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Fast Drying to Prevent Secondary Damage

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

We are here to help, all hours of every day. You can count on our technicians to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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. 


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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Managing Water Damage in Your Bedminster House For the Best Results

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

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 that 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 at any time at (732) 805-9944.

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Solutions To Water Damaged Tile Floors in Somerville

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

The tiles on this flooring has been affected by water damage. This is what the bathroom looked like initially before our services.

t can come as quite a surprise to a Somerville homeowner when tiled walls and floors do not merely shrug off a water loss. The standard expectation when installing tile is that it is impervious to water. Unfortunately, some circumstances develop where water does migrate unexpectedly. When this becomes evident to the unsuspecting homeowner, the damage might be significant because it was unnoticed and not addressed in its minor stages.

Grout Can Be Vulnerable

One of the reasons you chose a grouted tile construction in your Somerville residence was its water damage resistance. When properly installed, ceramic tile with grouted joints is a waterproof construction. After installation, however, occasional maintenance of the grout is imperative. Resealing the grout with a product recommended by the manufacturer needs to be on your rotation of house maintenance tasks. Regular inspection for any gaps or cracks is the key to minimizing any water seepage.

Subfloor Damage -- Cause 

If the subfloor is damaged in any way during installation of the tile or later, SERVPRO crews might find cracks or gaps in even rigorously maintained grout. Uneven plywood subflooring can result from inadequate preparation of lower layers of an existing floor structure. A subfloor that sits above a damp crawl space with missing or damaged vapor barriers can swell, eventually warping and causing the grout to crack and loosen. This distortion of the flat surface opens up areas in the expanse of tile to permit percolation of water from a leak or appliance failure into the supporting structures.

Subfloor Damage -- Effect

Regardless of the cause of the grout cracking, once the waterproof seal goes missing, the underlying floor is in trouble. Spills and leaks drain into the subfloor, causing warping and expansion. The tiles break away from the grout, coming loose and requiring reinstallation after the subfloor is repaired or replaced. SERVPRO’s general contractor license permits you to rely on us for the rebuilding to code of the subfloor needed after the water removal and structural drying. 

SERVPRO of West Somerset County offers our customers wrap around rebuilding services after a water loss. Call us at (732) 805-9944 to assess and plan for restoration that makes it “Like it never even happened.”

Contractor License: General: 13VH05228000 

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What Causes Damage to Hardwood Floors

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage on hardwood floors can be caused by various factors, including the following:

  • Roof leaks
  • Plumbing leaks
  • High humidity levels
  • Unattended spills
  • Tracking rain/snow
  • Tracking pool water

Any water sources can cause damages to your hardwood flooring. If there has been any spills or leaks, be sure to immediately wipe them off. Do not let them sit and be absorbed by your hardwood flooring through open pores. This will then cause discoloration, warping, or buckling.

Prevention of Water Damage to Hardwood Floors

There are plenty of ways to protect your hardwood flooring depending on the source of water that it is exposed to. The most critical prevention method is still to wipe off any leaks and spills immediately to get rid of any pooling before absorption occurs.

Spills and Leaks

It takes just a small splash of water from sources like a kitchen sink or a pair of wet shoes from outdoors to allow hardwood floors to start absorbing This can be avoided by placing an absorbent mat or cloth were necessary to catch these little spills instead.

When you need to organize a party, always prepare sufficient paper towels to allow guests to immediately clean up spills. Alternatively, you can layer the hardwood floors with a rug that can absorb spills and prevent them from touching the hardwood flooring.

Spills are inevitable when you have children around the house. Ensure they only eat and drink away from the hardwood flooring but if they must, just place a rug underneath their seating area.

Leaks and Humidity

Once you have cleaned up any leaks, there is still bound to be moisture residue left behind. An industrial dehumidifier can help to remove excess moisture before the hardwood flooring can absorb any of it.

For the roof, always consult a specialist to prevent leaks spilling onto the hardwood floors. Early repairs can stop the roof leaks even before they can begin to spill.

Plumbing issues can be detected on walls as well as the floors. Any signs of damages need to be rectified immediately before spills occur and flow onto the hardwood floors.

For households that have been experiencing high humidity levels, implementing long-term solutions is the best bet instead of allowing severe damages to be inflicted onto the hardwood flooring.

Repairing Water Damage on Hardwood Floor

Water stains are typically white pigments on the hardwood floors. They can be removed by simply using a floor polish with a cotton cloth.

Blackwater stains are not that easy to remove which require sanding them off with sandpaper. A type of wood bleach will then be needed to lighten the shade of the stains. Slight discoloration may occur which has been deemed as unsightly for some or be regarded as nicer than the color of the blackwater stains.

Warping of Hardwood Boards

This situation can still be salvaged by first flattening the warped boards with something heavy. Leave it for several days to see if any changes can be seen. Boards that are not in line can be nailed down but popping of boards needs to be observed.

