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The Causes of Fire Damage Odors in Denville Properties

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

An employee in a truck talking to another employee outside. Denville homeowners trust SERVPRO for comprehensive fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Remediates Denville Homes with 24/7 Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup

Denville properties can deal with home fire damage at the most inopportune times because, unfortunately, disasters do not occur on a convenient schedule. Even after cleaning up debris and soot, unpleasant odors can be left behind by burnt residues, proteins, and other factors. Fortunately, restoration professionals are available 24 hours a day to address soils and odors.

Denville SERVPRO fire damage remediation specialists typically respond to calls within hours to inspect properties and formulate an actionable and comprehensive restoration plan. This plan includes property inspection and pack-outs if necessary and mitigation, odor control, and rebuilding services following the property owner’s insurance coverage. 

How Soot and Smoke Cause Fire Damage Odors

Fire damage odors primarily stem from smoke particles, also known as soot, settling on surfaces. These particles come from burnt materials and can spread through the air, not unlike mold or dust. Soot residues can also attract dirt, so SERVPRO technicians always inspect HVAC systems after a fire, even if it does not require servicing. 

Smoke particles and fire odors can come from a wide array of sources, such as:

  • Wood, paper, and similarly dry organic materials often leave dry easy-to-remove soils
  • Wood finishes, inks, dyes, stains, and adhesives can complicate this when they are burnt
  • Rubbers, oils, and plastics, including those used in electrical wiring and appliances, can impart an unpleasant odor and greasy soils that smear with traditional cleaning methods
  • Homeowners should be cautious to avoid areas where fire has made contact with items that operate on alkaline or lithium-ion batteries
  • Protein residues, which typically come from burnt poultry, red meat, and fish, are especially pungent without specialized cleaners and can easily spread odors via a greasy, nearly-invisible film

When homeowners feel overwhelmed by the prospect of handling these and other fire damage concerns, they can count on SERVPRO  techs to remove these on their behalf quickly and thoroughly. 

SERVPRO’s Fire and Smoke Odor Control and Remediation

SERVPRO restoration strategies easily mitigate smoke damage, soot deposits, and water damage from fire suppression.

  • If water or fire extinguisher residue is present, technicians typically address this first to prevent microbial growth. Fire soils are easier to remove from dry surfaces than wet ones
  • Residue cleaning typically proceeds from lightest to heaviest, from the highest point of damage to the lowest. Gentle cleaning with specialized dry cleaning sponges is often sufficient for light, dry soils, which can then be collected with a HEPA-filter vacuum or air scrubber
  • SERVPRO technicians can achieve widespread odor control with such tools as the thermal or “hot” fogger, which emits a solvent-based smoke that clings to surfaces as smoke particles do 
  • Heavy-duty cleaning options are available to address char, including ultrasonic immersion cleaning for delicate objects, abrasion blasting to address charring, and enzyme digesters that convert filmy protein soils to a water-soluble condition free of odors

SERVPRO rebuilding services, such as installing new drywall and carpet, repainting, and sealing stained wood, can further lessen fire odors in a home until they are nonexistent and the property is comfortable and clean. Our team coordinates with property owners and insurance adjusters throughout the restoration process to keep the claims filing process smooth and expedient.

Homeowners can call (973) 983-5657 to receive assistance from SERVPRO of North Morris County, which leaves properties looking and feeling “Like it never even happened.”

The Effectiveness of Water Damage Extraction for Denville Homes

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Cleanup Specialists Use Powerful Extraction Tools for Denville Homes

Whether it occurs in Denville or elsewhere, residential water damage can happen anywhere, at any time. Homeowners can take steps to reduce or even prevent damage before it occurs. Still, they may not have access to the tools necessary to eliminate it when it does happen.

When Denville water damage incidents occur, SERVPRO professionals are ready to respond with 24-hour remediation services. These thoroughly-trained techs can use commercial-grade tools to eliminate residues, stains, and odors that stem from excess moisture.

