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How To Handle Water And Storm Damage Calmly

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Adverse weather can cause significant storm damage to even the most well designed properties, since the powerful winds can inflict debasement while heavy rainfall can cause considerable ground flooding. Below are some tips for calmly handling it. Before checking for specific property damage, ensure your own safety by being on the lookout for power lines which have fallen and standing water which might be electrically charged.

Inspect the Plumbing

Review the pipes indoors and outdoors. Shut off your water valves for the sinks and toilets, and if you notice that sewage has backed up into the shower or beneath the commode, this means the primary sewer line could be broken or clogged. Avoid using the toilet or sink as this will make the situation worse.

Review Your Electrical Systems and Appliances

Any appliances which have been exposed to liquid must be disconnected immediately and then serviced prior to being used again. Inspect the cables for frayed wiring and look out for sparks. If you notice structural damage or wires which have been exposed, contact an electrician and do not activate the power as you might electrocute yourself. While the majority of external breaker boxes are designed to be water tight they may nevertheless be exposed during a serious storm, so do not handle them if water is present. Avoid metallic fences or surfaces in the area as they might contain an electrical charge from nearby utility wires.

Check The Roof

You’ll want to check the roof for shingles which are missing, but be careful during your ascent and descent so you don’t fall down. If you notice that shingles are absent, you’ll want to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible since missing shingles can lead to water leakage and roofers have the skills and equipment needed to repair them.

How to Handle Flooding

Standing water needs to be removed as soon as possible, as it poses a number of hazards. Unless you have the knowledge or tools needed to do it yourself, you’ll want to contact a restoration firm, but in the meantime you’ll need to employ a pump for draining it, use wet dried vacuums and get rid of any objects which are absorbent and contaminated. Dehumidifiers and air movers can be used for drying. Throw away any perishables which have been exposed to the flood water, including canned goods, cosmetics, medication and packaged food.

Vehicles

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other automobiles are readily damaged by flood water, along with falling debris or tree limbs. Any vehicle which has sustained such damage should be reported to your insurance company, and broken windows should be covered if it appears the vehicle can be salvaged. Make a list of any valuables inside that have been damaged or lost.

Only Hire Reputable Contractors

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of those who have been affected by natural disasters or storms. To avoid such scams, be sure to only work with contractors that are well known or live locally, do not pay for work until the job is complete and watch for contractors that attempt to pressure you. Always get written estimates before the work begins.

Does Your Home Have Adequate Water Damage Protection?

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Here's a question for you homeowners: What is one of the costliest yet most common disasters you can experience? Annually, it costs homeowners billions of dollars! Answer: water damage. Your most important asset should be safeguarded against water damage.

How do you execute water damage protection? Insurance is one of the best ways to guard yourself financially. Various types of policies are used, however, for different types of water damage. We are going to look at several aspects of water damage protection and then alert you as to the best service to call when you suffer water damage.

Insurance and Water Damage

People get homeowner’s, commercial, and renter’s insurance to protect themselves and their finances against numerous possibilities – water damage being one of them. Renter’s and homeowner’s insurance provide coverage for wind driven rain, burst pipes, and damage from roof ice dams. A standard homeowner’s policy basically covers water damage that originates at the top of the premises and flows downward (i.e., burst sprinklers, rainfall, etc.).

Not all policies cover drain and sewer backups. To your renter’s and homeowner’s coverage, you may be able to purchase a backup rider to cover sewer issues.

More often than not, water that begins at the bottom of a premises and flows up is covered by a separate policy for flood insurance (i.e., an overflowing river). This can be purchased from private insurers or the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program).

One of the best ways to prevent water damage is to maintain a home or building properly.

Water Seepage – Prevent It

Water seepage is a problem in the basements of many homes, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, etc. To prevent water damage, it must be stopped. Here are some ways to deal with water seepage in basements:

  • Install a backwater valve.
  • Make certain that water drains in a direction away from your home, apartment, facility, etc.
  • Reseal your basement.

Indoor Plumbing Systems – Maintain and Understand Them

You don't have to be a plumber to have at least a minimal understanding of plumbing systems. You should do all you can to maintain them so that water damage doesn't occur. Here are some suggestions:

  • Check all heating and plumbing pipes regularly.
  • Within your plumbing system, install a valve for emergency pressure release.
  • Know the location of your home’s main water shut off valve.
  • Shut the water supply to the washing machine off when you're away on vacation.
  • Inspect tubs and showers.
  • Inspect all appliance faucets and hoses.

