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How to Prepare Your Branchburg Home for Winter Storms

10/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Are you ready for winters storm damage?

Winter is coming, and along with it, the promise of cold winds, ice, and snow hang in the air. Winter storms and extreme cold can cause untold damage to your home and surrounding property, but pre-season prep can make all the difference. Let SERVPRO of West Somerset County give you some tips to prepare your home for winter storm damage

Clean Gutters

Clean out your gutters while preparing for a winter storm. If your gutters are housing piles of leaves, sticks, and other debris, there’s a bigger risk of them falling off of your home with the added snow and ice. Protecting your gutters is also protecting your home from mold, mildew, and other water damage

Extend Downspouts

Extending downspouts will prevent pools of water, ice, and any debris from sitting stagnant around the foundation of your home, causing severe water damage. 

Tree Removal

If you have old trees close to your home, you may want to consider getting them removed ahead of the winter season. One nor’easter is all it takes for the tree to fall into your home. Even if your trees are appropriately far from the house, be sure to trim any daunting branches too close for comfort before the wind does it for you.

Battery Powered Smoke/Carbon Detectors

Having battery powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential to staying safe if your power goes out. In the event that there’s a house fire during a winter storm, these detectors will work in alerting you, as opposed to the hardwired detectors which will no longer be powered.

Chimney Cleaning

Cleaning your chimney is extremely important before the winter months, especially if you depend on it for heat. Ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned by a professional and ready for use before lighting your first fire. Keep in mind that snow and ice can block chimneys vents, and dryer exhausts - so be sure to keep these areas as clear as possible during and after a storm before usage. If they are clogged, there’s a larger chance of a house fire or fire damage.

Caulk Windows & Doors

If your windows and doors could use some re-caulking, now is the time to do it. This will help with any water damage and will keep your home warm and draft-free. If snow is piling up around your home, it could melt and seep through your doors and windows, causing mold, mildew, and other water damage.



Roof Inspection

Before the winter months, be sure to have your roof checked. Snow, ice, hail, and harsh winds are an inevitable part of winter weather. Get your roof inspected for missing shingles, cracks, leaks, etc. before heading into the winter season.

Let SERVPRO of West Somerset County Help Your Recover from Water and Storm Damage

At SERVPRO, we can help you recover from water damage resulting from a winter natural disaster. We’ll take care of plumbing leaks, flooding, roof leaks, sewer or toilet backups, fire damage, and much more. If water damage has already resulted in mold and mildew, we have services and skilled personnel that can be of assistance with mold remediation. We hope this blog helped you learn more about how to prepare your Branchburg home for winter storms.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (732) 805-9944

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Holmdel/Aberdeen, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.” 

How To Handle Water And Storm Damage Calmly

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Adverse weather can cause significant storm damage to even the most well designed properties, since the powerful winds can inflict debasement while heavy rainfall can cause considerable ground flooding. Below are some tips for calmly handling it. Before checking for specific property damage, ensure your own safety by being on the lookout for power lines which have fallen and standing water which might be electrically charged.

Inspect the Plumbing

Review the pipes indoors and outdoors. Shut off your water valves for the sinks and toilets, and if you notice that sewage has backed up into the shower or beneath the commode, this means the primary sewer line could be broken or clogged. Avoid using the toilet or sink as this will make the situation worse.

Review Your Electrical Systems and Appliances

Any appliances which have been exposed to liquid must be disconnected immediately and then serviced prior to being used again. Inspect the cables for frayed wiring and look out for sparks. If you notice structural damage or wires which have been exposed, contact an electrician and do not activate the power as you might electrocute yourself. While the majority of external breaker boxes are designed to be water tight they may nevertheless be exposed during a serious storm, so do not handle them if water is present. Avoid metallic fences or surfaces in the area as they might contain an electrical charge from nearby utility wires.

Check The Roof

You’ll want to check the roof for shingles which are missing, but be careful during your ascent and descent so you don’t fall down. If you notice that shingles are absent, you’ll want to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible since missing shingles can lead to water leakage and roofers have the skills and equipment needed to repair them.

How to Handle Flooding

Standing water needs to be removed as soon as possible, as it poses a number of hazards. Unless you have the knowledge or tools needed to do it yourself, you’ll want to contact a restoration firm, but in the meantime you’ll need to employ a pump for draining it, use wet dried vacuums and get rid of any objects which are absorbent and contaminated. Dehumidifiers and air movers can be used for drying. Throw away any perishables which have been exposed to the flood water, including canned goods, cosmetics, medication and packaged food.

