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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.

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.

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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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Newark, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Newark today at (302) 733-7933 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Can SERVPRO Do for My Closed Newark Business?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background SERVPRO professionals offer cleaning services, including the removal of biohazard contaminants.

Cleaning Helps Open and Closed Businesses 

SERVPRO Has Real-Time Cleaning Strategies for deep cleaning of surfaces, materials, and contents for both commercial and residential applications. We work at both open or closed establishments.

Different Situations, Different Strategies

In collaboration with the governors of both New York and Connecticut, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey has designated non-essential businesses and schools in the tri-state area and Newark to close.  That means that open businesses may need help with their ongoing cleaning as they continue to provide vital services. Businesses that are closed could take this opportunity to have a deep cleaning performed.

Our SERVPRO professionals have worked with pathogenic and viral threats before. Our biohazard cleaning team has the equipment and experienced professionals to deliver an elevated standard of cleaning.

What Can SERVPRO Provide? 

  • Medical-Standard Antibacterial cleaning products
  • Advanced practices to apply EPA approved disinfectants
  • Air scrubbing equipment
  • Years of experience in environmental cleaning

Please, give our SERVPRO of Newark team a call today at (302) 733-7933.

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Ogletown Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO to Remove Malodors Following a Fire-Damaging Event

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

firemen and truck by billowing smoke night fire Big or Small Fire and Smoke Damage in the Ogletown Area--SERVPRO's Green Fleet Arrives as the Red Fire Trucks Leave!

Managing Indoor Air Quality after Fire Damage Affects Ogletown Home

The effects of a fire incident in any Ogletown home are felt in many ways. Apart from the contents and materials charred or consumed by the fire, air quality issues can also develop after the incident. SERVPRO has IICRC certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians who consider every aspect of a fire loss, including the diminished indoor air quality (IAQ.)

The Threat of Particulate Matter

For proper management of air quality when fixing fire damage loss in Ogletown homes, there is a need to understand how the problem develops. During the combustion process, various residues are released, including soot and ash. While most of the residues adhere on surfaces, some remain suspended in the air or find a way into the HVAC system, especially if it is on during the fire. Removing these residues is the only way to restore preloss air quality. Our SERVPRO technicians check air ducts for the presence of residues and clean them with specialized duct cleaning equipment. We also change removable filters to ensure the system does not reintroduce particulate matter into the house when operated.

Removing Odors

A strong odor can make it uncomfortable to stay in a house after fire damage. In most cases, the odor emanates from residues and charred items that remain around the house. Our SERVPRO technicians spend considerable time cleaning deposits and removing charred materials. We use different procedures, including mechanical agitation such as sanding, vacuuming, and chemical action from detergents and other professional cleaning agents.

Cleaning the Air

The aerosols and fine particulate matter released into the air during combustion can remain in the building for a long time affecting indoor air quality. Such materials can cause problems for people with respiratory issues. Various procedures can help clear the air. Our team can use ventilation equipment such as axial air movers, which move large volumes of air at low pressure to force the air out of the structure. This is a process called negative air pressure. We also have air filtration devices that can capture particulate matter in the air, especially when fitted with HEPA filters that capture 99.97 percent of particles, improving its quality. Air scrubbers play a significant part in capturing airborne particles, and when also fitted with activated charcoal filters, reduce odors in a two-pronged attack.

Breathing fresh air is essential for comfort and good health. Call SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933 to help clean up your fire-damaged property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO has Newark Covered for Fire, Mold, Water, and Storm Restoration and Remediation

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in parking lot At SERVPRO of Newark, we are always ready to be deployed at a moment's notice.

