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When You Have Fire Damage, Call Pros for Restoration in Somerset

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in a parking lot It can be overwhelming when facing fire damage to your Somerset home. SERVPRO can help with the remediation process. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Handles Smoke and Fire Damage for Somerset Property Owners 24/7

Residential or commercial fires can lead to varying levels of damage, both from smoke and charring from the flames. Somerset residents and business owners need prompt, reliable restoration whenever faced with such an emergency – this is where SERVPRO comes in. We know the best techniques and have an endless supply of equipment and tools at our disposal to scale each project to each customer’s needs. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, getting you back to normal before you know it. All you have to do is reach out to us 24-hours a day for emergency response.

Smoke and fire damage in Somerset does not have to mean you lose everything. SERVPRO works to restore versus replace, implementing our protocols to clean and salvage as much as possible. This results in time and money savings overall. 

We Know the Basics of Fire and Smoke Damage

Understanding what occurs in an active fire is critical to adequately addressing any fire restoration project. Our technicians have been through rigorous IICRC training to receive certification for water, fire, smoke, and mold restorations. We understand that:

  • Hot fires will produce less smoke than smoldering, cooler fires.
  • Kitchen grease fires on a hot stove put out immense, oily residue that sticks and smears on surfaces.
  • Fast burning fires involving paper and wood will often leave powdery soot residues.
  • Selecting the best process for each fire situation and the soot residues present help to achieve the best results.

How Do Smoke Odors Get Eliminated During Fire Restoration?

Several steps are necessary to clear out odors after a fire within your Somerset property. Our technicians understand the basic principles for commercial and house fire cleanup. Smoke residues move through hot air currents during the fire, sometimes traveling through a working HVAC system into other areas of the structure. 

SERVPRO considers the type of fire, materials burned, the overall scope, and how long the blaze raged. This allows us to choose the best methods and solutions to eliminate malodors.

  • We carefully remove all charred and unsalvageable contents and building materials. Everything gets disposed of safely according to local guidelines.
  • We tackle all visible surface residues using a combination of vacuuming with dry wiping or brushing and wet methods with water and cleaning agents to pull up smoke residues and deposits.
  • We may also use ozone molecules to help neutralize odors, breaking them down for eradication. 

What Does an Ozone Generator Do to Remove Smoke Odors?

SERVPRO’s vast equipment selection includes ozone generators, which create man-made ozone. The ozone technology has powerful oxidizing properties with ozone, a highly reactive, colorless gas that works to remove odors by reacting. Our trained technicians use these units only in sealed and unoccupied areas.  

Besides equipment like ozone and hydroxyl generators, SERVPRO technicians often use air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to pull odorous elements from the air. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) select the best methods for odor elimination, which may also include odor counteractant beads or granules. We never mask odors, and we only use processes to remove them so that you have no lingering reminders of the fire. “Like it never even happened.”

Let Us Handle All of Your Reconstruction Needs

Most all fire-related incidents call for some level of reconstruction. Our team often uses controlled demolition measures to help restore your property to pre-fire condition. This may include the removal of charred drywall, structural elements, trim, flooring, etc. Everything gets replaced and finished off with new paint, wallpaper, stain, and other finishes.

  • General Contractor License #: 13VH06622700

Call us at (908) 251-9097, and we can dispatch a crew to your door to assist with fire damage cleanup and restoration. You can also request help from SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County online.

Prompt, Effective Water Damage Services are the Best in Somerset

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment set up in a water damaged hallway SERVPRO technicians can restore all types of water damage in Somerset, no matter the size of the disaster.

Somerset Property Owners Trust SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

With any water emergencies like ceiling leaks, flooding, water spills, and burst pipes, Somerset residents can count on SERVPRO for rapid response and quality services. Our franchise is locally-owned and operated, and we take an interest in the livelihood of businesses and customers in our area. We like to provide prompt, reliable cleanup and water removal services to get back to your routine faster. To do this, we utilize a broad spectrum of high-grade equipment, tried and true methods, and the knowledge of our IICRC-certified restoration experts. We make everything “Like it never even happened” a fraction of the time that a DIY project could.

When you have any water damage in Somerset, it is best to contact our SERVPRO customer care team to mobilize our Green Fleet to your door. Once the necessary information gets collected, we load the vehicles with the right equipment for the job so that we can get started within hours. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – ensuring you get the results you deserve. 

