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Helping East Brunswick Residents Recover from Fire Damage

11/16/2022 (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

11/16/2022 (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

11/16/2022 (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.

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.

A Storm Has Caused Flood Damage in My Home. How Can I Bring Things Back to Normal?

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

High Water Sign In a Flood High Stormwater damage in your Plainsboro home? Contact SERVPRO for extraction, mitigation, and restoration

Contact a Restoration Company to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Plainsboro Home

Storms are known to cause flooding and other problems to homes. The effects of flood damage in your Plainsboro home can be severe and long-lasting. It would be best if you hired a flood restoration company like SERVPRO to clean up your home and rebuild the damaged areas.

What Would I Do If The Flooding Wreaked Havoc On My House?

If the storm flood damage in your Plainsboro residence is severe, you need to act quickly by doing the following:

  • Move from your home and find a safe place to stay as soon as possible.
  • If your home has electrical issues, contact your local electricity distributors to inform them about the situation.
  • Report sewage hazards to the authorities
  • Contact your insurance company immediately

Even a small local flood on your property can ruin a lifetime of belongings and affect the comfort you feel in the reliability of your home. SERVPRO is experienced in flood damage cleanup and can work with you to restore your home as quickly as possible. We will work with your insurance provider to expedite the service.

What Damage Can A Storm Cause Other Than Flooding, and How Do You Deal With It?

A storm can compromise the safety of your home. Knowing the type of destruction to expect can help you deal with it effectively. Our team can handle different kinds of damage, including:

  • Hail damage – This can affect the roofing and siding. Our technicians can inspect your roof for damages and provide the needed repairs and restoration.
  • Wind damage – Strong winds can lift shingles in your roof or cause cracks. Flying debris may also cause holes or cracks in your roof and siding. Our team can board up your property to prevent additional damage from the elements of weather or intruders.
  • Snowmelt and ice dams damaging roofs and attics
  • Water damage – Flood Water can affect your entire home, compromising its structural integrity. The common moisture-related issue is mold growth. Our team can use portable pumps to remove the floodwater. We can then use centrifugal air movers to increase air circulation in your home so that drying can take place much faster. Our team can then use desiccant dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air.

Our SERVPRO team sets up drying equipment to create a balanced drying system, meaning that the rate of evaporation is slightly less than or equal to the rate of dehumidification. We use moisture detection tools such as moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture meters to determine if a home is dry. Once your home is adequately dry, we can replace the affected building materials such as wood, drywall, and dry lining.

After a storm causes flooding in your home, do not hesitate to seek help. SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows can restore your home within a short time. Call us today at (732) 432-9800.

How Do I Know Mold Exists in My Plainsboro Church?

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold On A Wall Call SERVPRO to mitigate your mold concern in your Plainsboro business. Let the professionals take care of it.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Sophisticated Remediation tools To Remove Colonies That You Can Often Identify With A Few Telling Signs. 

You might be able to appreciate the severity of mold growth and microbial threats in your Plainsboro church. Exposure to elements like spores can cause health effects and affect a wide variety of your congregation, with so many people coming in and out.

Mold damage in your Plainsboro church might not always be easy to detect, however. Identifying the presence of colonies can make a considerable difference between remediation strategies that resurface materials and those that require controlled demolition and build back.

What Are Some Indicators that Mold Growth Exists? 

While our SERVPRO professionals have environmental testing and sophisticated equipment that can indicate mold and moisture concerns, you can also rely on some trusted identifiers that mold might be developing or already well-rooted in the church. Some of the effects used to 

identify mold content are:

  • Musty odors?
  • Spotting on drywall?
  • Persistent dampness or moisture?

Locating mold growth on your own can ensure that our dispatched SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows can get started immediately on resolving the threat. Give our team a call anytime at (732) 432-9800.

What Can East Brunswick Homeowners Do After a Fire Caused by A Faulty Appliance Leaves them With Fire Damage?

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Coming out Window Fire damage can cause long-term effects and reduce your property’s value if action is delayed.

SERVPRO Technicians in East Brunswick Can Handle the Fire Damage in a Home Competently.

