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What Does Water Restoration Entail for My Washington Township Home?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

standing water in dining room/ living room SERVPRO can make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Helping Our Customers in Washington Township to Understand Our Restoration Process Makes It More Efficient and Less Disruptive

The term water restoration can describe multiple areas of the recovery effort we provide area homes and businesses. Understanding our process can offer some peace of mind to customers that might feel nervous about relinquishing control of the situation to our trusted professionals.

From content management to water cleanup in Washington Township homes, we have to meet your property's needs beginning the moment we arrive. We can offer various emergency services when specific tasks must occur before anything else. These can even come before helpful scoping and damage assessment phases. In most situations, the primary elements of all our restoration projects include:

  • Scoping
  • Mitigation
  • Cleaning
  • Reconstruction, if Necessary

How Does Scoping Help Water Restoration Professionals?

Scoping is vital because it helps all of the later technicians working on the site understand the magnitude of the damage and the migration of water loss effects throughout the property. Using SERVPRO DryBook technology, we can document where moisture pockets are, the equipment necessary, and regularly monitor changes in the property's condition.

What Happens During Mitigation?


This portion of recovery involves the removal of surface water and much of the denser concentrations of absorbed water in flooring materials like carpets.


While a general term, drying encompasses moisture removal from the property, including its structural elements and contents. We can utilize tools like air movers, dehumidifiers, and other evaporation equipment to accomplish this.

Controlled Demolition

Our in-house contractors can determine the need for discarding overly damaged materials. By only removing the damaged portions, we can make reconstruction more efficient and cost-effective.

While there are many questions that you might have about restoration, we can answer them and help make water losses "Like it never even happened." Give our SERVPRO of Warren County team a call today at (908) 454-3900.

Why Does My Hackettstown House Still Smell Like It is Burning After All the Fire Damage Is Gone?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke coming from burning home Call us to schedule a deodorization consultation with one of our highly-qualified fire restoration crews.

Post-Fire Damage Hackettstown Deodorization Challenges Solved by SERVPRO’s Training and Experience

Removing fire residues after a blaze in your Hackettstown house also includes doing everything possible to eliminate odors. Although the cleanup of other types of fire damage presents a challenge, deodorization can be even more confounding. The bulk of the problem is the nature of odors, which are invisible to the eye and perceived differently by each individual who encounters them. Training in the mastery of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) international standards helps our deodorization specialists to build a foundation in the science and theory of odors and their elimination. These insights, plus the use of advanced technologies, can lead to successful outcomes, eliminating odors and restoring the comfort of your home.

What Causes the Smells to Linger After Smoke and Residues Are Gone?

When our project managers and technicians arrive to assess and plan for the reduction of the fire damage in your Hackettstown dwelling, odor elimination is on our mind from the very first step. Fire damage residues typically carry at least some unacceptable smell. Depending on the materials burned, the malodors can be significant. During our inspection of your home, we pay close attention to the fuels consumed by the fire for a couple of reasons:

  • The materials we noticed were burned, and the soiled surfaces help us select appropriate cleaning products and methods to eradicate the residues once remediation commences.
  • The evaluation prepares us to take extra care when planning for residue cleaning, ensuring our crew members employ measures to minimize the possibility that any significant amount of odor-bearing soot remains in your home.

Making intelligent choices armed with the above knowledge can go a long way toward eliminating the underlying source of lingering fire damage odors. Removing the smelly material from your home is much more efficient and permanent than trying to cover up the odor emitting from the material.

What Is the Connection Between Residues and Combustion?

During combustion, few building materials or contents burn up completely. The incompletely burned materials remain inside your home as tiny particles of soot. They are too small to be seen by the naked eye, although quantities of soot particles together provide the color in smoke. They drift on air currents before eventually settling on floors, walls, ceilings, and furnishings as a toxic residue that can corrode and stain many building materials and contents.

Why Are the Fire Residues Foul Smelling?

While burning, the materials undergo a chemical transformation in response to the heat, oxygen levels, and time. Hazardous compounds arise as the temperature increases, and many are unpleasant in smell. Odors begin to cause issues with occupants when particles remain, usually settled in cracks and crevices, sometimes still airborne, even after cleaning. Some particles get rubbed deep into surfaces, so professional cleanup with appropriate tools and products is critical. Porous materials like insulation, drywall, ceiling tiles, and even woodwork can absorb the smells. Changes in temperature and humidity vaporize the odors, amplifying the unwanted aromas.

Can Professional Soot Cleanup Reduce the Unwanted Odors?

Odors bond with the microscopic soot particles, meaning the smells reduce the intensity as the residue load reduces. Our IICRC-trained employees match the residues with the most efficient proprietary cleaners for the characteristics of the soot. Water-based residues clean off best with water-based soaps or detergents, dissolving and suspending the soot for disposal. Oil-based residues, including the protein-based coatings from kitchen fires, loosen most effectively with oil-based solvents and abrasives.

