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Is It Possible To Remove Burnt Odors From my East Brunswick Home Quickly?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage building Malodors can have a massive impact on your home after a fire.

SERVPRO Restorers in East Brunswick Can Remove All Traces of Fire Damage from your Home, Including Odor.

What causes smoke odors?

When materials combust, they release chemicals into the atmosphere. Some of these chemicals include odor particles that are volatile and can bond with surfaces or enter fabrics and upholstery. Without professional odor control technicians (OCT), smoke odors can remain in your East Brunswick home for several weeks or months. To combat these odors, we need to use a combination of cleaning methods to remove the odor-causing soils and deodorization. Different types of soils and surfaces require different treatments, which can make the removal of soils an arduous process. SERVPRO technicians stock a full range of chemical cleaning equipment and deodorants to assist homeowners with minor, moderate, and severe fire restoration.

Why is it tough to remove smoke odors?

Smoke odors are invisible to the naked eye. Restoring fire damage in your East Brunswick home involves a combination of getting rid of the visible and invisible remains of a fire. It can be tough to identify the source of an odor, which is why we use several odor control techniques in a property. Sometimes, removing a smell can be as simple as cleaning and drying property. At other times, we may need to use a combination of deodorant sprays, mists, and pellets to bring an unpleasant odor under control. Our first method is to perform a meticulous inspection of the property to understand where malodors are occurring and the best ways for removing them.

How do I know the extent of an odor situation?

    •    Minor smoke odors are when light smoke residues affect a small area of the property, and there is little to no structural damage
    •    Moderate smoke odors occur when there is soiling on horizontal and vertical surfaces. There is visible charring on materials in the affected area, and signs of smoke traveling beyond the source
    •    Dominant smoke odors cover severely damaged structure and may take significantly longer to remove because the material build of the property has become charred and smokes have spread throughout the home

How can I remove minor smoke odors from my property?

The first step toward controlling odor is to ventilate the space thoroughly. Opening windows can help to encourage a natural air exchange, which can remove odor particles from the structure altogether. Using a detergent, SERVPRO technicians can clean walls, ceilings and surfaces to clear away any odor-causing smoke residues. Once the cleaning process is complete, our technicians use venting box-fans to ventilate the affected area once again. If the odor remains, we can inspect crawlspaces, cavities as well as your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. We may not need to introduce solvents for minor smoke issues, which can decrease restoration time.

What happens to a burnt structure during fire restoration?

Charring of materials or structure can be the cause of moderate to significant smoke odors. It is frequently necessary to thoroughly remove these items and replace them to bring an odor issue under control. We use an ultra-low volume (ULV) mister to saturate the remaining materials with deodorant to mask odors until they disperse naturally. Usually, moderate smoke damage requires a thorough inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system. We may need to seal ducts to prevent odors from being redistributed through your home while the restoration is underway. Any charred items can often be repainted using an odor sealing primer to lock in odors and prevent them from affecting your indoor air quality.

How can I clean an HVAC system from smoke residues?

    •    Remove ventilation duct and replace, including the return side mesh and filters
    •    Feed air whips into the pipe to loosen soils
    •    Apply negative air pressure to the pipe to remove loosened soils
    •    Seal the HVAC system to prevent the spread of odor

Do smoke odors affect indoor air quality?

Smoke is harmful to inhale because it contains monoxide and other lethal gases. However, in most situations, these gases depart within the first hour of extinguishing a fire. Smoke odors can remain in the air causing an unpleasant reminder of the fire for several weeks without professional intervention. To remove both odors and microscopic soots from your indoor air, SERVPRO can use air scrubbers. These equipment utilize a potassium and carbon permanganate filter to remove particles from the sky and replace it with clean indoor air. Usually, these filters are only necessary for severe fire restoration projects.

Malodors can have a massive impact on your home after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800.

How Do I Clean My Soiled Wooden Cabinets After a Fire in East Brunswick?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Domestic kitchen burnt in fire If your kitchen cabinets in your house in Dayton or Milltown get soiled after you have a cooking fire, call SERVPRO!

For Fire Damage Cleanup in Your East Brunswick Kitchen Call SERVPRO

The most common room in your East Brunswick home to suffer from some type of blaze is your kitchen. Cooking is the number one cause of structure fires on residential properties as it makes up for nearly half of all structural burns caused in the United States each year.

How can you restore by cabinets and other soiled wooden items?

