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How Do I Get this Water Leak in My Kitchen Cleaned Up?

1/15/2022 (Permalink)

water damage kitchen, covering with plastic SERVPRO teams protect kitchen appliances in Wayne during a water damage mitigation service

Many Wayne Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Restoration

It's Who We Are

Most homeowners in Wayne are not forced to move out of their homes following a water leak. Our timely and effective service can mitigate water damage.

What to Do with This Water Leak

Water leaks in a kitchen area are common. These water drips leading to spillage do happen. However, if you do not deal with them in a timely fashion, there could be trouble. Mold and mildew often accumulate in areas that are damp. To ensure that the water leak in your Wayne kitchen does not cause this kind of damage, you can call SERVPRO.

What Kind of Tools Do We Use?

There are many devices that we use to remove the pooling water. The following is a comprehensive list:

  • Portable extractors: We use these to get rid of the pools. These are smaller tools that are in line with minor messes.
  • Drying mats: These increase suction, especially on hardwood floor planks, joints, and supporting floor joists.
  • Extraction wands: Extraction wands have strong suction power.
  • Truck-mounted pumps: We employ these to get out larger patches of water. Sometimes you need to really get out a sizable amount of water.
  • Dehumidifiers: These are used after the clean-up to prevent water from pooling again.

Can Your SERVPRO Team Minimize the Damage to Your Contents? 

We strive to clean up and restore, not replace, building elements, fixtures, and personal belongings whenever possible. We understand that water damage can take a toll on your well-being, and we do our best to work quickly to make you feel “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Wayne can respond rapidly to any size of a disaster. We will help you minimize any damage to your possessions. We can help 24/7 when you call (973) 546-4977.

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

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

crew dresses for Halloween Our SERVPRO team entertains the students in West Milford even as we mitigate the fire and smoke damage at their preschool

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 as 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.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

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 pre-damaged 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 (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.

Who Can Help if I Suffer Water Damage from Frozen Pipes in Wayne?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

snow covered roads and houses Protect your plumbing from frozen pipes in Wayne! SERVPRO says to follow the suggestions and reduce the chance of water damage

SERVPRO Is Available for Water Damage Repairs in Wayne During the Winter Months

During the winter in New Jersey, the temperature may drop well below freezing. Cold temperatures can create risks for your home, such as freezing pipes. During the winter months, the average low temperature in Wayne sits between 20- and 29-degrees Fahrenheit. However, in 2019, the temperature dropped to -1 degrees, which could happen again this winter.

Frozen pipes and ice damming in Wayne can both cause water to leak into your home. If pipes freeze and break, your house could get flooded. If an ice dam forms, moisture can leak from your ceiling to your floors.

Luckily, our SERVPRO technicians can provide fast 24/7 service when a disaster strikes. Our highly trained team can utilize the industry's most advanced technology to aid you in the following ways:

  • Emergency Services after a Water Leak
  • Water Extraction Procedures
  • Bathroom Mold Inspections
  • Attic Mold Inspections
  • Water Damage Repairs.
  • Fixing Leaking Roofs from Storms

However, sometimes the best way to prevent extensive damage is to put some effort into prevention. According to the Building Research Council at the University of Illinois, any time the temperature drops down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, your pipes are at risk of freezing. If water supply lines run close to your garage, it is wise to shut the doors and heat the area with a space heater. You can also open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors during cold nights to keep the plumbing warm.

If you know you will be out of town when it gets cold; you can leave your faucets running a little bit so that the water stays moving. It is also wise to set your thermostat at 55 degrees Fahrenheit at a minimum to prevent freezing. Even while in town, it is prudent to keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during the day and night.

If you notice a water leak during a cold night, call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977.

SERVPRO Safely Mitigates Wayne Property Flooding Incidents

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a basement with water damage. Rest assured SERVPRO of Wayne will restore your property and get you back on track after storm damage.

Removing Flood Damage from a Wayne Bathroom

In black water damage situations, like ground floods, homeowners in Wayne can expect to pay an average of $7 per square foot for cleanup services alone. Many porous materials require replacement after exposure due to the risks posed by chemicals, bacteria, and sewage carried in by floodwaters. This estimated cost does not even factor in the expenses needed to replace furniture, drywall, flooring, and electrical components.

If your Wayne home needs flood damage mitigation that can save you time, money, and stress, SERVPRO is ready to send a crew to your residence to get started right away. This team not only offers disaster cleanup but can also remediate mold and repair structures so that your home is restored as thoroughly as possible after a disaster. SERVPRO also uses specialized inventory systems to keep track of your belongings and can disinfect them off-site to minimize property losses while bolstering your insurance claim with comprehensive documentation.

