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How Mold Damage Travels Through Denville Homes

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold damage equipment on orange shelves in a warehouse SERVPRO can help you when you find mold damage in your Denville home. Call us today for assistance.

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.

Planning a Mold Remediation Project in Denville

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

Moldy Wall Call your local professionals at SERVPRO of North Morris County to ensure your home is dry and sanitary.

SERVPRO Conducts Mold Restorations in Denville

Anyone who has seen black mold knows that it can start as just a small discoloration of one of your building materials or contents and then quickly turn into a significant issue. A fungus needs moisture, an organic food source (like water or paper), and about 48 hours to start to grow. Once fungi develop, they form structures called hyphae that grow three-dimensionally. Then, the contamination can release seed-like spores that can travel through the air until they find another area to contaminate. 

When our SERVPRO team conducts mold remediation in Denville, we focus on removing the contamination and preventing it from spreading to previously unaffected sections of your home. First, we find out where the moisture is coming from that caused the fungi to develop in the first place. Once we ensure no more water leaks in the affected area, we can begin our restoration procedures. 

Before we conduct any work, our highly trained team can seal off the area with plastic by building a containment chamber. We can then connect an air scrubber to the contained area to create negative air pressure inside it to remove spores and other contaminants from the air. Once the affected region is sealed, we can then take steps to remove your affected building materials or contents if we determine they cannot be saved by sanding or sandblasting the contamination from the surface. We can then dry out and seal the affected structural components like your wall studs or roof trusses with a specialized sealant paint such as Kilz. 

Ways we can help you when you find mold in your house:

  • Water Extraction Services
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Attic Mold Restorations
  • Bathroom Mold Remediation
  • Black Mold Inspections

If you ever notice even a small section of your home contains black mold, call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657. 

It Pays to Hire SERVPRO for Mold Removal in Rockaway

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Microscopic Mold Picture All you need is SERVPRO for all your restoration needs. Call (973) 983-5657.

Why Is SERVPRO So Effective At Mold Removal In Rockaway?

Mold removal at your Rockaway home is not a do-it-yourself job. You need professional help if you want a long-term solution to the problem. SERVPRO techs, with their years of experience and training, can offer a much better outcome and prevent the damage from turning into a full-blown disaster. 

SERVPRO adheres to the recommendations made by IICRC during mold removal in Rockaway homes and controls the contamination at its source. Allowing the mold or moisture conditions to remain can damage building materials. Hence, it is important to address the issue promptly. Professionals like SERVPRO use a multi-step process to remediate the situation safely and effectively.  

Why Are Antimicrobials Not Effective In Mold Remediation? 

Antimicrobials are products applied into or onto a material to suppress or retard future mold growth. Rather than attempting to kill or encapsulate the contamination in place, SERVPRO techs prioritize physically removing the mold during remediation. 

The use of antimicrobials without removing the fungus is highly discouraged by the IICRC as-.

  • Antimicrobials are ineffective on porous and semi-porous material
  • The presence of biofilms or organic matter renders the antimicrobials less effective
  • Antimicrobials may interfere with post-remediation verification

Hence, restorers mustn't overtly rely on biocides alone to control mold. 

Encapsulation of mold damage is also highly discouraged by IICRC as the sealant products may change the permeability of materials. It may also cause condensation problems and result in future deterioration. The bottom line is to remove the visible mold infestations, apply an antifungal agent, and then complete the build back if required.

SERVPRO offers inspection, remediation, and removal services if you suspect mold damage at your home. Contact SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657 to know more.  

Removing Smoke Odors from Soft Materials in Rockaway Homes

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO smoke and soot cleaning Smoke and soot odor removal is no DIY task. SERVPRO fire damage restoration specialists have you covered from start to finish.

