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What Can Simplify Fire Restoration In My Randolph Home?

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Organize the Restoration Process Guaranteeing Better or Faster Outcomes

After a fire affects your home, restoration is necessary to make it safe or comfortable for occupation. Based on the severity of the fire, the restoration process in your Randolph home can be challenging or take time to complete. Finding ways to simplify the exercise is, therefore, essential. Alternatively, you can also involve a team of professionals such as SERVPRO to help with the restoration.

What is unique about fire restoration done by professionals in Randolph? 

Although professionals rely on sophisticated fire restoration methods in Randolph, there are many simple things they do that help complete the process conveniently. They include:

  • Deeper understanding and choice of cleaning products
  • Appropriate use of cleaning methods 
  • Preventing secondary problems
  • Testing before starting the restoration 

A significant chunk of the restoration work in Randolph, after a fire incident, involves cleaning surfaces and contents to remove soot, tar, and other smoke residues. Apart from covering vast areas of your property, the soils may adhere to some materials making the removal process challenging. One approach that simplifies cleanup is using products that counter the physical traits of the soil. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on concepts such as "like dissolves like" to choose the right cleaning product.

"Like dissolves like," how does that help?

The soils left on surfaces and materials may have different shades of color ranging from yellow, grey, brown, or black. However, the differences go beyond the visual representation because the soils can be:

  • Hydrophilic 
  • Hydrophobic 
  • Lipophilic 
  • Lipophobic 

Hydrophilic residues readily dissolve in water, while lipophilic ones require oil-based cleaning products. Hydrophobic and lipophobic soils do not dissolve in water or oil-based cleaning products, respectively. Our SERVPRO technicians perform some tests at the loss area, establishing the qualities of the soils that we need to remove, thus ensuring the cleaning products we pick work faster.

Which tests help ease the restoration of fire-damaged valuables? 

Tests that help differentiate residue types and identify the physical traits of the affected materials are necessary to establish whether restoration is possible as well as the best approaches to execute such renovation. Tests can vary from something as easy as running a cleaning sponge along wall surfaces to establish residue spread patterns, to other sophisticated tests that established the type of material or level of deterioration. When restoring upholstery items and carpet, such tests are crucial because apart from helping ease the restoration process, they also prevent the problem from worsening. Some typical tests include: 

  • Fiber type test 
  • Colorfastness test
  • Level of soiling test
  • Stain resistance test

Does the choice of a cleaning method interfere with the restoration process?

Even after identifying the soils, and the physical traits of the materials they affect, choosing the wrong cleaning procedure can lead to challenges. One aspect of restorative cleaning is the agitation of soiled surfaces or materials. Several methods of agitation can help remove soils, including the use of wiping cloths, brushes, air pressure, and water pressure.  For loose soils on porous materials, our technicians use air pressure agitation, such as contact vacuuming, which ensures that the residues do not penetrate deeper into the material. For items that require immersion, we can use sophisticated forms of agitation such as ultrasonic cleaning, which utilizes sound waves to create and implode millions of bubbles, which remove soils conveniently. 

Sometimes the processes meant to restore affected materials can cause additional damages or even ruin the item permanently. When cleaning carpets or upholstery, there is a possibility of water stains forming due to over-wetting or drying the materials slowly.  To control stains from over-wetting, our technicians use peroxide water stain removers to reverse the damage. Slow drying is rarely a problem since we manage the drying process by setting up air movers and dehumidifiers close to the wet items to expedite drying.

Can decluttering help improve the restoration process?

In most cases, properties are disorganized or full of clutter after fire damage, which can delay the restoration processes. Removing some materials helps create room to maneuver. Our SERVPRO technicians can help move your contents to an offsite facility for storage or specialized cleaning, which helps declutter the loss site and safeguard your valuables. 

We use different approaches to make such move-outs convenient, including packing items by room and separating wet and dry items. Such precautions also help improve the outcome of the restoration process. For instance, we can prevent damage transfer by separating wet and dry items. Packing items from the same areas also helps in locating items with similar damage when cleaning up or performing other restoration processes.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County has various resources that can help in the restoration of fire-damaged properties in Mendham, Mendham Boro, and Chester. Call us at (973) 895-5000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odors Inside My Home after a Fire?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Use a Variety of Specialized Tools and Techniques to Deodorize your House in Randolph

When an inferno ignites inside your Randolph structure, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke get released into the air. The smoke can then flow through the entire building and cause several different problems. Smoke can leave behind soot residues, and it can penetrate deeply into porous materials and cause burnt odors to exist.

What are the initial steps you take when deodorizing my house after a fire?

