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How Can Water Spots Get Removed From the Carpet in My Office?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet being cleaned “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO has the equipment and decades of experience to restore carpet with water loss in New Providence commercial properties

When SERVPRO handles this type of loss, the techs approach each situation as unique and apply their knowledge to determine the restoration techniques for the best outcome.  Water spots on a carpet can be a sign of a larger issue at work in commercial properties. Common reasons are: 

  • Plumbing leaks 
  • Air conditioning unit malfunctions
  • Water heater failures
  • Vandalism

How Can the Act of Rewetting a Carpet Correct Commercial Water Damage Stains? 

Each case of commercial water damage in a New Providence property is unique, but the rules of the science used in the restoration services are finite. After the extraction of excess water and drying a property, unsightly water stains may remain on the carpet and upholstery. 

SERVPRO techs perform tests on the fibers to determine if they are prone to bleed dyes or subject to shrinkage. Once the makeup gets determined, the techs use various methods to remove the water spots, including resetting and using professional steam cleaners to turn any water within the carpet into a vapor. One of the biggest benefits of using this type of cleaner is that no residues get left behind in the fibers, and it leaves them sanitized. 

The techs have access to a large selection of EPA-Registered cleaning agents developed especially for fabrics and carpet fibers. These are ideal for spot applications to remove stains that can occur on carpets when other objects bleed onto wet carpet threads.

SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 has the experience and equipment to take any type and size of commercial water damage and restore your property to its preloss condition. The certified techs are available 24/7 and arrive on-site a short time after the initial call with everything needed.


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We Get You Back In Business In Providence After A Water Loss

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

A dirty bathroom floor in a business that suffered a leak We are experienced and ready to handle your property's sewage backup. Our customers are always extremely surprised at how quick we get it clean.

Who Can I Call for Commercial Water Cleanup After a Bathroom Sink Pipe Bursts in My Supermarket?

SERVPRO Techs Are Available in New Providence for Commercial Water Cleanup

Supermarket bathrooms tend to see high amounts of foot traffic, meaning these areas tend to get frequent inspections and maintenance. However, even with proper preventive measures in place, accidents can still happen. A sink overflow, pinhole leak, or burst pipe can leave water all over your commercial bathroom that may be more than your custodial staff is equipped to handle. 

If your New Providence retail facilities require commercial water cleanup, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified technicians from SERVPRO are just a phone call away from assisting you. SERVPRO's training ensures that technicians adhere to both restoration industry standards and local regulations for commercial facilities during cleanup.

"Don'ts" of Commercial Water Damage

  • Do not enter an area with standing water and running electricity. While a tiled bathroom with water-resistant paint can pose less risk, water can seep through grout and nooks and crannies to affect the electrical system.
  • Do not soak up standing water with newspaper or similar material. Not only does newspaper not address water accumulation in and behind structural material, but the ink on the paper can transfer to surfaces and become difficult to remove, especially from porous surfaces like tile grout.  
  • Avoid adjusting temperatures. The success of a drying project is highly dependent on the temperature and humidity of the affected area. Warming up a wet room can instead evaporate water and cause secondary damages. Adjust temperatures in the area only after consulting with a restoration technician.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore Your Commercial Restroom Area

SERVPRO's water damage approach starts with a thorough inspection with cutting-edge technologies. Penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters allow for technicians to plan and execute a cleanup and drying strategy tailored to your space's needs. These pros can also measure relative humidity, temperature, and even moisture behind surfaces for the precise calculation of air mover and dehumidifier ratios and placement.

SERVPRO of Western Union County brings business owners a high standard of clean that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (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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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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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.

Quicken Your Water Damage Remediation Process With SERVPRO

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Bridal Shop With Dresses Make sure that water damage does NOT affect those gorgeous gowns by contacting SERVPRO at the first sign of excess water.

Variety Helps When Restoring Commercial Water Damage in Affected New Providence Bridal Shops

Water damage affecting stores can happen any time from accidental or negligent leaks. When that happens, you should focus on how to save items and restore the store to its preloss state. In a bridal shop, a wide range of issues can develop, including secondary damage affecting high-value items such as gowns. A response plan that relies on variety is likely to produce a better outcome.

Commercial water damage in your New Providence bridal shop is likely to affect many areas. While most of the damage may be from the water pooling on floors and other surfaces, there are other ways the incident can affect your store. Contents made of fabrics such as gowns have hygroscopic properties meaning they can easily absorb moisture from the air, which can ruin them. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate such problems and can help by moving the contents from your facility or to a section of the property unaffected by the spill. We can also take further steps such as sealing doorways with plastic sheets to limit air movement between affected and unaffected areas, thus limiting the effects high levels of humidity might have on your contents.

