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Ozone Deodorization for Fire Damage in New Providence Homes

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone SERVPRO of Western Union County is quick to get your fire damage and Odor under control.

Removing Odors Effectively After Fire Damages Your Home

Numerous tools get used in the deodorization needs of a New Providence home after fire losses. Addressing this widespread concern is rarely left to one device alone, but rather a blend of the top machines that our SERVPRO team uses to meet the neutralization needs in various areas of your property. Thermal foggers, for example, might be better used for confined areas and soft materials, whereas ozone generators have different applications in a fire-damaged residence.

Identifying the best equipment to use for varying levels of fire damage in your New Providence home begins with the inspection process. It is often not challenging to determine the spread and migration of odor concerns, but choosing the right tool and product to address these obstacles is not as straightforward as it might seem. In many situations discarding debris and damaged structural systems can reduce the severity of smoke and fire odors before we implement tools like the ozone machines.

How It Works 

You cannot appreciate how ozone generators can help your home without realizing how they work. Ozone is created by breaking down oxygen into two molecules. When these new rogue molecules bond with oxygen in the environment, they create a new compound with three oxygen molecules attracted to odor compounds. Harsh odors bond with this irregular compound and get neutralized. The creation and presence of ozone are harmful to living creatures, so its use must get carefully monitored.

How It Gets Used 

Our SERVPRO professionals have standalone equipment for use in a house to utilize this environmental cleaning process for clearing out odors in the residence. In addition, we have a chamber at our warehouse to deodorize entire lots of contents taken from fire-damaged homes to restore them.

While we might have numerous deodorization tools, ozone machines are a common choice for their practical action and absolute odor neutralization. However we can help your house feel like home again after a fire loss, give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call at (908) 791-9177.

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Can You Remove Standing Water for Your New Providence Home?

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck in front of a home, with damaged materials in the truck bed. Water damage to your New Providence home can be exhaustingly scarry, let SERVPRO help you tackle it all.

SERVPRO will show you what you can do for your New Providence water damage.

There is a never-ending push for New Providence homeowners to be more independent and active in the restoration and recovery of their properties after a loss incident. Even with something as seemingly straightforward as water damage, recovering the effects of this disaster might require more sophisticated tools and practices than are available to the average homeowner. Many instead choose to trust our SERVPRO team to help.

If you want to know the likelihood of successful water removal in your New Providence home without the appropriate equipment and practices, the task could be overwhelming. One of the initial obstacles that exists is understanding the full measure of moisture damage and the migration of water through construction materials and contents in your home. During the scoping phase by our project manager, we can utilize surface moisture meters, hygrometers, thermal imagery, and other advanced devices to detect the presence and concentration of moisture damage.

Effective Extraction Equipment 

Standing water can be an alarming discovery because this water can saturate every material and item that it becomes exposed to, which can make it almost impossible for a homeowner to track fully. Our SERVPRO team arrives with multiple extraction tools to remove this standing water to allow our technicians to scope the migration of saturation into materials. Depending on the location and severity of these standing water conditions, we can utilize:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Wet vacuums
  • Trash pumps

Moisture Removal 

Water removal does not exclusively mean the standing water you can see, however. Removing moisture from flooring and wallboard are two concerns that often accompany pooling water conditions. Through the use of air movers, drying mats, and wands, we can remove most of the moisture and dampness concerns for flooring and other exposed materials.

While there are many ways that you can help your home to get efficient restoration responses after a water loss incident, cleaning and water removal are areas best left to our SERVPRO of Western Union County professionals. We can arrive quickly to help when you call us at (908) 791-9177.

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Remediating Commercial Mold Damage In New Providence

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

hotel room When your business requires commercial remediation, an emergency response team is only a phone call away at (908) 791-9177.

Remediating Commercial Mold Damage in a New Providence Hotel Lobby

Business owners are well aware that mold exists in some form in all buildings, and that the key to curbing mold growth is regular inspection and thorough sanitation. While mold cannot be eliminated from any building, it can easily be kept at safe levels by keeping moisture levels low and not providing these microbes with organic material to eat.

If your New Providence business needs rapid commercial mold damage remediation from licensed professionals, SERVPRO technicians are only a phone call away from returning your facilities to a preloss condition. Because mold can cause health effects, it is essential to quickly sanitize areas and implement proper containment measures to prevent the spreading of spores. Restoration techs take the safety of both you and your clients seriously and focus on administering cleanup that is done to code.

