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Diverse Ways to Address Odors in Suffern Homes after Mold Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in a parking lot in front of a tall building If your home or business in Suffern suffers mold damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Resources Simplify Suffern Mold Remediation

Mold development is a complex problem that leads to visual and physical deterioration of structural materials and contents. The surfaces affected by mold in your Suffern home exhibit dark patches or other forms of staining. Loss of structural integrity is also likely leaving materials crumbly, thus unable to withstand physical exertion. Another easily dismissed aspect of mold damage is the musty odor that properties develop once infested. The colonies emit odor because of the mycotoxins released into the air. Material deterioration from mold is similar to rot, so it produces smells.

Taking specific steps to address odors in a Suffern property with mold damage is essential in restoring preloss conditions. Odors might persist after the soiling and deterioration from mold are handled. Sometimes the odor issues experienced are psychological since the brain can latch on to the irritating sensation of a musty odor leading house occupants to claim there is odor where none exists (phantosmia.) SERVPRO offers a wide array of solutions to help you deal with odors.

Useful mold odor management products:

  • Pairing agents
  • Masking agents
  • Absorption and adsorption agents
  • Disinfectants and sanitizers

One straightforward way to deal with odors is to destroy the malodor molecules. Using a pairing agent helps facilitate this type of action. The pairing agent combines with the odor molecule changing it in one of two ways - changing it chemically or precipitating it over a surface for easier cleaning. Products that change odor molecules chemically are known as counteractants, while those that precipitate them are called humectants. Our SERVPRO technicians rely more on counteractants when dealing with mold because they destroy odor-causing bacteria. 

Changing the Environment to Manage Odors

Sometimes making changes around the contaminated property helps defeat the odors experienced. When our SERVPRO technicians use masking agents around the property, it qualifies as modifying the environment. We take such actions if we ascertain that the odors experienced in the property are imaginary or if they are temporary and thus expected to dissipate naturally after some time. A masking agent is a product that emits a sweet scent, thus overcoming any foul odors. The products work through time-release mechanisms such as wicks, gels, or beads to supply a pleasant smell for a sufficient period.

Another way to modify the surrounding is using absorption and adsorption agents. These products work by capturing gasses from the air or absorbing humidity and oils. Our SERVPRO OCT-Certified technicians mostly use adsorption agents when addressing mold smells. The main product used for this is activated charcoal which is usually fitted into an air filtration device. When indoor air is circulated through the machine, it helps capture and retain the odorous gasses.

Since mold is a form of life, terminating its development is the ultimate way to control all the problems it causes, including the unpleasant odors. Products with disinfectant or sanitizer properties are best suited for such control since they remove the soils from mold colonies and help stop microbial growth processes. Disinfectants are denoted with "cide" in the product name, while sanitizers have the suffix "stat" in the product name. 

Other products that help control odors:

  • Enzyme digesters
  • Oxidizing agents
  • Air purifiers

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County takes all the necessary steps to manage mold damage "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (845) 400-4888 whenever you need assistance.

How Suffern Households Can Counter Water Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged room with tile and drywall removed from the bottom of the wall We have the cleaning and restoration equipment ready to be dispatched to your Suffern home that has experienced water damage.

SERVPRO Manages Suffern Water Cleanup Professionally

Since water freely flows once it finds an opening from a contained area, you have limited options to stop it from spreading around your Suffern house. However, you should not sit idly and let water damage take root. You can take pre-emptive actions on your own or hire a professional team to help mitigate the damages.

After exposure, it takes time before Suffern homes develop water damage. Severe problems might include warping or buckling in areas with solid wood, delamination for composite materials, and staining of fabrics, among other issues. Utilizing the window before such adverse damage sets in, which ranges from a few minutes, can reduce costs and inconveniences from the incident. For example, wood can swell within a couple of hours after water exposure, but it takes days for irreversible damage like warping to develop. Calling SERVPRO helps because we expedite restoration processes and use techniques that deal with the intrusion "Like it never even happened."

