your property, always get help as soon as possible. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater by phoning (973) 810-2825. We can always work when it is best for you.

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Hopatcong Property Owners Know to Call SERVPRO for Smoke and Odor Removal

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Fire Damaged Debris and Also Removes Pungent Odors in Hopatcong Homes with this Unit

Why We Use Hydroxyl Generators on Fire Effects in Hopatcong Homes?

Part of the ability we have to help homeowners whenever disaster strikes are our commitments to having the best equipment and tools. We can restore properties efficiently and effectively. Fires can often have widespread damages beginning at the combustion site and often reaching far beyond the immediately affected areas. When it comes to choosing the right professionals to restore these damages in your home, the choice comes down to the availability of skilled employees and adequate equipment to do the job right like our team offers.

While there are many machines and specific equipment that our professionals use to restore fire damage in your Hopatcong home, one of the common devices of this process is our hydroxyl generators. These are multi-faceted pieces of equipment that can help to both keep our SERVPRO professionals on-site safer and improve several aspects of the damage to your property from the fire simultaneously. Smoke and soot residues are often more insidious and damaging than the actual flames and water damage from the extinguishing efforts.

One of the best features of the hydroxyl generator is the size of the unit. While our team has many of these machines, many homes only require us to use one or two at any given time. Our machines can often treat thousands of cubic feet per unit, offering a broad affected area that these units can work to improve from a central position within your damaged home. The partner for these generators--ozone machines--are very heavy duty air cleaners and neutralizers of airborne particulates but are very limited in their use. Ozone, O3 molecules are dangerous, and no plants, people, or pets can be on location during this clarifying state. Circumstances dictate the equipment our FSRT fire and smoke restoration technicians utilize.

These machines get favored for fire recovery by our SERVPRO professionals because they can address several levels of indoor air quality concerns. With an onboard HEPA air filter, these machines can trap dust, debris, soot, smoke particles, and ash to reduce potential contaminants in the environment. Also, these units work to begin the often challenging road of odor removal and deodorization for the open areas of your home.

While many steps are part of the fire recovery process for your home, it all begins with the right equipment and the expertise to use it. Let our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater rapid response team show you the benefits of our industry-leading equipment by calling (973) 810-2825.

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Our Professionals Make The Claims Process Easier After A Fire Has Damaged Your Dover Home

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater rapid response team a call whenever disaster strikes at (973) 810-2825.

Working With Your Insurance To Restore Fire-Damaged Dover Homes

Disasters can seem a little easier to manage when you have insurance coverage for your Dover home. While these incidents can still prove traumatic, you can at least remain assured that the appropriate professional assistance and quality restoration for your fire-damaged home are just around the corner. There are several reasons why our team is a wise choice, and our work with local and major insurance companies should help to make a choice even clearer.

When it comes to restoring your Dover home from widespread fire damage, some steps must get taken before your insurance company can approve a damage claim to afford the restoration that your home requires. The initial step in this process is a thorough examination of the property and a catalog of the damage that your house has sustained from the incident. Instead of subjecting yourself to the potential dangers that could exist in your home immediately following a fire, allow our SERVPRO team to take care of this step for you.

When we dispatch our rapid response team, we can send along our competent and honest estimator to begin an assessment of the property to note all damages and what must occur to restore the home completely. Not only does this list include the nature of the work to get performed in your house, but it can also catalog irreparably damaged contents and provide photographic evidence to your insurance provider that they require to approve a claim.

By contacting our SERVPRO professionals even before you contact your insurance provider about the disaster, we can already accrue the information that they need. In addition to this making the claims process more efficient and smooth, it also provides an opportunity for our mitigation team to protect at-risk areas and contents of your home that could become damaged by waiting for the red tape of insurance companies.

Fires can occur with little warning and restoring this damage should not wait. Give our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater rapid response team a call whenever disaster strikes at (973) 810-2825.

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

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

For quick results when dealing with water-damage, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 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 standing 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 fast might not be that easy to achieve. One of the biggest hindrances is lack of resources such as equipment to remove water, clean up the affected area and dry it to preloss levels. The task also 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 that is 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.

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Your Best Guide to Jefferson Water Damage Remediation

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur at the most inconvenient times. Take a few minutes to contact team SERVPRO and make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Risks of Poor Water Cleanup in Jefferson Homes

It is not uncommon to be among the Jefferson homeowners that seek to provide the cleanup and repairs that your home requires to the best of your abilities. While this can save you money and prove a frugal and educational approach to owning a home, it is not always the best approach. When you get faced with water loss incidents, for example, the spread of the damage can be much farther than the surface might show. Inadequate cleaning and drying of water damage can prove destructive and hazardous to your property and those that live within it.

The trouble with DIY water cleanup in your Jefferson home is that many homeowners have little idea of their success in removing all of the moisture and dampness from affected materials. It is often more complicated than mopping and toweling up water from the floors, and pooling water can penetrate flooring joints and seams, wick up drywall, and entirely ruin ceiling materials depending on the source of the water damage. Without the experience and appropriate equipment, much of this damage can go unnoticed by even the handiest of homeowners.

Our SERVPRO team offers a thorough inspection of the property from the time that we arrive so that we are never unaware of the extent of the water damage that we face with the cleanup. While surface water might get addressed with mops, we also have to address the damage to exposed materials to prevent their degradation and warping. We have equipment such as our large drying mats and weighted remote-controlled extractors that can help to pull moisture up from subflooring to the surface for removal.

Additionally, failure to clean and dry up water damage appropriately can allow for the growth of mold and mildew. Both of these could potentially cause health effects for the household, but it can also prove a destructive force for the materials housing the colonies as well. Our SERVPRO team can ensure the area gets thoroughly dried to stifle the likelihood of secondary effects like mold growth.

While you might want to take care of problems in your home on your own, water damage should get left to our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater water restoration specialists. Give us a call today at (973) 810-2825.

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What is the Difference Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation for Your Dover Home?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Your SERVPRO Franchise professionals can remediate mold in your Dover home.

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation for Dover Homes

Caring for your Dover home can seem complicated, especially when there are so many technical terms for restoration and recovery services. You might not always know what you need and who should do it, but once you can appreciate the differences between approaches to mold damage recovery in your home, you can better understand how to proceed with getting the situation resolved.

A considerable misunderstanding happens between the companies that offer mold removal and those, like ours, that offer mold remediation for your Dover residence. The more you can appreciate about what each of these means, the better prepared you are to reach out to our skilled SERVPRO team to help you overcome the effects of mold growth in your home as promptly as possible. With mold growth, time is of the essence to act quickly, so make sure that you are acting with a point of clarity.

Mold Removal

Companies that offer mold removal services are often misguiding customers into a false sense of security about the work getting done within their homes. In truth, there is no feasible method of removing mold entirely from a property, because spores exist naturally at a microscopic level throughout almost every area you might encounter throughout your day. To offer complete mold removal, you would be telling customers that you could eradicate not only the colonization that has occurred but any spores that might exist in the environment as well.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation, on the other hand, focuses on providing the removal of active mold growth and colonization through means of an antimicrobial spray, sanding, soda blasting, and demolition. This remediation also speaks to the ability of our team to provide a comprehensive restoration and reconstruction effort for your house. These effective approaches can eliminate the spread of this organism throughout your affected property, but it also does not suggest that our SERVPRO Franchise professionals can remove all mold spores from your home.

Knowing these terms can help you to appreciate your options and choose our experts at SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater. You can reach our professionals 24/7 by calling (973) 810-2825.

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When A Fire Damages Your Dover Home, You Need The Team At SERVPRO!

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for the most successful outcome after fire damages your home.

Why SERVPRO Is The Obvious Choice After The Chaos Of Fire Damage In Dover

No property owner can be ready for the utter confusion and fear felt after a fire in his or her dwelling in Dover. The damage is like nothing the typical homeowner has experienced before. Smoke and soot frequently spread through every square inch of a house, leaving individuals and families with an overwhelming and unfamiliar job. Professional fire remediation and restoration is a core service we provide for the residents in the communities we serve.

After the firefighters leave, the reason why expert fire damage mitigation in your Dover home is essential becomes clear. Depending on the source and the intensity of the fire, differing techniques, products, and equipment are needed. Sorting all this out without training and experience is impossible. Our highly-qualified team and industrial strength equipment are just what is needed to assess, plan, and implement the fire restoration industry's best practices.

Our skilled technicians train for a range of tasks, including those needed to return a fire-damaged home to “Like it never even happened.” Water and chemicals used for extinguishing the fire need removal first, then structural drying must occur. Ordering the tasks this way emphasizes safety and acknowledges the extent to which water damages structures and contents on its own. Add the complications of soot, charring, and odors, and it is clear why SERVPRO as a full-service disaster restoration company is vital to complete recovery.

After water removal and drying, our technicians move seamlessly onto soot cleaning and charring damage assessment. The IICRC training mastered by our crews support the strategies taken and the assessments made. Homeowners are often surprised as we restore even badly burned structural components and how swiftly we move through spaces, matching the characteristics of the soot we find to appropriate cleaners and tools. A comprehensive approach to fire damage remediation and property restoration is why SERVPRO stands secure as a leader in the community.

Special equipment to combat odors common after fire damage is another strength of our company. Why SERVPRO can take a badly fire damaged scenario from assessment to preloss condition rests on our investment in quality employees, training, and cutting edge products and tools designed expressly for the tasks we complete.

Rely on SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for the most successful outcome after fire damages your home. Call (973) 810-2825 as soon as the firefighters leave to get the restoration process moving.

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Actions You Must Take When Your Dover Home Suffers Water Damage

1/27/2019 (Permalink)

This ceiling has suffered water damage from a leak in the pipes.

Here Is Why SERVPRO Is The First Choice For Removing Water Damage From Dover Homes

Dover homeowners have dealt with a larger number of storms these last few years, some them devastating. Most flooding to our homes often happens in much smaller amounts, and usually from more common disasters such as a pipe connection breaking during a winter freeze, flooding basements and other parts of the home.

Removing standing water is only the first action needed in eliminating water damage to Dover homes. That is why SERVPRO restoration teams go into each home with a plan to inspect for disposal, property to dry, and replace items too affected by water for restoration.

After getting the water out, our team leaders carefully examine the residence. They quickly identify all affected property and determine what requires immediate disposal instead of wasting labor, cleaning agents, and equipment used on attempting restoration. Team members then remove everything from the structure to a pre-positioned commercial trash bin, demolishing drywall and other building material where necessary.

As team members complete disposal, other SERVPRO technicians start drying restorable items. They start by removing furniture and other items to unaffected areas and set them on pallets or blocks. The action allows trapped water to begin draining from the property. To speed up the process, technicians set up a combination of fans to increase air circulation and air movers to force warm, dry air over soaked surfaces that need further assistance to dry before rot or other; permanent damage happens to upholstered items like recliners and sofas.

While drywall is an exceptional building material, it is also vulnerable to water damage. The same fans and air movers are useful to restore drywall and the framing behind it to a usable condition, but if panels absorbed too much water, they begin to crumble while still attached to the wall framing.

When this happens, technicians dry the framing and wall space behind the panels and then hang new panels to cover them. Once in place, team members can paint each new piece, so the room looks as it did before the water spread across the residence.

Residential flooding can happen year-round and come from a variety of sources. For SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater, our task is to restore each home to its original condition, no matter how the water got there. If you need us, call (973) 810-2825 to set up a visit from one of our inspectors or have a team begin work immediately.

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

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

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 whatever preventative measures exist to keep it from happening again. Mold damage can be uniquely difficult to combat both in identifying the source of the moisture that allows it to occur and in the removal of 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 period, requiring effective containment and removal solutions to occur as promptly as possible to protect materials that had 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 we have the situation contained and the area 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, 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 and the health of those living in the house, it becoming a recurring problem poses an even greater threat. Let our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater help you restore your home and offer effective solutions for the future to prevent further mold colonization. Give us a call at (973) 810-2825.

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How to Keep Doors Open After Water Damage in a Dover School

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

When your school building is affected by a broken pipe, many kids can be left without anywhere to go. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

Leaking Pipes in a Dover School Requires Professional Cleanup

Being responsible for the educational institutions throughout the district means that sometimes you have to make decisions for your Dover school to keep it running at optimal levels or to curb a problem before it gets out of control. While you have a broad custodial staff to handle messes and general maintenance throughout each school, some situations require the immediate attention of restoration professionals to prevent widespread damages that can keep your facility shut down for a long period.

While leaking pipes and the commercial water damage in Dover that results might seem like something that your school custodial staff can handle, water can spread quickly and affect multiple areas and materials. The last thing that you need is inadequate cleanup and drying of a circumstance like this, as it can lead to secondary effects like mold and microbial growth. Not only can this pose significant health risks or effects to the students and staff, but it also can become a public relations nightmare throughout the community when the general public and parents of the students in school there become aware of mold colonization.

Instead of hoping to get it right, leave it in the hands of our trusted SERVPRO professionals. Our team is available 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies as they happen and prevent them from getting worse than they otherwise would. With our fast response to disasters like leaking pipes in your facility, we can dry out the damaged elements with limited to no demolition. This approach ensures a faster return to school for your teachers and students.

Our professionals have advanced technology and equipment designed to identify moisture pockets in wall cavities, flooring materials, and above ceilings. With our powerful tools like air movers and LGR dehumidifiers, we can thoroughly drop moisture levels below acceptable parameters or remove it entirely, preventing secondary effects like mold growth from resulting.

With an emergency within your school building, you need to act quickly to get the effects resolved and restored to get your staff and students back into the school as soon as possible. You can trust our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater rapid response team to arrive fast with the tools and expertise to help. Give us a call today at (973) 810-2825.

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What To Do When a Toilet Overflows During a Shower

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Sewer back up in a Dover,NJ home

Methods to Clear Clogs that Form Between the Toilet and Sewer

A toilet overflow that occurs during a shower is a clear sign of a clogged pipe. If you own a toilet snake, you may be able to clear the clog. Otherwise, it will be necessary to call a plumber. Use the following sewage cleaning methods to clear clogs that form between the toilet and sewer.

1. Snake the Toilet

Use an auger or snake designed for use in toilets. Models are available with hand cranks or adapters that fit a power drill. Depending on the severity of the clog, you may want to run the snake through the toilet or remove the toilet and insert the snake directly into the floor drain.

2. Clear the Drain Cleanout

If snaking does not work, try clearing the clogged pipe at the drain cleanout. This cap on the main drain is located in the basement or crawlspace of a home. Use a long pipe wrench to remove the cap. Keep in mind that sewage cleaning may be necessary if the backup flows out of the uncapped cleanout. Run the snake through the cleanout opening.

3. Call a Plumber

If snaking the toilet, floor drain, or drain cleanout does not clear a clog, it will be necessary to call a plumber. Professionals have tools that can reach further than consumer-grade snakes and can also help with issues such as a sewer line that has become blocked by tree roots or that has collapsed.

The best way to test whether each measure is working is to run the shower and see if another toilet overflow occurs. If you are not sure how to use a snake, you may want to call a professional as soon as you notice the toilet overflowing during a shower. If your residence sustains sewage damage, you should also call a sewage cleaning and water damage restoration service in Dover, NJ.

Smoke Poses a Severe Threat to Home Electronics

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire loss in Hopatcong,NJ residence

Fire can damage your home in ways you never considered. Smoke, for example, spreads tiny particulates throughout your home. Standard fire cleanup procedures handle most of this damage, but your electronics may still be at risk. Smoke can deposit corrosive residue on sensitive electronic components and circuit boards. In time, the corrosion may cause the device to fail. The solution is to evaluate all your devices for smoke damage and consider the recommended actions.

Insurance Coverage Affects Your Decision to Evaluate and Repair or Replace

It is a good bet that your decisions regarding damage to home electronics have a lot to do with who is paying. You will probably follow insurance company instructions if they are paying for everything without a deductible. You will want to be more selective if you are paying. Here are some things to consider.

  1. The device was in a smoky area of your home, and the internal fan was running. If this device is important to you, it is the perfect candidate for fire cleanup. The internal fan that keeps the device cool instead filled the enclosure with smoke. Turn it off immediately. The device should be evaluated and probably cleaned or replaced.

  2. The device was in a smoky area of your home but was turned off. You should have this device evaluated if it is important to you. It should have suffered minimal damage with the fan turned off.

  3. The device was not important to you. The device might be an old TV or computer that you would rather replace than repair.
    Only Skilled Technicians Should Evaluate Smoke-Damaged Home Electronics
    Evaluation of smoke damage is not a job for just any electronics store in the Hopatcong, NJ, area. Inspection of fire-damaged equipment requires someone who knows what to look for and how to repair it. When you bring in a local team of fire cleanup experts, they will help address your home electronics restoration needs.

Broken pipes in Freezing Temperatures

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe burst due to freezing the water will run until the line is shut off

It is easy for us to forget how devastating water damage can be. And many do not realize how much damage can be done from a single supply pipe that has a break.

This can be the flex lines we all se eat the toilets and under our sinks and the cooper or PEX lines we all have in our homes. In regards to the flex lines they should be replaced every 5-7 years to prevent a break. Remember these lines are under constant pressure and wear and break down over time. The worst part is they wear from the inside out so likely you have no idea there is a issue until it is too late. And it always seems to happen just as you are leaving for an amazing vacation or going to see family for a extended weekend.

Here are a few tips to protect your home.

