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The Untold Secret to Mastering Water Removal in Somerville

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

frozen pipe Make sure frozen pipes don’t cause extensive damage in your home. Call SERVPRO.

Salvaging a Home Office in Somerville with Water Removal

While a slightly damaged pipe can seem like a small issue, cracked or frozen pipes account for almost 20% of plumbing supply system failures and can cause a significant amount of loss. Even a tiny crack in plumbing can let gallons of water into your home each day without your knowledge. Worse still, waterlogged walls and surfaces are not something easily cleaned with home products, and can damage your possessions, including important papers and electronics. 

If the home office in your Somerville residence requires water removal, the team at SERVPRO and can help restore your home and your possessions to their preloss conditions. SERVPRO team members and franchise owners alike undergo extensive and continuous education on state-of-the-art mitigation techniques to save you time, money, and stress after a disaster.

Signs of Water-Damaged Walls & Ceilings

Keep an eye out for these indicators that your walls have been damaged by water:

  • The drywall becomes soft and eventually warps and breaks
  • Warped, bubbling, or peeling paint on walls
  • The ceiling sags and may leak accumulated water
  • Warping and staining from moisture and mineral deposits in the water
  • A musty, earthy odor from moisture-affected walls

How SERVPRO Can Save Your Office

While the drying process is focused on restoring structures, SERVPRO also has specialized techniques for various materials that need drying, including fabrics, upholstery, wood, drywall, documents, electronics, and much more. Technicians calculate placement for both centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers to optimize the drying process and cover as much surface area as possible while drying without overloading dehumidifiers. 

Document drying can be done with a variety of methods, including air-drying, dehumidification, vacuum thermal drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and freezer-drying. While it may seem counterintuitive to freeze-dry documents, this process is effective in restoring papers to their prior condition without warping or other issues from water absorption. Electronics can be safely placed in a low-humidity environment and repaired as needed by an electronics restoration professional. 

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is Faster to Any Size Disaster, so your residence can be restored to its preloss condition.  If you need fast-responding disaster cleanup services, call (732) 805-9944 today.

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Don’t Just Sit There! Call The Professionals In Commercial Flood Damage Removal For Your Somerville Business

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

empty movie theater with large screen Make sure to be prepared if flood damage affects your theater by having SERVPRO on speed dial. Be ready to call right away.

Weather Events Can Cripple a Somerville Movie Theater 

Storm systems that can affect the area present unique threats to Somerville businesses and water penetration to area movie theaters can be financially damaging in multiple ways. Flooding is one of the most damaging of these conditions, as standing water can prevent customer traffic, but it can also put fixtures and the contents of the structure at risk as well. Addressing storm and flood damage falls to the capable hands of our SERVPRO flood restoration specialists as well as our in-house contractors.

While flood damage in Somerville businesses like this movie theater can be detrimental enough, we must address structural concerns first, such as damage to the roof of the building. We have licensed contractors (#13VH05228000) that have experience in the building trades to provide emergency construction solutions like tarping services and board up. Preventing further water exposure can ensure that the mitigation steps to follow are successful.

Standing water affects multiple facets of your business, including the short pile carpeting through the hallways and in the individual screening rooms. Overexposure to this flooring material can require its removal and replacement. With concrete flooring beneath the carpet, it is vital to dry out this material as it can retain moisture for prolonged periods and facilitate mold colonization and mildew production.

One of the most considerable investments that your facility makes is the films shown in the theater from week to week. As these are leased items, they are in your building for limited periods and are meant to be handled with care and precaution after your rental period ends. While most screenings are no longer the large reel of film that used to get shipped to theaters across the country, the digital versions of these productions are just as susceptible to moisture damage. Regulating dampness with the establishment of drying zones and rapid moisture removal practices can protect these films and your overhead.

Flooding can have a damaging effect on many areas and items within your theater, and it is our priority to get your doors back open as quickly as possible. From our mitigation to our reconstruction efforts, you can look to our SERVPRO of West Somerset County team to be your one-stop-shop for recovery. Give us a call anytime at (732) 805-9944.

