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Safe Water Damage Restoration in East Brunswick

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Technicians Perform Expert Water Damage Cleanup

Water intrusion can take a heavy toll on your property and emotional well-being. Usually caused by bursting pipes, the impact caused by excessive quantities of liquid entering an indoor environment can be catastrophic. One of the most valuable responses to a home emergency is to enlist the help of professional services.

No two water damage restoration jobs in East Brunswick are the same. Residential properties vary significantly in their structural layout, the construction materials, and the electrical system in place. The huge differences between properties make extensive training and experience necessary when approaching a restoration project. It is essential to assess a structure for hazards before performing any water damage mitigation. Older properties may have dangerous building materials such as asbestos which should not be disturbed without a professional abatement team. If the property is exposed to moisture for a long time, there is a strong chance of mold growth or other microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.

Making sure that a property is safe before performing mitigation is crucial. Hazards to look out for could include sagging ceilings, indicating a potential structural collapse. Light fixtures can also build up water which presents an electrical risk. Other applicable precautions include wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and using ground fault circuit interrupters on all equipment and electronics. Wet properties are inherently precarious while bringing in industrial restoration equipment, portable lighting, or generators can complicate matters further. We take extra time to ensure that wiring for equipment is taped down to avoid trip hazards and that wires are grouped to avoid electrical hazards.

Avoiding Electrical Hazards

  • Water conducts electricity which means extra care must be taken when entering a wet property.
  • Inspecting light fixtures and power distribution panels for wetness is critical to safety scoping a building.
  • Before entering affected areas, all circuits relating to water damaged rooms should be shut off at the power distribution panel.

Another potential hazard in wet properties is infectious waste. Contamination can be brought into a property via an unclean water supply. Pre-existing microbes or damages like rust can be amplified by moisture resulting in contamination even from clean supply lines. When working in a wet area, it is essential to avoid potential puncture wounds that could be caused by exposed nails found in carpet tacks, broken glass, or other sharp objects. The safety procedures to follow in an affected area is to avoid eating or drinking and remove yourself from the site if you suffer from cuts, scratches, or other open wounds. Containment to clean equipment and regular area disinfecting before performing extraction or other restoration activities is critical to ensuring a safe workspace. Proper PPE like thick rubber boots, goggles, and chemical-resistant gloves are essential.

Working Safely in a Wet Environment

  • Cleaning equipment after usage and between rooms can help to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Clothing worn during restoration should be cleaned separately from regular clothing using powerful cleaning products.
  • Debris should be placed in thick, waterproof trash bags that can be transported out of the property safely.

Safety is crucial to efficient restoration. Contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows for water damage restoration at (732) 641-4023.

Helping East Brunswick Residents Recover from Fire Damage

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged house framing East Brunswick customers' fire damaged homes get an assist from SERVPRO. We can even streamline the insurance process.

Fire Cleanup Services from SERVPRO for East Brunswick Residents

Fires can be damaging to your personal property and your home. Taking extra care to stub out cigarettes, blow out candles, and maintain appliances can reduce the risk of a sudden outbreak. However, if your property does set ablaze, we can help. SERVPRO is a locally licensed restoration service that operates twenty-four hours a day in your area.

Tackling fire damage in East Brunswick can seem overwhelming. Our service helps to reduce that stress. By using technicians with state-of-the-art equipment and training, we can minimize potential losses in the property and, in some cases, reverse damages to homes or belongings. The procedure for restoring your home begins with a phone call where we take your notification of loss. From here, we can guarantee to arrive at the property within four hours for an expert assessment. We only need the authorization to begin services at your home to start mitigating losses. Mitigation can involve drying property or belongings to prevent mold outbreaks, clearing potential debris, and, if necessary, providing humidity controls. Our team can give a verbal estimate to share with you and your insurance adjuster detailing any essential repairs within eight hours.

Burnt properties present unique challenges to technicians. No two work sites are the same, which means we have to be flexible to suit the needs of different situations. If it is safe for you to remain on the property during restoration, our team can prioritize high-usage rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. If you need to vacate the home temporarily, our team can pack your belongings, arrange transport and store them safely on your behalf. Packing out the house is usually reserved for severe damages that may require rewiring electronics and performing controlled demolition and reconstructive work to save the structure of your home. In most restoration scenarios, the lion's share of work is cleaning away smoke residues, tackling odor issues, and disposing debris, soot, and ash.

