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Tips To Dry A Water Damaged Carpet

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

photo of air movers pointed underneath a water damaged carpet and a dehumidifer Above is one tactic to dry a wet carpet.

When you experience flooding in your home - whether it is from a toilet overflow or broken pipe - the damages can quickly become overwhelming. Something many homeowners struggle with after water damage is figuring out how to dry their wet carpets, whether or not it can be saved, and preventing carpet mold.

Here, we will outline some tips and tricks for when you're dealing with a water damaged carpet.

Tips To Save A Wet Carpet

Before gathering or buying the materials to dry out your carpet, assess the situation to decide if it is a project you can DIY. If the carpet is any more than saturated, it may be better to call in a professional flood damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County, that can restore your carpet back to normal in as little as three days.

- Stop flooding as soon as possible.

The less water that continues to flow into the room, the less cleanup and damage there will be.

- Move items out of the affected area.

It will be much easier to begin the drying process once furniture or other wet materials are moved out of the way.

- Use a wet-dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible from the carpet.

You can usually rent a wet dry vacuum at a place like Lowes or Home Depot, but this equipment is also handy to keep around the house for these exact types of situations. If the carpet is extremely saturated, a household shop vacuum will likely be unable to extract all or a majority of the water from it.

If you find this is the case while taking this step - it may be better to completely remove the carpet, or to call a water damage restoration company to save it using a commercial grade water extractor.

- Pull up a portion of the carpet to check for moisture.

To pull up the carpet, start in a corner and grab the carpet with pliers and pull to detach it from the tack strips that keep it in place along the walls. Then, use your hands to pull it up a bit more.

From here, inspect the padding underneath the carpet (if it has one). Check to see if it is also wet. This padding usually cannot be saved, even if the carpet is.

After inspecting the padding, pull a portion of that up as well to take a look at the sub floor. Has the water reached it? If so, you will have to worry about more than just drying out your damp carpet. A water-damaged sub floor requires professional restoration to prevent it from rotting out or deteriorating over time.

- Inspect for mold while looking for moisture.

Mold can begin to grow on a saturated carpet in as little as 24-48 hours after getting wet. If you did not address the moisture immediately, it's extremely important to check for the growth of mold or mildew. If you find mold, you will likely have to throw the carpet away.

It's also important to check the sub floor for mold as well, especially if moisture has migrated down to it. If you find mold on the sub floor, you will likely need to call a mold remediation company before putting down a new carpet - or else mold will infest the new one as well.

- Begin the drying process.

There are a few options for drying out a wet carpet. If there is no padding underneath it and the sub flooring is concrete, it can be sufficient to set up fans and dehumidifiers on top of the carpet - but this way may be the most likely to put you at risk for the growth of mold.

The most popular way to dry out a carpet is to "float" it. Here, you would pull up a corner of the carpet (remove the padding if there is any), and then position a fan underneath the carpet in the corner that you pulled back. This way, you can be sure that the carpet is fully dried underneath as well as on the surface, and that the floor underneath it is properly dried as well.

After setting up fans, you should also set up dehumidifiers to remove any other lingering moisture in the affected areas. Be sure to empty the tank every so often so that it doesn’t leak and ruin your efforts.

If you find that you're having a hard time getting the carpet dried with your own household equipment, you likely need to call a water damage restoration company to come and dry it out completely and properly for you. Companies like SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County have commercial grade equipment that can get the job done much more quickly.

- Clean and sanitize all flood affected areas.

This step is important to prevent the growth of mold or mildew, as well as the development of unwanted musty odors in your home.

Common Questions

How long does it take for carpet to dry?

Well, that depends on a number of different factors, including the type of carpeting, how thick it is, how wet it is, and whether or not there is padding underneath. With household equipment, it will take considerably longer to dry out a carpet - but regardless you shouldn't expect it to only take a few hours to dry. If you call a water restoration company, you can expect your carpet to be completely and properly dried in about three days.

If my carpet smells, should I spray it with an air freshener or other odor removing sprays?

The answer is no, you should not. If your carpet smells after you've dried it out, then that's a big sign mold is likely growing in the carpet fibers or underneath it. Spraying it with odor removing sprays will just let the mold problem get much worse, and eventually your home will smell even more.

Will insurance cover a flooded carpet?

This is hard to answer because it depends on the cause of your water damage. If the damage was caused by something like a broken pipe, a detached washing machine hose, or your HVAC system leaking, it will likely be covered. Times where it may not be covered is if the flooding is directly your fault or is from something like groundwater entering your home.

