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What Unexpected Issues Can We Run Into During Water Mitigation At Our Nutley Drugstore?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

A man and woman at a drugstore counter. Water issues at your Nutley drugstore? Call SERVPRO today, we can be there to assist.

SERVPRO Has Extensive Experience Handling Water Loss Situations Which Can Help Identify and Fix Problematic Issues

Water use in Nutley drugstores is usually minimal, apart from the restroom or a sink for your customers. However, a sudden release of water from these areas can damage your store extensively. Alternatively, pipes running through the ceiling or walls can leak, causing damages. Whatever the source of the leak, SERVPRO technicians can help you take the appropriate mitigation steps, including dealing with unexpected problems that crop up.

What should be the main priority when mitigating water loss?

Any plans created for a water mitigation exercise in your Nutley drugstore should take into account several factors:

  • The possibility of damage spreading to unaffected areas
  • The effects of moisture on stocked items
  • Long-term effects of water exposure to the building or fixtures

Since most water spills originate from a single source point, the initial damage is mostly localized to a section of the property. However, moisture migration through absorption by building materials or evaporation through the air can spread damage all over the store. Our SERVPRO technicians consider factors such as whether the water has pooled around the floors or other surfaces. Stagnant water seeps into floor materials, evaporates, or wicks through walls the longer it remains unaddressed, complicating the mitigation process. 

Preventing the unfettered spread of moisture is crucial to avoid damage in unexpected areas of the store. Our crews can help by expediting the water extraction process since we have a wide range of extraction equipment, including self-propelled and stationery deep extractors and regular water extraction units. Another alternative is to separate the wet sections from the rest of the store, especially if there are separate rooms. We do this by setting up containment with 6-mil plastic sheets to limit air movements. 

What logistical problems can water spills at a drugstore present?

Although water intrusion into any business premises can be destructive, it is more challenging at a drugstore where the changes that develop can damage most of the items in stock. For instance:

  • Medical products require a dry place for storage
  • High humidity in the air can damage the product packaging
  • Water intrusions and restoration processes change temperatures damaging products

Proper planning can help minimize or overcome the challenges, thus avoiding logistical problems. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the loss at your facility to determine what steps are necessary to safeguard your stock. For instance, we can pack out items off the shelves or other storage areas in your facility to protect them from the wet environment. Because of several small-sized items, proper packing arrangements are necessary. Our SERVPRO crews help by providing boxes for packing and tagging them correctly to indicate what they contain, among other crucial information. Such actions may seem trivial, but they make it easier to rearrange the store once the water problem is resolved. 

What technical aspects should we be aware of when resolving water damage?

Resolving water loss is expected to be a straightforward process since it only requires extracting water and drying or removing wet materials. However, some situations arise that add technical challenges to the processes.

  • Aerosolized contaminants from drying processes
  • Equilibrium moisture content interfering with drying
  • Water reaching hidden cavities

Drying wet materials, including assemblies such as shelves, requires enhanced evaporation rates. Setting up air movers around the facility can help provide the necessary air movements for the right evaporation rate. However, air movers can aerosolize contaminants creating other problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use air filtration devices to remove particulate matter from the air, ensuring we do not contaminate your workplace in the process of restoring water damage.

The drying process depends on the temperature and humidity levels in the property. The process can stop if porous materials, including wood, attain EMC, Equilibrium Moisture Content. Although the materials are not dry at this point, they do not release moisture because the surrounding air is saturated with humidity. Failure to address this would lead to a long drawn or stuck restoration process. Equilibrium moisture content occurs at specific temperatures and relative humidity. Our technicians monitor the drying process regularly using a wide range of tools, including thermo-hygrometers and moisture meters, and vary air currents and temperature to ensure that such equilibrium does not occur.  

A tiled floor can give you a false sense of security that moisture cannot reach the sublevels. However, unsealed grout or cracks can allow such intrusion. Our crews inspect the floor with thermal cameras to ensure we do not leave hidden moisture in place, which can cause problems in the future. 

A simple water loss can lead to complicated problems if mishandled. Call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield at (973) 662-0062 to help mitigate any issue, "Like it never even happened."

Where Can I Find Flood Damage Extraction Services?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

woman standing with bucket catching water Don't let a storm have you standing around with a bucket hold water. CAll SERVPRO of Nutley to mitigate your problem.

SERVPRO of Nutley Can Extract the Flood Waters on Your Property Today!

Living adjacent to the Passaic River in Nutley can leave your home vulnerable to flood damage should a severe weather event occur. Not all rainstorms lead to finding several inches of water inside of your home. However, it is always important to be as prepared as possible. Accidents can happen to anyone.

