Signs of Walls with Water Damage in Fort Lee Properties and What to Do About It
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SERVPRO Supports Fort Lee Residents with 24/7 Water Restoration Services
One of the most frequently encountered water damage in Fort Lee residential properties is a leaking pipe. A burst pipe may result in the sudden need for cleanup, but it can actually be less of a mess than a slow leak that went on within a wall for months until the deterioration was so severe that it finally showed the signs of wear from the water damage.
There are usually some small signs when a home has a slow leak in a wall causing water damage in Fort Lee. Homeowners that know what to look for can catch these early signals and potentially save themselves from a costly large-scale water restoration service. Things to look for on and around walls for clues water damage is occurring include:
- A feeling of dampness or musty odors
- Water stains on walls or visible mold growth
- Paint bubbles or peeling paint
- Warped or buckled sheetrock
- Misshapen flooring or baseboards
Dampness and Musty Odors
If an area in the home, particularly a basement, has a musty odor or feels humid, take a good look with a watchful eye as there may be a yet-undiscovered water leak. As moisture absorbs into sheetrock or wood, it can produce a distinctive odor.
Water Stains or Visible Mold
Once moisture seeps into a wall, naturally occurring airborne mold spores may find a great new home if the temperatures (60 degrees F. or higher) are suitable to sustain their germination and growth. Water stains show up as darkened areas and show be immediately investigated to halt any further water damage.
Paint Bubbles and Peeling Paint
Constant moisture levels can cause paint to bubble on the surface of a wall. It looks like a balloon, and if it is popped, water may run out. Peeling paint (usually Latex-base) has lost its adhesion to the surface, often due to moisture in the wall. Neither surface can be merely painted over, and both situations are signs that the home needs water restoration services.
Warped or Buckled Walls and Ruined Flooring
Drywall does not handle exposure to moisture well. A slow leak can destroy a significant portion of a wall as the cardboard backing absorbs moisture, resulting in the need to remove and dry the interior wall void. Tile can lose adhesion from water running down a wall into the floor and subfloor. Hardwood flooring can show signs of damage by warping or nails in the boards protruding from the surface. This type of water damage should always get professional mitigation.
Getting Rid of Water Damage
Once signs of water damage are found, they should get cleaned up professionally as rapidly as possible. SERVPRO technicians can bring in professional-grade equipment that:
- Find the areas with moisture
- Extract and dry the affected materials
- Handle any removal of water-damaged building materials
- Conclude the service with a build back
SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 handles all types of water damage restoration services for the Fort Lee community. The trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 to make it, "Like it never even happened."
A Typical Fort Lee Fire Damage Restoration Service
SERVPRO technicians can wipe and clean kitchen assemblies soiled by soot and fire damage pleasing Fort Lee homeowners.
SERVPRO Serves the Local Fort Lee Community with 24/7 Available House Fire Cleanup
SERVPRO handles fire damage cleanup regularly for local Fort Lee properties. While every fire and structure is a unique scenario, the science behind the cleanup process is often managed in the same organized manner to ensure the best outcome every time.
A Fort Lee homeowner seeing fire damage in their residence for the first time may feel that nothing within can be saved. This is particularly true if the first responders used a fire-fighting method that takes burning room contents, pulls them into the center of a room, and douses them with water. Leaving a big, wet pile of possessions and building materials in the middle of the floor. As soon as the fire department gives the "all-clear" to enter the structure, SERVPRO starts the process of cleaning up the fire damage, which typically includes:
- Inspection of the area with fire damage
- Removal of ruined materials
- Extraction of water and structure drying as needed
- Setting up cleaning stations for articles with restoration potential
The cleaning stations outside the restoration service area are where SERVPRO technicians inspect and choose the appropriate method for cleaning for each item. The removal of smoke damage from objects can include some of the following ways:
- Spray and wipe surface cleaning
- Absorption cleaning
- Immersion cleaning
Common Types of Smoke Damage Cleaning Overview
One of the most common methods of getting rid of the soot left behind by fire is the spray and wipe method. SERVPRO technicians have many cleaning agents, some specially formulated for our company, to choose for specific types of residues that coat porous and non-porous surfaces.
