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Why Is Tearing Down Part of My Property Suggested When I Expected Professionals to Fix Flood Damage in My Randolph Home?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Research-Based, Proven Strategies to Remove All the Water and Normalize Moisture Levels After Flood Damage In Randolph

After a severe storm passes, your Randolph home is awash in flood water. Overland flooding pushes muck, debris, and sewage and chemical contaminated fluids into your first and lower levels. Roof, window, or siding damage can allow water to pour inside and cascade down walls or stairs to collect in building cavities or on the lowest floors. You need help getting the silt and the water out of your home, but some of the methods a professional restoration company uses to achieve this goal might surprise you.

What Creates the Need for Controlled Demolition?

Water is the agent of disaster when flood damage strikes your Randolph residence. It acts as blunt force, driving the muddy onslaught through ground-level windows and doors. Its pressure can knock walls over and push contents into disarray. Once it settles inside, the flood water seeks cracks and crevices, infiltrating porous materials and invading building cavities. It cannot be left to drain or dry out over days or weeks as corrodes building materials. If moisture encounters molds spores, chances are good that microbial growth and damage follows.

What is Controlled Demolition, and How Can It Help with Flood Damage Recovery?

SERVPRO technicians begin with extraction of visible water, moving on to locate trapped fluid using tools and techniques mastered during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. Once we pinpoint the problem, we use the following to release water and open the wet space for applied structural drying:

  • Flood cuts -- sawed into drywall several inches above the floodline, permitting extraction of water and direction of moving, warm air to dry
  • Holes drilled under the baseboard or through mortar joints -- allowing insertion of hoses for negative air pressure for suction and positive air pressure for drying

Who Rebuilds the Demolition?

Our construction division takes on the repair and rebuilding. Licensed workers  make the limited demolition ready for repainting or refinishing, “Like it never even happened.”

Rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County to guide you out of the chaos of flood damage. Call us at (973) 895-5000 to set the restoration into motion.

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General: 13VH06013000

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How Challenging Is It To Complete Restoration After Flood Damage Affects My Randolph Home?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

an area of the house with stairs that is flooded If not taken care of properly, water damage can affect your home for much longer than you think. Contact SERVPRO right away.

The Training and Experience SERVPRO Crews Have Helps in Identifying and Dealing with Challenging Aspects of Flood Damage

Flooding incidents affect Randolph properties in many ways, including soiling and contaminating them. The sudden moisture influx from flooding also affects a variety of materials in the house ranging from fabrics, wood, and even composites. Some damages to materials are readily discernible, while others may remain hidden until you scrutinize an area thoroughly or extreme deterioration finally reveals the problem.

How do I know which materials are damaged?

Identifying the materials that flood damage affects at your Randolph home is an essential part of planning the restoration process. In addition to noting which items or materials are damaged, identifying the level of deterioration matters since it is what determines whether repairs can be done successfully or replacements are necessary. When you know the different ways flooding affects materials, it is easier to identify the damaged ones. The typical ways materials end up damaged include:

  • Exposure to contamination
  • Over saturation of materials
  • Heavy soiling

The level of damage in Randolph caused by contamination depends on the physical traits of the affected material. Any porous materials affected by the groundwater are damaged beyond repair because even deep cleaning leaves some traces of the contaminants. The most common porous materials affected during flooding include:

  • Floor materials such as carpets and pad
  • Wall materials such as drywall and insulation
  • Content fittings such as foam, sponge or cardboard

Absorption of significant amounts of water can change materials physically, compromise bonds holding materials together, or cause disintegration in other ways. For instance, wood swells, warps, buckles, or cups, depending on where it is installed. For carpets, the fibers separate from the backing, while drywall crumbles under the slightest pressure. Such problems are readily discernible so you can tell which materials are damaged.

How do I deal with the damaged materials?

