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SERVPRO provides scalable cleaning and sanitizing services for local Mercer and Middlesex County homes and businesses

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

cleaning and sanitizing services for businesses and homes SERVPRO is here to help with local commercial cleaning and sanitizing services.

SERVPRO professionals have specialized equipment and training to provide the highest level of commercial cleaning and sanitizing to maintain your commercial facility.
As businesses accelerate their cleaning and sanitizing procedures, it’s an excellent time to take advantage of the commercial cleaning and bioremediation services a SERVPRO near you can provide. When your commercial or residential property needs a deep cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing, calling SERVPRO of East Windsor to provide a fast and professional response is the only solution. The CDC encourages regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, tables at a minimum.
Our crews are up to the recent challenges impacting our community using specialized training and equipment, our cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for our cleanup process, and disposal of waste. Carpets and fabric and upholstery can be sanitized using our hospital-grade disinfectant.
Timely Response with Minimal Disruption
Our crews can schedule work around your business hours to reduce the impact to your daily operations. Trust the SERVPRO team to be aware of and capable of meeting the sanitation standards required during this challenging atmosphere. We are trained in the appropriate use of EPA-registered disinfectants and committed to a close working relationship with your facility housekeeping staff. Our staff is capable of cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms, kitchens and other common areas with the discretion and effectiveness your commercial facility requires.

Smoke and soot damage cleanup, restoration and removal services for Mercer County

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage to small apartment kitchen SERVPRO of East Windsor can handle the entire fire cleanup process—from assessing the smoke and fire damage to rebuilding your home or business

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.

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.

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 left from very hot fires burning natural ingredients quickly. 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. 
  • Wet Soot - 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.

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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.

SERVPRO Offers Quality Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup, Restoration and Reconstruction Services to Trenton, NJ

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage to interior residential property with heavy soot, ash and smoke debris Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

SERVPRO is the Right Choice for Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Cleanup and Restoration Following a New Jersey Home or Business Property Fire

Electrical fires are a leading cause of structural fires and property damage to Mercer County private and commercial property. Home and Business owners are using more electrical appliances and equipment each day, many 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.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

SERVPRO offers professional fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration assistance for Princeton and other Mercer County property damage disasters.

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Caution tape after commercial fire damage The more time that passes after the fire event and before restoration services begin gives soot the opportunity to spread and cause additional damage.

After your commercial property suffers from a fire, water or other disaster, contacting our local East Windsor SERVPRO Property Restoration Professionals is an important step to avoid costly secondary damages. Our SERVPRO team has over 30 years of experience helping New Jersey communities during property disasters, trust that your commercial property will be restored quickly and correctly by IICRC licensed professionals and advanced equipment.

Getting your local Trenton, Princeton or Freehold commercial property operational quickly following a property disaster is the SERVPRO way. Our local Mercer County restoration professionals rely on decades of hands-on property restoration experience and proven results to help local business owners and managers dealing with fire, smoke and soot damage cleanup, repair and restore their commercial property quickly. Our commitment to quick and effective property restoration and recovery after a property disaster makes selecting SERVPRO of East Windsor restoration experts the right choice.

SERVPRO commercial property restoration services include special help to minimize New Jersey Commercial Property Damages including:

  • Eliminating Fire Damage Residue
    Our SERVPRO technicians will assess and pre-test many damages areas and property to decide the precise type of clean and fire damage remediation services needed for your commercial disaster. Our crews use various wet and dry methods to clean different materials most effectively. We can also use specialized cleaning methods such as soda blasting which offers deodorization qualities and also helps restore charred surfaces without causing further damages.

  • Remove Smoke Odors
    Odor control after a fire is a crucial part of the restoration process, odor-causing particles are microscopic SERVPRO has advanced equipment to eliminate the microscopic odor-causing particles and reverse your commercial property damage concerns.

  • Guarding Against Mold
    Water is a big help when putting out fires, however it can have a lasting negative impact on the structural elements and contents of your building. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified water or mold remediation specialists work to extract the remaining water quickly, and can take proactive actions against mold growth if necessary.

Big or small, fire, smoke and soot damage to your Trenton commercial property will have a multi-faceted impact on your business. The effects of a property disaster can range from loss of revenue, inventory, customers and/or employees to irreversible structural and financial damages. After a property disaster strikes, we recommend calling an expert in property restoration. Here at SERVPRO of East Windsor we can get to work fixing your commercial fire property damage immediately. Our New Jersey SERVPRO team is here to help with fast and effective disaster restoration and cleanup services, we provide a full-range of disaster restoration services including: emergency response, water damage extraction and 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 ready to help get local businesses back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Choosing a Professional Disaster Restoration Company, like SERVPRO is important?

