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How to Handle a Flooded Kitchen

Posted by on Sep 13, 2021 in Water Damage | Comments Off on How to Handle a Flooded Kitchen

How to Handle a Flooded Kitchen

A flood in the kitchen can be one of the most stressful experiences as a homeowner. You may have to deal with insurance, broken appliances, and long-lasting problems from the water damage such as mold. Not only that, but you obviously can’t cook with a flooded kitchen or clean dishes. Food may need to be thrown away if electrical appliances are affected. And if your kitchen is in a small apartment, the entire place can quickly start to smell of mildew and mold. Before we get into how to respond to a kitchen flood, let’s examine the different...

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Masonry Fire Damage | How Fire Affects Masonry and Concrete

Posted by on Aug 25, 2021 in Classes, Fire & Smoke damage | Comments Off on Masonry Fire Damage | How Fire Affects Masonry and Concrete

Masonry Fire Damage | How Fire Affects Masonry and Concrete

Because it’s highly durable, masonry is used to construct various building components. To a certain extent, the non-combustible product also helps to protect structures from fires. Nevertheless, fire damage to masonry materials can occur. Repairs to fire-damaged masonry, though, are quick and easy. What are masonry constructions? Masonry constructions are built with heavy-duty materials, most commonly blocks of brick, stone or concrete. As a popular material for different types of constructions, masonry offers several advantages. However, as...

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What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Smells Like Mold

Posted by on Jun 7, 2021 in Mold remediation | Comments Off on What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Smells Like Mold

What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Smells Like Mold

Especially in the summertime, we all depend on our air conditioners to keep us cool as temperatures soar above 80 degrees. But because air conditioners use water to cool air and push it through our homes, it’s common for them to have a mildew like smell, especially if they are older. If you notice your air conditioner has a mildewy or moldy smell, the most important step is to inspect it for mold. If water is left to sit in the unit, such as from a leak, it can trigger mold growth, contributing to the moldy smell. If you do find mold in your...

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Painting Over Fire Damaged Walls

Posted by on May 10, 2021 in Mold remediation, Water Damage | Comments Off on Painting Over Fire Damaged Walls

Painting Over Fire Damaged Walls

  Walls that have been damaged in a fire or stained by smoke are a big challenge to clean and paint over effectively. However, while you are in for a lot of hard work, the job can certainly be done. Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning and painting over fire damaged walls. What You’ll Need The following tools and products are needed to clean, prep, and paint a fire damaged wall: Trisodium Phosphate solution Towels and Rags Sponges and Magic Sponges Zinsser primer or Kilz primer (or anything shellac based) Paint and painting tools...

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Roof Leak Causes During Winter | Melting Snow Water Damage

Posted by on Apr 8, 2021 in Mold remediation, Water Damage | Comments Off on Roof Leak Causes During Winter | Melting Snow Water Damage

Roof Leak Causes During Winter | Melting Snow Water Damage

As winter comes to a close in Morris County, NJ and things start warming up, it’s leak season! Roof leaks are most common this time of year for a number of reasons, all of which will be discussed here. But of course, this is only one of the many joys of spring as you’ll also want to be on the lookout for foundation flooding, flooded basements, and water damage coming from the cracks of your exterior doors and windows. During the winter, building materials are put to the test on how well they can keep your home warm and prevent the snow and...

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How to Ventilate an Attic to Prevent Mold and Ice Dams

Posted by on Mar 13, 2021 in Mold remediation | Comments Off on How to Ventilate an Attic to Prevent Mold and Ice Dams

How to Ventilate an Attic to Prevent Mold and Ice Dams

Every attic needs adequate air exchange. The attic ventilation system facilitates the airflow process. Hot air is designed to flow out of the attic, while fresh, cool air enters. A well-ventilated attic prevents ice dams from forming in winter, as the inflow of cold, outdoor air keeps the attic cold. However, an attic that remains warm allows snow to melt off the roof and refreeze, resulting in ice dams that can damage the rooftop. In summer, the hot attic air flows out. As a result of super-heated air being ventilated out of the attic, the...

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Signs of Laminate Floor Water Damage in Morris County, NJ

Posted by on Mar 5, 2021 in Water Damage | Comments Off on Signs of Laminate Floor Water Damage in Morris County, NJ

Signs of Laminate Floor Water Damage in Morris County, NJ

  Laminate floor water damage is among the most common forms of property damage new homeowners face in Morris County, NJ. It typically occurs as a result of heavy rainfall, a pipe burst, or a leaking appliance that sends water all over the floors of your home. Fast water cleanup is critical in these scenarios. Even if you’re quick, you may still wonder if the water damage has already set in. These are the signs of laminate floor water damage to look for after a flood or water spill. Buckling or Bubbling When a laminate floor becomes...

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Ice Dams on Roof | How to Prevent Ice Dams

Posted by on Feb 5, 2021 in Water Damage | Comments Off on Ice Dams on Roof | How to Prevent Ice Dams

Ice Dams on Roof | How to Prevent Ice Dams

The roof of your home can take on major water damage and even collapse during the winter season of New Jersey. This is often the result of roof leaks causes by the buildup of ice dams, or the weight of snow after heavy precipitation. ServiceMaster by Timeless has a few tips for homeowners on how on to prevent ice dams from forming on their rooftops this winter in the Morristown, Parsippany, and Wharton, NJ areas. What Exactly is an Ice Dam? An ice dam is a chunk of ice that forms on the edges or eaves of your rooftop. This dam is caused by...

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How to Prevent a Frozen Pipe Burst | ServiceMaster by Timeless

Posted by on Jan 11, 2021 in Water Damage | Comments Off on How to Prevent a Frozen Pipe Burst | ServiceMaster by Timeless

How to Prevent a Frozen Pipe Burst | ServiceMaster by Timeless

Heading into the winter of 2021, the average temperature in the Morristown, NJ area is already as low as 18 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, it’s time to prepare for frozen pipes and burst pipes scenarios. Here are some ways you can keep the pipes in your home or business from freezing this winter. How to Prevent Frozen Pipes Insulate the pipes You can add extra layers of insulation to your pipes to better protect them from cold temperatures. This could be insulation around the pipes themselves, or in the areas the pipes reside such as a...

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Sewage Blockage Removal – What to Do | ServiceMaster in Parsippany, NJ

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 in Sewage Cleanup, Water Damage | Comments Off on Sewage Blockage Removal – What to Do | ServiceMaster in Parsippany, NJ

Sewage Blockage Removal – What to Do | ServiceMaster in Parsippany, NJ

Homeowners in the Parsippany, NJ area should be familiar with the clean out pipes near their property. Clean out pipes are located in your yard (sometimes your neighbor’s yard) and are critical in allowing sewage waste materials to move freely from your home. Clean out pipes are typically white in color. If a blockage occurs in the clean out pipe, sewage overflow can spill into the bathroom, basement, or even neighboring homes. If you suspect a sewage blockage, it’s important to understand the possible causes. What Causes Sewage Blockage Tree...

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