Pro Tip – Beginning water mitigation efforts sooner than later cuts back on the impact of whatever spill or water infiltration your property is experiencing. The quicker our team gets in to halt water migration, the easier it is to eradicate moisture to stop secondary damage and the possibility of microbial growth.

What Happens When SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) Arrive?

We have protocols in place for every type of restoration project we begin:

  • Once we arrive, our crew chief assesses your property to determine the type of water event, any damage, hazards, and materials impacted.
  • A plan is devised that involves selecting tools and equipment for water removal services, drying, and dehumidification.
  • Containment measures get put in place, and extractions begin along with debris removal if any.

Our Green Fleet: You will see these iconic, well-marked vehicles arriving at your door. Each one gets packed up with the water removal equipment, EPA-registered cleaning agents, and specialized drying tools that we need to handle your water restoration project. 

24-Hour Response Times Matter in Water-Related Incidents

Emergencies never wait for the right time, so having our contact information handy is beneficial should you have a water incident within your home or business. Our crews are on standby to provide our customers with the water and fire restorations they need when they need them. Some of the water-related projects we often get called to include:

  • Toilet, sink, and tub overflow
  • Hidden pipe leaks and water damage
  • Appliance malfunctions; water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.
  • Burst pipes
  • Basement floods, storm flooding, sump pump failures, etc.
  • And more

Our Skilled Crew Knows How to Handle Dehumidification and Drying

During your project, once standing water gets removed with the help of truck-mounted extractors, submersible pumps, or gas-powered pumps, we pay special attention to the humidity levels inside your property. We use drying and dehumidification equipment in unison to help us achieve our goals to lower relative humidity (RH) to normal levels. Failure to address ambient moisture and hidden moisture pockets could lead to costly water damage to building materials or black mold growth.

  • Centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers help to remove moisture. We adjust our equipment as we work, often adding or removing pieces to get the results we need.
  • Our skilled technicians are constantly checking progress with the help of moisture detection tools – sensors, borescopes, meters, and thermal imaging technology.
  • In some instances, airflow may be increased around furnishings, over the flooring, and across walls to help boost the evaporation process.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is there whenever you require professional water damage services. Call our offices at (908) 251-9097 to mobilize our crew to your door!

Mold Damage Cleanup for Somerset Residents and Businesses

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician using a HEPA vacuum on a mold damaged room SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every mold damage remediation job in Somerset. We are Here to Help.

Contact SERVPRO for Safe, Reliable Mold Damage Assistance in Somerset

Many people mistakenly take mold cleanup into their own hands, only worsening the issue. While there may be DIY methods listed online or products on the shelves that claim to help with mold removal, only professional mold remediation services do the trick. Mold contamination within your Somerset property can bring secondary damage to your contents and structure. It is prudent to contact SERVPRO to get safe, efficient solutions and the thorough cleaning you need.

Why is professional assistance with SERVPRO best for handling mold damage in Somerset? We take the time to determine the cause of the mold issue, then follow through with debris removal and cleanup of all spore colonization on surfaces. This gets followed up with detailed cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safety, so your property is “Like it never even happened.” 

Our team works in ways to avoid aggravating your mold issue or endangering others within your home or business. We have IICRC-certified technicians that understand best practices for microbial remediation, performing safe, effective cleanup where you need it when you need it. We work to:

  • Find the cause of the moisture problem that caused mold to develop. This could be a hidden pipe leak, a failed attempt at water removal services that left moisture behind, or a lack of ventilation. 
  • Limit the spread of microscopic mold spores into unaffected areas of your property. We put containment barriers in place with plastic sheeting and use negative pressure. All our crew members wear foot coverings to limit possible tracking into unaffected areas.
  • Know the dangers of exposure. Our technicians all wear the appropriate personal protective equipment; goggles, coveralls, gloves, boots, and respirators.

What is Involved in Mold Assessment and Mitigation?

Once we arrive on your property, our technicians thoroughly assess all areas of suspected mold growth. We will:

  • Check sites for hidden moisture
  • Confirm all levels of material deterioration
  • Identify all spread patterns of the mold
  • Determine all that can get salvaged and what has been impacted to the point of being no longer salvageable

When taking on a mold remediation project, SERVPRO technicians follow best practices according to S520 standards within the manual for the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

Mold Removal Vs. Remediation - What's the Difference?

