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Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration for Your Damaged Randolph Home

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause terrible odors and mold damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Hydroxyl Generating Machines Help Complete Water Damage Restoration Work in Randolph by Eliminating Odors

After our building services crew (working under General Contractor License # 13VH06013000) repairs a leak in your plumbing and our restoration team gets your home dried out and back to normal, you might notice new and unpleasant odors inside your Randolph home. Many residents assume we use an ozone generator for such situations, but we have an option that provides numerous benefits we cannot get with ozone.

Attacking the odors affecting your property in Randolph after finishing water damage mitigation and restoration becomes more effective with a hydroxyl generator. Part of the reason we choose to turn on our hydroxyl generators is that ozone can cause additional damage in many homes. Living things cannot survive in an environment flooded with high concentrations of ozone. Even fish in an aquarium can die if their tank's aeration system carries ozone into their container. Plants can also die when ozone competes for the carbon dioxide in the air.

Many other items can sustain damage from exposure to ozone. Items made out of rubber, many types of glue, and other substances might need additional restorative work if we were to use ozone. Instead of risking the condition of your home, we instead use a hydroxyl generator to perform deodorization.

Hydroxyl generators separate water vapor molecules (H2O) into single atoms of hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals (*OH). Once in the air, these actively break substances down into harmless pieces that cannot produce odor. Because we can run our machinery even while we continue working, the extra amount of time that it takes for adequate treatment of odors does not affect our schedule.

Because odors have been attacked from the start, the deodorization process ends up being more effective in the long run. This increased effectiveness occurs because hydroxyl radicals have had the opportunity to eat away at odor-causing molecules inside walls, under floated carpets, and other locations where odors come from before we finish mitigating water damage and restore these places.

When odor-causing substances remain after water damage mitigation, days of higher humidity can let these odors return. Using our hydroxyl generators instead of ozone machines prevents this from bothering your family in the future while protecting your belongings from the harm ozone can cause.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County also covers Mendham, Chester, their Boros, and Long Valley. Call us at (973) 895-5000 for effective odor control measures that destroy smells caused by water damage, fire, smoke, and other disasters. We can help you make your home a safe and comfortable place again.

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Does Water Damage in Your Randolph Home Leave You at Risk for Mold or Foul Odors?

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is ready to Help with all your water damage restoration needs.

How SERVPRO Can Help Reduce Secondary Damages in Your Randolph Home

In a home, you are most likely to experience water damage in the kitchen or bathroom. However, plumbing issues and accidents have the potential to occur in nearly every location in the house.

When SERVPRO performs water damage cleanup in Randolph homes, we pay special attention to the water extraction phase as this lessens drying time. We have some of the most advanced technology in the restoration services industry to ensure property owners have the best chance for limiting loss to their homes and possessions. Our portable pumps enable our certified Water Restoration Technicians to move quickly and change attachments to effectively remove water out of carpet and padding and also upholstery. 

Why SERVPRO? 

Inadequate water damage cleanup leads to secondary issues that have the potential to incur additional costs for remediation of mold infestations and odor removal. We have advanced moisture detection and specialized water extraction equipment to ensure the cleanup goes as expected the first time. 

Critical elements for avoiding mold and foul odors in the home are:

  • Indoor humidity lowered below 45% to inhibit mold growth
  • Using moisture detection equipment to ensure no areas of excessive moisture remain after drying
  • Using odor control applications if any water odors remain after attaining drying goals
  • Use of professional quality antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners on water-affected surfaces

Sometimes actions such as damaged sheetrock removal, tile lifting, and weep holes drilled for airflow occur after a water loss. If there are repairs needed to restore the home to its preloss condition, we have a General Contractor License #13VH06013000. This lets us offer homeowners a single source for both the restoration services as well as any needed reconstruction. 

Water damage needs fast action to minimize loss. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000, and we arrive on-site within an hour to turn around water loss in your property and make it "Like it never even happened."

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

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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 health threat or other 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.

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Our Flood Damage Technicians Can Handle Any Size Disaster In Your Randolph Garage

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

To get the right solution for any challenge after flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County to assist.

Dealing With The Unique Challenges Of Flood Damage In Your Randolph Garage

Flooding that primarily affects the garage area might not seem like a major threat, especially if you do not have many items or junk stored in the area. With most garage floors made of a concrete slab, thorough cleaning and extraction of standing water might seem like the only steps necessary to restore normalcy. However, since concrete readily absorbs water, there is a need to do more to avoid the problems a saturated floor would pose. Our professional flood damage mitigation services help deal with those unique challenges.

