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SERVPRO Offers Off-Site Cleaning and Storage to Facilitate Fire Damage Mitigation for Randolph Residents

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Offers Off-Site Cleaning and Storage to Facilitate Fire Damage Mitigation for Randolph Residents Attention Randolph Residents--Don't Let Your Personal Memories Melt Away! Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Preserve Time, Money, and Memories with a Fire Damage Pack-Out in Randolph

When a fire roars through your Randolph home, the aftermath can feel brutal. Although modern fire residue cleanup techniques, products, and equipment can transform a wet, blackened, and smelly structural mess back to preloss condition, your home is much more than floors, walls, and ceilings. The contents of your house -- furnishings, decor, books, pictures, documents, clothing, linens, electronics, toys, and more are also vulnerable to the effects of the fire. Consider moving these household goods and personal possessions out during restoration.

Fire damage in Randolph usually includes significant water loss related to firefighting efforts. Although the structure of your house needs fast water removal even before soot and odor cleanup, the contents of your home also suffer from the one-two punch of water and soot. Packing out movable objects helps you achieve successful remediation in two ways. First, clearing the structure permits more rapid water removal, soot and other residue cleanups, and deodorization. Second, moving articles to our production facility allows careful evaluation of the condition and restoration potential of your everyday objects, heirlooms, and treasures.

SERVPRO employs a Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to track each article transported to our facility. Lists, digital photos, and barcoding provide a detailed inventory to ensure we account for all items through the cleaning, drying, and restoration process. The documentation provides evidence to support claims made with your insurance company.

Our production technician team follows the guides of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) as do our other employees, mastering the restoration industry's best practices in specialties related to building contents. SERVPRO offers freeze-drying techniques for wet papers and pictures, controlled heat, air movement, and dehumidification for furniture and electronics post-soot removal, and industrial washing machines (Esporta piston-driven) for soft items.
Ultrasonic and immersion tubs dislodge soot and corrosion from window blinds and intricately detailed household goods.

SERVPRO’s talent production team employs many other strategies to bring back to function and appearance rooms and fire-damaged items. Our focus is to restore, saving you time and money, as well as preserving memories particularly precious possessions after the shock of a household fire.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County commits to restoring not just a building, but your home after a fire does its damage, "Like it never even happened." Call (973) 895-5000 just as soon as the fire department releases your property for assessment and restoration.

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Are You a Randolph Property Owner with a Water Loss? Try Calling SERVPRO for Remediation

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are You a Randolph Property Owner with a Water Loss? Try Calling SERVPRO for Remediation Call SERVPRO Fast to Prevent Major Water Damage to Your Randolph's Home Carpeting

Why Water Damage Cleanup Should Be Handled Professionally in Randolph Homes

It is interesting, a large number of water damage calls we get for this area of New Jersey, are not whole house floods. However, what happens in one area of the home, can affect the entire property. Musty odors left by improperly addressed water saturation in both structure and contents are just one example.

The timeline for mitigating water damage in a Randolph property starts ticking as soon as there is an interior water spill. Common reasons for this occurrence are water supply line failures, an appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher malfunctioning, and sometimes it is human error such as forgetting a faucet is on and overflowing a sink or bathtub.

During the first hour, water can continue to spread through carpet and padding as well as be absorbed into flooring, walls, and upholstered furnishings. The finish on wood furnishings has the potential to bleed onto carpeting, causing permanent staining. Drywall does not fare well when exposed to water as it wicks it quickly and the gypsum then begins to break down.

The potential for saving delicate possessions such as books or important papers is particularly in your favor if you begin water cleanup efforts within 24-hours of a water loss event. SERVPRO has access to the same equipment as the Library of Congress for the preservation and restoration of damaged books or important papers. There are several methods for drying paper-made possessions; often they are frozen until the best method for restoring the item is determined.

SERVPRO technicians are trained in the deftness of remediation and know that the first course of action is to extract as much water as possible. We have portable pumps as well as standing water removal machines called Rovers. The highly maneuverable rovers use the weight of the technicians to force water out of surfaces where it is quickly extracted. This machine is especially beneficial for use on carpeting and results in lowered drying times. Lingering, musty odors from the water are most often neutralized when the premises is completely dry.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County stands ready to assist property owners with water damage cleanup and restoration. Get started by calling (973) 895-5000 and our emergency response teams arrive within hours because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Splish, Splash, Taking Baths May Cause Water Damage in Homes

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Splish, Splash, Taking Baths May Cause Water Damage in Homes Don't let a splash of bath water create a bigger problem for your Randolph home.

Professional Water Removal in a Randolph Home

Bathtime with the little ones can often prove to be an adventure. When you have small children that decide to overflow the bathtub and cover your bathroom tile and hallway carpet with water, the prospect of water removal can be overwhelming to consider between all of the other obligations of daily life.

