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Can SERVPRO Clean My Drapes as Part of Water Cleanup in Atlantic City?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Atlantic City Residents Want to Be Sure Their Drapes Are Clean after Water Cleanup?

Getting the right drapes for your Atlantic City home can be surprisingly challenging. First, you have to get the correct dimensions. Then you have to decide on the color, style, and hanging method. It is worth it, of course – drapes are a great addition to any room’s décor and part of your unique decorating style.

Drapes can also be frustrating to clean, due to their size and bulkiness. That is why SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton includes drapery cleaning as part of our Atlantic City water cleanup service. We know that your main aim after a water disaster is to get your home back the way you like it with the minimum of fuss.

Why is it important to get my drapes cleaned after water damage?
It is natural after water damage to be concerned with floors, rugs, and furniture. However, do not overlook your drapes. Even if only the bottom part of them is affected, it is still essential to clean them, because:

    •    The water could cause the color to run and ruin the look of your curtains
    •    Untreated damp materials can develop unpleasant musty odors
    •    Wet cloth provides a ripe breeding ground for fungal growth

Do I have to take my curtains down before cleaning?
No. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians can clean your drapes while they are still hanging. This is much faster and more convenient for you:
    •    You do not have to take your drapes down
    •    You do not have to wash them yourself, which is much better
    •    You do not have to go to the trouble of taking them to a dry cleaning service
    •    You do not have to hang temporary window covers

What methods does SERVPRO use for cleaning drapes?
We have two main methods for washing curtains.
Machine dry cleaning is the most convenient and effective method in most water cleanup situations. It is suitable for light to moderate soiling. The technician will use an upholstery dry cleaning machine to treat the drapery with a suitable dry cleaning solvent. Then they vacuum away cleaning residues and dirt. If any areas are more heavily soiled, we can use spot cleaning products to get out more stubborn residues.

We put down protective cloths before we start, to protect the walls and floor from over splash.

Our technicians might, more rarely, use hot water extraction. This is more common in commercial water cleanup situations, but we can use it in domestic cases with heavier soiling. The machine pushes water and a cleaning solution into the drapes at high pressure, and then a SERVPRO technician vacuums the drapes to draw out water and dirt.

What about the fixtures and fittings?
We aim to clean curtains without disturbing the fixtures and fittings. However, if the hanging rod is particularly soiled or damaged, our teams can take it down and clean it. We might need to remove the rod in some cases, but we will put it back afterward.

If your drapes have a pelmet or valance, we might need to remove this to get to the drapery behind it. We can also clean the valance before hanging it up again.

What about color bleeding?
SERVPRO knows that color bleeding is a severe concern when cleaning textiles. Color bleeding will ruin the look of your drapes, and you will need to replace them. We guard against color runs by pre-testing your drapes before applying any cleaning methods. We test an inconspicuous corner and let it dry to observe it at each drying stage.

Can you help dry my drapes too?
Yes – drying is an essential part of curtain cleaning. Drapes that are left wet offer a breeding ground for fungus. Our technicians use air movers and fans to dry the area around your drapes and encourage the material to dry. We also use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture in the surrounding air and can bring in portable heaters if necessary.

What about leftover odors?
No one wants their home to smell damp. Thankfully we can treat odors with a choice of methods:

    •    Using air scrubbers to filter the air and remove bad smells
    •    Injecting deodorizing agents directly into materials
    •    Placing odor-collecting pellets nearby
Our team can also advise you on a range of topical treatments that we can apply to your drapes after cleaning. These include soil protectants, stain resisters, and antistatic formulations, to keep your curtains looking and smelling great.

We aim to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” That means clean, dry drapes, and no musty smell. Our team is available 24 hours a day, and no job is too small. If your drapes need cleaning, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885.

How Can SERVPRO Help with Mold Growth in Large Brigantine Office Buildings?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Mold can often be an overlooked threat in office spaces until the situation gets out of control.

Mold is not always avoidable in Brigantine office buildings, but our SERVPRO remediators can help to provide a safe environment for your staff and clients.