Vehicles

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other automobiles are readily damaged by flood water, along with falling debris or tree limbs. Any vehicle which has sustained such damage should be reported to your insurance company, and broken windows should be covered if it appears the vehicle can be salvaged. Make a list of any valuables inside that have been damaged or lost.

Only Hire Reputable Contractors

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of those who have been affected by natural disasters or storms. To avoid such scams, be sure to only work with contractors that are well known or live locally, do not pay for work until the job is complete and watch for contractors that attempt to pressure you. Always get written estimates before the work begins.

How To Handle Water And Storm Damage Calmly

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

Adverse weather can cause significant storm damage to even the most well designed properties, since the powerful winds can inflict debasement while heavy rainfall can cause considerable ground flooding. Below are some tips for calmly handling it. Before checking for specific property damage, ensure your own safety by being on the lookout for power lines which have fallen and standing water which might be electrically charged.

Inspect the Plumbing

Review the pipes indoors and outdoors. Shut off your water valves for the sinks and toilets, and if you notice that sewage has backed up into the shower or beneath the commode, this means the primary sewer line could be broken or clogged. Avoid using the toilet or sink as this will make the situation worse.

Review Your Electrical Systems and Appliances

Any appliances which have been exposed to liquid must be disconnected immediately and then serviced prior to being used again. Inspect the cables for frayed wiring and look out for sparks. If you notice structural damage or wires which have been exposed, contact an electrician and do not activate the power as you might electrocute yourself. While the majority of external breaker boxes are designed to be water tight they may nevertheless be exposed during a serious storm, so do not handle them if water is present. Avoid metallic fences or surfaces in the area as they might contain an electrical charge from nearby utility wires.

Check The Roof

You’ll want to check the roof for shingles which are missing, but be careful during your ascent and descent so you don’t fall down. If you notice that shingles are absent, you’ll want to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible since missing shingles can lead to water leakage and roofers have the skills and equipment needed to repair them.

How to Handle Flooding

Standing water needs to be removed as soon as possible, as it poses a number of hazards. Unless you have the knowledge or tools needed to do it yourself, you’ll want to contact a restoration firm, but in the meantime you’ll need to employ a pump for draining it, use wet dried vacuums and get rid of any objects which are absorbent and contaminated. Dehumidifiers and air movers can be used for drying. Throw away any perishables which have been exposed to the flood water, including canned goods, cosmetics, medication and packaged food.

Vehicles

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other automobiles are readily damaged by flood water, along with falling debris or tree limbs. Any vehicle which has sustained such damage should be reported to your insurance company, and broken windows should be covered if it appears the vehicle can be salvaged. Make a list of any valuables inside that have been damaged or lost.

Only Hire Reputable Contractors

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who will take advantage of those who have been affected by natural disasters or storms. To avoid such scams, be sure to only work with contractors that are well known or live locally, do not pay for work until the job is complete and watch for contractors that attempt to pressure you. Always get written estimates before the work begins.

Top Tips To Plan A Home Restoration Project After Experiencing Storm Damage

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Whether it's tornado season, hurricane season, or just a freak storm, you're likely no stranger to home damage restoration if you live in an area that has frequent violent weather breakouts. Between structural damage, flooding, and debris, a restoration can feel like an emotionally draining, daunting task.

By creating a clear plan, your home restoration project can run smoother, and you'll be prepared no matter when the storm hits. Before the next storm, and while tackling the next project, the following should be considered.

Restore and Repair

Okay, the storm has passed and you're concentrating on restoration and repair. Think about what you're doing. Are there some steps you could take now, for down the road, so your home will be better protected against having to do this again? Do you need stronger windows? Does your sump pump need replacing? Are the winds in your area too much for your garage door? Should you be reinforcing any of your home’s structural features? If storm damage restoration is currently being done, there is no time like the present to tackle preventative projects.

One Step at a Time

Try not to be overwhelmed. It might feel like you're rebuilding your entire house because things tend to pile up quickly. If you feel like you're not getting anything done, or you feel overloaded, stop! Regroup after taking a moment for yourself.

