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The Challenges of Flood Removal from Finished Montville Basements

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Basements easily flood. Should your basement incur storm and flood damage, call SERVPRO!

Montville Basement Flooding can be Difficult to Restore Without Immediate Action

Many homes in the area feature finished basements. Several of these properties have experienced flooding, which can often target this lower level of the house. There are specific challenges when contending with standing water and natural flooding in your living space. Our fast response can ensure that mitigation gets started as soon as possible.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Choosing our team to help with flood damage in Montville homes can ensure that we start emergency services when they can be the most helpful. We have pre-stocked trailers and production vehicles loaded with valuable tools and equipment to overcome flood damage as we find it in area homes. We arrive with:

  • Water extraction tools
  • Air filtration equipment
  • Disinfection products
  • Pack-out professionals

A Safe Space for Contents and Furniture

One of the priorities of our responding technicians is moving contents and furniture from this flood damaged finished basement to a safer space that is dry and climate controlled. While it is ideal to find a location on site for this storage, we also provide offsite cleaning and restoration services to store these belongings until restoration completes.

Professionals to Handle Repairs 

In addition to cleaning and recovery services after a flood, repairs are often necessary as well. With a general contractor license, we can supply a wealth of build-back services and repairs that your property might need after this disaster.

Flooding is among the most destructive disasters that your home can experience, and when this impacts living space like your finished basement, you need a team that can respond quickly. Our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team is ready to help 24/7 at (973) 887-9100.

Early Restoration Options Target Post-Fire Hazards for Morris Plains Homes

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Odors and smoke and soot damage are some of the effects of fire damage. SERVPRO can be on the scene quickly to begin the restoration process.

Restoration Begins in Morris Plains by Focusing on Emergency Services Needed to Mitigate Loss

Emergency services are the initial actions that our professionals take to mitigate loss and protect your contents. We have multiple mitigative methods possible when fire losses occur, so our SERVPRO team mobilizes fast to help when you need it most.

Structural Compromise and Damage 

One of the first things that our professionals must consider before fire damage restoration in Morris Plains homes begins is how threatened structural elements have become by the fire. Structure fires can leave installed components vulnerable to collapse or failure, so our professionals must work quickly to evaluate these affected areas like:

  • Roofs
  • Wall Systems
  • Flooring
  • Ceilings
  • Fixtures
  • Electrical Wiring

Fire Debris Removal Needs 

Heaps of ash and debris are common to see after a long burning or high-heat fire loss experience in your home. One of the ways to begin reducing the concentrations of harsh odors and soot damage is to shovel out and discard these charred elements.

Restoring Safe Air Quality

Another one of the focal points of emergency services in your home after a fire is removing harmful contaminants and aerosolized solids from the environment. After a structure fire, conditions in a house can be health-hazardous without first addressing these airborne threats with strategically placed HEPA 500 air scrubbers and other filtration equipment.

As you can see, we can take several immediate actions to protect your home and its contents against irreparable harm after a fire. Our fast response from our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team can help prevent costly restoration and longer recovery times. Contact us today at (973) 887-9100.

How Do Challenging Musty Odors Get Removed from Morris Plains Homes?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation includes not only removing mold, but also eliminating the odor.

Mold Creates Volatile Conditions that Our SERVPRO Team Must Restore in Morris Plains Properties

Professional mold remediation can be critical to removing mold colonies from your house and the overwhelming effects that come with it. As widespread as mold damage can become, count on the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO team to help.

Mold Removal Strategies for Residences

While mold damage in Morris Plains can be a highly damaging incident, one of the lingering effects that present an obstacle to comfortable living is harsh odors. Volatile organic compounds generate strong smells that overtake damaged areas of your home, requiring effective deodorization to resolve.

Counteractant Solutions and Early Remediation

With harsh odors, it is necessary to reduce the severity of these smells as quickly as possible. Counteractant products like beads and granules can both be placed in locations where airflow is the greatest. These counteractants absorb much of the musty smell before full deodorization follows. Surface remediation can also be instrumental in reducing the severity of mold odors.

