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A Guide to Performing Commercial Water Removal in New Providence

1/15/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Perform Commercial Water Restoration in New Providence

Water damage can happen in commercial establishments like hotels due to several issues, including burst pipes, faulty appliances, and roof leaks. Water can cause long-term problems in your hotel, such as warping of wooden structures, mold growth, and bad odors that can turn guests away. As a responsible business owner, it is advisable to hire an experienced firm like SERVPRO to assist you in bringing things back to normal and continuation of service for your customers.

Our water restoration technicians (WRT) can perform commercial water removal in your New Providence hotel quickly and efficiently. We take fast action to prevent secondary destruction and to reduce restoration costs. To restore your property, we can take several steps, including:

  • Locating the water source
  • Erecting containment
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification

Locating the water source

Our SERVPRO team can use infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in affected building materials. They work by displaying infrared images. At the beginning of a water repair project, infrared cameras offer a quick evaluation of the moisture’s extent. With them, we can determine how water traveled throughout the affected areas. At the end of the water restoration process, these devices offer excellent proof that drying was successful.

Erecting containment

During a water restoration project, contaminants can spread to unaffected areas due to foot traffic, debris removal, movement of equipment, and air movements. Our SERVPRO team can prevent pollutants from spreading to uncontaminated regions by using appropriate engineering controls like establishing negative pressure and building containment.

Water extraction

Our SERVPRO technicians can use extraction equipment to remove water from the flooring. We also have deep extraction tools that we can attach to extractors. For instance, we can use self-propelled extraction tools to remove water from carpets. An independent motor powers these tools. They work by compressing carpeting and pad, squeezing out water, and removing the water through an extractor’s vacuum system.

Drying and dehumidifying

We use drying and dehumidifying equipment to increase the evaporation rate, and remove water vapor from the air.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can help you to restore your commercial property after water damage. Call us any time at (908) 791-9177.

Tips for Handling Fire Damage in New Providence

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

fireman entering smoking building When the firefighters leave your New Providence residence--Then SERVPRO is prepared for smoke and fire damage cleanup and restoration

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Fire Damage Repairs in New Providence

Fire has a devastating impact on homes. It creates potentially expensive structural destruction and can leave premises uninhabitable for a long time. A delay in hiring professional fire restorers can cause further deterioration of the affected structures and contents.

SERVPRO can perform expert fire damage restoration in your New Providence residence. Water damage often accompanies fire damage due to firefighting efforts. We have the equipment required to tackle the combination of soot, ash, and water. Our fire cleanup services may include:

  • Removing debris
  • Smoke damage cleanup
  • Water removal and drying
  • Deodorizing

If there is water, our SERVPRO team can remove it using pumps and then dry the affected areas using air-moving equipment. Air movers work by enhancing evaporation at the surface level and replacing the saturated, cool boundary layer with drier, warmer air from dehumidifiers.

After a fire, smoke residues can travel from areas that differ in pressure and temperature, causing soot damage and odors to spread throughout a house. Therefore, it is essential to clean the affected area beyond the debris and visual damage before conducting aesthetic restoration. Some smoke residues are corrosive to surfaces. Our SERVPRO team can wipe residues off light-colored painted surfaces, plastic surfaces, Formica countertops, and the tops of furniture with finished surfaces. We can also clean and protect metal surfaces, which contain iron and chrome trim.

Smoke residues contain solid particles that mainly consist of carbon. The moisture that contacts the particles might cause them to get absorbed by the surfaces and get difficult to remove. We can remove dry particles loosely attached to surfaces by vacuuming. Our SERVPRO team usually vacuums dry smoke residues from surfaces before applying wet cleaning products.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can help you to tackle fire damage responsibly. Our 24-hour hotline is (908) 791-9177.

What Water Damage Threatens New Providence Homes This Winter?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Knowing how winter weather can cause flood or water damage ultimately protects your New Providence home.

The winter season can bring joy as well as traumatic experiences for area homes and businesses. When harsh weather conditions expose the vulnerabilities of your structure, water damage and costly flooding can result.

Snowmelt and Ice Jamming Flooding

There are many threats to the region, including natural flooding, frozen pipes and ice damming New Providence homes might endure. Natural flooding caused by ice jamming and rapid snowmelt has a similar strength and destructive tendency as flash flooding.

