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Fire Damage Restoration in Somerset

11/5/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged oven with soot covering the wall behind it After a fire in your home, you want the aftermath dealt with quickly. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians to help mitigate your fire damage.

Somerset Residents Trust SERVPRO® with Fire Damage Restoration

Somerset, NJ, is a vibrant destination offering a range of tourist attractions. Nature enthusiasts can explore the picturesque Colonial Park, boasting beautiful gardens and serene walking trails. For history buffs, the historic Franklin Inn and Van Veghten House offer glimpses into the area's past. Culinary delights abound in Somerset, with diverse eateries like East Asian fusion restaurants, charming cafes, and local diners serving delicious fare. The town is also home to esteemed educational institutions, including Rutgers University and the Somerset County Technology Institute, fostering a culture of learning and innovation. In addition to its rich tourist destinations, eateries, and educational buildings, Somerset, NJ, has also shown resilience in the face of adversity, including fire incidents.

SERVPRO offers premier fire damage restoration in Somerset. Our restoration experts possess the expertise and resources to handle the aftermath of smoke and soot. SERVPRO’s swift and efficient response ensures recovery from a fire incident “Like it never even happened.”

Principles of Cleaning in House Fire Clean Up

SERVPRO techs employ several cleaning methods to remove smoke and soot from your fire-damaged homes. We use the following principles of cleaning to restore your home to its preloss state- 

  • Find and identify the type of smoke and soot residues
  • Capture the residue in dry, particulate form or a solution
  • Remove the residues
  • Dispose of the residues according to the local rules and regulations 

SERVPRO techs also employ thermal fogging and ozone treatments to neutralize lingering odors.

When fire damage occurs, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified restoration professionals bring their expertise and specialized knowledge to restore homes and businesses, such as the historic Van Veghten House and the iconic Franklin Inn. We understand Somerset's unique architectural styles and building materials, including notable structures like Rutgers University and the Somerset County Technology Institute. We aim to preserve the distinct character and resilience of the city, allowing the community to rebuild and thrive again.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 490-6462 for a 24/7 fire damage restoration service. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fire Damage Restoration in Somerset Includes Content Cleaning

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

A fire on a plug in the wall Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County the next time you have a fire. We are happy to help.

SERVPRO Offers Fire Restoration Services in Somerset

When a large fire ignites inside your house, several items can get burnt as the fire moves through your home and uses your building materials and contents as fuels. The smoke coming from a large blaze can also cause several issues, even in parts of your home where nothing got burnt. Smoke can flow through a structure and get into small nooks and crannies inside your house, and it can penetrate porous materials and cause unpleasant aromas to exist. 

If you ever suffer from fire damage in Somerset, our SERVPRO technicians can provide several services to assist. In some cases, the smoke coming from your blaze can coat surfaces of just about everything in your house, including your possessions. Luckily, we have access to several types of cleaning products, and we have experience using different methods to remove the various kinds of soots present after a fire burns in your house.

In more severe cases of structural burns, our SERVPRO technicians can pack out all of your contents to a separate location so that your contents can get cleaned and restored separately from your structural components. Once we move your soiled contents to a clean site, we can devise a plan to clean your various items. Some items can be dry cleaned with rags or sponges, while others clean better using wet cleaning methods. For certain things like dishes, we can submerge your contents into a cleaning solution so that the product can break down the soot's bond with the affected item's surface.

Other services we can offer

  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Fire Cleanups

If you notice that soot residues have covered several of your contents after a fire, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

SERVPRO Technicians and Equipment Mitigate Fired Damaged Homes in Somerset

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen and fridge Soot removal, air cleaning along with content restoration are included in SERVPRO's fire damage service for our Somerset neighbors

The Prognosis for Somerset Fire Damage Cleanup Is Better with Professional Cleanup

For most homeowners in Somerset, it is hard to look at their residence after fire damage happens and see the potential for having things back to normal. The black soot, smoke damage, and charred items make the situation seem hopeless.