  1. First is to make sure the flex lines are all under 7 years old and if you don't know how old it is you should have them replaced. During this process make sure all of the shut off valves work. there is nothing worse than turning the valve to stop the water and it no longer works then all you can do is shut off the main if it works or wait for the plumber to get there and that is a helpless feeling.
  2. In addition when you are going to be away for a extended period of time turn off the water to the home at the main. That way there can be no issues to ruin your vacation. 
  3. There are also multiple water monitors that can be placed on the floor to send you notification that they have sensed water. The key to all of this is maintenance and thinking ahead.

Sometimes all the preparation in the world can stop a accident from happening and that is what we are here for. So if something happens please call us and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Which projects have the highest return on investment

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Upgrading attic insulation and HVAC. Two big ways to increase value of home and get a big return on investment.

Are you thinking about taking on a renovation project?

Renovating a space in your home, or perhaps a whole house can be an exciting but challenging task. There are many factors to consider when deciding how to proceed: the scope of the project, timelines, and of course – the budget. An important aspect of approaching any project is to be flexible. With any renovation or home improvement, there’s a chance something could go wrong, cost more, or take longer than expected. Leave some wiggle room in your initial budget projections to account for situations that may come up!

You should also take into account which projects will yield the greatest return on your investment. Be smart about where to spend your money around your home, whether you’re going to put it on the market this year or a few years from now. It’s also important to do your research on local professionals who are going to do the work- get recommendations from people you know and trust!

As a rule of thumb, projects that cost less money will recoup the investment at a higher percentage. Some examples of these low-cost, high-return projects are refinishing floors, upgrading existing insulation, installing a new HVAC, adding wood flooring, and conditioning a basement into a livable space. With these, you may see anywhere from 70-100% of your investment come back to your pocket if you are able to sell your home within a decent amount of time.

Some other ideas to consider are improving the curb appeal of your home by making exterior upgrades or replacements. New doors, replacement windows, new siding, new gutters, fresh exterior paint, and some tasteful landscaping are just a few ideas that can fall into the cheaper end of improvement costs and will truly allow your home to stand out from the crowd.

New kitchens, home additions, master suites, finished attic spaces, and adding bathrooms are some of the larger scale and more sought-after upgrades that will attract and impress buyers looking at your home. These projects are full of variables and options so your costs can range from $5k for a basic bathroom upgrade, to upwards of $100k for a deluxe chef’s kitchen. While you will get a good amount of money back for these projects, they will rarely fully pay for themselves in the resale market.

Overall, small, mid-range and larger scale home improvements are seeing a growth in cost-benefit ratios nationwide. Look around at homes in your area and see what others are doing to increase the value of their homes to see how you can keep pace with the improvement values in your own space. It can be difficult to know which projects are right for your budget and your home and to anticipate how they will affect its value after improvements. Start small with DIY projects and as you move forward consult with local real estate professionals and contractors to get advice and information that will guide you in finding the upgrades that are best suited for you and your home!

Can Mold Spread Through Air Ducts?

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Clean your HVAC system to prevent the presence of mold

Mold spores are everywhere, but colonies cannot form without moisture and nutrients. Several parts of an HVAC system may be prone to developing and spreading mold. Find out how HVAC cleaning can reduce the likelihood that mold will spread through air ducts.

How Does Mold Get Into an HVAC System?

Mold spores thrive in moist places. Several parts of an HVAC system are likely to support the growth of colonies:

  • Condensate drip pans
  • Cooling coils
  • Duct work

Dirt and mold spores can adhere to surfaces within air ducts. It is important to eliminate the presence of mold in a ventilation system, as cooling and heating can spread spores throughout a structure. If you suspect that mold may be present, turn off the system and schedule a cleaning as soon as possible.

How Do Experts Perform HVAC Cleaning?

Mold cleanup experts have access to commercial vacuums and EPA-registered mold removal disinfectants and inhibitors certified for use in HVAC systems. These specialists will likely:

  • Wear personal protective equipment including a mask or respirator
  • Clean the affected areas and use a high-powered vacuum to remove mold
  • Apply mold inhibitor approved for HVAC use

Every component of the cooling and heating system should be cleaned and treated to prevent mold from recurring. Cleaning vents may prevent mold from spreading.

Will Cleaning Eliminate Mold?

Cleaning can help to eliminate the presence of mold in an HVAC system. Even though spores will continue to be present in the structure, they should be less likely to multiply. It is necessary to take measures that will prevent mold from returning and closely monitor the system. Schedule another inspection if you smell a musty odor or see any evidence of mold.

Mold can form and spread throughout an HVAC system. For the best results, commercial property owners should hire an HVAC cleaning and mold mitigation service in Newton, NJ.

How To Mitigate Damage After a Fire

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning after fire damage in Hopatcong,NJ

Fire Restoration Steps

No matter the extent to which they spread, flames that break out in your building can prompt a lengthy rebuilding time. Fire alone can cause significant damage to your commercial property in Hopatcong, NJ, but fire cleanup is only one part of the mitigation process. Smoke and water cleanup are also necessities. There are several steps fire restoration experts have to take to bring your building back to normal.

1. Removal of Damaged Items

The first thing technicians will probably do is clear out the area that was affected by the fire. All furniture, office supplies, equipment and files are taken from the space. Damage drywall, flooring and ceiling tiles also need to be removed.

2. Control of Excess Moisture

When the temperature rises in the building and sets off the sprinkler system, thousands of gallons of water pour into your building. Firefighters pump even more water in to douse the flames. Before anything can be fixed, water cleanup must occur. Excess water is siphoned out, and surfaces are dried.

3. Removal of Smoke and Soot

Smoke and soot get everywhere during a fire. Fire damage repair experts use certain techniques for smoke cleanup that mimic the conditions of the fire to grab these particles even from tight crevices.

4. Disinfection of Remaining Surfaces

After everything is dry and smoke has been remediated, technicians will disinfect every surface to remove bacteria or any other germs. They use industrial cleaners and special equipment to ensure that the environment will be a safe place when employees return.

5. Restoration of Interior

Once all the surfaces have been cleaned, the restoration team can rebuild the damaged interior structures and begin moving clean, salvaged items back into the building. The building can be occupied after this is complete.

While it's understandable that the fire is your focus, keep in mind that fire remediation usually includes water cleanup as well. Your mitigation experts will need to do both to make the building usable again.

Does your town have a issue with mold?

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Containment is important when cleaning during a mold and water job.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

What Is a Nor’easter?

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm problems in Dover,NJ

A severe storm that travels up the Northeastern coast of the United States is referred to as a Nor'easter. These storms can cause flooding due to heavy rain and storm surges or snow. Find out what these storms involve and other Nor'easter facts to help you prepare for adverse weather in Dover, NJ.

What Causes Nor'easters?

Several factors cause Nor'easters:

  • Cold air traveling southward from Canada on the polar jet stream
  • Warm air moving northward from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean
  • The Gulf Stream current warming coastal Atlantic waters and air above the water

The combination of warm air over water and cold air over land is a recipe for strong storms. Although Nor'easters often develop during the winter, these storms can occur at any time of year.

What Do Nor'easters Involve?

These storms have several defining characteristics:

  • Low-pressure fronts
  • Strong winds
  • Blow in off the Atlantic Ocean
  • Originate as a cyclone in the Midwest
  • Move northeastward up the coast
  • Often cause rain, snow, or flooding

A classic or Miller Type-A Nor'easter is a storm that develops along the Gulf Coast or East Coast. A Miller Type-B storm originates in the Midwest.

Which Areas Experience Nor'easters?

Nor'easters tend to batter the eastern coast of the United States. These storms have a characteristic pattern:

  • Nor'easters form within 100 miles east or west of the East Coast
  • Storms tend to develop between Georgia and New Jersey
  • Storms reach maximum intensity near New England or the Maritime Provinces of Canada

Nor'easters can cause severe weather throughout the populous Interstate 95 Northeast corridor of coastal cities from Washington D.C. up through Philadelphia to New York City and Boston. Plan for inclement weather and a potential loss of power if a Nor'easter is headed your way. Contact residential storm damage restoration experts if one of these storms strikes your home in Dover, NJ.

What Does Fire Cleanup Involve?

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke damage restoration to kitchen in Jefferson,NJ

Fire cleanup starts with a thorough inspection and continues through mitigation and restoration phases. Depending on the extent of a fire, eliminating soot and smoke damage may take a long time. It is important to start the cleaning and restoration process as soon as possible after a fire to limit the extent of damage to a residence located in Jefferson, NJ.

Inspection and Protection

A fire damage restoration company should inspect the extent of fire damage. These experts can provide several services such as

  • Helping a homeowner obtain documentation to file a fire insurance claim
  • Boarding up broken windows or covering roof holes with tarp
  • Putting up security fencing to prevent unauthorized access to the residence

It is important to limit exposure and access to keep out debris and keep soot from getting ground into flooring material.

Removal of Contents

Contents exposed to fire or smoke damage will need to be cleaned or replaced. A cleanup service may provide

  • Off-site smoke cleaning
  • Soot damage restoration
  • Storage options

It is a good idea to keep contents away from the site of a fire until the restoration process is complete.

Cleaning

The cleaning process may start with the removal of any standing water resulting from fire suppression efforts. A cleanup service will then work to remove smoke and soot from porous and nonporous materials and surfaces using specialized methods.

Restoration

The restoration phase may involve purifying the air with one of the following methods:

  • Air scrubber
  • Air duct cleaning and filter replacement
  • Hydroxyl or ozone machine
  • Thermal fogging
  • Vapor modification

Portions of a residence may need to be rebuilt depending on the extent of the fire damage. Reintroduce or replace contents only after restoration is complete.

Residential fire cleanup can be a very extensive process. For the best results, rely on experienced fire and smoke damage restoration specialists based in Jefferson, NJ.

Protect Your Property While You're Away: Vacation Preparedness Tips

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Air scrubber on a water damage due to broken pipe in a Dover,NJ home

According to a study of insurance claims, the second most common type of homeowners' insurance claim is due to water damage in the home. Leaking pipes, burst supply lines, storm damage and freezing conditions cause millions of dollars' worth of damage each year. If a pipe freezes and bursts or even just slowly leaks while you're away, a simple water pipe repair won't fix the damage. The damage will be so extensive as to require remediation efforts by your local Dover,NJ, water damage remediation team. That said, there are steps you can take to prevent such damage while you're away on vacation:

  • Check for leaks before you leave.
  • Repair a broken pipe if you locate one.
  • Clear your rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Make sure there aren't any kinks or leaks in the hoses connecting major appliances to the water source.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working to prevent a flooded basement or ground floor.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent them from freezing.
  • Turn off the water main to prevent water flow through your pipes, and therefore to prevent freezing.

If you take these steps before leaving for a holiday, your pipes should remain intact.

What To Do When the Pipes Burst

If your pipes do end up bursting or water damage does happen, shut off the main valve right away and perform a quick water pipe repair. If the damage is extensive, contact your water remediation team to assess the extent of it and see what needs to be done to get your home to like new condition. If you're lucky, the secondary damage isn't too bad, and a minor repair and dry-out efforts will suffice. However, if the water was allowed to sit, you may be dealing with more extensive damage, such as mold damage, rot or worse.

Simple measures such as a water pipe prepare and wrapping your pipes may be all you need to do to prevent water damage while you're away on vacation. However, if damage does happen, contact a water remediation team right away for swift cleanup assistance.


3 Strategies for Keeping Your Employees Safe During a Flood Cleanup

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Avoid touching flooded water in your Jefferson, NJ building

When your Jefferson,NJ, business suffers a flood, the cleanup efforts can be considerable. From the removal of contaminated black water to fighting the mold growth that can occur afterward, there can be much to do. However, during this process, keeping your employees safe will likely be a priority for you, especially as you work to reopen your business. As workers return to your building, there are a few strategies you can keep in mind that might protect them from accidents or injury.

1. Have Them Avoid Touching Flood Water

If the flooding in your commercial location was caused by an overflow of an outdoor creek or river, a sewer backup or a backed-up toilet, you may want to keep your employees clear of the water and prevent them from entering flooded areas. Category 3 flooding creates what is called black water, which may contain feces and sewer chemicals. Only professionals from a flood damage and cleanup service with the equipment and knowledge to handle the water should do so.

2. Allow Them To Work From Home

Allowing some employees to work remotely can help keep them safe while flood cleanup efforts continue at your business. Data wranglers, coding technicians and social media managers might all be able to work from home and turn in their work via email or through your company’s shared data drive. This can help prevent layoffs or work stoppage for many of your employees.

3. Complete Air Filtration Before Employees Return

Air quality can be poor after flooding, especially if your flood techs must remove mold. It is wise to allow any air filtration processes to complete before inviting your employees back to work.

Keeping your employees safe from black water, poor air quality and other issues after a flood damages your Jefferson,NJ, commercial building can be daunting. However, when you know how to proceed once flooding occurs, you can reduce the risk of employee injuries or accidents.

How To Get Rid of Water in Your Basement

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Using the right equipment to Remove water from the Basement

During storm season in Dover, NJ, the likelihood that your basement may flood increases exponentially. Rising groundwater, however, doesn't always wait on a storm. A backed-up sewer or some other type of flood can affect your home as well. Knowing that flooding is always a possibility, you should have procedures in place for dealing with it. You may purchase equipment yourself, have professionals on speed dial for when an emergency arises or do both.

Protecting Your Basement

A flood can fill up your basement pretty fast. Once the water flow starts, you could have two feet of standing water down there in no time. That's why it's a good idea to have a sump pump that is ready to pump the water out into your backyard or some other area. It's not enough to have it; you must also take care of the pump:

• Charge it – Make sure it's plugged in to a power source
• Clean it – Make sure there's no debris in the inlet screen
• Test it – Make sure it works by pouring water into it and seeing if it comes on

Taking care of your equipment ensures that it will kick into gear when you need it to do so.

Consulting the Experts

You probably don't want to just rely on the sump pump to take care of the flood's aftermath. Any water damage needs to be fixed by water mitigation professionals. If the standing water in your basement is filled with debris, they can also bring out a trash pump that not only removes the water but the sludge and muck hidden in it. The pump mounts right on the collection truck, making containment a simple process.

It may be daunting to open the door to your basement and see several feet of water where the floor used to be. With the right equipment and help, though, you can get the water out of your basement quickly and efficiently.

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Mold Vs. Mildew: 3 Tips for Spotting the Difference

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Identifying the difference between mold and mildew from a professional

Keeping up with the household chores at your Dover, NJ, residence can be a challenge. From washing dishes to cleaning carpets and scrubbing out your bathtub, there is much to maintain. One particularly challenging chore can be targeting and eradicating mold and mildew in your home. Because mold damage can happen fast if it is not handled properly, knowing how to spot the difference between the two can help you resolve the issue before it gets out of hand.

1. Appearance

Mildew is typically white or yellow and may have a powdery surface appearance. It may also turn darker as it ages. Like mold, mildew growth will likely spread if it is not treated.

2. Location

You may find mildew in your bathroom or any other room with a high humidity level. While most strains of mold also thrive in this environment, mildew is more likely to grow on flat surfaces, such as shower tiles, windowsills and shower curtains. Mold is more likely to hide under your bathroom sink cabinet or around the base of a leaky toilet, where consistent dampness allows it to grow.

3. Cleanup Effort

One of the surest ways to tell mold from mildew is how easily it cleans up. Mildew usually grows on the surface of what it occupies and can usually be wiped away with a household cleanser and sponge. Mold is typically tougher to clean up and may require the services of a mold damage and remediation company. Once mold growth takes hold on a surface, it usually cannot be resolved with bleach or other cleansers and may even thrive if you introduce water-based cleaning products. Overall, mold removal is best left to experts.

It can be difficult to tell mold from mildew. However, since mold damage can be costly to reverse, it can benefit you as a Dover, NJ, homeowner to be able to spot the differences.

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A Timeline for Fixing Busted Pipes

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe Break in Dover

You may inspect your commercial property on a regular basis, but sometimes bursting pipes still occur. If you experience water damage in Dover, NJ, as the result of a damaged pipe, time is of the essence. You want to get it fixed quickly so that you can avoid as much damage as possible. Here is a timeline of how that may go.

Expert Location

As soon as you notice there is a problem, you may want to call water mitigation experts to fix the broken pipe. The representative who answers the phone will likely ask you a few questions to determine what kind of problem you have.

• Where is the pipe located?
• How big is the damaged area?
• How long has it been leaking?
• How fast is it leaking?
• Have you turned off the water and power to the area?

Damage Assessment

Bursting pipes are as critical as they sound. Water is likely spewing in all directions, soaking everything in its path. Once the technicians arrive, they will assess the damage this has caused and be able to devise a plan.

Water Extraction

If your preliminary report over the phone was accurate, it will likely match the professional assessment pretty closely. This means the technicians can get right to the water extraction. They pump the water out to halt its potential to cause secondary damage.

Surface Drying

It's not enough to just remove the standing water. Everything has to be dried, or your building is likely to develop a mold problem. This is particularly probable if the leak has significantly raised the humidity of the area.

All of these things ideally happen within the first 24 hours. Mold can start to grow in as little as a day, so you are probably rushing the clock to get everything dry again. The sooner you call the problem with your bursting pipes in and get the repair process started, the better chance you have of avoiding secondary damage.

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How To Efficiently Address Water Damage After a Fire

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

If your business ever endures a fire, your building will likely sustain multiple forms of damage. In addition to direct fire destruction, your office space may be saturated with water, requiring extensive water cleanup efforts.

Why Water Damage Is Likely

Any existing water damage will originate from two sources. As fire burns, it creates smoke, which can activate the building’s sprinkler system. To fully extinguish the blaze, firefighters will spray it with water, further saturating your work area.

