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SERVPRO Equipment Salvages Mold Damaged Wayne Properties

9/30/2022 (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.

Expert Fire Restoration Teams in Wayne Clean and Rebuild Homes

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Chairs on fire Fire damage remediation by SERVPRO are top-notch. We strive to have your home back to preloss condition ASAP.

After a Kitchen Blaze, You Need Fire Restoration

Sometimes all it takes to start a kitchen fire is the small act of using a different type of cooking oil. Not all oils are the same, and less expensive ones are more likely to catch fire than pricier oils. Their lower flashpoint temperature can leave your kitchen in Wayne needing fire restoration.

Because of the dense smoke caused by an oil fire, your entire home in Wayne might require fire restoration, with the kitchen needing the most work. We perform reconstruction services, so families do not need a second company in addition to one that cleans, performs inventory of losses, and carries out deodorization tasks.

For your kitchen, we can help with restoration, including:

  • Ceramic tile walls and splashboards,
  • Cutting away of charred drywall or green board, and replacing it with like materials, and
  • Making repairs to the ceiling and immediate area above.

The rest of your home might need only a good cleaning with our specialized soot removal tools and cleaning agents. If the fire spread, our reconstruction team also makes sure to rebuild these sections. We want to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

However, because oil-based fires are already burning at a very high temperature, spreading from one area to the next and then out of the kitchen is quite common. If any other sites inside your home show damage, we can also fix this with fire restoration of these areas.

If fire restoration requires the installation of new insulation, we suggest that your family not be at home during this process. Our machinery, while efficient and quite rapid, produces a lot of noise, making it difficult to enjoy regular activities and upsetting for small children. It should not take more than a couple of hours.

Homeowners can reach SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977. We are always on-site to take your call and take the confusion out of disasters like this.

Why Choose SERVPRO Over Other Mold Removal Companies in Wayne?

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Wayne Residents Can Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation and Cleanup

Water damage or HVAC issues within your Wayne property may lead to mildew and black mold development. Many homeowners fail to realize that mold can develop within 48 hours of moisture exposure when the temperatures are ideal and there is an organic food source. Rather than trying to handle mold cleanup on your own, SERVPRO is there with trained technicians and innovative procedures for safely taking care of it for you.

Why choose mold removal companies in Wayne?

SERVPRO wants you to know that many companies advertise mold removal today, but this is false. Removing all mold from any building, commercial or residential, is impossible. The best practice is to focus on mold remediation and sanitize all surfaces, followed by ensuring the moisture issue that was the root cause gets addressed.

SERVPRO is Qualified for Your Mold Cleanup and Restoration Needs

There is a reason why our team of IICRC-certified technicians is trusted throughout Wayne and the surrounding areas. We have proven processes to clean your interior meticulously to address the suspected mold issue.

  • We isolate all contaminated areas with mold remediation by closing windows and doors, sealing entryways, and putting up containment barriers.
  • Mold-damaged and wet materials get removed and disposed of carefully.
  • All surfaces impacted by black mold get a thorough cleaning and drying. We often use HEPA filtration vacuums and air scrubbers to ensure all particulates get handled with care.
  • After the debris removal, mold-impacted areas are treated with a biocide and left to work overnight. Our team returns to encapsulate the space and wrap up the project the next day.

When it comes to mold removal companies, you can only trust the remediation and mold damage repair that SERVPRO of Wayne has to offer. You can reach us by dialing (973) 546-4977.

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.

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

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

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)

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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.

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

11/6/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Why is Professional Restoration Necessary for Water Damage in Wayne?

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Addressing Long Term Issues During Water Removal From Your Wayne Home

When a water damage event occurs in your Wayne home, the most pressing issue is how to remove it and resume routine life. However, it is essential to think about the long-term implications such an incident might have and thus take steps that prevent future problems. Calling a professional like SERVPRO to handle the removal helps address current and future problems. 

Saving Vulnerable Items

The critical process during water removal exercises in Wayne is the extraction of standing water from floors and drying any wet materials. However, the water spill can damage some vulnerable items within the house; and priority should go towards saving such items before starting extraction and drying procedures. 

Some of the steps our SERVPRO technicians take to save vulnerable items include:

  • Removing fabric materials to prevent staining
  • Limiting exposure of electronics to water
  • Stopping damage to books or other documents 

After saving items likely to be damaged immediately by exposure to high levels of moisture, we can perform extraction procedures. The use of pumps and extractors helps expedite the process.

Finding Hidden Water Damage     

After dealing with surface water, there is a need to determine whether there is an intrusion in hidden sections of the property. For example, water intrusion below tiles or into wall cavities can lead to severe damages, if not addressed before drying it. The damage caused by persistent wetness in the hidden areas may lead to costly repairs later on. Regular drying cannot remove such hidden moisture pockets. Our SERVPRO technicians first identify the wet areas using advanced equipment such as borescopes and thermal cameras. We then use specialized drying equipment such as drying mats or other cavity-drying equipment to remove the moisture. We can then proceed with regular drying procedures once the hidden moisture is gone. 

The way we conduct a water removal exercise determines whether the incident has long-term effects. 

Call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 to help mitigate current and future problems from an incident, making it, "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO is the Best Option for Water Damage Remediation in Wayne

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on hardwood floor There are many benefits to having professionals remediate your space after a water intrusion. Call SERVPRO to discuss.

Experienced Techs Save You Money on Water Damage Recovery in Wayne

When it comes to restoration, many Wayne homeowners often choose to recover and repair things on their own rather than seek the experience and efficient output of professional technicians like ours. Often this decision is based on a need or wants to save money over the perceived higher costs of restoring your home professionally after a situation like a water damage incident. There are many ways in which choosing the experience and knowledge of restoration professionals can save you money on restoring your property after a disaster.

