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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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Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Restore Your Berkeley Heights Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Just contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177.

Why Berkeley Heights Residents Seek Local, Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services

When your home is flooded, it may seem as though the situation has got beyond your control. However, there are several tasks a homeowner can carry out to mitigate loss. By dividing and prioritizing the issues at hand, you can take positive steps toward loss recovery. Although it can be challenging to reason with water around your ankles, your first step should be to contact your insurance provider and making a claim. Depending on the situation and scale of water in your home, you may also want to consider professional restoration assistance seriously.

There are hundreds of reactions happening in a home that is suffering from flood damage here in Berkeley Heights. Microbes-which include fungi, bacteria, and viruses-present in floodwaters begin interacting immediately with the home's contents and structure. Permanent materials in the build are at a high risk of exposure to microbes in the water because they absorb both water and contaminant. At the same time, pre-existing microbes natural to a home environment begin to interact with the floodwater. These interactions can see a clean water emergency deteriorate in as little as seventy-two hours. At SERVPRO, we can respond quickly to home emergencies because our technicians are based in this community.

Natural elements always seek to establish an equilibrium. This principle means that water moves from wet areas to dry ones. In your home, a large body of water can enter crawlspaces, cavities, or become absorbed into furniture or upholstery. When this process occurs, the prospect of permanent damage is significantly increased. If removing water is slow, you may want to consider taking items out of harm's way by placing them in the upper levels of your property. Valuable possessions and documents should be a priority. SERVPRO operates specialized document restoration alongside our rapid water removal services to cover both issues.

Time is working against you when trying to deal with a flood restoration project. One of the reasons homeowners use SERVPRO is to ensure that the extent of damage is minimal. Our response times are exceptional, while our equipment allows us to remove water by the gallon using truck-mounted extractors. We can converse with you throughout service and document all aspects of service for you to pass on to your insurer.

Our team is here to help should you need us. Just contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177.

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Water Cleanup in New Providence - Why SERVPRO Practices Safety First

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room floor Is the water damaging your home clean or contaminated? SERVPRO has the training to determine how to safely dispose of the water.

Why SERVPRO Follows Basic Scoping Procedures Before Contaminated Water Cleanup in New Providence 

Responding to your water loss in New Providence is a one of a kind experience not only for your family but also for our team of water restoration professionals. It is critical that we thoroughly investigate all aspects of your loss with an open mind. Although our training and experience are excellent resources, our commitment to thoroughly grasping the unique circumstances of your emergency is why we can deliver the most beneficial outcome. 

Open Communications 

Before taking on any other tasks, we reach out to help you process needed water cleanup challenges in New Providence. Transparent communication is why our team receives high marks from customers. Recovering from a water crisis requires teamwork, and we prioritize the sharing of pertinent information and work agendas with you as we begin. Expect us to explain the project in detail and obtain necessary forms. 

What We Look for During Scoping 

We start with a determination of the water contamination category, as it informs our next steps. Safely completing water cleanup is why SERVPRO employees evaluate the affected areas of your home for safety hazards, aside from the contamination. The project manager assigned to your job maps out the extent of the damage, including any migration of water into building cavities or adjoining levels or rooms. Lists of materials affected and their characteristics, for example, porous or solid, help rank tasks and ensures properly recorded details. If your HVAC system is affected, we arrange for inspection and appropriate cleaning. 

Contamination Mitigation and Remediation Planning  

Advising the homeowner of the local, state, and federal requirements and restrictions when dealing with contaminated water and its lawful disposal is a key restoration industry best practice. Our pledge to keep you in the loop is why SERVPRO is a trusted provider of water cleanup services. We work with you and your insurance company while making decisions about whether to restore or replace structural components and contents.  

Integrity, every step of the way, is why SERVPRO of Western Union County is your contaminated water cleanup service provider of choice. Call (908) 791-9177 to arrange an assessment and open the restoration conversation. 

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Save Important Documents with Professional Commercial Water Cleanup in New Providence

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Wet and crinkled magazine pages SERVPRO has several techniques to restore water damaged documents.

Water Cleanup with SERVPRO May Save Documents

If you have had water damage throughout your commercial space, you need to act quickly to dry everything and protect relevant documents. Enlisting the help of the water cleanup professionals will get the job done faster and smarter so that you can get back to business as usual.

Commercial water cleanup in New Providence is crucial whether you had a flood due to a storm or internal issues from a burst pipe. Even if you have information backed up digitally, the chances are good that you have countless records stored inside the building. Prompt response and removal can ensure the paperwork is out of danger from excessive moisture. 

