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Repairing Water Damage in New Providence Demands Skill

3/29/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Handle Water Damage in Your New Providence Home

The recovery of a building from water damage is way more than just sopping up the water left standing. Water can seep into spaces that are impossible to see and hard to reach, such as crawl spaces and wall cavities. When these areas are not dried adequately, mold growth and structural damages are inevitable, which means your home’s indoor air quality is altered, negatively affecting the occupants. This is one of many reasons why everyone who finds themselves in such a situation should call a water damage restoration company to at least conduct an inspection.

At SERVPRO, we had the needs of property owners in mind when we set up a branch to repair water damage in New Providence. We have state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras to help us locate areas of elevated moisture concentrations and moisture meters that help us determine how severe the damage is, which might otherwise be ignored if one judges by mere sight.

SERVPRO does not claim to provide a single solution for all water damage situations. We have certification to show our ability to work in any situation according to set standards and guidelines. Our technicians are trained to handle any work as if it were their own homes. This way, our aim is always to find a scope of work that minimizes the drying time while also maximizing the cost efficiency achieved via bringing down the overall costs of projects.

To monitor the drying process, SERVPRO conducts several measurements throughout the process, with complete documentation. The most crucial measurements that we carry out are:

  • Resistance measurement uses a depth probe to determine moisture levels in building materials.
  • Capacitive measurement to find hidden damp spots.
  • Temperature and humidity measurements in the room or cavities.

To avoid incurring high repair costs, SERVPRO documents every step of the restoration process, which makes the process of making insurance claims for you easier.

For immediate water damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Revamping Your Floorboards During Commercial Water Damage Repair in New Providence

2/22/2023 (Permalink)

Water Droplets On Wood Call your local professionals at SERVPRO to ensure your property is dry and sanitary.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water-Damaged Floorboard in New Providence 

Repairing damaged floorboards can present unique challenges when performing commercial water damage repairs. We have to perform the necessary restoration procedures to ensure they keep on playing their role of making your business appear appealing and functional. Floorboards can be made of stone, tile, laminate, engineered wood, or hardwood.

The floorboards in your New Providence property can be impacted in different ways after a water damage incident. It is our SERVPRO technicians' work to assess the damage's extent and determine whether it can be salvaged. Since the different types of floorboards have varying susceptibility to water damage, we use different restoration techniques.

If hardwood floorboards get exposed to water for a long time, they may develop cupping and warping. We perform the following procedures during restoration:

  • Sanding: We sand to remove the water stains
  • Refinishing: Normally done after sanding to ensure restored sections match with the existing ones
  • Replacement: We do this when the damage is so extensive.

Although engineered floorboards are more resistant to moisture damage when compared to hardwood, they still get affected by cupping and warping. The restoration procedure is the same as the one we use when restoring hardwood floorboards. It is also not possible to restore laminate floorboards that have been exposed to water for an extended period; the only remedy is to do a replacement.

When SERVPRO technicians restore stone and tile floorboards, it is a different scenario. Even though they are resistant to water damage, they can still get damaged once water infiltrates to cause discoloration, chipping, and cracking. Our team normally removes and replaces the affected stones or tiles and re-applies the sealant if it has been compromised.

Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County for effective and fast water damage mitigation solutions. Our team offers 24-hour emergency services and is Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (908) 791-9177 and get to work with highly skilled restoration technicians.

Fire Restoration Building Services Provided by SERVPRO in New Providence

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

Thick Smoke Cloud If you find yourself in need of assistance with fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO.

Fast Fire Damage Restoration Saves Time and Costs for New Providence Homeowners

Homeowners are often overwhelmed after a fire damages their homes in New Providence. The devastation from the fire, the odor of smoke residue throughout the house, and the damage from the efforts of the fire department to quell the fire can be extensive.

SERVPRO can assist clients with fire restoration and cleanup of their New Providence home after a fire. Our SERVPRO technicians have a great deal of experience with fires. We are onsite within four hours of your call and ready to begin fire restoration as soon as your insurance company approves. Our approach is as follows:

  • Remove damaged contents that cannot be cleaned or repaired
  • Removal of damaged structure – cabinets, drywall, flooring, ceiling tiles, etc.
  • Non-porous items are cleaned, deodorized, and removed for safe storage
  • Cleanup and odor removal throughout the home

Once your home is ready for reconstruction, many homeowners are faced with finding drywall installers, electricians, and plumbers. Then the arduous task of ordering and installing new cabinets and appliances, flooring, and many more tradespeople before your home is returned to its original condition. Let SERVPRO help with a seamless transition from cleanup to building back.

This restoration phase after a fire is also overwhelming for many consumers. SERVPRO provides construction, building remodeling, and restoration services. We coordinate all trades to reduce the time needed to complete repair and restoration. Our efforts reduce the total cost to the client as well and include the following:

  • General contracting
  • Plumbing, electrical, flooring, roofing, insulation, drywall, painting, etc.
  • Furniture restoration and cleaning inside and outside your home
  • Temporary services, including roof tarps, board up, and warehouse space to protect your recovered and cleaned contents

We aim to return your home to its original condition, “Like it Never Even Happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Western Union County for fire restoration services. We provide service to New Providence and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 791-9177.

Why SERVPRO Trains & Learns About Mold Removal in New Providence

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall next to a window Have you or your family smelled mold or seen the signs? Call SERVPRO for an effective investigation and for remediation services. We're here 365 days.

Mold Removal Experts Need Training & Experience

When your family residence in New Providence shows signs of microbial contamination or infestation, you want to know that a capable team of mold removal and remediation specialists can help. SERVPRO has dedicated professionals who receive extensive training in this and other areas.

Our technicians receive ongoing training in the techniques of mold removal. Our New Providence customers needing mold removal services benefit from having up-to-date removal and remediation technicians who understand the latest developments. Much of our training is based on IICRC guidelines. The course instructors who provide our training are also certified by the IICRC.

Here are a few of the reasons we engage in continuous training:

  • New developments in building materials,
  • Scientific discoveries regarding microbes, and
  • New types of equipment are purchased.

When new materials to be used in building homes come on the market, SERVPRO wants to know how these can impact our customers who are already dealing with water disasters. Microbes can grow on non-cellulose materials if the dust settles on them long enough. Other new materials might also provide locations for microbial colonization. We want to know how to treat this new material without damaging it.

New microbes are continually being discovered. Some might require different handling methods that allow us to continue performing excellent mold removal work. New discoveries can help us provide better services to our customers.

Other times, the new development is closer to home. We often purchase new equipment to help us work more efficiently and provide our valued customers with the best possible services. Knowing how to use each new piece of equipment before arriving at a customer's location means less time spent learning and more time handling a disaster with skill and expertise.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is dedicated to serving the public in every disaster, including mold removal and remediation. Call us at (908) 791-9177, 24/7.

Water Damage Repair in New Providence Homes after a Storm

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Wood Floor Our techs are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

For Efficient New Providence Storm Cleanup, Contact SERVPRO

A storm is usually characterized by torrential rains and high wind speeds that exert colossal pressure on the exterior surfaces of a structure. The windows, doors, and roofs are the most sensitive components of a home, as the winds can snap tree branches throwing them all over. Significant water volumes could enter your New Providence home when windows and roofs are compromised and cause appalling damage.

Speedy water damage repair at a New Providence property is essential, as excess moisture can affect every structural component, including the framing and foundation. When your floor is exposed to large amounts of water, the floor covering may deteriorate. Signs of high moisture levels in your flooring include buckling, cupping, and warping. SERVPRO responds quickly to storm emergencies extracting excess water, using a pump or squeegee, from your floors to prevent material deterioration.

Readily identifiable damage includes:

  • Fallen and sagging ceiling panels
  • Deteriorated drywall and insulation in walls
  • Soaked carpet and furniture
  • Damage to electrical fixtures

Storm Damage Repair

The restoration professionals at SERVPRO determine the best approach based on the state of your home - the affected contents and structural components. Since storm-damaged structures pose many hazards, like broken glass pieces, exposed nails, wood splinters, and other sharp objects, our teams are well-equipped with PPE to avoid injuries.  

Steps during repair:

  • Boarding up and installing tarps to halt water intrusion
  • Remove absorbent materials such as carpet padding, furniture, and drapes
  • Use air movers and dehumidifiers in affected areas to restore humidity
  • Remove hidden moisture behind wallboards to avoid mold

Board-ups are crucial to help stop further moisture intrusion. Before installing tarps, SERVPRO crews determine the structural integrity of the roof. The ceiling may also pose dangers as it might be holding water. We drill weep holes starting from the edge of the sagging area to drain the cavity.

Trust SERVPRO of Western Union County for efficient water damage repair, even in the most complicated situations. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why are Infrared Cameras Beneficial During New Providence Water Mitigation?

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

Drying water damage kitchen floor SERVPRO provides fast and quality water damage restoration services in your area. Call now for the help you need.

SERVPRO Utilizes State-of-the-Art Water Damage Equipment in New Providence Properties

Water damage in a New Providence property can come in many different forms, presenting challenges in the cleanup methods needed. The advanced equipment SERVPRO uses assists in making the restoration service have the best outcome possible.

During water mitigation in New Providence properties, locating the migration path of the water is crucial, no matter what the cause of the incident is. Among the equipment SERVPRO uses, the infrared camera also referred to as "thermography," is one of the most frequently relied on devices because:

  • It causes no damage to the structure
  • Reduces the challenge of inspecting difficult-to-reach areas
  • Allows the techs to cover more area in less time

A penetrating moisture meter makes small holes with a needle to obtain accurate readings during the inspection phase of the restoration service. The use of infrared cameras need only be pointed at the area where water is suspected. The display shows color differentiations designating cooler and warmer areas behind walls. A frequently seen use of this equipment to find moisture within a home is seen in homes with extremely high ceilings. Without a ladder or scaffolding, it is difficult to use moisture meters in these areas of the structure; however, the infrared camera can detect the temp differences while the technicians stand below on the floor. The area coverage of the thermal camera makes inspecting the property go far more efficiently, so the areas that need attention from SERVPRO get focused on more quickly. In some cases, previously unknown issues can get found and repaired during the water damage mitigation service.

SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 is available 24/7 for all types and sizes of water mitigation in New Providence properties. The trained techs make the damage to the home "Like it never even happened."

Quicken Your Water Damage Remediation Process in New Providence with SERVPRO

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

bridal shop showing gown Don't let water damage dampen your wedding plans in New Providence! Call SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration.

Boutiques and Bridal Shops Benefit from SERVPRO's Services

Water damage affecting stores can happen anytime from accidental or negligent leaks. When that happens, you should focus on how to save items and restore the store to its preloss state. A bridal shop can develop a wide range of issues, including secondary damage affecting high-value items such as gowns. A response plan that relies on variety will likely produce a better outcome.

Commercial water damage in your New Providence bridal shop will likely affect many areas. While most of the damage may be from the water pooling on floors and other surfaces, the incident can affect your store differently. Contents made of fabrics such as gowns have hygroscopic properties meaning they can easily absorb moisture from the air, which can ruin them. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate such problems and can help move the contents from your facility. We can section of the property unaffected by the spill. We can also take further steps, such as sealing doorways with plastic sheets to limit air movement between affected and unaffected areas, thus limiting the effects of high humidity levels on your contents.

The restoration process differs at different stages. Immediately after discovering the spill, removing water from visible surfaces is the main priority. Having efficient extraction equipment is crucial to ensure that no standing water remains in the structure after 24 hours. After dealing with standing water, there is a need to address water in concealed areas such as subfloors or wall cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to a wide variety of equipment, including high-pressure pumps, truck-mounted water extractors, and submersible pumps. We also have specialized cavity-drying systems, which help us remove moisture from concealed areas with minimal demolition.

Drying moisture remnants from the shop is necessary to comfort and prevent microbial growth. Various types of dehumidifiers can help dry the property to the desired level. Our SERVPRO technicians use different dehumidifiers, including conventional refrigerant, low grain refrigerant, and desiccant dehumidifiers. Conventional ones are efficient when drying up to 55gpp humidity level. If we need further drying, we can use LGR dehumidifiers which can achieve levels as low as 40gpp.

Water loss situations can be full of surprises, so preparation is necessary. Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 460-5426 to help provide various solutions. "Like it never even happened."

Become Familiar with New Providence Fire Damage Disaster Recovery

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

fire and smoke billowing from building New Providence homeowners love how SERVPRO restores their fire damaged properties. "Like it never even happened."

Before We Begin Cleaning Smoke Damage in New Providence Homes

As much as homeowners want to have their properties back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, rushing to restore New Providence residences after a fire can do more harm than good. With every scenario offering unique challenges for even our professional SERVPRO fire restoration specialists, we must carefully determine the full scope of the damage, the spread of these conditions, and the most efficient and practical approaches to fully restoring the property. 

Smoke damage and effects can be among the worst lingering examples of fire damage in New Providence homes after an emergency. Because of its ability to affect the property in more than one way, our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) must stay trained in the latest and most effective practices for addressing residues, debris, and odors that smoke effects can leave behind. Before we can begin cleaning damaged areas, however, there are preliminary steps to help ultimately make these restorative actions more successful. 

One of the first steps we must take is identifying the full extent of these damaging residues. Between smoke and soot, coatings could spread out far from the initial source of the fire. Careful inspections can determine how fire and smoke moved through the structure and residues directly impacted each surface. We would also use this opportunity to determine the type of residue, as there are different practices for restoring smoke, soot, and other coatings we might encounter after a fire. 

Before cleaning the residue away, we must consider the type of surface and the best approach to capture and remove soot and smoke particles from this material. Because of a bonding that occurs, which can also lead to staining with improper cleaning techniques, taking an extra bit of time to identify the best cleaning approach for the material type protects both the material itself and prevents particulates from getting stirred up into the air. 

Fire loss incidents can affect your home in many ways, but our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help. (908) 460-5426.

A Very Wet New Providence Warehouse

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

box of popcorn in a movie theater Enjoy a show with a box of popcorn and leave the restoration of your New Providence warehouse to SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."

Selecting the Correct Drying System to Remediate Flood Damage in Your New Providence Business

After the flooding of your New Providence commercial site, drying out the structure is not as simple as merely using commercial-grade pumps and extractors to suction up the liquid water. Although aggressive and thorough water removal is the foundation of appropriate flood remediation, the final drying step is critical. Understanding how drying elements work together clarifies why we use specific techniques and equipment when restoring your business property.

Choosing Between Open and Closed Drying Systems

Best restoration practices dictate which drying system is preferred when we plan for your New Providence warehouse flood damage recovery. For efficient drying, we must balance temperature, air movement, and humidity (H.A.T.), measuring and continuously monitoring the decreasing amount of moisture trapped inside porous building materials. The two systems achieve this in different ways:

Open drying systems:

  • Exchange moist indoor air with drier outdoor air, negating the need for dehumidifiers
  • Use open windows plus fans or air movers to facilitate the exchange

Closed drying systems: 

  • Contain (seal) the affected area from both outside air and undamaged spaces inside the rest of the building
  • Use air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to control the environment, encouraging evaporation and capture of the resulting water vapor

Outdoor Temperature Limits Use of Open Drying Systems

Although an open drying system in a large area like a warehouse is more straightforward, SERVPRO Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians only recommend it under particular weather conditions. During the cooler and cold times of the year, when the outdoor temperatures dip below 60 to 70 degrees F, it becomes tough to balance the system regardless of how dry the outdoor air is. If the outdoor air is nearly equal to or more humid than the indoor air, problems with condensation or increasing the vapor load inside prevent effective drying. The result may be "inside rain."

Closed Drying System Options in Commercial Areas

Water absorbed into porous building materials and fixtures cannot be wiped off, squeezed out, or suctioned up, causing SERVPRO to consider adaptations to closed dying systems in vast commercial spaces. Partitioning flood-affected areas into smaller drying sections help accelerate the evaporation and dehumidification. We also have extensive inventories of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers and access to additional equipment and technicians from our nationwide network of affiliated franchises to ramp up our efforts. Trailer-in desiccant dehumidifiers are powerful equipment for enormous volume drying efforts.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is prepared to help dry out and resolve even extensive commercial flood damage. Contact us at (908) 460-5426 to get trained crews in place and working fast.

Repairing Fire Damage for Businesses in New Providence

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

soot from fire, house exterior All commercial and residential surfaces covered with soot from a fire could all use one company--SERVPRO--Here to Help in New Providence

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Professionals Can Help Your Business

A fire at your business can cause serious disruption to workflow and even impact revenues if the premises is forced into temporary closure. To minimize disruption, property managers need to enlist the help of professional restoration technicians. Restoration technicians can scope the structure and contents of your business to put together an efficient game plan to ensure your company returns to normal.

The scoping procedure for fire damage in your New Providence business is split into two categories: scoping of contents and structure. In broad terms, this process is a thorough inspection of the premises for signs of smoke residues and damage. During a fire, the most heavily soiled areas are those closest to the source of ignition. However, hot smoke can travel rapidly through a structure leaving behind moderate and minor residues as it gets further from the ignition source. Sometimes, residues can be barely perceptible while still causing unpleasant odors. Scoping helps find soiling in all parts of the property by comparing surfaces and noting different materials or textures. SERVPRO has expertise in:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke damage mitigation
  • Structural repair

Scoping materials involves taking an unaffected area of the structure or contents and comparing it with affected areas. By performing a direct comparison, we can ascertain which smoke-affected surfaces. Pre-testing is the natural follow-up to these comparisons where technicians perform light cleaning on different materials and textures. The success of light cleaning can help us to determine which materials are salvageable and which require replacement. This process helps to increase restoration efficiency by allowing technicians to direct their focus purely on items or structures that can return to preloss conditions. Any non-salvageable materials can be replaced with like-for-like materials to return your business to its normal state.

  • Materials differ in porosity which can be a defining factor in using a wet or dry-cleaning method to restore.
  • Synthetic materials in the premises are generally easier to clean than their natural counterparts despite gathering more soot or damage in a fire.
  • Semi-refinishing is an aggressive cleaning procedure that removes a finish before refinishing to allow an item to return to preloss condition.

We are here to help businesses recover from emergencies. Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County for fire damage restoration at (908) 791-9177.

New Providence Homes Benefit from Professional Water Damage MitigationCan

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

parked servpro pickup truck DIY homeowners can get a better water damaging result and restoration for their New Providence property by contacting SERVPRO.

You Remove Standing Water from Your New Providence Home?

There is a never-ending push for New Providence homeowners to be more independent and active in restoring and recovering their properties after a loss incident. Even with something as seemingly straightforward as water damage, recovering from the effects of this disaster might require more sophisticated tools and practices that are available to the average homeowner. Many instead choose to trust our SERVPRO team to help.

The task could be overwhelming if you want to know the likelihood of successful water removal in your New Providence home without the appropriate equipment and practices. One of the initial obstacles is understanding the full measure of moisture damage and water migration through construction materials and contents in your home. During the scoping phase by our project manager or crew leader, we can utilize surface moisture meters, hygrometers, thermal imagery, and other advanced devices to detect the presence and concentration of moisture damage.

Effective Extraction Equipment 

Standing water can be an alarming discovery because this water can saturate every material and item that it becomes exposed to, which can make it almost impossible for a homeowner to track fully. Our SERVPRO team arrives with multiple extraction tools to remove this standing water, allowing our technicians to scope the migration of saturation into materials. Depending on the location and severity of these conditions, we can utilize:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Wet vacuums
  • Trash pumps

Moisture Removal 

However, water removal does not exclusively mean the standing water you can see. Removing moisture from flooring and wallboard are two concerns that often accompany pooling water conditions. We can remove most moisture and dampness concerns for flooring and other exposed materials using air movers, drying mats, and wands.

While there are many ways that you can help your home to get efficient restoration responses after a damaging water incident, cleaning and removal are areas best left to our SERVPRO of Western Union County professionals. We can arrive quickly to help when you call us at (908) 791-9177.

We Discuss Choosing the Right Extractor for Flooding in Berkeley Heights

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

WHITE SOFA FLOATING IN A FLOODED ROOM Berkeley Properties benefit from a swift groundwater extraction by SERVPRO. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Floodwater Removal Is Crucial to Storm Damage Mitigation

One of the advantages of selecting professional restoration and remediation services after flooding in your Berkeley Heights home is an extensive inventory of industry-leading equipment. A point of pride for our growing professional restoration team is the equipment, tools, and technology made available to our skilled technicians. After a flood, the suitable extractor can be the difference between efficient recovery and wasted time and money.

There are many factors in choosing the appropriate extraction equipment to address Berkeley Height's flood damage. Between pumps and extractors, the more efficiently that standing water can get removed from the structure, the less time our professionals must later spend removing the remaining moisture with our high-velocity air movers and dehumidification units. Because there are so many potential extraction tools available to our SERVPRO technicians, we follow the criteria to determine which device best suits the needs of your household.

Position of the Flooded Area

There are many instances where the decision of the extractor used correlates exclusively to the position of the damaged area. In two-story houses, for example, lead hoses from stationary extractors might be more challenging to manage when portable, and lightweight machines are more flexible.

Severity (Depth) of the Damage

Another consideration that our SERVPRO team must make when assessing the need for extraction equipment is how severe the damage is. The standing water depth can help determine which of the equipment in our inventory is necessary, from truck-mount extractors to light wands better suited for depths under two inches for surfaces like carpets.

Available Power

The demands of the extraction equipment cannot always get met by the damaged home that our professionals work to restore. Portable extractors are versatile tools, but they require stable electricity – which can be challenging after widespread community flooding. We have trailered and portable generators to provide temporary power or extraction tools that operate off fuel, such as our truck-mount pumps and self-priming trash pumps.

No matter what your home needs after a flood loss, you can trust our extensive inventory of recovery tools to meet the demand. Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call whenever you need us at (908) 791-9177.

What To Expect Following Flood Damage to New Providence Homes

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy rain hitting roof SERVPRO has the cleaning products and chemicals to protect your property after flooding.

Direct Action Is Needed to Manage Flood Damage

Flood damage effects can be traumatic and make living conditions uncomfortable until restoration can get underway. For this reason, many look to our SERVPRO team for its fast response and experience with timely mitigation. Knowing what could be necessary to mitigate and protect damaged structures and contents can help put customers at ease with the work. 

Structural Repairs

Flood damage to New Providence homes and businesses can create a destructive path in which water infiltrates the property, and the structural elements become exposed. A thorough inspection can help to determine where controlled demolition might be required. Additionally, SERVPRO professionals can provide patches like tarping and board-up to prevent further flood penetration while cleanup and drying get started. 

Controlled Demolition After Exposure

Restoring a home after flooding is not always necessary or requires elaborating on controlled demolition. When contamination is a concern, any exposed materials will need to be removed and discarded to prepare the space for reconstruction. Controlled demolition is also necessary to provide required access to structural cavities for drying and disinfection.

Direct Extraction Solutions

Water removal is one of our professionals' most vital mitigative efforts with flood-damaged properties. Standing water is a typical result of intruding surges of groundwater, so suitable extraction must overcome pooling and any debris circulating. Trash pumps, wet vacuums, and other deep extraction equipment in our inventory can help with these water removal needs. 

Surface Cleaning Tactics

Whether it is the threat of contamination or lingering residues and soil deposits on the surface of exposed materials, we have several cleaning products and chemicals to protect your property after flooding. Some of the common agents used for disinfection and cleaning include:

  • Chlorines
  • Quaternary Compounds
  • Botanicals
  • Sanitizers

Direct and aggressive action to protect the structure and its contents are our team's priorities. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team responds fast to these emergencies to get mitigation started. Call now at (908) 791-9177.  

Become Familiar with New Providence Fire Damage Disaster Recovery

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke coming out of windows Fire loss incidents can affect your home in many ways, but SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help.

Before We Begin Cleaning Smoke Damage in New Providence Homes

As much as homeowners want to have their properties back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible, rushing to restore New Providence residences after a fire can do more harm than good. With every scenario offering unique challenges for even our professional SERVPRO fire restoration specialists, we must carefully determine the full scope of the damage, the spread of these conditions, and the most efficient and effective approaches to fully restoring the property. 

Smoke damage and effects can be among the worst lingering examples of fire damage in New Providence homes after an emergency. Because of its ability to affect the property in more than one way, our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) must stay trained in the latest and most effective practices for addressing residues, debris, and odors that smoke can leave behind. Before we can begin cleaning damaged areas, however, there are preliminary steps to help ultimately make these restorative actions more successful. 

One of the first steps we must take is identifying the full extent of these damaging residues. Between smoke and soot, coatings could spread out far from the initial source of the fire. Careful inspections can determine how fire and smoke moved through the structure and residues directly impacted each surface. We would also use this opportunity to discover the type of residue, as there are different practices for restoring smoke, soot, and other coatings we might encounter after a fire. 

Before cleaning the residue away, we must consider the type of surface and the best approach to capture and remove soot and smoke particles from this material. Because of a bonding that occurs, which can also lead to staining with improper cleaning techniques, taking an extra bit of time to identify the best cleaning approach for the material type protects both the material itself and prevents particulates from getting stirred up into the air. 

Fire loss incidents can affect your home in many ways, but our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help. Call us anytime you need us at (908) 791-9177.

Our Crews Are Ready 24/7 To Assist You With Your Scotch Plains Flood Damage

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Shoe Prints on Wet Muddy Floor This client was surprised with how quickly and efficiently we were able to clean up the debris and water and get her basement back after flood damage.

Receding Waters Do Not Mean the End to Flood Damage in Scotch Plains

Heavy rains can bring flash flooding to Scotch Plains. Although the vast quantities of water flowing over pavement during and after a storm briefly make travel difficult, the water usually recedes without significant or lasting damage when the weather changes. If flash flooding makes its way into your home, however, a permanent solution is not merely waiting for it to subside. Indoors, if standing water seems to disappear, it is more likely the moisture migrated within your home. Residual moisture must be found and removed.

Professional Moisture Detection

Scotch Plains flood damage requires professional attention. When absorbed into structural components or trapped in building cavities, floodwaters continually promote the deterioration of building materials and can support harmful mold growth. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training prepare us to use moisture probes and thermal imaging technology to discover the migration patterns of flooding. We record the data as a baseline during structural drying, ensuring our flood water removal efforts are successful.

Floodwater Is a Hazard

Floodwaters seek the path of least resistance, flowing through cracks and joints to collect beneath flooring, behind walls, and in other recesses. Because even clean water is corrosive, any lingering moisture is a problem. SERVPRO technicians know floodwater can contain chemicals and other pollutants and pathogens from organic debris or human and animal waste.

Moisture Release Strategies

The increased challenges presented by contaminants found in floodwater prompt SERVPRO to facilitate a broad range of fast and effective moisture release strategies. The more quickly we remove the tainted water, the better the outcome. We might choose to cut out sections of drywall to reach into cavities. Holes drilled into baseboards or mortar joints ventilate and allow negative air pressure equipment to suction water out. Floor mats connected to extractors pull moisture from subfloors and joists.

Inhibiting Microbial Growth

Contaminants in floodwaters can include viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Before initiating structural drying, it is essential to treat the flood-affected areas with an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent. Structural drying requires air movement, and SERVPRO works to limit any spread of pathogens by completing the disinfectant step before positioning and operating moisture reduction equipment.

SERVPRO of Western Union County has well-qualified crews ready 24/7 to assist when flood damage attacks the integrity of your home. Contact us at (908) 791-9177 for a comprehensive assessment and design and implement a recovery plan.

New Providence Restoration Professionals Talk Water Damage Mitigation

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Living Room No matter if the water loss event is big or small, SERVPRO of Western Union County can mitigate the damage and restore your home!

New Providence Water Damage Basics: The Mitigation Phase

When your New Providence home suffers a water loss, you cope not only with the harm done but also with a steep learning curve as experts discuss recovery. Two terms that might seem interchangeable are mitigation and remediation. Instead, they represent separate phases of the restoration process, both essential to making it “Like it never even happened.” Mitigation tasks have the following purposes and implementation. 

