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Can Fire Damage Affect a Newark Home’s HVAC?

11/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician removing a fire damaged ceiling When a fire strikes in your home. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate fire damage restoration service for your Newark home.

SERVPRO Fire Remediation Includes Duct Cleaning, Repair, and Restoration in Newark

After a home structure fire, Newark residents may be more focused on the immediately visible damages to walls, floors, and contents than on their ventilation systems. However, smoke residues travel through vents and settle inside ducts, where they can spread malodors and affect indoor air quality. This issue is compounded by fire suppression with water, which can eventually create conditions for mold growth and turn soot acidic, which can corrode metals.

SERVPRO fire damage technicians in Newark are equipped to mitigate smoke residues and soil moisture from fire suppression. Remediation services are performed to return the property to a clean, pre-fire condition and include necessary structural repairs.

How Smoke and Soot Damage Impact Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

Even small-scale home fires can leave smoke residues and other burnt particles in ventilation systems. These contaminants can affect ventilation in the following ways:

  • Smoke particles stick to ductwork, which can accumulate dust and other contaminants that impact air quality and odors
  • Soot odors and particles can get recirculated throughout the home, spreading odors and residues. This accumulation can also damage air ducts and impact their ability to circulate air effectively
  • Soot also collects in air filters and clogs them up quickly, which impacts HVAC performance
  • If water extinguished the fire, this moisture could make soot acidic. This acid can corrode metals or etch into ceramics and glass and can also impact indoor air quality

HVAC is especially likely to need thorough cleaning if it was operating when the fire happened. The return air vents, in particular, are likely to have the most contamination. Even passive air movement after a fire can help spread soot and smoke odors throughout the property. In cases of more severe contamination, portions of the ductwork may require sealing during cleanup.

SERVPRO’s Ductwork Cleaning Process Post-Fire Damage

Fire restoration techs at SERVPRO can inspect and clean HVAC systems. Duct cleaning is not typically necessary with lighter damages. In moderate to heavy fire damage situations, ventilation is also often affected. This step is essential to prevent smoke and soot from recirculating in a restored property after completing other cleanup tasks.

HVAC inspection includes the examination of such parts as:

  • Filters 
  • The cooling coil
  • Mixing boxes
  • Dampers
  • Turning vanes

The materials the ducts are made of also matters. Flex duct, for example, is typically more cost-effective to replace than repair due to the number of pleats in the material that can entrap soot. Sheet metal and duct board, meanwhile, are often salvageable. If there is insulation around the vents, this may also necessitate removal as it can carry odors. Its efficacy also diminishes after fire exposure.

SERVPRO professionals can clean vent registers and intakes, and reusable filters. HEPA-filter vacuums remove loose soot and debris from vents. Techs can wash duct surfaces with an EPA-registered detergent solution for more in-depth cleaning. HVAC cleanup includes the restoration of soot-covered mechanical components where needed.

After cleaning, technicians place cheesecloth over ventilation outlets before fogging the ducts. An ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger can deploy duct sealers and deodorizers with the help of the plenum and central blower. After deodorizing, technicians run the central blower until the interior is dry before replacing vent covers and deploying odor counteractant beads to decrease malodors further.

When homeowners need service that makes a disaster seem “Like it never even happened,” they can call SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.

What Steps Should Newark Homeowners Take After Water Damage?

11/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician power washing a SERVPRO truck Our SERVPRO team keeps our equipment and trucks ready to help you with water damage in your Newark home.

Newark Residents Can Contact Insurers and SERVPRO for Water Damage Claims and Restoration

Home water damage, regardless of the source, can prove distressing. Plumbing incidents and appliance leaks are among the most common culprits of such incidents. Newark property owners can contact their insurer to send a claims adjuster, document damage with photos and videos, shut off water and electricity if needed, and get in touch with a professional cleanup crew to perform repairs.

Newark SERVPRO water cleanup technicians use sophisticated tools and comprehensive water damage education to perform repair and replacement services for homeowners. SERVPRO also documents moisture effects on structures and contents and takes inventory of affected items per room to assist homeowners and insurance adjusters during claims filing.

How Homeowners Can Respond to Water Damage

While typical water damage scenarios are not large-scale disasters that fill a property with ample moisture, fast action is prudent. Even small leaks can compromise such structural components as:

  • Wall cavities and insulation
  • Electrical components and baseboards
  • Carpet, floorboards, and subflooring
  • Ceilings and ceiling joists
  • Cabinets and counters

Contacting the insurer after discovering water damage is a must for receiving appropriate compensation per a homeowner's policy. Occupants do not typically wait for an adjuster to arrive before contacting moisture remediation professionals. 

