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We Have The Experience And Expertise Necessary To Restore Your Wayne Home After A Fire

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

one of our technicians cleaning the stair rails in a home to get the soot off after a fire A puff-back occurs when a furnace misfires and pushes smoke throughout the house. Our technicians are trained to detail clean your home.

How Does Soot Affect Your Wayne Home and Its Occupants?

For as typical as the presence of soot might be after a Wayne housefire, there is still a great deal that homeowners do not know about this substance and how it can affect their properties. The better informed you can become about this threat, the more likely you are to appreciate the training and industry-leading equipment available to our professionals. We know the risks of soot exposure and want our potential customers to understand it as well.

We know that our SERVPRO team might not always be the choice that residents make to overcome fire damage in Wayne homes, but we still want to help people get their homes and businesses back to its original condition regardless. Part of what our team does with any recovery effort is to help educate our clients about the work happening and why specific steps are necessary to return your house to a preloss state.

Soot might appear as a black residue on surfaces throughout your home that you should presumably be able to wipe clean with soap and water, but this is seldom the case. There are multiple fire damages that this residue can allow, and the first of these occurs when uninformed residents attempt to clean the substance using conventional approaches. Smearing and staining are common for inadequate cleaning practices.

Because soot particulates are light and powdery in many cases, they can spread to surfaces like ceilings, and attach themselves throughout the ducts of an HVAC system traveling from one affected room to another. Soot particles can often be difficult to see circulating in your home, and when breathed in can lead to health effects to those exposed, including respiratory concerns and other potential problems.

Our SERVPRO professionals also aim to educate our customers and neighbors on the acidity of soot residue. For surfaces that could become coated with the soot that are susceptible to these damaging conditions, like the metal of ductwork, pipes, and other metal materials throughout your house, corrosion can be a costly secondary effect of soot exposure.

No matter if you choose our qualified and trained SERVPRO of Wayne professionals or not, we are here to help you overcome fire effects however you need us. We have years of experience that works to restore properties or provide an expert-level second opinion. Give us a call anytime at (973) 546-4977.

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We Use Advanced Techniques In West Milford To Offer Water Cleanup

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our Drying Equipment sitting in the flood after water damage hit a home Our equipment drying the sub floor in this home and framing following a water damage disaster.

Get Appropriate Water Cleanup for Your West Milford Residence to Prevent Additional Damage 

Water intrusion incidents are common and potentially destructive. The most common causes of water damage in West Milford homes are burst pipes, leaking faucets and malfunctioning appliances like dishwashers, water heaters, or washing machines. If you do not remove the excess water quickly, it may promote electrical hazards or lead to mold infestation.

When the worst happens, and you need water cleanup services in West Milford, you can trust the experts at SERVPRO. With one call, we can arrive at your home and provide specialist guidance on what you need to do. We have the experience and equipment to deal with the problem quickly. With our rapid response, we can help you restore your floors, personal possessions, and walls. We can arrive at your residence with confidence and knowledge backed by decades of field experience. Our water remediation techniques focus on removing moisture and promoting effective drying. You can expect the following when you use our water removal services:

Free estimates

Our experienced technicians can assess the water damage and provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate on how to restore your home to its preloss state.

Professional water extraction equipment

Our restorers use advanced techniques and professional-grade equipment to restore homes. We have portable extractors that remove water effectively. When extracting water from hard surfaces, our technicians use a squeegee attachment. When removing water damage from glue-down carpets, we use light wands or carpet wands. Light wands are also useful for extracting residue water on the surface of carpeting after we have used a stationary tool.

Advanced drying and moisture detection equipment

We use air moving equipment to improve evaporation at the surface level and minimize drying time. Our technicians can use axial air movers to dry your home. These devices move large volumes of air and can, therefore, cover large areas of affected materials. We also place dehumidifiers in a home to remove water vapor from the air. When drying a home, it is challenging to find all sources of moisture, especially in difficult to access areas. Our SERVPRO crew can use penetrating moisture meters to test for moisture beneath wood flooring and inside walls.