Preventative Measures for Mold Proliferation
    •    Know the signs. Mold can grow in unexpected places and comes in a variety of colors and textures. Keep an eye out for damp surfaces or particularly humid areas, speckled or fuzzy-looking stains, and musty, wet smells, especially from porous surfaces.
    •    Implement repairs ASAP. Whether you have a roof leak, loose window seals, or cracks in your building's foundation, all it takes is one pipe leak in a vulnerable location to allow gallons of water per day into a hotel.
    •    Keep HVAC spotless. Mold spores can spread very quickly through ventilation systems and affect multiple areas, including guest rooms and communal areas.
    •    Call in the pros when you need them. A mold remediation expert can help you not just by removing mold, but also by helping you prevent future issues with mold in your building.

SERVPRO Restores Your Building's Safety
After establishing thorough containment measures, including covering vents and establishing clean rooms, SERVPRO technicians can remove mold-affected items quickly and wipe down affected surfaces with EPA-registered biocides or dry cleaning and agitation. Techs may also use purification tools like HEPA-filter air scrubbers to improve indoor air quality and catch small spores during cleanup.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can leave your facilities looking, “Like it never even happened.” When your business requires commercial remediation, an emergency response team is only a phone call away at (908) 791-9177.

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Fire Damage In Your New Providence Home

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home SERVPRO of Western Union County is always prepared to be Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Cleaning up Rooftop Fire Damage in New Providence

From 2013 to 2017, 27% of all reported fires occurred in homes, causing over 10,000 civilian injuries and almost $7 billion in property damage. The most common causes of these home structure fires included cooking, electrical distribution, lighting, heating, fire-setting, and smoking. However it occurs, if it spreads to the roof, the cleanup and restoration involved can seem overwhelming even to consider.

If your New Providence residence requires a fire emergency-response team that can restore your home after disaster strikes, SERVPRO technicians are ready to help. These pros use the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to bring homeowners a consistent and high-quality clean every time. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to handle fire-related disasters in over 1,700 franchise locations in the United States and Canada.

Protecting Your Roofing from Fire
    •    Clean your roof. Even if you use fire-resistant, Class A materials, they can still ignite and burn after long-term exposure to high temperatures. To prevent this, remove debris regularly or have a trusted professional take care of it.
    •    Clean your chimney regularly. Creosote deposits and flammable materials can spark a flame in no time under the right conditions. A clean chimney does not have flammable deposits, which means there is little organic material to fuel a fire that could spread through the chimney and onto your roof.
    •    Keep flammable debris away from your home. Trim trees, keep the area around your home clean and minimize attached structures that could allow a fire to spread.
    •    Monitor your electrical system. In many homes, wiring and electrical systems can be near or on the roof, including HVAC, lighting, and conduit pipes. Keep your electrical system in good shape and minimize debris around it to prevent an electrical fire.

SERVPRO Preserves Your Home
When occupants have vacated after a fire, SERVPRO uses a strict set of safety procedures to ensure safety during the restoration process. Openings caused by the fire are boarded up, and technicians examine the area for loose roof trusses and floor joints. If sprinklers or fire fighting efforts have saturated the area, water damage mitigation procedures are performed first.

Technicians take care to preserve pipes to prevent freezing and bursting with antifreeze in situations where access to water is restricted. SERVPRO can also implement power sources if there is no access to electricity. Technicians may deodorize the area with thermal foggers and HEPA filter air scrubbers before cleaning and taking inventory of damaged goods if substantial damage has taken place.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is always prepared to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you need disaster cleanup services from experienced pros, you can call (908) 791-9177.

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Responding to Mold Growth in Your New Providence Nursing Home

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall Let us help you get your New Providence Nursing Home back in order after mold strikes.

We Understand the Importance of Removing Mold and Improving Air Quality in Your New Providence Property

There is no mistaking the knowledge that mold colonization and exposure to the residents of your New Providence nursing home can lead to health effects. Considering the health ailments that already affect many of the guests in the facility, direct exposure to active colonization could lead to considerably hazardous conditions. The discovery of microbial threats should get handled immediately by competent professionals like our SERVPRO team.

One of the initial obstacles that exist when contending with mold damage in your New Providence nursing facility is how to navigate remediation with the care and attention that the patients and residents need. Assisted living requirements do not slow or stall out because of a developing hazardous situation in the building. Instead, our professionals can establish defined boundaries to seal off the property from the colonization and prevent the spread of spores or volatile organic compounds.

