New Jersey Businesses turn to SERVPRO professionals for mold inspection and remediation.
When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains.
Mold colonization in a commercial facility or warehouse can quickly get out of control without the appropriate intervention. SERVPRO is here to help with mold remediation for all types of commercial facilities in or near Mercer and Middlesex County.
Commercial flooding and other water damage can have far reaching consequences on a commercial property, leaving the need for many different types of property damage restoration services including water extraction, demolition, deodorization and decontamination, dehumidification and reconstruction. Whether your property just weathered a season of heavy rain, experienced a common appliance malfunction or hazardous plumbing leak, commercial water damage cleanup and restoration can be complicated. Often requiring a detailed set of steps to make sure the water is properly extracted, cleaned up, dried and mitigated, when these steps aren’t done properly, and moisture continues to plaque your business you could end up with a mold infestation and the need for professional mold remediation. Any commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present, the key to preventing excessive mold growth is to control moisture. Mold grows quickly and can spread throughout a property in as little as 24-48 hours. That’s why it’s important to act quickly if your commercial property experiences a water damage or you see any signs of hidden water or visible mold within your commercial facility. SERVPRO is a leading provider of mold remediation services across the country, our mold certified technicians can assess your commercial property to evaluate the extent of your damage and advise owners and managers of the proper steps to remediate and restore your facility, “Like it never even happened.”
Is Mold Damaging Your Commercial Warehouse or Building?
Mold is a microscopic, airborne fungus that exists all around us, it occurs naturally in our surroundings and mostly reproduces by releasing spores into the environment. In nature, mold plays an important role in the decomposition of organic material. Mold requires both organic material and a consistent source of moisture to grow. When excessive moisture accumulates indoors many common materials found inside home and commercial buildings are conducive to growing mold, drywall, wood, paneling, ceiling tiles, carpeting, insulation, paper, cardboard, fabric, upholstery and even paint will encourage mold growth. Leaving mold damage unattended to for an extended period can cause unnecessary damage to your home and possible health effects to the occupants. It’s never too early nor too late to address commercial property mold damage.
When excessive moisture accumulates in indoors or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends these tips to prevent commercial property mold damage
Ensure all leaky plumbing is fixed; Correct all noticed wet spots;
Completely eliminate condensation through insulating or increasing air circulation;
- Reduce the moisture level in the air and add ventilation to reduce humidity;
- Maintain indoor humidity level below 60% with a goal of 30-50%;
- Conduct routine building and HVAC inspections;
- Provide proper drainage and sloping to eliminate wet foundations.
Mold remediation is the process of finding, containing, and removing mold and damaged materials from an affected area and the air around it. It’s crucial to contain the damaged areas, because spores are microscopic and can easily spread to other areas through the air or by attaching themselves to clothes or objects throughout the remediation process. SERVPRO mold removal specialists are specially trained using techniques to contain the damaged areas and mitigate the spread of mold, using air pressure and physical barriers to seal off the infected area, including ductwork during the remediation process.
Moldy items such as furniture, carpeting and inventory are cleaned if the infestation is minor or removed if it’s extensive. The exact procedure and amount of remediation can only be determined after an inspection visit by one of our SERVPRO trained professionals. Every effort is made by our team to turn around your property mold damage quickly and efficiently. Large storage racks can be hand cleaned with antimicrobial agents, all items in the area must be cleaned and sanitized, even if they don’t have visible mold. Mold can be very illusive and can grow behind wallpaper, inside books or files and other hidden areas. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced equipment and countless hours of experience and training to remediate mold damage and restore any commercial facility back to a healthy, safe and operation work environment.
Commercial Mold Remediation for New Jersey
The Environmental Protection Agency has a guide for Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings on their website.
How Does SERVPRO Stop the Spread of Mold During the Remediation Process
SERVPRO mold remediation crew members are train to use the highest restoration industry standards, mastering Applied Microbial Remediation through IICRC courses. We employ the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed protocols to contain and remove active mold colonies. Our crews also use EPA registered antimicrobial products to treat surfaces after removal to inhibit additional growth. During remediation, we protect our employees and your occupants from the hazards of mold remediation by creating zones where we remove and bag the mold and contaminated debris. Physical barriers provide one kind of protection, and we also install HEPA filtered exhaust ductwork and use negative air pressure to prevent airborne mold and residues from infiltrating unaffected areas of the building.
Containment of the Affected Area
One of the main concerns, when indoor mold is present, is the dissemination of airborne mold spores. When a remediation project is initiated the first step is to set up containment or isolation of the affected area. Containment will help our SERVPRO professionals control the spread of these spores while assisting the remediation process in returning the affected area to normal conditions. The act of removing or disturbing a mold source tends to distribute large quantities of mold spores into the air. If proper containment is not utilized, this can affect adjacent spaces to the work area and cause cross contamination.
One of the first steps when setting up containment of any work area, is to install a Negative Air machine complete with a HEPA air filter. This is a powerful fan which pulls air from the affected area and exhausts the contaminated air outside of the structure via flexible tubing or ducting. Doing this will begin to draw the airborne mold spores away from the airspace, eventually creating a negative pressure environment.
The second step is to install physical barriers in the work area using heavy plastic, creating zones. The main goal when creating this physical barrier is to completely isolate the work area from any adjacent, non-affected areas. All HVAC systems or shared airways between other rooms would be taped or covered in plastic, and all electrical outlets and light fixtures would also be covered.
If you discover mold or are experiencing a musty odor in your commercial warehouse or building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Windsor to help. Our highly-trained and IICRC certified New Jersey mold remediation specialists are here to help, to explain and assess your property’s commercial mold cleanup and mitigation needs. Our priority is to keep you informed of your specific remediation solution and get your commercial property’s mold damage concerns under control. Our teams will cleanup, remove damage and remediate your commercial mold problem, restoring your facility, “Like it never even happened.”
High-Quality Commercial Property cleanup helps minimize business interruption and gets you back to business quickly.
SERVPRO is a leading provider of property damage cleanup, restoration and repair services for New Jersey.
Our commitment to quality property restoration and recovery after a commercial property disaster caused by fire, flood, water and mold makes selecting our New Jersey SERVPRO property restoration experts the right choice. Getting your Mercer County business open and operational quickly after a property disaster is our highest priority. We rely on decades of hands-on experience and proven cleanup and restoration results to helping local Princeton, Trenton, Monroe and New Brunswick business owners dealing with property damage in communities near you; cleanup, repair and restore their commercial property.
