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How to Protect Your Somerset County Home from Winter Storm Damage

1/17/2024 (Permalink)

Keeping your Somerset County home safe during winter storms is all about planning and taking action ahead of time. Winter weather can be tough on houses, but there are steps you can take to protect yours. By preparing your home and making sure everything is in good shape, you can reduce the chances of damage. It's important to know what parts of your home might be at risk and take steps to keep them safe.

Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

To prevent your pipes from freezing in winter storms, keep your home warm. Insulate pipes in unheated areas, like the attic or crawl spaces, with foam sleeves or wrapping. Let faucets drip to relieve pressure in the pipes, and open cabinet doors to let warm air reach plumbing along exterior walls. It's also important to seal any cracks or openings near pipes to keep cold air out, and if you're away, set the thermostat to no lower than 55 degrees and ask someone to check your home regularly.

Winterize the Interior of Your Home

When you're ready to get your home ready for winter storms, think about keeping the warmth in and the cold out. Start by sealing up any drafts around doors and windows - that's a biggie. Insulate those pipes too, so they don't freeze and cause a mess. Oh, and don't forget your heating system. Change the filters and maybe get a professional to inspect it before the heart of the winter starts. Keep your thermostat at a steady temperature to avoid any sudden drops, and stock up on emergency stuff like batteries, flashlights, and non-perishables just in case the power goes out.

Inspect the Exterior of Your Home

Before a winter storm hits, take a stroll around the outside of your home to check things out. Look for a loose or damaged area of the roof like shingles and holes that might need fixing - as this can cause leaks when the snow starts piling up. Clear out gutters and downspouts to avoid ice dams and water backups. Trim any tree branches that might be hanging close to your house to prevent damage from heavy snow or ice. And don't forget to seal up any cracks or gaps around doors, windows, and foundations to keep that cold air out and warmth in!

Clear Out Pathways and Driveways

Clearing pathways and driveways during a winter storm is essential for both safety and preventing damage. Snow and ice buildup on these surfaces can pose serious risks for slips and falls, not just for you but also for visitors and delivery personnel. Additionally, when snow accumulates on driveways and sidewalks, it can melt and refreeze, creating icy patches that are tough to navigate. Beyond safety concerns, leaving snow on these surfaces can also lead moisture seeping into cracks and causing damage over time, especially when it refreezes. Clearing them promptly helps avoid these issues, keeping your paths safe and preventing potential damage to your property.

How Can SERVPRO of West Somerset County Help?

At SERVPRO, we're here to assist in recovering from water damage caused by winter natural disasters. From plumbing leaks and flooding to roof leaks, sewer backups, and fire damage, we've got you covered. Plus, if water damage has led to mold and mildew, our skilled personnel offer remediation services to help.

When it comes to water damage restoration, we respond swiftly and confidently. These situations can escalate fast, spreading to new areas and causing continuous damage to your property's structure and contents. That's why we prioritize our team's certifications, ensuring every technician holds a Water Restoration Technician certification from the IICRC. This certification means no delays when dealing with ongoing loss incidents.

Our expertise lies in structural drying and content management, as demonstrated in our restoration of the Balogh Company Facility in Somerset. When they acquired a new building, we effectively cleaned and dried the affected area, preserving much of their carpeted spaces and avoiding unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction.

No matter the severity of the water loss, count on us to restore your property, leaving it like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns two other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

So, whether you're dealing with a storm, standing water and flood waters, fire damage, mold, or anything else - we're here for you.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO Cares for Your Belongings After Mold Damage

1/4/2024 (Permalink)

After mold damage occurs, entrusting your property's restoration to a professional company is crucial for protecting your belongings and ensuring thorough mold remediation services. Mold not only jeopardizes the structural integrity of your home but also poses health risks and can irreversibly damage your possessions.

Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO bring expertise, specialized equipment, and techniques to effectively remove mold, prevent its recurrence, and salvage affected items. Our knowledge of safe mold remediation practices not only protects your property by also protecting you and your family's health, making our involvement pivotal in restoring your space to a safe condition.

Contents Restoration

At SERVPRO of West Somerset County, our focus lies in restoring contents affected by fire, water, or mold damage. Our specialized skills and emphasis on restoration rather than replacement not only save you money but also protects your items to identify those that can be restored to their pre-damage condition. Our cleaning methods encompass various techniques, ensuring a comprehensive approach to restoring your belongings.

  • Dry Cleaning: Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning: An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe: Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning: Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning: Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning: Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

Should your home need extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO offers a well-organized and efficient move-out process for the affected area. Opting for a move-out with multiple advantages, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When the restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water damaged electronics pose a significant risk. Avoid trying to power on or use any electrical devices that you suspect has encountered water damage. We handle the restoration of your electronics, including TVs, DVD players, computers, and more. Acting quickly is important in restoring electronics to prevent further damage. Our process begins with cleaning the exterior to halt further corrosion and harm. A certified electronics technician thoroughly inspects and cleans the electronics to ensure proper restoration.