Why Newark Residents Trust SERVPRO Restoration Services for Fire, Mold, Water, and Storm-related Loss Recovery

Professional home restoration services encompass emergency action as well as remediation of long-term damages. SERVPRO of Newark is here to serve the many residents in this corner of Delaware. As a restorer of private and commercial property, our primary concern is to mitigate further losses in your home before then seeking to reverse the damage. Generally, these two procedures go hand in hand to get your property back how it was before loss- what we call a preloss condition. Our trained technicians are capable of rectifying mold, water, fire, and storm-related harm caused to your Newark property. You can reach us anytime by contacting our twenty-four hour customer service team.

Mold Remediation

Fungi is a microbe that makes up a part of any home environment. As such, the complete removal of microbial growth is impossible. What we can do at SERVPRO is bring microbial growth back under control. We do this by remediating the source of mold damage in your Newark home and taking steps to ensure it does not reoccur. You may need to bring in professional, Newark-based restoration services if you discover microbial growth or notice musty odors in some areas of your home.

Our experienced team is made up of qualified mold assessment and remediation technicians. We carry the necessary licensing and equipment to combat mold growth effectively. The first concern for a restorer facing a microbial growth issue is to find the source of the problem. As a homeowner, you may have already spent time removing mold only to find that it returns within a day or two. Our restoration services here in Newark mitigate against that by investigating the source of the problem- which is usually a slow-leak, damp spot, or insulation issue.

After resolving the source of the issue using essential cavity drying equipment or plumbing repair, a SERVPRO technician can begin to reverse damages. Fabrics suffer the most from a mold infestation but, by using our Esporta washing machines, we can remove up to 99% of soiling. During the removal of mold colonies, we can set up harmful air pressure zones to prevent spores from becoming airborne during cleaning. This process ensures your mold issue does not spread to unaffected areas of the home.

Water Damage Restoration

It is common for microbial issues to be the result of a previous water damage issue in your Newark property. SERVPRO restoration services incorporate anti-microbial protection into our water restoration methods. Usually, the most effective measure to prevent long-term issues is to ensure the property is thoroughly dry. We can achieve this in your Newark home by taking regular humidity, moisture content analysis, and water meter measurements during service.

Water always migrates from wet areas to dry areas. In a water-related restoration service, SERVPRO needs to trace possible water migration. We can achieve this by using thermal imaging cameras to check inside wall cavities or underfloor without having to perform demolitions. However, if the discovery of water inside a cavity in your Newark home, it is essential for us to gain access to it and dry it properly.

Structural cavity drying does not need to be invasive or destructive. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) can use drying mats and injectidry systems for cavities. An injectidry system features several "injector" nozzles at space of four inches apart. These nozzles are attached to a hose connected to a vacuum system. By removing the baseboard and drilling small holes into the wall, we can connect the injectidry system to the wall and circulate hot air into the cavity. This equipment can be extremely effective at neutralizing potential damp spots or future microbial growth issues.

Fire Damage Restoration

When a fire starts, hot smoke containing all kinds of harmful, odorous chemicals releases into your Newark home. The rapid changing of temperatures can create air circulation, which spreads ash and soots all over the immediate area. Beyond that, smoke can travel through the home, leaving unpleasant soot deposits on walls and ceilings. Restoring fire damage in your Newark home yourself may seem like a cost-effective endeavor. However, you do risk spreading damages around without the correct cleaning methods or chemicals.

At SERVPRO, we believe a homeowner can help to correct certain damages but should also be mindful of the expertise needed to restore others. As a general rule of thumb, light vacuuming, as well as removing charred materials or debris from the property, can be helpful to a restorer. Areas where the soot deposits are thickest, like walls and ceilings, are best left to professional restoration services. Your technician can guide you in the cleaning effort of your Newark home if you would like to assist with the cleanup.

Smoke residues fall into two main categories. The first is water-based staining, while the second is oil-based. SERVPRO technicians use oil and water-based solvents to dissolve thick soots and remove them together with the solvent. The type of solvent matches the type of staining, so water-based for natural soots and oil-based for synthetic ones. SERVPRO equip technicians with a full-range of cleaning agents for use in your Newark home and are confident of restoring it to a preloss condition.