Mitigation Limits Current Damage and Prevents Further Loss

Phase one of your New Providence water damage recovery agenda includes mitigation tasks. Our project manager uses a visual analysis of the affected area and data from temperature and moisture detection devices to define the current perimeter of the water incursion. We then use the skills learned at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to arrest the spread and migration of water beyond that line. 

Water Extraction Is Mitigation 

SERVPRO’s service vehicles hold a comprehensive inventory of water extraction equipment. Mitigation starts with a specific extraction course, starting with submersible pumps if standing water is two or more inches deep. Wanded portable or truck-mounted extractors use powerful suction to clean surfaces and fixtures like carpeting of residual water. We scan using infrared cameras for temperature fluctuations that signal the presence of trapped moisture behind, under, or above structures.  

Planned Demolition Can Aid Mitigation  

Mitigation can include controlled demolition to access the hidden water. Sections of drywall removed as “flood cuts” or punched or drilled “weep holes” release water from places it flowed and seeped. Choosing to take these steps might seem to worsen the damage. Instead, they permit SERVPRO crews to prevent the progressive deterioration of porous building materials and avoid secondary issues such as mold damage. We collect and dispose of as much of the hidden moisture as possible. 

Structural Drying Completes Mitigation 

Once the bulk of the water exits your home via pumps and extractors, structural drying commences. Thorough extraction does not eliminate the need for structural drying, but it significantly shortens the time necessary to reach normal moisture levels. SERVPRO Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians use the data gathered during the assessment phase and moisture metering of similar types of structural components in unaffected areas of the house to determine drying goals. Air movers and heaters create ambient conditions that evaporate the water absorbed by building materials. Then our dehumidifiers capture and collect the water for permanent disposal. 

SERVPRO of Western Union County has a trained workforce and cutting-edge equipment required to mitigate water damage. Confine the current damage and prevent further loss by calling us at (908) 791-9177.

Effective Mold Remediation of New Province Homes by SERVPRO

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation of Contents of New Providence Homes

SERVPRO techs use a methodic approach to maximize the efficiency of mold remediation in New Providence homes. Mold can cause significant damage to the contents, including structural components of your property. Hence, the restorers must implement effective strategies to limit this damage. 

SERVPRO techs follow IICRC S520 guidelines during mold remediation of New Providence properties, ensuring a safe and efficient job. Effective restoration of contents involves meticulous planning and flawless execution by the restorers. Consequently, SERVPRO techs take extra care while performing the damage assessment of the contents. Some of the decisions that they take during this phase of the process include:

  • Categorizing the content items by their restorability
  • Determining cleaning requirements 
  • Providing options to the customer as to the relative cost of cleaning versus replacement
  • Identifying contents that require remediation by specialty cleaning professionals 

Content Cleaning Methods Used by SERVPRO Mold Specialists

SERVPRO techs select a cleaning method that is the best one for the given situation. Techs spend time understanding the material composition, condition, and location of the content before deciding on any cleaning method. In some cases, SERVPRO techs use a combination of mold remediation methods to increase efficiency. 

The three fundamental content cleaning methods that techs use during mold removal include:

  • Air-based methods: HEPA vacuuming and air washing are the two most popular air-based cleaning methods that SERVPRO techs use for semi-porous and non-porous surfaces. 
  • Liquid-based methods: Rely on the water combined with a physical or mechanical cleaning process to dislodge contamination. Ultrasonic cleaning, steam cleaning, and high-pressure washing fall under this category.
  • Abrasive methods: Use a medium or material to dislodge contamination. Sanding, sand, and soda blasting are examples of abrasive cleaning. 

Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 for further information.

Fire Restoration in New Providence Homes Demands Expertise

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Hire SERVPRO to Perform Fire Restoration in Your New Providence Home

The U.S. Fire Administration shows that fire causes losses worth billions of dollars every year. After the fire trucks have departed, who you get in contact with determines how fast and effectively you can repair your home.

 SERVPRO has a team of well-trained technicians who conduct fire restoration in affected New Providence homes. We can save you the headache of restoring your house to its normal condition as fast as possible. Our process is dependent on the state of the damaged structures and contents. It may include the procedures outlined below:

  • Inspection and assessment
  • Structural shoring
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Removal of smoke and mitigation of smoke damage

SERVPRO offers an immediate response, and when we get on the scene, we can inspect your house to determine its safety. We can then carry out a detailed assessment of the extent of the damage to help us formulate the most effective restoration plan. We can also document the damage for insurance claims purposes.

If the fire damage is severe, we can carry out some security measures like structural shoring to maintain your home’s structural integrity. Structural shoring involves temporarily supporting a property so that it does not collapse. This procedure offers vertical or horizontal bracing so that restorers can safely provide mitigation services.

If your home has pooling water resulting from fire suppression efforts, our SERVPRO restorers can use electric submersible pumps to extract it. We can position air movers and dehumidifiers to dry everything up.

Our SERVPRO team can also perform all the structural cleaning required to eliminate smoke residues. Our technicians can then use air scrubbers to ward off the smoky smell left behind. Air scrubbers eliminate airborne particles, gases, and odors from the air. They work by drawing dirty indoor air through several filters, capturing the odors, gases, and particles, and then exhausting clean air back into the environment.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can handle the fire damage in your home to make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (908) 791-9177.

We Are Ready To Mitigate Your New Providence Home After A Flood

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Quick Mitigation Tactics for Flooded New Providence Homes

Understanding the best approach to handling flooding in New Providence homes varies from one location to another. To provide the ideal recovery strategies, you need to employ an entire team of professionals capable of addressing multiple effects simultaneously. Our SERVPRO professionals have an extensive training regimen beginning with the acquisition of accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and in related fields like Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). We continue training within this niche to provide skilled and knowledgeable professionals to help each flood damage situation.

Mitigation is always one of the most considerable obstacles to face when flood damage in New Providence properties occurs. We have a full spectrum of qualified professionals to help in every needed area, including thorough drying, extraction, cleaning, and disinfection. Our objective with our rapid response team is to reduce the damage you experience from these devastating flood disasters and to limit out-of-pocket expenses for services that your insurance provider might not cover.

Any flood damage mitigation strategy always begins with a thorough inspection of the property to determine the full extent of the damage. Our SERVPRO professionals might utilize powerful and productive detection devices during this inspection, including thermal and infrared imagery. Our team's tablets can see beyond walls and identify moisture pockets that could allow further material deterioration or encourage mold colonization.

The faster that our team can address concerns like standing water and widespread saturation, the better we can protect installed materials and the contents of your home. We have sophisticated tools that can rapidly remove high volumes of water, including our submersible pumps, trash pumps, and truck-mounted extractor vehicles. Our options can suit every scenario your property might face, helping us quickly identify the best approach and get right to the vital drying phase.

As content management is also one of our strengths as a recovery team, we consider our restoration of these items following pack-out processes as another mitigation tactic that our customers can appreciate. Many insurance policies do not adequately protect homes damaged by a flood, and our ability to protect lightly damaged items can prove invaluable to the final restoration costs.

Every home presents unique challenges to overcome after flooding, but our SERVPRO of West Union County team has the skills and equipment to help. You can reach our professionals anytime by calling (908) 791-9177.

What to Expect When Professionals Manage Water Damage in New Providence

4/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Count on SERVPRO to Thoroughly Dry Water Damages

Homeowners in New Providence can experience water crises in a myriad of ways. Historic homes with antiquated copper plumbing leak from age and corrosion. Remodeled homes or new construction feature PVC pipe cut by accident or a loose connection. Appliances malfunction regardless of the age of a home, overflowing or spewing water when pumps or hoses break. Sinks overflow, and windows admit water during thunderstorms. Causes are many, but our expert team can handle them all.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Speed is crucial to turn water damage in New Providence around. Our emergency line picks up round the clock, and fully equipped and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crew arrive as soon as possible. On-site, an experienced manager assesses the circumstances, designing a recovery plan custom-made for your home and the harm done. Categorization of water contamination levels and moisture metering and thermal scanning for trapped fluids is done immediately to map the contours of the affected spaces.

Experience Plus the Right Equipment Equals Success

 SERVPRO technicians are familiar with every aspect of water removal and structural drying. Once the plan is in their hands, mitigation and remediation begin immediately. Gas-powered pumps and truck-mounted extractors eliminate the need for your electricity to be live at the onset, avoiding any delays. Water evacuates quickly, including any hidden caches in building cavities. We might make controlled flood cuts or drill weep holes to release water behind walls or ceilings, to minimize damage and disruption.

Through Structural Drying Is Essential

Our focus and hard work continue until moisture levels reduce to normal levels throughout your home. Any water or even excessive humidity levels expose your house's contents and structural components to progressive deterioration and secondary damage like mold development. SERVPRO Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians employ their advanced knowledge of psychrometry and drying science to balance heat, air movement, and dehumidification to achieve drying goals determined using industry best practices.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is ready 24/7 with trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to resolve your residential water damage. Call us at (908) 791-9177 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Handle Flood Removal in New Providence Homes

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment to Help With Flood Cleanup in New Providence 

During a storm, water may rise and spread into your New Providence home, and it soaks into several materials. While using extraction equipment like wet vacuums may help sort out surface water, the water absorbed by materials can be challenging to address. Professional assistance may be necessary to remove such water.

A thorough flood removal exercise in New Providence homes is necessary to address diverse soiling and moisture. When floodwaters recede, they leave numerous residues like silt and debris, significantly soiling materials and surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians have the appropriate resources, which simplifies the cleanup of structural areas and contents. Other than using shovels and rakes to remove solid wastes, we use powerful removal equipment like:

  • Pressure washers 
  • Rotating brushes
  • Trash pumps

Successfully addressing hidden moisture and debris

There could be hidden areas in your home where mud or water is trapped. Our technicians diligently identify and clean soils or water located in such places. We pry off baseboards and check under appliances, cabinets, and built-ins to remove mud and mop out water. Directing fans into these spaces enhances drying. With carpeted rooms, the mess and damage can be overwhelming. Padding deteriorates when saturated with water and may not be restored.

Precautions when removing carpet and pad 

  • When disengaging, do not damage baseboards and walls
  • Cut pad and carpet into 2x2 foot section for disposal
  • Place pieces into plastic bags

Water may also penetrate from above during a storm, so checking the ceiling cavities for trapped water is important. When the ceiling is exposed to moisture, it softens and tends to sag. By drilling weep holes at the edge of sagging areas, SERVPRO technicians can release the trapped water and avoid a sudden release which might be the case if the holes are made at the center.

SERVPRO of Western Union County manages flood removal using advanced methods. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Residues Get Cleaned Up After Fires in Scotch Plains Shops?

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Fires produce many soil and residue deposits that fire damage restoration in Scotch Plains properties must address.

It is important to get fire mitigation services started as soon as our team arrives. We can work quickly to determine what threatens the structure the most and work through emergency services to protect the shop and its wares from irreparable harm. These approaches might include:

  • Debris removal
  • Water extraction
  • Furniture and content removal

Soot and Smoke Residues

More than any other cleanup need for businesses, fire damage in Scotch Plains shops and commercial properties is most often centered on removing soot and smoke residues. This process changes based on the type of soil composition on affected surfaces. This is usually indicated by the source of the fire, how fast it spreads through the house, and the heat involved.

Fire Suppression Residues

We must also find a suitable approach for cleaning up fire suppression residues. Many commercial properties feature a building-wide fire suppression system using sprinkler heads and clean water, but fire extinguisher residues can also be challenging to remove. We must determine the surface cleaning needs and begin these processes as soon as possible to protect your shop's wares, electronics, and structural elements.

Addressing Solids Before They Land

We can reduce the need for residue cleanup on surfaces and contents by trapping and removing these particles before they reach their destination. After a fire gets extinguished, smoke solids can continually circulate throughout the environment for several days. Our use of air scrubbers and HEPA filtration equipment can be crucial in grabbing microscopic particles as small as 0.3 microns to improve indoor air quality substantially.

Cleaning up after fire damage incidents can involve multiple residues and soils across the entire shop area. Because soot and smoke residues present a challenging obstacle to restorers, we arrive with considerable cleanup and deodorization solutions to manage these concerns quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call today at (908) 791-9177.

Do Antimicrobial Products Remove Mold from New Providence Homes?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

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We have multiple mold removal approaches for damaged properties in New Providence.

The location of mold damage is often a determining factor in the ideal remediation approach to remove and eliminate active colonies and organisms from a household. With the common threats of microbial growth, removing these organisms should begin as soon as our team arrives. Common areas to find mold growth include:

  • Bathroom
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Garage

Cleaning Mold-Damaged Surfaces

Surface cleaning is an effective solution for mold removal in New Providence homes. The use of antimicrobial products and sporicidal solutions eliminates surface mold on contact and can be effective on multiple types of residential mold. This option is most effective when in the earliest stages of mold detection, where the organism has yet to sit deeply into hosting materials like drywall.

Preventing Mold Growth

Another practical reason to attempt service cleaning strategies before other more aggressive approaches is the ability of these products to reduce the possibilities of further mold colonization. Surface treatment can involve making hosting elements uninhabitable to active spreading colonies in damaged areas. This can be an effective treatment before surfaces get repainted or refinished to protect them against future growth concerns.

Sanding and Dry Ice Blasting

There are times when more aggressive mold remediation tactics will be necessary. As effective as surface treatment can be for specific types of damage, abrasive cleaning like sanding or dry ice blasting can be suitable for organism infestation that spreads beyond the initial surface layer. In the most extreme cases, controlled demolition can be an effective strategy to eliminate mold and prevent it from spreading.

Removing mold can involve many different practices depending on the severity of the situation and the affected materials. Our professionals were quickly determined where remediation is necessary and the most efficient solutions for protecting your property and its contents. Our efforts begin as soon as you call our SERVPRO of Western Union County team at (908) 791-9177.

Stages of Removing Harsh Odors After Scotch Plains House Fires

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Post-fire damage effects can be overwhelming to clean or remove from Scotch Plains properties.

After a fire, many loss effects threaten the structure. We have experienced professionals to address the pressing needs of the property and lingering effects like harsh malodors. 

Fire Debris Removal and Surface Cleaning

Fire damage in Scotch Plains homes can point to many compromising effects. When looking to reduce and eliminate strong odors, multiple practices are encouraged to lessen the strength for more efficient deodorization later on. This process begins with fire debris removal and continues with soot cleanup.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

The removal of smoke residues can also reduce the severity of smoke odors. These soils on surfaces retain burning smells from the materials affected, so when these residues get removed, the formidable offensive odors they generate are discarded as well. Cleaning up soot and smoke damage on surfaces includes approaches like:

  • Wet cleaning products
  • Dry chemical sponges
  • Dry vacuums
  • Media blasting

Air Filtration and Improvement

HEPA filtration and air scrubbing equipment are used to trap and contain circulating particles and microscopic smoke solids that increase the concentration and strength of post-fire malodors. These filtering products improve the indoor air quality as restoration continues.

Full Deodorization Equipment

Among the final stages in removing these harsh odors from the house is introducing our powerful deodorization tools to the equation. Elements like our ozone machine produce unstable compounds that bond with odor molecules and neutralize them on contact when occupants of the house have been displaced for the restoration process. This is among the most effective odor neutralizing practices from equipment in our inventory.

One of the obstacles after fire damage is removing harsh odors from the property. This is an intricate process that begins as early as the mitigation phase and continues through the final steps of restoration in the property after much of the cleanup completes. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team helps make it “Like it never even happened” when you call (908) 791-9177.

Is DIY Water Restoration Possible in Berkeley Heights Homes?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Knowing when professional restoration is needed better protects water-damaged Berkeley Heights properties.

Not all damages to your home require the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO team to resolve and correct. It is often a case-by-case evaluation to learn what steps can be taken by the property owner to reduce restoration time or fully resolve the surface water or moisture issues. The process begins with knowing when water damage is manageable.

When Can You Clean Water Damage?

There are instances where you can avoid professional water restoration companies for Berkeley Heights residential damage. Usually, this involves only a small and manageable volume of water that toweling or mopping could resolve. However, if the moisture spread moves into materials like the flooring or wall systems, basic cleanup will not be possible, and professional intervention is required. 

Water Removal Services

One of the steps that our professional restorers can take is removing standing water on the floors of your home. This involves several tools and equipment such as:

Advanced Water Extraction and Drying

Another aspect of professional water damage restoration is thoroughly drying the property. With flooring materials like carpets and hardwoods, moisture migration requires mats, wands, and other advanced drying accessories.  

Repairs and Reconstruction

Another way that professional restoration is set apart from DIY approaches is the ability of our SERVPRO team to complete repairs and reconstruction where required. Our general contractor license helps with plumbing repairs, controlled demolition, and replacing discarded structural elements.

While there is an allure to DIY restoration and recovery, there is only a small window where this is possible. Still, steps can be taken to help reduce restoration and recovery time through early actions in your residence. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team is experienced with drying, cleanup, and reconstruction when your home needs it after water damage incidents. Call today at (908) 791-9177.  

Post-Fire Tips Before Restoration Begins in Scotch Plains Homes

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Several steps can help you avoid costly damage or injury after a Scotch Plains house fire.

Many property owners do not know what to expect after a fire in their home or business. Loss effects spread fast in a structure, so understanding the best possible approaches you can implement on your own saves time on the restoration process yet to come.

Leaving the House Behind

One of the first important things to remember before fire damage restoration in Scotch Plains properties in the time immediately following extinguishment: get out of the house if you should. Small flare-ups and fires might not displace your family, but do not overlook the intensity and potential harm of soot and smoke residues.

Quick Tips to Protect What Matters Most

Knowing some of the steps you can take after a fire loss incident before our professionals arrive can increase restoration speed to get life back to normal fast for homeowners and families. There are a few quick tips to protect your residence better, including:

  • Avoid washing any walls.
  • Do not try to clean carpets or furniture.
  • Limit movement in the house to avoid spreading soot particles.
  • Do not operate electrical equipment unless they have been cleaned.
  • Change your furnace filter and tape cheesecloth over air registers if your HVAC system has been running.

Relying on the Expertise of SERVPRO Professionals

While there might be steps that a homeowner can do to reduce the effect of a fire on their property, you still must ultimately rely on the experience and fast response of our FSRT-certified professionals.

Knowing how you can help your property after a fire is critical. Quick actions can save you time and money, allowing the full restoration process to be dramatically shortened. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can work fast to overcome odors, soot, smoke damage, and water damage after a fire. Call today at (908) 791-9177.

Can Emergency Services Protect New Providence Homes After a Fire?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

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The Type of Mitigation and Emergency Services Changes After Each Fire in New Providence Homes.

Homes contending with fire damage can be easily overwhelmed by odors, soot particles, and post-fire extinguishment residues. We strive to provide homes with a fast and reliable response during the crisis, starting actions like emergency services to help.

What are Emergency Services Meant to Do?

The objective of emergency services for fire restoration in New Providence homes is to prevent more significant harm to the property while initial mitigation and restoration services get underway. Ultimately, successful emergency services reduce the expense of claims and minimize the disruption of your daily life when restoration gets started.

What Emergency Services Help After a Fire?

  • Building Inspections

A typical initial approach to restoring structures after water damage is a thorough evaluation of the grounds. Proper damage assessment ensures we focus restoration approaches to the most pressing concerns identified.

  • Drying the Structure 

After water damage incidents, complete drying and restoration of a compromised home or business involve several intricate practices and approaches. Initially, we can work on removing standing water and pressing concerns using advanced drying tools before greater restoration steps follow.

  • Portable Power 

Establishing viable electricity is a much-needed action when our team first arrives. Many fires can compromise internal circuitry, limiting available power without implementing our trailered generators.

  • Deodorization

Despite a greater degree of deodorization happening towards the end of the restoration process, initial smoke damage removal like this can better protect the structure and its contents from harm.

  • Pest Extermination 

Fires can have a hazardous impact on the home, even bringing in bugs or vermin or agitating existing pests. Extermination is often necessary after fire damage to a home or business to manage these threats.

With several emergency services possible when our SERVPRO of Western Union County team first arrives, we can take several unique approaches to protect damaged buildings. Give our experienced team a call today at (908) 791-9177.

A Guide to Performing Commercial Water Removal in New Providence

1/15/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Perform Commercial Water Restoration in New Providence

Water damage can happen in commercial establishments like hotels due to several issues, including burst pipes, faulty appliances, and roof leaks. Water can cause long-term problems in your hotel, such as warping of wooden structures, mold growth, and bad odors that can turn guests away. As a responsible business owner, it is advisable to hire an experienced firm like SERVPRO to assist you in bringing things back to normal and continuation of service for your customers.

Our water restoration technicians (WRT) can perform commercial water removal in your New Providence hotel quickly and efficiently. We take fast action to prevent secondary destruction and to reduce restoration costs. To restore your property, we can take several steps, including:

  • Locating the water source
  • Erecting containment
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification

Locating the water source

Our SERVPRO team can use infrared cameras to inspect and monitor the moisture in affected building materials. They work by displaying infrared images. At the beginning of a water repair project, infrared cameras offer a quick evaluation of the moisture’s extent. With them, we can determine how water traveled throughout the affected areas. At the end of the water restoration process, these devices offer excellent proof that drying was successful.

Erecting containment

During a water restoration project, contaminants can spread to unaffected areas due to foot traffic, debris removal, movement of equipment, and air movements. Our SERVPRO team can prevent pollutants from spreading to uncontaminated regions by using appropriate engineering controls like establishing negative pressure and building containment.

Water extraction

Our SERVPRO technicians can use extraction equipment to remove water from the flooring. We also have deep extraction tools that we can attach to extractors. For instance, we can use self-propelled extraction tools to remove water from carpets. An independent motor powers these tools. They work by compressing carpeting and pad, squeezing out water, and removing the water through an extractor’s vacuum system.

Drying and dehumidifying

We use drying and dehumidifying equipment to increase the evaporation rate, and remove water vapor from the air.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can help you to restore your commercial property after water damage. Call us any time at (908) 791-9177.

Tips for Handling Fire Damage in New Providence

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Efficient Fire Damage Repairs in New Providence

Fire has a devastating impact on homes. It creates potentially expensive structural destruction and can leave premises uninhabitable for a long time. A delay in hiring professional fire restorers can cause further deterioration of the affected structures and contents.

SERVPRO can perform expert fire damage restoration in your New Providence residence. Water damage often accompanies fire damage due to firefighting efforts. We have the equipment required to tackle the combination of soot, ash, and water. Our fire cleanup services may include:

  • Removing debris
  • Smoke damage cleanup
  • Water removal and drying
  • Deodorizing

If there is water, our SERVPRO team can remove it using pumps and then dry the affected areas using air-moving equipment. Air movers work by enhancing evaporation at the surface level and replacing the saturated, cool boundary layer with drier, warmer air from dehumidifiers.

After a fire, smoke residues can travel from areas that differ in pressure and temperature, causing soot damage and odors to spread throughout a house. Therefore, it is essential to clean the affected area beyond the debris and visual damage before conducting aesthetic restoration. Some smoke residues are corrosive to surfaces. Our SERVPRO team can wipe residues off light-colored painted surfaces, plastic surfaces, Formica countertops, and the tops of furniture with finished surfaces. We can also clean and protect metal surfaces, which contain iron and chrome trim.

Smoke residues contain solid particles that mainly consist of carbon. The moisture that contacts the particles might cause them to get absorbed by the surfaces and get difficult to remove. We can remove dry particles loosely attached to surfaces by vacuuming. Our SERVPRO team usually vacuums dry smoke residues from surfaces before applying wet cleaning products.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can help you to tackle fire damage responsibly. Our 24-hour hotline is (908) 791-9177.

What Water Damage Threatens New Providence Homes This Winter?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Knowing how winter weather can cause flood or water damage ultimately protects your New Providence home.

The winter season can bring joy as well as traumatic experiences for area homes and businesses. When harsh weather conditions expose the vulnerabilities of your structure, water damage and costly flooding can result.

Snowmelt and Ice Jamming Flooding

There are many threats to the region, including natural flooding, frozen pipes and ice damming New Providence homes might endure. Natural flooding caused by ice jamming and rapid snowmelt has a similar strength and destructive tendency as flash flooding.

The Fears of Frozen Pipes

One of the common callouts for our experienced team is the damage resulting from a broken or burst pipe after it freezes under harsh winter conditions. Insufficient insulation and lack of warm air circulation are often to blame.

Is Ice Damming a Common Concern?

Spotty insulation in the attic against the roof can cause heat loss through portions of the roof. While this can elevate your utility bills, it can also lead to a damaging situation like ice damming on the roof that forces snowmelt back into the attic space and floods your home. It is important to recognize any vulnerabilities of insulation to combat this.

SERVPRO is Here to Help

Experienced SERVPRO professionals are ready to help when events like ice damming and burst pipes become widespread threats to your home. We rapidly respond to emergencies to begin vital mitigation and restoration steps as soon as the team first arrives. We can provide a wealth of emergency services and restorative actions like:

  • Extraction
  • Cleanup
  • Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Build-Back

Regardless of the conditions that lead to the water damage a home might experience, we have experienced SERVPRO of Western Union County professionals to help. When preventative steps are not enough to stop winter water damage, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (908) 791-9177.

Will Trapped Water in Exterior Walls of New Providence Homes Dry Naturally?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Often moisture in wall assemblies should be addressed immediately to protect New Providence properties. 

Whether burst pipes, leaking connections, or flood damage, exterior walls can be heavily damaged by moving water. Because moist conditions do not often resolve themselves quickly without prompt action, our SERVPRO team is ready to help.

Using Moisture Detection Equipment 

Overcoming water damage in New Providence homes begins with determining where these threats exist. Moisture detection equipment in our inventory becomes an asset in tracking the movement of water through structural elements. When exterior walls, housing plumbing, and other fixtures suffer moisture damage, specific detection tools can be helpful in learning which building materials have been most heavily impacted.

Controlled Demolition and Inspection 

One of the next steps to restoring water damage to exterior wall systems is eliminating affected materials. The initial evaluation of the property can determine where moisture exists and the likely migration of these damp pockets through sensitive materials often used in the construction of framing and the building envelope. Affected materials might include:

  • Drywall
  • OSB Board
  • Plywood
  • Insulation
  • Felt Paper

Thorough Drying Solutions 

Regardless of how much of the wall system needed removal, the next step in this process is applying drying equipment to the situation and beginning evaporative work. With limited removal like flood cuts, low-profile centrifugal air movers are ideal for infusing structural cavities with dry air. More thorough removal of wall assemblies can make a greater variety of drying tools possible in the restoration.

It is always smart to actively choose to dry and restore water damage rather than assuming or hoping that natural evaporation will occur. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help with effective drying and mitigation strategies starting as soon as we arrive at the damaged property. We are ready to help 24/7 at (908) 791-9177.

Factors that Impact Restorability of Fire-Damaged Berkeley Heights Homes

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Variables of structural cleaning impact the ease of restoration for Berkeley Heights residences.

Structural cleaning is necessary after soot and smoke exposures, but this process can happen in several ways. Choosing the ideal approach shortens restoration time and better protects the property overall.

A Thorough Pre-Job Scoping

The earliest stage of fire damage restoration for Berkeley Heights homes and businesses is a thorough assessment of the property. Knowing where damage exists and the extent of work to be done can focus restoration efforts and ensure technicians arrive with the appropriate tools.

Structural Cleaning Variables to Consider 

Choosing the right cleaning approach is not universal to fire loss scenarios. Multiple variables determine how to restore affected structural elements and contents, including:

  • Washable or Non-Washable – One of the main determining factors for the restorability of specific materials is the cleaning they can endure. Some affected surfaces cannot support wet cleaning of any kind.  
  • Porosity – How readily that smoke odors and soot particles can infiltrate surfaces to impact the composition of the material is a deciding factor in choosing the best cleaning option for the damage. 

  • Type of Soil – Soil is often either water-based or oil-based, and this will require very different cleaning approaches to resolve. 