Priority actions to counter water damage:

  • Moving items
  • Blocking the water
  • Extracting moisture

Some of the most helpful actions are also the simplest to implement. It helps if you do not hesitate to take them even as you wait for professional assistance. Removing areas rugs or other movable items from carpeted floors and lifting drapes minimizes the chances of running dyes causing staining. You can also use thick towels to blot wet areas or block water from spreading quickly from the source to the rest of the house. Mopping standing water from surfaces limits absorption into porous and semi-porous materials. It also limits evaporation into the air, which is detrimental since it raises the overall humidity levels in the house. If the humidity level exceeds 60%, it can trigger widespread mold growth on all organic surfaces like walls, ceilings, floors, and on contents such as wooden furniture or upholstery.

Advanced Action Against Moisture

Water is constantly moving even when it is not flowing physically over surfaces. Wicking through materials or condensing and wetting new areas after evaporating elsewhere are some of the insidious ways moisture moves, creating unexpected problems. Elaborate procedures are necessary to halt such movement and curtail the adverse outcomes. 

Useful actions include:

Moisture wicks through materials from very wet areas to dry ones as it seeks equilibrium. Evaporating the water trapped in wet materials effectively limits such movement by providing an alternative escape route for the water. One way to sustain evaporation is by supplying a constant stream of air over wet surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians use air movers to direct air currents towards the wet areas we identify in a house. 

Drying can run into a bottleneck if the air inside your home is oversaturated with the moisture escaping from wet materials. Opening windows can help push the moisture-laden air out of the house in what is referred to as an open drying system. However, that plan can run into problems since the outdoor air might also be humid. Our SERVPRO technicians prefer to incorporate dehumidification in drying your house. The dehumidifier draws in the moist air from a room and cools it down, forcing condensation of the absorbed moisture before releasing dry air back into the room. Sometimes we use plastic sheets to create containment, thus limiting airflow between different house sections.

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County finds convenient solutions to deal with water damage. Call us at (845) 400-4888. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Suffern Restorers Choose Products to Fight Fire Damage

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians removing soot damage from a ceiling with sponges Residues and soot can affect every part of your home after fire damage in your Suffern home. Contact our experienced team to assess and remediate.

Convenience Guides SERVPRO in Suffern Fire Restoration

The chemical and physical processes involved in combusting materials soils and changing them necessitate action to restore a home to its preloss state. That means cleaning the surfaces or contents affected by fire damage in most cases. Other measures like replacing or resurfacing some materials may be necessary if cleaning is deemed unfeasible. Choosing the products to use may be more challenging than you expect, so finding a Suffern professional to help manage the process is ideal.

The products used in Suffern properties for fire damage cleanup dissolve, precipitate or lubricate soils, thus eliminating them from surfaces. Soils can also change in other ways when specialized cleaning products are applied. When remedial actions are optimized, the cleaning process can be faster or more thorough. For example, if lubricating a surface to get rid of soils, the chosen chemical agents should remain potent throughout the cleanup process. Otherwise, soils removed from one section of materials may be lodged in a different area. SERVPRO evaluates cleaning products carefully before deciding to use them for a specific cleaning task.

Factors influencing product choice:

  • Chemical composition 
  • Whether solvent or water-based
  • Equipment necessary for dispensation

Cleaning products vary in many ways apart from having different brand names. The pH level is one of the main variations, with some products being highly alkaline, neutral, or acidic. Products with pH levels slightly above or below the neutral range are sufficient for light soiling. However, highly alkaline products strip away easily heavy or oily fire deposits. Acidic products may be necessary, especially in dealing with stained materials. For instance, after removing soot from a tiled backsplash, the grout lines may not regain their preloss shade or be stained. Such outcomes occur because some soot molecules are minute and thus penetrate beyond the surface. When our SERVPRO IICRC FSRT-Certified technicians use a highly acidic product, it etches the grout surface, restoring the change triggered by soot "Like it never even happened."

Product Composition Impacts Convenience

Fire is characteristically inconvenient. Apart from occurring when least expected, it creates many problems, including hazards, strong odors, and piles of debris. Removing waste materials and cleaning soiled areas is crucial in restoring preloss conditions. The equipment or products used should address the issues you face without creating new ones. For instance, since smoke residues tend to be pungent, it would be ideal to find cleaning agents that do not leave smells after cleaning is over. Our SERVPRO crews choose products with minimal VOCs ensuring no unpleasant odors remain on your property after removing the offending fire residues. 

