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Lebanon Home Suffered Water Damage? Don't Despair, Call SERVPRO for Help

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Gloves and carpet cutter with Beige carpet and multi color pad pulled back from wall to check subfloor SERVPRO technicians test the fibers and check the pad and subfloor to determine if wet carpet can be dried in place.

Pros and Cons of In-Place Carpet Drying after Water Damage in Lebanon Homes

Most homeowners agree the carpet they have installed in their home is an investment. When water damage happens, their first thought may quickly go to the pain of replacing the floor covering. The good news is, if the water is clean and extraction efforts begin promptly, there is a good chance for restoration. 

SERVPRO technicians always try to limit disruptions within Lebanon homes after water damage; one way is drying the carpet and pad without removing it from the property. In cases where the carpet suffered a water spill, there are both pros and cons for drying it in place. 

Pros of Drying Carpet In-Place

  • Lessens upheaval in the home during mitigation
  • Furniture remains in place
  • Carpet has less potential for damage since it does not require removal and the seams do not require cutting
  • Deep cleaning restores the fullness to the fibers

Cons of Drying Carpet In-Place

  • This type of drying requires more equipment and often increases the drying time needed
  • Requires careful monitoring for mold growth
  • Requires close monitoring to ensure the subfloor does not receive damage from moisture; difficulty in drying the padding

Factors SERVPRO Considers Before Drying in Place

If the water cleanup efforts began later than 48 hours, the water has degraded and requires handling and possible disposal as a biohazard. Before technicians decide the drying and cleaning method, they test the fibers to determine the best application for cleaning and restoration. If there is evidence of subfloor damage or multiple layers of flooring, the carpet is not a candidate for in-place drying. 

The materials that make up the pad matter in determining whether or not to dry in place. If the organic fibers such as jute or hair are part of the construction of the pad, it requires special handling and is not a viable material for in-place drying. For saturated, foam-type padding, removal may be more expedient and less costly than utilizing the in-place drying method. 

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County at (908) 788-8770 cleans up and restores properties with water damage. We use the latest advanced methods and technology in the industry to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Line of SERVPRO Cleaning Agents for Lebanon Water Recovery

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow gloved hand with a green sponge cleaning red and grey carpet. SERVPRO has what your Lebanon water damage needs from the start, call us today.

Let us break down our cleaning process for your Lebanon water damage. 

Because we have such a fast response to water damage emergencies in Lebanon homes and businesses, we can offer a nearly total project management solution beginning with the dispatch of our team after your initial call. Cleaning up after a water loss incident involves many careful steps taken in a specific order. When done correctly, this service can help to protect the installed materials and contents of your residence from avoidable destruction. 

Part of our successes in both fire and water cleanup for Lebanon homes can get attributed to the growing line of SERVPRO cleaning products. Cleaning agents, disinfectants, deodorization solutions, and more are accessible to our entire team as needed when restoring compromised residences. With debris and residue removal being such a necessary effort after water loss incidents, we can utilize several types of cleaning products to help. 

Sanitizers

These are an important element used by our SERVPRO team to regulate bacteria, contaminants, and even microbial presences within set limits. We comply with the specific regulations set in place by local health authorities and the state of New Jersey to exceed minimum safety levels.

Detergents 

Cleaning surfaces is more than removing the microorganism threats that they face. Clearing stains and present residues can protect the surface underneath, and even improve its look beyond preloss condition. We have specific products for clearing hardwoods, tile, and other materials commonly found in area homes.

Biocides

No matter how long water damage remains in your home, our SERVPRO professionals must address the possibilities of mold and microbial growth. The first two days are critical for drying efforts, but treating surfaces with microbe-controlling biocides can limit the development of colonies so our professionals can get the water loss situation under control.  

As challenging as any water loss scenario might be, our team of cleaning technicians can help to return your home to its original condition. You can trust our SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County team to have the potent cleaning and disinfection products that make water emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (908) 788-8770.

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SERVPRO, Whitehouse Flooding, and Understanding Moisture Removal

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Display Tent at a Golfing Event Flooded in Your Whitehouse Area Business? Call SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage, Materials, And Moisture In Your Whitehouse Area Restaurant

You might think that damage is damage when dealing with a flood in your building. However, the type of material used to construct your Whitehouse area restaurant has a significant effect on the harm received and losses experienced.