The Fears of Frozen Pipes

One of the common callouts for our experienced team is the damage resulting from a broken or burst pipe after it freezes under harsh winter conditions. Insufficient insulation and lack of warm air circulation are often to blame.

Is Ice Damming a Common Concern?

Spotty insulation in the attic against the roof can cause heat loss through portions of the roof. While this can elevate your utility bills, it can also lead to a damaging situation like ice damming on the roof that forces snowmelt back into the attic space and floods your home. It is important to recognize any vulnerabilities of insulation to combat this.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

Experienced SERVPRO professionals are ready to help when events like ice damming and burst pipes become widespread threats to your home. We rapidly respond to emergencies to begin vital mitigation and restoration steps as soon as the team first arrives. We can provide a wealth of emergency services and restorative actions like:

  • Extraction
  • Cleanup
  • Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Build-Back

Regardless of the conditions that lead to the water damage a home might experience, we have experienced SERVPRO of Western Union County professionals to help. When preventative steps are not enough to stop winter water damage, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (908) 791-9177.

Will Trapped Water in Exterior Walls of New Providence Homes Dry Naturally?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Often moisture in wall assemblies should be addressed immediately to protect New Providence properties. 

Whether burst pipes, leaking connections, or flood damage, exterior walls can be heavily damaged by moving water. Because moist conditions do not often resolve themselves quickly without prompt action, our SERVPRO team is ready to help.

Using Moisture Detection Equipment 

Overcoming water damage in New Providence homes begins with determining where these threats exist. Moisture detection equipment in our inventory becomes an asset in tracking the movement of water through structural elements. When exterior walls, housing plumbing, and other fixtures suffer moisture damage, specific detection tools can be helpful in learning which building materials have been most heavily impacted.

Controlled Demolition and Inspection 

One of the next steps to restoring water damage to exterior wall systems is eliminating affected materials. The initial evaluation of the property can determine where moisture exists and the likely migration of these damp pockets through sensitive materials often used in the construction of framing and the building envelope. Affected materials might include:

  • Drywall
  • OSB Board
  • Plywood
  • Insulation
  • Felt Paper

Thorough Drying Solutions 

Regardless of how much of the wall system needed removal, the next step in this process is applying drying equipment to the situation and beginning evaporative work. With limited removal like flood cuts, low-profile centrifugal air movers are ideal for infusing structural cavities with dry air. More thorough removal of wall assemblies can make a greater variety of drying tools possible in the restoration.

It is always smart to actively choose to dry and restore water damage rather than assuming or hoping that natural evaporation will occur. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help with effective drying and mitigation strategies starting as soon as we arrive at the damaged property. We are ready to help 24/7 at (908) 791-9177.

Factors that Impact Restorability of Fire-Damaged Berkeley Heights Homes

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage coming out of a home. A fire can be overwhelming all on its own, not to mention what steps need to be taken. Call SERVPRO of Western Union County for help.

Variables of structural cleaning impact the ease of restoration for Berkeley Heights residences.

Structural cleaning is necessary after soot and smoke exposures, but this process can happen in several ways. Choosing the ideal approach shortens restoration time and better protects the property overall.

A Thorough Pre-Job Scoping

The earliest stage of fire damage restoration for Berkeley Heights homes and businesses is a thorough assessment of the property. Knowing where damage exists and the extent of work to be done can focus restoration efforts and ensure technicians arrive with the appropriate tools.

Structural Cleaning Variables to Consider 

Choosing the right cleaning approach is not universal to fire loss scenarios. Multiple variables determine how to restore affected structural elements and contents, including:

  • Washable or Non-Washable – One of the main determining factors for the restorability of specific materials is the cleaning they can endure. Some affected surfaces cannot support wet cleaning of any kind.  
  • Porosity – How readily that smoke odors and soot particles can infiltrate surfaces to impact the composition of the material is a deciding factor in choosing the best cleaning option for the damage. 

  • Type of Soil – Soil is often either water-based or oil-based, and this will require very different cleaning approaches to resolve. 