The first step our SERVPRO technicians always take when starting fire damage restoration in Randolph is to secure the structure and make sure that it is safe for our workers and your house's occupants. Next, we can remove all burnt materials and any debris leftover from the blaze. Then, we can clean all of the soot residues off of any of your surfaces that got affected.

What steps do you take if foul odors still exist after you clean all soot residues?

• Pressure Sprayers- We can use a pump or an electric spray to spray deodorants in affected areas.
• Ventilation Equipment- We can set up large box fans that can push air out to ventilate areas where foul smells exist.
• Air Scrubbers- These machines work well to clean the air by sucking it past a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter that can trap small malodor particles.
• Ozone Generator- Ozone generation works well to oxidize and neutralize malodor particles.
• Photocatalytic Oxidizer- Photocatalytic lamps shine ultraviolet (UV) rays on a titanium dioxide surface to produce hydroxyl radicals that oxidize and break down malodor particles.
• ULV Foggers- Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) foggers break down water-based deodorants into a mist that can penetrate items similarly to the way smoke does.
• Thermal Foggers- Thermal foggers use mainly oil-based deodorants, and the machine breaks them down even smaller than a ULV fogger does.

If you notice burnt aromas after you suffer from even a small fire in your home in Mendham Boro or Roxbury, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000.

Fire Damage Randolph – Secondary Damage

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Two firefighters on a ladder trying to put out a fire in a second story window.  A fire damage in your Randolph home can be devastating, as well as prolonging professional assistance. Call SERVPRO today.

Don’t stall when it comes to your Randolph fire damage, there is so much that needs to be done.

Many fires start accidentally from careless smoking, poor disposal of flammable material, and even electrical systems that short circuit. There are a variety of reasons, however often, the damage done by a fire is secondary to the damage caused by the fire department putting the fire out and protecting other buildings nearby.

SERVPRO cleans and repairs homes with fire damage in Randolph and the surrounding area. We have operated in the area for over eighteen years, gaining a wealth of experience in the process. We are available on a 24 hour a day, seven days a week basis. Our fully stocked trucks have everything we need to clean, repair, and reconstruct your home after a fire.

Water and Fire Damage

Once the fire is out, SERVPRO can evaluate the damage caused by the fire as well as the damage caused by the actions of the fire department to put it out. Often, firefighters have to spray water into ceilings, break walls to access hot spots, and ensure that there is no potential for the fire to restart. Ceiling insulation is wet, the drywall is wet, and carpeting must be replaced due to the water and smoke damage.

Electrical systems and plumbing systems may have been damaged by the fire or by the fire department. Although items such as kitchen cupboards may not appear to be damaged, everything must be wiped down and cleaned to remove soot and smoke residue. The cupboards may need to be removed to enable the replacement of the waterlogged drywall behind them.

While the damage may seem overwhelming at first, our SERVPRO team can develop a plan to remove all of the damaged material, save those items that can be recovered and cleaned, and begin the process of restoring your home to its original condition. We also offer full-service build back and reconstruction services, which reduces the total cost of recovery, and shortens project time as well. Our contractor license: General: 13VH06013000 covers all of the professional subcontractors needed to repair your home.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Mount Olive, Long Valley, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Professionals Remove Fire Damage in Randolph

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Randolph Gets Results 

Homeowners often feel that they can take on fire damage restoration on their own if the house fire seems minuscule. However, even when there is very little charring, and it seems like the damage is minimal, there can be a lot of leftover soot and residue. SERVPRO wants you to know that even the slightest bit of leftover residue brings on lingering foul odors. 

When it comes to the fallout of fire damage in Randolph, working with the professionals ensures you get results fast. Trying to do it yourself with over the counter cleaning agents opens up the possibility for hidden moisture or pesky odors as a constant reminder of the fire. Any moisture left behind can cause costly damages and mold or mildew that multiplies. Once this happens, you and your family face with potential health hazards. 

SERVPRO technicians can help you address these common issues after a fire loss

Hidden Moisture 

Every household has a certain amount of mold spores that remain dormant unless germination takes place. Once you have materials soaked in water from extinguishing a fire, improper drying created a breeding ground for mold spores, which spread at a rapid rate in a short time. We have highly-trained fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO who come armed with specialized equipment to detect hidden moisture throughout the home. If there is water under the flooring or behind your walls, we find it and ensure everything is appropriately dried. After drying, the team applies anti-microbial solutions that help to inhibit further mold growth. 

