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The importance of cleaning your gutters

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The importance of cleaning your gutters The importance of cleaning your gutters

Summer is here now, and that means there are many projects around the home demanding your attention. One thing that often goes overlooked is your gutters.

Gutter cleaning is an integral part of maintaining your home during this summer. At SERVPRO of Morristown, we know gutter cleaning is probably at the bottom of your list of things you want to think about.

The problem is, many homeowners wait to get their gutters cleaned until they notice a problem, or so much debris has collected the gutter is tearing from the roof. Unfortunately, this is like waiting to lower your cholesterol until you have a heart attack.

Clogged gutters can wreak havoc with the natural drainage of water away from your home. This can result in damage to fascia, soffit, roofing, or even begin leaking into your home. Additionally, water damage can ruin the very foundation of your home – something you NEVER want to happen. 

Looking for Cleaning your home in New Jersey? Contact SERVPRO of Morristown for cleaning all your home including the gutters.

Cleaning home after water damage

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning home after water damage Cleaning home after water damage

Water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage. Not only can it ruin your prized possessions, but also the house in which they are stored.

Don’t treat flood water in unwanted places lightly: even if your basement only has an inch of water in it, or is even just damp, it is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold growth not only ruins walls, furniture, carpets, flooring, etc.,. Preventing mold growth is key to keeping your home’s air clean and healthy. Here are a few tips to deal with your flooded basement and minimize the water damage

  • Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately.
  • Dry out the affected area. Once you’ve mopped up all the water, use fans and  a dehumidifier to help dry out the area.
  • Disinfect. After the area has dried out, including wood beams, insulation, drywall, etc., use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc.
  • Prevent mold growth.
  • Dispose of damaged items responsibly: you’ll be tempted to throw everything into a dumpster and send it all away and out of site.

Need Help ?? Call SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ

Our certified team, has a vast array of experience in the industry, which includes Residential and Commercial Cleanup Assessments for over 10 years. They are our local heroes, dedicated to restoring our Morristown area community!

ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE

Many New Jersey properties and buildings built before the 90’s may contain asbestos used for walls, ceilings and roofing. Asbestos materials are not harmful unless they release dust or fibres into the air that can be inhaled.

Damage and destruction of the asbestos materials such as water or storm damage as well as fire damage will increase its friability. Asbestos fibres become hazardous and risky for our health when it is friable which means that it can be crumbled by hand and release particles into the air easily. Undamaged asbestos materials do not release fibres into the air and aren’t dangerous for the human body.

ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE

After every storm or water damage in houses the two main concerns are often the extraction of water and the prevention of mould growth. However, many houses in New Jersey were built with asbestos materials and we frequently forget about this important aspect too.

If “older” houses have experienced storm damage involving strong winds and structural damage has occurred, the chances of asbestos contamination are very high. We recommend you consult an Asbestos Removal Company such as SERVPRO of Morristown who can test the materials and safely remove it if necessary.

Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoking Fires Are Preventable!! Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

The place where we feel safest — at home — is where most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Make Sure

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration

A basement can flood at any time, for a number of reasons, including heavy rainfall. Basement flooding occurs because they are partially or fully underground. 

Floods in New Jersey commonly occur because of: 

  • Water pooling in or around the home
  • Full Septic Tank
  • Sewer pipe failure
  • Foundation drainage issues
  • Water supply or hot water tank failure
  • Pipes burst from freezing
  • Saturated drenched soil overflowing outside water into your home
  • Clogged Drain Pipes, clogged drains
  • Debris Filled Rain Gutters
  • Roof in need of repair
  • Leaking Water Heaters
  • Faulty Washing Machine Hoses 

The flooding in this Morristown, NJ home was caused by a storm sewer backup.

Since we are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week, SERVPRO of Morristown were on site fast to help this family by inspecting the damage and beginning the thorough water extraction process.  

In just a few days we had their basement dry as if nothing had ever happened and they were grateful to be enjoying their basement family room again. 

“With SERVPRO of Morristown, they were confident that no water is leftover because we use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that their home and the foundation structure is actually dry. We don’t just look, we use science to KNOW for sure.”

You can see the flooded basement before and after pictures in our before and after photo gallery.

Water damage can cause severe damage to the house structure leading to mold in a short time, due to untreated or missed water, so it is crucial to have a professional team of experts working for you with all the latest advancements because your home is a hugely expensive investment into your future that needs to be well taken care of. 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists: 

  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We bill the Insurance directly so you don’t have to worry about it
  • Our Technicians are highly-trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards and have all the current certifications and training
  • We have the most technologically advanced inspection and extraction equipment and modern skills to handle any disaster
  • We are always open 24/7 to help you too 

Commercial Basement Flooded in New Jersey? Call SERVPRO of Morristown today. !

Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in New Jersey, NJ

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in New Jersey, NJ Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in New Jersey, NJ

Smoke and fire damage is dependent on several factors which all impact on the fire damage restoration process.

The temperature of the fire and smoke movement determines what damage occurs, and predominately where the most damage occurs. Smoke can penetrate the smallest areas; so it is common in fire and smoke damaged houses are areas that weren’t affected first hand by the fire. It is critical to ensure the fire damage restoration begins as soon as possible.

