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Does Your Company Provide Reconstruction Services?

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO" logo SERVPRO handles every aspect of your home's water damage. Call today for assistance.

SERVPRO Provides Many Reconstruction, Restoration and Remediation Services.

Many Newark clients are unaware that water leaking from a pipe or overflowing from a sink can often cause permanent damage to carpeting, particleboard, and drywall. Water can cause carpets to delaminate, and materials made from compressed materials to absorb water and swell. These items must be replaced and require some level of construction after all moisture is removed.

SERVPRO has operated in the community of Newark since 1990, providing water damage mitigation and reconstruction services, as well as fire, storm, and flood recovery services. We also hold residential and commercial contracting licenses permitting our company to provide various reconstruction services, including drywall, carpet, flooring, and cabinet installation, to return your home to its original condition.

Our SERVPRO team handles all aspects of the project, including:

Water removal and drying

Removal of permanently damaged items, including structural components

Installation and restoration

Coordination of the project until your home is as good as new, “Like it never even happened.”

Does Your Company Use Chemicals Harmful to Children and Pets?

After a water leak or spill, one of the most harmful contaminants is the potential for mold and mildew to establish an infestation. There may be bacteria in the area as well. These can cause health effects. For example, mold can begin within 24 to 48 hours after a water leak. SERVPRO can be at your home within 4 hours of being called, and we are available 24/7. A fast response can prevent these contaminants from causing harm to your family and pets.

Our team follows a well-established process to prevent the growth of mold and mildew:

Contain the source of water

Vacuum water from carpets and hidden recessed areas

Remove items for drying, repair, or disposal

Dry your home with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers

Apply antimicrobial sprays if required

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians and address all of your questions regarding mold contamination and toxicity of any chemicals used in the process.

Call SERVPRO of Newark (302) 733-7933 to help with water damage and restoration of your home.

Is Mold Infestation Reversible?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

White mold on a wall Need help controlling your Newark mold issues? Call SERVPRO we are ready to get to work.

Controlling Microbial Growth is Possible with Professional Mold Remediation Technicians. SERVPRO Offers Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians to Newark Residents in Need.

Can chemicals stop mold from growing?

When mold infestations occur in your Newark home, they create an exponential growth cycle that leads to further expansion and spreading. These full growth cycles can occur in as little as forty-eight to seventy-two hours. Getting rid of mold, then, becomes a race against time. The most significant measure of controlling mold is to control humidity. However, this may be tough to maintain long-term- mainly if moisture is a structural issue. Specially designed chemicals are useful in preventing molds from building through growth cycles. These are known as antimicrobial chemicals and can be invaluable to efficient and effective remediation.

What ways can anti-microbial chemicals be dispersed?

- Hand-held pressure sprays or diluted into water mixtures

- Hot water extraction equipment can incorporate antimicrobial chemicals

- Ultra-low volume thermal foggers or misting equipment

Are antimicrobial chemicals useful for all mold?

Antimicrobial chemicals are a useful tool for mold remediation in your Newark home. However, there may be some mold infestations that go deeper than surface level. In situations where there is minor to moderate wall damages, a SERVPRO technician may opt for antimicrobial paints to cover the damage. These paints act as both a sealant, trap molds, and as a base layer for you to decorate. Often these paints can incorporate odor-control to prevent musty odors from becoming an ongoing issue in the home. Our crew chiefs can walk through a job site with you to delineate any areas of continuing concern. 

What household products get rid of mold?

- Vinegar is an effective way of combating light mold in the household

- Baking soda can absorb moisture causing molds to dry out

- Do not use bleach on mold as these only kill surface mold 

If your property becomes a hotbed of microbial growth activity, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.

Household Newark Kitchen Fire, What Now?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

burned out lounge with lit light bulb hanging Don’t face a fire damage situation alone! Contact team SERVPRO for remediation services right away.

SERVPRO is a Leading Fire Damage Restoration Service for Newark Residents.