We work with your insurer

It is difficult to determine what your home insurance policy covers. We can work with your insurance firm to get much of the water loss covered and ensure a straightforward claims filing process.

When you need water cleanup services in Wayne, Pompton Lakes, or Ringwood, contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 for assistance. We can make the destruction seem “Like it never even happened.”

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DIY Storm Water Damage in Wayne can Become a DIY--DON'T!

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

mold growth behind wallpaper Stormwater damage can result lead to mold growth unless treated quickly. Call SERVPRO of Wayne to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

Why Should Wayne Homeowners Outsource Storm Water Removal? 

When storm damage happens to your home, fast water removal action saves both your home and bank account from dealing with secondary issues that cost more money to resolve. A mistake many property owners have made is to assume because surfaces look dry, there is nothing more to do.

SERVPRO came to a homeowner's property with storm water removal needs in Wayne. The homeowner cleaned and dried what he assumed was all of the floodwaters that entered his home; however, a foul odor remained. Situations like this are not unusual, on self-cleanup from in-home floods. 

Common indicators there are areas of moisture left behind that require addressing include:

  • Musty odors that continue to grow in prominence
  • Signs of mold growth
  • Warping or buckling hardwood flooring or sheetrock
  • Tiles coming loose (Delamination) 

Our technicians use state of the art moisture detection equipment to locate flood water anywhere it migrates in your home. Our technicians scope behind walls and under flooring to determine the path of water.  They also ensure we eliminate every bit of excess moisture through the removal of the baseboards or other structural components for maximum airflow. 

Mold is a concern when there are high humidity conditions in a home. We use hygrometers to determine areas in the property where conditions are favorable for mold growth due to raised air moisture levels. Hygrometers enable us to set drying goals to below a humidity level to inhibit mold growth. Once located, our drying equipment includes both air movers and commercial dehumidifiers that accomplish what consumer-sized fans cannot match. 

In cases where water has been allowed to stand for any length of time often results in the need for odor control. Our technicians have access to numerous types of equipment to meet the needs of the property. Light odor control methods may include time-release gel pellets or more stout applications such as ultra-low-volume fogging for stubborn scents. 

Storm water removal needs to happen as quickly as possible and have a thorough cleanup. SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 is available 24/7 to extract the water and leave your property "Like it never even happened."

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We Get You Back In Business After A Water Damage Disaster In West Milford

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

commercial hallway with air dryers and dehumidifiers in place We have the state of the art equipment ready 24/7 to restore any damage big or small to your property.

Shave Time Off Water Removal at Your West Milford Salon

Water losses at your hair salon and spa in West Milford are disruptive to your stylists, estheticians, and, most importantly, to your clients. With so many water sources, from shampooing bowls, manicure and pedicure bowls and soaking basins, sinks for cleaning and disinfecting, restrooms, and washers/dryers for those fluffy towels it is surprising that water crises do not happen daily. If a plumbing break, an appliance malfunction, or a significant spill happens, get professional water extraction help. 

Overnight, your salon’s freshwater supply line burst, and at opening time, everyone was ankle-deep. To avoid canceling a whole day of appointments, request water removal from West Milford’s disaster recovery experts.

Our crew arrives with a fully-stocked service vehicle, ready with pumps and truck-mounted extractors. If your electricity is disconnected temporarily for safety, no delay in delivering our help is necessary. SERVPRO brings power generation options on every service call. Upon arrival, we make sure your main water connection is shut off, and consult with you about arranging repairs to the pipe through your landlord or directly if you own the building.

We then quickly assess the scenario and develop a plan. If any water damage on the premises is deeper than two inches, we start a gas-powered submersible pump in that area. We skim the surface with wanded extractors to pick up the remainder of the visible water.

Because most of your space is tiled, we hope little migration of water occurred. SERVPRO does not depend on wishes, however, so we use a thermal imaging camera to seek any hidden water. We also measure moisture levels in any porous structural components like baseboards to be confident when we begin drying procedures we neither under nor overdry.

