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What Happens During a Typical Fort Lee Fire Damage Restoration Service?

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

sooty deposits on microwave and kitchen wall SERVPRO technicians can wipe and clean kitchen assemblies soiled by soot and fire damage pleasing Fort Lee homeowners.

SERVPRO Serves the Local Fort Lee Community with 24/7 Available House Fire Cleanup

SERVPRO handles fire damage cleanup regularly for local Fort Lee properties. While every fire and structure is a unique scenario, the science behind the cleanup process is often managed in the same organized manner to ensure the best outcome every time.

A Fort Lee homeowner seeing fire damage in their residence for the first time may feel that nothing within can be saved. This is particularly true if the first responders used a fire-fighting method that takes burning room contents, pulls them into the center of a room, and douses them with water. Leaving a big, wet pile of possessions and building materials in the middle of the floor. As soon as the fire department gives the "all-clear" to enter the structure, SERVPRO starts the process of cleaning up the fire damage, which typically includes:

  • Inspection of the area with fire damage
  • Removal of ruined materials
  • Extraction of water and structure drying as needed
  • Setting up cleaning stations for articles with restoration potential

The cleaning stations outside the restoration service area are where SERVPRO technicians inspect and choose the appropriate method for cleaning for each item. The removal of smoke damage from objects can include some of the following ways:

  • Spray and wipe surface cleaning
  • Absorption cleaning
  • Immersion cleaning

Common Types of Smoke Damage Cleaning Overview

One of the most common methods of getting rid of the soot left behind by fire is the spray and wipe method. SERVPRO technicians have many cleaning agents, some specially formulated for our company, to choose for specific types of residues that coat porous and non-porous surfaces.

Fragile articles that cannot withstand cleaning with water or solvent-based applications can sometimes benefit from absorption methods. The technicians use a fine powder sprinkled over the item and then allow the residue within to get pulled up and into the powder. The techs then gently vacuum the article without any marring of the surface. Porous surfaces such as unsealed marble, concrete, and brick can all benefit from pressure washing or pressurized dry ice pellet blasting to remove soot residues.

The cleaning stations also include technicians that use immersion cleaning methods. This type of fire damage cleaning gets used on items determined not fragile and has no issues with colorfastness. The ultrasonic tank immersion process is used for delicate knick-knacks, porcelain objects, crystal, and even lighting fixtures where soot and oils may be deposited in detailed areas. The sound waves produce many thousands of minuscule bubbles that implode causing the water and detergent to remove the soils with no fear of breakage.

What Happens to Items with Too Much Fire Damage for Restoration?

SERVPRO technicians have the ultimate goal of saving as much of the structure and contents as possible during a fire damage cleanup job. However, that is not always possible, and some items require disposal. The technicians get approval for an article that needs removal and document the condition with photographs and a written report to assist the homeowner with any insurance claims.

SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 brings professional equipment, years of experience, and compassion to each fire damage restoration service.

Signs of Walls with Water Damage in Fort Lee Properties and What to Do About It

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Supports Fort Lee Residents with 24/7 Water Restoration Services

One of the most frequently encountered water damage in Fort Lee residential properties is a leaking pipe. A burst pipe may result in the sudden need for cleanup, but it can actually be less of a mess than a slow leak that went on within a wall for months until the deterioration was so severe that it finally showed the signs of wear from the water damage.

There are usually some small signs when a home has a slow leak in a wall causing water damage in Fort Lee. Homeowners that know what to look for can catch these early signals and potentially save themselves from a costly large-scale water restoration service. Things to look for on and around walls for clues water damage is occurring include:

  • A feeling of dampness or musty odors
  • Water stains on walls or visible mold growth
  • Paint bubbles or peeling paint
  • Warped or buckled sheetrock
  • Misshapen flooring or baseboards

Dampness and Musty Odors

If an area in the home, particularly a basement, has a musty odor or feels humid, take a good look with a watchful eye as there may be a yet-undiscovered water leak. As moisture absorbs into sheetrock or wood, it can produce a distinctive odor.

Water Stains or Visible Mold

Once moisture seeps into a wall, naturally occurring airborne mold spores may find a great new home if the temperatures (60 degrees F. or higher) are suitable to sustain their germination and growth. Water stains show up as darkened areas and show be immediately investigated to halt any further water damage.