Water Restoration in Action

SERVPRO technicians have the expertise and equipment to handle water damage within your commercial space. We utilize innovative freeze-drying techniques and make sure that all records and paperwork get removed from the building as fast as possible. Our trained contents team can work to remove any of the at-risk items in your building to help prevent any further decomposition or degradation. 

Once deployed at your place of business, our team can get to work with drying units and air movers carefully positioned for optimum results. In addition to document drying and care, we can carefully remove various appliances and equipment to implement moisture removal techniques. 

Get Rid of Tough Flood Odors

Another potential issue from water infiltration in your commercial space is odor control. Musty odors can sometimes remain well after water damage restoration, but SERVPRO can help. Our team can work on treating your carpets and other impacted materials with special disinfectants. Whether a small area has been affected or the entire interior, we can make sure that odors are tackled to leave the air as clean and fresh as possible. 

Whenever a water disaster strikes, the staff at SERVPRO of Western Union County can be there to help. We are available for emergency services, 24/7! Give us a call today at (908) 791-9177, and we can send a team out for assessment.

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We Discuss Choosing The Right Extractor For Flooding In Berkeley Heights

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call whenever you need us at (908) 791-9177.

Choosing the Right Extractor for Flooding in Berkeley Heights

One of the advantages of selecting professional restoration and remediation services after flooding in your Berkeley Heights home is an extensive inventory of industry-leading equipment. A point of pride for our growing professional restoration team is the equipment, tools, and technology made available to our skilled technicians. After a flood, the right extractor can be the difference between efficient recovery and wasted time.

There are many factors in choosing the appropriate extraction equipment to address Berkeley Height's flood damage. Between pumps and extractors, the more efficiently that standing water can get removed from the structure, the less time that our professionals must spend in later removing the remaining moisture with our high-velocity air movers and dehumidification units. Because there are so many potential extraction tools available to our SERVPRO technicians, we follow criteria to determine which tool best suits the needs of your household.

Position of the Flooded Area
There are many instances where the decision of the extractor used correlates exclusively to the position of the damaged area. In two-story houses, for example, lead hoses from stationary extractors might be more challenging to manage when portable, and lightweight machines are more flexible to the needs of the house.

Severity (Depth) of the Damage
Another consideration that our SERVPRO team must make when we are assessing the need for extraction equipment is how severe the damage is. The depth of standing water can help to determine which of the equipment in our inventory is necessary, from truck-mount extractors to light wands better suited for depths under two inches for surfaces like carpets.

Available Power
The demands of the extraction equipment cannot always get met by the damaged home that our professionals work to restore. Portable extractors are versatile tools, but they require stable electricity – which can be a challenge after widespread flooding in a community. We do have trailered and portable generators to provide temporary power, or extraction tools that operate off of fuel, such as our truck-mount pumps and self-priming trash pumps.

No matter what your home needs after a flood loss, you can trust our extensive inventory of recovery tools to meet the demand. Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call whenever you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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Become Familiar With New Providence Fire Damage Disaster Recovery

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

smoke and fire coming out of a house with white siding Fires can quickly affect your living space as well as the structure of your home. Partner with SERVPRO during this difficult time.

Before We Begin Cleaning Smoke Damage in New Providence Homes

As much as homeowners want to have their properties back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, rushing to restore New Providence residences after a fire can do more harm than good. With every scenario offering unique challenges for even our professional SERVPRO fire restoration specialists, we must carefully determine the full scope of the damage, the spread of these conditions, and the most efficient and effective approaches to fully restoring the property. 

Smoke damage and effects can be among the worst lingering examples of fire damage in New Providence homes after an emergency. Because of its ability to affect the property in more than one way, our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) must stay trained in the latest and most effective practices for addressing residues, debris, and odors that smoke effects can leave behind. Before we can begin cleaning damaged areas, however, there are preliminary steps to help ultimately make these restorative actions more successful. 

One of the first steps that we must take is identifying the full extent of these damaging residues. Between smoke and soot, coatings could spread out far from the initial source of the fire. Careful inspections can determine how fire and smoke moved through the structure and each surface directly impacted by residues. We would also use this opportunity to determine the type of residue, as there are different practices between restoring smoke, soot, and other coatings we might encounter after a fire. 

