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Helping East Brunswick Residents Recover from Fire Damage

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

fire damaged house framing East Brunswick customers' fire damaged homes get an assist from SERVPRO. We can even streamline the insurance process.

Fire Cleanup Services from SERVPRO for East Brunswick Residents

Fires can be damaging to your personal property and your home. Taking extra care to stub out cigarettes, blow out candles, and maintain appliances can reduce the risk of a sudden outbreak. However, if your property does set ablaze, we can help. SERVPRO is a locally licensed restoration service that operates twenty-four hours a day in your area.

Tackling fire damage in East Brunswick can seem overwhelming. Our service helps to reduce that stress. By using technicians with state-of-the-art equipment and training, we can minimize potential losses in the property and, in some cases, reverse damages to homes or belongings. The procedure for restoring your home begins with a phone call where we take your notification of loss. From here, we can guarantee to arrive at the property within four hours for an expert assessment. We only need the authorization to begin services at your home to start mitigating losses. Mitigation can involve drying property or belongings to prevent mold outbreaks, clearing potential debris, and, if necessary, providing humidity controls. Our team can give a verbal estimate to share with you and your insurance adjuster detailing any essential repairs within eight hours. 

Burnt properties present unique challenges to technicians. No two work sites are the same, which means we have to be flexible to suit the needs of different situations. If it is safe for you to remain on the property during restoration, our team can prioritize high-usage rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. If you need to vacate the home temporarily, our team can pack your belongings, arrange transport and store them safely on your behalf. Packing out the house is usually reserved for severe damages that may require rewiring electronics and performing controlled demolition and reconstructive work to save the structure of your home. In most restoration scenarios, the lion's share of work is cleaning away smoke residues, tackling odor issues, and disposing debris, soot, and ash.

Enlisting Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

  • SERVPRO uses a two-four-eight procedure. We process the first notification of loss (FNOL) in two hours, arrive on-site within four, and can provide a verbal estimate in the first eight hours.
  • Our technicians are experienced practitioners that have experience working in homes and with insurance adjusters in the local area.
  • We can assist with special restoration services such as artwork recovery or arrange for subcontractors to work on HVAC repair or Electrical circuitry tasks.

Removing smoke residues is complex without a deep understanding of the composition and properties of the smoke. Generally, synthetic materials produce greasy odors, whereas natural materials leave a dry, powdery residue. Since homes and personal belongings typically include synthetic and natural materials, it is vital to pre-test smoke residues to determine the most effective cleaning action. Pre-testing equipment includes dry sponges, sensors, and white balancers to assess how far smoke has traveled from the ignition source through the house. Sometimes, pre-testing can incorporate testing cleaning products on small discrete areas. Testing cleaning products can be beneficial on wet smokes and furnishings, which may suffer adverse effects with conventional cleaning methods. 

Cleaning Smoke and Fire Damage from Upholstery and Furnishings

  • Introducing water to soft furnishings can cause shrink, color fade, or watermarking. Often using a solvent-based cleaning agent can achieve the best results.
  • High-value materials such as leather or satin may require specific cleaning products such as Leather butter or dry-cleaning equipment to remove soot.
  • Blocking furniture or placing protective covers beneath furnishings can prevent dye from bleeding into surrounding textiles or flooring.

To restore your fire damaged home emergency, contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at  (732) 307-9665.

Safe Water Damage Restoration in East Brunswick

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck SERVPRO safety and water damage cleanup go hand-in-hand for our East Brunswick customers. Our trucks are stocked and ready to help.

How SERVPRO Technicians Perform Expert Water Damage Cleanup

Water intrusion can take a heavy toll on your property and emotional well-being. Usually caused by bursting pipes, the impact caused by excessive quantities of liquid entering an indoor environment can be catastrophic. One of the most valuable responses to a home emergency is to enlist the help of professional services. 

No two water damage restoration jobs in East Brunswick are the same. Residential properties vary significantly in their structural layout, the construction materials, and the electrical system in place. The huge differences between properties make extensive training and experience necessary when approaching a restoration project. It is essential to assess a structure for hazards before performing any water damage mitigation. Older properties may have dangerous building materials such as asbestos which should not be disturbed without a professional abatement team. If the property is exposed to moisture for a long time, there is a strong chance of mold growth or other microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.