Paint Bubbles and Peeling Paint

Constant moisture levels can cause paint to bubble on the surface of a wall. It looks like a balloon, and if it is popped, water may run out. Peeling paint (usually Latex-base) has lost its adhesion to the surface, often due to moisture in the wall. Neither surface can be merely painted over, and both situations are signs that the home needs water restoration services.

Warped or Buckled Walls and Ruined Flooring

Drywall does not handle exposure to moisture well. A slow leak can destroy a significant portion of a wall as the cardboard backing absorbs moisture, resulting in the need to remove and dry the interior wall void. Tile can lose adhesion from water running down a wall into the floor and subfloor. Hardwood flooring can show signs of damage by warping or nails in the boards protruding from the surface. This type of water damage should always get professional mitigation.

Getting Rid of Water Damage

Once signs of water damage are found, they should get cleaned up professionally as rapidly as possible. SERVPRO technicians can bring in professional-grade equipment that:

  • Find the areas with moisture
  • Extract and dry the affected materials
  • Handle any removal of water-damaged building materials
  • Conclude the service with a build back

SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 handles all types of water damage restoration services for the Fort Lee community. The trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make it, "Like it never even happened."

What Signs of Mold Damage Should Fort Lee Homeowners Be on the Lookout For?

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

mold by sump pump Mold damage was discovered and remediated by SERVPRO AMRT technicians in this Fort Lee home.

SERVPRO Techs Support Fort Lee with Mold Remediation Services

Since New Jersey has frigid winters, many people assume that mold is a three-season problem in the Fort Lee area. However, mold grows and spreads within a structure any time of year. If the temperatures indoors are comfortable for the residents, it is probably in the range of sustainable temps for a mold colony residing behind a wall or underneath a floor.

There are some signs that mold damage signals its presence in a Fort Lee home. SERVPRO has many tips for property owners to keep in mind to identify the need for a mold remediation service before the problem spreads throughout the house.

Slow, Unseen Water Leaks Often Harbor Mold Growth

Small leaks that remain unrepaired and are allowed to continue can create the perfect environment for mold damage to occur. Places in the home most likely to have this issue are:

  • Supply lines to appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators
  • Radiators and boiler units
  • Under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms

How Does SERVPRO Identify Where Mold Damage Resides?

SERVPRO techs have a large inventory of equipment that is especially good at targeting the moisture behind walls such as moisture detection tools, and infrared cameras. With these devices, the techs can map out where high moisture conditions exist without opening portions of the wall. This straightforward method of scoping a property allows our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) to pinpoint areas most likely needing drying and mold remediation. To confirm visually, a SERVPRO team member may drill small holes to confirm the presence of a mold infestation. The mold colonies can spread behind the walls and baseboards, under the flooring of all types, and underneath the wallpaper. 

Condensation on Windows and Plumbing Can Be a Warning Sign

Poor ventilation can lead to frequent condensation buildup on windows and nearby pipes. This area can become a central location for mold damage to set up a home base. One of the most common areas of mold infestation occurs in bathrooms with exhaust fans that either operate poorly or have a blockage in the duct to port away moist air after a steamy bath or shower.

Attics, Basements, and Crawlspaces Can Have Mold Damage

A slow leak in an attic, damp basement, and a crawlspace that takes on water with every rainstorm or snowmelt can all create a place that harbors mold damage. The techs use their equipment to bring down interior humidity levels to unsustainable levels for mold and remove the dried matter. Followed up by proactive treatments to inhibit the return of the infestation. SERVPRO technicians can perform temporary repairs during mold remediation services and recommend actions post-mitigation such as:

  • Environmental monitoring of plumbing for leaks
  • Installation of dehumidification units in basements
  • Encapsulation in crawlspaces

SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 is available for Fort Lee property owners that need mold damage mitigation. Our skilled technicians are available 24/7 for any size remediation required.

SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Solutions for the Fort Lee Hospitality Industry

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Pool Floaties Next To Pool Keep your guest floating in the pool and not the rooms.

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Training Needed for Water Damage Remediation

Fort Lee has a fascinating history. It was the site of many historically significant events during the Revolutionary War. Also, many people are surprised to learn that the early film industry had its start here. Your hotel guests enjoy taking in these venues and returning to comfortable lodgings in your tastefully appointed accommodations. If a water crisis threatens to interfere, you risk losing revenue, and your customers miss chances to build memories. 