So you don't get buried, break down your costs and steps and only tackle one or two projects at a time. Unless you have temporary housing lined up, you'll have to live in your home so you must keep it somewhat comfortable and livable for the sake of your mental health and stress level.

Take Care Of Necessities First

First things first! What are your immediate needs in the storm restoration process? While redoing your kitchen may seem far more glamorous, you should concentrate immediately on drying out your home and assessing its structure. Where the necessities are concerned, don't cut corners, or you may end up with deterioration, mold, and other hazards or harmful situations.

Before You Begin – Do Your Research

Before you need it, start doing some research. Look at who the best area contractors are, factors that influence the costs of flood damage, your insurance coverage, and other need-to-know details. Don't be afraid to call contractors and other home restoration specialists or services. It's better to communicate with them now than in a panicked state because disaster has already hit.

Budget Crafting

For any home restoration project, try to set a clear budget. Think about things you might have to tackle in the future. Start budgeting subprojects by starting an emergency fund. Naturally, the cost of storm damage restoration can't be anticipated, but now you have somewhere to start.

The Best Tip Ever for Storm Damage Restoration – Contact SERVPRO of West Somerset County

SERVPRO doesn't simply assist people with a little water damage or storm damage restoration on the side – it's what we do! But we don't stop there. We also offer odor removal, carpet cleaning, sewage cleanup, mold remediation, and so much more. Whether you have a residential or commercial building, we can help.

What's more, we offer 24/7 emergency service. We understand that disasters don't wait for a certain time of day – so neither do we. We will expedite a team of experts to your location when you need us. No job is too big or too small.

Don't take on the job of storm damage restoration on your own. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Learn How to Avoid Winter Storm Damage

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Winter storms are a threat to anyone living in the northern hemisphere. According to research, the damage caused by ice, snow and windstorms is right behind tornadoes and hurricanes and may create more than one billion dollars’ worth of property damage, not to mention the lost sales and productivity. Below are some tips for avoiding winter storm damage.

Install the Proper Roofing Material

The roofing material you use should be large and flat with extensive insulation. Those living in areas with lots of tree cover are at particular risk as shady locations have a greater chance of heavier snowfall and buildup of ice, which can cause a phenomenon called drifting. Vents or skylights might have structural weaknesses which can lead to leaks. Any area of the roof which is inadequately insulated will allow the escape of heat, which will cause snow to then melt down and refreeze.

Protect Your Water Pipes

The crawl spaces, attics and exterior walls of many buildings in the northeastern U.S. contain water pipes which are used to bring water to the faucets. If these pipes are not properly insulated, they will freeze and then crack or even break. This in turn will lead to the leakage of water and all the damage that comes with it.

Make sure that the pipes within your home are insulated by using pipe sleeves, and in unheated rooms like the bathroom or kitchen, open the cabinets to allow the warm air from other areas of the building to circulate there. Another tip for preventing pipe freezing is to run a bit of water during ice storms.

Make Sure You Have Adequate Insurance Coverage

Those living in areas which are vulnerable to freezing temperatures during winter need specific insurance coverage. Your policy should contain a term called “named perils” which covers the building and all the content within against damage resulting from windstorms, hail, and ice, sleet, snow, and collapse or water damage.

Trim Nearby Tree Branches

Low tree branches which overhang your property can become dangerous during winter storms, because the ice and snow weight will force the branches downward. This in turn will cause damage to the roof and other areas of the property. Additionally, power lines may become damaged if the branches are not maintained and then tumble downward during a snow storm. Cut every tree branch which is too close to your home especially ash and oak trees since their branches are most vulnerable to breaking off.

Use Insulation to Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams will appear when departing heat melts the ice along a roofline, causing it to drip down the sides and refreeze. If not addressed, the ice dams can cause roof damage or leakage, and the presence of icicles should serve as a warning. The best way to avoid them is through insulation. Seal the gaps near lighting fixtures to prevent warm from departing into your roof and make sure attic temperatures are warmer than the external air.

What You Need To Know About Storm Shutters

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Lots of people know that it's crucial to take proper precautions if they live in areas susceptible to hurricanes, tornadoes, or other severe storms. What they may not know, however, is that against water and wind damage, an extra measure of protection is offered by storm shutters. Are storm shutters something you should invest in for your home?

Here, we'll take a close look at storm shutters, their purpose, their benefits, and other ways to guard your house against damage from storms. Finally, we will recommend the best company to contact if you have already received, or receive in the future, water damage from any storm.