How Water Damage Extraction Works

Water damage extraction is one of the cornerstones of successful home restoration and serves a multitude of purposes, such as:

  • Removing standing water from a property
  • Greatly accelerating structural drying, which would take hundreds of times longer without extraction
  • Sanitizing with hot water and EPA-registered antimicrobials to lessen the presence of contaminants
  • Minimizing potential damage to subfloors, wall studs, ceiling joists, or home foundations

Extraction begins with removing standing water and debris. Wet/dry vacuums, mops, and sump pumps, among other tools, can be used for this purpose. However, many disasters may not necessitate this degree of moisture removal. Portable or truck-mounted extractors are then deployed to remediate excess water. Both extractors feature three systems: a vacuum component, a pump, and a heating system. For most surfaces, only a vacuum is necessary. The other two components are primarily used on carpeting and upholstery. 

DIY extraction is possible to some degree. That said, homeowners may not have access to tools like commercial-grade hot water extractors to make the job faster, easier, and safer. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians perform several rounds of extraction to remove as much excess water as possible before deploying drying equipment. 

Water Remediation, the SERVPRO Way

SERVPRO water cleanup can act 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, 

including holidays and weekends, to minimize homeowners’ repair and replacement necessities. The process entails the following:

  • Inspecting water damage with sensors, meters, and imaging tools that determine surface-level humidity and moisture content beneath surfaces. These devices can be calibrated for specific surfaces with the relative humidity and moisture levels of dry surfaces in the home in mind
  • Extracting excess moisture with a combination of extractors, vacuums, pumps, and manual cleaning to partially sanitize and prepare the space for drying
  • Remediating potential microbial growth and odor-causing bacteria from the property with OSHA-approved biocide solutions, including a plethora of proprietary SERVPRO solutions designed to target moisture-related contaminants
  • Drying remaining moisture to a pre-disaster condition with air movement and dehumidification equipment. Air movers are positioned between 50 and 300 square feet apart, depending on the extent of the damage. Some incidents may only require one air mover and dehumidifier to restore affected materials. The direction and volume of airflow help funnel humid air toward the dehumidifier, which isolates moisture by collecting condensation and releasing warm, dry air
  • Odor control measures like scented granules and fogging deodorizers may be dispensed to address varying degrees of moisture-related odors

Restoration technicians can also perform structural repairs when necessary and rebuilding services, like drywall installation and wall painting, that restore an affected property as completely as possible after mitigation.

SERVPRO of North Morris County can prove that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for property owners who call (973) 983-5657.

How Mold Damage Travels Through Denville Homes

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation Restores Denville Properties with 24-Hour Service

Mold damage is caused by an excess of microbes being allowed to proliferate inside a Denville residence. Whether this spread is induced by water damage in a wall cavity, a roof leak, or another source, spores can quickly reduce indoor air quality and create costly structural and property damage for home occupants.

Mold damage remediation technicians in Denville are available to help through SERVPRO. Highly-trained restoration professionals can return an impacted residence to a pre-contamination state with commercial-grade tools. These pieces of equipment perform to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for home microbial cleanup.

How Mold Travels Through a Property

The spread of mold stems from its reproduction process, which releases tiny spores. These lightweight spores travel through the air until they cling to or settle on surfaces. Because microbes are so small and can come from any indoor or outdoor location, it is impossible to guarantee total mold removal on a property. 

Microbes can cling to:

  • Clothing
  • Bags and packages
  • Carpeting
  • Skin
  • Furniture

Tiny spores can come in from outside through HVAC systems and open windows or doorways. Mold can move again through contact with other surfaces or motions that allow it to rise and float in the air to cling to something else.

While homeowners cannot ensure a completely mold-free home, they can take measures to minimize mold damage risk on their property. These practices include inspecting plumbing and fixtures, keeping roofing in good shape, having HVAC serviced regularly, and sticking to a regular cleaning schedule that keeps dirt and microbes to a minimum.

SERVPRO's 24-hour Restoration Services Mitigate Microbes with Minimal Downtime

Mold remediation specialists can visit a Denville home in as little as a few hours after a client's initial call to inspect the extent of mold damage. This data collection and consultation process helps technicians formulate a restoration plan tailored to homeowners' needs and belongings.

