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Cleaning Fire Damage in your Bloomfield Home

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Best Practice for Cleaning Fire-Damaged Areas in Bloomfield Homes

Surfaces can show several types of damage after a Bloomfield house fire, and cleaning and restoring these affected materials can be a challenge for even our talented restoration team. The processes involved in making fire losses “Like it never even happened,” begin before our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) reach the scene. We dispatch our crew chief and project manager to meet with the customer to determine both the affected areas of the house and any pre-existing conditions.

Cleaning up after fire damage to Bloomfield homes is not a universal approach, and can involve multiple pieces of equipment, cleaning products, and even personnel to achieve. Choosing which of these methods best suits the present damage involves multiple factors, including the type of residue, the affected material, and the severity of the soiling.

Soot Removal
Soot can be a considerable hazard for our technicians and others in the house exposed, so cleaning these residues from the surfaces is vital to improving indoor air quality in the residence. Unlike oily residues that fires can leave behind, many of the wipe cleaning practices and products can smear soot on a surface – leading to staining and marring of the material. Many of the affected surfaces that can sustain abrasive cleaning can benefit from soda and media blasting techniques that protect the underlying material while removing the soot at the surface.

Oily Soils
Carcinogens and debris in the environment after a fire loss can leave our SERVPRO professionals combating oily residues on walls, ceilings, and floors. The choice in cleansers and residue removal at this point is critical, as the wrong cleaning agent can damage the underlying material. Water-based chemical agents can emulsify oily soils on surfaces to allow them to get rinsed away with pressurized water or cleared with high-pressure air blasts.

Cleaning up your home after a fire loss incident can feel overwhelming, especially when residues and soot blacken many of the exposed materials. Our SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield team can help with effective cleaning practices beginning as soon as mitigation does. Give our experienced technicians a call anytime at (973) 662-0062.

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Is Your Nutley Attic Storing Water Damage?

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Inside of attic Water can damage attics and without inspection can continue unchecked. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage from a Nutley Attic 

Whether from roof leaks, plumbing damages, or HVAC issues, attics can be highly vulnerable to water damage, which can be bad news if you use these areas for storage, especially with cardboard boxes. Losing your sentimental items to any disaster can be distressing because the items that mean most to you are irreplaceable. 

If you need water damage mitigation for your Nutley home, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to restore your home to its preloss condition. The Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, sets the standard for all disaster cleanup professionals. SERVPRO's training ensures that we consistently meet these standards and that all staff, from technicians to franchise owners, are well-versed in disaster cleanup and restoration so that homeowners can save time, money, and items of sentimental value.  

SERVPRO Tools 

SERVPRO's state-of-the-art equipment strives to address the broad array of concerns that come with water damage and return your home to its preloss condition. Such tools include: 

  • Moisture measurement tools that are both penetrating and nonpenetrating, and can evaluate factors like temperature, humidity, and conductivity
  • Extraction tools like submersible sump pumps, extraction wands, and truck-mounted extractors
  • Drying tools like centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers
  • Odor-killing air purification equipment like HEPA-filter air scrubbers, axial fans, and ultra-low volume foggers
  • EPA-registered, OSHA-approved biocides 

How SERVPRO Dries Your Attic 

If your attic is unfinished, one of the essential steps to successful drying is to remove any wet insulation. Fiberglass insulation is often restorable, but organic materials like cotton and cellulose pose too high a mold risk to maintain safely.  

If you have a home with HVAC in the attic, SERVPRO technicians can carefully clean and dry sheet metal components. However, if you use flex ducts, replacement may be more cost-effective than attempting to repair. Air movers and dehumidifiers placed every 10 to 16 linear feet in the affected area can dry wood fixtures and flooring. Polyethylene drying chambers can partition off the damp or wet areas to accelerate this process.  

SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield serves the community by being Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 662-0062 for emergency-response cleanup 24/7.  

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Commercial Water Removal in Nutley Warehouse Brings Challenges

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Warehouse “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Water Damage in Nutley Warehouse Needs SERVPRO’s Knowledgeable Team 

Nothing can bring the pain to a business like the need for commercial water removal. For safety reasons, most places need to close during mitigation of water loss, particularly in a warehouse where slip and fall accidents on a wet slab floor are a cause for concern. 

