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Is Water Damaging the Tile in Your Somerville Home?

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is always on call-day or night-to handle your water loss emergencies!

How Tile Becomes Affected by Water Damage in Somerville Homes 

Bathrooms of your Somerville home are an ideal place to expect water loss incidents to originate. With so many fixtures, it only takes irregular pressure in the pipes or weakening joints to develop a severe water damage situation. Many homes boast ceramic tiles for flooring in their bathrooms. Ceramic tile flooring is nearly impenetrable to even standing water, making them an ideal choice for installation in moisture-prone areas of the property. 

Even with the seemingly impregnable composition of the ceramic tiles, it is still critical to start water removal in Somerville homes as promptly as possible. Grout and subflooring materials can wick moisture from standing water and allow for penetration underneath the tiles. This saturation of subflooring and grout still does not often damage or compromise the tiles themselves. However, it can create an issue with your flooring where these components lay unevenly, or tiles can get unseated. 

Substantial water loss situations that result in the flooding of a particular room can be devastating for not only the flooring but also installed elements like the vanity and shelving. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response with powerful extraction tools that can help to remove this standing water fast from the affected areas. Our equipment includes portable options like sump pumps and wet-vacs to our heavy-duty trash pumps and extractor trucks. When our Green Fleet arrives at an address, we have the right tool for every job. 

One of the advantages of choosing our SERVPRO team to help with compromised tile flooring and plumbing concerns is our full-service team of general contractors. Our licensed (#13VH05228000) team can address all of the structural concerns and repairs necessary to make this water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” 

We strive to provide every customer with a fast and confident response, which is why so many of our team have accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Our SERVPRO of West Somerset County specialists are here to help however you need us by calling (732) 805-9944. 

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We Are Available 24/7 to Restore Your Hillsborough Home After A Flood

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

A controlled demolition called a "flood cut" minimizes the tear out needed of the contaminated sheetrock after flood damage strikes a property.

Why Fast Response from SERVPRO Keeps Flood Damage in Your Hillsborough Property Manageable 

Floods cause both immediate and ongoing damages to the properties they affect. Unless the case involves a catastrophic weather event, it is possible to save the home and restore its preloss state. For most of the steps necessary to achieve this objective to work, they need to be completed in the early stages of the loss. Seeking professional flood damage restoration in Hillsborough should help.

We are always on call

Arriving within the shortest time possible is a critical element in restoring flood damage in affected Hillsborough properties. Availability of service  24 hours a day is the only way to ensure this since flooding can happen any time even at night. Our SERVPRO support department is reachable any time and can give you handy tips that can help reduce the damage in some areas of your property before our crews arrive to take charge.

Taking proactive action against mold

Flooding can have several long-term effects, including mold development and deterioration of materials through rotting or other problems. The moisture absorbed from the floodwater sparks these problems. Problems can develop even in areas of the property not submerged by the water due to evaporation, which increases relative humidity. Our SERVPRO technicians can counter this problem by ensuring sufficient ventilation at the loss site.

Protecting Vulnerable Parts of the Structure

While removing flood damage is a significant step in the restoration of flooded property, doing it the wrong way might cause problems in some parts of the structure. Speedy removal of water from the basement can cause walls to collapse and floors to buckle. Our SERVPRO technicians respond fast but take a controlled approach whereby we remove about a third of the water a day, ensuring your structure is safe. We also take other protective measures such as boarding up openings such as windows or doors if damaged during the flooding incident.

Fast response after flooding incidents is necessary, but any action taken should be the right one. Call SERVPRO of West Somerset County at (732) 805-9944 to help with the cleanup and restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Strives to Clean and Restore Children's Centers in Hillsborough after Fire and Smoke Losses

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Hillsborough Area, and Saving Summer Camp Activities after a Fire and Smoke Loss--Yeah SERVPRO!

Commercial Smoke Damage May Make Summer Activity Centers Unsafe for Hillsborough Children

Keeping children and younger teens occupied safely in entertaining and educational activities while their parents work or study helps the community of Hillsborough grow increasingly stronger. While such centers play an essential role for many families, each center needs to maintain its building well. Damaged areas quickly become off-limits, reducing the amount of space available. Large areas can affect the number of people allowed to occupy the building, and consequently affect funding.

The specialists at SERVPRO live and work in Hillsborough, so smoke and fire damage at your facility become a priority as soon as you call. We know how important your building's interior environment is to you and the parents of the participants at your center. We use specialized techniques to remove smoke residues from all of the surfaces youngsters might touch.

We do not want any youngsters to ingest any of the soot, as this can cause unwanted health effects. Many children, as well as teens, often put their fingers into their mouths. If their fingers are covered in smoke residue, this can cause problems. It also transfers easily to clothing and faces. As we perform cleaning and mitigation, we wear personal protective equipment, including respirator masks, to protect us from these risks.

We wipe down non-washable surfaces like books with a dry sponge. When this proves insufficient to remove all of the ash, we switch to a slightly damp cloth. We use an ultrasonic water bath to strip soot from washable toys and other pieces of equipment or Esporta industrial-grade washing machines. Fewer detergents are needed for cleansing and sanitizing.