Other beneficial properties include:

  • Buffered products that maintain specific pH levels
  • Products that work well over a range of pH levels
  • Biodegradable products

Whenever a cleaning solution is used on a surface or fabric, it changes the soils, thus removing them. The change happens both ways since soils like soot also affect the cleaning solution, as indicated by the color alterations as the process goes on. Chemical changes also occur, one being an alteration of the pH levels limiting the product's effectiveness. A buffer is a chemical that keeps the pH constant no matter how soiled the cleaning solution becomes. Our SERVPRO technicians can complete the process faster and save costs with such a product. Another alternative is to use products that retain potency even as the pH levels change.

SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County makes relevant choices that ease fire damage management. Call us at (845) 400-4888. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Having Professionals Address Mold Damage is Best in Suffern

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a corner of a room that has mold covering the walls Regardless of the color of the mold infestation, team SERVPRO can help. Call our technicians 24/7 to remediate the mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO’s Proven Mold Damage Restoration in Suffern Provides Effective Results

No property, commercial or residential, will be completely alike. As such, SERVPRO offers scalability and customization for each mold cleanup job so that you get the results you deserve. Whether you are suspicious of dark, fuzzy patches developing in the corner of your bathroom or feel you might have black mold in your basement, we are here to help with remediation and cleanup. With our proven methods and attention to detail, we are the top choice by Suffern customers when they want to have safe, practical mold damage assistance.

Why not DIY? Why contact SERVPRO for mold damage in Suffern? Because any do-it-yourself project involving mold is never recommended. Without the knowledge and tools to handle mold safely, you run the risk of further damage to your property. This secondary damage can be costly and require a lengthy process to have professionals fix everything. We can come in with our industry knowledge to get you the results you need with steps such as:

  • Rapid response times – We know that you want your property back in order as soon as possible, so SERVPRO is available 24/7. 
  • Detailed assessment – It is essential to locate and address areas where mold development is suspected so that we can fix the water or moisture issue and make a plan for clean up.
  • Mold containment – We do this with plastic sheeting and negative pressure to create barriers so that microscopic mold spores do not travel to unaffected areas of your property. It is also best to shut off fans and your HVAC system.
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) – We use vacuums to pull up spores while air scrubbers featuring HEPA filtration pull particles from the air.

Before any mold damage project is complete, unsalvageable materials get replaced, and all surfaces get a thorough cleaning for disinfection. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, Stony Point will make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us when you need us at (845) 400-4888.

Get Fast Water Damage Restoration for Your Pearl River Business

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded coffee shop with furniture floating around everywhere When the water damage emergency at your business location surprises you, call in the professionals. Team SERVPRO technicians have the equipment.

Call SERVPRO 24/7 for Commercial Water Damage Assistance in Pearl River

No business owner expects that flooding or ceiling leaks will be part of their workday. This is why you need to have the contact information of a trusted restoration team to handle the water removal services should an emergency arise. SERVPRO offers 24/7 availability and scalability to handle any commercial water restoration project, including everything from small offices to large-scale production facilities, storefronts, etc. We are your number one choice in Pearl River to get in and out fast to provide quality results – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Many factors set SERVPRO apart from other restoration teams when you require commercial water damage assistance in Pearl River, including:

  • 24/7 customer care for incoming calls
  • Rapid response times and situational awareness
  • Fully-stocked Green Fleet is ready to go, allowing us to mobilize and get to your business in as little as four hours or less
  • A trusted partner for burst pipes, storm flooding, hidden leak damage, and more
  • Strict adherence to all OSHA guidelines and standards
  • Commercial, industrial-grade equipment to handle moisture detection, water removal services, drying, etc.

Business owners in Pearl River and the surrounding areas can count on us

When it comes to water-related emergencies, failing to act could lead to hazards and the onset of secondary damage or mold growth. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) know how to adapt and work fast to facilitate efforts such as:

  • Skilled water damage mitigation and complete restoration
  • Document recovery and restoration to address wet vital records
  • Emergency power, as needed
  • Refrigerant/desiccant drying and humidity control
  • Application of EPA-registered cleaning agents and antimicrobials

Rather than having your in-house maintenance team attempt water extraction and drying, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified team can get the project handled in a fraction of the time. Whether you are experiencing the fallout from a sewage backup or a significant water spill, we will make your business “Like it never even happened.”

Call (845) 400-4888 to contact SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, Stony Point. Our customer care team is ready to initiate your water damage restoration services.

When Pack-Out in Suffern is Necessary for Commercial Fire Restoration

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged office with soot covering the desks and computers and debris covering everything Dealing with fire damage at your commercial location can certainly stop work from getting done. Place a call to SERVPRO for effective remediation.

SERVPRO’s Suffern Team Offers Commercial Fire Restoration and Pack-Out Services

There is a lot on the mind of any business owner in the Suffern area. However, when your restaurant, retail space, or production facility has a fire, the weight on your shoulders becomes immense. You need to think about all the contents of your building, from the office equipment or machinery to furnishings, documentation, and more. Hiring skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) ensures that all facets of your business get handled with care. At SERVPRO, we provide careful inventory and handling of all of your commercial space contents with our professional pack-out/move-out services.

Slight to substantial fire restoration work in Suffern commercial spaces involves not only the removal of charred debris but also the soot and smoke residue that settled on various surfaces. SERVPRO is also there to handle any standing water and moisture left behind by first responders using water or chemicals to extinguish the flames.

When is pack-out service necessary?

There are many instances where packing up belongings and moving them off-site or for storage is best, including:

  • Pack-out services allow items like documents, furniture, and equipment to get packed up and relocated to a secure destination for fire restoration.
  • Move-outs are suitable for opening up space that allows our technicians plenty of room to work on restoration.
  • SERVPRO follows detailed guidelines for tagging and logging all inventory to ensure everything is where it needs to be.
  • After restoration wraps up, all of your business contents get moved back into your commercial space.

Do you have concerns about filing your business fire insurance claim? We handle all of the paperwork and make sure everything gets filled out correctly to ensure your fire damage claim goes as smoothly as possible!

We are your top choice at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, Stony Point, when it comes to commercial fire restoration. Call us at (845) 400-4888 to have a team scheduled for dispatch. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO can Handle Any Size of Commercial Fire Damage in Suffern

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO lets connect sign SERVPRO commercial fire damage restoration service is second to none. Call now for fast and immediate service.

Suffern Businesses, Time and Money, Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage to your commercial property in Suffern can be financially devastating. The fire incident damages the property, and the smoke and soot that accompanies it can also have a lasting impact. 

Hiring a professional restoration service like SERVPRO after fire damage to your commercial property in Suffern can help you to save both time and money. Our IICRC-trained professionals have experience in handling all-size commercial fire disasters. We offer various restoration services, including-

  • Mitigation service
  • Structural cleaning service
  • Contents cleaning service
  • Specialty restoration service 
  • Reconstruction service

While the individual services involve different tasks, the goal is to help you restore your business as soon as possible so that you can start catering to your customers. 

How do SERVPRO techs use chemistry to clean smoke damage from your property? 

Smoke and soot particles can form bonds with surfaces on which they settle. It cannot be easy to dislodge these particles by merely scrubbing them. Hence, SERVPRO techs use agents that chemically modify these particles and loosen the bonds. 

The most commonly used chemical agents are bleaches. SERVPRO techs use two types of bleaching agents in fire-damaged Suffern properties-  

  • Oxidizing bleaches: These chemical agents add oxygen to the stains, altering their structure and breaking them down. Chlorine bleach is a good example of this type of agent. 
  • Reducing bleaches: Often called strippers, they take oxygen away from the stains causing a change in the chemical structure of smoke and soot particles. 

SERVPRO techs determine which type of bleaching agent to use depending on the type of the surface involved and the chemistry of the smoke particles. 

If you need any assistance with fire damage restoration of your commercial property, call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, Stony Point, at (845) 400-4888. 

Call SERVPRO to Manage Flood Damage After a Storm in Suffern

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm damage can happen fast Flood damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Safety Is SERVPRO’s Priority with Flood Damage in Suffern Homes

Flood damage restoration in your Suffern home after a storm involves numerous potential safety hazards. SERVPRO takes safety concerns very seriously and addresses them properly before proceeding with emergency services and restoration work. 

SERVPRO techs adhere to the IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration during flood damage restoration in Suffern. Our techs ensure that occupants are informed of any potential safety issues during the project. Several variables like the type of building materials involved, sanitation of the water, and length of water exposure constitute potential risk factors. SERVPRO techs ensure that the property is thoroughly examined for hazard assessment before any restorative work begins.  

What is hazard assessment during flood restoration of your Suffern home?  

SERVPRO techs define a hazard as anything that may cause harm or pose a threat to life, health, property, or the environment. Our techs are trained to understand the type of hazards commonly found in a water-damaged environment. Some of the common safety concerns in flood-damaged Suffern properties include- 

  • Ceilings filled with water that may collapse
  • Water intruding into the electrical systems may cause electric shocks
  • Floodwater after a storm is contaminated and may cause a potential health hazard 
  • The trip, slip, and fall hazards due to wet floors 

Once the SERVPRO techs identify potential hazards, they initiate control measures to manage the risk. If possible, the techs work to eliminate the safety issue, modify the environment to reduce the exposure, or use protective equipment to protect the workers and occupants. 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, Stony Point, at (845) 400-4888; remember, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Pearl River Trusts SERVPRO with Water Damage Restoration

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

pre-mitigation of water damage carpet SERVPRO water damage restoration specialists use the latest techology and equipment for every job.

SERVPRO Handles Odors & Water Damage in Pearl River Homes

Combating the smells can be a big challenge during the water damage restoration of your Pearl River home. SERVPRO restorers use a multi-step approach to get your flooded home smelling like home again. 

The first deodorization step during water damage restoration of your Pearl River home is to remove the source of the odor from the property as soon as possible. There can be several sources of smell in a water-damaged home, including-

  • Trash and garbage
  • Moisture
  • Mildew
  • Pet waste
  • Bio-breakdown on materials on surfaces

Most odor problems from water usually occur because the wet materials have not completely dried. SERVPRO techs use dehumidifiers and air movers to accelerate drying to remove some odors. However, some odors that remain might need special deodorization treatments. 

SERVPRO uses multiple methods approach to deodorize after water cleanup 

SERVPRO techs ensure that your Pearl River home is restored, smelling "Like it never even happened." We use several deodorizing agents as a single agent never works for all kinds of odors. 

SERVPRO techs use masking agents to cover bad odors with a pleasant smell. However, some odors can't be masked, and for those, the techs use pairing agents. The chemicals present in the pairing agents can combine with the odor-causing molecules to neutralize them. 

SERVPRO techs also use electrically generated deodorizers like hydroxy generators. A hydroxyl generator uses ultraviolet type C (UV-C) radiation to break apart water vapor molecules, generating very reactive hydroxyl radicals (OH-). The radicals combine with odor-causing molecules, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to make them odorless. 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County, Stony Point, at (845) 400-4888; we are available round the clock to assist you. 

Fire Damage Restoration Objectives for Pearl River Homes

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

pans hanging in a kitchen Pearl River Homeowners are always satisfied and pleased with SERVPRO's water damage restoration service.

Emergency Services Hasten Fire Damage Restoration in Pearl River

There are multiple emergency services and mitigative strategies that we can implement upon arrival. The first steps professionals take in fire-damaged homes make a difference in the total restoration time and cost.

Indoor Air Quality

Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles to safety after fire damage in Pearl River homes is threats to the indoor air quality (IAQ.) With efforts like HEPA filtration and cleaning approaches, we can grab smoke, solids, and sooty particles out of the air to reduce their health impact on those responding to the damage in your home. Hydroxyl generators can also reduce odors along with IAQ improvement.

Fire Debris

One of the byproducts of an active fire that gets extinguished is the heaps of debris and damaged elements throughout the property. In most cases, it is beneficial to quickly discard and remove these piles of structural remnants for several reasons. Some of the advantages of removing fire debris include:

  • Reduce odors
  • Lessen soot concentration
  • Identify structural issues
  • Improve safety condition

Standing Water from Suppression

Suppressing a fire and extinguishing the flames spreading through the house can often involve a large volume of water. The rapid response of firefighting teams can protect much of the property from greater fire damage, but standing water still becomes a concern in areas where the flames existed. We have multiple extraction and removal tools to overcome standing water and trapped moisture.

Structural Concerns

It is also important to address any structural concerns after fire damage exposures. Prolonged contact with active fires can cripple or destroy structural elements, compromising their integrity and making unsafe conditions for the occupants of the house and responding technicians. We have controlled demolition and repair strategies that can begin as soon as our team arrives.

Fires are rapidly spreading and destructive disasters several homes experience in their lifetimes. As debilitating as these situations might be, we have experienced SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County fire restorers to help. Give us a call today at (845) 400-4888.