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Fun for Every New Brunswick Family Creating Art Together

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

RUTGERS BUILDING SERVPRO provides water damage restoration to Rutger's structure at the New Brunswick campus.

New Brunswick’s Rutgers University gets water damage help from SERVPRO

There has never been a more uncertain period in most of our lifetimes than this pandemic, and that has taken hands-on projects and events and made them virtual experiences. Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum has produced virtual online courses and guides to create together as a group to promote a stay-at-home movement and spend more time together as a family.

These detailed guides and courses are available at your convenience online when you and your family are ready to partake. Classes continue to get uploaded throughout the end of the year, meaning that you always have something that you and your family can work on building together. Learn artistic skills, including:

  • Still Life Drawings
  • Printmaking
  • Fingerpainting
  • Animation
  • Book Illustrations

Painting can be fun until it comes to repairing your drywall and repainting wall systems after water damage from frozen pipes in your New Brunswick home. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset team can help with efficient extraction, drying, and reconstruction solutions to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (908) 251-9097.

Is My Home at Risk of Mold Infestation?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

hand peeling back wallpaper revealing mold on wall and back of wallpaper Mold is always a concern for Somerset homeowners. SERVPRO has the know-how to remediate the damage.

Spotting Mold Damage in your Somerset Property Can Be Worrying. SERVPRO has Qualified Mold Remediators to Bring Microbial Growth Under Control

How do I stop mold from spreading?

Mold spores in Somerset comprise of a collection of tiny seeds and are a natural part of your home. When there is a disturbance of these seed clusters, they can break apart and spread on airways. Mold is a resilient organism that can lay dormant. However, once water, temperature, and food supply are introduced, these dormant seeds can proliferate, forming other spores. To agitate or demo material with mold can lead to spores becoming airborne. To prevent airborne spores escaping, SERVPRO uses vacuums or negative air-pressure machines with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. This equipment can capture mold spores as little as 0.3 microns in size and prevent uncontrolled spread.

What conditions do spores need to grow?

  • General temperature between 68 and 86 degrees
  • The food supply of organic materials
  • A water supply

How do I prevent mold from growing?

When mold damage occurs in your Somerset home, it may be frustrating to find that cleaning away the colonies does not clean away the microbial growth issue. Mold can repeatedly return, providing that there are excellent conditions for growth. To tackle a mold issue effectively, it is crucial to tackling the conditions for growth. SERVPRO technicians may use dehumidifiers or even air movers to control your home's relative humidity and dry any damp spots. Removing moisture can prevent mold seeds from building up through the stages of growth. This preventative measure can help us to remove colonies and prevent re-growth in your home.

On what materials does mold feed?

  • Paper materials like drywall or natural woods
  • Carpet fibers as well as Cotton
  • Wood materials that may be in walls

If you notice unpleasant musty odors in your home, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

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Why Is SERVPRO a Premier Company to Grapple with Water, Fire, Storm, and Mold Cleanup and Restoration?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

ERP green digital app on phone SERVPRO Helps Somerset Area Homeowners with Fire, Water, Mold, and Commercial Damages with Professional Help and the ERP Plan.

Somerset Property Owners Are Well-Aware of the Professionalism of SERVPRO and Rely on Our Services

Disasters can happen anywhere at any time for Somerset property owners. Addressing these concerns must occur immediately, as all loss incidents worsen the longer they go unchallenged by conventional restoration approaches. We have an experienced roster of technicians accredited in their various niches of the restoration industry through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), among other similar organizations. The work to obtain their initial certifications as well as the ongoing training to maintain it leaves our technicians confident and educated in the latest practices and equipment for fire, water, mold, and storm losses.

Water

Many Somerset homeowners do not realize how short the restoration window for water damage is and how destructive this force can be. Without fully understanding the spread and severity of these situations, homeowners treat surface issues as the entire problem, and the damage continues beneath the visible layer. With 48 hours, many porous materials exposed to excessive moisture or standing water can become irreparably damaged. For this reason, we stay ready to handle water loss incidents of any type that could affect your property with fully stocked READY trailers and production vehicles in our SERVPRO warehouse.

Before we can get working on the job, we need skilled eyes to diagnose the damage and what your Somerset property needs to return to normal. Scoping the job is a task for our project manager and crew chief, as they can walk around initially to see the face value damage and catalog it in our DryBook software. We can also deploy advanced moisture detection tools on wall surfaces and flooring to gather information about where drying efforts should get focused.