Your Home’s Exterior – Make Repairs And Protect It

Certain seasons and climates can be hard on the exterior of your home. Repair and protect it in the following manners:

  • Install gutter guards.
  • Check irrigation systems and sprinklers.
  • Check your downspouts.
  • Inspect your roof.
  • Seal and caulk windows.

Your Possessions Must Be Protected

Here are some ways in which you can protect your possessions against water damage or deal with water damage when it occurs:

  • Keep your home inventory up to date.
  • In basements, keep your belongings stored off of the floor (skids work to an extent) and on shelving whenever possible.
  • If there is a risk of water destruction, don't store memorabilia or valuables in that area.
  • In waterproof bins, store bulk items and seasonal gear.

Let SERVPRO of West Somerset Help You Recover from Water Damage

At SERVPRO, we can help you recover from a flood resulting from a natural disaster, plumbing leaks and flooding, roof leaks, sewer or toilet backups, fire/water damage, and more. If water damage has already resulted in mold and mildew, we also have services that can be of assistance with mold remediation. Water damage and flooding don't have regular work hours – so we have available emergency service 24/7.

Feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries!

How To Handle Water And Storm Damage Calmly

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

Adverse weather can cause significant storm damage to even the most well designed properties, since the powerful winds can inflict debasement while heavy rainfall can cause considerable ground flooding. Below are some tips for calmly handling it. Before checking for specific property damage, ensure your own safety by being on the lookout for power lines which have fallen and standing water which might be electrically charged.

Inspect the Plumbing

Review the pipes indoors and outdoors. Shut off your water valves for the sinks and toilets, and if you notice that sewage has backed up into the shower or beneath the commode, this means the primary sewer line could be broken or clogged. Avoid using the toilet or sink as this will make the situation worse.

Review Your Electrical Systems and Appliances

Any appliances which have been exposed to liquid must be disconnected immediately and then serviced prior to being used again. Inspect the cables for frayed wiring and look out for sparks. If you notice structural damage or wires which have been exposed, contact an electrician and do not activate the power as you might electrocute yourself. While the majority of external breaker boxes are designed to be water tight they may nevertheless be exposed during a serious storm, so do not handle them if water is present. Avoid metallic fences or surfaces in the area as they might contain an electrical charge from nearby utility wires.

Check The Roof

You’ll want to check the roof for shingles which are missing, but be careful during your ascent and descent so you don’t fall down. If you notice that shingles are absent, you’ll want to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible since missing shingles can lead to water leakage and roofers have the skills and equipment needed to repair them.

How to Handle Flooding

Standing water needs to be removed as soon as possible, as it poses a number of hazards. Unless you have the knowledge or tools needed to do it yourself, you’ll want to contact a restoration firm, but in the meantime you’ll need to employ a pump for draining it, use wet dried vacuums and get rid of any objects which are absorbent and contaminated. Dehumidifiers and air movers can be used for drying. Throw away any perishables which have been exposed to the flood water, including canned goods, cosmetics, medication and packaged food.

Vehicles

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other automobiles are readily damaged by flood water, along with falling debris or tree limbs. Any vehicle which has sustained such damage should be reported to your insurance company, and broken windows should be covered if it appears the vehicle can be salvaged. Make a list of any valuables inside that have been damaged or lost.

Only Hire Reputable Contractors

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of those who have been affected by natural disasters or storms. To avoid such scams, be sure to only work with contractors that are well known or live locally, do not pay for work until the job is complete and watch for contractors that attempt to pressure you. Always get written estimates before the work begins.

Top Tips To Tackle Ceiling Cleaning Tasks

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Do you remember when the last time you cleaned your ceilings was? They are often the most overlooked when it comes to the daily cleaning routine. As such, they are usually dirtier than other areas of your home. If you want to get cleaning with your ceilings, here are some tips to help you kickstart your ceiling cleaning project!

Work from Top to Bottom

You should always start the cleaning right at the ceiling and then work your way down towards the floor. That way, you’ll be able to pick up any debris or dust that has fallen loose from the ceilings.

Don’t Overextend Your Reach When Using A Ladder or Step Stool

Always make sure your ladder is properly secured; ensure you have someone around to act as a spotter, to help hold onto your ladder as you are cleaning at heights.

Clean With Daylight

Perform your cleaning during the day so that you’ll be able to properly see any dirt or dust accumulated on the ceiling. You don’t want to end up doing the same job twice if you haven’t cleaned it properly the first time.

