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Can Fire-Damaged Carpets in Hackettstown Homes Get Saved?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in bedroom SERVPRO knows exactly what to do after a fire in your Hackettstown home.

Our SERVPRO Team Has Advanced Cleaning Approaches for Fire-Damaged Surfaces

While the walls and ceiling of your Hackettstown home can show a lot of soot and smoke damage after a structure fire, areas like your carpet can also be worse for wear. Our team of technicians can assess the full extent of damage to determine if it is possible to preserve carpeting using sophisticated cleaning approaches or if it is necessary to remove and reinstall these materials.

Soot and residues can come to rest on the fibers of carpets, and this situation can become even more problematic with traffic that moves the effects of fire damage throughout Hackettstown homes. We pre-test solutions to ensure that efforts like preconditioning and hot water extraction improve the look and functionality of carpeted areas in your home. This advanced cleaning approach might not always be feasible in heavily damaged areas.

How do I know what can get restored? 

  • Content management of your belongings
  • On-site testing and inspection
  • Scoping done with initial evaluations

Fire losses can be destructive, but our SERVPRO of Warren County team can help at (908) 454-3900.

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Flood Damage in Oxford Township

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home SERVPRO of Warren County is ready with the equipment, products, and crews to resolve flood damage in your home.

Storms Spring Flood Damage on Oxford Township

Now that spring has arrived, residents in Oxford Township brace themselves for the possibility of storm-related flooding. When high winds and torrential rains pummel your home water can invade top down. Ruined roofing or a tree branch crashing into windows or siding allow water to pour in from the sky. As one rainfall follows another, water collects in roadways and spreads into your basement during flash flooding.

Storm Flooding Is Stressful
Flood damage in Oxford Township after severe storms can be overwhelming. Not only do you have holes in your roof or siding, but you also wade in several inches to feet of water in the lowest levels of your home. Adding to the fear and confusion you feel is the kind of water rising in the basement. No longer clear rainwater, the fluids inside your house are contaminated with roadway and landscaping chemicals, organic debris and industrial waste, and even dead animals. If local sanitary sewers cannot handle the influx, your waste pipe can back up, adding raw sewage containing human pathogens to the mix.

Multi-Tiered Recovery Services from Highly-Trained Technicians
SERVPRO can help residential customers manage many different critical needs after storms and flooding. We arrive with fully stocked service vehicles, ready to complete emergency tasks as our project managers assess the extent of and plan for the mitigation and remediation of the overall damage. Boarding and tarping up holes in roofs and exteriors secure your home from the elements. Determining the direction and intensity of water migration with moisture detection and metering tools allows our team to plan for thorough water removal and structural drying.

Water Quality Issues Managed
Because floodwaters are, by definition, considered Category 3 or highly contaminated, SERVPRO concentrates on appropriate containment and lawful disposal of the fluids. We often use air scrubbing equipment to filter air and seal off the workspace, preventing the airborne spread of infectious substances. Our employees suit up in personal protective equipment (PPE) to shield your family from any contamination we could otherwise track through unaffected spaces in your home. We use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered cleaners and disinfectants to remove both soils and microorganisms before the drying phase.

SERVPRO of Warren County is ready with the equipment, products, and crews to resolve flood damage in your home. Call as soon as the storm moves on at (908) 454-3900.

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Washington Township Storm Advice and Mitigation from SERVPRO Is Close By

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

yellow rubber ducky floating in a flooded basement area Not Feeling Too Ducky about the Flooding in Your Washington Township Basement? Then Call SERVPRO for Extraction and Disinfection

Heavy Precipitation Causes Flood Damage Issues in Washington Township

Extreme weather is more common every season, so residents of Washington Township brace themselves for spring flooding. Torrential rain makes its way inside a dwelling in a myriad of ways, but our trained and experienced crews have solutions that remove both standing water and residual moisture. We also address contamination issues; unfortunately, nearly always present in flooding circumstances.

Overland Flooding

Streets, highways, and other paved surfaces can become streams and rivers during torrential rains, causing Washington Township flood damage. You need not only to be alert for the well-known hazards of driving through deep pools of floodwaters but also resigned to find the same mix of rain, debris, and roadway and landscaping chemicals in the lowest levels of your home. A side effect of overland flooding can be sewage backing up your wastewater line as the municipal storm drains cease to function well because of overload.

