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The Causes of Fire Damage Odors in Denville Properties

5/18/2022 (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, unpleasant odors can be left behind by burnt residues, proteins, and other factors. 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.”

The Effectiveness of Water Damage Extraction for Denville Homes

5/18/2022 (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.

How Mold Damage Travels Through Denville Homes

5/18/2022 (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.

Denville Businesses Trust SERVPRO with Water Damage Repairs

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Carpet Call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Water Damage Repair and Contamination in Denville Businesses

Dealing with contamination is arguably one of the toughest challenges for professionals during the water damage repair of Denville commercial spaces. Rather than solely relying on antimicrobial products to handle the contamination, SERVPRO techs use various techniques. 

As moisture promotes and sustains microbial growth, SERVPRO techs first focus on drying during water damage repair of your Denville property. The application of antimicrobial products may help control microbes. However, techs use the products only once the humidity, and moisture levels are controlled. Contaminated material is removed from the property. 

SERVPRO techs ensure that the customer is thoroughly briefed regarding the procedure before the use of decontamination products. We only use EPA-registered antimicrobials and follow the recommended application methods.

Safety and Antimicrobial Application During the Water Restoration

Safety of the occupants and technicians is our priority during antimicrobial product application in commercial Denville properties. SERVPRO conforms with applicable federal, state, and local regulations or laws.  

Here are some of the ways we ensure that the procedure is safe and effective-

  • Restoration technicians always wear personal protective equipment
  • We never spray the products in HVAC systems while they are in operation
  • Techs may apply antimicrobials in occupied commercial buildings 
  • We only use safe antimicrobial products 

The application of antimicrobials to your water-damaged commercial property is not to sterilize the environment. Microbes are present everywhere, and it is impossible to rid an area of microbes completely. SERVPRO’s restoration efforts are directed toward reducing the contamination to the preloss level. 

Commercial properties must control microbial contamination to avoid potentially disastrous consequences after a water damage incident, and SERVPRO can help you with that. 

You can get further information by calling SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657.

Flood Damage in Your Denville Home? Call SERVPRO

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of a Family On a roof Afraid your wood floors have been damaged by a Storm? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

SERVPRO Uses High-tech Equipment for Flood Damage in Denville

Successful flood damage restoration of Denville homes requires sophisticated equipment and tools. SERVPRO techs know which equipment to use and how to use them for the best possible results. 

Some of the equipment that SERVPRO techs use during flood damage restoration of Denville homes include:

  • Moisture meters and Infra-red cameras
  • Axial and centrifugal air movers 
  • Refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Pumps and water extractors
  • Heating and cooling equipment

In some situations, SERVPRO techs implement heating (or cooling) to speed up the drying after carefully evaluating the drying conditions. 

Role Of Heating And Cooling In Water Cleanup After A Storm

When external heat is used to increase the air temperature to facilitate drying, the process is called 'heat drying.' SERVPRO techs use a heat and air exchange drying system that uses an indirect fired furnace to heat the airspace of your Denville property during flood restoration. The indirect-fired furnace takes dry outdoor air and warms it before introducing it into the drying zone. The indirect fired furnaces are installed outside the structure and can produce 100,000 to 800,000 BTU/hour of heat. 

If heating a limited area is required, SERVPRO techs often use portable electric heaters that can focus heat on a small space. 

Restoration technicians sometimes also use air conditioning units to increase occupant comfort and allow the refrigerant dehumidifiers to remain within their optimum range (below 90°F). 

For commercial projects, SERVPRO uses a state-of-the-art direct expansion unit that can provide both heating and cooling and humidity control. 


We are committed to helping the community's property owners provide industry-leading service. If you have any questions, call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657.

It Pays to Hire SERVPRO for Mold Removal in Rockaway

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Why Is SERVPRO So Effective At Mold Removal In Rockaway?

Mold removal at your Rockaway home is not a do-it-yourself job. You need professional help if you want a long-term solution to the problem. SERVPRO techs, with their years of experience and training, can offer a much better outcome and prevent the damage from turning into a full-blown disaster. 

SERVPRO adheres to the recommendations made by IICRC during mold removal in Rockaway homes and controls the contamination at its source. Allowing the mold or moisture conditions to remain can damage building materials. Hence, it is important to address the issue promptly. Professionals like SERVPRO use a multi-step process to remediate the situation safely and effectively.  