Mold inspections are among the chief strategies to determine the presence of microbial threats in your Brigantine office building and the viability of these conditions. Our competent project manager can walk through the work areas in the structure and thoroughly inspect construction materials and contents for dampness, water spots, and even visible colonization. We can code these findings with colored stickers and markers to direct our SERVPRO remediators, where work is necessary foremost in the building.

The mold inspection for your Brigantine office building should give you a clearer picture of fungus and mold colonies in the structure. If an infestation is greater than ten square feet, it is always advisable to leave remediation and the necessary restoration of the property to experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team. Visible mold, or areas where third party industrial hygienists have sampled the air and found mold threats, are spaces that can benefit from containment to prevent further spread.

What Are Some Long-Term Solutions to Prevent Recurring Mold?

There are multiple steps required to get your office into a safe and sanitary space again after microbial threats and their volatile organic compounds. Determining the cause of moisture and dampness that facilitates mold growth can direct our in-house contractors to long-term solutions to protect your building, contents, and the staff. Some of the options to regulate moisture concerns include:

    •    Dehumidification Equipment Installed
    •    Structural Repairs
    •    Encapsulation

Mold can often be an overlooked threat in office spaces until the situation gets out of control. When you suspect mold might be present in your business, let our competent SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton project manager help determine the next steps with you. Give us a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.

A Dishwasher Leak Caused Water Damage in My Property. Who Can Help Me to Restore it?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Contact SERVPRO's Team of Technicians in Atlantic City to Perform Water Restoration in your Property.

Water from a faulty dishwasher can damage your furniture, wood floor, drywall, and other materials if not restored on time. It can seep through various materials in your Atlantic City home, and the more the surface gets soaked, the more severe the damage can be. Thankfully, SERVPRO restorers can help you minimize damage and restore your property to its preloss condition.

What are some of the risks of water damage?

To perform water restoration in your Atlantic City residence, we must know the type of water damage in your home. We categorize water damage into three types, namely:

  • Category I (Clean water)
  • Category II (Gray water)
  • Category III (Blackwater)

Clean water comes from heaters, steam lines, pipes, or rain and may turn to category II and III if ignored for an extended period. Gray and black water can cause different health risks to your family. It can also cause surface discoloration, and odors may linger in your property.

Suppose a category one water damage situation has progressed to a category two water damage situation. In that case, we can use a benefect, a disinfectant that destroys 99 percent of organisms it gets into contact with on surfaces.

How can you remove the water from my home?

Our SERVPRO team can remove the excess water using pumps and wet/dry vacuums. Removing the bulk water is a vital set for reducing the time required to dry a home. The two main ways to remove water from a building are:

  • Extraction
  • Evaporation

The extraction process removes water more effectively within a short time.

How do you investigate damage on various surfaces?

The tricky part of investigating water damage problems is that you cannot know what where else to look at if you do not have proper equipment and tools. You can only inspect a small part of the damage while most moisture stays hidden in walls. If the water is not dried correctly, mold growth may occur in less than 48 hours. We can use equipment like moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and moisture meters to check for moisture on affected surfaces.

Our technicians can also investigate your flooring and base molding materials to determine the best handling technique. We can mitigate the damage and rebuild the affected areas. Our general contractor's license number is HIC #13VH05086500.

Regardless of the severity of water damage, you are dealing with, SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton can help restore your property to its pre-damaged state. Talk to us today at (609) 965-0885.

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What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire You can contact our professionals 24/7. Our fire damage experts are trained in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning.

Atlantic City Remediation Services Generally Restore Fire-Damaged Homes by Removing Soot Residues, Deodorizing Interiors, and Replacing Things Beyond Repair.

The damage a fire does to your Atlantic City home involves much more than burned structural elements and furnishings. A large part of the harm a house fire does results from the soot residues and odors produced by the burning, or combustion, process. In this process, heat converts solid materials into gases but, since the reaction is almost always inefficient, it leaves behind waste products in the form of harmful residues and airborne particles. These waste products include:

Corrosive residues that could discolor and further damage any surfaces they are deposited on

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which often smell like asphalt or car tires that could be detrimental to your health if breathed in

Other persistent odorous airborne particles

If not cleaned up quickly and correctly, these residential fire leftovers can further harm your property. Moreover, they might also negatively impact your health.