Use The Right Tools for The Job

Since your reach could be limited, extend it by using a long duster or with a vacuum attachment. Use a clean microfiber cloth, mixed with a reliable cleaning solution to achieve the best results.

Take Care to Protect Your Furniture

Before cleaning, you should pull any furniture underneath a few feet away in case any dust or drops of water land on them. You can also cover them with a tarp or dry cloths.

Schedule Regular Cleaning of Your Ceiling in The Future

Whilst engaging in deep cleaning of your ceiling is useful to keep your house clean once in a while, you should try to clean it more frequently to keep your rooms feeling inviting and refreshing. To clean any of your light fixtures or ceiling fans, regularly clean the blades with a good reliable microfiber cloth or a duster. Remove any of the grime or dust on the light fixtures as well.

Unsightly cobwebs and dust can accumulate very quickly, especially in the corners of your ceiling. You can easily remove them by using a long extendable duster or a vacuum attachment.

If your ceiling has crown molding and trims, dust may build up in the small details and along the edges of the trims. You can wipe them using a clean cloth together with a trusted cleaning solution. If you can’t reach the finer, intricate details, you can use an unwanted toothbrush to clean them instead.

Get Reliable And Trustworthy Clean-up And Restoration Services at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District

We are an award-winning company with a team of highly experienced experts, equipped with the required advanced techniques to solve any of your problems. Do consider our ceiling, floor and wall cleaning services at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District if you face any difficulties or problems with cleaning your homes. We also perform air duct and HVAC cleaning as your heating or air conditioning systems can distribute the contaminants, that have accumulated in the ceilings or walls of your home, throughout your property.



What Are the Different Types Of Air Movers?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Air movers help to remove moisture from surfaces into the air. They are also one of the best tools when it comes to moisture damage due to their ability to provide focused and directional air circulation. Air dryers can be used in any location and help dry out areas that are high in moisture due to pipe leakages, flooding, or spills.

They are very effective and efficient in ventilation and you must choose the correct air mover for your needs. This is because different types of air movers have different components and specifics and some are better suited for certain applications compared to others. You should also consider which areas you intend to place the air movers in. Here are some of the different types of air movers.

High-Pressure Axial

High-pressure axial air movers are mostly used to produce significant negative or positive pressures and to move high volumes of air through air ducts. They are built for performance at maximum capacity offer high-pressure air circulation. While this brings about advantages such as greater ventilation, there are also certain downsides such as it being very noisy when operating and higher amp usage. They are best used for contained or tight areas and have the best CFM (cubic feet per minute) ventilation.

Low-Pressure Axial

A low-pressure axial air mover uses lower amps than its high-pressure counterparts and produces much more airflow volume than carpet dryers. However, because they are low in static pressure, they are unable to be used in air ducts or enclosed areas to move mass volumes of air and redistribute them. They are ideal for circulating a constant and high amount of air on walls and floor surfaces.

Laminar

Laminar air movers are commonly used in buildings and homes that require focused directional air. They have a medium CFM pressure rate and the lowest amp draw which makes them a more affordable option. They specialize in providing a focused airflow in a straight line and provide static air pressure to specific areas. They can also be attached to wall injections or TEX boxes and are perfect if you are looking for a constant ventilation solution.

Centrifugal

Centrifugal air movers come in either low or high pressure. Low-pressure centrifugal air movers are commonly used to dry enclosed areas such as kitchens, cabinets, or to blow air into cavities. They use low amps of electricity compared to their high-pressure counterparts and when placed underneath a carpet, is strong enough to make it float in the air. The high-pressure centrifugal air movers are optimum for powering manifold systems or vents due to their high horsepower motor.

Why Choose SERVPRO of West Somerset County?

If you are looking for moisture control due to water damage or to control the mold growing in your house, then you should consider SERVPRO of West Somerset County. We use industrial-strength air movers that provide a highly focused, powerful air stream to dry carpets, walls, tiles, floors, or entire rooms. We are certified professional mold remediation and water damage restoration specialists and have the necessary experience and equipment to help you.