After discovering ongoing moisture exposure that might affect electrical components, homeowners are encouraged to contact utility providers for guidance on shutting off water and electricity temporarily. This measure can prevent further damage and minimize safety concerns from wet electrical wiring or outlets. However, it may be safer to have a utility provider send a professional to perform this service in some cases.

Mold and microbes can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water damage begins. The risk of mold or mildew proliferating in a way that can impact structures is significantly reduced when homeowners contact technicians within 24 hours after discovering moisture. Depending on its extent, drying in many water damage situations may take only a few days.

Homeowners are encouraged to document the cleanup process before, during, and after restoration for their proof of loss claim. SERVPRO's inventory documentation, photographs, and video footage can also help with claims filing.

Removing Moisture from Carpet with Hot Water Extraction

For residential moisture damage, there is rarely standing water. However, this moisture still needs to be removed to make drying with air movement and dehumidification more effective. Extractors use a heated cleaning solution to sanitize with EPA-registered antimicrobials. Portable units carry up to 12 gallons of solution and pull up roughly the same amount of wastewater. Truck-mounted extractors can store 60 to over 100 gallons of water from a property.

For light to moderate moisture cleanup, SERVPRO techs can do the following with carpeting:

  • Pre-treat the carpet with agitation from a carpet rake to dislodge soils
  • Vacuum up solids and residues that can disrupt extraction
  • Spray a pre-treatment on heavier carpet stains before performing additional agitating with a carpet rake
  • Use edge brushes to agitate fibers on carpeted stairs and up to six inches away from baseboards

After pre-cleaning, techs can use carpet wands on portable or truck-mounted extractors to pull up water damage in v-shaped strokes. Heavier soils are treated with choppy strokes to agitate while applying the heated cleaning solution. After extraction, techs wipe the excess solution off baseboards and other surfaces with clean towels.

Once technicians extract moisture from the carpet, structures, and furnishings, SERVPRO can focus on positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to return humidity on the property to pre-damage levels.

After a disaster, SERVPRO of Newark can make a home look "Like it never even happened." Call (302) 733-7933 to have a crew deployed within hours of contact.

How Long Does Mold Damage Cleanup Take in Newark?

11/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Newark Mold Remediation by SERVPRO Can Take as Little as Several Hours to a Few Days

Mold damage to your home in Newark can be distressing to find and potentially risky to clean up without professional assistance. However, certified restoration technicians can perform remediation in as little as several hours to a few days, with only the most extensive, flood-related disasters taking more than five to seven days. Microbial cleanup also entails the remediation of the conditions that allow them to spread continually.

SERVPRO mold damage cleanup technicians in Newark can reduce spores to pre-contamination levels and create a safe, clean space for homeowners with rebuilding services where needed. Mold removal services cannot guarantee complete microbial elimination due to microbes existing in all indoor areas on some level. However, professional cleaning ensures that the reduction of microbes is reinforced with measures that prevent continual growth after cleaning.

Factors That Can Affect Mold Cleanup Time

Professional remediation of microbes per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols addresses multiple factors contributing to home mold damage. 

Typical home microbial cleanup takes less than a week, usually between one and five days, depending on the level of contamination. It may take only several hours at most for small amounts of surface-level mold. Heavily contaminated buildings, such as those with extensive flood damage that can increase microbial growth, may take more time to repair and replace unsalvageable components.

SERVPRO professionals consult with homeowners about the mold cleanup process to formulate a comprehensive restoration plan, which can include:

  • Containment procedures that prevent mold from spreading are implemented with polyethylene sheeting over doorways and vent registers. Technicians can also perform temporary duct sealing services to prevent HVAC from spreading spores during remediation
  • Technicians can also clean contaminated sheet metal vents with OSHA-approved sanitizers and replace flex ducts impacted by mold.
  • SERVPRO personal protective equipment (PPE) allows technicians to clean and remediate spores safely. PPE is decontaminated in a designated space to prevent mold damage from spreading unintentionally during cleanup
  • SERVPRO crew members prevent spores from floating in the air with HEPA-filter air scrubbers that can lower local air pressure in a sealed room, which causes microbes to sink to the floor for thorough cleanup with vacuums that can catch microbes as minuscule as 0.3 microns
  • Controlled demolition on unsalvageable sheetrock, insulation, and other components allows techs to prepare affected areas for structural repairs, reinstallation and repainting as needed

SERVPRO Equipment and Processes for Mold Remediation

SERVPRO’s cleanup protocols are quickly accomplished with industrial-grade restoration equipment designed to tackle small- and large-scale disasters.