Fragile articles that cannot withstand cleaning with water or solvent-based applications can sometimes benefit from absorption methods. The technicians use a fine powder sprinkled over the item and then allow the residue within to get pulled up and into the powder. The techs then gently vacuum the article without any marring of the surface. Porous surfaces such as unsealed marble, concrete, and brick can all benefit from pressure washing or pressurized dry ice pellet blasting to remove soot residues.
The cleaning stations also include technicians that use immersion cleaning methods. This type of fire damage cleaning gets used on items determined not fragile and has no issues with colorfastness. The ultrasonic tank immersion process is used for delicate knick-knacks, porcelain objects, crystal, and even lighting fixtures where soot and oils may be deposited in detailed areas. The sound waves produce many thousands of minuscule bubbles that implode causing the water and detergent to remove the soils with no fear of breakage.
What Happens to Items with Too Much Fire Damage for Restoration?
SERVPRO technicians have the ultimate goal of saving as much of the structure and contents as possible during a fire damage cleanup job. However, that is not always possible, and some items require disposal. The technicians get approval for an article that needs removal and document the condition with photographs and a written report to assist the homeowner with any insurance claims.
SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 brings professional equipment, years of experience, and compassion to each fire damage restoration service.
What Signs of Mold Damage Should Fort Lee Homeowners Be on the Lookout For?
Mold damage was discovered and remediated by SERVPRO AMRT technicians in this Fort Lee home.
SERVPRO Techs Support Fort Lee with Mold Remediation Services
Since New Jersey has frigid winters, many people assume that mold is a three-season problem in the Fort Lee area. However, mold grows and spreads within a structure any time of year. If the temperatures indoors are comfortable for the residents, it is probably in the range of sustainable temps for a mold colony residing behind a wall or underneath a floor.
There are some signs that mold damage signals its presence in a Fort Lee home. SERVPRO has many tips for property owners to keep in mind to identify the need for a mold remediation service before the problem spreads throughout the house.
Slow, Unseen Water Leaks Often Harbor Mold Growth
Small leaks that remain unrepaired and are allowed to continue can create the perfect environment for mold damage to occur. Places in the home most likely to have this issue are:
- Supply lines to appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators
- Radiators and boiler units
- Under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms
How Does SERVPRO Identify Where Mold Damage Resides?
SERVPRO techs have a large inventory of equipment that is especially good at targeting the moisture behind walls such as moisture detection tools, and infrared cameras. With these devices, the techs can map out where high moisture conditions exist without opening portions of the wall. This straightforward method of scoping a property allows our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) to pinpoint areas most likely needing drying and mold remediation. To confirm visually, a SERVPRO team member may drill small holes to confirm the presence of a mold infestation. The mold colonies can spread behind the walls and baseboards, under the flooring of all types, and underneath the wallpaper.
Condensation on Windows and Plumbing Can Be a Warning Sign
Poor ventilation can lead to frequent condensation buildup on windows and nearby pipes. This area can become a central location for mold damage to set up a home base. One of the most common areas of mold infestation occurs in bathrooms with exhaust fans that either operate poorly or have a blockage in the duct to port away moist air after a steamy bath or shower.
Attics, Basements, and Crawlspaces Can Have Mold Damage
A slow leak in an attic, damp basement, and a crawlspace that takes on water with every rainstorm or snowmelt can all create a place that harbors mold damage. The techs use their equipment to bring down interior humidity levels to unsustainable levels for mold and remove the dried matter. Followed up by proactive treatments to inhibit the return of the infestation. SERVPRO technicians can perform temporary repairs during mold remediation services and recommend actions post-mitigation such as:
- Environmental monitoring of plumbing for leaks
- Installation of dehumidification units in basements
- Encapsulation in crawlspaces
SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 is available for Fort Lee property owners that need mold damage mitigation. Our skilled technicians are available 24/7 for any size remediation required.
SERVPRO Provides Reliable Flood Damage Restoration in Fort Lee
SERVPRO provides various types of water pumps to remove flooding, especially contaminated water, from your Fort Lee property.