Fire Restoration in Rockaway Homes Involves Overcoming Malodors

After a fire, many post-extinguishment effects must be addressed and cleaned to return your property to preloss condition. Among the most widespread and threatening of these is the presence of harsh odors in damaged areas. Smoke malodors are a product of several combusted elements, including:

  • Burning materials
  • Accelerants
  • Fuels
  • Aerosols

Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning

The start of fire restoration in Rockaway homes and businesses involves the inspection of contents and soft materials in the house. Upholstery and drapes are easily impacted by migrating harsh odors after extinguishment, making the use of deodorization products vital in the restoration of your home.

Restoring Smoke-Damaged Clothing

Soft materials like clothing are also impacted strongly by odors. Entire closets of materials must be removed and cleaned to eliminate these odor compounds trapped in the fibers. Deodorization equipment like thermal fogging can be helpful in this regard, though dry cleaning is often the most beneficial and direct approach for surface damage and smoke odors alike.

Open-Air Odor Management

In addition to the trapped odors that our team must overcome once we begin restoring your home after a fire, we must also manage present harsh smells in the open environments of the house. The placement of multiple hydroxyl generator units can often be beneficial in various ways. Not only can these units work to deodorize odor compounds circulating in the environment, but they also have HEPA filtration properties to grab aerosolized solids from the air.

There is no mistaking the damage that smoke and odors can do to your home after a fire. As widespread and fast-moving as these threats become, it is necessary to employ a team of experienced professionals to help overcome these effects in your house. Our SERVPRO of North Morris County team is standing by to help when you need it at (973) 983-5657.

Does Mold Removal in Denville Require Controlled Demolition of Some of the Home?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

"Mold" Mold damage presents in many colors and grows very fast. Call SERVPRO at the first sight. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Accurately Judge the Necessity for Heavy-duty Mold Intervention

Mold problems arise quickly and rarely go away by themselves. It normally requires an individual or team of professional mold remediation technicians. One of the reasons teamwork is so crucial to mold remediation is the removal of mold-infested materials. To get to the root of a microbial infestation often means removing parts of a wall or ceiling assembly. Walls and Ceilings are commonly built on top of a solid wood frame. The wall we see is the outermost layer which is usually made of plaster or Gypsum board. The cavity between framing and drywall allows walls to breathe and prevent sweating or other high-humidity damages. However, in some situations, mold can occur at the core of the wall assembly, the framework. We help with:

  • Mold Damage
  • Mold Remediation
  • Ceiling and Wall Mold

Enlisting Denville's mold removal experts can help reduce the overall timespan and workload of remediation. Pulling away drywall or ceiling boards can be messy work requiring more than one person to dispose of infested materials correctly. After pulling away outer layers, our team at SERVPRO can gain access to the framework beneath. Sometimes supplying hot, dry air and exposing the framework of a building assembly can significantly reduce mold. To make sure, we can spray the mold with specialist anti-microbial chemicals to prevent it from building back up as time passes.

  • Anti-microbial chemicals and biocides are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as safe to use in home environments.
  • Thanks to our dedicated production technicians, clearing and disposing of debris is a quick and easy job.
  • Moisture problems or microbial buildup inside vents can often be the core problem with recurring mold growth issues. 

We offer expert assistance for your home. Contact SERVPRO of North Morris County for Mold Removal at (973) 983-5657.

When Is Cleaning Sufficient for Mold Removal in Denville Homes?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

a mold damaged wall with mold growing on it Mold infestations can spread fast. Contact SERVPRO at the first sight or smell for best results. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Cleans Layers of Soiling or Inactive Mold Contamination in Denville Properties

In many cases, mold remediation in Denville properties requires elaborate procedures as well as cleaning. For instance, removing materials like drywall and insulation is usually necessary since the contamination is deeply embedded. However, if the contamination is inactive, with only residues on the surfaces, cleaning is enough.

The causes of the infestation influence the choice of a mold removal method in Denville homes. While many infestations have persistent underlying moisture issues such as pipe leaks or condensation, others result from isolated moisture spikes such as flooding. Before deciding whether cleaning is sufficient, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the property to determine the moisture sources.