Common Water Loss Issues

A supply line break or a negligent guest who walks away from a filling tub can cause extensive water damage to your Fort Lee inn. You need help fast, and your housekeeping crew has neither the specialized training nor the commercial-grade equipment to make short work of a disaster. 

Professional Training and Cutting-Edge Equipment

SERVPRO managers and technicians master Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses in preparation for delivering high-quality water mitigation and remediation services to your property. We can scale efforts up or down to manage any size of a water emergency. We answer calls 24/7 and send a project manager and crew out to your lodging center as soon as possible. Our crew lead evaluates the scenario presented while devising an individualized plan for your business.

Speed Is Crucial

IICRC-certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) start work immediately. Service vehicles stock water removal and structural drying equipment to avoid delays. We use submersible pumps on water deeper than two inches and wanded extractors for fluids spread across floors. If carpeting is wet, SERVPRO follows mitigation protocols to prevent water from spreading to dry areas using the extractors. Our team is skilled at drying carpeting in place with weighted extractors if indicated. 

Technology Is Essential

Thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters help SERVPRO trace the migration of water into building cavities or structural components. We use controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts to release water from behind walls and open those areas for more efficient structural drying. Once all the liquid water exits the affected spaces, our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians set up perimeters of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to move water out of structures and into the air as vapor. State-of-the-art dehumidifiers capture the moisture for disposal.

Your guests can visit Fort Lee Historic Park Visitor Center or Barrymore Film Center and return to a clean, dry suite because of swift remediation of a water crisis. Call (201) 496-6024 to alert SERVPRO of Fort Lee that you need assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Stop Mold Damage in My Fort Lee House?

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

mold on Corner Wall When a mold infestation spreads, your best option is to contact the professionals at SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

Avoid Mold Damage Remediation Mistakes in Fort Lee

Applying bleach directly and scrubbing the surface is a short-term solution to mold damage. You need professional Fort Lee mold remediation services to stop it from coming back.

Why Does Mold Return After Bleaching A Surface?

The mold damage that reappears on surfaces in your Fort Lee home is likely a symptom of a larger microbial growth issue. Clearing away mold using disinfectant or bleach is a short-term method of controlling growth. However, if mold returns after cleaning, there is an underlying issue that could be spreading throughout your property. SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can identify the root causes of mold growth and perform the necessary steps to reduce and control it on your property.

Where can mold grow in my home?

  • Inside wall, ceiling, or floor cavities
  • Beneath furnishings or fittings
  • On natural materials that are wet or damp

How do you fix recurring mold issues?

Finding the source of a mold problem is essential to remediation. Key signifiers of hidden mold growth in the home may be musty odors or visible signs of growth. These indicators suggest that the source of the issue may be behind a wall or on a hidden damp spot. To remove mold, we need to control moisture. Controlling moisture may include drying inside wall cavities or placing dehumidifiers in the affected area to slow mold growth. When cleaning colonies, it is essential to apply negative air pressure. Mold spores are microscopic and can spread unnoticed throughout your home. Negative air pressure provides a vacuum to prevent mold spores from spreading during aggressive remediation.

Identifying and remediating the source of mold is the only way to prevent it from returning. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 to stop mold from growing in your home.

Fire Restoration for Carpets in Fort Lee Homes

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Door And Items Damaged By Fire SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

Carpets Require Several Types of Fire Damage Restoration

Potentially hundreds of surface types exist in your home, so there is no set method of restoring impacted flooring after fire damage. The typical installation of carpeting alone features multiple levels that could be affected by smoke and fire effects, including: 

  • Surface fiber layer
  • Backing material
  • Padding
  • Subflooring

Removing Loose Debris from the Surface

Fire restoration for Fort Lee properties begins with managing the presence of debris after combustion and extinguishment. Because flooring takes the brunt of this damage, loose soils can heavily impact carpets. We use vacuums to pull up many smoke solids and charred debris. 

Assessing for Widespread Damage

However, fires and their extent of damage might not be contained to the outermost surface layer of flooring. In some situations, smoke and water damage could penetrate the padding and subflooring levels under the right circumstances. A careful evaluation is necessary, often involving untacking the carpet temporarily to inspect layers underneath.