Storm Shutters – What's the Point?

We'll put this as simply as possible: To make sure your home doesn't fall victim to excess wind and water damage, storm (or window) shutters are used as a precaution. Additionally, to prevent shattered glass windows and debris from blowing into your home (during high winds), shutters help immensely.

When it comes to storm shutters, however, there are different types. You can choose from a number of styles and materials, depending on the style of your home and where you live. To give you an idea, here are some examples of hurricane shutters:

  • Waterproof/durable fabric
  • Fiberglass
  • Wood
  • Metal

What's more, some shutters cinch up accordion style, some roll down, and some close and lock (like the doors on a cabinet).

Storm Shutter Benefits

Now that you know what storm shutters are, it's time to ask yourself the question, "Are storm shutters something I should invest in?" The following reasons are why storm shutters are great investments, particularly if you live near any coastal area:

  • Especially if hurricane damage isn't covered by your homeowner’s insurance, you can save money on repairs.
  • The overall resale value of your house will be increased.
  • Between potential flooding and your home, an extra barrier is provided by hurricane shutters.
  • Destruction caused by any kind of storm will be greatly reduced.
  • The risk of injury from flying debris or broken glass is decreased by shutters.

Protecting Your Home in Other Ways

To avoid significant storm damage, there are also other ways. By taking the following precautions, you can better prepare for severe storms and hurricanes:

  • To prevent excess flooding, seal door frames.
  • To prevent power shortages, unplug electronics.
  • To prevent wind from blowing outdoor furniture around your house, bolt it down.
  • Used tarps to cover electronics and furniture.
  • In a watertight safe, lock away valuables.
  • Both before and following the storm, take pictures of your home for insurance purposes.

What If The Damage Has Already Been Done?

Now you know storm shutters are a good idea for homes. But what if the damage has already been done? What if a storm hit, you didn't know the importance of storm shutters, and your home received flood or water damage? Don't panic, we've got good news for you.

When you are looking for a quality storm damage cleanup and restoration service provider, and you need some assistance through trying times, SERVPRO of West Somerset County is prepared to help you. If you have water damage, don't wait another minute. Please contact us to find out mor

Experiencing Storm Damage? Try SERVPRO Of West Somerset County To Enjoy Peace of Mind

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Have you experienced storm damage or damage of another nature to your home or business? If so, you need a restoration service that's reliable, fast, and certified to assist with drying out, making repairs, replacement, and restoration. Whether you need assistance after a storm, disaster recovery, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, water damage restoration, or something else, the SERVPRO experts can be of assistance. No job is too large or too small.

Faster than you can even realize, our team of dependable experts will return your home or business building to its former beauty and functionality. It will look "Like it never even happened." Knowing how important downtime can be to a business and a family, we do our best to minimize the process and lessen the interruption to your life. With expertise, care, and empathy, our technicians will get the job done in an expedited manner – but completely and thoroughly, as well.

Time Has Been Our Teacher

Our technicians go through high levels of training and certification – but our company has learned through time and experience, too. If nothing else, hurricanes like Irene and Sandy have taught us well. Knowing that storms and other natural disasters can happen at any time, we are always prepared.

So we can better address entire property saturation, standing water, and more, we have acquired the leading equipment, tools, and technology to deal with storms and their effects. We know it's not a matter of "if" disaster happens – we are prepared for "when" disasters strike. We can address thousands of saturated material square footage with hundreds of dehumidifiers and air movers. If possible, we will preserve whatever materials we can, but are prepared to remove and dispose of materials that cannot be salvaged.

Additional Services Related to Storms

At SERVPRO of West Somerset County, we offer a number of services related to storms, flood damage, etc. These are as follows:

  • Commercial building storm damage
  • Building services
  • Odor removal
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Sewage clean-up
  • Mold remediation
  • Care for belongings
  • Water restoration process
  • Disaster recovery team
  • Storm and water damage tips

Disaster Preparedness

Storms, floods, and other disasters don't wait for bankers’ hours. Fortunately, neither does the expert team at SERVPRO. Our highly trained technicians offer immediate emergency response, and are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Storm Damage Specialist Training

We have not only specialized expertise, but advanced training as leaders in the water and storm damage industry. What's more, the level of hands-on experience we offer is exceptional. To quickly dry your home or business, we use experience and training. Before you know it, your commercial building or residence will be restored to its former beauty and functionality. The following specialists will assist you:

  • Applied structural drying technicians
  • Water damage restoration technicians

SERVPRO – Handling Disasters and Storms

Some restoration companies are overwhelmed by flooding events and storms. We, on the other hand, utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major disasters and storms, as well as country- and state-wide resources involving no fewer than 1,700 franchises. This isn't our first time at the rodeo! We know what to expect, what to do when disasters occur, and always perform in expert and expedited fashion.

For businesses – time is money. For families, the faster they can get back into their home, the better.

Don't wait another minute to contract storm damage restoration services for your West Somerset County business or home. Contact us today.

Was Your Home Hit By A Flash Flood?

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

If your home has been hit by a flash flood, you may be at a loss what to do. Of course, you will have to call in the storm and flood damage restoration professionals as soon as it is safe to, but what can you do in the meantime? In this article, we share with you some best practices to follow in the event of a flash flood.

Stay Connected

Stay tuned in to local radio and TV, that will alert you when the dangers are over, and it is safe to go out again. Dangers may still be present even if the flood waters have receded somewhat, so never assume it is safe to go out without the all-clear.

Safety First

If you see any sparks or broken wires, or smell burning smoke, turn off the electrical systems if it is safe to do so. You should vacate immediately if you smell natural gas or propane, on top of calling the fire department.

In addition, you should not try to drink tap or well water until it has been declared safe for consumption. At this point, you may not yet know whether the water has been polluted with human waste, fuel, and other contaminants. Do not use this water to brush your teeth or even wash your hands. If you have access to an undamaged water heater or ice cubes, use these as your water supply temporarily. Boiling or bleaching water can help to get rid of some contaminants, however, take note that these methods may not make it completely safe for consumption. Any food items that have come into contact with the floodwater should be tossed out.

Travel with Caution

If you absolutely must travel, always do so with extreme caution and keep away from moving bodies of water, no matter how shallow. Just six inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet, and a few feet of water can carry away moving vehicles. Wear sturdy shoes and ensure you have a stick or pole to help you gauge the depth of water and firmness of ground before moving forward. Contaminated water, debris, electrical hazards, and eroded walkways can also lend you in serious danger.

Engage Flood and Storm Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

If your home has sustained damage caused by a flash flood, our restoration technicians at SERVPRO are ready and able to assist with the restoration process. When you engage our services, you can be assured that we have the tools and equipment necessary to address the issue of standing water within a property. Our technicians are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, as we understand that floods and storms do not wait for normal business hours. Not only do we do our job well, but we also care about our customers. If you have any queries or would like to book a service, please feel free to contact us now.

How To Protect Your Home From Hurricane Damage

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

What Are The Main Causes Of Hurricane Damage?

Although hurricanes are necessary to sustain our ecosystem, they are life-threatening and destructive. Better understand more about the different types of hurricane damage and how you can better protect your home against hurricanes in future.

What Are Hurricanes?

The characteristics of a hurricane are storms that rotate rapidly with strong winds, a spiral arrangement thunderstorm with heavy rain, closed low-level atmospheric circulation with a low-pressure center. They are part of Mother Nature’s way to sustain our ecosystem but can prove to be highly destructive.

Hurricane damages can result in physical, economic, or emotional hardships. Some of the most destructive and well-known hurricanes are called Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey. Both hurricanes caused property damage worth a total of $125 billion.

Types of Damage Caused by Hurricanes

  • While windy days are highly welcomed, especially on hot summer days, strong hurricane winds have enough power to uproot trees and other types of debris. When picked up by the hurricane wind, it can send them hurling through the air at dangerously high-speed.
  • Storm surges are known as one of the deadliest damages by hurricanes. In an analysis of tropical cyclones which have occurred between 1963 to 2012. Storm surges are caused by strong wind which causes the sea levels to rise rapidly, pummeling and engulfing anything in its path.
  • Flooding is a result of the prolonged rainfall that often comes with hurricanes. The most significant floods were caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. They hold a record of cause floods that go up to 50 inches high. This is extremely damaging to vehicles, vegetation, and lower-level buildings.
  • With the speed of hurricane winds, multiple small tornado paths may be created. Again, this causes trees or even homes to be uprooted, creating even more windborne debris.