Choosing the Best Cleaning Approach

As soon as you have determined the type of damage and the affected materials, our team can decide the ideal cleaning solution. Often, soot removal can require either wet cleaning approaches or dry removal tactics. Harsh soil deposits typically need the dissolving or emulsification effects of specific chemical compounds in our inventory.

Many obstacles can most certainly stand in the way of effective and efficient fire restoration and recovery. When a fire threatens your residence, our SERVPRO of Western Union County team responds fast with leading equipment and experienced technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to help 24/7 at (908) 791-9177.

Capable Flood Removal Equipment for Berkeley Heights Facilities

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a warehouse SERVPRO of Western Union County is here to help you face the flood that damaged your business.

Water removal tools help warehouses and manufacturing facilities in Berkeley Heights after flooding. 

Flooding is not uncommon in massive commercial properties like warehouses and manufacturing facilities. When these threats exist, our SERVPRO team is there quickly to help with mitigation and preservation.

Assessing the Damage 

It is important to understand how spreading flood damage in Berkeley Heights warehouses can impact the facility. We work to evaluate the migration of infiltrating water and protect the contents and wares stored in the building from direct water exposure. Careful evaluations of the facility must be conducted to choose the best mitigation and restoration approach. Our professionals collect information about:

  • Affected areas
  • Moisture damage
  • Mold threats
  • Contamination

Removing Water from the Floors

Eliminating standing water is one of the top mitigative strategies that our team can provide after flood damage exposure. The longer standing water exists, the greater harm it does to exposed building materials and content throughout the facility. We work fast to remove standing water on the floors with tools like vacuums, pumps, and specialty wands. In many cases, greater commercial-grade equipment is needed, like truck-mount extractors.

Thorough Drying and Preventative Measures 

Drying your business after a flood can involve some of our recovery inventory's more sophisticated and intricate tools. The extent of moisture damage and the ideal solutions for removing this moisture and protecting exposed materials and contents must be carefully determined. Likewise, our professionals can provide repairs to help prevent recurrences of flood damage.

Removing flood damage is more than just arriving quickly to a threatened warehouse. While We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we reach properties with effective equipment to mitigate loss and clean up after devastating flood effects. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team is available to help when you need it at (908) 791-9177.

Are Move-Outs Mandatory After Fire Damage in New Providence Homes?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Fire damage restoration for your home is an easy choice. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians will be ready at a moment's notice to help.

SERVPRO Evaluates the Loss to Determine Whether Move-Outs Are Best Suited for the Situation

Disorganization and accumulation of debris are characteristic in homes after a fire incident and may necessitate relocating some items. Moving items creates order and, more importantly, frees up space to complete cleanup conveniently at your New Providence home.

Since, in many cases, restoration of fire damage in New Providence homes is possible without performing a move-out, you should evaluate the situation to determine whether the incident at your premises necessitates one and how best to do it. When you involve a professional like SERVPRO, decision-making is much simpler.

A move-out is necessary after fire damage if:

  • Some items require specialized cleaning
  • Vast sections of the structure, especially ceilings, are heavily soiled 
  • Other restorative actions, apart from cleaning, are necessary, like demolition

Moving items haphazardly can create more problems than what you want to avoid. For instance, mixing heavily soiled items with clean ones transfers the soiling, increasing the number of items you need to clean. Breakage and staining are also possible problems when items are poorly handled. SERVPRO can help you avoid such issues by carefully managing the move-out. For instance, we evaluate and group items based on damage levels and materials.

Preparing the contents to be moved also helps ensure the cleanup process runs smoothly. Our SERVPRO technicians pre-clean and dry contents before packing them for transportation. Using several packing boxes is also essential.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can help you choose the best solutions to address fire damage in your home, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (908) 791-9177.

How Materials Influence Water Mitigation in Berkeley Heights Properties

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro water sign Water damage is no easy task to handle. SERVPRO water damage specialists are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Focuses on Three Main Aspects of Materials to Determine Their Effect on Restoration

Whenever water leaks into a property, one of the main factors determining the type or level of damages is the materials present in the affected areas. Therefore, understanding how moisture interacts with different materials is essential for water mitigation to be successful.

Materials exhibit three main characteristics that can influence the water mitigation process in your Berkeley Heights home. The three factors have to do with water absorption since moisture only causes damage if materials absorb it. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified water restoration technicians who understand the different characteristics materials exhibit when exposed to water.

The materials in your home can be broadly classified based on:

  • Permeance levels
  • Hygroscopy
  • Vapor barrier

If the water released into your property affects materials with a high permeance rate, mitigation mostly involves extraction with wet vacuums followed by drying. Otherwise, it is impossible to get rid of the water, leading to additional deterioration like rotting and mold. Typical materials with a high permeance factor include carpets and upholstery items. Low permeance factors simplify restoration since water can be easily wiped off. Also, the exposed material does not deteriorate from extended contact.

Another category of material is vapor barriers which include waterproof substances of those with a permeance of 1. Such materials either block moisture from passing through or limit the amount passing through to a minimum. Some vapor barriers you might have in your home include masonry bricks, glossy paint, and Kraft paper insulation. As the name suggests, vapor barriers can block your mitigation efforts by delaying moisture release from surrounding materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches, including perforation or stripping off the barrier.

SERVPRO of Western Union County evaluates materials, thus delivering quality results during water mitigation. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Crucial Is Dry Cleaning During Mold Remediation at Your New Providence Business Premises?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Enhances Methods Such as Vacuuming Minimizing the Addition of Moisture Into the Premises

When you notice mold contamination at your New Providence public facility, you need to understand several things, including the harmful role moisture plays in proliferating the problem. Therefore, extracting moisture or avoiding introducing new moisture in the facility during cleaning are two essential aspects of remediation.

Thoroughly cleaning your New Providence premises during mold remediation without introducing moisture can be challenging since some residues and stains may necessitate wet cleaning. One way to achieve effective dry cleaning is by involving a professional like SERVPRO since we can enhance procedures such as vacuuming or using blast cleaning, which delivers exemplary results.

Effective vacuum cleaning to remove soiling from mold requires:

  • The right type of vacuum cleaner
  • Sufficient training on the use of vacuum cleaners
  • Keen observation when vacuuming different surfaces

Various factors determine a good vacuum cleaner. For instance, a lightweight model that is simple to use is essential in ensuring sufficient attention is given to all affected areas. Some features, such as a separate vacuum motor and brush drive motor, improve the removal of embedded mold residues. SERVPRO teams have the best vacuum cleaners since we keep up with changing trends in the cleaning sector.

The level of skill an operator has can also determine the outcome of the cleaning effort. With better-trained technicians from SERVPRO, you can expect better handling and thus better cleaning.

Some essential handling aspects that change the outcome include:

  • Adjusting brush height when dealing with different surfaces like carpets
  • Securing the debris removed property to avoid accidents
  • Using the correct type of filters

SERVPRO of Western Union County uses simple or advanced approaches to improve the outcomes of mold remediation, allowing you to resume operations faster. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Simple Action Can Change the Outcome of Fire Damage Restoration in New Providence Homes?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

yellow tape over a fire damaged house Fire damage resulting from an event can catch you by surprise. Contact Team SERVPRO to come out and assess the situation and formulate a custom plan.

You Can Expect Better Results When SERVPRO Does a Thorough Scope of Fire Loss at Your Property

After your property is affected by a fire, you can get help from different quarters, whether it is from family, friends, or professionals. Before seeking or accepting such help, it might be wise to consider what is essential in addressing the damage left at your New Providence home, thus ensuring no time wastage or accumulation of unnecessary costs. 

The fire damage restoration process your New Providence property requires can vary based on many factors like the duration of the fire, what sparked it, and the materials reached by the flames. In some cases, extensive cleaning is necessary, while in other cases, tear down of deteriorated materials helps. Safety procedures such as assessing the structural integrity of the entire building or sections such as the roof might also be necessary. Assistance from a professional team like SERVPRO ensures that all issues can be addressed simultaneously. 

Thoroughly scoping the loss is one of the crucial assistance professionals offers, and it includes:

  • Testing cleanability
  • Scoping the spread of smoke residues
  • Testing pre-existing conditions

Knowing the level of each problem leads to better decision-making or resource allocation. For instance, instead of simply assuming that charred structural supports such as frames need replacement, our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians check the char-depth to make an informed decision. Various other tests help reveal the level of staining, moisture absorbed, among other things. 

SERVPRO of Western Union County performs all the necessary actions to ensure fire damage restoration delivers satisfactory results. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Where Are New Providence Retail Businesses Likely to Go Wrong With Water Restoration Exercises?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

a pet aisle in a store When water damage happens in a retail store, business literally stops. Mitigate the situation with a call to SERVPRO for water removal services.

SERVPRO Evaluates the Loss Conditions to Develop Appropriate Restoration Approaches

On discovering water intrusion at your New Providence retail store, you may expect that simply wiping wet areas and opening a couple of windows to air the place is sufficient intervention. However, if the spillage involves significant water amounts, your efforts may not be sufficient.

When planning water restoration for your New Providence retail store, you must pay attention to several factors to ensure your efforts bear fruit. The variety of materials in the affected areas matters since water spreads uniformly, but materials react differently when exposed to moisture. For instance, you should anticipate different effects on furnishings, structural materials, and stock items.  SERVPRO provides the technical knowledge to handle various materials during restoration.

Some of the expected restoration actions during an exercise include:

  • Water extraction
  • Manipulation of contents
  • Cleaning up different soils
  • Specialized drying of materials

The variety of work needed to complete the restoration process is what complicates it beyond your expectations. However, involving a professional from the start can help you take back control since the professional has a deeper understanding and sufficient resources. For instance, SERVPRO checks for any factors that might hinder restoration before starting the process.

Typical hindrances that can delay or stop the restoration process include:

  • Different materials cross-staining or soiling
  • Materials acting as moisture barriers delaying drying
  • Non-uniform drying of semi-porous materials

SERVPRO also takes simple steps to overcome any of the obstacles. For instance, our IICRC-certified technicians can readily and safely move your valuables, such as the stock items, from the shelves creating room for other restoration tasks. We can also evaluate the materials to establish whether any moisture barriers might cause delays. Removing wallpaper or perforating gloss paint are some simple actions that remove the barriers. We also have advanced extraction equipment to fast track the removal of any pooling water and drying wet materials.

SERVPRO of Western Union County handles any water restoration exercise professionally to eliminate soiling or moisture accumulation, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (908) 791-9177.

What Determines Whether Flood Damage in Berkeley Height Properties Can Be Repairable?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water everywhere Regardless of whether flooding comes from a storm or equipment malfunction, the end result is the same - excess water. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Relies on Advanced Skills and Industry Experience to Determine the Best Flood Restoration Approach

Flooding can cause significant destruction to a property within a short period. The damages can be salvageable or unsalvageable, and sometimes, it is hard to tell where the damage in your Berkeley Heights home falls.  

Embarking on the restoration of flood damage at your Berkeley Heights home without having an idea of what the likely outcomes could be may not be very strategic. You might waste effort focusing on irreversible damage or ignore salvageable materials because the soiling seems too extreme. For instance, our SERVPRO restoration teams do not waste time cleaning carpets and pads affected by groundwater since it is impossible to rid them of contaminants.

One way to simplify decision making is by separating items into groups of:

  • Salvageable moisture and soiling damage
  • Unsalvageable from any type of physical damage
  • Questionable general damage

Separating materials based on damage level has many benefits, including saving time since material evaluation does not take too long. Also, once grouped, you can focus on the materials that need immediate intervention. Flood damage worsens over time. For instance, organic materials like wood can develop mold within two days, while rust in metal is expected in a couple of days. Therefore, an action that expedites restoration essentially reduces such additional problems. 

Grouping materials also creates time for restoration tasks that may require extra attention. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians can pack out the materials deemed questionable, thus creating an opportunity for advanced cleaning, decontamination, or any other restoration procedure.

The decision whether to proceed with specific restoration tasks depends on:

  • The value of the items
  • The restoration costs
  • Availability of resources to handle the restoration

SERVPRO of Western Union County takes appropriate action for convenience, cost-effectiveness, and acceptable outcomes after flood damage. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Type of Water Mitigation is Necessary for New Providence Homes After a Pipe Burst?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from the ceiling When a pipe bursts in your home, the situation can be quite unexpected. Contact SERVPRO right away to remediate the water damage in your home.

SERVPRO Helps Extract Moisture, Remove Deteriorated Materials and Perform Water Damage Repairs as Needed in New Providence Properties

Look up. You may only see areas here and there where pipes run through the ceiling of your New Providence property, but the ceiling in most rooms is a major hub for the plumbing in your home. And it is a good idea to inspect all areas of your home, including the ceilings, for signs of water damage.

Handling water mitigation on a New Providence ceiling leak can present additional challenges, such as the effect of gravity on the water damage incident. The weight of the moisture within a ceiling means as the sheetrock gets saturated and deteriorates from the water, it can also fall and cause injury. SERVPRO advises homeowners to avoid areas in their property with sagging ceilings.

SERVPRO technicians have significant training in handling all types of damage from water in homes and working safely when the issue emanates from a ceiling. The technicians can use their equipment to identify how widespread the wicking of the moisture is within the ceiling and how much needs to get removed to make the room safe. Only the damaged portions get removed; the rest will get dried and left intact to lessen the cost of replacing the building materials in the home. The water restoration training of technicians enables them to: 

  • Identify potential safety issues
  • Sort items in the room to identify salvageable articles
  • Remove musty water odors 
  • Apply proactive treatments against mold growth

A ceiling leak requires prioritization of the restoration services. Even though the same actions get taken, each job is diverse, with challenges unique to the property getting assistance. SERVPRO techs ascertain the building materials affected and prioritize the steps needed for the best outcome. Some tasks may require more urgency because hesitating can lead to additional damages that can cost property owners more money to repair in the future. A core part of the training the techs receive is learning to identify what to prioritize. For instance, if a ceiling leak affects wood floorboards in a home, water extraction becomes the most critical application during the water restoration service. 

With the assistance of SERVPRO of Western Union County

P: (908) 791-9177, homeowners in New Providence can have confidence in the water mitigation services performed, and the trained techs are available 24/7.

How Can You Lessen the Need for Fire Damage Restoration in a Berkeley Heights Business Property?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

yellow tape over the door of a fire damaged house Commercial fire damage can really change the course of your business. Contact SERVPRO for effective cleanup and fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Inspect and Perform All Types of Fire Safety and Damage Cleanup in Berkeley Heights

Fire damage in a Berkeley Heights business property does not simply occur due to bad luck. The post-fire investigation often uncovers the reason for the blaze, and in many cases, it could have been avoided.

To decrease the potential for a Berkeley Heights business to need fire damage restoration, SERVPRO recommends putting some or all of the following actions into regular practice:

  • Set up regular fire safety drills
  • Inspect the property for fire hazards
  • Set up the SERVPRO app for your business property

Companies involved in producing goods that include flammable materials such as solvents are particularly susceptible to fires. The area where supplies get stored should not be near outlets or where a spark could occur. A solid fire prevention policy can include the safe storage of chemicals and comprehensive knowledge of what to do in case of a fire.

The benefits of an established fire safety policy for a company are many. Performing regular inspections and establishing best practices for storing and using flammable chemicals and more actually works to reduce the likelihood of a fire. Certain situations, such as a lightning strike, are unavoidable; however, many situations are.

Many business owners have push-back at the expense of implementing a fire prevention training program. However, this level of training for employees has repeatedly shown that the results justify the cost. This is particularly true when a fire can shut down a facility for days or weeks while it undergoes a fire damage restoration.

When every employee knows how to handle a fire extinguisher, a fire hose, or smother flames under a fire blanket, it makes the area a little safer and can work to lessen fire damage to a structure or contents because each employee knows what to do.

SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 brings professional fire damage restoration to every Berkeley Heights job.

What is the Best Way to Clean Flood Damage in a New Providence Home?

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water on the basement floor from flood damage Flooded? Water can quickly deteriorate the structure and contents of your home. SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 with flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Techs Bring Years of Experience and Advanced Equipment on Every Flood Restoration Job for the Best Outcome

Water damage from storms in a New Providence home may enter multiple ways, such as a damaged roof or poor seal around a door or window allowing water to enter. Flash floods can deliver copious amounts of moisture into a home, and it can recede rapidly into the walls and under flooring.

A New Providence home with flood damage can have multiple issues happening at the same time, such as:

  • Buckling floorboards
  • Deteriorated sheetrock
  • Art, books, or keepsakes are compromised by exposure to excessive moisture.

A mere half an inch of floodwater in a home can result in devastating amounts of damage to the structure and contents. To limit the damage from the floodwater, there are actions homeowners can take. If it is safe to do so, remove artworks from the walls, important documents, and photo albums with sentimental value to another area. If paintings or photos are framed under glass, inspect the article to determine if condensation is building on the inside of the glass and remove the piece if necessary. Avoid placing damp artworks or photos in direct sunlight as it can cause the paper to curl.

SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians have specialized equipment for handling wet documents or books. Even if they are covered with mud or silt, there can be restoration potential on a case-by-case basis. The technicians often rely on the same methods used by the Library of Congress to preserve historical documents and books. In cases where an artwork received damage from floodwater, an outside expert can be brought in to give a professional opinion on the restoration potential of the piece. 

SERVPRO of Western Union County at  (908) 791-9177 helps New Providence homeowners recover from any size flood damage in their homes.

Why is Mold Damage Best Handled by Pros in New Providence?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Carefully Addresses Mold Damage to Safely and Effectively Restore Your New Providence Property

There is a lot that the everyday homeowner may not realize when it comes to black mold. Should you suspect mildew or mold growth anywhere within your New Providence property, it is in your best interest to contact highly-trained personnel to carry out mold inspections, remediations, and removal. SERVPRO wants you to know that we can offer you the peace of mind you need to handle such an intricate process.

Why call SERVPRO to address mold damage in New Providence? To better understand the benefits of calling skilled mold specialists, you should know a few facts about mold itself, including:

  • Mold is Present Everywhere It is true. Microscopic mold organisms are found in the air and on surfaces both indoors and outdoors. Did you know that you get exposed to varying levels of mold daily? The good news is that mold is not harmful unless it is allowed to colonize and spread.
  • Spores Thrive on Moisture – Mold generally remains at acceptable levels with proper cleaning and sanitizing measures. However, once moisture gets introduced, the temperature is right, and there is an organic food source, it can thrive. Organic food sources include everyday food items, drywall, wood, plants, and more. The most common areas where mold loves to develop include refrigerators, dark cabinets, attics, basements, bathrooms, and other damp spaces.
  • You Can Control Mold – With skilled mold remediation efforts, an outbreak in your home or office can get under control so that you reduce the risk of health effects. SERVPRO can help lower relative humidity, dry damp spaces, perform careful cleanup, apply antimicrobial agents, and execute mold damage repairs.

Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177, and we can send a team out to tackle whatever mold damage you are experiencing.

Don’t Let Flood Damage Overtake Your New Providence Property – Call SERVPRO!

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon of flooded basement Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO for stormwater removal from your New Providence basement

After a New Providence Storm, SERVPRO Mobilizes Fast to Provide Excellent Flood Damage Restoration Results

High winds and heavy rain could spell disaster for your New Providence property. Whether you are a homeowner or manage a business property, you want to have skilled technicians working fast to remedy any damage left in the wake of a storm. SERVPRO features highly trained crews that utilize specialized equipment so that we can perform restoration services. To make it even better, we are available 24/7 for emergency services water damage assistance so that you know there is always a team you can trust.

Calling on us for help when you have flood damage post-storm in New Providence gets you all the relief you need. SERVPRO is here for:

  • Faster Response – Being locally owned and operated, we have crews on standby and ready to arrive fast with all necessary equipment. A fast response helps lessen the damage, inhibits secondary damage, and cuts back on water damage remediation costs.
  • Readily Available Resources – Regardless of the type of property you own, we have the gear to handle the job. From burst pipes or ceiling leaks to full-scale basement flooding cleanup, we get there to perform the assessment and then select the right equipment. Our resources can get scaled to handle a small or large flooding disaster after a storm.
  • Boarding and Tarp Up Services – During a storm, your exterior can suffer damage from flying debris or downed limbs. We can protect your interior immediately so that our crew can safely move forward with the restoration, and your contents and structure do not take on any more damage.

Water removal services and flood damage cleanup when you need it – that is where our team at SERVPRO of Western Union County comes to the rescue! Call us at (908) 791-9177.

Why Should Berkeley Residents Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Berkeley Locals a Multi-Faceted Approach to Water & Fire Damage Restorations

There is never a one-size-fits-all answer when you call in a team to handle fire and smoke damage. When SERVPRO is on the job, we take the time to formulate a plan that fits in best with each situation, restoring fire damaged homes back to pre-fire condition faster than DIY methods or other companies can achieve. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. This means that you will have us at your door in Berkeley and ready to get started within hours of contacting our offices.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration in Berkeley when you need it, and our work doesn’t stop at initial clean-up or material replacement. In many fire events, water or chemicals get left behind from emergency responders on the scene putting out the blaze. We go over every project to ensure your home gets left “Like it never even happened.” This will include:

  • Careful assessment of the damage and locating any areas where water migrated or smoke particles settled.
  • Selection of the best tools for each phase of the job.
  • Removal and safe local disposal of any charred materials and unsalvageable contents.
  • Pack out services so that items may be removed off-site for storage or cleaning.
  • Tarping and board up to protect your interior until the fire restoration is complete.
  • Controlled demolition as needed to replace structural and surface materials.
  • Smoke remediation, deodorization, and sanitization to remove all traces of the fire event.
  • Handling all paperwork to make your insurance claim go as smoothly as possible.

Why contact SERVPRO of Western Union County after a fire? Because we are the number one answer for fast, reliable fire damage restoration in the area. Reach us 24/7 by calling (908) 791-9177.

Why Do Most New Providence Homeowners Seek Water Damage Repair Services?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

a broken sink pipe Sometimes pipe ruptures are hidden but many times the water damage is readily apparent. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Often, Pipe Ruptures Make Them Look for Water Damage Repair Assistance

Water damage in New Providence is often the result of ruptured pipes. In turn, these troubling issues are usually caused by a relative handful of problems. Catalysts for pipe ruptures are varied and range from the generally preventable to the almost inevitable.

SERVPRO, one of the leading water damage repair companies in New Providence, has effectively dealt with the effects of burst pipes on numerous occasions. As a result, our technicians know what most often causes such problems. A few of the situations commonly encountered by SERVPRO’s water damage remediation experts are:

  • Age-related pipe failures, in which metal and plastic pipes break as a result of either long-term corrosion or brittleness
  • Pipes that have burst due to the effects of freezing temperatures
  • Pipe ruptures resulting from clogs arising from mineral deposits and other pressure-producing blockages
  • Water pressure-related pipe failures that occur when more water is pumped through a pipe at a given time than it was designed to handle
  • Faulty pipework done by amateurs, including poor pipe connections that cause significant leaks
  • Catastrophic pipe damage as a result of earthquakes and tremors

Any one or more of these issues could lead to basement flooding and other troublesome circumstances that require emergency water damage services like water removal and water damage repairs.

With all that said, SERVPRO of Western Union County is ready to help whenever you need water damage repair work done. Call us anytime at (908) 791-9177 for assistance.

Why Should Berkeley Heights Residents Be Particularly Concerned about Flood Damage?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

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There Are Many Good Reasons Why Potential Flood Damage Should Concern Locals.

Berkeley Heights residents benefit greatly from the town’s picturesque natural environment, but sometimes also suffer at the hands of it. This circumstance arises because of the area’s heavy rains and sometimes violent, stormy weather, coupled with its swampy, flood-prone topography. 

Experienced flood restoration firms like SERVPRO know the potential flood damage threats Berkeley Heights homeowners face. These result from a myriad of interrelated natural and manufactured causes, like the:

  • Area’s heavy rainfall during the summer and fall months, which makes the town rainier than the national average and one of the rainiest places in New Jersey
  • Powerful hurricanes and Nor’easters that annually impact the state, rapidly deluging the region in inches of rain and overflowing local waterways
  • Low-lying, swampy nature of the town’s land that prevents it from quickly draining off excess storm waters
  • Poorly designed or storm debris-clogged city drainage systems 
  • Region’s overdevelopment which blocks natural drainage networks and hinders floodwater subsidence 

As a consequence of these various issues, town residents are more likely to require biohazard remediation, water removal services, and water damage repairs than people in other communities. Therefore, it is in their best interest to be mindful of local flood risks and plan ahead.

Considering all this, SERVPRO of Western Union County wants to help you clean up and restore your flood-damaged home if you ever suffer a flooding event. Call us whenever you need us at (908) 791-9177.

Why Is SERVPRO One of the Better Mold Removal Companies in New Providence?

6/27/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall Was your home affected by a mold infestation? Team SERVPRO can help with experienced technicians and moisture detection equipment. Call right away.

It’s Because SERVPRO Remediates Mold Faster than Other New Providence Services.

New Jersey is known for its rainy weather and New Providence is no exception to this rule. As a result, homes in the township are particularly prone to developing roof leaks and mold issues. So, homeowners often need fast, effective help to limit their potential damages. 

SERVPRO takes pride in being one of the fastest mold removal companies in New Providence. Our highly-trained mold specialists are ready to assist you throughout the year, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and are generally onsite within four hours of your initial call. This availability and speed are of paramount importance, given that it can take as little as forty-eight hours for:

  • Strong, musty, mold-related odors to foul your home’s interior air
  • Fungi, like black mold and mildew, to grow on dirty HVAC ductwork, spread throughout your residence, and affect air quality
  • Mold to discolor and otherwise impact structural elements and furnishings
  • Issues related to fungal growths to reduce the overall livability of your home

Fortunately, our expertly trained mold remediation technicians with their high-powered tools often make it possible for us to perform mold inspection, basement mold remediation, bathroom mold removal, and black mold damage repairs in record time. 

So, if you ever need mold cleanup and restoration work done, call one of the best mold removal companies in the business. Your neighborhood SERVPRO of Western Union County is always ready for your call at (908) 791-9177.

Hire Professional Restorers After an Incident of Storm Flood Damage in Your New Providence Home.

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Certified Restorers Like SERVPRO are Knowledgeable in Handling Flood Damage in New Providence

Most homeowners ignore the small amount of floodwater that leaks into the property through broken windows or drainage thinking it cannot cause any kind of damage. However, mold growth can occur, and odors linger on the property. You can avoid these damages by contacting knowledgeable restorers like SERVPRO on time to help with the flood damage restoration.

SERVPRO restorers are available at any time of the day to help handle flood damage in your New Providence home. Flood damage can strike at any time. Therefore, if an emergency arises contact our response team to mitigate the damage and manage the process to its completion. We are:

  • Available around the clock
  • A trusted leader in the restoration industry 
  • Highly trained team of restorers

How SERVPRO restorers dry the affected property

SERVPRO restorers can manage any size disaster and return your home to a safe state. We have cutting-edge technology that allows us to go above and beyond our customers' standards. To dry and deodorize your house, we can use a heavy-duty venting fan. The equipment transfers greater amounts of dry air from outside into the property to increase the drying rate.

Flood damage should not rob your peace of mind. Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 for fast and professional restoration to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Homeowners Can Benefit From Professional Water Damage Repair in their New Providence Homes?

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

water damage to a ceiling of the house Whether the cause of the water damage is obvious or hidden, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our certified SERVPRO technicians to assess.

A Restoration Firm Like SERVPRO is Knowledgeable About Water Remediation in New Providence

Water damage is a common problem that property owners face. If this unfortunate incident has occurred to your home, you need the assistance of a reliable restoration firm like SERVPRO. Acting fast to repair your house is important. The most common sources of water damage are leaking pipes, burst pipes, or malfunctioning appliances.