At SERVPRO, we understand how moisture has various outcomes on different materials affected by flood damage on your Whitehouse area commercial property. To pass this information on to you, we need to explain a variety of terms that we use to describe the relationship between materials and moisture.

•    Permeance (PERM): is the measure of water vapor flow through a specific material. A unit of permeance or PERMS - describes the total amount of vapor flow in grains per hour (GPH), through one square foot of a given materials surface, when the vapor pressure is at one Hg (1” of Mercury). It sounds a little complicated, so let’s put it into simpler terms.

o    Very Porous Materials, such as carpet and upholstery, have high permeance factors, which means that they absorb and release moisture quickly. You might use these in your dining area and seating arrangements.
o    Non-Porous Materials, such as plastics, glass, and vinyl, have low permeance factors, which means that they absorb little to no moisture during a flood — many materials used for menus, dishes, and even appliances.

•    Vapor Barriers; are a type of material that is either waterproof or has a permeance of 1 PERM or less. In other words, it is a material that moisture cannot enter, or cannot pass through quickly. Here are some examples.

o    Vinyl Wallpaper
o    Masonry Brick
o    ½” Plywood
o    Vapor Retarding Paint
o     Paper-Faced Insulation (Batten)

•    Hygroscopic Materials: are materials with a high permeance factor that readily absorb and hold onto water vapor that exists in the air.
o    Carpet
o    Insulation
o    Upholstery
o    Gypsum Wall-Board
o    Particle-Board

Your SERVPRO technician can help you understand why the harder the material is to penetrate, the harder it is to dry. For example, think about a beach towel and a piece of plywood. If you get both materials wet, the towel soaks up water rather quickly, while the wood takes longer to absorb water. However, when you set them both in the sun to dry, the towel dries much faster than the wood, even though it absorbed more water, faster.

Understanding the physical nature of materials allows our technicians to implement the correct equipment, tools, and products for a successful restoration. When we know our business, we can keep you in business!

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County stands ready to provide 24/7 emergency flood damage restoration to business owners throughout the area, call today. (908) 788-8770

How to Safely Remove Floodwater From Your Flemington Residence

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain and raindrops forming into a pool Floodwaters contain contaminants. Call SERVPRO for safe and fast floodwater removal services.

Flood Removal Basics in Flemington 

Extremes in weather patterns are as frequent in Flemington as other places. Torrential rain and fierce winds create more than just an inconvenience if one system follows another. The ground around your foundation becomes saturated, and the wetness seeks dryness, which results in seepage into your basement or crawl space. If several inches of rainfall within a few hours, rivers of water form on roadways, parking lots, and lawns, creating flash and overland flooding.  

Fast and Efficient Removal Needed 

A significant amount of water can invade your Flemington home, flood removal requiring professional help to extract and dry out the spaces. Our commercial-grade equipment rids your dwelling of the water quickly, crucial to a satisfactory outcome. Moisture that remains in a home for more than a 24 to 48-hour window creates conditions that significantly increase the risk of substantial structural deterioration and mold growth and damage.  

Containment and Disposal of Hazardous Waste 

Floodwaters are highly contaminated. If nearby municipal drains are overwhelmed, common with flash floods, you likely contend with sewage backup, exposing your family to harmful pathogens from human waste. Overland flooding carries roadway and lawn chemicals, industrial waste, and even dead animals and other debris into your home. SERVPRO crews are skilled in containing the tainted waters and familiar with local rules regulating their legal disposal. We treat affected spaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials after flood removal to destroy any lingering viruses, bacteria, or other microbes. 

Detection of Water Migration 

When water enters a structure, it does not merely pool up, waiting for removal by our pumps and extractors. Flood water seeps through cracks and crevices and soaks porous building materials. The SERVPRO team is ready to trace the path of flooding, using infrared imaging to detect temperature discrepancies that indicate trapped water in building cavities. We also use sensitive moisture probes to set baselines as we move into the structural drying phase. 

Thorough Flood Water Drying 

All structural components in the flooded space need returning to standard moisture levels. SERVPRO technicians use the moisture data already recorded to determine the initial configuration of heaters and air movers, placed strategically to facilitate evaporation from building materials. High-efficiency dehumidifiers either condense or absorb the vapor, collecting it for permanent removal outside your home. As drying continues, we monitor the moisture decreases and adjust the drying perimeter accordingly. 