Big or small, the negative effects commercial property damage can have on your local New Jersey business are multi-faceted from loss of revenue, inventory, customers and/or employees to irreversible structural and financial damages. After a property disaster strikes, calling a local trusted property restoration company near you is the most effective way to recover. Here at SERVPRO of East Windsor our IICRC certified technicians start working to repair and restore your commercial property right away. SERVPRO is here to help local Mercer County communities with fast and effective property disaster restoration and cleanup services, we provide a full-range of disaster commercial restoration services including: emergency response, water damage repair, water removal, flood restoration, fire damage restoration, soot and smoke damage services, storm damage repairs, wind damage restoration, industrial dehumidification, structural cleaning and decontamination, mold remediation, environmental services such as hazardous waste removal, lead removal and asbestos removal, duct cleaning services, vital document and paper recovery, machinery and equipment restoration, semiconductor services, reconstruction, consulting and more. Restoring your commercial property is our business, and we are always prepared to get local businesses back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO is here to help with restoration services for secondary property damages
Are you concerned with other restoration service providers, do you think you still have property damage concerns? Was your office flooded during a rain storm, or your restaurant suffered a grease fire, maybe your commercial property had a sewage backup? Whatever the extent of damage, SERVPRO is a leading provider of property damage cleanup, restoration and repair services for New Jersey and around the country. If you are unhappy with your previous property cleanup, or you have signs of secondary damages, give our staff a call, our local staff can answer your questions or setup an inspection to address your concerns. Thousands of business owners rely on our SERVPRO of East Windsor franchise every year for a range of services and trust us to handle their property with care. Individuals, corporate clients, and major insurance companies alike deal with us for our speed, reliability, and effectiveness in mitigating property damage and lowering overall claims and recovery costs. Calling our local SERVPRO team gives you the confidence of a disaster specialist who is trained and equipped to handle your “once in a lifetime disaster” with our experience and professionalism.
Mercer County and it’s surrounding areas are crammed with commercial properties, ranging from busy hospitals, libraries, local shopping centers, community facilities and small businesses, our crews have successfully completed cleanup and restoration services for families and business owners near you. Princeton has many great places to eat in Mercer County, after one of the many popular restaurants experienced a kitchen fire, our fire and smoke restoration technicians were called in to cleanup and restore the damages quickly. Our restoration specialists worked cohesively to mitigate the water and fire damages and restore the kitchen and dining areas for customers and employees as soon as possible. Trenton has many multi-family and apartment buildings, when a local apartment complex had an extensive water damage event that destroyed several units our emergency restoration crews were able to get tenants back in their homes quickly and efficiently. The multiple certifications in specialties like Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) held by our team allows us to move from task to task without delay. The full-service approach is why SERVPRO delivers on our promise for fast and professionally cleanup and restoration. After a local warehouse experienced ongoing high-humidity, mold became a major problem for the facility, affecting structural components and inventory. Our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists fixed the issue, providing microbial remediation, water damage mitigation and investigation, applied structural drying, commercial cleaning and deodorizing services to get the job done right.
Why Disaster Restoration Professionals are the right choice?
SERVPRO of East Windsor is the right choice for commercial property damage restoration in the Mercer County area, we have decades of hands-on cleanup, restoration and repair experience and our dedication to helping local businesses disrupted by disasters is second to none. We have worked hard over the years building a reliable team of IICRC certified technicians and an arsenal of high-tech commercial grade equipment ready to assist with water, fire, mold, or storm disaster restoration services. Wherever you need restoration specialists, our SERVPRO crews are here to help!
SERVPRO has experience with start to finish professional property disaster cleanup, restoration, rebuild and post-construction cleaning services.
Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition.
When your New Jersey home or commercial building faces damages from a property disaster, working with a complete service disaster restoration, cleanup and construction company can give you the advantage you need to save money and time during the property recovery process. Our SERVPRO location offers a unique chance to work with locally trusted restoration and recovery team, that includes IICRC certified property damage technicians and licensed contractors with disaster restoration rebuilding and new construction experience. Providing you a complete property disaster restoration and rebuild option for cleanup and repairs. SERVPRO of East Windsor professional restoration and construction managers and crews work together to give your water damage, fire damage or mold remediation and rebuild project a seamless time-saving and often cost effective transition, making your property truly, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO is a trusted leader in property disaster recovery and restoration services, our on-call 24/7 emergency response teams are highly-trained and experienced with all types of property disaster losses including fire, smoke, water, sewage, flood and storm damage. Our restoration professionals near you have nearly 30 years of experience providing high-quality commercial and residential property disaster restoration and reconstruction services to local Mercer County communities every day.
SERVPRO Emergency Response Property Disaster Restoration Services
After a frustrating and confusing property disaster, SERVPRO of East Windsor is committed to making the cleanup, restoration and rebuild process as organized, efficient and successful for our clients. Whether your home or building sustained damages from a storm, flood, fire or water disaster, you’ll have trusted and compassionate professionals by your side. Our staff works with you to survey the extent of the property damage, develop a plan for cleanup, restoration and reconstruction.
Disaster restoration and repair for your Edison, Trenton, Princeton, Freehold and New Brunswick commercial or residential property is best left to professionals. Our SERVPRO professionals are skilled with the complexities of removing water and the water extraction, drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and removal equipment required to complete the job properly. Our expert team has the experience, certifications, and equipment to complete any size restoration and repair your property disaster loss quickly, correctly, and affordably.
Some of our property Restoration services include:
- Water Removal and Extraction: This important step in the process involves us removing and extracting standing water from all areas of your property. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize industrial grade equipment to move large volumes quickly and efficiently to minimize long term hazards and damage
- Property Drying: After the bulk of the water is removed hazardous levels of moisture can still exist fibrous structural and aesthetic components in your home or business building. We utilize specialized equipment to pull moisture from the air to create an environment suitable for drying of these important pieces and may also attempt to speed the drying process with heat.
- Cleanup: After water and moisture have been removed and dried it’s important to conduct thorough cleaning of the affected area to prevent future health hazards. Flooding from rivers and sewers can pose exceptional risks to health and welfare due to the silt and bacteria they carry. Our team will remove damaged items that are beyond repair
- Soot and Smoke Mitigation: SERVPRO’s full-spectrum restoration capabilities has many benefits when it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration. We often use air scrubbers that creates negative air pressure to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors. Air quality is improved, including the clearing of any fumes from cleaners or solvents used to remove protein-based soot from kitchen fires.
Our team dedicated team, provides professional and prompt emergency restoration services for all local Long Island commercial businesses and homeowners. SERVPRO of East Windsor’s building services gives our location a unique opportunity to streamline the entire property restoration and recovery process, while mitigating challenges and providing quick and seamless professional service from start to finish.
Property Repair and Reconstruction Services
Once the emergency mitigation services have been performed, our Restoration Project Manager will coordinate with our construction team, your insurance company and adjuster to plan the next steps. Our full-service disaster restoration services provide all the necessary steps in the cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild process from start to finish. Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition. Our goal is to leave you with the home and/or business you had before any damages occurred, as well as minimize any stress or strain associated with handling a restoration and construction project on your own. We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more. Whether your property suffers a small flood or fire and requires minor remediation services, or is large and require complete reconstruction of walls, support beams, floors and sub-floors, our experienced restoration professionals are here to help. Not only can we remove ceilings, wall and floors affected by property disasters, we can also replace them. We provide all necessary reconstruction services and work seamlessly with highly vetted vendors for plumbing, roofing, electrical or other related services.
