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My Somerset Furniture Is Covered In Soot – Can It Be Saved?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097for quality fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Fire Mitigation and Can Clean and Restored Furniture Damaged by a Fire in Somerset

With over 350,000 home fires happening annually, there is a constant need for fire cleanup professionals. If your Somerset home suffered a fire that left your furniture in need of cleaning and restoration, we have the help you need. The key to saving the contents of your home is immediate mitigation.

What type of furniture gets restored?

It isn’t the type of furniture that is the challenge but the soot covering it. The more severe the fire, the stronger the need for aggressive fire damage mitigation in your Somerset home. In certain situations, the furniture will need replacing, but if restoration is possible, SERVPRO gets it done. Here are some reasons smoke and soot are a problem:

    •    Smoke is resilient – its tiny particles can spread quickly.
    •    Human skin worsens the acidic film on surfaces.
    •    Needs neutralization with specific chemicals.
    •    Hidden damage
    •    Eats away at materials if left untreated.

Dealing with Stubborn Soot Problems

Soot is insidious and loves to disperse into every nook and cranny of a home, including furniture. Fabrics such as drapes and upholstery can be difficult to clean unless the exact cleaning agent gets used. Soot sinks into furniture like sofas and stains it. But the fire mitigation team at SERVPRO are experts at handling these problems. They know how to proceed to restore your furniture and leave it “Like it never even happened.” Tools of the trade include:

    •    Dry Sponges
    •    Powerful cleaning agents
    •    Deodorizing equipment
    •    HEPA vacuums

Furniture restoration is preferred over replacement whenever possible. Restoration saves you and your insurance company money, plus you keep your original possessions.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097for quality fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Heavy Rainfall Has Caused Flooding in My Somerset Home. Whom Should I Call for Help?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Two people standing in a room with green rain boots on. We know how scary storm damage to your Somerset home can be, let us walk through the damage with you.

Seek Professional Help from SERVPRO to Restore Your Somerset Home after Storm Flood Damage

The heavy rainfall that accompanies stormy weather can lead to flooding in your home, which can cause significant damage to your drywall, appliances, furniture, and other valuable items. It can also cause contamination. Thankfully, professional restorers can prevent secondary damage and restore your Somerset property to its preloss state.

When should I contact professionals?

You need to contact restorers soon after the flooding incident because flood water can continue causing damage in your home. By calling SERVPRO technicians to handle the storm flood damage in your Somerset property, you can avoid costly repairs. We respond fast to our customers’ emergency since we understand how destructive flood water can be. Our response team is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

What can happen in my home after flooding?

The secondary damage resulting from flooding can take place after a few hours. The water can sip in your drywall and flooring shortly after it gets into your property. After some time, the water’s color can change, and a foul smell may fill the home. Mold can grow on the affected surfaces within 24 to 48 hours and cause health hazards to the residents.

What does flood damage restoration involve?

Flood damage restoration involves a few essential steps, including:

  • Inspection
  • Water removal
  • Structural drying
  • Anti-microbial application
  • Odor removal

Water removal is the primary step in flood damage restoration. It speeds up the drying process and minimizes odors. SERVPRO has hi-tech equipment and tools that help us restore our customers’ properties within a brief period. Floodwater tags, along with debris, dead animals, tree leaves, and stones, among other debris. Our technicians can use a self-priming trash pump to extract water in your home.

How do you deal with the contamination?

Apart from equipment, we have water restoration products that help us to disinfect a property. We can use germicides and disinfectants to achieve this. These products are antimicrobials, which destroy about ninety-nine percent of organisms on the surfaces where our restorers apply them. The common disinfectants we use are chlorines, alcohols, formaldehydes, phenols, and quaternaries. We can use electric sprayers to apply the products. The equipment helps us spray the product directly onto the contaminated areas effectively.

Do not let flood damage distort your daily way of life for long. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 for professional restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

By The Time I Notice A Leak Under The Sink in Somerset How Much Damage Do I Face?

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

waste disposal leak under sink in a home Quick action when leaks happen in your home can result in a successful outcome. Contact team SERVPRO to help with water damage.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Probe the Water Damage Extent in Somerset Properties and Carry Out the Necessary Restoration

Minor leaks in the elaborate plumbing systems in Somerset homes are a common occurrence. Although the leaks may be small, they can cause widespread damages depending on factors such as the physical traits of the surrounding materials and the time it takes you to discover them and thus take remedial action. 