Deodorization Practices Remove Harsh Odors

One of the final steps in removing harsh odors from the property is to use our deodorization equipment in our inventory. Often, a range of tools is required to overcome musty smells president after mold damage. Hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers can both play a significant role in neutralizing remaining odors. The three most common deodorization tools include:

  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Ozone generators
  • HEPA air scrubbers

There is no mistaking the hazard that foul odors cannot become after remediation in your home. As rapidly as mold damage can spread throughout the property, we have a dedicated team of specialists capable of overcoming surface mold and its harmful effects on the house. Our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team is ready to help (973) 887-9100.

Get Prompt Water Damage Repair in Morris Plains

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes happen. SERVPRO is always standing by to dry your home.

SERVPRO Offers Efficient Water Damage Restoration in Morris Plains

Your home may have sustained a water loss event due to a water leak or burst pipe. If that is the case, SERVPRO is there to help. We can provide you with effective and swift water damage restoration to eliminate the disruptions and stress you might be facing. Our techs can detect the source of the leak through our access and trace service. Leaks often originate from hidden pipework that is challenging to pinpoint. 

Our team uses various methods to accurately identify the source so that we can choose the most effective remedial action to perform water damage repair in your Morris Plains residence. At times, the leak can cause additional disruption to your home, like removing flooring or tiles. Our SERVPRO technicians have powerful pumps that remove water quickly to reduce the destruction.

Our water damage technicians examine the flooring, walls, and cabinets for water damage and moisture. We determine if these building materials need to be removed. If the carpeting is damp and is likely to be the breeding ground for mold, we can remove and replace it. We can also dry carpeting and pad without removing the padding. This technique is referred to as in-place drying, and it has some advantages such as: 

  • Homeowners do not experience much destruction.
  • No need to remove furniture from the area
  • Carpets suffer less destruction

The walls behind the cabinet can take time to dry because of the several layers of drywall and cabinet back. The way cabinets are constructed influences drying times and techniques. Our SERVPRO technicians can drill holes to enable air circulation in the wall cavity if the cabinets do not have a back. Once the walls are dry, we cover or patch the holes. Cabinets with a back take longer to dry due to the many layers that need to be dried.

With SERVPRO’s quick response, we can restore your walls, flooring, and possessions. Our certified technicians get to your home with confidence and knowledge backed by decades of field experience, along with proven water restoration techniques.

For assistance with water damage remediation and repairs, call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Where Can Restaurant Owners Get Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services in Montville?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Your kitchen is the heart of your restaurant, but it also presents a fire risk because of cooking equipment.

SERVPRO Offers Efficient Commercial Fire Damage Repair Services in Montville

As a restaurant owner, the kitchen is what keeps your business running. It’s where the chefs prepare delicious food that keeps customers returning. However, there is always a chance of fire in restaurants because of the cooking equipment. Fires can break out for a variety of reasons because of continual exposure to high heat. For instance, in a recent incident, a fire broke out on the grill and activated the restaurant’s fire suppression system. 

The fire suppression system in the restaurant extinguished the fire by spraying powder all over the kitchen. The manager called SERVPRO to perform commercial fire damage restoration in the Montville restaurant. The extinguished fire created a significant amount of smoke, and we had to clean up the powder, soot, and other particles.

Our SERVPRO team chose to use vacuum cleaners fitted with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate filter) to clean up the mess. A HEPA filter can trap many minute particles that other vacuum cleaners would recirculate back into the air. HEPA vacuums are excellent at minimizing dust and other particles. They can contain at least 99.97 percent of particles of 0.3 microns. Our post-fire restoration services include:

  • Cleaning up the soot and ash
  • Contents cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Improving air quality

SERVPRO also used ventilation equipment to clean up the restaurant. Air movers can generate an airflow of high velocity from 1000 to 3000 (cfm) cubic feet of air per minute. This air movement is used for general ventilation to eliminate fumes, odors, and vapors from a structure. Air movers also perform several deodorizing functions, and we commonly use them to ventilate a building after thermal fogging. 

Our SERVPRO team focuses on offering excellent customer service. We care a lot about your peace of mind, and that’s why we use science-based and time-tested fire damage repair methods. Our technicians remain in contact with the customer throughout the fire restoration process and can address your concerns.

If you a dealing with a restaurant fire, call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Homeowners Can Get Flood Damage Restoration Services in Morris Plains

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

It's challenging to get your property back to its original state on your own. Call the professionals at SERVPRO!