Before we begin cleaning the residue away, we must consider the type of surface and the best approach to both capture and remove soot and smoke particles from this material. Because of a bonding that occurs, that can also lead to staining with improper cleaning techniques, taking an extra bit of time to identify the best cleaning approach for the material type protects both the material itself and prevents particulates from getting stirred up into the air. 

Fire loss incidents can affect your home in many ways, but our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help. Give us a call anytime you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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Our Crews Are Ready 24/7 To Assist You With Your Scotch Plains Flood Damage

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

 Our technicians cleaning the basement floors in a home with our equipment This client was surprised with how quickly and efficiently we were able to clean up the debris and water and get her basement back after flood damage.

Receding Waters Do Not Mean the End to Flood Damage in Scotch Plains

Heavy rains can bring flash flooding to Scotch Plains. Although the vast quantities of water flowing over pavement during and after a storm briefly make travel difficult, when the weather changes, the water usually recedes without significant or lasting damage. If flash flooding makes its way into your home, however, a permanent solution is not merely waiting for it to subside. Indoors, if standing water seems to disappear, it is more likely the moisture migrated within your home. Residual moisture must be found and removed.

Professional Moisture Detection

Scotch Plains flood damage requires professional attention. When absorbed into structural components or trapped in building cavities, floodwaters continually promote the deterioration of building materials and can support harmful mold growth. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training prepares us to use moisture probes and thermal imaging technology to discover the migration patterns of flooding. We record the data as a baseline during structural drying, ensuring our flood water removal efforts are successful.

Floodwater Is a Hazard

Floodwaters seek the path of least resistance, flowing through cracks and joints to collect beneath flooring, behind walls, and in other recesses. Because even clean water is corrosive, any lingering moisture is a problem. SERVPRO technicians know floodwater can contain chemicals and other pollutants and pathogens from organic debris or human and animal waste.

Moisture Release Strategies

The increased challenges presented by contaminants found in floodwater prompts SERVPRO to facilitate a broad range of fast and effective moisture release strategies. The more quickly we remove the tainted water, the better the outcome. We might choose to cut out sections of drywall to reach into cavities. Holes drilled into baseboards or mortar joints ventilate and allow for negative air pressure equipment to suction water out. Floor mats connected to extractors pull moisture from subfloors and joists.

Inhibiting Microbial Growth

Contaminants in floodwaters can include viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Before initiating structural drying, it is essential to treat the flood-affected areas with an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent. Structural drying requires air movement, and SERVPRO works to limit any spread of pathogens by completing the disinfectant step prior to positioning and operating moisture reduction equipment.

SERVPRO of Western Union County has well-qualified crews ready 24/7 to assist when flood damage attacks the integrity of your home. Contact us at (908) 791-9177 for a comprehensive assessment and to design and implement a recovery plan.

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Let the Professionals Handle Mold Damage Remediation in Your Berkeley Heights Home

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

green mold on a wall Don’t let a mold infestation overtake your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate any mold damage.

Skills and Training of SERVPRO Remediators in Berkeley Heights

Mold remediation is a valuable service that our SERVPRO team can offer homeowners and business owners throughout Berkeley Heights. With many times of elevated humidity and moisture levels throughout the region, areas throughout New Jersey can experience damp basements and similar areas of their homes that can easily facilitate mold growth. Addressing these concerns involves a carefully crafted approach based on a thorough inspection of experienced personnel.

Not every one of the technicians on our team has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), so addressing mold damage in Berkeley Heights falls to these select professionals on our squad. Remediation technicians on our team are among the most knowledgeable and well-prepared for the work that they do. We even have Interactive Occupational Training (IOT) that provides advanced mold scenarios to further keep our technicians prepared for whatever comes.

One of the primary focuses of the education of our SERVPRO remediation professionals is the removal of active colonization from multiple material types. We become well versed in various types of colony removal, including soda blasting, sanding, antimicrobial products, and even oversight of controlled demolition performed by our in-house reconstruction contractors. The faster that we can employ these strategies, the less likely that colonization of mold spores can get out of control.

These same remediators must also become efficient in identifying mold growth and potential threats before they become widespread and more of a hazard. We offer a thorough inspection of the property, and because of our understanding of the symptoms of early colonization, we can often identify early-stage mold development from the presence of spotting on drywall or an undeniable musty odor in the affected region.

We strive to provide every customer with a thorough and comprehensive approach to mold colonization in their home, from the inspection upon our arrival through the need some homes have for reconstruction and remodeling. You can count on our SERVPRO of Western Union County team. Give us a call today at (908) 791-9177.

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