Performing water damage repair in your New Providence home can be challenging, especially if the water has met the drywall, which makes up your interior walls or ceilings. It can make them unsightly or ruin the wallboard enough so that it collapses and falls apart. SERVPRO can get the repairs done by taking the following steps:

  • Signs of moisture, failing structural integrity, or dripping water.
  • Look for sagging or crumbling ceiling drywall panels due to the water that saturates the porous gypsum material.
  • Remove damaged drywall – Wallboard that is heavily water-infiltrated can sag from ceilings or crumble when touched.
  • Make repairs – SERVPRO can patch the ceiling or wall by measuring and replacing the rectangular or square area of the wall with water damage.

Apart from repairing the damage, our SERVPRO team can also clean up the affected area to leave it in its preloss condition or better. We also use air movers and LGR dehumidifiers to dry homes. Dry air is an essential tool for drying damp materials. When airspace is dry, there is less moisture in the air.

If you have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 for prompt repair. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Property Owners Must Not Wait for Water Removal in their Berkeley Heights Home

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

water on white kitchen tile Water and subsequent mold damage often go hand in hand. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the water damage and help prevent a mold infestation.

Involve IICRC Certified Restorers Like SERVPRO Immediately to Help with Water Removal in your Berkeley Heights Home

When water leaks in your home, it can cause a lot of damage in a short time. Mold could grow, your wooden floor could wrap, and odors could linger in the house. It is critical to contact SERVPRO professionals as soon as possible to help you restore your property.

The effects of trapped moisture

The damage is painfully evident and motivates property owners to handle water removal in Berkeley Heights homes. However, you may end up with severe damages without the required expertise and appropriate equipment and tools.

The moisture left behind creates risks such as:

  • Mold growth: Mold produces toxic spores that can cause health effects. Our technicians treat affected areas using advanced and approved products. We can use chlorine, a disinfectant that destroys 99 percent of microorganisms.
  • Poor structural integrity: Pillars may begin to rot, leading to weak structure.
  • Persisting odors that can make the property uncomfortable to reside 

How do technicians dry an affected property?

Depending on the damage, SERVPRO technicians can use an indirect fired furnace to speed up the drying process. The equipment uses a heat exchanger. It heats the dry outside air before bringing it into the drying environment. The equipment takes evaporated water from wet materials increasing the humidity ratio in the air. 

Small water leaks may seem harmless but can cause expensive damage in the long run. Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 for excellent restoration services “Like it never even happened.”

What Fire Restoration Steps Fix Grease Fire Damage Well In New Providence Hotels?

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over fire For fast and efficient remediation services, you can count on SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Cleaning Techniques during Water & Fire Damage Restorations

Apart from the open flames in your hotel kitchen, other issues such as grease increase the risk of fire damage. When such damage occurs, it is necessary to complete restoration fast and, if possible, without affecting other property sections is crucial. 

Fire restoration in New Providence may require extensive demolition and rebuilding of the kitchen area where the fire starts. In the other areas, smoke damage might be the only issue, so cleaning is enough. 

One way to prevent debris from spreading from the demolished area is to set up a containment barrier on the doorway or other openings connecting the kitchen to the rest of the hotel. Our SERVPRO technicians then embark on removing all unsalvageable structural materials and fixtures. We then begin on cleanup using abrasive methods such as sanding to remove charring or smoke deposits from the affected surfaces. Alternatively, blast cleaning using a medium such as sodium bicarbonate also helps remove greasy residues, charring, and odor. Fortunately, stainless steel is commonly used in commercial kitchens for many fixtures. This hard surface generally can wipe down easily using the correct cleansers and detergents.

With our services, you can easily resolve the issues affecting your business operations, including:

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke damage
  • Water & fire damage restorations

SERVPRO of Western Union County has IICRC certified fire restoration technicians to help restore your business operations fast. Call us at (908) 791-9177.   

The Effortless Way To Repair Walls Affected By Mold Damage In My New Providence Home

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Mold is a serious issue that should be taken care of right away. Don't wait, call in the experts at SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Tears Down Assemblies to Facilitate Mold Removal in New Providence Homes

Mold can grow silently within wall cavities without any visible signs, especially if there is a cover such as wallpaper fixed atop the drywall panels that hide the early telltale signs of mold, including spots and patches. Seeking help from mold specialists immediately you realize there is a problem is essential. 

Wall assemblies are made up of different materials, so the mold damage in your New Providence property is likely to vary. The porous materials such as drywall and insulation are heavily affected since hyphae penetrate such materials as the mold exploits the organic matter as a food source. Tearing down and removing such materials is the best solution. The wooden frames and other structural elements can remain, but they require treatment to contain the infestation.

Tearing down moldy materials is a risky process since it can release harmful residues and spores all over the house, endangering everyone in the vicinity. Our SERVPRO technicians wear protective equipment like respirators and bodysuits. We also set up containment enclosures around the sections we demolish to ensure the moldy residues remain in place. We also use Sporicides to treat the structural elements before drying the property. Our services are ideal for addressing: 

  • Black mold
  • Attic mold
  • Bathroom mold removal

SERVPRO of Western Union County readily helps in case of mold damage. Call us at (908) 791-9177.

What Is the Best Way To Cope With Flood Damage in Berkeley Heights?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Storm damage can be overwhelming for any property owner. SERVPRO is here to help. Just call (908) 791-9177.

SERVPRO Provides Advanced Resources to Handle Any Water Cleanup Exercise in Berkeley Heights

Bedroom communities are areas populated mainly for residential purposes rather than commercial or industrial uses. Berkeley Heights Township, nestled in the Raritan Valley region, is one such community, so a case of flooding can displace many people from their homes.

The name Berkeley Heights was chosen on November 6 1951. Earlier it had been known as New Providence Township, a name chosen during its incorporation on November 8 1809. The township was named after John Berkeley, an English loyalist soldier, diplomat, and politician. He was one of the founders of the province of New Jersey, the British colony that would later become New Jersey State.

Important Geographical Features in the Area

The area has varying geographic features that provide exciting scenery for residents and visitors. 

  • Watchung Mountain Crest

The township partially covers Watchung Mountain’s second Crest. The mountains, which were once known as the Blue Hills, offer scenic viewpoints overlooking New Jersey, New York, and Newark skylines. 

  • Passaic River

The river forms the town’s northern border. One of the fascinating places to spend time along the river is Passaic River Park which is part of the 298 non-contiguous acres of parkland running along the river known as the three "emerald necklaces." The other two parks are outside Berkeley Heights. 

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

The township borders the wildlife refuge set up in 1960 as the first federal wilderness area in the United States. Its success inspired the establishment of other similar areas, and the number has risen over the years to over 550. 

Other Attractions in the Area

There are alternative attractions apart from the natural features. Museums such as the Little-Lord Farmstead offer information about the area. The farmstead is a pastoral site reminiscent of the agricultural past of the county. The Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park is another unique attraction in the area. The park comprises a carriage house, eight houses, a church, and a general house. The buildings are remnants of what was a mill town that date back to the 18th century. 

How Does SERVPRO Help Berkeley Heights Residents Cope with Flood Damage?

Flooding has been a nuisance in Berkeley Heights from time to time, especially for residents living along the riparian area of the Passaic River. Cleaning up soiled areas, removing deteriorated materials, and renovating affected sections of a property can be an overwhelming task.

When called to help after a flood damage incident in Berkeley Hills, SERVPRO avails various resources that help simplify the restoration. For instance, if the floodwater contains significant silt and mud, it is not a cause for worry since we have self-priming trash pumps that remove solid-filled water. In case the water flows out on its own, leaving the silt and mud, our team shovels out the solid residue. We use plastic to avoid scratching sensitive materials such as tiles. The best thing about our service is the ability to adapt to the specifics of the incident. Therefore, you do not have to look for:

  • Biohazard cleaning company
  • Rodent clean up services
  • Disinfecting companies

SERVPRO of Western Union County has experience handling the challenges of flood damage. Call us at (908) 791-9177. 

Is Water Damage Restoration Essential for New Providence Residents?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling tiles If you are affected by excess water, don’t go back into the property until it is deemed safe. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the water damage.

SERVPRO is a Professional, New Providence Organization that Provides Expert Water Damage Repair

Using a professional water restoration service can ensure that your home remains safe and hygienic after a water intrusion event. Once water enters a property, it can create numerous hazards, including biohazardous substances, personal dangers, and environmental hazards such as the presence of asbestos or lead paints. 

Carrying out water damage repair in your New Providence home requires a careful assessment of potential hazards and how to ensure the working environment remains safe. Our technicians are qualified to carry out a legitimate safety inspection in your home and neutralize potential threats. By creating an organized working environment, we can ensure efficient and safe restoration.

  • Sagging ceilings could indicate a loss of structural integrity or possible collapse. We can assess and mitigate these losses.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are vital to safety when working on a water damage site.
  • Accurately assessing water contamination levels in the home or hazardous materials. 

Professional services work safely and efficiently. Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County for water damage repair at (908) 791-9177.

Does Fire Damage Restoration in Berkeley Heights include Contents?

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged garage with firemen helping put the fire out Did a recent fire cause damage on your property? SERVPRO technicians can assist you through the fire damage remediation process.

SERVPRO in Berkeley Heights Can Help Restore your Belongings After Fire Damage

Contents cleaning often requires special care and attention. It may be belongings that you wear, your children play with, or hold sentimental value. Our technicians have specific protocols for content restoration after a fire that aims to address odor, staining, or soiling issues.

Contents that show signs of fire damage in your Berkeley Heights home may require urgent attention to avoid permanent harm. Clothing can be an item that requires immediate attention as smoke or odor particles have the potential to bond with synthetic materials on a molecular level.

  • Technicians can organize cleaning clothing in order of priority with everyday items returned to you quicker. 
  • Using compressed air, we can remove dust, soot, and odor particles without causing harm to the fabric.
  • Solvent-based odor counteractants can be used to return clothing items to a preloss condition. 

We can help save your belongings after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County for fire damage restoration at (908) 791-9177.

How Much Does Fire Damage Restoration Cost in New Providence?

3/28/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering everything and charred debris everywhere Affected by a recent fire? Call SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation services. Our technicians are standing by for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Use a Restore over Replace Method to Reduce Fire Damage Costs in your New Providence Home.

New Providence's borough exists alongside the Passaic River in New Jersey and is famous for its wildlife. The region is historically significant as being one of the earliest settlements in the United States. Essentially a puritan colony, New Providence's early life was focused on agriculture and trade along the Passaic River. The borough is home to several townships, including Berkeley Heights and historic hamlets. To the Northeast is the Great Swamp reservation which is home to over 244 bird species. The natural habitat is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System which seeks to preserve native wildlife. The Great Swamp Reservation has over 7,768 acres of land-mass, full of visitable wildlife centers like the Wildcat Ridge Refuge and the Willowwood Arboretum. 

New Providence is characterized by its surrounding wetlands and wildlife centers but has evolved to provide contemporary theater, historical tours, and performing arts. The Mayo Center, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the Paper Mill Playhouse are all within ten miles of the borough, offering a rotating selection of contemporary and traditional theatre. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in nearby Newark regularly hosts the most refined international orchestras and symphonies. Some of its historic sites include Washington's Headquarters, a temporary base of operations during the American Wars, and Jockey Hollow, a winter encampment for the continental army during the eighteenth century. 

  • The Morris Museum of Arts and Sciences on Normandy Heights Road is run by a non-profit that seeks to celebrate the surrounding area's natural history. The center runs regular interactive exhibitions and tours that complement its substantial permanent collection.
  • Branch Brook Park is a reservation for over 4,000 cherry trees, making it one of the largest collections of Japanese plants in the United States. The blossoming season is accompanied by a festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the New Providence region each year. 
  • The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts on Main Street boasts a collection of pre-industrial farming and agricultural equipment. Unique to the New Providence area, this collection explores how some of the earliest settlers in the regions survived in the seventeenth century.

SERVPRO Operates a Cost-Efficient Fire Damage Restoration Service for Residents of New Providence. 

Fires can cause extensive harm to a property. However, with the correct mitigation procedures, many of these damages can be effectively reduced through:

  • fire damage restoration 
  • fire and smoke damage 
  • smoke remediation

One method that is critical to reducing costs is to restore materials rather than replace them. SERVPRO technicians can mobilize industrial restoration equipment to help lessen the impact of a house fire in your New Providence Home. 

  • Immersion cleaning equipment uses ultrasonic sound waves to dislodge and remove soot particles from solid, non-porous items. 
  • Rotary brushes and machinery can help to buff damaged fabrics, carpets, and upholstery to return them to a preloss condition. 
  • Using state-of-the-art drying equipment, we can limit losses associated with water used in the firefighting procedure. 

Restoring is often more cost-efficient than replacing. Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County for fire damage restoration at (908) 791-9177.

Burst Pipes? You Need Rapid Water Mitigation Services!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line When a pipe burst in your commercial building, SERVPRO is the team to call. Our techs are IICRC certified for any size water restoration service need.

Berkeley Heights store owners benefit most from SERVPRO’s prompt, reliable water mitigation efforts.

Running a store and getting hit with water damage after a pipe breaks becomes a serious concern from a safety and financial standpoint. Waiting too long leads to loss of inventory, secondary damages, and potential mold growth. Your Berkeley Heights store needs assistance fast, which is where SERVPRO can step in to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster so that your store sees less downtime.

As a company well-versed in water mitigation for Berkeley Heights customers, we know the right equipment and methods for the job. Some points to consider include:

  • The time it will take for mitigation within your storefront depends on the level of water damage endured.
  • The industrial-grade drying equipment and dehumidifiers we have help to speed the mitigation process.
  • Our crew uses proven formulas to move and adjust equipment as needed to achieve our drying goals.
  • EPA-registered antimicrobial application is a must to help eliminate the chance for mold development.

Overall, SERVPRO follows along with four main principles of drying to get the results you deserve. These phases include:

  1. Water extraction
  2. Airflow
  3. Dehumidification
  4. Temperature control

Do you need immediate water mitigation in your commercial space? Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177, and we will send out our Green Fleet and skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) as soon as possible.

Why Hire a Professional Mold Removal Team?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling Mold will spread within 24 to 48 hours. Mold remediation should be handled by the professional team of SERVPRO.

SERVPRO helps New Providence residents free their home of mold with careful, efficient removal methods

Mold colonization can be very concerning for any New Providence homeowner. This microorganism thrives under certain conditions, including optimum food sources like drywall, linens, carpeting, wood framing, and more. When added moisture is present, this is cause for mold to thrive. Hiring skilled technicians for mold removal helps to address all of these areas where mold tends to colonize. 

Why is skilled mold removal in New Providence so necessary? We follow concrete guidelines for removing mold from your home, including:

  • Containment of mold so that it is unable to spread into unaffected areas of your home
  • Removing contamination dependent on the surface areas where the mold is present
  • Careful cleaning of all dust and any settled spores
  • Properly drying all materials throughout your home so that relative humidity gets restored to normal levels
  • Sanitization and deodorization to ensure your home is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Note: For any areas where mold contamination is excessive, controlled demolition might be required to remove materials and replace them with brand-new materials.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is available to handle mold removal in your home, making sure that the cleanup gets done right the first time. We have crews available 24/7, so give us a call at (908) 791-9177, and we can send our Green Fleet as soon as possible to begin an assessment.

How to - Fire Damage

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SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Soot and smoke residue is no easy task to get rid of. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced with fire restoration services.

New Providence residents benefit most by letting skilled SERVPRO technicians handle the fire damage in their homes.

As a borough within Union County, New Providence is settled along the Passaic River. This helps form a county boundary alongside Morris County. The region is ever-growing, with the last noted population totaling 12,171 when the 2010 United States Census got taken.

Fun Fact: New Providence got its name from an incident in 1759 where a crowded balcony of the Presbyterian Church collapsed. Because nobody was injured and the event was deemed a miracle, it was considered a divine act of Providence. Right after, the town took on the name New Providence.

Exploring Facts and History from the New Providence, NJ, Area

There is a lot to learn and love about this portion of New Jersey state. Some of the more notable facts and points of interest regarding New Providence include:

  • The first settlers in the region were members of a puritan colony, which was established in 1720. 
  • George Washington once spent the evening within a local home, a building that still stands today. 
  • Salt Brook, a local stream, was named after an incident involving a significant amount of the salt supply for the village getting dumped into the brook. This was done to prevent British soldiers from taking it as they passed through. 

When in New Providence, you may also want to explore some of the local eateries or watering holes to spend some time enjoying the locals. There are many great establishments to experience, many of which include unique venues offering Italian fare or American cuisine, including:

  • Bellariva Pizzeria and Restaurant – When you want casual dining, as well as a menu filled with Italian classics, this restaurant, fits the bill. The dishes are moderately priced, with some favorites including shrimp parmigiana, Margherita pizza, baked clams, and shrimp calamari salad.
  • Moe’s Bistro & Bar – This is a cozy little restaurant that features a full bar and a vast assortment of beers on tap. Some of the menu offerings include succulent Mediterranean lamb and filet mignon cooked to perfection.
  • Prestige Diner – This restaurant is known for comfort food, including a lot of home-cooking classics. Guests like this option for early lunch or excellent take-out.
  • Coppola’s Ristorante – Whether you are looking for a specialty pizza, classic Italian dish, or decadent desserts, this restaurant has something for everyone.

A New Providence Blaze Calls for Prompt, Reliable Fire Damage Cleanup – Count on SERVPRO’s Team!

Fire in your New Providence home does not just impact what the flames touch, but other areas of the home succumb to soot and smoke residue. Additionally, water or chemicals may get left from putting out the fire, which also calls for painstaking cleanup efforts. 

SERVPRO is available when you call us for fire damage in New Providence to:

  • Locate and identify all residues
  • Work on carefully capturing then removing soot and smoke residue
  • Utilize methods for vacuuming or dissolving stubborn residues
  • Controlled demolition to restore all unsalvageable materials 

Extensive fire damage is no match for our skilled crew at SERVPRO of Western Union County. We are available 24/7 to get started right away should you have a fire emergency. Call us at (908) 791-9177 to deploy a crew to your property so we can get started.

Smoke Can Do Extensive Damage Even in Small Berkeley Heights Fires

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Call SERVPRO after you experience a fire incident, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

Understanding the types of smoke and soot residue means better fire damage restoration.

Smoke and soot spread quickly to all areas of the home, causing odor and hidden damage. Our technicians know how to inspect and assess the extent of the damage and determine a plan of action. Immediate remediation is the key.

Different Types of Smoke

Fire damage restoration in Berkeley Heights begins by understanding the different types of smoke residue. They are either considered wet or dry. Each type requires different cleaning methods. Pretesting helps us determine if it is wet smoke, dry smoke, or protein residue. Once we know what we are working with we:

  • Use the appropriate cleaning agents
  • Brush off and vacuum dry smoke
  • Use agitative techniques on impacted surfaces
  • Deodorize the home

We provide fire damage restoration that is tailored to your situation. We know how even small fires can disrupt your life. We put everything we have into cleaning and restoring your home, so it is, “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 and let the professionals mitigate your fire damage.

Expedite Water Removal in New Providence with Professional Services

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SERVPRO technicians handle water mitigation to save your home from further damage

If you have had a water spill in your home that is extensive, you may need professional help. Removing the water quickly minimizes the problems and costs that can occur if the moisture remains. 

Scope the Site

To determine the extent of New Providence water damage, our technicians do an initial scope. The amount of moisture left in materials decides the techniques needed to dry your home properly. Our technicians understand absorption rates vary in different materials, which means different materials may take longer than others to dry. Moisture meters can help determine the moisture absorption rate in:

  • Carpets
  • Upholstery
  • Wooden furniture
  • Fittings
  • Content 

Restoring Your Home

Scoping allows us to determine the correct plan of action. We use various processes to put your home back to normal, including:

  • Water extraction
  • Drying
  • Controlled demolition
  • Containment

Our careful planning allows us to provide precisely what your home needs. Each situation is unique, and the individual circumstances must be taken into consideration. 

For water mitigation catered to your situation, contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Floodwaters Can Shut Down New Providence Businesses

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment Regardless of the way that your home was flooded, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

SERVPRO can provide flood damage mitigation and get your business back on track 

New Providence played a role in the Revolutionary War when the Battle of Short Hills took place. The British troops, led by General Howe, and the Continental Army, led by Brigadier General William Alexander, clashed on June 26, 1777. 

Defending the Watchung Mountains

General Howe, during this time, was trying to lure the Continental Army into a vulnerable position. To do this, his troops had marched into central New Jersey. The goal was for the British to be in a better position to defend the Watchung Mountains. But General Washington wasn’t budging. This led to Howe returning to his previous location in Amboy. 

Following the Shadows

Unbeknownst to Howe, several of Washington’s divisions and Lord Stirling’s (Brigadier General Alexander) division shadowed the British. Washington then moved his main army away from the hills. On June 26, Howe took advantage of the situation and sent out troops to cut Washington off from the high ground. 

A Skirmish Leads to a Battle

As Howe’s columns marched through the Short Hills regions, they met with Stirling’s guards. A skirmish ensued with the Americans falling back as they gave fire. Stirling set up a defensive position as the retreating soldiers drew the British into Ash Swamp and Scotch Plains. Even though he was determined to stay put, the British cannon and numbers forced him back. But he didn’t stay put for long.

British Lose the Day

The British troops were lagging under the heat, so they ended the pursuit. This allowed Stirling to a stronger position. Washington was alerted to the fact Howe was close by and was able to withdraw his men to a more secure location. This became a strategic battle for the Americans. Stirling gave Washington time enough to tighten his defense, and Howe declared Washington’s lines too strong to attack. By June 30th, the British had evacuated New Jersey.

Battle of Short Hills Historic Trail

Today visitors can explore the path of the soldiers through Metuchen and Edison historical sites. It continues through the:

  • Frazee House
  • Ash Brook Reservation

Much of the areas where the battle took place has been developed. This is one area that is much the same as it was back then. One of the goals of the Colonials was to bog down the British cannons in the Ash Swamp. It is a fascinating look into a critical battle that led to American winning the War of Independence.

Choosing the Correct Drying System Remediates Flood Damage to New Providence Businesses

When storms send floodwaters raging through your business, it can shut you down for days. Getting SERVPRO involved in the cleanup can mean opening faster. Determining the correct drying system is the key to restoring your business correctly. For efficient drying, we must:

  • Achieve a balance between air movement, humidity, and temperature
  • Measure and monitor moisture trapped inside porous building materials

Once everything is taken into consideration, we then choose between an open or closed drying system. Closed drying often works best in commercial buildings. We can accelerate the drying by partitioning off flood-impacted areas into smaller drying sections. We then use:

  • Air movers
  • Heaters
  • Dehumidifiers

For commercial flood damage services, contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177. We can put you back in business.

Berkeley Heights Can Take a Narrated Tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Join in on a Virtual Tour of the Museum’s Halls from the Comfort of Your Berkeley Heights Home

Many places are offering virtual tours during this time of quarantine and restrictions. The Smithsonian has joined in this fantastic effort with narrated tours of the National Museum of History. Explore several exhibits and halls while learning about the content, all from your home. They currently have available:

  • The Sant Ocean Hall
  • The Hall of Human Origins

There are several videos in each group to check out, and they are adding more. There are other online tours and exploring you can do as well. They include:

  • Permanent exhibits
  • Past exhibits
  • Specialty Tours
  • Current exhibits

 If your kids are doing school at home, it is a great way to incorporate history into their learning. It is all happening right now. Just head over to the NMNH Website and start exploring. You can also email them at naturalexperience@si.edu for more information.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Services to Berkeley Heights

When fire strikes, SERVPRO of Western Union County provides clean up and fire damage services. Contact us at (908) 791-9177 for more information.

Berkeley Heights Can Visit the Salt Box Museum and Take a Step Back in Time

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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It’s a Great Way to Learn More About the Berkeley Heights & New Providence Past

Imagine putting two houses, built at different times and at different locations, together to become one residence. That is precisely what happened with the Salt Box Museum. Formerly known as the Garrison/Dickinson/Genung House, the museum is an absolute delight for history lovers.

When you enter the building, half of the house on your left was most likely built in the early 19th century. Augustus Garrison, the Presbyterian Church Sexton, had the house moved in the mid-1800s. The newer side, in the saltbox shape, was moved and joined with the other side. The entire house was moved in 1967 to 1350 Springfield Ave, New Providence. 

You can see all kinds of memorabilia and artifacts from the American Revolution. Some of the items pre-date the war. It is a fascinating look at an earlier time. The museum is currently accepting tours by appointment. Call (908) 665-1034 to schedule a time to take the tour. Free admission.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation to Berkeley Heights

If you need water mitigation, SERVPRO of Western Union County is here with professional technicians to get the job done right. Contact us at (908) 791-9177 today.  

New Providence Commercial Water Removal is Easy When Companies Use SERVPRO

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New Providence Businesses Depend on Us to Keep Their Business Going

Located on the Passaic River, New Providence is a beautiful borough in New Jersey. Almost 10% of the land in New Providence is protected parkland, publicly-owned, which the residents often enjoy. A borough is a form of government used in New Jersey by a good portion of municipalities. While a borough does have a mayor, he has limited power. Most of the executive and legislative functions get carried out by the council.

Purchased from the Lenape Indians

New Providence history began back in 1664. The Duke of York, brother to King Charles II, bought the land from the Lenape Indians. It was known as the Elizabethtown Tract. It wasn't until 1720 that the Puritans established a settlement. There were many wild turkeys in the area, so it became known as "Turkey Town." This was the first permanent settlement in the area.

A Church is Established & A Name Change

In 1737 the Presbyterian Church was started. In 1759 the church's balcony collapsed, but miraculously there were only minor injuries. The church believed this was God's hand of protection on them, and this resulted in the town's name being changed to New Providence.

George Washington Slept Here

The borough's local stream, Salt Brook, is so named because of an incident that took place when the colonial village dumped all their salt into the brook to prevent the British soldiers from claiming it. Local tradition has it that George Washington visited the area and spent the night in a home which can still be seen today. But the British soldiers never ended up crossing the Watchung Mountains into the area. 

Population Increases - Becoming a Borough

Springfield Township was formed in April of 1794 and included not only the present-day township but:

  • Summit
  • New Providence
  • Berkeley Heights

Due to substantial growth in the region, the New Providence Township was formed on November 8, 1809. New Providence withdrew from the New Providence Township on March 14, 1899. It was at that time they reincorporated as a borough. Many townships in New Jersey were choosing to become boroughs at this time for economic reasons and to govern themselves. 

Nokia Bell Labs

Located in the New Providence neighborhood of Murray Hill, Nokia Bell Labs is an industrial, scientific development and research company. It is owned by Nokia, which is Finnish but is an American company. It was previously:

  • Bell Telephone Laboratories (1925-1984)
  • AT&T Bell Laboratories (1984-1996)
  • Bell Labs Innovations (1996-2007)

The lab got its beginnings in the late 19th century in New York City as part of the Western Electric Engineering Department. It was reformed into the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1925. Bell Lab researchers are credited with developing:

  • Radio astronomy
  • The transistor
  • The photovoltaic cell
  • The charge-coupled device (CCD)
  • The information theory
  • Unix operating system
  • Programming languages B, C, C++, and S

Bell Laboratories have been awarded nine Nobel Prizes for their work.

It All Started with Alexander Graham Bell

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1880, he was awarded the Volta Prize by France. This equaled roughly $10,000 then and about $270,000 in 2019. Graham would invest the money into the Volta Laboratory's development, today known as the Alexander Graham Bell Laboratory, in Washington, D.C. His cousin, Chichester Bell, and Sumner Tainter would collaborate with him on the project. It has also been known as:

  • Volta Bureau
  • Bell Carriage House
  • Bell Laboratory

Bell invented the telephone while looking for a way to communicate with the deaf. The focus of the lab was the analysis of sound, recording it, and transmitting sounds. The research was quite lucrative, and he used the money to further fund research and education into the deaf. 