Such evaluation may require unique equipment like:

  • Thermo-hygrometers to check humidity levels
  • Thermal cameras to inspect concealed areas
  • Moisture meters for wetness in materials

After establishing that cleaning is sufficient for tackling the mold, the next challenge is to do it correctly. Cleaning should address several issues for the exercise to be deemed successful.

The necessary standards mold cleaning should meet are:

  • Limited or no debris spread
  • Should leave materials dry
  • Must remove the soils, stains, and smells from mold

Meeting these standards is only possible if one is well prepared for the cleaning. When SERVPRO is called to deliver cleaning services, we prepare different resources, including vacuum cleaners to lift loose debris from surfaces before embarking on other cleaning procedures, thus ensuring no unnecessary spreading of moldy materials.

Cleaning stubborn soils and stains requires more power, unlike removing light residues from surfaces. A method like damp wiping with detergent solutions is necessary for cleaning mold soils growing in layers. Our SERVPRO technicians choose detergents with antimicrobial properties. Drying resources are also essential to remove any moisture originally there or deposited during cleaning. Our technicians use dehumidifiers with low airflow. 

SERVPRO of North Morris County ensures mold removal procedures are appropriate for the contamination in your property. Call us at (973) 983-5657. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can SERVPRO Help Denville Homeowners Deal with the Aftermath of Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming?

12/26/2021 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe that is frozen on one side and has water leaking out of the other side When pipes freeze, they can often crack or break causing excess water to enter a property. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate.

Frozen pipes and ice dams in your Denville home have you worried? Call SERVPRO

Frozen pipes and ice dams are the biggest culprits causing water damage to Denville homes after a winter storm. If you need help in dealing with the aftermath of such an unfortunate incident, SERVPRO is here to help you. 

SERVPRO techs have the experience, training, and the right equipment to handle water damage resulting from frozen pipes and ice damming in Denville homes. You must take immediate action and call professionals like SERVPRO if you notice leakage from a frozen pipe or a leaky roof.   

What should you do if you notice a burst pipe in your Denville home after a winter storm? 

Before the SERVPRO techs can arrive at your Denville home to assist you with water damage due to a frozen pipe, here are a few things that you can do-

  • Make sure that the water valve is turned off at the main supply 
  • Open the faucet so that the stream and pressure can escape when the pipes begin to thaw
  • Never start thawing the frozen pipe in the middle as it can create high pressure within the pipe, causing it to burst
  • Wait for the professionals to arrive before taking any drastic measures to thaw out the frozen sections 

Can you prevent pipes from freezing?

While it is true that even after taking the best preventive measures, pipes can still burst, you can minimize the probability of this happening by taking the following steps- 

  • Insulate the pipes and other water fixtures 
  • Leave the faucets running with a slight trickle on especially cold, stormy days.

Call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657; our techs are available 24/7 to help you.

Why SERVPRO is One of the Best Mold Remediation Firms in Rockaway?

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

Black mold damage Mold damage remediation is no DIY project. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in mold mitigation, call now.

There Are Several Reasons SERVPRO Is Among the Best Mold Remediators in Rockaway.

There are a few mold remediation companies in the Rockaway area, but few have achieved the status of SERVPRO. As a result of our service to this community, we have gained recognition for our extensive, specialized training, high-quality services, dedication to customers, and sincere desire to help our neighbors. 

When selecting a mold remediation company in Rockaway, it is important to find one like SERVPRO that knows what it is doing and has its heart in the right place. After serving the local community for over fifty years, our mold specialists have expertly done mold inspection, bathroom mold removal, basement mold remediation, attic mold removal, and black mold damage repairs. While performing these services, customers have praised SERVPRO for its:

  • Extensive training and knowledge in microbial remediation, structural drying, carpet, fabric & upholstery cleaning, water damage restoration, and odor control
  • Fast and effective remediation work that harnesses the power of all the latest, most advanced cleanup and restoration equipment
  • Exceedingly high customer satisfaction ratings on Facebook, Google, and Yelp reviews
  • Dedication to helping others by meeting local mold remediation needs and donating its time and resources to charitable organizations like the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Hospital, and the Salvation Army 

In all of these ways, SERVPRO’s reputation has been bolstered. As a result, our firm has been acknowledged as one of the best mold remediators in Rockaway.

