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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.

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.

Why You Need SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration in Somerset

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

close up of mold For any type of mold damage to your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

We Prioritize Your Mold Damage Restoration Project

A large percentage of the work done inside Somerset houses makes a lot of noise, and mold damage restoration can also kick up a significant amount of dust and debris. SERVPRO knows you want your home back to normal as quickly as possible, so we work efficiently without cutting important corners.

When we arrive at a customer’s residence in Somerset, mold damage restoration requires us to set up different machinery. We want to complete the work without allowing the property to experience additional damage. 

SERVPRO gets rid of excess mold, keeps the air free of excess contaminants (including spores, mold particles, and debris from wood surfaces), dries out the area and keeps future sources of moisture from appearing, and prevents future mold infestations. The larger machines and systems we employ include:

  • Dry ice pellet blasting system,
  • Air scrubbing machine,
  • Desiccant machines, and 
  • Spray applicators.

Like sandblasting, dry ice blasting makes a mess. However, it’s a temporary one and well worth it, too. This method saves a lot of time over manual scraping of unfinished wood in attics and basements, two common areas where mold overgrows. An added advantage is no further water is introduced into the targeted materials.

Molds release spores into the air whenever disturbed to propagate elsewhere. We need to prevent these spores from getting into uncontaminated places within your property. We use air scrubbers to remove spores from the air and force any particles out of the dwelling.

Desiccant machines and dehumidifiers help dry things out, but we have experience in plumbing to ensure that we resolve any leaks. If water is entering through the house’s exterior, we can also handle that. Our contractor license number is 13VH06622700.

Restoration involves removing and reinstalling materials like drywall, insulation, paneling, carpeting, and anything else the mold colony grew into and caused disintegration. After reinstallation, we spray a protective antimicrobial to prevent re-infestation.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 to get your home the prioritization it needs for professional mold damage restoration services.

Is Mold in the Storage Area a Threat to Customers?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Will Mold Go Away on Its Own?

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

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

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

Who Can Help Me Get Rid of this Smelly Mold?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment in 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, have 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; call (908) 251-9097.

SERVPRO Can Help Remove Mold Damage in Somerset

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing under carpet SERVPRO inspects, discovers and remediates mold damage in carpets and other materials in Somerset area properties.

Mold Damage Remediation and Making Repairs in Somerset – Call SERVPRO

Many residents of Somerset are unaware that mold spores are everywhere, waiting for the right conditions to descend on a moist surface and grow into a mold colony. Homeowners and business clients are unaware they have a mold problem until they notice the telltale strong, musty odor produced by mold colonies. Mold can cause health effects. Don’t hesitate to call for assistance immediately.

SERVPRO provides mold damage cleanup for Somerset residents and businesses and surrounding areas. We employ the latest technology to detect moisture and remove humidity from your building, the primary cause of mold formation.

With the right conditions, warmth, moisture, and organic food sources, mold colonies can begin forming in as little as twenty-four hours. A leaky pipe, condensation from AC units, or high humidity can lead to the formation of musty-smelling mold colonies. Basements and attics are common locations for mold, along with unvented bathrooms.

SERVPRO will examine the area, identify the primary cause of the moisture, apply the appropriate techniques to remove the mold colony and provide guidance to help prevent a mold colony from reforming in the same space. We can help identify the source of the moisture to make repairs. Structural components are cleaned and sanitized or removed. Porous materials are assessed regarding the appropriate action.

Our high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels and dry the contents and structural elements before repairing and restoring the affected area. We provide mold removal and restoration service to our clients. Our services include:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Basement mold remediation
  • Mold damage removal, repair, and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County and nearby areas for mold damage repair and restoration assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 222-2020

New Brunswick Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Abatement

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

black mold stains on wall Why do New Brunswick homeowners call SERVPRO for mold remediation--because we make it "Like it never even happened."

Remediate 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) 402-0297 and let us apply your knowledge, so your home looks "Like it never even happened."

How to Handle Mold Damage in Your North Brunswick Home

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth on walls and baseboards Discovering mold in your home can be distressing. SERVPRO has the knowledge to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Can Assist you in Handling Mold Damage in Your North Brunswick Residence

High moisture content is the primary facilitator of mold infestation, and different mold species survive in temperatures varying from hot to cold. Molds pose a significant health hazard for you and your family members. You can trust SERVPRO to remediate it effectively.