Bonnet and Hot Extraction Cleaning

Cleaning a carpet, especially after fire and smoke damage requires powerful tools from our stock. We have several carpet cleaning implements, often leaning heavily on bonnet cleaning and hot water extraction units from our inventory. These infuse pressurized water to the backing material of the carpet and rapidly extract it, usually dislodging and removing debris and soils along with this cycle. 

Replacing Stained Carpeting 

Wet conditions make staining more likely in post-fire environments. Even with the deep cleaning measures, we can implement, the cleanup might not be sufficient to restore a damaged carpet's original color and brightness. In these instances, our licensed general contractors must pull up the flooring and replace it as needed. 

With carpeting such a common flooring type for modern homes, our professionals must anticipate cleaning these materials when fire losses occur. Our SERVPRO of Fort Lee team provides thorough mitigation and deep cleaning solutions to protect carpeting when possible after soot and odor exposures. Call us today at (201) 496-6024.

Stormwater Problems in Fort Lee?? Try Calling SERVPRO for Restoration

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of Utility Room Flooded Basement in Fort Lee? Swift Water Removal and Cleanup from SERVPRO is Just a Phone Call Away!!

What You Should Do When an Especially Rainy Season Floods Your Fort Lee Home

Having a home located near a river can be a fantastic experience, except when said river causes flood damage to your property. Due to an incredibly rainy season, the Hudson river collected a significant amount of water and became dangerously full during the rainy season. Unfortunately, the water became too much after another thunderstorm, and your home took the hit.

Fortunately for you, the flood damage to your Fort Lee home was not catastrophic. As the water level rose, your home, which is located on a slight hill, managed only to suffer water damage in the basement. The floodwaters rushed into your home through an open basement window and pooled around your laundry room.

Understandably, you are concerned about the concrete floor in your basement, your washing and drying machine, and the furniture in your laundry room. The most beneficial thing for your home upon discovering the flood is to call for professional cleanup and restoration services. The sooner a company, like SERVPRO, arrives at your home to take over the remediation, the better.

Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in water damage restoration of any kind. We always hurry to your home; we're Faster To Any Size Disaster. After taking your call, a team of our talented and highly certified technicians can arrive at your home promptly.

After our Estimator assesses the damage to your property, we can craft a remediation plan and get right to work. Our first job is to get the water and any debris that came with it out of your home. We can use advanced technological devices, such as high-powered pumps, extraction wands, and wet/dry vacuums to remove the standing water.

Our SERVPRO techs can further their assessment and proceed to the next course of action. Because the water in your basement sat overnight, we can make flood cuts to the drywall inside. Removing it can ensure that all damaged material is removed and minimize the chances of mold growth. Once the damaged material is gone, we can focus on pulling excess moisture out of the structure of your home with drying equipment and then connect you with a contractor for the drywall. Once finished, you may return to your home "Like it never even happened."

If flood damage has struck, never wait. Speak with SERVPRO of Fort Lee immediately by phoning (201) 496-6024. Day or night, we're here to help you.

Why Fire Restoration in Fort Lee Properties Is Crucial

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Restoration in Fort Lee Homes-Trust SERVPRO

Fire damage can be sparked by various sources ranging from an incident in the kitchen or placing candles carelessly. Fire damage incidents are never the same, and some potentially spur more damage making repairs complicated. Despite the complexity of these damages, an early response ensures recovery of your Fort Lee home to preloss condition.

Upon contacting SERVPRO, our fire restoration team in Fort Lee responds quickly to perform a full assessment of the property and ascertain the damage. We help deal with the acidic and harmful nature of chemicals left from burnt materials, smoke, soot, and volatile organic compounds created by the fire.

Other services

  • Board-ups
  • Roof-tarping
  • Temporary fencing

The Impacts of Fire Damage 

A fire incident might destroy the doors and windows, leaving openings that can be an invitation to vandalism. SERVPRO technicians help by boarding up any opening to safeguard the property from additional damage.

Extensive property damage might spread even in rooms untouched by flames. Usually, heat softens window glass, chars wood, melts plastic, and causes paint to blister. Also, most household appliances are made of metal and plastic, and even if they are still standing, they probably have sustained damage. After flames are put out, damage may still occur because many of the burned or melted synthetic materials in your home continue to emit malodors.

Smoke damage can be severe as the particles permeate everything and the foul odor requires some expertise to remove. Additionally, ash and soot stick to floors, walls, and furnishings, causing additional damage. Traditional cleaning methods might aid in removing visible smoke residues, but smoke seeps into crevices, cracks, and pores that such cleaning methods miss. Our crew can effectively remove smoke odors with equipment like thermal foggers and ozone generators.