Enlisting Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

  • SERVPRO uses a two-four-eight procedure. We process the first notification of loss (FNOL) in two hours, arrive on-site within four, and can provide a verbal estimate in the first eight hours.
  • Our technicians are experienced practitioners that have experience working in homes and with insurance adjusters in the local area.
  • We can assist with special restoration services such as artwork recovery or arrange for subcontractors to work on HVAC repair or Electrical circuitry tasks.

Removing smoke residues is complex without a deep understanding of the composition and properties of the smoke. Generally, synthetic materials produce greasy odors, whereas natural materials leave a dry, powdery residue. Since homes and personal belongings typically include synthetic and natural materials, it is vital to pre-test smoke residues to determine the most effective cleaning action. Pre-testing equipment includes dry sponges, sensors, and white balancers to assess how far smoke has traveled from the ignition source through the house. Sometimes, pre-testing can incorporate testing cleaning products on small discrete areas. Testing cleaning products can be beneficial on wet smokes and furnishings, which may suffer adverse effects with conventional cleaning methods.

Cleaning Smoke and Fire Damage from Upholstery and Furnishings

  • Introducing water to soft furnishings can cause shrink, color fade, or watermarking. Often using a solvent-based cleaning agent can achieve the best results.
  • High-value materials such as leather or satin may require specific cleaning products such as Leather butter or dry-cleaning equipment to remove soot.
  • Blocking furniture or placing protective covers beneath furnishings can prevent dye from bleeding into surrounding textiles or flooring.

To restore your fire damaged home emergency, contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at  (732) 307-9665.

Remediating Mold Damage in East Brunswick

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Microscopic view of mold with the caption “What to know about mold” SERVPRO has skilled AMRT-applied microbial remediation technicians to clean up mold problems in East Brunswick. We know what to do!

SERVPRO Gets to the Root of Mold Problems in your Home

Mold can damage building materials in your home, ruin textiles and cause indoor air quality issues. Worse still, it spreads rapidly from one area to another. Acting quickly to potential microbial infestations can help to reduce losses and return your home to a sanitary condition. We are a licensed remediation service that could help with property infestation.

Properties with mold damage in East Brunswick require immediate attention. These microscopic organisms can eat away at textiles and organic matter over time, causing significant property damage. They also produce unpleasant odors and release hundreds of microscopic spores during their lifecycle, which, over time, can affect indoor air quality. Common signs that you may have an infestation at your home include musty odors and discoloration of paintwork or decor. Sometimes, visible grey, black, or green spots may appear on ceilings or in and around wet rooms. Enlisting a remediation service to inspect the property is less time-consuming and often more accurate than laboratory testing. SERVPRO is a local remediation specialist that gets to the root of a microbial infestation and can fix your home.

Most living organisms require light to grow, which makes them immediately visible. On the other hand, Fungi require little light, which means they can spread through wall cavities, beneath flooring, or underneath plumbing fixtures. Our technicians are trained to perform high-quality inspections for homeowners that suspect a microbial infestation. Sometimes, these inspections may involve the temporary removal of physical barriers in the home. These physical barriers could be carpets, flooring, cabinets, and fittings. It is necessary to perform these removals to assess the extent of an infestation that can affect interior insulation and porous materials in the building assembly, such as drywall, carpet pads, or subfloor. If physical barriers are expensive or time-consuming to remove, for example, wooden flooring. Our technicians can use thermal imaging cameras or borescopes to visually assess potential infestation and mold damage without removing the building assembly.

Tackling Microbial Infestation in Structure

  • Microbes can grow and spread in cavities. Sometimes structural drying systems can be used to deprive microbes of the moisture they need to grow.
  • Removal of fungi often involves a controlled demolition where the building materials are entirely removed and replaced.
  • Anti-microbial chemicals can be powerful tools against microbial infestations in the right circumstances.

Microbes spread from one area of the home to another through microscopic spores. These spores can be carried on air currents that circulate through the house, through ducts in air conditioning systems, or on items of clothing and footwear. Denying spores the ability to move from one area to another is vital to the remediation process. We call this process containment, and it involves setting up physical barriers or controlling air currents using machinery with vacuum elements. Setting up proper containment protocol is especially vital during aggressive action, such as demolition, as the increase in the agitation of colonies can lead to more airborne spores.

Ensuring Microbes do not Return after Remediation

  • Successful remediation addresses the root causes of microbial growth, which often requires correcting a moisture problem.
  • Anti-microbial treatment can prevent microbes from gaining a foothold on materials until the moisture problem is fixed.
  • Managing containment and the proper disposal of moldy materials is vital to quality remediation.

To protect your home from microbial infestation, contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows for mold damage remediation at (732) 307-9665.

Assessing Contents for Fire Damage in East Brunswick Restaurants

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage to Contents Must Be Handled Fast

There are multiple possible triggers for fire damage in local restaurants, from flare-ups in the kitchen to an accident with a culinary torch. When smoke and fire loss effects overwhelm the contents of your restaurant, SERVPRO is here to help.

Rapid Response for Assessment

Our trained response team must evaluate and catalogue fire damage to East Brunswick restaurants. Understanding the scope of the damage can ensure the right tools and equipment are sent to help. 

Relocating the Clean Contents

Not all contents like those sealed in cabinets and closed shelving require on-site cleaning. In many cases, removing them from the damaged area is enough to protect them from soot and smoke damage exposure.

On-Site Cleaning in Staging Locations

Staging areas are exclusively created to make a shorter path to the work site within the building. This is a clean space to store tools and equipment and reduce cross-contamination possibilities. Staging areas outside the building, especially in Large Loss recovery, can also be used for cleaning contents and furniture pulled from the property.

Off-Site Recovery at Our SERVPRO Warehouse

When cleaning is not possible at the restaurant or in the staging areas created for restoration work in the building, technicians can move them to our nearby SERVPRO warehouse for more intricate attention. Silverware, dishes, and other non-porous materials can benefit from the submersion ultrasonic tank to remove soot and smoke deposits, for example. We can help with:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Ultrasonic tank cleaning
  • Soft material cleaning
  • Deodorization

Restaurants are full of furniture, equipment, dishes, and other loose contents that a fire could ruin. Because of our commitment to a fast response and reliable care and handling of these impacted items, we can help your business recover more quickly after a loss. Give our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team a call at (732) 307-9665. 

We Act Fast in Brunswick When You Are Facing Water Damage

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

gear drying finished basement, columns, carpeting We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO rescues your water damaged home in East Brunswick from secondary damages.

Broken Fixtures Cause Substantial Water Damage

When plumbing fixtures get unexpectedly broken by accident, the resulting water damage could severely damage n East Brunswick home without a fast and confident restoration response. Because of how detrimental this could be to flooring, wall systems, and ceiling materials, the mitigation steps for this disaster hinge greatly on water removal and containment of the migration of these effects.  

Over the years, we have helped hundreds in need of water removal in East Brunswick and its surrounding areas. Water loss incidents have a finite timeline before irreparable damage can occur, so our fast response whenever these disasters occur can help to reduce content and property loss. Depending on where the damage begins in your home, we have multiple tools that can adequately address standing water.

Submersible Pumps 

With standing water above two inches, our SERVPRO professionals must focus on a continuous and forceful removal of this threat. In most situations, we can utilize the electric submersible pump to meet these demands. However, there are circumstances where the more robust gas-powered options or even truck-mount extractors might better suit the needs of the house.

Wet Vacuums 

There are several instances in which wet vacuums are the ideal equipment for the situation. Inaccessible water loss effects, for one, are an excellent use of the portable and versatile machine. Wet-vacs are also lightweight and mobile so that they can get moved easily from one damaged area to another without extensive setup.

Wand Attachments 

When you consider the numerous applications for vacuums and extractors, attachments can add another level of functionality to these machines. Squeegee wands, for example, can remove standing water from tile floors in bathrooms and kitchens by corralling water into the attachment as it leaves relatively dry floors behind.

Water removal needs for your home do not have to be excessive but can involve a range of useful tools and machines in the cutting-edge inventory of our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team. To make water losses “Like it never even happened,” give us a call anytime disasters strike at (732) 641-4023.