Why Are Antimicrobials Not Effective In Mold Remediation? 

Antimicrobials are products applied into or onto a material to suppress or retard future mold growth. Rather than attempting to kill or encapsulate the contamination in place, SERVPRO techs prioritize physically removing the mold during remediation. 

The use of antimicrobials without removing the fungus is highly discouraged by the IICRC as-.

  • Antimicrobials are ineffective on porous and semi-porous material
  • The presence of biofilms or organic matter renders the antimicrobials less effective
  • Antimicrobials may interfere with post-remediation verification

Hence, restorers mustn't overtly rely on biocides alone to control mold. 

Encapsulation of mold damage is also highly discouraged by IICRC as the sealant products may change the permeability of materials. It may also cause condensation problems and result in future deterioration. The bottom line is to remove the visible mold infestations, apply an antifungal agent, and then complete the build back if required.

SERVPRO offers inspection, remediation, and removal services if you suspect mold damage at your home. Contact SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657 to know more.  

Structure Cleaning During Fire Damage Restoration in Denville

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Denville Homeowners Complete Structural Cleanup with No Disruptions

Fires vary in degree of destruction. Fortunately, not all destroy property and belongings, thanks to the fire safety measures and the quick action of our fire departments. However, even a minor kitchen fire incident leaves damage hence the need for cleanup in affected areas and throughout the house. The experience can be emotionally gut-wrecking for most Denville homeowners. SERVPRO helps develop a plan to restore your property to its preloss condition while minimizing disruption.

Structure cleaning during fire restoration in Denville prevents future damage. Damage may continue to occur after extinguishing a fire from soot residue exposure. This is one reason why professional structural cleanup is essential. Once a fire is out, our team conducts a thorough evaluation of the structure to identify areas in need of repair.

Other Measures are Taken to Prevent Structure Damage

  • Removal of debris 
  • Drying out moisture from firefighting efforts
  • Removing fire extinguishing residues

Dealing with Charring and Smoke Damage on Wood Surfaces

The intensity of a fire can compromise the strength of a house by charring or scorching wood framing. You find that solid wood starts burning outside due to the heat, and if such charring is deep enough, its structural strength is affected. Our technicians tear down any charred materials that cannot be restored. If framing displays a significant loss of surface material, we ensure any steps taken comply with state and local regulations.

Methods that fix charring and odors

  • Wire-brushing
  • Scraping
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Application of a deodorizing pre-sealer

Smoke and soot tend to get absorbed by almost everything in a home. The longer the exposure, the greater the likelihood of replacing the affected items. Soot damage results in staining wood framing, and cleanup can prove challenging as smoke tends to permeate wood surfaces due to its porous nature. Our technicians prefer to remove residues by cleaning. However, when cleaning fails to remove all residues, we may have to seal the surface.

SERVPRO of North Morris County can handle your fire restoration needs effectively. Call us at (973) 983-5657. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How to Recover From Flood Damage affecting Your Denville Home

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Denville Homeowners with Excellent Services During Flood Repairs

Flooding is a severe problem that many homeowners have to deal with annually. Floods can cause a wide range of issues in your Denville home and, if not addressed right away, can lead to further damages and very costly repairs. Flood restoration ought to be done by professionals as they have the right tools for the job and workforce.

Flood damage repairs in Denville homes start with cleanup, which is a daunting process that must be done thoroughly. SERVPRO aims to remove all floodwater, dirt, and mud accumulated in your home, particularly in hard-to-reach areas. We have tools to make flood cleanup easier, such as submersible pumps, truck-mounted pumps, or portable extractors for immediate water removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use shovels to remove the debris and pressure washers to clean off the remnants.

Flood Damage May Cause

  • Warping and buckling of hardwood floors
  • Damage to furniture and fixtures
  • Moisture in walls
  • Ruined appliances

Managing Moisture in Some Items

Floodwater from a storm is nasty as it might be mixed with sewage leaks, chemical spills, and everyday contaminants. Cleaning items are cheaper than replacing them. However, upholstered furniture, draperies, and mattresses should be tossed. While soaked particle-board furniture may fall apart, those made of hardwood, metal, plastic, and glass should be fine once thoroughly cleaned.

