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Call Randolph's Expert Residential Water Cleanup Team

3/16/2024 (Permalink)

bubbles from water leak inside a wall Randolph homeowners benefit from SERVPRO's rapid water damage cleanup and restoration. Faster to any size disaster™.

Cleanup is Essential for All Watery Messes

Your home in Randolph might sustain water damage for many reasons - a slow leak from an appliance, condensation on exposed pipes, cracked plumbing, or other unexpected problems. SERVPRO® is always nearby to assist homeowners with water cleanup with an experienced and highly qualified team.

Different spills result in varying degrees of water damage, requiring scaled approaches to water cleanup of your Randolph property. Our team members are IICRC-certified in water-related cleanup, mitigation, and restoration services. Water can severely affect many of your home's countless components.

Depending on the result of each situation, each requires water cleanup of different types to address the water damage issue. Here are a few different situations you might encounter in your Randolph property that would benefit from SERVPRO's cleanup, mitigation, and restoration services:

  • Water covering your garage floor during the winter,
  • Drain leaking underneath the kitchen or bathroom sink, and
  • Faulty caulking that allows water from showering to enter behind the tub surround.

Water expands as it freezes, and if it enters any cracks within a concrete floor inside an unheated garage, more severe deterioration will most likely occur. SERVPRO can stop additional water from covering the floor and get the area cleaned up and dried out fast. Doing this also protects your home if the two are attached.

Cabinets can hide water leaks while becoming damaged on their interior sides. We make minor plumbing fixes, clean the area, and dry it out for you.

When caulking ages, it weakens and can dislodge from surfaces. Showering can allow water to get behind the tub surround whenever someone showers. Over time, this can create a perfect environment for microbes like mold. Dark, free of drafts, and with a steady supply of moisture, microbes can colonize such areas. SERVPRO can clear the area of anything present, apply antimicrobials, dry it all, and reseal it with long-lasting caulking.

For situations like these, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000. Our cleanup services can simplify the process of protecting your home.

How Mold Removal Companies Help in Contaminated Randolph Properties

1/17/2024 (Permalink)

Hand wearing a glove holding a moisture meter against sheetrock covered with mold with caption: SUSPECT MOLD IN YOUR HOME? If you suspect mold in your Randolph property, call SERVPRO. We'll make it,“Like it never even happened.”

Essential Procedures to Counter Mold Damage

Randolph, NJ, is a township with an illustrious history. Various amenities and structures within its boundaries help preserve its historical heritage. The Bridget Smith House Museum and Randolph Historical Society Museum are notable examples. Its parks and green spaces, like Tree Park, Brundage Park Playhouse, and Freedom Park, offer excellent opportunities for outdoor fun. Community events like the Freedom Festival are perfect for interaction with residents. 

Mold contamination can be a severe problem after water damage, especially when left to fester uncontrolled. Mold removal companies help Randolph homeowners regain control by taking the necessary steps to control microbial growth and clean up mold buildup. SERVPRO® splits up the process, addressing each aspect individually. 

Essential mold control processes

  • Moisture control 
  • Residue containment
  • Collecting residues
  • Moldy waste disposal

Moisture not only causes water damage directly but also drives mold development by activating spores, which attach to wood and other organic materials and develop into mold colonies. SERVPRO technicians have tools like moisture meters and thermal cameras to identify moisture sources and reservoirs within a property. We also have various drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers, to facilitate moisture control after discovery.

Mold colonies consume materials, weakening their structural composition. Therefore, a moldy property tends to accumulate residues from the deteriorating materials. It is essential to contain the residues during cleanup and drying since releasing them into the air can compound the problem. Our crews can set up airtight physical barriers with plastic sheets and PVC pipes to keep residues from spreading.

Apart from preventing residues from spreading, collecting and disposing of moldy wastes is essential. SERVPRO teams use HEPA vacuums to remove loose mold spores from structural areas and contents. We also use sealable plastic bags to collect residues like insulation and drywall torn from moldy structures.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is one of the mold removal companies that provides reliable services when your property is contaminated. You can reach us at (973) 895-5000.