Once Your East Brunswick Home Is Safe, Call a Professional Water Restoration Service

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

water stains on ceiling and wall cabinets Rapid water removal and drying can salvage water damaged assemblies in East Brunswick properties. Just call SERVPRO.

Whom Do I Call After a Water Leak?

A water leak can spring in your East Brunswick home with no warning as you scramble to contain it while protecting your flooring, cabinets, and belongings. Whether it starts in the kitchen or a bathroom, your home runs the risk of damage associated with excess moisture. Wood cabinets can warp, flooring can detach, and essential photos can drip with water. Rather than attempting to salvage the situation yourself, call a reputable team of technicians to help you.

For water damage restoration in East Brunswick, our expert SERVPRO team is at your service. Our experience in handling water damage speaks for itself as we apply our industry knowledge to bring your home back to top shape. As we extract water and dry your home, we coordinate with any appliance repair contractors as needed.

Can I save my cabinets after a water leak?

Broken pipes generally leak uncontaminated water, so restoration lies mainly in being able to extract excess humidity efficiently. If the leak is a gray or black water leak with organic materials, our SERVPRO team can take more drastic measures. For a comprehensive restoration job, our team may choose from several drying options including-

  • Injectidry technology for walls
  • Drying mats for your flooring
  • Dehumidifiers for the general area

SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows is your partner after a leak. Call us at (732) 641-4023 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Who Can Remove Water Quickly from My East Brunswick Office?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Did your office experience a water loss event? This is just some of the restoration equipment we have at our disposal. Call SERVPRO today!

Between Efficient Extraction and Drying Approaches, We Can Make Water Losses "Like it never even happened" for Your Business.  

Water losses throughout your East Brunswick office space can spread quickly from severe storm systems to breaks in the plumbing lines. As challenging as these conditions might be to overcome, it becomes harder the longer that the property waits for mitigation and other vital actions to begin. It is also essential to recognize the impact that any water loss has on your ability to serve customers and provide a safe environment for your staff. When this is no longer possible, immediate emergency services and restoration tactics are necessary to get you back in business. 

There are many facets of water damage in East Brunswick office buildings that must get addressed as soon as professionals arrive. Our SERVPRO team features a full roster of water restoration technicians (WRT), as well as many professionals accredited in other areas in this niche, like applied structural drying (ASD) or applied microbial remediation (AMRT). The methods and techniques learned by these professionals drive our water restoration process. Combined with industry-leading equipment and tools, we can make it "Like it never even happened." 

What Steps Happen First with Water Restoration?  

Our technicians' first steps taken when water loss has affected your building are critical to protecting your structure, documents, and contents. We have specific emergency services that we can use when our professionals arrive at your damaged business. Because we also have a division of qualified contractors, we can offer a unique assortment of emergency services, going beyond traditional restoration approaches. Here are some of the standard methods and techniques that you can expect to see from our technicians beginning as soon as we arrive: 

  • Content Management – Content management can embody several tasks designed to protect personal belongings, furniture, and documents throughout your office building. When water losses spread through multiple building areas, content management becomes a vital effort to begin as soon as our team arrives. 
  • Extraction – Removal of standing water can also be an essential effort from our emergency response team. We utilize several specific devices and equipment to accomplish this, including submersible pumps, wet vacuums, and other specialty drying tools. 
  • Repairs – Because we have a team of in-house contractors at our disposal, repairs and controlled demolition are two areas where we can also offer assistance. It is vital to repair or replace damaged portions of this network with breaches in the plumbing to allow the lines to get pressurized again. 

What Tools Are Best for Extraction of Standing Water? 

Removing standing surface water in East Brunswick is an essential element in regaining control of this situation. Migrating water loss effects can be challenging, especially when standing water exists in more than one area. To prevent further migration and saturation into exposed structural elements in construction materials, we can utilize multiple tools to remove pooling water before the situation gets worse. There are several options for water removal in our inventory, and some of these include: 

Why is Controlled Demolition Effective for Water Restoration?  

With a team of contractors available throughout the mitigation and restoration phases of water recovery for your office building, techniques like controlled demolition are possible. Because so many materials are porous and sensitive to water penetration, tear-out and controlled demolition are efforts that can help. Removing compromised portions of affected materials can prevent more widespread tear out and repairs later. Beyond a suitable foundation for rebuilding, the primary advantages of controlled demolition after a water loss incident in your office building are: 

  • Ease of access to moisture pockets
  • Remove damaged portions of material
  • Reduce microbial threats 

Does SERVPRO Reconstruct?  