How Do Local Fire Damage Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Handle Soot Residues?

One of the most troublesome issues faced by Atlantic City fire damage restoration services following a fire is cleaning up soot residues. These wastes are the solid remnants of burned materials, and they are left where something burns or are deposited around your home by smoke. Since smoke can travel almost anywhere, even into the most difficult-to-access parts of your house, they can be quite challenging to find and remove. If not found and cleaned up swiftly, these often acidic deposits can corrode metallic surfaces and change the color of any materials they land on. In order to effectively deal with residues and prevent these problems, SERVPRO technicians employ the following methods and gear: 

Eliminating difficult to remove charred on smoke residues with wire brushes, scraping techniques, or abrasive blasting

Using the peroxide active cleaning method to remove thick residues from delicate surfaces and materials

Wiping away non-grease residues around your home with dry-cleaning sponges

Whatever residues your residence has, we usually have the right tools and techniques to safely remove them.

What Methods Does SERVPRO Use to Resolve Airborne Issues Like Residual Smoke and Persistent Odors?

After a fire, your house may still have residual smoke and the airborne particles that go along with it. It also likely suffers from persistent foul, fire-related smells. These result from the odorous particles and compounds produced by the fire found in both smoke particles and deposited residues. In order to rid your residence of airborne issues like residual smoke and unpleasant odors, SERVPRO:

Ventilates your house with high-velocity box fans and advanced air movers to remove smoke and smells related to it

Uses air-filtering scrubbers to replace interior air, fouled by noxious gases and odorous particles, with cleaner exterior air

Neutralizes unwanted smells with Vaportek systems and Ozone machines

Cleans your HVAC ducts with specialized systems that prevent it from spreading damaging odorous particles around your home

Cleans impacted exterior areas of your home with pressure washers

Employs ultra-low volume and thermal foggers to deodorize affected surfaces and materials around your residence

Deodorizes upholstery and carpets with high-tech injection devices

These actions are often highly effective in returning your home to its pre-fire condition. After SERVPRO technicians have finished, homeowners are usually surprised to find that their residences no longer smell like smoke and seem to have never even experienced a fire.

How Do Air Movers, One of SERVPRO’s Most Useful High-Tech Ventilation Tools, Work?

One of our most useful ventilation tools is air movers. Air movers are mechanical devices that are more effective than regular fans in higher pressure, post-fire environments. Their other key benefits are they often use less energy than other ventilation appliances and exchange air more rapidly because of their higher operating velocities. Unlike typical fans, air movers have a rotor instead of a propeller and, using centrifugal force, suck in and blow out fouled air rather than simply pushing it around. This has the ultimate effect of clearing smoky, particle-filled air from your home in a timelier manner.      

Remember, the risk of fire is always present, no matter where you live. Considering this, it is exceedingly important that you anticipate potential fire events, take the proper precautions to avoid them whenever possible, equip your home with essential fire safety equipment like smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, have a planned escape route before a fire ever occurs, and know what your local options are if you ever need fire damage repaired. With that said, whatever you do, there is no way to entirely safeguard your home from fire damage. While this is not a comforting thought, it does indicate the importance of having good fire damage restoration services like SERVPRO in the local area.

So, if your home ever experiences a fire, contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City/Hamilton/Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 for help restoring its fire damage.

Should I Worry About Hazards After a Flood in Atlantic City?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior For assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton for 24/7 assistance at (609) 965-0885.

SERVPRO Helps Eliminate Hazards After an Atlantic City Flood

Besides the visible damage caused by flooding, it is essential to consider other safety hazards that may pop up through the recovery and repair process. It is not as simple as drying, cleaning, and replacing items in your Atlantic City home. Floods can create a chain reaction of hazards in your home. Professional SERVPRO technicians can help you locate and remove dangers from your home.