A common sight in Somerset homes after fire damage is everything in the room pulled into the middle of the room and drenched with water. This happens because, during the firefighting efforts, the firemen pull burning items and put them in the center of the area, and saturate it with water. The debris pile may include building materials, insulation, and furnishings. The result is a wet mess with little restoration potential that requires removal.

Initial Fire Cleanup Actions
The SERVPRO technicians begin the fire loss restoration process by extracting the water left behind by firefighting efforts and removal of anything ruined by the fire. As each identifiable item gets taken off-site, it is photographed and entered into a detailed CCIS Contents Claim Insurance System. When mitigation efforts are complete, the techs provide this report to the homeowner to expedite the insurance claims process. Charred sheetrock, acoustic ceiling tiles, and other damaged building materials get taken off-site as they have no refurbishment prospects.

Cleaning Away Soot and Smoke Damage
As the fire burns, the hot air expands and drives soot into porous surfaces. When the paint on the walls gets heated, soot can enter and get trapped. SERVPRO technicians have methods such as using sealants to eradicate deeply embedded odors that are not candidates for removal through cleaning agents. If the property needs any additional odor control applications, the techs ensure no residual smoke odors remain within the property or contents.

Reconstruction Brings Full Restoration
After fire loss cleanup efforts are complete, SERVPRO offers a full rebuilding service to bring the home back to preloss condition. With their general contractor license #13VH06622700, the techs perform commonly needed  activities including:

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 222-2020 restores properties to their pre-fire condition using their advanced equipment and cleaning methods, making the fire loss, "Like it never even happened."

Somerset House Fire Damage Restoration

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

fire insurance form SERVPRO offers Somerset house fire damage restoration and coordination with insurance companies to streamline the service

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Damage Repair Can Help Return Your Home to a Pre-loss Condition

Fires can be devastating. Even something as innocuous as leaving a stove unattended or daisy-chaining electrical outlets can cause fire, and thousands of homeowners experience property fire each year in the US. While due diligence is crucial to preventing fires, accidents do happen.

When accidents happen, SERVPRO is here to help residents by providing local, expertly trained technicians. Since fire damage in Somerset can result in structural harm, our technicians are trained in general construction to ensure we can help you rebuild without having to resort to third-party subcontractors. Our technicians and customer service staff are here to help you with:

  • Fire restoration
  • Smoke damage
  • Reconstruction after fire

The impact of fire and smoke damage in your Somerset home can vary depending on how quickly firefighting services arrived as well as the type of fire and combustible materials. Sometimes fires can cause such heavy staining to walls and ceilings it is necessary to demo these materials and replace them. Our team can help organize dumpsters for fire debris, perform demolitions, and record damages for your insurance adjuster. Once non-salvageable materials are completely removed, our team can use their training to rebuild your home, including replacing drywall, painting, and reinforcing damaged parts of the structure. We streamline the fire restoration process to reduce stress and inconvenience to your everyday life.

  • Stripping a property with fire damage means removing some of your building's assembly, including drywall, insulation, and fittings.
  • We can pack out parts of the property for safe storage in a climate-controlled warehouse while the reconstruction is underway.
  • All aspects of restoration from inspection to completion are recorded in a digital ledger that can be passed on to your insurer for a stress-free claim.

In the aftermath of a home emergency, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for fire and smoke damage restoration at (908) 251-9097.

Handling Fire and Smoke Cleanup the Right Way Calls for Skilled Technicians in North Brunswick

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire station vehicle, servpro sign SERVPRO has trained IICRC-certified FSRT in North Brunswick to cleanup up after a house fire. Just ask your local FD.