Microscopic mold spores are naturally present everywhere, including inside and outside. Because of this, total removal is not possible from any home or business. Some restoration companies might advertise mold removal, but this is a fallacy. Rather than guarantee complete mold eradication, SERVPRO promises to follow best practices to eliminate as much mold as possible. We then follow with EPA-registered products for a thorough cleaning, disinfection, and deodorization so that you can breathe easy again. 

Odor Control is Paramount With Mold Restoration Projects

SERVPRO technicians have been trained to identify and eliminate any malodors during each project we get called to. With mold remediation jobs, this means handling foul, musty odors. We never take shortcuts or mask odors but select the best equipment and products to help eradicate them. This gets done, so there is no lingering reminder of the event. 

Depending on the mold cleanup job we get called to, many specialists may be at work to get you the results you need. These techs may include:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians
  • Odor Control Technicians
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists

We use controlled demolition measures for building materials that must be removed and replaced due to mold infestation or moisture damage. - General Contractor License #: 13VH06622700

Get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County by calling (908) 251-9097. We can send a crew out as soon as possible to begin mold damage restoration.

What Happens When My Dishwasher Overflows in Somerset?

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Kitchen Floor Water may appear to be visually gone from your home, but with professional mitigation you can make sure no water is hidden in unexpected places.

The Water Removal Experts from SERVPRO Can Rescue Your Home in Somerset.

The suddenness of a malfunctioning dishwasher can be hard to deal with. One moment you are simply starting your first load of dishes, and the next, there is water pouring into the kitchen of your Somerset home. Now there is the task of getting the water up and repairing whatever damage it caused.

What Can the Water Damage Experts from SERVPRO Do to Help?

Any water damage needs to be inspected by an expert. This is because there could be water damage in your Somerset home that goes beyond the surface. Damage like this cannot be seen and requires professional help to ensure that any problems are dealt with immediately. The Water Restoration Technicians with our company can find this moisture and restore your home to its former condition. Here are the ways they can help:

  • Inspection
  • Water Removal
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning
  • Restoration

Why Inspect the Damaged Area?

Inspection of the origin of the damage is crucial to determining the extent of the damage and how to proceed with water removal.

How do Water Technicians Remove All Traces of Water?

Submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums are two ways our experts use to remove any water standing in your home. Since not all the water that seeped out can be removed with this equipment, we also conduct a drying and dehumidification process. This ensures that no water or damp areas are left in your home.

Cleaning and Restoration, The Final Steps.

Once the water removal and drying process are complete, our restoration experts can begin cleaning and restoring your home. During this step, our team will also evaluate and restore personal belongings that were damaged due to the water.

The water removal and damage experts at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County are available 24/7. So, whenever you need an immediate response, call (908) 251-9097. Your home will be repaired and restored with the best care possible.

Claim Approval for Somerset Shops After Flood Damage

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

servpro poster  training female in uniform SERVPRO arrives with trained and professional technicians to mitigate flood damage in your Somerset workplace. We work with your insurance agent.

What Does Your Insurance Need After Flood Damage?

Working with the insurance provider after a disaster can be stressful, as many customers do not know what to expect or what the company needs to approve a damage claim. As a trusted restoration vendor, SERVPRO can help.

Cataloging the Structure Condition

While your insurance company is sure to entrust damage documentation and reporting of flood damage in Somerset shops to an adjuster, SERVPRO is also a trusted name to conduct needed inspections and reports. We work directly with the policy providers to meet their demands after disasters to ensure we can quickly start mitigation and restoration services.

Documenting the Loss

Another type of documentation needed after a flood loss is the impact of this contaminated water on various materials and contents. We carefully note these losses based on a thorough inspection of the shop and its connected rooms. The more detailed these assessments can be, the more quickly restoration and recovery steps can begin for:

  • Documents
  • Electronics
  • Wares
  • Contents
  • Furniture

What Restoration is Needed?

To meet the demands of an insurance provider and get the damage claim approved to begin cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO must create a custom recovery plan. When the insurance company understands what our experts deem necessary to restore the shop and the expected timeline for completing this work, they can more confidently approve damage claim mitigation and cleaning.

The Importance of a Detailed Estimate

Estimations are projections made by experienced professionals like our production managers about expected costs for the restoration work to come. It is necessary to fully evaluate any needed actions, products, and specialty recovery services as these ultimately impact the final expense to the customer or their insurance provider.