Should the Passaic River ever overflow during an unusually rainy season, SERVPRO of Nutley can provide flood water extraction services to your home swiftly. With a single phone call, our highly trained technicians can rush to your home and try to return it to its pre-flooded state.

How Can SERVPRO Remediate My Basement With a Broken Window Letting Water Flow Inside?

Storms can sometimes cause debris to break windows, which allows water to cascade in your home. To help protect the inside of your home from the elements, we can:

  • Board up the broken window
  • Tarp the area off
  • Use poly sheeting on the inside of the window to help with reinforcement

Water damage of any kind waits for no one. For this reason, our technicians are quick to try and minimize your home's exposure to flood water.

Should I Go Near the Flood Water Myself?

The problem with floods is the water may start from a cleaner source, such as the sky or an unpolluted river. However, as the water travels, it can pick up harmful substances such as:

  • Bio pollutants, such as sewage
  • Petroleum gasses
  • Harmful chemicals

If flood damage enters your home, you should call for help immediately and keep your distance. Here at SERVPRO, our technicians are trained and know the difference between black and grey water. Our technicians can use special protective suits alongside advanced technological devices, such as wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to extract the water from inside.

If your home needs flood water extraction services, get them today! Speak with SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield by calling (973) 662-0062. We're here to help!

What Is the Role of Detergents in Restoration of Nutley Fire Damage?

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Training in the Science of Soot Removal Guide SERVPRO's Fire Restoration in Nutley

Lots of different products are touted as being "the" answer to tough cleaning jobs like those encountered after fire damage to your Nutley house. Relying on just one cleaner and technique is a mistake. Depending on the following conditions during the blaze, the types of soiling and practical methods to eliminate them vary:

  • Materials consumed or heated by the fire
  • Temperature reached during the fire
  • Oxygen levels during the fire
  • Water or other fluid levels in the materials consumed

How Do the Referenced Variables Affect the Soot Deposited?

When planning the phases of fire restoration for your Nutley house, we pay attention to the residues' characteristics and quantities. Wood and paper burn hot and nearly completely, leaving loose, dry ash we can brush, vacuum, and sponge away. When plastics, rubber, and other synthetics burn, the fire smolders at lower temperatures, depositing thick, sticky residues. Protein-based fires coat surfaces with greasy soiling, consisting of dehydrated foodstuffs and oils. Vacuuming and brushing are not enough for the last two types of soot.

If Brushing and Vacuuming Are Not Effective, What Works?

Protein-based coatings usually require a solvent and abrasive tools or products to loosen. Spray and wipe efforts are useful for the thick soot produced by synthetics or damp organic materials, but the selection of cleaning products to add to the spray is critical. SERVPRO managers and technicians are familiar with matching water-based cleaning products with water-based soot, and oil-based cleaning products (solvents) with oil-based soot.

How Do Detergents Fit into the Puzzle?

Often the soot deposited has both water and oil-based origins. Changing the characteristics of the additives is impractical inch by inch. What does rise to the occasion is employing detergents, which bridge the differences between water and oil-based products. Detergent molecules have a water-loving head and an oil-loving tail, permitting this cleaning aid to break up and emulsify both kinds of residues, holding them suspended in the cleaning solution to be rinsed off or picked up by cloths, towels, or sponges.

Your confidence in the trained employees of SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield is well-founded. Give us a call at (973) 662-0062 to commence a constructive cleaning partnership.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Nutley, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield today at (973) 662-0062 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Will Professional Water Removal Save My Home’s Floors from Permanent Damage?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

leaking ceiling from broken pipe Call SERVPRO when you have a leaking pipe in your Nutley home.

Trained and Experienced SERVPRO Technicians Restore a Wide Range of Water Damaged Flooring in Your Nutley Dwelling

There is no doubt about it, your floors in your Nutley home take the brunt of the harm when a pipe breaks, a tub overflows, or a water-using appliance proves faulty. Although the materials used for residential flooring are often more durable than you might realize, if the water stands for a period or seeps through cracks and crevices to saturate subfloors or enter building cavities, long-term and expensive to resolve problems start.

What Effect Does Water Have on Different Types of Residential Floor and Floor Covering Materials?

How Does Water Damage Carpeting?When you think about water removal from your Nutley floors, an image of sodden carpet stretching wall to wall might leap to mind. Carpets are incredibly permeable, absorbing vast amounts of fluids. Primary issues when carpeting becomes wet include:

  • Risk of tears, stretching, and shrinking
  • Latex deterioration (latex holds the fibers together)
  • Delamination (separation of the fibers and the backing)
  • Padding ruin

What Can Restoration Experts Do to Mitigate and Remediate Carpet and Padding Damage?