With water damage incidents that occur in your Wayne home, water can often continually flow out from the source, spreading farther throughout the property as time presses on. While there are often clear signs of the damage of these water incidents, many homeowners lack the equipment and experience to identify the presence of moisture and dampness in areas of their property that they cannot see. This undiagnosed moisture can facilitate mold growth and other threats, leading to hazardous conditions and costlier remediation for your property.

The SERVPRO professionals that we dispatch to your home have the continued training to provide the most efficient and effective approach to extraction, drying, and other mitigation approaches that your home needs in this critical early stage of recovery. Without these techniques and advanced equipment, your home could experience further degradation from the saturation of construction materials and structural elements.

Without properly drying or addressing concerns like our SERVPRO professionals can when they enter your water-damaged home, you can allow structural failures or decomposition to continue. When you battle these effects later, they often result in the need to remove the damaged materials and reconstruction, which is far costlier than the initial restoration.

There are many reasons why seeking the experience and advanced equipment that our SERVPRO of Wayne professionals have can benefit your home after water damage. If you want to make these effects “Like it never even happened,” and save yourself some money at the same time, give us a call today at (973) 546-4977.

Mold Remediation Should Be Handled By a Professional Team in Wayne

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can always assist you with mold remediation and cleanup in Wayne

If a fungus ever develops anywhere inside your home, it can cause foul odors and possibly some adverse health effects and make the items' surface look contaminated. Depending on where the contamination has grown, it can be relatively easy or challenging to remove.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians work on mold remediation cleanup in Wayne, we primarily focus on removing the contamination present on the surface of your contents and building materials. One way to remove fungal formations on the surfaces of items inside your house is to implement dry ice blasting. This method has the following benefits:

  • Remediates Mold Quicker: Dry ice blasting can be a much faster way to remove surface contamination.
  • It's a Less Abrasive Method: These devices can remove formations without harming delicate surfaces.
  • Does Not Add Moisture: This method is considered a dry way to remove fungi because it does not make the affected materials wet.
  • Decontamination and Deodorization Capabilities: Dry ice blasting can eliminate spores and neutralize malodor particles.
  • Ability to Access Hard to Reach Areas: This blasting technique gives restorers the ability to remove contamination in tight corners and around wiring and plumbing fixtures.

If you ever need fungal formations removed from your home, call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977. 

Why Choose SERVPRO after a Water Disaster?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Wayne Residents Need SERVPRO’s Professional Home Restoration

Water damage does not require hundreds of gallons to ruin homes. An appliance failure or a leak is discovered behind a bathtub can be just as destructive with each problem resulting in damage to floors, walls, and other parts of each home. 

In Wayne neighborhoods, water mitigation efforts can eliminate or, at least, limit the damage. The key to how our technicians do this is by removing visible water and then drawing out moisture trapped inside or behind floors and walls. They start with using extraction devices to pull water off and out of surfaces. These devices are adjustable for both power and temperature which allows them to preserve everything from expensive wood flooring to wall-to-wall carpeting.

With the floors safe to walk on again, technicians use other devices to remove moisture. They set up fans to circulate and draw the damp air outside. Next, they install air movers to force moisture in drywall and other property out where it is captured by dehumidifiers for removal. 

To preserve your home after a water intrusion, call SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 today. 

Wayne Home Restoration Provided by a Locally Owned and Operated Business

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Promptly Attends to Water Removal in Historic Homes to Assist Wayne Property Owners

Wayne, New Jersey is only 20 miles from Manhattan, yet maintains a suburban feel in the heart of Passaic County. Wayne is close enough to the city to commute easily and far enough away to enjoy a quieter environment. Once lush farmland, Wayne Township offers diverse attractions to both visitors and residents of the community. There are lakeside residential communities, various parks, recreational facilities, and historical-site museums throughout Wayne Township and Passaic County.

Wayne Township came into being on April 12, 1847, by the New Jersey Legislature. Wayne Township was first established from portions of Manchester Township. Wayne became a smaller city in the late 19th century after the citizens held their first township organization meeting where they voted to split from Manchester, naming the new area Wayne Township.

Although Wayne officially came into existence in the 1840s, this area of New Jersey was settled by Europeans dating back to 1694. The surveyor Arent Schuyler found a fertile river valley in 1694 and settled in the area. The Lenape people lived in this area and grew fruitful crops, making it desirable to European settlers.

Historically Significant William Paterson University of New Jersey, Housed in Wayne

William Paterson University is part of New Jersey's public higher education dating back to 1855 when it was initially named the Paterson City Normal School. For over a hundred years, the school exclusively trained New Jersey public school teachers before expanding to other fields of study. In 1948 the university moved to a larger building now known as Hobart Manor. Eventually, in 1951, the university changed its name to Paterson State Teachers College when it expanded to a larger campus.

Critical Dates for the Progression of the University

  • 1855: Founded as Paterson City Normal School
  • 1948: The State of New Jersey purchased Hobart Manor from the Hobart Family, including the 370-acre property
  • 1951: Moved to present campus and renamed to Paterson State Teachers College
  • 1966: The curriculum expanded to include degrees in other fields besides education.
  • 1970: Steven Lamprou graduated summa cum laude
  • 1971: Renamed William Paterson College of New Jersey.

The university was named after William Paterson, New Jersey's first senator, second governor, and Supreme Court Justice. Paterson also helped write the Constitution. He served in his last office as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1793 until his death on September 9, 1806. Paterson was nominated by George Washington for the Supreme Court and interpreted the American Constitution. During his time as a Supreme Court Justice, one of the prominent events and cases was the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, when Pennsylvania farmers responded with rebellion to an unwanted tax, leading to military intervention.

Historical Significance of Hobart Manor

Hobart Manor of William Paterson University remains the university president's office and became a national and state landmark in 1976. Although Hobart Manor continues to host students, faculty, and staff, it has been historically preserved to look similar to when it was originally built in 1877. Several portraits of the Hobart family grace the walls of the building and other pieces of artwork. Due to constant use, there is a Hobart Manor revitalization committee that continually searches for fixtures, furniture, and other materials that maintain the Manor's historical integrity. Each year, the committee holds a Sunday Tea at the Manor to raise funds toward its continued revitalization.