Making sure that a property is safe before performing mitigation is crucial. Hazards to look out for could include sagging ceilings, indicating a potential structural collapse. Light fixtures can also build up water which presents an electrical risk. Other applicable precautions include wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and using ground fault circuit interrupters on all equipment and electronics. Wet properties are inherently precarious while bringing in industrial restoration equipment, portable lighting, or generators can complicate matters further. We take extra time to ensure that wiring for equipment is taped down to avoid trip hazards and that wires are grouped to avoid electrical hazards.

Avoiding Electrical Hazards

  • Water conducts electricity which means extra care must be taken when entering a wet property.
  • Inspecting light fixtures and power distribution panels for wetness is critical to safety scoping a building.
  • Before entering affected areas, all circuits relating to water damaged rooms should be shut off at the power distribution panel. 

Another potential hazard in wet properties is infectious waste. Contamination can be brought into a property via an unclean water supply. Pre-existing microbes or damages like rust can be amplified by moisture resulting in contamination even from clean supply lines. When working in a wet area, it is essential to avoid potential puncture wounds that could be caused by exposed nails found in carpet tacks, broken glass, or other sharp objects. The safety procedures to follow in an affected area is to avoid eating or drinking and remove yourself from the site if you suffer from cuts, scratches, or other open wounds. Containment to clean equipment and regular area disinfecting before performing extraction or other restoration activities is critical to ensuring a safe workspace. Proper PPE like thick rubber boots, goggles, and chemical-resistant gloves are essential.

Working Safely in a Wet Environment

  • Cleaning equipment after usage and between rooms can help to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Clothing worn during restoration should be cleaned separately from regular clothing using powerful cleaning products.
  • Debris should be placed in thick, waterproof trash bags that can be transported out of the property safely.

Safety is crucial to efficient restoration. Contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows for water damage restoration at (732) 641-4023.

Remediating Mold Damage in East Brunswick

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

Microscopic view of mold with the caption “What to know about mold” SERVPRO has skilled AMRT-applied microbial remediation technicians to clean up mold problems in East Brunswick. We know what to do!

SERVPRO Gets to the Root of Mold Problems in your Home

Mold can damage building materials in your home, ruin textiles and cause indoor air quality issues. Worse still, it spreads rapidly from one area to another. Acting quickly to potential microbial infestations can help to reduce losses and return your home to a sanitary condition. We are a licensed remediation service that could help with property infestation.

Properties with mold damage in East Brunswick require immediate attention. These microscopic organisms can eat away at textiles and organic matter over time, causing significant property damage. They also produce unpleasant odors and release hundreds of microscopic spores during their lifecycle, which, over time, can affect indoor air quality. Common signs that you may have an infestation at your home include musty odors and discoloration of paintwork or decor. Sometimes, visible grey, black, or green spots may appear on ceilings or in and around wet rooms. Enlisting a remediation service to inspect the property is less time-consuming and often more accurate than laboratory testing. SERVPRO is a local remediation specialist that gets to the root of a microbial infestation and can fix your home.

Most living organisms require light to grow, which makes them immediately visible. On the other hand, Fungi require little light, which means they can spread through wall cavities, beneath flooring, or underneath plumbing fixtures. Our technicians are trained to perform high-quality inspections for homeowners that suspect a microbial infestation. Sometimes, these inspections may involve the temporary removal of physical barriers in the home. These physical barriers could be carpets, flooring, cabinets, and fittings. It is necessary to perform these removals to assess the extent of an infestation that can affect interior insulation and porous materials in the building assembly, such as drywall, carpet pads, or subfloor. If physical barriers are expensive or time-consuming to remove, for example, wooden flooring. Our technicians can use thermal imaging cameras or borescopes to visually assess potential infestation and mold damage without removing the building assembly.

Tackling Microbial Infestation in Structure

  • Microbes can grow and spread in cavities. Sometimes structural drying systems can be used to deprive microbes of the moisture they need to grow.
  • Removal of fungi often involves a controlled demolition where the building materials are entirely removed and replaced.
  • Anti-microbial chemicals can be powerful tools against microbial infestations in the right circumstances.