SERVPRO's emergency-response microbial cleanup can include:

  • Techs donning commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing with EPA-registered biocides
  • Inspection tools that detect water damage that could be causing or contributing to mold growth. Technologies like moisture sensors and meters can evaluate surface and internal moisture levels. Imaging devices like thermal imaging cameras can detect hard-to-reach moisture behind structural materials like drywall
  • Powerful HEPA-filter air scrubbers and vacuums create an environment that limits airborne spore travel and collects these spores for disposal, even if they are as small as 0.3 microns
  • SERVPRO drying equipment, including air movement units and dehumidifiers, can remove moisture from structures and contents, including drywall, carpeting, and upholstery
  • Deodorizers eradicate moisture and mold-related odors on a particle level by binding with odor-causing microbes and altering or eliminating them

All of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all weekends and holidays. Regardless of when a disaster occurs, SERVPRO techs can coordinate with homeowners and insurers to perform restoration in a timely fashion that accommodates homeowners' needs and schedules.

In cases of more extensive mold damage, technicians can perform a "pack-out," which entails moving belongings to an approved SERVPRO warehouse. This service allows for restoration in a separate space while keeping belongings accessible when homeowners need them most. However, in-place cleaning, drying, and repair are feasible in many cases.

SERVPRO of North Morris County can be reached at (973) 983-5657 when homeowners need "Like it never even happened" quality cleanup after a disaster.

Types of Needed Deodorants in Denville Office Fire Restoration

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO job-site Commercial fire damage restoration in Denville need the help of SERVPRO. Our team of professionals are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Fire Restoration Requires Odor Removal

Fires can occur from multiple sources, making these disasters impossible to predict and destructive to the building. Even with the swift cleanup of the structure, SERVPRO professionals will still need to address and manage offensive malodors created by combustion. Neutralization of harsh smells includes:

  • Open-Air Smells
  • Trapped Odors
  • HVAC System
  • Imaginary Malodors

General Deodorization Efforts

Open-air malodors are the most recognizable during fire restoration in Denville offices. Some surface cleaning strategies can help counteract the severity of these smells, but it is often pairing products distributed through wet fogging or oxidation that has the most direct neutralization ability. Vaporous distribution of deodorants can also aid in managing trapped smells in porous materials like drywall and short-pile carpeting.

Cleaning Impacted Systems

The HVAC system can harbor harsh malodors until it gets appropriately cleaned. Because this system was likely operational when the fire occurred, soot and smoke solids are pulled through the ductwork. Until our NADCA-trained professionals' clean air ducts and the HVAC system, these smells can persist.

The Smell That Is Not There

One of the more challenging loss effects to remove from a fire-damaged office building is the odor that is not there. Imaginary odors are a frequent condition to experience with property owners and employees of a damaged space. Seeing the damage can create a continuation of the smoke smell you once associated in the room. Combatting these circumstances typically requires masking agents to infuse a pleasant aroma to overcome the imaginary smell people experience.

Odors can be a substantial hurdle in fire restoration, so it requires several products and approaches to overcome. Many look to the experience and knowledge of our SERVPRO of North Morris County team to help neutralize this final obstacle to get your office running normally. Give us a call today at (973) 983-5657.

Keeping Your Denville Office Going During Mold Removal

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse with equipment Mold damage remediation services for your Denville business should call SERVPRO. Our technicians have the training and experience for all phases.

We Contain Mold Removal Actions

Understanding that many businesses do not reopen after disasters, it is important to ensure that you have the right personnel and experience to resolve mold damage and its effects on the office. SERVPRO professionals can overcome mold and prevent it from spreading with containment measures like:

  • Physical barriers
  • Negative pressure machines
  • Air filtration

Erecting Containment Barriers

The best way to keep the rest of the building safe during mold removal in Denville offices is by constructing physical barriers. Temporary walls are created with polyethylene sheeting and wood seal in mold spores and prevent migration. It is also important to cover returns and vents of the HVAC system and any other openings.

How Does Negative Pressure Work?

Air moves from high to lower pressure, creating a workspace with negative pressure prevents cross-contamination into the nearby work areas of your office while remediation is underway. An intricate ventilation system creates this condition.

HEPA Air Filtration

HEPA filters often work with a membrane trapping particulates and microbes as small as 0.3 microns. We can dramatically reduce spore activity by running these filtration devices in the work areas. HEPA 500 air scrubbers are small and portable units convenient for these needs.

Monitoring Progress and Migration

Throughout the cleanup and restoration, continual monitoring will be necessary to ensure that active spores are not breaking the containment and seeking new hosting materials in the running areas of your office building. Air sampling could help, but moisture monitoring can show what areas are potentially targeted in the building.

You can appreciate the importance of keeping up production even with remediation or restoration services underway. While things might not operate fully as they did during this time, there are steps SERVPRO of North Morris County can take to keep you open if possible. Give us a call at (973) 983-5657.

The Hazards of Flood Damage in Denville Properties

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Can Destroy Homes

From rising creeks and streams around Denville to natural disasters that overwhelm the city with severe weather conditions, flooding has been a part of many homeowners' lives. We are a trusted name to help with post-flood recovery.

Structural Compromise Concerns

Flood damage to Denville homes can impact the structure the most. From the penetration point to the degradation of exposed building materials, we must complete widespread controlled demolition to help.

Safety Hazards After Flooding

The safety of our technicians and the occupants of the house is a priority of our SERVPRO team, so we work fast to identify hazards and avoid threatening situations. After flooding, there are a few common safety hazards that could exist:

  • Shock Hazards – In some scenarios, standing water can pool around outlets or other electrical pathways to charge the water.
  • Debris – Solids in the water and particulates carried in with the flood can present risks to the health and wellbeing of those exposed.
  • Infestation – Intruding floodwater can carry insects and animals into the house that SERVPRO must remove to restore the property.

Standing Water with Solids

Water removal services can be a priority for arriving technicians, but flooding is an obstacle in many cases. Solids and debris in the water cannot be managed by all of the extraction units in our inventory. Instead, we rely on trash pumps and vacuums to remove these pools.

The Possibility of Contamination

With any flooding, contamination can only sometimes get ruled out entirely. Instead, most scenarios require water exposure and impacted materials to be treated as a blackwater event like a sewage backup. Contaminated materials must get handled carefully and disposed of, meeting strict guidelines.

Your home can be severely damaged by flooding and water intrusion. As leading flood restoration experts, SERVPRO of North Morris County works to provide rapid mitigation strategies to overcome the hazards of flooding. Call us now at (973) 983-5657.

Types of Water Damage Repair for Denville Homes

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe with water leaking from it Whether it’s a broken pipe or another type of water damage, SERVPRO is here to help. Contact us 24/7 for professional remediation services.

SERVPRO Does Water Damage Repair from the Start

With the destructive capacity of water emergencies like burst pipes or flooding, many situations require repairs and reconstruction. Understanding how our experienced professionals can help achieve these restoration goals is important in the decision to trust SERVPRO with post-disaster recovery.

Mitigative Repairs

Water damage repairs for Denville homes often begin as soon as our SERVPRO restorers first arrive. Multiple types of corrective measures can protect the property and prevent worse damage. Some of the common mitigative repairs for households include:

  • Controlled Demolition - This recovery phase involves removing compromised portions of building materials per water exposure and the element's physical condition. Controlled demolition can also provide access to damaged areas of the property, such as structural cavities. 
  • Board Up Services - Post-water damage conditions can have exterior wall systems and structural elements compromised and vulnerable. Board-up services stop intruding water and protect the property from greater possible damages. 
  • Plumbing Repairs - leaks and burst pipes are not uncommon, but the main water service to a household cannot remain unrepaired. Early action gets taken to restore this utility. 

Flood Cutting

Another avenue of water damage repairs is creating and ultimately replacing flood cuts. This is a less-invasive method of accessing wet structural cavities without substantial demolition.

Reconstruction and Build Back

As full-service contractors, we waste no time after the restoration completes to begin reinstalling missing building materials. Seamlessly transitioning to build-back services saves customers time and money over pursuing and vetting a secondary contractor. SERVPRO is here to help. 

Even with the hundreds of different ways water damage could impact a home or business, damage repairs are often necessary. Many look to the experience and prompt response of our SERVPRO of North Morris County to get this process started beginning as soon as we arrive. Call us today at (973) 983-5657.

Fire Restoration Inspections for Rockaway Homes and Businesses

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Inspections Occur Before Fire Restoration Services

Fire and its effect on a property vary greatly from one site to the next. Careful damage assessment should always be conducted by experienced professionals to meet the needs of insurance providers approving a damage claim and to get restoration started quickly.

Creating a Job Scope and Estimate

To get fire restoration underway in your Rockaway home, responding technicians must have an idea of the work and the expected timeline to appropriately manage all the moving parts of the cleanup. Production management of our SERVPRO team conducts detailed damage assessments to create thorough estimations and restoration plans that focus the efforts of the fire damage technicians for:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Structural drying

Inspecting the Structure

Fires can be highly destructive to the structural integrity of your home. Building materials must be inspected to ensure they do not require removal and replacement. Weakened structural elements can collapse or fail, which is a hazard for the home.