The secondary damages of fire can lead to costly repairs. The smoke and soot residues can cause discoloration on various surfaces, and the charcoal-like odor can last for an extended period. SERVPRO technicians in East Brunswick have thorough training in handling fire damage of any size or scope.

How Long Does The Restoration Process Take?

Various variables and services are involved in restoring East Brunswick homes with fire damage. Thus, it is challenging to predict how long it can take to complete the restoration process. However, once you contact our technicians, we can inspect your property to determine the damage’s intensity. With that, we can predict how long it can take us to restore your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

Can I Clean The Affected Area Myself?

It is essential not to attempt cleaning any affected surface if you do not have the necessary skills. Handling the task yourself can cause more damage and lead to massive losses. Also, cleaning affected surfaces involves a few steps that can challenge property owners without the right skills and experience. It involves:

  • Pretesting using the right cleaning products for a specific surface or item.
  • Mixing cleaning solutions with deodorizing agents.
  • Using the correct dilution rates of fire restoration products.

Our cleaning systems and approved products can clean the affected surfaces better than home remedies and cleaning agents.

Should I involve a general contractor instead of a professional restorer?

General contractors do not have restoration expertise and the right equipment to restore properties after fire damage. Fire damage restoration is technical and requires thorough training and experience since a tiny oversight can lead to severe damage.

Can You Clean My Carpet?

With decades of experience, we have perfected various techniques for cleaning different surfaces. We understand that soot and smoke residues can settle on your carpet, and when mixed with water, the solution can stain the carpet. Our technicians can use a natural fabric brightener, a reducing bleach agent mixed with shampoo super concentrate, to clean oxidized stains from your carpet.

How Do You Clean Appliances?

Appliances are often made of nonabsorbent materials such as metal, plastic, glass, Formica, and composite materials. Therefore, our SERVPRO team can use water-based detergent solutions to clean the surfaces. We can use the wall and all surface cleaners to clean the residues from your appliances. For appliances with wood finishing, we can use wood crème paste to clean the yellowing caused by heat. These products can remove smoke residues without damaging the appliances.

Fire damage can cause long-term effects and reduce your property’s value if action is delayed. Contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800 for help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Can Homeowners Make Emergency Repairs Before the Insurance Adjuster Arrives?

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Illustrated Half Flooded House After your home suffers flood damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

SERVPRO Professionals Provide Emergency Services in Plainsboro and the Surrounding Areas.

For homeowners in Plainsboro, a flooded home can be a catastrophic event. Everything is soaked. There may be broken windows or openings in the roof, allowing more water to enter the house. Floodwaters can also bring a host of toxic chemicals along with biological material into the home. Homeowners want to begin saving anything they can and make repairs as soon as possible. But should they wait until the adjuster arrives?

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup and restoration services to Plainsboro and surrounding areas. We can help with emergency repairs, cleanup, toxic substance removal, disinfection, and restoration. We provide 24 / 7 coverage and can be onsite in less than four hours to assist with emergency issues.

Our team at SERVPRO works with many insurance companies and adjusters. We have found that the best approach regarding emergency repairs before an adjuster arrives includes:

  • Avoid entering your home until it is safe – electrical, chemical slips, and falls are potential hazards.
  • Use your smartphone to take pictures to document the damage
  • Arrange for board-up services and tarps on roofs to prevent further water damage
  • SERVPRO can develop a plan to mitigate additional damage

Can Delays in Flood Cleanup Cause Additional Damage?

The amount of damage caused by flooding after a storm can vary a great deal. Every situation is different and must be assessed. However, delays in cleanup and drying of the contents and structure can cause further damage. For example:

  • Wood products absorb water and begin to swell.
  • Drywall materials also absorb moisture, swell, and begin to disintegrate
  • Coloring used in many fabrics, magazines, and flooring begins to bleed out to other materials
  • Mold starts to establish colonies 24 to 48 hours

Our team can help with initial emergency requirements, cleanup, and drying of your home. We also provide reconstruction and restoration services needed for significant damage claims. Our general contractor's license is 13VH06622700.

Call SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows (732) 432-9800 to help with flood damage to your home.