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The Effectiveness of Water Damage Extraction for Denville Homes

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Cleanup Specialists Use Powerful Extraction Tools for Denville Homes

Whether it occurs in Denville or elsewhere, residential water damage can happen anywhere, at any time. Homeowners can take steps to reduce or even prevent damage before it occurs. Still, they may not have access to the tools necessary to eliminate it when it does happen.

When Denville water damage incidents occur, SERVPRO professionals are ready to respond with 24-hour remediation services. These thoroughly-trained techs can use commercial-grade tools to eliminate residues, stains, and odors that stem from excess moisture.

How Water Damage Extraction Works

Water damage extraction is one of the cornerstones of successful home restoration and serves a multitude of purposes, such as:

  • Removing standing water from a property
  • Greatly accelerating structural drying, which would take hundreds of times longer without extraction
  • Sanitizing with hot water and EPA-registered antimicrobials to lessen the presence of contaminants
  • Minimizing potential damage to subfloors, wall studs, ceiling joists, or home foundations

Extraction begins with removing standing water and debris. Wet/dry vacuums, mops, and sump pumps, among other tools, can be used for this purpose. However, many disasters may not necessitate this degree of moisture removal. Portable or truck-mounted extractors are then deployed to remediate excess water. Both extractors feature three systems: a vacuum component, a pump, and a heating system. For most surfaces, only a vacuum is necessary. The other two components are primarily used on carpeting and upholstery.

DIY extraction is possible to some degree. That said, homeowners may not have access to tools like commercial-grade hot water extractors to make the job faster, easier, and safer. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians perform several rounds of extraction to remove as much excess water as possible before deploying drying equipment.

Water Remediation, the SERVPRO Way

SERVPRO water cleanup can act 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,

including holidays and weekends, to minimize homeowners’ repair and replacement necessities. The process entails the following:

  • Inspecting water damage with sensors, meters, and imaging tools that determine surface-level humidity and moisture content beneath surfaces. These devices can be calibrated for specific surfaces with the relative humidity and moisture levels of dry surfaces in the home in mind
  • Extracting excess moisture with a combination of extractors, vacuums, pumps, and manual cleaning to partially sanitize and prepare the space for drying
  • Remediating potential microbial growth and odor-causing bacteria from the property with OSHA-approved biocide solutions, including a plethora of proprietary SERVPRO solutions designed to target moisture-related contaminants
  • Drying remaining moisture to a pre-disaster condition with air movement and dehumidification equipment. Air movers are positioned between 50 and 300 square feet apart, depending on the extent of the damage. Some incidents may only require one air mover and dehumidifier to restore affected materials. The direction and volume of airflow help funnel humid air toward the dehumidifier, which isolates moisture by collecting condensation and releasing warm, dry air
  • Odor control measures like scented granules and fogging deodorizers may be dispensed to address varying degrees of moisture-related odors

Restoration technicians can also perform structural repairs when necessary and rebuilding services, like drywall installation and wall painting, that restore an affected property as completely as possible after mitigation.

SERVPRO of North Morris County can prove that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for property owners who call (973) 983-5657.

The Causes of Fire Damage Odors in Denville Properties

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

An employee in a truck talking to another employee outside. Denville homeowners trust SERVPRO for comprehensive fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Remediates Denville Homes with 24/7 Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup

Denville properties can deal with home fire damage at the most inopportune times because, unfortunately, disasters do not occur on a convenient schedule. Even after cleaning up debris and soot, burnt residues, proteins, and other factors can leave unpleasant odors behind. Fortunately, restoration professionals are available 24 hours a day to address soils and odors.

Denville SERVPRO fire damage remediation specialists typically respond to calls within hours to inspect properties and formulate an actionable and comprehensive restoration plan. This plan includes property inspection and pack-outs if necessary and mitigation, odor control, and rebuilding services following the property owner’s insurance coverage.

How Soot and Smoke Cause Fire Damage Odors

Fire damage odors primarily stem from smoke particles, also known as soot, settling on surfaces. These particles come from burnt materials and can spread through the air, not unlike mold or dust. Soot residues can also attract dirt, so SERVPRO technicians always inspect HVAC systems after a fire, even if it does not require servicing.

