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When a Pipe leaks

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When a Pipe leaks When a pipe breaks, it may not be easily detectable, especially if its in a rarely accessed part of the building.

In an office building, with staff coming and going, it can be difficult to detect a problem with the facilities. Usually a sign that a water main has broken is a loss in pressure. If you are experiencing a loss in water pressure, start by shutting off your water and then have SERVPRO of East Central Morris County out to address the extent of the damage. 

Many things can cause a pipe to break. Overly dry or wet weather causes the ground to shift, typically resulting in round breaks wrapping around the diameter of the pipe. Sudden pressure fluctuations and the normal aging process of the mains also cause breaks, typically resulting in lateral breaks running along the pipe.

If the problem is simply a pipe blockage, you are likely to notice reduced pressure and/or volume when you turn on the shower or faucet in your home. A water main break will result in water leakage, which can turn your front yard into a swamp. You might also detect an unpleasant odor. A good clue that you could possibly have a leak somewhere in the system, is an unusual increase in your water bill.

After you get your pipe fixed give SERVPRO of East Central Morris County a call. We will come out and fix the damage that this major break has done to your home. We can repair mold and water damage. We will get your building smelling and looking like new again!

How To Clean Up After Commercial Sewer Damage

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage damage is a serious problem that can lead to loss of inventory. It is important to begin the sewer cleanup process as soon as possible, although you should always wait until the electric and gas lines have been shut off to prevent fires or explosions. Once you know it is safe to begin cleaning, complete the following steps.

Clean and Sanitize the Flooded Area

Once the area is free of standing water, remove any excess dirt, soil and other debris. Use a low-suds detergent to wash the following:

• Walls
• Floors
• Countertops
• Railings
• Doors

Rinse with hot water. Complete the process by sanitizing the areas using eight tablespoons of laundry bleach per gallon of water and opening the windows or using fans to air the space out.

Clean or Discard Carpets, Clothing and Bedding

Any items affected by sewer backup must go through the sewer cleanup process. The way you clean each item will depend on its material. In many cases, it may be more helpful to take it to a dry cleaning expert. If you do handle the process yourself, be mindful of avoiding your eyes, nose and mouth while cleaning. When you finish the task, use a nail brush and lots of soap to thoroughly wash your hands and arms.

Clean the Kitchen Area

Begin by tossing out all bottled or boxed foods that were contaminated. You can clean canned foods, including those in canning jars, by scrubbing well with soap and water, submerging each one in an ounce of bleach plus a gallon of water for 15 minutes, and then air drying. Toss any frozen food after it has been without power for a day and any refrigerated items after four to six hours. Of course, throw away anything with an unusual odor or color.

Whether dealing with a flooded toilet or a full-scale sewage cleanup, consider hiring a professional. Water remediation companies have the necessary tools to ensure the job is completed thoroughly and safely.  For more information on commercial water damage, call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at 973-887-9100

We can handle commercial losses!

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial We can handle commercial losses! non salvageable hardwood floor being removed

SERVPRO provides a 24–hour emergency service with highly trained restoration technicians to renovate your structure back to, “Like it never even happened.” We are a locally owned and operated advanced restoration service. Our technological advanced products and cleaning equipment can tackle the most extreme damages. For commercial services we specialize in:

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial Mold Remediation

Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial Storm and Major Events

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County serves the local communities including Boonton, Montville, Mountain Lakes, Morris Plains, Towaco, Pine Brook, and Lake Hiawatha.   Although we provide commercial services, we also offer residential services.

We work with your insurance provider for a stress free claim process and help manage the insurance paperwork. Call (973) 887-9100 for details.

Acid Smoke After Fire

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County County can help even in the toughest circumstances.  By calling SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at 973-887-9100, we will begin the process of restoring your property back to its preloss state. 

The acidic ash residue left behind by fire and smoke will get even worse if it is not removed within a couple of days.  The only way to do so is with a thorough cleaning.  You should not try this on your own.  Our professionals have access to special equipment and cleaning products to make the job much easier.  SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is ready to respond 24/7/365.  During cleanup, the technicians will treat walls, ceilings and anything else that has been affected by ash.  If smoke odors are present, and they usually are, they will also require removal to make it possible for you to inhabit your building once again.  Smoke odors though, are extremely hard to removed and can't be done with standard equipment.  SERVPRO of East Central Morris County has specialized odor removal equipment on hand to counter noxious smoke odors.  They can reach into all parts of the home, including inside floors and walls. 

Do not delay in calling SERVPRO of East Central Morris County to begin immediate restoration services.

Top Tips For Fire Safety

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Top Tips For Fire Safety Fire Safety Awareness

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

    If a Fire Starts:
     
  5. Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
  6. Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  7. Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
  8. If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  9. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
  10. If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  11. Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan. 
    If your clothes catch on fire:
  12. Stop what you’re doing.
  13. Drop to the ground and cover your face if you can.
  14. Roll over and over or back and forth until the flames go out. Running will only make the fire burn faster.

     

    THEN:

    Once the flames are out, cool the burned skin with water for three to five minutes. Call for medical attention.

Severe Weather

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans experience an average of*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

As a member of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of South Everett is “Ready for whatever happens.” When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is poised for any storm that may happen. With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team is there when large storms hit our area. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective: to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams included:

  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew  
  • 2016 Louisiana Flooding
  • 2016 Houston, TX Flooding 
  • 2015 Siberian Express
  • 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding 
  • 2014 Polar Vortex  
  • 2013 Colorado Floods
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy

No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is Here to Help. With the help of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, we can handle any size weather event. If disaster strikes your home or business, give us a call at 973-887-9100.