Why are kitchen fires so common?

Kitchen fires are among the leading causes of house fires for Newark residents. Leaving a stove unattended can lead to sudden combustion involving flammable substances like animal fats or fuel for those with gas ovens. Oil-based flammables reject water, which can make fires uncontrollable. The typical damages associated with a kitchen fire include appliance damage, smoke deposits, or melting of the oven hood and upper wall and ceiling smoke residues. Burnt animal proteins can be odorous as well as challenging to clean using household products. SERVPRO technicians can identify different types of soot deposits and take the necessary steps to return your home to its preloss condition.

What are the most effective ways of removing animal fats from walls?

Protein fire damage in your Newark home can be stubborn and odorous. Protein fires are classifiable as wet smoke because the deposits are greasy. Wet smokes present a challenge as they can bond with surfaces. We recommend performing light vacuuming in the affected area to remove any dry or unbonded soots from the body. Opening windows and ventilating the space can help encourage odors to disperse. However, cleaning the remaining residues is best left to professionals with the correct knowledge, equipment, and cleaning.

What are the tell-tale signs of wet smoke?

  • If the source of combustion is oil-based or synthetic, it is likely to produce wet smoke deposits
  • Thick, greasy smoke residues that do not mix with water
  • Unpleasant odors in the affected area and surrounding rooms

What cleaners remove protein smoke deposits?

When dealing with smoke deposits, it is vital to remember that like dissolves like. Water-based smoke deposits respond to water-based detergents and cleaners. Oil-based smoke, therefore, responds to oil-based solvents. One way of understanding which cleaning products are useful is by testing on a wall's discrete area. If smoke spreads around, then stop- you may have to use a different solvent. SERVPRO technicians seek to use oil-based solvents that can suspend wet smoke particles in the solvent. We can then rinse the wall to remove both the solvent and the smoke particles. It may be necessary to repaint walls after soot to remove soot to return your home to its preloss condition.

How are solvents applied to smoke deposits?

  • Mix the solvent to the recommended dilution as per manufacturer instructions
  • Apply directly to areas of the wall with smoke damage and allow time for the solvent to suspend soots
  • After suspension time, rinse the wall using water with a detergent, place sheets or mats below to avoid further damage

Are kitchen fires solely composed of animal proteins?

While the cause of a kitchen fire in Newark may be an animal fat, the combustion can lead to other materials being burned. Most appliances use a synthetic finish. At high temperatures, these finishes can bubble and melt. Not only do kitchen appliance finishes cause harm to the appliance's surface, but they can also release other toxins into the environment in the form of smoke. Our technicians measure the type of smoke residues by taking pH tests of the smoke residues. Like oil and water-based soot, cleaning fluids should generally be applied to return the smoke deposit to a neutral pH. Alkaline deposits respond best to acidic cleaning fluids, whereas acidic soots respond to alkaline cleaners. SERVPRO technicians conduct extensive testing to mitigate against losses to appliances or other kitchen fittings.

How do professionals counteract fire odors?

  • Identify the source of the odor which may be soots or smoke residues and attempt to remove them through cleaning
  • Refinish surfaces using odor sealing chemicals and also put in place a drying strategy to reduce moisture 
  • If odors persist after completing the above actions, fumigate the affected area using misting or ultra-low volume fogging equipment (ULV foggers)

What qualifications are important for fire restoration services?

A fire and smoke restoration technician (FRST) needs to be well-versed in the behavior of fire and the different cleaning detergents and solvents. Also, it can be helpful for technicians to have access to odor control professionals and equipment. It is usual for SERVPRO to dispatch an experienced crew chief, a production technician, and specialists for odor control or drying. It may be necessary to have some general construction training to help rebuild some or parts of your home during the fire restoration. SERVPRO cross-trains crew chiefs and technicians to ensure that you only deal with one company for most of a repair. If third-parties are necessary, we can arrange them on your behalf using trusted local specialists.