You have various options when dealing with materials damaged during flooding incidents. For the non-porous and semi-porous materials, cleaning can help restore heavily soiled materials while drying helps reverse the effects of moisture.  For effective cleaning, the use of chemicals to loosen or breakdown soils and disinfectants and other antimicrobial agents is necessary. Agitation and other physical cleaning actions are also necessary. For materials or contents damaged extensively, removal is the only solution. Our SERVPRO technicians also take other steps to safeguard the items, tools, and areas we clean, including:

  • Separating the work area where necessary to prevent the spread of contaminants
  • Creating a decontamination area by setting up a 6-mil plastic sheet on the floor, ceiling and continuous wall-wrap
  • Setting up a contents cleaning area in an uncontaminated section of the property
  • Setting a load out area next to the work area where we hold bagged waste awaiting removal to the disposal site.

Are there unexpected challenges that develop when resolving flood damage?

Proper planning and use of the correct equipment helps the process of restoring flood-damaged properties run smoothly. However, unexpected issues can arise at any point during the restoration. For instance, failure to observe safety precautions when using chemical products to clean, disinfect, or deodorize the property can lead to irritation or even injury. Our SERVPRO technicians follow manufacturer directions when mixing or applying such products. We also use protective equipment, including respirators, and splash goggles for safety.

Removal of moisture introduced by the floodwaters or cleaning processes is essential to restore the property to its preloss state. However, this is easier said than done. One unforeseen issue that can halt the drying process is moisture equilibrium, which happens when the moisture in a material is at par with the condition of the surrounding air. With this condition, moisture does not move from the wet materials to the air.  Our crews increase the heat and air movements to break the equilibrium. We use air movers to boost air movements and portable heaters to increase temperature. Exhausting warm air from dehumidifiers back into the room also helps raise the temperature.  

Stubborn odors can also develop in your property after a flooding incident. Odors can be real or imagined since the sight of your property heavily soiled can have a psychological effect that gives you the impression that there is a smell. Some odors might also emanate from cleaning agents, finishing products applied on surfaces, or the wetness. Such odors disappear naturally over time. Our SERVPRO technicians help remove the odors, or in case of temporary or imagined odors, we use masking agents that produce a sweet scent.

A flood-damaged property can present many challenges that delay restoration. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 to manage any incident, "Like it never even happened."

The Real Truth Behind Flood Damage Remediation Options in Randolph

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen area When flooding affects the home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO right after an event for water removal and to help prevent a mold infestation.

Flood Damage in Randolph Needs More Than Water Removal

One of the main caveats of flood damage is that it needs attention almost as soon as it occurs for the best outcome. There are often a host of issues that come with the water loss. 

When a home in Randolph has flood damage, bringing in professional help to clean it up is paramount to lessening the loss. Because the technicians at SERVPRO are available 24/7, there is never a delay in starting the restoration services.

Prepping for Water Loss Before it Happens

It is a good idea for local property owners to set up a plan for what to do if a water loss occurs. Make a list of valuable items, locations of essential papers, and priceless treasures such as photo albums or artworks get removed before elevated humidity causes damage. If it is not possible to access the items before the techs arrive, the crew chief can get anything needed out of the house.

Common Issues After a Flood 

One of the reasons that flood damage has the potential for so much loss is due to the various things that arrive with the water. Debris, chemicals, and sewage are all typical things that the techs have to deal with during cleanup. 

Mold is another frequent problem. The naturally occurring airborne spores can germinate within 24 hours, and once that happens, they can spread rapidly throughout the home, particularly on sheetrock and wood framework. 

Odor Control

The odor in the home after a water loss can be significant. The technicians have varying types of applications to neutralize any level of musty scents left behind after drying and cleaning. 

Rebuilding After Flood Loss

A home can change in looks significantly after a water loss. When the seriousness gets elevated to flood-type damage, things like sheetrock removal, carpet, and insulation disposal are commonplace events. With their general contractor license #13VH06013000, the techs can take the property from cleanup to reconstruction seamlessly and save the homeowner the stress of finding and vetting a local contractor to perform the needed repairs. 

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 for assistance with flood damage cleanup and restoration to make the water loss in the home, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Are Available 24/7 In Randolph After A Flood

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

A muddy floor in a home after a flood damage disaster We have the training, state-of-the-art equipment, and expertise to handle any flood damage in your home. Call us right away, we act fast.