Smoke particles and fire odors can come from a wide array of sources, such as:

  • Wood, paper, and similarly dry organic materials often leave dry easy-to-remove soils
  • Wood finishes, inks, dyes, stains, and adhesives can complicate this when they are burnt
  • Rubbers, oils, and plastics, including those used in electrical wiring and appliances, can impart an unpleasant odor and greasy soils that smear with traditional cleaning methods
  • Homeowners should be cautious to avoid areas where fire has made contact with items that operate on alkaline or lithium-ion batteries
  • Protein residues, which typically come from burnt poultry, red meat, and fish, are especially pungent without specialized cleaners and can easily spread odors via a greasy, nearly-invisible film

When homeowners feel overwhelmed by the prospect of handling these and other fire damage concerns, they can count on SERVPRO  techs to remove these on their behalf quickly and thoroughly.

SERVPRO’s Fire and Smoke Odor Control and Remediation

SERVPRO restoration strategies easily mitigate smoke damage, soot deposits, and water damage from fire suppression.

  • If water or fire extinguisher residue is present, technicians typically address this first to prevent microbial growth. Fire soils are easier to remove from dry surfaces than wet ones
  • Residue cleaning typically proceeds from lightest to heaviest, from the highest point of damage to the lowest. Gentle cleaning with specialized dry cleaning sponges is often sufficient for light, dry soils, which can then be collected with a HEPA-filter vacuum or air scrubber
  • SERVPRO technicians can achieve widespread odor control with such tools as the thermal or “hot” fogger, which emits a solvent-based smoke that clings to surfaces as smoke particles do
  • Heavy-duty cleaning options are available to address char, including ultrasonic immersion cleaning for delicate objects, abrasion blasting to address charring, and enzyme digesters that convert filmy protein soils to a water-soluble condition free of odors

SERVPRO rebuilding services, such as installing new drywall and carpet, repainting, and sealing stained wood, can further lessen fire odors in a home until they are nonexistent and the property is comfortable and clean. Our team coordinates with property owners and insurance adjusters throughout the restoration process to keep the claims filing process smooth and expedient.

Homeowners can call (973) 983-5657 to receive assistance from SERVPRO of North Morris County, which leaves properties looking and feeling “Like it never even happened.”

How Mold Damage Travels Through Denville Homes

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation Restores Denville Properties with 24-Hour Service

Mold damage is caused by an excess of microbes being allowed to proliferate inside a Denville residence. Whether this spread is induced by water damage in a wall cavity, a roof leak, or another source, spores can quickly reduce indoor air quality and create costly structural and property damage for home occupants.

Mold damage remediation technicians in Denville are available to help through SERVPRO. Highly-trained restoration professionals can return an impacted residence to a pre-contamination state with commercial-grade tools. These pieces of equipment perform to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for home microbial cleanup.

How Mold Travels Through a Property

The spread of mold stems from its reproduction process, which releases tiny spores. These lightweight spores travel through the air until they cling to or settle on surfaces. Because microbes are so small and can come from any indoor or outdoor location, it is impossible to guarantee total mold removal on a property.

Microbes can cling to:

  • Clothing
  • Bags and packages
  • Carpeting
  • Skin
  • Furniture

Tiny spores can come in from outside through HVAC systems and open windows or doorways. Mold can move again through contact with other surfaces or motions that allow it to rise and float in the air to cling to something else.

While homeowners cannot ensure a completely mold-free home, they can take measures to minimize mold damage risk on their property. These practices include inspecting plumbing and fixtures, keeping roofing in good shape, having HVAC serviced regularly, and sticking to a regular cleaning schedule that keeps dirt and microbes to a minimum.

SERVPRO's 24-hour Restoration Services Mitigate Microbes with Minimal Downtime

Mold remediation specialists can visit a Denville home in as little as a few hours after a client's initial call to inspect the extent of mold damage. This data collection and consultation process helps technicians formulate a restoration plan tailored to homeowners' needs and belongings.