Seepage from Saturated Ground

Another way your basement floods during heavy rains is from water pressure outside your foundation. Water naturally seeks an outlet, and moisture attracts to dry materials and spaces. SERVPRO often responds to residential flooding based primarily on the moisture load surrounding a home seeping inside through cracks or porous materials due to a variety of factors:

  • Clogged, damaged, or improperly installed gutters and downspouts -- water pours over the gutters and down the sides of a home instead of being directed through a series of drains that empty away from your foundation.
  • Failure to create a proper drainage “angle” of the ground immediately next to the foundation, encouraging water to puddle up rather than flowing away from your home.
  • Storm “trains,” a weather phenomenon where one storm front follows another over hours or days, completely saturating the ground.

Exterior Damage

The high winds and heavy rains of spring inflict harm to roofs, winds, doors, and siding. SERVPRO crews are familiar with flooding that comes from the top down. Water entering your home through a ripped off roof, broken windows, or holes in an exterior wall flows into lower levels and building cavities. Our skilled crews follow the migration, pumping out, extracting, and drying out water and moisture from every affected structural component and recess.

SERVPRO of Warren County is your disaster industry partner when flood damage devastates your residence. Call us 24/7 at (908) 454-3900 for an assessment.

Why Chimney Safety is Important in Preventing House Fires in Hackettstown

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

living room with roaring fire in fireplace What better way to spend a cold evening, than in front of a fireplace? Have your chimney inspected often to prevent fire damage to your home.

Ways to Prevent Fire Damage in Hackettstown Homes from Fireplace Use 

Fireplaces bring a touch of relaxation, a homey aesthetic, not to mention a comfortable warmth. Unfortunately, they are the cause of fire damage with an estimated 25,000 fires that cost property owners $125-million in losses. 

There are steps Hackettstown homeowners can take to fire damage, but it is also essential to know what to do in case a fire occurs. Specific actions taken after a fire can lessen the loss to the home and increase the odds of restoration. 

Creosote Buildup Causes Fires

The number one cause of chimney fires is the dark brown coating inside called creosote. It is a highly flammable byproduct of burning wood. If the buildup becomes thickened inside the walls of the chimney, it can flare up and cause a fire. 

How to Minimize Creosote?

Make sure any wood burned in the fireplace is seasoned hardwood that has dried for a minimum of six months and has less than 20-percent moisture content. Wood moisture meters are not expensive and are a good investment in burning well-seasoned wood. Also, have your chimney cleaned regularly to avoid creosote buildup. Anything over one-eighth of an inch is enough to start a fire.  

First Actions After a Fire in the Home

Bring in SERVPRO technicians as quickly as possible. The faster the mitigation efforts begin, can work to lessen the overall loss to the structure and contents. Turn off the HVAC after a fire, and this stops soot particles from entering the ductwork of your home and spreading. When the fire occurred in a portion of the house, close off the area and do not open it. Talk to the fire department and ask if it is safe to remain in the home, in many cases, it is not, and you may need to relocate during the restoration process.  

Why You Need Professional Cleanup After Fire Loss

Soot is both unpleasant and unhealthy to have in your home. SERVPRO techs have extensive training and advanced equipment for cleaning away smoke residues and charred items. Walls with massive deposits may look like a loss, but with the use of specialized tools, the wall has the potential to get restored to its preloss condition.  

Fire damage needs professional restoration, call SERVPRO of Warren County at (908) 454-3900. The certified technicians have the skills and professional equipment to make the fire loss in your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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An Explanation of Category 3 Water Damage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Blue background of water with the words WATER CATEGORIES in the middle The different categories of water damage

In your home, water belongs in certain places. You welcome it in the shower, in the tub and coming out of faucets into sinks. Water on the floor, dripping down the walls or coming out of the ceiling is never a good sight. Cleaning up clean water from your Washington Township, NJ, house can be a stressful process. The water can damage materials and belongings. If you find black water on your property, the situation is much more concerning.

The Different Categories of Water Damage

When you have flooding in your home, you can put the water into one of three categories: 1, 2 and 3. Category 1 water is clean water from faucets or water pipes. Category 2, known as gray water, can cause sickness and irritation. It may have chemical or physical contaminants. Category 3 water includes the following:

  • Raw sewage from a backed-up sewer or overflowed toilet
  • Harmful contaminants from an overflowed river
  • Contains human waste and other dangers such as silt and bacteria

Your Response

If you find black water in your home, don't go near it for any reason. Only professional sewage removal crews such clean up after this type of flooding. Contact with this water could be hazardous to your health. Ingesting it could be lethal to humans and animals.

