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The Right Restoration Company Makes a Difference | SERVPRO® of Central Union County

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of Central Union County is here to help when a fire strikes.

Winter has many positive associations, including increased time with family and exciting holidays. However, the Red Cross notes that winter has the highest volume of house fires as well, urging families to be prepared.

While planning ahead for house fires might seem dismal, it is a wise choice for homeowners. You should create a fire evacuation plan for your household, and also consider the restoration company you will work with to restore your home if it’s ever needed. Picking a company that can respond quickly and restores thoroughly is highly recommended.

<h3your-home-and-belongings-after-a-fire">Restoring Your Home and Belongings After a Fire

Fire damages are multifaceted—not only can they affect the structure of your home, but they can also damage your things and be detrimental to air quality. Finding a company that can handle all these aspects is vital to having the proper restoration completed. Here is how we restore after a fire:

Structural Cleaning

It is important that the structure of your home is prepared quickly and well following a house fire because these are the elements that support your home. We will start with tests to get an overview of the damage severity so we know what repairs should be completed. By using industry-grade equipment, we will then begin to remove soot and damage from surfaces.

Content Cleaning

Because we know how important your belongings are, we make sure our technicians are able to restore most items as well. Wood and upholstered furniture can be cleaned and deodorized thoroughly. Oftentimes, we are also able to restore paintings, photos and electronics as well by utilizing appropriate tools and methods to protect them.

Deodorization Services

The smoke smell after a fire can linger for ages, but that is not the only concern. Fires can leave soot particles behind that cause serious health concerns with exposure as well. That is why instead of trying to mask the scent, we use air scrubbers to fully purify and deodorize the air. Our technicians will work with you to develop the best deodorization method for your needs in order to provide your family with healthy air once more.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

Storm Safety - New Jesery

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

What a heat wave we have been experiencing lately in the northeast. I think everyone here in Jersey can agree that it finally feels like summer! We have been experiencing hot sunny weekends in the 90s, impromptu trips to the beach, and endless barbeques. But with hot weather comes brutal showers.

Severe thunderstorms pummeled across New Jersey and the Northeast these last few days, causing flooding on major roads, widespread ongoing power outages, fallen trees and utility lines, damage to homes and even fatality. SERVPRO of Central Union County would like to stress the severity and the potential threat storms can cause.

To keep from putting yourself at risk, we encourage our community to please stay away from storm-damaged areas, downed power lines that can potentially have live wires, and to never drive through a flooded road. During storms, use a battery-operated radio to get updates from local officials. Stay away from windows and doors. Make an emergency supply kit. We recommend having water, non-perishable food, flashlights and extra batteries, clothing and hygiene items, important documents, and cash.

As Always, SERVPRO of Central Union County are here to handle any water damages, no matter the home or business. Give us a call at 908-233-7070 to set up a free inspection with us. We are here to serve our community!

Commercial Division | Our Services

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges. Our goal is to provide excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. SERVPRO of Central Union County are fully equipped to take on your commercial property no matter the size of the job.

Commercial Services:

  • Air Ducts / HVAC
  • General & Specialty Cleaning
  • Post Construction Cleaning
  • Punch List Services
  • Dry Ice Blasting
  • Power Washing
  • Biohazard & Sewage
  • Odor Removal / Deodorization

We offer our services to any time of commercial property:

  • Small/Large Office Buildings
  • High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

For any additional information, please feel free to contact our office at 908-233-7070. Our Sales department will gladly assist you with your commercial needs.

Looking to get your HVAC/Air Duct Cleaned?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air

quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high

priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time

without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of our service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money.

Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO® of Central Union County Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, we can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, we use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime. 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

To inquire on prices for HVAC/Air duct cleaning, give us a call at 908-233-7070

Mold Services

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Central Union County professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem affecting your residential and commercial property.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect hidden water sources that could lead to mold. Depending on the amount of mold found, we may refer the services of an environmental testing company for your protection.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Central Union County technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If you suspect a mold issue in your home or business, please give us a call at 908-233-7070, to schedule an inspection. We have highly trained professionals ready to take care of your property needs  

Do's & Don'ts for Fire in Your Home

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Union County are devoted to keeping your family safe in case of an unexpected fire. Please review these tips to better prepare yourself for any future disasters:

DO:

-To prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet, try to limit the movement around your home. This will avoid tracking. Also, keep your hands clean as you can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

-Empty your freezer and fridge. Keep doors open to prevent odor.

-Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

-Pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, and tubs, to avoid freezing pipes in case heat is off during the winter.

-Change your old HVAC filter, and leave it off until a professional can check the system

-To prevent soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system, tape your air registers with double layers of cheesecloth

DON’T:

-Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or shampoo carpets/rugs without contacting SERVPRO of Central Union County

-Do not clean any electrical appliances as it may have been close to fire

-Ceiling fixture wiring may be wet and damaged, so avoid turning them on. It may cause electrical shock

 Call SERVPRO of Central Union County For your residential or commercial needs. 908-233-7070

Understanding Water Types

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Union County are here to help you understand what type of water you are dealing with to ensure proper cleanup when your home or business suffers a water damage.

We classify these waters in three ways. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source (such as rain). The term gray water is slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should only be handled by trained professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • We advise our customer to not enter any rooms with standing water. Electrical hazards may exist and should be avoided. Turn off your circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock.
  • Shut off water source if possible.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call your SERVPRO of Central Union County. 908-233-7070

Prepare for a Flood

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Union County proudly service our community, bringing the best solutions for water damage in your residential home. Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Stock up on water! - You should have 3 days’ worth (or more) of water, and about one gallon per person per day.
  • Keep a supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food. You should have enough for 3 days (or more)
  • Keep a couple of flashlights in your possession
  • Battery-powered or çhand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries for your flashlights, tools, or radio
  • Have a First Aid kit
  • Medications – Here’s one that doesn’t get spoken of… Medication! (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Bring a Multi-purpose tool
  • Stock up on Sanitation/personal hygiene items for the family
  • Save Copies of personal documents
  • Don’t forget a Cell phone with chargers
  • Have Family and emergency contact information
  • Bring Extra cash for expenses
  • Emergency blankets
  • Make sure to have map(s) of the area
  • Pack Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Remember your four-legged friends! Pet supplies such as food, treats, toys, medication, etc.
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear (water- resistant coat, rainboots, umbrellas, hats)  
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Call SERVPRO of Central Union County today for your residential or commercial needs. We are a 24-Hour emergency response service with highly trained restoration technicians. 908-233-7070

It’s Time to Prepare for Spring Storms

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here! That means that, even though we are enjoying warmer weather, we also must now prepare for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Spring = Thunderstorms

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but it also brings the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s a toss-up this time of year, meaning the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Unstable temperatures are the cause of the changing weather, with temps that can go from warm to cold even in the same day. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms become more common during the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm will occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, a common occurrence in the spring and summer.

In taking a look at natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

With these storms comes the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Make Sure Your Family Is Prepared

Weather forecasters are not able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, they do have the technology available to at least give us an idea of severe weather that could be coming. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Central Union County to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

Tasks You Can Complete Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

A home fire is stressful regardless of the extent of the damages, but the good news is that if you hire a professional, many of the damages can be mitigated through restoration.

Working with a professional has several benefits—not only will they work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, but they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. However, as you’re waiting for help to arrive, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started.

While some things should always be left to the professionals, a few things are safe for most people to do while they wait. If you’re ready to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Preliminary Cleaning

Tile, countertops and other non-porous surfaces can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the initial layers of grime. Using a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner is safe, but let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty.

Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so if you’re unsure about anything, leave it to the pros.

Laundry

Getting started on laundry right away is the best way to help the cleanup process, as most things will have to be washed several times to get the smell of smoke out. Washing any clothing, bedding or other machine-washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution is a great place to start.

Delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains should be left to professional care.

Increased Ventilation

If weather allows, opening windows and doors will help reduce the smoky smell—be sure to let them remain open as long as possible. The restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to aid this process once they arrive, but increasing ventilation on your own is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, SERVPRO®’s team of trained professionals can help your life get back to normal.