Other Historically Significant Properties in Wayne Township

  • Van Riper-Hopper House: Built in 1786 as a Dutch homestead is the Wayne Historical Commission's headquarters. This house became a museum in 1964.
  • Mead-Van Duyne House Museum: Constructed in 1740, it was purchased in 1974 by the Wayne Township.
  • Schuyler-Colfax House Museum: This is Wayne's oldest home, built in 1696. In October 1966, the Schuyler-Colfax house was named a historical site by the State of New Jersey but wasn't sold as a landmark until 1994. It was a private residence for the eighth generation of the original family and was never sold from the home's original owner. It remains one of the only colonial homesteads built before 1700 on the East Coast of the United States.
  • Dey Mansion: Raised in 1740, was General George Washington's headquarters for the Continental Army in 1780.

The four homes described above are currently all museums. However, there are numerous homes in the area that date back to the mid-1700s. Most of these homes currently serve as private residences. Amongst the currently-in-use buildings of historical significance includes the Old Preakness School. This was a single-story building from 1866, presently in use as a business but owned by Wayne Township.

How Does SERVPRO Assist in Water Removal Services for my Historic Wayne Home?

If you find yourself needing water removal after a mishap in your home, using a professional service such as SERVPRO can mean the difference in obtaining full restoration or only getting partial job completion. Although every restoration project requires timely attention, your colonial-era home requires specialized materials and techniques needing even faster consideration.

SERVPRO Uses a multi-tiered approach to water removal, including the following steps:

  • Our emergency response team, available 24/7, acts quickly to dispatch technicians to your home.
  • Technicians assess the damage and develop a plan for repairs and restoration.
  • Our team works to extract as much water as possible, as quickly as possible to mitigate secondary damage such as mold growth or warping of floors and walls.
  • Technicians use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifying equipment to dry the impacted area within your home adequately.
  • After the area is dry, technicians begin completing any required repairs.

SERVPRO understands the value of preserving the historical significance of your home throughout the restoration process. Our technicians use water detection devices and monitor humidity to ensure excess moisture and humidity does not remain within the home.

For assistance in water removal for your Wayne home, contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Cultivate Inner Peace in West Milford through Artistic Creation

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

collection collage of photographs If your photos are fire damaged in your West Milford home, call SERVPRO for help

Participate in Self-Discovery and Intuitive Art at the West Milford Township Library

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Join SoulCollage with Pat Decker, Board-Certified Art Therapist, for a virtual class for an evening of self-discovery through art. During the class, participants make personal decks of collaged cards. Because there is an eight-person limit to the workshop, you need to register to join. After confirming your registration, expect an email to let you know that your art-supply packet for the SoulCollage card deck is ready for pick up at the library.

Here are more details about the SoulCollage Inner Compass Workshop:

  • The day before the workshop, an email goes out to participants with the class link.
  • The workshop is from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
  • The workshop is meant for adults only.
  • The workshop and materials are free of charge for registered individuals.

For expedient fire damage restoration in West Milford and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977.

Accompany West Milford Loved Ones to a Memory Cafe

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Healthcare Providers Make Health and Wellness Fun for West Milford Residents with Alzheimer’s and Other Conditions

Socialization, music, and fun are only a Zoom call away at the West Palm Memory Cafe hosted by Arden Courts of West Palm. These calls are free, and anyone interested can join. Whether you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia or other conditions, Arden Courts of West Palm is proud to provide a safe and fun way to befriend new people and share new experiences from the comfort of your West Milford home.

In the current public health climate, activities like travel, sports, and going to live events are not always feasible. Several virtual and in-home activities to try for memory enhancement and recreation include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • In-home yoga and other low-impact workouts
  • Music and dance
  • Watching movies and plays

Arden Courts of West Palm aims to engage seniors with social events and improve memory and overall health.

SERVPRO of Wayne offers rapid-response stormwater removal for West Milford properties when owners call (973) 546-4977.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

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

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

Extensive training and specialized products

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

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

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

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

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

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

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

Call SERVPRO of Wayne today at (973) 546-4977 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

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

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

The SERVPRO ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Provides Wayne Property Owners with Means of Preventing Water Damage

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

image of ERP mobile app on a tablet SERVPRO Provides Vehicles and Even Software to Help Mitigate Water Damage in Wayne

Water Damage Wayne – Choosing a Water Restoration Company

Clients dealing with water damage situations do not have much time to research whom to call for help. Water is all over the floor. The client is worried about damage to their Wayne home or commercial space and the contents. Consumers may lose time at work, and business owners may need to close.

This is why SERVPRO should be your first choice for water damage recovery in Wayne and the surrounding areas. We respond in less than 4 hours from your initial call and are available on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis. We have fully equipped trucks available to be dispatched to your home or business. We train our team members in water damage restoration, microbial remediation as well as additional courses for many other emergencies, including fire and smoke damage.

We work with your insurance company adjuster to help manage the insurance claim process and the paperwork. We discuss each step with you and your insurance company. If needed, we set up staging areas to store your content.

We equip SERVPRO trucks with the latest water removal extractors, moisture and humidity sensors, and drying equipment to ensure there is no moisture remaining. We avoid mold infestations by thoroughly drying your home and its contents.

Response time is critical. A fast response can limit the amount of damage and enable your home or business to be returned to you quickly. SERVPRO is committed to minimizing the response time to your location. We are also committed to helping our clients prepare for water damage. That's why we offer our free Emergency READY Profile Program (ERP.) When you create a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile, the information in this profile can be used by both team members and clients to respond quickly.

There are tips for the homeowner as well as employees on what to do to minimize the damage. There is information about where shutoff valves are located. Are there keys needed for access? Our profile includes Insurance company information. SERVPRO offers superior response times and service to our customers.