Document/Photograph Drying

When your previous documents, like photographs, suffer water and mold damage, it's crucial to handle them with care to prevent mold exposure and further damage. While complete restoration might not always be possible, we can salvage a significant amount and reduce additional damage. We offer five restoration options based on the document type and the extent of water and mold damage:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When faced with a water damage emergency, the resulting damage can feel daunting. To alleviate the stress and uncertainty throughout the recovery journey, we offer our Contents Claim Service (CCIS). This service ensures a meticulous and precise catalog of your belongings by conducting a thorough room-by-room inventory, which may include digital photos and, in certain cases, barcoding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service includes:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims faster
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most

Understanding Mold

Mold has the potential to cause health problems and can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training and expertise to remediate the mold problems in your home or business.

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise 'mold removal' and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not true. Here are some facts that'll help you understand mold and mold growth a bit more:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • Before the mold remediation process can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth, so keep indoor humidity below 45%.

How Our Mold Remediation Process Works

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation and removal process stays the same:

  1. Emergency contact - The mold remediation process begins when you call us.
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment - We'll carefully inspect your property for any signs of mold.
  3. Mold Containment - We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold from spreading during the cleanup process.
  4. Air Filtration - Our specialized filtration equipment allows our professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful 'air scrubbers' and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread during the remediation process.
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials - The remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming.
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings - We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold.
  7. Restoration - Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs or major repairs.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns two other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We won't only help with mold damage remediation, we can also help with water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, storm damage restoration, residential restoration, commercial buildings, and much more.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Residential Cleaning Services at Your Service

12/20/2023 (Permalink)

Cleaning serves as an integral part of every project we undertake in restoration. As a comprehensive restoration team providing all-in-one solutions, having a skilled cadre of cleaning technicians is imperative to our service. Our team members hold accreditation in various aspects of renewal and recovery from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), encompassing Carpet Cleaning (CCT), Odor Control (OCT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), and biohazard recovery.

We extend our expertise to handle water, fire, old, and other loss incidents. One instance was a vandalism case in Skillman, NJ, where our professionals encountered extensive damage. Given the property's sale status, swift action was crucial. We collaborated with a contractor to replace broken windows, reconstruct damaged sections, and repainted as needed, ensuring a restoration that left the property looking as if the damage had never occurred.

Residential Cleaning Services We Offer

Our residential cleaning services include carpet and upholstery, air duct cleaning, odor removal, sewage and biohazard cleanup, ceilings/floors/walls, drapes and blinds, trauma and crime scene, vandalism and graffiti, as well as a plethora of commercial cleaning services.

Ready to learn about what each of these entail? Let's dive in.

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Even the most superior carpet and upholstery can exhibit signs of wear and soiling with time. Protect your investment by reaching out to us for professional cleaning and maintenance services. The SERVPRO® system presents a range of cleaning solutions tailored to suit various upholstery or carpet types.

The cleaning methods we specialize in include:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance: Carpets function as filters, capturing dust, dirt, gases, pet hair, and other debris. To prolong your carpet's lifespan, various measures recommended by all carpet manufacturers can be implemented between professional cleanings.

According to the IICRC, 79% of carpet soil comprises dry particles. Regular vacuuming stands as a fundamental aspect of effectively caring for and maintaining your carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include:

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Piloting the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpets

Professional Cleaning: Our professional cleaning services effectively tackle moderate to heavy soil accumulation in your carpets. The frequency of required professional cleaning hinges on factors like soil accumulation, foot traffic, carpet type, and color. Typically, a good guideline is to schedule professional carpet cleaning every 12 months. The optimal approach is to clean carpets before they reach complete soil saturation. Delaying until they visibly appear heavily soiled might hinder complete restoration to their original state.

Dirt accumulates in layers, with surface dirt being just the tip of the iceberg. A deeper layer of dirt, nestled near the base of the pile, causes gradual damage to the carpet. Once dirt saturates the carpet, it embeds into crevices, firmly lodging itself within the fibers.

Count on us to deliver exceptional service. With cutting-edge equipment, over 40 years of experience, and professionals trained to the highest standards, our cleaning services ensure a job done right. Contact us today for a cleaning that meets your needs.

Air Ducts & HVAC Cleaning

Issues with air quality pose potential risks to the health and wellness of both your family and employees. When contaminants, excess dust, and debris accumulate within the duct system, the circulating air continuously distributes these particles throughout your living or working spaces. While some might perceive this as mere dust settling on surfaces, it can actually lead to health issues and decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system.

With our extensive experience, spanning from individual home recoveries in Hillsborough to managing a 10,000 square foot warehousing facility in Eatontown, our air duct cleaners are equipped to handle any scale of work.

