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What Can I Do to Clear My Home of Water After a Pipe Breaks?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

floors with standing water SERVPRO is the specialist company to be called to mitigate your water issue in your Morris Plains home.

Bring in a SERVPRO Restoration Team to Remove Water from Your Morris Plains Residence

Regardless if it is a major pipe leak or a drip that goes unnoticed, water can cause a host of problems for a homeowner. Correcting them quickly and thoroughly is the best way to restore your Morris Plains home to a safe condition, ready to live in again.

How Do Your Teams get Started?

We bring in pumps to remove the standing water in your Morris Plains home. This initial action stops continuing damage to floors and any property underwater, such as carpets, bookcases, and other furniture. Technicians place items on blocks or pallets in a dry area so the water drains off and out of them. To keep carpet layers intact, they use air movers to force warm, dry air over them and underneath to dry the floor below as well.

Does Restoration always work? 

Not always, sometimes water damage to Morris Plains homes requires demolition and construction. SERVPRO technicians train to remove damaged items for disposal without causing additional damage in otherwise unaffected areas of your home.

No matter how much, or how little water was in your home, call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100. We are here for you.

How Do You Safeguard Premises When Cleaning After Water Loss in Morris Plains?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

interior of an office completely flooded, objects floating in water and selective focus on a chair SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can help safeguard your premises and valuables while performing a cleanup.

SERVPRO Handles Commercial Water Cleanup Professionally in Morris Plains Institutions Such as Banks Guaranteeing Safety of Valuables

Although it might not happen often, a water spill can affect institutions such as banks necessitating cleanup and other restoration steps. Apart from worrying about the damage the water causes in Morris Plains, other issues such as safety of valuables and privacy of what is held within the bank walls might also raise concern.

How do professional restorers juggle conflicting issues caused by the water spills?

When you know the commercial water cleanup exercise in your Morris Plains facility requires more than just saving or restoring damaged materials, you might have a hard time selecting a restoration service. Involving a professional team like SERVPRO with highly trained crewmembers, including specialists such as ASD, Applied Structural Drying technicians, should help ease most of your worries. The training and experience such a team has, helps in many ways, including:
    •    Dealing with various soiling challenges
    •    Safeguarding the site
    •    Scoping the loss to identify all possible problems
    •    Handling specialty cleaning or drying needs

Our technicians handle everything from mopping wet floors to cleaning contents such as upholstery or carpets affected in an incident. One reason why we manage this is that we have access to a wide variety of equipment, including specialized upholstery cleaning machines, so you do not have to worry about stains or patches in upholstery or carpeted areas once we finish cleaning.

Safeguarding your facility after water damage may require different actions, including isolating the worst affected areas while allowing utilization of other sections. Separating affected areas also helps give our crews more flexibility when performing tasks such as power washing surfaces, drying, or even deodorization. We set up engineering controls to aid such separation. For example, if the water loss affects the ground floor, we can set up plastic sheet barriers to isolate it, allowing clients to access other floors. We also set up warning signs such as cones and redirection signs to ensure situation awareness for everyone visiting the premises.

Is it necessary for SERVPRO technicians to scope the loss?

Although it is easy to see the areas affected by the spilled water, a thorough evaluation of the loss is still necessary. Two members of our crews perform the initial evaluation. One crucial detail you may not know about such scoping is that it can help you get an estimate of the duration it might take to restore the facility to its preloss state so that you can inform your clients or staff members. We also scope for hidden intrusion beyond what a casual observation reveals. For example, we take actual moisture readings on affected materials rather than only noting which items are wet. Our technicians perform various tasks during the evaluation process, including:
    •    Taking specific moisture readings from wet materials
    •    Checking for specialty drying situations
    •    Checking for hidden moisture intrusions

The information gained helps establish the number of technicians to involve in the job and what types of equipment to bring to the loss site.

Can professional restorers save everything from water damage?

Although disposing items affected by water might be hard to accept, it is rarely possible to save everything. However, a professional restoration team can help prevent unnecessary damages to contents and construction materials. Damage can result from the effects of moisture or improper handling of materials during removal or transfer around the facility. Our SERVPRO technicians prevent these problems by:
    •    Expediting water extraction and drying
    •    Setting up a staging area for equipment
    •    Using the right equipment when tearing down materials

Moisture exposure over extended periods damages a variety of materials ranging from wood, metal fabrics, and even electronics. Our technicians find ways to minimize such exposure reducing the level of damage. We use several water extractor units if there is a significant amount of standing water to quicken the process. We can also set up dehumidifiers around the facility immediately after arrival to keep humidity in check as we perform cleaning and other restoration steps.