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Proof That SERVPRO’s Remediation Services in Hillsborough Are Exactly What You Are Looking For

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

flooded bathroom and laundry room graphic When your flooding situation seems insurmountable, contact team SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO is Available 24/7 for Your Emergency Call

While you hope that you never need restoration services for your Hillsborough home to contend with a developing or recently extinguished disaster, it is calming to know that teams like our professionals exist. We have built, and continue to build, a strong reputation and report with our customers and the communities we serve based on our helpful responses in a crisis. You might have multiple choices when it comes to what team can address loss effects in your home after an emergency. With our successes and experience in the fire, water, mold, and storm damage arenas, it is not hard to see how choosing SERVPRO of West Somerset County can help your home or business.

Fire

Fires can be a devastating force for Hillsborough homes and present multiple layers of effects for homeowners to face after the flames get extinguished. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that because the fire is out, the situation cannot get any worse. In truth, effects like soot and odors continue to spread out through the property and worsen their grip on surfaces and the contents of the household. We also must address situations like water saturation and damages from the extinguishment process if the fire loss was substantial enough to require it.

Fire damage in Hillsborough homes involves overcoming several types of threats, including smoke odors, residues, soot, airborne contaminants, structural degradation, and debris removal. Each of these is a vital step towards returning a property to preloss condition. We have technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in several related areas, such as Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT), Odor Control (OCT), Carpet Cleaning (CCT), Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT), and Water Restoration (WRT.) The determination of which professionals your home needs happens during the thorough inspection conducted by our management when our team first arrives.

When fire losses have occurred, you do not have time to waste. Hillsborough properties can benefit from the fast response time that our professionals have, and how rapidly our restoration technicians can arrive with industry-leading equipment to help in whatever manner your home needs.

Mold

While many of the situations that our SERVPRO team faces throughout the area, few circumstances can be as hazardous to the wellbeing of our customers as widespread mold growth. As innocent as these circumstances might seem, mold spores can present health effects and make life challenging for your entire household. This situation continues to worsen the more that the organism can spread and affect new areas of your Hillsborough property.

Contending with the growth and spread of this harmful organism involves addressing not only its presence in materials but also reducing the concentration of mold spores in the affected areas and addressing the moisture and dampness concerns that allowed the colonization in the first place. We have a full division of Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians accredited through the IICRC, many of which have secondary certifications and endorsements for water restoration and structural drying. We can overcome the root cause of mold growth to help prevent the same threat in your Hillsborough home happening again in the immediate future.

We have effective remediation strategies that can protect hosting materials and contents whenever possible. While sometimes controlled demolition is the only suitable solution for colony removal, we also have practices like soda blasting, which can eliminate an organism from an organic surface in your Hillsborough home without damaging the substrate. No matter how widespread or ingrained mold damage might appear, our professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm

Storms damages are a challenging situation to overcome for Hillsborough homeowners, mainly because every instance can be different. Storms can knock down trees, generate several feet of snow that buckle your roof, allow for ice damming that can flood your attic space. No matter how your home becomes affected by the threats in any season, you have a dedicated team of professionals that can help. We are an IICRC-certified firm, ensuring that we have an entire roster of technicians accredited in nearly every facet of the restoration industry to help with whatever situation your house is facing.

Another challenge of storm recovery that our SERVPRO team is qualified and prepared to address is how widespread these damages might become. With severe weather systems, many homes can suffer storm damage in Hillsborough simultaneously, and our professionals have trained to address these larger-scale disasters with our involvement in a large loss recovery team. This partnership gives us limitless resources to address the problems in our service area, including more personnel, products, equipment, and other helpful tools amid a crisis.