What Are the Most Common Residential Cleaning Services?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

No matter what project a restoration service undertakes, residential cleaning services end up being an essential element. It's crucial to have a highly trained team of cleaning technicians and offer a one-stop-shop solution for a full-service restoration company to succeed. Team members must be accredited in various aspects of recovery and renewal. The team at SERVPRO has, in fact, been trained in and through the following:

  • Biohazard recovery
  • UFT (upholstery and fabric cleaning)
  • OCT (odor control)
  • CCT (carpet cleaning)
  • IICRC (cleaning and restoration certification)
  • Institute of Inspection

Common Types of Residential Cleaning

At SERVPRO, we've encountered just about everything! There are some residential clean-up jobs more common than others, however. A handful of these include the following:

  • Biohazard and sewage clean-up – To provide you and your home with deep cleaning services, our experts are ready to be of assistance in the clean up of biohazard materials, sewage, and more.
  • Odor removal – To effectively deodorize your home, sufficient knowledge may not be possessed by your average cleaning service. Fortunately, for the removal of unwanted odors, our residential cleaning services take advantage of SERVPRO’s expertise and training.
  • Air duct cleaning – Though seldom thought of as crucial, your home's air ducts should be cleaned on a regular basis. Not only can proper cleaning help ensure better breathability for the air your family inhales, but your home’s cooling and heating efficiency could be improved as well.
  • Upholstery and carpet cleaning – Our cleaning services for upholstery and carpet get out the dirt you see, and so much more. Deep down dirt, dust, odors, etc. will be removed through our very thorough process. To freshen up your home and brighten a room, our deep cleaning furniture and carpet services can make all the difference.

Additional Services

Any residential cleaning service that also deals with full-service restoration may be expected to do a number of jobs. At SERVPRO, we are capable of being of assistance where mold, fire, water, and other loss incidents are concerned. This can even include cases of vandalism.

What if, for instance, your home was damaged but is also being put up for sale soon? Our experts would inspect the damage and immediately determine its extent. Given the situation at hand, we would know expedited repairs were of the utmost importance. To replace damaged areas, repaint, repair, etc., we can work with the contractor to get the job done. Before you know it, your home will be restored to its former beauty.

Residential Cleaning and More

We are so much more than a residential cleaning service! Overall, related cleaning services offered by SERVPRO include the following:

  • Commercial cleaning services
  • Building services
  • Graffiti and vandalism
  • Crime scene and trauma
  • Toilet and sewage overflow
  • Odor removal
  • Blinds and drapes
  • Certified cleaning services
  • Walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Upholstery and carpet
  • Biohazard
  • HVAC and air ducts

SERVPRO When You Need Residential Cleaning Services

Have you had a sewage backup? Was your home damaged due to a storm? If you need sewage clean-up, odor removal, air duct cleaning, upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, or some other form of residential cleaning, we want to be your one-stop-shop location.

Contact us now!

Structural Drying Processes Can Help Prevent Further Water Damage

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Many restoration teams regard structural drying as being one of the best ways to alleviate water damage since it removes excess moisture which is trapped within building materials. Plue, the experts can do so in a reasonable timespan. Below is a detailed analysis of how this process works and the different phases that must be completed.

Water Extraction and Air Movement

Water extraction simply involves the elimination of excess liquid, which enhances drying efficiency. However, air movement is also a necessity, because without it the water will continue saturating the surface which will slow down the evaporation rate. This in turn can lead to the development of mold or rot. Before air movement can occur, the restoration specialist will test the surfaces for asbestos or mold, and once it has been confirmed to be safe, the movement of air can commence.

Dehumidifier

Once the water has been extracted and air movement has occurred, applying a dehumidifier is essential. The reason is that moisture is capable of trapping itself within building materials when dehumidifiers aren’t utilized to capture excess liquid vapor. Just because a surface is dry by touch doesn’t mean that it has low water content. Relative humidity might still be higher than usual, and if this is the case it will promote the growth of mold.

Temperature

It is crucial to maintain a consistent temperature. This is because operating within optimal temperatures for dehumidifiers will maximize drying. Most experts recommend a temperature between seventy-five and ninety degrees which will accelerate evaporation while releasing moisture from the construction materials. You’ll want to avoid turning on air conditioners or allowing cool air into the area as it will slow the process of drying, but increasing the heat should also be avoided as it can inhibit dehumidifier effectiveness.

Additional Drying Techniques

There are a number of additional techniques that restoration specialists will use in certain situations, with two of the most popular being aggressive and disruptive drying:

  • Aggressive drying

This technique is usually reserved for drying within a place and is well suited to small water damage incidents.  The drying equipment must be used for enhancing the rate of evaporation by spiking the airflow and temperature. The water category must be clean and free of sediment or building materials such as hydraulic fluid or asbestos. This technique is also popular because it is cost effective and minimizes downtime.