Kitchen fires are, unfortunately, one of the most common causes of a house fire. To avoid expensive damages and mitigate odor or soiling, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.

A Storm Left A Property With Flood Damage. Who Can Help?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

A home with standing water all around the property. Storm damage more than most realize, let SERVPRO help you.

Contact SERVPRO Experts in Newark to Perform Flood Water Removal in Your Property.

After a storm, floodwater can seep into various areas in your Newark property and can cause severe damage. If not taken care of on time, the water can weaken your structure, cause mold growth, and wood rot. Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians can reduce the chances of these secondary damages from occurring if contacted on time.

What certification does SERVPRO have for restoration?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers standards for cleaning and restoring damaged properties. Our technicians only highly trained, certified, and experienced technicians who can perform flood water removal in your Newark property. We can complete the job according to the standards the IICRC has set.

What should I do after flooding occurs in my property?

It is essential to contact your insurance company to inform it about the damage and begin the claim process. Also, contact professional restorers without wasting time to avoid irreparable damage to your drywall, wood, and other porous materials. Also, avoid:

  • Entering your property if it has suffered structural damage
  • Walking through flood water without turning off the electricity first.
  • Getting into contact with the contaminated water.

Can I turn off the noisy fans at night?

We do not recommend turning off the equipment since the more hours it runs, the faster the drying process occurs. Our SERVPRO team can place the drying equipment at strategic points to encourage optimal drying. Switching off the drying equipment can increase the drying time or provide an opportunity for secondary destruction like a mold infestation to occur.

How long can the odor linger?

Odors in your property can last for months or longer if not handled professionally. Floodwater can bring dead animals and different kinds of debris into your property, which can cause odors when rotting. However, with our approved deodorizing products, we can restore fresh air into your home. We can use water-based cinnamon to combat some odors. The product can replace foul odors with a pleasant scent.

It is vital to take immediate action when you experience flood damage in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Newark for efficient flood water removal. "Like it never even happened." Talk to us today at (302) 733-7933 to schedule a visit.   

Does a Newark Homeowner Have to Pay for Resurfacing after a Fire?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

soot covering corner of the fire damaged room Removing the after effects of fire damage from your home is an arduous job. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Technicians in the Newark Area can Help to Recover your Home without Resorting to Expensive and Time-consuming Measures.

Do I need to resurface my home after a fire?

Resurfacing your Newark home can be a time-consuming process. We find that cleaning and restoration services can often be equally effective at returning a home to its preloss condition. One advantage of cleaning is that it is less time-consuming than stripping and resurfacing the home. For most residents, the timeframe of restoration is an essential factor since the work process can be inconvenient and obstruct your everyday life. When resurfacing or replacement is vital, SERVPRO can perform the necessary tasks. However, our work always starts with identifying the surfaces, residues, and affected areas of the home to ensure that our strategy is tailored to each customer.

Can cleaning be as effective on smoke damages as resurfacing?

Not all fire damage restoration jobs in Newark require replacement or refinishing of the home. Often advanced cleaning solutions combined with agitation, temperature, chemical action, and dwell time can achieve excellent results. SERVPRO technicians have multiple approaches to cleaning a property. We exhaust all possible avenues of cleaning before seeking to replace or strip surfaces. Ultimately, the faster we can return your home to a preloss condition, the less inconvenience it causes to residents. In most minor to moderate fire loss scenarios, a combination of cleaning with thorough deodorization is the most effective, time-efficient approach.

How do cleaning elements affect smoke residues?

  • Temperature can speed up the dissolving of soils in cleaning solvents and solutions
  • Agitation can help to dislodge soots from surfaces that may not respond to chemical solutions
  • Dwell time can help to ensure bonded soils become fully suspended in cleaning solution, or emulsion powder before being rinsed away

Resurfacing and replacing items in the home can be a time-consuming, expensive procedure. Contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933 now.