SERVPRO Knows the Do’s and Don’ts of Fire and Smoke Cleanup – Call Us to Your North Brunswick Property

The bulk of a fire restoration project is better left in the hands of trained professionals. However, there are some things that North Brunswick homeowners can do until SERVPRO arrives. Fire damage is something that can be devastating for both businesses and homeowners. Due to the nature of a fire event, some elements may be challenging to overcome and restore. Our crew understands the dos and don’ts of any fire restoration situation, allowing us to get you the results you need quickly. We can arrive as the fire trucks leave to inspect and start the mitigation and cleanup service.

When it comes to fire damage cleanup in North Brunswick, these are a few dos and don’ts that we want our customers to know:

  • DO get in touch with our team of certified restoration specialists to begin remediation and repair.
  • DO ensure your utilities are off until you can get a professional evaluation of the damage – this includes your gas, water, electricity, and any other utilities.
  • DO take care of your pets. It is crucial to remove them from fire damaged homes because any lingering smoke and soot might be harmful to them.
  • DON’T use your HVAC system or any electronics. Your heating and cooling system can cause particles to spread throughout the home, and damaged electronics can be hazardous or be further damaged.
  • DON’T clean any ceilings, walls, or similar surfaces. It is also essential to leave clothing and other fabrics to professionals for assessment, so the proper cleaning methods get selected.
  • DON’T consume leftover food. Any food items left inside your home during the fire event might not be safe to consume because of heat, soot, smoke, and other contaminants.

SERVPRO has the training and workforce readily available to bring your home back to pre-fire condition. We even work closely with your insurance provider to ensure your claim goes as smoothly as possible. SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is available 24/7 by dialing (908) 402-0297, or you can request help online.

What Are the Essential Steps Necessary for Cleaning North Brunswick Properties After Fire Damage?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire Fire extinguisher after math is not pretty from a fire. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs have the training and experience in all phases needed for you.

SERVPRO Enhances Washing, Rinsing, and Drying to Ensure Your Property Is Sparkling Clean

When flames are extinguished, and the smoke clears from your North Brunswick property, surfaces and contents are usually heavily soiled with soot and other residues. The cheapest solution for soiling is cleaning. However, it has to be done correctly for the best outcomes.

The main goal of cleaning after fire damage in North Brunswick properties is to lift residues from materials or dissolve soils. Various methods can help complete these actions, so cleaning efforts tend to produce different results depending on the chosen methods. Professional teams like SERVPRO can use advanced cleaning techniques to deliver stellar outcomes.

Cleaning can be broadly classified into three stages:

  • Washing 
  • Rinsing
  • Drying

Using plain water and detergents is one of the common ways to remove residues adhering to surfaces. The success of washing depends on the agitation power used and the strength of the chemical agents in the cleaning solution. SERVPRO technicians improve efficiency at the cleaning phase by using advanced equipment to deliver the cleaning solutions.

Some of the most useful equipment for better washing include:

  • Pressure washers
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Rotary machines

Leaving significant traces of cleaning solutions in the cleaned areas can be almost as detrimental as leaving soils since they can cause staining and bad odors. Rinsing can be done with plain water or special rinsing solutions. SERVPRO uses such solutions to help stabilize fabric colors.

A fire loss situation can evolve into another problem involving mold, rusting, or rot. The culprit for such deterioration is poor drying of the cleaned areas. Our SERVPRO technicians dry the cleaned areas elaborately, removing all excess moisture, thus preventing such adverse outcomes.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County eliminates all traces of soiling "Like it never even happened," helping you restore preloss conditions at your property. Call us at (908) 251-9097.

What Causes Fire and Smoke Damage in Other Rooms of My Somerset Home?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO fire damage restoration specialists are on point. We use the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

SERVPRO Can Explain the Process of Fire and Smoke Damage Remediation in Your Somerset Home!

Many people are surprised just how extensive the damage from a small fire can be inside their homes. It is unexpected, and many Americans are seldom prepared for the problems that arise. You may wonder how smoke got into your living room when the fire happened in your closed-off kitchen. Your questions are standard, and help is nearby to answer them!