How Should I Handle Hazards?

SERVPRO Uses Safety Protocols to Detect Hazards and to Eliminate Them
Repairing your Atlantic City home after flood damage is not necessarily a simple task. There can be hidden hazards, and if you are not equipped to find and fix them on your own, you could face dangerous situations. SERVPRO restoration specialists are skilled in detecting and eliminating hazards to help recreate a safe living environment. They also have the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) so that they can protect themselves.

What Types of Hazards Does Flooding Cause?
    •    Electrical Hazards: Flooding often brings water into wiring, water and electricity do not mix. When in doubt, it is vital to turn off the power main to ensure safety for residents and workers.
    •    Structural Hazards: Flooding can weaken building materials like drywall or flooring, impacting your home's structural integrity.
    •    Biohazards: Floodwater can include water from sewage and other unknown locations that may carry contaminated water.

What Kind of PPE Do Technicians Wear to Protect Against Contaminated Water?
    •    Respirators for clean breathing purposes
    •    Chemical resistant gloves in case harsh chemicals are in the water
    •    Rubber boots, splash goggles, and full-body suits for extreme conditions

For assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton for 24/7 assistance at (609) 965-0885. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

How Can I Remove Burnt Smells From My Home After I Have a Fire?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

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For Fire Damage Deodorization Inside Your House in Brigantine Call SERVPRO.

One common issue any building in Brigantine that sets ablaze has is the smoke that gets created. This smoke can travel throughout your structure and leave soot residues behind on surfaces it contacts. It can also penetrate porous items deeply and leave behind foul aromas.

What all has to be done to deodorize my house?

When restoring fire damage in Brigantine, our SERVPRO technicians always follow the same set of procedures. Since there can be more than one source of foul odors, we could have to utilize different deodorization methods. When working towards removing unpleasant aromas, we always implement the following four necessary procedures:

Remove the odor's source and any burnt debris- The first step in the deodorization process is to remove the source of the foul odors. For example, burnt debris and charred structural components can continue giving off burnt aromas if they are not removed. We always discard burnt waste in sealed plastic bags so that dust cannot contaminate unaffected areas of your home.

Clean all surfaces that are coated with soot residues- When smoke contacts cooler surfaces, it can leave behind residues. These residues can release malodor particles into the air if they are not cleaned. Since smoke can travel far from the source, we inspect your entire house, and sometimes we have to clean residues from your entire structure.

Recreate the conditions that caused smoke and malodor particles to penetrate your building materials- We can often remove odors by recreating the circumstances that caused the foul odors to be present in your home. For example, if the cause of the unpleasant aromas was smoke, then we can dispense deodorizers in the form of fog.

Seal affected surfaces- After soot residues have been cleaned, we can spray specialized sealant paint on the affected surfaces to seal in malodor particles.

If you ever notice burnt smells inside your home after a fire occurs, call SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885 24/7.

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How Quickly Can Mold Remediation Begin in My Atlantic City Hotel?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall The discovery of mold growth in your hotel can be threatening for both your guests and staff.

Between humid conditions and the constant potential for water damages, the likelihood of mold growth is never far off for area accommodations in Atlantic City

The identification of mold growth in your Atlantic City hotels should always be a constant consideration, especially with many of these conditions developing without your knowledge. Often mold colonies originate from the low traffic areas of the building, including subterranean levels. Moisture and dampness within these areas can allow colonization to occur, which can spread quickly throughout connected air ducts and other pathways to affect the broader area of your structure. When you discover mold threats, it is advisable to seek professional microbial remediation technicians as quickly as possible.

The objective of mold remediation for Atlantic City hotels is to remove the present colonies that could impact the health and well-being of those exposed, and also seek to address the conditions that led to this microbial threat in the first place. Through a combination of our in-house contractors and our accredited Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), we can offer efficient solutions for active colonization in your hotel to prevent the situation from getting worse. The unabated movement and worsening of microbial threats in your hotel can lead to several specific risks you open the facility and its occupants to, including:

    •    Health hazards
    •    Structural deterioration
    •    Damage to your reputation

How Bad is the Mold Damage?

