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The Phases of Mold Removal in Somerset Structures

9/10/2023 (Permalink)

mold damage on the ceiling of a room in the corner SERVPRO technicians know how to deal with mold damage. Contact SERVPRO for a remediation plan for your home.

Effective Mold Cleanup Practices for Your Home 

Sitting on the Raritan River and surrounded by massive green spaces like Skillman Park and Sourland Mountain Preserve, it is not surprising that homes and businesses contend with mold damage. Disasters can overwhelm the Franklin Township, and smaller Somerset within it. The size of the community’s 22,000 residents is misleading when you consider this is one of the most affluent counties in the country. The upscale environment creates a respite from the bustle of nearby Brunswick and properties like Rutgers University.

Before mold removal for Somerset properties can begin, we must determine how best to manage these threats as they get discovered. The remediation approach varies immensely from site to site, so we might clean The Marigold venue and Saint Peter’s Hospital differently than stores within the Brunswick Shopping Center or the equipment and facilities of Iron Peak Sports & Events. The good news is that while we work, there are no shortages of places to improve your performance on the links, with multiple complete golf courses and related activities at Mattawang Golf Club, Bunker Hill, and the Cherry Valley Country Club.

Finding and Removing Mold Damage

The first step in mold removal and remediation is finding the mold. This discovery happens by looking for clear indicators and signs like:

  • Spotting
  • Wet areas
  • Malodors
  • Structural deterioration

Removing mold growth combines surface cleaning with antimicrobial products, abrasive blasting, and mechanical action to eliminate mold and prevent recurrences.

An effective strategy for mold removal is vital with manufacturing facilities in town like PIM Brands and the headquarters of businesses like SHI International. We move fast to help with mold cleanup before the situation gets out of control. Call our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team anytime at (908) 259-6603.

Proven Fire Damage Restoration for Somerset Properties

5/25/2023 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained fire remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you.

Fire Cleanup Services Wherever You Need Them

Somerset is a small metropolis but a growing community that more than 22,000 call home. Its affluent residents have made it a golf mecca for those looking to hit the links and can do so in many locations like the Mattawang Golf Club, Bunker Hill Golf Course, and the Cherry Valley Country Club. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy all the exhibitions and facilities at Iron Peak Sports & Events. Because so many local businesses and venues operate on a year-round schedule of events and celebrations like Otto Kaufman Community Center or The Marigold, post-fire cleanup and recovery must happen fast to provide fast restoration turnarounds.

The concentration of commercial properties makes fire damage restoration for Somerset critical. Even without considering massive locations like Rutgers University nearby, you have multi-story structures like Saint Peter’s University Hospital or the headquarters for SHI International and Catalent. These corporations, warehouses, and even manufacturing facilities like the PIM brands operations make Somerset County among the richest in the country.

Effective Smoke and Soot Removal 

Our fire damage restoration services are fast and thorough, meaning that we can help you get back into your home fast after these disasters. While you wait, you can take time to appreciate much of what the area offers you may not have considered before, such as green spaces like Skillman Park or Mangee Mountain. You can commune with nature at the Sourland Mountain Preserve while our skilled restoration team works on the smoke and soot damage in your home with the following:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Controlled demolition
  • Odor removal products

Removing smoke and soot damage is challenging after a disaster, but our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team has extensive experience and training to help. We are ready for a post-disaster cleanup. Call us at (908) 251-9097.

The Challenges of Mold Removal in Somerset Properties

5/4/2023 (Permalink)

Mold We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Helping Efficient Mold Removal Occur in Your Home 

We understand the urgency and the need for effective and focused mold remediation services for residences. Homes get overwhelmed by colonies quickly with so many organic building materials serving as viable hosts for the organism. We overcome the challenges of mold development to bring life back to normal.

Exposure Times and Spreading

Mold Removal for Somerset homes happens over several stages and steps. Unfortunately, the longer homeowners wait to secure experienced and professional remediation services; the more widespread and severe colonization often becomes in the moist areas of the house. Our 24/7 availability makes it possible to start vital removal efforts anytime you discover mold colonies forming in your residence.

