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

1/11/2022 (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 Happens During a Typical Fort Lee Fire Damage Restoration Service?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

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

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

What Options Does One Have After Flood Damage at a Fort Lee Home?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Fort Lee Homeowners Explore All Flood Management Options

Flooding varies, ranging from major incidents that necessitate intervention by the government to localized cases where a few properties are affected. Contacting the local FEMA branch in your area or speaking to a representative visiting your neighborhood can help you get some assistance which can go a long way in helping you cope with flood damage.

Fixing flooding takes a variety of actions. So you have to consider other options in managing the flood damage at your Fort Lee property. Contacting professionals like SERVPRO is essential since it expands your horizons on your actions to restore normalcy in your home.

With the assistance of a flood restorer, it is easier to:

  • Safeguard the property
  • Move contents
  • Store items temporarily on site
  • Expedite restoration

A property affected by flooding needs safeguarding since it is left in a vulnerable state. The actions you take can help protect contents or interior structural areas. Most insurers mandate homeowners to protect their homes in case of any disaster, so taking action can help process your claim faster.

Safeguarding a damaged property takes actions like:

  • Covering vulnerable contents with protective materials
  • Moving contents to secure areas
  • Boarding up or tarping the structure

There are many options for moving contents exposed to flooding, including storing them within an affected property section. Upstairs rooms are best in most cases since the lower rooms are usually inundated. If it is not possible to keep items within your property, another great option is to use portable storage like the ones SERVPRO brings when restoring properties. Moving out to an external warehouse helps when no other option is available.

The speed of restoring a damaged property depends on the resources available. A faster turnaround is better for cost and convenience reasons. SERVPRO provides the technical expertise and equipment needed to facilitate such quicker outcomes.

SERVPRO of Fort Lee can help you explore all possible options after a flood damage incident. Call us at (201) 496-6024. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Mold Remediation Timelines Should Cliffside Park Homeowners Expect?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Evaluates Cliffside Park Properties and Provide Sufficient Restoration Resources

Since mold appears almost instantaneously, you may want to know whether remediation can be completed with the same speed. Although there is no standard mold remediation timeline, most incidents need at least a week to address all issues. After all, severe contamination also takes weeks or even months to develop. It is just that it is more likely to start in hidden areas, and by the time you notice signs, the damage is done.

Specific factors influence the time it takes to complete mold remediation in Cliffside Park homes. Inspecting the property helps reveal these factors. SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians are IICRC certified, so you do not need a separate evaluation specialist.

Typical factors that influence mold remediation timelines include:

  • Amount of mold involved
  • Size of the property
  • Resources available

The term amount of mold can mean different things, including the level to which it is embedded on materials or the total surface area covered. Given sufficient time the root-like mold hyphae embed themselves on structural materials causing significant deterioration. Remediation takes longer under such circumstances because of the extra effort needed to clean and remove structural materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use abrasive methods such as sanding on semi-porous surfaces. We also remove porous materials like drywall and insulation.

Resolving mold issues on larger properties takes longer because of bigger surface areas to clean, more materials to remove, or more cavity areas to fix. The challenge can be worse if resources are limited. SERVPRO is well prepared to tackle any level of mold contamination.

Resources necessary for mold remediation include:

  • PPE such as rubber gloves and respirators
  • Building tools like cutting and drilling equipment
  • Fungicides and antimicrobial agents
  • Dry cleaning resources like vacuum cleaners
  • Moisture detection and management equipment

When SERVPRO of Fort Lee handles mold remediation at your property, you do not have to worry about the timelines or outcomes. Call us at (201) 496-6024. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Things You Need to Do After Fire Damage at Your Fort Lee Home

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Follows Established Fire Restoration Processes in Fort Lee Properties

The period following a fire damage incident can be confusing because of the many problems left in a property, including soiling, hazards, and material deterioration. However, if you know the things that need to be done, restoring your property becomes easier.

Addressing fire damage at your Fort Lee home requires a mix of quick action, the right knowledge, and an assortment of equipment. Rather than struggling to learn and implement mitigation procedures simultaneously, you can get comprehensive help from SERVPRO in salvaging valuables and restoring your home.