The Telephone is Patented & A Company is Formed

The first patents for the telephone were filed in 1876 by Bell, Thomas Sanders, and Gardiner Hubbard, as the Bell Patent Association. A year later, the Bell Telephone Company was born. In 1889 the company became part of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T). The Bell Laboratories headquarters was moved from New York City to Murray Hill. 

Scientific Leaps

Crucial research is still taking place at the Bell Lab in Murray Hill. It is a fundamental and essential part of New Providence. The scientific strides made since the time of Alexander Graham Bell have been phenomenal. The residents of the borough, and the world, look forward to the discoveries and inventions that will come from this committed business. 

Salt Box Museum

Another landmark is the Salt Box Museum. It has a fascinating history, and visitors today can see memorabilia and artifacts from before the American Revolution era. The museum is located in what was actually two different houses. They were built at different times, and one half was later moved to the present location. At one point, the entire combined house was moved to the current location on Springfield Avenue.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Water Removal Services to New Providence Businesses

When your business experiences flooding from an in-house source such as a faulty HVAC system or burst pipe, it can mean downtime. The flowing water can seep into the flooring, wall spaces, behind fixtures, and flow to the levels below. Left unattended, water is caustic and can damage whatever it comes in contact with. Secondary damage, such as mold, is also a concern. SERVPRO can provide:

  • Emergency mitigation
  • Water Extraction using powerful, commercial pumps
  • Drying with industrial dehumidifiers and air movers
  • Repair and restoring the facility 
  • Content cleaning – providing pack-out if needed.

Our goal is to help you get your doors open as quickly as possible. We can work around your schedule and after hours if you can stay open. SERVPRO of Western Union County has the experience, expertise, and equipment to professionally mitigate the water damage done to your business. Contact us today at (908) 791-9177. We can handle commercial water removal of any size. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

New Providence Health and Fitness Classes Delivered Virtually

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Zoom Sessions to Raise Your Fitness Adeptness from Your New Providence Home

Finding the right exercise routine to attain your fitness goals can be a challenge. Sometimes a routine that you have established can become dull because of repetitiveness.  Instead of giving up on the desire to keep fit, you can try various approaches, especially those that incorporate fun aspects. You can join other New Providence residents on December 14, 2020, to learn various exercise and fitness routines, including:

  • Cardio sculpt express, which teaches how to use various weights and own body resistance during training
  • Various types of Zumba, which is a dance fitness routine
  • Basic yoga or specialized forms such as Hatha Yoga

The classes are perfect for people of all fitness levels. They are also scheduled to offer maximum convenience. For instance, there is a Yoga session scheduled around the lunchtime period. The body sculpt session is 45 minutes long to ensure it is impactful but not tiresome. 

SERVPRO of Western Union County helps clean up and deodorize New Providence properties for fire odor elimination purposes. Call us at (908) 791-9177 so that we can help ensure your home regains its normal comfort levels.

Fintech Webinar for Berkeley Heights Businesses

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Virtual Event for Berkeley Heights Businesses Owners to Learn About Imminent Fintech Changes

The changes in the Fintech sector are very rapid. At times, it is almost hard to tell what the latest changes are. For Berkeley Heights business owners, lagging is not an option since payment solutions can give competitors an edge. The current pandemic proved the vital role Fintech has to play in the future of businesses.  This December, you can catch up on the latest changes and expected future trends. A webinar series organized by the Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley can put you up to speed. 

Some of the things you should expect from the virtual event include:

  • Exclusive access to experts from UC Berkeley and various companies
  • A detailed summary of what to expect from Tech Giants in the future
  • Insights and findings from top world Fintech conference

You can access the free on December 16, 2020, starting from 8 PM to 9 PM.

SERVPRO of Western Union County helps business owners in Berkeley Heights when they need mold inspection services to ensure the best conditions environment for customers. Call us at (908) 791-9177.

Timely Response When Flood Damage Incidents Affect New Providence Properties

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Readily Accessible to New Providence Residents Affected by Flooding Incidents 

An incident that happened in 1759 gave New Providence its current name. Initially, the area was known as Turkey because of the large flocks of wild Turkeys that used to roam the area. At the time, the Presbyterian Church was the nerve center of the settlement. One day a crowded balcony at the church collapsed, but miraculously nobody was injured. The residents considered the outcome a divine act of providence, which gave the future town its current name. 

Currently, New Providence has a sparsely suburban feel with a population of over 12000. It is highly rated as friendly for families, with excellent public schools, a reasonable commute, plenty of outdoor activity areas, and the cost of living is not so high. There are several notable family restaurants and eateries in the area, including Italian restaurants such as Bellariva Pizzeria, Spanish Tavern of Mountainside, and Moe's Bistro for Mediterranean cuisine, among many other establishments. There are also farmers markets such as the Central Farmers Market located on Central Avenue, which ensure that residents have access to a wide range of fresh produce, sourced locally, nationally, and even imported, at very affordable prices.

Fun and Competition at the Swim Clubs

Swimming is another exciting way to spend time in New Providence since there are several swim clubs in the area. The history of swim clubs in the area is fascinating, especially considering the set up of the first community pool on Springfield Avenue in the early 1960s was fraught with challenges like lack of funds and opposition from some of the residents, even though it was a unique idea at the time. The New Providence Community Pool was the second one in the entire state. However, the project also had many supporters, including the mayor of the town, Frank LeBart. The budget for the construction was financed by individuals who co-signed for the loan or held bonds. By the time it was finished, over 900 families had signed up for yearly membership, which cost $35, making it an immediate success. 

Today there are several clubs in the area which cater to recreational and professional interests. The most renowned clubs include:

  • Crestview Swim Club
  • Clearwater Swim Club
  • Berkeley Aquatic Club

Crestview and Clearwater clubs have a longstanding competitive feud that stretches back over 30 years. At the beginning of summer, the two clubs present their best swimmers aged 6 to 18 to compete in timed swim races. The winning club gets the bragging rights for the rest of the season. Apart from beating the other club members, participants also try to beat individual or club records. Crestview at one time had a 12-year streak of back-to-back wins. The events also offer a chance for parents to spend time at the pool cheering the participants, providing refreshments, or even raising money that the clubs need for various purchases, thus keeping them relevant as times change.

Flooding and Other Disruptions from Hurricanes

Despite the fun and laid back feel of the area, some natural disasters such as hurricanes tend to affect the area disrupting activities and causing damages through flooding and other problems. Some of the notable incidents of that nature include hurricane Irene and Sandy.

  • Hurricane Irene hit the area on August 28, 2011 and was the first time a hurricane had made landfall in the state of New Jersey since 1903. It led to widespread flooding since it involved heavy precipitation, with at least 18 hours of continuous rainfall recorded. The incident left widespread damages to various properties. The New Providence library reportedly spent $23,000 even though the total flooding at the facility was less than 4 inches.
  • Hurricane Sandy affected the area on October 26, 2012. Its high-speed winds of up to 75MPH toppled many trees in the area leading to power outages in many properties and road closures, which cut people off. Apart from the physical damages caused by the hurricane, it also affected social aspects of life, including rescheduling Halloween celebrations and cancellation of a meeting set by the chamber of commerce.

Apart from storms and other adverse weather, the rivers in the area also cause flooding at times. The Passaic River, which runs along the border of New Providence, floods periodically due to heavy precipitation, debris accumulation, and issues related to property development. One of the reasons cited as the stumbling block to managing flooding from the river is the distributed ownership of the land through which it passes. Municipalities own some areas, others belong to the county, and individual landowners hold other sections. Therefore, developing comprehensive flood management plans is a challenge.

How Does SERVPRO Help With Flood Damage Management In New Providence?

When a flooding incident happens in New Providence, many factors can affect the response plan. For instance, flooding caused by storms also includes other factors such as road closure and power outage, which delay mitigation actions, thus worsening the damages. SERVPRO restoration teams prepare to respond even under challenging circumstances, helping homeowners avoid the issues that develop due to a delayed response. 

Our customer care staff is reachable 24 hours a day. We help during the crucial early minutes of the incident when most distressed homeowners are confused and might not know which steps might be beneficial. Some of the steps that might help include:

  • Turning off utilities such as power and gas at the mains
  • Relocating movable items from lower sections of the property to minimize exposure to floodwaters
  • Preparing for possible evacuation emergency supplies

Getting help when there is a significant flooding event can be a challenge since most people are occupied or cut off. SERVPRO crews step in at such times to fill the void. Our production trucks are pre-packed with the necessary resources, including protective clothing, to venture into flooded properties and useful utilities such as portable generators to serve as alternative power sources. Therefore, we set out immediately when requested to offer assistance.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is well equipped to handle flood damage challenges in New Providence, restoring homes to their preloss state.  Call us at (908) 791-9177 if your property is affected.

Ahoy! Community Movies in New Providence

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked in front of home Enjoy a night out while SERVPRO takes care of your property's water damage. We are available to assist you around the clock.

Join New Providence Businesses for “Movies on The Harbour”

On November 18th, New Providence begins showing community movies again. Sponsored by Pupstar Entertainment & Events, Green Parrot, East Bay & Bristol Wines, this is an incredible outdoor experience for the whole family. It is also a good option for Date Night.  

Ticket Prices, Show Times, and Dinner Options

  • $10 per person which includes a chair, or you can bring a blanket to rest on the grass
  • Start time is 8:00 pm; movie-goers can arrive at 7:30 pm to claim their seats and begin setting up
  • Appetizers and pizzas are perennial favorites from the Special Movie Menu, but the Green Parrot Bar & Grill also has its regular menu items available for purchase
  • For the grown-ups, there is also a variety of 19 different wines available 
  • All movies shown finish at 10:00 pm so parents can get kids home at a reasonable time

SERVPRO of Western Union County is proud to be part of the New Providence community. If you need help in your home with water damage repair, call us today at (908) 791-9177. 

New Providence Business Owners can Learn How Rutgers University is Helping Develop Ways of Handling Nuclear Waste

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Glass is an Inert Substance Found in Every New Providence Business and Residence

Reserve a spot for Friday, November 20, at 1 PM EST with Dr. Ashutosh Goel, Associate Professor at Rutgers Materials Science & Engineering Department, to learn more about his latest research. You need Cisco Webex Meetings downloaded to take part in this free seminar. Call (848) 445-4512 for your login credentials. 

Here are some of the questions you might find answered at Dr. Goel’s session on Turning Nuclear Waste into Glass:

  • Could drinking glasses in the future be made from some of the most dangerous compounds in the world?
  • Would such glass be clear enough for use as windows?
  • Would it be strong and flexible, perfect for use in the automotive and medical industries?

Your business does not need to handle hazardous waste for an on-site fire to create dangerous hazards. Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 460-5373 for cleanup, rebuilding, and restoration services.

Is Flood Damage A Common Threat to Homes?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

flood cuts walls, equipment Rely on SERVPRO for fast and efficient flood damage cleanup and restoration for New Providence Homes--from groundwater extraction to build back.

There are several types of flooding possible for New Providence homes, and each requires unique restoration techniques to resolve.

With the location of New Providence, homeowners must contend with severe weather conditions that could potentially develop in any season of the year. As a leading storm damage restoration team in the region, our SERVPRO professionals stay prepared for situations that threaten your home and our neighborhoods. We keep stocked READY trailers at our facility loaded with extractors, drying tools, and EPA-approved cleaning products.

Our response to flood damage in New Providence homes and businesses can reduce the severity of loss situations for property owners when possible. As with most loss scenarios, storm and flood damage both have a finite timeline before their exposures to sensitive interior materials can have irreparable effects.

We must remain prepared for any of these loss situations with the right tools, personnel, and experience. Because we also have technicians on our roster with building experience, we can also provide immediate construction solutions to prevent the situation from worsening. We can also partner with other companies for a seamless solution to your flood loss. Each circumstance is unique after flooding, however, and much of it depends on the type of disaster. Our area is often threatened by four kinds of possible flooding scenarios, including:

How Can Severe Weather Cause Attic Flooding?

Because the area is known, in part, for severe weather systems that can pass through, homeowners understand how their roof could be vulnerable to damages. Hail, strong winds, and torrential rainfall can all have an immediate impact on shingled roofs. Harsh winter conditions like ice dams on the roof can also create access points for water damage.

  • Extraction –  Not all of the attic flooding scenarios require extensive extraction due to water migration concerns. However, tools like wet vacuums and light wands can have an impact on pooling to reduce saturation. 
  • Structural Assessment – Our technicians also pay attention to the roof's vulnerable points. Not only does temporary tarping need to begin, but a plan must get formulated for repairing this vital exterior system. 
  • Drying – Drying up the attic space can often happen in several ways, though the foundation of this effort relies on both air movers and dehumidifiers. Containment efforts can regulate temperature and airflow for more efficient evaporation. 

What Are the Main Concerns with Flash Flooding?

Flash flooding can damage a home quickly and thoroughly, leaving homeowners struggling with the steps necessary to address all the pressing concerns. Because these conditions can change rapidly, our SERVPRO team must prepare for situations where multiple homes encounter the same devastating natural disaster. Each of our skilled technicians available to help appreciates the primary concerns with flash flooding scenarios, including:

  • Debris – Debris and solids present an immediate risk to the house because it limits the available pumps and extractors that can get used to remove standing water in the damaged areas. Often, the choice involves self-priming trash pumps, truck-mount pumps, and wet vacuums. 
  • Contaminants – Water can encounter multiple substances, chemicals, and pollutants before reaching your home. It is not uncommon for the water to interact with hazardous substances such as sewage, oil, and other bacterial or viral pathogens in flooding situations. Exposure of contents and structural elements often requires removal and discarding. 
  • Organic Matter – From foliage and branches to animal carcasses or live creatures carried in with the flooding, organic matter removal must happen quickly before these elements begin to decay and deteriorate in the house. 
  • Odors – Decay, mud, sewage, and other substances brought into the house do more than damage surfaces and contents. Harsh smells can overwhelm a property after a flood, so our SERVPRO team must reduce the severity with counteractant products until the appropriate phase for full-scale deodorization arrives. 

Does Natural Flooding Always Require Reconstruction?

There are a few instances of flooding that do not require some degree of repair and reconstruction. Because floodwater can penetrate exterior wall systems and take paths where structural vulnerabilities exist to reach inside your house, these access points must get resolved. Because we can call upon partnered contractors to respond along with our accredited technicians, we can offer both immediate construction solutions with tarping and board-up services, but also provide permanent build back once mitigation efforts complete.

Different types of flooding can create unique problems and obstacles for restoration in your home. With how devastating these loss events can become, it is essential to secure knowledgeable professionals to oversee your damaged residence's cleaning and recovery. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team is standing by 24/7 at (908) 791-9177.

What does Content Management Mean within a Fire Restoration Project in New Providence?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Homes in New Providence with Fire Damage Benefit from Content Management as Part of the Restoration Services

Homes in New Providence run the risk of a fire as soon as the weather turns, and homeowners start using space heaters, fireplaces, and central heating. When flames burn in your home, they may stick to a well-defined area, but their residue travels quickly through your ventilation system and the air to settle on your furniture, inside cabinets, and on your décor. Calling a fire restoration company is the most efficient way of facing your post-fire needs.

Fire and smoke restoration in New Providence is within our expertise at SERVPRO. Our skillful team routinely visits homes facing varying degrees of damage and takes action to return them to mint condition. When we’re at your home, we look at the damage before us and use our detection tools to discover any additional problem areas. With information at hand, we develop a plan focusing on your needs and the most efficient way to meet them.

Should homeowners discard all items close to the fire remnants?
Content management guides how our SERVPRO team preserves your items as much as possible. Some of your personal items will have to be discarded, and we take care of their disposal.  However, our team prepares to move some of your things to a staging area to clean and restore them while still working on your home's structural needs. Some of the benefits associated with moving items to an alternative location include:

    •    Preventing further damage to your personal property
    •    Improving access to crevices and hard-to-reach corners of your home in need of restoration
    •    Odor control

SERVPRO of Western Union County is your first and most crucial step in a successful restoration process. Call us at (908) 791-9177 when disaster strikes and allow us the opportunity to work with you until your home feels “Like it never even happened.”

Poor Drainage left Homeowners in New Providence Dealing with Flood Damage After a Heavy Storm. Where Can They Get Help?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating furniture Flood damage on your property has to be dealt with quickly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for water removal services.

SERVPRO Technicians in New Providence Can Help Homeowners Handle the Storm Flood Damage.

Flood Water can leave property owners homeless and in a devastated state. If professionals do not restore the home, the water can cause long-term damage to the affected property. Therefore, it is essential to involve certified experts like SERVPRO technicians to fix your New Providence property to its preloss state.

Why should homeowners hire a certified professional?

Hiring a professional restorer to handle the storm flood damage in your New Providence property is essential to minimize and prevent damage from becoming permanent. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an independent organization that promotes ethical standards for cleaning and restoration firms. An IICRC certified restorer offers reliable and effective restoration services. Our team of technicians has decades of experience in the restoration industry and access to top-notch equipment and tools that help us handle flood damage of any magnitude.

How can homeowners minimize damage?

Once flooding occurs in your property, it is not advisable to begin the restoration process without involving a professional. However, there are essential tasks you can perform to help minimize the damage, including:

  • Moving wet clothing, furniture, and other fabrics to a dry area.
  • Placing plastic bags under the stands of large furniture to avoid wicking.
  • Moving paintings and pictures from damaged walls to a dry and safe place.

How long does it take to dry a flooded property?

With conventional drying methods, it can take weeks to dry the affected property completely. However, with our innovative technology, we can handle the same task in a few days.

We can use an electric submersible pump to extract the excess water in your property if it is two inches deep. However, if the water levels are lower, we can use portable extractors to remove the water. The equipment has three components, including a heater, a water pump, and a vacuum cleaner. Our SERVPRO team can then take steps to dry your property thoroughly by using air movers and dehumidifiers. We know how to manipulate humidity levels and temperature to create optimum drying conditions without causing secondary destruction.

It is essential to have a certified professional to restore your property after flood damage. Hire SERVPRO of Western Union County to remediate the flood damage to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (908) 791-9177.

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Why Should a Homeowner Look For Mold Removal Companies That Understand Containment?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on a white wall Let SERVPRO help your New Providence property before mold spreads too far.

New Providence Homeowners Looking For The Most Effective Mold Removal Companies

Many people living in New Providence lead busy lives without much free time. That means that when you need to hire a contractor to take care of home repairs, you want the quickest and most efficient service.

This is especially true when you need mold removal companies in New Providence. No one wants mold in their home, so naturally, you want to have someone remediate it quickly. Mold removal is a complex process with several steps. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Western Union County knows how to get the best mold remediation results.

Adequate containment is key to mold removal. To understand why we first need to know how mold spreads and grows.

How does mold spread?

When you see a patch of mold in your home, you see something called the mycelium. This is a network of tiny tube-like cells called hyphae. Mold is parasitical, which means the mycelium grows by consuming the organic matter on which it lives. The food source is most likely to be wallpaper, drywall, wood, or canvas in your home.

Mold contains many microscopic mold spores. The spores detach from the mycelium and travel on the air currents. They can also travel on your clothes or shoes, your pets’ fur, or the HVAC system. To grow, mold needs:

  • An organic food source
  • Moisture (which is easy to come by in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room)
  • The correct temperature and a dark environment

Once the spores find a place with the right conditions, they will form a new mycelium.

Can I stop mold from spreading?

It is challenging to stop spores from spreading because they are so small. You cannot see them, so you have no way of knowing if they are in the air or on your clothes. However, we can use containment to prevent spores from escaping during mold remediation.

What is containment and why does it matter?

Containment means setting up physical barriers to prevent mold spores from spreading. SERVPRO technicians set up a structure around the affected place, using plastic sheeting to cover the area and create a seal. 

How does SERVPRO set up containment?

Our technicians know that there are a few things to be mindful of when setting up containment:

  • It is not enough to cover the area – we need to cover windows and doors where we are working, too
  • It is vital to cover all fans and vents
  • Containment should not be larger than required, as smaller containments are more effective
  • Containment structures should have as few seams as possible, and these seams must be tightly sealed, so there is less chance for spores to leak out
  • A good setup is not enough – we also need to monitor the air pressure differential inside the structure

Does containment stop mold from coming back?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to stop mold from coming back. Because the spores are microscopic and can be found everywhere, they can re-enter your home. However, containment can help reduce the risk of this happening, because:

  • It stops mold spores escaping into the rest of your home
  • It increases the number of mold spores SERVPRO removes from the air
  • It captures any mold spores that come loose during the mold cleanup process

What happens inside the containment area?

There are several things we can do to remediate mold inside the containment area. We use scrubbing, wiping, and gentle abrasion to remove mold colonies. We can apply disinfectants and microbial agents. In some areas, we can use baking soda blasting to rub away the mold.

We also bring in air scrubbers and negative air machines to capture spores. Air scrubbers have powerful filters that trap spores and stop them from re-entering the room. Negative air machines vent the contaminated air outside of your home, which removes spores and also changes the air pressure, so it is even more challenging for spores to escape.

Our technicians are vigilant about using protective equipment and removing it before entering the rest of your home so that we do not carry mold spores throughout your house. 

What happens after mold remediation?

After mold remediation, we will deodorize your home. The air scrubbers we use during remediation are great for deodorizing, and we can also use carbon filters and a range of odor-eating products to get rid of leftover mold odors. 

Our team will remove all traces of the containment structure, leaving your home “Like it never even happened.” We will also check in with you after a week to answer any questions.

If you need a mold removal company you can trust, call SERVPRO of Western Union County (908) 791-9177.

What Are the Three Main Signs That Your Water-Damaged Drywall Needs Replacement in Berkeley Heights?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating couch and lamp Water damage in your home can be very stressful for you and your family. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

When drywall becomes saturated, there are many reasons that replacement might be better than drying for your Berkeley Heights home.

Because so much of your water service throughout your Berkeley Heights home is stored within the property walls, wall system elements like insulation and drywall become the first and most damaged of exposed materials. While not every situation requires the replacement and reconstruction of these damaged areas, understanding the signals that can indicate severe damage saves time and money when our SERVPRO team gets to work in the house after a water disaster.

What Are the Main Telling Signs That Drywall is Damaged?

When water damage repair in your Berkeley Heights home is necessary, this could indicate several actions that our professionals must take. Regarding damage to the drywall, there are typically several direct signs that severe and irreparable damage has occurred that requires our team's in-house contractors to begin controlled demolition efforts. By removing drywall portions, we can prevent further wicking of moisture to other undamaged panels. Some indicators that sheetrock must get replaced includes:

  • Swelling/Bloating – Overexposure of gypsum board to humidity and water can often lead to swelling of the material, especially at the base closest to the floors. 
  • Sagging – When drywall gets used as a ceiling material, the weight of saturation can cause the board to begin drooping between the studs and eventually separate from screws altogether. 
  • Microbial Growth – Mold colonization, which often first becomes visible as spots on the surface, can usually indicate a need for material removal for remediation purposes.

Drywall is often one of the most sensitive materials that water comes into contact with in a house after a disaster. With how quickly these structural elements can get destroyed, our SERVPRO of Western Union County team must prepare for demolition and build back. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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Stormy Weather Left Me with Flood Damage in My Property. Who Can Help?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning in night sky Storms are frequent and can cause flooding. SERVPRO is always on call to dry your home.

SERVPRO Technicians in New Providence Can Help You Deal with the Storm Flood Damage in your Residence

Excess water in your New Providence home can cause expensive damage to your furnishings, weaken your structure, and lead to the growth of mold. However, if professional restorers handle the flooding immediately it occurs, the damage can be minimal. Involve experienced and reputable restorers like SERVPRO professionals to restore your New Providence property to its pre-incident state.

Why do I need professionals to restore my property?

Flood damage in your New Providence property can not only jeopardize the integrity of your structure but also invite insects in your home. If you reside in an area susceptible to termite infestations, your wood and drywall are at risk. Involving a professional restoration company like SERVPRO is the best way to avoid structural problems and deal with the contamination that black water brings into a home.

We work around the clock and respond to our customers’ emergency calls. We respond with the latest and powerful extraction equipment and tools available to handle flood damage of any size or scope. Our professionals act fast and begin the extraction process to reduce drying time and repair costs.

How do you clear out mold growth?

Our restorers understand that mold growth can occur after 24 hours. Therefore, when responding to your emergency call, we are ready to combat mold growth. It grows in areas that can retain humidity such as basements, crawlspaces, and attics. Since mold can cause serious health effects to humans, we wear protective gear such as:

  • An N95 respirator
  • Full bodysuit
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Eye protection

We use advanced products to treat mold growth effectively. Our restorers can use chlorine, a sterilizer that destroys all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores. The product can leave your property free from organisms that can cause health effects.

How do you dry surfaces with moisture?

After water extraction, we dry the affected area effectively after dealing with mold. We can use axial air movers to improve air circulation in the property and structural cavity drying equipment to direct dry air into confined areas. The air movers also help in extracting any mold spores floating in the air. Depending on the amount of damage, we can run the equipment during the day and overnight for several days to thoroughly dry your property.

Restorers from a licensed and certified firm like SERVPRO of Western Union County can handle flood damage effectively. Call us today at (908) 791-9177 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Should I Restore or Sell My New Providence Home After Damage By A Fire?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt house after the fire Your decision to restore or sell your fire-damaged property should not be based on fear.

SERVPRO Helps New Providence Homeowners Understand Fire Damage Restoration Processes So That They Make the Best Decisions

In the aftermath of a fire, decision-making is probably one of the main challenges you face. For instance, you may debate within yourself whether to restore the home or sell it. Your apprehension for restoration may stem from the fear of dealing with contractors, city inspectors, and other parties whose expectations might not align with your specific goals. SERVPRO can help you restore your New Providence home to its preloss state hassle-free and thus save you the disadvantage of selling a damaged home.

What are the possible disadvantages of selling a fire-damaged home?
Although performing fire damage restoration at your New Providence home may seem like a hassle, selling has some challenges too, including:
    •    A significantly lower selling price compared to property value
    •    It can take time to find a buyer
    •    You have to cover the closing costs

Even when you decide to sell, some work around the property is still necessary since you need to protect the damaged house to stop further deterioration and possible liability issues in case someone is injured at the site.

Is it possible to carry out stress-free fire restorations?
With the right resources, the seemingly insurmountable restoration task is easier to handle. Engaging a professional restorer like SERVPRO gives you immediate access to all the resources needed to clean and repair damaged areas. We also help with the other inconvenient aspects of managing the restoration, including:
    •    Documenting the loss for insurance purposes
    •    Protecting the property during the renovation
    •    Safe handling of dangerous materials
    •    Ensuring all renovation process comply with government regulations

Loss documentation is an elaborate process that requires identification and proper recording of the loss details. With help from our technicians, you have the added advantage of having a trained eye scrutinizing the loss site, thus identifying some grave issues that you might dismiss. We also capture photos and videos of all the areas affected by the fire, thus making it easier to prove your claim.

What type of protection is necessary for a fire-damaged house?
After the fire is quelled, there is a need to board up the house to protect it from weather elements, small animals, and other dangers. Boarding up helps seal all openings created by the fire, whether it is shattered windows or openings on the walls. You might also need a temporary fence around the property to keep people from approaching the property. As already highlighted, protection is necessary whether you have chosen to sell or to restore the property.

In case of restoration, our SERVPRO technicians can help you board up the property easily. We use plywood panels and solid wood planks such as two-by-fours to create secure barriers around the doors, windows, and other openings that you would want to seal.

What is the best way to address dangerous materials found at the loss site?
The fear of injury or other adverse effects caused by dangerous materials at the fire loss site can make restoration seem like a risky proposition. However, knowing what risky materials to expect and having the right protective equipment to handle them minimizes the risk. Some of the typical dangerous materials found in fire-damaged houses include:
    •    Frayed or melted electrical cables
    •    Toxic substances like dioxin released from combustion
    •    Hazardous materials like asbestos or lead

Our SERVPRO technicians wear protective gear such as rubber boots and nitrile gloves when venturing into the damaged property. Visual inspection of the charred remains can help identify the main hazards to expect the loss site and the action to take. For instance, we can take specific containment steps, such as using heavy-duty sealable plastic bags to collect the materials. When performing cleaning procedures or other steps on areas with hazardous materials such as asbestos, disturbing the materials is the main threat. Our technicians identify any areas with such materials and avoid them until proper removal is possible.

