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Detecting and Preventing Residential Water Damage in Wayne

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment drying a water damaged carpet SERVPRO water damage restoration specialists in Wayne have the training and experience for every size disaster.

SERVPRO Water Removal Services for Wayne Homes

Disasters can happen anywhere and anytime, especially when it comes to water damage. Whether pipe fittings give out, plumbing leaks, or appliance supply lines loosen, this excess moisture can quickly welcome moisture and microbes into walls, floors, baseboards, and home contents. However, fast action and detection strategies can minimize these disasters' impact on Wayne properties.

SERVPRO water restoration technicians save Wayne properties with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, state-of-the-art tools, and around-the-clock availability. These factors help homeowners see faster relief from disaster, and more comprehensive repairs, reducing overall costs.

Reducing Damage to Wayne Properties with Water Detection and Prevention

While disasters caused by plumbing and fixture failures are nearly inevitable for most homeowners, the factors that can exacerbate them can be minimized with preparation, inspection, and detection equipment.

  • Home water alarms are invaluable for detecting moisture near vulnerable areas.
  • Annual or semi-annual inspections of fixtures can detect vulnerabilities before a disaster occurs.
  • Make sure basement sump pumps are operational.
  • Draining water heaters at least once or twice a year, and replacing them if they are over eight years old, can go a long way toward minimizing appliance failure.
  • Know where the home’s water main shutoff is for when disasters occur to reduce the impact of moisture.

Some signs of damage already existing on the property include unusually high water bills, changes in water pressure, stained or soft drywall, and musty odors that may indicate the presence of mold. When these disasters do strike, contact insurers and licensed restoration professionals as soon as possible to remediate damage and keep the property safe and structurally sound.

Restoring Water Damaged Property with SERVPRO Tools and Techniques

SERVPRO water removal tools mitigate moisture through extraction, air movement, and dehumidification. Moisture extraction with portable or truck-mounted units ensures minimal water remains for air movers and dehumidifiers to counteract, significantly accelerating the drying process.

Other restoration tools in SERVPRO’s distinctive green emergency response vehicles include:

  • Inspection tools like penetrating moisture meters for carpet and non-penetrating sensors for nonporous surfaces and drywall. Thermal imaging cameras are invaluable for finding moisture hidden behind walls, ceilings, and floors.
  • Commercial-grade polyethylene sheeting establishes drying chambers and forces air into tight spaces with air movers. These chambers are especially useful for open floor plans, drying wet hardwood, and drying ceiling cavities and drop ceilings with minimal demolition.
  • Floor cleanup services depend on the material, but carpet and pads are often salvageable with the help of hot water extractors and EPA-registered biocides. Careful extraction, tenting, and drying with air movers and dehumidifiers restore the carpet to a pre-disaster state before being reinstalled and re-seamed by SERVPRO professionals.
  • Odor control tools, including ultra-low volume foggers, pump sprayers, and time-release malodor removal pellets, can combat unpleasant water odors and restore indoor air quality.

IICRC-Certified technicians can implement repairs and fresh paint, among other rebuilding services, to return the affected area to a pre-disaster state free of moisture damage, stains, and odors. Many disasters do not require extensive repair or replacement of structural materials. Still, when it is needed, SERVPRO can replace drywall, carpet, and other home essentials. Belongings are also sanitized, dried, and deodorized.

SERVPRO of Wayne is available around the clock to render mitigation that leaves properties looking and feeling "Like it never even happened." Call the team at (973) 546-4977 for restoration services.

What Challenges Do Wayne Homeowners Face with Fire Cleanup?

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Employee removing soot damage from a wall Let SERVPRO wipe away your fire damage woes in your Wayne home or business.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Crews Remove Soot and Soils

Home fire damage can be challenging, stressful, and overwhelming for homeowners. Soot can heavily stain and spread malodors. On top of that, structural damage that is not addressed quickly can complicate home repair and restoration tasks like HVAC cleanup. Wayne residents need a team that maximizes the availability of highly-trained technicians with quality restoration tools for soot and smoke damage mitigation.

SERVPRO provides precisely this service after Wayne homeowners experience fire damage and can return affected property and structural materials to a clean, pre-disaster state. Mitigation comes with water cleanup for fire suppression, if necessary, and sanitation with EPA-registered biocides that can remediate odor-causing bacteria and microbes.