As construction in your New Jersey commercial or residential property begins a SERVPRO Construction Project Manager will work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction and most time-efficient execution of any and all construction requirements and needs. Our goal is to restore and repair your home or business back to its original condition, but also allow for any changes or upgrades to the property at your request (these upgrades may NOT be covered by insurance). This will afford you the opportunity to make any alterations to your property during the reconstruction phase. This will save you time and money on any of those home or business improvements you may have been planning but putting off!
Our SERVPRO construction professionals can make suggestions to match replacement materials with your current home decor, our managers can assist with upgrading or renovating parts of your home for a completely new look. We work closely with local New Jersey licensing agencies to guarantee that your home reconstruction project and any upgrades are compliant with local and state regulations. Our goal is to finish your restoration and reconstruction project promptly, efficiently and professionally so that you are satisfied and can return to your routine and property as soon as possible.
Types of Construction Services available by SERVPRO of East Windsor
From simple repairs and remodeling, to total reconstruction or improvement projects, our construction and remediation crews have the resources and knowledge to offer these services:
• Site Containment / Temporary Shoring
• Selective Demolition
• Full-Scale Carpentry
• Complete Exterior/Envelope Reconstruction
• Interior Build-Out and Finishes
• Complex Installation and Interior Finishes
• Historic Reconstruction and Restoration
Our SERVPRO Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction crews are committed to helping home and business owners and managers navigate the aftermath of a property disaster. You are not alone – SERVPRO will guide you step-by-step through the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction process and make your experience as quick and efficient as possible. We have helped countless local Trenton, Monroe, New Brunswick, Freehold and East Windsor property owners in your situation, and are here to help you, too.
Still have questions about Restorations and Repairs?
Let us answer your questions about ANY of our property disaster recovery phases, our professionally trained SERVPRO staff is available 24-hours a day to provide answers to your concerns, or setup an inspection to get your property back on the road to restoration and recovery. Give SERVPRO of East Windsor a call!
High Humidity Levels could be causing property damage in your Mercer County New Jersey Property
Over time hidden moisture can contribute to high humidity levels, creating ideal conditions for mold growth and other property damage.
Water damage can pose significant risks to local New Jersey homes and businesses, it is among the most common property damage insurance claim in the Northeast. Some sources of water damage such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups are obvious and require emergency SERVPRO restoration service right away. However, there are other “hidden moisture” sources of damage that can be difficult to detect and often lead to a considerable amount of property damage and an increased cost for cleanup, restoration and repairs.
One possible concern with hidden moisture problems or sustained water damage is an increase in the overall humidity of your property. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. During warm spring and summer months keeping an ideal relative humidity can be difficult, especially if your property is hiding a moisture source. If you are having trouble with high humidity in your New Jersey residence or commercial building “hidden moisture” could be a cause. You may be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home, damp basements, high traffic areas, bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens with high humidity activities and poor circulation. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. Over time hidden moisture can contribute to high indoor humidity levels and during ideal conditions can cause mold growth and other property concerns to emerge. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, contamination levels, and scope of damage. Some of our largest property restoration projects start as small water leaks that cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.
Our SERVPRO of East Windsor crews use many tools and techniques to successfully and thoroughly locate and address New Jersey high humidity and other hidden water damage concerns. Calling local New Jersey SERVPRO professionals can help investigate the source behind high humidity or hidden water damage concerns and inspect for any sign of visible mold or other secondary property damages.
How do SERVPRO restoration specialists find hidden water?
Our SERVPRO professionals have IICRC certification and extensive training to handle all facets of water loss recovery in homes throughout New Jersey. Our technicians double check to ensure success during the restoration process, our goal is to provide quick and effective service to get life back to normal. We use state of the art moisture monitoring and thermal imaging equipment to locate hidden water damage that could be lurking in your home after an emergency loss or lingering water property disaster.
MOISTURE DETECTION DEVICES:
Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture detection devices, like a stud finder these moisture readers can indicate the presence of moisture behind, ceilings, walls and floors. The devices that our teams use emits electromagnetic waves and measures the resistance in their return to determine moisture content in the affected materials. This sophisticated equipment can help us to decide when structural element could be too saturated or damaged to preserve.
THERMAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT:
Our SERVPRO professionals also use thermal imagery to indicate the presence of moisture pockets throughout affected and exposed areas of your property. Much of the damage in many water loss incidents can occur out of sight, so seeing a temperature array to detail the presence of moisture and dampness in challenging areas can help to determine the best points for installing drying equipment.
Is Hidden Moisture Causing High Humidity Concerns for Your Local Home or Business
Hidden moisture or water leaks are dangerous because they can cause serious issues like structural damage and mold growth before they are discovered. Excess water and moisture get absorbed in wood, drywall, insulation, and furniture and can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and structural deterioration.
Common signs of water damage can look like:
Water spots or warping under sink cabinets
If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink, it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.
Ceiling or wall stains and bubbling
Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.
Squishy or Warping kitchen/bathroom floors or tile
Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.
Moisture detection equipment can help our SERVPRO professionals to identify problem areas within your home that could be contributing to your home’s high humidity. Excessive moisture and high humidity can also cause mold to grow and spread in areas behind walls and ceilings where it is not easily detected. If water damage isn’t properly mitigated, mold and other secondary damages can begin to spread throughout your property in just a few days. That’s why it’s important to choose quality restoration professionals to dry and restore your property and take necessary steps to avoid further damages.
Ask About SERVPRO’s Visible Mold Inspection
The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control and enough airflow. If you suspect your home is suffering from excessive high humidity, get in touch with our SERVPRO staff right away. Our Mold Remediation team can inspect your property for mold and water damage, locate the source of hidden moisture and plan a mold removal and remediation process to get your home healthy and safe, “Like it never even happened.”
Signs of mold in your Mercer County home are unpleasant odor, health issues or visual signs of mold growth.
In fact, mold sensitive individuals may experience unpleasant symptoms such as:
- Respiratory issues
- Throat irritation.
- Skin irritation.
If our SERVPRO technicians do discover mold during the inspection and mitigation process, they will evaluate the mold growth and contain any damage to the smallest area possible. They will then physically remove the mold and thoroughly dry any contaminated areas to ensure that the mold does not return. Finally, the technicians will follow established procedures to return the property to a preloss condition.
When your New Jersey home or business experiences a water disaster issue, or you suspect that high humidity maybe a problem, call our trusted local SERVPRO of East Windsor Property Restoration Service Specialists. Our sophisticated tools can make it easy to determine the presence of hidden moisture and dampness in your Princeton, Trenton, Monroe or other local New Jersey property, waiting too long to choose a professional cleanup and recovery service can be a costly and hazardous mistake. Our SERVPRO specialists closely monitor and document all our cleanup, mitigation and remediation steps and make sure your moisture problem is taken care of correctly. To schedule a FREE inspection for property damage, give our SERVPRO of East Windsor team a call 24/7 at (609) 443-9110.
Efficient and Professional Spring and Summer Storm Home or Business Restoration Services with SERVPRO
Summer can bring some serious hazards and potential property damage to your local New Jersey residence or business, SERVPRO is here to help!
SERVPRO has the answers your looking for about New Jersey property storm damage cleanup and repair concerns, give us a call today!