Hardwood floors may survive the damage but require a lot of care. In this case, we remove a few boards here and there to allow others to expand so that they do not warp. We also monitor the subfloor because, in some situations, a hardwood floor might dry, whereas the subflooring underneath remains wet.

Dealing With a Wet Subfloor

  • Inspect the subfloor
  • Circulate dry air
  • Apply biocides to prevent mold growth

SERVPRO of North Morris County provides 24/7 flood damage restoration service, thus helping get your home to its preloss state as fast as possible. Call us at (973) 983-5657. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Restoration in Rockaway Homes- Where to Start

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Water Pipe Leak Let your local SERVPRO of North Morris County professionals resolve your water damage problems.

SERVPRO Offers Rockaway Homeowners Rapid Water 

Repairs Preventing Secondary Issues

Water damage necessitates repair, whether it affects the floors, ceilings, or walls. Time is of the essence as moisture could further affect your Rockaway home's belongings, fixtures, and fittings. In some situations, the damage can be too extensive for you to manage; thus, getting help from a restoration service is paramount to ensure the process is done correctly.

Before embarking on water damage restoration in a Rockaway home, SERVPRO documents all of the damage first. This helps with any insurance claims you make. We create two different estimates, one for structure and another for contents due to insurance coverage as required by most companies. Our production manager scopes and estimates the cost involved with cleaning and restoration. We provide packing materials upon request for some of the most important items you wish to take out.

Effects of Water Damage

  • Musty odors
  • Unsightly stains
  • Microbial growth

High levels of moisture cause musty odors and hideous stains, but it could most likely also lead to microbial growth. If mold starts to grow and is left unaddressed, it could cause structural damage that can be costly to fix.

Drying Wet Materials and Managing Humidity

After fixing what is causing the leak and assessing the situation, our crew focuses on removing water from your home. With commercial-grade vacuums and pumps, we remove excess water from floors, furniture, and carpets, then use a mop to absorb any moisture in hard-to-reach areas. After all standing water is removed, we tend to damp belongings. We set air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry damp areas of your home. Our crew helps determine salvageable and discard anything that is no longer safe to use. When dealing with content, it is important to sort them out before taking action.

The Best Criteria Are to Group Them Into:

  • Salvageable items
  • Unsalvageable items
  • Questionable items

SERVPRO of North Morris County evaluates properties to determine the best water damage restoration approach. Call us at (973) 983-5657. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How to Conduct Commercial Water Removal in Denville

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Sufficiently Equipped to Perform Commercial Water Removal in Denville

How water can affect a commercial establishment like a retail store is unpredictable. It can affect the walls, the floor, or your business records. Staircases that are overly exposed to humidity can weaken.

Some materials like wood and drywall that have sustained water damage can be rendered useless. SERVPRO has a team of highly skilled and equipped technicians to help property owners or managers to perform commercial water removal in Denville. We can take the following steps to restore your property within a short time to get you back in business:

Finding the Leak

Upon arrival, we can find the source of the water leakage and fix it before we embark on extracting the water.

Water Extraction

The water causes more damage the more it sits on a property. Our SERVPRO team can use pumps to remove stagnant water from the building to avoid secondary damages like mold infestation.

Cleaning and Disinfection

After water extraction, SERVPRO can clean and disinfect all the affected structures and contents, including store fixtures, safely to avoid future problems.

Drying and Dehumidification

We can use air movers to enhance evaporation. This equipment introduces airflow at the surface level and replaces the cool, saturated boundary layer with drier, warmer air from dehumidifiers. Air movers also move dry, dehumidified air from rooms where restorers have positioned dehumidifiers to other rooms of a building.

Repairing and Restoration

Our restorers can perform repair and restoration practices like replacing unsalvageable materials, minor reconstructions, and even complete commercial reconstructions.

Document Recovery

The loss of critical records can hugely alter the daily operations and functions that keep your business floating. SERVPRO can use vacuum freeze-drying chambers to dry all the wet documents quickly, securely, and effectively to avert this disaster.

SERVPRO of North Morris County is the right firm to hire when looking forward to recovering from water damage in a commercial property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (973) 983-5657.