The goal for SERVPRO techs addressing commercial water removal needs in a Nutley warehouse first is to ensure items within the water loss area without any effects remain that way. Typical actions, including the coverage of the stock items with plastic or moving it to another area during the cleanup. Whenever the water loss requires a move-out, the techs carefully document where each item gets taken from, so it gets put back in the same spot.

Water Extraction is Key

The root cause of the issue was a water main burst that dumped hundreds of gallons of water onto the warehouse slab floor. Concrete flooring absorbs water, and more prolonged exposure occurs increases the time needed to dry the floor.  The techs chose to use truck-mounted pumps and ride on Rover units to extract that maximum amount of water in the least amount of time. 

Damage Preventative Measures

Due to the high humidity conditions inside the warehouse, the techs moved out racks that held boxes to another secure area to inhibit that chance of moisture penetration damage to the stock or rusting elements on the racks. 

Drying on the Large Scale

A warehouse this size needs a large number of air movers and dehumidifiers in use at the same time. Fortunately, SERVPRO has access to an extensive array of equipment for situations like this, so the entire loss area gets addressed at the same time and dries evenly. 

Cleaning Post-Drying

During the drying phase, SERVPRO techs monitor the air moisture content levels carefully to ensure that drying goals get attained. Because bacteria can set up quickly in water, once the warehouse confirms as hitting the measurements for dryness, the techs clean all affected surfaces with their professional-grade cleaning agents. Leaving the warehouse sanitized and ready to reopen.

SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield at (973) 662-0062 stands ready to help local businesses with commercial water removal needs 24/7 and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Nutley Flooding and Storm Avoidance -- Listen to SERVPRO!

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

basement with flood cuts, removed sheetrock on walls SERVPRO Says--Be Prepared for Storms and Flooding in Nutley--Don't Let this Happen to You!

Are You Ready for Storm Damage in Nutley?

Midsummer storms ravaged the Nutley area in the past few weeks. Fierce winds, torrential rain, hail, and localized flooding are concerning events for any homeowner. By the 15th of July, five confirmed tornadoes were reported in New Jersey this year. Forewarned is forearmed. Winter storms and snow are next. Here is a range of practical tips that can help you weather extreme storm events in the region.

Inspect and Upgrade Rain Drainage Systems
One of the first defenses against Nutley storm damage and flooding is a solid roof and adequate gutter size. Your roof drainage configuration must be installed to code, with any loose shingles or detached gutters or downspouts repaired or replaced. Be sure the gutters are canted toward the drains and clean out debris. The final segments of the downspout should send run off away from your foundation.

Elevate Appliances and Stored Items
SERVPRO often sees damage to stored contents in flooded basements. Move the items to another area of your home or raise them above the flood line with shelving or pallets. Switch out cardboard boxes with plastic totes. Place washers and dryers on blocks, and consider if there are ways to shield your boiler or furnace from rising waters.

Evaluate Your Landscape
Intense straight line or tornadic winds topple trees and poles into homes, creating voids in roofs, breaking windows, and tearing up siding. Take a walk around your home to see if nearby trees or branches need trimming and make it happen if indicated. Clean up or secure loose items in your yard that can act as missiles during a storm.

Locate All Utility Shut Offs
If a SERVPRO crew responds to storm and flood damage, they need to know the electricity and gas “live” status when they enter the affected areas of your home. Be sure you know where the water main, gas line, and circuit breaker or fuse box are located. Clear a path now to these essential system controls, and make it a habit to keep cartons, tables, appliances, and other items away so they can be operated easily.

Time taken to ready your home to withstand storm damage better is time well spent. SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield is available 24/7 at (973) 662-0062 if you need assistance after the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Fire Recovery In Your Belleville Home

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Recognizing Threats That Stall Fire Recovery in Belleville Homes

The faster that mitigation and recovery efforts can begin in your Belleville home after a fire, the less property damage and total loss that homeowners often experience. Unfortunately, every situation is unique in both the spread of damaging conditions in the house and the steps necessary to recover them. Also, there are many factors and threats that can slow or stall restoration efforts, making it vital that our SERVPRO technicians address these concerns quickly and continually monitor the progress of remedial actions.