Summer can bring some serious hazards and potential property damage to your local Central and Northern New Jersey residence or business, including severe storms that bring flooding, torrential rains, strong winds and lightening. Other elements that can cause property damage during the spring and summer are high-humidity or summer fire damagers. Your Trenton, Princeton or Monroe property could face any number of potential SERVPRO is here to help with your local Spring and Summer property damage, including mold damage, fire damage, sewage backup damage or plumbing leaks and appliance malfunctions. When you find yourself in need of specialized fire or water disaster restoration services or emergency flood cleanup and property repairs, our SERVPRO restoration team of professionals is always here to help.
New Jersey’s summer days bring a ton of exciting things to do, our area offers great beaches and parks to explore, with other great events and community functions happening throughout the season. It’s important to remember safety while enjoying all that spring and summer have to offer. June is National Safety Month – keeping your family, friends and employees safe during these months is important to us, as is taking steps to avoid property damage to your home or business. Follow us on facebook for great tips on how to protect your property and what to do in the aftermath of a property disaster. Our crews are available 24-hours a day, always ready to help with property repairs and restoration services.
OUR MERCER COUNTY STORM & WATER MITIGATION SERVICES INCLUDE
- Roof Tarp and Board Up Services
- Category 1, 2 and 3 Water Extraction & Cleanup
- Expert drying of affected areas, including walls, carpets and furniture
- High-Quality Cleaning and Restoration of affected possessions
- Mold Remediation
- Building, Reconstruction and Repairs
Our SERVPRO of East Windsor team has been helping our local New Jersey neighborhoods for nearly 30 years, our crews and project managers are prepared with expert training and quality equipment to mitigate and restore your commercial or residential property. SERVPRO staff is available 24/7 to handle Emergency Disaster Restoration services, our team helps cleanup and repair your property damage from water, sewage, smoke or fire. Our priority is providing quick and effective service and solutions to restore your property and belongings, “Like it never even happened.”
River and Storm Flooding Damage Concerns
Flooding in New Jersey presents a serious risk to your commercial or residential property, the occurrences of interior and coastal flooding or other water intrusion events is becoming more common. Northeast Thunderstorms and Hurricanes can bring a ton of moisture and tidal surges causing above average amounts of water to cover the local and surrounding areas. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people every year than lightening, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
It only takes 24 hours following a water intrusion before your property is in jeopardy of secondary damages including mold growth and other harmful bacteria. When it comes to your home or business flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and structural damage including damage to the drywall, contents and building structure. Efficient cleanup and restoration services with an IICRC certified team is necessary to avoiding further costs and damages.
Common Secondary Damages Associated With Delayed Water Damage Mitigation
Building Damage: Severe storms can bring flood risks to most New Jersey properties causing significant water damage to building materials, contents, foundations and basements. Our immediate hazardous water removal services are essential to avoid additional costly damages. SERVPRO of East Windsor technicians can provide temporary structural support, tarp and board up services to help stabilize and secure your Monroe, Trenton, or Princeton property following storm damage.
Mold Contamination: following flood or water damage to your home or business, mold has the potential to start growing right away within 24 hours. It’s important to get the moisture cleaned up and properly dried to prevent additional damages. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced to handle the mold remediation process and avoid the spread of mold colonies throughout your property.
Spreading Moisture: Our rapid drying techniques reduce the risk of continued moisture exposure, preventing further water damage to your home or business. Our technicians monitor the spread of moisture to nearby areas and can address any hidden water damage early helping avoid additional costly secondary damage.
Why Contaminated Water Requires Professional Cleanup
A SERVPRO Property Damage Inspection can determine what type of water is causing your flood and water damage sometimes the damage could be from various types of water. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), water can become contaminated with a variety of pollutants including, oil pollution, sewage and wastewater, radioactive substances, harmful chemicals, and various other materials. It can sometimes be difficult to determine the type and extent of water damage affecting your home or business. That's why it's best to call a local property disaster restoration company like SERVPRO of East Windsor to fill in the blanks. Our Professional staff will come and inspect your damage and customize a removal, cleanup and restoration solution to get your New Jersey property damage reversed as quickly and effectively as possible.
Different types of contaminated water pose different risks, but the longer the water stays in a home, the more severe the property damage it will cause and the greater the threat to your health. Also called black water, Category 3 water is water from sewage backups and overflowing rivers that contains various hazardous contaminants, sewage, and/or toxic debris. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all water originating from seawater, ground or surface water, rising rivers and streams, and wind-driven rain from hurricanes and tropical storms is considered to be Category 3.
When severe spring and summer storms are forecasted for Northern or Central New Jersey communities it’s important to be prepared. Our SERVPRO teams are ready and always prepared to handle any size property disaster. Calling our local New Jersey storm cleanup crew immediately after you experience a flood or other water damage disaster, can be the difference between the need for a quick cleanup and mitigation or a long costly restoration, construction and mold remediation.
KNOW YOUR ZONE & WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
Weather terminology and warnings are important tools to knowing when to prepare for a storm and how to keep your family healthy and your property safe from disaster.
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a thunderstorm including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
- Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 2-24 hours before a storm occurs. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”
- Hurricane Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a Hurricane (sustained winds of 74mph or greater) including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
- Hurricane Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS BEFORE A STORM ARRIVES:
Gather and check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. The American Red Cross suggests you pick up at least three days' worth of water and non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries for it, at least seven days’ worth of prescription medication, a cell phone with a charger, and that you have extra cash and spare clothes at the ready.
Have an emergency kit with these items you probably already have in your home: flashlight(s), battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic (including cell phone), non-perishable foods (canned goods and dry foods), lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit (with a disinfectant), fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, important personal items (eyeglasses, prescriptions, etc.), and paper documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and other significant legal papers.
Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the interior or your property on the lower level or basement. If flooding threatens your home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker. If your property loses power, turn off major appliances such as the AC unit and water heater to reduce damage.
Inspect your roof and foundation for damage and make necessary repairs. Exterior doors should have 3 hinges and a deadbolt lock that is and inch long minimum. Cut dead or weak limbs before a storm hits. Remove any limbs hanging over your home that could cause substantial damage if they fall. Likewise, take the time to have trees that could fall on the home removed. Clean rain gutters ensure runoff has a place to go; water that pools and gathers can cause damage especially if a downpour is ongoing.
Why Choosing a Trusted Disaster Restoration Company, like SERVPRO is Important?
SERVPRO high-quality restoration equipment and certified technicians make a DIFFERENCE in your commercial or residential cleanup and restoration.
Calling SERVPRO Restoration Professionals near you is important to avoid costly additional damages following a property disaster event, you can trust our crews to restore your commercial or residential property quickly and correctly.
When a property disaster strikes your New Jersey home or business it can be difficult to know what the next step is… there are so many options for what you “should” do next. It makes sense to call local Mercer County restoration professionals, our SERVPRO of East Windsor staff has the experience, training and equipment to handle your cleanup, repairs and restoration needs from beginning to end. Our team and managers have been helping local home and business owners with property damage emergency services for nearly 30 years. Our staff is well trained in dealing with the aftermath of both commercial and residential property damages following fire and smoke damage, flood and water damage, sewage and biohazard cleanup and mold remediation. Our trusted SERVPRO restoration professionals support you following a fire, water, flood, sewage or mold property damage event giving you peace of mind, and a friendly, highly-qualified restoration specialist by your side.