What legal perspectives should I be aware of when restoring my property?
Flouting state or local authority rules can lead to penalties, especially on issues such as:
    •    Garbage and refuse management
    •    Housing rehabilitation
    •    Construction codes
    •    Obstruction of streets and sidewalks

However, that should not hinder the restoration of your property. Our crews receive up to date training on government regulations that affect any aspect of restoring damaged properties.

Your decision to restore or sell your fire-damaged property should not be based on fear. SERVPRO of Western Union County can help ensure you are fully informed. We also assist in lightening the load for you. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Flood Removal Equipment for New Providence Homes

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooded room with couch Getting water out of your house can be a tricky process when you don’t know who to call. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation and remediation services.

Flooding can be a widespread concern in area houses, but we have efficient tools to address these concerns.

While no two loss incidents are identical, the equipment necessary to restore and repair flood-damaged New Providence structures varies as well. There are many layers to flood recovery and cleanup, beginning with extraction and flood removal. Pooling water can be a considerable threat to a property when not immediately addressed, as all exposed materials and contents can start to absorb moisture based on their respective permeance.

The restoration and repairs following flood damage in New Providence residences and businesses hinge on efficient extraction solutions to begin as soon as possible. Depending on the type of flood damage present, namely, if there are solids present or not, the kind of extraction tools and water removal device varies. As is the case with many standing water concerns, submersible pumps are often among the most popular options for their versatility and continuous output until the property is ready for drying. Some of the extraction tools we use include:

Is an Electric Pump Ideal for Flood Removal?

Electric submersible pumps are among the most versatile of our removal tools, but they are adequate for situations where no debris is present. Because of a smaller intake and discharge, solids pose a threat to these pumps' operation and can render them ineffective when used in natural flooding scenarios. In these cases, trash pumps and the extractor trucks in our Green Fleet can be most effective.

Flooding can be a widespread concern in your residence that continually worsens until you resolve the need for flood removal with our inventory of powerful extraction devices. Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call anytime you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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How Can I Remove Floodwaters From My New Providence Home?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home If you have experienced flooding and need help right away, then call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177.

SERVPRO Has The Equipment And Training To Dry Your New Providence Home

Without prompt extraction, floodwaters can inflict further structural damage on your New Providence home. Fortunately, SERVPRO is available 24/7 and can quickly begin the water removal process.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Floodwaters?

The first step in flood damage mitigation in New Providence is the removal of floodwaters. Our teams can utilize the following equipment to efficiently remove floodwater from your home:

    •    Truck-mounted extractors that can remove hundreds of gallons of water.
    •    Portable Extractors that give us more access to your home.
    •    Submersible Pumps for when there are more than two inches of flooding in your home.

I'm Worried That Flooding Affected My Home's Structure. Can SERVPRO Help?

Once SERVPRO teams have cleared out the water from your home, we can begin the detecting and monitoring process. To track the spread of moisture within your house, our technicians can utilize:

    •    Moisture sensors to detect how far the floodwaters penetrated soft surfaces.
    •    Moisture meters to monitor the actual moisture content of the materials inside your home. We can also use penetrating moisture meters to determine if there is structural water damage within your home.
    •    Thermo-hygrometers to measure temperatures and humidity levels within your home.

Using these tools, our teams can pinpoint moisture hotspots and can deploy drying equipment to mitigate structural water damage in your home.

Does SERVPRO Dry Insulation?

Moisture can affect a moisture's antimicrobial properties and fire resistance, so you must dry or replace damaged insulation as soon as possible. SERVPRO can assess the type of insulation and the extent of the damage to determine if replacing the insulation is necessary. Typically, most insulation must be replaced unless it is fiberglass insulation.

If you have experienced flooding and need help right away, then call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177. We will get you on track to feeling, “Like it never even happened.”

Will the Type of Water Damage Increase the Loss?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

green gear drying flood-cut walls SERVPRO uses advanced equipment and controlled demolition to restore flood-damaged New Providence properties

SERVPRO Has the Skilled Water Restoration Technicians Necessary to Limit Loss to Your New Providence Property

Once you have water damage in your New Providence home, property drying is just part of the reason to call a highly-trained restoration team. Not all losses are the same when looking at water infiltration. Various kinds of water can bring on different results. SERVPRO features technicians trained via the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle any water situation you may face.

What are the Unique Categories of Water Damage?

When handling your need for water restoration in New Providence, our team breaks down water damage into several categories. Due to the variations in water types, trained restoration technicians have the skill necessary to adjust accordingly. This makes water damage restoration preferred over DIY methods alone. These unique classes are categorized based on contamination levels from different water source:

Clean Water – Category 1

By itself, category one water does not pose a significant health threat to humans or pets. This is water stemming from sanitary, clean sources. However, even though the water is clean directly from the source, this type of water damage is not without risk. Without proper extraction and drying measures, there is the potential for mold and mildew growth. Additionally, any clean water event can transform into a Category 2 even when it is left to degrade for too long. Various sources of clean water will include:

  • Showerheads
  • Faucets
  • Waterlines
  • Drinking fountains or bubblers

Gray Water – Category 2

With gray water, there is the potential for health risks for humans and pets. However, the threat is generally not overly significant or life-threatening. When Category 2 water sources are involved with your water damage, various biological, physical, or chemical contaminants are within. These elements are known for causing discomfort or potential illness should the water be consumed or with prolonged exposure. Various sources of gray water include:

  • Stagnant or uncleaned Category 1 water
  • Failed sump pumps
  • Seepage
  • Toilet water without the presence of fecal matter
  • Washing machine or dishwasher discharge

Black Water – Category 3

Industry guidelines for black water describe it as being extremely unsanitary. Category 3 water contaminants are harmful and can lead to moderate to severe illness with exposure or ingestion. This is why this water contamination level must only be handled by highly-trained technicians that use property sanitation and safety techniques. Various sources of black water include:

  • Stagnant or uncleaned Category 2 water
  • Toilet water that contains fecal matter
  • Seawater
  • Sewage
  • Groundwater containing chemicals, pesticides, and organic matter

Our team works to distinguish the type of water present within your home when we arrive at the job site. We take this information and formulate a plan to handle the water damage to minimize the risks to human health. It is vital that homeowners always remain aware of both Category 2 and Category 3 water due to the possible health concerns. Regardless of the water source, our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) here at SERVPRO can start the cleanup and drying process to help minimize the impact on your health and your property.

What Can Skilled Restoration Help With?

There are many causes for water damage, each of which we are prepared to address when called for restoration services. Some of the issues that we cover include:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaking pipes
  • Burst pipes
  • Basement flooding
  • Storm damage
  • Moisture left after a fire loss event
  • Appliance failure, and more

With our water restoration expertise and our step-by-step approach to cleanup and drying, we can restore your interior to get back to preloss conditions faster than DIY methods alone. Just a quick phone call will deploy our Green Fleet to your property within four hours or less to begin the assessment process. The benefits of calling our team includes:

  • Immediate response times
  • Detailed water damage evaluation
  • Specialized procedures for cleaning and drying
  • Moisture monitoring and reporting
  • Controlled demolition
  • Full deodorization and sanitization
  • Follow-up visits to ensure relative humidity is at the appropriate level

You should know that the most common insurance claim from homeowners will be water damage related. Many homeowners will experience some moisture damage to their property within their lifetime of ownership. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our technicians are ready to handle your water damage needs. We have technicians standing by to get to work 24/7 for emergency service to limit the loss and return to life as usual.

Do you want to know more about how we can help with your water restoration needs? Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177, and we can send out a team. Once our crew chief puts a plan into action, the results will make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Quickly Can I Reopen My Business After a Water Spill?

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

"Welcome" SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage. We will have your business back open for operation in no time.

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What Can SERVPRO Do to Reopen My Motel Operation?

When overhead pipes are involved, a break that goes undetected overnight can shut down an entire block of rooms until the water removal in a New Providence motel is completed. Fortunately, SERVPRO is ready to support any size operation with a 24/7 response team. 

Can the Response Team Save My Carpets During Removal?

In most cases, yes. Few commercial carpets have a pad underneath, so there is no need to lift and remove the carpet to dispose of the pad, which deteriorates quickly after it gets wet. Our team can immediately begin using water extractors to draw out all traces of the spill from the carpets. We can use Rovers, self-propelled ridden by a technician extractors, to squeeze out the water from the short-napped fibers. In addition to removal, the commercial devices team members use also have a heating element that helps them begin drying each carpet quicker than with a standard water-vac.  

After removing the standing water, each room still needs drying out. If this is not done professionally, remaining traces of moisture can lead to a lingering, musty odor, and the possibility of mold growing overhead, in bathrooms, and under sinks. Team members open all doors and windows weather permitting, install box fans to draw out the damp air, and use air movers to direct warm airflow across the floors to dry them. By leading the airflow, they can also place the warm air directly into the overhead space to dry them thoroughly.

What about the damaged pipe and ceiling? 

As the response team removes the water, other SERVPRO specialists can repair or replace many types of plumbing failures, as well as demolish and replace any ruined ceiling tiles and other types of paneling, to include drywall. If there is a problem needing specialized material, the team leader always recommends a licensed plumber.  

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Western Union County can do for your business, call us today at (908) 791-9177. 

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My New Providence Living Room Appears Dry, Why Does It Have a Musty Water Odor?

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

water spreading on the floor of a living room Water damage to any residence is not fun and can take time to clean up alone. Contact SERVPRO to get help remediating water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Locate and Remove all the Water From Your New Providence Home, so There are No Issues Afterward

Two main types of water loss happen in your home. The water you can see and the water you cannot. The latter is what leads to:  

  • Foul odors
  • Damage to building materials  
  • Potential for mold growth

What Can a Water Damage Restoration Company Do That I Can't? 

When SERVPRO handles water damage restoration within New Providence homes, they use their advanced moisture detection equipment to rapidly determine if there is seepage under flooring, wicking within sheetrock, or in other non-exposed areas where water migrates.

Once the accurate scale of the loss area gets mapped out, the techs remove the water using their extraction equipment. One key element of the removal phase is when the maximum amount of moisture gets lifted, it works to lessen the time needed for drying the loss area and lends a hand towards a more favorable outcome from this type of damage.

When water contains sewage or has aged beyond 48 hours before cleanup started, the removal and disposal become more severe as it requires handling as a biohazard. When this situation arises, SERVPRO techs:   

  • Wear head to toe protective gear  
  • Test the water to determine the presence of any harmful elements
  • Dispose of the water per state and federal regs
  • Use professional-grade antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaning agents 

The instantly recognizable musty odor that water can leave behind in a house gets neutralized through the use of the advanced equipment SERVPRO techs bring on-site. When the techs complete the restoration services, there are no reminders of the previous water loss.

When your home needs water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177. The certified technicians have comprehensive training to bring your home back to its preloss condition.

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What Are My Cleanup Options After a Flood?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room; flood cuts on walls Summer storms are common and bring flooding. Sometimes we make flood cuts to ensure drying.

Expert Restoration for Flood Damage is Best to Ensure Your Berkeley Heights Home Gets Back to Pre-Loss Condition 

Any storm can make you feel uneasy, especially when water begins to infiltrate your home's interior. When you experience heavy rainfall, wind, and flooding in your Berkeley Heights home, you can rest assured that SERVPRO is available 24/7. We act fast not only to lessen the secondary damage but also to make sure that your interior is back to preloss condition "Like it never even happened." 

Why Is Skilled Restoration Best? 

As soon as you notice your home has suffered from flood damage in Berkeley Heights, you should call for expert restoration. Before our SERVPRO crew arrives, make sure that you are careful around any standing water, as there could be dangers from electrocution or lacerations. 

The sooner that the restoration efforts begin, the better your chances of halting secondary damage like: 

  • Wood rot
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Subfloor damage
  • Delamination of flooring
  • Foul odors, and more 

The minute that we receive a call from a customer to come out for emergency flood cleanup and restoration, we spring into action. We deploy a crew to your home, with most arrival times commencing in as little as four hours or less, so that we can get to work. Our Green Fleet comes equipped with advanced restoration equipment, and we use proven techniques to restore your home. All of our IICRC-certified technicians are well-versed with things like expert water removal, eliminating the dangers of microbial threats, and halting the onset of foul odors. 

Are There DIY Efforts with Which I Can Assist? 

It is natural for a homeowner to want to clean up some of the water invading their home. However, consumer-grade equipment often fails to provide results anywhere near our industrial-strength tools and equipment. Furthermore, you run the risk of causing even more damage without realizing it when you try to handle floodwater with DIY methods. It is not uncommon for our crews to arrive to find out that the initial loss was made worse by self-cleaning efforts, such as: 

  • Contamination that spreads into other areas of the home
  • Water migration outside of the flood-loss zone
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous materials
  • Unnecessary secondary damage to building materials and belongings 

Why Do Contaminants Spread So Easily? 

Any flood loss can present with varying degrees of contamination. When floodwater, also known as blackwater, enters the home, it brings a range of contaminants. These contaminants may include: 

  • Dirt, silt, various debris
  • Chemicals
  • Fuel
  • Biohazards
  • Fecal matter, and more 

Contaminants such as these will often travel and spread quickly through foot traffic. DIY cleaning methods using high-pressure water may also aerosolize the pollutants, making them airborne and providing a path to other interior areas. When you call us at SERVPRO to help with your flood emergency, you can count on us to take several necessary precautions: 

  • Our crew wears personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes foot coverings
  • We put plastic sheeting into place to create contamination barriers and air scrubbers for an environment with negative pressure
  • Buffers need placing in areas where there is only partial flooding present 

With flooding from a violent storm in Berkeley Heights, we also take the time to ensure your property is safe. We will secure your home by: 

  • Ensuring the safety of your home and our crew by putting braces in place if your structure is damaged
  • Boarding up or taping of any damage, including broken windows
  • Shutting off the electricity and other utilities near the flood-loss zone may pose a potential hazard from shock or fire 

How Can My Structure Be Damaged During a Storm and Flood? 

The physical integrity of your home could be at risk and supporting structures such as a garage or shed. During the force of heavy, wind, rain, and flooding, there could be issues such as: 

  • Metal or wood framing that can bed or begin to shear off
  • Doors, windows and siding that may warp or break entirely
  • Depending on the water levels and pressure, your foundation could be at risk for a wash-out 

After your structure is secure, our crews get to work using high-powered extraction equipment. With truck-mounted extractors, submersible pumps, and various other tools, we pull out all of the standing water within the loss zone. It is then essential to take the time to use specialized moisture detection tools to locate any hidden pockets where water may have migrated. We then put into place a range of drying machines to facilitate the next phase, including: 

  • Industrial-strength fans
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers 

All of these drying tools help reduce relative humidity and ensure your interior is dry for the final restoration phase. No matter the level of flood damage you are facing, our team is no match at SERVPRO of Western Union County. Call us 24/7 at (908) 791-9177, and we can send out a crew to get to work as soon as possible! 

If a Pipe Breaks in My New Providence House, Do I Really Need a Water Cleanup Crew?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Of Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak SERVPRO of Western Union County’s emergency services line, (908) 791-9177, is answered 24/7.

Water Damage often Requires Professional Restoration in New Providence

Many homeowners assume clean water poses little risk when a pipe breaks, apart from the initial drenching, but there are a few problems that the release of possibly hundreds of gallons of water can create. Your residence in New Providence needs a professional water cleanup and mitigation crew. Dirty water from a broken drain or toilet can cause additional problems, of course, but unmitigated clean water can quickly become equally filthy.

How Does the Training SERVPRO Technicians Receive Improve the Water Cleanup Services Provided?

SERVPRO’s thoroughly trained water damage specialists know:
    •    The most efficient procedures to extract the water, so it stops spreading (decreasing necessary drying time),
    •    Which common household items harmfully contaminate water (and how to counteract them),
    •    Highly effective methods for eliminating microbial populations in saturated locations,
    •    How to determine the amount of water absorbed by affected materials (which affects drying time), as well as
    •    What to do when unexpected situations arise (including existing mold, lead paint, and the presence of asbestos).

What Else can a Water Cleanup Specialist do that Most Property Owners Can’t?

Our water cleanup specialists in New Providence use a device that easily pinpoints any areas holding onto water after absorbing spreading water. We create a printout of the visual readout on our infrared camera’s screen before we begin any work to compare to later visual readings. We do this to eliminate hidden water.

When water accumulates inside the layers making up your flooring, permanent damage can take place. SERVPRO’s building and reconstruction professionals do much to increase your restoration options. This includes flooring repair and reinstallations of wooden, tile, linoleum, and carpet.

SERVPRO of Western Union County’s emergency services line, (908) 791-9177, is answered 24/7. Residents in the area around Berkeley Heights, NJ, Netherwood, NJ, and Union, NJ can rely on us for water cleanup, as well as mitigation and restoration, no matter how minor or extensive.

How Do I Get Rid of the Smell After a Fire in New Providence?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Dark burnt wooden house corridor after fire Odors can linger for a long time after a fire. Contact SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Provides Deodorization After A Fire in New Providence

A fire causes severe problems, and the foul odors that occur can make a home unlivable. Deodorization is an integral part of fire restoration cleanup in New Providence. Restoring your home is our goal, and this means getting rid of bad smells.

What steps do you take to treat odors from a fire?

Any home that has suffered fire damage in New Providence will have lingering odors. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) take several steps to clean your home. This includes getting to the source of nasty smells and clearing the house of noxious odors. If the odors remain, they can cause the following issues:

  • Compromised air quality 
  • Increased health problems 
  • Ruin items in the home 
  • Make the home uninhabitable 

The Sweet Smell of a Clean Home

The smells in a home after fire damage results from a mix of natural and chemical odors. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians know what to look for and how to treat it. It starts with the basics:

  • Removing the source of the odor – this is the first and most crucial step. It could be charred wood, burnt building materials, or burnt carpet. Our IICRC techs provide safe disposal of any discarded materials.
  • Surface Cleaning – smells can be a result of smoke and soot residue deposited on surfaces. All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized with the proper equipment and cleaner. Chemical containment, vapor odor control, and thermal foggers may be used.
  • Sealing – When more steps are needed, or removal is too expensive or not feasible, sealing off the odor may be necessary. Examples of sealing would be to seal off unused ductwork or paint walls.

SERVPRO’s goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” No one wants to live with a lingering reminder of fire damage. We can clear up those odors in a safe and professional manner.

Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791 – 9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Do I Have to Wait to Start Cleaning Up After a Fire in New Providence?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

two firefighters putting out residential fire Make sure that your home is safe to re-enter after a fire and then contact SERVPRO for remediation services. We are here 24/7.

SERVPRO Arrives Quick When Called to Your New Providence Home to Tackle Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs

While it is sometimes tempting to start in on the cleanup in New Providence immediately, it is essential to wait until first responders deem your structure safe. SERVPRO wants you to know that we can be at your location quickly so that we can handle the assessment and planning to restore your home to the preloss condition. Our crew acts fast so that you can get back to your routine faster than DIY methods alone. Additionally, the professional service and advanced techniques that we bring to each project ensure your interior is just “Like it never even happened.”

The Fire is Extinguished, Now What?

You can call us at SERVPRO 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when you need help with fire damage in New Providence. Our emergency restoration crew arrives promptly and mindfully assesses your interior while taking note of damage, debris, and airborne threats. We have the technology that DIY cleanup efforts cannot touch, including tried-and-true planning that allows us to tackle each obstacle that comes our way. Early mitigation is essential to limit the onset of secondary damage while also inhibiting hazardous effects from odors and mold growth.

Why Do I Need to Call the Professionals?

SERVPRO features highly-trained IICRC-certified technicians that pay attention to detail when it comes to fire damage restoration. Soot and smoke residue, as well as moisture from extinguishing the fire, gets into small crevices and cracks that the untrained eye often overlooks. We remove all debris and damaged materials in New Providence so that the restoration and replacement may commence. We put together a detailed plan for restoration using our best technology and resources, including:

  •   Pack Out services, including meticulous logging of all belongings, for cleaning off-site at our facility
  •   Careful removal of soot and smoke residue from all surfaces using wet or dry cleaning methods helps to inhibit corrosion
  •   Trained technicians clean walls, ceilings, and other impacted surfaces
  •   Structural inspection to ensure total safety
  •   Controlled demolition, when necessary to remove damaged materials and replace with new

Can I Use Some DIY Methods for Cleaning After the Fire?

With charred debris, stubborn soot, and pesky soot particles, it is best to leave the cleanup to trained professionals. Do-it-yourself cleaning often hinders the process and may lead to unnecessary secondary damage. Professional intervention following a fire helps to address a variety of issues:

  •   Portions of a structure after a fire must be assessed to determine stability, such as ceilings, floors, and walls.
  •   Toxicity is a concern due to the fire and residue left after a fire loss. We come in with personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of our crew while also limiting the spread of debris throughout your home.
  •   Water or chemicals used to extinguish the fire may be in abundance when we arrive for mitigation. We address this immediately using extraction techniques and advanced technology, thus speeding up the restoration. 
  •   Cleaning agents or methods used to clean soot and smoke residue varies depending on the materials burned in the fire. Our team is made up of technicians trained following the standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to tackle any size or scope fire loss.
  •   EPA-registered cleaning products and disinfectants help ensure your interior is clean and safe for you and your family to enjoy once again.

What Restoration and Cleaning Methods are Used to Treat Fire Damage?

Our technicians know that each restoration project is unique, so we treat it as such. We craft a plan that best suits the needs of your home and the nature of the fire. During our assessment, both dry and wet cleaning methods are often put into various steps.

  •   Wet: This cleaning method is excellent on hard surfaces and materials not damaged easily by water. Our crew might use water mixed with specialized cleaning agents that help to strip away the soot and smoke, which leaves the surface below refreshed and clean. We also have ultrasonic machines that use an aqueous solution of water, softener, and mild detergent. Using high-frequency sound waves, the pressure creates thousands of bubbles that help to loosen stubborn grime safely.
  •   Dry: This cleaning method helps address materials otherwise easily damaged with wet cleaning methods. We take a look at your books, antiques, electronics, and porous items and use brushes, towels, or sponges to loosen the residue and soot until your items are clean.

When you call on SERVPRO of Western Union County to help with fire damage, you may rest assured in knowing that your home is in excellent hands. Call (908) 791-9177 to have a trained crew deployed to your location to start the assessment process. We can be reached 24/7 for emergency cleanup and restoration.

How Can Water Spots Get Removed From the Carpet in My Office?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet being cleaned “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO has the equipment and decades of experience to restore carpet with water loss in New Providence commercial properties

When SERVPRO handles this type of loss, the techs approach each situation as unique and apply their knowledge to determine the restoration techniques for the best outcome.  Water spots on a carpet can be a sign of a larger issue at work in commercial properties. Common reasons are: 

  • Plumbing leaks 
  • Air conditioning unit malfunctions
  • Water heater failures
  • Vandalism

How Can the Act of Rewetting a Carpet Correct Commercial Water Damage Stains? 

Each case of commercial water damage in a New Providence property is unique, but the rules of the science used in the restoration services are finite. After the extraction of excess water and drying a property, unsightly water stains may remain on the carpet and upholstery. 

SERVPRO techs perform tests on the fibers to determine if they are prone to bleed dyes or subject to shrinkage. Once the makeup gets determined, the techs use various methods to remove the water spots, including resetting and using professional steam cleaners to turn any water within the carpet into a vapor. One of the biggest benefits of using this type of cleaner is that no residues get left behind in the fibers, and it leaves them sanitized. 

The techs have access to a large selection of EPA-Registered cleaning agents developed especially for fabrics and carpet fibers. These are ideal for spot applications to remove stains that can occur on carpets when other objects bleed onto wet carpet threads.

SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 has the experience and equipment to take any type and size of commercial water damage and restore your property to its preloss condition. The certified techs are available 24/7 and arrive on-site a short time after the initial call with everything needed.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in New Providence, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Western Union County today at (908) 791-9177 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is It Necessary to Dispose of All Charred Materials After Fire Damage Incidents in New Providence?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

ash on floor and stairwell of home Fire damage could leave lingering effects if not taken care of properly. Contact SERVPRO for assistance in mitigation.

Methodical Evaluation of the Damage and Use of Advanced Cleaning Techniques Can Help Salvage Some Materials

Containing a fire before it consumes your entire house should give you a reason to celebrate. Small fires sparked by unattended cooking or faulty electronic appliances are likely to leave localized damages a room or section of the property. 

Significant charring is likely to affect materials such as storage cabinets, tables, walls, or ceilings. Deciding whether to tear everything down or search for fire damage restoration solutions in New Providence might be challenging, especially when you consider the work involved and the value of the affected items.

What determines whether a material can be restored?

  • Depth of charring
  • The type of finish
  • Structural composition of a material

Since charring starts at the surface and progresses deeper as the fire rages, it can result in the deformation of the affected surfaces since heat does not spread uniformly. If it is too deep, the material might lose structural strength. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on visual observations or take measurements with a char depth gauge to determine whether charring is too deep. Such evaluation is especially necessary for materials made with thick blocks of wood.

The type of finish can influence the decision of whether to salvage an item or material. Finishes that can be reapplied conveniently after removing the charred material offer more flexibility. Some typical finishes in this list include:

  • Dye
  • Varnish
  • Paint

Which is the best method to restore charred materials?

Before starting the restoration process, it is essential to remove hardware such as knobs and hinges from an item. Various methods can help remove the layer of charred material from a surface. Removal mostly involves standard abrasive methods such as sanding or wire brushing. However, they take time and might damage the underlying material. Our SERVPRO technicians also use advanced methods such as dry ice or soda blasting to restore charred surfaces since they do not cause additional damages.

With help from SERVPRO of Western Union County, you can salvage many items damaged by fire. Call us at (908) 791-9177 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Can Carpets Get Cleaned for Reuse After a Fire?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet being pulled back New Providence, your fire damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability.

With their advanced equipment and years of experience, SERVPRO can restore the carpet in your New Providence home after a fire loss.

There are a few key elements that need to happen after a fire loss in a New Providence home to ensure the carpet is restorable. In many cases, although a carpet covered in soot may be overwhelming to look at, it has possibilities for reuse through professional cleaning applications.

  • The restoration services need to begin as soon as possible
  • If water got used to extinguish the fire, it needs to have aged less than 24-hours
  • The carpet should have no charring or melted areas

What Should Be Done First for a Carpet with Fire Damage?

If you have a New Providence home with fire damage that affects a room with carpet, one of the first actions you should do is to confer with your fire department to see if it safe for you to remain in the dwelling. Noxious smoke residues and soot have the potential to be an irritant and may not be healthy to stay around them. In the majority of cases, if the loss is in a single area that can get closed off, the fire department may say it is okay to remain within the property as long as the HVAC remains off and you avoid foot traffic throughout the loss area.

Cleaning and Removal of Other Items in the Rooms Damaged by Fire

The techs remove furnishings and other items on the carpet so it can get cleaned properly. As each element gets moved, the techs make a detailed report of the article, its location in the room as well as its condition. Items that need cleaning get transferred to an outside area for restorative cleaning actions. Any item too damaged for restoration gets disposed of only with the approval of the property owner or the adjuster. 

Common Tactics for Carpet Restoration After Fire Loss

Before any cleanup begins on the carpet, the SERVPRO techs test the fibers to determine their likelihood of shrinkage, dye bleed, and material makeup. This assists the techs in choosing the correct cleaning solutions and methods that result in the best outcome. 

  • Extraction of any remaining water from fire extinguishing efforts
  • Drying of the carpet using air movers 
  • Removal of soot from the fibers using vacuums
  • Addressing of any residual staining or spots
  • Deep steam cleaning to eradicate any remaining dirt, oils or odors

Equipment Crucial to Carpet Restoration After a Home Fire

SERVPRO technicians rely on different types of professional-grade equipment to assist in the restoration of the carpet. Containment using heavy gauge plastic keeps the airborne soot within the work area during mitigation. When needed, the technicians can create negative air chambers to capture and port away particulate. They also utilize air scrubbers to help improve air quality during the cleanup and restoration. 

Portable pumps do the work to pull large amounts of water quickly out of the carpet and allow technicians to move on rapidly to the drying phase. In some cases, the carpet may need a particular drying application known as "floating." This method involves opening one side of the carpet and directing the flow of air movers underneath. In situations where only a portion of the carpet requires drying, the technicians can create custom tents using plastic over the wet areas only and dry them thoroughly. 

Help With Filing Insurance Claims After a Fire in the Home

Although SERVPRO technicians attempt to save homeowners the cost of replacement for all types of structure and contents after a fire, it is not always possible. Any items that turned out to be a loss get a full, detailed report created that includes photos and descriptions to assist property owners in the filing of any loss claims with their insurance company. This report can aid in expediting the claims. 

How Can Smoke Odors Get Removed from a Carpet?

After a fire, the pungent odor of smoke permeates anything porous; this includes carpet. The techs have the experience and advanced equipment to address any level of odor control needed to eradicate the distinctive, pungent scent that a fire can leave behind in a home. They frequently turn to applications such as thermal fogging or the safe but powerful hydroxyl generators for use on airborne particles. 

Fire damage can spread throughout the home unless cleanup begins quickly. SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 is available 24/7 to assist local property owners with the full restoration of their homes after a fire loss.

We Have The Best Techniques To Restore Your New Providence Home After A water Loss

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage on a wall in a home after a water leak The water from the second floor leak not only affected the second floor, but the first floor as well. We arrived right away and begin restoration.

How Do You Handle Water Damage from a Leaky Dishwasher?

Turn to SERVPRO to Inspect and Assess the Damage in Your New Providence Home

A leaky dishwater can turn your kitchen into a watery mess, and the damage can extend well beyond the visible water. Consider calling a professional company to inspect the damage, use the right tools and fix the problem.

What are some of the tools used to find less obvious water damage in your New Providence Home?

o Thermal Imaging Cameras
o Moisture Meters
o Boroscopes and Inspection Cameras
o Luminometer

How is moisture detected in building materials?

Thermal imaging cameras are used to identify the presence of water that may have leaked into flooring, drywall, etc. These cameras evaluate the extent of the moisture and show how far it has traveled. They may also indicate the presence of water that cannot be detected using other tools.

How is moisture in building materials measured?

Moisture meters provide reliable numbers for SERVPRO professionals to assess this kind of damage. These meters can also be calibrated to measure moisture penetration in a variety of different materials.

What about hidden moisture damage?

Inspection cameras and boroscopes can look behind cabinets, the dishwasher itself and other hard to inspect areas to detect the presence of moisture. They can also detect contamination, and they have the ability to record still images and take video.

Can contamination be detected and measured?

Yes, in most instances. SERVPRO professionals use luminometers to test surfaces and residual water for organic contamination. This allows them to determine if further action is necessary to eliminate this problem.

What if water damages extends beyond the kitchen into the carpets?

Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets and padding so that these items can be serviced as well.

Count on SERVPRO of Western Union County to provide a complete inspection of water damage in your kitchen. Call us at (908) 791-9177 to get the job done right.

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We Get You Back In Business In Providence After A Water Loss

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

A dirty bathroom floor in a business that suffered a leak We are experienced and ready to handle your property's sewage backup. Our customers are always extremely surprised at how quick we get it clean.

Who Can I Call for Commercial Water Cleanup After a Bathroom Sink Pipe Bursts in My Supermarket?

SERVPRO Techs Are Available in New Providence for Commercial Water Cleanup

Supermarket bathrooms tend to see high amounts of foot traffic, meaning these areas tend to get frequent inspections and maintenance. However, even with proper preventive measures in place, accidents can still happen. A sink overflow, pinhole leak, or burst pipe can leave water all over your commercial bathroom that may be more than your custodial staff is equipped to handle. 

If your New Providence retail facilities require commercial water cleanup, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified technicians from SERVPRO are just a phone call away from assisting you. SERVPRO's training ensures that technicians adhere to both restoration industry standards and local regulations for commercial facilities during cleanup.

"Don'ts" of Commercial Water Damage

  • Do not enter an area with standing water and running electricity. While a tiled bathroom with water-resistant paint can pose less risk, water can seep through grout and nooks and crannies to affect the electrical system.
  • Do not soak up standing water with newspaper or similar material. Not only does newspaper not address water accumulation in and behind structural material, but the ink on the paper can transfer to surfaces and become difficult to remove, especially from porous surfaces like tile grout.  
  • Avoid adjusting temperatures. The success of a drying project is highly dependent on the temperature and humidity of the affected area. Warming up a wet room can instead evaporate water and cause secondary damages. Adjust temperatures in the area only after consulting with a restoration technician.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore Your Commercial Restroom Area

SERVPRO's water damage approach starts with a thorough inspection with cutting-edge technologies. Penetrating and non-penetrating sensors and meters allow for technicians to plan and execute a cleanup and drying strategy tailored to your space's needs. These pros can also measure relative humidity, temperature, and even moisture behind surfaces for the precise calculation of air mover and dehumidifier ratios and placement.

SERVPRO of Western Union County brings business owners a high standard of clean that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (908) 791-9177.

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Ozone Deodorization for Fire Damage in New Providence Homes

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone SERVPRO of Western Union County is quick to get your fire damage and Odor under control.

Removing Odors Effectively After Fire Damages Your Home

Numerous tools get used in the deodorization needs of a New Providence home after fire losses. Addressing this widespread concern is rarely left to one device alone, but rather a blend of the top machines that our SERVPRO team uses to meet the neutralization needs in various areas of your property. Thermal foggers, for example, might be better used for confined areas and soft materials, whereas ozone generators have different applications in a fire-damaged residence.

Identifying the best equipment to use for varying levels of fire damage in your New Providence home begins with the inspection process. It is often not challenging to determine the spread and migration of odor concerns, but choosing the right tool and product to address these obstacles is not as straightforward as it might seem. In many situations discarding debris and damaged structural systems can reduce the severity of smoke and fire odors before we implement tools like the ozone machines.

How It Works 

You cannot appreciate how ozone generators can help your home without realizing how they work. Ozone is created by breaking down oxygen into two molecules. When these new rogue molecules bond with oxygen in the environment, they create a new compound with three oxygen molecules attracted to odor compounds. Harsh odors bond with this irregular compound and get neutralized. The creation and presence of ozone are harmful to living creatures, so its use must get carefully monitored.

How It Gets Used 

Our SERVPRO professionals have standalone equipment for use in a house to utilize this environmental cleaning process for clearing out odors in the residence. In addition, we have a chamber at our warehouse to deodorize entire lots of contents taken from fire-damaged homes to restore them.

While we might have numerous deodorization tools, ozone machines are a common choice for their practical action and absolute odor neutralization. However we can help your house feel like home again after a fire loss, give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call at (908) 791-9177.

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Remediating Commercial Mold Damage In New Providence

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

hotel room When your business requires commercial remediation, an emergency response team is only a phone call away at (908) 791-9177.

Remediating Commercial Mold Damage in a New Providence Hotel Lobby

Business owners are well aware that mold exists in some form in all buildings, and that the key to curbing mold growth is regular inspection and thorough sanitation. While mold cannot be eliminated from any building, it can easily be kept at safe levels by keeping moisture levels low and not providing these microbes with organic material to eat.

If your New Providence business needs rapid commercial mold damage remediation from licensed professionals, SERVPRO technicians are only a phone call away from returning your facilities to a preloss condition. Because mold can cause health effects, it is essential to quickly sanitize areas and implement proper containment measures to prevent the spreading of spores. Restoration techs take the safety of both you and your clients seriously and focus on administering cleanup that is done to code.

Preventative Measures for Mold Proliferation
    •    Know the signs. Mold can grow in unexpected places and comes in a variety of colors and textures. Keep an eye out for damp surfaces or particularly humid areas, speckled or fuzzy-looking stains, and musty, wet smells, especially from porous surfaces.
    •    Implement repairs ASAP. Whether you have a roof leak, loose window seals, or cracks in your building's foundation, all it takes is one pipe leak in a vulnerable location to allow gallons of water per day into a hotel.
    •    Keep HVAC spotless. Mold spores can spread very quickly through ventilation systems and affect multiple areas, including guest rooms and communal areas.
    •    Call in the pros when you need them. A mold remediation expert can help you not just by removing mold, but also by helping you prevent future issues with mold in your building.

SERVPRO Restores Your Building's Safety
After establishing thorough containment measures, including covering vents and establishing clean rooms, SERVPRO technicians can remove mold-affected items quickly and wipe down affected surfaces with EPA-registered biocides or dry cleaning and agitation. Techs may also use purification tools like HEPA-filter air scrubbers to improve indoor air quality and catch small spores during cleanup.

SERVPRO of Western Union County can leave your facilities looking, “Like it never even happened.” When your business requires commercial remediation, an emergency response team is only a phone call away at (908) 791-9177.

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Fire Damage In Your New Providence Home

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home SERVPRO of Western Union County is always prepared to be Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Cleaning up Rooftop Fire Damage in New Providence

From 2013 to 2017, 27% of all reported fires occurred in homes, causing over 10,000 civilian injuries and almost $7 billion in property damage. The most common causes of these home structure fires included cooking, electrical distribution, lighting, heating, fire-setting, and smoking. However it occurs, if it spreads to the roof, the cleanup and restoration involved can seem overwhelming even to consider.

If your New Providence residence requires a fire emergency-response team that can restore your home after disaster strikes, SERVPRO technicians are ready to help. These pros use the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to bring homeowners a consistent and high-quality clean every time. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to handle fire-related disasters in over 1,700 franchise locations in the United States and Canada.

Protecting Your Roofing from Fire
    •    Clean your roof. Even if you use fire-resistant, Class A materials, they can still ignite and burn after long-term exposure to high temperatures. To prevent this, remove debris regularly or have a trusted professional take care of it.
    •    Clean your chimney regularly. Creosote deposits and flammable materials can spark a flame in no time under the right conditions. A clean chimney does not have flammable deposits, which means there is little organic material to fuel a fire that could spread through the chimney and onto your roof.
    •    Keep flammable debris away from your home. Trim trees, keep the area around your home clean and minimize attached structures that could allow a fire to spread.
    •    Monitor your electrical system. In many homes, wiring and electrical systems can be near or on the roof, including HVAC, lighting, and conduit pipes. Keep your electrical system in good shape and minimize debris around it to prevent an electrical fire.

SERVPRO Preserves Your Home
When occupants have vacated after a fire, SERVPRO uses a strict set of safety procedures to ensure safety during the restoration process. Openings caused by the fire are boarded up, and technicians examine the area for loose roof trusses and floor joints. If sprinklers or fire fighting efforts have saturated the area, water damage mitigation procedures are performed first.

Technicians take care to preserve pipes to prevent freezing and bursting with antifreeze in situations where access to water is restricted. SERVPRO can also implement power sources if there is no access to electricity. Technicians may deodorize the area with thermal foggers and HEPA filter air scrubbers before cleaning and taking inventory of damaged goods if substantial damage has taken place.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is always prepared to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you need disaster cleanup services from experienced pros, you can call (908) 791-9177.

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Responding to Mold Growth in Your New Providence Nursing Home

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall Let us help you get your New Providence Nursing Home back in order after mold strikes.

We Understand the Importance of Removing Mold and Improving Air Quality in Your New Providence Property

There is no mistaking the knowledge that mold colonization and exposure to the residents of your New Providence nursing home can lead to health effects. Considering the health ailments that already affect many of the guests in the facility, direct exposure to active colonization could lead to considerably hazardous conditions. The discovery of microbial threats should get handled immediately by competent professionals like our SERVPRO team.

One of the initial obstacles that exist when contending with mold damage in your New Providence nursing facility is how to navigate remediation with the care and attention that the patients and residents need. Assisted living requirements do not slow or stall out because of a developing hazardous situation in the building. Instead, our professionals can establish defined boundaries to seal off the property from the colonization and prevent the spread of spores or volatile organic compounds.

Containment barriers exist for two specific reasons: to limit the exposure of bystanders and employees to mold colonization and to increase the productivity of remediation tactics within this established zone. Thick 6mil plastic sheeting and wood framework can get constructed throughout the broad tiled hallways and seal against the walls and the ceiling drywall. This seal all around the damaged areas can help efforts like drying, air scrubbing, and controlled demolition to be less compromising to the rest of the facility.

Within this containment area, we can work on applying antimicrobial agents to areas like the linoleum flooring. However, materials such as the gypsum drywall, wood trim, and thinner ceiling drywall might require removal over abrasive cleaning or sanding techniques that might remove colonies from more durable and less sensitive materials.

You have set standards and thresholds that your medical facility must remain within to adhere to regulations regarding any potential health hazard. While our professionals can help with the removal of present colonization, it is recommended in assisted living facilities to utilize a third party hygienist to test and sample the environment after remediation to assure property management and board oversight that the problem has gotten resolved. 

With so many assisted living patients to consider when mold growth gets discovered, it is critical to act immediately to stop the spread of these colonies, remove the present threat, and resolve the underlying moisture concerns that allowed microbial growth in the first place. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help in all of these areas when you call (908) 791-9177.

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Flood Damage In Your Berkeley Heights Home

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help to balance these traits for fast and thorough drying of your property.

Drying Sciences at Work in Berkeley Heights Homes After a Flood

Drying your Berkeley Heights home after a flood or water loss incident involves a complex blend of specific conditions to get met. Our grasp of the science of moisture removal and efficient drying practices are what allow our SERVPRO professionals to be leading technicians in the industry. Understanding the balance of all factors that impact the pace of drying efforts can help to not only improve the turnover time for our customers but reduces higher costs for you or your insurance.

Flood damage in Berkeley Heights homes can be a complicated situation, especially when the damage at hand has penetrated beyond the surface of materials. Standing water and moisture in structural cavities can be a considerable challenge to address. Drying a property after widespread flooding, or even localized damages, involves the same balance of three critical drying elements:

The warmth of the environment and the surface temperature of material getting dried can both play a factor in the efficiency of moisture removal. During the often-harsh winters, the lower temperatures outside and inside the house can both play a factor in how quickly areas get dried. We have portable electric heaters that can help to bolster the warmth in the drying zone to continue maximum drying production.

Regulating the flow of air through the structure is an important consideration when working to improve the efficiency of the drying process. Our SERVPRO professionals can utilize many air movers working simultaneously to provide a powerful evaporative process.

As many of our drying processes involve evaporation, humidity rises following the displacement of moisture from structural elements and contents. Addressing this concern often involves the proper placement and frequency of dehumidification units. In lower temperatures, the ideal choice would be our desiccant units.

The science of drying your home after a flood involves a complex balance between these three listed elements, knowing that they are intertwined. Increases in airflow increase humidity, for example. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help to balance these traits for fast and thorough drying of your property. Give us a call anytime at (908) 791-9177.

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Proper Planning Helps Expedite Water Removal from a Berkeley Heights Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A set of road signs with the words Plan, Action, and Success on them. Water removal from your Berkeley Heights home needs to be quick, let's make a plan.

Let SERVPRO help you make the proper plans for your Berkeley Heights water damage.

When you realize the water spill in your home is too adverse to handle on your own, the next line of thought is whether you can find a professional that can complete the removal fast enough to minimize inconveniences and costs. We managed to remove water from a Berkeley Heights home in record time because of proper planning.

What Rooms or Property Section is affected?

Before taking steps for the actual water removal from the Berkeley Heights home, Our SERVPRO technicians scoped the site to establish how widespread the problem was. The leak started in a laundry on the first floor and spread to the lower floor. Such water loss situations are harder to tackle because the water undoubtedly finds a way into wall and ceiling cavities. Luckily, there was no standing water on the floors since the homeowner had turned off the mains. We used a thermal camera to check for wet spots in the ceiling and wall cavities so that we could know which areas to focus on.

What is wet and how wet is it

The amount of water or wetness left in materials determines the effort needed to dry the property. Our SERVPRO technicians know that absorbency rates vary in different materials, which affects the amount of water the materials hold. As expected, the carpeted floor held most of the spilled water. We also used moisture meters to check other contents such as upholstery and wooden furniture and fittings.

What processes are necessary? 

Once armed with the information on how widespread the water loss is, there is a need to take appropriate steps to counter it. Various processes, including demolition, containment, and drying may be necessary. At home, we had to perform some demolition when opening up the staircase, some cabinets, and other assemblies. We had to replace the pad and dry the carpet, so removal was necessary. Setting up air movers and dehumidifiers helped finalize the drying process.

Planning is crucial when handling water loss situations. Call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flooding In Your Berkeley Heights Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can work to protect as much of your belongings as possible beginning as soon as we arrive.

Effective Content Management Amid Flooding in Berkeley Heights

Content management is a critical element to the service that we can offer Berkeley Heights homeowners amid an emergency like flooding. Removing exposed and at-risk belongings from the house, or to a safe area of the residence, is an added level of protection that prevents irreplaceable items from becoming unsalvageable against invading floodwater. Beginning this process starts with a thorough inspection and assessment of the property and its contents as promptly as possible.

The project manager of our SERVPRO team can help to not only catalog losses and destruction from flood damage in Berkeley Heights homes but also document what belongings would best suit the pack-out process for our content management team. In many situations, even saturated belongings can get preserved and restored with the right focused attention delivered at the appropriate time.

Warehouse Cleaning
Flooding presents a unique threat to the entire household, from contaminants to weakening structural elements exposed to substantial saturation. In many situations, there are no suitable places to move at-risk contents to while mitigation and restoration tasks continue. Instead, our SERVPRO team can safely pack up these belongings, furniture, and other possessions and relocate them to our nearby facility. Our technicians can offer intricate cleaning, disinfection, drying, and safe storage for these belongings.

In-House Recovery
There are also circumstances in which our professionals can move at-risk contents to upper floors or detached areas from the flooded zones to remove the immediate threat. In these storage points, we can focus on necessary disinfection, cleaning, drying, and other actions that the items need. Once these actions have completed, these belongings must wait to get returned to their original positions until mitigation and potential reconstruction have finished.

Flooding can be a destructive force in your home, and one that can be exceptionally costly when your contents become unsalvageable after exposure. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can work to protect as much of your belongings as possible beginning as soon as we arrive. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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The Most Overlooked Facts About Damage Remediation in New Providence

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

damaged apartment building Don’t despair when your home or office sustains damage.  Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Some Simple Tactics for New Providence Damage Remediation 

We are more than just a restoration company; we are professionals dedicated to getting you back on your feet when disasters strike. Because we are locally owned and operated, our field technicians are right in New Providence and other towns in our area alongside you. We have round the clock service to ensure that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. While we have been under new management since early 2017, this has made us more attuned and focused on the needs of our customers and how each component of our large recovery team can do their part to make tasks more efficient and less expensive for our customers. 


Fires can sweep through a property quickly, engulfing multiple rooms before first responders can quell the flames. The traditional approach from first responders for a raging blaze is to snuff it out with substantial amounts of water. As a homeowner, you now have to contend both with how far fire effects have spread throughout your New Providence home, but also the saturation and standing water in many areas of the property as well.  

Our full team of SERVPRO specialists knows how our areas of expertise interweave. For this reason, we can dispatch several of our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) along with our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRST) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to a fresh New Providence housefire. The mitigation of your property is a critical first step that can allow our full range of personnel to work to remove acute threats to the structure. We can clean soot, clear smoke residues, deodorize the house and its contents, remove debris, remove damaged structural elements, and offer full-scale reconstruction with our team of licensed contractors.

Content management is also a focus of our professionals, and much of this pack out and movement of your belongings can happen early in the assessment and mitigation process. Our qualified technicians can clean soot and residues from contents, utilize sophisticated vaults like our ozone chamber for faster deodorization efforts, and more. Whenever fire damages affect your New Providence home, we are there quickly to help you through it. 


Our focus in recent years since our team has come under new management is to increase our speed and effectiveness during a crisis. Because powerful storm systems and damaging weather events can occur year-round to New Providence homes and businesses, our storm relief team is one that must stay ready to move out at any time. We have staffed 24-hour emergency lines to reach our professionals whenever you need us, and our prompt response can help when structural breaches have occurred. 

Because of our division of talented general contractors, we can offer emergency construction solutions during a storm disaster. In many situations, roof tarping and board up remove the avenue for water to breach New Providence homes, successfully thwarting further flood damage that already exists. While full-scale reconstruction and rebuilding must occur at a later point, this provides an avenue for our technicians to begin vital mitigation efforts inside with extraction and drying techniques. 

How we respond to flooding in New Providence homes is also changing, because we are focused on giving every technician extensive training and education in the newest techniques, equipment, and approaches. We want flood recovery to be as efficient as possible because we know the effect it can have on your family, and how important it is to keep our restoration costs as minimal as possible. 


It is becoming common knowledge that mold colonization can begin in as little as 48 to 72 hours, depending on the circumstances. Without always having glaring symptoms, many New Providence homeowners can overlook the initial signs and only recognize mold effects once colonies have developed. By this point, the ability to spread between surfaces and materials is fast – the situation can get out of control quickly. We have a team of qualified remediation experts accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) who can help. 

Because mold can be such a common problem in our area of the country, we answer many call-outs for inspections and remediation. We have an experienced division of professionals fitted with the top-tier equipment and products to get the job done right in your New Providence home or business. Between our potent line of SERVPRO-created antimicrobial agents and mold inhibitors to machines like our media and soda blasters that can remove the entire hyphae of a mold organism without damaging the hosting material, we have the tools to do the job efficiently.

 One of the most considerable risks of active mold colonization is the exposure from those unprotected. Mold can cause health effects, and that is what makes our containment efforts so vital when we must work around the occupants of the house. With barriers, we can prevent the spread of debris, spores, and other particulates throughout even the demolition and reconstruction phases that might be necessary to restore your New Providence property. 


The recovery of water loss incidents is a frequent request for our service in every season of the year, and that is why it is one of the niches of restoration that we stay continually prepared to face. This effort begins with the education of our employees, and currently, our nearly our entire staff has WRT certification through the IICRC. This focus allows us to immediately provide qualified and educated personnel to any New Providence home at any time of the day or night.  

Few restoration companies can say they are as prepared for disasters and emergencies as we are. We have a full roster of restorers ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice, many of which who have secondary endorsements through the IICRC in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT.) The more experience and skill we have in our operation, the faster jobs happen, and the better their results. We can make water loss effects in your New Providence home “Like it never even happened.” 

Our SERVPRO restoration services hinge on having the cutting-edge equipment for the task, and our water restoration division benefits from our advanced extraction tools like weighted extractors and our extraction wands and our rapid drying equipment to get our New Providence customers back to original condition quickly. 

We want to be the name you choose when disasters strike, and we are working hard every day to show that SERVPRO of Western Union County is a name you should trust. Give us a call anytime you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Restore Your Berkeley Heights Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Just contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177.

Why Berkeley Heights Residents Seek Local, Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services

When your home is flooded, it may seem as though the situation has got beyond your control. However, there are several tasks a homeowner can carry out to mitigate loss. By dividing and prioritizing the issues at hand, you can take positive steps toward loss recovery. Although it can be challenging to reason with water around your ankles, your first step should be to contact your insurance provider and making a claim. Depending on the situation and scale of water in your home, you may also want to consider professional restoration assistance seriously.

There are hundreds of reactions happening in a home that is suffering from flood damage here in Berkeley Heights. Microbes-which include fungi, bacteria, and viruses-present in floodwaters begin interacting immediately with the home's contents and structure. Permanent materials in the build are at a high risk of exposure to microbes in the water because they absorb both water and contaminant. At the same time, pre-existing microbes natural to a home environment begin to interact with the floodwater. These interactions can see a clean water emergency deteriorate in as little as seventy-two hours. At SERVPRO, we can respond quickly to home emergencies because our technicians are based in this community.

Natural elements always seek to establish an equilibrium. This principle means that water moves from wet areas to dry ones. In your home, a large body of water can enter crawlspaces, cavities, or become absorbed into furniture or upholstery. When this process occurs, the prospect of permanent damage is significantly increased. If removing water is slow, you may want to consider taking items out of harm's way by placing them in the upper levels of your property. Valuable possessions and documents should be a priority. SERVPRO operates specialized document restoration alongside our rapid water removal services to cover both issues.

Time is working against you when trying to deal with a flood restoration project. One of the reasons homeowners use SERVPRO is to ensure that the extent of damage is minimal. Our response times are exceptional, while our equipment allows us to remove water by the gallon using truck-mounted extractors. We can converse with you throughout service and document all aspects of service for you to pass on to your insurer.

Our team is here to help should you need us. Just contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177.

For more about Berkeley Heights click here.

Water Cleanup in New Providence - Why SERVPRO Practices Safety First

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room floor Is the water damaging your home clean or contaminated? SERVPRO has the training to determine how to safely dispose of the water.

Why SERVPRO Follows Basic Scoping Procedures Before Contaminated Water Cleanup in New Providence 

Responding to your water loss in New Providence is a one of a kind experience not only for your family but also for our team of water restoration professionals. It is critical that we thoroughly investigate all aspects of your loss with an open mind. Although our training and experience are excellent resources, our commitment to thoroughly grasping the unique circumstances of your emergency is why we can deliver the most beneficial outcome. 

Open Communications 

Before taking on any other tasks, we reach out to help you process needed water cleanup challenges in New Providence. Transparent communication is why our team receives high marks from customers. Recovering from a water crisis requires teamwork, and we prioritize the sharing of pertinent information and work agendas with you as we begin. Expect us to explain the project in detail and obtain necessary forms. 

What We Look for During Scoping 

We start with a determination of the water contamination category, as it informs our next steps. Safely completing water cleanup is why SERVPRO employees evaluate the affected areas of your home for safety hazards, aside from the contamination. The project manager assigned to your job maps out the extent of the damage, including any migration of water into building cavities or adjoining levels or rooms. Lists of materials affected and their characteristics, for example, porous or solid, help rank tasks and ensures properly recorded details. If your HVAC system is affected, we arrange for inspection and appropriate cleaning. 

Contamination Mitigation and Remediation Planning  

Advising the homeowner of the local, state, and federal requirements and restrictions when dealing with contaminated water and its lawful disposal is a key restoration industry best practice. Our pledge to keep you in the loop is why SERVPRO is a trusted provider of water cleanup services. We work with you and your insurance company while making decisions about whether to restore or replace structural components and contents.  

Integrity, every step of the way, is why SERVPRO of Western Union County is your contaminated water cleanup service provider of choice. Call (908) 791-9177 to arrange an assessment and open the restoration conversation. 

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Save Important Documents with Professional Commercial Water Cleanup in New Providence

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Wet and crinkled magazine pages SERVPRO has several techniques to restore water damaged documents.

Water Cleanup with SERVPRO May Save Documents

If you have had water damage throughout your commercial space, you need to act quickly to dry everything and protect relevant documents. Enlisting the help of the water cleanup professionals will get the job done faster and smarter so that you can get back to business as usual.

Commercial water cleanup in New Providence is crucial whether you had a flood due to a storm or internal issues from a burst pipe. Even if you have information backed up digitally, the chances are good that you have countless records stored inside the building. Prompt response and removal can ensure the paperwork is out of danger from excessive moisture. 

Water Restoration in Action

SERVPRO technicians have the expertise and equipment to handle water damage within your commercial space. We utilize innovative freeze-drying techniques and make sure that all records and paperwork get removed from the building as fast as possible. Our trained contents team can work to remove any of the at-risk items in your building to help prevent any further decomposition or degradation. 

Once deployed at your place of business, our team can get to work with drying units and air movers carefully positioned for optimum results. In addition to document drying and care, we can carefully remove various appliances and equipment to implement moisture removal techniques. 

Get Rid of Tough Flood Odors

Another potential issue from water infiltration in your commercial space is odor control. Musty odors can sometimes remain well after water damage restoration, but SERVPRO can help. Our team can work on treating your carpets and other impacted materials with special disinfectants. Whether a small area has been affected or the entire interior, we can make sure that odors are tackled to leave the air as clean and fresh as possible. 

Whenever a water disaster strikes, the staff at SERVPRO of Western Union County can be there to help. We are available for emergency services, 24/7! Give us a call today at (908) 791-9177, and we can send a team out for assessment.

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Let the Professionals Handle Mold Damage Remediation in Your Berkeley Heights Home

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

green mold on a wall Don’t let a mold infestation overtake your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate any mold damage.

Skills and Training of SERVPRO Remediators in Berkeley Heights

Mold remediation is a valuable service that our SERVPRO team can offer homeowners and business owners throughout Berkeley Heights. With many times of elevated humidity and moisture levels throughout the region, areas throughout New Jersey can experience damp basements and similar areas of their homes that can easily facilitate mold growth. Addressing these concerns involves a carefully crafted approach based on a thorough inspection of experienced personnel.

Not every one of the technicians on our team has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), so addressing mold damage in Berkeley Heights falls to these select professionals on our squad. Remediation technicians on our team are among the most knowledgeable and well-prepared for the work that they do. We even have Interactive Occupational Training (IOT) that provides advanced mold scenarios to further keep our technicians prepared for whatever comes.

One of the primary focuses of the education of our SERVPRO remediation professionals is the removal of active colonization from multiple material types. We become well versed in various types of colony removal, including soda blasting, sanding, antimicrobial products, and even oversight of controlled demolition performed by our in-house reconstruction contractors. The faster that we can employ these strategies, the less likely that colonization of mold spores can get out of control.

These same remediators must also become efficient in identifying mold growth and potential threats before they become widespread and more of a hazard. We offer a thorough inspection of the property, and because of our understanding of the symptoms of early colonization, we can often identify early-stage mold development from the presence of spotting on drywall or an undeniable musty odor in the affected region.

We strive to provide every customer with a thorough and comprehensive approach to mold colonization in their home, from the inspection upon our arrival through the need some homes have for reconstruction and remodeling. You can count on our SERVPRO of Western Union County team. Give us a call today at (908) 791-9177.

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Powerful Remediation Tools Used in Damaged New Providence Homes

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spots all over a wall. Don’t let mold take over your New Providence home, let us help.

SERVPRO knows their way with mold let us take over.

Remediation differs significantly from contractors offering you mold removal for your New Providence home. With the concentration of mold spores in every available environment you encounter, complete mold removal is not practical or possible. Instead, our remediation professionals work to remove colonies and recover the damage that mold growth has allowed in your house.

Choosing a team of professionals might not seem like an obvious choice to handle mold damage in New Providence homes, especially considering that many property owners do not see the pressing threats of mold growth. In addition to potential health effects that could occur from exposure to colonies, materials can decay and erode while hosting mold colonies. Not only can this become a harmful situation when these materials must get replaced, but employing secondary contractors or attempting reconstruction on your own can be an overwhelming challenge.

By choosing our SERVPRO team to help manage your mold situation, you are not only employing a division of esteemed professionals accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), Water Restoration (WRT), and other facets of recovery. You are also employing a group of licensed contractors with years of experience in the building trades to help manage controlled demolition, emergency construction solutions, containment strategies, and the ultimate reconstruction needs of the property.

Mold is multi-faceted in the effects it can present to a home, and addressing each of these concerns is the specific responsibility of our trusted remediators. With cutting-edge equipment that can address deodorization, air quality, cleaning, disinfection, water removal, and drying, we can address all phases of mold recovery with the same group of professionals. We can also offer our customers long term solutions to reduce moisture and dampness in problematic areas to prevent recurrences following soon after we leave.

We strive to provide our customers with a tailored experience that suits the needs of their home precisely. In mold damage situations, we have an elite team of qualified technicians that can help with the removal of colonies and the restoration of the damage that the organism causes. Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call if you suspect mold growth in your home at (908) 791-9177.

To learn more about New Providence, click here.

A Mold Infestation Doesn't Stand A Chance Against Our Crew In New Providence

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold and fungus on wall near window Give our skilled technicians a call anytime that you need us at (908) 791-9177.

Why Remediation And Not Mold Removal For Your New Providence Home

There is substantial confusion to what qualified technicians can do in your New Providence home or business to contend with present mold growth. With the rapid spread of this hazardous organism, you need to know what your options are as soon as possible. The best solution is trusting in the accredited and renowned remediation division of our SERVPRO team. Our technicians have endorsements through both the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI.) Combined, these accreditations provide skilled remediation assistance to your doorstep in a short time after you call.

While there might be numerous approaches for mold damage in New Providence homes, you must first appreciate your need for professional mold remediation. Many area cleaning and restoration teams might offer mold removal services, but this is not possible. Spores exist naturally in every environment, so there is no simple approach or compelling reason to remove them all. In any of these situations, the objective is to limit the damage that actual spreading mold colonization causes, and that begins with a thorough assessment of the property.

Remediation involves a substantial amount of equipment and products, as the objective is to limit the spread of these conditions as much as possible. Our SERVPRO team can catalog where mold colonization exists and what materials might need controlled demolition or mold colony removal strategies. With the use of practices like antimicrobial sprays, sanding, and soda blasting, we can often remove the entire organism non-invasively.

Because of the potential for volatile organic compounds and other airborne threats, addressing active colonization quickly is vital. We have air filtering equipment like our hydroxyl generators and negative air machines that can help to prevent the spread of active spores and any debris circulating through the affected areas. Controlled demolition strategies can prevent the time and money invested in making mold losses “Like it never even happened.”

Mold can catch homeowners by surprise. With so many options to choose, you can count on our SERVPRO of Western Union County team to provide an honest and thorough assessment followed by the most efficient mitigation and restoration practices available. Give our skilled technicians a call anytime that you need us at (908) 791-9177.

For more about New Providence click here.

Space Heater Safety

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

When the weather begins to cool down, the use of things like space heaters will continue to increase. If used improperly, they can cause some serious damage. Luckily, there are a few ways to try and avoid this!

When using a space heater that burns fuel, like a kerosene heater, always use the manufacturer's specified fuel. 

Another important idea to remember is to always turn of portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. If not, an unsupervised space heater can cause an unpleasant surprise.

The last tip to remember is to plug the space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.

By following these simple tips, we hope you are able to avoid a visit and call to us here at SERVPRO of Western Union County!

Fire Restoration Process

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Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, one of the things we pride ourselves on is our process after someone experiences a fire. We work tirelessly in order to get their life back. 

Our Process

  1. Call Us - Once we receive your call, we have a manager come and evaluate the extent of the damage.
  2. Emergency Board Up - We have our crew tarp any damaged portions of your roof, windows, or doors. This tarp creates a waterproof barrier and protects from break-ins.
  3. Mitigation - We extract any water from the property that might be left from the fire department.
  4. Pack Out - Once we have the approval from the insurance company, we pack the contents of your home and move them to our cleaning facility.
  5. Cleaning - We have our crews clean different parts of the home. Our crews can clean furniture, clothes, toys, electronics, and more.
  6. Pack Back - Once your home is ready, we have all of your belongings delivered back to you.

We take pride in this process and the success we have had in the past. If you ever find yourself in this situation, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024.

Grilling Safety Tips

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

With barbecue season upon us, we find more and more that tragedy can strike due to grills. Although it seems like something we use daily, without the proper precautions, it can be extremely dangerous. However, we have a few tips and safety precautions you can follow when deciding to grill. 

  1. Only use grills outdoors. The use of propane and charcoal barbecue grills indoors can cause a fire in the blink of an eye.
  2. Place the grill away from your home as well as other things that may catch fire. If something goes wrong, your grill can ignite in flames and cause everything around it to as well.
  3. Always clean your grill. Sometimes, when the grill has a buildup of excess grease or fat from a previous barbecue, that can cause flames to jump up higher than normal. This can prove dangerous for you and the people around.
  4. Finally, never leave the grill unattended. Make sure that someone is always around the grill in the event that something does go wrong.

Even if you follow these precautions, tragedy still can strike. If you find yourself in that situation, call SERVPRO of Western Union County. We're here to help.

Odor Removal After a Fire

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we know that a fire can turn your life upside-down. That is why we are so dedicated to make it look "Like it never even happened." From start to finish, we are there to make this experience as painless as possible. After a fire, one thing that affects homeowners the most is the odor left behind. Thanks to our training, certifications, and special equipment, we are able to remove the odor, often times without a trace!

The Training

Each member of our team undergoes extensive fire restoration training and certification. By doing so, our crew is best equipped to deal with the situation at hand and not only meet but exceed the industry standards.

The Equipment

At SERVPRO of Western Union County, we have special deodorization equipment to make sure the odor is removed. Our two main pieces of equipment, the Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Fogger and the Thermal Fogger, neutralizes the odor-causing particles and gets rid of the smell left behind from a fire.

If you experience a disaster and need help, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024.

Fire Safety

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Partnered with Kidde, Nationwide, Capital One, FedEx Corporation, Grainger, and State Farm, the American Red Cross has taken an initiative to help prevent home fires. According to the Red Cross, seven people every day die from a home fire. In addition, thirty six people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every single day. This results in over seven billion dollars in property damage annually. The Red Cross suggests ways to help keep your family safe in the event of a tragedy like a home fire.

  1. Practice your two minute drill: The Red Cross suggests practicing the escape route you and your family would take in order to escape safely from a house fire in under two minutes.
  2. Test your smoke alarms monthly: The Red Cross suggests to check the smoke alarms monthly soon in the event of a fire, you and your family are alerted as soon as it is detected.

To learn more, visit www.redcross.org/homefires!

Western Union County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action!

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fort Lee will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (201) 496-6024

Western Union County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (201) 496-6024

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Union County and Western Union County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Western Union County

SERVPRO of Western Union County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire Extinguisher Protocol

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

According to OSHA, the most common emergency small businesses must plan for is a fire. In fact, OSHA requires employers to thoroughly train workers not only on how to use an extinguisher properly, but also how to accurately asses a situation and determine when evacuation is the safest course of action. You never know when a fire is going to occur, so it helps to be prepared.

PASS Method

When using a fire extinguisher, the acronym almost everyone is popular with is PASS. PASS stands for

  • Pull the pin on the extinguisher
  • Aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire

By following this method and keeping the acronym in the back of your mind, you no longer have to worry about fires in the break room. If the situation does arise and you need help with the aftermath, call SERVPRO of Western Union County at (201) 496-6024.

Summer Safety Tips!

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

The summer heat can get pretty intense. If you follow these tips, you will stay cool all summer!

With summer upon us, the heat and its effects can get pretty intense! However, we have a few tips and tricks in order to beat that summer heat and stay safe!

Always cover your windows! Covering windows will reduce the intensity of the heat in your home and will allow your home to stay cooler.

In addition to covering windows, reducing the amount of light will also reduce the amount of heat that is produced. It really does pay off to go green!

Finally, you can apply an ice pack or cold compress to pulse points for a quick cool down! These points include your neck, wrists, ankles, elbows, or even behind your knees!

Try these methods out and see out quick you will feel as cool as a cucumber!

What To Do When a Pipe Bursts

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe burst can happen at any time. When it does, people are often left unsure of what to do. Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we are equipped to deal with that type of situation in the best way possible. While you wait for us to get to the scene, there are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Turn of the water to your house. If the water remains on, odds are the water will continue to leak or even flood. By shutting off the source, you are reducing the amount of damage done to your house.
  2. If the pipe continues to leak or drip, use a bucket to collect the water to contain the problem.
  3. If the pipe breaks in a wall or ceiling, switch off the power at the main breaker and avoid electrical fixtures or wiring. The mix of wires and water can be extremely dangerous.

We are trained to help and deal with these kinds of situations. If you ever find yourself in that place, give us a call at (201) 496-6024.

Categorizing a Water Damage

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

When our crew gets to a water damage, they identify the extent of the damage by categorizing the risk and immediate threat the water poses.


Water is categorized to describe how dirty and unsanitary the water is.

  • Category 1 - The source of the water is sanitary and it does not pose a risk. However, if left untreated, it could change categories and become unsanitary.
  • Category 2 - The water is significantly contaminated and it can cause a human to become sick if they come in contact with it.
  • Category 3 - The water is the most unsanitary and contaminated and contains harmful pathogenic or toxigenic agents.

Water is categorized not only for the safety of the homeowner but for our crew as well. By categorizing the water, it also allows us to use the proper chemicals and equipment to deal with the task at hand. If you find yourself in this situation, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024.

Western Union County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall, a basement can flood at anytime. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Western Union County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (201) 496-6024

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Fort Lee and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (201) 496-6024

Restoring Your Western Union County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Western Union County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Western Union County

SERVPRO of Western Union County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Dealing With a Commercial Loss

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

A local food market suffered from a sewage backup.

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we know how important it is to recover after a loss. Whether, it be a fire damage, water damage, mold issue, storm damage, or any type of issue, our goal is to get you and your business back up and running in no time.

Sewage Backup in Local Market

A local market called recently about a sewage backup they had. They were extremely worried due to the fact that they did not want it to impede on their business. We reassured them we would be there as soon as we could to handle the situation. Our crew went to the store and got the sewage cleaned up within a couple of days. The store owner was ecstatic that they did not have to close down!

If you experience any kind of damage in your commercial business, give us a call at (201) 496-6024.

Edgewater Police Department Called Us For a Cleaning!

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Edgewater Police Department Called Us for a Cleaning!

Recently, the Edgwater Police Department called us for a loss. This wasn't an ordinary loss. After a recent incident, they decided they needed SERVPRO to come and clean one of their police cars. They were extremely excited how good of a job we did and how quick we got the job done! One police officer even called the rest of his colleagues out to show him the good work!

About SERVPRO of Western Union County

SERVPRO of Western Union County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold Growth in Your Commercial Building

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is not something anyone wants to deal with. In fact, it's something they should never have to deal with. However, sometimes mold strikes and when it does, it's no fun. There are some ways to reduce mold growth and lower the risk of it growing in your commercial building!

What Causes Mold?

The key to mold growth is moisture. Mold can result from something as simple as an increase in humidity. Although that is not something we can control, there are other times when mold can grow but we can prevent it. Mold can be a result of:

  • Leaking Pipes
  • Leaks in the Roof
  • Condensation
  • Flooding

All of these have to do with moisture. To avoid mold growth, check regularly for leaks or flooding. Mold only needs between 24-48 hours to grow. By checking regularly, you are slimming the chances of allowing the mold to grow. To prevent condensation, if you keep the temperature of the building slightly warmer, condensation will not form.

Mold is no fun. In the event that you encounter it in your commercial building, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call and we'll help you right away.

Storm Safety

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Although everyone is excited and eager for summer, I'm sure everyone is not so eager to have to deal with thunderstorms. Each summer, we experience thunderstorms that seem to appear in the blink of an eye. Often times, these storms are accompanied by high winds that can cause some damage. With that being said, we have a few safety precautions that you can take if you know a storm is on the way.

First off, make sure you are not in a body of water. Although this is usually the first one that comes to peoples' minds, it is one of the most important. It can be deadly if you are in a pool or lake when a storm arrives.

In addition, make sure furniture and other things such as umbrellas or pool floats are away in secure as to not be blown away.

Lastly, make sure you have extra food and water in case of a power outage.

If you follow these general safety tips, I'm sure no storm will be a match for you!

Preparing for a Hurricane

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

With hurricane season quickly approaching, the importance of being prepared increases. Follow these guidelines from the CDC to make sure you and your family stay safe in the event of a hurricane.

  1. Make a plan. It is important that even if there is no immediate risk of a hurricane or storm that your family has a plan in place in the event one occurs.
  2. Prepare an emergency food supply. The CDC recommends that you have at least a 3-5 day supply of food on hand. They also recommend foods that have a long storage life, require little to no cooking, refrigeration, or water, and that meet the needs of babies and pets.
  3. Prepare an emergency water supply. During an event like a hurricane, water supplies can become contaminated. Therefore, it is crucial that you have at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet.
  4. Get safety products. Things such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, blankets, and batteries are crucial to have in case the power goes out or a fire occurs.

Although you can never fully prepare for a natural disaster, if you follow these guidelines, you will be as most prepared possible. In the event you do encounter a hurricane or tropical storm, SERVPRO of Western Union County is here to help. Give us a call at (201) 496-6024.

When Storms or Floods Hit Western Union County, SERVPRO is Ready!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Union County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Western Union County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Dealing With Damage After a Storm

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

In 2012, New Jersey and its bordering states were rocked by Hurricane Sandy. The high winds and heavy rains produced numerous problems in the tri-state area. We dealt with flooding and downed trees, among other things. A storm of that magnitude shocked the area because it does not occur often. However, here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we were ready and equipped to deal with the aftermath!

We had numerous homeowners call us to report flooding in their homes. All over the state experienced flooded basements and then eventually, mold. We were able to help each customer and give them the care they deserved.

Not only did we deal with flooding, but problems related to downed trees as well. This created a variety of issues that we adapted to. We tailored our work depending on the needs of the customer and the severity of the damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we are here to help no matter what. If you find yourself in a situation after a storm, give us a call at (201) 496-6024.

Classifying a Hurricane

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

With hurricane season approaching, it is important that you know the difference between the each type of hurricane.


  • Category 1 - Very dangerous winds that will produce some damage. Winds range from 74-95 mph. Falling debris could strike people, livestock, pets, and homes.
  • Category 2 - Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. Winds range from 96-110 mph. There is a bigger risk of injury or death to people, livestock, pets, and homes.
  • Category 3 - Devastating damage will occur. Winds range from 111-129 mph. There is a high risk of injury or death to people, livestock
  • Category 4 - Catastrophic damage will occur. Winds range from 130-156 mph. Falling and flying debris poses a very high risk of injury or death to people, pets, livestock, and homes.
  • Category 5 - Catastrophic damage will occur. Winds are 157 mph or higher. Flying debris can pose a severe threat to people, livestock, and pets, even if you are indoors.

It is important that we understand how hurricanes are categorized so we know the severity of it when it occurs. If you find yourself in a situation after a storm and need help, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024!

SERVPRO at the Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

One of our employees Jelesty representing SERVPRO of Western Union County at the 2018 Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival!

On June 3rd, 2018 SERVPRO of Western Union County attended the 2018 Fort Lee Arts & Music Festival! This event was presented by the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs as well as the Mayor and Council of Fort Lee. We were so glad we were able to attend and involve ourselves in our community. Plus, the event was super fun! There was music, artists, kids rides, a Harley Davidson Bike Show, and other vendors! We are always looking for opportunities to get involved in our community as well as expand our business. Several members of our team attended and each one of them had a blast. We can't wait to see what the next festival has in store!

Classifying a Water Damage

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

When our crew gets to a water damage, we not only categorize it, but we classify the damage as well.


Water damages are classified based on the amount of water as well as the material involved in the damage.

  • Class 1 - This is the least amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. Only a portion of a room is affected or a larger area with minimal moisture absorbed. There is little to no wet carpet present.
  • Class 2 - This involves a large amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. At least an entire room with carpet is affected. There is moisture in structural materials and substructure soil.
  • Class 3 - This involves the greatest amount of water, absorption, and evaporation. In this class, the water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpets, etc. are saturated.
  • Class 4 - This class relates to special drying situations. For example, some materials may require longer drying times and even different methods.

Classifying water damages is vital to our evaluation. It lets us know what type of equipment we need to use, the extent of the damage, and how long we can expect it to take. If you find yourself in this situation, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024.

Fire Safety in Commercial Buildings

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Although we like to think tragedy will never strike, unfortunately, it does. Whether it be in your home, on the road, or at work, it can come when you are least expecting it. However, some things can be prevented and lives can be saved if you have a plan of action in emergency situations!

Plan of Action in a Commercial Building

Commercial buildings can often be the most deadly forms of tragedy. If in the event of a fire at home, people know where they can and can't go and how to get there. However, at work, that might not be the case. It is extremely important that employees know where to exit in case of a fire while at work. We recommend a few things to help.

  1. It is best if there are exit signs posted around the building as well as pictures depicting the route to the nearest exit. If people are aware of the exits as well as the routes they can take to get there, they will be able to act more efficiently in an emergency situation.
  2. We also recommend commercial buildings have fire drills at least once a month. By conducting fire drills, employees of a commercial building can familiarize themselves with the nearest exit and the quickest route to get out safely.

By implementing these tips, commercial buildings can help reduce the severity of a tragedy and prepare people in the event that it occurs.

We Love Our Community!

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Union County attended the Fort Lee Art and Music Festival hosted by the Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce!

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we feel it is extremely important to be a part of our local community. Not only have we hosted events such as our Annual Pet Adoption Day or Red Cross Blood Drive, but we have also been a sponsor and participated and many other events as well. For example, we have gone to amazing events such as the Fort Lee 5K Run/Walk and the Fort Lee Art and Music Festival. Not only that, we participate in networking events such as the Multi-Chamber Dinner & Networking Cruise that was hosted by the Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce! By participating in events like these and taking an active role in our community, we feel it not only betters us as a business, but as people as well!  

Our SERVPRO Family!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Western Union County family is just as important to us as your family is to you! As a business, we take pride in how we are more than just coworkers. Each and every employee truly cares about one another. Whether it be buying them lunch or lending their tools, they show us how much they care about each other every single day. For example, for our owner and boss's birthday, we surprised him with a party in our warehouse and lunch at a local restaurant! As a business, we feel it is imperative to create a great experience not only for our customers but our employees as well. Without them, we would not be able to make it seem "Like it never even happened!"

Our Annual Pet Adoption Day in October!

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Welcome to the Pet Adoption Day!

Each year, we host our annual Pet Adoption Day to help local animal shelters in our area. Ever since our first year, we have been more and more successful in helping find dogs and cats their forever homes. This event is our favorite event that we host by far! The look children's faces when they know they have found the perfect addition to family is priceless.

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we know how important it is to give back to the community we serve and that is why we do events like this every year. We are so grateful for our community and that we are able to do our part in making it better! Without them, we would not be where we are today!

Sewage Backup in a Commercial Building in Fanwood, NJ

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Check out this before and after!

A commercial building in Fanwood, NJ called us recently about a sewage backup in one of their bathrooms. We got a crew chief out to them the same day so we could see what we were dealing with. After evaluating the damage and identifying the course of action, we got a crew in there to begin the cleanup process. The after picture was taken only a few days after we got the call about the backup. The landlord was extremely pleased that we were able to clean up the sewage and water so quickly and that there was no odor left behind. This is what they had to say about our work:

"When one of our toilets backed up in our bathroom, to say we were shocked is an understatement. After doing some research, we decided our best bet would be to go with SERVPRO of Western Union County. After our first phone call, I knew we had made the right decision. I am so glad I decided to give them a call. I don't think any other company would have been able to get the job done like they did. They truly are amazing!" - Andrew. F - Fanwood, NJ

Meet Some of Our Awesome Employees!

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Jelesty Mendez, Jerome Fenton, and Sebastian Osorio

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we have some pretty awesome employees that make our business what it is!

Sebastian Osorio

Sebastian Osorio is a General Manager at SERVPRO of Western Union County. Sebastian has many years of experience prior to him joining us about 6 years ago. Sebastian is always eager and determined to assist our customers in the best way possible. He does this by attending classes and seminars that help him expand his knowledge on things such as water damage, fire damage, and mold damage.

Jerome Fenton

Jerome Fenton is a Marketing Representative here at SERVPRO of Western Union County. His tenacity and positive attitude that make him such a productive Marketing Representative are a result of years of experience. Jerome is constantly attending meetings and seminars in order to expand our horizons as a business as well his own.

Jelesty Mendez 

Jelesty Mendez is an Administrative Assistant here at SERVPRO of Western Union County. She has many years of experience and her position is vital to our success. She makes sure that everything runs smoothly and is always willing to help in any way possible.

Why SERVPRO of Western Union County? Read Our Reviews!

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Read what our satisfied customers have to say about our work!

"Thank you for cleaning up the fire in our kitchen! SERVPRO of Western Union County was nothing but professional and my business was able to continue running throughout the process!" - Nolan T. from Rockaway, NJ

"Holy cow! A great company run by an awesome guy! Thank you Chris!" - Stephaine C. from Scotch Plains, NJ

"After finding mold in my basement, I was distraught. I looked online and decided to go with SERVPRO of Western Union County. I gave them a call and from the beginning of the whole process, they catered to my needs. They made themselves available and helped me get my house back. I would recommend them to anyone!" - Dana D. from Plainfield, NJ

"Thank you Chris, Pamela, Sebastian, and Jelesty for helping me through this time! I hope I never have to deal with this again, but if I do, I'm calling SERVPRO!" - Louise F. from Palisades Park, NJ.

Stay Warm This Winter!

10/27/2018 (Permalink)

As the temperatures begin to drop and winter closes in, it can sometimes be difficult to keep warm with the wrath of winter against you. However, we have a few tips to help keep you warm all winter long!

The use of area rugs can be extremely helpful in the winter. This simple addition helps to insulate rooms with hardwood or tile floors and regulates the temperature inside your home.

In addition to using an area rug, a helpful tip is to close the fireplace damper when the fireplace is not in use. By closing the fireplace damper, you are preventing the warm air from escaping from your home.

By utilizing these couple tips, you can make sure you and your family stay warm all winter!

Common Breeding Grounds for Mold

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold tends to grow in warm, dark, moist environments. It feeds off moisture and only needs about 24-48 hours to begin to grow. It is important that you regularly check these locations in your home to avoid mold growth.

  • Bathrooms - Mold tends to grow in bathrooms due to the increased temperature as well increase in moisture. Regularly check around your tub, shower, and sink.
  • Kitchen - Kitchens are also a popular place for mold to grow because of the increased temperature and moisture. Check by the sink as wells as behind the refrigerator and dishwasher.
  • Basement - Basements are common for mold due to the increased temperature and darkness. Check regularly.
  • Laundry Room - Like the bathroom, kitchen, and basement, laundry rooms are susceptible to mold because of the humidity and moisture from laundry machines.

Although these are common places for mold to grow, it is still possible for it to grow elsewhere. We recommend checking the entire house regularly. If you do encounter mold, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (908) 791-9177.

Signs of Mold in Your Home

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Often times, mold goes undetected in homes. However, there are a few signs that might point to mold as an issue in your home. 

  • Smelling a Mold Odor - If mold is hiding in your walls or other places you may not see, the only clue that mold is there is the smell. If you think you smell mold, inspect your house immediately.
  • Signs of Water Problems - Water stains or discoloration on walls, floors, or ceilings in your home could show that you have a moisture problem. If you have a moisture problem, it increases the chances of you having a mold problem. 
  • Seeing Signs of Mold - Although this might seem like an obvious one, sometimes we disregard mold and think it is dirt or soot.

If you see mold growing in your home, call SERVPRO of Western Union County immediately at (908) 791-9177.

Conditions in Western Union County Might Be Right For Mold

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Western Union County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (908) 791-9177

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County for mold remediation services.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is more than a pest; it can be dangerous. Mold in a home can cause health effects. In order to prevent these health effects and mold in general, we have a few tips to prevent the growth of mold in your home.

  1. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold needs moisture to grow. By drying wet areas immediately, it eliminates the surface for mold to grow.
  2. Make sure your home is properly ventilated. When a home isn't properly ventilated, appliances that produce moisture can also be the cause of mold.
  3. Keep mold off of household plants. Due to the moisture in the soil, plants are a perfect place for mold to grow and then eventually, spread. Avoid this by monitoring your plants and making sure they stay mold free.

In the event you do encounter mold, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (908) 791-9177 so we can help.

Does Your Western Union County Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (908) 791-9177


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