If your little ones have a little too much fun during bath time and you need water removal in your Randolph home, SERVPRO professionals are here to help. Our team is outfitted with the latest in water detection, extraction, and drying equipment to mitigate damage to your home. Infrared cameras can be used to measure moisture levels behind walls and other structures, and we use scientific drying principles for fast and reliable methods of eliminating moisture in your home. OSHA-approved cleaners and EPA-registered biocides can be used to disinfect surfaces on your property and prevent bacterial growth after a home has suffered water damage.

After you call one of our SERVPRO representatives, we can have a team out to you within hours to assess the damage to your flooring and subflooring. Moisture sensors and meters can be used to examine moisture levels in your carpet and on your bathroom floor. From there, we can prepare your flooring for drying. The carpeting may be pulled up so drying can better affect both the carpet surface as well as the padding underneath.

Drying floors, whether tile or carpet, is crucial to preserving both the surface and the subflooring that is supporting it. If left unchecked, water can seep into the wooden framework of your home and become a haven for mold and structural damage. Our team uses air movers and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from surfaces and replace it with warm, dry air, so any damage is dried quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County strives to leave every residential water damage disaster restored to its pre-damage condition, or as we like to say: "Like it never even happened." If you need our services to clean up your disaster, give us a call today at (973) 895-5000.

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Can Aging Plumbing Fixtures Lead to Water Damage in Randolph?

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Can Aging Plumbing Fixtures Lead to Water Damage in Randolph? SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is available 24/7 to restore your water damaged business.

Failed Plumbing Can Leave Your Clothing Boutique in Urgent Need of Water Removal Services

The plumbing inside of an older building can be finicky and temperamental, but this characteristic can also leave your business in urgent need of water removal services. Having a leaking toilet can not only cause water damage inside of your clothing boutique, but it can also lead to a significant volume of water building up in the bathroom. Unfortunately, solving the problem is not as simple as putting towels down to absorb the water.  

In times like these, your clothing boutique can find itself in critical need of local Randolph-based water removal services. From the first moment that you discover the excess water, every second onward is vital. Swiftly calling a professional cleanup and restoration company can mean the difference between needing only water removal services and needing water damage remediation services. Furthermore, calling as soon as possible can help ensure that the problem is solved as soon as possible and, therefore, cannot negatively impact your business for any longer than it has to.  

When you call SERVPRO, our IICRC-certified technicians always make an effort to arrive at your store as quickly as possible. We understand that your time is valuable and every second your business has to be closed is a second of lost opportunity. SERVPRO always aims to work effectively, and swiftly, so you can get back to your daily business "Like it never even happened."  

When our SERVPRO techs arrive at your boutique, we can immediately investigate and then bring our advanced equipment to the pooling water. We can use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the excess water as swiftly as possible. Once we manage to get all of the standing water removed, our technicians can use thermal imaging technology and moisture meters to check if your store also needs drying equipment brought to the damage. Should it need further drying, our techs can immediately see to it, so no further damage occurs inside of your store.  

When your store faces water, fire, flood, or mold-based damages, never hesitate. Give SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County a call by dialing (973) 895-5000. Night or day, we can keep the damage at bay.

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Our IICRC Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Randolph Home

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our IICRC Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Randolph Home We have the necessary equipment and training to handle all your flood damage restoration needs. We are available 24/7 so call right away.

When Flood Damage Ravages Randolph SERVPRO is Ready

Extreme weather patterns have brought significant flooding activity to the Randolph area in recent years. When a homeowner sees the water rising in the lower levels of what was a snug and comfortable dwelling it is a devastating feeling. Fast action is necessary because water itself is very destructive, and flood water mixed with debris including mud, field and landscaping chemicals, sewage, dead animals, and more is catastrophic in its effects.

When flood damage sweeps contaminated water from the neighboring area into your Randolph home help is needed immediately. Our team of disaster response experts is on the move to you within hours of your first call. A seasoned project manager assesses the damage, devising a workable plan to remove the water, containing it for hazardous waste disposal if necessary. Technicians trained in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best industry practices then implement the plan.

SERVPRO service vehicles are loaded with the equipment, products, and tools needed to extract excess water and then clean, and disinfect the spaces affected. We use thermal imaging to locate any water trapped behind structures, and take baseline moisture measurements to inform our ultimate drying goals. We take particular care when dealing with flood waters, typically characterized as Category 3 or black water, the most contaminated.

When living areas flood, carpeting and padding is usually discarded, as is most insulation. Cleaning these fixtures is difficult because of the residues and debris in the water. EPA-registered disinfectants do an excellent job of sanitizing solid surfaces, and the SERVPRO crew is skilled in their application.

Once the water is out, and the area disinfected SERVPRO technicians create a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry the flood damaged space. To be sure that the warmed, dry air pulls moisture from cavities we might make flood cuts near the floor line and ceiling to create a chimney effect. Our workers monitor the moisture content of structural components and the air to ensure we achieve drying goals.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is ready to answer the call when residents find their lower levels flooded. Call us at (973) 895-5000 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to set up an assessment.