Fire damage to Belleville homes is not exclusively the destruction to structural elements and contents, but the lingering odors, residues to clean and clear, air quality concerns, and more. With numerous obstacles to returning your home to its original condition, recognizing these situations as they happen can ensure that our professionals maintain the efficiency in recovery we strive to provide. Many of these potential problems can get discovered in the initial scoping of the job before full-scale mitigation and restoration have started.

Water Damages
One of the glaring obstacles after a substantial structure fire is the measures used to put out the flames. While sometimes our SERVPRO team must remove extinguisher residues and other suppressant soiling, most often, we face widespread water damage and saturation. Without drying out this damage, microbial threats become an inevitable situation when spores in the environment grow and spread throughout the moist, warm conditions.

Structural Concerns
Fires can affect structural supports, joists, and other building materials. In many situations, it might be challenging to discern the extent of damage without a competent inspection by experienced professionals like ours. When structural concerns and threats do exist, it is vital to begin controlled demolition to prevent collapse and ultimately reconstruct these removed materials. We have a full team of residential contractors in-house to help.

Contaminants and Hazards
Combustion can put hazardous particles in the air even beyond damaging soot. The burning of plastics or chemicals in your house can present a toxic environment for anyone exposed. Our professionals can utilize air cleaning equipment like scrubbers or other HEPA filtration devices to reduce contamination of the environment so mitigation can continue.

Fire losses can present many obstacles for even skilled restorers, but our SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield team can help get your home back to normal. Give us a call today at (973) 662-0062.

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Nutley Property Owners Benefit from Rapid SERPVRO Water Removal and Cleanup Services

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

hardwood flooring warped from standing water in a bedroom SERVPRO Strives to Restore Water Damaged Nutley Homes with Premier Equipment Manned by Highly Skilled Technicians

How Fast Water Damage Cleanup Improves Your Nutley Home

When facing water damage in your Nutley home, you should act fast to minimize losses. Locating and closing the main valve or turning off the circuit breaker can mitigate risks and losses. However, if you do not know where the water is coming from, contact an emergency water removal contractor right away.

Bursting or leaking pipes, plumbing system issues, faulty household appliances, and HVAC issues are common causes of water damage in Nutley homes. But, fast action and calling SERVPRO can limit the damages. Our professionals are IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) accredited as we have met all the minimum requirements needed to provide the best restoration services. Additionally, we ensure our technicians get regular training and guidelines on emerging technologies and techniques in restoration.

If the pipes in your home freeze during the winter season, there are certain precautions you can take to minimize this risk. You can insulate the pipes, allow cold water to drip from the faucets to ensure a trickle flow of water, or have your home's thermostat set to a temperature of about 72 degrees. Prevention is better than a cure. At times you may need to seek help from a professional, mainly if you have limited knowledge and experience. The extraction process is the most effective method of removing moisture during the restoration process. However, the use of the right equipment and skills is vital to make the entire treatment a success.

SERVPRO technicians use both truck-mounted and portable extractors to clean your carpet, upholstery and remove water from the structure, fixtures, and contents. To reduce drying time, the contractors rely on air moving equipment and dehumidification equipment. We understand that it is much more efficient to extract liquid water than to condense water vapor to the exterior during the drying process. To finalize the restoration, our techs use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to spray disinfectants and deodorizers.

When encountering water damage in your home, rely on SERVPRO of Nutley/Bloomfield. We are your neighbors, local, and respond quickly; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. For more information, please contact us at (973) 662 0062.

How SERVPRO Dries Water Damaged Flooring in Nutley

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors It doesn't take long for water to damage your flooring. We have the extraction and drying equipment to quickly restore your home.

Why SERVPRO Is the Reliable Solution for Water Damaged Flooring in Nutley

When water flows unchecked in your Nutley home, your floors are almost always affected. Depending on the materials and installation, some types of floors and floor coverings maintain their function and appearance with few lasting effects if appropriate water removal and drying interventions occur. Other types of flooring cannot survive saturation and must be removed and replaced. 