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Why Do I Need Trained Technicians for Water Damage Restoration In Newark?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Several rows of SERVPRO equipment. SERVPRO has all that you need when it comes to your Newark water loss.

SERVPRO Has the Training and Proven Methods to Come to Your Newark Property to Handle Water Damage Restoration

With the costs involved to tackle restoration after water damage, you never want to leave the work to just anyone. It is essential that you select the right team to ensure your Newark property gets restored to preloss condition and that you can salvage as much as possible. With SERVPRO - We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, meaning you will get prompt, reliable service every time.

When you call us for water damage restoration in Newark, we must begin mitigation as soon as possible. The faster that our team acts, the better the chances we have of limiting the loss and salvaging your belongings.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Expedite Water Restoration?

  •   We extract all standing water and then place air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers within the loss zone to achieve our drying goals.
  •   Our crew utilizes a unique formula telling us how many dehumidifiers, air movers, and heaters are required to reach optimum airflow.
  •   All surfaces are treated accordingly, with particular attention given to porous materials that may require aggressive drying methods.
  •   If necessary, controlled demolition procedures allow us to remove unsalvageable building materials to get replaced with all-new materials.
  •   Every water loss project is finished with meticulous cleaning while using EPA-registered broad-spectrum cleaning agents and disinfectants.

From beginning to end, our SERVPRO team works carefully to contain the water loss and make sure that no contamination gets tracked from one room to another. We also take the time to ensure no hidden pockets of moisture get left behind that could lead to foul odors or the onset of mold or mildew growth.

SERVPRO of Newark is the team to call when you need help with water damage restoration. Call us 24/7 at (302) 733-7933, and we will send out a crew to begin the assessment of your interior.

What Materials Are the Most Damaged After a Flood in My Newark Home?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water spreading / flooding on the parquet floor of a house When a flood damages your home, contact SERVPRO for help with the next steps.

Flooding can cause substantial damage to many exposed structural elements and construction materials, but some are affected more than others. 

There is no mistaking the devastation that flood emergencies can cause Newark homes and businesses. This is part of the reason that professional restoration teams like our SERVPRO response team react so quickly to these conditions. While standing water itself can be rife with hazards and health concerns for those exposed, the threat to structural elements is also a major focal point for the responding recovery technicians that must be addressed as soon as possible. 

There is no set assortment of flood damage that Newark homes experience every time one of these disasters strike, making each loss unique in some regard. While many practices to restore and recover a flood-damaged home might be similar, every property is an individual loss situation that gets thoroughly inspected during the initial job scoping phase. We have competent leadership with our project manager and crew chief to walk through a threatened home and determine the work that must happen, the equipment necessary, and which materials have become most heavily damaged from exposure. 

Is Flooring Able to Get Protected After Flood Exposure? 

Flooring is often one of the most sensitive materials to floodwater because standing water stays directly exposed to these materials the longest. Typically installed materials in your house's living areas, such as carpeting and hardwood flooring, do little to resist water penetration. The objective of responding technicians is to protect the flooring material, but if that is not possible, then the secondary goal becomes protecting subflooring materials. Reducing build back and reconstruction expenses can help these phases to complete more quickly. Some of the tools we use to address both top layer moisture and to protect the subflooring include:

  • Drying Mats – Drying mats are a powerful tool ideal for either saturated wood plank flooring or on the subflooring material. These mats work together to pull moisture from an exposed surface at a controlled rate. 
  • Air Movers – The placement and positioning of air movers can provide a critical blast of heated air where it is necessary to begin evaporative drying. Air movers are also essential for practices such as carpet floating to dry the surface layer and padding simultaneously. 
  • Carpet Wands – One of the attachments for extractors that our team uses can be vital in removing water from carpeted floors. Much like hot water extraction cleaning, carpet wands pull water out of the fibers with forceful suction. 
  • Weighted Extractors – Using our technicians' weight, these extractors press materials together to force moisture to the surface for collection by an onboard vacuum system. 
  • Controlled Demolition – In some situations, physical damages have already begun when our SERVPRO professionals are notified of the emergency. When warping and swelling occur, the only solution for flooring is to remove it and reinstall it. 