Containment barriers exist for two specific reasons: to limit the exposure of bystanders and employees to mold colonization and to increase the productivity of remediation tactics within this established zone. Thick 6mil plastic sheeting and wood framework can get constructed throughout the broad tiled hallways and seal against the walls and the ceiling drywall. This seal all around the damaged areas can help efforts like drying, air scrubbing, and controlled demolition to be less compromising to the rest of the facility.

Within this containment area, we can work on applying antimicrobial agents to areas like the linoleum flooring. However, materials such as the gypsum drywall, wood trim, and thinner ceiling drywall might require removal over abrasive cleaning or sanding techniques that might remove colonies from more durable and less sensitive materials.

You have set standards and thresholds that your medical facility must remain within to adhere to regulations regarding any potential health hazard. While our professionals can help with the removal of present colonization, it is recommended in assisted living facilities to utilize a third party hygienist to test and sample the environment after remediation to assure property management and board oversight that the problem has gotten resolved. 

With so many assisted living patients to consider when mold growth gets discovered, it is critical to act immediately to stop the spread of these colonies, remove the present threat, and resolve the underlying moisture concerns that allowed microbial growth in the first place. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help in all of these areas when you call (908) 791-9177.

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Flood Damage In Your Berkeley Heights Home

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help to balance these traits for fast and thorough drying of your property.

Drying Sciences at Work in Berkeley Heights Homes After a Flood

Drying your Berkeley Heights home after a flood or water loss incident involves a complex blend of specific conditions to get met. Our grasp of the science of moisture removal and efficient drying practices are what allow our SERVPRO professionals to be leading technicians in the industry. Understanding the balance of all factors that impact the pace of drying efforts can help to not only improve the turnover time for our customers but reduces higher costs for you or your insurance.

Flood damage in Berkeley Heights homes can be a complicated situation, especially when the damage at hand has penetrated beyond the surface of materials. Standing water and moisture in structural cavities can be a considerable challenge to address. Drying a property after widespread flooding, or even localized damages, involves the same balance of three critical drying elements:

Temperature
The warmth of the environment and the surface temperature of material getting dried can both play a factor in the efficiency of moisture removal. During the often-harsh winters, the lower temperatures outside and inside the house can both play a factor in how quickly areas get dried. We have portable electric heaters that can help to bolster the warmth in the drying zone to continue maximum drying production.

Airflow
Regulating the flow of air through the structure is an important consideration when working to improve the efficiency of the drying process. Our SERVPRO professionals can utilize many air movers working simultaneously to provide a powerful evaporative process.

Humidity
As many of our drying processes involve evaporation, humidity rises following the displacement of moisture from structural elements and contents. Addressing this concern often involves the proper placement and frequency of dehumidification units. In lower temperatures, the ideal choice would be our desiccant units.

The science of drying your home after a flood involves a complex balance between these three listed elements, knowing that they are intertwined. Increases in airflow increase humidity, for example. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help to balance these traits for fast and thorough drying of your property. Give us a call anytime at (908) 791-9177.

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Proper Planning Helps Expedite Water Removal from a Berkeley Heights Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A set of road signs with the words Plan, Action, and Success on them. Water removal from your Berkeley Heights home needs to be quick, let's make a plan.

Let SERVPRO help you make the proper plans for your Berkeley Heights water damage.

When you realize the water spill in your home is too adverse to handle on your own, the next line of thought is whether you can find a professional that can complete the removal fast enough to minimize inconveniences and costs. We managed to remove water from a Berkeley Heights home in record time because of proper planning.

What Rooms or Property Section is affected?

Before taking steps for the actual water removal from the Berkeley Heights home, Our SERVPRO technicians scoped the site to establish how widespread the problem was. The leak started in a laundry on the first floor and spread to the lower floor. Such water loss situations are harder to tackle because the water undoubtedly finds a way into wall and ceiling cavities. Luckily, there was no standing water on the floors since the homeowner had turned off the mains. We used a thermal camera to check for wet spots in the ceiling and wall cavities so that we could know which areas to focus on.

What is wet and how wet is it

The amount of water or wetness left in materials determines the effort needed to dry the property. Our SERVPRO technicians know that absorbency rates vary in different materials, which affects the amount of water the materials hold. As expected, the carpeted floor held most of the spilled water. We also used moisture meters to check other contents such as upholstery and wooden furniture and fittings.

What processes are necessary? 

Once armed with the information on how widespread the water loss is, there is a need to take appropriate steps to counter it. Various processes, including demolition, containment, and drying may be necessary. At home, we had to perform some demolition when opening up the staircase, some cabinets, and other assemblies. We had to replace the pad and dry the carpet, so removal was necessary. Setting up air movers and dehumidifiers helped finalize the drying process.