  • Disruptive Drying

In order to perform disruptive drying, the construction materials (rather than structural materials) must be removed. This includes baseboards, pads, insulation, flood cuts, and anything which can’t be efficiently dried within a short time span. This technique is preferred for drying structural objects which are normally concealed by finishes. It is applied to category two water, which is also known as grey water, as well as black water (category three). This is a standardized technique that gives you the ability to accurately assess moisture content within studs, wall cavities, and other areas which are hidden, ensuring that the structure is completely dry.

Fire Damaged Items You Should Consider Discarding

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Black, sooty, and or greasy smoke and residue can be produced by even the smallest fire. Even worse than natural fire residues are synthetic and protein fire residues. After a fire, it's important to know what you should throw away, even though you will probably want to save as much as you can. Even further than flames, soot and smoke will travel and ruin things you might not expect to be affected.

From clothing to food, and more, we are going to take a look at which fire damaged items you should throw away after a house fire and which ones can be salvaged.

Salvageable Items After a House Fire

The best way to remember what can be salvaged following a house fire is to think of nonporous, hard surfaces. If an item is melted, charred, or burned, it should be discarded.

  • Hardwood floors – After a fire, you can salvage most hardwood floors, unless there are burn marks or extreme charring. Use oil soap to clean the floors, then sand them. As necessary, refinish the floor.
  • Metal – Significant fire damage can usually be withstood by metals, though they may stain. Use dish soap and vinegar to clean them, sand the metal lightly, then paint it.
  • Glass – There is a good amount of fire resistance to glass. With dish soap and vinegar, you can usually clean glass, even when stained. You may also prefer the baking soda and vinegar soaking method.

Items That Should Be Discarded after a House Fire

Almost anything in your home can be damaged by one of the most dangerous things that can occur – fires. Any items damaged by flames and heat, melted, or burned, should be thrown away after a house fire. Additionally, the following should be discarded after a fire:

  • Fire damaged mattresses and furniture – Because they can fall apart, any mattresses or furniture burned in a fire should be thrown away. If minor to moderate soot stains and smoke occur on hardwood furniture, that would be an exception. By cleaning with oil soap, hardwood furniture might be salvaged. Sanding and refinishing could be a possibility if staining is severe.
  • Burned bedding, towels, and clothing – Any bedding, towels, or clothing that was burned or charred should be thrown away. You can try washing items with dish soap for minor soot stains. Before washing, soak fabrics in vinegar to remove odors.
  • Fire impacted hygiene products, cosmetics, and medicines – Any of these that were damaged by fire should be discarded. Contact your doctor immediately if prescription medication has to be discarded.
  • Any food that remained at room temperature or higher – You may need to throw away the food from your freezer and refrigerator if the power went out. Without power, after as little as two or as many as six hours, refrigerator food will spoil. You might be able to wait up to 24 hours with freezer food.
  • Fire exposed boxed or canned foods – Any box or canned foods that were exposed to smoke or flames should be thrown away. This is particularly applicable if they have burn marks, sweat stains, or were opened.
  • Stained or melted plastics – Most plastic items can be ruined by even a small fire. Plastics will pull in the soot and smoke, due to their makeup. That's why, following a fire, you should always throw them away.

Have Your Home And Possessions Suffered Fire Damage? Let SERVPRO of West Somerset County Help

We don't just handle fire damage restoration as a sideline here at SERVPRO… it's what we do. Since fire damage and water damage frequently go together, we specialize in both. If you have water damage from any type of natural disaster, plumbing problem, sewage backup, fire and more – we are here for you with emergency service, 24/7. The same goes for any resulting fire damage. We understand that when you need fire and water restoration, you can't wait.

Feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries!

How Can IR Cameras Detect Water Damage?

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

If you constantly experience water leakage, there is a good chance that your water pipes and structure may be faulty. Other reasons could also be due to heavy rain and snow, condensation, and humidity levels. Moisture infiltration and accumulation are very damaging for a house or building and promote mold growth. In the past to tackle water leakage, people had to resort to intrusive methods such as hacking down walls and pipes to identify the source of the leak and how far it had spread.

This wastes much more resources and is more expensive and time costly. With modern innovations such as IR cameras, inspectors can spot areas that are not visible to the naked eye, and which do not involve invasive methods. They are thus able to use the IR cameras for water damage inspection. This greatly increases efficiency and reduces time and cost as the leak can then be isolated. Here are some ways how IR cameras can detect water damage.

Infrared Thermography

IR cameras help consultants, remediators, and technicians pinpoint and eliminate mold infestations and water leakages through a technological tool known as thermography. It is a technique that produces an image of infrared lights which are not visible to the naked eye, and which are emitted by objects due to the heat or lack thereof in the objects ‘thermal condition’. IR cameras thus resemble a typical camera recorder and can provide live pictures of heat radiation. More sophisticated IR cameras can produce false-color images based on the temperatures of objects or surfaces in the picture which aids in the analysis of thermal patterns.

Because the IR cameras can produce images of heat radiation, they can provide precise temperature measurement capabilities. This is one of the reasons why moisture and mold can be detected on IR cameras before they are visible to the naked eye as moisture is much cooler than construction materials. IR cameras are also valuable and cost-effective diagnostic tools which are used in construction problems of mold growth and water problems, such as through the usage of thermal analysis. The temperature measurement incorporated by the IR cameras can allow professionals to make better judgments and analyses due to the valuable information provided.

Mold and Rot Prevention

IR cameras can detect moisture patterns in buildings and houses. This is because the temperature difference created by the presence of moisture on an inside surface of a wall differs greatly from its surroundings. Owners should be wary of leaks and mold under certain situations such as when suspected plumbing leaks have occurred from the waterline, after any water damage event such as floods, and locating wet areas in non-accessible spaces. Doing so quickly will prevent mold growth and rotting of the construction materials and wall lining. Under the right conditions, IR cameras can serve as an early warning for roofs and ceilings that tend to retain water long before water leakage. It is recommended to hire a professional as they will be able to cut core samples of walls and analyze them for traces of moisture and mold. They will also be better at interpreting the results and in fixing the cause of the problem. 

How Fast Can SERVPRO Of West Somerset County Respond?

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Of West Somerset County is a cleaning and restoration company that specializes in helping businesses and homes affected by water damage, fire damage, mold, and storm damage. We also provide 24-hour emergency services to help businesses for 7 days a week including holidays.

Fast Response

SERVPRO Of West Somerset County also provides commercial cleaning services to companies whose properties experience wear and tear. Here at SERVPRO Of West Somerset County, we provide comprehensive and efficient cleaning and restoration services. We work fast and well to minimize disruption in your business and help your business reopen quickly. We also remove stains, eliminate odors, clean furniture, and will tackle any of your concerns regarding your building’s looks or function. One of the things we take pride in is our fast response time to disasters. We know all too well that disasters can strike anytime and are thus prepared to manage any water, fire, storm, mold, or flood issues 24/7. This means that you can expect an immediate response time whether during the day or at night.

Time is Essential

When natural disasters strike or when your property is afflicted by fire, water, or mold damage, time is of the essence in mitigating the effects of the above damage and in preventing further structural damage. Using an example of water damage in the event of flooding, water is quickly absorbed into belongings, walls, upholstery, and floors. Books, photographs, and other paper goods will begin to swell and become deformed. Water will also quickly spread throughout the property and saturate everything. Furniture finishes may bleed and cause permanent stains on carpets and other fabric. All of this occurs within minutes of flooding.

We Act Fast

If left untreated for the next 24 hours, more serious problems will start to emerge such as the swelling and cracking of furniture, dyes and inks from paper goods will stain and spread, metal surfaces will start to tarnish, and drywall could swell and break down. This would affect the structural integrity of the property. Residents would also start to smell a musty odor. If nothing is done to resolve these issues in the next 48 hours to one week, the problem escalates and could involve the blistering of paint, the swelling and deformation of wood flooring, and the rusting and corrosion of metal. Moreover, the property would be at risk of severe biohazard contamination, and it may be dangerous to live in the property. This is because a very damp and moist environment promotes the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. There would also be a strong, sour smell due to bacteria growth and mold present.

About Our 24/7 Emergency Services

This is why we are always ready 24/7 and will work round the clock to ensure that your property is restored whilst minimizing further damage. We respond quickly to minimize financial costs and ensure that cleaning and restoration works are swiftly and efficiently done. If these problems are left untreated and persist, the time taken for reconstruction and cleaning will only grow and it would be more expensive to do so as entire structures and even the whole building may be compromised. We are well stocked with advanced equipment and recovery tools and will ensure that we respond and work immediately to make it seem as though the accident had never occurred. Your time is important, and we promise to uphold and respect it.