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Water Cleanup You Can Trust in Plainsboro

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Follows Water Cleanup Protocols to Achieve Results in Plainsboro

Water damage is typical in households across the United States, but many homeowners mistake taking the DIY route for cleanup. Failing to remove all moisture can exacerbate the problem, opening the door to secondary damage that results in material degradation. Not only that, but moisture within your Plainsboro home could turn into black mold development. SERVPRO wants you to know that we can tackle all of the water removal services and drying you need.

Protocols are crucial for any water cleanup in Plainsboro – regardless of the building type. Our action plan will involve the following:

  • Identifying the water damage/moisture source –Once water intrusion occurs, our initial steps include identifying the category source. Category 1 brings the best potential for salvaging furnishings and building materials. Categories 2 and 3 call for additional disinfectants and personal protective equipment (PPE), and it becomes more difficult to recover any damaged materials.
  • Mitigation and prevention –We work to halt further intrusion by addressing the leak/moisture infiltration source.
  • Drying and dehumidification –This is imperative to restore relative humidity (RH) and bring your interior back to pre-water event conditions.

We Ensure All Materials are Dry

We equip ourselves with moisture evaluation and monitoring equipment to ensure no moisture gets left behind. Whenever materials are still wet/damp, we adjust our air movers and dehumidifiers accordingly to achieve our goals. The sooner we can get in and hit all marks for water cleanup, repair and drying, the more we can decrease the chance of mold growth and musty odors.

Do you need a team you can trust to handle your water cleanup needs? SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows features IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) ready to get to work at a moment’s notice. You can request help online or give us a call at (732) 432-9800.

Brunswick Residents Need Skilled Restoration for Flood Damage

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Yellow 'safety-first' sign against blue sky background Floodwaters contain contaminants. SERVPRO knows how to safely remove the water.

SERVPRO’s East Brunswick Storm Response Team Handles Flood Damage Fast

From the minute your East Brunswick property has suffered from basement flooding or water entering your ground flood, you need to act fast. Rapid intervention and mitigation help lessen the impact of flood damage, thus cutting costs and time to restore overall.

What is Flood Restoration?

When you call SERVPRO for storm flood damage in East Brunswick, we have a detailed process that involves water removal services, decontamination, and ensuring the property is safe for repairs. Several steps that all homeowners can take to limit risks include:

  • If you have time before flooding hits, try moving valuable possessions and furnishings off the floors. This proactive step limits the chance of irreparable flood damage.
  • With all the potential contaminants in floodwater, ensure all people and pets safely leave the property to seek refuge.
  • If safe to do so, electricity and gas can get turned off to limit possible electrical charges and gas leaks.

With flooding and contaminated water, the work must get carried out by trained professionals who understand the impact on your contents and structure. At SERVPRO, we are here to restore versus replace, and we have all the water cleanup and drying methods necessary to make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Flood restoration with SERVPRO includes:

  • Pumping out all standing water and assessment of damage left behind
  • Removing and disposing of contents, furnishings, and building materials damaged beyond repair
  • Cleaning and decontaminating the building to remove chemical, environmental, and biological contaminants
  • Checking for structural damage that could be a hazard now or in the future
  • Drying and dehumidification to ensure no moisture gets left – anything untreated could bring secondary damage or mold and mildew growth

SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows is here whenever you need prompt attention to flood damage your property incurred during a storm. You can reach us by calling (732) 432-9800 day or night.

Removing Smoke Odors After a Fire in an East Brunswick Restaurant

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle You want help from the professionals after a fire in your home or business.

Neutralizing Harsh Odors is Essential to Keep an East Brunswick Restaurant Going After a Fire. 

Many obstacles prevent safe and sanitary dining conditions for customers after a fire. Our professionals work to get threats like malodors neutralized to decrease the time your doors stay closed after a disaster. We mobilize fast with mitigative solutions for these pressing issues. 

Containing the Smoke Malodors

Containment is the first step SERVPRO professionals take in managing malodors, and other fire damage East Brunswick restaurants face after disasters. Physical barriers prevent the movement of odor compounds for easier neutralization and management. 

Cleaning Air Ducts and the HVAC System

Another method of managing foul odors a kitchen fire can leave behind is directly influencing the output of the HVAC system. Soot and smoke particles can travel through this network of ducts and continue to promote harsh odors when the system circulates air. We have experience with air duct cleaning and can schedule that service around off times for the business. 