How Fires Affect Different Substances and How Homeowners Can Prevent Them

Fire soils can leave behind a diverse array of stains, residues, and debris that require different types of care. Some items may be more cost-effective to replace instead of attempting repairs.

  • Rubbers, plastics, and other synthetic, petroleum-based substances often melt and leave behind clusters of sticky residue that can smear without specialized care. These materials and oils tend to burn at lower temperatures and produce "wet" smoke.
  • Unfinished wood, unsealed ceramic and masonry, and upholstery fibers are vulnerable to absorbing smoke particles because they are porous, organic substances. These stains can be a challenge to remove with consumer-grade cleaning solutions and can even cause stains to set.
  • Wood and paper produce "dry," high-heat smoke when burned, and these soils are typically easier to clean.
  • Metals and finished plastics with light soot stains are often restorable after fire damage, but moisture exposure can turn soot acidic.

Depending on the scale of the fire, homeowners are likely to find both wet and dry smoke residues and related debris. SERVPRO can mitigate these soils with solutions targeted at each.

SERVPRO Cleanup Addresses Various Fire Damage Soils and Odors

After fire damage occurs, homeowners are encouraged to contact their insurers as soon as possible after guaranteeing the safety of home occupants. Property owners do not have to wait for a claims adjuster to inspect the home before calling a restoration firm like SERVPRO.

SERVPRO mitigation and restoration methods can combat fire stains and soils with a diverse repertoire of tools and OSHA-approved solutions, including:

  • Inspection tools for water damage caused by fire suppression, as well as HVAC inspection and manual cleaning equipment
  • Specialized solutions for wet and dry fire soils, as well as solutions designed for pungent protein residues
  • Odor control via thermal fogging, sanitation, soda blasting, and powerful ventilation fans, among other methods

For larger-scale fires, SERVPRO professionals can perform a pack out. This process entails carefully packing items for restoration, keeping digital and paper inventory records, and moving these belongings to an approved SERVPRO warehouse for offsite cleanup. While contents are restored at the warehouse, technicians at the residence focus on structural restoration and repairs. Once the property is clean and secured, technicians can move items back per the homeowners' wishes.

Homeowners can still access belongings while they are at the SERVPRO warehouse. The team's inventory system ensures that belongings are convenient and easy to find, with items packed per room and boxes identified with bar codes that correlate with the digital inventory system.

When you need fast-acting restoration services, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 to begin the remediation process.

SERVPRO Equipment Salvages Mold Damaged Wayne Properties

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

An employee in personal protective equipment Mold colonies are not always visible. Do you know how to locate hidden mold in your Wayne home? SERVPRO does!

Performing 24/7 Mold Remediation in Wayne

Home mold damage is among the foremost issues tied to disasters around the country. Whether moisture comes in from plumbing failures, flooding, or fire suppression, mold can accelerate growth within 24 to 48 hours. These microbes can eat away at surfaces, provided there is enough moisture. It is often not safe for homeowners to tackle these disasters on their own because mold can negatively affect a property’s structural integrity.

Wayne mold mitigation technicians at SERVPRO can implement mold control strategies 24/7 for property owners. Total mold removal is not achievable due to microbes existing on some level in any given indoor and outdoor space. However, SERVPRO can successfully reduce populations to pre-disaster levels and eliminate the conditions that enable further growth.

Controlling Humidity from Mold Exposure

One of the most crucial factors homeowners can take steps to control is humidity. While disasters can happen at any time, keeping moisture levels low and maintaining sufficient indoor air quality (IAQ) can go a long way toward minimizing mold spores. Relative humidity levels under 50 percent–and ideally under 40 percent–can keep spore growth to a minimum and preserve IAQ.

Try these tactics for keeping moisture levels below the levels necessary for accelerated mold growth:

  • Keep an eye on sources of moisture in the home, mainly showers, baths, humidifiers, and boiling water
  • Maintain bathroom and kitchen range exhaust fans to ensure that they are sufficient for pulling excess humidity out of their respective spaces
  • Have ductwork cleaned and inspected at least once a year, and change air filters every 2 to 3 months, or per manufacturer instructions
  • Consider installing or upgrading home dehumidification to keep the home dry

Bear in mind that excess dryness can also damage wood, drywall, and other surfaces. The key to adequate moisture control is not eliminating moisture. Instead, the goal is to maintain humidity levels so that contents and residents can exist comfortably in the home without worrying about excessive mold growth.