A quick visual inspection of mold damaged areas of your facility can often be misleading to the actual damage that exists. While you can use this evaluation to determine the presence of mold colonization and a need for microbial remediation, understanding the full measure of the threat is not always as simple as it might seem. Spores can travel through air ducts and other pathways to reach seemingly unaffected areas of your hotel to continue the organism's spread.

In addition to these spreading conditions, moisture and dampness can exist in areas like structural cavities, allowing microbial colonization to be a widespread threat beyond the surface layers of affected materials. Much of the understanding of current damage conditions occur during the job scoping phase conducted by our project manager and crew chief after we first get notified of a loss incident. We carefully evaluate the circumstances to identify:

    •    Current Damages
    •    Pre-Existing Conditions
    •    The Migration Pattern
    •    What Tools/Personnel Are Necessary

What Can Get Done Immediately for Mold Colonization?

Containment is a vital effort when mold gets discovered in your hotel because it can keep guests away from the work area without having to close your doors. The upside to an enclosed work area is that it allows mold remediation strategies to continue throughout the day when guests are more active. We have multiple approaches to removing active colonization from hosting materials, and these choices are made based on several factors. The type of material affected, the severity of the mold growth and the damage's location can all be contributing factors to determining the best solution for controlling growth and structural restoration. Some of the standard solutions for mold remediation by our technicians include:

    •    Sanding – This abrasive technique works on removing then surface layers of exposed materials. This is especially effective with wood framework and other wood surfaces because the colony can often get removed from the most exterior portion of the material before the organism spreads deeper.
    •    Soda Blasting – An objective of remediation is to protect the hosting material and remove the active colonization. Soda blasting can dislodge and remove the entire hyphae of the mold organism, often without damaging the underlying substrate.
    •    Controlled Demolition – Backup plan for our remediators utilizes our in-house contractors to remove compromised portions of construction materials when necessary. With the work area enclosed and free from cross-contamination, we can remove damaged materials and reinstall them without your guests recognizing all of what is happening.

How Can Recurrences Get Prevented?

It is often an essential effort to determine how moisture and dampness concerns became mold growth in your hotel. Usually, this points to structural breaches or malfunctions in the plumbing network or appliances in the building. Identifying where moisture penetrates the property and resolving this concern can help to prevent recurrences in the future.

The discovery of mold growth in your hotel can be threatening for both your guests and staff. The fast response that our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team can provide offers you the opportunity to keep your doors open in some situations with effective containment and remediation strategies. However, we can help give us a call at (609) 965-0885.

What Are the Main Threats of Flash Flooding in Atlantic City?

7/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team can respond quickly to these emergencies to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flooding in Atlantic City

When your home falls victim to migrating floodwater, there are several immediate concerns for the property that professional restorers should address.

Flash flooding can result from some specific conditions, but because of its frequency in New Jersey, it has become a known threat to Atlantic City structures and homes. Preparedness for these emergencies means developing a plan that determines how your household gets protected and who is responsible for the restoration and recovery of the property from its earliest stages. Flooding can only damage a home more and more, so the faster you secure and dispatch experienced professionals to the house, the better able to protect its materials and contents you become.

As one of the most populated cities in Atlantic County, when flood damage impacts Atlantic City, hundreds of properties are often involved in the disaster. Because we are part of a large loss recovery team, we can pool resources, personnel, and experience with other sister franchises to help during these emergencies. This response reduces the devastation to structures and allows our technicians to control widespread threats that can overtake the entire property.

How Fast Can My Home Get Overwhelmed with Flash Flooding?