They Can Call SERVPRO to Provide Flood Damage Repair Services in Morris Plains

Storm flood damage is one of the things that can make you feel helpless. If a flood has affected your home, it is vital to take quick action to repair the affected structures and ensure your home is safe again. Floodwater is category three water and often contains many contaminants. Therefore, it is essential that a professional team such as SERVPRO handles the cleanup. 

When you call us to perform flood damage repair in your Morris Plains residence, we can act quickly to reduce the potentially lasting effects of the floodwater. Our flood restoration process involves removing the water, drying the property, decontaminating it, and making it safe for repairs. Some of the steps our SERVPRO technicians can take to restore your property fully include:

  • Safely remove and dispose of any contents and furnishing ruined beyond repair.
  • Clean and decontaminate your home to remove potential chemical, environmental and biological contaminants the floodwater has left.
  • Check your home for structural destruction that can cause potential hazards.
  • Dry and dehumidify the building to eliminate any residual water.

It can be challenging to get your property back to its original state, but with the assistance of our professional team, we can restore your property within a short time. We concentrate on fast drying of the structure and apply professional products to control microbial growth. Applying anti-microbial effects can help control microbes when used along with fast drying. They also make the job-site safer for our team to complete its work. We control microbes using EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants. SERVPRO applies microbes to all contaminated surfaces and materials. The products are more effective when they come into contact with microbes. 

When restoring a home after flood damage, we also look out for potential long-term problems such as structural destruction. This kind of damage can undermine the structural integrity and foundations of a property. Our SERVPRO team has expertise in providing a full range of restoration services that can bring your home back to full functionality. 

When you need flood damage repair services, call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can SERVPRO Protect Wet Carpets in Montville Homes?

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

Carpets with water damage have a chance of being saved. SERVPRO techs are ready at a moment's notice for any size water damage restoration job.

Through Extraction, Drying, and Cleaning, We can Restore Wet Carpets in Montville Properties.

Wet carpets are a common obstacle when water damage incidents occur in area homes. Because this is a popular flooring type, our SERVPRO professionals have several strategies to address these possible concerns and preserve the flooring material whenever possible rather than removing and discarding it. 

Inspecting the Damage and Creating a Restoration Plan

The entire process of water cleanup in Montville hinges on a detailed estimate and restoration plan created during an inspection phase. Our production manager can work with the customer to determine pre-existing conditions and new damages to create a recovery plan that suits the property. 

Carpet Wands and Deep Extraction Options 

There are several water removal tools available for saturated carpets. Affected both the carpet and padding layer underneath requires powerful extractors in our inventory, beginning with carpet wands and even stronger deep extraction attachments used in conjunction with truck-mount pumps in our Green Fleet. 

Checking for Staining of the Carpet

Carpeted floors are sensitive to bleeding colors, dyes, and staining damages resulting from prolonged moisture exposure. When contents and furniture do not get relocated, the persistent moisture or dampness of the carpet layer can allow these items to stain the surface. Carpet cleaning strategies can be vital in improving the color fastness and feel of carpeted floors, but stains might be impossible to overcome if not caught immediately. Some sources for this include:

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Newspapers

Cleaning up after water damage or flooding in area homes involves several practices and pieces of equipment. As leading water restoration experts, our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team can prioritize a fast arrival so vital mitigation and emergency services get started. Call (973) 887-9100 to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

How Can Smoke Damage Get Cleaned from Wood Surfaces in Morris Plains Homes?

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke residue is no easy task. Fire damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO. Call now!

Certain Surfaces can Produce Cleaning Obstacles in Fire-Damaged Morris Plains Properties.

Removing smoke and soot residues from homes after fires begins with a thorough inspection. Our qualified administrators can uncover the focal concerns and work to address these most heavily damaged areas as quickly as possible when mitigation starts. 

Is Unfinished Wood a Challenge to Clean? 

Fire damage restoration for Morris Plains involves treating dozens of surface types with specific cleaning products and tactics to maximize production while minimizing damages to underlying substrates. Unfinished wood is porous and harder to treat in many cases involving surface sanding, media blasting, or even controlled demolition to resolve. 

What Process is Used to Treat Finished Wood? 