Advisable actions after a fire incident include:

  • Securing the property
  • Informing all relevant people
  • Cleaning all residues
  • Repair structural damage

Securing your property can mean different things. The most common way to secure it is by boarding up windows and doors or installing roof tarps if there is a cave-in. Another aspect of securing the property can involve valuable documents affected by fire or the water used to quell it. Our SERVPRO technicians help by using advanced procedures such as freeze-drying to save wet documents.

After a fire incident, different parties must be involved, including the insurance company and local authorities, for issuance of permits or fire investigation. If you live on rented premises, you must also inform the owners. SERVPRO crew chiefs ensure that you contact all relevant people.

For many people, doing cleanup and structural repairs is what signifies restoration. However, if not properly planned, these actions can create more problems or damage the property. Our SERVPRO crews ensure any cleanup and structural repairs are done safely and effectively. Typical ways to ensure this include choosing the right tools and chemical agents and using PPE while venturing into the damaged areas.

SERVPRO of Fort Lee offers both guidance and rehabilitation services after fire damage. Call us at (201) 496-6024. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Prevent Water Damage Caused by Pipes Freezing in Fort Lee?

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Help with Water Removal in Fort Lee

As many people know, water pipes inside your house are at risk of freezing when temperatures drop during the wintertime. If the H2O inside the lines freezes, it could expand, making a crack form in your pipes. Even a small quarter-inch break can cause hundreds of gallons of water to pour into your house in a short time.

Our SERVPRO technicians find that frozen pipes and ice damming in Fort Lee often occur when people leave town during the winter. While you are away for perhaps a holiday trip, it is a good idea to take steps to prevent your pipes from freezing. First, a good action during the winter, if you are leaving town or not, is to remove any fixtures hooked up to outdoor water valves, including hoses and sprinkler systems. When it gets cold outside, water could freeze inside your hoses, and the ice could spread into your water lines and cause a break. The EPA recommends winterizing your house from harsh elements.

If you know it will be cold while you are away or if your power goes out, it is a good idea to keep your faucets running. Leaving the hot valve slightly open and the cold valve opened up a little more can prevent freezing by keeping the water moving. If you are leaving town for an extended period during the winter, it is wise to drain all of your water lines. To do this, shut off your main water valves and open up all of your faucets until the water stops. Always maintain at least 55 degrees in the house.

If your pipes freeze and break anyways, do not worry SERVPRO can help you. Once moisture enters your house, we can provide the following to return your home to its preloss state:

  • Sewage Backup Clean Up
  • Repairing Damage from Burst Pipes
  • Water Removal and Clean Up
  • Basement Flooding Remediation

If you come home from a trip and see water inside your house, call SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024.

Smoke and Fire Damage, Big or Small, Calls for Professional Restoration in Edgewater

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Rather Than Fussing with DIY Fire Damage Cleanup, Have It Done Quickly and Efficiently in Edgewater by SERVPRO!

When you want to have peace of mind that your house fire clean-up goes as smoothly as possible, SERVPRO is there with IICRC trained and certified experts. Our team undergoes regular education and training to offer nothing but the best results for clients in Edgewater and the surrounding areas. Have you had an electrical fire that left pungent odors? A blaze in the kitchen that resulted in sticky protein-based residue? No matter the call, SERVPRO handles a variety of fire restoration projects, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster!

With one call to SERVPRO for fire damage clean up in Edgewater, you will get:

  • Rapid response and mobilization of our Green Fleet
  • Detailed fire damage inspection and assessment
  • Emergency tarping and board up services
  • Removal of standing water, drying, and restoration
  • Soot and smoke remediation, including removal and cleaning
  • Smoke odor removal services by trained odor control technicians (OCT)
  • Debris removal
  • Controlled demolition, as needed

Whenever there is a need for structural cleaning, we address the entire property and pay attention to any soot deposits on ceilings, walls, and other elements. We also offer professional content cleaning and pack-out services:

  • We will address the cleaning of the soft goods in your property, including carpeting, upholstery, garments, bedding, drapes, and more.
  • We clean all electronics and appliances.
  • We can work on drying and restoring documentation.
  • We offer specialized cleaning procedures for collectibles and artwork.
  • We carefully clean all light fixtures, bookshelves, and other furnishings.