The restoration process differs at different stages. Immediately after discovering the spill, removing water from visible surfaces is the main priority. Having efficient extraction equipment is crucial to ensure that no standing water remains in the structure after 24 hours. After dealing with standing water, there is a need to address water in concealed areas such as subfloors or wall cavities.  Our SERVPRO technicians have access to a wide variety of equipment, including high-pressure pumps, truck-mounted water extractors, and submersible pumps. We also have specialized cavity-drying systems, which help us remove moisture from concealed areas with minimal demolition.

Drying moisture remnants from the shop is necessary for comfort and preventing microbial growth. Various types of dehumidifiers can help dry the property to the desired level. Our SERVPRO technicians use different varieties of dehumidifiers, including conventional refrigerant, low grain refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers. Conventional ones are efficient when drying up to 55gpp humidity level. If we need further drying, we can use LGR dehumidifiers which can achieve levels as low 40gpp.

Water loss situations can be full of surprises, so preparation is necessary. Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 to help provide a variety of solutions that make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Extinguisher Protocol

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

According to OSHA, the most common emergency small businesses must plan for is a fire. In fact, OSHA requires employers to thoroughly train workers not only on how to use an extinguisher properly, but also how to accurately asses a situation and determine when evacuation is the safest course of action. You never know when a fire is going to occur, so it helps to be prepared.

PASS Method

When using a fire extinguisher, the acronym almost everyone is popular with is PASS. PASS stands for

  • Pull the pin on the extinguisher
  • Aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire

By following this method and keeping the acronym in the back of your mind, you no longer have to worry about fires in the break room. If the situation does arise and you need help with the aftermath, call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (201) 496-6024.

Restoring Your Western Union County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Western Union County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Western Union County

SERVPRO of Western Union County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Dealing With a Commercial Loss

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

A local food market suffered from a sewage backup.

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we know how important it is to recover after a loss. Whether, it be a fire damage, water damage, mold issue, storm damage, or any type of issue, our goal is to get you and your business back up and running in no time.

Sewage Backup in Local Market

A local market called recently about a sewage backup they had. They were extremely worried due to the fact that they did not want it to impede on their business. We reassured them we would be there as soon as we could to handle the situation. Our crew went to the store and got the sewage cleaned up within a couple of days. The store owner was ecstatic that they did not have to close down!

If you experience any kind of damage in your commercial business, give us a call at (201) 496-6024.

Edgewater Police Department Called Us For a Cleaning!

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Edgewater Police Department Called Us for a Cleaning!

Recently, the Edgwater Police Department called us for a loss. This wasn't an ordinary loss. After a recent incident, they decided they needed SERVPRO to come and clean one of their police cars. They were extremely excited how good of a job we did and how quick we got the job done! One police officer even called the rest of his colleagues out to show him the good work!

About SERVPRO of Western Union County

SERVPRO of Western Union County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold Growth in Your Commercial Building

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is not something anyone wants to deal with. In fact, it's something they should never have to deal with. However, sometimes mold strikes and when it does, it's no fun. There are some ways to reduce mold growth and lower the risk of it growing in your commercial building!

What Causes Mold?

The key to mold growth is moisture. Mold can result from something as simple as an increase in humidity. Although that is not something we can control, there are other times when mold can grow but we can prevent it. Mold can be a result of:

  • Leaking Pipes
  • Leaks in the Roof
  • Condensation
  • Flooding

All of these have to do with moisture. To avoid mold growth, check regularly for leaks or flooding. Mold only needs between 24-48 hours to grow. By checking regularly, you are slimming the chances of allowing the mold to grow. To prevent condensation, if you keep the temperature of the building slightly warmer, condensation will not form.

Mold is no fun. In the event that you encounter it in your commercial building, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call and we'll help you right away.

Fire Safety in Commercial Buildings

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Although we like to think tragedy will never strike, unfortunately, it does. Whether it be in your home, on the road, or at work, it can come when you are least expecting it. However, some things can be prevented and lives can be saved if you have a plan of action in emergency situations!

Plan of Action in a Commercial Building

Commercial buildings can often be the most deadly forms of tragedy. If in the event of a fire at home, people know where they can and can't go and how to get there. However, at work, that might not be the case. It is extremely important that employees know where to exit in case of a fire while at work. We recommend a few things to help.

  1. It is best if there are exit signs posted around the building as well as pictures depicting the route to the nearest exit. If people are aware of the exits as well as the routes they can take to get there, they will be able to act more efficiently in an emergency situation.
  2. We also recommend commercial buildings have fire drills at least once a month. By conducting fire drills, employees of a commercial building can familiarize themselves with the nearest exit and the quickest route to get out safely.

By implementing these tips, commercial buildings can help reduce the severity of a tragedy and prepare people in the event that it occurs.