SERVPRO Tools Can Tackle And Contain Mold Damage

SERVPRO takes a comprehensive approach to mold control that includes moisture mitigation, sanitation, odor removal, and rebuilding services per the homeowner’s insurance policy. SERVPRO also performs preliminary inspections, estimates, and plans to implement restoration efficiently.

Inspection tools include penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors and meters and thermal imaging cameras that can help isolate vulnerable areas for spore growth. Technicians can also perform necessary demolition services to remove spore clusters and debris.

Restoration tasks undertaken by SERVPRO professionals include the following:

  • Setting up sealed containment areas and drying chambers with sturdy polyethylene sheeting
  • Spraying and spot-treating surfaces with EPA-registered biocides
  • Drying excess moisture with extractors, centrifugal air movers, and low-grain refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Controlling local air pressure in sealed areas and collecting mold spores with HEPA-filter air scrubbers and vacuums
  • Controlling odors with sprayers, ultra-low volume foggers, scented granules, and other malodor removal tools

SERVPRO equipment and processes are designed to adhere to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines for the restoration industry while effectively remediating microbes, odors, and moisture.

When homeowners require restoration, they can count on SERVPRO of Wayne to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call (973) 546-4977 for mitigation from a certified team of mitigation technicians.

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

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Hand pulling back wallpaper to show mold 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 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 the floodwaters that entered his home; however, a foul odor remained. Situations like this are not unusual in 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 water path. 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 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. 

Cases, where water has been allowed to stand for any length of time need odor control. Our technicians have access to numerous types of equipment to meet the property's needs. Light odor control methods may include time-release gel pellets or 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."

Flood Damage Recovery Needed for Wayne Attics

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of attic The attic can be a common place to experience flood and water damage for area homes. Call SERVPRO for fast results.

Restoring Flood Damage in Attics Is Complex

The attic space is a necessary element of many homes for the structure's insulation, access to the roofing materials, and additional storage. When flooding impacts this housing area, it can quickly spread to the living space below without prompt and direct mitigative action. There are many causes of flood and water damage to the attic and roof of Wayne homes, including:

  • Fallen trees
  • Wind damage 
  • Driving rain
  • Ice damming
  • Hail damage

Temporary Repairs of Damaged Roofs

Scoping an attic space for flood damage to Wayne properties involves carefully evaluating the roof. SERVPRO professionals must assess every element of a roof's construction for weakening or compromise. Our contractors must install patches to stop water flow temporarily to focus efforts on drying and cleaning the attic. 

Complications of Confined Space

One of the complications of cleaning up flood-damaged attic space is the confined space. Sometimes this storage area above your living space is little more than a few feet in height, making introducing many cleaning and drying systems a challenge. We rely on portable tools like wet vacuums and strategically placed air movers to help with confined areas. 

Salvageable Materials in the Attic 

It can be beneficial to save the high volume of insulation in the attic when possible. Not all insulation is possible to preserve, but many fiberglass types can be dried and reinstalled where it was pulled. Our professionals can use larger insulation vacuums to potentially save it. 

The attic can be a common place to experience flood and water damage for area homes. To understand how these situations can quickly get out of control and spread to the living space below, contact our SERVPRO of Wayne team immediately to help. We have effective mitigation and emergency services starting as soon as you call (973) 546-4977. 

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

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Soapsuds coming out of dishwasher 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 involve 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 unusual 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 cause substantial damage to your cabinets and floors over significant periods. 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 enormous crack, it might start to flood the area. These are the situations where most people call for a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Quickly drying up water prevents costly long-term water damage problems and keeps repair costs low. However, we also get called in when long-term leaks cause issues such as oxidation and mold growth that require an expert touch to resolve.

Preventing Future Problems

As we mentioned before, commercially available sealant products can help 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, 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 control the situation and set up restorative processes to reverse the damage in your home. Call us 24/7 at (973) 546-4977.