SERVPRO Uses Advanced Tools to Restore Flood Damage in Fort Lee Homes
Flood damage restoration of your Fort Lee home needs to happen fast to prevent any lasting aesthetic and structural issues. The longer the floodwater stays in contact with the building material, the more harm it can cause to its structural integrity.
Consequently, professional restorers like SERVPRO prioritize water extraction when dealing with flood damage to your Fort Lee home. As flood water often contains debris and solids, restorers need different types of pumps to remove the standing water from your property. The goal of restorers is to remove as much water as quickly as possible.
Types of Pumps SERVPRO Techs use
A pump is one of the most useful pieces of equipment to remove water from a flooded structure. SERVPRO techs use different types of pumps that vary in mechanism and capacity during flood restoration.
Centrifugal pumps are commonly used in the restoration industry. A centrifugal pump converts the rotational energy from a motor to power for moving fluid against gravity. The centrifugal pumps we use in flood restoration include-
- Self-priming trash pumps
- High-pressure pumps
- Electric submersible pumps
The type of pump required depends on the size of solids present in floodwater and the distance through which water needs to be transported.
Electric Submersible Pumps
As these pumps are portable, work on electricity and provide continuous operation, they are the most common types used for water extraction. Submersible pumps are available in various capacities and can remove from 100 to 18,000 gallons of water per hour. Large industrial units can provide up to 265 feet of discharge head. However, if the floodwater contains solids or other debris suspended, then trash pumps are the best option.
Call SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024. Our restorers are available 24/7 to help you.
Fort Lee Home Suffering a Water Loss? Attention DIY-Selfers, Call SERVPRO
Unless you have a large supply of air movers, SERVPRO says to call us for Water Removal in your Fort Lee home
The Perks of Opting for Professional Water Damage Restoration in Fort Lee
When you encounter a water loss problem in your home, your first instinct might be to deal with the problem on your own. While you can grapple with some problems in Fort Lee, others are complex and need professional assistance.
You may not have all the tools required to handle the water damage in your Fort Lee home effectively. As a homeowner, buying water restoration equipment can be uneconomical because you might not need to use them often. Besides, some water restoration equipment is expensive, and you may end up spending much money on it compared to the cost you would incur if you hired SERVPRO to restore your home.
If you are new to using cleaning tools, you might end up hurting yourself or causing more damage to your property. For instance, if you are not aware enough to eliminate all the moisture from your home, mold can grow in the affected areas.
After a water intrusion incident, the most affected areas of a home are usually the carpet, upholstered furniture, and drywall. Water can soak into floors, walls, and furnishings within a short time. We use proper techniques to remove water from affected surfaces and dry them out. Cleaning up after a leak requires using powerful pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers.
It is crucial to dry water-damaged structures and contents as quickly as possible. Our crew does its best to remove all the water and moisture from home using advanced tools and techniques. We are knowledgeable about the science of drying (psychrometry) and can dry your home effectively. For instance, we can use Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to reduce the relative humidity in your home. They may be more effective than dehumidifiers (desiccant) in drying hardwood flooring and other difficult materials.
Our SERVPRO team can also use portable electric heaters to direct heat to specific areas of your house. Heating materials like wood help speed up the evaporation of moisture. Our team follows the instructions or safety recommendations of the manufacturers of heating devices to avoid ruining the building materials and contents we are heating and to ensure the safety of the occupants.
Sometimes, water ruins flooring and walls to the point of needing replacement. However, we believe in salvaging most of the building materials. We know you chose your furniture, flooring, and other items for a reason, and we desire to enable you to keep them all. Our restoration techniques minimize tear-out, time, and expense.
A water intrusion incident can be a devastating time for any homeowner. Call SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 to handle the problem.
How Long Does it Take to Dry a Commercial Property?
SERVPRO uses science like a Psychrometric device to grapple with water extraction and damage in Edgewater commercial sites
SERVPRO Provides Efficient Commercial Water Removal and Drying to Edgewater Businesses in Need.
What is efficient drying, and how can it help a business?