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Restoration Experts Talk About Drying Water Damaged Wooden Frames in Wayne Properties

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged room showing flood cuts to dry the structure After a major water loss event, we made flood cuts to expose and dry the structure of this home.

Applied Structural Drying of Water Damage for Wooden Frames in Wayne Residential Properties

Construction engineers build most residential properties onto a wooden frame. These make up the composite structure of interior walls as well as staircases floors and ceilings. Crawlspaces allow underfloor access to these frames, but they exist throughout the structure of your home. In some water restoration projects, these essential structural elements can absorb moisture. Typically, these situations occur in severe water emergencies or when water saturates a property for several weeks before the homeowner realizes.

The impact of water damage in Wayne to the frame of your home can be hard felt. When water absorbs moisture, it expands, which can result in warping. These effects can threaten the structural integrity of your home and may become noticeable in the form of cracking plasterboard or ceilings. In extreme cases, SERVPRO technicians may need to remove drywall as well as insulation to assess the extent of damage to wood framing using a moisture meter.

The natural moisture content of the woods is around 12 percent. Above 16%, there is a possibility of mold growth, whereas long-term exposure to moisture above 20% can result in dry rot. Being able to access and dry a framework in the home can be an essential part of mitigating water losses. Fortunately, most woods reach a final saturation point where the wood can no longer absorb any moisture; however, failure to dry out the frame can cause significant harm to the structural integrity of your property.

It is not likely that the framework inside your home reaches a point of buckling beyond repair. Wooden frames that absorb large amounts of water do need professional restoration to return to a suitable dry level. SERVPRO can achieve this by increasing the temperature in the material using air-movers with heating elements as well as lowering the vapor pressure above the surface of the wood. At SERVPRO, we can mobilize qualified applied structural drying (ASD) technicians to ensure that the infrastructure of your home remains free from warping, dry rot, and mold growth.

Severe water emergencies can cause structural damage. Contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977 for applied structural drying services.

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Our Water Damage Professionals Provide Environmentally Conscience Cleaning in Your West Milford Home

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

Living room with white couch floating in a pool of water Give our technicians a call today at (973) 546-4977.

Environmentally Conscience Cleaning in West Milford Homes

One of the areas that set our brand apart from our competition is our fixation on the creation of powerful cleaning, disinfection, and deodorization products used in West Milford and around the rest of the country. Our growing inventory of these impressive products has been instrumental in protecting damaged homes and getting homeowners back into their properties after even widespread water loss conditions displaced the family.

Water cleanup in West Milford involves multiple approaches, including removing residues, clearing out debris, and cleaning the house with the best possible agents for the situation. Protecting the environment has been a focus of the past many years, and it has led to the creation of powerful cleaning agents and industrial-grade solvents that get constructed through a botanical foundation. Products like our Benefect cleansers can help with the cleaning of water-damaged homes in several ways.

Powerful Cleaning
Many believe that with a new formulation of disinfectants, antibacterial, and cleaners, the quality of the product suffers as a result. Though admittedly not as directly effective as some of our quaternary compounds, chlorine-based products, or the phenolics, it does not have the same undesirable effects as these options, either. Botanicals are a powerful option that can still get the job done.

Softer Scents
One of the undesirable effects of other types of cleaning products our SERVPRO team has in its inventory is the strong and sometimes hazardous odors they have. With poor ventilation, products like chlorine can be very damaging to restorers and homeowners, making the use of botanicals a wise and more pleasant option instead.

Environmentally Friendly
As you might expect, the harsher the chemical footprint of a cleaning product, the worse it becomes for the environment. One of the advantages of using botanical products is the composition of thymol or citric acid, both of which can degrade naturally.

We choose the products that best suit the situation and the people involved and work to restore your home quickly after water loss incidents. You can count on the continued development of new cleaning products and agents, and the fast response of our SERVPRO of Wayne team when it matters most. Give our technicians a call today at (973) 546-4977.

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For Mitigation of Water, Fire, Mold, and Storm Damage to Your Wayne Area Property, Make the Call to SERVPRO

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

Green Air Movers "Floating" a Carpet for Drying Count on SERVPRO for "Floating" a Carpet in Your Wayne Home. We Are a Premier Restoration Company!

Why SERVPRO of Wayne Is a Leading Home Restoration Service Provider for the Community

Running a successful restoration service involves cultivating a roster of service technicians with a broad collective knowledge for fire, water, mold, and storm-related loss incidents. Our owner, John E. Blehl has a career background as a loss adjuster which gives him inside knowledge of how property restoration works and what type of losses are most likely to be sustained in any particular category. Despite that, no two-loss recovery scenarios are the same, so SERVPRO technicians need to be able to use their training on the job and tailor their approach to the unique architecture or incidents in your home. It is our consistent commitment to staying ahead of the curve that has seen us gain a reputation in Wayne as a leading home restoration service.

Microbial growth fungi come in many shapes and sizes. Some molds can pose health risks, others may be unpleasant to smell or look at, but one consistent factor is that these microbes spread quickly without professional remediation. One of the more common types of mold damage found in Wayne properties is Alternaria. Alternaria thrives in areas where dampness naturally occurs. Its outward appearance is textured with green or brown hairs. You may find it in your bathtub, shower or beneath a leaking sink but it can also multiply in properties with water damage.

SERVPRO operates assessment and remediation services for your property that not only clear away evidence of mold growth but also addresses the underlying cause. Since molds spread fast, using professional restorations services in Wayne can give you peace of mind that the issue is not going to cause permanent damages to furnishings, walls or other areas of your home in Wayne. SERVPRO can fix the source of mold, prevent spreading, and clean the affected area to a pre-incident condition.