As a business that serves multiple clients daily, your office building does not have to be in a prolonged state of reconstruction and repair after a water loss incident. By choosing our SERVPRO team, you get the full measure of our qualified commercial contractors. After mitigation completes, we can deploy these professionals to begin repairs, build back, and even full-scale reconstruction. 

After water loss incidents impact your office building, there's a finite amount of time to restore and recover your property before irreparable damage occurs to documents, furniture, and structural integrity. Our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team can help with real-time solutions from extraction to drying. Give us a call anytime at (732) 432-9800.

How Can I Prevent Basement Flooding Happening Again?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Wet Floor Caution Sign Don't let flood damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800.

We Offer Effective Extraction And Long-term Solutions To Prevent Flooding 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 can help make it “Like it never even happened,” but that is only part of the equation.

While addressing flood damage in Plainsboro homes is vital, 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 measures 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 that 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.

Carpet Removal in Your East Brunswick Home

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

removing carpet padding from floor SERVPRO removes non-salvageable carpet and pads from water damaged homes in East Brunswick

Drying Subflooring After Carpet Removal in East Brunswick Homes

Despite the thickness of the material, nearly all carpet types used in traditional flooring for East Brunswick homes are highly absorbent. When water loss incidents threaten the residence, these materials can begin to show the worst signs of wear and deterioration after even limited exposure. In many cases, our professionals must remove the carpet and the padding to prevent even costlier damages to the subflooring materials like OSB board, plywood, and even the supporting joists underneath this top layer.

Removing the carpeting from the floors is one way to begin slowing the migration of water damage in East Brunswick homes, though more steps are necessary to remove this threat entirely. Our SERVPRO professionals must take immediate action with our premier water removal and drying tools and technologies to dry supporting materials like the subflooring, joists, and beams. We can begin by using our surface moisture meters to determine the concentration and severity of moisture damage to the subflooring layer before drying efforts start.

Numerous tools can play a role in the drying process. However, drying mats can often be one of the most effective strategies for pulling moisture from the surface layer of subflooring before warping or deterioration begins. Placement directly on the subflooring plywood can draw out moisture at a controlled pace. Our SERVPRO professionals can continually monitor the progress of this water removal until we reach the established dry baseline.

Once we have established that the area is dry and ready for carpeting, our in-house team of general contractors can reinstall the complete flooring assembly. We can meet the customer’s expectations and wishes in this stage by installing a different look and style of carpet flooring than what was initially removed during the mitigation stages.

Water losses in your home can be a destructive force, especially in areas where water collects on the floor. Though carpeting sometimes must get removed, we can often preserve the subflooring materials with the proper response with our premier drying equipment. Give our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team a call anytime at (732) 307-9665.

A Worrisome Leak in My Plainsboro Store

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

WATER DRIPPING FROM DROP CEILING Is your Plainsboro business raining on the inside from a leaking pipe? Call SERVPRO to mitigate your problem.

Have SERVPRO Check Out Leaks in Your Store in

Anyone who has ever had a leak can tell you that even the smallest one can cause tremendous trouble in your business. Call experts to fix the problem when you spot a telltale sign in your Plainsboro store, such as a fading spot on a wall or a bubble in your ceiling. Once you identify the source of the issue and fix it, call a professional service to address any water damage needs.

Commercial water removal in Plainsboro is our specialty at SERVPRO. Our technicians arrive at your store and closely inspect the premises to detect any damage hiding behind walls or under fixtures upon receiving your call. Using our industrial-strength equipment, we can precisely detect excess moisture and take appropriate steps to remediate it.

What should I look for when there is water damage in my store?

Some water damage is evident, but there are other cues our SERVPRO team looks for in your store. Inexplicable wet spots on walls or a vague smell of mildew can all point to an underlying problem. Our team typically searches for the following as well-

  • Signs that your subfloor is weak
  • Evidence of electrical shock risk
  • Presence of mold

Protecting your health, business, and staff is our priority. Call SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows at (732) 307-9665 for expert help and let us leave your store "Like it never even happened."