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When You Have Fire Damage, Call Pros for Restoration in Somerset

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in a parking lot It can be overwhelming when facing fire damage to your Somerset home. SERVPRO can help with the remediation process. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Handles Smoke and Fire Damage for Somerset Property Owners 24/7

Residential or commercial fires can lead to varying levels of damage, both from smoke and charring from the flames. Somerset residents and business owners need prompt, reliable restoration whenever faced with such an emergency – this is where SERVPRO comes in. We know the best techniques and have an endless supply of equipment and tools at our disposal to scale each project to each customer’s needs. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, getting you back to normal before you know it. All you have to do is reach out to us 24-hours a day for emergency response.

Smoke and fire damage in Somerset does not have to mean you lose everything. SERVPRO works to restore versus replace, implementing our protocols to clean and salvage as much as possible. This results in time and money savings overall. 

We Know the Basics of Fire and Smoke Damage

Understanding what occurs in an active fire is critical to adequately addressing any fire restoration project. Our technicians have been through rigorous IICRC training to receive certification for water, fire, smoke, and mold restorations. We understand that:

  • Hot fires will produce less smoke than smoldering, cooler fires.
  • Kitchen grease fires on a hot stove put out immense, oily residue that sticks and smears on surfaces.
  • Fast burning fires involving paper and wood will often leave powdery soot residues.
  • Selecting the best process for each fire situation and the soot residues present help to achieve the best results.

How Do Smoke Odors Get Eliminated During Fire Restoration?

Several steps are necessary to clear out odors after a fire within your Somerset property. Our technicians understand the basic principles for commercial and house fire cleanup. Smoke residues move through hot air currents during the fire, sometimes traveling through a working HVAC system into other areas of the structure. 

SERVPRO considers the type of fire, materials burned, the overall scope, and how long the blaze raged. This allows us to choose the best methods and solutions to eliminate malodors.

  • We carefully remove all charred and unsalvageable contents and building materials. Everything gets disposed of safely according to local guidelines.
  • We tackle all visible surface residues using a combination of vacuuming with dry wiping or brushing and wet methods with water and cleaning agents to pull up smoke residues and deposits.
  • We may also use ozone molecules to help neutralize odors, breaking them down for eradication. 

What Does an Ozone Generator Do to Remove Smoke Odors?

SERVPRO’s vast equipment selection includes ozone generators, which create man-made ozone. The ozone technology has powerful oxidizing properties with ozone, a highly reactive, colorless gas that works to remove odors by reacting. Our trained technicians use these units only in sealed and unoccupied areas.  

Besides equipment like ozone and hydroxyl generators, SERVPRO technicians often use air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to pull odorous elements from the air. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) select the best methods for odor elimination, which may also include odor counteractant beads or granules. We never mask odors, and we only use processes to remove them so that you have no lingering reminders of the fire. “Like it never even happened.”

Let Us Handle All of Your Reconstruction Needs

Most all fire-related incidents call for some level of reconstruction. Our team often uses controlled demolition measures to help restore your property to pre-fire condition. This may include the removal of charred drywall, structural elements, trim, flooring, etc. Everything gets replaced and finished off with new paint, wallpaper, stain, and other finishes.

  • General Contractor License #: 13VH06622700

Call us at (908) 251-9097, and we can dispatch a crew to your door to assist with fire damage cleanup and restoration. You can also request help from SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County online.

Prompt, Effective Water Damage Services are the Best in Somerset

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment set up in a water damaged hallway SERVPRO technicians can restore all types of water damage in Somerset, no matter the size of the disaster.

Somerset Property Owners Trust SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

With any water emergencies like ceiling leaks, flooding, water spills, and burst pipes, Somerset residents can count on SERVPRO for rapid response and quality services. Our franchise is locally-owned and operated, and we take an interest in the livelihood of businesses and customers in our area. We like to provide prompt, reliable cleanup and water removal services to get back to your routine faster. To do this, we utilize a broad spectrum of high-grade equipment, tried and true methods, and the knowledge of our IICRC-certified restoration experts. We make everything “Like it never even happened” a fraction of the time that a DIY project could.

When you have any water damage in Somerset, it is best to contact our SERVPRO customer care team to mobilize our Green Fleet to your door. Once the necessary information gets collected, we load the vehicles with the right equipment for the job so that we can get started within hours. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – ensuring you get the results you deserve. 