Removing mold from surfaces requires scrubbing as well as disinfectant cleaning agents. In completing the restoration service thoroughly, you may find discoloration to the surrounding paintwork or interior walls of fittings and finishes. SERVPRO technicians not only clear away soiling but can return to the property to repaint affected areas using anti-microbial paints that discourage mold growth and reduce the likelihood of repeat callouts.

Fire and Smoke Damage
It is common for homeowners with fire damage in their Wayne property to notice odors long after the initial damage is restored. We find that these situations are especially common when a minor fire restoration service is carried out by the homeowner themselves without professional assistance. Smoke odor particles are exceptionally stubborn and stick to walls, ventilation shafts, or reside inside furnishings, slow-releasing over time. Household air fresheners or scented candles can mask an odor but require constant replacement to maintain a clean smell.

SERVPRO include comprehensive odor control as part of our fire restoration service here in Wayne. The primary method of getting rid of a malodor is to remove the particles from home altogether. Our production trailers are stocked with portable air filtration devices for the sole reason of getting smoke odors out of your Wayne home. Air filtration, rather than the masking odor, has the added bonus of removing carcinogens like monoxide from the affected area.

Air filtration devices are also referred to as air scrubbers because they capture unwanted particles and circulate clean air in an indoor space, similar to an air conditioning unit. They consist of a pre-filter, to remove large particles, a carbon filter for gas and a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to clear microscopic particles. These filtration units are effective against airborne particles only, which is why SERVPRO restoration services incorporate spray-on deodorizers as well as pellets to tackle odors that reside inside furnishings or fabrics.

Storm and Flooding
In Wayne, Large Loss recovery units operated by SERVPRO are usually reserved for violent weather events. These loss scenarios can result in a significant expense for homeowners with costs ranging from $500 up to $10,000 depending on the coverage area. One of the reasons storm damage to your Wayne home is so costly is flooding. Heavy rainfall, broken dams, or road overflow are just a few of the ways that large amounts of water can come rushing into your home. In these situations, the first twenty-four hours are crucial in preventing mold, rotting, and structural losses.

We do not recommend homeowner attempting to restore flooded properties themselves because there is a high risk of personal injury in entering. Weakened structure, contaminated waters, or electrical hazards are all possible in a flood situation. Contact your flood insurance provider immediately and, if you are confident that entering the property is low-risk begin to remove garbage or other debris that might cause further contamination. SERVPRO arrive promptly because we use local technicians who can carry out necessary mitigation procedure in the first twenty-four hours.

The first step for a SERVPRO restorer is to take furnishings or porous materials, including floor coverings, out of the affected area as quickly as possible. Standing water can be pumped out, and extractors brought in to combat the waterlogging issue. Our restoration services can clean and dry appliances to mitigate further loss, but a specialist repair service needs to be brought in to complete restoration of electrical goods. During service, we inventory, photograph, and report items in the home that are damage which can then be passed onto your insurance provider for a stress-free claims process.

Water Damaging Events
A clean water emergency can have a significant impact on the integrity of walls as well as support structures in your home. Standing water exerts significant pressure on the infrastructure of your home. As much as sixty pounds of pressure is exerted per square foot of water. That amount of pressure can harm floors, walls, and structure. Our restoration services take into account potential structural water damage to your Wayne property, and we can dispatch applied structural drying technicians (ASDT) to assess and repair losses. Many of our technicians are IICRC certified as WRT water damage restoration technicians. The Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is the industry leader for best practices.

SERVPRO restoration services are dedicated to bringing your home in Wayne back to its preloss condition using our equipment, training and restoration acumen. Removing large quantities of water can be done efficiently with gas-powered pumps and water extraction units, which removes the sustained pressure on the structure of your Wayne home. Porous materials that come into contact with moisture act like a sponge absorbing moisture and expanding; in wooden floors, this can cause cupping, warping, or buckling.

We address high moisture content levels in materials by using desiccant dehumidifiers in combination with moisture meters for monitoring. This equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to reduce the humidity to below 40 grains per pint and draw moisture from porous materials. Regular measurements ensure structural components do not dry out completely and become permanently damaged. Once your home is adequately dry, we can begin the process of sanding out warped or cupped materials and refinishing them to a preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Wayne has a proven track record in performing the correct restoration services after fire, water, mold and storm damages. Contact us at (973) 546-4977 today for that "Like it never even happened," feeling.

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Why SERVPRO is the Solution When Water Removal is the Task in West Milford

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team is ready to help clean up any water mishaps that have taken over your home.

SERVPRO is Your Best Bet When It Comes to Residential Water Damage 

If you and your West Milford home just broke a long dry spell you might be frustrated and confused. Water finds its way where it is not wanted far too often. Negligent teens shower without securing the door or curtain, a dishwasher goes rogue, spraying down the entire kitchen, a pipe bursts after an unknown slow leak, giving you a flooded floor plus mold already growing between the walls. When a water loss occurs for any reason you need a professional, the reason why we stand ready to help.

Water removal in West Milford is a task we manage regularly and thoroughly. Our team has the highly-qualified technicians and the leading-edge equipment, including pumps and wanded extractors, to exit the unwanted water fast. We also have tools to ensure that not a drop of moisture remains from the water loss. Infrared scanning locates larger pockets of hidden water. Sensitive moisture probes measure the water content of structural components, and our technicians record those readings as a baseline for any structural drying we need to complete during your water removal project.

We often find a cache of water behind a wall, under a floor, or in another building cavity. These challenges are why SERVPRO has several water eliminating strategies among which to choose. Investigating whether there is a way to get at the water from the top or the back is an option, and if there is an opening we can use an extension on one of our wand extractors to suction the water out.

Small holes drilled in a wall can release standing water, but if there is a large quantity hiding a more extreme yet effective option is to make flood cuts. This controlled demolition allows the water to be extracted and permits better airflow during the structural drying phase. Situational flexibility is why SERVPRO also uses specialized drying equipment like the Injectidry system that seals mats on floors or employs hoses inserted into walls to suction moisture using negative air pressure.