  • Sanitation with EPA-registered biocides
  • Moisture extraction with portable or truck-mounted units that feature heater, pump, and vacuum systems
  • Drying with axial or centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Odor control with sanitizers, granules, injectors, foggers, and debris removal
  • Rebuilding services, such as drywall and carpet reinstallation, can return a property to a functional, clean, pre-contamination condition

Light mold contamination may only require surface-level cleaning with biocides. Still, small-scale microbial accumulations can lead to much more costly problems for Newark homeowners without fast action. SERVPRO’s observation of restoration industry best practices protects homeowners from risk while eliminating odors and other mold damage concerns.

SERVPRO of Newark is proud to say that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Property owners can call (302) 733-7933 for 24-hour restoration services, including weekends and holidays.

SERVPRO Handles Odors During Newark Fire Restoration

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire and Soot Damaged Items Don’t let fire damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Newark.

Odors Are a Focus of Fire Restoration 

Every fire that impacts homes and businesses creates several layers of loss effects that responding restoration professionals must address and overcome. One of the final stages of recovery for residences can be reducing or removing smoke smells generated by combustion. These are often a combination of:

  • Aerosols
  • Fuels
  • Burning materials
  • Accelerants

Upholstery and Drape Malodor Damage

Upholstery is common with furniture, so it is not unlikely that fire restoration for Newark homes must focus on trapped smoke smells in these fabrics and textiles. Drapes are another common element of a residence with a high porosity rating, allowing it to absorb combustion malodors. Fogging practices can help to eliminate these trapped smells, along with focused dry cleaning by our UFT-Certified professionals.

Clothing Damaged by Smoke 

Soft materials like clothing hanging in a closet or tucked in a dresser can rapidly absorb and retain harsh smoke smells during the fire. Even when these fabrics are not destroyed by the combustion, without swift action by our professionals, the odors and other influencing factors could render these items unsalvageable. We have several tools to help address trapped smells in fabrics, such as thermal and ULV foggers. 

Managing Odors in the Air

Odors are the most noticeable and challenging in the open environment of your household. Their spread through the home is worsened by available pathways with the HVAC system and structural openings, so SERVPRO responders prioritize neutralizing these threats. Often, some of the most direct measures, such as ozone or UV cleaning, are the most likely to have widespread and efficient successes. 

One of the significant obstacles to fire restoration in Newark homes is removing offensive malodors combustion can create. We work fast with cutting-edge equipment and products to overcome the harsh smells fires can leave behind in your home. Call our SERVPRO of Newark team at (302) 733-7933.

Newark Storm Damage Restoration by SERVPRO

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

storm damaged materials pile From NEWARK water extraction through pack-out and return, for a "Like it never happened," experience after flooding, call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Rescues Flooded Contents in Newark Properties

In severe rainstorms, your property may sustain so much damage that you need to relocate temporarily. Relocations can be incredibly taxing on homeowners because they are unaware of what is happening on their property. A few of the concerns homeowners face in a flood situation are figuring out where to store items, how to prevent unlawful entry, and how to claim. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with residential flooding situations and run a series of emergency services to help homeowners overcome painful periods.

Services providing flood damage recovery in Newark need significant resources to deliver for their customers. Not only do technicians need to provide emergency security services, but they also need to pack, transport, and store your contents safely. Homeowners may find packing and removing materials one of the most stressful experiences. Here at SERVPRO, we enlist the help of professional removers to ensure your contents are taken care of while creating digital records of all items and their condition.

We aim to remove, restore, and replace your contents "Like it never even happened." Pack-outs, the removal of contents for safe storage, is essential to that process. We use climate-controlled SERVPRO storage facilities to keep your possessions safe for the duration of their time outside the property. All goods must go through a comprehensive check for infestation or pests.

These checks ensure that cross-contamination from other storage items in our warehouse does not affect your possessions. These situations are usually only in use when property damages are severe. While your items are in storage, SERVPRO can arrange for our construction team to perform any restoration and electronic specialists for televisions, laptops, and tablets. Vital documents can be freeze-dried to stop further harm from happening. All work we arrange is made a note of, which we can then pass on to you or a stress-free claim. 

Our seamless transition from inspection through water removal and build back can provide a stress-free project. We even help with your insurance paperwork. Contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.

Commercial Water Removal for a Newark Lecture Hall

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

 commercial Water Damaged Area Don’t hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO when it comes to your Newark commercial water damage.