If your Somerset home faces fire and smoke damage, never wait long to call for professional help. One of the reasons you might see smoke in an unexpected room, or even throughout your home, is because smoke is very light and filled with ash. Your HVAC system also gives the smoke a path through your home and, due to the temperature, the smoke also rises.

Here at SERVPRO, we're prepared to help you with the invasive damage smoke can do inside of your home. Our technicians are fire damage experts, and we work with advanced technology that makes some remediation jobs a simple process of time. Some technology we can use in your home to rid your space of ash, smoke, and debris are: 

  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Soot-based cleaning supplies 
  • Scent neutralizing technology (Thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, air scrubbers, etc...) 
  • Scent nullifying priming paints 

Our main goal is always to try and return your home to what it was like before the damage occurred inside. No matter how little or small the fire is, our technicians can handle it.

Get help today with fire and smoke damage. Talk with SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County by calling (908) 259-6860. We can provide prompt service. 

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration in Somerset

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Fireplaces that are not well maintained may cause fire and smoke damage. SERVPRO techs are experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration.

Can SERVPRO Help with House Fire Clean-Up in Somerset?

Everyone loves a fireplace on a cold winter night in Somerset to heat the house and provide a great ambiance for residents as they watch TV. Well-maintained fireplaces offer many hours of enjoyment; however, fireplaces that are not well maintained can cause a great deal of smoke damage. Technically a chimney fire is not a fire in your home. However, smoke can billow out of the fireplace due to a plugged chimney, or even a chimney fire can quickly circulate through the entire house.

SERVPRO provides fire damage and smoke odor removal in Somerset residences. If there is a fire in the chimney, the firemen can quickly douse the fire and check that there is no damage in the attic near the vent from the intense fire. Chimneys can also become blocked with birds or squirrel nests if there is not a proper cap at the top of the chimney. This blockage causes smoke and soot to back up into the home.

We can help with repairs caused by any fire damage, clean all of your contents and remove the smoke odors throughout your home. Our services include:

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for fire damage in Somerset and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 259-6860.

How Can SERVPRO Save New Brunswick Homes from Fire and Smoke Damage?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

franklin fd red truck in front When the fire trucks leave your New Brunswick home, it is time for SERVPRO to remove the fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Reliable Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Services to New Brunswick Residents

Fire and smoke damage can leave your New Brunswick home in an almost unrecognizable state. SERVPRO can help you get your home back in no time by offering fire damage restoration services that are just a call away.

It can be traumatic to witness fire and smoke damage to your New Brunswick home, and you might feel confused regarding what services you need to get your home back to its preloss state. SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration experts offer several services to jump-start the restoration process and cut down the required time.

What Services Does SERVPRO Offer During House Fire Cleanup in New Brunswick?

SERVPRO of New Brunswick offers the following fire restoration services-

  • Cleaning and restoration- Cleaning residue after fire damage is among the first things done during the remediation process. SERVPRO techs clean the smoke and soot residue from the structure and contents using various cleaning techniques.
  • Deodorization- Smoke damage can leave your home smelling horrible. SERVPRO carries out deodorization of your house using state-of-the-art equipment such as Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and thermal foggers. Our technicians are trained to combat both real and imaginary odors of a fire-damaged home.
  • Board ups- SERVPRO professionals can also decide boarding up your home after a fire incident to ensure safety and protect the contents from weather elements.
  • Pack-outs- Sometimes, pack-outs are essential, and restoration of contents is done at an off-site facility. We can box, catalog with tags, and scan the content to keep them in order.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (239) 352-8300 for a fast and efficient fire damage restoration service.

What Post-Fire Effects Can SERVPRO Overcome in Somerset Homes?

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage Smoke and soot removal is no easy task. SERVPRO uses EPA-approved biocides and detergents for fire damage removal.

Fires can be destructive to Somerset properties, but our restorers can help you on the journey back. 