Flooding is a typical result of substantial storm damage, especially in scenarios where runoff, torrential rains, or rising bodies of water can occur. Once the water has penetrated your Hillsborough home, you need fast and deliberate mitigation of this situation before oversaturation and the deterioration of structural elements and construction materials occurs. Our professionals have powerful extraction and drying tools that can quickly recover compromised areas of your household, even amid a storm.

Water

Water loss incidents present a unique threat to every Hillsborough home, specifically because every property throughout our service area is at a persistent risk of these emergencies occurring. From failing water fixtures and plumbing to malfunctioning appliances, the possibility of water disasters never wanes. Our SERVPRO professionals have responded to countless water loss incidents, and maintain a level of preparedness that sets us apart from our competitors.

Saturation presents risks of deterioration of the exposed materials, contents, and structural elements. Within a single day, elements like drywall or plasterboard can absorb too much moisture to stay installed. These materials can swell and distort, and in some cases, collapse or break loose. This timetable makes the fast response of our team that much more critical, as we can often reach water damage in Hillsborough homes within hours of your initial call.

Our ability to quickly gain control of a water loss situation hinges on our efficient extraction and drying equipment. We continually evolve our inventory of recovery tools to always have the leading devices, products, and equipment that save our customers money and help our water restoration team preserve more of your damaged Hillsborough home.

Emergencies can strike with little warning, so trust the team that can show We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give our SERVPRO of West Somerset County team a call anytime at (732) 805-9944.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Somerville Home After A Flood

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a room after a flood A controlled demolition called a "flood cut" is often needed after flood damage enters a property. We have the equipment to handle any job.

Misconceptions About Flood Damage in Affected Somerville Homes that Hinder Recovery

Flooding is an unfortunate outcome, and just like any other related incident, people have various misconceptions about the recovery process. Such misconceptions can prevent you from taking the right steps after your property floods, worsening the situation, or delaying recovery. Hiring a professional like SERVPRO immediately your property floods saves you the hassle of deciding which steps are positive, and which ones are detrimental.

Entering the Home to Save valuables

One misconception that can hamper recovery after flood damage in your Somerville home is the belief that you can enter your home to save valuable contents. While in some cases it is possible to venture into the flooded home, it is rarely advisable. The risks, including the possibility of electric shocks and health problems from exposure to contaminants, out weight the benefit of saving a few items. Our SERVPRO technicians access such properties safely because we use PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, which eliminates the risks.

Dry Surfaces Mean the Job is Complete

Another misconception is thinking that extracting all visible water and drying surfaces completes the job. Water moves in different ways, including wicking through materials. Therefore, there is a high chance of some water finding a way into concealed areas or being absorbed deep into materials. Our SERVPRO technicians help find such water using various moisture detection tools. For example, thermal cameras utilize differences in temperature caused by moisture to identify wet areas. We also use moisture meters with probes to verify that materials that appear dry on the surface do not hold excess moisture deep within the material.

Doing It On Your Own

Thinking that you can handle the cleanup and rebuilding process that follows flood damage is also a misconception. Apart from the lack of resources such as equipment to tear down and clean the property, there are other reasons why choosing to do it on your own might not work. For example, you might have a hard time deciding to throw away items such as carpets or upholstery. However, a professional restorer understands that such porous materials are heavily contaminated and cleaning them to a sanitary level is not possible.

With the right information, restoring flooded property is not difficult. Call SERVPRO of West Somerset County to assist. You can reach us any time at (732) 805-9944. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Experience And Training To Restore Your Hillsborough Home After A Fire

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

a room complexity covered in soot and smoke damage Our experts are here to help! We have the specialized cleaning techniques and advanced equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

How to Overcome Odors Hillsborough House Fires Leave Behind

Odor removal is one of the most popular services that professional restorers undertake after house fires occur in Hillsborough. Many property owners must contend with these effects after a fire loss on their property, but few have the resources and available equipment to address the problems directly and successfully. Our team invests in the latest tools and technology to ensure that we can quickly overcome widespread smoke odors when that time comes in the restoration of a property.