The Cleanup Process

Depending on the severity of the fire, the entire fire cleanup process can take some time to complete. The water cleanup phase is an important aspect of the process and involves several steps.

1. Dry Out the Space

Drying out the affected part of your building is an important first step. You can increase ventilation by opening windows. You can also use fans and a dehumidifier to expedite the process.

2. Remove Wet Materials

Carpet, drywall and insulation are three materials that you will need to promptly evaluate and remove if saturated. These items can become breeding grounds for mold and mildew and usually need to be replaced.

3. Dry Out Office Equipment

In addition to walls and flooring, your office furniture and equipment will probably also show signs of water damage. You need to dry and individually assess each item for salvageability. To prevent short-circuiting printers, computers and other electrical devices, unplug them and consider having a professional restoration team assess their viability.

4. Prevent Mold Growth

Part of the smoke cleanup process involves cleaning intact walls and surfaces with a dry chemical sponge or a mild detergent. Once these areas are clean, you may want to spray with them a water and bleach mixture to prevent mold and mildew.

5. Verify the Space Is Dry

Allowing your office space to completely dry before finalizing repairs is important to help prevent future mold growth. Before replacing insulation, drywall and carpets, verify the absence of moisture.

With time and effort, a business in Dover, NJ, can successfully recover from a fire. Although tedious, the water cleanup phase is an essential part of the process that must be completed before your building can be properly restored.

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What Is Black Water?

8/18/2018 (Permalink)

Black Water damage to Dover Commercial property

Flood water and sewage overflow are two types of black water, also known as Category 3 water. This type of water poses the highest sanitation risks. If flooding has occurred in Dover, NJ, or a storm has caused sewers to back up, property owners may experience Category 3 flooding or water damage. This water may contain a variety of contents that call for immediate cleanup with protective gear, such as

• Bacteria
• Chemicals
• Pesticides
• Sewage

Category 3 Water Risks

The Category 3 classification covers water from both flooding and sewage. This water is not potable and may pose serious risks upon skin exposure or if inhaled or ingested. Restoration professionals wear personal protective equipment when taking the steps necessary to rid buildings of the presence of contaminated water and limit the extent of the water damage resulting from a backup or flooding situation. These steps include

• Assessing damage
• Removing water and solid waste
• Eliminating or specially cleaning contaminated porous contents
• Cleaning and disinfecting contaminated nonporous contents and surfaces
• Drying the affected area

These methods help to reduce the risk of infection and restrict the amount of secondary damage, such as mold, that can result from the prolonged presence of black water in the wake of flooding or a sewer backup. Porous contents may need to be cleaned with specialized methods or removed and disposed of to eliminate all traces of contamination. Nonporous contents and surfaces can be cleaned by being sprayed or wiped down and disinfected before being thoroughly dried and restored.

How To Get Rid of Category 3 Water

If you are dealing with water damage in a commercial property located in Dover, NJ, damage restoration experts can help you quickly and safely clean the affected area and resume business as usual. Reaching out sooner rather than later can keep the worst effects of this type of flooding from undermining your business.

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Your Guide to Water Damage on Building Materials

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Lumber

When your home has been affected by flooding from a clean water source, such as burst pipes or a broken supply line, you'll quickly notice damage to building materials. For example, you may see swelling wood, transfer stains, discoloration on furnishings, and warped or swollen paper goods. Within just a few hours, you may see

• Lamination peeling from furniture
• Drywall becoming soggy
• Musty odors emanating from areas of standing water
• Tarnishing on metal surfaces
• Clean water becoming contaminated

Repairs Transition to Replacements

If you don't take quick action after flooding, you'll probably notice severe issues within a couple of days, such as

• Growing mold
• Swelling wood on pianos and other wood home furnishings
• Disintegrating drywall
• Rusting on metal surfaces
• Swelling door and window casings
• Malfunctioning electronic components

As soon as you discover leaks or flooding, it's crucial to stop the flow of water and arrange the necessary water pipe repair. With this completed, discuss the differences between clean water, gray water, and black water with a flooding restoration professional. The actions you take to recover will be determined, in part, by the potential for contamination and other risks.

Hidden Damages

Unfortunately, you'll probably only see a small part of the actual damage your home has experienced. A lot of moisture damage happens within the walls. As you begin to replace swollen wood from cabinets and subflooring, you may find deeper damage. Drywall and other wood components can often be saved if you respond quickly enough, but make sure the structural integrity of the home hasn't been compromised.

Working closely with your restoration professional, be sure to thoroughly investigate the extent of all damages. This may require the use of specialized tools, such as moisture meters, and may involve inspections into unseen areas of the home. For example, discovering whether you have insulation behind walls will help determine the best method for drying and remediation.

Full Recovery

Water damage is a scary situation, but with help from professionals in Dover, NJ, you can recover. The wet building materials, swelling wood, and saturated carpets can be repaired or replaced, and you can get your home life back on track.

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Tips for HVAC Mold Cleanup

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

You can head mold problems off at the pass if you conduct a regular inspection of your building.

Getting mold in the air ducts of your office building or warehouse in Dover, NJ, is not hard to do. Mold attaches to the dust particles in the air and can land in the dark, moist areas of the air ducts and grow. Once mold grows on filters or insulation in the ducts, the porous materials have to be completely replaced. Here are four tips for HVAC cleaning when you suspect you have a mold problem.

1. Arrange for Remediation

Mold is not a problem you want to handle on your own. If you don't contain the problem completely, it could spread to other areas of the building. If you miss any of the mold growth, it is just going to come back later. You need remediation experts who can complete the job and test the area to make sure the whole mold issue has been resolved.

2. Turn off HVAC System

The last thing you want when you have mold in your air ducts is for it to spread even further. Until the technicians are through cleaning vents and replacing damaged parts, your whole HVAC system should be off. Do not turn on the system until the HVAC cleaning is complete.

3. Remove Excess Water

If a mold problem exists in your ducts, it is likely that a moisture problem lives there, too. It may be from condensation or from high humidity levels in air. Whatever the culprit, the fact remains that the water must be extracted. Otherwise, it doesn't do much good to solve a problem if you don't also take care of underlying causes.

4. Inspect Regularly

You can head mold problems off at the pass if you conduct a regular inspection of your building. Check for condensation, and make sure the drip pans are draining the way they should. If you detect any moisture during your inspection, take care of it before mold can develop.

While most of the mold remediation should be left up to the professionals, there are several small things you can do to help out or prevent the problem from occurring again. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

3 Electronic Items That Can Be Damaged by Smoke

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire cleanup in your Dover, NJ, home can help you restore some of your most precious possessions.

After a fire, many items inside your Dover, NJ, home may be damaged in ways you cannot see. Among the most vulnerable are your electronic devices, especially those that perform a variety of functions. A fire cleanup service may be able to advise you on how to have these items restored, and understanding how smoke might affect the functionality of your electronic items can help you decide which might need replacing and which can be repaired.

1. Interactive Televisions

Many flat-panel televisions have interactive features that allow you to access streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Pandora. After a fire, these televisions may have internal smoke damage that you cannot see. Metal wiring might be most at risk, as smoke can eat away at delicate components once it finds its way inside the unit. You may want to avoid operating your interactive television until it can be examined by a professional repair service.

2. Laptops

Because laptop computers have so many intricate parts, it is wise to ask a fire cleanup service about how to restore them after a fire. Smoke can enter the unit through its USB ports or fan, which can cause serious damage to the metal in the processing core. Using any laptop that has been exposed to smoke from a house fire can be dangerous, so you may want to shut yours down until it can be cleaned properly.

3. Tablets and Cell Phones

Many of today’s tablets and smartphones can perform almost as many functions as a computer, which means they be just as vulnerable to smoke as a laptop. If these items were in the same room as where the fire broke out, the resulting smoke could corrode their internal parts and cause dangerous malfunctions. Ask your smoke cleanup service about the best way to restore these delicate items.

Fire cleanup in your Dover, NJ, home can help you restore some of your most precious possessions. Electronics can be especially vulnerable to smoke damage, and working with a cleanup service can help you make an informed decision about how to go about restoring these items. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

Ways You can Prevent Further Damage to Your Roof

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

When you follow these damage prevention and mitigation tips, you can help keep your roof strong.

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. A well-built roof will keep out the elements and provide shelter and protection for you and your family. In most cases, your roof will stand up to the weather and to age. Fortunately, there are ways to can prevent damage and also ensure roof damage from getting worse after large storms.

Inspect Regularly

Just like any part of your Dover, NJ, home, you need to consistently check on your roof to make sure it’s sound. If it is weakening in any way, even mild storms could produce severe wind damage or other problems.

• Inspect it once a year.
• Check for curled, loose or missing roof shingles or tiles.
• Examine the rafters or trusses for nail tips that may be coming through.
• If you’re not thrilled about getting on your roof, you can hire a professional.

Strengthen Your Roof

If you live in an area where high winds are common, it’s a good idea to reinforce your roof to protect it against roof damage. One way to do this is to put cement around the edges or under shingle tabs. You can also install metal structural supports to connect your roof to your walls.

After the Storm

In many places, strong storms are inevitable, and you may have to deal with wind damage and other problems. If your roof has suffered damage, you need to act quickly to ensure your safety and roof integrity. With the help of a professional, you should board up any weakened spots or severely damaged areas of your roof. You may also place tarps over holes to prevent water or debris from coming inside.

When you follow these damage prevention and mitigation tips, you can help keep your roof strong. You can also get it back to normal in a timely manner. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

What Homeowners Insurance Means For Broken Pipes

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

A broken pipe doesn’t have to mean going broke fixing your home.

A bursting pipe leads to a flood of water and costs. Insurance will reduce the costs once the claim goes through. Understanding the process is essential to know what to expect from homeowners insurance when your home has an unexpected pipe issue.

Determining Fault

First, insurance companies will send an inspector to your home to evaluate the circumstances of the claim. They will evaluate if the break was unexpected and unpreventable. They consider several situations homeowner negligence:

• An unthawed frozen pipe bursting when a heater could’ve been used
• Ignoring a long-term leak
• Tampering with the pipe and breaking it
• Not attending to aging or rusting pipes with regular home maintenance

It’s the burden of the insurance company to prove fault. Insurance will only cover what’s needed to fix broken pipe if the damage is unmistakably an accident.

What Is Covered

Once the policyholder is cleared of any fault, the insurance coverage deploys. Most policies will cover every cleanup and repair service necessary up to the policy’s monetary limit.

There are additional parts of an insurance policy that may be applicable to you. Dwelling coverage is offered to make sure your home is structurally sound by covering the repair of pivotal parts of your home such as walls, roofs, and floors. Property coverage ensures your belongings up to a limit if they are damaged or lost in a flood. Lastly, additional living expenses coverage pays for a hotel and accommodations if you are not allowed to reside in your home during restoration.

The Process

The pipe will be repaired by a plumbing professional arranged by the insurance. The secondary e from the burst or leak will be handled by an expert water damage cleanup crew. Drywall, carpet and paint restoration are included in these services.

A broken pipe doesn’t have to mean going broke fixing your home. An unforeseen flood in Dover, NJ, is easily remedied by using and understanding your insurance. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

3 Things You Need to Know About Category Three Water Damage

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

When flood water fills your commercial building in Dover, NJ, you need to consider its source to determine your best course of action.

If you ever have to deal with water damage in your commercial building in Dover, NJ, the cleanup process may depend on the type of water that fills your space. Most flood water can be categorized as clean, gray or black. Clean, or category one, water comes from a broken water line or another clean source. Gray, or category two, water comes from appliance overflow and may contain some bacteria. Black, or category three, water is the most contaminated. Here's what you need to know about category three water:

1. Where it comes from. This dirty water can come from a variety of sources. River overflow, sewage backup and stagnant standing water could fall into the black water category. Sometimes the contaminants are already in the water when it enters your building, but standing water can start to grow microbes if left alone for too long.
2. What it contains. You know that this category three flood water is contaminated, but what exactly does that mean? In most cases, this type of water may contain fecal matter, chemicals, mold spores, bacteria or viruses. Toilet overflow and other sewage backups often fall into this category because of their source.
3. What to do. If your building is full of water that could be highly contaminated, what are you supposed to do? Your first step should be to call in a commercial water damage restoration team. These professionals can help you get rid of the potentially dangerous water, stop the source of the water, cleanup the microbes and repair any water damage. Calling a team in quickly may help you keep the damage to a minimum.

When flood water fills your commercial building in Dover, NJ, you need to consider its source to determine your best course of action. No matter what category the water falls into, it is still beneficial for you to start the cleanup process as quickly as you can. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

What Can You Expect During Storm Damage Repairs at Your Business?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Expert storm damage technicians may be able to put your mind at ease by offering a variety of services, large and small, to restore your business.

When heavy thunderstorms cause torrential rains, hail and high winds in Dover, NJ, your commercial building could suffer considerable damage as a result. While this can be stressful for you, having a storm damage and flood cleanup service on call to come make repairs might give you peace of mind despite the destruction. From draining away water to drywall tear out, you can expect this type of company to perform a variety of actions when it comes to the restoration of your business.

Flood Mitigation

Flood waters can come from several sources, but one of the most common is from overflowing rain water during heavy rains. This type of flooding can be contaminated with an array of toxins, including:

• animal feces
• sewage runoff
• chemicals from drain runoff

Flood cleanup techs can prevent the spread of this water inside your building by sealing off affected areas and using sump and trash pumps to drain it away.

Drying and Deodorizing Services

After a flood, water damage may leave behind stains, mold growth and foul odors. Flood cleanup techs will likely eliminate these problems by performing the tear out of drywall and damaged insulation and using specialized tools to clean and deodorize any areas affected by flooding. If mold is detected, your techs may provide you with several options for eliminating it.

Restoration of Damaged Items

If you have any inventory or equipment affected by flood waters or mold, cleanup techs may include storm restoration services as a part of their repair plan. Clothing, books, important documents and office furniture may all be salvaged and restored by the specialized processes a flood cleanup company offers.

Whether you need drywall tear out or flood water mitigation for your commercial building after storms in Dover, NJ, having a flood cleanup company on hand can be helpful. Expert storm damage technicians may be able to put your mind at ease by offering a variety of services, large and small, to restore your business. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

What To Do After the Fire: 3 Steps

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

When starting the fire restoration process, you're likely adding one more responsibility to your long line of daily work duties.

Lining up a plan after your building has experienced a fire can seem like an enormous burden. Setting aside time to deal with such a mess probably wasn't on your schedule, and it can be difficult to juggle the cleanup process alongside your own work. No matter how serious the situation is looking, fire restoration doesn't have to take over your life; instead, follow these steps to ensure everything gets back to normal.

1. Make the Calls

After emergency procedures have been set into motion, tasks that follow usually include a call to your insurance agency. Your fire insurance coverage will depend on your policy and the extent of the damage. You may also want to get in touch with a fire damage specialist who can give a thorough inspection of the building.

2. Steer Clear

A fire can affect the materials of your building in a number of ways, so it's important that you refrain from touching any of the damage prior to the smoke cleaning process. Boarding up the property is one way you can protect the interior from looters or extreme weather. Plywood is the most commonly used material to board up windows and doors after a fire.

3. Begin the Restoration

You may have already brought in the help of professionals to board up your building in Dover, NJ, but it's key that you get a proper cleanup as well. The pros will have the appropriate equipment to clean the fire effectively – so you won't have to deal with lingering smoke damage in the future. The same goes for any water damage that might have occurred.

When starting the fire restoration process, you're likely adding one more responsibility to your long line of daily work duties. Check off that box on the to-do list and hand the hard work over to the specialists. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

Soot and Smell: Cleaning Up After a Fire

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Having your home in Dover, NJ, cleaned and restored thoroughly may take a long time, but the results are worth the wait.

If your home in Dover, NJ, catches fire and undergoes the extensive damage that typically follows, one of your first calls should be to your local fire restoration specialists. While the main problems you see may be the soot and smoke damage that permeates your home, there are many steps that come before taking care of those particular issues.

Preparing for Cleanup

The professional technicians that you hire to restore your home starts by addressing the dire circumstances that could cause further damage. Before getting to the soot damage, these specialists complete a number of tasks:

• Inspect property and assess damage
• Secure home from outside with boards and tarps
• Extract water caused by sprinkler system, busted pipes or broken sewer lines

Only after these steps have been taken can the restoration experts begin the smoke cleaning process.

Cleaning the Grime

Ridding your home of smoke damage may take some time. After all, there is a lot of surface area to clean, and all of it is probably covered in soot. Technicians will probably start with walls and ceilings. Countertops, hardware and appliances that survived the fire must also be cleaned. Through the use of special techniques and equipment, every surface must be cleaned and sanitized.

Deodorizing the House

After all surfaces and items remaining in your home have been thoroughly cleaned, and every item that could not be salvaged has been removed, the experts move on to removing the smell. Cleaning the soot damage off every inch of the house may help reduce the odor slightly, but additional measures are necessary for full restoration. Technicians may have to bring in fogging equipment or industrial air scrubbers to remove the smell of smoke from the air.

Having your home in Dover, NJ, cleaned and restored thoroughly may take a long time, but the results are worth the wait. It is a good idea to discuss the process and the timeline when you hire restoration specialists. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

The Disgusting Truth About Lawn Slime

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Lawn slime sounds like something out of a Ghostbusters film, but what it actually is is slime mold: a saprophytic fungus that feeds on the dead organic matter. It’s hard to miss slime mold on your Dover, NJ, lawn when it’s often brightly colored and covers everything in slimy patches. So how can you get rid of outdoor mold, and make sure it never comes back?