What Other Strategies Can Eliminate Fire Damage Odors?

The secret to deodorization is to try options, sometimes more than once, until the odor disappears. Suppose thorough cleaning and disposal of fire debris is not enough to rid your home of persistent smells. In that case, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) have additional resources that can help, altering the odor-bearing bits through chemical reactions:

Thermal fogging

Deodorants are combusted using a heated chamber attached to a broadcast spreading device, breaking down into smaller particles. The resulting fog seeks out soot particles and pairs with them, rendering them neutral in smell.

Hydroxyl generators

The hydroxyls generated react with the odor-bearing particles, causing a change in the chemical composition of the soot at the molecular level. After the reaction, the particles no longer hold the malodor.

Why put up with lingering reminders of fire damage when SERVPRO of Warren County has many strategies to eliminate even challenging odors? Call us at (908) 454-3900 to schedule a deodorization consultation with one of our highly qualified fire restoration crews.

What Can Mold Damage In My Hackettstown Home Do To My Heirlooms?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on the Wall For help protecting your precious heirlooms, call SERVPRO of Warren County at (908) 341-1240.

Hackettstown Homeowners Want To Keep Precious Heirlooms Safe From Mold

Most families have at least a few heirlooms. Many Hackettstown homes have old photographs, well-loved soft toys, paintings, books, or other possessions tucked safely away in an attic or basement.

Heirlooms are often out of sight and out of mind – but mold damage to your Hackettstown home can wreak havoc with them. It is better to be aware of the dangers now, so you can keep your precious things safe from fungal growth.

Why Are Heirlooms in Danger From Mold?

Mold is a naturally-occurring fungus. Most of us have the misfortune of finding mold growing on food occasionally. Still, it can grow on many other things. Mold spores can develop a mold colony so long as they have moisture, darkness, and an organic food source. Heirlooms are often kept in the dark places like attics or basements, and they frequently provide a food source, including:

  •   Paper products like postcards, books, and photographs
  •   Arts and crafts projects such as canvas paintings, sewing projects, or scrapbooks
  •   Textiles like soft toys, clothes, and blankets

Can I Do Anything to Keep My Heirlooms Safe?

Prevention is better than cure. SERVPRO suggests you keep your heirlooms safe by:

  •   Keeping your storage areas dry by using a dehumidifier
  •   Regularly checking for signs of mold so you can catch it before it gets too bad
  •   Airing out by opening the windows and doors if possible or using fans
  •   Storing items above the floor and away from the walls

Call us immediately if you notice signs of mold – the faster you call us, the sooner we can start remediation and prevent further damage.

How Can SERVPRO Help With Mold?

Our technicians use a range of scrubbing, HEPA vacuuming, and antimicrobial treatments to remediate mold.

We also have special techniques, such as ultrasonic cleaning for bulky items like Venetian blinds and vacuum freeze-drying to restore damaged papers. We will also test moisture levels in the area and monitor the levels throughout drying to ensure the atmosphere is not welcoming to new mold spores.

For help protecting your precious heirlooms, call SERVPRO of Warren County at (908) 454-3900.

What Is Washable for Fire Restoration in Hackettstown Homes?

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Engulfed Wall All you need is SERVPRO for all your fire damage needs.

Washability Is an Important Distinction of Fire Restoration in Hackettstown Properties 

Restoring items and building materials is complicated after fire damage exposures. Some of the surfaces cannot be fixed or cleaned and instead must be refinished or replaced. Several potential processes exist to repair and recover the impacted elements when materials are washable. There are multiple considerations and steps to determining the washability and restorability of impacted contents, structural elements, and soft materials. 

Scoping Affected Materials

Beginning this portion of fire damage restoration for Hackettstown homes and businesses relies on the experience of our management. Crew chiefs or production managers work with the homeowner to assess long-term concerns after fire losses as well as acute damage that must be addressed as fast as possible. Immediate effects can overwhelm related structure, and washability often relies on:

Is The Surface Washable?

The term washable refers to the possibility of using our wet cleaning products to pull soils away from the impacted surface and clear any lingering residues from the underlying substrate. The objective, in this case, is ensuring that any solvent, detergent, or cleaning product used for these purposes does not mar the hosting material or cause an unexpected reaction. Testing is a vital part of deciding what elements are restorable and can be cleaned. 

Is It Worth Restoring?

Determining that a material or content can be restored and preserved does not necessarily mean it is worthwhile to do so. There are many situations, such as water damage to drywall, where the restoration process is lengtheir and costlier than replacing the panels entirely. These restoration decisions play a part in efficient restoration management. 