Electricity Safety After Bathroom Flooding

  • If standing water in your bathroom has made contact with outlets, electrical devices, or power cords, stay away from the bathroom.
  • If you need to access the breakers, never do so if they are in a room filled with standing water. Call your utility company for assistance with shutting off the power.
  • Electrical appliances and tools should be at least ten feet away from wet surfaces to minimize electrical shock risks.
  • Have a licensed professional service wet electronics before trying to operate them. Do not attempt to turn on or use waterlogged devices yourself.

SERVPRO Sanitizes Your Bathroom

SERVPRO technicians can safely remove solid debris and waste, spray down surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials, and eliminate discoloration and microbial growth from tile grout with specialized cleaners. Technicians can use flood cuts approximately 12 inches above saturated drywall for wall cavity drying, insulation removal, and eventual replacement during structural restoration.

SERVPRO of Wayne restores homes with cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 546-4977 to have an emergency response team at your home within hours of your initial contact.

Why We Are The Best Choice In Wayne After A Water Damage

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a laundry room. No matter the extent of water damage, SERVPRO of Wayne is here to handle business.

Maintaining High Safety Standards during the Restoration of Water Damage Incidents in Wayne

Water incidents present different safety challenges to house occupants, including children and pets. Sometimes the circumstances can be aggravated by the procedures followed during restoration. SERVPRO makes safe restoration of water-damaged properties a priority.

Safety of the Worksite

Wide-ranging actions are necessary to keep a worksite safe during the restoration of water damage incidents in Wayne. Our SERVPRO technicians start by planning the worksite, ensuring equipment and cleaning products are readily accessible but not exposed to children and pets. We achieve this by having a designated staging area, which can be a utility room, bathroom, or laundry room where possible. We take time to identify possible hazards such as slippery floors or cables and hoses, which can trip people as they move around the worksite.

Equipment safety

Water damage restoration requires the use of different equipment and cleaning products. Some may be used once, while others are used repeatedly. Proper planning helps guarantee safety for everyone that enters the worksite during the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps such as checking for nicks or cuts in power cords before plugging in electric equipment. We also ensure proper grounding by using GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. We follow best practices when performing all tasks, including the simple ones. For instance, we avoid actions such as pulling on the cords to unplug equipment, which is not just dangerous but can also cause damage to the power outlets in your home.

Product safety

When restoring water damage, the products used for cleaning or other procedures can be harmful to people or cause additional damage to the contents in the affected areas if mishandled. Our SERVPRO technicians follow product label instructions strictly when determining the amount to use, pH levels, dwell time, and ventilation requirements where necessary. When cleaning fabrics, we always pre-test a product before applying it over a massive area.

Secondary damages or injury to people can aggravate the damage after a water spill. Call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Wayne Property Owners Count on SERVPRO for Effective Fire Damage Assistance

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Soot on a wall Call SERVPRO of Wayne for any of your fire-damaged needs. We are prepared to assist.

When Fire Damage Strikes Your Wayne Home, You Need Prompt Mitigation and Restoration with SERVPRO!

There are few emergencies as devastating as a fire in your Wayne home. Even a tiny blaze due to a faulty bathroom fan or a candle in the living room can turn into something significant. The longer that any soot and smoke residue is left to set, the more corrosive and damaging it can be. If your HVAC system is operating, you also have to worry about foul odors meandering into unaffected areas of your home. SERVPRO is there to ensure your house gets a professional cleaning and safe, effective restoration whenever fire strikes. We make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke Odor Removal

Why do many homeowners count on SERVPRO for smoke and fire damage in Wayne? Handling stubborn odors is something that our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) do best. The soot attaches to surfaces throughout the home, leading to lingering smells. Our team will use one or more of the techniques listed to handle the issue:

  • Peroxide Action Cleaning – Great for use on delicate surfaces
  • Abrasive Cleaning – Includes options like wire brushing, scraping, and soda blasting
  • Dry Cleaning – Often done with cloths or sponges for non-greasy residue
  • Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) – Good for stubborn greasy residues
  • HVAC Cleaning – This step is imperative to keep particles from spreading throughout the ductwork
  • Deodorization – We use ozone materials, HEPA filtration air scrubbers, and thermal foggers to pull up odorous particles

In any fire damage situation, SERVPRO also takes control of the restoration with the help of controlled demolition measures, as needed. To ensure your interior gets back to normal, we replace any unsalvageable materials like drywall, baseboards, ceiling tiles, carpeting, and fixtures.

Why call SERVPRO of Wayne when you have fire damage? Because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! Call (973) 546-4977 for 24/7 emergency response.

Why Gas-Powered Pumps Are Effective in Flooded West-Milford Basements

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Call now! Storm and flood damage is no DIY project. SERVPRO IICRC techs have the experience and knowledge for every size disaster.

Pumping Out Floodwater is Critical to Protecting a West Milford Home From More Significant Damage.

The immensity of natural flood damage can overwhelm a home or business, leaving it to professionals like ours to make it "Like it never even happened." We start this through emergency services that occur before our water removal services, such as:

  • Board-up
  • Tarping
  • Content relocation
  • Structural assessment
  • Controlled demolition

How Does a Trash Pump Work?