SERVPRO of East Windsor offers Emergency Restoration Services in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your unique Mercer County commercial property damage disaster needs. Our staff and restoration managers understand that a rapid response is critical to your recovery, our team will provide comprehensive cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild options following a property fire disaster. SERVPRO is trusted leader in the restoration industry providing advanced technology and training to a nationwide team of skilled technicians and project managers. Our crews have vast experience and knowledge offering a wide variety of restoration services to recover your commercial property with minimized cost and business interruption.

  • Our crews will assess the full damage of your property taking necessary steps to save as much of your inventory, appliances and equipment, furnishings and inventory as possible.

  • They will do a complete inventory of all items removed from your property taking photos and documentation, and return all salvageable items back to your business following the restoration process.

  • Our technicians work quickly and carefully to get your business up and running as soon as possible. Our project managers and staff will follow-up to make sure you are satisfied or address any other concerns.

  • Our construction managers can seamlessly begin putting back together any structural, interior and exterior damages sustained during the initial disaster or as a result of restoration and cleanup. Our staff can work with your insurance and answer any concerns you may have about the process.

Big and Small Steps you can take now to prepare for a disaster

Preparing in advance to handle a property disaster in New Jersey 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.

  1. Set up an emergency response plan and train employees how to carry it out. Make sure employees know whom to notify about the disaster and what measures to take to preserve life and limit property losses.

  2. Compile a list of important phone numbers and addresses. Make sure you can get in touch with key people after the disaster. The list should include local and state emergency management agencies, major clients, contractors, suppliers, realtors, financial institutions, insurance agents and insurance company claim representatives.

  3. Decide on a communications strategy to prevent loss of customers. Post notices outside your premises; contact clients by phone, email or regular mail; place a notice in local newspapers.

  4. Consider the things you may need initially during an emergency. Do you need a back-up source of power? First-aid? Do you have a back-up communications system?

  5. Keep duplicate records. Back-up computerized data files regularly and store them off-premises. Keep copies of important records and documents in a safe deposit box and make sure they’re up-to-date.

  6. Identify critical business activities and the resources needed to support them. If you cannot afford to shut down your operations, even temporarily, determine what you require to run the business at another location.

After a fire disaster impacts your local New Jersey business, the cleanup of fire debris, removal of harmful chemicals and pollutants and minimizing damage to the building structure needs to happen quickly. The more time that passes after the fire event and before restoration services begin gives soot the opportunity to spread throughout the property causing contamination and corrosion. This delay often results in the need for larger-scale mitigation as well as the cleaning of the ductwork, adding valuable time and dollars to your recovery. Has your property suffered a fire disaster? Contact our staff for help with your cleanup and property restoration; we have years of experience and the answers you are looking for.

SERVPRO professionals will cleanup and restore your Mercer County property after water damage.

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Controlled demolition during home water damage and flooding Our qualified and experienced staff can help answer your disaster restoration questions and provide a step-by-step plan for a full recovery.

What to Expect from SERVPRO of East Windsor Professional Water Damage Restoration Service in Princeton, Trenton and your local New Jersey Neighborhood

SERVPRO of East Windsor professionals specialize in the cleanup and restoration of Northern New Jersey residential or commercial property after a frozen water property damage emergency.

Winter weather and freezing temperatures can be incredibly damaging to your home or business, as frozen water, snow and ice can all lead to significant property damage disasters. On average each year a quarter of a million homeowners will experience the destructive power of frozen water problems including, frozen pipe bursts, ice dams and other leaking water damage occurrences. A frozen pipe alone can result in gallons of water spilling over your floors, leaking or pouring through ceilings and walls, and ruining furniture and other valuable possessions.

Fast Response to Water Removal Minimizes Damages

Our crews are available 24/7 to aid our local Mercer County community with both commercial and residential water damage emergencies. A fast response and action to a water damage situation can significantly reduce the overall damage to your home or business. SERVPRO can deploy submersible pumps, water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. The capacities of these units are tailored to your situation. Our objective is to return your home to its original condition as quickly as possible.