Storytime and other activities that take place on the carpeting can ruin clothing. Movement on the carpet can send loosened ash back up into the air, getting into the lungs of each child. We use cleaning agents that breakdown soot so our extraction units can more easily pull soot out of the pile and leave it safe again. We inspect all treated areas before releasing them back for general use.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County wants to help you continue providing much-needed services to the families in Somerville, Bedminster, and Far Hills. Smoke and fire damage can prevent this, or severely diminish your ability to do so. Call (732) 805-9944 for professional mitigation services from people who care about our community, 24/7, every day of the year.

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How Our Experts Save Your Flood Damaged Home In Hillsborough

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Controlling Heat, Humidity, And Airflow To Manage Flood Damage In Your Hillsborough Property

Flooding situations are considered clean water emergencies when large quantities of water have entered the home from a clean water supply such as rainwater or burst pipe. Unlike contaminated water flooding, clean water incidents involve less replacement of contents with a stronger focus on preventing staining, warping, or shrinking through restoration and mitigation. However, the focus on a quick solution remains just as crucial in this type of flooding scenario as clean water can become contaminated with prolonged exposure to debris in the home.

A property with clean water flood damage in Hillsborough requires immediate professional attention. The goal of a SERVPRO water restoration technician (WRT) is to prevent microbial growth from occurring while restoring the property to its preloss condition. Microbes- including bacteria, mold, and viruses- can propagate quickly in a flood scenario leading to increasing levels of contamination in the home, which means relative humidity needs to be controlled throughout service.

The relationship between water, air, and temperature- referred to as psychrometrics- is an intricate balance. During water removal procedures, high temperatures and rapid air circulation are used to encourage evaporation. This method, in turn, increases humidity levels in the affected area which can, if left unchecked, provide the ideal conditions for microbial growth; at the same time, higher temperatures can increase the moisture content in the air and speed up the drying process significantly.

SERVPRO technicians manage this careful balancing act using thermal hygrometers to take regular readings of the affected areas relative humidity. In flooding situations, it is not uncommon for proper drying procedure to take several days during which time mold spores can form full colonies in areas of the home. SERVPRO ensure that the relative humidity is kept below 60% at all times during restoration to prevent unwanted secondary damages like mold growth from further complicating what is already a stressful experience for the homeowner.

Floodwaters can cause primary and secondary losses in your home if not managed correctly. Contact SERVPRO of West Somerset County at (732) 805-9944 today.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Hillsborough Fire Damage Restoration

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage at this home started in the wiring of the water heater. The actual fire damage was minimal, but there was a good deal of soot.

Fire Smoke Leads to Widespread Damage from Grime and a Foul Smell in Homes in Hillsborough

Homes in Hillsborough can experience a fire in any room, with bathrooms and kitchens the most likely sites, followed by utility areas and garages. Depending on the combustible materials in the vicinity, a fire produces different kinds of smoke. Less ventilated spaces contain less oxygen, causing incomplete combustion, resulting in thicker, denser smoke. The soot and liquid components of the smoke create strong unpleasant odors that permeate clothing, walls, and carpeting, among other things.

When we respond to a call from a Hillsborough homeowner about fire damage, we always bring the equipment and tools that help us eliminate associated odors. Minor fire damage can produce unexpectedly enormous amounts of smoke, which we work hard to quickly remove from your home wherever it may have become attached to surfaces. This includes personal belongings, furniture, walls, ceilings, and also the flooring in every room and hallway. When fires burn extremely hot, smoke can end up inside your walls, as well. 

We regularly use air scrubbers during cleanup and mitigation to reduce the number of pollutants in the air. As soon as we finish the cleaning, mitigation, and restoration work, we clean the air again. During our work, we use several different methods approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). These get your property cleaned up, so they look and smell like they did before the fire. 

Personal belongings of durable materials come clean fastest with an ultrasonic bath. Without any bleaching action, the microscopic bubbles become a powerful means of cleaning soil of all types, including the heaviest carbon deposits. This includes tiny depressions and grooves that might otherwise harbor blackened reminders of the fire. 

Carpets, because of their location, contain substantial amounts of smoke residue. We use unique combinations of cleaning agents to loosen the soot and other by-products of fire and extract these from the fibers. When homeowners call us immediately after a fire, we can often restore these, so no stained areas become locations of permanent damage.

Deodorizing fire damage normally requires treatments with UV light machines that create hydroxyl gas. This gas poses much less risk than ozone, and while it takes longer to achieve the same results, we can work while the machine operates. Other methods involved in making your home smell as it did before the fire use strong scents that cover odors as they slowly dissipate. 

Our building services, General Contractor License # 13VH05228000, cover areas that require special handling, from removing and reinstalling drywall, cleaning up electronics, and tarping areas of your roof to prevent rain from increasing the amount of damage your house endures. We scale our services to both large and small jobs, regardless of complexity, to match our customers' needs. 

When fire ruins part of your home in Somerville, Bedminster, or Far Hills, call SERVPRO of West Somerset County's emergency line at (732) 805-9944. We mitigate fire damage, clean up soot, and deodorize homes to make things “Like it never even happened.”