Lingering Foul Odors 

Fire leaves behind soot particles that become airborne and may not be visible to the naked eye. Once this happens without proper cleaning practices, fouls odors are left behind. A SERVPRO team deployed to your home works using a multi-layer approach to remedy lingering foul odors left behind from smoke with the help of air scrubbers and thermal fogging technology. Should the situation call for it, we can also clean out the ductwork throughout your home to quell any residual smoke odors. 

When you have suffered fire damage, rest assured knowing that SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is here to help. Contact us at (973) 895-5000, and we can send out a team of trained technicians as soon as possible to get started with the restoration process. 

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Clearing Smoke Residues from Walls and Ceilings in Mendham

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has what it takes to clean your Mendham home after fire damage.

As you have been taught from a young age, when fires break out in your Mendham home, your best course of action is to get as low as possible and work your way to a safe exit. Smoke rises, and that is why the bulk of the smoke removal and cleaning that our SERVPRO team performs happens on the upper half of the wall surfaces and along the ceilings. With sophisticated tools and products, we can manage these residues to prevent a need for widespread tear-out and reconstruction when possible.

While cleaning up smoke and fire damage in Mendham homes is necessary to return the structure to preloss condition, there are detailed approaches to accomplish these tasks. Depending on the severity of these residues on specific surfaces, various agitative cleaning practices can be beneficial in removing the loose particles resting on the surface to better aid in effective cleaning with our powerful products and equipment.

Convection is heat moving through the movement of air. As you know that heat rises as it is lighter than colder air, and the same practice affects present smoke in the environment as well. This cycle continues until the fire gets extinguished. These convection currents can be instrumental in depositing soot and smoke particulates on wall surfaces, ceilings, stationary fans, and light fixtures. Ventilating your home immediately after extinguishment can help to reduce these deposits.

Agitative cleaning practices like vacuuming and using light brushing can help to break buildup loose and leave only a thin layer of soot or smoke residue for cleaning products to overcome to reach the affected surface underneath. In more challenging situations involving materials like countertops, we can utilize soda blasting techniques to remove the residue, partially deodorize the area, and protect the material underneath the layer of smoke particles.

Focused cleaning efforts are a vital element to restoring your home after a fire loss incident, and our SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County team has experience and cutting-edge equipment to overcome nearly all of the obstacles you might face after a fire loss. Give our team a call anytime at (973) 895-5000.

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Our Fire Damage Experts In Mendham Boro Discuss Factors That Affect An Item's Cleanability

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Technicians In Mendham Boro Point Out Factors That Affect An Item's Cleanability

Whenever something ignites on or near your Mendham Boro residence, your property is at risk. Fire damage does not just include dealing with items that got burnt. Smoke, which is composed of partially combusted particles, can also cause its fair share of issues. Smoke can flow throughout your building and leave behind soot residues as well as penetrate some materials deeply, causing unpleasant aromas.

The soot left behind by smoke can become a large portion of the fire damage inside your Mendham Boro home in places that were not directly affected by the heat or the flames. Smoke first rises because it is hotter than the air inside your house. It then gets attracted to cooler surfaces, which make the partially combusted particles cool and adhere to the surfaces of your building materials and contents. After burnt materials get removed from your structure, our SERVPRO technicians then begin cleaning and removing the soils and the soot residues created by smoke coming from the blaze.

When cleaning the surfaces of your negatively affected possessions and structural components, our SERVPRO team uses the best techniques available by assessing how the fire burned. There are many factors that can affect how easily soot residues and soils can be removed. To start, the type of surface dictates how it can be cleaned. Porous surfaces can be harder to clean because smoke can deeply penetrate them.

The age of the surface also affects an item's cleanability. For the most part, older surfaces are harder to clean. This proves to be true when mitigating problems with carpet, fabrics, and paint.

The temperature of the fire also affects how easy soot residues left behind are to clean and remove. When surfaces get got the expand, which makes them more porous. Therefore, the hotter an item gets during the blaze, the harder it will be to clean the soot residues and the soils that remain.

If moisture is applied to extinguish the flames, then the affected surfaces can become harder to clean. Water can cause soils to soak deeper into materials, and it can help soot residues set.

Knowing the factors that change how easy an item is to clean can help the entire restoration project run more efficiently. To get your property assessed by the professionals after a fire, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at  (973) 895-5000 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Will Save Your Fire Damaged Home In Mendham

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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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 that these emergencies can get out of control, many property owners lack the experience or equipment to address the widespread effects to return a home to preloss condition. 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 to locate a team with both experience and a mindset to stay within budgetary limitations.

From the time that fire damage in Mendham home begins, you should already know that you have out-of-pocket expenses to get your insurance company involved. Deductibles are a common staple to home insurance plans, and 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 customer 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.

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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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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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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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