Water intrusion events can occur in your Edgewater business at any time. The reasons for these issues can come from a variety of sources. Perhaps somebody forgets to turn off a faucet, or a sewer main backs up unexpectedly. These issues can frequently impact the ability of your business to function. SERVPRO understands how temporary closure can affect a business. Our technicians have training on how air, water, temperature, and materials interact. This knowledge helps us put efficient drying plans that can return your business to its pre-damaged condition.
How does water intrusion damage Edgewater business premises?
- Large amounts of liquid contact the structure causing harm
- Water vapor evaporating can harm the upper walls and ceilings of your property
- High humidity levels can contribute to secondary damage to microbial growth
What Is Psychrometry, And How Does It Affect Commercial Restoration?
Psychrometry refers to atmospheric readings. When enough water enters your building to require commercial water removal services in Edgewater, a drying procedure must be implemented. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) manipulate the indoor atmosphere using drying equipment. By ensuring that indoor air remains dry enough to encourage evaporation, our technicians can speed up the time it takes to return your business to a pre-damaged condition. We often return multiple times to monitor psychrometric readings and measure the effectiveness of our drying plan.
What materials affect drying times?
- Materials with high permeance absorb water quickly but can also dry faster
- Vapor barriers prevent moisture from passing. These can raise the overall humidity of the area
- Hygroscopic materials quickly absorb water vapor. These may include carpets, insulation, or upholstery
If your business becomes affected by water intrusion, contact SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024.
Is Fire Restoration Available Day or Night in Cliffside Park?
The goal of any fire damage project is to make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Provides 24-Hour Fire Damage Restoration for Customers in Cliffside Park
You have enough on your mind after a Cliffside Park housefire without worrying about when you can call for restoration services. SERVPRO has crews ready to go seven days a week, 24 hours a day. This gives you peace of mind knowing that expert restoration is available when needed. Not only are we Faster to Any Size Disaster, but you can also count on us to make sure we do what we need to save you money with fast, efficient cleanup and recovery. A lot of this can be achieved with the on-site cleaning methods that we have perfected and convenient, controlled demolition services.
What Happens with My Belongings?
It can be devastating to know that you lost a lot of personal belongings in a house fire. However, we do whatever possible to ensure that we salvage what we can once you call us for help with fire damage in Cliffside Park. Our skilled technicians have a lot of training in advanced techniques, tools, and cleaning methods.
Most of the time, we do what we can to clean fire-damaged items on-site. However, we sometimes have to remove items for further cleaning with our pack-out services. We can bring things to our warehouse for detailed cleaning of items stricken with smoke, soot, odors, and other degrees of damage.
For on-site cleaning, some of the different strategies that we use to remove odors and soiling from your household contents include:
Chemical Agents: Some products are better at eliminating residues than others by emulsion. We have a range of chemical agents for protecting the surface while quickly rinsing away soot and smoke residue with the help of pressurized water.
Deodorization: Even items not directly within the fire-loss zone become penetrated by foul odors. We have EPA-registered products and advanced equipment that help us to neutralize odors, including:
- Hydroxyl machines
- Thermal foggers
- Ozone generators
- Air scrubbers
Agitation: There are many cases where on-site cleaning is more accessible when our technicians can reduce soil buildup on surfaces. Light, medium, or heavy agitation is beneficial because of dusting or working on surfaces with steel wool.
What About Moisture from Extinguishing the Flames?
Something important with any fire damage project is ensuring no moisture lingers throughout the cleanup process. Odors and mold can spread, which boosts the chances of secondary damage that creates added costs and potential health hazards. SERVPRO technicians can access various moisture detection tools to ensure no hidden moisture pockets are left behind.
- Households naturally contain mold spores. However, these spores remain dormant until germination occurs, such as when materials get soaked from dousing the flames of a house fire.
- Mold spores increase within 24 to 72 hours after exposure to increased moisture levels.
- Our team utilizes specialized moisture detection technology to locate any areas where water may have migrated in your home. Common areas to check to include the areas behind walls and baseboards, under flooring, and hidden nooks and crannies.