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Call the Professionals to Handle Water Cleanup in Your Bedminster Home

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation can be costly if you let it sit there for too long and accumulate. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Managing Water Cleanup in Your Bedminster Home for Positive Results

Water spills, whether from a clean source or otherwise can soil your home and its contents in many ways. Water can cause dyes in fabrics and upholstery to run, leading to stains. It also causes chirping on painted surfaces, and if you take long to remove it, mold, rot and other problems develop. A timely and well-executed cleanup exercise can help deal with these problems.

The most crucial step during water cleanup in your Bedminster home is removing the excess water pooling around. As the water sits in a property, it continues to cause other problems. Unlike the spill which can happen in seconds, removal is a tedious process, especially when done manually. Our SERVPRO technicians used a wide array of equipment to fast-track water removal. Among the sophisticated equipment we have in our green trucks are:

Water Claws

Truck-mounted Pumps

Wet vacs

Ride-on Water Extractors

Cleaning up after water spills is not a straightforward process because of the different dynamics in each loss. Some steps may require prioritization over others for better outcomes. Stains which often happen after water spills can set leading to permanent damage. Our SERVPRO technicians prioritize stain removal from items such as carpets while they are still wet to minimize the chances of setting. We have certified CCT, Carpet Cleaning Technicians and UFT, Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians, who utilize their advanced skills to deliver the best results.

General cleaning of the entire loss area is essential to remove residues left by the water. Such cleanup might require agitation or use of professional cleaning agents. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on equipment such as pressure washers and multi-surface scrubbers to remove residues and other forms of soiling, “Like it never even happened.” We also apply professional cleaning agents to clean the loss site to a sanitary level.

For a thorough cleanup of your Hillsborough, Somerville or Far Hills home after water loss call SERVPRO of West Somerset County to assist. You can reach us any time at (732) 805-9944.

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Experience and Reliability Are Why SERVPRO Is Hillsborough’s Flood Damage Expert

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can give you the breakdown. 

Flooding can cause significant damage to your Hillsborough home. Rapid water removal and efficient structural drying are required to get your property back to preloss condition. Overland flooding or sewer backups are common sources of residential water damage, so the company responding must be skilled in water category assessment, containment, and appropriate disposal protocols as well. Our decades of disaster remediation work are why we are ready and able to help with all flood recoveries.

When heavy rains overtax the Hillsborough sanitary system flood damage inside your home can include raw sewage as well as seepage from the wet ground around your foundation. The scenario includes the potential for serious health risks as human waste and landscaping chemicals can both be in the mix of fluids collected in your basement or lower level. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained crews identify the flood water as Category 3 or black water. The ability to manage highly-contaminated water emergencies safely is why our team stands out among remediation providers in our region.

Our crew chief assesses the circumstances upon arrival and develops a plan the crew follows immediately. Water deeper than two inches pumps out, and wanded, truck-mounted extractors remove the remainder of visible fluids. Employees use thermal imaging to trace the path of any migration of the flood waters into building cavities. Limited demolition strategies like flood cuts or drilled holes release that water for containment and proper disposal. We measure moisture levels throughout the affected space as a baseline for drying goals. The skill our highly-qualified technicians bring when employing innovative and sensitive technology is another reason why SERVPRO delivers superior remediation results.

Our crews clean and disinfect the flood-damaged space, using EPA-registered antimicrobial products to inhibit mold growth and minimize the presence of any lingering pathogens. Powerful air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers dry out the cleaned and sanitized area. The positioning of the equipment and continual monitoring of moisture levels depend on our crew understanding the science of structural drying, which is why SERVPRO sends crews, including certified Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians.

Training in remediation industry best practices and investment in state-of-the-art equipment are why SERVPRO of West Somerset County meets all your flood damage needs. Call us at (732) 805-9944 when the water rises for a fast and professional response.

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Water Damage Remediation Doesn’t Need To Be Dealt With Alone In Your Hillsborough Business

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let flood damage ruin your Hillsborough business. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Managing Commercial Water Damage in Hillsborough Courier Service

Water damage may be the last thing you think of when operating a courier or other delivery service. However, when it does happen, your business can suffer irrecoverable losses because customers may opt to deal with your competitors in the future. The unique thing that worsens such a loss in your courier business is that most of the contents likely to be affected belong to other people, and they might have sentimental or intrinsic value that supersedes any financial reimbursements you might offer.

Failure to respond suitably after commercial water damage in Hillsborough can worsen the situation. Most of the effects water has on items after spilling take time to manifest, so taking immediate countermeasures can help stop them. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps such as placing wet documents in a freezer facility to prevent further deterioration. If electronics are affected, we try to minimize the chances of corrosion by preventing them from drying cooling beyond the dew point.

If the water affects your main item-receiving area or long-term storage section, proper care is necessary to ensure the traceability of the parcels once the emergency is over. In the haste to save the items from damage by water, you might misplace or lose track of some, which can present challenges when it is time to make deliveries. Our SERVPRO teams can help move items and make proper records. We can even use our electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, which keeps records of the items moved, and their original location in your facility.