How to Protect Your Home from Hurricane Damages

It is important to proactively protect your home from potential hurricane damages. If there is an impending hurricane, board up your windows and be sure to stock up on items such as generator fuel and emergency supplies. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, look out for hurricane prep lists to check what you are missing. Other ways of protecting your home includes installing impact windows and doors.

What Can SERVPRO Do for You?

SERVPRO of West Somerset County is always prepared for the likelihood of responding to flooding incidents resulting from severe storm events. We have acquired the industry’s leading tools and equipment to properly address flood damages that may span up to thousands of square feet.

Our water restoration teams have also traveled to coastline townships to assist in drying and repairing homes after Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. If your home has been hit by a hurricane or a flood, you can depend on SERVPRO to respond immediately. Our highly trained specialists are available 24 hours, seven days a week to assist you.

Time is of the essence when it comes to water damages

Being Prepared for the Next Hurricane Season

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Prepare yourself next hurricane season and call professionals at SERVPRO of West Somerset County. Image of standing water. Prepare yourself next hurricane season and call professionals at SERVPRO of West Somerset County.

The most recent hurricane season was the worst one we've seen yet. 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!

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DIY hacks to prepare your home for storm season

Tips to help prepare for hurricane season

Assessing summer storm damage

Hurricane Season 2020

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a Hurricane Courtesy of Pexels. Image of a Hurricane Courtesy of Pexels.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is in full swing. This season has had tropical cyclone formations at an unprecedented rate. So far, it has featured a total of 24 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 23 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. Are you prepared for a hurricane? Continue reading to learn ways to prepare yourself and your property for this type of storm.

Create An Emergency Ready Plan

At SERVPRO we belive individuals should always be prepared for a storm and should have a place in place in case your home or property is in the path of a storm. A few basic items to include in an emergency ready pack are backup generators, flashlights, batteries, dried goods. It is also important to have a route planned on where you will go, and how you will remain in contact with the members of your household. 

Get in touch with a member of our team to schedule a free phone consultation about Emergency Ready Plans: 732-805-9944.

Hurricane Season Is Here, Are You Prepared?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is here! Hurricane season is here, and we want you to be ready.

For the first time in recorded history, eight named tropical storms formed before August 1st. The first hurricane of the season, Hanna, made landfall last weekend. With the season in full swing, it's time to start thinking of an emergency ready plan, and we can help you do just that. Our trained professionals can help you come up with an emergency ready plan that is suitable for your property. We've lived through dozens of storms and we know just how severe they can be, that being said it's always better to expect the unexpected. In the event of an emergency, it's helpful to locate all the possible exits of your facility. Establishing a plan between your family or employees is the first step in being prepared. With our guidance, we can weather any storm together. 

Natural Disaster Recovery Tips For Business Owners

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

The aftermath of natural disasters causes different degrees of impact on a business. Businesses may possibly suffer a great loss as the damage can be huge. The situation will also hit employees who are going to see the adverse effects inflicting upon their livelihood. Matters are then made worst when approximately 40% of startups will not reopen even after the natural disaster situation has settled down. You can prevent your business from making part of that figure. Make the necessary preparations to mend from a tragedy and increase your chances of successful natural disaster recovery for commercial businesses.

Before Disaster Hits

Business owners need to always be prepared way ahead of time. Do not have the mentality that their business is never going to be hit by a disaster. Take every necessary step to put risks at a bare minimum including those of hurricane, earthquake, flood, fire, and any other types of natural disasters.

Start by first getting a comprehensive insurance policy that covers a wide-ranging list of damages. Always check to ensure that the policy does include damages caused by natural disasters as not every insurance has such coverage.

After Disaster Hit

Keep a list of to-do things handy to know exactly how to react and what needs to be done immediately when a natural disaster strikes.

Activate Your Emergency Plan

An emergency plan needs to have the objective of minimizing the damages caused by the natural disaster towards your business as well as your employees. Call everyone and ask about their well-being and whereabouts.

Communication Strategy

A trusted employee needs to be the one handling all the communication with relief services, financial bodies, and suppliers. The same employee also needs to have a backup mode of communication should the first system were to break down.

Keeping Data Safe

Natural disasters cause disruption to your business system. For example, they may corrupt your files including every single financial data. Always ensure to back up every business file in more than just a single location, both online and offline.