Extraction of Water

Removing an entire wall to wall carpet is tricky. It exacerbates stretching, stresses seam lines, and makes the wet fabric too heavy to move. Drying in place is an option:

  • Unweighted wanded extraction passes stop the migration of fluid into dry sections.
  • Weighted wands, usually with the operator standing on them to add more compression, are meticulously passed over the carpet in a predetermined and repeated pattern to remove as much water as possible.

Drying

The project manager determines how many air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers must work in concert to dry out the extracted carpet. Techniques like carpet “floating” can get warm, dry air where needed.

What About the Padding?

In rare cases, the padding can be reused, but it is usually more sensible to remove and replace this relatively inexpensive material after initial extraction passes to reduce the weight and dripping of the padding.

Notes:

If the water category is 2 or 3, padding must be removed and discarded. Cleaning and disinfection of Category 2 water damaged carpet can save in some cases. Carpeting soaked in Category 3 fluids must be removed and disposed of as hazardous waste.

How Does Water Damage Hard Flooring?

Concrete, resilient tile, and ceramic tile all survive water damage reasonably well, but each has vulnerability. Coatings and attachment methods are the weak spots SERVPRO technicians see when removing water from these surfaces.

What Can Restoration Experts Do to Mitigate and Remediate Hard Flooring Damage?

Concrete Floors

Often found in basements and garages, some modern construction moves concrete into living areas as well. The floor endures damage well, but might need:

Repainting or coating if flaking or blistering appears

Cleaning

  • If calcium (one of the components of concrete) deposits on the top after water wicks up through the porous material
  • If dirt or organic residues could support mold growth

Disinfection with an EPA-registered product

Resilient Tile

Asphalt tile -- typically shows a good bond with concrete following water damage. Wax or other sealants might deposit as chalky marks, easily removed.

Vinyl tile -- is less durable than asphalt. It can loosen, but replacement is straightforward and sometimes less expensive than drying.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are considered waterproof, but the connecting grout can crack and allow water to saturate the plywood subfloor. Tiles can break apart and loosen when that floor swells.

Notes:

  • Paints, coatings, and tiles can contain lead or asbestos. Certified hazardous waste technicians need to complete abatement.
  • Subfloors must dry out completely, even if the surface seems dry. See the strategies for thorough drying of hardwood floors below for illumination.

How Does Water Damage Wood Flooring?

Hardwood flooring is more durable than you might hope, especially if a fast response by professionals removes the water promptly. Wooden floors in the United States average 10 percent moisture content as a baseline. Less moisture risks cracking; more moisture risks warping and buckling.

  • Cupping--Water absorbed from the bottom and sides of the strips or planks raises the edges, making the center seem depressed or “cupped.”
  • Crowning--The top of the strips or planks holds more moisture than the bottom or sides, causing the middle to swell or “crown.”
  • Buckling--Occurs when planks or strips become so distorted that they separate from fasteners and the subfloor.

What Can Restoration Experts Do to Mitigate and Remediate Wood Flooring Damage?

Fast extraction -- including the use of innovations like floor mats that use negative air pressure to suction water from two or more flooring layers, is the key. Wanding and squeegeeing the surface is critical.

Comprehensive moisture detections and metering -- provide the data for drying goals. Wood must be dried carefully and at a research-based speed, with frequent monitoring to avoid overshooting the goal and removing too much moisture.

Notes:

Addressing subfloor moisture levels is critical to the best outcome for any flooring that sits above particleboard, plywood, or another wood-product base.  Drying from beneath, air movers aimed upwards, or removal of sections of hardwood or tile for access, are techniques showing favorable results.

Count on the experts at SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield to remove water from your floors fast. Call (973) 662-0062 to set up a consultation.

Should I Start Fire Residue Cleanup Before the Professionals Arrive?

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

 A laundry room with smoke and fire damage When it comes to your Nutley home fire damage, SERVPRO has you covered.

Protection of  Your Family from the Hazards in Soot and Smoke Is Why SERVPRO Commits to Handle Your Call for Fire Damage Recovery in Nutley

Homeowners understandably try to organize some of the chaos after a house fire even before restoration experts arrive. Before you wade in to clean, be aware that as the fire consumed structural components and contents within your home, a chain of chemical reactions occurred. Spurred by the heat and flames, wood products, foams, plastics, rubber, textiles, and other fuels create a broad range of toxic substances. Toxins not contained or managed appropriately can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, exposing you and your loved ones to potential health consequences.

What Can a Reputable Disaster Recovery Company Do to Minimize the Hazards During Fire Damage Mitigation and Remediation?

