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Fire Damage Restoration of Randolph Homes Happens Fast with Pros

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

puppy in a SERVPRO truck You will be as happy as this puppy when you call SERVPRO for fire damage restoration in your Randolph home.

How do SERVPRO Technicians Use Restorative Cleaning After Fire Damage in Randolph Homes?

The smoke and soot produced during a fire damage incident in your Randolph home can harm the exposed surfaces and contents. SERVPRO technicians use restorative cleaning methods to remove the soils from surfaces to prevent long-term damage. 

SERVPRO technicians use several cleaning products to remove surface smoke and soot residues during the restoration of fire damage to your Randolph home. The type of product used during repair depends on the residue and the kind of surface involved. SERVPRO technicians ensure that the products we use are safe and don’t affect the contents negatively. While some cleaning products are designed specifically for the contents, others are useful for cleaning structural surfaces. 

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Residue

Removing smoke and soot residues involves breaking the bonds between the soil and the surface. SERVPRO restorers have a few ways of achieving this:

  • Agitation or scrubbing can remove dry and loose residues from surfaces
  • Dissolving the residues in an appropriate solvent can also remove some residues
  • Technicians remove oily residues by emulsifying them in a cleaning solution 
  • In some cases, technicians also use ultrasonic sound to clean smoke and soot particles

Whatever the method used, SERVPRO technicians always ensure that the surfaces being cleaned are not harmed. 

Technicians use petroleum-based solvents during the dry cleaning of surfaces and contents. The solvents clean draperies and fabrics that might shrink or experience distortion or browning if wet-cleaned. Dry cleaning with such solvents is effective on light soiling but not heavily soiled fabrics. 

Technicians also use volatile dry solvents that evaporate quickly and don't leave any residue as spotting agents to remove oily and greasy. Volatile dry solvents act as a lubricant to remove carbon and soot and are preferred to remove smoke particles settled on surfaces.  

SERVPRO restorers remove smoke residue from surfaces such as drywall and furniture using mild detergents that do not contain any strong alkalis. The agents called wood oil soaps can remove smoke and soot particles from finished wood surfaces. 

SERVPRO experts use fabric rinses are mildly acidic cleaning agents that stabilize the fabric dyes in carpets and furniture fabrics. 

Cleaning Appliances

Cleaning smoke and soot particles from appliance surfaces can be especially challenging as various metals, paint, glass, Formica, etc., are used in their construction. As these surfaces are non-porous and non-absorbent, SERVPRO technicians use water-based detergent solutions to clean them. SERVPRO restorers use the following approaches to clean appliances after fire damage to your Randolph home:

  • A high alkalinity cleaning agent removes greasy and heavy smoke and soot from appliance surfaces. The fundamental nature of these solvents can cut through the sticky smoke residue.
  • Yellowing of appliance surfaces due to protein fires in the kitchen is cleaned by SERVPRO technicians using light abrasion with a '0000' grade steel wool. 

Smoke and soot after fire damage can not only ruin the aesthetics of your home but can cause irreparable harm if not cleaned properly. Trained SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge, skill, and experience to deal with any fire incident, small or big. We ensure that your home is restored “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 for a fast and efficient restoration service.

Randolph Homes Need Professionals to Handle Water Damage

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a water damaged room When this Randolph home suffered water damage, we worked quickly to limit further damage and prevent mold growth.

How SERVPRO Technicians Accelerate Drying During Water Damage Remediation in Randolph?

The best way to control the extent of water damage to your Randolph home is to accelerate the drying process. SERVPRO technicians achieve this by creating conditions that favor drying.    

Establishing a drying zone is one of the first things SERVPRO technicians do during the water damage restoration of your Randolph home. A drying zone is an area where the technicians control the humidity, airflow, and temperature to speed up the drying of wet materials. SERVPRO experts crate such a zone by sealing off openings between affected and unaffected areas by closing doors or erecting plastic sheeting (also called containment). Establishing drying zones allow the technicians to focus their equipment’s efforts; the smaller the drying zone, the better will be drying efficiency. Several rooms affected by water damage will be combined into a single drying zone to increase efficiency. 

Positioning the Equipment 

Establishing the drying zone is not enough to speed up the drying process. It is equally important to position the drying equipment properly within the area to increase the efficiency of the drying process. The two most essential pieces of equipment that SERVPRO technicians use in the zones are air movers and dehumidifiers. 