If the water level is over two inches, each team of WRTs starts removal with a commercial grade, submersible pump. All water we remove goes directly in a drain, and not across the backyard to cause a problem for neighbors or the residents one street over. If possible, technicians direct it into sewer access if one is available.

For water levels under two inches, SERVPRO WRTs utilize extraction wands and other, smaller devices. Each one has three components, but technicians start by using only the pump option to remove water from the floors. Once they begin drawing water out of carpets, upholstery, and other items, they use the other two, a heater and vacuum to carefully draw water out of carpets and from between floorboards.

Water extraction is the heart of this water restoration process, and depending on the severity of your issue, can get accomplished in several ways. For smaller volumes needing removal, a combination of portable pumps and wet-vacs get used to pull the water from the floors. For larger projects, especially those that stand to risk the structural integrity of your home considerably, our SERVPRO technicians might opt to use a pump truck.

Our SERVPRO of East Windsor staff is highly trained and experienced in the cleanup and restoration of your frozen water property damage from frigid Northeast temperatures. Our team can respond quickly and help you assess your damage and find a restoration solution that you can trust.

NEW JERSEY Winter Water Property Damage

  • ICE DAMS
    Ice dams can occur after a snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures, common weather conditions in the Northeast during winter. Warm air inside your Mercer County home leaks into the attic and warms the underside of the roof causing snow and ice to melt. The melted water refreezes on the cold overhang and can form icicles and an ice dam on the roof and gutters. This process can cause damage to the roof which can cause water to leak into the home causing water damage to the ceiling, walls, insulation and other areas.
  • LEAKING BASEMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS
    Wet basements are a common occurrence for many homeowners on Long Island, the impact of heavy snow, ice and rain on saturated soil often leads to water leaks, flooding and other types of basement and foundation water damage. Wet basements can lead to significant structural damage, destroy furnishings and other belongings and commonly lead to elevated mold and humidity issues.
  • FROZEN WATER PIPES
    When Northeast temperatures drop to at or below freezing, the water flowing in your plumbing has the potential to freeze. Water expands when it freezes, the expansion of the frozen water can cause a rupture, causing catastrophic flood damage. It’s important to note that the break often occurs between the frozen point and the faucet, as the ice blocks the pipe and the water pressure increases leading to stress on the pipe. Pipes that run through the exterior walls are particularly at risk, but those that run through low- or uninsulated attics and crawlspaces can also freeze.


Although, these frozen water damage situations are very common, sometimes the damage could have largely been prevented by taking a few preventative steps ahead of time. These are a few tips you can take to try and avoid turning the coming frigid days and nights into inconvenient and expensive property disasters.

HELP PREVENT WINTER WEATHER & FREEZING WATER ISSUES WITH THESE TIPS

  • Exposed pipes are the most susceptible to freezing, so insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes and prevent ice dams.
  • Seal air leaks in your attic, basement and exterior walls, look for air leaks around electrical wiring, vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out.
  • To avoid ice dam concerns, add roof and soffit vents to regulate the air temperature close to the underside of the roof.
  • Sump pumps and sub-floor drainage systems are typically used to avoid the continued damage associated with basements and other foundation issues.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Let warm water drip overnight, from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

Princeton weather can be unpredictable even when winter temperatures aren’t extremely cold; property water damages happen to home and business owners often. When water begins spreading across floors or filling basements, it is usually from a failed water heater shut-off valve or a split line on a washing machine. Many factors contribute to the length and cost of your property damage cleanup and restoration project, including the amount and type of water involved, length of time before service and the total area impacted. Our qualified and experienced staff can help answer your disaster restoration questions and provide a step-by-step plan for a full recovery of your flooded commercial or residential property. Our crews explain the process of water extraction, drying and restoration. Our New Jersey SERVPRO team has a unique rebuild option with our dedicated construction crew, to seamlessly move from restoration to reconstruction, helping you recover more quickly. Our specialized equipment and highly trained staff have the scope of services to handle your property restoration needs from start to finish. We understand you may not have all the answers, calling our team connects you to professionals that can provide the answers to your restoration concerns and tailor a solution to repair your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

Fireplace and Chimney Fire Damage Restoration Services for New Jersey

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire in fireplace Even a minor property fire can cause significant smoke and soot damage to your Princeton home, our staff is here to help.