Every water removal scenario is unique, supporting why SERVPRO of Wayne is committed to creating the appropriate plan for your water emergency. Call (973) 546-4977 at your earliest convenience for a consultation.

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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Water Damage Remediation in Wayne

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage inside your home from a washer malfunction can cause chaos. Contact SERVPRO today for all your remediation needs.

Why SERVPRO of Wayne is Perfect for Remediating the Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage can create a slippery slope of related problems inside of your home. Mold damage and rot can both form from water damage that has been left for too long. Whenever you find storm, fire, mold, or water-based damages inside of your home, it is wise to call for professional help immediately.

Your leaking washer caused water damage inside of your Wayne residence, impacting the laminate flooring and the base of the walls inside of your laundry room. Additionally, it went unnoticed for a whole day. While it is true that leaving water damage unchecked, for more than seventy-two hours, can open the doorway for microbial growth, it is never too late to call for professional help. No matter how advanced the damage is. It is never wise to allow the problem to grow worse while hesitating.

Here at SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on our quick response times. No matter the time or the day of the week, we're always ready to send a team to your home as swiftly as possible. Furthermore, our technicians have the highest IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certification and are expertly trained to remediate water damage. At SERVPRO, we even have equipment that can help prevent the formation of microbial growth from the excess moisture, such as antifungal agents and sprays.

Once we get into your home, we can head straight for your laundry room. We can remove any significant obstacles that are blocking us from accessing the water damage, such as the washer and dryer, as well as any cabinetry. If removed and wet, the cabinetry can be set up alongside dehumidifiers and air movers to dry them as SERVPRO sees to the laminate flooring and walls.

SERVPRO can make flood cuts to the walls, if it is necessary, so the contaminated drywall is removed. New drywall can be installed, and then the surface can be repainted, so it looks as if the wall is still in its preloss condition. To address the floor, SERVPRO can use drying mats to pull the water directly out of the surface. Once finished, to ensure there are no problems with mold, our techs can use the antifungal spray and then reinstall the cabinetry. It is always our goal to return your home to you "Like it never even happened."

When you are in desperate need of water remediation services, never linger. Immediately get in touch with SERVPRO of Wayne by phoning (973) 546-4977. No matter when you call, we can always be ready to help you.

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10/16/2018 (Permalink)

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO®.  A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested
porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.


Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed.  Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.


SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals handle water
damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.  These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

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Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems

10/2/2018 (Permalink)


During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

This fact sheet discusses problems caused by microbial growth, as well as other potential effects of flooding, on long-term indoor air quality and the steps you can take to lessen these effects. Although the information contained here emphasizes residential flood cleanup, it is also applicable to other types of buildings.

Prepare for Cleanup

Read Repairing Your Flooded Home prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross. The booklet discusses flood safety issues and can save your life. The booklet also contains detailed information on proper methods for cleaning up your home. You should also consult the wealth of information on the FEMA, CDC, and The American Lung Association sites on the subject, which are listed below:

This fact sheet provides additional information not covered in the original FEMA/American Red Cross booklet on indoor air quality concerns related to flooding (however, because this fact sheet was prepared in 1993, it is more than likely that FEMA and the Red Cross and the American Lung Association do have more up-to-date information and resources available which you should consult). Many of the methods used for general cleanup, as detailed in the booklet, are the same as those used to avoid problems with indoor air quality. For brevity, we have not provided detail on the general methods used for cleanup here. This fact sheet is intended to be used in conjunction with the FEMA/American Red Cross booklet and resources. Children are different from adults. They may be more vulnerable to chemicals and organisms they are exposed to in the environment.

Avoid Problems from Microbial Growth

Remove Standing Water

Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms, which can become airborne and be inhaled. Where floodwater contains sewage or decaying animal carcasses, infectious disease is of concern. Even when flooding is due to rainwater, the growth of microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. For these health reasons, and to lessen structural damage, all standing water should be removed as quickly as possible.

Dry Out Your Home

Excess moisture in the home is an indoor air quality concern for three reasons:

  • Microorganisms brought into the home during flooding may present a health hazard. These organisms can penetrate deep into soaked, porous materials and later be released into air or water. Coming in contact with air or water that contains these organisms can make you sick.
  • High humidity and moist materials provide ideal environments for the excessive growth of microorganisms that are always present in the home. This may result in additional health concerns such as allergic reactions.
  • Long-term increases in humidity in the home can also foster the growth of dust mites. Dust mites are a major cause of allergic reactions and asthma. 

See Step 4, Dry Out Your Home, of the American Red Cross/FEMA booklet, Repairing Your Flooded Home, on steps that should be taken to open up and dry out ceilings, walls, and floors in the home. Be patient. The drying out process could take several weeks, and growth of microorganisms will continue as long as humidity is high. If the house is not dried out properly, a musty odor, signifying growth of microorganisms can remain long after the flood.

Remove Wet Materials

It can be difficult to throw away items in a home, particularly those with sentimental value. However, keeping certain items that were soaked by water may be unhealthy. Some materials tend to absorb and keep water more than others. In general, materials that are wet and cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours should be discarded, as they can remain a source of microbial growth.

Information on the types of water-damaged materials that should be discarded are provided in Step 4, Dry Out Your Home, of the American Red Cross/FEMA booklet, Repairing Your Flooded Home

The booklet suggests that you may be able to dry out and save certain building materials (for example, wallboard, fiberglass insulation, and wall-to-wall carpeting that were soaked only with clean rainwater). You may, however, want to consider removing and replacing them to avoid indoor air quality problems. Because they take a long time to dry, they may be a source of microbial growth. For information on mold prevention and cleanup, visit

In addition, fiberboard, fibrous insulation, and disposable filters should be replaced, if they are present in your heating and air conditioning system and have contacted water. (If a filter was designed to be cleaned with water and was in contact with clean rainwater only, ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned before reinstalling.)