Microbes spread from one area of the home to another through microscopic spores. These spores can be carried on air currents that circulate through the house, through ducts in air conditioning systems, or on items of clothing and footwear. Denying spores the ability to move from one area to another is vital to the remediation process. We call this process containment, and it involves setting up physical barriers or controlling air currents using machinery with vacuum elements. Setting up proper containment protocol is especially vital during aggressive action, such as demolition, as the increase in the agitation of colonies can lead to more airborne spores.

Ensuring Microbes do not Return after Remediation

  • Successful remediation addresses the root causes of microbial growth, which often requires correcting a moisture problem.
  • Anti-microbial treatment can prevent microbes from gaining a foothold on materials until the moisture problem is fixed.
  • Managing containment and the proper disposal of moldy materials is vital to quality remediation.

To protect your home from microbial infestation, contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows for mold damage remediation at (732) 307-9665.

How To Safely Clean Your Fire-Damaged Property in East Brunswick

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

Illustration of a Flame For any type of fire damage in your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

SERVPRO Uses Industry-Proven Methods During Fire Damage Cleanup in East Brunswick

Fire damage restoration services are there to address the unpredictability presented by fire incidents. Imagine a situation where you are busy at work only to receive a call of a fire back at home. During such a time, you need a helping hand from professional restoration experts to return your property to its preloss state within the shortest time possible.

Our SERVPRO technicians can clean your East Brunswick property during fire damage restoration. We understand that smoke particles can move around the building and land on different surfaces. If they mix with moisture, there are chances of developing corrosive properties and causing further damage.

Before we start the fire damage cleanup process, we observe the following safety procedures:

A cleaning solution can be effective on one surface and fail to achieve the needed results when used on a different one. Our SERVPRO team knows that and pretests cleaning solutions before the work starts. Through that, we can avoid any possible adverse effects that may occur from using the wrong cleaning solution.

Another challenge is removing the soot particles that land on decorative surfaces such as chandeliers. In a situation where the smoke particles are light or moderate, we use hand cleaning. Methods such as ultrasonic and low-pressure steam cleaning can also be an option. If it is necessary to disassemble lighting fixtures and chandeliers during the cleaning process, we do it and document everything.

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows pays close attention to detail and knows all the procedures required for successful fire damage restoration. You can call (732) 432-9800 to work with skilled professionals and make your property look "Like it never even happened" after a fire.

Winter Water Mitigation in East Brunswick

2/14/2023 (Permalink)

Flood Before Mitigation When a flood hits your property, you need to call the technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can Provide Water Restoration Services in East Brunswick

When people think about storm damage, excessive rains, and flooding are often the first to come to mind. But even though flooding is a rarity in the winter, cold weather can also create conditions that could cause issues with your structure. Houses can flood after temperatures rise after a blizzard, or ice dams can build up on your roof and cause leaks.

Pipes freezing and breaking in the wintertime can also be the culprit of water mitigation projects in East Brunswick. When temperatures drastically drop during a storm, water supply lines could freeze and cause flooding in your house. If the break occurs on your second floor, moisture could come into the lower level from the ceiling down.

Whatever the case, our SERVPRO technicians can follow the same procedures any time moisture enters your home. The first thing we do when arriving at your property is inspected to ensure your building is safe for our workers and other occupants. If there are any trip or fall hazards, we can mitigate these issues before conducting any restoration work.

Once we deem the site safe, we begin thoroughly inspecting your property. First, we can determine the source of the moisture and seal the leak or shut off your water. Next, we can use moisture sensors and meters to find where the water went and which building materials and contents were affected.

Steps we can take to remove moisture:

  • Use a submersible pump for standing water
  • Extract liquid H2O from flooring
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Set up an injection drying system to dry out wet walls

If the winter blues happen to strike your house in the form of water damage, call SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800.

Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation in East Brunswick

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall Our techs are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

Effective Mold Cleanup in East Brunswick with SERVPRO

Removing these microbes can be a total pain for a regular homeowner. Hiring a professional mold remediation company is better than doing it yourself because you risk unsettling the spores. The spores could spread to other places waiting for triggers. Also, the colonies grow in hard-to-spot areas like crevices and cracks in walls and floors. If you only clean the visible areas, the problem resurfaces. SERVPRO crews have detection tools to help catch all the infected regions. Our crews can define the extent of the damage and the right cleaning approach to prevent future problems.