While odors can be an uncomfortable effect of fire damage in Hillsborough homes, it is rarely one of the first things that our professionals must address when arriving at your property. Fire losses involve multiple layers of effects that test the experience and training of our talented team with each project that we begin. While we have an entire division of technicians boasting endorsements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we also have the additional talent available to handle water restoration, odor control, and licensed (#: 13VH05228000) contracting specialists.

Once much of the mitigation and restoration efforts have completed, your property should be cleaner and easier to navigate. Our SERVPRO team can set up stationary deodorization equipment, which is highly effective for even substantial open square footage, or we can implement portable solutions that address more confined and inaccessible areas and materials. We have several options, and depending on the situation, we can use thermal foggers, hydroxyl machines, ozone generators, and potent cleaning products to help.

Our processes for odor elimination do not mask scents but neutralizes them on contact or break these compounds up on a molecular level. Our products and cleansing agents can permeate porous surfaces to eliminate trapped noxious odors from smoke and charring during the fire loss incident.  

Many homeowners might initially believe that they can address many of the effects that small fires can leave behind, but without our advanced technology and expertise, odors can be a lingering threat for weeks after a fire gets extinguished. No matter how we can help, you can count on our SERVPRO of West Somerset County professionals when you need us most. Give us a call anytime at (732) 805-9944.

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Is Water Damaging the Tile in Your Somerville Home?

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van outside home SERVPRO of West Somerset County is always on call-day or night-to handle your water loss emergencies!

How Tile Becomes Affected by Water Damage in Somerville Homes 

Bathrooms of your Somerville home are an ideal place to expect water loss incidents to originate. With so many fixtures, it only takes irregular pressure in the pipes or weakening joints to develop a severe water damage situation. Many homes boast ceramic tiles for flooring in their bathrooms. Ceramic tile flooring is nearly impenetrable to even standing water, making them an ideal choice for installation in moisture-prone areas of the property. 

Even with the seemingly impregnable composition of the ceramic tiles, it is still critical to start water removal in Somerville homes as promptly as possible. Grout and subflooring materials can wick moisture from standing water and allow for penetration underneath the tiles. This saturation of subflooring and grout still does not often damage or compromise the tiles themselves. However, it can create an issue with your flooring where these components lay unevenly, or tiles can get unseated. 

Substantial water loss situations that result in the flooding of a particular room can be devastating for not only the flooring but also installed elements like the vanity and shelving. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response with powerful extraction tools that can help to remove this standing water fast from the affected areas. Our equipment includes portable options like sump pumps and wet-vacs to our heavy-duty trash pumps and extractor trucks. When our Green Fleet arrives at an address, we have the right tool for every job. 

One of the advantages of choosing our SERVPRO team to help with compromised tile flooring and plumbing concerns is our full-service team of general contractors. Our licensed (#13VH05228000) team can address all of the structural concerns and repairs necessary to make this water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” 

We strive to provide every customer with a fast and confident response, which is why so many of our team have accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Our SERVPRO of West Somerset County specialists are here to help however you need us by calling (732) 805-9944. 

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We Are Available 24/7 to Restore Your Hillsborough Home After A Flood

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Equipment Set Up To Dry A Room That Had Dry Wall Removed A controlled demolition called a "flood cut" minimizes the tear out needed of the contaminated sheetrock after flood damage strikes a property.

Why Fast Response from SERVPRO Keeps Flood Damage in Your Hillsborough Property Manageable 

Floods cause both immediate and ongoing damages to the properties they affect. Unless the case involves a catastrophic weather event, it is possible to save the home and restore its preloss state. For most of the steps necessary to achieve this objective to work, they need to be completed in the early stages of the loss. Seeking professional flood damage restoration in Hillsborough should help.

We are always on call

Arriving within the shortest time possible is a critical element in restoring flood damage in affected Hillsborough properties. Availability of service  24 hours a day is the only way to ensure this since flooding can happen any time even at night. Our SERVPRO support department is reachable any time and can give you handy tips that can help reduce the damage in some areas of your property before our crews arrive to take charge.