Accessibility Concerns 

The placement of mold growth can also be a challenge for responding remediation technicians. Confined areas like the attic and crawlspace are favorable for mold growth, but we can only dry and clean them using some of our available tools and equipment. 

Material Degradation and Salvageability

Mold uses organic matter as a food source, meaning that the longer organisms stay on a hosting material, the more damage occurs. We have to assess the stability of affected surfaces to ensure these elements are still salvageable and viable before opting for surface cleaning or media blasting. In some situations, demolition and discarding can be favorable for materials like:

  • Drywall
  • Carpeting
  • Wood Framing
  • Fabrics

Trusted Remediation Specialists to Help 

Despite the challenges that might exist to make mold remediation more difficult in your home, SERVPRO is a trusted name to help. Our AMRT-Certified technicians have accreditation through the IICRC, hands-on experience, and continued education throughout their careers to stay prepared for whatever they face.

Mold growth in your home can be overwhelming, especially when complications arise to make the removal more complicated. As leading remediation specialists, SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County understands the urgency of clearing mold colonies as you discover them. Call (908) 251-9097.

Mold Damage Cleanup for Somerset Residents and Businesses

4/10/2023 (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.

Prompt, Effective Water Damage Services are the Best in Somerset

4/10/2023 (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!

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

4/10/2023 (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.

Storm Water Cleanup Somerset is Better with Experts

4/9/2023 (Permalink)

water covering the floor of the basement When your home suffers from water damage after a storm, quick action is necessary. Contact our SERVPRO team for water removal services.

Trust SERVPRO for Storm Water Cleanup in Somerset

Storm water usually flows from rooftops, over bare soil, paved areas, and sloped lawns. As the runoff flows, it collects and transports pet manure, pesticides, salt, grease, oil, litter, leaves, and other potential pollutants. Polluted stormwater can cause microbial contamination and extra damage in your home.

Stormwater can flow into basements and cause costly and difficult-to-cleanup damage. SERVPRO can perform stormwater cleanup in your Somerset residence. We can handle extensive stormwater damage with access to specialized equipment like water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

We can inspect the damage, propose a mitigation plan, and start the cleanup process. Our restoration service involves the following steps:

  • Once you call us and we understand the problem, we can send our technicians to examine the situation. Analyzing the issue enables our SERVPRO team to proceed with other steps. 
  • We perform water extraction using cutting-edge equipment to prevent secondary damage.
  • We use air movers and dehumidifiers for drying and dehumidification purposes. This enables us to remove moisture from homes.
  • We clean and disinfect the house to eliminate microbes. 

Dry air is an essential tool when drying damp materials. When the airspace is dry, there is less moisture in the air. When the humidity is lower, moisture is likelier to evaporate from surfaces and materials into the surrounding air. Our SERVPRO technicians reduce the humidity through ventilation or dehumidification.

Stormwater can cause some of the structures and contents in your home to get damaged beyond repair. In that case, our technicians can remove and replace them. This may involve replacing furniture, insulation, ceilings, flooring, and drywall. Water can make porous materials unstable. Replacing such materials helps in sustaining a home’s integrity.

Our SERVPRO team can also perform moisture testing to verify dryness. We also offer construction services to rebuild the structures that we removed, like finish materials, drywall, plumbing, and electrical systems. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is a full-service restoration company that can assist you with stormwater cleanup. Please call us at any time at (908) 259-6860.

Water Cleanup Keeps Your Somerset Dwelling & Contents From Ruin

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

Pipe with Leak We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Water Cleanup Experts to Protect Your Belongings

Rising sea levels and hurricanes like Ian can leave area houses with standing water. However, flooding isn't the only time your Somerset house needs professional water cleanup help.

Families in Somerset need water cleanup teams to handle standing water inside their homes. Prior flooding can cause shifting of your residence's framework, putting tension on your home's water lines. Too much tension can snap a PVC water pipe, causing thousands of gallons to flow into your living area.

Arriving fast to your home means less damage. Working in different teams, we work on the following:

  • Getting everything out of the way of still-moving water
  • Eliminating water
  • Cleaning and drying everything

Unfortunately, even after we turn off the main valve, water continues to inch farther and farther away from the broken pipe. We counter this by placing the things your family loves and cherishes in safer, drier locations as quickly as possible.