Delivering items to your clients that smell moldy can ruin the reputation of your business. Mold colonies start developing on any organic material within periods as short as 24 hours. One outcome of water damage incidents is the presence of higher than normal levels of humidity in the affected rooms, which can lead to recurrent mold growth. Our SERVPRO crews include AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, who can help take steps to prevent mold growth. We use moisture detection equipment such as thermo-hygrometers to check humidity levels in different sections of your property before dehumidifying it to restore normal levels.

To save your courier service from the ravages of water damage, call SERVPRO of West Somerset County to assist you. You can reach us at (732) 805-9944. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Handle All Aspects Of Flood Damage Restoration In Hillsborough

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage that precipitated this condition originated on the second floor. We showed up right away and began restoration. We are available 24/7.

Flood Damage Cleanup in Hillsborough Basement Uncovers Larger Issue

Due to recent storms and substantial rainfall in this area of the county, water damage from flash floods has affected homes. Because of the potential for contaminants in groundwater, it is the most severe level of water damage that can occur in a home and should be professionally cleaned up to avoid secondary issues.

When our SERVPRO Technicians arrived on site for a Hillsborough home flood damage cleanup at the what we found was not from groundwater rushing in from outside from the rains it was seeping up into the basement. This event happens when the ground gets overloaded with water and relieves the hydrostatic pressure by pushing water towards the path of least resistance, which in this case was the basement.

There was nowhere for the water to go, so there was some standing water in the basement. Our technicians sprayed disinfectant on the water and used submersible pumps to extract the water quickly. The cinderblock walls retained some water, so we drilled holes near the bottom of the mortar joint to let water drain and let air flow into the wall cavity.

In the past, the homeowner felt the basement had a humidity issue, and stored items in plastic bins, which saved many possessions from water damage. Up until now, the reason was unknown for the exact cause of the ongoing damp conditions. The property owner saw random puddles of water in the floor but thought it was the boiler expelling water.
During the drying process, we angled the air movers to blow directly over the concrete floor. A separate setup of air movers directed air flow into the holes that we drilled in the mortar joists to send warm, dry air into the wall cavity. Once dry, we cleaned and disinfected the walls and floors.

Our SERVPRO location possesses a general contractor license, and once we completed mitigation on the basement, we gave the homeowner the repairs needed on the foundation to avoid this scenario in the future.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County at (732) 805-9944 can turn around flood damage to your home. We handle all aspects of water damage mitigation from start to finish, including necessary repairs to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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How to Clean Your Fire Damaged Somerville Home

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Different types of fires produce varying smoke and soot types. SERVPRO has the expertise to identify the fire type and restore your home.

Clearing the Smoke and Soot after Somerville Fire Damage 

The residues left in your Somerville home after a fire do not clean up simply by using conventional techniques and products. When homeowners try to remove the soot coating every surface, their efforts frequently make things worse rather than better. Our technicians master techniques during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training that rid your home of the different types of soot household fires produce. 

Depending on the materials fire damages in your Somerville home, the smoke and soot produced have different qualities. Our well-trained crew members evaluate the characteristics of the soot space to space throughout your home. Each of our crews has Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) certified by the IICRC at the scene of your disaster. 

When a fire burns fast and hot, often seen with paper and wood, the residues are light and ashy. SERVPRO employees know to use dry sponges and a light brushing action to loosen the soiling, vacuuming up the dry debris. Thick, sticky soot deposits after electrical or slow burning fabric fueled fires need more aggressive action, including agitation and pre-treatment with products containing surfactants and wetting agents to loosen the residue. 

We frequently address protein-based soot as kitchen fires are commonly the source of the disaster. Food and grease produce a thin, lacquer-like coating that has a strong odor and is difficult to remove. SERVPRO crews employ abrasives and solvents to remove this coating, taking care not to damage further the surfaces involved.  

Soft materials damaged by soot need specialized care during cleanup. SERVPRO has resources available for laundering items that are washable and dry cleaning others. Furnishings can respond well to foam cleaning; the product brushed on to absorb the soiling and then lifted off. 

At our production facility, we have tools, equipment, and skilled technicians who use a variety of innovative methods to clean and restore household and personal items damaged by the fire. SERVPRO invests in ultrasonic cleaning and other immersion tubs and other systems that clean, dry and restore items damaged by smoke and soot. Many of the articles you fear destroyed can be brought back to function and appearance using our training and state-of-the-art equipment.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is ready to help you recover from the devastation of a fire. Call us at (732) 805-9944 day or night to set up an assessment. 

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Who Says Water Damage Remediation in Your Hillsborough Home Has To Take Over Your Life

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Dishwasher leaks can create a giant mess if not cleaned up correctly. Contact SERVPRO today for all your remediation needs.

Dishwasher Malfunctions Cause Water Damage in Hillsborough Homes

Many appliances are commonplace in Hillsborough homes and help to make everyday tasks simpler and more efficient. The trouble with these appliances like dishwashers is without the appropriate maintenance, upkeep, and proper usage, they can also be the cause of devastating water loss incidents. Even by getting these units serviced regularly, human error can allow these circumstances from this machine as well. Addressing water loss incidents immediately can help to protect affected elements, materials, and fixtures of your kitchen.