Recovering After Flood Damage in Randolph

Floods can cause extensive damage to any home. When the floodwater recedes, it often leaves a trail of sludge and debris in its place. This can cause just as much or more damage to a structure that the actual water itself, if not dealt with right away.

You should address flood damage in your Randolph home systematically and quickly to ensure a safe, thorough cleanup and seamless restoration. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that Category 3 water, such as floodwater can contain dangerous microbes that potentially carry illnesses. Technicians may need to remove affected content to an off-site cleaning facility where they receive specialized care and cleaning before returning them.

During the restoration, residents may need to leave the structure to ensure safety. SERVPRO water restoration professionals use personal protective gear while working in exposed areas. They extract excess moisture and water through the use of powerful extraction tools, including portable WAND extractors, self-propelled, or stationary. These tools use body weight to compress the carpet and pad, squeeze out excess water, and then remove the water through extraction equipment.

After removing flood damaged items from the home to an off-site cleaning facility, technicians may perform flood cuts to remove drywall twelve to eighteen inches several inches above the damage so that they can address moisture issues behind the wall by blowing warm, dry air into affected areas with high-velocity air movers and tubing if needed. Air movers work in conjunction with dehumidifiers that pull moisture from the room and exhaust warm, dry air. Our contracting team (General Contractor License: 13VH06013000) repairs the walls after they remove excess moisture and thoroughly dry the impacted area.

Technicians use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectant for nonporous surfaces such as Sporicidin and Microban to control microbial contamination by spraying onto all contaminated materials and surfaces. Products must make physical contact with impacted areas for effectiveness. For this part of the restoration process, occupants should not breathe in the heavy-duty cleaning solutions.

For 24/7 cleanup help after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Randolph Restoration Professionals Talk About How to Choose Dehumidifiers for Water Loss Events

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged living room. Parts of waterdamaged ceiling fallen on floor We not only use tools to extract water but also dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry your home after a water loss event.

Comparing Desiccant or Refrigerant Dehumidifiers in Randolph Homes 

Though we might h­­­ave many options regarding moisture removal and drying for Randolph homes, not every tool is right for the jobs that we undertake. The use of dehumidifiers, for example, can lead to a decision on which of our available options is the best fit for each water recovery project. In most cases, the choice comes down to our refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers. Although they can both achieve similar results, their effectiveness changes with the situation our SERVPRO professionals face. 

The choice between these two units is not always clear, and our project manager and crew chief can monitor conditions during water removal in Randolph homes to have the appropriate units ready for deployment after water removal phases. Flooding can leave a substantial volume of water spread throughout susceptible areas of your house, allowing absorption by many construction materials and structural elements. 

When it is time to deploy one dehumidifier or another, many considerations must get made. The process alone for removing moisture in the air is different between these two units, as refrigerants pull air through refrigerated coils, which can condense water vapor, and desiccants pass over silica gel to capture water molecules. 

Types of Materials 

The type of material that requires moisture removal is a crucial element to choosing the type of unit our SERVPRO professionals need on a job site. Refrigerant units are typically used to address moistures in more porous materials and to address surface dampness. Desiccants are ideal for surfaces and materials with low permeability, such as hardwoods, concrete, and other like surfaces.

Conditions of the Job

A refrigerant dehumidifier requires less power (8-15 amps), making it a wise choice for jobs where the available power is limited. Desiccants often run on trailered generators our team provides, primarily because of their higher power needs (8-30 amps). 

Most of the jobs that our team undertakes where moisture removal is a priority, the low grain refrigerant model is sufficient. No matter what your home needs after a loss incident, we have the advanced equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today at SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County (973) 895-5000. 

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Comprehensive Solutions To Flood Damage In Your Mendham Area Home

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck parked in a driveway, with two dogs in it. Let us protect you and your entire Mendham home after a flood takes over. We want to help with every obstacle.

SERVPRO has the solutions for your Mendham home after a flood.

Regardless of when, or how, disaster strikes, you want access to a team of qualified professionals committed to offering expert restoration solutions for your Mendham home. Thankfully, there are several local technicians available with a variety of certifications, standing ready to implement trusted, comprehensive restoration solutions, 24-hours a day.