Need Help? Call SERVPRO 24/7 - 908-788-8770

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County located out of Flemington, New Jersey and is a 24/7 damage restoration company specializing in water, fire and mold. SERVPRO provides all customers free estimates, direct insurance billing, and guidance throughout the restoration process.

COVID-19 Defensive Sanitizing in Hunterdon County

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window decal on glass door of business Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – A Defensive Cleaning Program

Let us help you get back to business.

As our communities re-open, 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 FREE 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 Greater Hunterdon County today at 908-788-8770 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.

Why We Are The Best Choice In Clinton For Water Damage Restoration Services

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

A leak in this home caused running water through the attic, soaking the ceiling and creating a large amount of water.

How Can I Fix Water Damage Quickly?

The Best Way to Restore Water Damage is by Calling a Professional Service Immediately

There is never a good time for a broken pipe or a leaky bathtub, but there is a way to restore the damage quickly, and it begins by calling a professional team as soon as possible. Understanding that prolonged exposure to water only exacerbates the damage to your furniture, cabinets, and flooring is essential in taking action to mitigate your loss.

Clinton homeowners facing water damage need to call us at SERVPRO as soon as it is safe to enter your home. For your convenience, our team is available 24/7 and ready with our industry-grade equipment to arrive at your home and begin the extraction process. Deliberate water removal and drying are the keys to a successful restoration process.

How is water extracted from my home?

After a leak, extracting water is essential, but so is normalizing moisture levels. At SERVPRO, we use state-of-the-art devices, including infrared technology, to monitor humidity levels in your home. Measuring tools guide us in identifying problem areas where standing water may exist without our knowledge. Once a target area is identified, we proceed to extract water until the air in your home is back to normal. To achieve this step, we may use one or several fo the following resources-

Handheld wand extractors - these allow us to reach the farthest corners of your home
Submersible pumps- these help us extract standing water given a specific volume
Dehumidifiers and air movers- these encourage evaporation

Aside from water extraction, our SERVPRO team also moves quickly to dry and disinfect any surfaces suffering from water damage. When we apply cleaning solutions, we keep in mind the nature of each surface (wood vs. composite, for example) and use a product that avoids further damage due to its abrasiveness. All these industry best-practices are well known to our team, and we can guide you through their use as we go along.

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County is available to the community we serve. Call us at (908) 788-8770 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Cleanup In Your Clinton Home

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water-related damages can spread throughout a home quickly.

Off-site Contents Cleaning Services for Water Cleanup in your Clinton Home

When water scenarios develop in your home, there are several tasks needed to return it to a preloss condition. Microbes are present in all forms of water, and they can cause stagnation, dry rot, mold growth, or form harmful bacteria and viruses. When there is water intrusion in your property, the areas most affected are likely to be your contents as well as porous structural materials like plyboard, drywall, or insulation. Our company operates special content cleaning services at a climate-controlled storage facility to help bring your home and contents back to normal.

Residents may look for professional water cleanup in Clinton when their possessions or home show signs of water contamination. These signs may manifest in murky waters, unpleasant odors, or visible signs of debris. Everyday household items like upholstery, textiles, carpets, fabrics, and clothing can all take on moisture and with it any potential contamination. On sites where water is widespread, and contamination levels are high, SERVPRO crew chiefs may decide to perform contents cleaning off-site to improve the efficiency of the restoration.

When preparing to move contents from one-site to the other, SERVPRO technicians take thorough documentation of items and group them into categories of urgency. Rush items may be items that need immediate restoration because they are an essential part of everyday living. Wet items are separated to avoid cross-contamination with dry materials. Items that need further assessment to distinguish whether or not they are fully restorable are also separated. Our storage centers are large enough to transport an entire home's worth of possessions off-site for urgent cleaning.

On arrival, SERVPRO technicians can begin to immediately dry wet items as well as quarantine items that may cause cross-contamination- mold or contaminated materials need separate cleaning. Your remaining possessions can be split into those needing mechanical Esporta washing, those in need of immersion cleaning, or upholstery and rug cleaning. When your items are clean and dry, we can return them to the same rooms in your house that we took them from to keep your restoration as stress-free as possible.

Water-related damages can spread throughout a home quickly. For extensive contents cleaning, contact SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County at (908) 788-8770.

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Why Clinton communities depend on SERVPRO for all services.

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO show you why we will always be your best choice for remediation Clinton.

Clinton, we have your residents and businesses covered, we can break it down for you why.