One of the main concerns with water damage originating from the dishwasher in your Hillsborough home is how quickly this pooling water can spread to neighboring rooms, areas, and throughout the kitchen itself. There are many surfaces and types of materials that can be in the path of this moving disaster, and once exposed, there is a finite amount of time to address saturation before irreparable damage occurs. Our SERVPRO professionals can help, as we offer a 24/7 response to water loss emergencies, arriving with the full measure of our experience and industry-leading equipment.

An issue with dishwasher malfunctions is that the shutoff valve is often placed in an inaccessible area such as behind the appliance or into the cabinetry below the counter. Our experienced SERVPRO contractors have plumbing experience as well as years of general contracting expertise in the building trades. If a break exists behind the unit or the valve needs turned off, we can work quickly to access this point and repair the plumbing there if needed.

Addressing the standing water is critical to protect water-resistant flooring in the kitchen and exposed fixtures like cabinetry and shelving. We have multiple extraction tools to help in this regard, from portable sump pumps and wet-vacs to larger and more powerful trash pumps that can remove pooling liquid at a much faster rate.

There are many phases and concerns when addressing water damage from loss incidents in your kitchen. We know how quickly these effects can spread, so our SERVPRO of West Somerset County professionals can arrive fast to get mitigation work started. Give us a call anytime you need us at (732) 805-9944.

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Professionals Talk About High Tech Water Removal I Hillsborough

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is ready dry your home

Why SERVPRO Relies on Advanced Technology for Water Removal in Hillsborough

Water intrusion, whether caused by failures in plumbing systems or weather events such as driving rain, can leave copious amounts of water in your Hillsborough home. Even when the amount of standing water is minimal, different materials and contents might have higher than usual levels of moisture after the incident, which can be a problem.

Depending on the intensity of the spill, water removal in Hillsborough can take time to complete. A professional restoration team can use multiple units of high capacity water extractors to counter this. Our SERVPRO technicians use truck-mounted water extractors. We also have portable extraction units, which make access to different parts of the property more convenient.

Water removal is a two-stage process that starts with the extraction of liquid water, then drying follows. Extracting more water in liquid form reduces the effort needed to dry the property, which relies on evaporation.  Our SERVPRO technicians use different extraction wands for different materials such as carpets and hard floors to maximize the water removed. We also drill weep-holes or make flood cuts to release the water trapped in wall cavities, ceilings and other concealed areas minimizing the amount of drying needed.

Drying the property is an unavoidable step especially since it helps prevent secondary problems such as mold development and bad odors. Using the right combination of equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers speeds up the process. As the name suggests, air movers increase air movements boosting evaporation rate.  Dehumidifiers then extract the evaporated moisture from the air. They also exhaust warm air into the room boosting the drying process further. Our SERVPRO technicians use Low-Grain Refrigerants dehumidifiers and centrifugal air movers, which have more advanced features that boost efficiency.  For example, centrifugal air movers exact higher static pressure on a given air volume improving their efficiency.

For better management of water intrusion in Somerville, Bedminster and Far Hills, call SERVPRO of West Somerset County to help. You can reach us at (732) 805-9944 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Plumbing Failures Cause Water Damage to Hillsborough Businesses

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Are plumbing fixtures causing water damage to Hillsborough businesses?

Drying Shared Wall Cavities in a Hillsborough Shopping Plaza

Plumbing is a complex component to all modern construction for businesses in Hillsborough, and the skills of pipefitters and plumbers get put to the test to conceal these components as best as they can within wall cavities, ceilings, and floors of plazas and shopping centers. One significant water loss incident occurring from somewhere in this network of hidden plumbing could prove detrimental to more than one business if they break or leak occurs within a shared wall.

With so many connections, joints, and elbows that make up a plumbing array within the walls of a shopping plaza, it is not difficult to determine how likely potential water damage scenarios can be in Hillsborough. We strive to provide every customer with an immediate response to their water loss incidents, offering each component of our advanced inventory of drying and moisture detection to identify where plumbing repairs must occur and to restore the damage that has happened. Our SERVPRO professionals can work to identify the full spread of this damage from our arrival to determine the best placement for drying equipment and machines that we bring with the Green Fleet.

With leak and moisture detection equipment, our team can identify the problem area within a wall cavity to prevent excessive and unnecessary demolition of affected materials throughout the plaza. Once we have identified the location of the water break in the plumbing exclusively, our professionals can work to remove the portion of drywall in the immediate area so that the break becomes accessible to get fixed.

Flood cuts are a common approach when substantial water loss situations have occurred, primarily when the damage has spread beyond the affected wall cavity. Drywall can quickly absorb pooling water, and allow this moisture to wick upwards towards the ceiling, making an irreparable portion of this wall damaged, even with the fast response of our SERVPRO team. Once these cuts have occurred to remove saturated portions, we can dry out the cavity itself with our high-velocity air movers.

There are many steps to recovering your business after a water loss incident, but quickly addressing the source of the situation is a critical place to begin. Let our SERVPRO of West Somerset County professionals show you how we can make this damage “Like it never even happened.” by calling (732) 805-9944.