  • Positioning air movers: Before beginning the restoration work, the SERVPRO technicians determine how many air movers are needed to dry your Randolph home. Once the number of required air movers is known, the next decision is where to position them. Air movers are placed to blow air directly on the wet materials. The technicians ensure that adequate airflow is maintained. If multiple walls are dried in a room, the technicians position the air movers to create a vortex of circular airflow. To maintain the vortex, the restorers place air movers close to each wall and at an angle (15° angle for axial and 45° angle for centrifugal air movers). 
  • Positioning dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers process the air within the drying zone to eliminate moisture. Simply placing the dehumidifiers in the drying zone is not enough; the technicians need to put them throughout the structure strategically. Ideally, at least one dehumidifier is placed in the room where water intrusion occurs. Other dehumidifiers are arranged to direct their exhaust towards wet materials such as saturated cabinets or wet hardwood flooring.  

Controlled Demolition 

According to the IICRC S500 guidelines, restorers must consider demolishing and removing structural materials if doing so can accelerate the drying process. If the technicians determine that structural demolition can expedite the drying process, they share the customer's information. SERVPRO technicians ensure that no demolition takes place without the customer's consent. 

The demo step is not required if the water damage is limited to a small area and the water has not intruded into the structural components. Some of the structural elements that technicians might remove during water restoration of your Randolph home include:

  • Carpets soaked with water
  • Carpet pads 
  • Baseboard trim of drywalls
  • Drilling holes in drywall to install wall cavity drying system

Water restoration is a complex process that involves carefully executed steps. Hiring an experienced restoration company like SERVPRO can help you limit the extent of the damage and reduce the restoration costs. We work hard to restore water damage to your home “Like it never even happened.”

To know more and speak with one of our experienced technicians, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Professionals can Help Control Mold Damage in Randolph Homes

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on a ceiling A mold infestation in your Randolph home can seem quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO immediately for mitigation and remediation services.

Why does it Pay to Hire SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration in Randolph?

Mold damage to your Randolph home can have lasting effects if not handled promptly. Mold can cause aesthetic and even structural damage to your home. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO can help you restore your home safely, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO effectively handles mold damage in Randolph homes as our technicians have a scientific approach to remediation. We understand the importance of preventing the fungal spores from spreading to the unaffected areas and use tools and techniques to ensure it. SERVPRO technicians follow the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S520 Mold Remediation guidelines during the restoration process. Our technicians collaborate with science experts like the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) for an efficient and safe restoration process. 

What Causes Mold to Grow in Your Home?

Our indoor environment is full of microscopic, airborne spores of fungi. However, mold damage problems occur when these fungi find a conducive place to germinate, grow, and thrive. 

Fungi require three things to grow and multiply in your Randolph home:

  • Moisture
  • The right temperature, and
  • Organic material as a food source

Most fungi grow when excess moisture is present, and the temperature is between 680 and 860F. However, some species can also grow in temperatures as low as 320F and 1220F. Microbes generally feed on organic material, including wood, paper material in drywall, and carpet fibers like cotton, jute rayon, and wool. These surfaces regularly accumulate spores; however, mold damage occurs when these materials become damp. 

As the spores absorb moisture, they swell and send out a network of structures called hyphae. Some hyphae grow like roots and penetrate the material on which the fungi grow, while others grow upright and produce spores on top. 

Trying to remove mold without the proper precautions can result in the spores becoming loose and spreading to unaffected areas. Professional restorers like SERVPRO take special precautions, erect containment zones, and use state-of-the-art equipment to prevent this. 

Removing the Mold Contamination

SERVPRO's remediation begins by erecting containment zones using high-strength 6-mil polyethylene sheeting, PVC pipes, wood framing, or spring-loaded expansion poles. 

Negative air pressure is established and maintained in the containment zones using negative air machines (NAMs) fitted with HEPA filters. The goal is to prevent the airborne spores from getting out of the containment zone into the unaffected areas of the building.

SERVPRO technicians ensure that robust environmental hygiene practices are employed throughout the restoration process. 

Technicians carefully remove the contaminated material using razors and knives to avoid gathering dust and bioaerosols. SERVPRO technicians further limit the spread of the contamination by employing several engineering controls that include the following:

  • Using control systems vacuuming the visible contamination from surfaces or containing it with 6-mil poly
  • Using controlled sources of water or pump sprayers during restoration processes 
  • Monitoring the specific humidity throughout the process and taking steps to dry the environment to prevent amplification of the microbes quickly
  • Bagging and wrapping the wet materials immediately in heavy-gauge poly and disposing of them properly.

Professional restoration of mold damage can ensure safe and efficient remediation, and it pays to hire a service like SERVPRO. 

To know how we can help you in your time of need, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Flood Damage Mitigation in Randolph Properties with SERVPRO

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet Soaked With Water Having an issue with flood damage in your Randolph home. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

Rapid Flood Damage Restoration in Randolph Homes

There is no telling what type of damage a storm can bring. Though it may appear as if your property survived the wicked winds, a walk around your property could reveal hidden problems. A storm combines physical damage and flooding. The water left at your Randolph home from flooding can be difficult or even dangerous to remove because it may contain sewage or other contaminants. 