Nevertheless, not every situation demands duct cleaning. We assess and provide recommendations tailored to address indoor air quality concerns effectively. This approach not only saves you money but also ensures confidence in the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps to reduce the potential for mold growth.
  • Odor Removal & Deodorization

With expertise in deodorization, we possess the know-how to detect and eradicate unpleasant odors originating from various sources, both internal and external to a structure. We provide comprehensive IICRC technical training in effective odor elimination techniques, emphasizing that mere masking or shortcuts prove ineffective when tackling persistent or severe odor issues.

Equipped with the right training and tools, we efficiently identify and remove offensive odors. Through pinpointing the odor's source and understanding how it interacts with surfaces, we can often eliminate it gradually and completely. Our technicians utilize a range of odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to thoroughly neutralize unpleasant smells.

The intricate science behind identifying and eradicating odors can be challenging, so entrust the restoration to us. Give us a call and let our team handle the process.

Sewage & Biohazard Cleanup

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is very unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

There are three major types of contaminated water. We will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types are 'Clean Water,' 'Gray Water,' and 'Black Water.' To learn more about these types, click here.

As for biohazard cleanup, sanitizing a residence or commercial space from trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards entails perilous and emotionally challenging tasks. Selecting a cleanup company equipped with specialized training and experience is paramount in addressing these critical situations.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations, including:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup
  • Ceilings & Floors & Walls, Oh My!

Regularly cleaning ceilings and walls is crucial for maintaining your home. Prior to painting, cleaning walls is essential to ensure proper adhesion of prime and paint. Whether you're gearing up for a paint job or seeking professional cleaning services, we are here to assist.

Ceilings and walls are susceptible to accumulating dirt, dust, pet dander, cooking residue, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. These pollutants can be circulated throughout your property via the heating and air conditioning system. Consider learning more about air dict and HVAC cleaning to address this issue.

Employing SERVPRO's proven techniques, along with our extensive cleaning products and methods, we endeavor to restore your ceilings and walls without necessitating repainting or refinishing. Our goal is to impart a fresh scent throughout your entire property as we tackle this process.

Drapes & Blinds

SERVPRO specializes in the meticulous cleaning of delicate fabrics and intricate items, employing both wet and dry cleaning techniques as needed. Our thorough assessment and testing of fabrics guide us in selecting the most appropriate among our system's five cleaning methods. Utilizing cutting-edge equipment tailored for fine fabric care ensures top-notch cleaning results.

Trauma & Crime Scene Cleanup

Our team strictly adheres to OSHA and EPA guidelines, dedicated to restoring hazardous environments into safe, clean spaces for homes or businesses. Safety remains our primary priority, especially in addressing crime or accident scenes, which might harbor blood-borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, and other risks. We handle your property and those involved with utmost empathy and consideration amid challenging circumstances.

Once law enforcement completes their work at a crime or accidents site, our cleaning and restoration efforts commence. Often, these scenes contain biohazard contaminants like blood, posing severe health hazards. We promptly respond, equipped with specialized training, protective gear, and expertise to safely and effectively clean trauma and crime scenes. Our crime scene and trauma cleaning services include:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Vandalism & Graffiti

Instances of vandalism and graffiti can be deeply distressing, spanning from minor mischief to deliberate property destruction. Even seemingly small acts, such as breaking a window, can lead to considerable water damage and mold damage if not promptly attended to.

We are swift in eliminating vandalism and graffiti from residential and commercial areas. Beyond eradicating spray-painted graffiti on exterior walls, our expertise extends to cleaning driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our adept technicians provide the following services:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Why Choose SERVPRO of West Somerset County?

Our team is not only trained and skilled to handle all kinds of cleaning, but they're also skilled in water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, and storm damage restoration. When it comes to cleaning, we make sure that the cleaning service you reach out for is exactly what you pictured. Whether you just want a fresh start and a fresh smelling home, or you need a cleaning done after a hoarding situation - whatever the case may be, we're here to help our customers with the cleaning service they deserve.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns two other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Honors First Responders During its 12th Annual First Responder’s Bowl

12/18/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Somerset is excited to announce that this year’s SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl, the only college football game dedicated to honoring first responders, is scheduled to take place on Dec. 26th at Southern Methodist University’s (SMU’s) Gerald J. Ford Stadium. The First Responder Bowl is an NCAA post-season college football bowl game played annually in the Dallas, Texas area. The game can be watched live on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. CT.

“SERVPRO Team Harvey is proud to be a part of an organization dedicated to honoring these heroes. First responders go above and beyond the call of duty to protect our loved ones and deserve to be honored. Often in our line of work, we can’t do our job until these heroes have done theirs. It’s only after first responders provide lifesaving support that we can go about putting our customers’ lives back to normal,” said Lance Harvey, Owner/President of SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

Each year in preparation for this game, SERVPRO® franchises are asked to reach out to local first responders to gather nominations for the annual Award of Excellence. Nominees eligible for the award are first responders who have done something remarkable during the nominating year, and include first responders who have been injured, mentors, retirees, and fallen first responders. The recipient of the award wins an expense paid trip to the game where he or she is publicly honored.