Storm Damage Restoration

Adverse weather conditions can cause extensive storm damage to your Newark property. These issues can range from broken doors, windows and roofing, to wide-spread flooding. It may be necessary in some cases for temporary relocation while restoration services are carried out at your Newark home. SERVPRO restoration services are on-hand to help guide the process from mitigation of further losses, removal of unwanted materials or floodwater, and restoration of the damage left behind.

Depending on the severity of the storm damage, third-parties may be required to perform the full restoration. These third-parties may include electricians, plumbers, general contractors as well as architects and remodelers. A SERVPRO restorer works as a connecting element between third party restoration and the mitigation of immediate losses. Mitigating efforts may include packing out your possessions for safe storage as well as removing water from the home.

We can also perform deodorization and safety inspection to secure the structural integrity of the property that allows third-parties to work there safely. The immediate aftermath of a storm exposes your Newark home to the elements or trespass. SERVPRO can prevent this by placing emergency tarps over roof cavities or performing board ups of doors and windows to prevent unlawful entry. Storm recovery can be a stressful experience for homeowners and last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. At SERVPRO, we keep in contact with you throughout service and can provide a detailed inventory of all restoration work for passing onto your insurer.

Home loss recovery projects can be frustrating, but they need not be permanent or overly expensive. For water, mold, fire, or storm-related issues, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.

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Preparing for Fire Cleanup While Newark Homes Get Extinguished

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire burning out of the windows of a building. SERVPRO will take care of your Newark fire, prepare and call us today.

We know exactly what you need for your Newark home fire.

Much of the successes that our SERVPRO team has experienced over the years we have served the Greater Newark area have stemmed from our preparedness for emergencies before they happen. Often we can get alerted to developing disasters by homeowners and insurance companies to begin getting our personnel and equipment prepared to help as soon as the word gets issued that it is safe to do so. Prepping for fire recovery can limit the amount of time customers wait for the restoration efforts their home needs.

Active fire prepping the equipment Newark homes need while first responders are still working to address the blaze is a step towards the efficient solution our team can offer. We have to address numerous concerns following structure fires, especially in the two-story townhouse-style homes typical to our communities. We have a comprehensive restoration approach that helps us to address mostly all of the needs of your residence with our team alone.

After a fire, soot and other airborne threats are a concentrated hazard inside the house. It can be so detrimental to the health of those exposed without protective gear that it is ideal for homeowners to leave even the damage assessment to our trained SERVPRO professionals. We have several advanced tools to help reduce these present airborne hazards, including hydroxyl generators, air scrubbers, and other devices. Through the use of HEPA filters, we can reduce the volume and concentration of health hazards. These tools stay stocked on our production trucks to mobilize as soon as you are ready for our mitigation efforts.

Our team of in-house residential contractors has gotten licensed (#1992104829) through the state of Delaware to help with both the general contracting and immediate emergency construction needs of your property following a fire. With controlled demolition experience as well as board up training, we can help remove internal threats and prevent further damages from exterior sources like animals, the weather, and other people.

Actively preparing for the work that your home needs before a problem arises, may reduce damage while you are waiting for our team to mobilize and arrive. If you want to make fire losses, “Like it never even happened,” give our SERVPRO of Newark team a call today at (302) 733-7933.

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"Ready for Whatever Happens"

10/12/2019 (Permalink)

Brain Storming Over Storms

Seeing our production staff and office growing is a clear sign of recent and upcoming success for SERVPRO of Newark.  The restoration industry is constantly changing and adding new challenges. The demands and pressures brought on by the insurance industry is robust and intertwined.  By listening to the thoughts and strategies of everyone in our group we are adding to our creative processes already in place and we are thinking outside the box more than the norm.  This is a great team building time for us. The team is forced to come up with new resolutions that are working! It only makes sense that SERVPRO is the leader in water and smoke restoration. We are quite lucky to have our team that we have and continue to be “Ready for Whatever Happens”.