The garage being a vast open space means that significant amounts of water accumulate quickly. Such water can lead to various types of flood damage in your Randolph home, including fueling mold infestation all over your property. Since immediate extraction might not be possible when water outside the structure is yet to recede, one step to reduce damage is removing as many dry items from the garage as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians help move items to a dry section of your home or an offsite storage facility.

Extracting the water from the floor may require advanced equipment that can lift thousands of gallons within a short while. Cleaning the heavy soiling left by floodwaters might also require advanced equipment to ensure the area attains sanitary levels. Our SERVPRO teams rely on sophisticated equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors to expedite water removal. We also have pressure washers that help remove mud, silt, and other soils left by the floodwaters.

A saturated floor can keep causing opportunistic problems after dealing with the initial loss. The fact that garages have limited ventilation further compounds the situation. Completing specific drying steps can help fix the problem. Our SERVPRO technicians first scope the area using moisture detection equipment to establish the degree of saturation. We then set a drying goal, which determines the number of air movers and dehumidifiers necessary to eliminate all the moisture “Like it never even happened.”

To get the right solution for any challenge after flooding in your Mendham, Mendham Boro or Chester home, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County to assist. You can reach us any time at (973) 895-5000.

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Professional Trade Secrets for Restoring Fire Damaged Homes in Randolph

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County.we have the know-how to remove all traces of fire damage to your home.

Aspects that Help Remove all traces of Fire damage in Randolph

A fire incident can leave a permanent mark in your life both from the financial losses incurred and the physical alterations in your home. Just like insurance covers help you overcome the financial loss, professional restoration services can help restore your property to its preloss state. We work closely with Randolph homeowners and their insurance adjusters to ensure a positive outcome.  

Fire loss incidents differ, so proper evaluation is necessary after fire damage in your Randolph property to determine the best steps to take. In many incidents, a considerable percentage of the problems are caused by residue deposits, unless the flames entirely consume the property. It is possible to remove most deposits left by the fire through cleaning but requires a proper understanding of what transpired during the incident. Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians certification, FSRT, means our SERVPRO crews can evaluate the outcome of fire and determine the forces at play during the actual fire, therefore, creating an effective response plan.  

To restore the fire damaged property to its preloss state through cleanup, proper understanding of several factors is crucial because they affect the ability to clean items. The main ones include the type of materials burnt, airflow patterns in the building, the types of smoke residues left, and the amount of oxygen, heat, and moisture present in the fire. If the fire burns more synthetic materials that natural ones, the resulting residues are harder to clean. Hotter fires lead to residue impingement because they open up pores on materials complicating the cleaning process. Our SERVPRO technicians respond to these issues in different ways, including using professional cleaning agents to dissolve residues, applying heat and mechanical agitation, among other steps. The sophisticated equipment in our green trucks to facilitate these processes includes:  

Portable heaters

Pressure washers

Multi-surface scrubbers

Hydroxyl Generators  

Unlike most of the other visible problems, bad odor is invisible, but it can make your home uninhabitable. Odor particles penetrate deep into materials making it hard to eliminate them. Our SERVPRO technicians take different approaches to deodorize property. Using ULV foggers, we can deliver deodorizing agents which pair with odor particles, neutralizing them. We also use state of the art odor control equipment such as hydroxyl generators and ozone generators.  

It is possible to eliminate the painful memories of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Mendham Home After A Water Damage Disaster

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

We responded quickly, which limits further damage and prevents mold growth.We used our specialized cleaning techniques and state-of-the-art equipment.

Are Carpets and Area Rugs Automatically 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 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 carpet 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."

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Why We Are The Leader In Mendham Flood Damage Restoration

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our professionals restored this home from significant water damage. We responded quickly, which limited further damage, call us right away.

Why SERVPRO Is the Solution for Managing Mendham Flood Damage

Torrential rains and accompanying high winds can expose your Mendham home to the risk of flooding. Roofs, windows, and siding take a beating during increasingly more common extreme weather events. The harm done needs a fast and efficient response, which is why hiring our team of highly-qualified flooding remediation technicians is a prudent decision. Rely on our training, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment to return your damaged home to “Like it never even happened” condition.

Flood damage in your Mendham home following severe weather conditions requires professional assistance. Our team arrives with some expectations about the tasks needed, but we also assess the circumstances of your particular flooding loss carefully. The crew leader develops a plan based on your scenario, and crew members immediately begin its implementation. Our employees are trained in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices in all tasks needed from securing exterior damage to flood mitigation to applied structural drying. Effective cleaning and disinfection are also skills we apply. The full range of flood remediation services we offer is why our team delivers successful flood damage abatement.