It is not possible to salvage wall materials such as drywall and insulation significantly exposed to water. There is good news, though, because removal is only necessary for the wet sections. The removal can lead to other problems such as damaging electricity or data cables if not done correctly. When removing drywall, our technicians adjust the depth of saw blades or drill bits to ensure they do not penetrate beyond the drywall, thus eliminating the chances of cutting cables.

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can help safeguard your premises and valuables while performing a cleanup. Call us at (973) 887-9100 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Morris Plains, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. 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 hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County today at (973) 887-9100 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do Professionals in Morris Plains Clean Fire Residues Off Surfaces in my Home?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on ceiling and wall Smoke and soot damage are hard to clean. SERVPRO has the training and cleaning solutions to meet your needs.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Soot Removal Experts Use Research-Based Strategies in Morris Plains Residences 

The baseline approach used to clean soot off surfaces is the same, regardless of the spaces affected or the materials burned: 

  • Find and identify the residues
  • Evaluate the characteristics of the affected surface
  • Capture the residues for efficient removal
  • Appropriately remove and dispose of the residues 

What is the Purpose of Pretesting Before Cleaning? 

When we try to determine the best way to eliminate the fire damage soiling your Morris Plains home, pretesting the product and cleaning method is essential. We do this in an inconspicuous place to ensure the residue dissolves efficiently without undue damage to the soiled surface. 

Why Are Dissolving and Emulsifying the Residues Preferable to Scraping or Scrubbing? 

Although agitation is one of the cleaning elements, using the chemical action of well-matched cleaning products for appropriate dwell times at an optimal temperature can decrease the need for intense and potentially damaging agitation through abrasive means to remove soot. SERVPRO technicians learn that “like dissolves like,” so we research the underlying make-up of the substances coating the surfaces in your home to choose the best cleaner. After the correct solution floods and soaks the soot, the residues loosen, allowing the suspension of particles. 

Does it Matter Where We Discard the Dirt and Cleaning Solution? 

Because many of the residues as well as some of the cleaning products are toxic and considered hazardous waste, disposal must conform to local regulations. Our employees are familiar with the correct procedures and manage disposal appropriately, safeguarding you and your family and the general public, from harm. 

Have confidence that SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can remove fire damage soot and soiling fast, leaving your home’s structural components and contents intact. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, awaiting your call to (973) 887-9100. 

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Does Water Loss Mean a Full Shutdown of My Morris Plains Restaurant?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

open sign hanging from retail door Count on SERVPRO to keep your Morris Plains Restaurant open for business after a water loss

Our SERVPRO team can help with real-time drying solutions that can keep your business going despite widespread damages.

When a plumbing fixture breaks and leaves standing water concerns through both the kitchen area and the dining space of your Morris Plains fast-food eatery, it can be challenging to see how you can continue to make a profit during this turbulent time. By choosing SERVPRO, you are choosing a team that can prioritize the needs of your business along with efficient drying solutions.

While water removal for Morris Plains restaurants is a vital first step, prioritizing where this restoration begins can ensure that your business does not close for extended periods. Our technicians would focus on cleaning the kitchen area so that you could serve food through the drive-thru window in the case of your damaged fast-food restaurant.

What Tools Remove Standing Water?

We have several powerful extraction devices that can help eliminate standing water to dry out your kitchen area quickly, including the following:

  • Submersible pumps
  • Wet vacuums
  • Squeegee wands

No matter how severe water losses can become, our team can help. Give our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team a call today at (973) 887-9100.

How Do I Know My Attic is Flooded?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarped roof from storm Attic Leaks and Flooding Got You Down? SERVPRO Helps Our Morris Plains Neighbors with Rapid Water Extraction and Drying

Storms can damage roofs and flood your Morris Plains attic, our SERVPRO team can help. 

Identifying water damage in your Morris Plains attic might be a challenge if it is not living space. In many cases, homeowners do not recognize potential flooding concerns until water damage migrates to lower levels where occupants are living.

Removing flood damage from Morris Plains homes can be a substantial obstacle when water threats persist for days after a storm passes through the area. Some signs indicate flooding might have occurred in the attic, such as:

  • Staining on the ceiling materials
  • Damp areas in the ceiling
  • Sagging materials
  • Musty odors

What Can SERVPRO Do to Help?

Even with a challenging confined space like your attic, we have sophisticated extraction and drying tools that can help to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Providing a safe and dry space above your living area is critical to prevent microbial threats. Even when mold damages have taken root, we have experienced professionals that can help with remediation and controlled demolition.

Flooded attic? We can help. Give SERVPRO of East Central Morris County a call today at (973) 887-9100.

What Can Remove Floodwater from My Morris Plains Basement?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Living room carpet flooding No matter how severe or overwhelming basement flooding might appear, our team can help with efficient extraction and drying techniques.