During fire damage restoration in East Brunswick, our SERVPRO technicians can use several different techniques depending on how thick the residues are and what type of surface is being restored. If items like your cabinets got burned or charred severely, then they might have to be removed and replaced. If the charring is just on the surface, then it is possible to sand or soda blast off the charring. Most cabinets and other wooden items inside your house either have unfinished, finished, or simulated wood grain surfaces.

How can you clean unfinished wood surfaces?

Since unfinished wood is porous wet cleaning methods could cause the soot to soak deeper into the wood. For light residues, dry cleaning methods such as vacuuming, brushing, or sponge cleaning can be effective. When cleaning medium to heavy soot residues, denatured alcohol can help break the soils down.

How can you clean finished or simulated grain wood surfaces?

    •    Pre-clean: Before applying chemical products to your wooden surfaces, we brush and vacuum off the excess soot.
    •    Wet Clean Residues: Light residues can often be cleaned using a general surface cleaner or a low alkaline solution such as concentrated wood oil soap.
    •    Wood Creme Cleaners: For heavier soils, a more aggressive product such as a wood creme paste can be applied to affected surfaces using steel wool.
    •    Polish After Cleaning: After the soot gets removed from your affected surfaces, we can use a lemon oil polish to replenish the oils in your wood.

If your kitchen cabinets in your house in Dayton or Milltown get soiled after you have a cooking fire, call SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800 24/7.

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

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

high flood water yellow sign High Stormwater damage in your Plainsboro home? Contact SERVPRO for extraction, mitigation, and restoration

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

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

What do I do if the flooding has wreaked havoc on my house?

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

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

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

What type of damage can a storm cause other than flooding, and how do you deal with it?

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

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

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

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

Is Pre-Restoration Cleaning Beneficial for Fire-Damaged Home?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire in house Do you know how to approach the situation of eliminating soot damage in your home? Call the pros of SERVPRO in your local East Brunswick area.

Our SERVPRO team can reach your East Brunswick property quickly to encourage you to maintain a safe distance from the damage and potential hazards. 

Many homeowners consider taking care of whatever cleaning and restoration work that they feel they can handle in their East Brunswick homes before contacting professional restorers. Not only can this allow specific fire loss effects to worsen, but it can irreparably stain and destroy surfaces cleaned improperly.

Regarding professional fire cleanup in East Brunswick homes, our SERVPRO professionals have trusted tactics to reduce the severity and spread of destructive loss effects like smoke and soot.

What are Cleaning Approaches for Soot? 

Soot is an acidic layer of particulates created from incomplete combustion of fuels like wood and coal. Because most homes have wood framing at minimum, soot is a common threat for surfaces that requires a delicate approach for removing. Depending on the material affected and the thickness of the residue, removing soot could require:

  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Vacuuming
  • Soda blasting
  • Water-based chemical agents
  • Controlled demolition

With soot residues on surfaces, cleaning and restoring your home can be a complicated procedure for homeowners. Let our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team make it “Like it never even happened,” by calling (732) 432-9800.

How Do I Know if Floodwater in My Plainsboro Home is Contaminated?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

flood in kitchen Having issues with flood damage in your Plainsboro home? Call SERVPRO to mitigate the problem.

Our professionals can offer fast extraction and thorough cleaning after flood loss scenarios in your house. 

One of the more alarming aspects of natural flooding in your Plainsboro home is contamination and health hazards. Carefully assessing each situation, including how floodwater penetrated the house, can provide the right information to determine potential risks with flood loss scenarios.

While flood cleanup for Plainsboro homes is necessary to some degree in every loss incident that our professionals address, the severity of these situations vary from one to the next. Natural flooding is almost always considered contaminated, as interaction with health-hazardous substances like sewage and bacteria cannot get fully ruled out.

What Are the Risks of Contaminated Water? 

While there are always homeowners debating the possibility of DIY restoration, exposure to contaminated water could cause health effects. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize the appropriate personal protective equipment to keep our team and occupants of the house safe from:

  • Bacteria
  • Viral Pathogens
  • Chemicals
  • Sewage
  • Mud

While exposure to contaminated waters might mean controlled demolition and reconstruction, we can help with a full-service approach that keeps the full spectrum of the work under the same roof. Give our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team a call today at (732) 432-9800.

What Tool Works Best for Removing Standing Water in My House?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

flood in basement SERVPRO can mitigate your flood damaged home in Plainsboro. Don't wait until it's too late.

We have several extraction tools to remove surface water concerns in your Plainsboro property when we first arrive. 

Removing water from Plainsboro homes is a process that must happen as soon as possible. Because of how quickly standing water can spread from one area to the next in a residence, powerful extractors are an ideal choice.

