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I Am Dealing With Flood Damage at My Bloomfield Home, What Should I Do?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

room flooded with floating objects If you have experienced flood damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield for quick action.

Call SERVPRO to Help You Clean Up and Dry Your Bloomfield House

After experiencing flood damage in your home, the priority should be to ensure that it gets back to its pre-damaged state as quickly as possible. Acting quickly can keep your home from sustaining secondary damage. Our technicians are available at all times, and we can arrive at your home as soon as we can.

Why should I hire your company for flood damage clean up?
Cleaning up your home after flooding is essential, but challenging. Our company has been in business for many years, and we have the training and experience required to manage the flood damage in your Bloomfield property. We are licensed, and we ensure that the cleanup process is handled efficiently to protect your home and all its contents. We document all the work done at your home. SERVPRO has certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), the organization that sets the standards for restoring properties. All our technicians are trained and certified by the IICRC, and we can professionally restore your home. Careful cleaning helps prevent further destruction to the property, prevents illness, and reduces the chances or injury.

What are the health hazards of flood damage?
Blackwater is highly contaminated and may contain sewage. This water is a danger to your health, and every surface that comes into contact with it should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, or in some cases, those surfaces need to be replaced. We only use EPA approved products. We use various antimicrobial chemicals. To stay safe, our team also wears personal protective equipment (PPE), such as:

    •    Chemical resistant gloves
    •    Respirators
    •    Splash goggles
    •    Rubber boots
    •    Full bodysuits

What does flood damage cleanup involve?
After your property is exposed to flood damage, performing flood mitigation is necessary. Flood damage mitigation should start shortly after flooding. If you let floodwater sit in your property, it can cause further damage, leading to higher restoration costs. During flood damage mitigation, strict actions like removal of ruined materials like carpeting and drywall is necessary. If there is mold, our team can clean and dry the affected surfaces using safe antimicrobial products or remove the affected materials altogether. Mold can cause health effects, and we, therefore, perform a thorough cleaning and disinfecting as part of flood damage mitigation. Our quick response ensures that mold growth is taken care of at an early stage before it becomes a problem.

The materials that soak in water collect microbes and may spread waterborne diseases. Wood flooring, furniture, and walls can crack, collect fungi, and sag after prolonged exposure to water or moisture. The water mitigation process depends on how long water has remained in your property. Porous materials such as drywall, wood, insulation, carpets, and furniture’s upholstery are more susceptible to flood damage compared to non-porous materials. If such materials remain in the water for too long, replacing them may be the only solution. We can remove the water quickly using high-pressure pumps. Our SERVPRO team also turns on drying equipment like centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers on a 24-hour basis in affected areas.

If the flooded rooms have furnishings and valuable items like electrical equipment and paintings, we move and place them in a safe location. We also attend quickly to water-damaged ceilings since they can fall off due to gravity. We can repair extensive flood damage because of our technical skills and high-powered equipment. Air movers are effective in promoting fast drying of surfaces like wet walls and floors by increasing the circulation of air in the house. Dehumidifiers hasten the drying process by eliminating moisture from the air.

We also use air filtration devices that move and filter air simultaneously. These devices may contain several filters. HEPA, High-efficiency particulate air filters eliminate airborne particles from the air and trap them in the filter. Using air filtration devices when drying a property helps control the number of contaminants aerosolized by air movement from drying machines. These devices function as air scrubbers because of their ability to filter air.

What tests do your perform to check for moisture?
It is crucial to test the humidity, temperature, and moisture of your property to determine if we have restored it to usual standards. We carefully check if a home is drying to expectation. We use advanced moisture detection tools to provide a scientific assessment and results we can track. Some of the devices we use include:

    •    Thermal imaging cameras
    •    Moisture sensors
    •    Moisture meters
    •    Thermo-hygrometers

The figures tell us how damp a surface is in number format. We know that a surface is drying as the readings reduce. When we monitor the drying process, it is possible to keep the expenses of drying to a minimum as we can remove the drying equipment once the numbers indicate that drying is complete. Our SERVPRO team can also provide you with a drying certificate, which demonstrates that professionals have verified the drying process has been completed correctly, allowing for the commencement of reinstatement and redecoration work.

If you have experienced flood damage in your Nutley or Belleville home, call SERVPRO of Nutley / Bloomfield for quick action. You can reach us at (973) 662-0062 at any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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