Choosing the Best Cleaning Approach

As soon as you have determined the type of damage and the affected materials, our team can decide the ideal cleaning solution. Often, soot removal can require either wet cleaning approaches or dry removal tactics. Harsh soil deposits typically need the dissolving or emulsification effects of specific chemical compounds in our inventory.

Many obstacles can most certainly stand in the way of effective and efficient fire restoration and recovery. When a fire threatens your residence, our SERVPRO of Western Union County team responds fast with leading equipment and experienced technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to help 24/7 at (908) 791-9177.

Capable Flood Removal Equipment for Berkeley Heights Facilities

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a warehouse SERVPRO of Western Union County is here to help you face the flood that damaged your business.

Water removal tools help warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Berkeley Heights after flooding. 

Flooding is not uncommon in massive commercial properties like warehouses and manufacturing facilities. When these threats exist, our SERVPRO team is there quickly to help with mitigation and preservation.

Assessing the Damage 

It is important to understand how spreading flood damage in Berkeley Heights warehouses can impact the facility. We work to evaluate the migration of infiltrating water and protect the contents and wares stored in the building from direct water exposure. Careful evaluations of the facility must be conducted to choose the best mitigation and restoration approach. Our professionals collect information about:

  • Affected areas
  • Moisture damage
  • Mold threats
  • Contamination

Removing Water from the Floors

Eliminating standing water is one of the top mitigative strategies that our team can provide after flood damage exposure. The longer standing water exists, the greater harm it does to exposed building materials and content throughout the facility. We work fast to remove standing water on the floors with tools like vacuums, pumps, and specialty wands. In many cases, greater commercial-grade equipment is needed, like truck-mount extractors.

Thorough Drying and Preventative Measures 

Drying your business after a flood can involve some of our recovery inventory's more sophisticated and intricate tools. The extent of moisture damage and the ideal solutions for removing this moisture and protecting exposed materials and contents must be carefully determined. Likewise, our professionals can provide repairs to help prevent recurrences of flood damage.

Removing flood damage is more than just arriving quickly to a threatened warehouse. While We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we reach properties with effective equipment to mitigate loss and clean up after devastating flood effects. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team is available to help when you need it at (908) 791-9177.

Are Move-Outs Mandatory After Fire Damage in New Providence Homes?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Evaluates the Loss to Determine Whether Move-Outs Are Best Suited for the Situation

Disorganization and accumulation of debris are characteristic in homes after a fire incident and may necessitate relocating some items. Moving items creates order and, more importantly, frees up space to complete cleanup conveniently at your New Providence home.

Since, in many cases, restoration of fire damage in New Providence homes is possible without performing a move-out, you should evaluate the situation to determine whether the incident at your premises necessitates one and how best to do it. When you involve a professional like SERVPRO, decision-making is much simpler.

A move-out is necessary after fire damage if:

  • Some items require specialized cleaning
  • Vast sections of the structure, especially ceilings, are heavily soiled 
  • Other restorative actions, apart from cleaning, are necessary, like demolition

Moving items haphazardly can create more problems than what you want to avoid. For instance, mixing heavily soiled items with clean ones transfers the soiling, increasing the number of items you need to clean. Breakage and staining are also possible problems when items are poorly handled. SERVPRO can help you avoid such issues by carefully managing the move-out. For instance, we evaluate and group items based on damage levels and materials.

Preparing the contents to be moved also helps ensure the cleanup process runs smoothly. Our SERVPRO technicians pre-clean and dry contents before packing them for transportation. Using several packing boxes is also essential.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can help you choose the best solutions to address fire damage in your home, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (908) 791-9177.

How Materials Influence Water Mitigation in Berkeley Heights Properties

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Focuses on Three Main Aspects of Materials to Determine Their Effect on Restoration

Whenever water leaks into a property, one of the main factors determining the type or level of damages is the materials present in the affected areas. Therefore, understanding how moisture interacts with different materials is essential for water mitigation to be successful.

Materials exhibit three main characteristics that can influence the water mitigation process in your Berkeley Heights home. The three factors have to do with water absorption since moisture only causes damage if materials absorb it. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified water restoration technicians who understand the different characteristics materials exhibit when exposed to water.