Avoid Problems from the Use of Cleaners and Disinfectants

The cleanup process involves thorough washing and disinfecting of the walls, floors, closets, shelves, and contents of the house. In most cases, common household cleaning products and disinfectants are used for this task. FEMA also suggests the use of disinfectants and sanitizers on the ductwork for the heating and air conditioning system, if it has been flooded.

Disinfectants and sanitizers contain toxic substances. The ability of chemicals in other household products used for cleaning to cause health effects varies greatly, from those with no known health effect to those that are highly toxic. Read and follow label instructions carefully, and provide fresh air by opening windows and doors. If it is safe for you to use electricity and the home is dry, use fans both during and after the use of disinfecting, cleaning, and sanitizing products.

Be careful about mixing household cleaners and disinfectants together. Check labels for cautions on this. Mixing certain types of products can produce toxic fumes and result in injury and even death.

Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can be lethal at high levels. Carbon monoxide levels can build up rapidly if certain types of combustion devices (for example, gasoline-powered generators, camp stoves and lanterns, or charcoal-burning devices) are used indoors. Do not use combustion devices designed for outdoor use indoors.

Avoid Problems from Airborne Asbestos and Lead Dust

Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur if asbestos-containing materials present in the home are disturbed. Airborne asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal linings. If you know or suspect that your home contains asbestos, contact the EPA TSCA Assistance Information Service at (202) 554-1404 for information on steps you should take to avoid exposure.

Lead is a highly toxic metal which produces a range of adverse health effects, particularly in young children. Disturbance or removal of materials containing lead-based paint may result in elevated concentration of lead dust in the air. If you know or suspect that your home contains lead-based paint, contact the National Lead Information Center to receive a general information packet, to order other documents, or for detailed information or questions. Call and speak with a specialist Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm eastern time (except Federal holidays) at 1 (800) 424-LEAD [5323].

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Mold vs Rust

5/22/2018 (Permalink)


Can you easily tell the difference between mold vs rust? Many people look at a reddish colored stain and assume its rust, although that’s not always the case. Before you break out your heavy-duty cleaning solutions, it pays to understand what you’re up against: mold, rust, or even another stain. 

What’s Normal for Your Home?

If you’re seeing new stains on walls, floors, or countertops, you’ll want to make sure they’re not the result of water infiltration or excess humidity in your home. Try to pinpoint a reason for the stain, based on what room it’s in and the common daily activity. Mold tends to be found in damp, humid areas, while rust forms when metallic surfaces start to corrode. Recognizing the differences between mold and rust helps you determine the best way to take care of an issue before it becomes more pervasive.

What’s that Stain? Mold vs Rust

Areas prone to dampness, such as bathrooms and basements, can easily foster the growth of mold or mildew. If you see a stain that looks like mold or rust in your shower, sink area, or basement, you’ll want to clean them as quickly as possible to avoid permanent damage. However, different cleaning solutions are used to treat different stains. Rust, hard water marks, grease, and mold may all look similar, but if you use the wrong cleaner, you may not be able to fully remove them.

Identifying Rust

Rust is the result of iron, or a metal alloy containing iron, such as steel, corroding. Rust is most often observed as a red, yellow or reddish-brown surface stain. Rust is caused by water or damp air touching the surface or a metal prone to rusting. Some common areas where rust is spotted in the home, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), include the following:

  • Water Pipes
  • Metal Roofs and Chimneys
  • Oil tanks for home with oil heat
  • Electrical Panel Boxes
  • Nails

Preventing Rust

Rust can be prevented by keeping metals out of damp and humid areas. Protective coatings, such as varnish may also be applied to surfaces prone to rusting. Ensuring that metal fixtures in your home are kept dry can also help to prevent rust. Wipe up spills immediately and check your basement after heavy storms to spot signs of flooding as soon as possible.

Removing Rust

Removing rust can be a tough job, but with the right cleaners, you should be successful. For lighter rust stains, some household products, such as baking soda or vinegar might work. Mild abrasives like steel wool pads may also remove surface rust, but they may also leave behind scratch marks. There are also many specialized rust removal products sold that you can try for smaller stains. According to Cleanipedia, one product you should never use on rust is bleach, which could react negatively with the rust and actually worsen it. 

If you do attempt to clean rust, always follow the instructions on any commercial cleaning product. Be sure to don safety gear, including gloves, safety glasses and a face mask. Always work in a well-ventilated area. If you’re not comfortable with the task, find a handyman or painter that is.

Mold Stains

Mold can resemble other stains like rust or mildew in appearance, but there are actually over 300 types of mold. The colors of mold can range from black to brown, white or gray, or even pink, blue or green. Mold also presents in a range of textures from downy to fuzzy. Some mold is powdery and some has a more slimy texture. 

Mold can grow as the result of a single event, such as a broken pipe or indoor water infiltration due to floods or leaks. It’s important to catch the signs of indoor mold growth as early as possible and have them taken care of before they lead to greater damage. Mold can also adversely affect the health of certain susceptible individuals, including those with a suppressed immune system or an allergy to mold. Mold sometimes can leave a stain, but that’s not always the case. A damp, musty odor can also be a sign of mold growth. 

If you notice mold growth in damp areas of your home, you can clean affected surfaces with a specialized mold removal product. Common, everyday household cleaning solutions may not be effective against mold. Typically, mold cannot be totally eradicated from porous surfaces, like shower curtains, drywall or insulation; these items should be disposed of and replaced.

When cleaning mold, you should always wear protective gear, such as a face mask and ensure that you’re working in an adequately ventilated area. You can read more about the protective gear recommended for mold removal. If you suffer from mold allergies or asthma, it is not recommended that you try to clean the mold yourself. SERVPRO of Wayne can help you determine the best way to remove the mold. Once the mold is removed, it’s a good idea to have the area tested by a professional. If mold has continued to grow in your home, you may have a more pervasive problem that requires additional professional remediation from SERVPRO of Wayne.