When artic temperatures move to the Northeast Trenton, Princeton and East Windsor homeowners get warm and cozy by their fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. It is important to remember proper maintenance and fire safety when starting that fire this season, for the first time and each time after. Fireplaces and wood-burning stoves pose a considerable fire threat to your home and family, a fire can result in the loss of personal items, property and even life. Taking proper precautions when using your fireplace or wood-burning stove can help you avoid a property fire disaster negatively impacting your life this winter.

Chimney fires and puffbacks can cause major destruction to your home and possessions; smoke and soot can continue to cause damage long after the flames have gone out.

If you have experienced fire or smoke damage to your Mercer County home it is important to contact the SERVPRO team for quick and effective mitigation and restoration, depending on the surface material and the duration and time elapsed, damage from soot and smoke maybe completely reversible. Smoke and soot cleanup is expensive and time-consuming, our SERVPRO professionals take careful steps to minimize further damage from soot staining, mold and mildew, rust and corrosion and improve the air quality in your home following a fire emergency. Our trained professionals have the knowledge, skills and equipment to restore your property quickly and efficiently saving you valuable time and money.

SMOKE AND SOOT CONCERNS FOR YOUR PROPERTY

Even a minor property fire or a season of outdoor fires and BBQs can cause or contribute to significant smoke or soot damage to your Princeton, NJ home’s interiors and exteriors, including your HVAC unit. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists know a lot about the secondary damages from soot and smoke that happen as the result of a blaze. Whether the fire was from a recreational source like a fireplace, outdoor fire pit or grill, or the fire was the result of a fire mishap and a property disaster. Fire creates smoke and soot, and the tiny particles float in the air and will become trapped in drapes, carpets and furniture, or collect on surfaces and inside your HVAC system. When these issues arise and you see soot residue or smell smoke odors, the solution is the same.

SERVPRO restoration professionals will address widespread effects of fire damage including soot and smoke residue that can stain surfaces with appropriate equipment and cleaning products to minimize damage. For structural concerns, we have a team of licensed contractors within our SERVPRO crew that can help to address both temporary construction solutions to prevent worsening damage while mitigation is underway and full-scale reconstruction and build back after that. Calling your local SERVPRO Fire Cleanup and Restoration Professionals will provide top quality services, experience, knowledge and trust that our fire damage restoration crews will quickly restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

WHILE YOU COZY UP TO YOUR FIREPLACE or WOOD-BURNING STOVE PRACTICE THESE FIRE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

Before making a fire in the fireplace, open the damper and crack open a window, keep the screen closed to encourage airflow up into the chimney. Light a match, blow it out and watch the smoke to see if it is properly going up the chimney. To increase the draft in your chimney, burn your fires hot and for short periods of time instead of all day. Improper airflow can cause smoke and soot damage to your home’s contents. Poor airflow can result from excessive creosote deposits, closed or plugged dampers, malfunctioning flues, and chimney blockages or a dirty cap, always remember never leave a fire unattended.

Avoid using wood from recently cut trees, they contain high levels of moisture which contributes to additional smoke and deposits inside your chimney. Seasoned and dry wood appears dark, has cracks on the end and will sound hollow when hitting another piece of wood. Look for signs of creosote and soot buildup, creosote is a dark substance that accumulates if wood isn’t burning completely, it’s a major factor in chimney fires and a good reason to have an annual inspection to avoid costly fire property damage and repairs.

SERVPRO professionals have all the tools, equipment, and experience necessary to manage your entire Mercer County property restoration from beginning to end. Our team work tirelessly to produce quality results from quick and effective mitigation, to putting the finishing touches on any repairs and reconstruction needed to complete the job.  

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

SERVPRO of East Windsor services Princeton, Trenton, Lawrence, Freehold and Manalapan providing full-service property restoration solutions for all your fire, smoke, sewage and water emergency situations 24/7, 365, day or night. Call us today for access to fully IICRC certified cleaning and restoration professionals you can trust.

Flood Prevention Tips for Common Causes of New Jersey Property Water Damage

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Soaked residential bathroom floor and kitchen ceiling demolition during property restoration Our team’s primary goal is to mitigate damages using expert skill, experience, and equipment.

What you can expect from our SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Professionals in Mercer and Middlesex County

Even small leaks can bring big trouble for your home or business causing extensive structural and other damage if water removal services are not scheduled quickly. A leaky skylight, clogged drain pipe, or tub overflow can soak your floors, walls, and cabinets. Our technicians have experience in water removal and cleanup for homes and businesses in Trenton, Princeton, East Windsor and New Brunswick, they can quickly get to work to make your property feel “Like it never even happened.” We use advanced technology to locate the source of the damage and map the extent of damages. Our crews will attack your water damage and flooding, first by extracting water from your home with the assistance of wet vacs and pumps. Dehumidifiers and air movers can then be deployed to suck excess moisture from your kitchen cabinets, bathroom flooring, or basement ceiling.