Carpet and Padding Considerations 

Issues concerning water damage to your Nutley carpeting focus on contamination. Chemicals and pathogens cannot always be removed, making the floor coverings a safety and health hazard. General industry guidelines suggest padding be pulled and replaced in most cases. When slightly contaminated water affects carpets, we can clean them as long as delamination and mold growth are non-existent. Highly contaminated water damage requires carpet removal and replacement. 

Wood Flooring Considerations

Wood-construction flooring often can be restored, but the type of materials affected, the condition of the subfloor, and the amount of time the floor was wet all weigh in on the probability of success. Pulling water from the underlay is crucial to prevent cupping, crowning, and buckling. Rapid water extraction employing negative air pressure using sealed floor mats helps minimize the distortion due to the swelling of hardwood planks and strips. Thorough drying of all layers must occur, although overdrying needs avoidance. Hardwood floor remediation requires accurate and periodic moisture readings, why SERVPRO technicians ensure adherence appropriate drying timelines. We recommend replacement of laminated floors manufactured of cellulose, glues, and other deconstructed materials. The wood-look surface disintegrates. 

Hard Flooring Considerations 

Concrete, resilient tile, and ceramic tile all can weather water damage, but each has its issues. 

Concrete

Concrete is porous, so it requires dedicated drying techniques to prevent mold damage. Careful moisture monitoring is a must. 

Resilient Tile 

Asphalt tile stays tight to the underfloor, but testing might reveal asbestos, which needs specialized removal and treatment. Our training and familiarity are why SERVPRO can keep your family safe from such hazards.

Vinyl tile is not as durable, and might loosen from concrete. We often remove some or all vinyl tile to dry wooden subfloors. 

Ceramic tile isnearly waterproof if all grout is in perfect condition and sealed.Cracked grout interferes with water tightness, permitting water to damage subfloors. Swelling of the subfloor can cause tiles to pop loose and more grout to crack. Rapid water removal and drying to preloss moisture levels are why SERVPRO help is mandatory. 

Experience, training, and tools are why SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield expertly handles water damage to your home’s floors. Call us at (973) 662-0062 to schedule an evaluation as soon as practical. 

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SERVPRO Keeps Nutley Entertainment Sites Open After Water-Damaging Events

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

soaked and water damaged hardwood floor boards Steve Lamprou says SERVPRO Provides Commercial Properties in Nutley with Swift Water Extraction and Restoration!

Drying a Sprung Wood Dance Floor in a Nutley Nightclub

Sprinkler system malfunctions can leave your Nutley nightclub contending with considerable water damage. Even though you have backflow prevention designed to reduce or eliminate the continued flow of water out of a breach in this sprinkler system, these check valves are not always a reliable system. Continued water-flow from a broken sprinkler head could significantly damage sensitive materials like the dancefloor of your nightclub without the appropriate intervention and mitigation from our SERVPRO professionals.

A water loss in Nutley nightclubs like yours must get addressed quickly to reduce the potential damage to sprung wood flooring used in the dancing areas. The beech, maple, and oak flooring materials common to this specialized surface is susceptible to water penetration even with the lamination or epoxy coating. Standing water can collect in your dropped dancing area, which can continue to adversely affect the wood planks in the sprung floor until the appropriate drying steps get taken.

With a team of skilled in-house general contractors, we can begin restoring the damage to your nightclub as soon as our SERVPRO professionals arrive at the structure. For sprinkler system breaches, reinstallation of plumbing fixtures can allow our team to re-pressurize the lines to restore fire suppression support as our technicians work to mitigate the flooding scenario. With standing water on the sprung wood flooring, we can start by utilizing water removal tools like light extraction wands, submersible pumps if the depth is higher than several inches, and even squeegees, mops, and buckets.

Because of the natural resistance to immediate water absorption, dance floors can often get restored to their original prominence and appearance with quick drying. Between mats and tenting of the affected area, we can continually monitor the draw of moisture from the material to provide the appropriate moisture content to maintain the cushion and finish on the floor. We recognize that the sub-floor, which helps provide the "spring," is crucial to swift drying for restoration.