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The Most Important Elements of Flood Damage Remediation in Somerville

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Whether flood damage affects your home from the outside or the inside, calling SERVPRO is your best recourse for effective water removal.

Helping the Somerville Community with Flood Damage

The removal of large amounts of water from your home is best left to a professional. Often, flooding the home can create personal health risks. Structures weaken, fabrics can become stained and electrical wiring can become hazardous. We offer an experienced team of restorers who can conduct a professional risk assessment and carry out vital mitigation tasks.

It is essential to use a local service for flood damage in Somerville. Short call-out times can help to reduce the risk of permanent damages occurring from prolonged exposure to moisture. SERVPRO is a local company, but with the benefit of national resources which means we can arrive quickly and mobilize the necessary equipment for substantial scale water removal.

The primary method of removing water is by pumping it out into an open sewer point. SERVPRO deploys these pumps that are powered by gas and can reduce the level of standing water significantly. Afterward, we can move in using water extraction units to dry residual moisture without risking damage to fabrics that may be weaker when wet. Often, the combination of these two types of equipment is enough to get a home back to its natural dry state.

The remaining problems with flood damages tend to be odor related. Water carries microbes that can exacerbate a pre-existing issue or create the unpleasant odor of stagnation. We bring in thermal foggers that vaporize deodorant liquid and can be used either in the affected area or throughout the home for more severe odor issues. We can also treat surfaces with spray-on deodorants to mask odors until they dissipate naturally.

In our line of work, communication is key. SERVPRO has worked with local insurance providers as well as general contractors to ensure that our customers only have to deal with one company throughout service. We can create an inventory of items as well as services carried out for you to pass on to your adjuster and always conduct a walkthrough with you to show you what and where remediation tasks have been done.

Over the years we have refined our restoration service to make it increasingly efficient and professional, contact SERVPRO of West Somerset County at (732) 805-9944 today.

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Hillsborough Homeowners Appreciate the Professional Approach SERVPRO Takes for Fire Loss Cleanup

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

When the Flames Are Out after a Hillsborough Fire--time to Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Cleanup

How Professionals Manage Fire Damage in Hillsborough

A household fire brings normal life in Hillsborough to a halt. Moving your pets and family members to a safe place is a priority. When you return to survey the scene after first responders extinguish the fire, it might be difficult to recognize the sooty, waterlogged shell as your home. Setting things right after a fire is a complex and labor-intensive proposition. Our managers and crews are uniquely qualified to take on the challenge.

After your call, our team arrives at your Hillsborough home as soon as possible to assess the fire damage. We determine what tasks are most critical, assigning a work crew to begin the first item on the list immediately.

We often recommend a pack-out of the contents located in the fire-damaged area as a first step. SERVPRO uses a detailed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track articles removed. Our production facility technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to clean, dry, deodorize, and restore items, and then store your property in a climate-controlled area until we transport it back to your home after the fire damage mitigation completes.

At your home, we address fire fighting water and chemical removal. Because our service vehicles contain the equipment and products we need no delay is necessary. Pumps and extractors are truck-mounted, on the job even if your power is temporarily disconnected. Other members of the SERVPRO team evaluate and get to work cleaning up the soot damage throughout your house. We match cleaning tools, methods, and products to the different types of residues deposited as the fire consumed a variety of fuels room to room.

SERVPRO helps determine if any foods or personal care products need disposal. Even if they look untouched, heat can spoil the contents of cans and bottles and soot is fine enough to bypass even the threads on a jar, clearing contaminating boxes and bags of consumables.

Persistent odors after a fire are common. SERVPRO technicians rely on IICRC training and strategies to eliminate odors. We invest in technologies such as thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators to neutralize particularly strong smoky smells.

SERVPRO of West Somerset County has the experience, training, and equipment to make the fire damage to your home and its contents “Like it never even happened.” No matter what time of the day or night, one call to (732) 805-9944 results in a highly-qualified crew coming your way.

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Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Water Damaged Home In Hillsborough

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on our technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fast Drying To Prevent Secondary Effects In Hillsborough Homes

Many Hillsborough homeowners mistakenly believe that water loss incidents and saturation can naturally resolve itself without causing substantial damage to structural elements or construction materials. In truth, water damage can spread quickly to affect many surfaces, contents, and materials throughout the property. Even when surface moisture appears resolved, moisture and dampness can persist out of sight, which can meet the conditions for secondary effects like mold growth. Avoiding this costly and damaging circumstance begins with ensuring that water loss incidents get properly dried right away.

If water damage has occurred in your Hillsborough home, fully restoring these effects is critical to protecting both your property and its occupants. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to water emergencies, arriving with our IICRC-Certified Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technicians to set up both containment equipment and barriers as well as establishing the best location for extraction and drying equipment. As mold growth can begin within 72 hours of saturation, our professionals have a finite amount of time to dry out saturated materials to prevent the facilitation of microbial threats.

Our technicians arrive with a wide variety of recovery and drying equipment including our high-velocity air movers and dehumidification units of varying size and strength. We tailor the positioning and volume of these efficient units throughout the home to the severity of the damage the property has sustained. With the appropriate response time to the emergency, we can help to not only prevent secondary effects from forming but also to preserve original construction materials from requiring replacement.