Big and Small Steps you can take now to prepare for a disaster
Preparing in advance to handle a East Windsor, Princeton, Trenton or Monroe property disaster can seem a little ominous, but after helping countless local home and business owners during property damage recoveries in our community we know it can make a huge difference during and following a property emergency. Here are some key steps to take in advance that can be important to the recovery process and the overall restoration of your property.
- Know the hazards that are present in your area, are you near a river or coast?
- Review your insurance policies and confirm you have adequate cover against each type of disaster you are vulnerable to, for example flood. Also check your sum insured to avoid being underinsured.
- Take a household inventory and store copies in a safe location or online. Cataloging your belongings with a home inventory might sound tedious, but how easy would it be for you to recall all the contents of your home if you lost everything? Taking a home inventory can help you determine if you have enough insurance and can save you time and headaches when filing a claim following a disaster
- Prepare a disaster plan. Your plan should start with having somewhere safe to go. Think of someone who could house you and your family and talk to them about what might happen in the event of a disaster. Then talk to everyone who lives in your home about what to do if there’s an emergency and you are unable to return
- Have an evacuation plan. In some cases when you need to evacuate, there may not be a lot of time. Plan how to evacuate your home quickly and make sure everyone knows the evacuation plan. Make sure everyone has a list of emergency contact numbers they can phone
- Make sure to regularly check safety devices in your home, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers
Spring Cleaning Offers Perfect Opportunity to Create a Property Inventory
Spring a great time to spruce up and get rid of clutter in your New Jersey home or business, taking a broad look at the state of your property and check all areas of your proper for potential hazards and maintenance needs. While you’re deciding what to keep, trash and donate, it’s a great time to create or update your Mercer County home or business inventory, review previous emergency plans and supplies and consider any revisions.
Keeping an inventory of your belongings will help you make sure you have enough coverage on your insurance policy and can put your mind at ease if something were to happen to your home or business, such as a fire, flood, or theft. In the event you experience an emergency like this, having a property inventory on hand can help make the claims process easier.
Tips to create a property inventory:
- Create your inventory online or keep a hard copy away from your home. If you create a home inventory but then it’s destroyed along with your other possessions, it won’t be of any use to you. Keeping it on a password-protected online database that you can access anywhere will ensure you don’t lose it.
- Document details like values, receipts, and date of purchase. The more information you include when documenting your items, the better. If you have receipts, appraisals, or product information for your items, be sure to document that along with the name, place of purchase and description of the item. You may even want to include the serial number for big appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine.
- Take photos or video of the items. Even if you have receipts, photos or video of the items in your home will help confirm proof of purchase when it comes to filing your claim. Taking a video can also make the inventory process easier — just video yourself going over each item in your home!
- Organize items by room. If you have damage to only one part of your home, having your list organized by room will help you determine what may be missing. Going room by room will also help you ensure you don’t miss anything — don’t forget to check spaces like closets, attics, and basements.
- Keep track of the date. Each time you update your home inventory, you should make note of the date. This way, you’ll know when you last added new items, updated values of old ones, and can plan for when you’ll need to update again.
What to include in your home inventory
When it comes to your home inventory, it’s better to over-document than to leave something off. Even smaller items, like clothes and shoes, can add up quickly. For those items that may not hold significant value, keeping a list of how many of each you have will suffice. For everything else, like high-end items, jewelry, appliances, and electronics, you’ll want to document with more detail.
About SERVPRO of East Windsor
SERVPRO high-quality restoration equipment and certified technicians make a DIFFERENCE in your commercial or residential cleanup, mitigation and reconstruction following Any Property Damage Emergency. Our team is ready 24-hours a day to help with your property disaster repairs, we have local New Jersey resources to help with the entire property damage recovery process.
Basement Emergency Water Cleanup, Mitigation and Disaster Restoration Services Mercer County, New Jersey
There are 3 types of water damage that can affect your property and they have different methods of cleanup and removal. Contact SERVPRO for more info.
There are 3 types of water damage that can affect your home or business. The type or water is important to the proper cleanup and removal.
There are numerous reasons why your home, business and basement can suffer from flood and water damage water damage in New Jersey– heavy rains, foundation seepage, sewage backup, high tides and storm flooding. When time is of the essence, you need water damage cleanup and repairs from trusted SERVPRO of East Windsor Disaster Restoration specialists. Rely on our crews and Emergency services to quickly cleanup and remove the excess water and any other water related damage to your property. SERVPRO professionals are available to help with your home or business restoration needs around the clock, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to restore your New Jersey property, “Like it never even happened.”
Water damage is one of the most common problems that home and business owners experience. Trenton, East and West Windsor, Princeton and other Mercer or Middlesex County basement flooding and water damage is especially common because it is the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There is always a risk of basement water damage and flooding due to substantial rain and defective plumbing, additional common causes for water damage to your local New Jersey basement or foundation include:
- A blocked or broken sewer pipe
- Heavy rains cause surface water to pool around your home or business
- Sanitary/Storm sewer backup
- Foundation damage or drainage failures
- Appliance water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
When considering a solution to your commercial or residential property water damage, our SERVPRO technicians will access what type of water caused the damage. This assessment will help our crew make the most effective plan for cleaning and removing the water, drying and mitigating the damage and repairing and restoring your property and contents correctly. When your New Jersey home or business suffers a water damage there are 3 types of water that could have caused your property damage, including clean, grey and black water. Understanding what type of water is affecting your property is critical to ensuring proper cleanup and restoration services. Water carries hidden dangers that may not be immediately evident when you first see the damage. That’s why it’s recommended that you always choose a professional restoration service provider like SERVPRO of East Windsor to inspect and restore any water damage affecting your residential or commercial property. Our team offers 24-hour Emergency Service, excellent customer care and expedient disaster remediation services that will return your property to a safe and healthy condition.
Three types of water damage - a restoration professional can decide what to do next
Clean water - refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans. Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.
Gray water - is used to classify slightly contaminated water and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological). Examples are toilet bowls with urine, sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
Black water - is highly contaminated and filled with pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster; black water should always be handled by trained professionals.
RECOGNIZED AND TRUSTED WATER DAMAGE EXPERTS
Restoring your home or business quickly, takes specialized equipment and highly skilled IICRC professionals. Our team closely inspects the damaged areas; measuring the moisture content, humidity and temperature to assess the full extent of the damage. They provide a step-by-step plant to recover and repair your property and contents to help minimize additional damages and get you back to normal quickly and efficiently. If your home or commercial property in Trenton, East Windsor, Pennington, Princeton or Hamilton has experienced water or sewage damage from any number of causes, we are prepared 24-7 with Emergency help when you need us! Let our SERVPRO of East Windsor team decide the most effective methods and services to begin the cleanup, repair, and restoration process and get your property water damage corrected.