With more than 25 years of combined experience in facets of the restoration industry, our SERVPRO team continues to grow and expand. More than just the fundamental niches of water, fire, mold, and storm recovery, Clinton residents have also been helped through natural disasters, post-construction cleaning, and biohazard recovery. Disasters do not wait for the convenient times to strike, and that is why you can expect our team members to remain active 24/7 to respond to emergencies as promptly as possible. With thousands of homes in Hunterdon County, it has become a valuable trait that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire

Being the fastest to traumatic situations like fire damage in Clinton homes is only part of practical restoration efforts. Our emergency services provide real-time solutions for damaged properties that seek to reduce costly secondary or continued loss effects in the house. Before proper mitigation ever starts, we can focus on damages like water losses from extinguishment efforts that can develop into microbial threats, and we can begin documenting loss for content management techniques for off-site recovery and restoration of personal belongings.

Fire damages vary from one Clinton home to the next, and that is why our SERVPRO team must stay diligently prepared for any loss effect that might exist. Continued in-house training and education through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) ensure that we can provide our customers with the modern techniques and practices that can save time and money on already costly professional restoration.

Deodorization and soot removal are two areas after a fire in Clinton homes where our professionals can utilize advanced technologies and potent products to restore affected surfaces. From soda blasting countertops to remove light residues to agitation cleaning practices to safely remove sediment and debris without staining, we can make fire losses less time consuming and expensive to restore.

Storm

There is no calm portion of the year where severe storm events do not threaten Clinton homes. With the extreme temperature drops expected in the middle of winter to the torrential rainfall and hurricane-level systems tearing through the city, our SERVPRO professionals must stay ready for whatever damage can result. Because flooding can so readily occur after harsh weather events, a team with effective extraction and drying equipment available can benefit your property.

Extraction is one of the most challenging mitigation tasks after flood losses and storm damage in Clinton homes. Depending on the severity of the situation, we have numerous units that can work to continually pull water from the flooring of affected areas and discharge it to nearby drains. Electric sump pumps, for example, provide a continual, quiet draw of standing water without excessive power demands.

Containment and decontamination practices can help to protect exposed surfaces and contents of your Clinton home from potential bacteria, microbes, and foreign substances that exist in standing floodwater. Our technicians can utilize potent cleaning and antibacterial products to eliminate microorganisms on exposed surfaces while drying gets underway.

Mold

Mold can result from several sources in your home, and that is what makes initial scoping of the jobs so essential. Our SERVPRO project management can dictate the extent of moisture damage and its location in a Clinton home so that the appropriate measures get taken to reduce humidity, dampness, and other catalysts to microbial growth. Long-term solutions can begin with a proper diagnosis of the cause of dampness.

The cleaning and deodorization phases of remediation can be among the longest-lasting and vital of the entire process. Colonization in your Clinton home can emit a harsh, musty odor that penetrates walls and materials, moving considerable distances from areas of highest mold concentration. Our thermal fogging, hydroxyl machines, air scrubbers, and ozone generators can all play different roles in improving the indoor air quality from a higher volume of mold spores as well as reducing the presence of pungent odors.

Remediation is an intricate process and requires unique and advanced technologies. Clearing surfaces of surface mold can often noticeably reduce harsh odors and the concentration of active spores. Soda blasting and other abrasive cleaning tactics can remove mold colonization in Clinton homes without damaging the host material, while simultaneously helping to reduce the emission of odors and volatile organic compounds.

Water

The first 48 hours of a water loss incident are the most critical for recovery. During this period, water damage is still mainly on the surface of the materials and contents of your Clinton home. Surface moisture and water are the simplest effects to remedy with our extractors and rapid drying solutions. Once this moisture has penetrated materials and saturated through its composition, it can become more challenging to preserve these installed elements.

Drying out water damage in Clinton homes relies on our large inventory of air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialty moisture removal tools. Our experienced professionals can balance the presence of these tools to ensure that materials do not become overly dried and damaged from the other side of this spectrum. Consistent monitoring can help in this process, which includes detection devices such as surface moisture meters, thermography, and probing moisture detectors. Maintaining an understanding of our progress can ensure that our team is always doing everything possible to maintain our set restoration pace.

Many water losses require controlled demolition and reconstruction, and our SERVPRO professionals can help with focused cleaning efforts after these phases. Effective cleaning processes after drying, including vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, and deodorization can be vital in making one of these emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Residues are another concern that can lead to permanent staining if not addressed promptly with premium cleaning agents in Clinton homes.

As a local team of professionals capable of responding quickly to an emergency that affects your Clinton area home or business, we have a stronger chance of helping our customers before the situation has reached extremes. With our level of experience and continued training in the restoration niches, you can count on our SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County team for a focused and confident approach for almost any threat your residence faces. Give us a call today at (908) 788-8770.

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Our Line of SERVPRO Cleaning Agents for Lebanon Water Recovery

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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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