Addressing Flood Damage in Mendham Homes

1/5/2024 (Permalink)

groundwater flooding road and house yard Groundwater can infiltrate a Mendham basement, resulting in catastrophic water damage. Contact SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration. Here to Help®

SERVPRO® Provides Rapid Mendham Flood Cleanup

Amidst the lush landscapes of Morris County, NJ, lies the town of Mendham. Mendham has an array of charming options if you enjoy shopping and dining. Main Street has quaint shops and boutiques, including Mendham Jewelers, Village Wine & Liquors, and CVS Drug Store, where you can access unique gifts and fashionable clothing. When it comes to dining, the town presents several restaurants catering to different tastes, from casual cafes to upscale dining experiences like Wicker Basket and Aoyama Chinese & Japanese Cuisine.

Flood damage in Mendham can transform what was once a place of comfort and safety into a battleground of destruction and despair. Aside from groundwater that can pool into your property, the winds, which can reach extreme velocities during severe storms, exert immense force on a property's structural components, resulting in roof damage. High winds can lift and tear off roofing materials, such as shingles or tiles, increasing the risk of water infiltration and subsequent interior damage. SERVPRO® offers emergency services for flood damages, including boarding up the structure and quick water extraction to prevent further water intrusion. We work hard to mitigate basement flood damage.

SERVPRO addresses a wide range of issues:

  • Wood rot
  • Microbial growth
  • Contamination
  • Deterioration of building materials

How Water Infiltration Ruins Belongings and Structural Elements

Insulation and drywall are particularly susceptible to water infiltration. When the materials become wet, they lose their insulating properties and may start to sag, crumble, or develop mold. Upon evaluation, SERVPRO crews ensure that the home's structural integrity is restored, often involving removing damaged materials, thorough drying, and installing new components to meet industry standards.

Other methods employed to prevent moisture migration:

  • Dehumidification
  • Installation of plastic sheeting and barriers
  • Installing sealants and waterproofing materials

Floodwaters often carry silt and debris of every kind. The water may also have contaminants like chemicals, sewage, and bacteria. When these substances come into contact with personal belongings, they can contaminate them, making them unsafe. Our crews carefully sanitize affected surfaces and belongings to remove harmful substances, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for occupants.

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County is ready to respond when flood damage strikes your home. Call us at (973) 895-5000. We’re faster to any size disaster™.

Impacts of Fire Damage on Randolph Commercial Properties

9/26/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage to ceiling and walls in a building When fire damages your Randolph business, SERVPRO is Here to Help® 24/7.

SERVPRO® Responds Rapidly To Randolph Fire Damage Emergencies

When a fire impacts your Randolph business, the resulting clean-up process can be vast, and you may need help knowing where to begin. Typically, the damage does not stop after the fire is dowsed; lingering odors and corrosion from soot and smoke ensue, all of which pose further property damage. Also, external factors, such as vandalism and contents damage, threaten additional loss if the situation is not managed promptly. It takes a knowledgeable and experienced company like SERVPRO to navigate such situations conveniently.

The most immediate impact of fire damage in Randolph commercial premises is structural damage. The extent of damage varies from minor changes to destruction. Extreme heat can weaken or even collapse structural elements such as ceilings, floors, walls, and support beams. Smoke residues also settle on these elements, resulting in further damage. SERVPRO team is equipped to repair and restore your business to its preloss conditions.

Other significant impacts experienced after a fire

  • Temporary or prolonged closure
  • Inventory and equipment loss
  • Reputational impact
  • Employee displacement
  • Data and document loss

When you suffer fire damage, business operations are generally disrupted. The time needed for restoration can vary depending on the scope of the damage. Business interruption may result in lost revenue, customer disappointment, and potential effects on your business’s reputation. SERVPRO responds promptly and effectively to fire damage to minimize business interruption.