SERVPRO is here to help Mercer County with Property Disaster Restoration Services after roof leaks and other water property damage.
SERVPRO has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your residential or commercial property to pre-damage condition, quickly and completely
Learn how SERVPRO of East Windsor is here to help New Jersey neighborhoods near you with home and business property disaster cleanup and restoration services, regardless of the size.
If your Princeton, Monroe or Trenton residential or commercial property experiences fire damage, smoke and soot damage, water disaster and sewage backup damage, basement flooding damage, sump-pump failure or mold damage, it’s important to contact a local disaster restoration company right away. Our SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration professionals are the first choice for property damage emergency clean up, remediation and restoration services near you. SERVPRO of East Windsor has been helping local New Jersey communities like: East Windsor, Trenton, Princeton, Monroe and New Brunswick for nearly 30 years. We take pride in restoring local Middlesex County homes and businesses following property disaster events. Our reliable restoration crews use the latest technologies and techniques to properly evaluate your damage and coordinate with insurance professionals to restore your property to its pre-disaster condition, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of East Windsor offers Emergency Cleanup and Restoration Services in many shapes and sizes to fit your unique New Jersey home or business fire, storm, water or mold property damage needs.
- Emergency Board-up, Tarp, Storage and Fencing – We can provide temporary property security from additional damages and salvage your belongings.
- Water Damage Removal, Cleanup and Restoration – We see water damages from all kinds of sources. Busted pipes, malfunctioning appliances, human accidents or neglect, and ground flooding to name a few common sources.
- Fire and Smoke Restoration – A fire can be a huge inconvenience, you would be surprised at how much of your property can be restored. We specialize in cleaning and deodorizing anything from family heirlooms, office documents, furniture, flooring and the walls in your home or business.
- Mold Remediation – With naturally high levels of humidity in this area mold can be an issue. Give us a call if you need our remediation services.
- Sewage and Biohazard Cleanup – We have the training and experience to properly cleanup any area no matter the cause.
- Reconstruction and Property Repair – We have trained and experienced construction workers and builders to repair structural issues, drywall, flooring and other property repairs.
Storm related property damage including roof damage and water intrusion from wind, rain and flooding are top reasons for insurance claims in the Northeast. Seasonal New Jersey storms bring a ton of moisture and wind can cause significant damages to your Monroe, East Windsor or Millstone home or business, structural water damage from a roof leak is a common spring property damage concern.
Our SERVPRO team responded to a local Princeton home experiencing a roof leak, likely caused by seasonal wind and ice. The water damage was significant soaking the ceilings and walls of several rooms the water leak even caused the kitchen ceiling to collapse. Our water damage restoration crews started the cleanup and restoration process soon after the damage was discovered, however the leak had probably been happening for several weeks. The best thing to do following property damage is calling a local restoration company to help with the cleanup, repairs and restoration. Our crews have the experience, knowledge and resources to fix your home or business and get your life back as quickly as possible. If you have water damage concerns or questions about water stains in your ceiling or visible mold growth, call your local SERVPRO of East Windsor for the property damage advice and restoration solutions you need.
SERVPRO high-quality restoration equipment and certified technicians make a DIFFERENCE in your commercial or residential cleanup, mitigation and reconstruction following Any Property Damage Emergency. Our team is ready 24-hours a day to help with your property disaster repairs, we have local New Jersey resources to help with the entire property damage recovery process.
Avoid Property Disasters with These Seasonal Cleaning Tips from SERVPRO
SERVPRO is always here to help our local Middlesex County New Jersey community during a property disaster but, doing a little work around your home or business can prevent flood, water, fire and mold property disasters and insurance claims.
Seasonal property cleaning and maintenance is a great way to inspect for possible damage and remove any built-up clutter, dust and debris, but regular home and commercial property cleaning is more than just cosmetic. These property cleaning and maintenance tips can improve the health and safety of your home or business and help you avoid property disasters from water damage, fire and smoke damage, storm and flood damage, sewage backups and mold damage in the future.
Clean and Inspect the Exterior and Landscaping
While sprucing your yard, take the time to clear out overgrown bushes, dead plants, watering cans, garden tools and other items cluttering your landscape. Neglected outdoor spaces and exterior structural systems like your roof and gutters can often lead to property damage, including slow water leaks or poor ventilation, cleaning up your surroundings will prevent accidents and increase the safety and security of your property.
- Examine the roof
This is one of the most important things to do when checking your property. Look for things like missing, buckled, or otherwise damaged shingles, roof damage can lead to water and mold damage. Call a licensed and insured roofing expert to perform repairs, if you experience water intrusion or see visible signs of mold give SERVPRO a call for help.
- Check and clean gutters and downspout
Gutters and downspouts divert rainwater away from your roof and foundation, which is especially important when seasonal showers begin. Make sure all gutters are secure and unimpeded by debris. If your gutters seem damaged from the winter weather, make sure to replace them quickly.
- Fix and fill cracks in your walkway and driveway
Fluctuating temperatures can cause your walkways and driveways to crack during the winter months. Reduce liability by filling these cracks as soon as possible to prevent trips and falls on your property.
- Check outdoor faucets and plumbing
Now that spring is here, you’ll want to get started on gardening. If you turned outdoor faucets off and winterized pool plumbing to prevent frozen pipes in the winter, open them back up and check that they are all working properly.
- Trim tree and shrub overgrowth
Give the plants and trees on your property a once over, they can be a major concern during storms. If built up snow and ice weakened any tree branches, make sure to trim them, especially if there is a danger that they could fall on your home or car.
Organize and Clean the Interior
The accumulation of dirt and clutter can have real consequences to employees’, families’ and property owners’ safety. Clutter can obstruct the entryway, stairs, or hallway making it difficult to see potential water or mold damage. It’s also critical to have clear pathways to exits in case of a property fire to make sure everyone can get out safely. Clutter can also contain materials that are flammable or increase moisture retention and high-humidity. Some common places to inspect and cleanup before the dirt, damage and debris can cause a major disaster are:
- Clean often-overlooked areas
There are parts of the office and your home that are often skipped with the dust cloth as they can be tedious or difficult to clean. So as the season changes, prioritize dusting all those overlooked spots — blinds, baseboards, the tops of doors and cabinets, shelving, fan blades, under the fridge… you know what we mean.
- Clean or replace HVAC filters
It’s important to clean and replace your HVAC filters throughout the year, and the end of winter is a great time to do this. Dirty filters force your heat, ventilation, and air conditioner systems to work harder, making is less efficient and potentially increasing your utility bills. Dirty filters are also less effective, filtering less pollutants from the air in your home or business.
- Check seals around windows and doors
Seasonal cold and wind can deteriorate the caulk and seals of your windows and doors. Inspect all doors and windows and re-apply caulk if needed. This will help to reduce your A/C bill in the summer and prevent water from seeping into your home or business on rainy days.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors
While you’re cleaning the house take the time to check all your smoke and CO detectors. You should be checking these once a month and replacing the batteries once or twice a year.