Establishing Drying Zones to Manage Flooding in Newark Homes

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water on the floor in a hallway. Let SERVPRO manage your Newark flooding damage in your home.

We know just what to do when it comes to your Newark flood.

Open-air drying practices are a challenging system to obtain the efficiency and effectiveness necessary to quickly restore flooded Newark homes. Our professionals have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in every facet of the water recovery niche to provide knowledgeable and confident service to our customers in a crisis. Part of this effective response and high-caliber result involves efficient drying practices like establishing controllable zones.

Drying zones are an effective means of addressing multiple layers of flood damage to Newark homes. From air contamination and extraction to drying and deodorization, designated work areas help to streamline our efforts to save our customers time and money. Setting up this area involves the installation of our 6mil plastic sheeting around the entire work area. This effort sections off the affected region from the rest of the house, reducing the spread of contaminants and the migration of water effects.

These new quarantined areas allow our SERVPRO technicians to influence the airflow and filtration directly. We can force contaminated or hazardous air out through exhaust lines to the outside of the house and begin drying efforts on saturated elements within the containment barriers. Because we can regulate the spread of these effects throughout the house, we can ensure that our drying practices, which include the use of drying mats and air movers, are more efficient and effective.

If flooding stays localized to specific areas of your home, these same drying zones can help to ensure that you do not get displaced by this disaster. We can work to minimize our impact on your life by establishing these work areas and allowing you to stay on the property when possible.

Containment is a large part of the work that we do, as this practice alone can reduce worsening conditions, prolonged recovery efforts, and costly additional restoration. Drying zones provide both containment and an efficient area for more rapid drying and decontamination efforts. Whenever disaster strikes, give our SERVPRO of Newark team a call to safely and thoroughly manage the situation at (302) 733-7933.

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Urgent Needs for Flood Water Removal in Newark Is Why SERVPRO Invests in Training and Equipment

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

A sign with the words Newark Delaware on it. We invest in the very best for our customers in Newark, let us help you with your water damage.

SERVPRO will always be first in line to assist your Newark home flood.

Speedy and professional extraction of flash flood waters must occur within 24 to 48 hours of a storm loss in Newark to avoid microbial growth. Contamination of flood waters is expected, with the fluids flowing into your home containing everything from fertilizers and mud to human and animal waste. Risks to occupants of your home include exposure to bacteria, fungi, viruses, and toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Although the water might drain away eventually, the immediate need for its exit is why our services are so critical. 

We Follow Industry Best Practices

Managing flood water removal in Newark requires trained and certified technicians with the most up-to-date resources. Our employees complete the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, with a focus on becoming Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) experts. Training requires efficient and high-capacity equipment to support our employees. This is why we invest in the latest proven innovations for performing water removal and structural drying. 

We Use EPA-Registered Disinfectants and Other Precautions

Flood waters are by definition incredibly contaminated. As heavy rains pour down and flow across the ground, they pick up substances and debris, including chemicals, silt, drowned animals, and untreated sewage. Human pathogens, including viruses and bacteria, mix with the fluids, entering your home as toxic sludge. Our technicians apply disinfectants pre-cleaning as a workplace safety measure and post-remediation to kill any lingering pathogens. They wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and install negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and exhaust airborne contaminants during the project, why SERVPRO can be trusted with your family’s safety.

We Take Responsibility for Proper Containment and Disposal of Hazardous Waste

Keeping up with current rules and regulations concerning contaminant disposal is our priority. You can be confident that we can protect both your family and the materials making up your home from the toxic materials in the flood water. Our vigilance is why SERVPRO is a wise choice when you cope with heavily contaminated water. 

Controlled Demolition Needs Buildback

We often need to remove pieces of drywall to release trapped water or provide access to dry out a property properly. Our company's general contractor’s license enables us to provide repair and reconstruction services directly, another example of why SERVPRO can complete a restoration job seamlessly. We achieve our commitment to making it “Like it never even happened” by avoiding you need to hire another contractor for finishing tasks.

