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Morris Plains Restoration Professionals Talk About Post Flooding Safety

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying being used in water damaged basement Spring rains bring flooding and flood dangers to New Jersey. SERVPRO is always equipped and knows how to safely restore your home.

Flood Damage Morris Plains – Stay Safe After a Flood

Once flooding has receded, many people want to get back into their homes to recover individual items, heirlooms, important papers, and other valuable items. These consumers do not realize there are potential dangers which place themselves and their families at risk. There could be electrocution hazards, and because mud and debris cover everything, slips and falls are frequent, and the water may contain a variety of contaminants. Now is the time to call the professionals to clean and restore your home.

SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Morris Plans and surrounding areas. We cover many of the local towns in the area and can be at your home in less than four hours. Our teams are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to respond to emergencies. We are here to help your recover from the chaos that flooding can create.

Restoring a Home After a Flood

Electrical circuits often experience short circuits when water inundates a home. Never turn on lights or reset circuit breakers until your sure there is no chance of electrocution. Resetting circuit breakers before electrical connections are dried and tested can cause fires. SERVPRO can evaluate your situation and prepare a plan to remove standing water, mud, and debris and contents that have been damaged by the floodwaters.

We use flood cuts on walls to remove water damaged drywall and expose the studs. There are often pockets of water inside the walls after a flood, and the drywall is not only contaminated; it also swells after contacting floodwaters and must be replaced. We also replace contaminated carpeting and underpadding. Severely damaged floors, especially when water and moisture have penetrated the subfloor may necessitate replacement of tile and hardwood flooring.

SERVPRO reviews all of the damage with our clients. We can work closely with your insurance adjuster to return your home to its original condition. We also have a general contractor license: 13VH06046200, which enables our team to save time and reduce the total cost of flood mitigation, repairs, and reconstruction.

Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lake Hiawatha, Boonton Township, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

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SERVPRO Urgent Professional Disinfecting Services

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County offers cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol
SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures
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 cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.

SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more.

Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE™.

Contact us at 973-887-9100 if you have a service need or click here to visit our website to learn more about SERVPRO of East Central Morris County's System Services.

Fire Damage Restoration In Morris Plains Can Involve Dry Sponge Cleaning Affected Ceilings

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO’s How to for Fire Damage in Morris Plains

Thousands of structural burns, both severe and minor, take place in the Morris Plains area each year. Once an inferno ignites, the fire damage that gets caused can include soot residues left behind by the smoke. Since heat rises, smoke can quickly go straight to your ceilings and then to other rooms of your house. Once these partially burnt particles contact cooler surfaces such as your ceiling, they can solidify and turn into soot residues.

Our SERVPRO technicians know that when working on fire damage restoration in Morris Plains, cleaning ceilings can become a large portion of the mitigation procedures. Some ceilings are composed of non-porous materials such as wood, whereas others could be more porous substances like drywall or acoustic tiles. Since your various ceilings could require different techniques to clean soot residues, we start by test cleaning your affected areas. For the most part, non-porous ceilings can be cleaned using water-based detergents, but your affected drywall can be cleaned better using dry techniques.

After our SERVPRO crew test cleans your affected walls and ceilings, we can determine whether wet cleaning or other methods like using dry sponges would be best. However, before we begin cleaning your ceiling, we first move all of your furniture away from your walls and cover it with thick plastic to prevent any soot falling on your unaffected contents. Next, we remove any art or other items that are hanging on your walls. Then we use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to suck up any excess, dry soot, or soils.

Once the room containing your affected ceiling is prepared, we start by cleaning the rear corner of the room. We apply the sponge to the surface so that pressure is distributed evenly. We then drag the sponge about three to four feet in one pass. Next, we reposition the sponge so that it overlaps the first pass and cleans an area about four to five feet across.

If you ever need help cleaning soot residues from your ceiling after you suffer from a structural blaze, call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 24  hours a day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Removal After DIY Cleanup in Morris Plains Home

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Need Help From The Experts For Your Homes Water Mishaps 

Many homeowners choose to handle water damage in their homes themselves to save money. In some cases, this decision works, and in others, it can lead to even more loss. 