Evaluating Mold Issues

Because so many of the stains we see around the house look similar, it may be difficult to determine what is causing the discoloration and damage. If you notice stains on your walls, countertops, or floors that look like mold or rust, contact SERVPRO of Wayne and request a free home inspection to help diagnose your problem. 

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New Jersey Rules Regarding Mold in Rental Properties

5/11/2018 (Permalink)



Here's what New Jersey landlords (and tenants) need to know about mold and the law.

Every landlord should take mold seriously. A top environmental hazard, mold thrives in warm, damp places, and often grows quickly in basements, attics, and other parts of buildings with poor ventilation and humidity problems. Although mold is often associated with buildings in wet climates, no rental property is immune from a mold outbreak, as one can occur following an unattended spill, faulty plumbing, or even a misdirected lawn sprinkler.

What Happens After a Flood: Mold Remediation

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered what happens when a mold removal specialist gets called to a mold-damaged facility? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) shares five steps a mold removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation.

“Many people aren’t aware of the dangers, nor the difficulty level of removing mold from a facility,” said IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright. “Mold remediation is a potentially hazardous process that should only be undertaken by a certified professional.”

Five steps that each mold-removal specialist takes when conducting mold remediation includes:

1. Determine the degree of contamination. The first step for a mold remediation specialist may be to bring in an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) to determine the extent of the mold damage and test for contamination within the facility. Because mold spores and other microscopic contaminants can travel easily throughout a building, the IEP/CIH may collect and analyze samples from affected as well as unaffected areas of the building. Once the IEP/CIH has finished the inspection they will develop a remediation plan for the mold removal specialist, such as SERVPRO of Wayne, with steps to return the home to its preloss condition (Condition 1).  Learn more about our Mold Remediation process by visiting our website here.

2. Set up and verify containment. To make sure mold contamination does not spread to other areas of a facility, the SERVPRO will set up containment by creating isolation barriers. Once the barriers are set up, SERVPRO will need to verify the containment with a lower partial pressure differential (negative pressure) to ensure there is no air leakage between containment zones. Exit chambers would then be used to serve as a transition between the containment and the unaffected area of the building. Once the containment is verified and the correct amount of pressure is achieved, the removal process can begin.

3. Remove unsalvageable materials. Porous materials and items that cannot be restored or cleaned effectively must be carefully discarded. Unsalvageable items include but are not limited to drywall, insulation and other items with visible mold growth. It is important for the SERVPRO specialist to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment which may include a full face respirator equipped with a P100/OV cartridge, disposable coveralls and nitrite gloves.

4. Clean surfaces with a high-attention to detail. SERVPRO will likely begin the cleaning process by thoroughly vacuuming the contaminated areas using a HEPA vacuum with a high-efficiency filter to catch mold spores. We will then begin a detailed cleaning process involving mold removal tools such as a HEPA filtered sander, followed by the damp wiping of surfaces with an effective cleaning solution.

5. Verify remediation. Once cleaning is complete, the IEP/CIH will return to verify the remediation was successful. The area must be returned to the dry standard and should be visually dust free with no malodors. In addition an IEP/CIH may perform surface or air sampling as part of the verification that the area is back to normal fungal ecology (Condition 1).

“Mold remediation requires mold removal specialists to perform techniques that promote source removal rather than relying on chemicals, paints and coatings as a replacement,” said Rachel Adams, President of Indoor Environmental Management, Inc. “Understanding and managing air flow is also critical to the success of a mold remediation project. Working with qualified IEP can also help to reduce the liability for the technician as well as provide a final determination if the remediation was successful.”

For more information on mold remediation or the latest in mold remediation standards, visit the IICRC

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Home Mold Testing - DIY Kit

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

You can expect mold and mildew outside your home because of the natural damp conditions of the outdoors. Mold and mildew inside the home is a different problem, because the inside of your home shouldn’t remain damp.

The presence of moisture is the biggest contributor to mold growth, and to fight the infestation you should conduct a room-by-room assessment of the house to identify problem areas. The moisture can come from condensation due to poor ventilation (attic), from a water leak (around bathrooms), or from outdoor intrusion (foundation walls).


Mold and mildew in a home is not always easy to detect if it exists within attics or is hidden within walls. If you suspect your indoor air quality is hindered by hidden mold, you can conduct your own DIY test to detect a problem.

The EHT staff recently conducted the Healthful Home 5-Minute Mold Test in a finished basement that had suffered some previous flooding problems. The air seemed fine in the room, but the old moisture issues suggested that if there were to be a mold problem in the house then it was likely to occur in this room.

The test is easy to accomplish. Simply use one of the cotton swabs included with the kit to sample surface dust in the room. Soak the swab tip in the “rinse buffer” liquid (included) and then drip five drops of the liquid onto the two test strips that come with the kit. One strip is labeled Asp/Pen (Aspergillus and/or Penicillium) and the other is labeled Stachybortrys.

Test results show in as little as 5 minutes, and much like a pregnancy test you’ll either see one line (negative results) or two lines (positive).

If the test is positive, however, it does not necessarily mean you have a serious problem but that you should consider consulting a professional indoor air quality inspector or contact SERVPRO of Wayne. You can also have an optional laboratory analysis of your test results conducted for an additional fee.  

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Fighting the Mold you Find

If you discover mold on the home’s interior, the first step in solving the problem is to eliminate the source of moisture—whatever that may be. Otherwise, any mold or mildew you clean is likely to return.

For minor problems you may be able to clean the surface of the materials with bleach or an antimicrobial cleaner. For major problems, remove materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned of mold and mildew, like insulation, carpeting or drywall. Use your antimicrobial cleaner to clean the surrounding area as well as the places where you actually see mold and mildew, to make sure you remove all traces of the substances.

Finally, replace the removed building materials with new, mold-free materials.

You can learn more about the 5-minute Mold Test at

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