We have multiple premier extraction and drying tools to manage water loss situations as soon as mitigation efforts begin in Somerset properties. Extraction is vital to getting saturated materials dry by removing surface and trapped water, and we have multiple tools to complete this, including:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Carpet wands
  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Trash pumps
  • Drying Mats

Fire

Water damage can also find its way into many of the fire losses that Somerset homes might experience, and the preparedness for these emergencies can also then benefit our fire response. Managing water losses from extinguishment efforts is necessary when these concerns are noted in the post-fire job scoping by our project manager. During this involved process cataloging losses and services needed, our management can assess the salvageability of hundreds of affected items and contents in the damaged areas.

It is often unsafe for unprotected property owners to enter their Somerset home after a structure fire, as there are threats for weakened materials and collapse, but also air quality concerns like soot, smoke debris, and other potential contaminants or odors. We have multiple solutions to address these concerns, including the use of air movers and hydroxyl generators, both of which feature onboard HEPA filtration. With thermal fogging, ozone, or hydroxyl radicals introduced into the damaged area, harsh odor compounds can get neutralized or eliminated on contact.

With a team of licensed (#13VH06622700) in-house contractors, we can seamlessly transition from fire recovery to the reconstruction and repairs that your Somerset home needs. With effective controlled demolition practices happening earlier in the mitigation process, build back, and repairs require less time and money to complete.

Storm

Being the fastest to a storm loss situation means little if you do not have a plan of action to implement when you arrive. Our SERVPRO team understands that with structural breaches of your Somerset home or business, that every second counts. When we arrive, we can bring along our experienced in-house contractors to begin vital emergency services like tree removal, roof tarping, and board up for any openings.

Flooding can often go hand in hand with storm damage to your Somerset home, but can also affect your home without significant structural failures. Natural flooding, for example, can penetrate your basement or first floor of the home and spread quickly through connected spaces. Mitigation is vital in these situations both to remove the standing water and dry saturated materials, but to address the very likely possibility of contamination.

Protecting your belongings is a level of restoration and service that many Somerset homeowners benefit from the most. The pace of disasters often leaves you unable to protect the things that matter most. However, our prompt response and content management professionals can work to offer real-time cleaning and drying options for these items.

Commercial

The same technologies and practices that have gone so successfully into the recovery of hundreds of Somerset homes and businesses over the years can benefit your business without a disaster. Premier cleaning services like hot water extraction in carpeting or stain and graffiti removal can improve the look and feel of your business any time that you need it. Because not every business is the same, what they need to look their best changes accordingly. With our level of restoration experience and advanced equipment and products, we can offer:

  • Deep carpet cleaning
  • Hardwood resurfacing/cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Wall cleaning
  • Stain/Graffiti removal
  • Tile and grout cleaning

As you might expect, we are also available to help your Somerset home amid an emergency as well. We have a fast response to fire and water losses, giving us the chance to reduce the migration and severity of loss effects. We can work with area businesses to create an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) that can designate SERVPRO as the responding technicians for disasters, but also save time on restoration by indicating the locations of crucial shutoffs, showcasing the layout of the building, and more.

Most of all, cleaning services for your Somerset business must happen when it is convenient for you, or it can hurt your productivity and damage your image with customers. We can schedule after-hours restoration or an ongoing schedule at your slowest points to decrease the impact on your staff or customers.

Restoration services that happen quickly and thoroughly can save you time and money in the long run. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help however you need at (908) 251-9097.

What Can I Do to Fix My House After My Washing Machine Breaks and Leaks

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking washing machine. Water beginning to pool on floor Damage from leaking washing machines is common. Inspect the areas around your appliances connected to water often for signs of leaks..

For Water Cleanup Inside Your Somerset Laundry Room in Somerset Call SERVPRO

The washing machine inside your Somerset home has both clean water and sewage lines running from it. If one of these lines leaks or the appliance breaks, moisture can leak onto your laundry room's floor or get your drywall wet. If you can get the moisture removed from the contents and building materials inside your laundry room promptly, then you can prevent many items from being removed and replaced.

How soon after by washing machine leaks should I call in a restoration company?

As soon as you notice that your appliances have leaked, it is wise to call in our SERVPRO technicians for water clean-up in your Somerset home. The longer your contents and building materials stay wet, other problems can occur, such as mold contamination. Our location is local, and we can provide a fast response and be at your residence shortly after your emergency call.

How can you fix my laundry room's vinyl floors if they got wet?