Tips for Getting Rid of Lawn Slime

Once you’ve got lawn slime, all you can think of is getting rid of it. Here are just a few remedies for this pervasive outdoor pest:

• Rake up debris and ground cover. The thatch covering your lawn is often made of dead leaves, grass, and twigs – and is perfect food for slime mold. When you’re raking it up, you’ll also take a good deal of the mold with it.
• Trim your shade trees. Dark areas let slime mold proliferate, while sun dries it out and kills it.
• Switch to a sandy topsoil. Lawn slime has trouble taking root in sandy soil, but there are plenty of attractive lawn grasses that can still thrive even where slime mold can’t.
• Avoid “natural” remedies. While you may hear that tea tree oil and other natural remedies can help kill slime mold, it’s more likely to kill your grass. Killing your grass just gives the slime mold more to feed on, and can actually help it proliferate.

Preventing Lawn Slime in the First Place

The best offense is a good defense, and one great way to get rid of slime mold is to defend against it in the first place. Since slime mold feeds on dead matter, routinely clean your lawn of debris and rotting leaves. Also, don’t over-water your lawn; too much moisture creates perfect conditions for slime mold to grow. If you’re struggling to figure out ways to free your lawn from mold, a professional consultation with mold remediation specialists may help. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com//

Quick Look at Common Damages Caused by Hail

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

If you've had hail damage done to your Dover, NJ commercial building, you know this type of storm damage isn't pretty. What you might not know is that hail can actually cause a variety of problems for your building.

The damages usually fall into two different categories. It's either functional or cosmetic damage. Functional damage is something that will affect the performance of your building, usually the roofing system. Cosmetic damage is something that only affects the look of your building.

Here is a list of the common damages caused by hail during a storm

  • Cracked Shingles: As the hail pounds your roofing system, it can cause different kinds of roof damage. Larger hail pieces can actually crack your shingles. This damage may stop your roof from being able to keep water out of your building as efficiently.
  • Broken Flashing: Flashing is used at the valleys and hips of your roof to act as waterproofing. This metal strip can also be used where the roof line meets a protrusion, like a chimney or piping. If the flashing is damaged, it can lead to roof leaks and water damage in the attic.
  • Missing Shingles: If the hail causes a crack in the shingles, the accompanying wind could get purchase under the material and tear it off of the roof. This type of roof damage may expand quickly as more shingles and roofing materials are torn off of the surface.
  • Damaged Siding: The siding of your building could also get damaged by hail. If this happens, the insulation in your walls could get exposed to water damage. If wet insulation isn't addressed quickly, it could lead to mold growth and other issues.

Hail can lead to a wide range of roof damage and other problems for your building. No matter what type of storm damage you have to deal with, it can be a good idea to get help from storm damage repair experts.

What an Insurance Company Will Cover After Water Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with the repercussions of a flood or a pipe burst in your Stillwater, NJ, home can lead to one massive headache. However, it helps to know what your homeowner’s insurance coverage entails and what you can expect to gain from your policy. Whether you have minor or severe water damage, here’s what many insurance companies will cover to help repair and restore your home.

1. They should cover the cost of the damage caused by a broken pipe, but not necessarily the pipe itself.

When it comes time to fix a broken pipe, some insurance companies believe that if a leaking pipe has carried on for a significant amount of time without being treated, then it’s considered ‘homeowner negligence.’ This means they might not cover the cost of the new pipe replacement. However, almost all insurance providers will cover the costs for the extent of the damage that occurred to your home after the pipe burst, including building materials, structural supports and so on.

2. Once a pipe bursts and a resulting flood ensues, that kind of extensive damage will generally be covered.

If a sudden pipe burst happens without any knowledge of leaks beforehand and such an occurrence leads to a massive flood, your insurance company will cover the damage if you have an all-perils policy. This can include anything from carpeting and paint to drywall, as well as the cost of any professional services required to come in and clean up your living space to make it safe for habitation. However, coverage for full-blown flooding versus less-severe water damage can differ depending on your policy, so it pays to be extra cautious when considering which plan to choose for preventative measures.

If a considerable flood occurs in your Stillwater, NJ home, it’s important to seek professional guidance before trying to make any repairs or restoration yourself. This is especially true when it comes to your insurance policy, as you might be covered for more damages than you know.

For more information about water damage visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

Types of Mold Commonly Found in Homes

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

It doesn’t matter where you live or what style of home or building you own or occupy, flooding can affect anyone. The severity of flooding can vary considerably, but one thing is for sure: water damage isn’t something you should take lightly. Mold growth is among the many concerns you can have from damage due to leaking water or flooding. It’s important to recognize the various types of mold you can find at home or at work.

Aspergilius

It’s not unusual to find this type of mold in homes or in business buildings in Dover, NJ. It is often found in some of the following places:

  • In showers, sinks or other bathroom settings in mildew
  • In starchy foods such as potatoes or bread
  • On or inside of indoor or outdoor plants or trees
  • On pillows in your home or in hotels

Alternaria

You’ll usually find this type of mold growth in Dover, NJ, at all times of the year with the exception of winter. If you’re outside during the summer months, there’s a good chance you’ll come into contact with alternaria. It has as many as 50 species and can reach high levels of spores within a small area.

Black Mold

This is arguably the most harmful form of mold you’ll see at home. It is also known as stachybotrys. Black mold can grow in areas of high humidity, such as a bathroom with a shower or basement with a leak. Usually, you will spot black mold in your carpet, drywall or subflooring. If you happen to see this form of mold, call a professional immediately and have an expert inspect and clean the area.

Mold growth isn’t uncommon in homes and businesses, but it isn’t something you should ignore. If you detect any of these types of mold, especially black mold, you should get a specialist to remove it as soon as possible.

Ready For Spring Cleaning

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

It has been a cold winter, but hopefully it will pass soon and before we know it Spring will be here and with it new temperatures and new opportunities to have a cleaner home. If you are thinking about to get ready to perform your annual spring cleaning we have some recommendations about how to use your time wisely while making your house neat and clean.

If you are thinking to get the job done in a day you should:

-Vacuum and dust each room of your home.

-Clean up the entrance of your home and each room.

- Organize any piles of paper or clothes that you find in those rooms. 

If you have an extra day, on top of the task of day one, you could clean other areas of your home:

-If you have that extra day and you have a specific task or area that you want to clean, we recommend that you make a list and organized your task before you start. Other suggestions for areas to clean during this time are;

-  Clean your refrigerator, this is important because this will help you to create a better and healthier environment for your foods.

- Make sure to clean your cabinets and their handles, so all the dirt and grease is gone.

You have more time, 3-5 days?  (This just means a cleaner home):

- If other members of your family also have time off, they could be of great help, but organization is the key for everyone to succeed. Each person can have their own tasks to perform or rooms to focus. This way more areas or your home will be clean and neat at the same time.

-This is the perfect time to get rid of any unwanted clothing or items that you not need. If you have things that are in good condition we always encourage you donate the items to organization that help those in need (Make sure only items in good condition are donated, the other ones should go in the trash).

-Your floors need attention, if you have a carpet think about getting it clean or if you have other type of flooring you can research the right products to mop it.

Look at that! you have a whole week to get your spring cleaning done:

- To use your time wisely after achieving the areas that we mentioned before you could  think about to clean those areas that no one talks about, the closets, the attic, the basement, etc.

-Cleaning your attic and basement can be time consuming but if you set daily tasks on the things that you want to clean an achieve on each of these areas, you will be able to have an easier time later one when trying to find your Christmas tree or other items that you may have in there.

We hope that Spring and its warm temperatures arrive soon and with it we hope that you are ready to enjoy a cleaner home. If you need us to be part of your cleaning team we can be of help, we perform multiple cleaning duties and we can provide a Professional carpet cleaning service. If you need us please do not hesitate to give us a call to 973-810-2825.

The Plants That Can Help to Purify the Air in Your Home

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Almost everybody loves plants and if someone does not appreciated them much, at least they can agree that their green color can light any room. Today we want to tell you that they are not just pretty items of decoration they can also help to purify our homes. With multiple chemical and pollutants particles in the air, it is always a good idea to try to have a better environment for your family the natural way. The following plants are your best allies to breathe better in your own home.

  1. Palm Trees; they are not just great because they remind you of a day at the beach in a Caribbean paradise. They are great because they are really good at removing indoor air pollutants. They are easy to care for and they will enjoy temperatures ranging between 60 to73 degrees F.
  2. Peace Lily: This beautiful plant will bloom in your home looking amazing while helping to clean the air from the chemicals that some cleaning products emit. This plant will live happy in low-light conditions (is recommendable to keep their leaves away from pets and children).
  3. Boston Fern: This is one of the best plants to have at home, because they remove more indoor pollutants than any of the other plants. They will bring any room alive, but you will need to take care of them. They need to be water regularly, and feed them weekly or monthly depending on their growing stage. This is a temperamental plant that need more care than regular plants.
  4. Golden Pothos: Although this type of plant is not the kind that will remove more pollutants from the air, it is still good to help to clean the environment of your home while been forgiving and easy to take care of.

There are multiple plants with different purposes, these are just examples of beautiful ones that are great to help you to purify the air quality of your home.

MOLD PREVENTION- PLACES TO CHECK FOR MOLD

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

The best strategy to fight mold is to try to prevent it in the first place. In order to do that we need to understand that mold needs three things in order to grow; Oxygen, Food, and Water. These ingredients are virtually anywhere therefore it is necessary to take pay attention to those places in your home where it could appear and spread. Some places in your home where you should keep an eye for mold are:

The Walls; Mold can appear in the walls of your home due to plumbing leaks. It can growth from the inside, behind the wall or on the wall itself where it can be visible. The problem with the first two is that it can happen without you knowing is even there, by the time that is visible it usually means it is pretty bad and it can be dangerous (Mold is taking over).Therefore, try to check your walls for signs like discoloration and peeling of the paint.

Basement; some of the reasons for mold to growth in your basement may be flooding issues or the condensation from the pipes created from the cold during winter. The exposed beams, the walls, (sometimes carpet), and furniture are usually the items where mold can grow in your basement. We recommend to check this area of your home once a month or as often as you can, to avoid having issues with mold due to not knowing what is happening there.

Carpet;  Mold can growth in carpets due to leaks in the house, flooding, and even pet urine. The problem with the carpet is that sometimes the mold grows beneath it and when it becomes visible it means that it is severe by that moment. You should inspect your carpet around the house to make sure that no water, or any moisture is in it to prevent mold to growth and spread.

Finally, our last recommendation is to always address any water problems that you have right away, leaks, floods, or standing water, because these scenarios are the perfect opportunity for mold to growth. If you ever experience a water loss please consider a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Dove/ Stillwater to help you to restore your home and to prevent mold to appear. Remember prevention is the key to keep mold away from your property and your health.

Garage Energy Efficient Tips

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

During this cold season it is important to keep every room in your home warm. One place that requires special attention is the garage, because generally this area of your home doesn’t have heat. We are going to mention ten things you can do to make your garage energy-efficient and save money on energy costs throughout the cold season.

  1. Insulate Garage Walls: Rolling the right R-value insulation between your joists or blowing it through a small hole in your drywall filling your garage’s sides and ceiling can help keep the warm air in and the cool air out
  2. Caulk between Your Garage Walls and Floor: A foam sealant or latex/silicone based caulk works wonders to prevent heat from flowing out between your walls and floor.
  3. Seal The Door Connecting Your Home To Your Garage: Check for leaks around the entrance door. Install weather-stripping around the door frame. If your threshold isn’t properly sealing the bottom of your door, apply a draft stopper. Caulk any leaks and the trim along the outside and inside of the door.
  4. Insulate Your Garage Door: You can either buy an insulation kit or a new insulated door. The kit will be more affordable, however, may not provide as much insulation as a new door.
  5. Insulate Outlets And Light Switches: Use outlet/switch foam gaskets to seal these small escape hatches for energy and carbon monoxide.
  6. Switch out Your Lights: Start using either CFL or LED lights in your garage. A LED light bulb only uses 12 watts of electricity to create the equal amount of lumens as a regular 60-watt bulb. A CFL light only uses 15 watts.
  7. Windows: Switch out your older windows with Energy Star® certified windows.
  8. Solar Heating: If you really want to make your garage energy-efficient, install solar panels. This way you’ll avoid using electricity or gas to keep your garage warm and comfy.
  9. Seal Cracks In Your Garage Floor: Cracks in your garage floor introduce cold air and gases into your garage and allow heat to escape. Concrete sealant will prevent heated air from escaping and stop cold air and gases from entering.
  10. Keep Your Garage Organized: Do you have too much stuff crammed into your garage? Invest in a storage shed.

Following these recommendations will help you to keep the energy bill from your home lower, and they will help you to have a more comfortable garage and conserve the heat of your home.

A Huge Commercial Fire Loss in Hackettstown NJ.

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Loss

This picture represents the horrible loss that one of our dear commercial clients suffered in Hackettstown NJ. This unfortunate incident started from an electric failure in one of the shop’s machines and it became a massive fire loss that consumed at least 90% of the entire facility.  A loss like this one touches our heart, not only because this business helps to fuel the economy in our local community, but also because as a business we understand what it means to close your doors even for a couple of hours (imagine a couple of weeks or months). Therefore, every time that we receive a call to address a loss like this, we do everything that is in our power to help our clients during this difficult situation. This time was not different, we received the call and we arrived to the loss within a hour, and after making sure that everyone was safe (no fatalities, only material damage), we started the board up process and we proceeded to explain the plan of action to follow in the restoration process. During the following weeks, we have been in touch with the insurance company, the business owner, and the other parties involved. At the same time, our technicians have been there cleaning, choosing the items that were salvageable, and removing all the items that will need to be gone in order for reconstruction to begin. We are still helping our clients in their efforts to re-build their business, and this is something that we are proud of. We believe in building relationships and show our clients with our actions, that our services are far beyond restoring their loss. We are always here to help because we are involved and we care for our community.

In the event that you ever have a fire or water loss in your business please give us the opportunity to provide our services and become one of your trusted companies. We will be happy to help you to get back on your feet and we will be glad to be there every step of the way. Do not hesitate and give us a call 973-810-2825.

The Emergency Contact List That You Need to Have at Home for Emergencies

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

If you have read our blogs you should know by now that preparedness is the key element to survive and to recover from any kind of emergency. With this in mind we want to mention some of the main categories that you should prioritize and include in your emergency contact list.

  • Medical Emergency: These are important numbers to write down. In an emergency you should not assume that you will have internet access to find the numbers that you need. Therefore, it is wise to have a list of the following numbers in areas of the house that can be of easy access for anyone (like hung up on the fridge):
  • Police Department.
  • 911
  • Fire Department
  • Poison Control Center
  • Your Physician’s office number.
  • Household Emergencies: Multiple emergencies can affect your home or business at any giving moment, and knowing who to call or what to do can make a big difference in taking care of the emergency properly or making it a bigger issue. We recommend that you add the following numbers to your emergency contact list and that you keep a copy in your office or in your car in case that you are away from your property while the emergency occurs.
  • Water Company
  • Gas Company
  • Electric Company
  • 24/7 Emergency restoration company (SERVPRO Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825)
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Home Insurance Company
  • Home Security Monitoring Company
  • HVAC (Heat and Air Conditioning) Repair
  • Non-Emergency but helpful numbers: No every emergency is life-threating, but having these numbers handy may help you to control those situations that have the potential to become a more serious emergency. Even if you are not home, having these numbers may help the people in your home (like a house sitter) to control a situation while waiting to hear from you.
  • A General Handy Person
  • A Trusted Neighbor
  • Family Member or Emergency Contact
  • Pest Control.

Furnace Maintenance Tips to Keep a Warm Home Free of Fires

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Most homeowners understand how important it is to perform maintenance to a home furnace especially during the cold months, they know that an inefficient or even a broken furnace translate in higher energy bills, a new heating unit, and unfortunately some times in a fire loss. Therefore, learning some tips to keep your furnace running is always a good strategy to save some money and keep your family warm during the winter.

1. Clean the vents:

Cleaning the heating vents around the home is important to keep your furnace running efficiently during the cold months. One thing to do is to vacuum the floor vents to remove any dust or debris, this will improve the air quality of your home and can help you preserve the furnace.

2. Inspect Furnace filters:

You can have a professional help you or you can do it yourself. You can inspect and clean the filters inside the furnace, just make sure it is off and cooled before you touch it.  There are two different kinds of filters, the disposable ones that should be changed every tree months, and the permanent ones should be washed and cleaned regularly during the cold months when you use your heat the most.

3. Check the entire system:    

One of the main things to do when you think about providing maintenance to the furnace is to inspect the entire system. Some important things to check; visually check for any signs of damage around the unit, check that the pilot light is on and that the flame is steady blue, and inspect the exterior vents and the portions of the HVAC system that are kept outside, the last thing that you want is some snow, ice, leaves, and debris to break your unit.

4. Hire a professional:

We recommend that you do some of the maintenance and initial inspection to your furnace, but we also recommend to have a HVAC professional to come and perform an annual furnace maintenance.

We hope that these tips help you to keep your furnace running and that you stay warm during the coming colder days.

Steps to Prevent Mold During the Winter Time

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growing on a wall of this family's home.

Most people think that the issues related to Mold and its tiny spores are not a problem that you have to worry about during the cold months. Unfortunately, this is not true and mold prevention should be always in the mind of each business owner or home owner at any season.

Prevention is the best solution when it comes to keeping your homes and family safe. Here is a list of things that you can do throughout the winter months to prevent mold growth and keep associated health issues away.