Calling SERVPRO Provides Fast Comprehensive Water Removal

Often during water restoration, many recovery operations need to happen simultaneously, some of our crew will work on water extraction and controlled demolition, while others will inventory and pack up items to move to another location to help prevent further property damage from exposure to contaminated water or excess moisture. Moisture and mold particles can penetrate deep inside building materials, furniture and other porous items. HEPA filters help our industrial strength air scrubbers and dehumidifiers purify the air and neutralize odors and contaminants. Our SERVPRO of East Windsor location is fortunate to offer restoration and rebuilding services following a property disaster from all types of water or mold property concerns. Using our highly qualified construction team will help keep your recovery process moving steady and hassle free, often it can also minimize costs and completion time.

When water damage occurs in your home or business, knowing what to do will save precious time and ultimately minimize losses to your property and building contents. SERVPRO of East Windsor is the right choice and our professionals have extensive experience repairing and restoring catastrophic property water damage. Our technicians understand that ignoring water damage problems amplifies the problem while the source continues to cause harm to your property over time. Making it necessary to make quick, informed decisions, to perform quality restoration services today, that save you from further damaging problems, tomorrow.

SERVPRO EQUIPMENT IS KEY TO WATER RESTORATION:

Isolate Water Damaged Areas
Depending on the severity of your water or flood damage, our SERVPRO professionals may start with containment to help restrict secondary damages such as excessive humidity and mold from contaminating the air throughout your house and keep the damage contained at the source of the water or flood loss areas.

Water Extraction and Removal Equipment
Extractors are at the center of the water removal services. These machines are used to remove water from carpet, upholstery, and floors following a flood damage incidence. Our crews use either truck mounted or portable extractors depending on the extent and severity of water damage. 

Dehumidification Equipment
Excessive humidity from a water damage in your home can have devastating consequences leaving significant structural damage, mold growth and other latent concerns. Dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air and lower the relative humidity and speed up the evaporation process for faster drying. These machines draw in the moist air and replace it with warmer and drier air.

Air Moving Equipment
Used to accelerate air flow and evaporation of moisture from materials for restorative drying. An air mover—at its core—is a fan. But what separates it from your traditional fan is that it’s high-velocity, it’s versatile, and it has precision. This degree of functionality allows us to work quickly and more efficiently as opposed to a generic fan. As the air flows across the surface of moisture, it speeds up the process from which it evaporates and enters the air. It also pushes the newly created water vapor away from the area so more water molecules can dissipate into the air. We then remove the moisture from the air by running a dehumidifier.

Common causes of home or business water damage and what you can do now:

  • Plumbing Problems: freezing pipes is a common problem that can lead to water damage. But it is not just a burst pipe that can create a leak in your plumbing. Pipes can corrode or connections to fixtures can become worn, causing major plumbing problems and water leaks.

    Prevention tips: When it comes to avoiding costly damage from plumbing problems keeping your pipes warm and avoiding clogs are the best things you can do. Even small leaks can cause plenty of harm to your home or business, any unexplained changes in your water bill can also be a sign you could have a hidden water damage problem.

  • Ice Dams: When ice forms at the edge of your roof creating an ice dam, water can get trapped on your roof. This can cause leaks into your walls, around window or door jams and through the roof.

    Prevention tips: Proper ventilation, drainage and insulation are the only ways to prevent ice dams from causing major damage to your property. Inspect your attic and roof for proper ventilation, look for signs of rust or mold, make sure your vents are not blocked with debris or insulation. Look for air leaks and keep your gutters and downspouts working properly, diverting water away from your roof and foundation.

  • Appliance Malfunctions: Supply hoses, water heaters and drainage systems are notorious for springing leaks. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of gallons of water can flood your home or commercial property if any of these connections or holding tanks becomes corroded or damaged.

    Prevention tips: Check and maintain your appliances and hoses regularly, looking for leaks or signs of wear. Damaged hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a big mess and expensive property damage.

  • Basement Flooding: Keeping water out of your basement requires effective waterproofing and excess water removal systems in place. If your waterproofing is insufficient, or your sump pump fails, your basement can become flooded.