Many homeowners know that our equipment works to overcome flood damage in West Milford homes but might not know what makes certain choices more favorable than others. Our gas-powered trash pumps are designed to operate at a lower pressure threshold to move a larger volume of water through centrifugal force. Higher volumes of discharge mean shorter mitigation times.

Managing Solids in Standing Floodwater

Because of the low-pressure production of trash pumps, they are designed to contend with debris and solids still in the water after a flood. Larger intakes and discharge lines manage these scenarios quickly. Matter pulled into the pump can be siphoned through an impeller to make it more manageable as it moves towards being discharged.

Portable Power Without Electricity

Yet another advantage of choosing trash pumps to help manage flooding in areas like the basement is that these units do not need electricity. Running on gas and diesel, our powerful trash pumps are ideal when power might not be available. Widespread flooding in the neighborhood can cripple utilities like the electric, so we have several alternatives to keep effective drying and flood recovery going.

Flooding might not be avoidable for some homes, but there are ways that skilled and experienced professionals can quickly manage the damage they cause. Our SERVPRO of Wayne team is ready and able to help with efficient extraction and drying equipment anytime. Give us a call today at (973) 546-4977.

What Materials Are Quickly Ruined by Mold Damage in Wayne Homes?

11/6/2021 (Permalink)

mold spore Mold remediation for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call. For fast and immediate service call now.

An Understanding of Microbial Threats Can Amplify The Urgency of Professional Remediation For Wayne Properties.

When conditions exist for mold growth, many of your building elements and contents can be at risk as potential hosts. Our experienced team can work quickly to protect these items from harm. Understanding where mold is likely can help show where professional remediation might be needed, however. Here are some environmental indicators mold might be present:

  • Moisture
  • Warmth
  • Poor Ventilation
  • Low Airflow

The Damage to Gypsum Board

While drywall is fairly sturdy as a wall surface, once it becomes wet or needs mold remediation in a Wayne home, this material can be compromised. Because of the high porosity rating of sheetrock, the spread of mold through this organic material backing is difficult to slow and stop. In most cases, the affected drywall will need to be removed and ultimately replaced to remediate mold damage.

Microbial Damage to Carpeted Floors

Carpets are another highly porous material that is highly susceptible to spreading mold damage and hosting colonies. Mildew can also be a problem for this thin layer of flooring, especially if moisture becomes trapped between layers of the surface carpet and between this level and the padding/subflooring beneath it. If delamination or deterioration begins, it might be needed to pull the carpet.

Exposed Wood Elements and Framing

Cabinets, vanities, shelves, and even wood framing or oversized exposed beams in high vault ceilings common in modern construction are subject to supporting mold colonies under the right conditions. While the damage can be substantial, sanding and media blasting can often remove the complete organism from this host and prevent the need for tear-out.

Understanding the relationship between mold and its possible hosts can show where reaching out to our SERVPRO of Wayne team can help. We are ready to mobilize 24/7 at (973) 546-4977.

Drying Roof Joists and Attic Framing After Flooding in Wayne Homes

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

moisture meter SERVPRO techs use the latest technology and equipment for every storm and flood damage restoration project.

Flooding in The Attic of Your Wayne Home Can Leave Organic Materials Exposed to Water Damage.

Storm damage can be a consistent threat to the area, making the fast response of professional restoration technicians vital to protecting the property and its contents. Strong winds and torrential rains can cripple a building's envelope, namely its roof protection to areas like the attic and subsequent floors below. Water penetration into this confined space can affect the house in many ways, making the removal of moisture critical.

Board Up and Tarping Services

To overcome potential flood damage in Wayne homes, we must first prevent further damage by implementing board-up and tarping services. Covering openings and roof vulnerabilities prevents further water penetration and allows drying efforts to be more efficient and effective.

Evaluating the Moisture Damage

To determine which drying tools we will need to overcome moisture damage to joists and roof underlayment, we must utilize moisture detection equipment in our inventory. When coupled with advanced features of our exclusive SERVPRO DryBook software, we can track moisture damage and the later efficiency of chosen drying tools. Some of the monitoring equipment includes:

Evaporating Trapped Moisture in Wood Framework

While many drying tools and products are in our leading inventory, several drying scenarios rely on air movers, dehumidifiers, drying mats, and positive pressure systems to impact materials like porous woods. We use trailered generators to run power hubs like spider boxes into the workspace to utilize multiple air movers and dehumidifiers simultaneously.

However, we can overcome water and moisture damage after floodwater penetration to the attic; we are ready to help. Our SERVPRO of Wayne team is prepared 24/7 with efficient mitigation and drying solutions when you call (973) 546-4977.

Steps for Restoring Wood After Fire Damage in Your Wayne Home

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire with soot damage on the ceiling SERVPRO is an EPA-registered company. We have the manpower and equipment for any fire-damaged restoration service needed.

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.