Water removal for Plainsboro homes can fall to several pieces of trusted equipment in our restoration arsenal. Choosing among these options depends on the location of the damage, the severity of depth, and the likelihood of debris or solids in the water.

What Works Best to Efficiently Remove Standing Water? 

While there are multiple options in our industry-leading inventory, we often lean most heavily on electric submersible pumps for fast and continual water removal. These devices are versatile and are capable of long discharge hoses, making them an ideal choice for even water loss incidents affecting your attic or basement. Other options include:

  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Pumps
  • Wet Vacuums

Removing standing water is a priority for our responding SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows technicians. With several options for both water removal and drying, we can make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (732) 432-9800.

Can I Dry Saturated Drywall in My Plainsboro Home?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

homeowner trying to fix the leak Having issues fixing the drywall from the water damage in your Plainsboro home? Call SERVPRO to do all the work for you.

Our SERVPRO professionals can help with hundreds of drying decisions and work to provide the most efficient path to a full recovery of your property. 

Drywall is one of the most common structural materials in Plainsboro homes, meaning that this is a commonly damaged area that our SERVPRO team must address. Because sheetrock is highly porous, it can oversaturate quickly. Within as little as 24 hours, drywall can become irreparably damaged by water exposure.

While extraction and drying are only portions of the complete water restoration for Plainsboro homes, they are two of the most crucial. Removing moisture from structural elements like drywall requires a calculated approach, balancing whether it is worth the money to take the time to dry the material versus removing it.

Is it More Cost-Effective to Remove Wet Drywall? 

In many cases, it is determined that because of the present damage to drywall and complete wall systems, it is most cost-effective to remove surface materials and reinstall new materials once the area gets dried. Whether drying sheetrock or not, these tools and techniques can help to manage the situation:

Restoring your home after a water loss involves drying decisions. Our experienced SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team can help. Give us a call at (732) 432-9800.

Do I Choose My Own Restoration Team for Fire Recovery?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

insurance Don't be afraid of not knowing what to do after a fire in your New Brunswick home. Call SERVPRO for the help you need for the fire and insurance.

Our SERVPRO team is a preferred vendor with many insurance companies in the area, making us a trusted choice by these firms and potential customers to get the job done right. 

After a fire loss incident in New Brunswick homes, property owners work quickly to secure competent professionals to restore the house. With many obstacles to overcome, including soot, odors, structural damage, and more, this choice must go to qualified individuals that offer experience and meet the criteria of your insurance company. 

While there are many considerations for fire damage in New Brunswick homes, recovery begins with fire debris removal and a thorough assessment of the property. During this inspection and evaluation, we can document the losses and catalog damages to provide the appropriate evidence to your insurance company to secure a damage claim. 

What Makes SERVPRO restoration services a wise choice? 

  • Fast and confident response
  • Trained Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) professionals 
  • Years of restoration experience in Somerset County 

Whenever fire losses occur, our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help with a fast and confident response. Give us a call anytime that disasters strike at (908) 251-9097.

How Do I Know Mold Exists in My Plainsboro Church?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage on lower wall Call SERVPRO to mitigate your mold concern in your Plainsboro business. Let the professionals take care of it.

Our SERVPRO professionals have sophisticated remediation tools to remove colonies that you can often identify with a few telling signs. 

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

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

What Are Some Indicators that Mold Growth Exists? 

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

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

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

How Can I Prevent Basement Flooding Happening Again?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

flood in kitchen Having an issue with flood damage in your Plainsboro home. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

We offer effective extraction and long-term solutions to prevent flooding again in Plainsboro homes.

If your Plainsboro home has recently suffered the effects of a flood, then you already realize how devastating invading water can be in even the basement level of your home. Professional restoration like our SERVPRO team provides can help to make it “Like it never even happened,” but that is only part of the equation.

While addressing flood damage in Plainsboro homes is vital when it occurs, many homeowners also want to take the necessary steps to prevent recurrences moving forward. While there are few things that a homeowner can do to stop intruding water entirely in extreme circumstances, preventative steps can help reduce the risk and possibilities.

How Can I Repair My Basement Structure? 

Structural repair is a service that our SERVPRO team can offer, along with our residential contractors. These licensed professionals on our roster have considerable building trades experience, so they can offer long-lasting preventative measures against flooding such as:

  • Applying Hydraulic Cement
  • Masonry Repair
  • Water Diversion Trenches

While flood recovery once can be a costly situation, repeated disasters can be overwhelming and stressful. Let our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team help with long-term solutions. Give us a call today at (732) 432-9800.