  • Inspection- We certify all of our technicians by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program. We have advanced training that gives us knowledge about the construction of vinyl flooring and how to mitigate any water damage issues with it properly. We always coordinate directly with your insurance company and use our experience and training to determine whether it will be more economical to restore or remove affected items in your laundry room.
  • Extraction- Since H2O is easier to remove from your house when it is still in liquid form, we can use extraction equipment or a mop and squeegee as a first step in the restoration process.
  • Drying- We can use industrially advanced equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers to remove moisture from building materials.

If your laundry room ever gets wet after your washing machine breaks, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 seven days a week.

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Who Can Help Me Get Rid of this Smelly Mold?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

Mold Remediation in New Brunswick Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

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

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

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

What Can We Provide to Resolve Your Mold Issues Swiftly?

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

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

Why Choose SERVPRO for a Great Service?

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

How Can I Get Rid of Mold?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What are the steps in mold removal?

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

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

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

Do I Need A Professional Service after Water Spreads throughout My Home?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

build robot for cleaning with tools Somerset Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO (NOT Robots!) for Drying Floors and Preventing Further Water Damage

Often Somerset Homes Need Professional Restoration after Water Damage.

Water leaks and spills can affect residences in Somerset in a variety of ways. None are good.

It takes only a small amount of water to damage a Somerset home. If not dealt with quickly, it can buckle floors, destroy drywall, and ruin wood furniture.

Why SERVPRO now? The water is already draining from my home.

Drainage is not enough. After just a few hours, a significant amount of water soaks into floors, walls, and furniture. SERVPRO technicians use commercial grade pumps and extractors to draw water out of carpets and from between floorboards to mitigate its effects and preserve them for further, safe use. When water soaks into drywall and other panels, team members remove floor trim and drill holes to drain the water trapped behind them.

How do you restore my home and property?

To dry carpets, and other flooring, technicians use air movers to force warm air across the surfaces, pushing out moisture. They also install fans to draw out damp air and pull the moisture out of the home. They also use the air movers to restore wood paneling and drywall to a dry, usable state.

If you have had any water in your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County today at (908) 251-9097. We can make it a dry, safe place to live once again.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County today at (908) 251-9097 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)i is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.ii

Scope of Cleanup Protocol 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.  The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:  

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.  

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. 

SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. However, per the CDC, this product can be used against COVID-19.  In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Porous materials like carpet, rugs, upholstered items, and draperies that are not water sensitive can also be wet cleaned using SERVPROXIDE™.

Call SERVPRO When Your Somerset Home is Hit with Water Damage

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked above and under a shelf. Water damage in your Somerset home can be devastating, call SERVPRO today.

SERVPRO has what your Somerset home needs after a water damage.

Should an appliance malfunction or a pipe break in your home, it can send water flowing throughout the space, causing a fair amount of water damage. If the water loss incident takes place when you are away from home, the amount of water to remove could be exponential. Hiring the experts at SERVPRO helps ensure you get the prompt response and access to the right techniques and equipment to clean up the standing water and then return all moisture levels to normal in your home. 

When you have water damage in Somerset, a SERVPRO crew chief ensures a full assessment is done to determine the right course of action. To extract water efficiently and avoid all potential dangers from electrical hazards when water is deeper than a couple of inches, we deploy gas-powered submersible pumps. We have truck-mounted extractors that also bypass the need for electricity because they work by way of onboard generators. If contamination is a concern, fluids get moved into storage tanks to be taken to the proper place for lawful disposal. 

Specialized Extraction Equipment

Portable extraction units help SERVPRO technicians reach confined spaces within the home where water often seeps. This includes cavities, behind building materials, and into recesses. If trapped moisture is still hard-to-reach with portable extractors, our team may employ the use of controlled demolition to cut or drill materials to get into tight areas and pull out moisture.

Moisture Detection

Detecting and measuring moisture in the home is essential for efficient water damage restoration. SERVPRO technicians use water detectors to map out water incursion perimeters. Moisture meters provide the team with data so that comparisons can be taken on different materials within your home. 

SERVPRO utilizes a unique formula to determine the drying goals for all of the affected areas in a building. Perimeters are set along with the placement of air movers and dehumidifiers to help eliminate moisture from saturated materials. Desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers work to capture water vapor efficiently, and all equipment is moved periodically to enhance drying times. All of this is done to make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Our team at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can come out to your house to help with water damage whenever you need us. You can reach us by calling (908) 251-9097, and we can deploy technicians as soon as possible.

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