Whenever you suspect or encounter mold in your residence, remember that SERVPRO of North Morris County is always here to help you. Regardless of the type of mold remediation work you need, we are likely able to complete it. Contact us anytime at (973) 983-5657 for assistance.

Why Should Denville Residents Call Skilled Techs for Water Removal?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe in home Some pipe bursts are not DIY projects. SERVPRO is here to help with all of your water damage restoration needs. Call now!

SERVPRO Handles Water Removal Quickly to Save You Time and Money in Denville! 

While DIY is great from time to time, you should never forget that failed water damage remediation can mean costly issues in the future. It is imperative that you remove all standing water but also pay attention to areas where moisture migrated. Calling skilled technicians to handle water removal services is the best way to get the results you deserve. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster here at SERVPRO, ensuring our customers get their property back to normal without issue.

Why Call SERVPRO for Burst Pipes or Basement Flooding?

Water removal in Denville handled by SERVPRO gets you a team of highly skilled and IICRC-certified technicians arriving at your door within hours of your call. Not only do our proven methods speak for themselves, but we also bring advanced technology and the latest water clean-up equipment to each project. Once we arrive at your home, you can expect us to:

  • Perform a detailed inspection and emergency services water damage assessment. We look for signs of visible and hidden water damage during this walk-through so that everything gets addressed accordingly.
  • Implement extraction and water removal services. Taking up any standing water is first and foremost, but we also have tools that help us remove moisture from upholstery, saturated porous surfaces, and behind walls or hard-to-reach spaces.
  • Dry and dehumidify. Not only do we start to implement air circulations, drying, and dehumidifying equipment, but the team adjusts our methods as we go to help us reach our goals the fastest way possible. We also carefully monitor indoor air quality (IAQ) and relative humidity within your home.

SERVPRO of North Morris County is the team to call when you need water removal within your property. Call the office 24/7 at (973) 983-5657!

Denville Homes Need Professional Water Removal Services

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

A woman holding a bucket catching water on a phone. Do not panic if you have water damage, call SERVPRO of North Morris County we are ready to take over and help.

SERVPRO Helps to Keep Denville Homes Dry by Offering Premier Water Removal Services

You need professional equipment and skilled technicians for water removal from your Denville home, as unmitigated water damage can permanently damage your property. You might need SERVPRO's water removal services if you encounter-

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Basement flooding
  • Sewer backup

Our trained and experienced restorers use state-of-the-art equipment to remove the water from your property as efficiently and as soon as possible. 

Water removal from your Denville home is one of the first activities SERVPRO professionals engage in after water damage. Standing water can seep deeper into the structure, causing serious secondary damage if it is not removed promptly. 

Water Extraction Equipment SERVPRO Techs Use During Water Damage Restoration of Your Denville Home

The type of equipment needed to extract water depends on the amount of water present on the property. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of pumps to remove water from your Denville property, including- 

  • Self-priming trash pumps: These are powerful pumps that can remove water and suspended solids such as mud and sand during flood restoration. Usually powered by gas or diesel, these pumps can move 10,000 to 60,000 gallons of water per hour. We use these pumps for moving water horizontally and when a little lift is required. SERVPRO techs use these for water cleanup after a storm or hurricane from a single-story structure. 
  • Electric submersible pumps: These are ideal for water removal from basements as they can offer a higher lift than trash pumps. These pumps operate on electricity and hence can be operated in occupied spaces as well.

Call SERVPRO of North Morris County at (973) 983-5657 for a fast and efficient service.

SERVPRO Training Makes Denville Mold Removal Safe and Effective

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on shelves and the floor of a garage. SERVPRO of North Morris County can show you why mold is nothing to play with in your Denville home. Call us today for assistance.

How the experience of veteran technicians means faster and better Denville mold removal

Mold contamination can be a severe problem for your home. Mold can spread around the house unless specific steps are taken.