Deodorization – Getting Rid of Unpleasant Odors

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

General Deodorization – Getting Rid of Unpleasant Odors Hydroxyl

Life is full of unpleasant smells. Odors from smoke, pets, decomposition or mold can cause lingering odors in your home or business. A simple surface clean doesn’t necessarily get rid of these smells.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of East Central Morris County provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by smoke, mold or other sources. Our professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, we use SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

Along with our proprietary line of cleaning products we use various techniques and equipment to treat odors. These techniques are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. Some of the tools we use include:

Ozone Generator: The Ozone Generator (shown above) is one of the quickest ways to eliminate odors from a home or office. We use the Ozone Generator to oxidize odor and eliminate odors from mold, mildew, pets, nicotine, smoke and more without the use of chemicals. Though the room being treated cannot be occupied while in use, the generator works quickly to clean, sanitize and remove offensive odors.

Hydroxyl Generator: The Hydroxyl Generator has several benefits that the Ozone Generator does not. The main benefit is that the room being treated can be occupied during the deodorization process; though it does work slower. The Hydroxyl Generator can be used to treat fire and smoke, as well as biohazard jobs, water damage, crime scene situations and animal odors.

Air Filtration Device: This piece of equipment, also known as an air scrubber, is used to remove airborne contaminants during water, fire, smoke, mold and sewage restoration work. These work by pulling air through HEPA filtration to remove airborne particles from the air. This helps clean the air and remove odors.

Whether you are a building manager who needs an apartment cleaned for the next tenant or homeowner who wants to get your home ready for sale, getting rid of offensive odors is a high priority.

Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 973-887-9100. 

The Science of Drying After Water Damage

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know there is a science behind the process of drying? Having this knowledge is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damage. If your home or business suffers from water damage, our team will:

  1. Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  2. Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  3. Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material–but only if the air is, indeed, drier.

The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. Our technicians also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County has the training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.” If your home or business has water damage, give us a call today at 425-367-4484.

Protect Your Family From Fire and Burns

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in our county. Children, the elderly, and the disabled are particularly vulnerable to burn injuries, and almost one-third of all burn injuries occur in children. In 2014, there were over 3,000 deaths from fires and over 50,000 people were treated in hospitals for burn related injuries.

Though treatment for burn injuries has improved over the years, prevention is still the bets way to protect your home and family. Follow the tips below, provided by the American Burn Association, to help protect your family.

General Home Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open lids away from your face, to prevent burns from hot steam.

Tips for Homes with Children

  • Set water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F or just below the medium setting.
  • Create a "no kid zone" in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters.
  • Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove.
  • Never hold an infant or child while cooking, drinking a hot liquid or carrying hot items.
  • Keep matches and lighters high out of the reach and sight of children, in a locked cabinet.
  • Closely supervise older children when using microwaves, or have them prepare non-hot food. Many burn injuries occur from children pulling hot foods and soups out of microwaves.
  • Teach children to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch fire.
  • Test the water before placing a child in the tub. Fill the tub or sink by running cool water first and then adding hot water. Seat the child facing away from the faucets.

If you or someone else sustains a burn injury be sure to:

  • Cool the burn with cool (not cold) water to stop the burning process.
  • Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area.
  • Cover the area with a clean dry sheet or bandage.
  • Seek medical attention.

If you would like to read more tips like these check out the American Burn Associations page here and the ABA National Scald Prevention Campaign page here.

*Statistics and tips provided by the American Burn Association

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Windstorms

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Windstorms cause millions of dollars of damage across the East Coast every year. There’s not always a lot of warning before a large windstorm hits, so it’s important to prepare your home well beforehand. Small fixes now can prevent more costly repairs after a storm.

Trim Your Trees

Check your property for any tree branches that hang over your roof, cars, power lines, or shed. Overhanging branches can cause significant damage to your property if they fall, which you can easily prevent by cutting them down before a storm hits.

If you have dead trees or branches on your property, get them professionally removed.

Inspect the Roof and Garage

Any loose roofing material will be particularly susceptible during a windstorm. Further damage can occur when a windstorm rips loose material off the roof. Before the windstorm hits, check your roof for loose shingles, flashing, gutters, edging strips, etc. Make sure any problems you find are fixed ASAP.

Your garage door, if it is not in top shape, can be a liability as well. If you haven’t had it professionally inspected in a while, consider doing so.

Protect Your Windows

Strong winds and flying debris can damage windows, so make sure they are prepared before the storm comes in. If you don’t have stormproof windows installed, you can use aluminum or steel shutters or plywood to protect your windows from damage.

Secure Items Around Your Property

While wind can cause a lot of damage on its own, loose items around the yard can severely increase the damage potential. If you received a report of an impending windstorm, secure or safely store items like:

  • Grills
  • Patio Furniture
  • ATVs
  • Garbage and recycling bins
  • Container plants
  • Wind chimes and other decor
  • Trampolines
  • Swing sets and toys
  • Bicycles

Make sure to store cleaning chemicals, motor fuels, and pesticides in safe places as well. You don’t want chemicals to mix together or spread throughout your yard or home

Put Together an Emergency Kit

If the windstorm takes out the power, in some cases you may have to go without electricity for a few days until it gets fixed. Prepare emergency kits with food, water, and anything else your family might need to get through three days without power.

Even the most prepared home can sustain damage during a bad windstorm. Fortunately, at SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County, we’re prepared to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

We offer a wide range of services (like board-ups, water damage restoration, tarp-ups, and other roofing services) to help repair your property after a storm. We’re there when you need us with our 24/7 emergency service, so give us a call at 973-887-9100.