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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.

We Put the Flames of Worry Out In Somerset After A Fire

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

charred and destroyed structure Somerset fire damage cleanup, demolition, and reconstruction needed? Call SERVPRO

How Do I Get Professional Fire Restoration for My Somerset Home?

Our SERVPRO team is ready 24/7 to help with fire losses that affect your life.

It can be a great challenge for many Somerset homeowners to get the pieces in motion to protect and restore their homes immediately following a fire. With reputable restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team available 24/7, emergency services, cleaning, and recovery of your property are often only a phone call away.

What Does It Mean When Restoration Companies Chase Fires? 

The term "chasing fires" has become synonymous with taking advantage of the misfortunes of Somerset homeowners after fire damage disasters. In truth, when it is said that our SERVPRO team chases fires, it refers to our professionals and administration keeping an ear to the ground for disasters that happen in the neighborhoods we serve. Learning about fire losses as they happen can benefit the affected homeowner in many ways.

Our preparedness for the emergency is direct, and your property can benefit from our knowledge of a fire in progress. No matter how fast we can respond to emergencies threatening homes and businesses throughout our region, information delivered at the right time can have our technicians and professionals ready to respond when first responders and firefighters turn the property back to you.

With our established relationship with area insurance providers and companies, we often get informed of situations in real-time. Once you contact your insurer, we can enter the loop to simplify the claims process and begin to mitigate the fire damage.

What Are the Emergency Services SERVPRO Offers After a Fire?

  • Controlled Demolition
  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Water Removal
  • Secure the Building
  • Air Quality Control

Once our team arrives at your damaged Somerset home, we must immediately begin several actions before the job scope and mitigation efforts. These emergency services help to make the worksite safer for the responding technicians from our SERVPRO team. Controlled demolition, for example, can address compromised and weak portions of construction materials by discarding them.

Debris removal is one of the first tasks that must occur on any structure fire, as this helps the property to experience less concentrated effects like odors and soot particles. When our professionals first arrive and begin controlled demolition tasks, we can also utilize this time to shovel and vacuum loose debris from the floors.

Controlling the contaminants and environmental hazards is also essential to make the job site safer for our responding technicians. With advanced tools in our inventory, like air scrubbers and negative air chambers, we can reduce the movement and migration of harmful soot particles that can be hazardous to those exposed.

What Equipment is Needed for Cleaning After a Housefire?

  • Abrasive Cleaning Equipment 
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Equipment
  • Deodorization Tools

Cleaning up after fire losses involves multiple tools and strategies working simultaneously. Because every disaster is different, some Somerset homes might experience higher soot deposits while others deal more heavily with harsh odors lingering after the emergency. However your home is affected, we must address the situation with powerful, cutting-edge equipment like soda blasting and media blasting for surfaces affected by specific soils and soot.

Removing odors from the house is another challenging obstacle for responding technicians like ours. While smoke odors can exist in the environment where the fire occurred, the exposed materials and contents have also likely been affected by these smells. Deodorization practices and equipment must address open-air odors and trapped molecules in porous surfaces. We typically rely on thermal foggers, hydroxyl machines, and ozone generators to accomplish these tasks.

Do Restoration Companies Do Repairs as Well? 

  • Licensed Residential Contractors
  • Build Back
  • Renovations and Remodeling

Because we have a licensed division of contractors in-house, we can offer a comprehensive approach to restoring Somerset homes and businesses after a fire loss. Our experienced professionals first got involved with controlled demolition practices when our SERVPRO team arrived at the damaged home and can now begin the full-scale reconstruction of the house once restoration completes.

Repairing and rebuilding your home is a carefully crafted portion of the restoration process we offer customers. With controlled demolition techniques, matching existing construction materials is the only suitable path to make damages "Like it never even happened." We work with our customers to meet their expectations in this reconstruction phase.

It is also possible that due to the severe structural damages that your home endured during the fire loss incident, you can consider the possibility of remodeling and renovation. When residences get taken down to their structural skeleton, much of the first half of remodeling work has already occurred in the initial cleanup and controlled demolition phases. We can utilize an opportunity that interests clients to rebuild to new specifications and designs.

Fire damage can be a devastating force for homes and businesses and one that requires our professionals to respond quickly and confidently. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County technicians have accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to offer a knowledgeable presence during stressful times. Give us a call 24/7 at (908) 490-6462.

How Can I Save My Inventory After Water Damage in Somerset?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

YELLOW SUMP PUMP SERVPRO's inventory of water extraction equipment greatly mitigates water damage to Somerset structures and helps preserve commercial wares.

Businesses in Somerset Can Call SERVPRO to Help Save Inventory After a Water Loss

Anytime a pipe bursts, it can cause damage. In your Somerset business, the damage is more than an inconvenience; it threatens your livelihood. Restoring your commercial venture and preserving as much of your inventory as possible are concurrent goals for the restoration process.

Business owners can count on SERVPRO for water damage restoration in Somerset. A call to our 24-hour hotline gains you access to our experts, who can start remediating the damage as soon as we arrive. We take an initial assessment of the damage and develop an action plan focusing on achieving quick and effective results. Like you, we want to mitigate your losses and reopen for your customers as soon as possible.

Should I file an insurance claim if my business has water damage?