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

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Flooring Damage 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, your clients. With so many water sources, from shampooing bowls, manicure and pedicure bowls, 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 occurs, 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 primary water connection is shut off and consult with you about arranging repairs to the pipe through your landlord or if you own the building.

We then quickly assess the scenario and develop a plan. If any water damage on the premises is more profound 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 water migration occurred. SERVPRO does not depend on wishes, however, so we use a thermal imaging camera to seek any hidden water. We 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.

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

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Technician cleaning railing 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?

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 will 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.

We know that our SERVPRO team might not always be the choice that residents make to overcome fire damage in Wayne homes. However, we still want to help people get their homes and businesses back to their 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 pre-damaged state.

Soot might appear as a black residue on surfaces throughout your home. 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 typical of 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.

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 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.

Tailored Fire Restoration Plans for Wayne Homes

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Wayne (973) 546-4977 to help with fire restoration to your property.

SERVPRO Laundry Room Fire Cleanup Services

Kitchens are not the only area of a Wayne property vulnerable to fire. Ignition can happen anywhere and anytime, even in a home's laundry room. Electrical failures–one of the most likely causes of laundry room fires–can be exacerbated by the presence of dust, prolonged use of extension cables, and malfunctioning dryer parts.

SERVPRO fire restoration specialists return Wayne properties to a pre-fire condition 24 hours a day, even during holidays and weekends. Emergency responsiveness is necessary to preserve as much as possible after a home fire.

Restoring Fire Damaged Laundry Room with SERVPRO Tools and Techniques

SERVPRO fire cleanup strategies may include:

  • Drying any residual water damage from fire suppression with extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers
  • Removing light soot from appliances and structural surfaces with dry cleaning sponges and EPA-registered detergents
  • Preserving clothing and other salvageable fibers with the help of compressed air, odor counteractants, and thermal fogging.
  • Demolishing unsalvageable flooring, baseboards, and damaged drywall to implement structural repairs
  • Using heavy-duty solutions and abrasion cleaning on charring and hard-to-remove soils where appropriate

Tile flooring is often salvageable after a fire, but grout may require repairs if not sealed thoroughly. Technicians can also establish negative air pressure with HEPA-filter air scrubbers to trap soot in contained areas. These particles are collected with commercial-grade vacuums that feature HEPA filters, which can catch particles as minute as 0.3 microns.

Ductwork also requires cleaning in many cases after a fire. Flex ducts used for dryer ventilation or HVAC typically need replacement. In contrast, duct board and sheet metal are more likely to be restorable with the help of ultra-low volume foggers, agitation tools, and OSHA-approved antimicrobials.

Property owners are encouraged to contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 for restoration that looks and feels "Like it never even happened."

Help! Why Does the Mold Keep Coming Back in My Bathroom?

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Behind Wallpaper Mold colonies are not always visible. Do you know how to locate hidden mold in you home? SERVPRO does!

SERVPRO Techs Can Tell You That the Mold Problem in Your West Milford Home Will Not Go Away On Its Own and Needs Remediation 

Over-the-counter cleaners can give you the illusion of getting rid of visible mold colonies by bleaching the growths. This action gets rid of the unsightly visual appearance of the infestation. Still, it does nothing to stop the problem from returning, spreading, and causing damage to the home. Bringing in a professional remediation company that can address both the existing mold issue and determine the cause and repairs that need to occur is vital to halt the progression.  

How is Professional Mold Remediation Different from DIY Methods? 

When SERVPRO technicians handle mold remediation in West Milford properties, they bring various equipment to locate moisture behind walls, ceilings, and floors. The use of professional drying equipment eliminates the sustainable environment for the colonies. Other actions the techs take during the mitigation to protect the rest of the home include:  

  • Containment
  • Identifying the source of the problem
  • Abatement of dried colonies 

Common reasons for mold growth in a home usually stem from conditions causing elevated and constant humidity and temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the most prevalent situations is a slow leak from a pipe or a structural issue allowing water from the outside to invade the home.  

Poor ventilation in the attic is another prime location for mold growth. It is good to inspect your attic once a month and look for signs of water entering from outside, and if exhaust fans port moisture through the attic, make sure they are working correctly, so the moist air is leaving the space. 

SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 is available 24/7 for mold remediation in local properties. The techs have the training and equipment to stop the spread and remove the conditions supporting the mold infestation.