The Process of Restoration

Fire restoration in business premises comprises steps to mitigate damage, clean up, and restore the business to its pre-fire condition.

General steps to help with fire damage restoration

  • Assess the damage to evaluate the building’s structural integrity and identify any safety hazards.
  • Secure the property by boarding windows or installing temporary fencing to prevent unauthorized access and protect against further damage.
  • Determine what is salvageable and what needs replacement.
  • Perform structural repairs. This may involve replacing or repairing damaged walls, ceilings, roofs, or flooring.
  • Remove smoke residues and soot from walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces. This may involve specialized cleaning techniques such as soda blasting.
  • Employ air purifiers or ozone generators to eliminate lingering odors caused by smoke.

At SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County, we take care of fire damage with speed and efficiency “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (973) 895-5000.

Storm Water Damage Restoration Options for Residents of Randolph

5/18/2023 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Floor Wall Disaster may strike at any time. Call SERVPRO for the storm damage restoration.

SERVPRO Offers Comprehensive Storm Water Damage Cleanup Procedures in Randolph

The work of stormwater damage restoration experts is to ensure your property takes the least time possible to return to its preloss condition. Storms are massive, and sometimes it could be demanding to perform the related cleaning and repair without the help of experienced mitigation technicians. Also, if you stand to be compensated by your insurance provider, working with these experts is highly encouraged.

When our SERVPRO team performs a stormwater damage remediation process in Randolph, we inspect to check whether the property is safe for occupancy. During the inspection, we take note of areas that need to be attended to and develop an appropriate remediation plan. If the storm was so minor, you might be lucky to avoid major repairs, but the property needs to be well-dried to prevent mold growth.

We perform the following tasks to prevent your property from suffering further damage:

  • Removing debris that might have been dumped on your property
  • Replacing and repairing building structures compromised by the storm
  • Water extraction and cleanup
  • Securing any building openings such as windows, doors, and roof
  • Repairing damaged floors
  • Cleaning and restoring your furniture and upholstery

Our SERVPRO technicians use specific tools such as shovels, buckets, brooms, and rakes to clear the mud, branches, and other large debris. Once the water is freed of such sediments, we can allow sedimentation to take place so that additional water extraction methods can be effective. Depending on the situation we are dealing with, we can use handheld or track-mounted water extractors.

If there is limited space within the property or when the stormwater damage cleanup process needs to be done quickly, we recommend off-site drying of the soaked contents. Off-site cleaning can also prevent the risk of mold growth.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 whenever you need dependable stormwater damage restoration services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and also available 24/7 for professional assistance.

How to Efficiently Handle Water Damage Repair on Denville Premises

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Equipment Let your local SERVPRO professionals resolve your water damage problems.

SERVPRO Conveniently Combats Denville Water Damage Issues

The impacts of water incursion on Denville business premises can be severe. Being prepared can keep you ahead of water damage issues. For example, you can establish an emergency plan or perform routine maintenance. Nonetheless, even with such preventative measures, water loss can still happen.

Water damage repair at your Denville business must be done quickly to minimize the destructive effect of moisture. Commercial spaces range from individual storefronts to high-rise apartment buildings or warehouses spanning hundreds of square feet. The larger the size, the more complicated water damage can be. Structural materials such as drywall, flooring, and ceiling panels can become heavily impacted. Proper mitigation is crucial in recovering a water-damaged building. SERVPRO teams can quickly remove all excess water, identify salvageable and non-salvageable contents and establish a restoration plan.

Other risks associated with water damage in businesses:

  • Compromised safety
  • Damaged inventory and equipment
  • Revenue loss due to downtime in operations

When your business suffers water damage, the safety of your workers and customers is at risk. Wet surfaces can increase the likelihood of slip and fall injuries. Electrical hazards are also likely due to damp power strips. Operations may also halt when your space is full of water and wet structural materials. This interruption can cause a loss in revenue.