Odor Neutralization Solutions from our Inventory 

Before our professionals can successfully remove a harsh malodor from your restaurant, some work must be done to lessen the severity of this effect. This process can include several types of counteractant products and processes before deodorization, like:

  • Absorbent beads
  • Odor trapping granules
  • Surface cleaning products
  • Debris removal

After reducing the severity of these effects, we can focus on the equipment necessary to remove these odors entirely where possible. Restoring the restaurant's comfortable working and dining conditions relies on effective deodorization tools like hydroxyl machines and ozone generators.

Multiple obstacles are standing between a damaged business and preloss conditions, but our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team can help. With one of the largest obstacles being odor removal, we arrive with many helpful deodorization techniques. Call today at (732) 641-4023.

Managing Water Damage from Frozen Pipes in East Brunswick – Call SERVPRO

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dam Ice damming and frozen pipes are just some of the hazards of severe winter weather. Call SERVPRO for help!

Need Help for Water Damage from Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming in East Brunswick – Call SERVPRO

Frozen pipes during cold snaps can cause significant water damage to homes in East Brunswick. If the water in the line freezes solid, the pipe may crack and release torrents of water into your home once it thaws. There are several steps to prevent your water pipes from freezing and locate those that have. If the weather forecast is forecasting cold weather and your lines are susceptible to freezing, following the suggestions in this post can save you a great deal of damage and expense.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup and drying after water from frozen pipes or ice dams in East Brunswick causes damage to your home. We have the equipment to remove the excess water and dry the contents. We can also complete repairs if needed.

Anticipating cold weather and taking action to protect your pipes from freezing saves frustration, time, and expense. The following suggestions should be considered:

  • Turn up the thermostat to keep your home warmer, costs little, and prevent damage
  • Wrap heater tapes around the pipes in the area where they usually freeze
  • Insulate all water pipes with foam rubber insulation
  • Insulate all drain lines
  • Let the water run slowly on cold days in sinks
  • Fill cracks and insulate the wall around or near water pipes

If your water pipes are frozen, there are a few ways to thaw them out before permanent damage to the lines occurs:

  • Locate the frozen pipe. Turn one tap on at a time to isolate the frozen pipe.
  • Leave any taps connected to frozen pipes on
  • Verify that the water line is not split. If it is, it will release a torrent of water when it thaws. Turn off the main water valve.
  • If no split, heat the pipe using a hairdryer or heat lamp until the water begins to flow

Call SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows in East Brunswick and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (732) 307-9665.

Establishing Pre-Loss Condition After Plainsboro Structure Fires

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians SERVPRO will get your house back to feeling like home again. Call on our professionals for help after a fire in your home.

Early Action Allows for Efficient Fire Damage Recovery in Plainsboro Homes. 

After a fire, our SERVPRO team's initial intention is to return a property to preloss condition. This term describes the state of the house before the fire, and not necessarily like new. 

Job Scoping and Damage Assessment 

To accomplish the rapid management of fire damage in Plainsboro homes, we carefully inspect the house and begin forming a clear restoration plan to overcome threats like: 

  • Odors
  • Structural damage
  • Soot damage
  • Fire debris
  • Water damage

Cataloging Fire Damage to Contents 

Item-by-item inspections are the best means of determining what contents and personal belongings have been impacted by spreading fire loss effects. Possessions are inventoried by their place in the house for separate on-site storage or pack-out to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning. 

Meeting the Expectations of Customers

A guidepost for the work to be done in a fire-damaged property is the input of homeowners and property management. Through descriptions of the house, pinpointing damage that might not initially appear related to the fire, and helping with establishing restoration priorities, we can create a custom recovery plan to provide the most possible help. 

The Need for Repairs and Reconstruction

Yet another focal point of the inspection and evaluation of the damaged property to comprise the scope of the total work to be performed is the need for repairs and build-back. Because our professionals have a general contractor license, this is not an additional effort that another company must supply but a seamless next step in the restoration process for our experienced team.

Working fast in a fire-damaged property helps secure the structure from further harm and protects personal belongings and contents from ruin. FSRT-Certified technicians of our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team are ready to show We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (732) 641-4023.