Taking proactive action against mold

Flooding can have several long-term effects, including mold development and deterioration of materials through rotting or other problems. The moisture absorbed from the floodwater sparks these problems. Problems can develop even in areas of the property not submerged by the water due to evaporation, which increases relative humidity. Our SERVPRO technicians can counter this problem by ensuring sufficient ventilation at the loss site.

Protecting Vulnerable Parts of the Structure

While removing flood damage is a significant step in the restoration of flooded property, doing it the wrong way might cause problems in some parts of the structure. Speedy removal of water from the basement can cause walls to collapse and floors to buckle. Our SERVPRO technicians respond fast but take a controlled approach whereby we remove about a third of the water a day, ensuring your structure is safe. We also take other protective measures such as boarding up openings such as windows or doors if damaged during the flooding incident.

Fast response after flooding incidents is necessary, but any action taken should be the right one. Call SERVPRO of West Somerset County at (732) 805-9944 to help with the cleanup and restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Strives to Clean and Restore Children's Centers in Hillsborough after Fire and Smoke Losses

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Hillsborough Area, and Saving Summer Camp Activities after a Fire and Smoke Loss--Yeah SERVPRO!

Commercial Smoke Damage May Make Summer Activity Centers Unsafe for Hillsborough Children

Keeping children and younger teens occupied safely in entertaining and educational activities while their parents work or study helps the community of Hillsborough grow increasingly stronger. While such centers play an essential role for many families, each center needs to maintain its building well. Damaged areas quickly become off-limits, reducing the amount of space available. Large areas can affect the number of people allowed to occupy the building, and consequently affect funding.

The specialists at SERVPRO live and work in Hillsborough, so smoke and fire damage at your facility become a priority as soon as you call. We know how important your building's interior environment is to you and the parents of the participants at your center. We use specialized techniques to remove smoke residues from all of the surfaces youngsters might touch.

We do not want any youngsters to ingest any of the soot, as this can cause unwanted health effects. Many children, as well as teens, often put their fingers into their mouths. If their fingers are covered in smoke residue, this can cause problems. It also transfers easily to clothing and faces. As we perform cleaning and mitigation, we wear personal protective equipment, including respirator masks, to protect us from these risks.

We wipe down non-washable surfaces like books with a dry sponge. When this proves insufficient to remove all of the ash, we switch to a slightly damp cloth. We use an ultrasonic water bath to strip soot from washable toys and other pieces of equipment or Esporta industrial-grade washing machines. Fewer detergents are needed for cleansing and sanitizing.

Storytime and other activities that take place on the carpeting can ruin clothing. Movement on the carpet can send loosened ash back up into the air, getting into the lungs of each child. We use cleaning agents that breakdown soot so our extraction units can more easily pull soot out of the pile and leave it safe again. We inspect all treated areas before releasing them back for general use.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County wants to help you continue providing much-needed services to the families in Somerville, Bedminster, and Far Hills. Smoke and fire damage can prevent this, or severely diminish your ability to do so. Call (732) 805-9944 for professional mitigation services from people who care about our community, 24/7, every day of the year.

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How Our Experts Save Your Flood Damaged Home In Hillsborough

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of West Somerset County at (732) 805-9944 today.

Controlling Heat, Humidity, And Airflow To Manage Flood Damage In Your Hillsborough Property

Flooding situations are considered clean water emergencies when large quantities of water have entered the home from a clean water supply such as rainwater or burst pipe. Unlike contaminated water flooding, clean water incidents involve less replacement of contents with a stronger focus on preventing staining, warping, or shrinking through restoration and mitigation. However, the focus on a quick solution remains just as crucial in this type of flooding scenario as clean water can become contaminated with prolonged exposure to debris in the home.