Look for a Nutley fire damage company that promises a well-qualified and equipped workforce. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trains our managers and technicians in industry safety, cleaning, and odor eliminating best practices, why we can deliver a cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized home back to residents safely and fast. We control the hazards mainly through containment techniques.

Why Do We Contain Affected Spaces?

The foundation of professional restoration services requires putting safety first, why SERVPRO stresses effective containment strategies for two primary reasons:

  • For the protection of occupants who might be residing in non-damaged spaces in the home
  • To control the drift of toxic, abrasive, and corrosive residues, including removing quantities of airborne smoke and soot as a jumpstart to cleaning and deodorization

How Do We Contain the Hazards?

  • By building containment spaces around the damage out of 1.6 mil polyethylene, sealed with negative pressure air scrubbers
  • By outfitting our crews in appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Significant concerns about the risks to residents of our community and their homes are why SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield invests in training and equipment to provide fire damage recovery. Contact us at (973) 662-0062 to schedule an assessment and to get the process moving.

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Will Water Damage in Nutley Compromise My Furniture?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking through ceiling tile Water damage in homes can cause unnecessary stress to you and your family. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

Water Damage in Your Nutley Business Can Weaken Your Equipment and Furnishings

We often hear of homes suffering the consequences of a broken pipe or overflowing bathtub. Water events are not only for homes, but they can also happen in commercial properties, leaving your inventory and equipment soaking and unsuitable for business. Only a professional cleaning service can assist with the most thorough cleanup process.

Mitigating water damage in your Nutley commercial establishment is an opportunity for you to call our SERVPRO crew. We are part of your community and fully understand the repercussions of keeping your doors closed. Like you, we want to restore your business quickly and effectively to prevent any future consequences from this accident. Call our 24/7 hotline and invite our technicians to your place as soon as possible.

Can water destroy my walls?

Water can be mighty and wreak havoc all over your shop. Some damage is evident, such as a soaking carpet or wet documents and electronics. However, water can also seep into your walls and hide behind wall cavities, leaving you vulnerable to its effects without you even realizing it. Upon arrival, to your place, our SERVPRO crew conducts a thorough assessment and develops a detailed plan to reverse the impact of the water. In the course of our evaluation, we may already recommend the replacement of some items, particularly porous surfaces such as upholstery and textiles. As we take into account the cost and effort of restoring as compared to replacement costs, we can guide you through some necessary decisions.

To salvage the remaining items, we use industry-grade technology to detect and remove excess moisture. Some of the equipment available to us includes:

  • Infrared moisture meters
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Injecti-dry equipment

Along with other industry-specific equipment such as dehumidifiers and air circulators, we can take a comprehensive approach to restore your business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Nutley/Bloomfield is your ally when disaster strikes. Call us at (973) 662-0062 and let us leave your place "Like it never even happened."


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I Am Dealing With Flood Damage at My Bloomfield Home, What Should I Do?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

room flooded with floating objects If you have experienced flood damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield for quick action.

Call SERVPRO to Help You Clean Up and Dry Your Bloomfield House

After experiencing flood damage in your home, the priority should be to ensure that it gets back to its pre-damaged state as quickly as possible. Acting quickly can keep your home from sustaining secondary damage. Our technicians are available at all times, and we can arrive at your home as soon as we can.

Why should I hire your company for flood damage clean up?
Cleaning up your home after flooding is essential, but challenging. Our company has been in business for many years, and we have the training and experience required to manage the flood damage in your Bloomfield property. We are licensed, and we ensure that the cleanup process is handled efficiently to protect your home and all its contents. We document all the work done at your home. SERVPRO has certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), the organization that sets the standards for restoring properties. All our technicians are trained and certified by the IICRC, and we can professionally restore your home. Careful cleaning helps prevent further destruction to the property, prevents illness, and reduces the chances or injury.

What are the health hazards of flood damage?
Blackwater is highly contaminated and may contain sewage. This water is a danger to your health, and every surface that comes into contact with it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, or in some cases, those surfaces need to be replaced. We only use EPA approved products. We use various antimicrobial chemicals. To stay safe, our team also wears personal protective equipment (PPE), such as:

    •    Chemical resistant gloves
    •    Respirators
    •    Splash goggles
    •    Rubber boots
    •    Full bodysuits

What does flood damage cleanup involve?
After your property is exposed to flood damage, performing flood mitigation is necessary. Flood damage mitigation should start shortly after flooding. If you let floodwater sit in your property, it can cause further damage, leading to higher restoration costs. During flood damage mitigation, strict actions like removal of ruined materials like carpeting and drywall is necessary. If there is mold, our team can clean and dry the affected surfaces using safe antimicrobial products or remove the affected materials altogether. Mold can cause health effects, and we, therefore, perform a thorough cleaning and disinfecting as part of flood damage mitigation. Our quick response ensures that mold growth is taken care of at an early stage before it becomes a problem.