When you need flood removal services, SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County has you covered. Call us day or night at (908) 788-8770 -- We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fight Smoke & Fire Damage In Your Whitehouse Station Home

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Figures of people standing in the dark in front of a fire. We know exactly what your Whitehouse Station home needs after a fire, let us take on the fight.

Let SERVPRO fight your Whitehouse Station home fire.

Flames and smoke from a fire tends to burn or stain many items found in your Whitehouse Station home, often causing what seems like irreversible damage. However, with the help of an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Technician (IICRC), there are many ways to limit the losses you might experience. 

When fire damage occurs in your Whitehouse Station home, dealing with what is left after the flames go out can be devastating, especially if left unaddressed for too long. You need to understand your options, act fast, and work with a professional early to protect your property correctly. 

Understand that the heat produced by flames radiates throughout the area, causing surrounding items to lose moisture, crack, shatter, or even melt. SERVPRO has a highly trained team of restoration specialists available 24/hrs a day, 7/days a week, who respond, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, — offering quality solutions designed to adjust to your specific situation.  

Smoke and fire residues act like acid, eating away at the various surfaces found in your home, long after the flames subside. A properly trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT), like those offered at SERVPRO, can help you assess current damages and create a custom mitigation plan to help restore all fire-related damages found on your property. 

SERVPRO technicians can help you determine which of your affected items should receive cleaning or whether it is more feasible to discard and replace. We work hard to help you keep costs associated with your claim lower than you might expect and keep you informed throughout the restoration process. Our team also can assist you with the paperwork associated with your claim and communicates with your insurance company regularly, when appropriate.

At SERVPRO, we witness many incidents where homes become completely ruined by smoke, even though the majority of the building remains untouched by flames. Even if you put out the smallest fire as quickly as possible, smoke damage can still occur, often creating an uncomfortable and unsafe environment. We can improve the indoor air quality IAQ to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Never settle for less, get the quality services you deserve, by calling our office at SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County. We remain steadfast in our vision of providing quality cleanup and restoration services to every member of our surrounding community. (908) 788-8770

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Water Damaged Flemington Home? Call SERVPRO for Fast Help

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water puddle on floor. One side of sheetrock removed What! Water Damage in Your Flemington Home? SERVPRO Is Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Preserving Construction Materials with Fast Drying in Flemington 

No matter the size or severity of a water loss incident that occurs in your Flemington home, failure to respond quickly can result in widespread and significant damages. Protecting the structural integrity of your home and its installed construction materials is a priority that homeowners share with our responding technicians, as we have premier equipment and techniques that can help to maintain many exposed elements with fast-drying solutions.

As overwhelming as water damage in Flemington homes might initially seem, the response to this emergency is what determines how widespread the loss becomes. Our SERVPRO team is on call for water loss incidents 24/7, ensuring that qualified professionals and the top-tier restoration and recovery equipment we have are en route shortly after a customer makes the first contact with our office. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that is as true in the middle of the day as it is in the middle of the night.
 
Elements like drywall can be particularly susceptible to moisture exposure and direct saturation, often leading to bloating and distortion in as little as 24 hours. To protect the sheetrock walls of your home, our technicians strategically position air movers, dehumidifiers, and even positive pressure systems like our Injecti-Dry unit. We are skilled and nimble to maintain three fronts for the rapid drying of open areas and structural cavities.
 
Flooring is another area of your home that becomes uniquely susceptible to migrating moisture and water loss effects. Despite the speed with which our technicians can arrive to begin extraction and drying solutions for the wet areas, specialized tools like drying mats might still be necessary to draw out moisture from materials like hardwood flooring. With the combined efforts of these mats and moisture meters, we can maintain the ideal humidity levels for the wood flooring to prevent unnecessary removal and reinstallation. In crawlspace structures, we also check to make sure that the floor joists and supports contain acceptable moisture content levels. If not, we can set the equipment up to complete the drying task.
 
Protecting construction materials throughout your home is a priority of our SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County team. With our experience in the industry combined with our extensive inventory of cutting-edge equipment, we can help to make water loss incidents, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (908) 788-8770.