Finished wood is often among the easier surfaces of this type to clean, as they have a lacquer or coat finish that can reduce smoke damage penetration. In many situations, finished wood like cabinets or shelves can be treated with wet cleaning approaches. More extensive and severe damage to these specific elements requires a greater range of cleaning products. Often restoration is a combination of:

  • Wall/Surface Cleaner
  • Wood Oil Soap
  • Wood Crème Paste

Is Controlled Demolition Necessary? 

Rebuilding after a fire damage incident is often inevitable, and having this capability with our general contractor license prevents customers from seeking subcontractors on their own. Our abilities with controlled demolition and build-back limit the time that restoration takes and save customers money with a fast and qualified transition to construction. 

Our technicians have extensive experience in identifying smoke damage and the necessary restoration steps to help. Smoke and soot residues can be disastrous for wood surfaces, and with so many throughout the property, there is much cleaning to be done. Our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team can help with your fire restoration needs when you call (973) 887-9100.

What is the Full Remediation Process for Mold-Damaged Morris Plains Homes?

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation for your home is no DIY project. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

Our Experienced Remediators can Help get Morris Plains Homes Back to Normal After Mold Damage.

Mold is an often underappreciated threat to the property until it spreads out of control. Our quick response to these emergencies when homeowners suspect mold growth can prevent even greater harm to the structure. 

Removing Mold and Microbial Threats 

There are multiple steps and stages to mold remediation in Morris Plains properties, and our SERVPRO team can help with a fast response. Remediation strategies vary considerably based on the affected materials and severity of the situation, including surface cleaning, sanding, media blasting, and controlled demolition. We provide a combination of these services to help. 

Clearing Out Lingering Odors 

While not one of the most prioritized concerns during the initial remediation process, one of the ways SERVPRO stands apart for mold remediation is through the focus on lingering harsh odors. Musty smells are often emitted from active colonization, and numerous counteractant products and deodorization tactics are necessary to neutralize them. Some of the tools available to our team include:

  • ULV Foggers
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Machines
  • HEPA 500 Air Scrubbers

When Build-Back and Repairs Are Necessary

With a general contractor license (13VH06046200), our professionals can provide several repair options for affected building materials in the household. From the controlled demolition necessary to access damp pockets of structural cavities to replacing discarded elements of wall and ceiling assemblies, our team can help. 

The need for mold remediation in the area is more common than many homeowners might realize. From unresolved water damage to moisture concerns from excessive humidity, mold can develop and spread quickly in a structure. Our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team has experience and training to be a one-stop-shop for mold remediation and damage restoration. Give us a call today at (973) 887-9100. 

What Steps Are Essential After Fire Damage In Morris Plains Clothes Shops?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

When your home is affected by a fire, team SERVPRO is what you need. Contact us 24/7 for effective fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Helps With Restorative and Protective Aspects of Fire Restoration

In the unfortunate case of fire damage at your clothes store, you need a comprehensive restoration solution. Fire damage may not stop the moment flames go out at your business, and failure to take protective steps can worsen things.

One way to prevent issues from worsening after fire damage in your Morris Plains premises is to anticipate where problems might arise. Problems can range from structure or fixture collapse due to weakened joints, freeze damage due to loss of insulation, or moisture damage due to openings left in the structure. It is easier to predict problems when you involve a professional like SERVPRO since we have handled numerous fire loss incidents. 

Typical restoration work involves:

  • Water & fire damage restorations
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke remediation

When informed of fire damage at your business premises, our SERVPRO technicians prepare a checklist of issues to address before embarking on the full restoration of the property. 

The pre-restoration checklist includes tasks such as:

  • Securing the property
  • Restoring power and heat to the structure
  • Checking for any loss of stability
  • Protecting materials against corrosion

It is common to see bare or frayed electrical wires in a property after fire damage. Such wires pose a significant risk of electrocution to anyone who ventures into the structure. It is also difficult to restore power with such cables in place. Our SERVPRO technicians help strip off electrical components from affected sections of the structure, thus eliminating the risks.

Whether due to the heat from the fire or actions by firefighters, you may end up with shattered windows or other openings. Securing the openings is essential before starting other restoration processes. Our SERVPRO technicians board up these openings. 

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is a seasoned fire damage restoration service. Call us at (973) 887-9100 to help you address any fire loss “Like it never even happened.”