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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.

Do I Have to Discard Fire-Damaged Valuables?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged structure, with boardup After SERVPRO Techs Secure Your Newark Fire-Damaged Home's Structure, We Can Pack-Out Your Contents for Off-Site Cleaning and Restoration

SERVPRO Cleans Your Belongings in Your Newark Home

After a fire in your Newark home, your instinct may be to throw away everything and start over, however with some careful attention, you may be able to salvage your items. Restoration is the goal over expensive replacement, especially for things that hold sentimental value.

How Should I Clean Valuable Items?

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Techniques and Cleaning Products While Restoring the Contents of Your Home

After a fire in your home, one of the first things you may notice is that your valuables have soot or smoke residue on them. Seeing your cherished belongings fire-damaged in your Newark property can be disheartening, especially when dealing with the shock of a fire in your home. Our technicians use techniques and products to clean your items. They may clean the pieces offsite or in your home, depending on the amount of damage.

How Do Technicians Clean Dishware and China?

  • They clean delicate items by hand to ensure the best care.
  • Off-site, ultra-sonic immersion tank cleaning provides exceptional cleaning results with no risk of breakage
  • Technicians should presoak the dishes in an alkaline detergent like the specially formulated Wall and All Surface Cleaner.
  • For stubborn residues after a grease fire, heavy-duty cleaner like SERVPRO's Industrial Cleaner works to remove grease.

How Do Technicians Clean Silk Plants and Floral Arrangements?

  • They make sure not to agitate the surface as silk cannot handle strong abrasive movements.
  • Technicians carefully remove residue from the surfaces with a soft brush or compressed air.
  • An alternative yet effective method involves using table salt and a plastic bag:

o    Put the arrangement in a sealed in a plastic bag, sprinkle salt on the plant’s leaves and flowers, hold the arrangement upside down, and gently shake to remove the residue.

For 24/7 help mitigating further damage after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

We Have a Lot of Water from a Broken Pipe in Our Bathroom, Now What?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

pipe parts and tools Water leaks can quickly cause damage in your home. Call SERVPRO today to avoid additional water loss of your property.

SERVPRO Has the Right Tools for Water Removal to Dry and Restore Your Newark Bathroom.

Panic is understandable when a faulty pipe sends a vast amount of water throughout your bathroom. Whether it was a pipe under the sink or connecting to your shower or tub, prompt removal of all standing water is the best way to limit loss. We have IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO who know the best methods for removing water from your Newark bathroom to save you money, time and allow you to get back to your routine. 

At SERVPRO, we have a proven process for restoration after water removal in Newark:

  •   We carefully assess the cause of the damage as well as the extent of it
  •   Our crew chief will explain the damage to you as well as our solutions for restoration
  •   All water is quickly extracted from the water loss zone
  •   We thoroughly dry your structure as well as any saturated contents
  •   Moisture detection tools, air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers address hidden moisture before it can cause additional damage

When you call us, you will have skilled water restoration technicians on-site and ready to start within four hours or less. We formulate the best action plan for your bathroom water loss while guiding you through every step. SERVPRO has a Green Fleet filled with the latest technology to remove standing water and hidden moisture and repair any damage quickly. 

We understand that standing water in your home presents the perfect opportunity for microbes to grow. Our team uses industrial-strength, EPA-approved products to address foul odors brought on by a water loss incident so that your interior is both clean and fresh once we are finished with the project.

For fast, reliable water removal and restoration, SERVPRO of Newark is here to help. Call (302) 733-7933 to learn more about the services that we offer.

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Does Water Intrusion in Newark Cause Permanent Damage?

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

close-up of flooded floor in kitchen from water leak Water damage can be quite overwhelming especially when it’s hard to figure out where it’s coming from. Contact SERVPRO 24/7.

To Tackle Water Intrusion Effectively, Use Professional Water Mitigation Services in Newark.

What should I do after water intrusion?

When water invades your Newark home, it is essential to act quickly to prevent further damages. Water intrusion can be a worrisome experience, which is why reaching out to qualified water restoration technicians can help to ease the burden of property deterioration. Our procedure works to reduce the impact of a water emergency by confining and drying it quickly. SERVPRO technicians can contain moisture by using physical barriers like sandbags or setting up an effective drying protocol in your residence. Mitigation is more cost-effective than restoration and acts as the first port of call for technicians. Once the problem is contained, we can work to return your home to its preloss condition.

What equipment is useful to contain water intrusion?

The core equipment we rely on when performing water mitigation in Newark residences is extractors. This equipment uses negative air pressure and temperature to draw bodies of water out of the home rapidly. We can apply this equipment using either truck-mounts for power or a portable unit, which are more effective at dealing with upper-level intrusion from leaking roofs or plumbing. Once water is extracted, we can set up a comprehensive drying system to ensure any residual moisture does not degrade your property or lead to secondary damages like mold growth.

What is the process of water mitigation?

  • Identify the issues with a thorough inspection of the property and measuring devices
  • Extract excess moisture using pumps or water extractors
  • Establish reliable drying protocols with dehumidification, heaters, and air-movement
  • Restore any materials with signs of damage

When your property suffers from a water emergency, we can act quickly to contain and control losses to your home and contents. contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.


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