SERVPRO handled a water removal in a Morris Plains home that needed extra help. A toilet overflow in a finished basement bathroom left the water on the tile floor, and the homeowner assumed he had cleaned it up using a mop and dried the floor with fans. 

Signs Water Loss Remains

The next day, the homeowner noticed the tiles in the bathroom came loose. When delamination occurs, it is usually due to water seepage under the tile, and when the water contains sewage, the issue is even worse. SERVPRO technicians came out to inspect the loss area, and their moisture detection equipment confirmed the subfloor needed drying. A small amount ran behind the baseboards and wicked into the sheetrock.

How SERVPRO Addresses Embedded Moisture

The techs removed the loose tile and baseboards for water extraction and used their pumps to pull as much moisture out as possible from the subfloor and floor joint areas. Only about an inch of water wicked into the sheetrock, and the techs measured roughly six inches above the water line and cut it away evenly so repairs would be seamless. 

Complete Drying

The techs used air movers to quickly pull the embedded moisture out of the subfloor and wall cavities. The drying mats forced air into the subfloor and got moved periodically during the drying phase to ensure all areas attained drying goals. 

Preparations for Repairs 

For complete restoration, the bathroom needs to have the water loss areas cleaned and disinfected. SERVPRO techs have access to a wide array of antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaning agents that leave surfaces sanitized and ready for the installation of tile and sheetrock to bring the room to its preloss condition. With their general contractor license #13VH06046200, the techs can go from the restoration to rebuilding and complete the restoration services without the stress of finding and vetting an outside contractor.

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for water removal needs of any size. The certified technicians are available 24/7 to make the water loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Keeping Water Cleanup Timeframes as short as possible for Morris Plains Residents

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water on wood Our SERVPRO teams are ready to assist your home with any water removal needed.

You Can Depend on SERVPRO’s Quick Response to Water Cleanup for Your Morris Plains Home

Water Cleanup Morris Plains

Your home features a network of pipes that transport water to and from your home. Some of these pipes may run into your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit, into appliances like dishwashers, or release from showers and faucets. Behind the walls and ceilings of your home, there is a constant run of clean and contaminated water. A broken link in this long chain of residential water irrigation can lead to water release into regions of the home. 

These broken links may be immediately noticeable as a clean water emergency or take several months before you become aware of a need for professional water cleanup services here in Morris Plains. Long-term water issues like slow leaks may be noticeable in reducing water pressure. You may also notice stagnant water, rust or discoloration in some areas of the home. SERVPRO technicians are capable of drying, cleaning, and restoring these areas on your behalf. 

When water enters a dry region of the home, it immediately attracts microbial organisms, including bacteria and viruses. Bacteria can degrade both the water as well as any surfaces that the water contacts. Depending on the type of material, these issues may present as mold growth, dry rot, rusting or stagnation, and discoloration. Our technicians can use Borescopes to assess inside cavities, under floorboards, or enter your crawlspace to find the source of moisture and shut it off. Once the problem causing element is under control, we can work toward restoring the affected areas. 

Restoration of a long-term water issue can be a noisy interference for homeowners. Some pieces of equipment produce white noise or generate power from an engine that can disturb the peace of your home. SERVPRO technicians keep timeframes as short as possible by inspecting each material and making a call on whether your claim suits restoration or replacement. Some building materials are cheaper to replace than they are to restore. Others may be time-consuming to remove and are better suited to structural cavity drying methods and disinfecting. 

Keep control of sanitation in your property. Contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for water restoration experts.

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Some Simple Steps to an Effective Commercial Water Removal Strategy

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

commercial parking lot Extra water can quickly cause a problem for your parking business. Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of flooding for water removal services.

Pumping Underground Parking Lots in Morris Plains using Commercial Water Removal Equipment

Parking lots can be a lucrative business serving commuters and residents throughout the year. However, these subterranean lots can also be at risk of adverse weather events, with heavy rainfall being a key reason for flooding in the lower levels. A lack of ventilation and temperature in these areas means that water can remain on a surface level for several days or weeks. This can become a problem for the business manager as stagnating water begins to cause concern among customers. 