We have many premier extraction and drying tools to protect your flooded Morris Plains basement from costlier repairs and reconstruction

Flooding can be a traumatic situation, especially when you are not sure how to remove standing water from subterranean levels like your basement. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast response with premier equipment that can help to manage this situation as soon as possible.

What Are the Risks of Standing Water in the Basement?
While you might think the sight of flood damage in Morris Plains homes is terrible enough, you should also take some time to appreciate the severity of standing water. The more that you understand about how destructive pooling water can become, the more driven you are to ensure that our professionals are working efficiently to remove standing water and drying out the entire house. Some of these potential risks include:

    •    Masonry Degradation – Penetration through concrete masonry units (CMUs) is not an uncommon scenario for homeowners in the area. Prolonged exposure to standing water and further penetrating floodwater can erode mortar joints.
    •    Microbial Growth – Without removing pooling water from the floor of the basement, the moisture content in this level of the house is often far beyond the necessary limits to facilitate mold growth.
    •    Structural Weakening – Concrete floors are typical for unfinished basements, and even with the low permeance of this material, they can still absorb moisture over prolonged periods. The longer directly exposed to moisture, the weaker this concrete becomes.

How Can SERVPRO Remove Water?
Our professionals can utilize many premier extraction tools in our inventory to remove standing water. Depending on the severity of the situation and the depth of standing surface water, we can utilize numerous machines and mechanisms such as:

    •    Submersible Pumps
    •    Truck-Mount Pumps
    •    Gas-Powered Trash Pumps
    •    Wet-Vacuums

No matter how severe or overwhelming basement flooding might appear, our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team can help with efficient extraction and drying techniques. Give us a call today at (973) 887-9100.

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A Pipe Burst in My Morris Plains Home, How Can I Clean Up the Water?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

damage caused by water leakage Call SERVPRO at (973) 887-9100, and we make it “Like it never even happened.”

We Have Skilled Technicians at SERVPRO that Can Come to Your Morris Plains Home for Professional Water Cleanup Services

A burst pipe in your home sends high-pressure water throughout your living space. Even if you turn off the water supply quickly, the chances are good that there is quite a bit of water to clean up. While you may have a mop and bucket, towels, or a wet/dry vacuum to try to remove water, DIY methods do not address hidden moisture that may have wicked into unseen areas. This is when you need to call trained water restoration professionals that know how to handle moisture detection and microbial dangers.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Address Water Damage?
We arrive at your property in as little as four hours after being called for your emergency water cleanup in Morris Plains. Our crew performs an assessment that allows us to determine the best course of action for restoring your interior.

    •    We feature emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we are available on your schedule. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!
    •    We have teams featuring water restoration technicians (WRT) that are IICRC-Certified to tackle all water damage needs.
    •    We bring along advanced equipment and have the latest methods for prompt, efficient water cleanup and restoration services.

Once we understand the scope of your project, we get to work with submersible pumps or truck-mounted pumps to pull up standing water. We have light wands that allow us to extract moisture from saturated carpeting and the padding below. Any carpets that damaged beyond repair get disposed of properly and then entirely replaced.

No matter what you are facing with water loss, we are here to help you with speedy water cleanup to get your home back to normal. Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100, and we make it “Like it never even happened.”

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How Can I Remove This Debris from My Home After a Fire?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

matchsticks built small model house Restoration by SERVPRO after Fire Damage in a Morris Plains Home is "Matchless"

SERVPRO Handles Debris Removal in Morris Plains to Get Your Fire Damaged Home Back to Normal

Following a fire loss event in your Morris Plains home, all of the debris and waste can seem daunting. Not only do you have to remove unsalvageable belongings and furniture, but certain areas of your structure may also have to be completely stripped down. When you hire professional restoration services, expert technicians get to work immediately to address any debris to clean up the impacted space.

Why Should I Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Services?

Our team is quick to act when it comes to addressing debris removal from fire damage in Morris Plains. We arrive on your property and determine the scope of the project, which allows us to select the best size dumpster. The cleanup then commences, and we get it done quickly so that your restoration can begin, and you are one step closer to your home being “Like it never even happened.”

Can I Clean My Own Home After a Fire?

With any fire loss, materials burn inside the structure and leave behind soot residue and burnt particles that cause unpleasant aromas. Along with safely removing all charred materials and debris, trained technicians also have the skills and products necessary to thoroughly deodorize your home to rid the structure of any foul odors.