After we are sure all liquid water is gone, air movers and dehumidifiers complete the moisture reduction to normal levels. Throughout this phase, we monitor ambient and structural moisture levels periodically. If you called SERVPRO immediately, chances are excellent styling and pampering are back on the menu fast. 

SERVPRO of Wayne is ready 24 hours a day to help mitigate and remediate water emergencies for our neighboring businesses. Call (973) 546-4977 anytime to schedule an assessment and project implementation.

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How Dishwashers in Wayne Cause Water Damage, and How to Prevent It

8/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will have you back to your daily routine in Wayne in no time from water damage!

Don’t let your home appliances in your Wayne residents stop you.

2019 has been an atypical year for us so far. While most of our typical water damage problems have to do with leaks, pipe bursts, and floods that get out of hand, we have so far helped three local homeowners dealing with water damage from their dishwashers. While kitchen appliances can, like any object connected to a water line, spring leaks and possibly cause much larger spills, it is a bit unusual for us to see the same problem happen multiple times. Here's a brief overview of what water damage from your dishwasher might mean and how you can prevent it in the future.

How Dishwashers Cause Damage

The severity of the water damage to your Wayne home depends on how the appliance malfunctioned. A tiny leak can, over significant periods of time, cause substantial damage to your cabinets and floors. You should be able to apply on-the-spot repairs with the help of a commercially-available sealant product designed to resist and contain water.

Sometimes, however, much more substantial problems can arise with these appliances. Should a water line rupture or sustain an exceptionally large crack, it might start to flood the area. These are the situations where most people call for a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Drying up water quickly prevents costly long-term problems from arising and keeps repair costs low. However, we also get called in when long-term leaks cause problems such as oxidation and mold growth that require an expert touch to resolve.

Preventing Future Problems

Like we mentioned before, commercially-available sealant products can help to patch up many appliance-related issues without needing to call professionals. However, these are temporary fixes rather than long-term solutions. As your appliances age, the likelihood that they may malfunction and cause substantial home damage increases substantially. Any time you conduct maintenance or renovations on the appliance or anything surrounding it, you should check its water lines and connectors to look for signs of damage or leaks. Most models support aftermarket upgrades and replacements for these parts, allowing you to get more years of service out of your belongings without risking additional home damage.

When problems grow, and the situation seems overwhelming, SERVPRO of Wayne can help to control the situation and set up restorative processes to reverse the damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (973) 546-4977.

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The Effects of Commercial Water Damage to Wayne Offices

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Wayne was able to dry this water damaged office. We have the equipment and know how to quickly remediate the damage.

Specialized Approaches Help Save More Items after Commercial Water Damage in Your Wayne Office

A broken pipe in your Wayne office can release several gallons of water if not caught in time. Incidents that happen at night are usually the worst. As the water spreads indiscriminately, it affects different items, which can lead to widespread damages. A speedy response is the best way to save more items, but when that is not possible, other approaches can help.

A wooden floor can be ruined irreparably in a case of commercial water damage in your Wayne office if the standing water pools for long. Absorption of significant amounts of water pushes moisture content beyond the average 10% leading to swelling of the floorboards. Buckling or other forms of permanent damage can occur, necessitating replacement of the entire floor. Our SERVPRO technicians can take steps to help save your floor. After extracting any standing water, we can tape a plastic sheet over the surface, and then use air movers to vent air into the chamber for faster, uniform drying.

In case the floor of your office is carpeted, water can still cause irreparable damages. Prolonged exposure to water causes separation of the backing. Mold can also form beneath the carpet if not dried properly. Our SERVPRO technicians use water extractors to remove most of the water from the carpet. We can then utilize a specialized procedure such as floating the carpet to improve drying. The process involves placing an air mover under the carpet then running it at moderate speed improving drying.