Part of the reason why SERVPRO is considered a local mold removal expert in Denville is thanks to our ability to implement safety protocols. Between our industrial-strength equipment and our strict technician training regimen, we both stop the spread of mold and return the building to a safe and normal state. SERVPRO mold specialists receive training to:

  • Establish “clean rooms” for decontamination
  • Operate HEPA vacuums and air filtration devices
  • Identify and remove dangerous black mold
  • Install plastic sheets as barriers against spores
  • Safely dispose of contaminated materials

Improper implementation of these measures can fail to stop the spread of mold. SERVPRO crews contain veteran mold damage technicians that know how to identify problems and fix them before consequences can occur. One common mistake made by newer personnel and corrected by our veterans is a gap in plastic sheeting. These gaps can allow spores to pass through and interfere with our creation of negative air pressure spaces. With experienced eyes on the lookout for mistakes, our interventions have become widely known for their efficacy.

SERVPRO of North Morris County can help with mold infestations of any size and severity. Call us at (973) 983-5657.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Damage Restoration in Denville?

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment inside of storage facility Take a peek inside our warehouse. This is just some of the equipment available to restore your water damaged home!

Can SERVPRO Help with Water Damage from a Leaking Pipe Inside a Wall in a Denville Home?

Leaky pipes can cause a tremendous amount of damage inside a wall, especially if the leak dribbles for an extended period and goes unnoticed. Eventually, water and moisture cause the drywall to become soft and crumble. Mold may develop on the drywall's interior and the structure leading to a strong, musty odor. The flooring material may also be wet if it is carpet flooring, and wood floors may begin to swell and buckle.

SERVPRO technicians can help locate the water source in your Denville home and with water damage restoration. If there is mold and if the floors have been damaged, the total amount of damage present will determine the scope of the restoration process required. We assess all of these issues. We show our clients what is needed and provide recommendations on how to proceed.

We may need to:

Once everything is dry, SERVPRO can complete minor repairs such as drywall installation, flooring repair, and painting. SERVPRO aims to return your home to pre-water damage condition!

Call SERVPRO of North Morris County for Water damage services in Denville and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (973) 983-5657.

How Can Mold Removal Get Started in Denville Homes? Ask SERVPRO.

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

black mold on walls and carpet Why is SERVPRO a premier mold remediation company in the Denville area? Just ask your neighbors.

Black mold remediation services can begin quickly for Denville properties

Attic mold and black mold remediation are common problems in Denville homes after moisture exposure. Post-storm and water leaks can leave unresolved damp pockets in the house to fuel mold growth from dormant spores.

What Are the Best Black Mold Removal Approaches?

Beginning black mold damage remediation in Denville homes follows intricate mold inspection phases to identify colonization and affected materials. Determining the extent of damage to hosting materials can be the deciding factor in the type of mold removal that our SERVPRO team attempts. Our skilled group of AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians have the advanced equipment and products to restore your property to its preloss condition. The choices vary based on the condition of affected porous organic matter, which can include:

  • Surface sanding
  • Antimicrobial cleaning
  • Dry ice blasting
  • Controlled demolition

Mold can be an insidious and devastating threat to your home or business. We have an experienced remediation team to help protect your property after these microorganisms spread. Give our SERVPRO of North Morris County team a call anytime at (973) 983-5657.

Generator Safety Refresher

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

It's ok to store your generator in the garage, but NEVER operate it indoors, even in the garage!

Many homeowners rely on portable generators when the power goes out to keep the lights and heat on in the winter.  Safety is key when operating a generator.

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles.
  • Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.  If you experience severe symptoms, call 911.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Some of our clients in North Morris County and the surrounding area are being faced with a decision.  New gas utility lines are going in to older neighborhoods where natural gas service was not available until now.  A big decision, and a costly one, with possible energy savings for homeowners and business owners alike.  Doing your homework and learning all there is to know about gas service in your town is the first step.  Don't forget to get the advice of several licensed plumbers or heating contractors before deciding if this is right for you. 

A quick refresher on the dangers of carbon monoxide might be another piece of the puzzle in this decision.

You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide (or CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, and propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups— including unborn babies, infants and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems— being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.

An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers or idling cars left running in garages. Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips provided by the United States Fire Administration.

• Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.

• Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stove-top to heat your home.

• Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.

• If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueling engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.

• Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.

• Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.

• Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.

Be Prepared for Disasters - Shelter

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

In this period of sheltering at home, many of us have extra time on our hands.  This is the perfect time to organize a family emergency plan if we haven’t already done so.  According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), these are the first 4 steps that need to be addressed:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

In last week’s blog, we covered Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Click here for that blog in case you missed it: https://www.SERVPROnorthmorriscounty.com/blog#207704

Today we will cover the shelter plan. Here are the basics:

Stay at Home .  During the current pandemic, we are being advised to stay at home to reduce transmission of the virus and flatten the curve of serious illnesses that could all at once inundate our healthcare system.  Stay at home means to remain in our home or on our outside spaces like decks, patios, and in our yards.  If we decide to take walks, ride bikes or venture out into the community for an essential reason, we must practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others. 

Mass Care.  This typically includes Red Cross and other community shelters that are opened during weather-related disasters.  If you need assistance finding a shelter in your area, go here:  https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ and bookmark it on your phone or ipad for quick reference.

Sheltering in Place.  This can happen anywhere:  your home, your office, your school.  You get the idea.  Click here for specific instructions on how to seal your space in case of an air quality disaster:  https://www.ready.gov/shelter

Having the necessary information and emergency kit ready and available before a disaster occurs is the key to a low stress plan.  You can access all of this information and more here:  https://www.ready.gov/plan

Be ready, and be well!

Family Communication Plan

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

In our last blog we talked about emergency preparedness and shelter.  Today we will move on to Family Communication Plans

Here are the basics, according to Department of Homeland Security.

Collect emergency contact information for every member of your family and print a copy for purses, wallets and backpacks just in case there is no telephone or wireless communication available.  Include phone numbers for your doctors, schools and service providers.  Distribute a copy to each family member.

Share by distributing a copy to each family member.  If you feel comfortable uploading the information to ready.gov, you can get a wallet-sized printable card for everyone in your household.  Go here:  ready.gov/make-a-plan

Practice.  Have regular family meetings to practice your communication plan.  No one need panic in any disaster if you already know what to do! 

For additional information and instructions, visit https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/create-your-family-emergency-communication-plan.pdf

Wireless Emergency Alerts

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

At any time, but especially in a time of uncertainty on the local or national level, it is of utmost importance that we receive pertinent information in a timely manner.  Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service. WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters. Visit: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/wireless-emergency-alerts-wea for additional information about these alerts.

In Morris County, we have a unique emergency alert system with pertinent emergency information for our local community.  The Morris County Office of Emergency Management  has moved to a new emergency alert program called AlertMorris.  You can receive alerts by phone, text, email or social media (or all).  If you were on the older system, called Everbridge, your information should automatically have been moved to the new system.  However, please re-register with AlertMorris to be sure you are receiving all pertinent alerts.

For more information and to sign up for Morris County Emergency Alerts click here:

https://oem.morriscountynj.gov/alerts/

To access social media alert information for your specific town in Morris County go here:

https://morriscountynj.gov/about/municipalities/

We are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

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

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus.

Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Morris County 973-983-5657

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F

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https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

We Have The Expertise

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of NORTH Morris County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of NORTH Morris County

SERVPRO of NORTH Morris County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your home or business

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your commercial property.

We know how disruptive water damage can be for your business. Our team is trained and equipped to manage the drying process from start to finish. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your commercial building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary damages! With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, we can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your commercial facility by attempting to clean the mess yourself, call SERVPRO.

Real Praise from Real Customers

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

“I cannot thank SERVPRO of North Morris County (Rockaway) enough for the fantastic job they did! My house had several pipes burst while I was away, and the entire house was a mess! They came out quickly, worked with me on all information, and performed everything in a professional manner. Like most people who need SERVPRO, this was a very difficult time for us - and SERVPRO helped ease the pain a bit. 

Leon was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! He was professional, courteous, prompt and empathetic. He kept me posted 7 days a week on status of job and made the whole difficult situation better. Thank you very much SERVPRO of North Morris County- but especially Leon, for the incredibly professional and good job you guys did! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND! “

-Mary Beth, Rockaway

“My 2nd Floor Laundry hose failed and flooded my downstairs for 20 minutes causing major damage to my LR/DR ceiling and floors. This happened in Jan 2019 right before scheduled surgery.

The SERVPRO team headed by Leon was prompt, neat, and did everything they could to clean up the all damage and relieve me of any concerns I had about possible mold growth. Leon in particular, went out of his way to make things easier for me during a challenging and stressful time.

I offer my highest recommendations to this SERVPRO team. If you ever have any water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call them.”

-Barbara, Rockaway

“SERVPRO of North Morris County was absolutely wonderful. We had such a mess and they were wonderful. I am so grateful to SERVPRO , now my house doesn't smell like a sewer and they did a wonderful job!”

 -Alice, Denville

“I want to thank Joe, Bill and the crew for handling the water damage resulting from a washing machine hose. You delivered and made it as advertised..."Like it never even happened!" 

-Bill, Dover

We thank our customers for their high praise, and for trusting us to get the job done right.  If you would like to become one of our satisfied customers, visit our website or give us a call at SERVPRO of North Morris County 973-983-5657.  We will answer all of your questions and guide you through the process.

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Eww, That Smell!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Ewww, That Smell! 

Thanks to Lynyrd Skynyrd, that phrase prompts a song, and an air guitar.  In terms of our homes or businesses, it should prompt an evaluation of the source of the smell.  We’re not talking about the passing odors of everyday life:  our co-workers liberal use of cologne; stuffed cabbage leftovers being reheated in the microwave; air fresheners in the bathroom.  We’re talking about serious, strong, lingering odors that have no obvious source.  For homeowners, this can be a real mystery.  Did that little kitchen fire cause a permanent odor?  Is there a dead mouse somewhere in my home?  Did my cat spray the wall?  Is my septic system starting to back up under my foundation? 

Whatever the cause, technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC),  our SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals,  provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage and many other causes. SERVPRO® of North Morris County will  not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out and remove the source of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used 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. Ask our team to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you. If you or a customer suffer fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Whether its fire, water, or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We thank our customers for their high praise, and for trusting us to get the job done right.  If you would like to become one of our satisfied customers, visit our website or give us a call at SERVPRO of North Morris County 973-983-5657.  We will answer all of your questions and guide you through the process.

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Celebrating and Reflecting....15 Years!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

This year, we will be celebrating 15 years since we opened our doors and sent our technicians and trucks out on the road for the first time.  It is a time for celebration, but also of reflection.  One of our first jobs when we opened our doors involved an elderly woman living in a house with 37 cats (dead and alive).  No family member had checked on her for some time.  She suffered a medical incident which caused her family to finally remove her to a nursing home.  Then came the clean-up effort in order to get her house on the market.  Not an easy task!  And yes, the smell.

 SERVPRO of North Morris County was called upon to check out the property to see if anything could be done.  The odor was so strong it lingered in the air outside the home and in the neighborhood.  Clothed in Tyvek suits and respirators, our team tackled the difficult task of inspecting the home and coming up with a plan of action.  Where many other contractors may have knocked the house down and started again, our crew worked tirelessly to get this property back to livable condition. 

It was a long and arduous project, but the job was completed.  The woman’s family was grateful for a job well done and was able to put the house on the market “Like it never even happened.” If you walked into that home today, you would never know its history!  And of course, it is a part of our history as a business, trying to help members of our North Morris County community solve their problems from day one, and continuing to help them live their best lives. 

We thank our customers for their high praise, and for trusting us to get the job done right.  If you would like to become one of our satisfied customers, visit our website or give us a call at SERVPRO of North Morris County 973-983-5657.  We will answer all of your questions and guide you through the process.