Call (302) 733-7933 to line up our team of flood water removal specialists. Our multi-certified technicians and construction division are why SERVPRO of Newark delivers wrap-around restoration services.

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Your Newark Home Can Be Saved After A Flood

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen suffering from significant flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

How Homeowners Overcome Flood Damage In Newark Homes

Overwhelming is the word most property owners use to describe the sight of flood damage in their homes — water rivals fire for the potential to destroy a home. A single inch of groundwater has the potential to bring bacteria, toxins, and debris into a house, which in turn affects the floor, and any part of the structure or contents it touches.

It is a smart move to outsource the cleanup of flood damage in Newark properties. Groundwater is something humans and pets should not come into contact with it until the completion of water-testing because there is no way of knowing what is present.

Why SERVPRO? After an in-home disaster such as flood loss, the entire situation can feel stressful. SERVPRO takes the stress off property owners whenever possible by offering not only restoration services but also reconstruction through our general contractor license. This seamless service allows a one-stop approach to return the home to its preloss condition.

Safety First
The first concern of SERVPRO technicians is safety for all. The technicians usually advise property owners to relocate off-site during mitigation. Containment of the work areas in the home is vital to inhibit cross-contamination, especially in cases where a portion of the property has the effects of damage from flooding.

Removal of Wet Items
On an item-by-item basis, the contents of water-loss areas receive an inspection for restoration potential. Porous items saturated with groundwater have little to no chance for restoration as there is no guarantee of their return to sanitary levels for reuse. The technicians remove nothing without the consent of the property owner or adjuster.

Staying Within the Scope of Coverage
Communications sometimes fail somewhere between the insurance carrier and homeowner as to what services have coverage. The technicians interact with both adjusters and property owners to ensure everyone is on the same page for each phase of the cleanup, so no actions outside the scope of coverage result in surprise charges.

When flood damage happens, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933 for expedited cleanup and reconstruction to get your life back to normal “Like it never even happened.”

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Community Help

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Community Help.. helping a baby squirrel in a community clean up.

Over the past 28 years, SERVPRO of Newark has been a community partner. For our SERVPRO team it is about trying to help our town and community in ways that we can above our SERVPRO duties. Although we are unable to help everyone all the time we help when and how we can. We try and help schools out with volunteering for clean up and job fairs. We have had students come to our office who may be considering a path in restoration and/or business management to shadow our team. We participate in athletic and event advertising with regards from signage on fields to brochures. Within the community we participate in golf outings and clean up days. We try to work with our community when we can in a variety of ways. SERVPRO of Newark strives to be the industry leader.

Heavy Dog Hair

12/25/2018 (Permalink)

Look at the dog hair in the high to reach areas

Here at SERVPRO of Newark, we love serving all of our customers. We get to see and help so many different types of businesses and homes. At this one specific facility, they take care of dogs for daily doggie day care as well as boarding. This facility is a huge warehouse that has lots of pets running and playing throughout. Despite the fact their employees had cleaning duties on a daily basis, the owners noticed the heavy amount of dog hair and dander everywhere. This is, of course, to be expected considering what they do. SERVPRO performed a high horizontal surface cleaning to help eliminate dog hair that accumulated in those high, hard to reach areas. In this picture you can see the heavy amount of dog hair that was in an area that was high up. SERVPRO was able to successfully clean the areas.