The pace and immediate force of flash flooding are some of its most dangerous qualities. While this can be threatening enough to those exposed to the disaster, this faster pace and strength of the water can also lead to many other compromising conditions. How your home gets cleaned and mitigated in these earliest stages can set the expectancy for how much of the property is actually restorable. As with every natural flooding scenario that our professionals face, there are specific conditions that we must expect with flash flooding entering a residence. These include:

    •    Standing Water – In flash flooding scenarios, standing water in the home could be as much as several feet. We must extract pooled water to the surface to begin cleaning and restoring the property.
    •    Structural Damage – The exposure of sensitive materials is inevitable. The longer that restoration takes to start, the more of these construction materials that become too deteriorated or compromised to restore.
    •    Debris – Water entering the home can come with animals, mud, silt, debris, and other potential concerns.
    •    Contaminants – Natural flooding must get considered to be a Category 3 loss event with contaminated blackwater. There is a high probability that moving water has overwhelmed sanitary sewers and presented other high-contamination risks now circulating in the water.

Why Is Extraction One of the First Steps in Restoration?

Extraction is one of the first steps taken after a flood loss, specifically because of the challenges present in restoration and cleaning without removing standing water. Surface damage like pooling water can continually absorb into surfaces and cause irreparable damage. We have multiple tools to address these concerns in our inventory. Part of choosing the right tool means identifying any debris and solids that might exist in the standing water. Natural flooding can carry in silt, mud, and other debris. Several extractors cannot move solids, so we must choose the right tool as soon as we arrive. With the commonality of water damages and flooding, we keep these extractors pre-stocked and ready to mobilize:

    •    Submersible Pumps
    •    Trash Pumps
    •    Wet Vacuums
    •    Weighted Extractors

When Can Repairs Occur?

Few flash flooding instances impact area homes without the need for some degree of controlled demolition, build back, or repair. Our SERVPRO professionals have a dedicated team of residential contractors in-house that can help to resolve these situations with fast actions. After a flood, several immediate emergency services must occur, and that is where our experienced contractors begin. These actions include:

    •    Board Up – Structural breaches allow for more water penetration and other threats. Board up seals these openings to prevent further water flow.
    •    Tarping – Roofs can also become damaged during violent storms, leaving the property vulnerable in similar ways. We can tarp over these vulnerabilities until the appropriate repairs take place.
    •    Tree Removal – The force of flash flooding can uproot and knock over trees. When these land on your house or property, our team must work quickly to remove it.
    •    Controlled Demolition – By only removing the portions of drywall and other structural materials that are too damaged to preserve, we can make build back more efficient and ultimately more cost-effective.

Restoring your home after a flash flood can be a challenge, especially with the high degree of damage that often results. Our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team can respond quickly to these emergencies to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (609) 965-0885.

Do Wet Ceiling Materials in My Hamilton Township Office Need Replaced?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

dehumidifier sign Do you know what type of building materials your going to need to restore your Hamilton Township business? Call SERVPRO to mitigate your issue.

Depending on the severity of water loss incidents, some saturated construction materials can get dried and restored.

When water loss incidents affect your Hamilton Township office in any capacity, it is crucial to secure qualified and educated restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team. With hidden plumbing in between flooring in commercial structures where several offices or businesses might reside, a break between floors could expose both offices to water damages.You need professionals that can respond quickly to these emergencies and address both pressing water migration concerns as well as protect saturated structural elements. 

 What Type of Materials Do I Need?

Many business owners do not often think of what construction materials might get damaged when water removal in Hamilton Township offices like yours might be necessary. When we respond quickly enough to these emergencies, it is often feasible to preserve exposed materials like ceiling tile, insulation, and joists from deterioration and degradation. This process requires effective water removal from this damaged area and the repair of the plumbing breach that caused the emergency in the first place.

What Tools Can Dry Out Ceiling Systems?

There are several tools in our inventory that can help to remove moisture and trapped water from ceiling materials and beneath floor systems. Regarding the most effective of these approaches for saturated ceiling materials, our technicians often choose:

Is Removing the Material Better?

There are many situations in which controlled demolition might be more appealing to the property owner than the time it takes to dry out structural elements. Ceiling tile, much like drywall, can often get replaced for less money and time then it takes to dry out these materials with our positive pressure systems and air movers. We have a team of in-house contractors to help with this approach as well

We can make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton team a call today at (609) 965-0885.

How Can I Stop my Atlantic City Loft From Leaking?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

A brick wall loft with dark wood flooring. SERVPRO can help you save your Atlantic City loft after a water damage, call us today.

SERVPRO Can Perform Acute Water Restoration in your Atlantic City Loft and Mitigate Further Damages

How Bad is Water Intrusion in a Loft?

Any water intrusion is terrible news for residents of Atlantic City. When water enters a dry indoor environment, the lack of ventilation can lead to pooling or moisture buildup. In a loft space, limited ventilation is combined with rising hot air, which can increase humidity and mold growth. When moisture is apparent in areas of the home that are not in regular use, it can build up slowly, leading to long-term water exposure losses. These losses can impact rafters, insulation as well as the structural security of your roof. To avoid extensive scale repair, act quickly against water intrusion by using a professional restorer. 

Do water intrusion damage heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems?

It is not uncommon for loft spaces to house your HVAC system. We include HVAC inspection within our water restoration services for Atlantic City residents. Your air-conditioning system draws air through a supply-side vent before redistributing it via ducts into different rooms of the house. If there is a water issue that causes odor or microbial growth, these contaminants can enter the system, mold buildup on inner duct walls, and spread mold spores or odor. If you notice unpleasant smells emanating from your HVAC, it is vital that you shut off the system altogether to prevent lasting damages.

How do you restore an HVAC system?

- Remove the return side grate and replace with a clean filter

- Use a circular drill to cut a hole in the duct

- Apply negative air pressure through the HVAC to draw out dust, mold or soiling

- Reseal the duct and replace the supply side ducts

Do restorers repair HVAC?

Water restoration technicians are capable of performing an HVAC system inspection as well as temporary disassembly of the unit to gain further access. However, the repair of any complex mechanical parts usually requires an HVAC specialist. We work with qualified repair specialists and can organize a call out on your behalf. Our restorer can remove any residual soiling from the ducts and vents to allow a specialist repairer to work in a safe and sanitary environment. 

What are the challenges of drying a loft space?

Loft spaces can be time-consuming to restore due to their limited access. Some pieces of equipment may be too large to bring into the attic itself, meaning our technicians may have to adapt the material using ducts and flex hose. While these adaptations are useful, they can reduce the efficiency of special drying equipment. Smaller portable dehumidifiers can be placed directly into a wet environment, although they are less efficient than water extraction or pumping pieces of equipment. SERVPRO technicians have experience working in smaller spaces like attics and crawl spaces, so we are capable of tailoring our expertise to the specific conditions of your water emergency.

How do I assess loft space water migration?

- Probe the upper layers of insulation using a moisture meter to determine the water content and migration

- If there is shallow dampness, remove the top layers of padding or place a dehumidifier directly against

- If there are high amounts of moisture remove the padding altogether and place in a sealed waste disposal bag

- Clean and dry the area beneath the affected insulation before replacing

How long does it take to dry out a loft?

Industry standards can vary depending on the space that we are drying. The standard timing for drying out a structure is three to five days. However, due to access restrictions for conventional restoration equipment, it may take longer to dry an attic space. Often, wood rafters are not treated with varnish or finish to protect them from water absorption. This can lead to rafters taking on large amounts of water into the grains of the wood. The procedure for drying relies on using desiccant dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the forest, and SERVPRO technicians may need to return regularly to assess the effectiveness of our drying method.

How can I prevent mold from impacting a wet loft?

Mold spores thrive in warm, humid environments. It can be tough to prevent mold growth in smaller spaces. However, we can prevent mold from growing at a rapid rate by carefully conducting and measuring the drying process. Technicians can use a mister to disperse antimicrobial chemicals into space and to avoid mold spores from building up in stages during restoration. We recommend that you inspect your loft space every few months for signs of water or mold damage.

If your loft is leaking, you need restoration specialists to limit the potential damages. Contact SERVPRO of Atlantic City / Hamilton / Hammonton at (609) 965-0885.