This year, the Award of Excellence will be given to a team rather than to an individual. The recipients are members of the Metro Nashville Police Department who responded to an active shooter event at a school that resulted in the death of six people. Detective Michael Collazo, Sergeant Jeff Mathes, Officer Rex Engelbert, Detective Ryan Cagle, and Detective Zachary Plese entered the school without hesitation, methodically swept the building, and neutralized the threat. There is no question that their actions saved more lives.

“We’ve trained for incidents like this for years with the thoughts that if it ever happened, we would not hesitate, we would go in, and we would do whatever was needed for the safety of those involved,” John Drake, the Nashville police chief, said at a news conference about a week after the shooting.

The first SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl was first held on January 1, 2011, and since 2014 it has played in late December. In 2019, the Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) became the permanent home of the game.

Harvey said, “We want our local first responders know how much we appreciate them, and we are hoping they take the time to gather together to enjoy a game played in their honor.”

How SERVPRO of West Somerset County Handles Your Belongings After Fire Damage

12/6/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage, encompassing smoke and soot, impacts not just your home's physical framework but also your cherished possessions. At SERVPRO of West Somerset County, we recognize that your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other items transform your house from a mere structure into a cherished home, which is why we do everything we can to restore not only your home back from fire damage, but your belongings as well.

Contents Restoration Services

At SERVPRO, our specialty lies in restoring items affected by water, fire, or mold damage. Our approach prioritizes restoration over replacement, aiming to not only save you money but also protect irreplaceable keepsakes. Beforehand, we conduct tests on your belongings to identify those we can return to their pre-fire state. Employing various cleaning methods, we handle the restoration of your contents using:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

In the event that your home needs substantial restoration or cleaning after fire damage, we can facilitate a well-structured and efficient relocation of the impacted space. This move-out process offers numerous advantages, such as:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance company.

Electronic Cleanup

Electronics affected by fire damage pose a significant risk. Avoid trying to power on or use any electrical device that may have been impacted by fire. Residues from smoke often contain corrosive acids that can damage metal surfaces. If left untreated, this corrosion can lead to electronic malfunctions. We'll manage the restoration of your electronics, overseeing:

  • TVs
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • & more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent more damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document/Photograph Drying

In situations where your crucial documents, including photographs, suffer water or fire damage, handling them with utmost care is crucial to prevent further harm. While complete restoration to their pre-fire state might not always be possible, we can salvage a significant portion and mitigate additional damage, preserving as much as possible.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have fire options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

In the aftermath of a fire emergency, the extent of damage can be daunting. To alleviate the stress and uncertainty in the recovery phase, we extend our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This service meticulously documents your belongings, offering a comprehensive and precise list. We conduct a thorough inventory, capturing each room's contents through digital photos and, in certain cases, employing barcoding techniques.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

Fire Damage Restoration Process

When it comes to fire damage, SERVPRO of West Somerset County has a specific fire damage restoration process that we follow. This not only restores homes after fire damage, but water damage as well - as after the fire trucks leave, in many cases they leave behind water damage due to firefighting efforts. Let's dive in a little deeper on how our fire damage restoration process works.

Of course every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the "typical" fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to preloss condition. We're also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step - getting your home or business to its preloss condition. Restoration may involve minor 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.

Why Choose Us

Our swift response during crises has aided numerous schools, businesses, and residences across Somerset County for decades. We're dedicated to delivering a personalized approach that suits individual needs and the challenges at hand. This ensures this application of precise methods and products, reducing restoration periods and enhancing customer satisfaction. Our SERVPRO team boasts various accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), covering Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control (OCT). Additionally, our air duct cleaning service effectively diminishes smoke odors within structures.

If you're ever in need of fire damage restoration services, you should and can always reach out to SERVPRO of West Somerset County. We're the restoration company that not only handles fire restoration, but water damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, and more.

We pride ourselves on how we handle each recovery process, helping our customers feel like they are covered, taken care of, and providing them a peace of mind that their business or home will be back to preloss condition.

When disaster strikes, you know who to call.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns two other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

How to Choose the Right Restoration Company

11/23/2023 (Permalink)

Selecting the right restoration company is important when dealing with the aftermath of disasters such as fire, water damage, or mold infestations. The choice you make can significantly impact the speed and effectiveness of the recovery process for your home or business.

It's essential to consider several key factors to ensure you're entrusting the restoration efforts to capable hands. From evaluating their expertise and certifications to assessing their response time and customer testimonials, a meticulous selection process guarantees that you're partnering with professionals who possess the necessary skills and dedication to restore your property to its pre-damaged state.

Check the Location

Opting for a restoration company that is close to your home offers many advantages. First, proximity translates to quicker response times in case of emergencies like water leaks or fire damage, minimizing the potential for further damage to your property.