During a fire-related restoration call, our technicians work to:

•    Secure the building to ensure safety for our crew as we go through the steps of restoration; we put our General Contractor License #: 13VH06046200 to work
•    Inspect your property, taking note of any potential hazards
•    Address any potential safety issues, including burned and hanging drywall, broken lighting fixtures, and other hazards

After our team does the initial assessment and deem the structure safe, we then start to remove any items that are severely burnt and unsalvageable. There are many times after a fire loss where materials are charred to the point that they must be removed entirely and replaced. However, there are times when our skilled crew can salvage them using specialized cleaning and restoration techniques.

How Do You Deal with Charred Building Materials?

There are a few different ways that we address charring during a fire damage job, including:

•    If the charring is only around a quarter of an inch deep within the building materials, such as wooden studs, our crew may remove just a portion of it. Once the charred content gets removed, we can then seal it and refinish, if necessary. In some cases, we may also use agitation to remove charring to go onto the next phases of the restoration process.
•    If the charring is substantial, our technicians may use sanding to remove as much as possible. Steel scrub brushes work well to remove burned materials, but we also have the option of dry ice blasting or soda blasting to work on removing charring.

How is the Debris Taken Care Of?

The disposal of garbage and debris is taken seriously by our team at SERVPRO. The EPA calls for proper, timely, and safe management of all waste produced from a fire. Proper management of debris is necessary to reduce injuries on the site, to protect human health, and to cut back on environmental impact. We take control of all debris and damage by setting up proper disposal protocols to remove all unsalvageable materials, charred wood, rubble, and ash.

How Do You Ensure My Home is Free of Smoke Damage?

After a fire in your Morris Plains home, SERVPRO has several methods for removing difficult soot and smoke residue. During the fire, hot smoke permeates all areas of the house, penetrating porous materials and flowing through walls. The nature of the smoke that developed during the blaze plays a role in the types of measures that we take to proceed with odor restoration.

There are several types of smoke, both wet and dry, that pose a challenge after a fire. Our technicians test out the soot located through your home to determine the damage level and to select the right cleaning procedures.

•    Dry Smoke – This type of smoke develops at higher temperatures. This fast-burning smoke tends to rise with the heat from the fire and comes from materials like wood and paper.
•    Wet Smoke – This type of smoke is created with lower heat that often comes from burning plastics and rubber. Such smoke is difficult to clean because it webs, creating a pungent, sticky residue that smears to the touch.

We use a variety of deodorization tools and products to help remove smoke odors and particles from your home. The goal is to make sure that your interior is returned to pre-fire loss condition.

•    Air Scrubbers help to remove various airborne particles from the air.
•    Injection Devices allow us to impart small amounts of deodorizers into upholstery, carpeting, or confined spaces.
•    Wet Fogging equipment works by atomizing deodorizing liquids to produce a fine mist, which combines with odor-causing particles.
•    Dry Fogging equipment, or thermal foggers, works by vaporizing solvent-based deodorizers that chemically react with residues that cause odor, thus eliminating them rather than masking them.

When it comes to all of your debris removal and fire damage restoration needs, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is here to help. Call us at (973) 887-9100, and we can send out a team 24/7 for assessment.

Virus Pandemic Threatens Morris County

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow- gloved hand holding a blue bottle and a green rag wiping a count SERVPRO procedures generally include the cleaning of porous surfaces using an EPA-registered product.

SERVPRO Reaches Out To Protect Our Region

Government officials and the medical/scientific community are telling us that the State of New Jersey, including Morris Plains, right now is a hot-spot in this pandemic. They continue to broadcast the need for social distancing. It is urgent that we all do what we can to reduce the severity and duration of the pandemic. We can do our part in “flattening the curve” of the virus infection rate.  Now is the moment for each of us to be accountable in preventing the spread of the virus. SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is uniquely qualified to provide cleaning service for homes and businesses in our surrounding communities.

An option available to you in the fight against this virus pandemic is to enlist the help of a professional cleaning company in Morris Plains such as SERVPRO. Our technicians have been trained to specifically handle a variety of biohazards in environmental cleaning. We are ready to do so at your home or business.  Many of our key employees are certified in remediation by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). These hardworking experts have experience in bio-remediation in a variety of nasty situations such as sewage backups, crime and unattended death-scene remediation, and anti-microbial specialty cleaning.

We understand how to follow CDC guidelines, EPA, and OSHA protocols. Our knowledge, expertise, and resources are at your disposal to help you in the fight against this virus.

  • Special re-training for this pandemic event
  • Advanced equipment and cleaning techniques
  • Commercial cleaning agents
  • Strategies for both commercial and residential locations
  • Deep cleaning and preventative cleaning maintenance programs
  • Programs for open or closed businesses (Flexible work-hours 24/7)

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can be an essential part of your anti-virus protection plan. We offer one-time and scheduled services. To discuss your needs and for an inspection, call us at  973-887-9100

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus.