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How Can I Secure my Home after a House Fire?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged washer and dryer Fires are stressful. Let SERVPRO help relieve the stress and restore your home.

SERVPRO is an Authority on Fire Damage Restoration for Bridgewater Residents 

Is my home safe after a fire? 

Fires can affect the structural integrity of your Bridgewater home as well as producing potential accident causing debris. It is crucial to wait for a fire marshall's approval before re-entering your home after a house fire. Once you gain re-entry to the home, it may be safer to avoid the affected area altogether. By arranging a call-out from a professional fire technician, you can ensure that your home returns to its safe, preloss condition without incidents or accidents. SERVPRO technicians can scope the building, remove any fire debris, and potential hazards like faulty electrical equipment or wiring from home safely. If there is a power outage, we can work using portable generators initially until electricity returns. 

Can I arrange fire restoration and remain in the property?

When fire damage affects your Bridgewater home, it can become an inconvenience, especially when essential rooms like bathrooms and kitchens are fire victims. SERVPRO technicians organize our restoration strategy around you to ensure that you can continue with your everyday life during the process.

If fire damage affects your kitchen or bathroom, our team can first work on these areas to ensure that you keep access to essential areas of the home. Any areas that require longer-term restoration use physical barriers as well as plastic sheeting for containment. During aggressive restoration activities, our team can deploy negative air-pressure to the affected area to prevent debris and dust from spreading. 

How can I prevent soots and smoke residues from spreading? 

  • Cover any surfaces using old sheets
  • Avoid unnecessary foot traffic in the affected area
  • Use negative air pressure to ensure any air-borne specks of dust do not escape the area 

If you need a convenient solution to housefire restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

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What Tools Help with Water Removal?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in kitchen SERVPRO has the tools and skilled technicians your home needs after a water incident occurs. Give us a call today.

For Water Removal, SERVPRO Technicians Use Professional Tools to Restore Your Bridgewater Home

Once water infiltrates your Bridgewater home, it starts to deteriorate most materials that it comes into contact with. Hiring the experts in the field of water restoration ensures your interior is back to normal faster. At SERVPRO, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can get to work in as little as four hours after you call us for emergency service. 

How Does the Cleanup Begin?

Following any water loss call, our team takes a look at your need for water removal in Bridgewater. A thorough assessment is performed so that we may determine the level of damage, and a solid plan of action can get set in motion. Our team takes all of the necessary precautions to lessen the migration of water, and we start removal efforts quickly to limit the amount of secondary damage. Some of the steps that we take include:

  •   Scanning the water loss zone to identify any electrical hazards
  •   All technicians wear personal protection equipment (PPE)
  •   Testing of any water that may be contaminated, such as chemicals found in flooded basements or fuel that may have come from water in a connected garage
  •   Our crew works to find any areas where water may have migrated to locate hidden pockets of moisture

What Happens During Water Removal Efforts?

After our team is onsite and a plan is in place, we utilize extraction tools and industrial-strength pumps to take as much water from the loss zone as quickly and efficiently as possible. Once we remove standing water, we have a unique formula to determine the number of drying implements necessary to facilitate the next phase. Some of the drying equipment we use includes:

Even if you have some tools on hand, DIY methods are not recommended for water removal. Due to the difference in consumer equipment versus the professional equipment that our Green Fleet comes equipped with, it is best to leave all cleanup efforts and drying to our skilled team. Our centrifugal air movers boost airflow, while the dehumidifiers help to capture moisture in the air throughout your home.

How Can You Stop Foul Odor Development?

Once we use our powerful pumps to remove standing water throughout the loss zone, our team of skilled technicians carefully remove porous materials. We take out carpeting and padding that cannot be salvaged and ensure they get replaced with brand-new materials. What we know about the impact of microbial growth includes the following:

  •   Harmful bacteria start growing within 24 to 48 hours after your water loss begins
  •   Surfaces are susceptible to mildew and mold growth, with the most significant threat coming from hidden moisture pockets and saturated porous materials
  •   We can treat surfaces with antimicrobial agents that help inhibit or slow the onset of microbial growth

Why Can’t Moisture Be Left to Dry Naturally?

It would be best if you never ignored moisture or humidity left in your home, as it can bring on the potential for mold growth. Water travels into drier spaces, which can leave hidden cracks and crevices riddled with moisture. We work diligently to speed up drying times and look at any walls or baseboards in the home that may have moisture behind them. If necessary, we perform controlled demolition that allows us to remove damaged building materials.

What if Moisture Got Behind My Walls or Under My Flooring?

We have a range of specialized equipment made for structural cavity drying when moisture lurks within your walls. By creating airflow while increasing pressure, it helps to remove moisture from the impacted area. Air moving equipment helps in conjunction with open windows or doors to create an open-system drying method. We can also create a controlled drying zone for smaller spaces by using dehumidifiers and physical barriers that allow us to exchange the moisture for dry air.

If you have saturated hardwood flooring, the SERVPRO Injectidry system exchanges air using targeted pressure. Air movement acts as a vehicle for the moisture, and we can salvage your flooring if water removal begins quickly enough. We also have drying mats and tenting methods that help to speed up the drying process.

When Will My Interior be Safe Again?

Our team double-checks everything for structural integrity and any leftover moisture with the final steps of water removal. We thoroughly clean and disinfect your interior using products registered by the EPA so that you can rest assured your home is safe to resume regular daily activity.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the team to call if you need prompt, reliable water removal services. Have a crew deployed to your home fast, and give us a call 24/7 at (908) 222-2020. It is always our goal to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Clean Smoke Residues From Hard floors in Bridgewater?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Burning flame isolated on black For expert assessment and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

When Fire Damage Affects Your Bridgewater Flooring Contact a Professional Restorer Like SERVPRO

How do smoke residues affect hard floors?

Many Bridgewater residents experience a housefire at some point during ownership. While most smoke residues affect upper walls and ceilings, there are frequently soots or debris that builds up on floors. Most of these residues occur after the fire when non-bonded soots gather on surfaces. You can mitigate losses by covering floors and surfaces as well as avoiding foot traffic in the area until a restorer arrives. It is quite common for floors to require cleaning at the beginning and the end of service as some cleaning methods may loosen or detach soots from upper walls or ceilings.  When soots embed into flooring, they can produce unpleasant odors or show visible signs of soiling.

Can I mop up smoke residues on hard floors?

A home with fire damage in Bridgewater can have varying levels of floor soiling. Dust-mopping can be effective; however, there is a risk of pushing heavier soils into the floor. With moderate levels of soiling, SERVPRO technicians use more aggressive methods of cleaning. These methods include spray buffing, a process of picking up residues while laying down a buff solution. Spray buffing can help to level a hard floor surface while filling in any cosmetic issues like scratches. Solvents can be effective, but we need to pre-test floors to see how they respond to solvents to avoid further harm.

What are the types of hard floor?

    •    Resilient  floors include vinyl and come in tiles or strips
    •    Non-resilient floors are stone or masonry
    •    Concrete floors
    •    Wood floors can have varying levels of strength and porosity

Clearing soot from hard floors can be complicated, with each type of hard floor responding differently to the type of cleaning method. For expert assessment and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

How Can I Get My Business Back Up and Running After a Water Spill?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policy Having water damage in your Bridgewater business? Call the pros in SERVPRO to mitigate your water problem and insurance issues.

Call SERVPRO to help Reopen Your Business Quickly and Safely

For a small business like a corner market, closing up for even a day is too much. Shutting down to remove water and restore your business for a longer period can mean a major loss of income. Also, every business in Bridgewater is more important to its customers than ever before.

How can SERVPRO get my store reopened quicker than another Restoration Service?

When it comes to dealing with commercial water damage in Bridgewater, SERVPRO teams can perform every task, short of a major rebuild, needed to reopen your business; so, we lose no time having to deal with sub-contractors. Our technicians have access to the latest equipment in the restoration industry, and their training is extensive; to include water removal, drying the structure and property, construction, and electrical repair.

How much is this going to cost?

That depends on the amount of damage to your Bridgewater store and what your insurance policy covers. Our office works closely with many agencies licensed in the state and makes certain we do nothing, without your approval, that is not covered.

If you have had any damage or loss to your business, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 today.

How Do I Remove Oily Residues from My Restaurant Kitchen? 

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage in kitchen Don't be concerned with fire damage in your Bridgewater home. Call SERVPRO to handle all of the problems.

Our professionals have potent cleaning products and techniques to remove residues and soot after small kitchen flareups in your Bridgewater restaurant. 

Kitchen fires can vary in their origin, but resolving the lingering effects in your Bridgewater restaurant should be the top priority. Losses like odors, airborne contaminants, ash, and soot can all migrate a considerable distance from the ignition point. 

A small kitchen flareup can lead to multiple layers of fire damage in your Bridgewater restaurant. In particular, grease fires can leave a thick film on surfaces like stainless steel shelving and countertops. Not only can this be challenging to clean thoroughly, but these conditions can promote more significant loss effects like harsh odors.

What Specific Cleaning Techniques Work Best for Residue Removal? 

Oily residues can describe many of the thick layers of carcinogens and grease that must get cleaned. There are multiple effective strategies for overcoming these effects, including: 

  • Water-based solvents
  • Abrasive cleaning techniques
  • Soda/media blasting

Fire losses like kitchen flareups can spread destructive loss effects like oily residues and foul odors throughout the kitchen and even the dining areas. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help with an efficient and thorough cleaning and deodorization. Give us a call today at (908) 222-2020.

How Likely is Water Damage I Cannot See?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

special equipment drying the floor Call SERVPRO to mitigate your water damage in your Bridgewater home.

After a loss incident, water can migrate beyond where you can easily dry it in your Bridgewater home – our SERVPRO team can help with detection and drying. 

DIY water restoration is more and more common for Bridgewater homes, but this often comes at more of a hassle than it might be worth. A misstep such as misjudging the migration of water throughout the property can lead to costly deterioration and microbial threats.

While you might believe that surface moisture is the only primary concern for water restoration in Bridgewater homes, but water penetrating beyond this surface to wall cavities, subflooring, or other sensitive materials could be disastrous. Without moisture detection equipment, it can be difficult to mark the path of water migration through the property.

What Detection Tools Can Identify Moisture Pockets? 

Sophisticated equipment and technologies help our project manager to help identify current moisture pockets and dampness in the affected materials. A combination of multiple devices ensures that the information inputted into our SERVPRO DryBook software is accurate. These include:

  • Thermal Imagery
  • Hygrometers
  • Surface Moisture Meters
  • Probing Moisture Detection

Professional water restoration can save time and money because the job gets done the first time thoroughly. Give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call today at (908) 222-2020.

How Do I Remove Odors from My Furniture?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

bedroom needing smell control help Don't let any smells from fire damage stay in your Bridgewater home. Call SERVPRO to come in and handle your problem.

Our SERVPRO team can help with on-site and off-site content management solutions to restore your possessions to their original condition. 

Fabrics and porous materials like the wood used in the furniture of your Bridgewater home can hold on to foul odors and make comfortable living difficult. Addressing odors trapped in the contents of your home involves both on-site and off-site tactics.

Content management is a facet of restoration for fire damage in Bridgewater homes that begins with a thorough assessment of how fire losses impacted your belongings and furniture. Evaluating these items individually can show which need cleaning, drying, deodorization, or discarding. Odors can be a challenge for even our experienced SERVPRO team.

What Deodorization Solutions Are Best? 

Removing odors can happen in several different ways, chosen primarily by the impacted materials and how severe the concentration has become. Instead of masking foul scents like smoke and burning, these strategies each work to neutralize or eliminate the odor compound in a unique manner. The three primary tactics for deodorization include:

  • Thermal/ULV fogging
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines and chambers 

Removing foul odors from the furniture in the house can require on-site restoration with thermal fogging or off-site recovery with our ozone chamber. You can reach our experienced SERVPRO of Bridgewater team anytime at (908) 222-2020.

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 Bridgewater, 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 Bridgewater today at (908) 222-2020 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.

Is There Any Way to Salvage My Living Room After an Electrical Fire in Bridgewater?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Certified Disaster Mitigation Professionals Can Restore Your Bridgewater Home After Fire Damage

Is there ever a situation where homeowners expect an electrical fire? All it takes is an overheated appliance or overloaded outlet to ignite portions of your home. On top of that, soot becomes corrosive over time, which can be even more damaging for your property.

If electrical fire damage has affected your Bridgewater home, SERVPRO has the tools necessary to eliminate residues and odors while restoring your property to a preloss condition. SERVPRO’s fast-acting service aims to minimize damage to your home’s structure and its contents so that you can save time, money, and stress.

What Are the Signs of Elevated Electrical Fire Risk?

    •    You notice sparks or get a slight electrical shock every time you plug in a device
    •    Lights flicker even after bulbs have been replaced
    •    Burnt or discolored sockets, light switches, or fixtures
    •    Appliances are unusually hot to the touch
    •    Either one, multiple, or all breakers often trip; fuses may blow at regular intervals

What Does SERVPRO Use to Eliminate Fire Damage Odors?

Much like water damage, deodorization utilizes solvents that saturate surfaces; fire damage odors are eliminated with a deodorizer that penetrates like smoke.