Microbial growth in an East Brunswick, home can leave incredible damage. Mold spreads unbelievably fast in the presence of moisture, organic food sources, and minimal natural light and can set colonies all over your property. Most microbes thrive best between 68º and 86º F. However, some prefer cold temperatures as low as 32ºF while others have hot temperatures up to 122º F. It could damage the structural materials and cause problems with the home’s contents hence the need for remediation. The worst part is that it can remain undetected in certain areas.

Key steps in mold remediation:

  • Establishing containment
  • Removing mold-contaminated materials
  • Cleaning moldy surfaces
  • Drying

The SERVPRO crew ensures the HVAC unit is shut off and conducts different containment procedures to prevent spores from spreading. Containment may include:

  • Using plastic sheeting to create barriers.
  • Establishing negative air pressure in affected areas.
  • Establishing clean and decontamination rooms for equipment and materials.

Mold Cleanup

Some equipment used during mold remediation include:

  • HEPA vacuums 
  • Air scrubbers
  • Wire brushing

SERVPRO crews chose a cleaning method depending on the type of surface. HEPA vacuums can remove mold fragments from dry, non-porous surfaces. If the mold is growing in a layer of soil, damp wiping with a detergent solution will help. Semi-porous materials, including wood and concrete, can be cleaned by sanding, wire brushing, wet wiping, or other abrasive methods. SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows mold remediation experts can provide better advice on effectively keeping your home mold-free. Call us at (732) 432-9800. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Handling Water Restoration in East Brunswick Business Premises

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe Leak Call the professionals at SERVPRO to help with water restoration to your property.

SERVPRO Reduces Water Damage Hassles in East Brunswick

A misfortune such as a leaky water pipe or damaged appliance can affect your premises at any time, including when you have other engagements like social events or higher numbers of clients to serve. Dealing with such incidents poses extra challenges because you must counteract the adverse moisture effects while keeping up with your expected schedule. Involving a professional can help you manage water restoration without missing any appointments.

An experienced team segments water restoration in East Brunswick premises into different stages. A hands-on intervention is necessary for the early stages. Once the situation is controlled, some steps can be carried out without constant human input, especially if the crew has sophisticated equipment. SERVPRO invests in state-of-the-art equipment that simplifies and expedites the process.

Restoration can be divided into:

  • Initial response
  • Restoration stage
  • Finishing stage

In the early stages, the priority steps are stopping the water source and minimizing moisture contact with materials. If the intrusion comes from a supply pipe, turning off the main supply valve or clamping the damaged pipes takes care of the incoming water, and extraction with a powerful pump eliminates stagnation. Both actions are essential to minimize the level of contact materials have with moisture. Our SERVPRO crews offer all the expertise and tools necessary to facilitate a sufficient response.

Addressing Moisture Damages 

Several changes in materials exposed to moisture are reversible when appropriate action is taken. Soiling is one of the basic forms of deterioration to address. Our SERVPRO technicians use proprietary cleaning agents and specialized equipment to remove the soil. For example, we can use rotating brushes to remove sediments and dirt that collect on floor surfaces after stagnation. Other changes, like swelling of wooden materials and fabric odors, require advanced processes such as specialized drying.

Appropriate drying equipment:

  • Air movers
  • Cavity drying equipment
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Direct expansion units

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows lifts the burden of water restoration, ensuring you concentrate on your business. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. (732) 432-9800.

SERVPRO Provides Efficient Water Restoration in East Brunswick

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Cabinets Post Mitigation Call SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Content Water Damage Restoration in East Brunswick

When thinking of water damage, you may envision destruction from catastrophic events such as floods and hurricanes. You would probably imagine wading through the living room with possessions floating around them. Whereas this type of moisture intrusion is undoubtedly tragic, not every household gets to encounter it. Instead, what is far more likely in East Brunswick premises is a pesky, leaky pipe that causes structural and content deterioration from slow but consistent dripping.

Water restoration experts in East Brunswick should understand how moisture destruction occurs, as water does not always drip straight down. It may run along horizontal surfaces, causing lots of destruction in places you would not imagine. The damage is often located under hardwood floors, tiled surfaces, and walls, where some may necessitate replacement. If there is a leak in your bedroom, it can affect many different things.