- Not only do we dry all areas thoroughly and apply EPA-registered anti-microbial solutions that work to inhibit mold growth.
Will My Home Still Smell Like a Fire Happened?
Fire is a common concern for many homeowners. Soot and smoke residue left after a fire can create a constant reminder if not addressed adequately. If the particulates made their way into your HVAC system, merely turning on your heating or cooling can cause foul odors to resurface. We have specialized cleaning techniques and sealants that we can use on your HVAC system to ensure this does not happen.
Many particles remain invisible to the naked eye, so our IICRC-certified technicians use a multi-layer approach for smoke odor elimination. This gets done using thermal foggers that heat chemical deodorants that bind to odor molecules. We also have air scrubber machines with powerful HEPA filtration to pull particulates from the air throughout the loss zone.
Will My Home Be Structurally Sound?
We only enter your home after first responders deem it safe for entry. With any fire damage project, our crew thoroughly inspects all structural elements to ensure safety and integrity. Additionally, we often use controlled demolition for materials that are not salvageable, including carpet and drywall. If the insulation within your walls has taken on a great deal of smoke damage, we can remove the first few inches to replace it with all brand-new materials.
The goal of any fire damage project is to make it “Like it never even happened” so that your home gets restored to pre-fire condition. Call us at SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 to have a crew deployed to your location for emergency restoration services.
Shower Drain Leaks in Edgewater Solved with Water Removal
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Dry Up a Shower Drain Leak with Water Removal
Taking a nice hot shower after an entire day of yard work around your Edgewater home, you may not realize your shower drain is leaking all over the floor downstairs. When this happens, you need emergency water removal. SERVPRO is there when you need a professional team to restore your home, so it’s “Like it never even happened.”
In Edgewater, to protect homes from severe water damage, SERVPRO performs water removal services. Because damage from water happens very quickly, our crews also act and work fast to remove the water to get things dry, eliminating a lot of potential damage our customers’ properties might have sustained.
Between calling us and the time that we arrive, there are some things that you can do to help us perform water removal work even faster and more effectively. These are small things you can do, including:
- Having any small furniture items removed out of the way,
- If the air outside is warmer and drier than inside, please open up some windows and doors, and
- Let others in the home know that the tub and shower are off-limits until further notice.
End tables, coffee tables, smaller chairs, and the like might not only stain your carpeting when wet, but they can leave deeper-than-necessary depressions in the carpet and pad.
Moisture moves from cool, damp areas toward warm, dry places because of its natural inclination for equilibrium. Clearing the air of any humidity gives us a head start on removing misplaced water entirely from your home’s living space.
Leaks like this are never self-sealing and require a licensed plumber. We work with several and can give you their information. As soon as the plumber has finished fixing the leak, we can start working on your ceiling and any other areas that require restoration, even as we continue drying the area.
Property owners can call SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 for fast assistance with this and any other disaster.
What to Expect When Your Fort Lee Bakery Needs Fire Restoration
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A Note on Some of the Aspects of Fire Restoration
The damage caused during a fire can be extensive, so SERVPRO does everything conceivable to keep fire restoration costs in Fort Lee as low as possible for our B2B customers. Even though we use the latest methods and implement the newest technologies, there are times when salvaging something after a fire is an impossible-to-reach goal.
Advising our customers before, during, and after fire restoration in Fort Lee helps them understand any limitations and prevents disappointment. This communication also helps us know when certain materials, equipment, inventory, or other damaged items need extra attention. When necessary, we can contact experienced restoration specialists for you.
Fires create a filthy environment. The particles in the soot can carry electric charges, creating challenges on top of what we are already facing. One of these is reoccurring soot tags. We use special solvents that help dissipate such spider-web-like sooty residues on ceilings and other areas. Here are a few things that are often done that help businesses near us recover after a fire:
- Return inventories of damaged, partially damaged, and in need of restoration items for a more manageable claims process with your insurance carrier.
- Rush cleaning on areas deemed crucial to your business.
- Round-the-clock restoration or only during off-hours, or any other schedule that works best for your business needs.
Describing specific damages by an impartial third party can help minimize the need for you to explain losses to your insurance provider. Some items need replacing after a fire simply because of their very nature.
Closing your public restroom can help us finish the lobby or kitchen faster, helping you reopen sooner, for example. Or we might be able to divide part of your business, so the more damaged area’s restoration progresses more slowly and thoroughly than other less damaged sections.
Let us know if you need us to work over the weekend or only during regular business hours. We can fit it into your schedule.
Call SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 to reopen your business after a blaze.
How Long Does Repair From Water Damage Take In Edgewater?
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SERVPRO techs work hard to restore your Edgewater home from any size of water loss
The crucial element in water loss cleanup and repair begins with how quickly the restoration efforts began. The long elevated moisture conditions remain in an Edgewater home, the more potential for costly damage and the need for replacement of ruined structural elements as well as possessions. Drying a home on your own can result in wet areas on carpet and other places weeks after the initial event occurred. This works against property owners because, during that time, pungent odors that need removal and mold, which require professional remediation, may invade the home.
What are Common Types of Water Damage Repair Needed?
When SERVPRO handles water damage repair in local Edgewater properties, it is not unusual to find that the property owners have already attempted some cleanup. One typical error that can cause more damage is using bleach and water mixtures to clean surfaces after a water loss. Bleach can ruin seals and finishes on many types of surfaces. Before cleaning any contents in the home affected by the water, the techs test the surfaces to determine the construction materials and the cleaning method that will deliver the best outcome.
New Jersey winters can be brutal, and homeowners that take the time to winterize their exposed plumbing tend to fare better than their counterparts that do not. When the water in a pipe freezes, it expands, and the result is a suddenly broken pipe that is gushing water.
Because the nature of water causes it to run throughout the loss area, it can be challenging to nail down every area with excessive moisture. Signs that water remains within the structure are:
- Sheetrock that buckles or deteriorates
- Floorboards with signs of warping
- Loose, delaminated tiles
- Musty odors that do not diminish
- Water stains and visible mold
Can SERVPRO Restore Water-Damaged Sheetrock?
The trained and certified techs handle each water loss restoration job in the same manner, even though each situation is unique to the structure and contents within. The techs scope the property to determine how large the loss area is using their moisture detection equipment. These devices "see" behind walls and under flooring to determine if seepage occurred.
Sheetrock, in particular, attracts water and then pulls it upward as it absorbs moisture, also known as wicking. The reaction of the building materials is to buckle or warp. The proactive application once water intrudes on sheetrock is to measure above the present waterline and cut away the ruined area plus a few inches to eliminate any further loss. When making repairs, it involves cutting a piece of replacement sheetrock to fit in the space left open once the property gets dried. This attention to detail when performing controlled demolition actions assists homeowners in realizing less loss from structural repairs as the techs remove the minimum possible during cleanup.
Water with Sewage or Contaminants
Suppose a homeowner had put a large amount of drain cleaner down the pipes before it backed up or the water contained sewage. In that case, SERVPRO techs could handle the cleanup using their specialized extraction equipment and protective gear. This type of water loss needs careful handling and disposal. Additionally, surfaces getting cleaned often need a neutralizing cleaning agent to eliminate the caustic nature of some of the drain cleaners, and antimicrobial and antibacterial solutions get applied to sewage-laden water to make it safer during removal.
Most water damage cleanup requires odor control methods on some level, but it is almost always a must-have when the sewage is part of the issue. The techs have an array of ways to eliminate smells so that once the restoration services are over, there are no odorous reminders of the water loss.
SERVPRO Pays Special Attention to Mold
The techs undergo comprehensive training, and that includes not only a large number of facets for handling water damage but also second issues such as odors and mold. SERVPRO techs know mold spores are naturally occurring airborne spores present both inside and outside of properties. The process for remediation is a multi-layered approach to eliminate not only the mold colonies but also the circumstances they are thriving in the environment through the use of:
- Professional drying equipment
- Antimicrobial sealants
- Abatement tools for dried colonies
SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 has a broad array of extraction and drying equipment to handle water damage repair and return your home to its pre-damaged condition.