From floating carpets to our Injectidry system for flooring, wall cavities, and ceiling spaces, we have the advanced tools for restoring your property fully after a water loss incident.

Drying is an important step for restoring your home after a water loss incident, and you can count on our SERVPRO of West Somerset County rapid response team to get these practices started as soon as we arrive in your home. Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on our technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (732) 805-9944.

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September is National Preparedness Month

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Take advantage of National Preparedness Month to review your readiness for emergencies and remember to keep SERVPRO’s number in your kit! 732-805-9944

“Don’t Wait, Communicate!”

Prepare BEFORE an emergency!

The following steps can help you be ready in case of an emergency:

  • Make a disaster supplies kit.
    • One gallon of water per person (and pet!) per day for at least three days.
    • Non-perishable food, at least a three-day supply; manual can opener for food.
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries.
    • Flashlight with extra batteries.
    • First aid kit.
    • Whistle to signal for help.
    • Dust mask to filter contaminated air, and plastic sheeting and duct tape.
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
    • Local maps (not on your phone!).
    • Cell phone with charger, inverter, or solar charger.
    • For more supply kit recommendations click here.
  • Make an Emergency Communication Plan that answers the following questions for your family or household:
    • How will we get emergency alerts and warnings?
    • How will we get to safe locations for relevant emergencies
    • How will we get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landlines don’t work?
    • How will I let loved ones know I’m safe?
    • How will we get to a meeting place after the emergency?
    • For more details, click here.
  • Download the FEMA app for alerts and more information here.
  • For more information about the different kinds of emergencies you can prepare for, click here.

And of course, make sure you have SERVPRO of West Somerset County’s number (732-805-9944) in your kit in case of any damage to your home or property. That way, we can get right to work helping you make it “like it never even happened!”

The Hillsborough Fire Department calls on SERVPRO® for a water damage

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Production Technician Emmanuel extracts water from the carpet in the members’ room of the Hillsborough Fire Department.

When the Hillsborough (Flagtown) Fire Department had a wet firehouse due to a faulty water heater they called on SERVPRO® to come dry them out.

The Fire Department discovered that their water heater had failed on a Friday morning, damaging their kitchen and other areas. SERVPRO of West Somerset County was on site within an hour of the call and began right away to remove as much water as possible. Unfortunately, not all the wet structure could be saved, so our crew worked over the weekend to remove the damaged materials. We put our drying equipment in place to remove moisture from what could be saved. On Tuesday the firehouse was clean and dry and ready to be rebuilt.

Somerset County - Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Prevention is your property’s best protection against storm damage, but if that doesn’t work call SERVPRO at 732-805-9944.

Hurricane season starts June 1st

Prepare your property

It’s hard to believe but it’s less than three weeks until hurricane season starts. In the past few years, Somerset County has been hit pretty regularly so it helps to be prepared. SERVPRO of West Somerset County has plenty of experience with storm damage starting with Hurricane Floyd back in 1999, so we know well what likely causes of damage can be. The following tips can prevent the stress of having water where it shouldn’t be.

Inspect your sump pump

  • Protect your contents, structure, and peace of mind by making sure that your sump pump is functioning as it should, before the rain starts.

Check your insurance policy coverage in case of wind or flood damage

  • After the storm isn’t the time to find out the damage to your property isn’t covered.

Trim all trees and shrubs

  • Any dead limbs can be a danger, but pay particular attention to trees close enough to your house or power lines to cause damage if limbs fall.

Use surge protection on all major appliances

  • If the power goes out they could be damaged by a surge when the power resumes. Consider a whole house surge protection system to safeguard your expensive equipment.

Check your carbon monoxide detectors

  • They should be checked twice a year, with one on each floor of your house. Power outages can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide levels.

Prepare your roof

  • Even small issues can cause large damage in heavy rain or hail. If your roof needs to be replaced, consider getting one designed to be hail resistant.

Add storm shutters

  • Shutters that can easily be pulled closed to protect your windows can prevent broken glass or leakage.

Clean your gutters

  • Blocked gutters can send water where it shouldn’t be, potentially damaging your siding, foundation, and landscaping.

For more information about personal preparations for your family and pets, check the following:

Ready.gov

National Severe Storms Laboratory

NOAA Hurricane FAQs

Sometimes storm damage happens despite your best efforts and preparations. When it does, call SERVPRO of West Somerset County 24 hours a day at 732-805-9944 and we will come dry you out!

Sources

DIY hacks to prepare your home for storm season

Tips to help prepare for hurricane season

Assessing summer storm damage

Professional Recommendations to Help Spring Cleaning

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO today at 732-805-9944 for your deep spring cleaning!

Beginning with the right tools will help this year’s spring cleaning go quickly

It looks like it’s finally really spring in New Jersey, and that means spring cleaning! To help you out we have some recommendations from the professionals at the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  Our SERVPRO crew members are certified by the IICRC so you know we have the training and experience to help you if you want to take your spring cleaning to the next level.