Never let fire damage sit for too long, as it can become corrosive and make it harder to restore. The team at SERVPRO of Fort Lee is available 24 hours a day to get started on your restoration project. Give us a call at (201) 496-6024, and we can mobilize a team for arrival within hours.

Fort Lee Residents – You Do Not Have to Handle Flood Damage Alone After a Storm

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

baement/garage flood damage contents wet Groundwater removal and sanitizing are completed by SERVPRO in this Fort Lee garage/basement

SERVPRO Offers 24/7 Flood Damage Response to Get Your Fort Lee Property Back to Pre-Storm Condition

If you have encountered flood damage after a Fort Lee storm, SERVPRO can help! Many homeowners feel they should go it alone for water cleanup, but it is essential to have the tools and proven processes to ensure it goes smoothly. Whenever your home floods and contaminated water recedes, there could be severe damage left behind to your belongings and materials. Not only are we staffed by IICRC-certified technicians, but SERVPRO also has proven methods to ensure your home gets left “Like it never even happened.”

Do you have basement flooding and other storm flood damage in Fort Lee? Our water restoration technicians (WRT) do whatever we can to minimize disruption to your home as we work through water removal services, drying, and deodorization. These are just a few of the specialized services that we provide:

  • Inspection and consultation – We inspect your property and provide a damage overview that outlines the restoration project and what you can expect.
  • Flooded basement cleanup – A New Jersey home with a basement that encounters flooding calls for truck-mounted extractors and submersible pumps to remove any standing water quickly.
  • Debris removal and controlled demolition – Our flood restoration includes tearing out all unsalvageable materials and discarding them. We ensure everything gets replaced, including any flooring, drywall, baseboards, etc.
  • Structural drying – There may be a need for extensive structural drying with any storm flood event. We take the time to ensure safety and structural stability for your property, then go through and strategically place axial fans, high-volume air movers, and desiccant dehumidifiers so that no moisture gets left behind.
  • Mold remediation – Where there is any water emergency, there is always the potential for mildew and mold growth. Once dried, we go through your interior to thoroughly clean, deodorize and sanitize all surfaces to keep mold spores at bay.

Do you have concerns regarding storm flood damage cleanup and restoration? SERVPRO of Fort Lee is available around the clock. Call us at (201) 496-6024

What Are the Initial Concerns of Powerful Flash Flood Damage to Fort Lee Homes?

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Fort Lee works fast to overcome initial threats of flash flood damage

Flash flooding gets its name from its rapid development and unpredictability. Homes are vulnerable to these harmful conditions after torrential rainfall and ideal environmental conditions. With the force that this flooding reaches properties, it can substantially damage a home or business in several ways.

Physical Damage to the Building Envelope

The way that flood damage in Fort Lee first shows its signs is through physical destruction. The pressure of this migrating water against the building envelope can quickly find and exploit weakened areas of your home’s foundation and exterior. Board-up and tarping services become vital when these vulnerabilities exist to prevent further damage and exposure to the house.

Solids and Debris in the Intruding Water

Debris and solids carried in with the flooding can also be a concern for homeowners. Mud, silt, and even live creatures pose a critical threat to the property. While extraction can often reveal some of these concerns, added cleaning and recovery measures are necessary to return the property to pre-flood conditions when they are present in the house.

Safety Concerns with Standing Water

There is no mistaking the severity of standing water. Pooling of any kind is threatening to exposed building materials and contents. Prolonged exposure is an even greater concern, as this can deteriorate and ruin building materials, flooring, contents, and more.

Potential Contaminants in the Flood

Contamination is another concern with natural flooding. Flash floods consume what is in their path and can leave your property exposed to many concerning substances like:

  • Sewage
  • Chemicals
  • Organic Matter
  • Biohazard Threats

Flash flooding overwhelms properties quickly, and it can be difficult to know what all your home needs without the involvement of experienced and respected professionals like our SERVPRO of Fort Lee team. We are ready to help whenever disasters strike to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (201) 496-6024.