Flood damage recovery for Randolph properties is challenging, but SERVPRO can help ease the process for you. We can quickly rally manpower and equipment to respond to any-sized situation. We understand that you do not only want things cleaned but your life back. 

Problems caused by a storm

  • Clogged gutters
  • Exterior damage
  • Scattered debris
  • Downed electrical wires

Doors and windows are susceptible to wind and flying debris. Our technicians inspect for cracks, broken panes, holes, and damaged frames and board up broken windows before they can be fixed. We also inspect outdoor appliances, like air conditioning units, as these can be damaged.

Dealing With Flood Damage to Your Home

The floodwater contains silt and debris, which usually flows out with the floodwater. However, any remains can be removed using shovels and rakes, and the area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before drying. 

Our team looks for and removes concealed water. Extracting standing water alone does not solve your moisture problems if the water that is hidden in your home's structural cavities is ignored. If the flooring and drywall show signs of water damage, there is likely moisture retention behind them. Therefore, we remove the drywall and flooring to get to the water.

Some Quick Recovery Measures

  • Covering leaking roofs to prevent further damage
  • Removing wet rugs and carpet from floors
  • Expedited water extraction

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County can assist with all restoration work related to storms and flood damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (973) 895-5000. We are prepared to dispatch someone to your site.

Our Experts Will Save Your Fire Damaged Home In Mendham

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Scorched Room Our SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County has the experience and fast response to handle any size emergency.

Controlled Demo And Reconstruction After Fires In Mendham Houses

Most homeowners have insurance that can cover the often substantial expenses of recovery and repair to Mendham houses after a fire loss incident. With the speed at which these emergencies can get out of control, many property owners lack the experience or equipment to address the widespread effects of returning home to pre-damaged conditions. What many people do not realize is that while the bulk of the cost of this restoration might get covered by their insurance provider, it is still ideal for locating a team with both experience and a mindset to stay within budgetary limitations.

From the time that fire damage in Mendham homes begins, you should already know that you have out-of-pocket expenses to get your insurance company involved. Deductibles are an everyday staple to home insurance plans. They require you to pay a specific amount before the insurance company is willing to cover the rest of the current expenses. This amount varies depending on your provider and circumstances. When substantial structural damage and other effects threaten your property, however, you need work to begin as promptly as possible.

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that by paying their deductible, they have free reign to get all of the work necessary done to their house at no additional costs. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Our SERVPRO team works directly with your adjusters to determine what work is covered by your policy and what is not. We work with our customers as well to relay this information in a way they can understand and develop a plan that suits their needs.

As a comprehensive provider of full-service recovery solutions, our SERVPRO team can help your home through every phase of the restoration, including mitigation and reconstruction. Our efficient approach with controlled demolition and experienced construction professionals ensures that we can keep renovation costs as low as possible. The lower the cost of the work we perform, the less our customers take a hit on their insurance premiums moving forward.

By working with your insurance provider, we can find the ideal solutions for your property after a fire. We focus most on getting your family back into your house as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County has the experience and fast response to handle any size emergency. Give us a call anytime at (973) 895-5000.

Do You Know the Risks Water Damage Creates in Your Randolph Office?

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck with Building Remediating water damage also includes knowing potential secondary damages and risks to your employees.

Hidden Problems to Address after Commercial Water Damage at Your Randolph Office

A water spill at your office may not pose any immediate risks to your employees. However, the disruptions such incidents cause lead to untold inconveniences. Stopping the water source and cleaning up the premises fast should help restore normalcy. It also helps eliminate risks from slip and fall accidents, mainly if you have tiled floors or other materials that tend to be slippery when wet. 

Restoring normal operations after commercial water damage to your Randolph office should be your highest priority. Also, paying attention to other aspects of the loss can help prevent future problems. The pooling water can cause a wide range of issues to the floor materials costing you significant amounts in repair budgets and causing further downtime in the future. Water can cause glued-down carpets to loosen. It can also penetrate beneath tiles reaching subfloors, where it can lead to rotting and other problems. Our SERVPRO crews use advanced equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras to check the actual level of water migration in your office. 

Spilled water continues to harm your property if left to sit over extended periods. Working fast to extract it and dry the property can prevent such complications. For instance, it is possible to prevent wicking water from damaging walls necessitating flood cuts. It is also possible to salvage the vinyl cove molding and other materials reducing costs. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on high-capacity equipment to fast-track the process. Among the equipment we bring to a loss site include:

  • Multi-stage Vacuum Water Extractors
  • Sub-surface Water Claws
  • High Volume Extractor Rovers
  • Wet Vacs
  • Truck-mounted Pumps 

Water spills can create conditions that might damage the electronic equipment you have in your office. Any direct spills can lead to rust, which can make them inoperable. Humidity levels can also cause problems if they are too high. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermo-hygrometers to check humidity levels in your office, determining whether there is a need to take intervention steps. We also ensure that electronic items do not become cold to the dew point to prevent rust.