Once tarping and boarding up limits further exposure to the elements, our team begins water removal. Flooding deeper than two inches pumps out, and then we use wanded extractors to eliminate the residual. The faster flood waters evacuate, the better the outcome which is why SERVPRO avoids delay by stocking the needed equipment on each service vehicle. We follow local rules as we contain and dispose of the water.

The availability of alternative power sources is another reason why SERVPRO is a reliable partner in flood damage mitigation. Stormy weather often knocks out the electricity as trees fall on lines or lightning strikes transformers. Our submersible pumps use gas or are connected to portable generators as are our truck mounted water extractors.

Thorough moisture removal is crucial to your home’s structural integrity and is why SERVPRO technicians use a range of thermal imaging and moisture monitoring equipment to ensure no hidden caches of water remain trapped. Controlled demolition such as flood cuts gives our team access to pockets of water and permits better airflow as we complete drying.

The answer to why SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County should be your first call after flood damage is the difference our trained technicians and high-efficiency equipment make. Call 24/7 for our professional services at (973) 895-5000.

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Is Water Damage Premiering at Your Randolph Theater?

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help keep your business open for business during water loss incidents.

Preparing for the Worst Is Your Best Chance for Successful Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Randolph 

Businesses that experience water loss risk without a plan run a 50-50 chance that the disaster closes their doors forever. Customers have pressures and deadlines, unable to wait for you to get your operations back up and running smoothly. Take the time before a water disaster strikes to work with our highly-qualified team on a practical plan to anticipate the issues your company might have when water intrudes and solve them. 

Commercial water damage affects your Randolph business in many ways. The structural components of your retail space, restaurant, offices, warehouse, or movie theaters need rapid water removal and drying. Contents such as inventory, equipment, documents, furnishings, and more can take a hard hit if saturated with water, and losing a substantial number of these vital parts of your day to day operations, primarily if they represent the goods and services you provide, can be the death knell to your profitability in the short and long term. 

Welcome one of SERVPRO’s expert project managers onto your property for an assessment far in advance of any water crisis. We view your physical layout with a sharp eye, recognizing strengths and vulnerabilities based on research and training gained from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and many years of experience in the industry. Our manager documents a blueprint of your property and talks with you about how your daily business proceeds when everything is up and working. We note utility shut-offs and the location of equipment and storage. 

After SERVPRO inspects your property, expect helpful recommendations intended to minimize loss if water damage occurs. Examples might include different choices for stock, inventory, and document storage and moving or raising equipment above the floor or to another space less likely to flood. We count on you to follow through with more details using our mobile app. 

Taken together, the assessment and app-entered data become your personalized SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). Our collaboration results in a concise digital plan accessible by both customer and our work crews in the palm of a hand holding a mobile device, smoothing the way for a fast recovery and return to “Like it never even happened.” 

Contact SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County today to set up an ERP, the best way to keep your business thriving and your customer base happy. Our number is (973) 895-5000, answered 24/7.

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We Have A Rapid Response Time To Randolph Flood Damage

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Pictured is a large desiccant dehumidifier which is used to help clean up flood damage in large buildings. We are prepared for large and small jobs.

Flood Damage in Randolph is Becoming an Increased Threat and Affected Homes Need Qualified Professionals

Because warmer temperatures make the snow resting on nearby mountains melt rapidly, streams and creeks near neighborhoods in Randolph quickly fill to the brim. Continued runoff causes flooded areas to grow larger, and homes in such areas soon end up partially submerged.


SERVPRO ensures that local residents experience a fast response to situations involving flood damage to their Randolph property. We hire people who show dedication to our community and the well being of its residents and then provide them with extensive training. Part of this includes on the job experiences with more knowledgeable restoration experts who point out the variations that play essential roles between different jobs.


Part of restoring homes and businesses requires physical labor, but a significant portion also depends heavily on science and the use of technology. Because of this, our employees also gain certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This aspect of their training ensures that our customers receive the results they need to help their families recover from disasters like flood damage.


Clearing the sediments deposited all over floors and pushed into cabinets and closets requires buckets and shovels. This preliminary work gets your home ready for drying out and future restoration. IICRC training stresses the importance of following the steps in mitigation so we can provide our customers with the results they deserve.


Wooden frames and flooring can twist and warp when either too dry or overly damp conditions exist. Our moisture detection equipment helps us achieve optimal conditions at rates that prevent any other damage from occurring. Drying equipment creates airflow currents that pull moisture out of wet materials and then push that water vapor toward dehumidifiers or open windows. Installing new elements in a damp environment sets the stage for mold and other related deterioration to happen in the near future.


SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County's flood damage specialists are always ready to help with mitigation and restoration of homes in Mendham Boro, Mount Olive, and Roxbury. Contact us at (973) 895-5000 to have IICRC-certified specialists make your home livable again.

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

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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.

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