A property with clean water flood damage in Hillsborough requires immediate professional attention. The goal of a SERVPRO water restoration technician (WRT) is to prevent microbial growth from occurring while restoring the property to its preloss condition. Microbes- including bacteria, mold, and viruses- can propagate quickly in a flood scenario leading to increasing levels of contamination in the home, which means relative humidity needs to be controlled throughout service.

The relationship between water, air, and temperature- referred to as psychrometrics- is an intricate balance. During water removal procedures, high temperatures and rapid air circulation are used to encourage evaporation. This method, in turn, increases humidity levels in the affected area which can, if left unchecked, provide the ideal conditions for microbial growth; at the same time, higher temperatures can increase the moisture content in the air and speed up the drying process significantly.

SERVPRO technicians manage this careful balancing act using thermal hygrometers to take regular readings of the affected areas relative humidity. In flooding situations, it is not uncommon for proper drying procedure to take several days during which time mold spores can form full colonies in areas of the home. SERVPRO ensure that the relative humidity is kept below 60% at all times during restoration to prevent unwanted secondary damages like mold growth from further complicating what is already a stressful experience for the homeowner.

Floodwaters can cause primary and secondary losses in your home if not managed correctly. Contact SERVPRO of West Somerset County at (732) 805-9944 today.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Hillsborough Fire Damage Restoration

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage at this home started in the wiring of the water heater. The actual fire damage was minimal, but there was a good deal of soot.

Fire Smoke Leads to Widespread Damage from Grime and a Foul Smell in Homes in Hillsborough

Homes in Hillsborough can experience a fire in any room, with bathrooms and kitchens the most likely sites, followed by utility areas and garages. Depending on the combustible materials in the vicinity, a fire produces different kinds of smoke. Less ventilated spaces contain less oxygen, causing incomplete combustion, resulting in thicker, denser smoke. The soot and liquid components of the smoke create strong unpleasant odors that permeate clothing, walls, and carpeting, among other things.

When we respond to a call from a Hillsborough homeowner about fire damage, we always bring the equipment and tools that help us eliminate associated odors. Minor fire damage can produce unexpectedly enormous amounts of smoke, which we work hard to quickly remove from your home wherever it may have become attached to surfaces. This includes personal belongings, furniture, walls, ceilings, and also the flooring in every room and hallway. When fires burn extremely hot, smoke can end up inside your walls, as well. 

We regularly use air scrubbers during cleanup and mitigation to reduce the number of pollutants in the air. As soon as we finish the cleaning, mitigation, and restoration work, we clean the air again. During our work, we use several different methods approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). These get your property cleaned up, so they look and smell like they did before the fire. 

Personal belongings of durable materials come clean fastest with an ultrasonic bath. Without any bleaching action, the microscopic bubbles become a powerful means of cleaning soil of all types, including the heaviest carbon deposits. This includes tiny depressions and grooves that might otherwise harbor blackened reminders of the fire. 

Carpets, because of their location, contain substantial amounts of smoke residue. We use unique combinations of cleaning agents to loosen the soot and other by-products of fire and extract these from the fibers. When homeowners call us immediately after a fire, we can often restore these, so no stained areas become locations of permanent damage.

Deodorizing fire damage normally requires treatments with UV light machines that create hydroxyl gas. This gas poses much less risk than ozone, and while it takes longer to achieve the same results, we can work while the machine operates. Other methods involved in making your home smell as it did before the fire use strong scents that cover odors as they slowly dissipate. 

Our building services, General Contractor License # 13VH05228000, cover areas that require special handling, from removing and reinstalling drywall, cleaning up electronics, and tarping areas of your roof to prevent rain from increasing the amount of damage your house endures. We scale our services to both large and small jobs, regardless of complexity, to match our customers' needs. 

When fire ruins part of your home in Somerville, Bedminster, or Far Hills, call SERVPRO of West Somerset County's emergency line at (732) 805-9944. We mitigate fire damage, clean up soot, and deodorize homes to make things “Like it never even happened.”

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