A simple water spill can have severe implications for your operations. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 to help address any issues that develop. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Fire Damage Pack-Out in Randolph Can Save You Money

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

closet melted from fire and smoke debris No need for Randolph homeowner meltdown after a house fire--Call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Randolph Homeowners Call SERVPRO for House Fire Recovery

The aftermath can feel brutal when a fire roars through your Randolph home. 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 clean up, 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 your everyday objects' condition and restoration potential, 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 Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) guides, 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 preserve 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.

Mendham Homes Are Rescued with Rapid Water Removal

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

water spots on carpet in room, gray SERVPRO can salvage your water damaged carpets in your Mendham home's finished basement.

Are Carpets and Area Rugs a Loss from Water Damage?

Since a water spill follows the path of least resistance, water damage tends to hit flooring the hardest, particularly porous items such as carpet and padding. The big question from homeowners is if the carpeting is restorable, and some factors affect the outcome.

Whether or not water damage in Mendham is to the carpeting or area rugs, the loss depends first and foremost on the type of water spill. Clean water results from plumbing failures and is the most restorable type. We can often restore carpet soaked by gray water events such as an overflow from a sudsy washing machine. If the property owners requests, we do remove the carpeting. However, carpet exposed to black water, which comes from sources such as groundwater or sewer backups, cannot be mitigated and poses health and safety issues. If property owners wait more than 48 hours to begin cleanup efforts on clean water in a home, we handle it as black water due to the potential for contaminants.

Other factors that determine the restorability of carpeting is how quickly the extraction efforts began. We used different types of equipment, such as our portable pumps with weighted extractors to push the water out of carpeting or our Rover ride-on wet vacs that use the weight of the SERVPRO technician to push water up and out of carpet and padding.

Our technicians hold specific certifications in restoration sciences as taught by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and they possess specialized training for drying carpets in place. A common technique called "floating" is often used. In this application, we loosen the carpeting on one side, and air movers are positioned to drive air throughout the underside of the carpet and over the padding. This method causes embedded moisture to rise and speeds drying times. In some cases, we uninstall carpeting for drying outside of the property. Once the carpet attains drying goals confirmed through moisture readings, we perform any needed odor control to ensure the home retains no odors from the water.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County works to mitigate water damage in properties and limit loss through our restoration techniques. Call us at (973) 895-5000, and our technicians can make it "Like it never even happened."

What Mold Remediation Approach is Easiest on Mendham Boro Homes?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

a person looking at mold through a magnifying glass Mold infestations spread quickly. Get a hold of the situation with a quick call to SERVPRO. Our certified team is standing by 24/7 for your call.

Mold removal requires many techniques, some of which are more abrasive to Mendham Boro homes than others.

Removing mold and microbial growth is an intricate process that should begin as soon as you recognize a problem. Allowing mold to spread and worsen can be destructive to the property and cause health effects. We work fast to determine the extent of the damage and choose among several remediation strategies to manage and eliminate active threats.

Surface Cleaning Strategies

Mold remediation in Mendham Boro homes describes several initial actions by our professionals to overcome active mold colonies. Among the most heavily used in the early stages is surface cleaning. Applying chemical solutions eradicates mold spores on impacted materials on contact. We have several options within our inventory, including:

  • Sporicidal products
  • Mold inhibitors
  • Antimicrobial chemicals

Media Blasting and Sponge Pressure Cleaning

However, surface cleaning is not always effective, and more aggressive measures might be necessary. Media blasting and sponge pressure cleaning both use media under pressure to eradicate surface mold development and the hyphae of the organism close to the surface without damaging the host material.

Sanding and Controlled Demolition

The most abrasive remediation methods are often the hardest on the affected materials of your home. Sanding, for example, removes the outermost layer of the hosting element but can help prevent demolition on wood framing and similar components. Demolition can be necessary for materials like drywall and other porous construction elements when the spread of the organism becomes unmanageable.

Mold remediation is an undervalued need for many homes in the area, so many property owners do not rush to resolve the problem. The result is a greater damaged area and weakened hosting materials. Our SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County team can help with various restoration and mold removal tactics to return your home to pre-mold condition. Give us a call today at (973) 895-5000.

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

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the hardwood floor of a living room When your house is facing water damage, any delays can cause additional decay. Our SERVPRO team is standing by 24/7 - 365 days a year.

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 IICRC-certified 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.