Identifying the restorability of structural elements after a fire often comes down to whether a surface is washable or not. Our SERVPRO of Warren County team works quickly to make these assessments and proceed with the restoration. Call today at (908) 454-3900. 

Washington Township Storm Advice and Mitigation from SERVPRO Is Close By

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Toy Ducky floating Waters 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 many ways. Still, 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 finding 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 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 encourages 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 spring rains 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 mitigation, pumping out, extracting, and drying 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.

Does My Business Need to Close for Commercial Water Removal?

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Caution Wet Floor Sign We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Handle Commercial Water Removal in Hackettstown Properties And Get Businesses Reopened Quickly

There is no one-size-fits-all cleanup method for commercial water cleanup after a pipe break, roof leak, or other reason water is suddenly affecting your property in Hackettstown. The decision to close should ultimately get based on whether or not the property is safe for use by employees and clients by asking yourself questions such as:

  • Is there any danger of slip and fall accidents?
  • Does the water have any potential for contamination?
  • Does the loss area have the potential for containment?

What is the Best Method for Commercial Water Removal? 

While your regular janitorial crew may have a wet/dry vacuum for small-scale commercial water removal in local Hackettstown businesses and rental properties, this type of equipment does not have the pulling power to handle more massive water spills or extreme events like damage from flash floods. SERVPRO technicians have access to equipment such as:

  • Portable pumps to handle tight spaces
  • Ride-on units that use the weight of the technicians to put water out of carpet and padding
  • The use of truck-mounted water removal systems that can handle tens of thousands of gallons of water in short order
  • The practice of "dry passes' means going over an area more than once to ensure the maximum amount of moisture gets removed

Moving Stock Out When Needed 

In a warehouse or retail establishment where stocks get purchased and stored until the sale, items in storage in a backroom or warehouse environment are money sitting out. If the water itself does not damage it, the exposure to elevated moisture can wreak havoc on paper and cardboard packaging. SERVPRO techs have a process they use called Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). The technicians go area by area and make a detailed list of every single item, its location, and photographs, and if needed, barcoding is available. After the restoration services are complete, the techs bring everything back and return it to its original location.

Safety for All During Mitigation 

The goal during the cleanup from commercial water loss is always to get the business back to normal operations with as little disruption as possible. When feasible, SERVPRO can work while the company is open for business by partitioning off the loss area, so neither employees nor clients walk through the area. However, the downside to this scenario is the equipment can be loud and disruptive. When the water loss has aged into gray or black water, which may contain harmful bacteria or is from a sewage backup, coming into contact or aspiration of airborne water vapor droplets can be detrimental, and the business will need to close during cleanup and restoration. 

Drying Slab Concrete Floors

The majority of commercial storage areas have slab floors. They sometimes have glue-down carpet or laminate tiles, but often that loses adhesion from water exposure and requires drying underneath before any reinstallation can occur. Due to the porous nature of concrete, some residual moisture usually remains embedded after extraction. The technicians rely on the power of the air movers to create the chain reaction from high-velocity air that causes the moisture within the slab to rise where the dehumidifiers capture it. 

Cleaning and Special Considerations 

Once the premises confirm as dry through equipment readings, the final cleanup begins with a detailed wipedown of the loss area using antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners. This proactive treatment inhibits any germination of airborne mold spores that may be present and halts the potential for infestation before it starts. When water wicks into the sheetrock, rather than removing the entire piece, the technicians carefully measure several inches above the water line and cut it away cleanly. These are known as "flood cuts," and they stop any further wicking of moisture into the building materials. When it is time for repairs, the replacement of the removed sheetrock is fast and easy.

If any computer equipment or other electronics appear to have any damage from water exposure, the techs can arrange for an industry professional to inspect the devices before they get reused. This step assists in limiting the potential for accidentally damaging electronics. 

Move Back In and Set-Up

Calling upon the information in the CCIS that SERVPRO techs set up when they moved out items makes it easy to bring the things back into the property and put them precisely in their previous places so the business can get back to their typical day to day routine.

SERVPRO of Warren County at (908) 454-3900 stands ready to assist local properties with any size needed commercial water removal. They have the experience, education, and advanced equipment to restore any size loss to its pre-water damage condition.

Flood Damage in Oxford Township

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Room 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 allows 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 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.

Drying Damage Beyond Surface Materials in Hackettstown Homes

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water Mess On Floor Call SERVPRO of Warren County at (908) 454-3900 for fast and efficient service.

Water Damage Migration Must Be Dealt with Quickly in Hackettstown Properties

Water movement through a damaged home is a pressing and the immediate concern for responding water restoration technicians of our SERVPRO team. Overcoming damp pockets in the structural cavities prevents structural weakening and mold development that deteriorates hosting elements.