Location restoration companies often have a deeper understanding of the specific environmental conditions and challenges in your area, which can be invaluable when addressing issues such as mold or storm damage. Also, local companies are typically more accessible for site visits, consultations, and ongoing communication, ensuring that your needs are promptly met and concerns addressed.

Finally, choosing a nearby restoration company fosters a sense of community support, as you're investing in local businesses and contributing to the recovery and resilience of your neighborhood.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey. SERVPRO Team Harvey specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage.

Licenses and Certifications

Verifying a restoration company's licenses and certifications is important before hiring their services. These credentials serve as a testament to the company's expertise, professionalism, and adherence to industry standards and regulations. A licensed and certified restoration company demonstrates a commitment to quality and safety, ensuring that they possess the necessary skills and knowledge to handle various restoration challenges, from water damage restoration to mold remediation.

It also signifies compliance with local and national guidelines, guaranteeing that the work will be conducted using appropriate methods and materials. By choosing a certified restoration company, you not only invest in the proficiency of the professionals, but also gain peace of mind, knowing that your property is in the hands of qualified experts who can deliver efficient, reliable, and safe restoration services.

SERVPRO Team Harvey is full of highly trained restoration specialists. From initial ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICEC Industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC
  • Employee Certification
  • Initial Franchise
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certifications: The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration services, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training: This is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of the course materials and an examination.

Check Out Reviews and Recommendations

Checking out reviews and recommendations before hiring a restoration company is crucial for several reasons. First, these evaluations provide valuable insights into the company's reputation and the quality of their services. Reading about the experiences of previous clients can help you gauge the company's reliability, professionalism, and efficiency in handling restoration projects.

Second, reviews and recommendations offer a glimpse into the specific types of services the company excels at, allowing you to assess whether they align with your restoration needs. Also, customer feedback can reveal the company's response to challenges, such as how they handle complaints or unforeseen issues, giving you confidence in their ability to handle unexpected situations.

You can find all of SERVPRO Team Harvey's reviews on our Facebook pages, Instagram pages, and Google!

Review Past Projects

Reviewing past projects before hiring a restoration company is important, as it offers tangible evidence of their expertise and capabilities. By examining their portfolio, potential clients can assess the quality of the company's workmanship and gain insight into the range and scale of projects they have successfully undertaken. The firsthand look at their previous endeavors allows you to elevate their attention to detail, craftsmanship, and adherence to safety standards.

It also provides an opportunity to check out if they have experience in handling projects similar to yours, ensuring they possess the specialized skills necessary for your specific restoration needs.

What SERVPRO of West Somerset County Can Do

Our team boasts a roster of skilled professionals accredited by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our growth has been substantial, allowing us to handle even the most substantial tasks. Every corner of the restoration industry is covered by our certified technicians, complemented by a team of licensed contractors dedicated to repairs and reconstruction.

Disaster strikes without warning, which is why our SERVPRO team remains on standby 24/7, ready to tackle emergencies ranging from water and fire damage to mold, storms, floods, and biohazard threats. Our green fleet is always equipped with state-of-the-art mitigation and recovery tools, enabling us to respond immediately to work tirelessly to restore your property to its pre-damage state.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County offers water damage restoration, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, and commercial services.

When it comes to cleaning, we offer these residential cleaning services:

  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Biohazard
  • Ceiling, Floors, & Walls
  • Drapes & Blinds
  • Sewage & Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma & Crime Scene
  • Vandalism & Graffiti
  • Building Services
  • & Commercial Cleaning Services

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Beware of Frozen Pipes This Winter

11/8/2023 (Permalink)

As winter descends and temperatures plummet, it's essential to be acutely aware of the potential hazards that come with the season, particularly the menace of frozen pipes. The freezing temperatures pose a significant risk to the plumbing in our homes, potentially leading to burst pipes and extensive water damage.

Understanding the dynamics of freezing pipes, identifying the vulnerable areas within your home, and implementing preventive measures is crucial in protecting your property. Let's dive in and talk about what causes burst pipes, how you can help prevent them, what happens when they do burst, and how SERVPRO of West Somerset County can help with water damage restoration and cleanup.

What Causes Burst Pipes?

Burst pipes during winter are a common and potentially disastrous problem caused primarily by freezing temperatures. When water inside the pipes freeze, it expands, creating tremendous pressure within the plumbing system. This pressure can become too much for the pipes to handle, leading to cracks, fissures, or complete ruptures.

Homes in regions when temperatures regularly drop below freezing (remember Christmas Eve of 2022?), are especially vulnerable. Pipes located in unheated areas such as attics, basements, garages, or crawl spaces are definitely at risk.

How Can You Prevent Burst Pipes?

Preventing burst pipes during winter involves proactive measures aimed at protecting your plumbing system from freezing temperatures. You'll want to make sure that you have adequate insulation; ensuring that pipes in vulnerable areas like attics, basements and crawl spaces are properly insulated with pipe sleeves or heat tape to keep them warm.