How Damaged Can Drywall Become After a Disaster? 

Sheetrock is immensely porous, making it one of the most sensitive materials in your entire house to migrating water effects after a flood. When standing water settles around the base of a wall system, it can quickly get absorbed by the drywall, but then begin to wick up the wall even several feet beyond where the exposure on the surface stops. Often it is challenging to restore drywall, but the other elements of the wall system can usually get protected with practices such as:

  • Positive Pressure Systems 
  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • Controlled Demolition

What Are the Immediate Threats of Saturated Ceiling Materials? 

Ceiling materials can get damaged in a flood loss situation when areas like the roof allow for water penetration after a storm. Missing shingles or a partially collapsed roof system must get repaired or temporarily resolved with tarping before we can effectively remove flood damage. Our in-house team of contractors can help in that regard. Inside, they can also help with some of the threats to the structural elements of the house. Some of the risks that exist with water moving through ceiling materials include:

  • Sagging/Collapse
  • Water Damage to Lower Levels
  • Microbial Growth

Does SERVPRO Rebuild After Storm Losses? 

With a team of contractors at the ready on our roster, we can help to provide a seamless transition between the mitigation phases and the reconstruction and build back that your property needs. After severe storm losses, some degree of repair is often necessary. We have qualified contractors experienced in the building trades to help your home however it needs when disasters strike. 

Floods can be worse on some materials than others. Our SERVPRO of Newark team can help you get the property back to its preloss condition after a loss, beginning with some of the most damaged structural elements. Give us a call whenever you need us at (302) 733-7933.

How Do I Clean Up the Water in My Salon?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Female in a black shirt, gloves and mask hanging an open sign Keep your salon open with the help of SERVPRO to cleanup your water damage.

SERVPRO of Newark Can Provide Your Salon With Water Cleanup Services!

Finding water damage in your Newark salon first thing in the morning can be a gut-wrenching experience for any business owner. Sometimes our appliances can fail; water supply lines grow old, parts rust, and a small issue can become a much larger one overnight. 

The best thing you can do to clean up your Newark salon's water damage is calling for help immediately. If you call as soon as you find the water, our SERVPRO techs can be at your location within a couple of hours. From there, we can begin to remove the water and set up drying equipment if needed. Our goal is to get your location when you need us, so we can ensure your business does not remain closed for too long. 

Can SERVPRO Truly Come to Me Whenever I need? 

Our technicians are dedicated to giving you service when you need it. To provide the right service for your business, we are: 

  • Open 24/7
  • Willing to work around your schedule 
  • Willing to work discreetly 

We want to help you avoid losing clientele to competitors. No matter what time or what day, we're open, and we want to make this nightmare feel, "Like it never even happened." 

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove the Water From My Salon? 

Our technicians are trained to use advanced industry-grade technological devices. To remove the standing water from your salon, we can:

  • Use extractors and wet/dry vacuums
  • Set up infrared cameras, to ensure we do not miss hidden pockets of water
  • Set up any necessary drying equipment

Furthermore, we understand that you may be worried about your equipment. We can help you check for damages and take inventory of any damaged products. We are here to make this process easier for you. 

If your property needs water cleanup services, never wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Newark by dialing (302) 733-7933. We're proud to serve you! 

How Can Water Get Removed from Ceiling Materials in My Newark Home?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking on the floor of the basement of a house Water can get into your drywall and insulation and create many problems for your home. Contact SERVPRO for professional water damage remediation.

The migration of water can happen quickly, leaving ceiling materials and other susceptible surfaces threatened by saturation and deterioration.