Drying Out Wet Materials

Structural drying helps to save materials that have been affected by the water. SERVPRO crews have the necessary experience and equipment, such as dehumidifiers, to perform structural drying. Dehumidifiers remove water vapor from the air. By reducing the amount of water vapor in the air, we can lower the humidity ratio, which increases the evaporation rate of moisture in a building and its contents.

Different types of dehumidifiers used in water restoration:

  • Conventional refrigerant dehumidifiers
  • Low grain refrigerants
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County offers prompt water damage repair at your commercial premises. Call us at (973) 895-5000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration of Randolph Homes Happens Fast with Pros

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

puppy in a SERVPRO truck You will be as happy as this puppy when you call SERVPRO for fire damage restoration in your Randolph home.

How do SERVPRO Technicians Use Restorative Cleaning After Fire Damage in Randolph Homes?

The smoke and soot produced during a fire damage incident in your Randolph home can harm the exposed surfaces and contents. SERVPRO technicians use restorative cleaning methods to remove the soils from surfaces to prevent long-term damage. 

SERVPRO technicians use several cleaning products to remove surface smoke and soot residues during the restoration of fire damage to your Randolph home. The type of product used during repair depends on the residue and the kind of surface involved. SERVPRO technicians ensure that the products we use are safe and don’t affect the contents negatively. While some cleaning products are designed specifically for the contents, others are useful for cleaning structural surfaces. 

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Residue

Removing smoke and soot residues involves breaking the bonds between the soil and the surface. SERVPRO restorers have a few ways of achieving this:

  • Agitation or scrubbing can remove dry and loose residues from surfaces
  • Dissolving the residues in an appropriate solvent can also remove some residues
  • Technicians remove oily residues by emulsifying them in a cleaning solution 
  • In some cases, technicians also use ultrasonic sound to clean smoke and soot particles

Whatever the method used, SERVPRO technicians always ensure that the surfaces being cleaned are not harmed. 

Technicians use petroleum-based solvents during the dry cleaning of surfaces and contents. The solvents clean draperies and fabrics that might shrink or experience distortion or browning if wet-cleaned. Dry cleaning with such solvents is effective on light soiling but not heavily soiled fabrics. 

Technicians also use volatile dry solvents that evaporate quickly and don't leave any residue as spotting agents to remove oily and greasy. Volatile dry solvents act as a lubricant to remove carbon and soot and are preferred to remove smoke particles settled on surfaces.  

SERVPRO restorers remove smoke residue from surfaces such as drywall and furniture using mild detergents that do not contain any strong alkalis. The agents called wood oil soaps can remove smoke and soot particles from finished wood surfaces. 

SERVPRO experts use fabric rinses are mildly acidic cleaning agents that stabilize the fabric dyes in carpets and furniture fabrics. 

Cleaning Appliances

Cleaning smoke and soot particles from appliance surfaces can be especially challenging as various metals, paint, glass, Formica, etc., are used in their construction. As these surfaces are non-porous and non-absorbent, SERVPRO technicians use water-based detergent solutions to clean them. SERVPRO restorers use the following approaches to clean appliances after fire damage to your Randolph home:

  • A high alkalinity cleaning agent removes greasy and heavy smoke and soot from appliance surfaces. The fundamental nature of these solvents can cut through the sticky smoke residue.
  • Yellowing of appliance surfaces due to protein fires in the kitchen is cleaned by SERVPRO technicians using light abrasion with a '0000' grade steel wool. 

Smoke and soot after fire damage can not only ruin the aesthetics of your home but can cause irreparable harm if not cleaned properly. Trained SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge, skill, and experience to deal with any fire incident, small or big. We ensure that your home is restored “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000 for a fast and efficient restoration service.

Randolph Homes Need Professionals to Handle Water Damage

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a water damaged room When this Randolph home suffered water damage, we worked quickly to limit further damage and prevent mold growth.