  • Keep humidity monitored. Mold will grow easily when the relative humidity is greater than 70%. Both the humidity level and the temperature of the rooms in your house need to be monitored. You don’t want to keep your house to moist or too cool throughout the winter. If you can keep the temperatures balanced between the different rooms throughout your home, you can easily prevent mold growth. There are many different options to balance and monitor conditions in your home so check out your local hardware store or search online.
  • Make sure there is a good circulation maintained in your home. Use fans or even open a window when the weather allows – especially when showering, washing dishes or any time moisture is brought into the home.
  • Inspect your basement for moisture. If you find moisture, perform an inspection of your drainage system. Repair any broken appliances or pipes and replace any mortar that looks cracked or defective.
  • When the temperatures drop below freezing, prevent mold growth by insulating pipes both inside and outside. By doing this, you can prevent breaks and cracks which can allow moisture in once the temperatures return.
  • If you notice condensation on pipes, walls or windows, act quickly. Dry out the area and determine if there is a leak or if the condensation was created from humidity. Rectify the situation and continue to monitor for additional moisture in the following days and weeks.
  • Check all of the seals around your windows and doors. Replace any that appear to be compromised or damaged. This is an easy and effective way to prevent mold growth and should be performed periodically.
  • Keep the leaves and other decaying debris cleaned up in your yard – especially around your home. Don’t allow wet leaves or grass clippings to accumulate and sit in your yard. Remove them often until all of the leaves have fallen for the season.
  • Dust and clean regularly throughout the entire winter months as mold loves dusty surfaces. Be sure to pay extra attention to the entry ways or areas where muddy and wet boots are taken off in the home.

The key to prevent mold growth is to keep everything as clean and dry as possible. You can do this through maintenance of your home and temperature control. We hope these recommendations help you to keep your family and your property away from mold and the issues related to it.

Three Reasons Why SERVPRO of Dover Stillwater Should Restore Your Water Damage

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Most home owners know that if their property suffers a water damage this is the kind of situation that you want to handle both immediately and effectively. To achieve this, you should count with a trustable and professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater to handle your water loss. Besides the fact that we are here for you 24/7, and that we are right here in your community, there are three important reasons why we strongly suggest that you allow us to help you to restore your home in case that you have a water damage emergency.

  1. Our knowledgeable and professional team: Our technicians are highly-trained and certified in the water restoration process, the techniques, and the equipment needed to be placed depending on the type of job that they encounter.  They will try to dry and preserve as many materials and contents as possible that may be damaged by the water, because they understand that these are you valuables. Also, some of our guys have been in the restoration business for up to ten years, this alone gives them the field experience and the ability to understand that each loss and client is unique and therefore, they are respectful and friendly when dealing with a client who is going through a stressful situation.
  2. Special Equipment and Substance needed to perform the job: A water restoration process needs some elements in order to be successful. Some of the most important ones are the specialty equipment and the chemicals that we use while performing these jobs. We have the high-powered air fans, dehumidifiers, extraction equipment, industrial vacuums, monitoring equipment, etc. As well as all the Chemicals necessary and approved to clean and decontaminate your home or business. Our technicians are professionals who know how to manage the equipment and all the items that we use.
  3. We are here 24/7 for you: We know that a water loss can happen when you least expect it. Therefore, we are here 24/7 for you. Anytime of the day or night that you need us we are here for you. You can always contact us to 973-810-2825 and one member of our team will guide you through every step of the process. 

Three Reasons Why SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater Should Restore Your Water Damage

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Most home owners know that if their property suffers a water damage this is the kind of situation that you want to handle both immediately and effectively. To achieve this, you should count with a trustable and professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater to handle your water loss. Besides the fact that we are here for you 24/7, and that we are right here in your community, there are three important reasons why we strongly suggest that you allow us to help you to restore your home in case that you have a water damage emergency.

  1. Our knowledgeable and professional team: Our technicians are highly-trained and certified in the water restoration process, the techniques, and the equipment needed to be placed depending on the type of job that they encounter.  They will try to dry and preserve as many materials and contents as possible that may be damaged by the water, because they understand that these are you valuables. Also, some of our guys have been in the restoration business for up to ten years, this alone gives them the field experience and the ability to understand that each loss and client is unique and therefore, they are respectful and friendly when dealing with a client who is going through a stressful situation.
  2. Special Equipment and Substance needed to perform the job: A water restoration process needs some elements in order to be successful. Some of the most important ones are the specialty equipment and the chemicals that we use while performing these jobs. We have the high-powered air fans, dehumidifiers, extraction equipment, industrial vacuums, monitoring equipment, etc. As well as all the Chemicals necessary and approved to clean and decontaminate your home or business. Our technicians are professionals who know how to manage the equipment and all the items that we use.
  3. We are here 24/7 for you: We know that a water loss can happen when you least expect it. Therefore, we are here 24/7 for you. Anytime of the day or night that you need us we are here for you. You can always contact us to 973-810-2825 and one member of our team will guide you through every step of the process. 

Important Reasons Why Every Home and Business Needs a Humidifier

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

We all know about humidifiers, but most of us do not know the benefits of having one in our home or business. Here we are going to mention seven reasons why should have one or consider to get one.

Reduce Airborne Illnesses

Germs are not fans of moist air, therefore using a humidifier in your home or business will reduce the risk of spreading viruses that normally thrive in dry air. We do not think about prevention often, but we should because taking precaution against spreading illnesses can make a big difference for the members of your family or your staff. You want a healthy family and healthy employees.

Save Money during the cold months

Everybody wants to save money, especially during the holidays and cold months. Another benefit of using a humidifier is that it add moisture back into the air and this makes your property (home or business) feel warmer. This means that you can turn down the thermostat and save some money on your bills.

Soothe Dry Skin

Cold weather can be harsh on your skin and lips. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from cracked hands and lips during the winter time. A humidifier can be a good and helpful tool to alleviate symptoms and soften skin. Your family and your employees will feel better without suffering this conditions.

Protect Wood Floors and Furniture

If you have wood furniture in your business or home, you know that dry air can easily damage it. It can make this furniture split and crack, or cause gaps in hardwood floors. Therefore, using an automatic humidifier to maintain a stable level of moisture in the air can protect your floors and furniture from damage.

No More Static Shock

Have you shake hands with one of your coworkers before and found both of you moving apart because you felt the static shock? Or have you walked around in your home in your cozy socks when suddenly you feel shock with static? One way to help to reduce this is to bump up the humidity levels at your place of work or home, this will help to reduce the charges that causes these shocks.

Reduce Allergy and Sinus Problems

One important benefit of having a humidifier is that an increased moisture in the air can soothe sinus tissue, alleviate allergy symptoms, and reduce asthma attacks. It is essential to mention that it is necessary to check the humidifier settings in order to avoid too much humidity (and promote other problems). Once you make sure that you are adding the right amount of moisture into the air at your work place or home you will realize that most people who suffer of allergies and sinus problems will feel better.

Happy Indoor Plants.

The weather in the cold months can be especially hard for the plants in your business and at home. Therefore, it is important to create the ideal conditions for your indoor plants to survive, most of them thrive in moist conditions and a humidifier will help to create a good environment for them.

Kitchen Preventive Measures to Avoid a Water Loss

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Many of the emergency calls that we get for water losses started at the kitchen. Think about it, multiple appliances that we use to cook and to clean in this area use water. The most common ones that cause problems related with water in the kitchen are the sink, the dishwasher, and the refrigerator. The appliances and the area that we use almost every day. Therefore, it is always good to learn some preventive measures about these three that could help us to avoid a water loss.

Dishwasher Problems; We recommend that you check your dishwasher regularly in order to spot any water leaks, it is also important to make sure that the main filter is not blocked and that the dishwasher is emptying completely when is done. Once in a while check that all the joints and hoses are working properly and listen for any particular sounds while the machine is running.

Sink Water Problems; Make a habit to check underneath the sink every week to make sure that you do not have any leaking problems down there. If you noticed a dripping faucet make sure to repair it soon even if it is a little one.  Also, check the pipes under the sink for any dripping or blocked drains. All of these preventive measures can save you money and time in the long run.

Refrigerators Water Problems:  Most people forget about their refrigerator’s maintenance, but like any other machine it is important to clean it and to inspect it to make sure it runs properly. One way to inspect it is to check for water or mold behind it, if any one of them is present its time to act and find where the water is coming from. This action will help to prevent a major water problem later on.

We hope that these preventing measures are helpful to you and your family and that they help you to avoid any water losses in your kitchen. If you ever have an issue please call us we are here to help. SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater 973-810-2825 and SERVPRODoverStillwater.com.

It is important to understand what the weather (Flood) warnings mean

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is here, we all know that because we have experienced the cold breeze in our faces and the snowflakes falling in the last weeks. We also know that it is hard to predict the weather and its dangerous storms, but we should know that there are a couple of warning signs that are designed to help us to be prepared and stay safe. It is our responsibility to learn their meaning in in order for them to be successful. For example, in a large snow storm, besides the common dangers there is also the possibility of flooding once the snow melts. Therefore, the National Weather Service will issue some flood warnings and understanding them could make the difference to keep your family and property safe.

Please review the following description of the four main flood warnings:

  1. Flash Flood Warning: This flood warning is issued when the flood is imminent or it is already occurring. You will need to move to a higher ground because this type of flood can be sudden and a violent one, it hard to predict how long it will last it could take from minutes to hours to develop, and it can happen even in areas that are not immediately receiving water. It is important to understand the meaning of the warning signs to know what to do when one is issued. In this case when you see or hear this warning take action and stay safe.
  2. Flood Warning: This kind of warning is issued when flooding is either occurring or is imminent. You need to take action and find a safe place for you and your family.
  3. Flood Watch: This warning is issue when the conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to happen and for flooding to be in the area. It is a preventing warning because it does not mean that flooding will occur, but is a possibility that can happen.
  4. Flood Advisory: This type of advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be severe enough to issue a warning, but it may cause inconvenience and therefore people should take caution because the situation could change.

We hope that these information is helpful to you and to your family. If you ever have an issue with flooding call us we are the professional team that you can count on, we are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Smart Gadgets that could help you to reduce the utility bills of your business

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner you know how important it is to reduce your utility bills in order to save money every year. Keeping a budget while paying your bills in a business can help you to reinvest, acquire new equipment, and grow your company. One way to reduce your bills and help you to save is to utilize the new technology available in the market. Here we will describe some of the smart gadgets that can make the difference in your annual spending.

Thermostat options: This is an important feature that you could add to your business. A smart thermostat is connected to your Wi-Fi and controls your businesses temperature and can even adjust itself automatically. One popular thermostat option is Nest, it is popular because by learning your habits in about a week it can reduce your heating and cooling bills by 10 to 15 percent (more money saving for your business). Nest also has a feature that sends you text message when your property reaches unusual temperatures (hot or cold), this allow you to set your temperature levels and reduce your bills.

Security Lighting:  These is a great option for every business. Lights that are connected to Wi-Fi not only help you to save money, but they also add security to your property. With multiple features that allow you to turn the lights on and off, turn the lights when someone comes at the door, and even some of the smartest systems will use a battery-powered backup that will keep the lights on if the power goes out. In some cases these lights will turn on if the smoke detector is activated, so people can see clear for an exit.

Washer and Dryer: We know that some business do not have these appliances, but others (like ours) do. For those businesses, there are new smart technology options that allow you to use your smartphone to start, stop, and monitor your washer and dryer. Also, this type of smart technology allows you to view your energy usage, and if paired with Nest thermostat you could save energy and money by delaying your laundry until after your peak energy hours have passed.

These are just some of the smart gadgets that you could add to your business to increase your savings in the long run, there are many more on the market that you can find and can modify to the needs of your business.

Some of the Most Common Causes of Fires in our Community

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

There are multiple reasons why a fire can start in your home at any given time. Knowing the most common causes of fires in homes could be helpful to try to avoid a disaster. Please read the following causes and take the necessary precautions to protect your family and your property.  

  1. Electrical failures:

Every year we received emergency phone calls about fires losses in our neighborhood and one of the most common causes of how they started are electrical failures. Some things that you could do to minimize a potential electrical failure that leads to a fire are: During the Christmas season turn off your Christmas lights and trees overnight, always make sure to use proper electrical cords and do not overload electrical outlets. Finally, consider hiring an electrician that can inspect the electrical wiring at your home at least once a year.

  1. Lighting Dangers:

In a previous blog we mentioned how common fires caused by lighting are. Therefore, it will be beneficial to follow some of these tips to avoid one: During a storm unplug any major electronics, avoid taking baths and using any of the plumbing in the house,  do not use a corded phone or corded electronic devices, and avoid to stay close from doors and windows because they can conduce energy.

  1. Light Candles

Most of us love to light a candle because they smell good, they are calming, and they look pretty during the season.  The problem is that they can start a fire at any time, to avoid this you should: Never leave candles unattended (blow them out before leaving the room or going to sleep), make sure they are in a flat surface and away from any flammable items, kids, and pets.

  1. Smoking

This is one is one of the most common causes of fires in homes and businesses. Some safety tips to prevent a fire are: Always smoke outside of the premises, make sure that cigarette butts are not lit when you disposed them, and make sure to used sturdy ashtrays.

These are just some and the most common causes of fires and some tips to help to prevent them. We hope that you can practice some of these preventive measures and avoid to have a fire loss. However, if you ever have one, please know that we are here to help you. We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater and we have the experience, the team, and the equipment to help you to restore your home after a fire incident. Please call us 973-810-2825.

Important Snow Shoveling Lessons for the Winter Season

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Snow Removal Lessons

Now that the winter and snowing season is here, it seems like the perfect timing to talk about some snow lessons that will help us to get through the season safe.

  • While snow is falling

If snow is on your weather forecast do not make the mistake of waiting until it passes to start shoveling. This will only make your work harder and you increase the chances to suffer an injury. What you should do instead is to start shoveling snow as it lands, you should prepare yourself to do it as often as every hour if the snow storm is a heavy one, this will allow a faster and safer snow removal.

  • Materials Matter

Most people do not think about the importance of choosing the right snow removal tools and materials. Some of the recommendations to follow are for example not to use rock salt on concrete to avoid cracked walkways, instead use calcium chloride. Use plastic shovels instead of metal ones in surfaces that could get damage. Keep shovels and blades from snow blowers at least a half inch to the grown to avoid to damage the driveway

  • Hold the Shovel Close

During the cold months it is not uncommon to hear about the winter injuries caused by shoveling. In order to avoid this it is necessary to learn how to shovel snow properly. The best way is to keep the shovel close to your body preventing overreaching and causing strain to different parts of your body.

  • Spray Liberally

There is a helpful tip to remember when you are getting ready to go outside to shovel some snow. Before you go outside try to apply a generous amount of cooking spray to the front and back of your shovel, this will let the snow slide of the blade of the shovel which translates in an easier job for you.

  • Have a plan

We recommend that you have a plan when you start shoveling snow. Making not only your job easier, but avoiding the risk of injuries (So common during the winter season). One excellent strategy is to start shoveling from the center of the driveway and work your way out. This will allow you to move lighter loads of snow, move faster, and avoid injuries.

Why is it so important to dry water damage quickly? Mold growth is your answer.

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Growth

A water damage can be a costly and unexpected issue that could happen at any time. We know about this because we have helped multiple customers in our area who never thought that they would have to deal with a water loss and the possibility of mold growing in their property. Thanks to our experience with water loss remediation, we know that once a customer call us and let us know that they are having this type of issue, we need to act fast! Not only because the customer wants his property free of water, but because every minute counts when trying to stop mold from growing and becoming a worst problem.

Most of us know that mold can grow easily if it finds the proper conditions, such as a humid environment and some dark space. Therefore, after a water damage, flooding, or any type of water loss, it is important to the start the drying process as quickly as possible. We have the proper tools to get hands on as soon as we arrive to the customer's property. Usually the first thing that we do is to stop the water source, we identify the type of water (to decide the best course of action), we inspect the property, and (depending on the job and the amount of water that we are handling) we remove items, carpets, etc. before we start the water removal process. Once we complete the first part of the remediation, we set up extraction vacuums to remove the excess water. In the mean time we determine the type of drying equipment that we are going to use next. Our highly-trained technicians will determine how many air movers and dehumidifiers are needed or if any specialized equipment, like air scrubbers, will need to be in place in order to avoid any mold spores to spread. Throughout the drying process we will be monitoring the levels of moisture and will make sure to clean any contents that can be restored. Later in the process we will make sure to use the most effective sanitizing treatments to clean your property and avoid mold to appear in the picture. Finally, if needed we will start the restoration to pre-water damage condition. Even though we tried to summarize the process here, we want to clarify that it takes a couple of days to get your property dry and to fix the issue.

Water damages are a common issue and you need professionals that know how to handle it. Also, you need a company committed to be there on time and who understand the importance of getting the job done before mold takes advantage of the conditions and becomes a bigger problem. We are that company give us a call and we will help you to handle any water loss and prevent mold. SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Learning More About Your Water Loss

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

Learn about the different classes of water in a water loss.

When a pipe bursts in your house, a washing machine over floods, or a water heater malfunction happens and you end up with an unwanted amount of water in your home you know that you need to act fast. Most homeowners know the drill, they will need to contact their insurance company and then a restoration company, like SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater, to start the extraction, drying process, and restoration process. While this is important information to know, and we will explain as much as we can about the process, it never hurts to learn a little bit more about the steps that we need to take in order to do a professional job at your property so you are 100% satisfied.

One of the things that we would like to share with you today is how to determine the class of water that we are dealing with and why it is an important part of the process.