What the Pros Will Do

Professional technicians have the right safety gear and equipment to handle sewage cleanup. The company will remove all water and harmful materials from your home. Using industry-standard techniques, crews will thoroughly and dry and sanitize the affected area. Technicians will tear out materials such as drywall and carpet. Lastly, the team will restore and rebuild your home so you can safely return.
Finding black water in your house is a serious matter. You should evacuate immediately and call a professional company. You can then feel at ease knowing capable hands are cleaning up after the mess.

How to Prepare for a Home Fire

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Testing a smoke alarm Test your smoke detectors

3 Ways To Prepare For the Unfortunate Event Of a Home Fire

The idea of losing a home to a fire might seem foreign, but it really isn’t. According to the NFPA, over 400 000 homes go up in flames every year. Half of these incidents start in the kitchen, and the rest are candle fires, heating malfunctions, dryer fires and others combined. Anything can happen, and that’s why you need a fire preparation plan.
Here are 3 ways to prepare for the unfortunate event of a home fire:

  • Test your smoke detectors regularly
  • Don’t leave your kitchen
  • Have a fire escape plan

Test Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors have a life-span of about 8 – 10 years. However, that does not mean the devices are foolproof. They sometimes fail, exposing you to fire-related injuries or worse. Even so, detectors are pretty easy to maintain, and that happens to be one of the most critical fire preparation steps you can take as a homeowner.

Don’t Leave the Kitchen When Cooking

Most fires start in the kitchen, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the room where you operate open flames and heating equipment. If left unattended, these appliances could create a fire disaster in minutes.
Take a grease fire for an example. If you are in the kitchen when it happens, you can toss in a generous amount of salt and throw a lid on it before the situation gets out of control. Otherwise, the fire will spread and take down your house.

Have a Fire Escape Plan

On average, you have 3 – 4 minutes to get out of a burning house. That means you need a fire escape plan if you want to get everyone out and grab some important stuff as well. Identify the best routes and meeting point, then practice the fire safety plan at least 2 times a year.
Fire preparation is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner in Oxford Township, NJ. Think of it as the only way to guarantee safety for your family in the event of a fire.

What Causes a Sewer Backup?

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Clogged toilet A flooded toilet is most commonly caused by a clogged pipe

While a sewer backup is likely the last thing you want to deal with a business owner, they are unfortunately very common. Finding raw sewage overflowing in your building in Mount Hermon,NJ, is more than just unsanitary and offensive; it is an emergency situation that can cause severe damage to your building and is very hazardous to anyone inside. Seeking sewer cleanup and remediation services needs to be prioritized above else. For preventing and addressing an overflow, it is important to know what causes a backup in the first place.

Clogged Pipes

A flooded toilet is most commonly caused by a clogged pipe that contains items that should have been disposed of in a trash can. Common culprits include baby or cleaning wipes, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products. Additionally, grease and soap scum can cause a backup if dumped down the sink or toilet. If a plunger or toilet auger won’t do the trick, you’ll need professional help.

Tree Roots

You might have a sewer cleanup situation on your hands due to trees growing on or near your property. As trees move and expand, they can infiltrate your business’s plumbing and cause a clog. In this situation, the root needs to be cut and removed and the damaged pipe needs to be replaced.

Corroded or Broken Pipes

Over time, pipes can become worn to the point of collapse. This is especially common in older homes that have sewer pipes made from clay, cast iron, or Orangeburg.

Main Sewer Line Backup

While entirely out of your hands, a sewer backup can originate from a clog in the municipal sewer system. Flooding of local sewage systems can also cause a messy backup in your building.
No matter the cause of the backup, sewer cleanup services are required to assure the area is safely and thoroughly decontaminated. By being aware of these common issues, you can do whatever is in your power to prevent another backup from occurring in the future.

Does My Commercial Property Insurance Cover Mold Damage?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold  discovered on baseboard and under carpet Mold growth in Oxford Township, NJ

Any responsible business owner understands the importance of purchasing commercial insurance. Of course, you hope to never need to make a claim, but you're relieved you've got the coverage if you need it. Your policy will cover damage to your building due to vandalism and theft and from some types of weather issues. Mold is another problem that people in Oxford Township, NJ, find in the office. You should understand whether your insurance will pay to clean up this unwanted invader. In many cases, your plan should help cover the costs.