Evaluating Damaged Contents

It is important to evaluate the condition of contents in the property as well. Personal belongings can be in the damage path, so at-risk objects are moved to a safer structure area when feasible. If damage has already occurred, on-site and off-site cleaning is needed. The inspection process catalogs an item's current condition to choose one of these actions.

Full-Service Restoration Solutions

We can begin cleaning and restoration once we have the appropriate information about a fire-damaged property. Post-fire recovery combines surface cleaning, loss mitigation, content recovery, and build-back services. We are a full-service recovery provider with FSRT-Certified technicians and a general contractor license.

Inspections play an important role in allowing our SERVPRO of North Morris County team to understand the work's scope and the condition of affected building materials. We provide a fast response to damaged properties to get this evaluation and assessment started to ensure the right tools and personnel reach the site quickly. Call now at (973) 983-5657.

The Beginning of Water Damage Repair in Denville Offices

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Repair Means Controlled Demolition

Offices can be quickly shut down by water, as operation often relies on electronics and the full availability of the space. We prioritize the repairs needed to get you working again.

What is Controlled Demolition?

Water damage repairs for Denville office buildings typically begin with demolition. After disasters, we must remove compromised portions of building materials before repairs can be feasible or possible. Several types of installed elements can be impacted in your office, including:

  • Carpeted Flooring - short pile carpeting is a standard installation for flooring in the main areas of an office. Without padding underneath, this thin carpet layer quickly becomes saturated by standing water and often requires removal.
  • Drywallthis is one of the most porous building materials used in modern construction, so it quickly becomes overwhelmed by moisture and water exposure. After a brief time, bloating and swelling require sheetrock to be removed, at least in portions.

Is the Rest Dry Enough?

SERVPRO should evaluate the rest of the exposed structure for dampness and moisture concerns. Persistent water damage that goes unresolved can lead to mold development and other structural integrity issues. We use several sensors, detection devices, and thermal imagery to determine where moisture has migrated to and the appropriate response from our technicians to resolve these caches of water where found.

Replacement by Experienced SERVPRO Professionals

With many structural elements missing from the office building, we rely on our general contractor license to prove our experience in build-back services. We can quickly replace missing ceiling tile and drywall, especially when the framework was not removed.

There are many areas of an office building that can become damaged by water and flooding events. The urgency of these situations requires our SERVPRO of North Morris County team to respond quickly. We have mitigative strategies to overcome pressing concerns. Give us a call today at (973) 983-5657.

Denville Businesses Trust SERVPRO with Water Damage Repairs

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Repair and Contamination in Denville Businesses

Dealing with contamination is arguably one of the toughest challenges for professionals during the water damage repair of Denville commercial spaces. Rather than solely relying on antimicrobial products to handle the contamination, SERVPRO techs use various techniques. 

As moisture promotes and sustains microbial growth, SERVPRO techs first focus on drying during water damage repair of your Denville property. The application of antimicrobial products may help control microbes. However, techs use the products only once the humidity, and moisture levels are controlled. Contaminated material is removed from the property. 

SERVPRO techs ensure that the customer is thoroughly briefed regarding the procedure before the use of decontamination products. We only use EPA-registered antimicrobials and follow the recommended application methods.

Safety and Antimicrobial Application During the Water Restoration

Safety of the occupants and technicians is our priority during antimicrobial product application in commercial Denville properties. SERVPRO conforms with applicable federal, state, and local regulations or laws.  

Here are some of the ways we ensure that the procedure is safe and effective-

  • Restoration technicians always wear personal protective equipment
  • We never spray the products in HVAC systems while they are in operation
  • Techs may apply antimicrobials in occupied commercial buildings 
  • We only use safe antimicrobial products 

The application of antimicrobials to your water-damaged commercial property is not to sterilize the environment. Microbes are present everywhere, and it is impossible to rid an area of microbes completely. SERVPRO’s restoration efforts are directed toward reducing the contamination to the preloss level. 

Commercial properties must control microbial contamination to avoid potentially disastrous consequences after a water damage incident, and SERVPRO can help you with that. 

You can get further information by calling SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657.