Thermal foggers work in tandem with many other odor removal tools during mitigation, including:
    •    Time-release pellets
    •    Odor counteractant beads
    •    HEPA-filter air scrubbers
    •    Deodorizing granules
    •    Odor removing sprays, pumps, or injection systems

SERVPRO of Bridgewater only a phone call away from keeping your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (908) 222-2020 to have an emergency response team come to your home.

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What Can I Do About Standing Water in My Bridgewater Home?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

air mover drying house SERVPRO Rescues Bridgewater homes from water damage with advanced equipment

The First Thing You Should Do is Contact a Reputable Water Removal Service

If you ever encounter any standing water in your Bridgewater home, you must act fast before it leads to even more advanced and costly issues.  The longer water remains on surfaces, the greater the damage it can do to structural elements, furnishings, and your other possessions.  Also, standing water, and the increased airborne moisture it causes, fosters harmful fungal growth that could further impact your home and affect your health.  It is for all of these reasons that swiftly enlisting the help of a good water removal service like SERVPRO is essential.  These services reduce the stress of the situation and expertly handle the water-related problems for you.

Why is SERVPRO a Good Company to Call for Water Removal in Bridgewater?

There are many reasons why SERVPRO is an excellent option for water removal in Bridgewater.  We have built a great reputation in effectively doing, among other things, water removals and related restorations.  Our firm is certified to deal with such issues and company technicians have a wealth of experience in resolving them.  Using all the latest technology and high-tech equipment, we are capable of taking care of any water-related problem you may have.  Here is a short-list of all the reasons why you should consider contacting us:

  • We have served the Bridgewater area for nearly twenty years and have received numerous glowing testimonials about the quality of our services
  • Our firm is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – certified.
  • Company technicians are highly trained, possess decades of combined water removal and water damage remediation experience, and are individually certified in applied structural drying and water damage restoration.
  • We have all the latest equipment necessary to resolve most water-related issues, including water sensors/meters, Thermo-hygrometers, extractors, pumps, wet vacs, air movers, dehumidifiers, injectidry systems, and foggers.
  • As a local company, we are ready to assist you quickly, 24/7.

As you can imagine, there are many water removal and remediation companies, but few have our resources and can do all that we can.  Remember this, when you explore your options.

What are the Main Causes of Standing Water in Your Bridgewater Home?   

When dealing with standing water, the first thing to determine is where it is coming from.  Our technicians are experts at inspection and can find the source with little difficulty.  With all that said, there are numerous reasons why you might find water around your house, some more apparent than others, but these are the primary ones:

  • Snowmelt and rainwater from damaged roofs
  • Appliance malfunctions
  • Pipe ruptures
  • Water containers that are leaking
  • Sinks that have overflowed

The sooner these sources are found and stopped, the less damage your house is likely to suffer.  In our work, we have encountered and successfully dealt with each of these specific problems.

What is Our Water Removing and Home Restoration Procedure?

After the origin of the water has been located and shut-off or blocked, our technicians get to work removing the liquid and restoring your home to its original condition.  Using wet vacs, submersible pumps, or powerful extractors, we rapidly remove standing water from your residence.  Dehumidifiers and air movers are then employed to dry out your interiors, furnishings, and other contents.  Simultaneously, we dry interior walls and ceilings with advanced injectidry systems.  Following all of our drying procedures, we use foggers to inject fungicides and deodorants into even the most difficult-to-access areas to prevent future fungal issues, like mold, mildew, and dry rot, and eliminate unpleasant odors.   

What Can SERVPRO Save?

SERVPRO technicians are experts at saving your property from water damage.  They are knowledgeable in numerous innovative techniques and use state-of-the-art tools to accomplish this.  Some of the various things our technicians are capable of saving are:

  • Critical documents, cherished photos, and other items of sentimental value
  • Structural elements
  • Wooden flooring, tilework, and carpeting
  • Fiberglass insulation
  • Upholstered furnishings

While our workers can save all these things, the key is contacting us as soon as possible.  The longer you wait to handle water issues and related damage, the less likely affected items can be saved.

Homeownership in Bridgewater is a wonderful thing, but it does come with its problems.  Wear and tear, poor maintenance, everyday storms, and natural disasters can all lead to standing water and related property damage.  As a responsible homeowner, you need to remain vigilant against all these potential threats.  Periodically have your house inspected to catch potential problems early.  Whenever you do notice water damage or experience natural disasters, contact a good water removal service as soon as possible.  

Water leaks, severe storms, and flooding can impact you at almost any time, so you should always be prepared to deal with them.  Knowing the company to contact for help beforehand is crucial.  So, if you ever need help, remember that you can always contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.