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Clean That Dryer Vent

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

An Ounce of Prevention....clean out that dryer filter after each use.

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, SERVPRO® of North Morris County can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup. Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest or other potential obstacles.  

Here in Morris County, the snow has finally melted.  Now is a good time for this outdoor inspection.  Remove all excess debris and leaves that may have built up over the winter. 

We thank our customers for their high praise, and for trusting us to get the job done right.  If you would like to become one of our satisfied customers, visit our website or give us a call at SERVPRO of North Morris County 973-983-5657.  We will answer all of your questions and guide you through the process.

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Document Restoration

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO® knows timely mitigation is the key to reducing severity and recovering damaged items. Water– or smoke–damaged paper can rapidly deteriorate. Without proper handling, valuable files and irreplaceable documents could be lost forever. Let SERVPRO’s Document Restoration Team help you recover your damaged paper goods before it is too late.

Our technicians are trained to use the most advanced technology available for document recovery and drying; in fact, the Document Restoration Team uses the same technique the Library of Congress uses to dry water-damaged books.

Why choose SERVPRO® Vacuum Freeze Drying?

Vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water-damaged documents. The Document Restoration Team uses sublimation—turning a solid directly into a vapor, skipping the liquid stage to avoid causing more damage to the documents. This process can recover even the most delicate items—from documents to photographs and x-rays, to entire business archives.

All employees of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master certified and once your items arrive at the SERVPRO® facility, 24/7 video surveillance is guaranteed.

Digitizing

With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water or smoke and needs to be cleaned, dried or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.

Gamma Irradiation 

Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods.

In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations, you are dealing with CAT 3 water; therefore, most of the affected documents you encounter will be contaminated.

If this is the case, decontamination is always a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photoninduced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

Certified Destruction

Unfortunately, many businesses and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image or proprietary information. We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

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SERVPRO’s goal is to make the process as simple as possible for customers. Contact us for more information on Document Restoration services

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

-Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download app and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.

-Develop and test emergency communication plans.

-Assemble or update emergency supplies.

-Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.

-Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.

-Collect and safeguard critical documents.

-Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

-Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.

-Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

SERVPRO of North Morris County reminds you that emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property

Fireworks Safety

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

It will soon be fireworks season! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 18,500 fires are started every year by fireworks.

This includes 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. “These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage,” says the NFPA.

SERVPRO of North Morris County asks "Do you think sparklers are the safe way to go?" The answer is "Nope: they account for about a fourth of emergency room fireworks injuries".

SERVPRO of North Morris County says stay safe this summer by paying close attention to children at fireworks events, and avoiding the use of consumer fireworks.

We want our community to be SAFE!

10 Things You Should Know About MOLD – Part 2 of 2

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

When we last looked at MOLD, we reviewed part 1 0f 2 points 1-5. They included potential health effects, controlling it, when it may be a problem, prevention and its relationship to humidity. Today, we'll go onto to parts 6-10.

6. 48 HOURS - After a wtaer intrusion has occurred, if it goes unaddressed, it is possible that mold can begin to form within 48-72 hours. All it needs is a "food source" (wood, drywall, insulation paper, etc). Unmitigated, and you could end up with a big problem.

7. Mold & Surfaces - There are two types of surfaces; Hard and Porous. A hard surface can be cleaned and dried. A porous surface, such as drywall, may very well need to be removed.

8. Condensation - Again, condensation IS moisture. Whenever possible, address this issue ASAP. If you see it forming on windows, exterior walls, a roof or really any surface, eliminating it could save you a lot of headaches later.

9. A Word About Carpeting - In an area where there is a moisture issue (i.e. - cracking concrete floors, below ground basements with a high water table), it is best to avoid carpet and pad. Subfloors and vapor barriers are a good idea.

10. Mold Is EVERYWHERE - But there are acceptable levels and unacceptable. But when there's a water intrusion, it is the "food Sources" that do the most damage.

Good luck and STAY DRY!