SERVPRO Honors Everyday Heroes with Sponsorship of SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Newark is proud to announce the inaugural SERVPRO First Responder Bowl being played at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. The newly renamed bowl is designed to honor the sacrifice and service of the brave men and women who are the first line of defense in local communities like Newark when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens says Tara, of SERVPRO of Newark. Kickoff for the event, televised by ESPN, is December 26 at 1:30 ET, featuring Boston College and Boise State. “It’s a privilege to have the SERVPRO name associated with an event that celebrates the dedication and selflessness of first responders,” said Tara. “These men and women are true hometown heroes and first on the scene when disaster strikes, helping to save lives and protect property.” The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will honor first responders including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue teams, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide help at the scene of an emergency. Event organizers planned to distribute 10,000 complimentary tickets to verified first responders and their families who sign up at https://www.firstresponderbowl.com/first-responders. These complimentary tickets are possible thanks to corporate sponsors like SERVPRO and individual fans who chose to “Sponsor a Responder” with a $15 donation when they purchase their general admission tickets. “The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is a celebration of the commitment to service demonstrated by the everyday people who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of their neighbors,” said Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “SERVPRO is honored to have this opportunity to shine a spotlight on all of these hard working first responders, and their families, and to recognize them for the heroes they are.” For more information on SERVPRO of Newark, please contact our office at 302 733 7933 or office@SERVPROwilmington.com

Lead Safety

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Lead Manual

Lead Safety

There is a lot of talk regarding lead paint in homes in Delaware. Not only does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have a protocol to follow but the State of Delaware has one too. Homes and/or facilities built pre-1978 must be tested for lead if removing more than 6 sf of drywall, disturbing windows, removing painted surfaces etc. (2 sf for HUD) There is an exclusion for emergency renovations. If you are a “Do-it-Yourselfer” you should follow the work practices outlined in the lead brochure to ensure your home and family are protected from lead hazards your project could generate. Older homes are more likely to contain lead-based paint. According to the American Healthy Homes Survey in April 2011 they found: Homes built between 1960-1977 had a 24% chance of having lead, homes built 1940-1959 had a 69% chance and homes built before 1940 had an 87% chance likely to have lead. Did you know that SERVPRO of Newark has 5 certified Renovation, Repair and Painting technicians? The firm is certified as well.

Pet Safety

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Oliver & Bella safe in car

Pet Safety

When it comes to emergency situations we always can think of being ready for ourselves and families. We should also consider additional tips for our pet’s safety. We should have extra leashes and crates available to us. Make sure you know where the updated lists of the pet’s vaccines and records are. Maybe have a copy of them or pictures on your phone readily available. Having the phone number to your veterinarian on hand to obtain a copy may not be the best option because you may be required to product those records in a shelter and the office could be closed. Keep at least a week supply of any medications on hand. Having your pet micro-chipped is a nice if your pet becomes displaced. When pets are chipped make sure you know what their chip number is too. There is an application/website called findingrover.com sponsored by the Petco foundation.  We always need to be prepared to take care of our animals, especially during emergencies. Pre-determined plans can help you think clearer and be a bit calmer.

There are 3 Categories of Water

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Category 1 Source

There are 3 Categories of Water

Categories of water are defined by the IICRC S500 standard. It says the originating source of the water and the quality after contacting materials present determine the category. Category 1 is defined by water originating from a sanitary water source and does not pose risk. An example would be an overflowing bath tub. A Category 2 water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause sickness if consumed. It may contain microorganisms as well as matter. An example would be overflow from a washing machine. Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. An example of a category 3 would be a toilet back up.

It does not matter what Category you have SERVPRO of Newark is here to help.

Safety First

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Safety Hat and Harness

SERVPRO of Newark cares about safety. We care about best practice guidelines and policies. We try to keep a safe working environment for all of employees – and customers. We communicate daily about safety concerns on each job. We try and identify potential hazards so we can be ahead of any issue. We do not like surprises when it comes to safety. We strive to use our specialty equipment properly and make well informed safety decisions. Our Personal protective equipment is another part of our safety practices here at SERVPRO of Newark. We have to take seriously the environments that we are working in. Protective Equipment varies from job to job and day to day. Depending on the type of clean up we may be found wearing, safety goggles, gloves, Tyveks, respirators, hard hats etc.