Once in your property our highly-trained technicians will determine the category of water that they are working with, but they also need to determine the class of water. This is very important because the class will aid to choose the cleaning and disinfecting protocol to follow for that particular job. Also, with this information a specific drying plan, with the right equipment (dehumidifiers, air movers, etc.) will be in place and the drying process will begin. The four classes of water that our team will identify are:

Class One: This class of water has a slow evaporation rate. The technicians will understand that only part or a room is compromised and the carpet could be little or no wet at all. This is the easiest class to work with in case of a water damage.

Class Two: This class has a faster evaporation rate than class one. Our technicians will know that the whole room was affected, as well as the carpet, the walls are now compromised, and there is moisture in the structural materials of your property.

Class Three: The class with the fastest evaporation rate. This class means that the walls, ceiling, insulations, carpet, and sub floors in your property are affected. In most cases the kind of damage for this class started from overhead or the roof of your home.

Class Four: This is the special class that will need a special drying process. When our technicians determine this class they understand that it has passed enough time for different materials (like hardwood and stone) to be compromised. Special methods of drying will need to be used and more likely this will take longer to dry than the other classes of water.

We hope that this information helps you to learn a little more about our process and how we determine the right drying plan for your specific situation. If you have any questions give us a call we are here to guide you and help you in any emergency situation. We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Do you have a mold problem? Here are the steps of how to handle it.

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Learn how to handle a mold problem.

If you suspect that there is mold in your home (even if you cannot see it), maybe because you have been feeling sick without any reason, or maybe because there is a particular smell, you should be proactive and do something. We will explain the steps that we recommend that you follow if you think that you have a mold problem.

  • This first step is important. You should get a professional home hygienist to inspect your home. In order to treat the problem you will need to know the type of mold and the amount that you will be fighting. A professional company can provide those results and sometimes guide you in which is your best option of treatment, if it is fine to take care of it yourself or if you need a professional remediation company to do so. Make sure to agree that a final testing is done after any remediation is completed, in this way you will make sure that your efforts to eliminate mold were successful. This should be done by two separate companies so that there is no conflict.
  • Find the cause of mold and make sure it is repaired. The last thing that you want is the mold to come back after you cleaned it. Therefore, is important to identify what caused it in the first place and to fix it.
  • We recommend to contact your insurance company and find out if your policy covers any mold removal. This is a step that could save you money.
  • Base in your Mold test results you will have to decide if is it safe to clean and remove the mold yourself, or (as we recommend it) if you are going to hire a professional mold remediation company. A company like ours, SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater, is specialized in this type of remediation, we can make sure to eliminate the problem, avoid to spread the mold to other areas, and clean everything while following safety guidelines so no one gets sick from breathing mold during the process. Make sure the company that you choose has a good reputation and are committed to help you to solve the problem.
  • Once the mold remediation is done, make sure the mold hygienist comes back to have a final testing done. Base on their results you will know if it is safe to complete the process or if you need to do something else.
  • Finally, we recommend to take preventive measures against mold. Make a habit to inspect your home, your appliances, and those places where water can become a problem in your property.  Also if you have an area high humidity like a below grade basement have an auto pump out dehumidifier.

If you have a mold problem, we can help. We have managed multiple mold remediation jobs in our area. We have the equipment, a highly-trained team, and the experience to guide you and help you to handle this issue. Give us a call and we will be happy to help you. SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Recommendations to Prevent a Water Damage

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Follow the Recommendations to Prevent a Water Damage Like This One.

It is hard to predict a water damage, but it is possible to take certain measures to help to prevent one. Knowing that a water loss is something that can happen in any home/business and that can be a costly event to repair, we recommend reading the follow considerations and to learn more about what you can do to prevent a water damage:

  • Inspect your roof; it is a good idea to have a professional to inspect your roof and make sure that there are not damages and leaks that allow mold and mildew to grow.
  • It is important to know where your water cut off is at (this could be crucial in an emergency situation), learn how to handle the valve, and make sure to have the tools (like the water key) to turn it off.
  • Make a note in your schedule to clean the gutters in your house. This will help you to prevent excess water on your property and future damages.
  • Check your water heater, make sure there is not water around the area where it is at. Also, it is important to keep the maintenance for this type of appliances. Water heater malfunctions are one the most common causes of water damages in homes.
  • Make it a habit to be present when you are using any of the appliances that need water. For example, the washer machine. You will not only prevent mold from growing in your clothes from leaving it there until you are back, but you also will be available to act fast (or call someone) if something goes wrong and an excessive amount of water is now running in your home.
  • It is a good idea to inspect for small leaks in those places in your property were water runs continuously, like the sinks, bathtubs, etc. An unnoticeable leak could led to mold growing and making a lot of damage to your property.
  • Cold weather will be here soon. We recommend that you check the exposed pipes in your home and use enough insulation to prevent pipes from burst during the cold months.

These recommendations are easy to follow and they will help you to prevent a water damage in your property. The most important thing is to keep your home in optimal conditions, check water appliances, pipes, water hoses regularly, and make yourself familiar with this type of emergencies to know how to act in case that you have to deal with that. If a water damage ever happens in your home do not hesitate to give us a call we will be there right away to help you to take care of it. We are here to serve you 24/7 SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater and our number is 973-810-2825.

Four Convenient Tips To Help You To Prevent A Water Loss

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Learn four convenient tips to prevent a water loss.

Sometimes it is impossible to prevent a water damage in your home and when that happens we are here to help you. We have the experience, the equipment, and the highly-trained professionals to help you to recover from your water loss.  We know that you cannot prevent all water damages from occurring, but from our experience we can offer you the four following convenient tips to help you prevent some possible water losses.

1-Check your trees: We all love a house surrounded by nice greens. Perfect trees and plants around it, but you should always be careful with the type of trees that you plant in your property. It is always a good idea to plant trees at less 10ft away from your home and if you do a further research and find out that your tree has invasive roots you will need to plant those at least 25ft away if you want to preserve your water and sewer lines. We want to encourage to plant trees and to help the environment, we just recommend that you plant them where they won't contribute to a water damage to your property.

2- Regular maintenance to your appliances: It is a good idea to check your appliances regularly and make sure that they are working properly. Many times water losses are cause by leaks from your most used appliances like the washer machine.

3- Check you bill: Your water bill could be a good indicator that something is not working as it supposed too or that there is a leak somewhere in your home. Make sure to check your water bill and keep an eye on any changes that do not make sense.

4- Take Action: If you find a water leak in your home, make sure that you get it fix. The sooner that you take care of it the better. Water damage can become worst every minute and by taking care of a leak you are avoiding to fix other problems like mold in your property.

We hope that these tips are helpful to you and your family, and that they help you to prevent water damages at your home. Again water damages are hard to predict, but if you ever need us we are here to help you. Do not hesitate to give us a call, we are SERVPRO of Dover Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Learning More About Attic Fires

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

This is what a fire in the attic looks like.

Attic fires are a growing problem that we see happening in our community. Every year we receive a decent amount of calls from customers who unfortunately suffered a loss due to a fire in their attic. Today we want to talk about some of the main causes and what can homeowners do to prevent this from happening to them. First the main causes are:

  • Heating systems; most houses have a traditional HVAC heating, ventilation, and cooling system. The accumulation of dust and other particles in the duct work could increase the chances to start a fire. It is important to remember that the furnace should be inspected at least every year to ensure that is working correctly.
  • Electrical issues; this is one of the most common causes of fires in an attic, any malfunction of the electrical systems can create a fire. We recommend that you hire an electrician to inspect the wiring in the attic. Also, always be careful when using any electrical appliances in the attic, make sure to unplug any devices before you leave the attic.
  • Natural causes; lighting, rain water that gets in contact with electrical wires, and even fallen trees are classified as possible natural causes. For these type of cause the best recommendation is to ensure that you use fire-retardant materials and inspect the condition of your room yearly.

Some of the things that you can do to prevent an attic fire is to take some of the following precautions:

  • Inspect your attic; make a habit to inspect this part of your house. This is not a common place of reunion in your house and it can pass sometime before you even go there, but we encourage you to inspect it because checking the electrical wires and making sure everything is safe could save you from an attic fire loss.
  • Smoke Detectors; It is always a good idea to install a smoke detector in this part of your house. That way if something happen you will know with enough time and you will be able to get out of the house and call for help instead of knowing after the fire is coming down the house and triggering the other alarms.
  • Make sure it is clean; it is important to maintain the area clean of any type of clutter that could increase the risk of starting a fire.

We hope that no one in our community experience a fire loss in the attic, but sometimes things happen and we are here to help. If you ever need us please give us a call and we will be happy to help you to clean and restore your home. SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater. 

Fire Prevention Ahead of Halloween

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Halloween Fire Prevention

Is that time of the year when leaves are turning colors, you wake up to a chilly morning breeze, and all the pumpkin spice flavors are in the stores. Also, it is the time of the year when kids and adults enjoy a fun and traditional Halloween costume celebration. In order to enjoy this month and its celebration, it is important to learn some preventing Fire Safety tips to avoid a scene that may look from a horror movie. There are some safety tips that people should follow to have a safe Halloween for them and their families.

About candles. We know a real candle will look better, but it will also look scarier and it will be more dangerous if one of them is the cause of a fire. Decorations are a must for Halloween we know, but you could replace the use of regular candles with battery-operated ones or glow sticks to bring alive your decorations. If for some reason you still want to use regular candles, please be extremely cautious with them. Always place them away from anything that can potentially burn, like other decorations, and make sure that kids and pets are watched at all times.

Trick-or-treating. It is a fun activity, but it is important to do it in a safe way to be able to have a happy memory about it. Some Safety tips to do so:

  • The costume: Make sure it is the right size and if possible choose materials that are flame resistant. If wearing masks make sure the eyes holes allow plenty of visibility.
  • Flashlights: Kids should have either flashlights or glow sticks in their costumes to help drivers to see them and avoid accidents.
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll: Kids should know these three easy steps before going trick-or-treating. They should know what to do in case their costume or clothes catches on fire. First, they should stop. Second, drop to the ground. Third, after covering their face with the palm of their hands they should roll over until the flames are out.

At home. Make sure to check all smoke alarms, keep all decorations away from candles, light bulbs, and heaters, and keep all exits clear. In case of a fire emergency you and your family should be able to be out of the house and not trap in a decorative spider web.

We hope that you and your family follow these safety recommendations to have a safe and fun Halloween. Unfortunate things happen, in the event of a fire loss call us we will make sure to restore your home and make it go from a horrific fire movie scene to a nice home where nothing even happened.

Mold Problem In Your Attic? Here Are Some Of The Main Causes.

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in your attic could be hiding without anyone noticing it.

If you suspect that you have a mold problem in your attic, you should know that it is important to fix it sooner than later, and that it is also necessary to find the source of the problem to avoid the mold to come back. Some causes of mold are easy to identify while others are less obvious, the important thing is to remember that all mold problems are due to moisture in the room or in the environment. Therefore, the first thing to do if you have a mold problem in your attic, is to identify if there is a water problem in it and fix it, if not you will need to find what the source of moisture is and get it under control. To give you a better idea of what to look for or what to ask your professional to look for, we will discuss the three main causes of mold in attics.

1-Ventilation: Poor ventilation in your attic will set the perfect environment for mold to grow. Have you ever thought about where the moisture produced by your daily activities (showering, cooking, etc.) goes to? The answer is the attic, the air travels to the attic and if there is not proper ventilation there, the moisture gets trapped and mold problems will arise. Another recommendation to have proper ventilation is to not to cover your vents with insulation.

2- Exhaust Fans & Vents: Your house probably has multiple exhaust fans and vents with the purpose of pumping moisture out of each room where they are located at (bathroom and kitchen exhaust fan, dryer exhaust vents, etc.). This is a great help to keep your home environment healthy, but it is really important that you make sure that the moisture ends outside of your home and not in your attic. This could lead to mold growth in an area where it could hide for a while before you or a member of your family will notice it.

3- Leaking Roofs: There are a few things to look at when you are checking for leaking roofs in your property that could lead to mold. You should check: Roof Valleys (vulnerable to roof leaks), discoloration of insulation and wood, check for condensation if you have installed a vapor barrier, and check for any places that could hold water after a storm.

Since attics are not a popular place in your home a mold problem could be hiding without no one noticing. Therefore, it is important to check once in a while and to know what to look for to avoid any mold problems. If you have an issue with mold in your attic let us help you, we are professionals and we will make sure to control the situation and find the source to avoid that the mold come back. We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater, our number is 973-810-2825.

Preventive Measures at Home to Avoid Mold

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Prevention is key to avoid mold issues.

Mold does not need much in order to grow, basically it needs a moist environment. If you are a homeowner you know there could be many places in your home where this dangerous fungi could grow and spread. Knowing some places where it can hide it is the first step to prevent it. Here we are going to talk about some main sources of water damage that could increase the chances of your home being invaded by mold and we will mention some preventive measures that could make a big difference and save you some time and money.

One of the main places for water damages in your home is the water heater. It is very important to know how much water is stored in it and it is recommended to completely drain the water heater every six months. To do this you need to: Turn off the electricity supply (or gas), attach a hose to the drain valve and make sure to attach the other one to a bucket, let the water drain until you consider that it is clear, close the drain valve and open the water valve to allow cold water to refill the tank, and now turn on your electricity or gas supply. These simple steps may help you to prevent a water damage and therefore the possibility of mold growing in your home.

Another place to inspect before mold gets there are the areas in your home where there is tile grout and water is present. For example, in the shower. It is essential that grout in these areas is applied correctly and to check it regularly. If you notice that is not right we suggest that you replace it if possible. Make sure that the area is clean and to use your bath fans during and after your shower to flush out the moisture and in this way prevent mold from growing.

Other places that you should check regularly is the washer machine. The washing machine hoses should be turned off after you use the machine to prevent any water leakages. Also, it is a good idea to leave the door of your washing machine open to let it dry and avoid damp conditions. Once a month you should run a preventive machine wash cycle with a mix of hot water/bleach and without clothes. Finally, remove any wet clothes from the machine as soon as they finish.

These are only a few recommendations and steps that you can follow in order to prevent mold in your home. If you ever have an issue with mold call the experts and let us handle it. We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Water Damage at your business location.

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

These customers found their office filled with water. They called us and we restored their business and helped them to re-open soon.

A water damage in a business can happen at any time of the day, even when the building is closed. For example, imagine coming to work on a Monday morning and finding your office supplies floating next to those important documents that you were going to fax, and those folders that were supposed to be file. Not a good picture, is it? And the sad part is that we have not even started thinking about the possible damages to the structure, and the closing time that your office may endure due to this incident. 

Before we start talking more about the unfortunate effects of a water loss, we want to make sure that you as a business owner understand the importance of acting fast when having this kind of incident. In other words, when your office suffers a water loss it is time to act! It is crucial that you not delay the process, make sure that everybody is safe, and make the important phone calls (Insurance and Restoration Company) because every minute counts and the damage can increase as the clock is ticking. We cannot stress this enough and the water damage timeline may help you to comprehend what can happen to your property if you delay to take action. First, within minutes water spreads throughout the property and is absorbed into walls, floors, and carpets. At the same time, your files, photos and paper goods are compromised. Second, within one to twenty four hours, drywall and furniture begins to swell and break down, a musty odor appears in the building, and metal surfaces begin to tarnish. Third, between forty eight hours to a week, Mold may grow and spread (increasing your recovery cost), metal begins to rust, wood flooring swells, furniture warps, and it is possible that a serious biohazard contamination develops. Finally, after more than one week, the damage to the property will be extensive, the cost of the recovery will increase substantially as well as the time that the business may need to close operations. As you can see it is important to prevent further damage by calling your insurance and a restoration company that cares.

We will work with your insurance company, once you call us we make sure to be there as soon as possible to start taking action and minimize your closing time. We are a business as well and we understand your needs as a business owner. Therefore, our technicians will arrive on site, inspect the property, explain the plan of action, address any concerns, and start working in recovering your business.

Warehouse (Storage) Fire Prevention.

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

This is a warehouse getting caught on fire. A costly and devastator event for any business.

If you own a business you know that your inventory is a very important asset for your company. The last thing that you want is to lose it and potentially close your business operations because it caught on fire.

A fire in a warehouse could be a costly and overwhelming event for any type of business, by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) "Fires in U.S. warehouses caused an annual average of $155 million in direct property damage, three civilian deaths, and 19 civilian injuries." These are statistics that business owners expect to never been part of. Therefore it should be part of a business priorities to make a fire prevention plan. Here we present some actions to consider in order to keep your warehouse fire safe:

1- IDENTIFY FIRE SAFETY RISKS: Make sure to understand the fire safety regulations that are relevant to your business location. After that identify any fire hazards, who is at risk because of them, make the necessary changes to reduce the risks found, provide training on how to identify and avoid  fire risks, keep a log of your findings, and finally update your log regularly to stay on top of your game of fire prevention. 

2- EVACUATION PLAN: While trying to prevent a fire in your warehouse you must think about the inventory and most importantly about the people working in it. It is essential that all the employees that could be affected know what to do in case of a fire emergency. Each business should have an evacuation plan in place and make sure that all the employees understand it and know what to do in case of a fire. 

3- FIRE PROTECTION TOOLS: Businesses should have the proper fire protection tools (fire extinguisher, sprinklers, smoke detectors, etc.) according with each warehouse needs. Business owners need to provide the proper training for the use of such tools and should set regular inspections to make sure they work correctly and comply with OSHA regulations.

4- ORGANIZE STORAGE AREAS: As part of a prevention plan it is important that businesses keep storage areas organized and exits clear in case of an emergency evacuation. Also, all flammable and hazardous material should be store accordingly with OSHA safety regulations.