When smoke and fire damage threaten Somerset homes and businesses in the area, mitigation and cleaning solutions should get started as soon as possible. Our technicians are available at all hours to provide prompt emergency services once first responders clear the property for re-entry. We can help with:

  • Fire damaged homes
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke damage

What Threatens Indoor Air Quality? 

There are multiple ways that airborne particulates and fire damage in Somerset homes can be a threatening situation. Soot particles are among the most threatening debris circulating in the environment, as these are microscopic and carcinogenic. Without the appropriate personal protective equipment, those exposed could suffer health effects. Air filtration to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) involves:

How Does Surface Soot Soiling Get Removed? 

Fire and smoke damage can also point to the soot and smoke particles coming to rest on surfaces and materials in the damaged areas of the property. With wet smoke incidents, this residue and soiling can become a thick and formidable presence on these surfaces, making it necessary to act quickly to remove it as soon as possible.

The longer that smoke residues are allowed to have a home on building materials or contents in the house, the more irreparable harm can result to the underlying material. Because of the natural acidic composition of soot particles, substrates can lose their finish and require controlled demolition if not resolved quickly. Some of the products necessary for loosening and removing substances on fire-damaged surfaces include:

  • Solvents
  • Detergents
  • Alkaline Cleaners

What Materials Require Controlled Demolition? 

A careful evaluation of the property is necessary after fire and smoke damage impacts properties. Because structure fires can be so destructive to building materials and installed structural elements, some degree of controlled demolition and subsequent reconstruction or repair is inevitable. Certain materials are more susceptible to this need for controlled demolition and later replacement than others, including drywall, carpeting, and many other fabrics and upholstery textiles. The inspection process can determine which of these materials cannot be restored and provide the necessary green light for removal.

Are Smoke Damage Odors Common After Extinguishment?

Among the most challenging obstacles that our professionals face when cleaning up after fire damage incidents are lingering odors that impact the property. Fire damage is often dealt with first, though smoke damage effects like noxious smells can linger long after extinguishment completes. Deodorization is one of the final stages of fire damage restoration in area homes and can include multiple tools in our inventory, including:

  • Thermal Foggers
  • ULV Foggers
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Machines

Despite how quickly fire damage effects can spread through homes, house fire clean-up by our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can get started fast to help. We are a trusted name in fire restoration available 24/7 at (908) 259-6860.

Inexperienced DIY Cleanup Can Make Fire Damage Worse

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with the roof caving in Are you and your family traumatized by fire damage? Contact SERVPRO at (908) 251-9097 for remediation and odor removal.

Fire damage handled by SERVPRO’s skilled team ensures best results in your Somerset home

Experiencing a fire in your home is overwhelming and traumatic. The last thing you want to do is make it worse by failing to take the right steps for cleanup. Calling in IICRC-certified technicians to your Somerset home will bring you quality, lasting results. SERVPRO handles initial charred debris cleanup, structural assessment, smoke and soot odors, and more!

It is vital that you know what to do after your home suffers from fire damage in Somerset. Even more crucial is knowing what NOT to do, such as:

  • Never attempt cleaning of any electronics or appliances that have gotten subjected to water, heat, or fire.
  • Never turn on your ceiling fixtures or overhead lighting if the ceiling is wet.
  • Never use any packaged or canned beverages or foods that may have been located near the blaze. 
  • Never try to wash any painted surfaces or walls with over-the-counter cleaning products.

At SERVPRO, we know how to handle each unique situation with customized methods. Count on us for cleaning up protein fire residue, wet or dry smoke, fuel oil soot, and anything else generated during the fire emergency in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 when you need fire damage cleanup. We have crews available around the clock, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! 

Learn Intermediate Belly Dance in New Brunswick with Ana Nephilim

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Any time you have a fire, call SERVPRO and their technicians. They are IICRC certified for all disasters. With the know how and experience too.