What common issues lead to minor leaks?

Several problems can lead to minor leaks that result in water damage in your Somerset home. The most likely ones include:

  • Broken seals around pipe connectors
  • Pinhole leaks due to corrosion
  • Loose connectors

The plumbing problems in Somerset develop suddenly or over extended periods because of reasons such as:

  • Natural wear and tear of pipes
  • Sediment buildup
  • Changes in water pressure
  • Temperature fluctuations

Although leaks under the sink are the most common, leakage can happen anywhere, including concealed areas such as within wall cavities, ceilings, and attics, or basements. The leaks under the sink are easier to notice because the spilled water is likely to collect on the floor below, prompting you to investigate the source of moisture as you clean the area. However, leaks from plumbing lines in concealed areas can take long to discover, thus leading to widespread damage to surrounding materials. 

What signs indicate a hidden water leak?

Although a leak may be out of sight, some signs can help you notice when there is a problem. 

  • Appearance of patches or dark spots or surfaces
  • Development of a musty odor
  • Low water pressure

What problems emanate from the hidden water leaks?

Although the leak point may be hidden, the water released still causes problems. Microbial growth, which leads to mold infestation, is a common outcome of such water leaks. The appearance of patches or spots on walls surfaces can indicate an ongoing water leak within the wall cavity. Alternatively, you might experience a musty odor within the property. Mold can be a serious problem that takes considerable resources to resolve. For instance, performing controlled demolition in the affected areas is a typical response since it helps remove spoiled materials and clean mold residues.

Sometimes the water leak may not lead to visible physical damages, but you might notice other changes within the property such as low water pressure or inexplicable increases in your water bills. The spilled water also evaporates, which might increase the humidity levels in your house, thus reducing the level of comfort.

There is a leak, what next?

After identifying the leak, several steps may be necessary, depending on its severity. The standard response might include:

  • Fixing the leak or replacing the pipe
  • Removing materials damaged by moisture
  • Drying residue wetness
  • Cleaning the affected areas

If the leak results from severe damage such as pipe corrosion or broken joints, you might need to replace some sections of the plumbing. Such repairs require assistance from a professional plumber who can identify the best course of action. Leaky pipes can be fixed through pipe clamps, use of epoxy products, pipe wraps, and replacement of sections of the damaged pipes. After resolving the leak, thorough cleanup around the damaged area or the entire property is necessary to deal with any form of soiling. Water intrusion soils property in many ways, including spreading residues such as dust from one area to another. It can also cause deterioration of materials such as chipping of paint, thus increasing the soils.  

Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches, including mopping and wet vacuuming, during water removal. We also tear open wall panels or cabinet siding damaged by the water. Opening up such areas also helps create better access for cleaning.

Leaving the affected areas wet can lead to the recurrence of problems already resolved, such as deterioration of materials and mold development. For the best outcomes, fast drying is also essential. Several factors help improve the drying process, including:

  • Improved evaporation
  • Heat 
  • Extraction of moisture from the air

Our SERVPRO crews are well equipped with devices such as air movers to improve the evaporation rate and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the humid air. The dehumidifiers exhaust warm air, which re-circulates back into the property. In case extra heat is necessary, we have portable heating units allowing us to remove all excess moisture from your property, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can help restore your New Brunswick, North Brunswick, or Franklin Township property to its preloss state after a hidden water leak. Call us any time at (908) 251-9097 to help.

Who Can Help Me Get Rid of this Smelly Mold?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

air scrubber with a duct out window SERVPRO's Trained Techs Can Rig Air Scrubbers Using Negative Air Pressure to Prevent Cross-Contamination during Mold Remediation in a New Brunswick

Mold Remediation in New Brunswick Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

Central New Jersey cities close to the Raritan River, like New Brunswick has varying climatic and weather changes that can cause structural damage to homes and businesses.

Why Settle for Second Best Concerning Mold Remediation in New Brunswick?