Planning is crucial when handling water loss situations. Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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New Providence Warehouse Too Wet after a Storm? SERVPRO Has Solutions to Keep Your Business in Business!

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Selecting the Correct Drying System to Remediate Flood Damage in Your New Providence Business

After the flooding of your New Providence property, drying out the structure is not as simple as merely using commercial-grade pumps and extractors to suction up the liquid water. Although aggressive and thorough removal of water is the foundation of appropriate flood remediation, the final drying step is critical. Understanding how elements of drying work together clarify why we use specific techniques and equipment when restoring your business property.

Choosing Between Open and Closed Drying Systems

Best restoration practices dictate which drying system is preferred when we plan for your New Providence warehouse flood damage recovery. For efficient drying, we must achieve a balance among temperature, air movement, and humidity, measuring and continuously monitoring the decreasing amount of moisture trapped inside porous building materials. The two systems achieve this in different ways:

Open drying systems:

  • Exchange moist indoor air with drier outdoor air, negating the need for dehumidifiers
  • Use open windows plus fans or air movers to facilitate the exchange

Closed drying systems:

  • Contain (seal) the affected area from both outside air and undamaged spaces inside the rest of building
  • Use air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to control the environment, encouraging evaporation and capture of the resulting water vapor

Outdoor Temperature Limits Use of Open Drying Systems

Although an open drying system in a large area like a warehouse is more straightforward to achieve, SERVPRO Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians only recommend it under particular weather conditions. During the cooler and cold times of the year when the outdoor temperatures dip below 60 to 70 degrees F, it becomes tough to balance the system regardless of how dry the outdoor air is. If the outdoor air is nearly equal or more humid than the indoor air, problems with condensation or increasing the vapor load inside prevent effective drying. The result may be "inside rain."

Closed Drying System Options in Commercial Areas

Water absorbed into porous building materials and fixtures cannot be wiped off, squeezed out, or suctioned up, causing SERVPRO to consider adaptations to closed dying systems in vast commercial spaces. Partitioning flood-affected areas into smaller drying sections help accelerate the evaporation and dehumidification. We also have extensive inventories of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers and access to additional equipment and technicians from our nationwide network of affiliated franchises to ramp up our efforts. Trailer-in desiccant dehumidifiers are powerful equipment for large volume drying efforts.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is prepared to help dry out and resolve even extensive commercial flood damage. Contact us at (908) 791-9177 to get trained crews in place and working fast.

Flooding In Your Berkeley Heights Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can work to protect as much of your belongings as possible beginning as soon as we arrive.

Effective Content Management Amid Flooding in Berkeley Heights

Content management is a critical element to the service that we can offer Berkeley Heights homeowners amid an emergency like flooding. Removing exposed and at-risk belongings from the house, or to a safe area of the residence, is an added level of protection that prevents irreplaceable items from becoming unsalvageable against invading floodwater. Beginning this process starts with a thorough inspection and assessment of the property and its contents as promptly as possible.

The project manager of our SERVPRO team can help to not only catalog losses and destruction from flood damage in Berkeley Heights homes but also document what belongings would best suit the pack-out process for our content management team. In many situations, even saturated belongings can get preserved and restored with the right focused attention delivered at the appropriate time.

Warehouse Cleaning
Flooding presents a unique threat to the entire household, from contaminants to weakening structural elements exposed to substantial saturation. In many situations, there are no suitable places to move at-risk contents to while mitigation and restoration tasks continue. Instead, our SERVPRO team can safely pack up these belongings, furniture, and other possessions and relocate them to our nearby facility. Our technicians can offer intricate cleaning, disinfection, drying, and safe storage for these belongings.

In-House Recovery
There are also circumstances in which our professionals can move at-risk contents to upper floors or detached areas from the flooded zones to remove the immediate threat. In these storage points, we can focus on necessary disinfection, cleaning, drying, and other actions that the items need. Once these actions have completed, these belongings must wait to get returned to their original positions until mitigation and potential reconstruction have finished.

Flooding can be a destructive force in your home, and one that can be exceptionally costly when your contents become unsalvageable after exposure. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can work to protect as much of your belongings as possible beginning as soon as we arrive. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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The Most Overlooked Facts About Damage Remediation in New Providence

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

damaged apartment building Don’t despair when your home or office sustains damage.  Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Some Simple Tactics for New Providence Damage Remediation 

We are more than just a restoration company; we are professionals dedicated to getting you back on your feet when disasters strike. Because we are locally owned and operated, our field technicians are right in New Providence and other towns in our area alongside you. We have round the clock service to ensure that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. While we have been under new management since early 2017, this has made us more attuned and focused on the needs of our customers and how each component of our large recovery team can do their part to make tasks more efficient and less expensive for our customers. 