SERVPRO's emergency-response microbial cleanup can include:

  • Techs donning commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing with EPA-registered biocides
  • Inspection tools that detect water damage that could be causing or contributing to mold growth. Technologies like moisture sensors and meters can evaluate surface and internal moisture levels. Imaging devices like thermal imaging cameras can detect hard-to-reach moisture behind structural materials like drywall
  • Powerful HEPA-filter air scrubbers and vacuums create an environment that limits airborne spore travel and collects these spores for disposal, even if they are as small as 0.3 microns
  • SERVPRO drying equipment, including air movement units and dehumidifiers, can remove moisture from structures and contents, including drywall, carpeting, and upholstery
  • Deodorizers eradicate moisture and mold-related odors on a particle level by binding with odor-causing microbes and altering or eliminating them

All of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all weekends and holidays. Regardless of when a disaster occurs, SERVPRO techs can coordinate with homeowners and insurers to perform restoration in a timely fashion that accommodates homeowners' needs and schedules.

In cases of more extensive mold damage, technicians can perform a "pack-out," which entails moving belongings to an approved SERVPRO warehouse. This service allows for restoration in a separate space while keeping belongings accessible when homeowners need them most. However, in-place cleaning, drying, and repair are feasible in many cases.

SERVPRO of North Morris County can be reached at (973) 983-5657 when homeowners need "Like it never even happened" quality cleanup after a disaster.

SERVPRO Can Perform Storm Flood Damage Restoration in Your Denville Home

9/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Storm Flood Damage in Denville Calls for Professionals

Very few things can make a homeowner feel as helpless as when faced with the risk of an external flood hitting them and the potential damages it may leave behind. To ensure your house is safe and minimize the damages, you must contact flood restoration specialists like SERVPRO.

Flood water is “black water” or category three water, which usually has contaminants, confirming the need for professionals to handle the restoration process. To minimize overall damage, we can perform storm flood damage repair in your Denville home as quickly as possible. SERVPRO is always ready to provide homeowners with the necessary restoration services should they find themselves in such a situation.

We have a rich documentation process that makes it easier for you to make claims to your insurance provider. A full restoration of your property might take multiple pathways depending on the situation, but SERVPRO’s overall process involves such steps as:

  • Assessing the damages caused.
  • Pumping the water left behind.
  • Safe removal and disposal of any irreparably ruined contents and furnishings.
  • Cleaning and decontaminating the house to remove potential chemical, biological and environmental contaminants left behind.
  • Checking the building to identify structural damages that might cause hazards at the moment or in the future.
  • Complete drying and dehumidification to ensure no water residues are left behind to avoid mold infestation.

Smells are among the major problems that flood damage leaves behind. At SERVPRO, we use different deodorizing techniques, products, and equipment to deal with foul odors. Our team can use dry fogging to deodorize the house since it does not pose the risk of moisture damage that wet fogging can cause. The deodorants we use in this situation are usually solvent-based. They pass through a heated space where they vaporize into small particles that can fight the odors even in the most hidden places.

If you want a fast and efficient flood damage restoration process, contact SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Handling Fire Damage Restoration in Denville

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

Tiny Wood House On Fire If you find yourself in need of assistance with fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO at (973) 983-5657.

SERVPRO Helps with Fire Restorations in Denville

The results can be devastating whenever a fire breaks out on your property. Even a fire that starts small can quickly grow and consume several of your contents and building materials if not extinguished immediately. Since most residential buildings get made with a large majority of wooden supplies, a house can get ruined in just a few minutes.

During some projects that entail fire damage restoration in Denville, rebuilding your home due to burnt structural components can often become a grueling process. In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians have to deal with the task of removing drywall, wall studs, or roof trusses. As a general rule, if your wooden structural components have a quarter-inch or less charring on the surface, we can take steps to sand or sandblast the burnt material from the surface. But, if the charred material penetrates deeper than a quarter-inch, we must remove and replace the affected building materials or contents. 

For example, if only sections of your wall or roof got severely burnt, we can take areas of the charred materials out by cutting them at the part where they get affected. We can then schedule licensed carpenters to rebuild your structure to meet the building code according to New Jersey state law. However, structural issues usually are not the only type of damage caused by a structural blaze.