Various Issues Caused by Water Damage if Your Plainsboro Home Has a Wooden Floor

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs on job site. Floors damaged from a water incident is not a DIY project. SERVPRO water damage restoration techs are ready at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO Uses Regular and Advanced Techniques to Save Floors Affected by Excess Moisture Exposure

The polished hardwood floor at your Plainsboro home may be the envy of your friends. However, if it is exposed to significant amounts of water, you might encounter myriad problems. Apart from ruining the visual appeal of your floor, you might also foot a hefty bill, especially if you have to replace floorboards.

Although you might not manage to stop water intrusion, understanding the issues that might arise can help you manage the water damage at your Plainsboro home. Since you cannot learn everything you need to know within the short time between the intrusion and the onset of damages, involving a professional team like SERVPRO from the beginning presents the best chance of controlling the loss by minimizing or preventing some of the damages.

Typical Water-Related Problems That Might Affect Your Wooden Floor Include

  • Crowning
  • Cupping
  • Buckling 
  • Warping

Buckling and warping occur because moisture causes swelling in wood. Naturally, dry wood has a moisture percentage of approximately 10% but can absorb higher amounts. As the floorboards swell, they push against each other, buckling at the joints since there is no space for expansion. SERVPRO professionals tackle buckling by expediting water extraction and drying. We can also remove some floorboards to allow free expansion. That way, the floorboards can regain their original shape when we dry them.

Cupping and crowning manifest in raised edges and arching that presents the mid-section of individual floorboards, respectively. They are caused by variable water absorption. If the floorboards absorb water from the bottom and sides, it leads to cupping. Crowning, on the other hand, develops when the top is exposed to more moisture than the bottom.

Various solutions can help prevent cupping and crowning, including:

  • Using drying mats to extract water trapped between floorboards
  • Using drying chambers to improve floor drying processes
  • Sanding out cupped edges after drying the floor

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows can help you find unique solutions to manage water damage on your wooden floors, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (732) 432-9800.

What Are the Main Forms of Mold Damage to Address in East Brunswick Properties?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage Mold damage remediation is a job for SERVPRO technicians. Mold colonies will spread like wildfire within 24 to 48 hours. Call now!

SERVPRO Manages Both the Regular and Unexpected Issues Arising After Mold Contamination

Mold may seem less severe compared to other property disasters, which might render houses or other structures uninhabitable immediately.  Mold may also seem easier to address by cleaning the affected surfaces and airing the affected rooms. However, the visible mold damage issues can mislead you.

Mold damage in your East Brunswick home can be extensive, requiring significant work to control. Mold can also cause health effects, so a long-term occupation of a contaminated house is ill-advised. Seeking the intervention of a professional like SERVPRO when you notice mold in your house can help reveal the true extent of the damage in good time.

Some of the damages you need to address in your property include:

  • Accumulation of fungus and other microbial residues
  • Rot and other material deterioration
  • Soiling
  • Musty odors

Mold forms masses of colonies as it grows on surfaces. Clearing all the residues from surfaces is essential before thinking of other steps, such as repairing them to restore preloss conditions. SERVPRO teams readily tackle such cleaning tasks using methods such as HEPA vacuuming or soda and dry ice blasting. Eliminating all traces of tangible residues is essential in managing odors.

Mold spores occur naturally in the environment where they aid in decay processes. Mold produces spores and root-like hyphae that penetrate organic materials where they extract nutrients. Therefore, when you notice mold growing in any section of your house, you can expect material deterioration. One way to avoid replacing most materials is by expediting remediation processes and using approaches that help prevent a quick recurrence.

One way to minimize recurrence is using minimal moisture during cleaning by:

  • Wire brushing semi-porous materials
  • Damp-wiping with antimicrobial products
  • Sanding

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows adapts the remediation methods to the mold damage conditions at your property. Call us at (732) 432-9800. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Are All Materials Handled the Same After Fire Damage in East Brunswick Homes?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged home Fire damages leave numerous kinds of residue accumulation. SERVPRO techs use the latest technology and equipment for all fire damage restoration jobs.

SERVPRO Provides Trained Fire Restoration Technicians to Evaluate the Damage Devising the Best Solutions

Although you probably don’t notice, your home is a collection of different materials. When there is fire, their distinct characteristics lead to different outcomes. The heat consumes some materials. Others are negatively affected by fire residues, moisture, and firefighting chemicals. Successfully restoring fire damage depends on how you handle the materials.