Pro Tip – Beginning water mitigation efforts sooner than later cuts back on the impact of whatever spill or water infiltration your property is experiencing. The quicker our team gets in to halt water migration, the easier it is to eradicate moisture to stop secondary damage and the possibility of microbial growth.

What Happens When SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) Arrive?

We have protocols in place for every type of restoration project we begin:

  • Once we arrive, our crew chief assesses your property to determine the type of water event, any damage, hazards, and materials impacted.
  • A plan is devised that involves selecting tools and equipment for water removal services, drying, and dehumidification.
  • Containment measures get put in place, and extractions begin along with debris removal if any.

Our Green Fleet: You will see these iconic, well-marked vehicles arriving at your door. Each one gets packed up with the water removal equipment, EPA-registered cleaning agents, and specialized drying tools that we need to handle your water restoration project. 

24-Hour Response Times Matter in Water-Related Incidents

Emergencies never wait for the right time, so having our contact information handy is beneficial should you have a water incident within your home or business. Our crews are on standby to provide our customers with the water and fire restorations they need when they need them. Some of the water-related projects we often get called to include:

  • Toilet, sink, and tub overflow
  • Hidden pipe leaks and water damage
  • Appliance malfunctions; water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.
  • Burst pipes
  • Basement floods, storm flooding, sump pump failures, etc.
  • And more

Our Skilled Crew Knows How to Handle Dehumidification and Drying

During your project, once standing water gets removed with the help of truck-mounted extractors, submersible pumps, or gas-powered pumps, we pay special attention to the humidity levels inside your property. We use drying and dehumidification equipment in unison to help us achieve our goals to lower relative humidity (RH) to normal levels. Failure to address ambient moisture and hidden moisture pockets could lead to costly water damage to building materials or black mold growth.

  • Centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers help to remove moisture. We adjust our equipment as we work, often adding or removing pieces to get the results we need.
  • Our skilled technicians are constantly checking progress with the help of moisture detection tools – sensors, borescopes, meters, and thermal imaging technology.
  • In some instances, airflow may be increased around furnishings, over the flooring, and across walls to help boost the evaporation process.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is there whenever you require professional water damage services. Call our offices at (908) 251-9097 to mobilize our crew to your door!

Mold Damage Cleanup for Somerset Residents and Businesses

3/9/2023 (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.

Water Cleanup Keeps Your Somerset Dwelling & Contents From Ruin

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

Pipe with Leak We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Water Cleanup Experts to Protect Your Belongings

Rising sea levels and hurricanes like Ian can leave area houses with standing water. However, flooding isn't the only time your Somerset house needs professional water cleanup help.

Families in Somerset need water cleanup teams to handle standing water inside their homes. Prior flooding can cause shifting of your residence's framework, putting tension on your home's water lines. Too much tension can snap a PVC water pipe, causing thousands of gallons to flow into your living area.

Arriving fast to your home means less damage. Working in different teams, we work on the following:

  • Getting everything out of the way of still-moving water
  • Eliminating water
  • Cleaning and drying everything

Unfortunately, even after we turn off the main valve, water continues to inch farther and farther away from the broken pipe. We counter this by placing the things your family loves and cherishes in safer, drier locations as quickly as possible.

We also start undoing the situation caused by the broken pipe – getting the water out of your home. We can pump out any amount of water. Still, when the things inside your home are saturated - carpet, rugs, that huge pile of laundry on the floor you were folding, your toddler's stuffed toys after a tea party – we need various extraction units, air movers, and heaters to speed up drying. We also use brushes and sponges to touch up items, such as refreshing the pile of pillows or other things that touch the lives of your family members.

The interior structure of your home isn't something that we can move out of the way like a bookshelf or pair of beanbag chairs. Dehumidifiers and desiccant machines have huge roles at this stage. We do everything possible to make your home as you remember it, "Like it never even happened."

We can help after water tries to ruin your home. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 24/7, any day of the year.

