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A Look into 5 Critical Steps in Storm Damage Cleanup Performed by ServiceMaster Metropolitan in Jersey City, NJ

October 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Storms are one of the worst natural disasters which can easily destroy your home in Jersey City, NJ or anywhere in northern New Jersey. After the storm passes you will be left with the herculean task of getting everything back to normal. In situations like this you need to hire a disaster restoration firm to carry out the tasks of debris cleanup, storm damage cleanup, emergency board up, and content storage until everything is restored.

In the following sections we’ll look at five vital steps performed by restoration professionals for the cleanup and restoration of storm damaged homes.

Step I: Removal of Debris

The first step in storm damage cleanup consists of debris cleanup to remove vegetation, silt, and any other types of waste materials carried into your home by the storm.

Step II: Identification of Water Source

If rainwater enters your home during the storm, the restoration professionals will need to determine the entry point for the water as well as trace the path the water took.

This will help in identifying wet components such as walls, ceilings, framing, and insulation so adequate steps can be taken for cleaning, disinfecting, and drying those components.

Step III: Removal of Unsalvageable Materials

One of the main targets for restorers will be to remove wet components like insulation, wall board, ceiling tiles, sheet vinyl, and laminate wood flooring so pockets of saturation can be exposed. This will help to achieve better air circulation and prevent microbial growth.

Step IV: Cleaning and Disinfecting

The first step is cleaning. A household cleaner will be used for cleaning all surfaces with a dwell time of at least ten minutes to facilitate soil suspension.

Salvageable surfaces will have contaminants flushed from them and then receive wet vacuuming to remove excess water.


Disinfecting of surfaces immediately follows cleaning. All surfaces such as joists, decking, studs, etc. need to be disinfected using a 6% solution comprised of one-part chlorine bleach and eleven parts water.

Restoration professional may also use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution instead of chlorine bleach.

Step V: Drying of Structural Components

The last step consists of drying all structural components using proper ventilation and air circulation. Restorers will use various equipment such as box or oscillating fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers to accomplish this task.

If your home has been affected by a recent storm and you are looking for a professional disaster restoration firm to take up the task of storm damage cleanup, you need to get in touch with us. ServiceMaster Metropolitan proudly serves Jersey City, NJ, and all of northern New Jersey.

ServiceMaster Metropolitan has extensive knowledge and experience in disaster restoration. We can also provide other services such as emergency board up and content storage, which you will most likely require if there’s roof, window, or door damage and the contents of your building are exposed to nature’s elements.

All you have to do is give us a call at (855) 560-7999. Our experts will be dispatched to your home, thoroughly analyze the damage, and create a plan of action for performing the necessary restoration work.


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