Dealing with mold damage in your North Brunswick residence can take several steps. The process we follow when dealing with mold infestation depends on the infestation's severity. The process follows the following steps:

  • Identification of the moisture source
  • Containment and air filtration
  • Removal of affected materials Cleaning and dusting
  • Drying of the affected materials and structures

Identifying the Source of Moisture

SERVPRO technicians use non-penetrating moisture meters to identify the areas with moisture. We can also use borescopes to look into cavities to determine the presence of visible contamination and examine the construction method. Niches like telecommunication chases can be expensive to repair if dismantled for inspection. Borescopes help restorers to see destruction in hard-to-reach areas like HVAC ductwork, under cabinets, and stairwells without compromising the structure of a building.

Isolate and Contain the Contaminated Area

To prevent contaminating other areas with mold spores, SERVPRO technicians install plastic sheeting and seal the HVAC system to avoid contamination of the duct system. We can also use centrifugal air movers to induce negative air pressure in the contaminated area.

Remove and Dispose of the Materials Adversely Affected by the Mold

Our team can discard the porous materials with visible mold growth. For non-porous materials, we can remediate the mold by HEPA vacuuming. Our IICRC trained SERVPRO technicians can also use the dump wiping technique to remove spores that might have settled on the ground or surfaces in the affected residence.

Dry the Affected Materials to Prevent Further Growth of the Mold

We complete final drying procedures to restore a home to its former state. We dry affected areas to average moisture content to prevent mold regrowth.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County has dedicated and well-equipped technicians fully trained in mold remediation. Call us any time at (908) 251-9097 for help.

Professional Cleanup in Somerset Is Best to Handle Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Damage

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

snow, workers removing bagged debris Winterize your Somerset house to prevent burst pipes and ice dams--Sound advice from SERVPRO

SERVPRO is Ready 24/7 to Help Somerset Residents with Cleanup and Restoration from Frozen Pipes and Ice Dam Damage

Whether you are sure you have cleanup skills or want to try to save money, there may come a time when you try to take on water cleanup after an emergency on your own. Somerset property owners may have issues with frozen pipes that burst during the winter, sending a lot of water throughout the impacted space. There also could be hidden damage brewing from ice dams that develop on the roof outside. However, SERVPRO wants you to know that tackling such damage on your own could open the door to a new set of problems – secondary water damage.

Why call the team at SERVPRO when you have water damage from frozen pipes or ice damming in Somerset? Because we have all the tools, manpower, and techniques to get the job done.

Any water that goes unnoticed for some time can seep into walls, spread across floors, get under baseboards and behind cupboards. Many of these areas are difficult to reach using a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. In some instances, the SERVPRO crew will have to perform controlled demolition to open walls, remove flooring, and access any cavities presenting with high moisture levels.

SERVPRO arrives to begin water removal services, but we also have inspection devices to tell us where water has migrated. Some of these devices include:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo-hygrometers
  • Moisture sensors

Whether you have a burst pipe or ice dam that leads to water traveling along your interior wall cavity, we have structural drying equipment that helps push dry air throughout the cavity to get the job done. Everything gets cleaned, restored, and deodorized to ensure your interior is just “Like it never even happened.”

Why trust SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County when you have water infiltration from ice damming or frozen pipes? Because our reputation speaks for itself and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! Contact us by calling (908) 259-6860.

Mold Damage Mitigation and Restoration Service in Somerset

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

mold colony Mold remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job. We are here for you.

Remove Mold Spores and Damage in Somerset

High moisture and humidity levels, along with warm conditions, can lead to mold colonies forming and causing mold damage in Somerset homes. With the right conditions, mold colonies can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after a water leak or humid, warm conditions inside your home. Drywall, carpeting, and structural materials can be damaged and often needing to be replaced.

SERVPRO provides mold damage mitigation and restoration in Somerset homes. Our highly trained technicians evaluate the mold infestation, the surface that is affected, whether it is porous or nonporous, and the moisture source that contributes to mold growing in the space. SERVPRO AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians and restoration specialists assist in removing and restoring your home.

One of the first actions is to remove the source of the moisture. Nonporous surfaces such as glass, plastics, and metal can be cleaned and disinfected. Active mold growth on porous materials such as drywall, particle board, fabrics must be removed and discarded. Insulation inside walls must also be removed and discarded once contaminated by mold. Heavily contaminated surfaces such as wood studs in the walls are usually replaced.