We operate commercial water removal for Morris Plains businesses that utilize powerful drainage and pumping equipment. A parking lot is a typically large area, which means any restoration service needs to have the necessary resources and equipment to take on a job this size. SERVPRO operates locally but has access to national resources, which means we can mobilize equipment and personnel for any-size disaster. 

As a lower level worksite, it can be tough for restorers to generate the necessary power to lift standing water to the surface level. SERVPRO can bring portable generators on-site for the equipment we use. We can also conduct a full inspection of the affected area and communicate with your throughout service to ensure that work is completed on-time and on-budget. In addition we can bring in the necessary lighting equipment so that our restorers can inspect outcomes as well as any potential causes for concern during the service. 

The pumping equipment we use on residential restoration projects is often insufficient to deal with the more significant loss sites of commercial clients. Centrifugal high-pressure pumps have the necessary lift and volume to pump water from underground sites into upper levels. By deploying this equipment SERVPRO technicians can take advantage of the pieces of equipment's 360-degree discharge head and remove water quickly and effectively. Our truck-mounted extraction units can remove any standing water below two inches allowing you to re-open your parking lot sooner rather than later. 

Large subterranean spaces require restoration services with the necessary resources and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100.

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How Professionals Restore Flood Damaged Montville Homes

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain.  Raindrops falling and pooling Storms are frequent in New Jersey and present flooding challenges. SERVPRO is always ready to restore your flood damaged home.

How to Get Efficient Flood Damage Restoration in Your Montville Residence

Heavy rain in Montville usually causes the level of water in the Passaic River to rise, and this increases the risk of flooding in nearby properties. The presence of floodwater in a building often results in undesirable consequences. Many types of destruction can occur, such as ruined drywall, furniture, ceilings, and hardwood flooring.

If your Montville residence sustains flood damage, knowing whom to call for help is crucial. It is not always advisable to attempt to perform flood clean-up on your own because of the many threats present during this kind of disaster. You can get high-quality restoration services from SERVPRO. Our restorers can help you to clean up, dry, and disinfect the affected surfaces to restore your property to its original condition.

After we receive your call, our restorers can get to your home quickly and assess the situation. We can consider the length of time the water has been in the house, hazardous substances in the floodwater, and the presence of mold contamination. Our restorers can identify and resolve any safety hazards.

Floodwater damages increase the longer it sits in a home. Our team can use heavy-duty water removal equipment to give your home the best chance to dry out. When the water has soaked floors, walls, and other surfaces, it is critical to use advanced techniques to dry and dehumidify the property. If you do not remove the water and moisture quickly, wood flooring drywall can absorb it and become discolored or misshapen. Mold can also grow on porous surfaces, and cause health effects to the inhabitants.

Touching or looking at the areas where water pooled cannot give an accurate representation of how wet your home is. Our team can use thermal imaging cameras to find and monitor moisture. A thermal imaging camera makes it easier to detect moisture because the water stays at the same temperature longer than solid structures. With this equipment, our restorers can find moisture that would have otherwise remained hidden. At the end of the drying process, thermal imaging cameras offer excellent documentation that your home is dry.

Flooding can also damage the building materials or finishes of your property, making it necessary to replace them. Water breaks down materials naturally, and it ruins materials like plywood, drywall, wood, and framing. Our SERVPRO team can perform the necessary restoration work. We can remove, replace, and fix any structural components that sustained damage.

Floodwater also poses a risk of infection because of the presence of toxins, bacteria, and other hazardous substances in it. Our team can use anti-microbial solutions to eliminate bacteria and other microorganisms.

When flooding happens in a house, working with a trusted restoration company is essential to ensure correct project completion. Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for effective restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Removal Projects In Morris Plains

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home We can help you return your home to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal Projects In Morris Plains Can Require Restoring Concrete Floors

If a pipe inside your Morris Plains house breaks overnight, it is possible that hundreds of gallons of water can pour into your structure. If water removal does not get conducted promptly, secondary damage such as mold growth can occur. Once moisture leaks out of your plumbing system, it will follow gravity and soak into your floors first. Since some floors are made of concrete, drying out cement can become necessary.