The materials in your home can be broadly classified based on:

  • Permeance levels
  • Hygroscopy
  • Vapor barrier

If the water released into your property affects materials with a high permeance rate, mitigation mostly involves extraction with wet vacuums followed by drying. Otherwise, it is impossible to get rid of the water, leading to additional deterioration like rotting and mold. Typical materials with a high permeance factor include carpets and upholstery items. Low permeance factors simplify restoration since water can be easily wiped off. Also, the exposed material does not deteriorate from extended contact.

Another category of material is vapor barriers which include waterproof substances of those with a permeance of 1. Such materials either block moisture from passing through or limit the amount passing through to a minimum. Some vapor barriers you might have in your home include masonry bricks, glossy paint, and Kraft paper insulation. As the name suggests, vapor barriers can block your mitigation efforts by delaying moisture release from surrounding materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches, including perforation or stripping off the barrier.

SERVPRO of Western Union County evaluates materials, thus delivering quality results during water mitigation. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Crucial Is Dry Cleaning During Mold Remediation at Your New Providence Business Premises?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Enhances Methods Such as Vacuuming Minimizing the Addition of Moisture Into the Premises

When you notice mold contamination at your New Providence public facility, you need to understand several things, including the harmful role moisture plays in proliferating the problem. Therefore, extracting moisture or avoiding introducing new moisture in the facility during cleaning are two essential aspects of remediation.

Thoroughly cleaning your New Providence premises during mold remediation without introducing moisture can be challenging since some residues and stains may necessitate wet cleaning. One way to achieve effective dry cleaning is by involving a professional like SERVPRO since we can enhance procedures such as vacuuming or using blast cleaning, which delivers exemplary results.

Effective vacuum cleaning to remove soiling from mold requires:

  • The right type of vacuum cleaner
  • Sufficient training on the use of vacuum cleaners
  • Keen observation when vacuuming different surfaces

Various factors determine a good vacuum cleaner. For instance, a lightweight model that is simple to use is essential in ensuring sufficient attention is given to all affected areas. Some features, such as a separate vacuum motor and brush drive motor, improve the removal of embedded mold residues. SERVPRO teams have the best vacuum cleaners since we keep up with changing trends in the cleaning sector.

The level of skill an operator has can also determine the outcome of the cleaning effort. With better-trained technicians from SERVPRO, you can expect better handling and thus better cleaning.

Some essential handling aspects that change the outcome include:

  • Adjusting brush height when dealing with different surfaces like carpets
  • Securing the debris removed property to avoid accidents
  • Using the correct type of filters

SERVPRO of Western Union County uses simple or advanced approaches to improve the outcomes of mold remediation, allowing you to resume operations faster. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Simple Action Can Change the Outcome of Fire Damage Restoration in New Providence Homes?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

yellow tape over a fire damaged house Fire damage resulting from an event can catch you by surprise. Contact Team SERVPRO to come out and assess the situation and formulate a custom plan.

You Can Expect Better Results When SERVPRO Does a Thorough Scope of Fire Loss at Your Property

After your property is affected by a fire, you can get help from different quarters, whether it is from family, friends, or professionals. Before seeking or accepting such help, it might be wise to consider what is essential in addressing the damage left at your New Providence home, thus ensuring no time wastage or accumulation of unnecessary costs. 

The fire damage restoration process your New Providence property requires can vary based on many factors like the duration of the fire, what sparked it, and the materials reached by the flames. In some cases, extensive cleaning is necessary, while in other cases, tear down of deteriorated materials helps. Safety procedures such as assessing the structural integrity of the entire building or sections such as the roof might also be necessary. Assistance from a professional team like SERVPRO ensures that all issues can be addressed simultaneously. 

Thoroughly scoping the loss is one of the crucial assistance professionals offers, and it includes:

  • Testing cleanability
  • Scoping the spread of smoke residues
  • Testing pre-existing conditions

Knowing the level of each problem leads to better decision-making or resource allocation. For instance, instead of simply assuming that charred structural supports such as frames need replacement, our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians check the char-depth to make an informed decision. Various other tests help reveal the level of staining, moisture absorbed, among other things. 

SERVPRO of Western Union County performs all the necessary actions to ensure fire damage restoration delivers satisfactory results. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.