Your Newark commercial water damage can quickly damage so much

University campuses often feature gorgeous, historic buildings that fuse more traditional design sentiments with the geometry and fluidity of modern architectural design. These buildings can look wildly different from the outside, but they often suffer similar problems internally. For example, both types of facilities can endure high levels of water damage that, without careful mitigation, can allow mold and odors to proliferate in hallways, lecture halls, and lab rooms. 

If Newark facilities need commercial water removal that is fast-acting and effective, IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals are available to restore your building so that students and faculty can safely congregate there once more. SERVPRO's cutting-edge moisture measurement and extraction tools make use of the discipline of psychrometry. That is the study of how air temperature and humidity affect structures. With careful analysis, calculation, and observation, structures can return to a pre-damaged condition. 

Inspecting Your Facilities

Taking care of leaks requires a combination of thorough inspection and implementation and maintenance of alert systems. Water leak sensors, whether active systems that shut off water supply lines or passive systems that alert occupants to water exposure, are highly effective in curbing structural damage and property loss. Staff tasked with property inspection should keep an eye out for the earliest signs of water damage on sprawling university campuses, including: 

  • Spongy floors that feel unstable
  • Bulging, bubbling, or soft walls
  • Recurring white, chalky efflorescence on brick and concrete
  • Water stains on tiles and discoloration or damage to the surrounding grout

SERVPRO's Commercial Rebuilding Services

Your local SERVPRO is licensed to offer commercial contracting services to renovate structures after cleanup (#1992104829). Renovation services include reinstalling and seaming dried carpet and pad, removing odors with thermal foggers, and cleaning and returning desks and chairs to their proper place. If the leak started under the flooring and damaged the subflooring below, SERVPRO contractors can repair and replace the damaged portions of the subfloor. 

SERVPRO of Newark serves big and small businesses with a cleanup crew that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes in your facilities, you can call (302) 733-7933 to start the cleanup process within hours of your initial contact.

Recovering Properties after a Storm Flood in Newark

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Storm in the Distance with Lightning Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after any disaster.

SERVPRO’s Steps to Recovering Your Belongings After a Flood Incident

Storms are frequently accompanied by torrential downpours that can overload drainage systems or dams, causing flash flooding in your local area. Fast-moving floodwaters can overwhelm your home, resulting in large quantities of standing water that can seriously damage floors, furnishings, and fixtures. We offer water restoration technicians to residents of this community that are experiencing flood issues on their property and can quickly set to work mitigating further losses, removing excess water, and restoring your home. 

Property owners that experience a storm flood in Newark should avoid trying to move the furniture themselves. We understand that homes have been built over the years with accumulated possessions that hold significant sentimental value or are considered irreplaceable. However, floodwaters can carry all kinds of dangers, including harmful diseases, and should not be approached without personal protective equipment (PPE.) Structural damage may also be sustained by large quantities of water, resulting in uneven surfaces or weakened floorboards and presenting a severe health hazard.

The quickest way to reduce the potential losses in a flood situation is to remove standing water and moisture from the affected area. To reduce immediate losses, SERVPRO deploys pumping equipment and extraction units to remove excess moisture from home. Water extractors can be up to 1,200 times more efficient at removing water, and prolonged exposure to moisture can cause further losses than initially anticipated. By mobilizing this equipment quickly, SERVPRO technicians can significantly reduce your losses and claims expense.

The next stage in performing a complete restoration is to ensure that the property is dry. Floodwater migrates and can wick into cavities in the subfloor or other recesses that are common in a home environment. SERVPRO technicians use an established drying procedure that incorporates both air-moving and dehumidification equipment. This stage is essential to preventing further losses because it reduces the likelihood of secondary mold damages from occurring in the property after service is complete. By drying the property, technicians not only tackle unpleasant odors but also guard against the future expense of secondary damage claims.

SERVPRO of Newark is available for property restoration and water mitigation services at (302) 733-7933.

The Appropriate Steps For Water Cleanup In Newark

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Take the Appropriate Steps for Water Cleanup in Newark

A flood in your basement or significant water intrusion in any area of your home can be devastating. When left to rot, excessive water can turn into major structural issues, and you open up the door to potential mold growth. You should take the necessary steps to clean up the water by calling the professionals at SERVPRO to help you mitigate the damage in a timely fashion.

Whether there is water from a storm or a significant leak from an appliance or broken pipe, water cleanup in Newark must commence quickly to keep the loss to a minimum. With any water intrusion, you have the risk of dangers from electrocution, slip and fall, and more. The first steps should always include ensuring that the electricity is off in the area of the flood and that you are careful with your footing.