Exterior walls should also be insulated to shield pipes inside. All cracks and gaps in walls and floors should be sealed to prevent drafts.

During extreme cold, allowing faucets to drip slowly can relieve pressure within the pipes, and maintaining a consistent indoor temperature can also help prevent burst pipes. Another trick you can do is to leave your cabinets open so the pipes receive the heat from your house.

It's important to regularly check for signs of leaks, especially during the winter months, to try to stop any type of water emergency or damage before it's too late.

What Can Happen When Pipes Burst?

When pipes burst, the consequences of a water event can be both immediate and devastating. The initial impact is the sudden release of a large volume of water into your home, causing immediate damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and belongings. This rapid flooding can lead to structural damage, compromising the integrity of your home. The water damage can also ruin electronic appliances, furniture, and cherished personal items.

Moisture seeping into walls and insulation can weaken the foundation of your home, potentially leading to long-term structural issues. Repairing the damage caused by burst pipes often involves extensive cleanup, restoration of damaged materials, and sometimes even reconstruction, incurring substantial financial costs and emotional stress. Timely action is crucial to mitigating these risks, emphasizing the importance of preventive measures and swift response when dealing with burst pipes.

The longer you wait to seek professional help for the water damage restoration process, the more chances that there will be mold growth and structural damage to your home. That is why SERVPRO is a 24/7 restoration company. We can be there as soon as you call us.

What SERVPRO of West Somerset County Can Do to Help

When it comes to water damage restoration services, SERVPRO can help. We respond quickly and confidently to water loss incidents, extending our services from Hillsborough to Manville. These emergencies have the potential to rapidly escalate, spreading into new areas and causing continuous deterioration of construction materials and property contents.

To ensure a prompt response, we prioritize the certification of every technician on our team as Water Restoration Technicians through the IICRC. This proactive approach eliminates waiting times for our customers when loss incidents occur. Our expertise lies in structural drying and efficient content management, exemplified by our successful recovery efforts at the Balogh company facility in Somerset.

During this project, we effectively cleaned and dried the affected area, preserving extensive carpeted areas and avoiding unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction. Regardless of the severity of the water loss, you can rely on our professional team to restore your property to its pre-damaged state, ensuring it's as if the incident never occurred.

Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. Here's a look into our water damage restoration process. If you're looking for more information about the process, click here.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact
  • Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
  • Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
  • Step 5: Cleaning and Repair
  • Step 6: Restoration

Assuming you let water damage sit in your home longer than you should have, you may have to start worrying about mold. If you start seeing the signs of mold, call us ASAP. We are mold remediation specialists and have the skilled techniques when removing it from your home.

When it comes to needing cleaning services for your property, we can help with that too. Whether you've had water damage, fire damage, mold damage, storm damage, or anything else - we have a list of cleaning services that will help. We can take care of cleaning air ducts and HVAC systems, biohazard materials, carpet & upholstery, odor remover, and sewage/toilet overflow.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

The Haunting Facts About the Types of Water Damage

10/27/2023 (Permalink)

Residential water damage can be a homeowner's worst nightmare, often leading to significant structural and financial consequences. This type of damage encompasses a range of issues, from burst pipes and a leaking roof to flooded basements and malfunctioning appliances.

When left unaddressed, water damage can compromise the integrity of a home's foundation, promote mold growth, and damage valuable belongings.

It's imperative for homeowners to promptly identify and mitigate water-related issues to prevent additional damage, escalating repair costs, and health hazards. Timely detection, proper maintenance, and effective waterproofing measures are key to safeguarding homes from the devastating effects of residential water damage.

Aside from the fact that water damage can cause many issues to your home, it's also important to know the types of water damage that can enter into your home.

Type 1: Clean Water Damage

Clean water damage refers to situations where the water causing the damage is considered clean or "category 1" water according to the industry standard classification used by professionals in the field of water damage restoration. Clean water is typically free from contaminants and poses a lower health risk compared to other categories of water damage.

Clean water damage can occur due to various reasons such as a burst water pipe, a leaking faucet, or rainwater entering through a well-maintained roof. While clean water damage may not pose an immediate health risk, it's essential to address it promptly to prevent further damage and microbial organism growth.

This typically involves drying out areas, repairing or replacing damaged materials, and ensuring proper ventilation to eliminate moisture and prevent mold from developing.

Type 2: Gray Water Damage

Gray water damage refers to situations where water damage is caused by "category 2" water. Gray water is water that is contaminated to some extent but does not contain the same level of hazardous contaminants as category 3, or black water.

Gray water typically originates from sources such as washing machines, dishwashers, bathroom sinks, plumbing leaks, and showers.

Gray water may contain some chemicals, detergents, and organic materials, making it potentially harmful if ingested or in prolonged contact with the skin. However, it doesn't contain the highly hazardous pathogens present in black water.