Insurance coverage is often crucial to the businesses we serve. For filing a claim with your carrier, you should reach out to your broker and follow their instructions. In the meantime, SERVPRO can document our restoration process and share those notes with you if they help support conversations with your insurance. As we help business owners, we understand the need to involve other parties in our work. Whenever additional outside contractors need to come into your business, we work with you to leave the area ready for their arrival and reduce any time delays.

Our SERVPRO team knows that water damage restoration in commercial buildings may require us to abide by local ordinances and building regulations. These may extend to the removal of items and water extraction. Thankfully, we have available several options for removing water from the premises, including the following-

These options allow us to extract varying volumes of water so we can leave your business ready for customers.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your partner when disaster strikes. Call us at (908) 490-6462 and let us leave your place "Like it never even happened."

Can a Flood Weaken the Structure of my Home?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of Basement FLood Having a flood issue in your New Brunswick home? Call the pros in SERVPRO for help.

Floodwaters Can Compromise the Structural Integrity of Your New Brunswick Home

When thinking of flooding, we picture water coming through windows and roofs, invading our homes relentlessly. In evaluating the damage to your New Brunswick home, you must consider structural elements that may be weaker because of water exposure. Columns and walls can suffer when water soaks them for an extended time.

You should reach out to our SERVPRO team once the storm passes for repairs associated with flood damage in New Brunswick. Our experts strive to respond as quickly as possible when you call our 24/7 hotline since we recognize that time is essential. The expertise of our water restoration technicians is a valuable asset when returning your home to its original condition or preparing it for additional necessary repairs.

What Happens With Floodwaters in a Crawlspace?

Pumping water out of your home is a top priority, and that includes your crawlspace and wall cavities. Leaving floodwater under your home only sets the stage for inappropriate humidity that will continue to harm your home and even your health. Our SERVPRO team employs a variety of techniques to address water beneath your home, such as:

  • Pumping with truck-mounted and submersible pumps
  • Creating physical barriers to control rising humidity
  • Improving air circulation beneath your home

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your partner throughout a flood. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your whole home "Like it never even happened."

Repairing Flood Damage in Somerset

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Man in Kitchen Getting Rained On Disaster may strike at any time in Somerset. Call SERVPRO for the Storm damage restoration services needed for your property.

SERVPRO Can Help Fix Storm Damage in Somerset

Everyone knows that now that summer has finally arrived, it is likely that severe thunderstorms can strike your neighborhood. When storms come into the region, they can bring about heavy rains, high-speed winds, and in some cases, hail. Even though most experts consider large hail storms very rare for New Jersey, it is still possible. In fact, in July last year, a thunderstorm in Bergen County blasted residents with hail the size of tennis balls and golf balls.

During flood damage projects in Somerset, wind, rain, and hail could all be possible causes for moisture to enter your home. When hail strikes your property, it could cause issues that create a leak in your house's structure. For example, hailstones can come crashing into your roof and break or pop holes into your shingles, making your roof leak. If the hail gets as big as golf or tennis balls, then the hail could start breaking windows on your house, letting more rainwater inside your structure.

If a vicious hailstorm causes one or more leaks, the first thing our SERVPRO technicians can do is find where all of the leaks occurred. Next, we can take steps to seal off sections of your roof that leak or board up broken windows so that H2O stops entering your dwelling. After we repair all of the leaks in your building, we can use moisture sensors and meters to see which of your building materials got wet. 

Services Offered to Mitigate Storm-Related Issues

  • Repair Roof Leaks
  • Ceiling Repairs after a Storm
  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Water Extraction Services
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)

If a hailstorm ever shatters one of your windows or causes your roof to start leaking water, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

Is Mold in the Storage Area a Threat to Customers?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Will Mold Go Away on Its Own?

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

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

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

Is a Professional Water Cleanup Company Necessary After a Flooding in Somerset?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Top of SERVPRO Equipment No matter your restoration emergency, SERVPRO is equipped. We are always equipped to take your call.

Only A Professional Service Can Help You Remove Microorganisms Brought in by Somerset Flood Damage

Floodwaters can bring waste and microbes into your home, and household cleaners are not enough to fight them. A professional cleaning service has equipment and cleaning agents specific to removing bacteria and restoring your home after a flood.

Homeowners in Somerset with flood damage can trust SERVPRO for their restoration needs. Our expert team is always available to identify those areas of concern. Besides our field experience, we study the framework for bacteria removal and apply it to your home in emergencies.

What Are the Best Cleaners for Flood Damage?

Cleaning after a flood is not a one size fits all situation. Each home requires a thoughtful plan to disinfect each surface based on each material's exposure and nature. Our SERVPRO team arrives at your home and explores your needs. Porous materials that quickly absorb water and debris, such as curtains, carpets, and some upholstery, are better outside your home. Our crew wears personal protective equipment appropriate to the situation and proceeds with the removal of furniture and other items.

As we continue our work, we treat other surfaces with solutions that clean and avoid further damage due to their abrasive nature. Part of the process can also include:

  • HEPA vacuuming- these are vacuums with specialized filters that can contain microscopic particles and remove them from your home
  • Wiping with industry-grade cleaning solutions designed to attack microbes
  • Using air movers to remove excess moisture and discourage the proliferation of microorganisms in your home

Sanitizing your home after a flood is not a simple task. SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is here to help you through it. Call us at (908) 251-9097 as soon as the emergency happens and let us into your home, so we can leave it "Like it never even happened."