We are proud to offer well-trained and accredited Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) technicians to mitigate the losses to property. Our AMRT applied microbial restoration technicians can utilize the advanced equipment in our arsenal to make you feel, "Like it never even happened."

What Can We Provide to Resolve Your Mold Issues Swiftly?

    -    Assessment and Inspection
    -    HEPA filtered air scrubbers
    -    Soda and Dry-Ice Blasting to eliminate demolition
    -    EPA-certified and approved products to exterminate molds and spores

Our team can provide lines of communication that do not use "scare tactics" concerning mold and potential health effects, but information to help you understand the protocols we follow through a successful conclusion of fungi in your home. We strive to restore and not replace mold-damaged structural materials, fixtures, and contents.

Why Choose SERVPRO for a Great Service?

Now you know a few reasons Why SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is a premier leader for mold remediation, and water and fire damage cleanup and restoration. We are ready to help, just call (908) 251-9097.

Whom Do I Call for Fast Water Removal from My Office?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

injecti-dry device with tubes going into wall at baseboard We are fast and efficient, just ask some of our clients. Water damage removal in New Brunswick offices--done swiftly by SERVPRO.

Office Flooding in Somerset Commercial Buildings Need SERVPRO for Water Mitigation

This area of New Jersey is known for its closeness to the beaches and New York City. But work still goes on in Somerset office buildings

Getting Help to Keep the Office Open

Leaks from a faulty restroom fixture can result in water damage to a Somerset small office environment. Luckily, the manager knew to call SERVPRO since he used our services at a different office previously. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster! We typically arrive within four hours or less of the initial call and arrive with the necessary equipment to extract the unwanted flooding and dry out the suite.

How do we know what equipment we need?

We follow a professional phone protocol with trained office staff to speak with our future client and even put a project manager or lead technicians to gather the facts. The truck-mounted pump may not be needed, but the portable wet/dry vacs can be used. Our injecti-dry devices can help expedite the drying while salvaging wallboard. Then we can place strategically in damp area air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to complete the drying process.

Rely on us to keep your business concern functioning by call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

Can a Flood Weaken the Structure of my Home?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

flood in basement Having a flood issue in your New Brunswick home? Call the pros in SERVPRO for help.

Floodwaters Can Compromise the Structural Integrity of Your New Brunswick Home

When thinking of flooding, we picture water coming through windows and roofs, invading our home relentlessly. In evaluating the damage to your New Brunswick home, you need to consider structural elements that may be weaker because of water exposure. Columns and walls can suffer when water soaks them for an extended time.

You should reach out to our SERVPRO team as soon as the storm passes for repairs associated with flood damage in New Brunswick. Our experts strive to respond as quickly as possible when you call our 24/7 hotline since we recognize that time is essential. The expertise of our water restoration technicians is a valuable asset when returning your home to its original condition or preparing it for additional necessary repairs.

What happens with floodwaters in a crawlspace?

Pumping water out of your home is a top priority, and that includes your crawlspace and wall cavities. Leaving floodwater under your home only sets the stage for inappropriate humidity that will continue to harm your home and even your health. Our SERVPRO team employ a variety of techniques to address water beneath your home such as-

  • Pumping with truck-mounted and submersible pumps
  • Creating physical barriers to control rising humidity
  • Improving air circulation beneath your home

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your partner throughout a flood. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your whole home "Like it never even happened."

Do I Need to Close my Daycare Due to Water Damage?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged bank of computer terminals Don't let water damage stop your production time for your business. Call SERVPRO to mitigate your problem and keep you in business as well.

Somerset Daycare Facilities Must Assess the Water Damage to Decide on Continuity of Operation

Daycare facilities in Somerset, much like other commercial establishments, need to evaluate the scope of the damage should a water event occur. Each business owner must determine the impact on the staff and clients and the smooth running of daily operations. They should also contact a professional water restoration company for an efficient resolution to the situation.

In Somerset, commercial water damage is our specialty at SERVPRO. Our Green Fleet arrives at your location once you place a call to our 24/7 hotline, and we assess the scope of the damage as we commence the water extraction work. Our technicians document every action we take, which can contribute to any insurance claim or regulatory report you may need to submit.

What should I look for after water damage?