With several documents, ranging from files to books, in an office, the likelihood of damage from the spill is high. While it is hard to restore documents already ruined by water, it might not be feasible to throw them away. Our SERVPRO technicians can use specialized methods to stop further deterioration of crucial documents. Immediately after arriving at the loss site, we take wet documents and store them in a freezer facility.  We then use different advanced techniques to dry them, including:

  • Vacuum Thermal Drying
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification

Water loss incidents can be frustrating, but with help from a professional team, they are easier to handle. Call SERVPRO of Wayne to help. You can reach us any time at (973) 546-4977. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Learn How to Deal With Water Damage Remediation in West Milford

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in your basement can go unnoticed. Don't let the mess accumulate. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

The Risk of Microbial Growth during Water Cleanup in West Milford Homes

A clean water spill in your property may seem like a relatively benign issue. However, large quantities of water that come into contact with structure or contents can become contaminated rapidly. Microbes and microbial growth are present in all types of water. The longer water is present in the structure, the greater the likelihood of the water itself becoming contaminated. In terms of your home and contents, more contamination results in the increasingly expensive replacement of materials. Contacting an experienced restoration handler can help to control microbial growth, thereby limiting losses.

Time-frames are crucial for water cleanup duties in West Milford and the surrounding area. Microbes- which include bacteria, fungi, and viruses- multiply in a typical home environment. Conditions for growth of microbes are a food source, ideal temperatures, and moisture. Food sources are abundant in a home environment, including woods, insulation, dirt, and paper. Added to moisture from leaky plumbing or insecure roofing and a clean water emergency can quickly deteriorate into a grey or black water emergency.

Microbial issues get worse as time passes. The first duty for a SERVPRO water damage restoration technician (WRT) is to remove excess moisture through evaporation. We achieve this using extraction equipment for efficiency. Tenement buildings which may have restricted access can be restored using portable extraction units. A larger surface area may benefit from more powerful truck-mounted extractors. Once excess moisture is vacuumed or pumped, out the remaining task for SERVPRO is to remove moisture using rapid air movers.

Rapid air movers establish air circulation at a surface level while using heating elements to raise the surface temperatures and further encourage evaporation. A side-effect of this process is increasing humidity levels, which can lead to ideal conditions for microbial growth. To combat this side-effect, a SERVPRO restorer can control relative humidity using dehumidification. By reducing relative humidity to below 60%, we can control microbial growth and prevent secondary damages, including mold infestations.

Properties with water issues are also at risk of bacteria, fungi, and virus growth. Contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 for professional restoration.

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When There Is An Appliance Mishap In Your West Milford Home Call Our Experts

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (973) 546-4977 for a team of experts to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Cleanup After An Appliance Mishap In West Milford

A water loss in West Milford often traces to an appliance or some of its parts breaking down. Whether a ruptured water heater sends 50 or more gallons of water pouring through your utility room or a dishwasher pump breaks and spews soapy suds across the kitchen floor you need help to mitigate further damage and a professional plan to collect, contain, and dispose of the water. We are ready to partner with you.

It is critical to determine if moisture migrated away from the damage site when performing water cleanup in Milford. Even after the visible water evacuates, a substantial amount of moisture might seep through cracks and joints in flooring, causing progressive damage to structural components and exposing your home to a heightened risk of mold growth.

When we arrive, the first step is an assessment of the extent of the damage, including employing thermal scanning devices to locate any pockets of water that percolated below the floor or into cavities between walls. SERVPRO technicians study the science of moisture metering during their Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. We use devices to measure the moisture content of structural materials both as a means to map out the dimensions of the water damage and to provide accurate data for a drying plan following the cleanup.

Water deeper than two inches pumps out efficiently. SERVPRO technicians then move to wanded extractors to suction up the residual water on the surface. Specialized equipment like floor mats attached to a negative air pressure system removes water from the subfloor and the crevices between the flooring materials.

We evaluate the water’s level of contaminants to determine its category for disposal purposes. Sediments and soaps mixed into supply water usually downgrade it to Category 2 or gray water. The materials contaminating the water are not excessively hazardous, but the organic materials do create a possibility of accelerated microbial growth if not disposed into the sanitary system quickly. SERVPRO wants to avoid creating long-term complications, so we work hard to get it right the first time.