For everything else, simply seek the professional services of a water damage restoration company. It is highly advisable to spend on restorative procedures than to incur even heftier expenses, should your own repair attempts were to fail.

Top Tips to Prevent Your Home From Water Damage This Winter

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to your home can happen at any time of the year, but in winter, your home may be especially susceptible. The wet weather and freezing temperatures can cause water to leak into the nooks and crannies of your house. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent this. Here is a helpful list to guide you in keeping your home dry this winter.

Preventing Ice Dams on the Roof

Ice dams are formed when ice collects at the edges of a roof. This typically happens when the upper portion of a roof is warmer than the lower portion.  Snow on the upper portion melts faster and runs down to the cooler part of the roof where it freezes again, creating an ice dam. These are problematic because they block the water from melting snow from flowing off your roof. The water can accumulate and seep into your house through tiny cracks or gaps in your roof. It can also result in mold and mildew growth on your roof.

To stop ice dams from forming, you have to ensure that all parts of your roof are equally cold. This can be done by keeping your attic well-ventilated to maintain an evenly cold temperature. You should also seal any ceiling cracks or openings that may allow warm air from other parts of your house to enter the attic.

Clearing the Gutter

Keeping the gutter clear allows water to drain down and away from your roof which also helps to keep water from collecting on your roof. This is an unappealing task but it is very important in preventing a clog. You can do it yourself with gloves, a garden trowel and a ladder. However, it may be better to get professional assistance, as this may be a bit dangerous. You can also install gutter covers to reduce the need to clear your gutter, but you should still check the gutter occasionally to ensure that it is not clogged. Leaves and other debris are most likely to collect at the corners and junctions of the gutter.

Keeping Your House Perimeter Dry

After you clear ice, snow and water from your roof and gutter, you need to make sure to keep the foundation of your house dry as well. Melting snow surrounding the perimeter of your home can seep into the soil and enter your house through cracks or leaks in your windows and doors. It can also saturate your foundation and basement walls, increasing the chances of mold forming in your home. The best solution is to shovel the snow away from your house before it melts. You can also seal up gaps or other openings in your basement wall to prevent water from seeping in.

Watching Out for Frozen Pipes

Due to the cold temperatures in winter, water in your water pipes can freeze over and lead to high internal pressure in the pipes. If the pressure continues to build up, it can be enough to rupture your pipes, causing a huge amount of water to be released in your house. To prevent frozen pipes, you can insulate water pipes located in places of your home with freezing temperatures. In especially cold temperatures, it is recommended to let your faucets drip slowly to relieve pressure in case the pipes have frozen. If where water from your pipes stops flowing completely, it is best to call a plumber as soon as possible because it is likely that the pipe has frozen.

The Untold Secret to Mastering Water Removal in Somerville

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure frozen pipes don’t cause extensive damage in your home. Call SERVPRO.

Salvaging a Home Office in Somerville with Water Removal

While a slightly damaged pipe can seem like a small issue, cracked or frozen pipes account for almost 20% of plumbing supply system failures and can cause a significant amount of loss. Even a tiny crack in plumbing can let gallons of water into your home each day without your knowledge. Worse still, waterlogged walls and surfaces are not something easily cleaned with home products, and can damage your possessions, including important papers and electronics. 

If the home office in your Somerville residence requires water removal, the team at SERVPRO and can help restore your home and your possessions to their preloss conditions. SERVPRO team members and franchise owners alike undergo extensive and continuous education on state-of-the-art mitigation techniques to save you time, money, and stress after a disaster.

Signs of Water-Damaged Walls & Ceilings

Keep an eye out for these indicators that your walls have been damaged by water:

  • The drywall becomes soft and eventually warps and breaks
  • Warped, bubbling, or peeling paint on walls
  • The ceiling sags and may leak accumulated water
  • Warping and staining from moisture and mineral deposits in the water
  • A musty, earthy odor from moisture-affected walls

How SERVPRO Can Save Your Office

While the drying process is focused on restoring structures, SERVPRO also has specialized techniques for various materials that need drying, including fabrics, upholstery, wood, drywall, documents, electronics, and much more. Technicians calculate placement for both centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers to optimize the drying process and cover as much surface area as possible while drying without overloading dehumidifiers. 

Document drying can be done with a variety of methods, including air-drying, dehumidification, vacuum thermal drying, vacuum freeze-drying, and freezer-drying. While it may seem counterintuitive to freeze-dry documents, this process is effective in restoring papers to their prior condition without warping or other issues from water absorption. Electronics can be safely placed in a low-humidity environment and repaired as needed by an electronics restoration professional. 

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is Faster to Any Size Disaster, so your residence can be restored to its preloss condition.  If you need fast-responding disaster cleanup services, call (732) 805-9944 today.

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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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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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