Restoration Expert

Seek restorative services as soon as the situation has calmed. The earlier the restoration processes are put in place, the higher the chances for you to control the overall damages. This can help minimize your losses as much as possible. A professional restoration company will also assist you in getting the most value out of your insurance policy. They usually have prior experience to advise you accordingly.

Insurance Claim

Check your insurance coverage to examine any hidden clauses such as additional damages, deductibles, and more. Get all the facts right before filing for a claim after adding up the total losses faced by your business.

Disaster Loan

There are several government bodies and agencies that offer disaster assistance in various forms. There are the Disaster Loan Program, low-interest loan, and others which can cater to varying needs of business owners after a disaster. Simply contact any business development centers to list down your concerns and the type of assistance your business may require.

Critical Preparation

No crisis is too hard to recover from even if it involves getting hit by a natural disaster. You and your business will get back on track with proper preparation that gets put in place early. Always know your resources well to aid you in the entire recovery process.

Understanding Water and Storm Damage

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage and storm damage are a crisis feared by every property owner, whether it is a home or business space. It can cause severe damage to your furniture and appliances. Water damage restoration is important when your commercial property or home is suffering from water damage due to flooding or leaking. Although every water damage situation is unique and requires different solutions, there are general guidelines and processes to follow for all situations. Read on to find out more about the water damage restoration process. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The first step of water damage restoration typically involves calling a professional company. The staff member in charge will walk you through the crisis and lead you through some questions to get a better understanding of your situation and needs.

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

The second stage is to perform an inspection to identify the severity of the water damage. Tests will also be carried out to assess how much moisture has seeped in so as to ensure an efficient and effective restoration.

Step 3: Extraction and Removal of Excess Water

As soon as the initial inspections and assessments are completed, the water removal process will commence getting rid of standing water. Strong pumps and vacuums are utilized to remove a large amount of water from your home at a faster rate. This helps to ensure that there is no secondary water damage and growth of mold.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Most of the water would have been removed in step three. However, for remaining water located at places that are hard to access, specialized machinery will be used. Professionals will also make use of a variety of measures to estimate the ideal number of dehumidifiers and air movers required to completely dry your corporate office or home. Some of the measures include calculating the temperature, relative humidity, and taking room measurements.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

At this stage, the items and furniture damaged by the water that can be restored will be cleaned. There are various techniques professionals use to clean their clients’ belongings, and they are trained and experienced in getting rid of odors in your property by using sanitizing treatments.

Step 6: Restoration

The last stage is where the restoration of your property is carried out. Restoration refers to the process of bringing back the original condition of your property prior to the water damage. The restoration process may involve small repair work, such as installing a new carpet and getting new drywall or may require extensive improvements such as reconstructing damaged areas and rooms in a business or home.

If you are in need of professional help for any water damage, SERVPRO of West Somerset County can help. Our experts can guide you through this crisis, and determine the extent of the water damage so as ensure the most ideal restoration process for your property.

Was Your Home Hit By A Flash Flood?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has been hit by a flash flood, you may be at a loss what to do. Of course, you will have to call in the storm and flood damage restoration professionals as soon as it is safe to, but what can you do in the meantime? In this article, we share with you some best practices to follow in the event of a flash flood.

Stay Connected

Stay tuned in to local radio and TV, that will alert you when the dangers are over, and it is safe to go out again. Dangers may still be present even if the flood waters have receded somewhat, so never assume it is safe to go out without the all-clear.

Safety First

If you see any sparks or broken wires, or smell burning smoke, turn off the electrical systems if it is safe to do so. You should vacate immediately if you smell natural gas or propane, on top of calling the fire department.

In addition, you should not try to drink tap or well water until it has been declared safe for consumption. At this point, you may not yet know whether the water has been polluted with human waste, fuel, and other contaminants. Do not use this water to brush your teeth or even wash your hands. If you have access to an undamaged water heater or ice cubes, use these as your water supply temporarily. Boiling or bleaching water can help to get rid of some contaminants, however, take note that these methods may not make it completely safe for consumption. Any food items that have come into contact with the floodwater should be tossed out.

Travel with Caution

If you absolutely must travel, always do so with extreme caution and keep away from moving bodies of water, no matter how shallow. Just six inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet, and a few feet of water can carry away moving vehicles. Wear sturdy shoes and ensure you have a stick or pole to help you gauge the depth of water and firmness of ground before moving forward. Contaminated water, debris, electrical hazards, and eroded walkways can also lend you in serious danger.