Other things we can do to restore your home to its pre-damaged state, "Like it never even happened."

  • Fire Debris Cleanup
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Fire & Water Damage Restorations
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Content Cleaning

Anytime a small blaze becomes very destructive, call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657. 

Conducting Water Damage Repair in Rockaway

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Aids with Rockaway Water Restorations

Everyone has most likely been in a situation where their toilet has plugged up and won't flush at some point in their life. In many of these scenarios, the issue can be easily fixed by using a plunger and pulling up the debris that is restricting water flow. In other cases, the water can back up where it flows out of your toilet. Or, if your sewage line is blocked further down the line, water could come up and out another drain such as your bath or shower. 

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians work on water damage repair in Rockaway, the first thing we do is find out where the moisture entered your home. Once we locate the source, we then determine if the source is clean water or if there is a chance of contamination. If water came from a source like your kitchen sink faucet, it would be clean water and classified as category one damage. If the moisture leaked from your washing machine's drain, it could contain contaminants, and we treat it as a category two scenario. But, if your toilet or sewage line backs up, the likelihood of contamination is high, and the project gets labeled as category three. 

When dealing with sewage or black water, we take extra precautions to protect our crew, like ensuring they get equipped with the proper personal protection equipment (PPE). We can also take measures to ensure the contamination doesn't spread, like building containment chambers and using air scrubbers. 

Actions we can take as a part of the restoration process:

  • Water Extraction Services
  • Decontamination of Contents and Building Materials
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Black Mold Inspections

Any time sewage water backs up and contacts any of your contents or building materials, call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657.

Planning a Mold Remediation Project in Denville

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Conducts Mold Restorations in Denville

Anyone who has seen black mold knows that it can start as just a small discoloration of one of your building materials or contents and then quickly turn into a significant issue. A fungus needs moisture, an organic food source (like water or paper), and about 48 hours to start to grow. Once fungi develop, they form structures called hyphae that grow three-dimensionally. Then, the contamination can release seed-like spores that can travel through the air until they find another area to contaminate. 

When our SERVPRO team conducts mold remediation in Denville, we focus on removing the contamination and preventing it from spreading to previously unaffected sections of your home. First, we find out where the moisture is coming from that caused the fungi to develop in the first place. Once we ensure no more water leaks in the affected area, we can begin our restoration procedures. 

Before we conduct any work, our highly trained team can seal off the area with plastic by building a containment chamber. We can then connect an air scrubber to the contained area to create negative air pressure inside it to remove spores and other contaminants from the air. Once the affected region is sealed, we can then take steps to remove your affected building materials or contents if we determine they cannot be saved by sanding or sandblasting the contamination from the surface. We can then dry out and seal the affected structural components like your wall studs or roof trusses with a specialized sealant paint such as Kilz. 

Ways we can help you when you find mold in your house:

  • Water Extraction Services
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Attic Mold Restorations
  • Bathroom Mold Remediation
  • Black Mold Inspections

If you ever notice even a small section of your home contains black mold, call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657. 

Types of Needed Deodorants in Denville Office Fire Restoration

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO job-site Commercial fire damage restoration in Denville need the help of SERVPRO. Our team of professionals are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Fire Restoration Requires Odor Removal

Fires can occur from multiple sources, making these disasters impossible to predict and destructive to the building. Even with the swift cleanup of the structure, SERVPRO professionals will still need to address and manage offensive malodors created by combustion. Neutralization of harsh smells includes:

  • Open-Air Smells
  • Trapped Odors
  • HVAC System
  • Imaginary Malodors

General Deodorization Efforts

Open-air malodors are the most recognizable during fire restoration in Denville offices. Some surface cleaning strategies can help counteract the severity of these smells, but it is often pairing products distributed through wet fogging or oxidation that has the most direct neutralization ability. Vaporous distribution of deodorants can also aid in managing trapped smells in porous materials like drywall and short-pile carpeting.

Cleaning Impacted Systems

The HVAC system can harbor harsh malodors until it gets appropriately cleaned. Because this system was likely operational when the fire occurred, soot and smoke solids are pulled through the ductwork. Until our NADCA-trained professionals' clean air ducts and the HVAC system, these smells can persist.