When dealing with gray water damage, it's essential to take precautions to prevent health risks. This includes wearing appropriate protective gear and ensuring thorough cleaning and disinfection of affected areas.

Additionally, prompt water extraction, a drying process, and decontamination are essential to prevent microbial organisms from growing and further damage.

Type 3: Black Water Damage

Black water damage refers to the most severe category of water (category 3). It involves water that his highly contaminated with hazardous substances, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, chemicals, and sewage. Black water damage poses a significant health risk and requires immediate and careful remediation.

Black water typically originates from sources such as sewage backups, toilet overflows, rising floodwaters, or water contaminated by industrial chemicals.

Because of the presence of pathogens and dangerous contaminants in standing water, exposure to black water or surfaces contaminated by it can lead to severe health issues, including gastrointestinal illnesses, skin infections, and respiratory problems.

When dealing with black water damage, it's crucial to prioritize safely and take extreme precautions. This includes wearing protective clothing, masks, and gloves, and avoiding direct contact with the contaminated water and affected materials.

Professional water damage restoration experts are typically required to handle black water damage, as they have the necessary training, equipment, and expertise to safely and effectively clean and sanitize the affected areas.

Water Damage Restoration Process

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Every water damage event is a little different and requires specific approaches, however, this is how the typical water damage restoration process goes down:

  • Emergency Contact - The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
  • Inspection and Water Damage Assessment: We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
  • Water Removal/Water Extraction: The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and more.
  • Drying and Dehumidification: We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing: We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
  • Restoration: Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If You're Dealing with Mold

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is a leading remediation specialist for our region, and we can work quickly to provide your home and business with the solutions it needs to overcome the destructive organisms. We have unique practices that can protect the construction materials of your home while eliminating mold spores.

This is more common than you might think, and winter can present many moisture and water damage concerns that can develop into colonies.

This condition is similar to a project of ours in Bedminster, where a guest house suffered water damage unknown to the owner. By the time the damage was discovered, an outbreak had occurred.

We worked to contain these areas and remove it and worked alongside an industrial hygienist and the insurance adjusters to provide the most efficient and knowledgeable approach available.

Because we can provide our customers with a comprehensive approach to the recovery of their property, including reconstruction efforts, we work to assess damages right away and get started on whatever home or business work is required to return to preloss condition.

Facts About Mold

To fully understand what you're dealing with - assuming you suspect that you have a problem, you should know these facts:

Ubiquitous Presence: It's everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. It thrives in a variety of environments, particularly in damp and humid conditions.

Microscopic Organisms: It's a type of fungus that consists of tiny, multicellular organisms known as spores. These spores are typically invisible to the naked eye.

Mold Varieties: There are thousands of species with different colors and appearances. Common types of household molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys ( often referred to as 'black mold').

Allergic Reactions: These spores can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals, leading to symptoms like sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and skin rashes.

Respiratory Issues: Prolonged exposure, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems, can lead to more severe respiratory problems, including asthma exacerbation and respiratory infections.

Property Damage: Mold can cause significant damage to buildings and materials over time, as it feeds on organic matter like wood, drywall, and paper. This can lead to structural issues and necessitate costly repairs.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster. We're here day or night, at any time of the day because storms and other disasters don't wait for a convenient time to come, and we understand that. Not only do we have the right professionals to do the job, but we will walk you through the entire process, discuss anything with your insurance company, and make sure that your home or business is back up and running as fast as possible.

We will help you with cleaning services, storm damage restoration, commercial restoration, mold removal, odor removal, and so much more.

So, if your home or business falls victim to water damage, you know who to call.


About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

Commercial Fire Restoration for Your West Somerset County Business

10/13/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage can wreak havoc on a business, causing not only physical and structural damage and destruction but also significant destruction to daily operations. The aftermath of a fire can be a daunting and overwhelming situation for business owners, as it can lead to financial losses, loss of valuable assets, and the potential for a tarnished reputation.

However, commercial fire restoration plays a vital role in helping businesses recover from such disasters. It is a comprehensive and specialized process that not only restores the physical structure but also helps businesses get back on their feet by minimizing downtime, salvaging assets, and ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.

Let's talk about how SERVPRO of West Somerset County can deal with fire damage restoration services.

SERVPRO and Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.

Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we'll respond immediately to get you back to business.

We are:

  • A 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A trust leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 2170 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

Commercial fire restoration presents a set of unique challenges that distinguish it from residential fire restoration. These challenges stem from the larger scale and complexity of commercial properties, as well as the critical need to minimize downtime and expedite the recovery process. Some of the notable challenges include:

  • Size and Complexity: Commercial properties are often larger and more intricate than residential homes, with multiple floors, extensive electrical systems, and specialized equipment. Restoring such complex structures requires a higher level of expertise and resources.
  • Business Continuity: Unlike residential properties, businesses must continue their operations to maintain revenue streams and customer relationships. Minimizing downtime during the restoration process is a top priority, and this can be a significant logistical challenge.
  • Asset Recovery: Commercial properties often house valuable assets like machinery, inventory, and sensitive documents. Restoration efforts must prioritize salvaging and protecting these assets to minimize financial losses.
  • Insurance Company & Claims: Navigating the insurance claims process for commercial properties can be complex, with larger policy limits and more extensive documentation required. Effective communication between restoration professionals, business owners, and insurers is crucial.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies.