Establishing the affected materials and level of fire damage in your East Brunswick home should be the first step. Otherwise, you might not know which steps to take. SERVPRO professionals help with such evaluation. We use cleaning sponges to trace the spread of residues along wall surfaces and char depth gauges to check the level of charring in solid wood. Checking for moisture absorption may also be necessary since firefighting usually involves water. The results from the evaluation determine the best remedial action.

The choice of restorative action depends on:

In general, fire consumes organic materials such as wood and some inorganic ones such as plastics. However, there are more characteristics to consider. For instance, fabrics are deeply soiled when exposed to soot and moisture. Therefore, restoration procedures that help the rest of the structure may harm fabric and upholstery items. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize pack-outs or cover vulnerable items with plastic sheets before starting cleaning.

The materials in your house have different kinds of finishes, including paint and polished surfaces. Some materials are also unfinished. The finishes influence the cleaning methods. Using aggressive agitation or cleaning agents on polished surfaces is counterproductive. SERVPRO technicians use a wide range of cleaning techniques including safer, yet effective blast cleaning solutions like soda and dry-ice blast cleaning.

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows finds the best solutions to address various forms of fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (732) 432-9800.

Does Water Absorption into Wood Flooring in Plainsboro Homes Make the Material Unsalvageable?

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work on water damaged floor. Water damage to flooring is a very hard task to handle properly. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are fast and immediate to all water damage jobs.

Damp Materials can Be Hard to Restore and Clean, But Our SERVPRO Team Helps Plainsboro Properties. 

Water damage can threaten your home and its building materials, especially when pooling and surface water concerns are not resolved quickly. Our fast-responding technicians help to meet the urgent needs of your home during water damage emergencies to protect exposed flooring. 

Water Absorption Begins Shortly After Exposure

Water damage restoration in Plainsboro must begin quickly after emergencies, as moisture can begin immediately absorbing into wood plank flooring. Because many properties use engineered wood, this process can happen at a faster rate than traditional hardwood. Some of the less-porous flooring materials include:

  • Teak
  • Cedar
  • White Oak
  • Redwood

When Free Water Becomes Bound Water

There are stages of water damage to wood flooring, and in the earlier phases, restoration is still possible and feasible. Removing surface water might be one of the stages to preventing worse absorption concerns. Still, effective drying options like mats can pull trapped moisture to the surface for removal before altering the composition of the planks. Bound water indicates a chemical process where the cells of the wood flooring and water molecules join and permanently damage the material. 

Is Your Water-Damaged Floor Salvageable? 

As a homeowner, your main concern is typically how much restoration is ultimately going to cost. When it becomes a situation where demolition and reconstruction are necessary, this might end up costing more. Choosing what approach is best usually involves whether physical distortion and warping have started with the plank flooring. 

The impact of water on wood flooring can be absolute, requiring removal and replacement in some situations. The determination of your property needs results from data collected through moisture detection devices and known moisture range goals. Our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team can quickly help your property recover from water damage when you call (732) 641-6954.

How Can Damp Areas of an East Brunswick Office Impede Production?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

mold spore Mold remediation for your commercial building should be handled by SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment for every size of disaster.

There are Several Ways That Water Damage in East Brunswick Businesses can Affect the Workplace. 

Water damages can happen in hundreds of ways, and if left to the custodial staff of the building exclusively, might not be resolved as completely as it should be. Depending on the severity of the situation, lingering water damage effects can significantly impact the productivity of the workplace.

Damage to the Equipment and Contents

When you experience water damage in East Brunswick office buildings, you first consider the investments made in office furniture, building materials, and electronics like computers and servers. Relocation of loose contents and items protects them from getting ruined.

Limited Work Areas for Employees 

When damaged areas get discovered, you will want to redirect employees out of this space to ensure that drying efforts can begin. Depending on the size of this affected region of the building, many of these office workers can be displaced and crowd other areas. A sense of urgency to full water damage restoration can return these areas to their original conditions.

Threats of Secondary Damage Effects 

Yet another way that unresolved or poorly managed water damage can impact an office space is through the development of mold and microbial threats. The formation of colonies can cause health effects for those exposed and allows for hosting materials to degrade. Moist environments left undried can create many hazards like:

  • Mold damage
  • Mildew
  • Structural deterioration
  • Content damages

Water damage can be a threatening situation for offices and commercial properties in the area. Understanding how these emergencies affect production shows the value of pursuing experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team. We have effective mitigation to begin as soon as you call (732) 641-6954.