Have Fun and Meet New People Belly Dancing in New Brunswick 

Belly dancing is one of the few dancing styles that favor women of all sizes, unlike others such as ballet, which are restricted to specific body types.  One misconception people have is that the dance is easy since it does not force the body into unnatural positions. However, it takes dedication and practice to perfect the seemingly effortless movements made by professional dancers. You can have a great time in your New Brunswick home, learning the art of the ancient sacred dance through the online event organized by Ana Nephilim.

The event focuses on:

  • Warm-ups and cool-downs
  • Body postures for injury prevention and glorious beauty
  • Various moves to incorporate in the dance

Those participating should dress in comfortable clothes and have accessories such as yoga mats and water bottles. Since it is an intermediate lesson, it has more intensive routines. If you have a longstanding injury, you should consult your physician before participating.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County helps minimize the hassle of fixing any kind of fire damage in New Brunswick properties. Call us at (908) 251-9097 for immediate assistance. 

Preserving Somerset County History After Fire Damage

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

exterior of a fire damaged house It can be quite overwhelming when you are facing fire damage. SERVPRO can help with the remediation process. Call us right away.

After a fire, restorers must carefully clean and recover historic properties.

New Jersey has always been one of the most historic locations since the earliest settlements of America's newly forming colonies. Somerset County has been an influential part of this growth and evolution, housing some of the most significant battles of the American Revolution and being a haven for the Continental Army's patriots through some of the war's tremendous hardships. With many of the towns like Somerset and Franklin Township chartered during the mid-1700s, structures built at this inception that remain today are a treasure worth protecting.

Historic Properties in Southeast Somerset County

Whether it is mold that could develop from elevated moisture in the region to the potential for complete or superficial fire damages, historic properties and landmarks throughout Somerset County must get protected. These buildings and areas offer their significance to the state's history and growth over the centuries. Some structures serve to showcase popular architectural decisions of various eras in America's life, while others have been influential locations or historically significant. Some of the most popular of these include:

  • The Meadows – This is a house in Franklin Township initially constructed in 1722. Upon construction, the property was close to 800 acres and was placed on the Raritan River and a major route to connect it to settlements and traders. Today, the structure exists as a living museum of 18th-century architecture and life.
  • Rockingham – This property was built around 1710 by the merchant John Berrien but did not take on the name it is now known by until more than 70 years later when the property was for sale. This location would be General George Washington's final headquarters and station during the American Revolutionary War.
  • Tulipwood – This is a property that exemplifies the shingle style made famous during the 1800s. The majority of this house was constructed in 1892 as a prestigious property for Stephen Guion Williams of the renowned Williams & Guion Black Star Line company. The house and the land have also been known as Whitehaven Farms by many over the years.
  • Rocky Hill Historic District – At the center of Rocky Hill, some of the most recognizable and renowned historic properties exist. From the Rocky Hill Inn constructed around 1830 to the Parsonage for the Dutch Reformed Church built around 1858, many protected buildings showcase the history of Somerset County. 
  • Six Mile Run Historic District – This subsection of Franklin Township has become a popular destination for travelers looking to tour some of the area's older structures and get a feel for its history. An excellent example of this is the Van Liew-Suydam House built in the 18th century, the Hageman Farm from the early 19th century, and the Wyckoff Garretson House constructed in 1730.
  • Middlebush Village Historic District – As another section of the Greater Franklin area, Middlebush has multiple historic properties, landmarks, and older buildings contributing to a protected region. There are 37 properties that make up this district, though some of its most renowned include The Middlebush Reformed Church (1919), the Voorhees House (1719), and the Middlebush School (1926) that has now become the area Board of Education building.
  • Kingston Mill Historic District – This protected area in Somerset County shows some of the earliest architectural styles of settlers and colonists in the 18th century. As one of the original settlements for Princeton, NJ, the original and newer Kingston Mills still stand, the first being constructed in 1755 and the newer built near the 20th century in 1888. There is also a stone bridge built in 1798 to replace one destroyed by the Continental Army to slow British advancements.
  • King's Highway Historic District – This is one of the original main roadways designed originally to connect Boston and Charleston. There are many historic properties laid out along this path where the Revolutionary War's influential battles were fought. The road passes through Somerset County and features many landmarks and buildings along the route that were historically significant to the success of the Continental Army during America's battles for independence from King Charles II, whom the roadway was initially named after.