    Prevention tips: When water doesn’t properly drain it can cause water to backup or seep into your foundation and basement. Keep your gutters and downspouts working properly, extend them at least 10 ft. to divert water away from your foundation, drain subsurface water with a sump pump – run it every few months and perform annual maintenance.

  • Roof Damage: A leaking roof can quickly cause extensive water damage in your home, dripping down through the ceilings and walls of your structure.

    Prevention tips: Doing regular inspections for roof damage is a great way to avoid the costly after effects that storms, and weathering can bring. Looking for missing shingles or ponding that could lead to water intrusion. Any place where there are openings or joints in your roof, there’s the potential for leaks down the line.

Many of these common water damage issues can be prevented by keeping up with property maintenance. However, not all water infiltration can be stopped. When a pipe bursts or a storm creates a hole in your roof, you not only need to worry about fixing the leak problem, you need SERVPRO’s expert water removal and restoration service to protect your home or business.
 
At SERVPRO of East Windsor we take pride in our ability to erase the damage done by water, including damages caused by hidden problems. After 48 hours of exposure to water, there is a risk of mold growth in wet materials. Our East Windsor, New Jersey team of technicians put years of training, experience, and specialized equipment to work for you, ensuring the removal of all remaining moisture and a fast, effective drying process that you can count on. Our restoration specialists utilize infrared technology and thermal imagery to assess the full extent of the damage that your property has suffered. Using advanced technology can show our technicians areas where water might still exist based on a temperature difference. This process can ensure that the damage has not reached other areas of the building and confirm the completion of the restoration process.

SERVPRO of East Windsor responds quickly to your groundwater flooding or water damage emergency with skilled technicians to your home, our team’s primary goal is to mitigate additional damages with preventative procedures and neutralize and recover sustained damages using expert skill, experience, and equipment.

SERVPRO are experts at keeping your business operating during the busiest retail season after commercial property damage

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

retail business with water damage repair equipment installed Whether your business is suffering from a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale fire disaster trust that SERVPRO is here to help!

As retailers look to stretch an uncomfortably short shopping season this year, don’t let property damages get in the way of increased holiday sales. SERVPRO is your answer to staying operational after a Big or Small water or fire disaster impacts your New Jersey commercial property this holiday shopping season. SERVPRO restoration specialists have the experience, training and equipment to arrive faster to your commercial property disaster. Our full-service team is uniquely equipped to handle all phases of the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction saving your critical time during your recovery when your retail property needs it most. With over 30 years of experience helping local businesses our goal is to work with managers and owners to develop the right recovery plan to minimize cost, avoid business interruption and mitigate property damages.

What Business Disaster Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Provide?

Our SERVPRO Commercial Restoration Professionals can assist with:

  • Board-up, Emergency Power and Building Stabilization
  • Emergency Mitigation Services including Content Management
  • Drying, Dehumidification and Water Extraction
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art, Data and Document Recovery
  • Reconstruction Services
  • Soot, Smoke and Odor Removal

OUR SERVPRO Training and Tools Makes the Difference in quick cleanup and repairs

The success of your property disaster recovery hinges on a fast and effective response from a professional restoration company. Our SERVPRO teams have been assisting your neighbors with disaster restoration for years, providing expert commercial property disaster remediation. Our crews are prepared to assist during your property emergency with powerful and efficient tools and IICRC certified restoration specialists around-the-clock. Retail establishments can be dramatically impacted by natural or accidental disasters such as fire, flood, storms or even vandalism. The SERVPRO of East Windsor has decades of experience and training to overcome the unique challenges that can come with commercial property disasters including keeping your business running while cleaning and restoration is being performed. Our IICRC certified restoration specialists work quickly and efficiently to minimize or eliminate downtime with fast mitigation, content management and professional containment services for a fast recovery.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Mitigation and Restoration Services

  • Mitigation efforts are meant to prevent further damage and loss from occurring due to the existing threat, thus increasing the overall amount of work that needs to be done during the restoration itself.
  • Restoration is performed on items that could not be saved by mitigation efforts, and items that were damaged before the restoration company arrived. This step is often a longer process and may involve the complete replacement of floors, roofs, walls and other portions of your business that have been too damaged to save.
  • Both are necessary in order to get your business back in order after a flood, fire or other disaster, and should be performed by a professional disaster restoration company.

SERVPRO is here to help keep your commercial property operating through the busiest shopping season

Commercial property damage events are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale fire disaster, trust our restoration professionals to cleanup, repair and restore your business with minimal interruption to your customers and employees. Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of East Windsor.

SERVPRO professional’s cleanup and repairs homes suffering from property damage caused by modern conveniences

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Residential Kitchen with extensive water damage to floors, cabinets and walls SERVPRO provides expert property cleanup, repairs and restoration services to New Jersey following unexpected residential water or fire damage.

Modern conveniences are extremely useful tools to have inside your Mercer County home, but they can cause residential nightmares when they break down and cause problems such as water or fire damage. SERVPRO is prepared for all types of residential water or fire cleanup and restoration needs, including 24-Hour Emergency Repair Services.

Housekeeping can seem like an endless cycle of daily, weekly and monthly rituals, it’s easy to forget that many of the routine things we accomplish each day are done with the help of our modern appliances. Appliances are extremely useful tools however they require inspections and maintenance from time to time and inevitably need replacement or repairs. When these modern conveniences malfunction, it can lead to a plethora of fire, smoke or water property damage concerns. When your household appliances fight back from the endless cycle of chores with a burst pipe, puffback or accidental flood or fire SERVPRO is here to help with emergency property damage cleanup and restoration services.

SERVPRO is prepared for all of your residential water damage cleanup and repairs from a leaking dishwasher to a broken water heater our IICRC certified restoration specialists are ready to help.

When your dishwasher, washing machine or water heater fails causing a slow leak or a sudden burst, the results can be the same; significant flooding and other water damage throughout your home. Calling SERVPRO for quick water extraction and damage cleanup and restoration will save you time and money during your home property repairs.

Washing Machine Flood or Overflow: A broken or cracked drain hose or supply line, or even overfilling your washing machine can lead to appliance failure and cause water damage or flood damage to your laundry room or basement.

Refrigerator Supply Line Leak: Most refrigerator flooding and water damage can be attributed to a damaged or broken water line, or the hose that connects your fridge to your homes plumbing and water supply; sometimes however a clogged drain or drain pan can leak and cause water or flood damage.

Dishwasher Overflow: Dishwasher leaks can start as a slow drip or major flood either way the leak can have lasting damage on your floors, wall, cabinets and subfloor.

Water Heater Failure: Water heaters are typically designed to last for around 10 years, sometimes a water heater will start to show signs of deterioration by leaking around the supply lines or you may see puddles of water around the unit.

Whatever the cause of the malfunction the results are the same water damages that can quickly lead to bigger problems inside your home. Our SERVPRO crews are highly trained and experienced with advanced techniques, technology and equipment to mitigate any present damages and take steps to avoid secondary concerns from causing further destruction. A quick response from our New Jersey emergency property disaster response team can minimize your property damage concerns, and provide fast relief with water removal, drying and repairs to your home’s damaged areas.

SERVPRO is prepared for any type of residential fire, smoke and soot damage cleanup and repair

When your oven, stove top, dryer, furnace or fireplace causes fire, smoke or soot damages throughout your home. Fires can have devastating consequences for your home and family, even minor fires can lead to big property damage concerns. Calling SERVPRO for quick fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration will save you time and money during your home property repairs.

Dryer Fire: According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the leading cause of dryer fires is the lack of regular maintenance, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year.  The most common sources of ignition in dryer fires are lint and household dust.

Cooking/Grilling Fire: Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Whether preparing for a family dinner or making a quick snack, practicing safe cooking behaviors can help keep you and your family safe.

Microwave Fire: Microwave ovens can do a lot of things -- pop popcorn, heat frozen burritos and warm up leftovers. When used incorrectly, microwaves can be quite dangerous, also similarly to cooking precautions you should never leave your cooking unattended while using the microwave.

Chimney Fire and Puff back: As fires burn, they generate smoke, the smoke rises and condenses, like steam on a glass of cold water…the resulting condensed smoke is called creosote. Creosote is a black or brown gummy substance that builds up on the flue. Without proper maintenance the creosote can build up and catch fire. The resulting chimney fire can leave last damages to your chimney and smoke, fire and structural damages to your home.

Furnace Puff back: Home heating equipment keeps the inside comfortable during chilly winter months, a furnace puffback can occur when the furnace doesn’t operate and ignite properly and may result in accumulated soot, debris and fumes backfiring through the furnace’s exhaust system. In this case, soot often travels to all parts of your home affecting everything from walls, to furniture, to clothing.