Water Mitigation in Somerset is a Job for SERVPRO

2/3/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Don't let water take control of your property. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO's Certified Crew of Experts Provides Emergency Water Damage Services to Somerset Businesses

A successful business owner has a lot to worry about. Supply issues, finding customers, inventory, and finances require constant attention. Business owners must act decisively when something as simple as a water sprinkler system malfunction soaks the whole office or storefront. Making a quick decision is just as important as making the right decision. To control the threat of water damage to your business, enlist the help of a certified team of experts that knows how to tackle water intrusion with as little disruption to your business as possible.

For commercial water mitigation services in Somerset, you only need to look further than SERVPRO. Our staff is certified by the IICRC, and our field experience speaks for itself. We are available around the clock to respond to your emergency and to handle your needs efficiently. Through the process, our staff documents and shares timelines and action plans with you so you're up to date on what is happening and the job's progress. Documentation can also be helpful in the submission of insurance claims and any other regulatory aspects we might assist with.

Our SERVPRO staff is much more than a water extraction team. Most business owners may focus on removing water with rented dehumidifiers and vacuums, which, although helpful, need to provide comprehensive support. Our team employs state-of-the-art technology to assess moisture levels on each surface of your business and takes appropriate corrective actions. Among some of the equipment we carry to help us eliminate all traces of water damage, you will find:

  • Pumps of varying capacities, including truck-mounted and submersible. We also employ handheld technology to extract water from hard-to-reach places.
  • Foggers to help us clean, disinfect and deodorize the space, leaving it in top shape to serve your customers.
  • Drying mats, inject-dry equipment, and other specialized drying solutions remove water from your business's floors, wall cavities, and other items.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is available around the clock by calling (908) 251-9097. When disaster strikes, don't despair. Let us handle it until your business looks "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Somerset Residence

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call today.

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Fire Damage Restoration in Your Somerset Home

Any size fire in your home is a scary event. Fire and smoke damage can blanket your home and possessions in soot and leave behind offensive odors. You may be tempted to tackle the problem yourself, but attempting to clean your property on your own can result in further damage.

Instead, let the technicians at SERVPRO repair the fire damage to your Somerset structure. We can perform the comprehensive restoration services you need in a timely and convenient fashion. We grasp that this is a stressful time, and we do our best to take that worry away by working with you and your insurance carrier to be consistent with budgeting and timelines. 

Cleaning Ceilings and Walls After Fire Damage

Wall and ceiling cleaning procedures address different surfaces. SERVPRO technicians identify wall and ceiling surfaces while we pretest for cleanability. The factors determining the best method to use include the kind of surface, the type of soil, and whether a surface is dry cleanable or wet cleanable. Three forms of Cleaning will take care of most walls and ceilings:

  • Dry Cleaning Sponge – This can be used for ceilings of all types with light to medium non-grease-based soiling. The dry cleaning sponge can also pre-clean excess non-grease-based soils before wet Cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - is used on metal, painted, or wood ceilings with heavy dry ash, soot residue, or light-to-heavy oil-based residues.
  • Peroxide active Cleaning - can clean acoustical ceilings and other porous or nonporous ceiling surfaces, especially those with heavy nicotine or tar staining. The coating on blown, textured ceilings could dissolve if treated with aggressive wet cleaning procedures. Instead, we use the peroxide active ceiling cleaning process.

When your home experiences fire damage, you can call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County any time at (908) 251-9097. We will be there quickly to help prevent further damage so you can rest easy.

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.

The Principles of Drying Flood Damage in Somerset Attics

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Tile Floor SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call today (908) 251-9097.

Understanding Flood Damage to Effectively Dry Homes

Flooding is one of the emergencies that your home cannot always prepare to face. Conditions can compromise your roof over time, for example, waiting for the ideal storm threat to fully penetrate vulnerabilities and leave you contending with a considerable mess. SERVPRO professionals must work fast to overcome the immediate threats to your property and assess how restoration should begin with confined space access. Priorities include:

  • Content cleaning
  • Structure drying
  • Humidity management

Porous Building Materials

Flood damage to Somerset attics involves several materials that are highly absorbent. The roof assembly comprises multiple elements like OSB or plywood, trusses, and insulation. Each component can hold water or allow it to pass through the attic's flooring and the living space beneath this storage area above the main floor. Drying requires starting with standing water removal and introducing air movers and dehumidifiers to begin evaporation critical for materials not removed. 