Some signs of damage are easy to spot: a puddle, peeling paint, a bulge on the ceiling. Others may not be evident, but our SERVPRO crew has industry-grade technology to detect it. As we comb your daycare for signs of trouble, you may see us using different equipment:

  • Infrared technology to detect moisture
  • Thermal imaging to find water accumulations within wall cavities
  • Wand extractors to remove water from hard-to-reach places

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is part of your business community, and we're here to help. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your daycare "Like it never even happened."

Do I Need to Hire a Professional Cleanup Service After a Fire?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

soot and fire damage Let SERVPRO use their specialized cleaning techniques for the soot damage in your New Brunswick home.

Smoke, Soot and Extinguishing Agents in Your New Brunswick Home Require a Professional Cleanup Crew

Fire in your home implies a mixture of soot, debris, smoke, and remains of extinguishing agents. It may look overwhelming at first glance, but your New Brunswick home can look like new with the help of a professional team. Damage can be more widespread than you perceive, and a reputable company can help you make that assessment.

Fire cleanup services in New Brunswick are easily accessible by calling SERVPRO around the clock. Our team trains to handle emergencies, and we do so in a systematic way, starting by assessing the scope of the damage in all areas of your home. Rather than jump into cleaning with household cleaners, let our team create a targeted plan and start our work.

How can I get rid of both soot and the smell of smoke?

Our SERVPRO team takes a comprehensive approach to clean your home, including air quality and personal belongings. Acting quickly lets you preempt any corrosion caused by soot sitting on your furniture and fixtures for an extended time. Cleaning the air can include the use of foggers and ozone generators while removing soot and smoke damage can consist of-

  • Thermal fogging
  • Dry cleaning methods
  • Use of specialized primers when repainting is a need.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County provides comprehensive services after a fire. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Do I Need to Paint to Cleanup After a Flood?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage Let SERVPRO mitigate your flood issue in your Somerset home.

Cleanup After A Flood in Somerset Involves More than a Coat of Paint

Flooding causes problems involving safety and esthetics. As you strive to restore your Somerset home, call a professional flood restoration service to prioritize tasks, and provide a comprehensive plan. Simply cleaning with household cleaners and painting over the damage can leave you vulnerable to health and safety issues.

Property owners in Somerset can delegate flood restoration functions to our SERVPRO team. As soon as we enter your home, we take note of the extent of damage and start taking action to remediate it. Our team takes protective measures to protect the health of all as well as contain cross-contamination.

Where should the flood restoration process begin?

Our SERVPRO crew makes an assessment and decides on a timeline with you. Some tasks are concurrent and in coordination with other relevant parties, such as sub-contractors and insurance adjustors. Our goal is to mitigate your loss of time and resources, which is why we perform tasks such as-

  • Removal of damaged goods
  • Move out services
  • Preservation of documents and electronics

Throughout the above, we also focus on water extraction by using pumps, injectidry technology, and air circulators. The sooner we remove excess moisture, the quicker we can disinfect and sanitize your home.

Let SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County guide you after a flood. Call us at (908) 251-9097 whether you live in New Brunswick or North Brunswick and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

How Can I Get Rid of Mold?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

mold on wall Let the trained professional handle your mold problem in your New Brunswick home. Call SERVPRO in your local area for the help you need.

Eliminate Mold in your New Brunswick Property by Calling a Professional Team

Mold in your home in New Brunswick should not be taken lightly. Mold remediation is a complex process, and only a trained professional should address it. A thorough mold removal process can save you time and resources if done correctly. Conversely, it is a problem that can drag for months if left unattended.

In New Brunswick, mold damage is a job for our SERVPRO technicians, which are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our first step is to understand how widespread the mold is and how it moves through your home. During this process, we wear personal protective equipment as a precaution. Not all mold is perceptible via smell or sight, so we employ specialized equipment to inform us of its presence.

What are the steps in mold removal?

Our SERVPRO team continues its process by finding the source of mold and following its growth. Once we thwart the origin, we can concentrate on cleaning spores in your home, and we achieve this in several ways, namely-

  1. Sealing your HVAC system to prevent further dissemination
  2. Cleaning with antifungal solutions
  3. Replacing any affected building materials such as drywall

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is at your service when there's mold in your home. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us apply your knowledge, so your home looks "Like it never even happened."