Space Heater Fires: These commonly used heating appliances provide a quick and convenient way to raise the temperature in drafty or under heated areas of your home. Although, space heaters maybe an easy solution to your home heating concerns, it’s important to use caution with these residential fire hazards to prevent unexpected fire damages to your property.

Even a small kitchen fire or fireplace puff back can lead to extensive fire, smoke and soot property damage. Removing soot residue and smoke and odors from your home can be an overwhelming and costly task, and it’s best left to professionals. The restoration specialists at SERVPRO of East Windsor have the experience and training to assist in the cleanup, restoration and recovery process avoiding secondary damages and restoring your home to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Using caution and preventative maintenance can help protect your home from any potential water or fire damage concerns these machines bring to your home and property. In the unfortunate event that your home suffers from one of these appliance mishaps our full-service SERVPRO restoration and cleanup professionals are here to assist with water removal, flood cleanup, fire remediation, soot and smoke removal, and reconstruction solutions.

When unexpected water or fire damages leave you and your family dealing with the aftermath of a property disaster, our SERVPRO team has years of experience and training to rescue your property, recover your possessions and rebuild your damages.

SERVPRO has Professional Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Service with surprising benefits to your Mercer County Business.

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Dirt and dust buildup in HVAC vent Our SERVPRO commercial cleaning specialists are familiar with all types of commercial and industrial HVAC/air duct systems.

Business owners and managers are busy, countless daily tasks and emergency situations make paying attention to routine maintenance difficult at times. Turning your attention annually to your commercial HVAC system and air duct system including performing scheduled inspections, maintenance and cleaning services is critical to keeping your operations running efficiently.

Some of the benefits to having our SERVPRO of East Windsor commercial cleaning professionals perform an air duct, vent and register cleaning at your Mercer or Middlesex County commercial building are;

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Benefits:

  • Reduce energy costs for your business
  • Reduce the potential for mold growth
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Increase air circulation and flow
  • Increase your commercial system performance
  • Extend HVAC equipment life

Whether your goal is eliminating contaminants, dust, debris, and other harmful pollutants to improve your buildings indoor air quality, or you want to extend the life and efficiency of your HVAC and air duct system; SERVPRO professional commercial HVAC/air duct cleaning services can benefit your business. According to the US Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted due to air pollutants and other dirt and debris clogging up residential/commercial air ducts.

Common issues that decrease air flow in your commercial air duct system:

  • Blocked vents and registers
  • Clogged filters
  • Blocked or leaky ducts

Our SERVPRO of East Windsor technicians have advanced training to help resolve potential air flow concerns and accurately clean and remove the buildup of dust/debris, contaminants, mold spores, and particulates circulating throughout your commercial air ducts. Our crews use a variety of specialized equipment to remove years of buildup and pollutants within your air duct system, including high-powered HEPA vacuums, negative air machines and whisking brushes to help remove debris and mold spores from internal surfaces.

Cleaning Commercial Air Ducts are important?

The air ducts in your New Jersey commercial building serve an important function, supplying heating and cooling as well as circulating the air throughout your facility. Our air duct cleaning professional service removes built-up sediment and pollutants from your system, improving HVAC system efficiency and air quality before reaching the indoor spaces where air is breathed by you and your employees.

Air Duct Cleaning Improves the Quality of Indoor Air

By routinely having your air ducts cleaned you can significantly decrease the number of airborne molecules in your office, all while avoiding weighty fees for other air purifying solutions.  Air ducts, like everything else in our office, collect dirt and debris. While filters may catch a lot of streaming debris, there is still a considerable amount of dust that settles within the ducts.

Air Duct Cleaning Conserves Energy

Air duct cleaning can optimize your air duct function, a properly cleaned HVAC system, can reduce the costs associated with running your HVAC system and increase the lifetime of your air conditioner and furnace. Performing routine commercial air duct cleanings removes obstructions and improves airflow, helping your systems to work better, faster, and more efficiently, all while using less energy!

SERVPRO of East Windsor specializes in cleaning local New Jersey commercial and industrial air ducts; contact our staff to schedule an inspection and estimate for your commercial cleaning solution. Our crews have experience, training and advanced equipment to restore your HVAC system to optimal performance. Our SERVPRO commercial cleaning specialists are familiar with all types of commercial and industrial HVAC/air duct systems, give us a call so we can get to work, and you can start experiencing the benefits a commercial air duct cleaning service can bring to your business!