Hot Goes to Cold 

An important principle of psychometry, or the behavior of water, is how it reacts in specific environments. Warm air seeks out cold conditions. Similarly, water does the same. Understanding the likelihood of this migration from temperature differences helps SERVPRO establish an effective perimeter around the work area to reduce moisture migration as much as possible. 

Wet Goes to Dry

Another important behavior of tracking water moving through an attic space after flooding is that wet seeks out dry. Water will be drawn to dry surfaces and porous elements to get absorbed and migrate to new areas of the structure through this infiltration. 

Flood damage can be one of the more threatening situations for area properties; SERVPRO professionals can more effectively contain flooding that homeowners cannot address on their own. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is equipped for storm damage emergencies and is ready to mobilize 24/7 at (908) 251-9097. 

What Happens When My Dishwasher Overflows in Somerset?

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Kitchen Floor Water may appear to be visually gone from your home, but with professional mitigation you can make sure no water is hidden in unexpected places.

The Water Removal Experts from SERVPRO Can Rescue Your Home in Somerset.

The suddenness of a malfunctioning dishwasher can be hard to deal with. One moment you are simply starting your first load of dishes, and the next, there is water pouring into the kitchen of your Somerset home. Now there is the task of getting the water up and repairing whatever damage it caused.

What Can the Water Damage Experts from SERVPRO Do to Help?

Any water damage needs to be inspected by an expert. This is because there could be water damage in your Somerset home that goes beyond the surface. Damage like this cannot be seen and requires professional help to ensure that any problems are dealt with immediately. The Water Restoration Technicians with our company can find this moisture and restore your home to its former condition. Here are the ways they can help:

  • Inspection
  • Water Removal
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning
  • Restoration

Why Inspect the Damaged Area?

Inspection of the origin of the damage is crucial to determining the extent of the damage and how to proceed with water removal.

How do Water Technicians Remove All Traces of Water?

Submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums are two ways our experts use to remove any water standing in your home. Since not all the water that seeped out can be removed with this equipment, we also conduct a drying and dehumidification process. This ensures that no water or damp areas are left in your home.

Cleaning and Restoration, The Final Steps.

Once the water removal and drying process are complete, our restoration experts can begin cleaning and restoring your home. During this step, our team will also evaluate and restore personal belongings that were damaged due to the water.

The water removal and damage experts at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County are available 24/7. So, whenever you need an immediate response, call (908) 251-9097. Your home will be repaired and restored with the best care possible.

Claim Approval for Somerset Shops After Flood Damage

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

servpro poster  training female in uniform SERVPRO arrives with trained and professional technicians to mitigate flood damage in your Somerset workplace. We work with your insurance agent.

What Does Your Insurance Need After Flood Damage?

Working with the insurance provider after a disaster can be stressful, as many customers do not know what to expect or what the company needs to approve a damage claim. As a trusted restoration vendor, SERVPRO can help.

Cataloging the Structure Condition

While your insurance company is sure to entrust damage documentation and reporting of flood damage in Somerset shops to an adjuster, SERVPRO is also a trusted name to conduct needed inspections and reports. We work directly with the policy providers to meet their demands after disasters to ensure we can quickly start mitigation and restoration services.

Documenting the Loss

Another type of documentation needed after a flood loss is the impact of this contaminated water on various materials and contents. We carefully note these losses based on a thorough inspection of the shop and its connected rooms. The more detailed these assessments can be, the more quickly restoration and recovery steps can begin for:

  • Documents
  • Electronics
  • Wares
  • Contents
  • Furniture

What Restoration is Needed?

To meet the demands of an insurance provider and get the damage claim approved to begin cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO must create a custom recovery plan. When the insurance company understands what our experts deem necessary to restore the shop and the expected timeline for completing this work, they can more confidently approve damage claim mitigation and cleaning.

The Importance of a Detailed Estimate

Estimations are projections made by experienced professionals like our production managers about expected costs for the restoration work to come. It is necessary to fully evaluate any needed actions, products, and specialty recovery services as these ultimately impact the final expense to the customer or their insurance provider.

Estimations and insurance approval are essential to restoring and recovering your shop after flood damage. Intruding water is traumatic and destructive, especially to the wares and inventory of your boutique. The fast response of our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help when you call (908) 490-6462.