Better Circulation for Cavities

The first step for water damage in Hackettstown homes, like moisture within structural cavities, is promoting easier air movement. We have several strategies for implementing greater circulation, starting with drilling weep holes behind removed baseboards. In addition to greater circulation of warm air in these spaces, weep holes can also act as a drain when standing water is a concern within a wall assembly.

Infusing Dry Air

Positive pressure systems utilize holes to insert air supply tubes facing the damaged cavities. Infusing warm, dry air into the wall assembly promotes an even, efficient drying process for the household’s most challenging restoration areas.  

Flood Cuts and Air Movers

Blood cutting is removing the lower several inches of drywall and related building materials to provide direct access to moist cavities. With the opening established, low-profile centrifugal air movers blast damaged materials with warm, dry air.

Monitoring Moisture Levels

Monitoring moisture pockets and damp areas of the house can be crucial in ensuring the total drying measures are completed. Leaving pockets of water within structural cavities leads to secondary damages such as mold growth, which deteriorates hosting materials. We can track the movement of water through materials beyond the surface with sophisticated equipment such as:

  • Thermal infrared cameras
  • Hygrometers
  • Surface moisture meters

It is an essential priority of our responding technicians to manage moisture that moves beyond the surface materials. Trapped water in structural cavities can harm the property and its occupants, so tracking and drying these threats is critical. Many rely on the fast response and reliable experience of our SERVPRO of Warren County team available every day at (908) 454-3900.

Should Washington Township Homeowners Wait Before Calling a Flood Damage Cleanup Crew?

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

yellow tyvek tech cleaning mud post storm from a house Groundwater contains contaminants, mud, debris, and hazards requiring professional removal -- Call SERVPRO, protect your Washington Township home

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Emergency Water Services to Help Restore Washington Township Homes

The saying “time is money” can go even further when talking about flooding in Washington Township. When stormwaters are in your home, time is money as well as your biggest enemy. Every minute you wait before calling a professional team to help you address the damage is a minute you let water wreak havoc in your home. Quick action is a potent antidote against the effects of flooding.

To help you control flood damage in Washington Township, our SERVPRO crew is ready to jump into action upon receiving your call. We answer our phone line around the clock to assist our clients in their time of need. When dealing with rainwater, you are also dealing with the contaminants and debris they invite into your home, so the water damage restoration process needs to be multi-pronged and efficient.

The priority for our SERVPRO team when we arrive at your home is your safety. We discourage you from wading in floodwater to grab valuable items, which can put you in a very dangerous situation. Once we make sure it is safe to go in, we have all appropriate personal protective equipment and tools to minimize the risk of entering the home. We work in coordination with you to develop a plan specific to your house, which includes-

  • Water extraction
  • Move-out services to preserve unaffected items
  • Application of deodorizing and anti-microbial solutions
  • Removal of unsalvageable items

SERVPRO of Warrant County has your best interest at heart, and we work on your home like it was our own. Call us at (908) 454-3900, so we can show you why we are leaders in our field. We hope that your home will feel “Like it never even happened.”

Why Is Professional Help Important for Water Damage Restoration of Hackettstown Businesses?

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

ceiling tile water damage, debris on reception counter Water damage from overhead plumbing in a Hackettstown professional setting needs SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration, "Like it never even happened."

Certified Water Restoration Technicians Focus on Efficiency and Safety when Restoring Hackettstown Commercial Buildings 

When a sprinkler system malfunctions or pipe leaks, leaving a commercial property in Hackettstown with wet floors and surfaces, rushing to restore it is a natural reaction. Although speed is your greatest ally, it is not the only consideration when cleaning up water damage in your business. Cutting corners and compromising a thorough water extraction process can set you up for future damage, which can further disrupt your business operations and affect your bottom line.

Water damage restoration in Hackettstown with SERVPRO’s help entails a close inspection of all damage and treating each surface individually according to its needs. 

When you call SERVPRO, we go beyond selecting from a wide array of water extraction equipment available to us. We also use advanced technology to help us detect where water may be hiding so we can remove it and restore normal humidity levels in your space.

When our certified water restoration technicians arrive at your business, we first ensure the safety of all. Some areas of concern include your ceiling structural elements such as columns and flooring materials susceptible to delamination. As needed, we can perform repairs such as drywall replacement, which helps your business resume regular operations as soon as possible. When you attempt to clean the area yourself, you run the risk of the following, among others-

  • Leaving water unattended and creating a hospitable environment for mold and bacteria growth
  • Treating surfaces with abrasive cleaners that might damage them
  • Failing to remove items such as wall-to-wall carpeting that are damaged beyond repair and can become a hazard in the short-term

At SERVPRO of Warren County, we are more than a water extraction company. When you call us at (908) 454-3900, we provide a suite of emergency water restoration services necessary to protect you and your business’s bottom line.