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How Does Carpet Water Removal Equipment Work?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

wet carpet in a daycare center Rely on SERVPRO to Dry and Restore Your Water Damaged Contents--from carpets to structure--we protect Nutley Homes and Businesses

There are several specialty water extraction tools for carpeting that can protect these flooring materials when mitigation gets started quickly.

Mitigation can best get defined as the series of actions taken by water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team to help Nutley homes reduce their total loss after a disaster. There are many stages and individual steps that fall under this heading. Flooring is often among the first materials and structural elements of a house to become impacted by water damages, making it a focal point for the initial choices made to protect the property and its contents. Water removal tools vary considerably based on the affected materials, and carpeted floors can be among the most readily damaged ones with high permeability and porosity.

What Tools Are Vital in Removing Water from Carpets?

Water mitigation in Nutley homes might encompass many individual strategies, but water extraction from exposed carpeting can help to protect both the surface layers and the underlying subflooring when performed promptly. This process involves multiple tools in our restoration inventory, including:

  • Carpet Wands – Light wands are an attachment for extraction devices that can pull moisture from both the fibers of a carpet. These often get used when the padding is removed and replaced, but the carpet can still be preserved. 
  • Weighted Extractors – Using the weight of restorers on stationary devices or ride-on devices, the padding and carpet layers can get pressed against the subflooring to force moisture to the surface for collection by a vacuum. 
  • Floor Mat Drying Systems – Pulling away the carpet layer can often reveal the early stages of subflooring damage. Floor mats can slowly draw moisture from the OSB underlayment to prevent tear-out. 

Removing water from flooring materials is a vital element of water mitigation that our SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield team can provide. Give us a call to help after a water disaster at (973) 662-0062.

If a Pipe is Still Leaking, can SERVPRO Help with Water Removal in My Bloomfield Property?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Of Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak To ensure your house receives timely and competent water removal services, call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield.

Water Removal in My Bloomfield Property

Shutting off the main valve keeps additional water from escaping into your home through cracked pipes, loosened joints, or pinholes. While off, our plumbing experts from our building department can repair the areas involved in soaking your property. We use thermal imaging technology during water removal jobs in Bloomfield to detect all of the leaks, including ones you might not know exist.

What if My House Contains Mystery Water?

A plumbing malfunction is only one of many different ways that your house might get wet on the inside. Rain or snow might cause problems for you if your house’s exterior contains gaps within siding or shingles. Appliances can also be guilty of dumping water on your floors. Our infrared cameras often help solve the issue of mystery water and locations where dampness exists.

Can I have SERVPRO get My House Back to Normal Again?

Yes! We can undo the changes made by water leaking into your Bloomfield house. Because other things happen besides just getting wet, SERVPRO’s technicians receive extensive training regarding how water affects modern housing. Even durable materials like brick and stone can sustain damage under damp conditions.

Other unwanted situations can develop from water invading your property’s interior. SERVPRO can assist you with each one. These damaging conditions include:
    •    Microbial infestations like mold and mildew,
    •    Damage to wood floors, including finished ones and subflooring, and
    •    Increased humidity in the air, among others.

Each of these changes inside your dwelling can lead to additional problems if left unchecked. They do not go away on their own. One of the common tasks in rectifying these three above involves setting up desiccant machines to swiftly remove excessive amounts of water vapor from the air. This directly affects how fast solid materials dry out within your house.

Other aspects of water removal include drying personal belongings and household goods, inspecting, and repairing damaged electrical systems. We can also inspect and clean your HVAC system.

To ensure your house receives timely and competent water removal services, call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield at (973) 662-0062. Our technicians and specialists are available 24/7, year-round, including weekends and holidays.

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.

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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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.

Our Water Damage Experts Discuss How We Assess Hazards In Your Bloomfield Home

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged flooring from leak Loss incidents present new risks and hazards for professional restoration teams every day.

How We Assess Hazards in Water-Damaged Bloomfield Homes

With every recovery and restoration project that our SERVPRO professionals undertake in Bloomfield homes, there are inevitable risks and hazards. Determining the severity of these concerns is a nearly constant balancing act for our technicians on-site and management officials working to maximize efficiency in the safest manner possible. Risk and hazard assessment is only part of the equation; however, as we must classify how these potential pitfalls must get managed.

Hazard management can help our entire team to become more efficient with restoring and drying water damage in Bloomfield homes. In truth, potential problems could exist in multiple areas moving outwardly from the origin point of the water loss. Slip/fall hazards, shock risks, structural weaknesses, and inadequate or non-existent lighting are all potential scenarios our technicians must face on a water restoration site. We must also consider the pressing need to keep others away from these risks and protect the occupants of the house if water loss scenarios were not damaging enough to require relocation.

The identification of the hazards on a water loss site should happen even before much of the mitigation tasks like water removal and drying efforts begin. Knowing these risks can help our SERVPRO professionals to implement control measures to prevent these situations from harming anyone. Not all identified hazards in the house are going to get managed in the same way, as there are typically many approaches that can keep drying and cleaning happening without risking the health and wellbeing of those on-site.

Elimination and substitution are among the top methods for working amongst hazards in a water-damaged house. With this approach, our team members assess the possibilities of avoiding the hazard entirely or designing a safer approach to accomplish the same outcome.

Loss incidents present new risks and hazards for professional restoration teams every day. How these hazards get managed protects not only our SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield technicians but those still living on the property. No matter how severe water loss incidents can be, let our team show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster by calling (973) 662-0062.

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How Desiccant Dehumidifiers Are Vital In The Drying Process In Bloomfield

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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The Use of Desiccant Dehumidifiers in Drying Bloomfield Homes

The combination of dehumidifiers and air movers has become a winning drying combination for our SERVPRO brand in Bloomfield over the years. With as quickly as water effects can spread through a home, having the power and efficiency of desiccant dehumidification can help to better protect your residence from additional troubles. Knowing how these units work to maximize the efficiency of the moisture removal process can showcase their vital role in the water recovery ready trailers, our team rolls out with when duty calls.

Addressing water damage in Bloomfield homes is not going to be the sole responsibility of these desiccant dehumidifiers, but they can play a part in how efficiently the process occurs. We have varied sizes and strengths of these units available, and they are the ideal choice for substantial (Class 4) water loss incidents that are widespread threats for an area home or business.

Often our selection of this unit is a stationary machine placed outside and attached to a trailered generator. Air gets pulled into the unit with sections of collapsible, lay-flat hose fed into the problem areas of the house. As it gets brought into the unit, that moist air gets heated similarly to your clothes dryer at home. This warmer, dry air is what gets exhausted from the unit and sent back into the house to further increase the efficiency of moisture removal.

When used in conjunction with air movers, the efficiency of the entire system increases dramatically. Air movers can get positioned in a way to force moisture out of specific saturated elements like walls and ceilings and then pulled into the desiccant dehumidifier by the hose present in the room.

As challenging as drying up, substantial water loss can be, having the right equipment for the task can make all the difference. Our SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield invests heavily in the best industry tools, equipment, and products to exceed your expectations with every restoration job we complete. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us at (973) 662-0062.

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Our Technicians Discuss What Homeowners Can Do To Save Their Water Damaged Carpet In Bloomfield

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Pad “Like it never even happened.”

Things Bloomfield Homeowners Can Do To Save Carpet From Water Damage

When water damage occurs in a home that affects the carpeting, timing crucial and the difference of just two days makes the difference in whether the carpeting is restorable or a loss.

SERVPRO team members undergo specialized training for dealing carpet with water damage in Bloomfield homes. Before the technicians arrive on-site to begin water extraction, there are actions homeowners can take to reduce secondary losses potentially occurring.

    •    Pick up magazines or printed papers from wet carpeting to prevent stain or ink transfers.
    •    If it's safe, move furniture off wet carpeting.
    •    Run the dehumidifying function on your air conditioner if possible.

SERVPRO technicians test carpet before applying cleaning methods. Different types of fibers and carpet styles react differently to cleaners, and using the incorrect solution has the potential to damage the carpet.

Another consideration when choosing a cleaning method is the colorfastness of the dye in the fibers. The technicians carefully inspect the carpet for any pre-existing conditions that could affect the restorability outcome such as delamination of glue-down carpet, rips, thin spots, or other issues such as permanent stains that are not part of the scope of the restoration services.

The choice of water extraction equipment factors in the condition of the carpet and the amount of water and SERVPRO technicians also utilize specialized attachments such as weighted extractor heads to assist in maximum water removal for faster drying.

When technicians focus on drying carpet, it is dried in place whenever feasible to do so to limit the disruption to the property during restoration services. This action involves the usage of a carpet clamp feature on the centrifugal air movers that allows them to "float" the carpets and deliver air under the carpet. Techs take extra care when using this method to create vents to avoid stretching the carpet.

When your property requires restoration services from water damage, contact SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield at (973) 662-0062. We are available to assist homeowners 24/7 with any size water cleanup job and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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The One and Only Guide to Water Removal in Belleville

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

One little mishap can cause serious water damage. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

DIY Strategies for Water Removal in Belleville Homes 

Many Belleville homeowners work to provide their properties with the swift and thorough work that it needs when any harm occurs, from patching up holes in the drywall to reinstalling vanities in the bathroom. For disasters that take place in the house, there is a fine line between what homeowners can realistically accomplish on their own and what requires the expertise and advanced equipment of restoration professionals. Water removal is a gray area, where with the right reaction and some of the appropriate tools, homeowners can often alleviate much of the threat for damage. 