Whether your fire emergency occurs in a house fire, a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. We will come fully prepared and ready with:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians
  • Odor Control Technicians
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians
  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians

How Our Fire Damage Restoration Process Works

After the fire trucks leave, your home or business likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage. SERVPRO has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your business to pre-fire condition. Here's how our fire damage restoration process works:

  • Emergency Contact: The fire damage restoration process begins when you call us. Our rep will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment: We carefully inspect and test the building to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service: Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present): The water removal process begins almost right away and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
  • Removal of Smoke Damage and Soot Damage from All Surfaces: We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing: We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We're also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  • Restoration: Restoration is the final step. Getting your business to its pre loss condition. Restoration may involve minor 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 business.

Areas We Provide Restoration Services in West Somerset County

We're locally owned and managed, as well as a part of a national network of over 2170 franchises with special disaster recovery teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We're proud to serve these local communities:

Hillsborough, Bedminster, Branchburg, Raritan, Belle Mead, Somerville, Far Hills, Manville, Neshanic Station, and Skillman.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County Certifications

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration services. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes:

  • IICRC Training: The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our professionals study these standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration services.
  • Employee Certification Training: The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after a successful completion of course materials and an examination.
  • Initial Franchise Training: A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program.
  • e-Learnings: All of our staff have access to web-based training. This program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for franchise employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our techs and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.
  • Continuing Education Classes: SERVPRO of West Somerset County offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster. We're here day or night, at any time of the day because storms and other disasters don't wait for a convenient time to come, and we understand that.

Not only do we have the right professionals to do the job, but we will walk you through the entire process, discuss anything with your insurance company, and make sure that your home or business is back up and running as fast as possible.

We will help you with cleaning services, storm damage, specialty restoration services, commercial restoration, mold removal, smoke odors, smoke damage, fire cleanup, soot removal, duct cleaning, and all of the fire damage restoration services that you need.

So, if your home or business falls victim to water damage, fire and smoke damage, mold damage, or anything else, we're the fire damage restoration company you should call. We're trained and skilled in taking on fire damage repairs, smoke damage restoration, and much more.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Residential and Commercial Cleaning Services

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

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Cleaning services are crucial following a disaster or an incident that causes water damage, fire damage, mold, or storm damage. If your home and belongings are not properly cleaned, it can lead to further damage, causing you to spend more money, time, and creating more stress. That's why we're here.

SERVPRO technicians can effectively clean your home "like it never even happened." Follow along as our team is here to let you know about our residential cleaning and commercial cleaning support services that'll help you get your home or business back to preloss condition, quickly.

Our Residential Cleaning Services Include:

Commercial Cleaning Services

You don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your company's regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of West Somerset County for prompt service.

Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

We offer services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

Every cleaning and restoration service we mention above under residential cleaning and restoration, we can do for commercial as well.

When It Comes to Commercial Carpets

First impressions are everything and cleanliness is extremely important. Customers and clients want to enter into a building or environment that looks spotless and pristine, and clean carpets in the entryway, lobby, etc., are a crucial element to instilling customer confidence.

But, how often do you have to get your commercial cleaning done? Let's take a look at some examples.

For churches, it's important to get this job done at least once a year - and we mean a thorough, professional cleaning. Depending on the size of the facility, multiple cleanings can be done on entrances during the year.

School and retail carpets should be cleaned professionally every 3-6 months, as there is heavy traffic for most of the year with kids and customers.

Office buildings should expect to be cleaned every 6 months annually.

For nursing homes and medical facilities, there are numerous regulations involved. It has never been more important, considering the increased awareness of airborne contaminants today, for healthcare facilities to increase their deep carpet cleaning schedules.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County can clean your commercial surfaces, carpeting and more. We'll also help with upholstery cleaning, which is a large part of the deep clean process.

If You Need Restoration Services

SERVPRO has your back with all of your restoration services needs. We can help if your home or business falls victim to water damage, fire damage, mold damage, storm damage, and more. We will take you through the entire restoration process and ensure that your home or business is back to preloss condition fast and efficiently.

We'll talk to your insurance company, take care of various issues, and utilize our professional equipment to bring your home or business back to life. Our professionals care about you and want to help as quickly as we can, so things can go back to normal, quickly.

Our professionals are highly trained in every aspect of restoration and have access to many different resources to ensure that the job is done right. If you have an emergency and you need us, just give us a call and we'll be there to restore what you need.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

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