How SERVPRO Technicians Accelerate Drying During Water Damage Remediation in Randolph?

The best way to control the extent of water damage to your Randolph home is to accelerate the drying process. SERVPRO technicians achieve this by creating conditions that favor drying.    

Establishing a drying zone is one of the first things SERVPRO technicians do during the water damage restoration of your Randolph home. A drying zone is an area where the technicians control the humidity, airflow, and temperature to speed up the drying of wet materials. SERVPRO experts crate such a zone by sealing off openings between affected and unaffected areas by closing doors or erecting plastic sheeting (also called containment). Establishing drying zones allow the technicians to focus their equipment’s efforts; the smaller the drying zone, the better will be drying efficiency. Several rooms affected by water damage will be combined into a single drying zone to increase efficiency. 

Positioning the Equipment 

Establishing the drying zone is not enough to speed up the drying process. It is equally important to position the drying equipment properly within the area to increase the efficiency of the drying process. The two most essential pieces of equipment that SERVPRO technicians use in the zones are air movers and dehumidifiers. 

  • Positioning air movers: Before beginning the restoration work, the SERVPRO technicians determine how many air movers are needed to dry your Randolph home. Once the number of required air movers is known, the next decision is where to position them. Air movers are placed to blow air directly on the wet materials. The technicians ensure that adequate airflow is maintained. If multiple walls are dried in a room, the technicians position the air movers to create a vortex of circular airflow. To maintain the vortex, the restorers place air movers close to each wall and at an angle (15° angle for axial and 45° angle for centrifugal air movers). 
  • Positioning dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers process the air within the drying zone to eliminate moisture. Simply placing the dehumidifiers in the drying zone is not enough; the technicians need to put them throughout the structure strategically. Ideally, at least one dehumidifier is placed in the room where water intrusion occurs. Other dehumidifiers are arranged to direct their exhaust towards wet materials such as saturated cabinets or wet hardwood flooring.  

Controlled Demolition 

According to the IICRC S500 guidelines, restorers must consider demolishing and removing structural materials if doing so can accelerate the drying process. If the technicians determine that structural demolition can expedite the drying process, they share the customer's information. SERVPRO technicians ensure that no demolition takes place without the customer's consent. 

The demo step is not required if the water damage is limited to a small area and the water has not intruded into the structural components. Some of the structural elements that technicians might remove during water restoration of your Randolph home include:

  • Carpets soaked with water
  • Carpet pads 
  • Baseboard trim of drywalls
  • Drilling holes in drywall to install wall cavity drying system

Water restoration is a complex process that involves carefully executed steps. Hiring an experienced restoration company like SERVPRO can help you limit the extent of the damage and reduce the restoration costs. We work hard to restore water damage to your home “Like it never even happened.”

To know more and speak with one of our experienced technicians, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Professionals can Help Control Mold Damage in Randolph Homes

3/28/2023 (Permalink)

mold damage on a ceiling A mold infestation in your Randolph home can seem quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO immediately for mitigation and remediation services.

Why does it Pay to Hire SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration in Randolph?

Mold damage to your Randolph home can have lasting effects if not handled promptly. Mold can cause aesthetic and even structural damage to your home. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO can help you restore your home safely, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO effectively handles mold damage in Randolph homes as our technicians have a scientific approach to remediation. We understand the importance of preventing the fungal spores from spreading to the unaffected areas and use tools and techniques to ensure it. SERVPRO technicians follow the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S520 Mold Remediation guidelines during the restoration process. Our technicians collaborate with science experts like the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) for an efficient and safe restoration process. 

What Causes Mold to Grow in Your Home?

Our indoor environment is full of microscopic, airborne spores of fungi. However, mold damage problems occur when these fungi find a conducive place to germinate, grow, and thrive. 