SERVPRO manages cleaning and control of mold spores by:

  • HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping
  • Cleaning from top to bottom since mold spores usually settle downward
  • We clean surfaces in the direction of airflow
  • We set up negative air pressure rooms to avoid contamination of other areas of the premises.

Once everything is cleaned, SERVPRO dries the structure and the contents to stop further mold growth. Our teams can restore damaged areas and contents to their original conditions, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for mold damage in Somerset and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 490-6462.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Cleanup from a Burst Pipe in New Brunswick?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo It's not uncommon for water damage in your ceiling from a burst pipe. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Need Ceiling Repairs from Burst Pipes in New Brunswick – Call SERVPRO

It is not uncommon for pipes in the ceiling to spring a leak in a New Brunswick home, causing damage to the ceiling and the contents below. Many residents may not even notice a leak until they see bulging panels full of water, or worse, the panels and water have all crashed to the floor. This creates a huge mess, potentially damaging the flooring materials and the room's contents from the water and moisture.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services to residents of New Brunswick. Leaky pipes inside a ceiling can be tricky, especially if the ceiling has not succumbed to the weight of the water. In situations like this, SERVPRO drills tiny holes in the panels to drain the water to avoid the entire structure crashing down on the floor, causing even more damage. Once the water has drained out, we can remove portions of the panels to dry all areas.

If the ceiling has already caved in, we use extractors to remove moisture from flooring materials after removing the debris from the ceiling. All of your contents are cleaned and dried. They are stored in a staging area until the room is fully restored. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remainder of the moisture. We can also help with repairs. SERVPRO also holds a general contractor license - 13VH06622700.

Our services include:

  • Water clean up
  • Water removal services caused by burst pipes
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage

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

Why do Somerset Home Owners Need Professional Flood Damage Restoration?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

flooded rooms, wet cartons Leave the storm water removal, cleanup, and salvaging of your Somerset possessions to the pros--SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers a Fast and Reliable Service After Flood Damage to Your Somerset Home

The aftermath of flood damage to Somerset home can be difficult to handle for any homeowner. It pays to call in SERVPRO's water damage experts to ensure that the restoration process is fast and efficient. We have state-of-the-art equipment and the necessary expertise to handle any size disaster.

Flood damage at your Somerset home can present unique situations that you need to deal with before SERVPRO's team can reach you. Once we are at the flood damage site, our flood restoration experts can take over and start the restoration process. However, there are some things that SERVPRO techs recommend you do before the professionals arrive at the scene.

Things You Should Do Before SERVPRO Flood Restoration Experts Arrive at Your Flooded Somerset Home

Facing a flood damage situation at your Somerset home can be overwhelming, but there are some things that you can still do-

  • Ensure safety- Safety should be your top priority. Flooded areas can have hidden dangers such as unstable structures and floating debris. SERVPRO recommends you stay put and not try to clean up before water damage restoration professionals arrive.
  • Call in the Pros- Once you are safe, call the professionals of SERVPRO. We can reach you with the help within a matter of hours of your call; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
  • Assess the damage- Before the SERVPRO technicians arrive for water cleanup, you can take a visual note of the damage. If possible, take some pictures of the damaged area; it might help you negotiate with the insurance companies later on. That said, never jeopardize your safety in doing the assessment, do just what you can do safely.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 for 24/7 service.

How Can SERVPRO Help Remove Mold from Somerset Homes?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

mold damaged bathroom Mold remediation by SERVPRO is the way to go. You will have IICRC certified technicians with more than enough training for any size disaster.

Our thorough remediation process tackles all active colonization in Somerset properties. 

There are several mold remediation and removal practices that our professionals can implement upon arrival at damaged addresses. Mold damage affects hosting materials differently, requiring several surface cleaning solutions like antimicrobial products and more aggressive tactics like dry ice blasting.

Does Mold Damage Remediation Remove Odors As Well? 

One of the focuses of our responding technicians when beginning to address mold damage in Somerset homes is the removal of musty odors trapped in the house. These smells can often indicate active colonization and linger behind after mold removal practices have been implemented. Trapped odors in porous materials can usually get removed using our advanced deodorization practices and products. Much of these actions include our leading deodorization equipment, including:

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers
  • ULV foggers
  • Ozone machines
  • Hydroxyl generators

We have trusted remediation experts, from removing active colonies from hosting materials to eliminating harsh odors that these organisms can leave behind. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team is ready to help anytime at (908) 490-6462.