We understand the investments that you have made in the natural or engineered wood flooring for your nightclub and can help to protect this investment with sound drying strategies beginning as soon as the team arrives at your business. No matter how we can help, our SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield professionals are standing by at (973) 662-0062.

Fast and Thorough Cleaning after Flood Damage Incidents in Nutley

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded living room Our SERVPRO experts will restore your home back to its original state.

We know how devastating flood damage can be in Nutley homes 

Flooding incidents can soil vast areas of your Nutley home, necessitating thorough cleanup. A cleaning exercise that reaches all the nooks and crannies may require extensive effort and take considerable time. SERVPRO crews are highly trained, so we are capable of doing such cleanup fast, but most importantly, we do it thoroughly.

Establishing the right cleaning goals after a flood damage incident in Nutley helps ensure the process runs smoothly. Although the incident might cause widespread damages, there are also likely to be pre-existing conditions. Separating the two issues helps complete the process faster. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the site or make inquiries to find out whether there were previously unresolved water loss issues. Such issues cause mold development delaying the process, unlike in a case involving soiling and water damage from the current incident only.

The kind of contents you have at your home can affect the speed of the cleanup process. Bulky items such as appliances or furniture can stand in the way when performing cleaning processes such as wet vacuuming or agitating surfaces. However, they are not the only contents that can delay the process. Many homeowners do not want areas where they keep valuables such as heirlooms, jewelry, and other valuables touched. However, since flooding does not follow expected patterns, cleaning all areas is the best approach. Our SERVPRO technicians inquire whether there are such valuables in the house and suggest immediate removal before starting the cleanup process to avoid delays later on.

Opening up different assemblies in the house, such as walls, stairs, and cabinets, helps create better reach to remove soils and pockets of stagnant water. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts to open up walls. We also open up assemblies such as countertops and cabinets, creating better room for cleaning processes, which speeds up the entire exercise.

When a flood hits you, quick action can help save your property and minimize the inconveniences. Call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield at (973) 662-0062 to help deal with the soiling, "Like it never even happened."

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We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Belleville Home After A Fire

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

A room covered in debris after a fire Our skilled professionals are ready 24/7 to respond to your fire damage emergency. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Cleaning Wooden Furniture and Fittings Affected By Fire Damage Incidents in Belleville

Fire incidents affect wooden items the most since aspects of combustion such as flames, heat, and smoke are detrimental to such things. After identifying the unsalvageable items, there is a need to take remedial action, such as cleaning the salvageable ones. Professional fire restoration crews from SERVPRO rely on different steps to get the job done.

Wiping With Dry Cleaning Sponges

Residue deposit is one of the most prevalent forms of fire damage in affected Belleville properties. Removing such deposits from furniture items such as tables and chairs or fittings such as cabinets is crucial in restoring their preloss state. Extended exposure to soot can lead to stains or corrosion of metallic accessories such as handles or hinges. Our SERVPRO crews use dry cleaning sponges to wipe off residues without wetting the material.

Preventing Setting of Soot Deep Into the Material

While most of the residues are on the surface of the affected materials, they might penetrate deeper depending on the level of exposure to the fire. It is also possible to set the residues more buried into the content during the cleaning process, especially when dealing with massive deposits. Our SERVPRO technicians use denatured alcohol in such cases to remove residues without causing them to set.

Sanding the Parts Made of Unfinished Wood

Perhaps the most robust job when cleaning wood affected by fire damage is when dealing with predominantly unfinished wood. Typically, unfinished wood is common in the interior of fittings such as cabinets or structural supports such as frames. Our SERVPRO technicians sand such areas to remove all residues. Alternatively, we use soda blasting, which is equally effective in eliminating stubborn residues from unfinished wood. An additional advantage of soda blasting is that it does not damage the material and helps with deodorization.

Restoring wooden materials affected by the fire can reduce the cost of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield at (973) 662-0062 to help run the process eliminating all traces of the damage, "Like it never even happened."

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