Fungi require three things to grow and multiply in your Randolph home:

  • Moisture
  • The right temperature, and
  • Organic material as a food source

Most fungi grow when excess moisture is present, and the temperature is between 680 and 860F. However, some species can also grow in temperatures as low as 320F and 1220F. Microbes generally feed on organic material, including wood, paper material in drywall, and carpet fibers like cotton, jute rayon, and wool. These surfaces regularly accumulate spores; however, mold damage occurs when these materials become damp. 

As the spores absorb moisture, they swell and send out a network of structures called hyphae. Some hyphae grow like roots and penetrate the material on which the fungi grow, while others grow upright and produce spores on top. 

Trying to remove mold without the proper precautions can result in the spores becoming loose and spreading to unaffected areas. Professional restorers like SERVPRO take special precautions, erect containment zones, and use state-of-the-art equipment to prevent this. 

Removing the Mold Contamination

SERVPRO's remediation begins by erecting containment zones using high-strength 6-mil polyethylene sheeting, PVC pipes, wood framing, or spring-loaded expansion poles. 

Negative air pressure is established and maintained in the containment zones using negative air machines (NAMs) fitted with HEPA filters. The goal is to prevent the airborne spores from getting out of the containment zone into the unaffected areas of the building.

SERVPRO technicians ensure that robust environmental hygiene practices are employed throughout the restoration process. 

Technicians carefully remove the contaminated material using razors and knives to avoid gathering dust and bioaerosols. SERVPRO technicians further limit the spread of the contamination by employing several engineering controls that include the following:

  • Using control systems vacuuming the visible contamination from surfaces or containing it with 6-mil poly
  • Using controlled sources of water or pump sprayers during restoration processes 
  • Monitoring the specific humidity throughout the process and taking steps to dry the environment to prevent amplification of the microbes quickly
  • Bagging and wrapping the wet materials immediately in heavy-gauge poly and disposing of them properly.

Professional restoration of mold damage can ensure safe and efficient remediation, and it pays to hire a service like SERVPRO. 

To know how we can help you in your time of need, call SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Mitigation in Randolph Homes Requires Expert Help

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

Water On a Tile Floor Let SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County fix it, Don’t stress it.

SERVPRO Guarantees Fast Water Damage Mitigation in Randolph

Addressing a water leak on a property urgently before secondary damage occurs. Restoring the property may take a while, but hiring a professional water mitigation firm to extract water, dry the building, dehumidify, and disinfect it can produce results faster.

At SERVPRO, we always ensure that our team abides by the restoration standards and laws through disaster training sessions aimed at delivering high-quality restoration services. Water damage mitigation is a crucial service that can help you restore your home quickly after a water leak. Several steps are involved in the process, but the outcome is that a building becomes safe to re-enter and ready for additional cosmetic fixes. The steps we take in the water mitigation process include the following:

  • Stopping the flow of water
  • Assessing the damage
  • Extracting the water
  • Drying and disinfecting the property
  • Clean up

Our SERVPRO technicians perform water mitigation services first and follow this up with water restoration services to repair the damage that water causes. Even though it’s possible to perform water mitigation and water restoration services separately, we often rely on both methods to restore water-damaged properties. 

Removing all the standing water prevents more damage, such as mold infestation, from occurring. Our SERVPRO technicians can use electric submersible pumps to extract the water. The water removal process can vary based on the materials affected. For instance, if the carpeting has delaminated, it is necessary to remove it. On the other hand, contents like upholstered furniture may require washing. Our team can then dry the affected areas using air movers and dehumidifiers. We position air movers to blow air on damp materials. 

We can also open assemblies like flooring, walls, stairs, voids, wall base areas, and built-ins to access pockets of saturation and remove contaminated unsalvageable components and materials. 

This means that our SERVPRO technicians can remove construction components as needed to clean, decontaminate, and dry interior wall surfaces or other areas that rising water has contaminated. 

When you need assistance with water mitigation, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County. Our 24-hour hotline is (973) 895-5000.