5-INSPECTION OF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS: Businesses need to ensure that all electrical systems are maintained according to the law and they should inspect all cords used in the warehouse regularly.

6-SECURITY: The risk of arson could be diminished by having a proper internal and external security system with cameras and alarms that help protect the warehouse.

7- SMOKING RULES: Another way to help prevent a fire in a warehouse is to prohibit smoking near the premises, or at least 20 feet away the building and any flammable materials.

8- PORTABLE SPACE HEATERS: It is understandable to think about the cost of a fixed heating system for a warehouse, but at the same time business owners recognize that portable space heaters are a high risk element for a fire. Therefore, even though it may be a higher cost, the first option is the one that could save a business a costly recovery expense.

9- WASTE MATERIAL DISPOSAL: all waste material should be removed from the warehouse building to avoid the risk of fire. The accumulation of waste will increase the chances of a fire loss.

10- INSPECTION CULTURE: Companies that have warehouses should implement an inspection culture. A designated employee or employees should make sure that at the end of each working day all items are properly stored, the electrical systems are checked, security systems are working, etc. This will enhance the fire prevention plan.

We hope that these preventive actions are of help for many business owners and that more businesses work actively to avoid risks that could compromise their operations.

Commercial Damage that can affect your business operations.

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Sometimes businesses need to close due to safety measures, but we are here to help you to restore your business and resume operations fast.

We all recognized how important businesses are for our country's economy. Also, we understand that the motivation of the brave entrepreneurs that create jobs is vital to keep growing as a nation. What is hard to understand is some of the difficulties that business owners have to face in order to keep businesses afloat. One of these difficulties is the vulnerability of a business in times of a disaster, a fire or water loss, and/or any emergency event that can cause the suspension of the business's operations. Depending on the size of the business and the particular loss, sometimes the recovery time may take longer than expected, and this a risk that most businesses cannot allow to happen. Therefore, it is important that business owners learn how to prepare and how to act when an unfortunate emergency or a disaster affect their company and their employees.

All size companies should prepare for the unexpected, but small businesses should prioritize this action, because by the US Small Business Administration website (preapremybusiness.org) "40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster." With these percentages in mind, lets think that most of our communities are fueled by the development of small businesses. We, our families, our friends, and neighbors either work for a small business or know someone who does. Therefore, it is important that not only the business owners learn about how to be prepared, but that employees get involved as well.

There are many online resources about how to get businesses prepared that business owners should read. Here we suggest only some of ways to start to be prepared. First, one of the most important things is to have a communication plan where everybody knows what to do in case of an emergency. Second, it is important to have updated information on employees, customers, insurance, and vendors in case emergency phone calls need to be done. Third, it may be beneficial to choose one or two people who will be in charge when making important decisions or contacting the insurance company. Finally, we recommend that if you are a business owner do not delay to get your emergency plan prepared, also do not delay calling your insurance and your restoration service company in case of an emergency or disaster. The future of the continuity of your business may relay on how soon you take actions and how quick your restoration company starts working.

If you need us for an emergency were are here. Call us and we will be happy to help you to restore your business and keeping it going. We are here to serve our community and to grow together. We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Winter Storms Damages

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

the amount snow that a Snow Storm could bring during winter time.

The evidence of the effects of Climate Change have been more noticeable than ever this year. If we think about it Harvey, Maria, Jose, and Katia, etc. are not exactly names on a new year student's list. Instead, they remind us of the destruction and fear that this year's hurricane season, one of the most active in decades, have left us (Not only in the US, but in the Caribbean and Central America too). Even though the Hurricane season is not over yet, it is about time for us to start thinking about the possible effects of Climate Change for the upcoming winter season and how we can prepare for them.

It is really hard to predict how this winter is going to be, how climate change may affect the amount of snow that we will get, and how many snow storms or blizzards we are going to have. The truth is, it is always smart to be prepare for all the scenarios, know what to do, and who to call in case of an emergency due to the extreme weather conditions. It is important to remember that a winter storm can change from moderate snowfall to severe blizzard conditions in a small time frame. Low temperatures, black ice, power outages, pipe bursts, strong winds, large amounts of snow on the roof that can cause structural damage, and flooding due to melting snow are some of the treats to keep in mind when thinking about how to prepare for the winter season.

There are some considerations to take in order to protect your family and your property from the different kinds of dangers caused by a snow storm.

Before the Snow:

  • Avoid to travel, but prepare your car in case you need to go. Some items to have in your car are : A battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a windshield scraper, some water and snacks, warm blankets (Also, a coat, a hat, and gloves), road salt and cat litter, booster cables, a first aid kit, a shovel, a portable cellphone charger, and make sure to fill your tank with gas before the storm.
  • Prepare an emergency kit (Make sure to have enough food, water, and safety supplies for the whole family and pets. At least for a week). Some items to have are: canned food, drinking water, can opener, first aid kit, prescription medicine, and a flash light with extra batteries, sanitary wipes, a radio, and any special supplies depending on the needs of your family.
  • Prepare your home. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work, always use generators outside, insulate windows and doors, avoid the use of candles and try to use flashlights, keep cabinets open to allow heated air around the pipes, if possible wrap pipes with insulation or newspaper, fill the bathtub with water, and prepare your basement if you think there is a possibility of flooding due to the melting of snow.

During the Snow:

  • Make sure to stay indoors and only go outside if it is necessary, if you do make sure to keep multiple layers of warm and dry clothes to keep heat in. Also, communicate with family, friends, and neighbors through text messages to minimize network congestion and keep your phone charged. Watch the news or listen to the radio for updates. Allow a small amount of water to drip continuously from all water taps, keep refrigerator doors closed to maintain temperature and preserve the food in there, stay dressed and warm at all times, and make sure your pets are inside and safe as well.

After the Snow:

  • If you took all the necessary measures to prevent damages due to Mother Nature conditions, more than likely you, your family, and your property will be safe and getting ready to get back to your normal routine. The problem is that sometimes things do not go as planned and an unexpected pipe bursts, some flooding, some damage from your roof, or a fire can alter how soon you will return to your daily activities. This is when you should know who to call to restore your property. If you have any of these emergencies do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here to understand your needs and we are open 24/7 to make sure that your home looks "Like it never even happened." We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater (973-810-2825) and we have a highly trained team ready to answer to any kind of emergency that you have.

Preparing your emergency/survival kit.

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

You can be prepared and make your own perfect emergency/survival kit.

When you think about natural disasters and how to be prepared for them, one of the most important tools to survive is to have a good Emergency kit in your home. There are different options that you can buy online, but you can also build your own and accommodate it to your family specific needs. Even though you can add unique items to yours, there are some things that are basic to any emergency kit and that we recommend that you should have when making your own, those are:

  • First-Aid Kit (Pain relievers, bandages different sizes, instant cold pads, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic solution, scissors, thermometer, disposable gloves, adhesive tape, cotton balls, eye solution, soap and a hand sanitizer, anti-diarrhea medication, antihistamine, cold medication, first aid manual, etc.).
  • Flash light (with extra batteries).
  • Water-enough for at least three days (One gallon per person per day).
  • Non-perishable food for at least three days and a can opener if needed. Examples: Proteins or fruit bars, dried fruits, canned juice, granola, can food, avoid foods that can make you and your family thirsty.
  • Cash and change.
  • Copies of important documents (identifications, bank accounts, insurances, etc.)
  • Prescription medicine.
  • Matches and candles in a waterproof container.
  • Battery powered radio (extra batteries).
  • Complete change of clothing.
  • Moist towelettes.
  • Infant supplies (Diaper, formula, wipes, bottles).
  • Feminine supplies.
  • Food and water for your pets.
  • Garbage bags.
  • Sleeping bag or a blanket.
  • Cellphone fully charge.

It is also important to remember to maintain your kit and replace any items as needed at least every six months.

An emergency kit is only one of the things that you can do to be prepared for any kind of disaster, but it is the one that can make the difference and help you survive after the storm.

Flodding: What to do before, during, and after.

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

This is what flooding looks like and it could happen to any homeowner at any time.

Flooding is one type of undesired disasters that could result from a storm or an accident in your home or business. It is important to know that even a few inches of flooding water could cause serious damage to your property, it could be life threating, and it could happened at any time and sometimes without notice. Since any homeowner is exposed to this kind of incident, this is the right time to ask yourself about your home insurance and if you are covered (most standard homeowners insurance do not include this kind of coverage and you will need to call your agent and ask about the National Flood Insurance Program). This could make a big difference in case that you have to deal with this disaster.

Besides making sure that you have flooding insurance, there are some recommendations to follow in case of a flooding emergency (before, during, and after it happens):

  1. Before: Remember that the most important thing is to save yourself and your loved ones (including pets). Therefore, if directed by your local officials evacuate the zone before flooding happens. If possible secure your home (some homeowners use homemade dams made of sand to help to protect their property), disconnect appliances, move valuables to a safe place, and turn off utilities. Finally, bring with you copies of important documents in case originals get affected.
  2. During: In case it is too late to leave and you find yourself in a flooding situation, make sure to move to a higher ground, if necessary go onto the roof of your house (try to avoid going into a closed attic). Do not walk in flooding waters, this is a really important recommendation not only because this water could carry rocks, debris, sewage, etc. but because only six inches of moving water could make you fall. This also applies to driving your car since only one foot of water can move your vehicle off to the road.
  3. After: Finally If you evacuated only return to your property when local authorities say it is safe to do so and follow these recommendations:
  • Be careful when accessing the property as many hidden damages could become even more dangerous than the flood itself.
  • If it is safe turn off electrical breakers before touching or moving any electronics.
  • Discard any food items that have been in contact with the flooding waters.
  • Call your insurance company and if possible take pictures to help the claim process
  • Finally call us SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825, we recommend that you do not delay to give us a call because the faster we start the cleaning process the faster we can restore your home and avoid further damages to your property. 

Sometimes it becomes impossible to avoid or prevent dangerous circumstances like flooding, but what we can do is to be prepared to know how to handle the situation and stay safe. We hope these recommendations are useful to you and your family. Please call us if you ever have a flooding emergency, we are here 24/7 to serve you and to help you to restore your property.

Spring cleaning

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Lets get to spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning 101: Easy ideas for deep cleaning your kitchen

We know you don’t want to spend those first nice spring days inside with a scrub brush, so we’re officially giving you permission to spread out the cleaning chores, and we think dedicating just a few hours once a week is the way to go. Simply deep clean one room at a time, and in a month, your whole house will be refreshed and spring ready.

3 easy hacks to keep your fridge clean and organized

You’re halfway through your month-long spring cleaning spree and still going strong. Now it’s time to tackle the kitchen. Don’t despair! The kitchen has so many appliances and messy areas that it might seem overwhelming, but you can do this. It is a large task, but it’s also surprisingly meditative once you get going. And nothing beats a spotless kitchen. So gather your supplies, put on your favorite upbeat album for energy, and power through this one. You’ll be so glad you did.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rubber gloves (optional but highly recommended)
  • Microfiber cloths or clean rags
  • Warm water and a mild soap
  • Baking soda
  • Glass cleaner (or make your own by combining a 1:1 ratio of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle)
  • Degreasing spray
  • Broom or vacuum
  • Mop
  • Old toothbrush or another small brush for scrubbing
  • Stepstool

How to clean surfaces and storage

  1. Take out the trash and recycling and wash the cans with warm soapy water. Leave them outside turned upside down to dry. Remove all products under your sink and take stock. Throw away any empties or products you no longer want or use. Wipe down the walls and floor and hardware of the cabinet and neatly return your products to where they were.
  2. Empty cupboards of dishes, pots and pans, appliances and don't forget your silverware/gadget drawers. Wipe inside with soapy water. Don’t forget to clean silverware holders or other organizational tools that tend to get really grimy. If your flatware or dishes are looking less than spotless, run a load in the dishwasher before returning it all neatly to the clean cupboards.
  3. Get a step stool and wipe down the tops of all kitchen cabinets. Use a degreasing product and wipe the front of all cabinets and drawers, paying special attention to handles and cabinet pulls. Wipe light switches and door handles well. Wipe windowsills and tracks with a microfiber cloth. Polish your windows with glass cleaner and newspaper.
  4. Next, thoroughly scrub your sink and faucet. Clear everything off your countertops and wipe them with mild soapy water. Or, if you have specialty surfaces like marble, use the appropriate cleaner for your material. Clean any small appliances that live on the countertop like the toaster, blender or coffee machine and put them back in place.

How to clean appliances

  1. Locate your refrigerator’s coils which are usually either behind the fridge, or behind a panel below or above the front doors (pop off the cover to expose the coils themselves). Use your nozzle vacuum attachment or a long brush to remove all the dust and build up which can prevent your fridge from running efficiently and cause it to wear out faster.
  2. Empty all food and condiments from the fridge and throw away any expired food. Remove the fruit and veggie drawers and wash them in the sink with mild soapy water. Wipe down the shelves. Clean the outside including the top, doors, and handles. Pay special attention to the rubber seals that tend to collect crumbs. If your fridge is stainless steel, use either a specialty cleaner or a tiny amount of oil on a clean cloth to polish away fingerprints.
  3. To clean the microwave, fill a glass bowl with about a cup of water and a splash of white vinegar and microwave it for three minutes until it’s boiling. The steam-clean will help soften caked-on food inside so you can wipe it away with less scrubbing. Remove the turntable and give it a wash in the sink with dish soap. Wipe down the inside, outside and handles with a grease busting spray.
  4. Remove the knobs from your oven and pop them into a bath of warm soapy water to soak. Remove your stovetop grates (if you have a gas stove), and spray a degreaser on the range hood, stovetop and backsplash. Scrub away all baked-on food and grease. If the soak didn’t do the entire job, scrub the oven knobs clean with an old toothbrush and pop them back on. Check your oven to make sure it’s empty then set it to self-clean mode.
  5. Move on to your dishwasher and check the filter (usually located under the top rack) for any food that may have gotten stuck. Rinse and return the filter, then run your empty dishwasher on hot using a specialty appliance-cleaning product like this one.
  6. Run the tap and flip on your disposal to grind up anything that may be inside. Then, with the blades still running, add a few ice cubes and grind them up to sharpen the blades. Finish by grinding half a lemon to freshen the whole area.

 

How to clean kitchen floors

Sweep the floor or use the vacuum to remove debris. Use the crevice tool to clean in small spaces like the gaps between the countertop and the oven or behind the fridge. Wipe down baseboards with a microfiber cloth and warm soapy water. Mop or scrub the floor. Remember to work strategically from the far corner toward the door, so you can leave the room without tracking footprints across your spotless floor.

Extra credit

Deep clean any regularly-used items like your tea kettle, coffee pot or blender jug by soaking for several hours in a 1:1 water and white vinegar solution to remove residue. Wash thoroughly.

 

And remember if you do not want to deal with the Spring cleaning call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater and let us do it for you. 973-810-2825

Tax Season

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Back door remodel and deck remodel.

When economists write about taxes, they rarely use the word, choosing instead to refer to taxes as incentives. The idea, of course, is that government policy can be most effectively implemented if government gives citizens an incentive to do what the government thinks is right.

The best current example (although who knows how long it will last) are incentives that will cut energy use in homes (solar panels on the roof) and in cars (electric or hybrid cars that use less hydrocarbon fuel) and emit less of the carbon that contributes to rising global temperatures.

There are also incentives for homeowners who make certain other types of improvements. Audrey Ference at Realtor.com presents a list of improvements that can save homeowners some real cash.

Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

If you replace an old furnace, for example, with a qualifying energy-efficient model, you are eligible to deduct up to $200 from your federal tax payment. There's a lifetime cap of $500 for this deduction, and to qualify the system must have been purchased in 2016 for your main residence. Here are a few other items that qualify:

  • $300 for a qualifying biomass stove
  • $300 for qualifying air-source heat pumps
  • $300 for qualifying central AC systems
  • $300 on qualifying water heaters

Energy-Generation Systems

This includes things like solar panels, solar water heaters, fuel cell systems, wind turbines and geothermal heat pumps. The tax deduction for these improvements is 30% of the project's cost, and there is no upper limit. Improvements to both your main residence and any vacation home are allowed, but you have to move reasonably quickly. The tax credit expires in 2019, unless Congress and the president renew it.

Medically Necessary Modifications

Adding a ramp or modifying doors and stairways to accommodate medical requirements are among the improvements you can make that are eligible for a tax deduction. There are limits however. The modification must be medically necessary and cannot increase the value of your home. For example, if the doctor says you need more exercise and you put in new swimming pool, the deduction won't be allowed. In addition, the total cost must exceed 10% of adjusted gross income (7.5% for people over 65). The full amount of the modification is deductible.

Remodeling Projects

Adding a room or remodeling a kitchen is not deductible, but the change in the basis of your home's value can be valuable when you decide to sell the home. If your basis price rises, it helps offset the appreciated value of your home and could reduce any capital gains tax you might have to pay on the sale.

Interest on Home-Improvement Loans

Interest on a home improvement loan or home-equity line of credit (HELOC) is deductible if you use the money for renovation. The deduction limit is $100,000 and any kind of home improvement is eligible.

 

Spring is in the air

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Spring will be here soon

Spring is on the way, which means there’s no time like the present to get your overgrown or neglected garden into tip top shape. But where to start?

1. Assess Your Space

Gold says the first thing to do is take a complete assessment of your garden, starting with finding any hazards that need to be addressed. Are there broken branches that could hurt someone? A danger of tripping or falling because pathways are partially concealed or covered up? Are the stones or concrete on walkways covered in a slippery moss that needs to be pressured washed? You’ll want to deal with safety issues first so that you don’t have any issues once you get to work.