As smoke is acidic, moisture and humidity are a catalyst to the corrosive dilapidation of finishes and fixtures in the premises. It is hard to imagine a situation more traumatising and unwanted than a fire in your home. Even a small fire can cause extensive damage and impact on your family’s sense of security.

At SERVPRO of Morristown, our Fire Damage Restoration emergency response team are knowledgeable and sympathetic to your situation and should be the first step towards putting your life back together. Securing your New Jersey home to prevent further damage or deterioration is our number one priority.

SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ’s tried and tested fire restoration methods mean we are able to save many building components and valuable personal items. Even if the damage looks severe, items can often be remediated to the pre-damage condition. From furniture to appliances, computers and even family heirlooms, our team of Fire Damage Restoration specialists New Jersey have developed methods to successfully remediate your personal belongings, saving you from more heartache in this unfortunate event.

Contact Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company in New Jersey today 800-734-3213

Fire safety at homes !

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire safety at homes ! Fire safety at homes !

Spring is when many people decide to open up their seasonal houses, cabins, and cottages. An important part of the preparation is gearing up for fire safety. Just like permanent housing, vacation homes are vulnerable to unsafe conditions.

By the time vacationers arrive at their seasonal homes, the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms may no longer work and chimneys could be blocked.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Install CO alarms outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations as required by laws, codes, or standards.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month.
  • Pack extra batteries for smoke alarms and CO alarms in case they need replacing.
  • Make a home escape plan. Practice the plan with everyone in the household, including visitors.
  • Know the telephone number of the local fire department and the address and phone number of the vacation home.
  • Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  • If you are renting, contact the property manager, landlord, or fire department to be sure that smoke alarms and CO alarms are installed and properly working.

NFPA’s tip sheets provide further information on how to be safe while at your “home away from home.”

Source

http://www.nfpa.org

Fire damage preventing from electronic appliances

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage preventing from electronic appliances Fire damage preventing from electronic appliances

Every electronic items in America is tagged with a large warning label not to use it near water for one obvious reason: mixing the two could result in electrocution and even death. But did you know that it is not actually the water that presents the threat?

Water in its purest form is not conductive. Instead, it is the impurities in the water—salts, dust, and so on—that enables it to conduct electricity.

In fact, low conductivity water (LCW)—which is purified and deionized—has been used for decades to cool high-voltage equipment such as magnets and klystrons.

LCW commonly flows through accelerator magnets to cool them. These rectangular, copper or aluminum wires measure up to two inches per side and are coiled in various arrangements to produce magnetic fields of different shapes and strengths. For example in a hair dryer, a hole in these copper wires carries LCW to remove heat generated by the electric currents.

The PEP ring, the SSRL ring and various beam transport lines contain many magnets that use LCW. Unlike hair dryers, the concern with mixing water and electricity in the magnets is not electrocution, but corrosion. Lowering the water's conductivity effectively minimizes this corrosiveness.

Without LCW, the magnets would slowly be eaten away from the inside out and engineers would have to find another way to dissipate as much as 30 megawatts—16,000 hair dryers worth—of power every day.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Mold Preventing in Basement

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Preventing in Basement Mold Preventing in Basement

Control water & moisture

All of the above will be futile if you do not take steps to control excess moisture in your basement and around your home. Mold needs about 70-percent relative humidity to be active and produce spores. Reducing moisture begins with preventing water infiltration. If, for example, puddles form along basement walls after a heavy rain, examine your gutter and downspouts for clogs and disconnects. Install splash blocks and downspout extenders, if necessary. Take a level to concrete walkways that run along the perimeter of your home. If they have settled so that they now slope toward your foundation instead of away from it, call a contractor to make repairs. Slab-jacking companies can use polyurethane-injection methods to lift concrete structures, including patios and pool decks. If your walkways are built with pavers or bricks, regrading and rebuilding the path may be necessary.

Relative humidity (RH) rises above 65 percent in basements during the summer in much of the United States and Canada. If this is your situation, run a dehumidifier and set the relative humidity at 65 percent or less. Choose a model that is adequately sized for your space — small room-size dehumidifiers will not survive in a basement. Ideally your dehumidifier should include a high-performance air filter. Find a way to set up the dehumidifier to drain automatically, so you don’t have to remember to empty the reservoir every day or two. You can accomplish this in several ways.

Contact SERVPRO of Morristown for mold remediation in New Jersey.

Mold remediation company in New Jersey

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold remediation company in New Jersey Are you looking for a professional and reliable mold remediation company in New Jersey?

As we all knows, our basement can be one of the most dangerous places in the home if not properly maintained. It’s not uncommon to find hundreds or even thousands of mold spores per cubic foot of indoor air. These spores are extremely small and can survive in even the harshest of environmental conditions. Black mold can live anywhere provided moisture and oxygen are present.

Finished concrete basements that haven’t been thoroughly waterproofed are extremely problematic. When moisture migrates from the ground to non-waterproofed basement walls, mold can start to grow almost immediately. Foundation leaks, high interior humidity, overflowing washing machines, and sewage back-ups are common sources of moisture.

Mold loves damp, dark places, which is why your basement needs to be checked for water seepage, cracked foundation, and visible damage regularly. Are you looking for a professional and reliable mold remediation company in New Jersey? Don’t wait for your basement to become moldy; Contact SERVPRO of Morristown today.