Estimations and insurance approval are essential to restoring and recovering your shop after flood damage. Intruding water is traumatic and destructive, especially to the wares and inventory of your boutique. The fast response of our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help when you call (908) 490-6462.

We Put the Flames of Worry Out In Somerset After A Fire

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

charred and destroyed structure Somerset fire damage cleanup, demolition, and reconstruction needed? Call SERVPRO

How Do I Get Professional Fire Restoration for My Somerset Home?

Our SERVPRO team is ready 24/7 to help with fire losses that affect your life.

It can be a great challenge for many Somerset homeowners to get the pieces in motion to protect and restore their homes immediately following a fire. With reputable restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team available 24/7, emergency services, cleaning, and recovery of your property are often only a phone call away.

What Does It Mean When Restoration Companies Chase Fires? 

The term "chasing fires" has become synonymous with taking advantage of the misfortunes of Somerset homeowners after fire damage disasters. In truth, when it is said that our SERVPRO team chases fires, it refers to our professionals and administration keeping an ear to the ground for disasters that happen in the neighborhoods we serve. Learning about fire losses as they happen can benefit the affected homeowner in many ways.

Our preparedness for the emergency is direct, and your property can benefit from our knowledge of a fire in progress. No matter how fast we can respond to emergencies threatening homes and businesses throughout our region, information delivered at the right time can have our technicians and professionals ready to respond when first responders and firefighters turn the property back to you.

With our established relationship with area insurance providers and companies, we often get informed of situations in real-time. Once you contact your insurer, we can enter the loop to simplify the claims process and begin to mitigate the fire damage.

What Are the Emergency Services SERVPRO Offers After a Fire?

  • Controlled Demolition
  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Water Removal
  • Secure the Building
  • Air Quality Control

Once our team arrives at your damaged Somerset home, we must immediately begin several actions before the job scope and mitigation efforts. These emergency services help to make the worksite safer for the responding technicians from our SERVPRO team. Controlled demolition, for example, can address compromised and weak portions of construction materials by discarding them.

Debris removal is one of the first tasks that must occur on any structure fire, as this helps the property to experience less concentrated effects like odors and soot particles. When our professionals first arrive and begin controlled demolition tasks, we can also utilize this time to shovel and vacuum loose debris from the floors.

Controlling the contaminants and environmental hazards is also essential to make the job site safer for our responding technicians. With advanced tools in our inventory, like air scrubbers and negative air chambers, we can reduce the movement and migration of harmful soot particles that can be hazardous to those exposed.

What Equipment is Needed for Cleaning After a Housefire?

  • Abrasive Cleaning Equipment 
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Equipment
  • Deodorization Tools

Cleaning up after fire losses involves multiple tools and strategies working simultaneously. Because every disaster is different, some Somerset homes might experience higher soot deposits while others deal more heavily with harsh odors lingering after the emergency. However your home is affected, we must address the situation with powerful, cutting-edge equipment like soda blasting and media blasting for surfaces affected by specific soils and soot.

Removing odors from the house is another challenging obstacle for responding technicians like ours. While smoke odors can exist in the environment where the fire occurred, the exposed materials and contents have also likely been affected by these smells. Deodorization practices and equipment must address open-air odors and trapped molecules in porous surfaces. We typically rely on thermal foggers, hydroxyl machines, and ozone generators to accomplish these tasks.

Do Restoration Companies Do Repairs as Well? 

  • Licensed Residential Contractors
  • Build Back
  • Renovations and Remodeling

Because we have a licensed division of contractors in-house, we can offer a comprehensive approach to restoring Somerset homes and businesses after a fire loss. Our experienced professionals first got involved with controlled demolition practices when our SERVPRO team arrived at the damaged home and can now begin the full-scale reconstruction of the house once restoration completes.

Repairing and rebuilding your home is a carefully crafted portion of the restoration process we offer customers. With controlled demolition techniques, matching existing construction materials is the only suitable path to make damages "Like it never even happened." We work with our customers to meet their expectations in this reconstruction phase.

It is also possible that due to the severe structural damages that your home endured during the fire loss incident, you can consider the possibility of remodeling and renovation. When residences get taken down to their structural skeleton, much of the first half of remodeling work has already occurred in the initial cleanup and controlled demolition phases. We can utilize an opportunity that interests clients to rebuild to new specifications and designs.

Fire damage can be a devastating force for homes and businesses and one that requires our professionals to respond quickly and confidently. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County technicians have accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to offer a knowledgeable presence during stressful times. Give us a call 24/7 at (908) 490-6462.