When water service must reach the second story of your Newark home, its path through the property must often get concealed in structural cavities between the floor and ceiling. When age or an air hammer in the line causes damage to a portion of the plumbing, this breach can affect many of the neighboring materials surrounding it. While the flooring above the break in the pipe can also become damaged by spraying water, gravity tends to create a situation where ceiling materials suffer the brunt of these compromising conditions.

Water damage restoration in Newark homes and businesses encompasses many actions taken throughout the recovery process. For example, addressing the water damage in your house is more than water removal and drying, as repairs and even reconstruction are often necessary with plumbing breaks between the floors. Understanding how water moves and what materials can become affected can help homeowners appreciate the value of the experience and industry-leading equipment that our SERVPRO team provides.

How Does Water Move Through These Systems?

Ceilings often get comprised of many materials that make up a greater system. While you often notice damage to these surface materials you can see before you recognize a problem taking place, often, the other materials within this system have already become more heavily saturated. Elements like insulation can become weightier after absorbing water from the break, making it more likely that building materials around the insulation can begin to sag underneath the heavier load. Understanding how water moves through these materials can help our technicians to choose the best potential path to drying the damage. With these types of ruptures, migration occurs in several ways:

  • Liquid – The physical movement of fluid, such as runoff, spray, and flow from the busted pipes, can be the most direct path for water to take through ceiling materials.
  • Atmosphere – Prolonged moisture exposure can modify the humidity levels in the house and cause several porous materials used in ceiling systems to become saturated or affected by these changing conditions.
  • Capillary Suction – Water can get pulled through pores in building materials such as drywall or ceiling tiles, which can directly impact other contents and materials on the level beneath the break.

Where Are Unseen Moisture Pockets?

A detrimental situation that can exist when water begins to move through ceiling systems is the moisture and dampness that you cannot see. These pockets of water can create damaging conditions in your Newark home such as structural deterioration or the potential growth of microbial threats. Understanding how moisture and water are moving through the materials, even where you cannot see it, impacts the choices made to dry the structure. The better the understanding of these damp areas, the more thorough drying can become, and the more of the materials affected that can be preserved. Some of the ways that we can identify moist areas within the damaged materials include:

  • Surface Moisture Meters
  • Hygrometers
  • Thermal Imagery

How Can Water Get Removed from These Materials?

Understanding the processes to remove water from these affected materials is critical. Often homeowners might be under the impression that it is impossible to protect or preserve saturated materials once water has moved through them. Structural deterioration can exist after prolonged exposure, making the restoration or recovery of these items impossible. When approached quickly enough, and in the right circumstances, individual pieces of equipment in our inventory can directly affect impacted materials like drywall, insulation, and wood framework. These include:

  • Positive Pressure Systems – By creating manageable holes or openings to the structural cavity beyond ceiling drywall or tile, we can focus blasts of heated air into these spaces to promote evaporative drying.
  • Direct Drying with Air Movers – By removing portions of damaged materials through controlled demolition, we can then provide immediate access to the worst affected areas around the plumbing break. Centrifugal air movers direct dry air at these compromised surfaces for efficient drying. 
  • Dehumidification – We have multiple dehumidifiers in our inventory, though desiccants often have the most significant initial impact on widespread moisture concerns. These units can exhaust dry air back into affected spaces, making drying and moisture removal more efficient.

It is not impossible to preserve and protect damaged materials after a plumbing break happens between the ceiling and floor of your first and second story. With a team of in-house contractors, we can offer immediate repairs, controlled demolition, and build back after drying completes. Give our SERVPRO of Newark team a call to help when you need it at (302) 733-7933.

Does the Same Company Provide Flood Restoration and Cleaning for Newark Homes?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain on roof; trees in background With rain comes flooding. SERVPRO has the expertise to remediate all flood damage in your Newark home.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Efficient Cleaning and Restoration Strategies to Make Flood Losses "Like it never even happened." 