The materials that soak in water collect microbes and may spread waterborne diseases. Wood flooring, furniture, and walls can crack, collect fungi, and sag after prolonged exposure to water or moisture. The water mitigation process depends on how long water has remained in your property. Porous materials such as drywall, wood, insulation, carpets, and furniture’s upholstery are more susceptible to flood damage compared to non-porous materials. If such materials remain in the water for too long, replacing them may be the only solution. We can remove the water quickly using high-pressure pumps. Our SERVPRO team also turns on drying equipment like centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers on a 24-hour basis in affected areas.

If the flooded rooms have furnishings and valuable items like electrical equipment and paintings, we move and place them in a safe location. We also attend quickly to water-damaged ceilings since they can fall off due to gravity. We can repair extensive flood damage because of our technical skills and high-powered equipment. Air movers are effective in promoting fast drying of surfaces like wet walls and floors by increasing the circulation of air in the house. Dehumidifiers hasten the drying process by eliminating moisture from the air.

We also use air filtration devices that move and filter air simultaneously. These devices may contain several filters. HEPA, High-efficiency particulate air filters eliminate airborne particles from the air and trap them in the filter. Using air filtration devices when drying a property helps control the number of contaminants aerosolized by air movement from drying machines. These devices function as air scrubbers because of their ability to filter air.

What tests do your perform to check for moisture?
It is crucial to test the humidity, temperature, and moisture of your property to determine if we have restored it to usual standards. We carefully check if a home is drying to expectation. We use advanced moisture detection tools to provide a scientific assessment and results we can track. Some of the devices we use include:

    •    Thermal imaging cameras
    •    Moisture sensors
    •    Moisture meters
    •    Thermo-hygrometers

The figures tell us how damp a surface is in number format. We know that a surface is drying as the readings reduce. When we monitor the drying process, it is possible to keep the expenses of drying to a minimum as we can remove the drying equipment once the numbers indicate that drying is complete. Our SERVPRO team can also provide you with a drying certificate, which demonstrates that professionals have verified the drying process has been completed correctly, allowing for the commencement of reinstatement and redecoration work.

If you have experienced flood damage in your Nutley or Belleville home, call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield for quick action. You can reach us at (973) 662-0062 at any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What Preparations Help Improve the Speed of Restoring Water Damage in Nutley?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water We can get your property back to the state it was in before the unfortunate water incident.

SERVPRO Teams have a list of Preparations, Tasks, and Tools to Swiftly Assess and Restore your Homes Water Damage.

When you walk into your home and find puddles of water, the main concern is how long it is likely to take to extract the water and dry the excess moisture, restoring preloss conditions. Calling in a professional like SERVPRO can help expedite the process because of the preparations we do before starting work at the loss site.

Collecting Essential Tools

Restoring water damage loss in Nutley involves several activities, most of which require simple or advanced tools to accomplish. Typical actions include removing baseboards, carpets, drywall, and other porous materials affected by the water spill. The lack of such devices can stall or extend the restoration process. Our SERVPRO crews bring fully stocked toolboxes in our production trucks to help tackle standard restoration tasks comfortably. Common tools in most jobs include:

  • Molding lifters
  • Rubber hammers
  • Carpet awls
  • Plug adapters
  • Different plumbing tools

Apart from helping quicken the restoration process, having the right tools also limits the chances of causing unnecessary damages to materials that can prolong the restoration. For example, removing wall panels and safely reinstalling them is possible when done using molding lifters and rubber hammers.

The right handling equipment

Water migrates easily and can find a way under heavy or bulky contents such as furniture, and if left unaddressed, it can cause severe damages. Moving such items to reach the water can be difficult or might take time without the right resources. Our SERVPRO crews bring handling equipment such as air sleds or sliders to ease the movement of heavy items, especially when conducting partial or complete move-outs.

Specialized equipment

Apart from the regular tools, some situations require specialized tools to accomplish various restoration tasks. For example, drying walls or floors can take time due to the semi-porous nature of some of the materials used. Specialized equipment such as perforation rollers can help expedite the evaporation rate on materials such as gloss paints, floor finishes, and vinyl wall coverings.

Speedy restoration of water damage takes several things, but preparation helps. Call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield at (973) 662-0062 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Cleaning Fire Damage in your Bloomfield Home

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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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