Rely on SERVPRO of Wayne to meet your water cleanup needs when appliances wear out or break due to needed repairs and maintenance. Call us at (973) 546-4977 for a team of experts to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Get You Back To Business In Wayne After Water Damage

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7 to restore your business so don't hesitate and call us right away to prevent further damage.

Water Damage That Threatens Your Wayne Convenience Store

The convenience store that you run in Wayne might not be the only one on your side of town, and even more importantly,might not even be the only one on the block. You try to diversify what products and food your store can offer those before they set off on daily commutes, or to help them to choose easy solutions for lunches and dinners so that you can compete with the other options customers have to choose.

With much of the floor space of your building used as a sales area, Wayne convenience store/café water damage is even more problematic when happening in the tight quarters where fresh food gets prepped and prepared.Even without a substantial water loss incident, the signs of excessive moisture and dampness must get addressed quickly to prevent the spoiling of shelved ingredients and products used to continue to prepare the food items expected by loyal patrons.

Our SERVPRO professionals understand how important it is to manage a space you must continue to use for your business to stay operational. In situations where drying is the most important step in recovery, small yet powerful tools like the low-profile air movers can force heated air throughout a smaller workspace to evaporate moisture and dampness, even what has been absorbed into nearby materials and surfaces. We work with the aim of zero disruptions to employees and patrons.

Provided that the power has not become severed to a property, items stored in coolers and refrigerators can remain stocked there, with the understanding that these appliances are not the source of the water damage affecting the convenience store. This permits employees to have access to food items that must get prepared and ready for customers continually. Several well-placed dehumidifiers can capture the circulating water vapor and reduce the chances of absorption into products in the display shelves.

With the strategic placement of the air movers in this kitchen area, employees can work around the recovery efforts when necessary. By approaching a situation quickly, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and extracting pooling water and drying out damage directly with the use of advanced equipment, our SERVPRO team can swiftly restore water damage. "Like it never even happened."

We strive to provide businesses in the area with an experienced response, tailoring the equipment and practices used to the situation and damage present in your store. When a job becomes too much to handle, let our SERVPRO of Wayne professionals help. Contact us anytime at (973) 546-4977. Our business is to keep you in business.

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Let’s End the Flood Damage Effects Once and For All In Your West Milford Residence

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can have a serious impact on your property. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation techniques and assistance.

Tree Damage That Leads to Flooding in Your West Milford House

High force winds are a common element to the severe weather systems passing through the West Milford area. While these winds alone can be directly damaging to properties through removing shingles and siding, leaving the home exposed to flood effects, it can also uproot and fell trees surrounding the home that can cause substantial structural damage. With limbs or entire trees that can gash openings in the side of a home or penetrate through the roof, flooding becomes an inevitability if torrential rainfall is already happening.

It can be difficult to avoid flood damage once a tree has penetrated the exterior of your home and provided a pathway for water to reach the inside of your West Milford property. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast response to flooding emergencies, arriving with the full measure of our extraction and drying equipment to provide effective mitigation of the situation for our customers.

Among the first things that our team must address upon arrival are the tree and the direct damage it has caused. We have general contractors on the team that can work to remove this tree from the house, wherever it broke the exterior. We can then work to provide temporary construction solutions like board ups and tarping to allow mitigation to start as soon as possible. The faster that this extraction and drying can begin, the more protected your home can be from these spreading effects like saturation.

Once our SERVPRO professionals have managed the damages inside of your property, we can work to provide a full reconstruction to the outside compromised structure. With this comprehensive approach to restoration encompassing both the water damage effects and the structural vulnerabilities, we can save our customers time and money on the recovery solutions their home requires.

Flooding can happen from multiple sources, and tree damages can provide a direct path for this water to penetrate your home. No matter when disaster strikes, you can count on our SERVPRO of Wayne flood restoration specialists to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (973) 546-4977.

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