Recovering a damaged property after a flood in Newark can require several steps happening in quick succession. As a leading flood restoration company for the region, we have been able to reduce the time of these projects by offering a comprehensive approach, including mitigation and reconstruction. With natural flooding, one of the chief concerns is exposure to potential contaminants, which can often get addressed with a thorough cleaning and other practices implemented along with the arrival of our experienced SERVPRO technicians. 

Flooding restoration for Newark properties is only successful when all of the concerns and detrimental conditions have gotten addressed and resolved. To do this efficiently, we have both in-house contractors to oversee immediate repairs and demolition necessary to protect the property, contents, and occupants from contaminant exposure and qualified cleaning technicians to manage threats impacting surfaces and materials that do not require removal. A combination of strategies and products are necessary to return a flood-damaged property to preloss condition after a disaster. 

What Is the Purpose of Job Scoping for Flood Recovery? 

 An evaluation of your property's damage and condition after a flood can be vital to determine the best approaches for restoration and repairs. The assessment gets conducted by our highly trained project manager working to establish current conditions to share with the responding technicians. The better prepared our SERVPRO team can be for the loss effects, the more we have the necessary tools and equipment to address the damage and potential contaminants before they worsen. The type of cleaning and recovery necessary for surfaces and contents can also get determined during this evaluation. Job scoping can identify potential restoration hurdles, such as: 

  • Contamination – Natural flooding often comes with the risks of contaminants, bacteria, and viral pathogens. The effects of these substances on the contents and structural elements of the house can be destructive, but there are concerns about exposure for the property's occupants. 
  • Content Loss/Damage – Your home's contents are often the most heavily damaged by stalled floodwater pooling in areas of the property. Even with our fast response, job scoping can often identify total losses and contents that can still get salvaged with the right cleaning approaches. 
  • Structural Concerns – Oversaturation and absorption can degrade the structural integrity of flooring supports, subflooring, and wall systems to the point of collapse or failure.  

What Conditions Could Exist with Natural Flooding Threats?  

Natural flooding in Newark introduced particles, bacteria, and debris into your house from everywhere that the migrating water has passed. Water moving on roadways can pick up cinders, oils, and other fluids. Rushing water can uproot trees and carry other organic matter like carcasses and fauna into the home. There are no two identical situations when flooding is concerned, so the response necessary to clean and restore these conditions changes accordingly. Water breaching the exterior walls of your home can bring many substances and solids with it, including: 

  • Bacteria
  • Viral Pathogens
  • Chemicals
  • Oils
  • Mud
  • Decaying Organic Matter 

What Cleaning Products Get Used?  

Cleaning is one of the critical elements of every restoration project that our SERVPRO team undertakes, but it is essential for flood damage recovery and repairs. Depending on what materials and contents in the house become exposed to potential contaminants, residues, and soils, the cleaning products and approaches used to restore them change. We choose among potent cleaning agents and chemical solvents to address pressing concerns on the property after a flood. These agents include: 

  • Phenolics – These products are reliable and work well against contaminants such as fungus, microbial growth, viruses, and bacteria. These solutions often have a stronger smell than other options, making it harder to use with customers sensitive to overpowering scents. 
  • Chlorines – Much like iodine-based solvents and products, chlorines are disinfectants with more potent oxidizing properties than other agents our SERVPRO team uses. These can get used as an active germicide in rooms with proper ventilation. 
  • Quaternary Compounds – Regarding disinfectants, quats are among the most traditionally used because they have a pleasant odor that makes them a more suitable choice for residences than phenolics. 
  • Botanicals – There are some businesses and homes that only want botanical (plant-based) products used for cleaning and disinfection of contaminants. Thymol and citric acid-based solutions fit into these categories. 

As challenging as flood losses might seem, a significant threat exists with lingering or mismanaged contaminants. Natural flooding damage should get resolved with experienced professionals like our SERVPRO of Newark team. Contact us today at (302) 733-7933.