Next, Gold says, decide what needs to be pruned based on your sightlines. Is the view blocked? Can you not see your favorite plant in the backyard because it’s overgrown? Take note and make a plan for when work begins.

Finally, you’ll want to find any areas that may be so overgrown pests like raccoons, possums, or yes, even rats, may have made a home there. Gold points out these not only devalue your property, but they can also cause your neighbors to have infestations as well. But mostly, you just want to get rid of anything like that because who wants a family of possums living in the backyard?

2. Begin the Cleanup

Now that you’ve assessed the space and decided what work you’re going to do, Gold says it’s time to start the cleanup. Pull weeds, trim bushes and hedges, and make sure the trees are topped and thinned. Chances are a lot of material is going to come out of your garden during this part; Gold recommends you send it all to a green waste recycling place so that the process is environmentally friendly. You may also want to put in a weed retardant system if you find you’ve just pulled what seems like an excessive amount of weeds. Find one that’s environmentally responsible as well as kid and pet safe.

3. Investigate the Irrigation System

Gold points out the number one reason for plant death is a lack of watering. In fact, he says most lawns need to be watered every day for three to seven minutes and most plants need to be watered three times a week. Since the chances are good you’re not up for that kind of commitment, he recommends you install an irrigation system. This way any work you do going forward has a much better chance of surviving. Install a PVC system with pop-up heads for your lawn and a drip system on a separate valve for your perimeter beds, plants, and bulb gardens.

If you already have an irrigation system, Gold advises you get it audited before you start any work to make sure there are no leaks. Animals may have chewed on the drop irrigation system above soil and older galvanized tubing can rust and clog. Now’s the time to make sure all of the valves are functioning properly and the timer is working.

4. Think About the Plant Palette – and Get Planting

Gold suggests asking yourself are if you think there are enough plants already in your garden already so that it looks full or if there are empty spots where the weeds took over. The good thing about putting plants in, he says, is that they take up the space where weeds may otherwise grow.

Now’s also the time to figure out what kind of plants you want. First and foremost, Gold says you want to decide what you use the garden for. Are you looking out the window at it? Entertaining in it? Do you want a vegetable garden? Do you have children or pets? All of those things will help determine what types of plants you use, as well as the design.

  1. Inspect Your Soil

You’ll also want to determine what kind of soil you have, so that you’re picking plants that will thrive in that soil. To do this at home, fill a mason jar halfway with soil from your garden. (Dig down about 12 inches and get a sample from the top of the whole to the bottom.) Then, take ¼ to ½ teaspoon of dishwashing soap and mix it with a cup of warm water. Put that into the mason jar and shake it really well so it’s nice and agitated. After a day or two, everyhting will settle into neat and even layers so you can see exactly what you’ve got in your soil. Voila!

Gold recommends filling at least half of your garden (if not all of it) with plants that are native to your area because they help support the local flora and fauna and have the best chance of thriving. But if you’re still stuck, pick a color palette you like (pretty pastels, bold red and oranges, etc.) as that will help you narrow down the selection even further.

  1. Get Ready to Mulch and Compost

After the planning is done and everything is happy, Gold says it’s time to compost and mulch. Mulch helps protect the soil, stop weeds from growing, and (when used with compost) acts as a fertilizer, so it’s truly a crucial step. You can even ask your local tree trimming company if they’ll bring some to your house. Many of them are looking to unload their mulch and will do it for free. Just be sure the mulch doesn’t include eucalyptus.

Gold also strongly recommends you don’t use a weed cloth or filter fabric as mulch is on the surface where the sun is hitting to protect the soil and the organisms that live in the soil from being eradicated by the sun, but it also needs to work its way down into the dirt so it feeds the organisms that break everything down and fertilize the soil.

Gold says you’ll want to start with a fine layer of one-inch thick compost. Then, add at least three to four inches of mulch, but, he warns, be sure you don’t pile it against tree trunks, bushes, or around your plants. It doesn’t have to be perfect, he says, but you don’t want to smother your plants or cause moisture retention in stems or wood because that will cause your plants to rot and fail.

Gold says it’s also really important that you layer your mulch based on your soil conditions. If you have sandy soil, you may need to add clay. If you have acidic soil, you’ll want to add lime, etc. Over all you want the pH level to be around six or seven.

 

People who mulch their soil without fertilizing at the same time will rob the soil of nitrogen, Gold says. And that can kill all of the little microorganisms who need that nitrogen to have energy to chow down and do their job. Fertilizing’s not just a one time deal though. Gold says you’ll want to do it three to four times a year with a product that is natural and has no oil products, specifically urea-formaldehyde, which is toxic to humans and pets (but found in a lot of the most common fertilizers out there.)

  1. Maintain Your Gorgeous Garden

Okay, so technically this doesn’t fall into the getting your garden ready category, but since you made it this far, you’ll want to be sure weeds are pulled every month or every other month. (Pro tip: Companies like Gold’s can usually do it for under $100). Gold says even with four inches of mulch, you’re going to have a few weeds pop up and it’s important to pull them out because you don’t want the weeds to set seed and grow in the top of the mulch.

  1. Enjoy the Fruits (and Vegetables and Flowers) of Your Labor

After all of that hard work, it’s time to pour yourself a drink, sit back, and take it all in. You’ve earned it.

 

Spring Cleaning

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Think spring it is right around the corner.

When you think of spring chores, you probably think of “spring cleaning.” But before you can really clean, you need to get organized. We talked to Jennifer Roach, a professional organizer on Thumbtack and owner of Organization Fabulous in Southern California who helps people organize their homes, offices, wardrobes, and more, to get her tips and tricks for where to start.

Jennifer’s biggest piece of advice? Make it fun. “You’ve got to put on music.” And when it comes to getting rid of stuff and de-cluttering, she suggests having someone to bounce ideas off of. “Invite your favorite positive and perky person over and let them know that you’re not trying to keep stuff. Music and fun people are key.”

But it doesn’t stop there. Read on for Jennifer’s 10 fun and inspiring “mantras” for getting organized this spring.

And One Place for All

“Create a communication station,” Jennifer says. This station should be very close to where you come in the door or car. “You can use a little table or a tiny part of your kitchen counter. This is where your mail gets dropped, your keys go in a key bowl or on hooks, and you have a calendar so you can communicate with your spouse or children where everyone is at any given time.”

The Trays Have It

“Trays are the coolest things. You can buy them for $10 to $20 and they are an easy way to control the clutter.”

Jennifer suggests using a tray to make a valet tray. “Especially for men. They can put their watch, wallet, charging station, and a little bowl where they can drop their change.” This is helpful for someone who may tend to leave things all over the house, she says. Now they know: if you don’t know where something is, it’s going to be on the tray.

Trays are also great for kids with projects. “At the end of the night, you put all of the Legos or the puzzle on the tray and then there’s no disruption for projects that are going to be continued the next day.”

Trays are also an easy way to create a “bar” with all of your entertaining essentials, keep kitchen pieces handy and neat, or organize bathroom clutter. They help bring together like items and give them a streamlined look.

Look Up, Look Down

Use walls for storage in small spaces, Jennifer says. “I have no cabinets in my tiny bungalow in California so I wasn’t sure what to do with my pots and pans. I put hooks on the wall and it’s cool because now I love looking at my really cool pots.”

Taking advantage of wall space is a great way to keep things handy, but also out of the way, especially things you want to stay visible and neat. And it doesn’t have to be an eyesore; spend a little time making it stylish so that when you look at whatever is hanging on the wall, it brings you joy.

Hook ‘Em, Y’all

Hooks are a great way to manage clutter, Jennifer says. “Use hooks for pots and pans, hats, backpacks, hand towels, and more. Cup hooks in the closet are a great way to keep jewelry organized. You can see what you have and it doesn’t get tangled.”

The Land Down Under

Beneath your bed (and anything space under it) is prime storage real estate. “You can buy bed risers so you can store more stuff,” Jennifer says. “Or get bins with wheels and use it as a drawer system.”

Typically it’s probably easier to use under-the-bed storage to put clothing that’s not in season, extra blankets, or luggage. And no matter what, you still want to keep that area clean and tidy so that you’ll sleep well at night knowing everything is organized and in its place.

Fold On

“Folding the right way will change your life,” Jennifer says. The key is to fold everything in equidistant thirds so everything is the same size. That will enable you to store things like shirts standing upright in the drawer, so you can see everything you have and nothing gets lost at the bottom of a pile.

One Off, One On

If you don’t want to live in a cluttered space, Jennifer says you must follow this rule: For every one thing that comes into your home, one thing must go out. That means if you buy a new piece of clothing, you have to remove one item from your closet (and donate it) when you come home. This will keep your space clutter-free and organized.

Toss It, Baby

Don’t keep things you don’t need, Jennifer says. “Take pictures of the barcodes on your electronics boxes and then toss them,” she says. “People think they need to keep the boxes for everything, but it’s a waste of space.”

Other things you can throw away (or recycle) without guilt: outdated electronics, old paperwork/files, anything that’s expired (medication, spices, etc.), anything that’s broken that you haven’t gotten around to fixing.

Release and Release

“You’ve got to release your attachment to things,” Jennifer says. “My motto is either honor it, store it properly, or donate it to give someone else joy. We put too much importance on things. All we need is our memories.”

Do It Now.

“Don’t procrastinate. Whatever it is: if something needs to go upstairs, or be put away: do it now. That will help you with de-cluttering.”

 

And remember if you need help removing items or getting those carpets cleaned call SERVPRO of Dover Stillwater 973-810-2825 or find us at SERVPRODOVERSTILLWATER.COM.

Home remodeling is on the rise

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water in a basement.

Homeowners are planning to spend more to improve their homes this year, up 6.7 percent to a total $317 billion, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. More remodeling activity generally indicates fit financials at the household level, as well as confidence and strength in the housing market.

“Growth in home prices is continuing at a healthy pace and encouraging homeowners to make remodeling investments,” says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center. “Home sales are remaining on an upward trajectory, as well, and this, coupled with continued growth in remodeling permit activity, suggests another strong year for home improvements.”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) read 53 in the fourth quarter of 2016. (An above-50 reading signals more remodeling activity than less.)

Many remodelers are seeing consumers commit to larger, long-term home improvement projects,” said 2017 NAHB Remodelers Chair Dan Bawden in a statement on the RMI. “As Americans are seeing wages and home values rise overall, it gives them greater confidence to go ahead and invest in their homes.”

“At 53, the Remodeling Market Index is consistent with NAHB’s forecast that remodeling market activity will continue to grow over the next two years, but at a more moderate annual rate of 1 to 2 percent,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, demand for “major alterations/additions,” according to the RMI, fell to a reading of 53, while demand for “smaller remodeling projects” rose to 52. Demand for “home maintenance/repair” fell to 54

So If you are thinking of remodeling your home and investing more money into it please remember to protect that investment with proper insurance. That means going with a top rated agent and a top rated insurance company not just the cheapest one out there. Remember you get what you pay. And should you have a emergency loss with water, fire, or mold call a professional like SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

How long can you afford for your business to be down

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Vehicle drove through the glass front of store. We had them re opened in 4 hours. Call us we can help you. 973-810-2825

When it comes to our business even one day out of operation can be detrimental. Our customers are our livelihood and they can be loyal and amazing people. But if you are unable to service them they will go elsewhere and there is no guarantee they will come back. It takes a lot to secure a customer and keep them coming back. But when a emergency situation such as a fire or water loss or a car hits your building ( it happens ) and you must close it is very scary. Where will your customers go to get what they need. How long will you be closed and will you need to temporarily move your business. This is a scary time but that is where we excel. We have skills to get you reopened with the least amount of downtime even if that requires us to work overnights to keep you open or make it so you can open the next day. Whether it is boarding you up and rerouting access or cleaning up and getting electricians in to get you power quick we have all the best relationships to bring in who ever we need to get your doors opened. We make sure if equipment is needed we reduce all trip hazards and use only the newest items to limit the noise and the disturbance that it may cause. Although sometimes there are those situations where the damage is so extensive we may need to find you temporary relocation. We try to keep you onsite whenever possible since that is where your customers know where to find you. And when that is not possible we can set up trailers or find open store fronts locally to get those doors open and your customers happy. So if you ever have a issue with water, fire, or mold please call us so we can make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Christmas Trees and fires

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Christmas can be dangerous.

We all love to get our Trees up and enjoy having family and fiends around them during the holiday season. But this can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. This is the season of fires. The trees if not watered become dry and burn extremely fast and very hot. Also the lights need to checked for pinched wires and, exposed wiring, and missing or cracked bulbs. Also never use any lit candles near a tree (seems silly but it happens). The next big culprit that can ruin your holiday season is a overloaded extension cord or power strip. This is so dangerous. We see fires from this all year long but especially this time of year. Now we all want the little houses lit up and the tree and the hanging lights and wreaths but remember it all takes energy to do this and overloading your power strip is a sure fire way to ruin the holiday. Also in the North people will start using electric heaters which use a lot of amps and should be dedicated to a circuit to prevent any fires and nothing should be around them. There are a lot of possible dangers this time of year but if you use caution and care you will ensure that the holiday season is one of the best ones ever. So please remember check your lights, keep the tree watered, Never have the lights on when no one is home, no open flames near the tree, and never overload the circuits of your home or the strips you are using and Keep the electric heaters to a minimum and dedicate a circuit to them. We hope that everyone has a magical holiday and that no one experiences a flood or fire but if you do we are here to help make it like it never even happened. And one last thing please check your fire extinguishers and make sure they are up to date and one is on each floor and everyone knows where it is and how to use it.

Snow birds in the north east getting ready to fly south

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

This is what happens when snowbirds don't know the pipes have been leaking for weeks. The mold grows like crazy.

As the cold weather approaches and the days get shorter the snow birds begin to head south. We have some very important tips as you leave your most valuable possession for the winter. Pleas make sure you have someone watching over it. It needs to be winterized or the heat needs to left at no lower than 65. The oil needs to be on automatic delivery and there should be a contract in place. Vey often we are called out to these homes when someone sees water coming pit of the front door or windows. The damage this causes can be unimaginable. There will likely be mold which may not be covered under a standard insurance policy. There will be flooring and walls and insulation that will require replacement. May times the boilers and washers and dryers area damaged along with any other electrical device. Remember that when their pipes freeze and it runs for a long time the moisture level in the home goes through the roof causing tremendous damage. Many time kitchens and baths require full replacement as well. So as you are getting packed and getting ready to enjoy that Florida sun make sure you have done everything possible to protect your home. We recommend the NEST systems to monitor the heat and home temperature from anywhere and a NEST camera that can allow to view the condition of your home from any smart device. It can really make the difference between a enjoyable winter and a miserable one. Safe travels and if you need us we  are always only a call away. 973-810-2825.

 

2016 The cold is coming in the North East

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water can be very destructive

With the cold weather bearing down on us in north east we just wanted to give you a few reminders.

1. Make sure you have plenty of oil or propane and look for sales to keep it full.

2. make sure you are getting you boiler serviced every year to prevent poor operation and puff backs.

3. Make sure all the windows and doors are sealed and storm windows are in place.

 

We run into so many issues from the cold. We see things like puff backs: that is when the boiler fails to burn clean and the residue finally catches fire and sends soot through the entire home. Most homes take a crew of 4 or more a week or better to clean. It is costly and very time consuming.

We also see frozen pipes which can cause a tremendous amount of damage and takes a while to fix and make right again.

Remember we are always here to help you and make it like never even happened. But with some regular maintenance and a watchful eye you can prevent ever needing our help in the first place. Our customers love us and are so appreciative we are there to help but always wish they never need our services again.

Have you had your boiler serviced?

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

Laundry room heavily affected by a puffback

Lately we have had a number of claims for what what is commonly referred to as a puff back. What is a puff back you ask. Well it comes from oil fired boilers that are having some form of issue. What happens is the boiler is not burning off all of the fuel being sprayed into it. then over time it builds up and basically explodes in the chamber causing soot and smoke to be pushed through the entire home. This can be avoided by simply making sure it is serviced regularly. However if you have this issue DO NO try to clean it yourself. We use special techniques and chemicals to clean it. If you do it improperly you will actually cause more damage. Please call us so we can help and almost always this is a covered loss under you insurance policy. We are always here to help you. 973-810-2825 SERVPROdoverstillwater.com

Dont let it wait to remediate

6/24/2015 (Permalink)

Sometimes it seems to expensive to call for help. I assure it is cheaper to call us when it small than to wait.

We arrive on site and the customer tells so often that they have seen the mold for a while and tried to clean with bleach. All of these are mistakes. Please call us we can help. We will kill the mold and properly mitigate it and not use something as caustic as bleach. It is very strong and does not kill mold. We are experts in this field and I assure you that if you wait it gets more costly by the day.

Are you gutters set up properly

6/8/2015 (Permalink)

You don't want your basement to look like this.

Too often we arrive at a basement flooded from ground water and we find the cause is the gutters.  Make sure the gutters take the water away from your home and do not just drop right next to it. If the gutter just ends all that water goes into the ground and wants to get into your house. Also sump pumps need to exhausted to the street or all that water it pumps out will come right back in.

Fire damage from christmas lights and dry tress

12/9/2014 (Permalink)

photo of tree burning

Please remember to keep the trees watered and the checks the lights for frays. Fires change lives and cause tremendous damage. The most common cause of fire this time of year is lights being on when no one is around or sleeping and  a dry tree. It takes less than 1 minute to fully engulf a room in fire from a dry tree. That is not enough time to put it out it is barely enough time to get the family out. Please make sure you take all the proper precautions so you can enjoy the season and the family. If something should happen we are always here to help make it like it never even happened.

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