We also start undoing the situation caused by the broken pipe – getting the water out of your home. We can pump out any amount of water. Still, when the things inside your home are saturated - carpet, rugs, that huge pile of laundry on the floor you were folding, your toddler's stuffed toys after a tea party – we need various extraction units, air movers, and heaters to speed up drying. We also use brushes and sponges to touch up items, such as refreshing the pile of pillows or other things that touch the lives of your family members.

The interior structure of your home isn't something that we can move out of the way like a bookshelf or pair of beanbag chairs. Dehumidifiers and desiccant machines have huge roles at this stage. We do everything possible to make your home as you remember it, "Like it never even happened."

We can help after water tries to ruin your home. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 24/7, any day of the year.

Water Mitigation in Somerset is a Job for SERVPRO

2/3/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Don't let water take control of your property. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO's Certified Crew of Experts Provides Emergency Water Damage Services to Somerset Businesses

A successful business owner has a lot to worry about. Supply issues, finding customers, inventory, and finances require constant attention. Business owners must act decisively when something as simple as a water sprinkler system malfunction soaks the whole office or storefront. Making a quick decision is just as important as making the right decision. To control the threat of water damage to your business, enlist the help of a certified team of experts that knows how to tackle water intrusion with as little disruption to your business as possible.

For commercial water mitigation services in Somerset, you only need to look further than SERVPRO. Our staff is certified by the IICRC, and our field experience speaks for itself. We are available around the clock to respond to your emergency and to handle your needs efficiently. Through the process, our staff documents and shares timelines and action plans with you so you're up to date on what is happening and the job's progress. Documentation can also be helpful in the submission of insurance claims and any other regulatory aspects we might assist with.

Our SERVPRO staff is much more than a water extraction team. Most business owners may focus on removing water with rented dehumidifiers and vacuums, which, although helpful, need to provide comprehensive support. Our team employs state-of-the-art technology to assess moisture levels on each surface of your business and takes appropriate corrective actions. Among some of the equipment we carry to help us eliminate all traces of water damage, you will find:

  • Pumps of varying capacities, including truck-mounted and submersible. We also employ handheld technology to extract water from hard-to-reach places.
  • Foggers to help us clean, disinfect and deodorize the space, leaving it in top shape to serve your customers.
  • Drying mats, inject-dry equipment, and other specialized drying solutions remove water from your business's floors, wall cavities, and other items.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is available around the clock by calling (908) 251-9097. When disaster strikes, don't despair. Let us handle it until your business looks "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Somerset Residence

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call today.

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Fire Damage Restoration in Your Somerset Home

Any size fire in your home is a scary event. Fire and smoke damage can blanket your home and possessions in soot and leave behind offensive odors. You may be tempted to tackle the problem yourself, but attempting to clean your property on your own can result in further damage.

Instead, let the technicians at SERVPRO repair the fire damage to your Somerset structure. We can perform the comprehensive restoration services you need in a timely and convenient fashion. We grasp that this is a stressful time, and we do our best to take that worry away by working with you and your insurance carrier to be consistent with budgeting and timelines. 

Cleaning Ceilings and Walls After Fire Damage

Wall and ceiling cleaning procedures address different surfaces. SERVPRO technicians identify wall and ceiling surfaces while we pretest for cleanability. The factors determining the best method to use include the kind of surface, the type of soil, and whether a surface is dry cleanable or wet cleanable. Three forms of Cleaning will take care of most walls and ceilings:

  • Dry Cleaning Sponge – This can be used for ceilings of all types with light to medium non-grease-based soiling. The dry cleaning sponge can also pre-clean excess non-grease-based soils before wet Cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - is used on metal, painted, or wood ceilings with heavy dry ash, soot residue, or light-to-heavy oil-based residues.
  • Peroxide active Cleaning - can clean acoustical ceilings and other porous or nonporous ceiling surfaces, especially those with heavy nicotine or tar staining. The coating on blown, textured ceilings could dissolve if treated with aggressive wet cleaning procedures. Instead, we use the peroxide active ceiling cleaning process.

When your home experiences fire damage, you can call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County any time at (908) 251-9097. We will be there quickly to help prevent further damage so you can rest easy.