When you call a professional to clean and repair flood damage present in your Mendham area home, you might think that removing water and cleaning the area sounds easy. However, each situation comes with unique challenges that your technicians work hard to overcome. As a homeowner, it helps to learn as much as possible and maintain expectations as restoration progresses in your home.

The type of paint used during the construction of your home plays a significant role in how your Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO handle your situation. Flat paint allows water vapor to pass through more readily than a semi-gloss, which makes flat paint dry quicker. Drying floors and walls under or behind cabinetry can take more time, simply because of the existence of multiple layers (cabinet backing and drywall). 

If your cabinetry does not have a back layer, SERVPRO technicians can drill holes into your wall, which allows air circulation within the wall cavity. However, if the cabinet has a backing installed, it extends drying time, even if the homeowner allows a technician to place holes in the backing. Often, cabinets have laminated surfaces that act as a vapor barrier, providing technicians with false readings. 

Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) from SERVPRO looking to ensure restoration of structural components have multiple drying methods at their fingertips. Since vinyl wall coverings, such as wallpaper, act as a vapor barrier, trapping water within your walls, you have a decision to make. You can either remove your wallpaper or ask technicians to remove base molding and drill holes, using air movers, to force air into the wall cavity without damaging the existing material.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Certified Firm, providing full-service, comprehensive solutions throughout Randolph, Chester, Roxbury, and surrounding communities, call today. (973) 895-5000

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Factors that Can Affect the Restoration Process of Your Flood Damaged Mendham Home

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a basement that has water on the floor. Your flood damage in Mendham means something to us, we want to help.

We will always go the distance for your Mendham water damage.

Many Mendham residents have experienced the effects of flooding over the years. These events highlight the importance of seeking help from experts with specific knowledge and experience in flood damage remediation. Getting the process of flood damage recovery wrong can cause your home to develop serious moisture problems in the months to come, and this can add distress if you need to vacate your residence for a second time.

Restoring your flood damaged Mendham home quickly can reduce potential future problems and allow you to occupy the home sooner. After a flooding incident, you should do a few things to ensure that your home is safe for you and your family to occupy. They include:

  •       Checking if some insects and rodents could have come in with floodwaters.
  •       Looking for ruined gas and power lines, exterior damage, and foundation cracks.
  •       Looking for shifted stairs, broken pilings, and slanted walls or floors.
  •       Turning off power and water lines.
  •       Checking for cabinets and other items that could fall over.
  •       Checking if the running water is safe to use for cleaning or drinking.

Once you check these issues, you can document the flood damage by taking photos or videos to prevent disputes with your insurance firm over the problems that have been repaired. You can then call SERVPRO franchise professionals to assist you with cleaning up your home. We can assess the destruction and provide you with our remediation plan and estimate.

One factor that can affect the restoration process of your home is the nature of the flood. The existence of biological or chemical contaminants, sewage effluent, sand, silt, and soil in the floodwater dictates the way we manage the recovery process. If there is solid waste, soil, and debris on the floor, our technicians can use rakes and shovels to remove them. This helps expose structural surfaces for further evaluation and inspection.

Floodwater and the debris it carries can exert extreme pressure on the structure of a building. Therefore, we consider the height the water reached and its rate of flow inside and around a home. We also consider the construction of a building because water affects different materials in various ways. Brick and concrete are resistant to water damage, while wood can be resistant to short-term dampness. However, wood decays if it stays wet from a lengthy period. Dense materials usually absorb little water but dry gradually, while porous materials can absorb large amounts of water, but dry faster.

We perform a thorough investigation after removing the standing water to establish a base level from which to monitor the drying process. Our crew uses several devices to monitor moisture levels, including thermal imaging cameras, moisture sensors, and moisture meters. Our SERVPRO crew speeds up the drying process using heat, ventilation, and dehumidification.

When in need of flood damage restoration services in Randolph, Mendham Boro or Chester, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County. We are locally operated and available around the clock for help. Our helpline is (973) 895-5000.

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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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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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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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