How Mold Grows and Spreads

Finding mold in the office can be unnerving and embarrassing. If you take the right steps, you can keep this fungus from developing in the building. Mold spores are actively in the air, but the bacteria will start to grow under the right conditions. Mold loves the following:

  • Standing water
  • Areas where there are slow leaks such as under sinks and in walls
  • Areas where there is high humidity such as in basements and attics as well as in laundry rooms and bathrooms

When Your Policy Will Cover Mold

If you discover mold damage occurred in your building due to a sudden, unexpected incident, you should have coverage. For example, if a water pipe burst, pouring water onto the floor, your insurance policy should accept your claim. Also, if an appliance such as a refrigerator or water heater is defective and leaks water over floors or walls, you should have coverage.

When it's Not Covered

Commercial insurance will not pay on a mold claim if the damage occurs because of your neglect. If you fail to properly maintain systems, parts and components, you will be responsible to pay for the cleanup, repair and replacements. You could consider purchasing supplemental mold insurance to help take care of the costs.
It's crucial to understand your commercial insurance policy. Before you call a professional mold cleanup team to take care of the issue, talk to your insurance agent about how to file a claim.

The Benefits of Pretesting Assessments

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Stain on ceiling tiles, water damage to ceiling Ceiling water damage in Mount Hermon, NJ

The Benefits of Pretesting Assessments

Water damage claims can add up pretty quickly, costing thousands of dollars and demanding the need for mass repairs. Working with your insurer, then, can become a tiresome, tedious process, attempting to have approval for everything that arises. Business owners in Mount Hermon, NJ, can save time and price by hiring a water remediation team. Here are three benefits of completing the process.

1. They'll Know How It Started

Once something has started, it becomes about containing it; therefore, the first priority in your inspection is locating the initial source and fixing it immediately. At this time, workers can tear out polluted sections and dry up anything saturated with moisture, stopping it from spreading elsewhere in the establishment. In addition, when you file the insurance claim, you'll need to note the origin of the problem, proving that this issue is covered under policy. This evidence could shorten approval time and reduce the need for additional back and forth communication.

2. They'll Save What They Can

With this step out of the way, the experts begin evaluating property and assets, looking to salvage whatever they can. This stage of pretesting requires that specialists understand the type of exposure. Through tests and knowledge, they can determine whether it's safe to keep and clean objects or whether, for sanitary reasons, items and materials need to go. In addition, they have equipment capable of cleansing paperwork and valuables. This limits how much you'll need to request during compensation.

3. They'll Document and Recommend

When your insurance agent reviews your claim, you want as much support and clarity as possible. This testing, validates your problem and need for services. Furthermore, the company puts together paperwork with photos, illustrating the extent of the loss. This game plan, so to speak, shows a complete overview.
It may be tempting to skip pretesting, thinking you are cutting out a middle step; however, this stage permits employees to mitigate the trouble faster. It guards the location from additional contamination and secures an understanding of the extent of the difficulty.

Ensure a Clean Environment After a Strom

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Clean building and one air mover placed on the floor Cleaning after storm damage in Washington Township, NJ

When a storm hits Washington Township, NJ, some businesses may be luckier than others. If there is any type of flooding, letting employees return to work will depend on the type of water damage. Working with a water damage expert can help make the flood cleanup process easier, especially if the flooding includes black water.

The Differences Between Water

Determining how soon things can get back to normal depends on the extent of the damage and the type of water that has invaded a business.

Category 1 – If flood damage is directly from a pipe or faucet, it is considered sanitary since it has likely not come into contact with potentially harmful contaminants. Employees will be able to return to work after affected areas have been thoroughly dried and sanitized.
Category 2 – This is considered dirty water because it has chemicals such as from a dishwasher or washing machine. Some precautions are necessary for safe cleanup, but returning to work will likely not take too long.
Category 3 – Also referred to as black water, cleanup for this kind of damage requires many more safety precautions before, during and after. This kind of water often includes sewage due to rising floodwaters. It can also can debris, chemicals and other containments.

Count on the Experts
Although there may be anxiety about getting business back on track, Category 3 damage is more time-consuming to clean up. No one should enter the building until affected and nearby areas have been completely cleaned. Along with drying everything out, special equipment is needed to ensure proper cleanup to avoid the growth of mold and bacteria. Depending on the damage, extensive repairs and replacements may be required, such as drywall and carpeting. Air filtration can be used during repairs to allow employees back to work.
While dealing with flooding and black water can mean a temporary shutdown, taking the time to clean it properly will ensure a safe environment.