Museums Protect Somerset's History and Culture

One way we work to protect our heritage and illustrious history spanning centuries is to document these times and events in museums and cultural centers. Each of the prominent eras is represented by the artists and people who endured them and continue to be an inspiration and educational opportunity for curious individuals. These include:

  • Ukrainian Museum of New Jersey
  • Princeton University Art Museum
  • Old Millstone Forge

Cleaning Up Somerset Homes After Fire Damage

Fire losses are among the most devastating disasters that impact Somerset County homes, as these situations can develop from hundreds of potential sources. Addressing a fire's effects can require both our building trade professionals and experienced Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) This effort begins with emergency services conducted as soon as our team first arrives.

Emergency services are a blend of general contracting needs and mitigative tasks that lessen the ultimate loss of a property and the cost of restoring it. Temporary repairs of structural breaches and controlled demolition are two examples of how our in-house contractors can help. Debris removal is also an instrumental action taken to reduce the severity of hazardous or discomforting effects in the house like noxious odors or carcinogenic soot particles.

Removing soot from the environment and surfaces requires a combination of advanced equipment, detergents, and solvents. Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators utilize onboard HEPA filters that can capture particulates as small as 0.3 microns. Removing the bulk of circulating ash and soot can reduce hazards to those exposed and prevent smoke residues from becoming thicker and less manageable.

Addressing the effects of fire damage in Somerset homes and businesses involves our skilled technicians and our inventory of industry-leading tools and products. Whenever disaster strikes, our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can mobilize quickly to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097.

Fire from an Electrical Fault Caused Severe Damage in My Somerset Property. Who Can Help Me to Restore it?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

burnt kitchen interior with a cabinet burnt After a fire some of your personal belongings might be able to be restored. Call SERVPRO for fire damage restoration and remediation services.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Somerset to Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Your Home

Fire leaves most property owners devastated after watching the home’s contents being engulfed by flames. Thankfully, professional restorers can stop further damage, salvage most of your valuable items, and get your Somerset property back to its preloss state. SERVPRO has decades of experience in the restoration industry, and our General Contractor License number is 13VH06622700.

What precautions should I take?

Before you get into the affected property, wait for the local authorities to deem your property safe for re-entry. Contact our technicians within 48 hours to mitigate the fire damage in your Somerset home. If you have to get into the property, avoid touching surfaces with soot and smoke residues to prevent them from spreading further.

What does the fire mitigation process involve?

Fire damage mitigation concentrates on minimizing losses and damages. Effective mitigation should happen immediately after the fire to keep physical and financial consequences low. The essential elements of fire damage mitigation include:

  • Checking for potential hazards
  • Evaluating areas of vulnerability
  • Coming up with an effective mitigation strategy
  • Performing necessary cleanup and repairs

Before we begin the restoration process, we inspect the affected area thoroughly to get a clear picture of the severity of the damage. If the firefighters used lots of water to fight the flames, we could use a thermal imaging camera to see how far the water traveled. The device helps us to check moisture levels even in confined areas.

What do you consider to determine the cost of restoring a property?

The restoration cost of a fire loss depends on several factors. It is essential to understand that even after extinguishing the fire, smoke and soot residues continue to damage various surfaces. Firefighters may also have broken doors or windows and put holes in ceilings and walls when putting out the fire. The water used to extinguish the flames can also cause considerable damage to your floor and drywalls. Fire restorers usually base the cost of cleanup and restoration on:

  • The number of affected rooms
  • The severity of the damage
  • Repairs required

Can you clean valuables with soot?