Fire 

Fires can sweep through a property quickly, engulfing multiple rooms before first responders can quell the flames. The traditional approach from first responders for a raging blaze is to snuff it out with substantial amounts of water. As a homeowner, you now have to contend both with how far fire effects have spread throughout your New Providence home, but also the saturation and standing water in many areas of the property as well.  

Our full team of SERVPRO specialists knows how our areas of expertise interweave. For this reason, we can dispatch several of our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) along with our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRST) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to a fresh New Providence housefire. The mitigation of your property is a critical first step that can allow our full range of personnel to work to remove acute threats to the structure. We can clean soot, clear smoke residues, deodorize the house and its contents, remove debris, remove damaged structural elements, and offer full-scale reconstruction with our team of licensed contractors.

Content management is also a focus of our professionals, and much of this pack out and movement of your belongings can happen early in the assessment and mitigation process. Our qualified technicians can clean soot and residues from contents, utilize sophisticated vaults like our ozone chamber for faster deodorization efforts, and more. Whenever fire damages affect your New Providence home, we are there quickly to help you through it. 

Storm

Our focus in recent years since our team has come under new management is to increase our speed and effectiveness during a crisis. Because powerful storm systems and damaging weather events can occur year-round to New Providence homes and businesses, our storm relief team is one that must stay ready to move out at any time. We have staffed 24-hour emergency lines to reach our professionals whenever you need us, and our prompt response can help when structural breaches have occurred. 

Because of our division of talented general contractors, we can offer emergency construction solutions during a storm disaster. In many situations, roof tarping and board up remove the avenue for water to breach New Providence homes, successfully thwarting further flood damage that already exists. While full-scale reconstruction and rebuilding must occur at a later point, this provides an avenue for our technicians to begin vital mitigation efforts inside with extraction and drying techniques. 

How we respond to flooding in New Providence homes is also changing, because we are focused on giving every technician extensive training and education in the newest techniques, equipment, and approaches. We want flood recovery to be as efficient as possible because we know the effect it can have on your family, and how important it is to keep our restoration costs as minimal as possible. 

Mold 

It is becoming common knowledge that mold colonization can begin in as little as 48 to 72 hours, depending on the circumstances. Without always having glaring symptoms, many New Providence homeowners can overlook the initial signs and only recognize mold effects once colonies have developed. By this point, the ability to spread between surfaces and materials is fast – the situation can get out of control quickly. We have a team of qualified remediation experts accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) who can help. 

Because mold can be such a common problem in our area of the country, we answer many call-outs for inspections and remediation. We have an experienced division of professionals fitted with the top-tier equipment and products to get the job done right in your New Providence home or business. Between our potent line of SERVPRO-created antimicrobial agents and mold inhibitors to machines like our media and soda blasters that can remove the entire hyphae of a mold organism without damaging the hosting material, we have the tools to do the job efficiently.

 One of the most considerable risks of active mold colonization is the exposure from those unprotected. Mold can cause health effects, and that is what makes our containment efforts so vital when we must work around the occupants of the house. With barriers, we can prevent the spread of debris, spores, and other particulates throughout even the demolition and reconstruction phases that might be necessary to restore your New Providence property. 

Water

The recovery of water loss incidents is a frequent request for our service in every season of the year, and that is why it is one of the niches of restoration that we stay continually prepared to face. This effort begins with the education of our employees, and currently, our nearly our entire staff has WRT certification through the IICRC. This focus allows us to immediately provide qualified and educated personnel to any New Providence home at any time of the day or night.  

Few restoration companies can say they are as prepared for disasters and emergencies as we are. We have a full roster of restorers ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice, many of which who have secondary endorsements through the IICRC in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT.) The more experience and skill we have in our operation, the faster jobs happen, and the better their results. We can make water loss effects in your New Providence home “Like it never even happened.” 

Our SERVPRO restoration services hinge on having the cutting-edge equipment for the task, and our water restoration division benefits from our advanced extraction tools like weighted extractors and our extraction wands and our rapid drying equipment to get our New Providence customers back to original condition quickly. 

We want to be the name you choose when disasters strike, and we are working hard every day to show that SERVPRO of Western Union County is a name you should trust. Give us a call anytime you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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