Engage Flood and Storm Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

If your home has sustained damage caused by a flash flood, our restoration technicians at SERVPRO are ready and able to assist with the restoration process. When you engage our services, you can be assured that we have the tools and equipment necessary to address the issue of standing water within a property. Our technicians are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, as we understand that floods and storms do not wait for normal business hours. Not only do we do our job well, but we also care about our customers. If you have any queries or would like to book a service, please feel free to contact us now.

We Are The Experts You Can Trust In Somerville When You Are Facing Flood Damage

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Using our advanced cleaning techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, we will restore your home after a flood.

Engineered Flooring Drying for Class 1 Flood Damage in Somerville

Even though some flooding scenarios can be clean water losses, there are still many necessary steps to restoring affected materials in your Somerville home. Flooring can often experience the worst of flooding, as standing water can collect on these surfaces and begin saturating the material almost immediately. Depending on the porosity, certain types of flooring can be highly susceptible to substantial damages.

Engineered flooring might be more resistant than others to immediate flood damage after Somerville structural breaches, but they cannot entirely deter water damage. Though there are many varieties of this plank flooring, from interlocking tongue and groove to adhered units, the potential for eventual penetration is higher than you might believe. Drying out these affected materials is a priority of our SERVPRO professionals when we first arrive.

After extraction completes, we can focus on the surface drying of engineered flooring. Because these planks get comprised of multiple layers of thin wood glued together, penetration of the subflooring underneath can be a direct path to more substantial problems. Our professionals can use non-penetrating moisture meters once the surface moisture and standing water have gotten addressed to determine if any excessive moisture exists beneath the planks. Drying mats can be an excellent way to draw out moisture from this subflooring and support material underneath the plank, but only if more direct damage has not already occurred.

Our SERVPRO team must inspect planks and the thin seams between planks for swelling along the edges of the boards. Because of the composition of engineered flooring, this process is irreparable. The only solution left to restore structurally flood damaged planks is to remove them and reinstall them. We have a team of licensed contractors that can oversee the controlled demolition of this flooring and the efficient reinstallation when the house gets thoroughly dried.

Engineered flooring has a hardwood feel, making it a popular choice for modern construction. When flooding occurs, you can trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of West Somerset County team to help protect these materials and the rest of your house from continued damages and threats. Give us a call anytime at (732) 805-9944.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Somerville Home After A Flood

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

A controlled demolition called a "flood cut" is often needed after flood damage enters a property. We have the equipment to handle any job.

Misconceptions About Flood Damage in Affected Somerville Homes that Hinder Recovery

Flooding is an unfortunate outcome, and just like any other related incident, people have various misconceptions about the recovery process. Such misconceptions can prevent you from taking the right steps after your property floods, worsening the situation, or delaying recovery. Hiring a professional like SERVPRO immediately your property floods saves you the hassle of deciding which steps are positive, and which ones are detrimental.

Entering the Home to Save valuables

One misconception that can hamper recovery after flood damage in your Somerville home is the belief that you can enter your home to save valuable contents. While in some cases it is possible to venture into the flooded home, it is rarely advisable. The risks, including the possibility of electric shocks and health problems from exposure to contaminants, out weight the benefit of saving a few items. Our SERVPRO technicians access such properties safely because we use PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, which eliminates the risks.

Dry Surfaces Mean the Job is Complete

Another misconception is thinking that extracting all visible water and drying surfaces completes the job. Water moves in different ways, including wicking through materials. Therefore, there is a high chance of some water finding a way into concealed areas or being absorbed deep into materials. Our SERVPRO technicians help find such water using various moisture detection tools. For example, thermal cameras utilize differences in temperature caused by moisture to identify wet areas. We also use moisture meters with probes to verify that materials that appear dry on the surface do not hold excess moisture deep within the material.

Doing It On Your Own

Thinking that you can handle the cleanup and rebuilding process that follows flood damage is also a misconception. Apart from the lack of resources such as equipment to tear down and clean the property, there are other reasons why choosing to do it on your own might not work. For example, you might have a hard time deciding to throw away items such as carpets or upholstery. However, a professional restorer understands that such porous materials are heavily contaminated and cleaning them to a sanitary level is not possible.

With the right information, restoring flooded property is not difficult. Call SERVPRO of West Somerset County to assist. You can reach us any time at (732) 805-9944. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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 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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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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