How Can I Save My Inventory After Water Damage in Somerset?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

YELLOW SUMP PUMP SERVPRO's inventory of water extraction equipment greatly mitigates water damage to Somerset structures and helps preserve commercial wares.

Businesses in Somerset Can Call SERVPRO to Help Save Inventory After a Water Loss

Anytime a pipe bursts, it can cause damage. In your Somerset business, the damage is more than an inconvenience; it threatens your livelihood. Restoring your commercial venture and preserving as much of your inventory as possible are concurrent goals for the restoration process.

Business owners can count on SERVPRO for water damage restoration in Somerset. A call to our 24-hour hotline gains you access to our experts, who can start remediating the damage as soon as we arrive. We take an initial assessment of the damage and develop an action plan focusing on achieving quick and effective results. Like you, we want to mitigate your losses and reopen for your customers as soon as possible.

Should I file an insurance claim if my business has water damage?

Insurance coverage is often crucial to the businesses we serve. For filing a claim with your carrier, you should reach out to your broker and follow their instructions. In the meantime, SERVPRO can document our restoration process and share those notes with you if they help support conversations with your insurance. As we help business owners, we understand the need to involve other parties in our work. Whenever additional outside contractors need to come into your business, we work with you to leave the area ready for their arrival and reduce any time delays.

Our SERVPRO team knows that water damage restoration in commercial buildings may require us to abide by local ordinances and building regulations. These may extend to the removal of items and water extraction. Thankfully, we have available several options for removing water from the premises, including the following-

These options allow us to extract varying volumes of water so we can leave your business ready for customers.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your partner when disaster strikes. Call us at (908) 490-6462 and let us leave your place "Like it never even happened."

Can a Flood Weaken the Structure of my Home?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of Basement FLood 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 homes relentlessly. In evaluating the damage to your New Brunswick home, you must 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 once 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 employs 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."

Repairing Flood Damage in Somerset

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Man in Kitchen Getting Rained On Disaster may strike at any time in Somerset. Call SERVPRO for the Storm damage restoration services needed for your property.

SERVPRO Can Help Fix Storm Damage in Somerset

Everyone knows that now that summer has finally arrived, it is likely that severe thunderstorms can strike your neighborhood. When storms come into the region, they can bring about heavy rains, high-speed winds, and in some cases, hail. Even though most experts consider large hail storms very rare for New Jersey, it is still possible. In fact, in July last year, a thunderstorm in Bergen County blasted residents with hail the size of tennis balls and golf balls.

During flood damage projects in Somerset, wind, rain, and hail could all be possible causes for moisture to enter your home. When hail strikes your property, it could cause issues that create a leak in your house's structure. For example, hailstones can come crashing into your roof and break or pop holes into your shingles, making your roof leak. If the hail gets as big as golf or tennis balls, then the hail could start breaking windows on your house, letting more rainwater inside your structure.

If a vicious hailstorm causes one or more leaks, the first thing our SERVPRO technicians can do is find where all of the leaks occurred. Next, we can take steps to seal off sections of your roof that leak or board up broken windows so that H2O stops entering your dwelling. After we repair all of the leaks in your building, we can use moisture sensors and meters to see which of your building materials got wet. 

Services Offered to Mitigate Storm-Related Issues

  • Repair Roof Leaks
  • Ceiling Repairs after a Storm
  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Water Extraction Services
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)

If a hailstorm ever shatters one of your windows or causes your roof to start leaking water, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

Is Mold in the Storage Area a Threat to Customers?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Wall Damages SERVPRO Excels at Mold Remediation for Our Somerset Business Clients

Mold can Cause Effects, but our Technicians can Help With Effective Colony Remediation and Restoration

It is tempting to ignore mold growth that might not be overwhelming the storage areas of your Somerset office building. Despite how far staff and customers might be from this microbial threat, it is still something that should be addressed soon as possible.

Addressing mold damage in Somerset underground storage areas can often happen without reducing the production of your staff or facility. With containment measures, our remediators can begin drying out affected areas and implementing abrasive cleaning tactics to clear colonies.

Will Mold Go Away on Its Own?

Several myths and false facts are floating out there about mold colonization. It is important to remember that:

  • Mold does not vanish on its own
  • Regardless of its type, mold spreads 
  • Mold can cause effects

Wherever you find mold in your office building, it is wise to opt for remediation. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help. Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097.