During most projects in Morris Plains, water removal can include both extraction and applied structural drying or ASD procedures. For example, if the liquid H2O in your garage is more than a couple of inches deep, then our SERVPRO technicians can set up a submersible pump to put the water into one of your sewage drains. After we extract all standing water, we can then set up drying equipment to remove the rest of the moisture.

In some situations, houses are built with carpet on top of concrete subfloors. When this is the case, carpet can trap moisture inside the concrete and cause mold to grow on your carpets' paper backing. When restoring rooms that have carpet laying on top of concrete, our SERVPRO team first uses our heavy-duty extractors to remove any moisture from the carpet. Then, we can remove part of your carpet and put an air mover underneath it so that your carpet "floats" and the concrete beneath it dries out.

In other scenarios, when your carpet gets heavily saturated, we can remove the floor coverings to better dry the concrete subfloor. When drying concrete floors, we set up air movers so that they create air circulation by pushing air in a counterclockwise motion. We then place dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air and exhaust warm, dry air that gets used in the air circulation created by the air movers.

In some more severe situations where concrete gets saturated with water, desiccant dehumidifiers can get utilized. Desiccant machines are more effective than your basic dehumidifier and can pull moisture out of non-porous materials such as concrete.

If the plumbing ever fails inside your house, it is wise to take steps to remove all moisture from your contents and building materials as soon as possible. For professional assistance when restoring any type of water damage, call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 any day of the week. We can help you return your home to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Identifies and Designates Fire-Damaged Elements in Morris Plains Properties for Professional Cleaning and Restoration

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

Two story boarded up house Structural Damage in Morris Plains from Fires May Mean SERVPRO Board-Up Service to Secure the Home

Fire Damage Morris Plains – Contents vs. Structural Cleaning

Many fires occur in a Morris Plains kitchen while food is cooking and left unattended. Before the chef realizes something is amiss, a fire starts engulfing the area around the cooking surface and causing nearby items to ignite. Firefighters usually squash the fire quickly; however, in the process, it creates even more damage. If you were wise enough to have a small fire extinguisher handy under the sink, maybe the fire damage was less, but still a mess.

SERVPRO provides fire damage cleanup services and reconstruction in the Morris Plains area. In addition to the fire and smoke restoration expertise of our technicians, we also are licensed to provide and coordinate repair of your building's structural elements.

Contents vs. Structural Cleaning
The materials in the immediate area, as well as the structure, can be damaged by the fire. Additional damage can be caused by the efforts of the firemen while squashing the fire. Smoke residue can also spread throughout the home, causing staining and odors.

Contents are those items that can be removed from the room or rooms and cleaned. Some items may have been damaged beyond repair. These items must be replaced. Building materials and fixtures include the basic structure of the home, such as cupboards, flooring, the walls, and more. In many cases, the structure can be cleaned, deodorized, and repaired. We strive to clean up and restore rather than replace fire-damaged elements.

SERVPRO assesses the damage and prepares recommendations regarding which contents and structural materials can be cleaned vs. replaced. For example, nonporous items generally are easily cleaned, while porous items may require specialized treatment or replacement.

The type of soiling is also an important consideration. Fires produce a variety of smoke residue based on the temperature of the fire and the material burned. Some of the smoke residues can be oil-based, requiring a different cleaning approach than water-based damage. SERVPRO uses these factors to decide whether to use a wet or dry cleaning approach as the team restores you home after a fire. We always pre-test items to prevent further damage.

We are a licensed General Contractor - License: 13VH06046200, and can help with all of the repair and construction work, saving time and reducing total costs.

Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Boonton Township, Mountain Lakes, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Will Show You Why There is No Job Too Big or Small for Our Team of Professionals for Your Morris Plains Community.

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

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We stay prepared for our Morris Plains Community, no matter the damage.

We have been a thriving institution for Morris Plains homeowners in their time of need since 2004. In a decade and a half, we have discovered that our success moving forward hinges on ideals that we must adhere to in every task that we undertake. We have dedicated the work that we do to the satisfaction of our customers, and that means that we are taking more care and consideration to do all we can to get you back into your home or business as quickly as possible. Our entire team from our management to our field technicians have grown up and raised their families here in Jersey, so we have a heart for our communities whenever disasters strike.