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Why Team SERVPRO Uses Advanced Cleaning Techniques During Randolph Fire Damage Remediation

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Team SERVPRO Uses Advanced Cleaning Techniques During Randolph Fire Damage Remediation When fire damage affects your home, consider restoration rather than replacement. Contact SERVPRO to understand your options.

How Thorough Cleanup Helps After Fire Damage in Randolph

An incident involving fire can have long-term ramifications for your property if not appropriately managed. Among the issues that can cause long-term problems are the charred debris and residues left by the blaze. We offer professional cleanup and restoration services that help eliminate bad odors, staining, corrosion and other forms of deterioration on surfaces.

Cleaning up property after fire damage in Randolph takes several steps including cleaning up contents and removing of residues through manual and chemical means. Our SERVPRO technicians separate items into three categories depending on the level of damage. We set aside unsalvageable items for disposal and take questionable items offsite for cleaning. We also clean salvageable contents on site if necessary. Such separation helps fast track the restoration process.

Some aspects of the fire such as extreme heat make it harder to remove residues because heat opens up pores on surfaces allowing deeper penetration of residues. The age of the materials in the affected areas also matters because older materials might be more porous. Deeper penetration of residues can lead to long-term odor problems or faster deterioration of finishes applied on surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their Fire and Smoke Remediation training to identify residues and capture them. We use air and fluids through vacuuming and dissolving processes to remove soils from affected areas.

You may consider throwing away all charred building materials. However, through restorative cleaning processes, it is possible to save some items. By retaining more items, you can reduce the overall cost of restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced restorative cleaning approaches to fix slightly charred materials or areas heavily soiled with tar and nicotine. Among the methods we rely on include peroxid-active cleaning which cleans acoustic porous and non-porous materials such as ceilings. We also use soda blasting which helps remove soils without ruining the underlying materials.

To deal with the effects of fire damage effectively, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County to help you clean up. You can reach us at (973) 895-5000 any time.

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Protect Your Home From Plumbing Issues On Vacation

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Your Home From Plumbing Issues On Vacation Flooded basement caused by broken pipe.

You’ve probably been saving up for this trip for a while, so why end a great vacation by coming home to water damage? While you’re enjoying the beach with your family, a small leak can turn into a more serious problem.

Make sure to safeguard your home against plumbing disasters by checking out the following tips

Check the Flapper Valve

The flapper valve is a simple mechanism in your toilet tank that allows it to refill after every flush. However, sometimes flapper valves can get hung up, causing them to not form a proper seal or close at all. When this happens, the water will continuously run in vain to fill up the tank. When you’re at home, you can easily hear the water running and quickly remedy the problem. However, if you’re not in your home, the water will continue to run, driving up your water bill.

Shut Off the Main Water Supply

If you are going on vacation for several weeks, it may give you extra peace of mind to shut off the main water supply. This will ensure that no leaks will happen while you’re away, preventing that scenario in your head where you come home to find significant water damage. Even if you aren’t going on vacation in the foreseeable future, it’s still a good idea to familiarize yourself with where your main water supply shut off is and how to use it. That way, during an emergency, you will be able to easily locate the main water supply and shut it off.

Shut Off Hot Water Heater

If you shut off the main water supply, make sure you also shut off the hot water heater. If you leave your hot water heater on without proper water supply, it will still continue to heat, potentially causing damage. Hot water heaters are used to heat water for showers, baths, and cleaning dishes and clothes. However, if no one is staying in your home during your absence, there’s no need to keep this system running.

Have Someone Check In

No doubt, you have a checklist of things to get done before heading for the airport. For example, when people leave for extended vacations, it’s common to have a friend or family member stop by the house to make sure the mail doesn’t pile up or to water the plants. However, make sure your designated person also checks the house for plumbing issues. A quick walk through the house should suffice to catch any leaking pipes before they become a larger problem. This strategy can save you from extensive water damage after a relaxing vacation.

Tips for Homeowners

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips for Homeowners Mold found behind paneling in a basement in Randolph.

A pipe break caused this basement to flood. SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County was called in to remediate the water damage but excessive mold was found behind the paneling. Here are some tips that can help avoid mold issues in your home. 

MOLD PREVENTION TIPS

  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

Tips for Homeowners

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

General Tips for Homeowners Some tips for Fall home maintenance.

Before the weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months to prevent damage. Below are the fall preventative home maintenance steps.

Gutters and Downspouts

  •  Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot and water damage.
  • Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place.

    Plumbing

  • To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes are well insulated.
  • Know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.

Chimney and Fireplace

  • Call a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
  • Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.

Attic ventilation

  • Be sure attic insulation doesn’t cover vents in the eaves to prevent winter ice dams on the roof.
  • Be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.
  • Check bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests.