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Your Best Guide to Commercial Flood Damage Remediation Success in Wayne

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

university building depiction Flooding can quickly cause a mold infestation in your university setting. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate the damage.

Steps for Managing Commercial Flood Damage in a Wayne University 

When flooding happens in a university, taking the right actions when addressing the damage is vital for fast recovery. When the appropriate maintenance personnel and management learn about the incident, they should contact flood restoration experts.

The direct repercussion of commercial flood damage in a Wayne university is the destruction of the structures and the contents of affected buildings. As a result, the university must spend money on repairing or replacing ruined building materials and items. Apart from financial costs, affected buildings can be unsafe. Therefore, it may be necessary to suspend some classes or school functions.

Secondary destruction, like mold growth, may cause health effects to students and the faculty. Floodwaters may bring different debris into the institution of higher learning, including silt, mud, and sewage that not only look unsightly but could also cause unpleasant smells. The water and debris can also create trip, slip, and fall hazards in the institution.

The destruction of both paper and electronic records is another consequence of floodwater intrusion in a university. It can affect vital documents like academic transcripts and admission records. Our SERVPRO team can respond to the flood damage in your university promptly to prevent secondary destruction.

We can assess the facility to determine and address other risks resulting from the flooding incident like electrical hazards, injury risks from falling tiles, ceilings, or other objects, and dangers from ruined materials containing asbestos. Our crew can also determine the extent of the flood damage by inspecting the affected buildings thoroughly. Proper inspection is essential in cleanup and repair work because it helps restorers to trace ruined items and maintain appropriate records of the same.

Our technicians can begin the cleanup process quickly. To make the affected floors more accessible, we can move furniture and equipment to dry areas. We can place plastic sheets under the moved items to protect unaffected areas.

If there is sewage damage, we can perform immediate sewage removal. This is a delicate process because of the harmful microbes that could be present in it. Our team can clean affected hard and non-porous surfaces like walls and floors and then apply disinfectants to the surfaces to destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Our SERVPRO crew can also use drying equipment like air movers and low grain refrigerants to eliminate moisture from affected surfaces. We maintain a balanced drying system, which involves ensuring that the amount of moisture evaporating into the air does not exceed the amount of moisture that is being dehumidified from the air.

When flooding occurs in your learning institution, call SERVPRO of Wayne for efficient flood cleanup. Our emergency helpline is (973) 546-4977. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Steps for Restoring Wood After Fire Damage in Your Wayne Home

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with wood floors Our team has the knowledge and experience to properly restore your Wayne home. Call us any time.

Treating Wood Floors and Affected Items After a Fire In Your Wayne Home

A fire in your Wayne home can ruin many different items and building materials. Soot can destroy wooden things and floors. Cleaning up soot damage on wooden structures and contents can be challenging. Since wood is a naturally porous material, smoke and smells can permeate the surface.

To restore wood, you may need to use aggressive cleaning and deodorization methods. Consulting with SERVPRO restoration technicians to deal with the fire damage in your Wayne residence is therefore essential. We can control the results by pretesting the affected area, using the right cleaning agents, and using the correct dilution rates of cleaning solutions. Our technicians use professional cleaning products and strategies to provide our customers with the best chance of restoring the affected surfaces completely.

Our professional restorers are usually tasked with restoring two types of wood. To remove soot, each kind of wood requires specific procedures and products.

Finished wood

This is wood that is covered in varnish or a sealer. Most kinds of wood furniture like dressers, desks, railings, and tables, among others, are finished wood pieces. To clean up soot on these kinds of surfaces, we can gently work a cleaning agent into the grain of the wood, where it suspends the soils allowing for easy removal.

Unfinished wood

This kind of wood does not have a sealer or varnish, and it can easily sustain damage from smoke smells and staining from soot. Generally, unfinished wood includes structural timber and the inner parts of cabinets and drawers. Unfinished wood is also susceptible to water stains. Therefore, our restorers are careful to prevent such stains during the cleaning and restoration process.

If the fire has ruined your wood flooring, our technicians can try to remove the smoke residues without damaging the floor’s finish. To remove light to moderate residues, we can damp mop the floors using a neutral pH cleaner.

In many cases, it is necessary to seal the surface of the wood, whether it is unfinished or finished, to lock away the odors that remain after using other deodorization methods. We can use sealants to achieve this. Our SERVPRO team applies sealants to the affected surface to encapsulate the remaining odor residues. We offer exceptional workmanship and have all the tools, equipment, and materials that ensure a seamless and smooth restoration.

Where a fire has ruined furniture and other wooden contents or structures in your home, you can trust SERVPRO of Wayne to bring things back to normal. Call us any time at (973) 546-4977 for fire restoration services in West Milford, Pompton Lakes, and Ringwood.

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Seek Help from Experts to Handle Fire Damage in Your West Milford Residence.

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

A hallway with a smoke and fire billowing out from under the doorway. Call SERVPRO so we can quickly help to prevent additional destruction to your West Milford home after fire damage.

Let SERVPRO come in and take over your West Milford fire damage.

One of the worst losses homeowners can experience is losing their home and belongings to a fire. Fire and smoke can damage your possessions and jeopardize the structural integrity of your property. Since fire losses can be severe, it is advisable to start the remediation process quickly to prevent additional destruction to your home.

It is challenging to deal with fire damage in your West Milford residence because you might be distraught and unsure of where to begin. Trying to do the cleanup on your own can be overwhelming. You can hire a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to help you in completing the cleanup tasks. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can help you to restore your home to its usual condition.

As you wait for our crew to arrive, you can do a few things, such as gathering items you may need to use in the coming week like clothes, school books, and toys, among others. Some of the things you should avoid doing include:

  • Touching items with bare hands.
  • Cleaning walls, carpets, and upholstery because this can cause more damage.
  • Using electrical appliances before an electrician has examined them.

At SERVPRO, we understand how stressful it can be to deal with a fire loss incident. Therefore, we can work with you and your insurance firm to restore your home quickly. Apart from fixing the ruined property, we also seek to restore comfort and safety for our clients. Some steps we can take to restore your property include:

Understanding the type of fire

It is vital to understand the kind of fire that occurred to choose the right restoration strategy. We can consider if you are dealing with a kitchen, electrical or smoking-related fire, and the materials that burned. The materials which burned affect the aerosols and smoke particles a fire produces. Natural materials like paper, dry wood, natural fibers, and cork usually produce small, powdery, dry, non-smeary residues or dry smoke. Artificial materials like foam rubber, plastics, and similar polymers often produce large, wet, and easily smeared particles of residue or wet smoke.

Removing ruined items

We can remove things that present a safety hazard, such as burned furniture and charred building materials.

Deep cleaning 

Our technicians can deep clean the salvageable materials to eliminate the smoke residues. We can also clean the walls, ceilings, and floors to remove stains.

Deodorizing your home

The smoke odors present in the affected areas may make it necessary to deodorize them so that your residence can be more habitable. Our crew can use odor counteracting beads, air scrubbers, or thermal foggers to eliminate the odors.  

After a fire loss, SERVPRO of Wayne can help. We have the expertise required to deal with fire damage of any magnitude. Call us 24/7 at (973) 546-4977 for fast restoration of your Wayne, Pompton Lakes, or Ringwood home.

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Sophisticated Moisture Detection Used for Pompton Lakes Homes

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall and wood with water damage. Water will take over your Pompton Lake home, moisture will take over. Let SERVPRO help you.

SERVPRO will always be first in line to assist your Pompton lake home water damage.

Identifying water damage in your Pompton Lakes home might not always be as easy as it seems. While there are many circumstances where dampness and even standing water are in central areas of the house, this does little to indicate the severity of the damage that you cannot see. Because our SERVPRO team devotes our qualified professionals to exceeding the expectations of our customers, we must begin by fully understanding the problems that our professionals face when we first arrive.

Water damage in Pompton Lakes home is not always readily accessible and easily seen. To determine the saturation of porous construction materials, the presence of water in moisture cavities, and the general spread of water loss effects, our team can utilize several tools. Not every moisture detection device is ideal for each situation, and in many pre-job scoping ventures, our project manager uses more than one of these tools.

Moisture Sensors 

These devices can detect moisture and dampness in carpeting and the subflooring/padding. With probes that can pierce into both carpet and padding, these needles can identify the presence of moisture in these areas. The result is a pass/fail test; it does not indicate the severity of dampness.

Infrared Imagery (Thermography) 

Imaging cameras that use infrared can help to show temperature differences that can indicate the presence of moisture. While it is possible to get false positives using this technology, colder areas can often mean moisture pockets that our SERVPRO technicians must focus on drying.

Moisture Meters

Unlike the other devices listed, these tools have gotten designed to identify how saturated specific materials are. These tools can get used as surface detectors or with an attached probe. Penetration can get controlled down to the very tip of the probe, allowing our technicians to gauge dampness through individual layers of the affected material.

These are a few of the cutting-edge detection devices that our SERVPRO of Wayne team uses when we must identify the scope of the water loss work to get done. However we can help, give us a call at (973) 546-4977.

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SERVPRO Provides the Expert Skilled Technicians for Pompton Lakes Flood Damage Restoration

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

advanced air scrubber with a reinforced duct With Advanced Equipment and "Know-How," SERVPRO Provides Cutting Edge Storm Damage Restoration for our Pompton Lakes Customers

Flood Damage Restoration in Pompton Lakes Homes Necessitates the Use of Advanced Technology

The way land is used nowadays has left the landscape less able to accommodate torrential downpour, which increases the risk of flooding and intensifies its impact. Some of these land-use practices include the destruction of natural areas and the increased amounts of asphalt and other impermeable surfaces. Some solutions that local, state and federal governments are implementing to reduce flooding include funding efforts to communicate and map flood risks, funding research and monitoring of flooding and precipitation as well as reducing carbon emissions to limit global warming.

If there is flood damage in your Pompton Lakes home, you may face problems like mold growth, ruined items, and structural damage. Floodwater could contain industrial or agricultural chemicals, or hazardous agents present at hazardous waste sites. Therefore, you need to protect yourself after floodwaters have entered your home. You should assume that any water in flooded areas is unsafe unless the local authorities declare it to be safe. If there is no safe water supply for washing, use water that has been boiled for ten or more minutes, chemically disinfected water, or bottled water. Before entering a flooded area, wear protective clothing to avoid contact with the floodwater.

It is also essential to hire flood restoration experts from SERVPRO to ensure that all the right steps are taken to restore your home to its preloss state, if possible. Our crew can take the following steps to handle the flood damage to make it seem “Like it never even happened.”

Proper inspection

Inspecting a property allows restorers to identify ruined structures and contents and avoid unnecessary rework. We can use pre-defined protocols that facilitate the inspection process and enhance workflow. We can also capture images and videos of the affected areas to document the damage for insurance claims filing procedures.

Proper detection of moisture

Our crew can use moisture detection devices like moisture meters to judge the severity of the damage. We can use the right moisture meter depending on the surfaces we are testing. For example, if we are inspecting for moisture in hardwood flooring, we can use non-penetrating moisture meters to avoid damaging the surface.

Efficient water and moisture removal

Our SERVPRO crew can use modern equipment to remove floodwater and silt from different areas of your home. Good ventilation assists in the drying process. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) can set up air moving equipment in your property to speed up evaporation and minimize drying time. We can also place dehumidifiers strategically to allow the damp, humid air in the affected areas to be circulated to the equipment and the dry, warm air the units discharge to circulate back into the affected areas. Dehumidifiers provide a continuous source of dry air that enhances the drying process.

Flood damage restoration is a complicated task that involves various procedures to restore normalcy in a home. SERVPRO of Wayne has access to state of the art equipment and the necessary experience to restore your property. Contact us today at (973) 546-4977.

Flood Damage in Pompton Lakes Needs Professional Help from SERVPRO

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Basement cleaned with trash containers after flood water removal Pompton Lakes Flood-Damaged Basement? Easy, call SERVPRO--"Like it never even happened."

Not All Storm-Related Events Require Professional Help--But, in Pompton Lakes--Count on SERVPRO

Did you know statistically, structures in this area of New Jersey have a one-in-three chance of experience flood damage throughout a standard 30-year mortgage?

There are proactive measures Pompton Lakes homeowners can take to avoid flood damage, such as directing water away from the property during heavy rains through landscaping and the installation of drainage to handle heavy rains. However, flash floods have the potential to enter homes and cause loss, even with precautionary measures.


Groundwater should always undergo professional removal due to the potential for contaminants or sewage. Also, once the interior flooring has exposure to water, the subflooring and sheetrock may require both controlled demolition and drying. The technicians have extensive training to assist homeowners in lessening loss and getting the most favorable outcome after this type of water damage.

Flood Loss Gets Uglier Before it Gets Better

The use of controlled demolition is a standard part of the restoration process. Once water enters the home, it can delaminate floorcoverings, which then require removal. Carpet also does not fare well against groundwater and requires disposal if saturated.

Once water wicks into sheetrock, the timer is on before it requires removal as once buckled or warped, it has zero restoration potential through drying. SERVPRO technicians measure above the water line and cleanly cut it away. This action (flood cutting) opens up the wall and flooring if necessary for complete drying.

Monitored Water Extraction and Drying
The technicians have a diverse selection of moisture detection equipment for various surfaces to assist them in finding all areas of water migration as well as monitoring the drying process and ensure the affected areas attain pre-set drying goals.

Make Ready for Rebuilding
When the technicians complete the drying and disinfection of the property, it is ready for any needed repairs and reconstruction so life can get back to normal.

SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage. They have a vast array of equipment to remove the water and the restoration training to make the loss to the home, "Like it never even happened."

We Get You Back In Business In Wayne

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Our air movers set up in a business hallway after water damage soaked the floors Our industry certified technicians are standing by with trucks already loaded with water damage restoration equipment to restore your business.

Two Ways We Speed Up the Process of Commercial Water Removal in a Drenched Wayne Office Suite

An office suite in Wayne often becomes like a second home for many of those working there – familiar, safe, and comfortable. Keeping your employees satisfied and productive requires that you maintain the environment. Unexpected emergencies can thwart this and ruin all your efforts. After the drinking fountain's feed line wiggles loose or the reservoir for the sprinkler system leaks, you want to assure your staff that you have the situation under control.

We serve businesses in and around Wayne with commercial water removal services and other restorative methods. We know the most effective methods to mitigate the effects of water intrusions, fire, storm activity, and microbial infestations. We want businesses in our area to succeed, and significantly reducing the amount of time need to recover after a disaster helps them when things might seem their worst.

There are two types of machines we use that help us extract residual moisture left after we use our pumps. These help get a structure completely dry so that the risk of additional damage decreases to normal expectations. Dehumidifiers and desiccant machines work to dry out the air by pulling water vapor out of it as the air passes through each machine. 

SERVPRO's technicians want to get damp air to these machines before they can do their job. Our air movers and air blowers push air across surfaces to gradually pull moisture into the air. As they do this, moisture migrates through wet materials. Water damage moves from wet to dry, and also seeks equilibrium within the area. These same machines that we use to remove water from the interiors of damp walls, floors, and ceilings also guide the now-damp air into the nearest desiccant or dehumidifier. 

Our air movers have different settings that range from a more gentle and slower speeds under 1000 cubic feet per minute (CFM), and some closer to the 3000 CFM range. These machines are so versatile, the specialists at SERVPRO use them to dry out the interiors of walls, underneath cabinets, and the thicknesses that make up your carpeted flooring. In many situations, these require venting or other measures to allow for saturated air to escape the area where we are working. 

Venting can also help the moisture escape directly out of your home, bypassing any desiccant machines or air movers. Doing this requires that we build an enclosure just large enough to surround the materials we intend to dry. Drying chambers like this have other uses, as well, including protecting office furniture and expensive machines. When we perform water removal tasks, some of these include pulling out damaged items, and this can produce dust. Drying chambers can help keep dust away from sensitive equipment.

SERVPRO of Wayne's technicians use various machines and techniques to make water removal happen as fast as possible. We want to help you get your business and its environment normal again, “Like it never even happened.” Call (973) 546-4977 for experts near West Milford, Pompton Lakes, and Ringwood.

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The First Steps in Dealing with West Milford Fire Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A man and two children standing in front of a huge fire blazing. Let SERVPRO help you through the first steps of your West Milford fire damage. We care about your family and your home.

When a fire happens in your family home, there is a good chance you are in a state of shock. After you make sure that everyone in the residence is safe, you inevitably face the daunting task of cleaning up. A fire in your home is damaging, scary, and unfortunately common. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that there were over 400,000 structural fires in the United States in 2018.

If you have fire damage in your West Milford home, you should first contact professionals. SERVPRO technicians are available to help you at all times, day and night. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fires can cause extensive damage to your home. Flames are not the only things that cause damage. Some of the most extensive damage comes from smoke and soot residues. While you wait for the SERVPRO Technicians to arrive at your residence, there are some things you can do, and some things you should avoid. Some of these points are common sense, but you may not be thinking clearly after the trauma of a fire. 

Things to Do

  • Make sure everyone is safe and remember; safety first. If it is not safe to re-enter the home, you should wait. Stay in contact with the fire marshall.
  • Contact your insurance company.
  • Keep hands clean to avoid more damage by spreading soot and residue.
  • If there is no electricity, empty the refrigerator and freezer, putting perishables in a cooler. Even better, stay out of the house. The lack of power may indicate an electrical hazard.
  • Double layered cheesecloth over air registers to act as a makeshift filter. 
  • Protect the chrome around your residence by coating it with oil or petroleum jelly, to protect special, personal items.

Things to Avoid

  • Do not walk around the home. Soot particles can embed into carpets.
  • Do not attempt to clean any surfaces, artwork, or electrical equipment without first talking to professionals. 
  • Do not eat any non-perishable food items if stored near the fire.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fans in case of electrical damage or to circulate soot.

As soon as the trained SERVPRO professionals arrive, they take over, assess the damage, create an estimate for the insurance adjuster, and begin work on your home. Restoration is better than replacement, and we use all of our cutting-edge equipment and technology to restore your home to preloss condition whenever possible. We make it, "Like it never even happened." 

If a fire damages your house, contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 to ensure thorough cleanup to your home.

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Fire Damage in West Milford? SERVPRO can Lead you Through the Restoration Process

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer Fire damaged possessions require differing types of cleaning. SERVPRO'S skilled team can determine the best plan for complete restoration.

Assessing Fire Damage in West Milford To Determine the Next Steps 

The structure of your West Milford home can take on significant damage during a fire. All of your personal belongings and cherished heirlooms can also suffer from the heat of the flames and smoke penetration. A SERVPRO crew can come in to address your needs for remediation as well as all of the restoration costs involved to get your interior back to normal. 

We have a variety of methods that can be used to clean any soiled household items when soot and fire damage in West Milford occurs. Once you call us, we can send a team out to sort through your belongings, placing them into groups. Our team categorizes according to the damage sustained as well as the type of material. 

Our technicians separate Items that need wiping down or simple cleaning into one group. These are usually items that may require cleaning with a dry sponge or a gentle cleaning followed by a rinse. Such methods work best on dishes, fine china, and other non-porous materials. Lightly vacuuming cleans items like books, and rugs and carpeting require adequate restoration using soot-battling agents. 

For the electronic equipment in your home, our building department can work to identify fire damage caused by soot deposits, heat, smoke, and water from the firefighting process. SERVPRO recommends turning on none of your electronics until they are thoroughly examined to help eliminate the chance of a short that can lead to permanent damage. 

We can treat some possessions your home at our facility, which we put into boxes to help protect from breaking during transport and storage. A sheet with detailed inventory for each box is used to ensure all of your items get returned to you after fire damage remediation. This CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service catalogs non-salvageable items and helps for pack-outs for content cleaning off-site at our facility. 

You can count on our trained professionals at SERVPRO of Wayne whenever you need help after suffering a fire loss. Contact us anytime at (973) 546-4977 for all of your fire and water cleanup and restoration needs. 

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SERVPRO Administers Safe and Thoughtful Fire and Smoke Restoration at West Milford Commercial Properties

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Young five year old girl wearing a fireman's hardhat and holding a hose Cute, But for Fire Damage Restoration at a West Milford Preschool, Call SERVPRO

Commercial Fire Damage Puts Private West Milford Preschools in Crisis

A fire that happens in one of the offices at your West Milford preschool is much different than one occurring in the kitchen. Hopefully, a fire that starts in the kitchen from food cooking never gets doused with water like a paper-based fire can. Spraying water on cooking or electrical fires can aggravate the problem instead of solving it.

Different types of fire in your West Milford facility require different types of commercial fire damage mitigation and cleanup. Both types need us to secure the area before we begin, including electrical and other safety issues that require stabilizing.

If water was used, in either type of fire, we need to extract that moisture before we can begin cleaning and restoring. Without it, damp conditions would continue behind newly installed materials and within enclosed spaces, eventually leading to destructive and expensive problems in the future.

We want to make everything “Like it never even happened” for you. Also, fire, if children see it or experience an evacuation, can become fearful of returning. We can make it so no traces of the fire, including odors, exist to bring forth bad memories in your students.

The educational materials you used to teach your student body, as well as mats for nap time, activities, and other facets of the typical day at your preschool, can get ruined during a fire. Whenever we come across things that cannot get wet without becoming water-damaged, we list these on an inventory sheet to make it possible for you or your staff to replace them with equivalent items quickly.

Things that we can get clean for you and restore them to preloss condition through different techniques can help get your preschool open again soon. Objects made of durable plastic-like toys can get stripped of soot in an ultrasonic water bath. Walls and doors need special treatments with dry sponges, as well as ceilings and trim.  

The areas near the corners between walls and ceilings can experience an electrical charge build-up, continually attracting soot particles. We use special cleaners that stop this from happening, so walls stay clean. Our air scrubbers and our Odor Control Technician's (OCT) fogging agents also help stop this from happening.

Carpeting also needs odor control but we do this through efficient carpet cleaning. Not only do we clean the soot that fell onto the floor and permeated the carpet, but it also removes the odor and replaces it with much nicer smells that young children often find enjoyable. If allergies are a concern, we ask that you discuss this with our staff. They are highly skilled in using alternative, unscented products, as well.

SERVPRO of Wayne helps all kinds of businesses near Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, and Haledon recover swiftly from disasters like fire damage. If you need a flexible and highly qualified mitigation and restoration team, call us 24/7 at (973) 546-4977. We are here every day of the year.