When your home or business experiences a property disaster you can count on the team at SERVPRO to help cleanup your damage. We are ready to answer your call day or night. We know property disasters don’t wait until you are ready to happen, but luckily we are Always Ready! Our teams can handle any size disaster, with scalable cleanup, repair and restoration services, we run crews 24 hours a day and we are prepared to turn your property disaster around right away. SERVPRO of East Windsor has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your residential or commercial property to pre-damage condition, quickly and completely.
SERVPRO Offers Quality Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup, Restoration and Reconstruction Services to New Jersey
Fire leaves different kinds of soot on surfaces depending on what burned in your Mercer County residential or commercial property.
SERVPRO is the Right Choice for Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Cleanup and Restoration Following a Mercer County New Jersey Home or Business Property Fire
Home and Business owners in Mercer County are using more electrical appliances and equipment each day, many New Jersey local homes and businesses were not designed for our ongoing and ever growing electrical consumption needs. It’s easy to take for granted the power coming from our walls but if you’ve ever tried to switch on the microwave while the oven, dishwasher and coffeemaker were on before a family dinner and the lights shut off, you’ve created an electrical circuit overload.
This residential fire damage cleanup and restoration project was the aftermath of a fire that started in the family room. When our crews arrived quickly, on the same day as the property damage event there was significant smoke and soot damage throughout the entire home. The homeowners were surprised how quickly the smoke and soot damage traveled. If an electrical overload has caused fire, smoke and soot damage to your home or business, you need the professional assistance of a disaster restoration company. Choosing SERVPRO for your restoration needs, your working with professional remediation specialists with the proper training and experience to clean up damages from fire, including smoke and soot. Our fire damage restoration team works quickly to restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”
Circuit breakers play an important part in preventing fire damage in every property's electrical system.
When the current of electricity going through a circuit is too much for it to handle, an electrical overload can happen. Usually, it occurs when you have too many devices plugged into a single circuit, but it can happen with older homes if you are trying to run an appliance that uses excessive energy. Acting as an important safeguard, a circuit breaker will “trip” shut off the electric flow, protecting your home or business from an electrical circuit overload that can cause the circuit to overheat, which could cause damage to appliances and ultimately result in a fire. While circuit breakers are reliable and do a good job preventing residential and commercial fires due to overloads, if the power surges are excessive they can, over time, result in electrical fires.
The three most common causes of a “tripped” circuit breaker are:
- Overloaded Circuit
- Short Circuit
- Ground Fault
Typically, electrical fires are at their peak during the winter months with additional lighting and heating equipment creating the most common concerns. It’s becoming more important to continue to practice electrical safety all year long air conditioners, mini fridges, pool equipment and outdoor appliances can all contribute to circuit overloads throughout Spring and Summer.
Signs of Overloaded Circuits
The most obvious sign of an electrical circuit overload is a breaker tripping and shutting off all the power to your New Jersey property. Other signs can be less noticeable; buzzing sounds, burning smells, and unusually warm devices also can indicate other wiring problems, such as loose connections or short circuits. If any of these problems persist after you’ve taken steps to prevent circuit overloads, contact an electrician.
- Dimming lights, especially if lights dim when you turn on appliances or more lights.
- Buzzing outlets or switches.
- Outlet or switch covers that are warm to the touch.
- Burning odors from outlets or switches.
- Scorched plugs or outlets.
- Power tools, appliances, or electronics that seem to lack sufficient power.
Following a residential or commercial property fire from a circuit overload, or other fire disaster. It’s important to contact your local SERVPRO of East Windsor for professional fire property damage cleanup and restoration help and services, our first step is to assess the damages.
Fire leaves different kinds of soot on surfaces depending on what burned in your Mercer County residential or commercial property. Even a small blaze produces acidic smoke and soot that needs to be cleaned up. During your initial fire damage inspection, SERVPRO of East Windsor will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Depending on how much smoke damage there is, there are various methods we can use to clean up the surrounding walls and ceiling.
Soot composition can vary quite a bit depending on the underlying causes. All types of soot cause at least some darkening, and in severe cases, any type of soot can look completely black. ??
Dry Soot ?
Dry soot is caused by very hot fires burning natural ingredients swiftly. It has a dry, dusty texture and almost no smell. Dry soot is often easier to manage than mold or storm damage. In many cases, removing it is as simple as using a vacuum with a HEPA filter on all surfaces. ??
?If a fire smolders for a while on low heat and burns high moisture items, wet soot may be created. This is essentially dry soot that has mingled with steam to create a sort of soggy, sooty mess. Cleaning up wet soot requires a combination of fire damage and water damage strategies. ??
Oily Soot ?
When plastics, rubbers, and other products containing oil are burned, soot can turn into a sticky, greasy substance. If you try to wipe it up, it will just smear instead of going away. Also, because it contains oil, it will be resistant to water-based cleaning products. Unlike dry soot, oily soot will cling to any surface, even vertical areas. ??
Protein Soot ?
Protein-based soot is a particular type of greasy soot that tends to occur as the buildup in kitchens or the product of a kitchen fire. It involves overcooked proteins that turn to soot, and it has a very pungent odor. This type of soot is quite hard to get rid of, and the odor may linger if it is not cleaned up properly.
Each type of soot gets a different cleaning method. Our technicians check out all damage and match the best cleaning method to soiling. Once damage does happen, our technicians are fully trained and certified under the guidelines of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to restore your home to its original state. Local teams learn the latest procedures to clean carpets, furniture and surfaces of soot and to remove the smoke odor that can linger for weeks in an untreated home. One fire site can need a variety of cleaning methods, our fire disaster restoration professionals can handle it all.??
Our Fire Damage Restoration Specialists use commercial grade vacuums to remove soot and other residue. Our blowers and exhaust fans can be adapted to work from a large family room to a small laundry closet. We use a wide-variety of cleaning products specialized for every surface in a home from marble countertop cleaners to soaps and dry sponges that gently remove soot and not the paint underneath. We can use HEPA grade filtration systems, air scrubbers, and ozone machines to help improve the Indoor Air Quality.
For Fire Disaster Property Restoration Needs Call SERVPRO of East Windsor at (609) 443-9110??
When cleaning up soot damage, our SERVPRO teams have a few different options available:??
Dry Clean the Soot ?
If you primarily have dry soot in your home, you can use dry cleaning methods to pick up most of the soot. These methods are essentially the same methods you would use for removing dust. A dry cloth can remove soot from tables and furniture, while a vacuum can pick it up off of carpets, upholstery, and flooring. Dry-cleaning will ensure that powdery soot does not smear into a blackened grime. ??
This method is a little tedious, so it is normally only recommended for smaller areas of soot. It can be helpful for doing a basic clean up and ensuring the soot does not spread before you can get more help. Keep in mind that if you try a dry-cleaning method and the soot begins to smear, you may need to try a wet cleaning method. ??
Wet Clean the Soot ?
A wet cleaning method can be effective if you have wet or oily soot. To use this method, combine soap with water to lightly scrub an area with soot. Try testing it in a small area to ensure that it can actually pick up soot without making the mess worse or damage the underlying surface. ??