The IICRC identifies the following eight tools as the best to keep on hand for cleaning your property:

  1. Microfiber cloths attract more dirt than you ever thought could be present, and distilled water is one of the most powerful solvents available while also being safe. The combination is unstoppable!
  2. One damp and one dry cloth to follow it to make sure you pick up all the dirt and prevent streaking.
  3. A white or blue non-scratch scrubbing sponge or microfiber cloth for hard to remove dirt. Green sponges usually have a risk of scratching surfaces. Remember that sponges can harbor germs, so keep the bathroom and kitchen separate.
  4. A plastic or metal spackling knife or spatula to cover with a cloth and reach into edges and other tight spaces and between louvered door slats.
  5. A NEW toothbrush – that’s right. While cleaning is a great reuse for an old toothbrush, consider getting a new one or even a scrub brush in a similar design to attack the difficult areas with the extra force of new bristles.
  6. A razor blade, when used carefully and safely, can be irreplaceable in removing residue from hard surfaces such as tape or paint on a window. Always test first to make sure it won’t damage the surface you are trying to clean, and use at an acute angle to the surface.
  7. A general purpose cleaner and a tile cleaner will take care of heavy dirt and mold better than distilled water.
  8. Carry a plastic bag with you to collect trash and debris, saving you from having to clean up after your cleaning.

Bonus: A cleaning caddy with a handle or a bucket with pockets will be indispensable in keeping all your tools together as you move through your home or business.

Making a plan of the order in which to do your cleaning will give you direction and purpose and make sure you are thorough, completing each room before moving on to the next. Another good tip to keep in mind is to clean each room from the top down, that way you won’t have to clean the floor again if you knock dust off a high shelf.

If even after all these tips you think you may have a job for the professionals, call SERVPRO at 732-805-9944 and our experienced and IICRC-certified crew will be happy to give your commercial or residential property a deep clean!

Source

Building Services Management Magazine: April 2014; Eight Tools for Spring Cleaning and IEQ.

http://www.iicrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/bsm-1.pdf

National Poison Prevention Week

3/24/2016 (Permalink)

National Poison Help Line 1-800-222-1222

 “Children Act Fast…So Do Poisons!”

 “Poisoning Spans a Lifetime.”

March 20 through 26 is the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2016 National Poison Prevention Week. This makes it a good time to review the medications, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, laundry detergents, and other chemicals your keep around the house, particularly if you have children or pets. A recent survey by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding pesticide use in and around the home revealed that almost half (47%) of all households with children under the age of 5 had at least one pesticide stored in an unlocked cabinet, and less than 4 feet off the ground (i.e., within reach of children). The survey also found that 75% of households without children under the age of 5 also stored one pesticide within reach of children.

A few selected recommendations are listed below. Please see the links under “Sources” at the bottom of the page for complete information.

  • Always read the label: review all warnings and storage recommendations for everything you buy, and regularly review directions for safe use.
  • Store items out of reach and out of sight of children or pets: cabinet locks found at any hardware store can help keep little fingers and paws away from danger.
  • See your home from the perspective of children and pets: crawl around on your hands and knees to spot potential issues you might not usually see.
  • Never store cleaning chemicals, pesticides, laundry detergents, or anything else potentially dangerous in containers that could be mistaken for food or drink (i.e. cups, water bottles).
  • Keep chemicals in their original containers; or if transferring them to something such as a spray bottle, label it very clearly along with particular dangers (i.e. use with gloves).
  • Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after use or if you have to step away from a container you are in the process of using.
  • Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicine; always check the dosage. Avoid taking medicine in front of children and never refer to it as “candy.”
  • Alert all adults and caregivers coming into your home to potential dangers. When travelling to a home without children or pets (i.e. grandparents), make sure they have gone through these steps to avoid problems. A study conducted for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by the American Association of Poison Control Centers found that 23 percent of the oral prescription drugs that were ingested by children under 5 belonged to someone who did not live with the child.
  • Keep the number for Local Poison Control in a prominent place in your house and programmed on your cell phone: 800-222-1222.
  • Hold on to the label of anything someone might have ingested in order to provide the information to emergency personnel.

By following and reviewing these basic guidelines as well as the information provided by the EPA and HRSA at the links below, you can ensure the safety of everyone under your roof.

Sources

US Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration – Poison Help: http://www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/

EPA - Pesticides: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides

EPA - Reduce Your Child’s Chances of Pesticide Poisoning: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/reduce-your-childs-chances-pesticide-poisoning

EPA - Protecting Pets from Fleas and Ticks: https://www.epa.gov/pets

http://www.poisonprevention.org/

Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season

12/3/2015 (Permalink)

Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cites statistics on escalated cooking and candle fire risk that can turn festivities into a fire drill

Warren, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) December 3, 2015 -- As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, John Zoephel of SERVPRO® of West Somerset County reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association:

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1
  • Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2
  • “These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says Zoephel. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”

    According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.

    While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.

    “It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says Zoephel, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.”

    For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of West Somerset County, please contact John Zoephel at (732) 805-9944 or office@SERVPROnesc.com.

    1 http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking

    2 http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/candles

    3 http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/put-a-freeze-on-winter-fires

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    Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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    9/24/2015 (Permalink)

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