As certified water restorers, we have embodied the principle that there is no job too big or small for our team of professionals. We have extensive training and education through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT.) As standard of a callout as this has become over the years, we have encouraged the majority of our staff and technicians to obtain their WRT certification as well. We stay prepared for any water loss incident that threatens Morris Plains homes by having more available qualified technicians on call for emergencies.

Because we are locally operated, we have technicians at our shop in the middle of the night quickly when disasters strike. We know there is no convenient time for a crisis, so we stay stocked and ready to mobilize at the first signs of trouble. Our production vehicles have the top-tier equipment we need to get a job done efficiently and correctly. Our trucks have several of our air movers, dehumidifiers, and other specialty drying equipment ready to move. This preparedness has us reaching most Morris Plains residences within hours, beginning mitigation within the critical 48-hour window before the situation can become even direr.

No matter how severe water loss incidents become, our SERVPRO professionals have a tailored plan to help overcome water damage in Morris Plains properties. From our thorough inspection of your house to the use of premier extraction, drying, and cleaning tools and products, we can make losses “Like it never even happened.”


When water damage is allowed to persist without drying efforts, the results can be mold damage in Morris Plains residences. In as little as 48-72 hours, mold colonization can begin, and this involves the literal seating and spreading of present mold spores in the environment. Moist conditions can feed these microorganisms and help them to invade host materials and begin to grow and spread. Active colonization can be a threat to homeowners and any party exposed to volatile organic compounds the colony releases or the higher concentration of active spores.

Remediation is a practice that can help homeowners to get their property back to its original condition with minimal invasiveness and fallout as possible. The longer mold colonization can persist, the more likely that remediation routes must lean on controlled demolition and reinstallation of materials, so it is critical to act quickly to ensure that our SERVPRO team can manage active organisms with abrasive cleaning tactics such as media blasting and sanding to help installed structural elements remain.

We have several layers of mold effects that must get addressed before Morris Plains homeowners can return to life as normal. Our team must address the removal of colonies, the cleaning of the environment within the house with the use of air scrubbers and HEPA filters, and deodorization with premier odor removal systems like thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators.


How our team responds to storm damages that affect Morris Plains homes is critical to not only reducing the stress on the structure but also reducing the financial impact the restoration can have. Our team of professionals has been helping New Jersey residents overcome the worst of what Mother Nature can dole out since 2004, and in this time we have helped hundreds of homes and businesses to get back to preloss condition.

With a division of licensed (13VH06046200) general contractors, our SERVPRO team can handle multiple phases of repair and mitigation from the moment that we arrive at your damaged address. The installation of temporary construction solutions like roof tarps and plywood over openings can reduce water penetration and other threats that can follow storm damage in Morris Plains homes.

When contending with the flood damage that can often result from storms and structural breaches, we have a dedicated team of professionals with premier extraction and drying tools. With our fast response, we can reduce the deterioration of structural elements and construction materials and better protect the contents of Morris Plains residences.


Because fires can have such a destructive presence in Morris Plains homes, how our professionals respond to this situation speaks to our dedication to our customers. We follow immediately after the extinguishment from first responders to have the most precise look at the damage and to limit further exposure and detrimental effects as much as possible. From setting up containment barriers to beginning the intricate process of cleaning air contamination, we begin working on your home as soon as we arrive.

With an established relationship with all area insurance companies, our SERVPRO team can confidently address fire damage in Morris Plains homes following a thorough inspection of the property submitted to your adjuster. We can work alongside your provider to offer a tailored restoration experience suited to the policy that you have and the potential out of pocket expenses you might incur.

We have a full-service team of general contractors to oversee controlled demolition, as well. These professionals can work alongside the technicians of our mitigation team to clear out damaged drywall, flooring, ceilings materials, and more that could harbor foul odors or soot particles. Because of our fast response to these emergencies, we aim to limit the tear-out and reconstruction necessary in Morris Plains homes after a fire.

There are many reasons that we have become a trusted name since we first opened our doors years ago, and it begins with our dedication to our customers and their properties. We can help you through nearly every phase of recovery and restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – and our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team can show you when you call (973) 887-9100.

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