Ways moisture damages the bedroom:

  • Saturates carpet or area rugs
  • Damage shoes, clothing, or other items in closets
  • Ruins bedroom furniture

Your bedroom contains many of your irreplaceable personal items. Clothes, important documents, photo albums, and family mementos are likely things you keep in the bedroom. You can easily miss moisture intrusion under a bed or a chest of drawers. By the time it’s discovered, it might be too late to save any affected belongings. Calling in professionals such as SERVPRO sooner can help salvage your belongings.

Restoration of Wet Documents

At SERVPRO, we know what humidity and moisture can do to important documents. Our crews can help prevent further deterioration through various means. For example, deploying desiccant dehumidifiers can efficiently and safely dry water-damaged documents. The system removes water from the surrounding air using desiccant chemicals that absorb the moisture, ultimately restoring the moisture-damaged documents.

Other document recovery methods include:

  • Air-drying
  • Freezer drying
  • Vacuum freeze-drying
  • Vacuum thermal-drying

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows can provide water restoration services to help return important documents to preloss condition. Call us at (732) 432-9800. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Clean My Soiled Wooden Cabinets After a Fire in East Brunswick?

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen After Fire If your kitchen cabinets in your house in Dayton or Milltown get soiled after you have a cooking fire, call SERVPRO!

For Fire Damage Cleanup in Your East Brunswick Kitchen, Call SERVPRO

The most common room in your East Brunswick home to suffer from some type of blaze is your kitchen. Cooking is the number one cause of structure fires on residential properties, as it makes up for nearly half of all structural burns caused in the United States each year.

How can you restore cabinets and other soiled wooden items?

During fire damage restoration in East Brunswick, our SERVPRO technicians can use several different techniques depending on how thick the residues are and what surface is being restored. If items like your cabinets got burned or charred severely, they might have to be removed and replaced. If the charring is just on the surface, then it is possible to sand or soda blast off the charring. Most cabinets and other wooden items inside your house either have unfinished, finished, or simulated wood grain surfaces.

How can you clean unfinished wood surfaces?

Since unfinished wood is porous wet cleaning methods could cause the soot to soak deeper into the wood. For light residues, dry cleaning methods such as vacuuming, brushing, or sponge cleaning can be effective. When cleaning medium to heavy soot residues, denatured alcohol can help break the soil down.

How can you clean finished or simulated grain wood surfaces?

  • Pre-clean: We brush and vacuum off the excess soot before applying chemical products to your wooden surfaces.
  • Wet Clean Residues: Light residues can often be cleaned using a general surface cleaner or a low alkaline solution such as concentrated wood oil soap.
  • Wood Creme Cleaners: For heavier soils, a more aggressive product, such as a wood creme paste, can be applied to affected surfaces using steel wool.
  • Polish After Cleaning: After the soot gets removed from your affected surfaces, we can use a lemon oil polish to replenish the oils in your wood.

If your kitchen cabinets in your house in Dayton or Milltown get soiled after you have a cooking fire, call SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800 24/7.

Is Pre-Restoration Cleaning Beneficial for Fire-Damaged Home?

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

Room Full of Soot After Fire Do you know how to approach the situation of eliminating soot damage in your home? Call the pros of SERVPRO in your local East Brunswick area.

Our SERVPRO Team Can Reach Your East Brunswick Property Quickly to Encourage you to Maintain a Safe Distance From the Damage and Potential Hazards. 

Many homeowners consider taking care of whatever cleaning and restoration work they feel they can handle in their East Brunswick homes before contacting professional restorers. Not only can this allow specific fire loss effects to worsen, but it can irreparably stain and destroy surfaces cleaned improperly.

Regarding professional fire cleanup in East Brunswick homes, our SERVPRO professionals have trusted tactics to reduce the severity and spread of destructive loss effects like smoke and soot.

What are Cleaning Approaches for Soot? 

Soot is an acidic layer of particulates created from incomplete combustion of fuels like wood and coal. Because most homes have wood framing at a minimum, soot is a common threat to surfaces requiring a delicate removal approach. Depending on the material affected and the thickness of the residue, removing soot could require:

  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Vacuuming
  • Soda blasting
  • Water-based chemical agents
  • Controlled demolition

With soot residues on surfaces, cleaning and restoring your home can be a complicated procedure for homeowners. Let our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team make it “Like it never even happened” by calling (732) 432-9800.