Standing Water Removal

Whether there is a little bit of water or a lot, it can be tough to think about total cleanup until all of the water is removed. Our team of SERVPRO technicians comes in and assesses the situation to implement the best plan of action for water removal. In the event of deep water, we have sump pumps to bring down water levels quickly. Once the water level decreases significantly, we use high-powered vacuums to pull up the rest of the water from floors and carpeting.

Proper Drying

It is paramount that the impacted area is dried quickly to reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth. Once mold starts to form, it can spread rapidly within the first 24 hours of water damage onset. SERVPRO technicians open the windows and use high-powered axial fans and air movers to assist with air circulation. This process can be helpful when the balance of interior temperature and humidity (RH) does not adversely affect comfort levels. We also have industrial-strength humidifiers to pull any excess moisture from the air.

SERVPRO Is Here To Help

Once you call us at SERVPRO, we are here to help from the initial stages of water cleanup through drying and disinfecting. We use specialized products to clean non-porous surfaces, and we can help determine what is salvageable and what should be thrown out.

A quick response time is crucial when it comes to water cleanup, so call us at SERVPRO of Newark when you need help. We can be reached at (302) 733-7933 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Dealing with Fire Damage Insurance after Restoration in Newark

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Let SERVPRO Help with Newark Fire Damage Insurance Documentation

You already have enough on your mind should you have a fire on your Newark property. Whether you are a homeowner or a property owner with a fire in an apartment building or rental, you need to have restoration fast and insurance kicked into gear. SERVPRO is your one-stop for everything pertaining to emergency fire and water restorations. We get in quick to limit the loss, perform industry-secret processes, and ensure your property is back to pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.”

Handling your insurance claim after fire damage in Newark may be worrisome. However, SERVPRO sees many fire-damaged homes, and we are there for homeowners to make everything as easy as possible. We take time out to work with your insurance, taking more of the burden off your shoulders at this stressful time.

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SERVPRO takes pride in handling every aspect of your house fire cleanup project. This involves helping you manage all the paperwork and the process involved to ensure your claim goes as smoothly as possible. A bit more about us:

  • SERVPRO is a locally owned franchise with many national resources at our disposal.
  • We employ highly trained technicians to handle fire cleanup, mold remediation, water removal services, and more.
  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – arriving at your home and ready to begin the fire and smoke remediation within four hours or less of your initial contact.
  • Our team strives to ensure your property gets the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval, sanitizing all surfaces and handling odor control to bring your home back to pre-fire condition.

From start to finish, SERVPRO is there to lessen the stress and restore versus replace whenever possible. This limits the loss, the restoration cost, and the time to finish your fire damage project. With our advanced equipment and industry knowledge, you get the results you deserve.

Contact SERVPRO of Newark by calling (302) 733-7933 or request help online. We look forward to assisting with your fire damage!

When Newark Hotels Experience Water Damage

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Newark Hotel Managers Rely on SERVPRO for Commercial Water Removal Services

Hotel managers may sometimes find that rooms or hallways in the building become flooded. Often the fire suppressant sprinkler system fails and soaks a corridor, or a guest leaves the water running. However, the crucial aspect of proper business management is how you respond to these situations. Standing or pooling water can cause primary and secondary damage to the structure of a building. They can also present immediate dangers for slip and trip hazards, electrical shocks, or worse. As a hotel manager, removing guests from rooms in the immediate vicinity may be necessary, shut off power in the affected area, and then contact your insurance adjuster.

Communicating with your customers and staff in an emergency is vital, which is why we offer commercial water removal services for businesses in Newark. Our team of qualified technicians is led by an experienced crew chief who can handle the restoration of structure and contents, allowing you to focus on your customers and staff. SERVPRO can deploy emergency generators and lighting equipment to offer a self-sufficient repair that does not rely on the building manager. We can communicate with you about appropriate equipment staging areas and regular updates on outcomes and equipment.

Extraction Equipment

Removing water is most effective using extraction equipment. 

  • portable wet vacs
  • truck-mounted pumps
  • weighted extractor wands
  • Rover ride on suction devices

Depending on your hotel's building materials and decor, we use many different types. Thick carpets may benefit from weighted extraction tools. On the other hand, upper levels with restrictive access may better suit light and portable extraction wands. We train SERVPRO technicians to recognize the best types of equipment to work the job at hand. We aim to minimize disruptions to your guests and expedite the water removal service.

If your commercial property becomes flooded, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933