Understanding how to react when your Belleville residence requires water removal begins with appreciating how quickly these situations can get out of hand without a confident and skilled response. While homeowners do not always require the expertise and advanced training made available to our SERVPRO professionals, understanding the importance of a thorough extraction and drying can be the difference between a successful recovery and a costly mistake. Before you begin with extractions, consider some of these points: 

  • Get an Understanding of the Damage – You might not know just how extensive damage is until you can put eyes on the situation. Pooling and standing water can be threatening, but so can the spread of these effects. Know when your limitations have gotten reached – our SERVPRO team is standing by to help. 
  • The Right Tools for the Job – Not every homeowner has a wide selection of extraction and water removal tools and equipment. If you want to remedy this situation on your own, many circumstances require more than a wet/dry vac can handle. You might be looking at renting specialty extraction and drying equipment from local home improvement locations. 
  • Thorough Drying is Vital – As much as you might think that water removal can resolve much of the risk in the water loss incident, this is not the case. Drying is a vital element that must begin immediately after extraction efforts complete. 

It is never easy for homeowners to overcome substantial water loss incidents on their own, but smaller extraction jobs can get handled with the right practices and machines. If a job gets out of control or exceeds an area of ten square feet, you can always depend on the fast 24/7 response of our SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield professionals. Give us a call at (973) 662-0062.

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How SERVPRO Dries Damp Basements in Nutley

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield is equipped and trained to dry your basement.

Protecting Your Home from the Effects of a Damp Basement with Help from Water Removal Experts in Nutley

Finishing the basement in your home does not reduce the possibility that shifting can occur and damage the foundation. While the basement might match the rest of your Nutley home's living space, it still rests below the ground where minor cracks can lead to dampness. Other issues can happen in any basement when a hose slips off the washing machine, or the water heater breaks down.

SERVPRO is located near Nutley, making it possible for our water removal professionals to arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster or emergency. Basements of both older homes and newer ones can spring leaks, including those with brand new appliances. In a rush to set things up for new home buyers, sometimes 'minor' items such as the tightness between hoses and their corresponding appliances get overlooked, making it more likely for slippage to happen. Older appliances' tubing can turn brittle and break, or shrink and wiggle off, causing severe leaks.

Such problems can happen on above-ground floors, also. Some newer homes' attics contain the water heater, making leaks a significant disaster that damages the entire residence. SERVPRO technicians extract standing water using submersible pumps when the depth of such water is more than two inches.

The truck-mounted pumps use formidable power that makes such work happen quickly, keeping additional belongings and structures from becoming wet from spreading water.  These pumps can extract hundreds of gallons of water in a short period. Once a tank becomes full, dumping it according to local regulations happens. During that time, another pump truck continues removing the water from the home.

To entirely remove the water before it can permanently damage a home, SERVPRO continues using smaller units that can pull moisture from materials, including carpets, furniture, and other water-logged things. SERVPRO's water removal specialists continually monitor a home's progress as water removal takes place, and drying of the structure begins.

Air movers and different desiccant machines work steadily to remove the water vapor from the air as walls and floors continually release trapped moisture. During cooler days, turning on the heating system can help increase the amount of moisture the air can hold, allowing faster drying times.

SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield is always ready to assist with emergencies requiring water removal, extraction, and drying of structures. Call us at (973) 662-0062, 24/7, any day of the year for qualified specialists who earn and retain certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

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The Secret to Successful Nutley Water Damage Remediation

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

A burst pipe within the walls can cause water damage that many times can't be prevented. But the damage can be remediated properly by calling SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Saves Closet and Contents from Water Damage in Nutley

As the science of restoration makes advances for better remediation of water damage for contents and structures, we can help property owners experience less loss of property and possessions through our proprietary methods.

Water damage in a Nutley home occurred from a burst in a pipe running through the ceiling over a bedroom closet. The water saturated the ceiling and nearly everything in the closet area before the homeowner had a chance to shut off the water. SERVPRO arrived quickly and removed the saveable contents from the closet for drying and deodorization in our facility.

SERVPRO technicians always try to restore contents of homes rather than have the homeowner replace. Carpeting saturated in a clean water loss event does not automatically need replacing if it is cleaned quickly and professionally. This is why our technicians spend a good deal of time extracting water from carpeting and padding. Doing several passes with an extractor wand lowers the amount of time needed for drying.

A drying configuration called "floating" was used for the carpeting in the closet. One side was loosened, and an air mover was directed underneath to effectively pull all the moisture out of the padding and dry the carpet from the bottom up. As air movers force moist air to the surface, dehumidifiers capture it.

Mold is always a concern after a water intrusion. To inhibit the growth of mold after drying, our technicians thoroughly wipe down all surfaces affected by the water with our antifungal solutions. This also is an effective way to neutralize odors left behind, so there are no lingering reminders of the drenching every time the homeowner opens the closet door.

SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield has 24-hour emergency services available at (973) 662-0062 to solve your water damage problem. We can handle any size home disaster and arrive within hours to make it "Like it never even happened."

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