The Smell That Is Not There

One of the more challenging loss effects to remove from a fire-damaged office building is the odor that is not there. Imaginary odors are a frequent condition to experience with property owners and employees of a damaged space. Seeing the damage can create a continuation of the smoke smell you once associated in the room. Combatting these circumstances typically requires masking agents to infuse a pleasant aroma to overcome the imaginary smell people experience.

Odors can be a substantial hurdle in fire restoration, so it requires several products and approaches to overcome. Many look to the experience and knowledge of our SERVPRO of North Morris County team to help neutralize this final obstacle to get your office running normally. Give us a call today at (973) 983-5657.

Keeping Your Denville Office Going During Mold Removal

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse with equipment Mold damage remediation services for your Denville business should call SERVPRO. Our technicians have the training and experience for all phases.

We Contain Mold Removal Actions

Understanding that many businesses do not reopen after disasters, it is important to ensure that you have the right personnel and experience to resolve mold damage and its effects on the office. SERVPRO professionals can overcome mold and prevent it from spreading with containment measures like:

  • Physical barriers
  • Negative pressure machines
  • Air filtration

Erecting Containment Barriers

The best way to keep the rest of the building safe during mold removal in Denville offices is by constructing physical barriers. Temporary walls are created with polyethylene sheeting and wood seal in mold spores and prevent migration. It is also important to cover returns and vents of the HVAC system and any other openings.

How Does Negative Pressure Work?

Air moves from high to lower pressure, creating a workspace with negative pressure prevents cross-contamination into the nearby work areas of your office while remediation is underway. An intricate ventilation system creates this condition.

HEPA Air Filtration

HEPA filters often work with a membrane trapping particulates and microbes as small as 0.3 microns. We can dramatically reduce spore activity by running these filtration devices in the work areas. HEPA 500 air scrubbers are small and portable units convenient for these needs.

Monitoring Progress and Migration

Throughout the cleanup and restoration, continual monitoring will be necessary to ensure that active spores are not breaking the containment and seeking new hosting materials in the running areas of your office building. Air sampling could help, but moisture monitoring can show what areas are potentially targeted in the building.

You can appreciate the importance of keeping up production even with remediation or restoration services underway. While things might not operate fully as they did during this time, there are steps SERVPRO of North Morris County can take to keep you open if possible. Give us a call at (973) 983-5657.

The Hazards of Flood Damage in Denville Properties

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Can Destroy Homes

From rising creeks and streams around Denville to natural disasters that overwhelm the city with severe weather conditions, flooding has been a part of many homeowners' lives. We are a trusted name to help with post-flood recovery.

Structural Compromise Concerns

Flood damage to Denville homes can impact the structure the most. From the penetration point to the degradation of exposed building materials, we must complete widespread controlled demolition to help.

Safety Hazards After Flooding

The safety of our technicians and the occupants of the house is a priority of our SERVPRO team, so we work fast to identify hazards and avoid threatening situations. After flooding, there are a few common safety hazards that could exist:

  • Shock Hazards – In some scenarios, standing water can pool around outlets or other electrical pathways to charge the water.
  • Debris – Solids in the water and particulates carried in with the flood can present risks to the health and wellbeing of those exposed.
  • Infestation – Intruding floodwater can carry insects and animals into the house that SERVPRO must remove to restore the property.

Standing Water with Solids

Water removal services can be a priority for arriving technicians, but flooding is an obstacle in many cases. Solids and debris in the water cannot be managed by all of the extraction units in our inventory. Instead, we rely on trash pumps and vacuums to remove these pools.

The Possibility of Contamination

With any flooding, contamination can only sometimes get ruled out entirely. Instead, most scenarios require water exposure and impacted materials to be treated as a blackwater event like a sewage backup. Contaminated materials must get handled carefully and disposed of, meeting strict guidelines.

Your home can be severely damaged by flooding and water intrusion. As leading flood restoration experts, SERVPRO of North Morris County works to provide rapid mitigation strategies to overcome the hazards of flooding. Call us now at (973) 983-5657.