Wet cleaning soot does have some benefits because it can pick up soot that is mixed in with oil or moisture. However, it is quite time-consuming and requires a lot of effort. Another downside of wet cleaning soot methods is that they are only feasible on tile or other waterproof surfaces. Using water to clean drywall, wood, or electronics is not advisable.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
When you experience fire or smoke damage to your East Windsor, Trenton, Princeton or other local New Jersey home or business you might not be sure what steps to take next. Once the fire department has left and you have called SERVPRO of East Windsor, wait for the professionals to arrive, our fire damage remediation specialists will guide you through the fire property damage disaster restoration process. No restoration project is too big or too small, SERVPRO professionals are always ready to answer your property damage help call.
- Initial Inspection- One of our trained managers will come inspect your property for damages and see how intensely the fire/smoke affected your home and determine with you and/or your adjuster what steps need to be taken next.
- Structure/Content Clean- Depending on what has been determined in step one, SERVPRO will start the process of cleaning and restoring your home and/or contents, including cleaning walls and ceilings, personal belongings, ducts, etc.
Restoration & Reconstruction
Residential or Commercial Fires often causes significant structural damage and often require repairing and rebuilding your property. SERVPRO of East Windsor offers comprehensive reconstruction services for both residential and commercial properties our professionals are uniquely qualified and prepared to meet your reconstruction needs. Our construction team works quickly and effectively, working with you to survey the extent of the damage, develop a plan for reconstruction, and assess whether your property is safe to occupy. Our SERVPRO of East Windsor crews are ready to undertake reconstruction projects of any size, structural repairs and rebuilding may only involve a portion of your property, or in some cases a complete rebuild may be necessary.
Contact our restoration staff today if your property has been damaged and is in need of repairs or reconstruction services.
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
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If you do experience a fire, professional fire restoration services like SERVPRO of East Windsor can handle the entire fire cleanup process—from assessing the smoke and fire damage to rebuilding your home or business—“Like it never even happened.” Whether you're in East Windsor, Trenton, Freehold or New Brunswick our New Jersey Residential and Commercial Property Disaster Restoration Teams can help.
Looking for relief from indoor allergies this spring, SERVPRO professional cleaning services can help.
SERVPRO cleaning crews can reduce allergens in your home or business and assure healthy air quality throughout your property.
Spring is a welcome reprieve from the long winter — that is, unless you suffer from spring allergies. Improve indoor air quality with SERVPRO of East Windsor Professional Services to reduce indoor allergens.
SERVPRO of East Windsor offers cleaning and maintenance services to benefit your Mercer County home or business:
- Creating a Clean & Healthy
- Living/Working Environment
- Reducing Allergens and Irritants to alleviate allergy symptoms
- Removing Unpleasant Smells and Odors
- Improving Air Flow Efficiency
You can't control the increase of allergens in the spring air, but you can improve the air quality in your Central New Jersey commercial or residential property, bolstering your fight against allergy symptoms? HVAC units, air ducts, registers, upholstery, carpets and flooring can hold much more dust, dirt and pollen than you would think. Scheduling periodic professional cleaning and odor removal services with our SERVPRO cleaning crews during spring can reduce allergens in your home or business and assure healthy air quality throughout your East Windsor, Princeton, Manalapan or Monroe property. SERVPRO professional cleaning services can help minimize indoor allergens and alleviate your seasonal allergy symptoms and improve the overall indoor air quality of your home or business.
Your local SERVPRO has service solutions that may help alleviate allergy symptoms by promoting healthy indoor air quality, our New Jersey residential and commercial property services include:
- HVAC unit Cleaning
- Air Duct and Register Cleaning
- Intensive Carpet & Floor Cleaning
- Odor Removal
HVAC Unit Cleaning, Air Duct and Vent Cleaning
HVAC systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality and a leading cause in increased allergy symptoms. The air inside your Mercer County, NJ home/business is full of tiny particles like dust, pollen and debris. When your furnace or air conditioner draws air, it also pulls in airborne particles. Over time, these contaminants can build up inside the ducts, reducing airflow and re-circulating allergens throughout your living/working space. Keeping dust, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants out of the air you breathe involves more than changing the air filter, proper HVAC unit and air duct maintenance is essential to reducing allergens inside your commercial or residential property and improve air quality. Our trained professionals at SERVPRO of East Windsor use commercial-grade, duct-cleaning equipment, brushes, and air whips, that remove dust and debris trapped inside your duct system and leave your property with optimal indoor air quality.
Intensive Upholstery, Carpet and Floor Cleaning
Scheduling a deep cleaning every 12-18 months by an IICRC trained SERVPRO professional will renew the look of your upholstery, carpet and flooring by removing the deepest dirt and debris. SERVPRO of East Windsor utilizes the best technology and highest-quality equipment that effectively removes dust, pollen and other allergens to keep your home or business allergen free and your carpets and flooring looking like new. Our professional cleaning will address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets, dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet.
Rely on SERVPRO technicians to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home/business. Take advantage of our residential and commercial cleaning services to remove unwanted odors. Our SERVPRO of East Windsor, New Jersey crews have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. Our experienced technicians have access to specialized odor removal products and equipment capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize odors and help restore your home or business to a safe, healthy and fresh environment.
DIY CLEANING TIPS to Help You Control Indoor Allergens and Improve Indoor Air Quality
The best way to improve your air quality is to get rid of the sources of allergens and irritants from your home or business. Take measures to avoid and reduce your contact with allergens. Also increase the flow of outdoor air into your home and reduce humidity as much as possible.
When you have environmental allergies, it can be hard to bring yourself to open a window, much less stir up dust, dirt, debris or pollen while cleaning your home or business.
Here are cleaning tips you may want to add to your regular routine to reduce indoor allergens
• Reducing dust-collecting clutter
• Regularly vacuuming carpeted floors with a double-bag or HEPA filter vacuum
• Dusting blinds and window treatments bi-weekly
• Regularly washing blankets and throw rugs
• Washing all bed linens in hot water every week
• Keeping counters and other hard surfaces clean and dry
• Getting all water damage restored quickly
Benefits of Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
Like furnaces and air conditioners, air ducts require proper cleaning and maintenance to perform at their best. Keeping ducts free of dust and debris can also help reduce your energy bill and improve air quality in your home/business. More frequent duct cleaning is recommended if you have indoor pets or are sensitive to indoor air quality issues for example you suffer from asthma. You should also have your ducts cleaned if you have recently renovated your home or business, as this will increase the amount of dust in your forced air system. It’s also recommended to have your HVAC system and air ducts cleaned and services following a property damage event.
Having your ducts cleaned can save you money in the long run, and create a better environment for your family, friends, employees and your customers. Restore energy efficiency over time and reduce the possibility of microbial growth with ventilation cleaning services from SERVPRO of East Windsor.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. Our technicians will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your commercial or residential HVAC system.
If indoor allergens are causing your seasonal allergies to flare up, reach for the phone. SERVPRO of East Windsor professionals are trained technicians, with state-of-the-art equipment and unique knowledge and experience to pay careful attention to the details that matter most when cleaning and restoring your property to a healthy work or living environment.