Categories of Smoke Odors after Somerset Fire Damage

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

fire blazing No matter the smoke and odor damage was done by fire to your home, SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians for any size disaster.

SERVPRO assesses the needs of Somerset homes after fire damage

When you suffer a fire in your home, you need a fire cleanup crew you can trust to help put your house back together. SERVPRO takes care of cleaning your home and your belongings after a fire. 

One primary concern for homeowners after fire damage in Somerset homes is leftover smoke odors. To help us deal with smoky smells, our technicians categorize smoke odors into three types:

  • Light smoke odor situations occur when there is little visible smoke damage and no structural damage.
  • Moderate smoke odor situations occur when there is some structural damage, and smoke residues appear on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
  • Heavy smoke odor situations occur when there is extensive structural damage, and the smoke effects spread far beyond the source of the fire.

The cleaning procedures are different for each type of smoke odor situation. In some cases, we will only need gentle cleaning and some deodorizing pellets, whereas other situations might call for a ULV fogger or an ozone generator. In all cases, we will remove charred and burned materials and arrange cleaning for all salvageable items.

No matter what the level of fire damage, we are here to help. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 490-6462.

Why Hire Professional Water Cleanup?

2/7/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on gray tile floor Water emergencies happen without warning. Call SERVPRO immediately to mitigate the water damage situation in your home.

Somerset residents get best results from prompt, reliable water cleanup from SERVPRO

Somerset, New Jersey, is both a census-designated place (CDP) and an unincorporated community that is located within Somerset County in Franklin Township. When the 2010 United States Census got taken, this community had a population of 22,083 people.

Fun Fact: Somerset was the original location of one of the initial Marconi Wireless Stations in the entire United States.

Exploring the History Surrounding Somerset, NJ

What is now the site of Marconi Park, the New Brunswick Marconi Station was positioned at Easton Avenue and JFK Boulevard. This was just a few minutes away from the border of New Brunswick. The station was initially a radio transmitter facility that got constructed in 1913, where it was operated via the American Marconi Wireless Corporation. In 1917, the United States Navy confiscated the facility after a partial failure of the transatlantic telegraph cables.

In 1918, the Fourteen Points speech by President Woodrow Wilson was transmitted at this same site. Once the war wrapped up, the ownership of the station, along with the other US assets of Marconi, got transferred to RCA from the Navy. Antenna masts were removed in 1952 to make room for a small strip mall that held a K-Mart store.

Today’s Attractions and Things to Do in Somerset, New Jersey

Whether you are looking for a natural setting where you can wander a bit, or you are looking for modern, charming experiences, there is something for everyone in and around the Somerset area.

Taking a look at must-see attractions, you will find places such as the stunning Rudolf W. Van der Goot Rose Garden. Here, you will find sprawling gardens and a lovely compact display that includes thousands of roses. Onsite, there is also a Fragrance and Sensory Garden where you can touch and smell a broad assortment of herbs and flowers.

Of course, there are also lots of fantastic restaurants and breweries in this region to explore. Some of the top options in Somerset include:

  • Lubrano’s Pizzeria and Restaurant – An excellent location for a slice of pizza and a friendly, upbeat atmosphere.
  • Hamilton Barbecue and Restaurant – a nice stop if you are looking for authentic barbecue with traditional recipes and meats cooked to perfection. 
  • Stage House Tavern – known for craft cocktails and excellent buffet meals, diners will always find something delicious on the menu. 
  • Destination Dogs – this unique restaurant features traditional beef hot dogs as well as sausages and unique options such as duck confit.

SERVPRO Provides Somerset Residents with Peace of Mind by Way of Rapid Water Cleanup

The basement or ground floor of your Somerset home can flood at any time and for a variety of reasons. The lowest level of the house is prone to flooding depending on the property, so you need rapid water cleanup in an emergency. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster here at SERVPRO, helping you to ensure your interior gets thoroughly dried and Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Why contact SERVPRO when you need water cleanup in Somerset? Because we act fast to address issues such as:

  • Hot water tank failure
  • Water supply line breakage
  • Blocked or failing sewer pipe
  • Storm sewer backup
  • And more

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is here for you 24/7 when you need fast water cleanup. Call (908) 251-9097 to have a crew dispatched to your property.

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.


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


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.


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.


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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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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