SERVPRO technicians clean and restore the contents of your home on-site or in our off-site facility. To restore delicate items, our experts can use the immersion technique. This procedure involves using an ultrasonic cleaner to remove soot and smoke residues. The cleaning technique uses sound waves to form and implode bubbles. The collapsing bubbles produce energy, which eliminates the soot residues on the items.

With state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can bring your home back to life after a fire, “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (908) 251-9097.

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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.

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."

Can Items Blackened From a Fire Get Cleaned for Reuse?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Charred items after fire Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO has the professional cleaning agents and equipment to restore any amount of fire loss

After a fire occurs in a home, the contents may have a coating of soot that may be light and powdery or thick and smears easily. Both of these types need specific cleaning agents and methods for complete removal. Care should get taken when moving any items as it can spread soot to other areas of the home via airborne particulate or from your shoes. 

What is the Best Way to Remove Fire Damage from Countertops?

If the countertops in your Somerset home have fire damage, there are essential steps to take before cleaning them. The types of residues should get determined through testing, and this, in turn, allows for the correct cleaning method to get chosen so countertops do not get marred.

SERVPRO technicians encounter different types of residues and the ways to remove them vary depending on some of the following determinants:

  • The construction materials that makeup the item 
  • How porous the item is 
  • How deeply embedded the soot is

One of the most effective types of cleaning is immersion cleaning, where items get fully immersed in a cleaning agent to loosen the grip of the residues on the surface. Specific wood soaps get used on hardwood furnishings to remove the smoke damage and moisturize the wood.  As long as there is not direct damage from the heat or exposure to water that caused swelling or cracking of the joints of the furniture, the prospects for restoration in most cases is good. 

If there are any repairs needed post-mitigation, SERVPRO technicians have a general contractor license #13VH06622700 and can make the transition from restoration to reconstruction seamlessly. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 is available 24/7 to clean up and restore your property from any size fire damage. 

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How Do I Get the Soot Left by a Fire Out of My Home?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming from under the door. Let SERVPRO mitigate your fire damaged home in Somerset.

Call SERVPRO for Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Somerset

For Somerset residents, fire damage can look like the end of their dream of owning a home. As bad as it appears though, a professional restoration team can often return each home to a livable condition.

Where do you start?

SERVPRO restoration teams first concentrate on two actions: Removing Debris and Cleaning the Structure. These actions serve multiple purposes in the restoration fire damage for Somerset.

  • Removal clears the home so we can decide the tools and cleaning agents needed
  • It also eliminates the source of many odors so technicians can determine if odor-causing particles penetrated deeply into the structure
  • Cleaning removes more odor particles and also stops further damage by getting these acidic particles off surfaces as quickly as possible

How long is this going to take?

That depends on the amount of fire damage. Restoration is not a quick process, and our technicians take every step necessary to return your home to a clean, safe place for your family. That is why each team leader provides an estimate of time and services before starting and keeps you updated throughout the process.

For more information on how we restore your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 today.

How Do I Know What My New Brunswick Home Needs After a Fire?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

salesman holding up insurance policy form You are assured of great fire damage cleanup and restoration of your New Brunswick property when SERVPRO completes the project!

Our SERVPRO team works with insurance companies and customers to meet the challenges that fire losses can leave behind. 

Fires can be an overwhelming experience in your New Brunswick home, so you might not be able to decipher what is irreparably damaged and what areas can get salvaged. Our SERVPRO professionals can help.

Before the earnest fire restoration of New Brunswick homes can begin, a thorough evaluation of the property must get conducted. This assessment meets the needs of your insurance company to secure damage claims and directs our restoration technicians to the priorities of recovering the structure.

What Does Job Scoping Entail?

Our project manager works along with the customer and the insurance adjuster to learn as much as possible about the disaster and the toll on the property. Some of the critical points of this evaluation include:

  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Content damage
  • Structural damages
  • Restoration obstacles 
  • Odors 
  • Residues 

With the information from the assessment in the hands of our crew chief and fire restoration technicians, we can get to restoring your home to its original condition. Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team a call today at (908) 251-9097.