Variables That Impact Repair Options

  • How long the fire burned
  • The intensity of the fire
  • Need for material removal

SERVPRO of Fort Lee is committed to producing exceptional fire restoration to every home damaged by fire. Call us at (201) 496-6024. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO is Your First Choice to Remediate Mold Damage in Fort Lee

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Unresolved water damage becomes breeding grounds for mold. SERVPRO has the knowledge to eliminate the water source and remove the mold.

Remediating Attic Mold Damage in a Fort Lee Home

There are over 100,000 known species of mold globally, with 1,000 varieties in the US alone. While mold is a natural part of any environment and is found in almost any building, it is crucial to keep these fungi and bacteria populations under control with professional-grade remediation. As long as there is sufficient moisture, oxygen, and organic material to feed on, mold can thrive for long periods, which can eventually damage structural materials. 

If your Fort Lee residence requires mold damage remediation, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to remove mold from your house and restore it to a pre-damaged condition. This crew receives extensive training in mold remediation and related damages. It takes great care to salvage structures while saving homeowners time and money. 

SERVPRO Training & Education

Technicians and franchise owners are required to learn the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and best practices in various disaster situations. These include water and fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet, and upholstery cleaning, as well as other restoration services that can aid homeowners. Employee certification training covers all of this in thorough detail, including safety measures, calculations, scientific theory, and much more.  

All staff also have access to continuous education through online courses that are voluntary and self-paced. SERVPRO dedicates itself to ensuring that staff members stay at the forefront of disaster mitigation knowledge and techniques to maintain a high standard of service for the community.  

How SERVPRO Can Help

One of the initial steps for remediating mold is establishing containment spaces to prevent spores from spreading. Technicians take great care not to introduce unaffected areas to materials impacted by mold spores. Mold containment measures can include a variety of safety measures, such as: 

  • Implementing plastic sheeting as a containment barrier
  • Sealing HVAC vents to prevent duct system contamination
  • Designating "clean rooms" so that technicians can safely enter, leave, and decontaminate their equipment and other materials without affecting other areas of the home
  • Installing 6mm polypropylene sheeting over doorways
  • Establishing negative air pressure in affected areas 

SERVPRO of Fort Lee strives to leave your home looking "Like it never even happened." You can call (201) 496-6024 today for rapid disaster cleanup.

SERVPRO has Multiple Extractor Options for Water Damaged Edgewater Homes

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in the kitchen of a home Kitchen water damage is a common occurrence that we typically see. Call SERVPRO 24/7 to assess the situation and provide effective drying solutions.

Why We Have Extractor Choices for Edgewater Homes

You might think that all extraction tools are the same, but there are varying degrees of power and precision to cater to specific water loss scenarios that threaten Edgewater homes. The advantage of having multiple choices for extraction is that we can provide a tailored water removal experience for each residence after a water loss and have the most efficient path to getting drying efforts started. 

We have multiple options for water removal in Edgewater homes, most of which exceed the power and capacities of store-brand vacuums or portable pumps. While homeowners do have the capacity to purchase versions of many of the tools we use from home improvement locations, they often lack the same strength that our equipment does. We have a vast inventory of extraction tools ranging from light wands to extractor vehicles in our fleet, helping us to protect water-damaged properties better. 

In most recovery scenarios, our SERVPRO team implements more than one extraction device on the same restoration project. For example, our electric submersible pumps and the stronger gas-powered trash pump function best when water levels are higher than 2 inches. Once the water has gotten reduced to this depth, we can switch to more focused tools like our light wands attached to wet vacs to finish the excess water removal. We can develop the right approach for the damage scenario based on the severity of the standing water and how widespread these effects have become. 

We also have specialty extractor options that can help to address the oversaturation of areas like carpeting. With self-propelled weighted extractors and ride-ons, we can force moisture out from the padding and subflooring of carpeted areas to dry out these materials. When approached quickly enough, we can reduce the need for the reinstallation of new carpeting. 

Water removal scenarios vary from house to house, but our SERVPRO of Fort Lee team has the equipment and skill to address them individually. We can customize a restoration plan suited to your home and get your property back to preloss condition quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (201) 496-6024.