Recent Water Damage Posts

Does Your Home Have Adequate Water Damage Protection?

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Here's a question for you homeowners: What is one of the costliest yet most common disasters you can experience? Annually, it costs homeowners billions of dollars! Answer: water damage. Your most important asset should be safeguarded against water damage.

How do you execute water damage protection? Insurance is one of the best ways to guard yourself financially. Various types of policies are used, however, for different types of water damage. We are going to look at several aspects of water damage protection and then alert you as to the best service to call when you suffer water damage.

Insurance and Water Damage

People get homeowner’s, commercial, and renter’s insurance to protect themselves and their finances against numerous possibilities – water damage being one of them. Renter’s and homeowner’s insurance provide coverage for wind driven rain, burst pipes, and damage from roof ice dams. A standard homeowner’s policy basically covers water damage that originates at the top of the premises and flows downward (i.e., burst sprinklers, rainfall, etc.).

Not all policies cover drain and sewer backups. To your renter’s and homeowner’s coverage, you may be able to purchase a backup rider to cover sewer issues.

More often than not, water that begins at the bottom of a premises and flows up is covered by a separate policy for flood insurance (i.e., an overflowing river). This can be purchased from private insurers or the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program).

One of the best ways to prevent water damage is to maintain a home or building properly.

Water Seepage – Prevent It

Water seepage is a problem in the basements of many homes, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, etc. To prevent water damage, it must be stopped. Here are some ways to deal with water seepage in basements:

  • Install a backwater valve.
  • Make certain that water drains in a direction away from your home, apartment, facility, etc.
  • Reseal your basement.

Indoor Plumbing Systems – Maintain and Understand Them

You don't have to be a plumber to have at least a minimal understanding of plumbing systems. You should do all you can to maintain them so that water damage doesn't occur. Here are some suggestions:

  • Check all heating and plumbing pipes regularly.
  • Within your plumbing system, install a valve for emergency pressure release.
  • Know the location of your home’s main water shut off valve.
  • Shut the water supply to the washing machine off when you're away on vacation.
  • Inspect tubs and showers.
  • Inspect all appliance faucets and hoses.

Your Home’s Exterior – Make Repairs And Protect It

Certain seasons and climates can be hard on the exterior of your home. Repair and protect it in the following manners:

  • Install gutter guards.
  • Check irrigation systems and sprinklers.
  • Check your downspouts.
  • Inspect your roof.
  • Seal and caulk windows.

Your Possessions Must Be Protected

Here are some ways in which you can protect your possessions against water damage or deal with water damage when it occurs:

  • Keep your home inventory up to date.
  • In basements, keep your belongings stored off of the floor (skids work to an extent) and on shelving whenever possible.
  • If there is a risk of water destruction, don't store memorabilia or valuables in that area.
  • In waterproof bins, store bulk items and seasonal gear.

Let SERVPRO of West Somerset Help You Recover from Water Damage

At SERVPRO, we can help you recover from a flood resulting from a natural disaster, plumbing leaks and flooding, roof leaks, sewer or toilet backups, fire/water damage, and more. If water damage has already resulted in mold and mildew, we also have services that can be of assistance with mold remediation. Water damage and flooding don't have regular work hours – so we have available emergency service 24/7.

Feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries!

Should You Call A Plumber Or Water Damage Restoration Specialist

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

If you have an emergency involving water damage, who do you call? Who's more qualified, in this particular situation, to be the most help: water damage restoration specialists or a plumber?

At some point in your life, you're going to be glad we answered this question for you. Almost everyone has a pervasive problem like water damage at least once. In fact, every year, a water damage insurance claim is filed by one in 50 homes. Rest assured, you're not alone if you find yourself facing water damage.

As to whether to call a water damage restoration company or a plumber, however, it may depend on the type of water damage you experience. To assess and repair damage, you may require a plumber for some types of water damage. A water restoration company will be needed for others.

There are many kinds of water damage from full on flooding to a simple, leaky pipe. Let's take a look at who to call for certain kinds of damage.

Call a Plumber? Call a Damage Restoration Specialist?

A plumber is suitable for minor repair problems and fixes. If standing water or structures come into play, and for more severe issues, you should have the phone number of a reputable restoration company handy.

Let's take a look at what each of these services covers.

Water Damage Restoration Professionals

When excess water caused by natural disasters or plumbing issues requires emergency services, water restoration companies remove items that were damaged, and restore building contents and structures. Professional drying equipment is used by these experts such as air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent mold growth and further damage, as well as removing moisture from walls, floors, etc.

Since water damage and fire/smoke damage frequently go hand-in-hand, water damage professionals are also experienced in smoke damage. They also will likely have experience in construction, mold remediation, flood damage, storm damage, and repair.


What is the first and foremost job of a plumber? Answer: find the source of water damage and fix it. Their purpose is to figure out where the problem lies and stop the damage from happening. When it comes to repairing water damage and cleanup, however, plumbers may not be particularly knowledgeable.

Plumbers take care of broken sewer lines, gas lines, clogged toilets, cracked or leaking pipes, and broken kitchen faucets (among other things).

But if desperation grips you and you’re facing issues like frozen water pipes, home and basement flooding, mold, etc., the situation becomes a bit trickier. Deeper than the human eye can see, further damage may lie deep within walls, floors, etc.

Bottom Line

Here's your takeaway: If you experience flooding or leaks, a plumber is going to figure out what the problem is and stop it. However, to restore and repair your property damage, you're going to want to call in a water restoration company. Here's who to call…

Let SERVPRO of West Somerset County Repair Your Water Damage

At SERVPRO, dealing with water damage isn't simply a sideline – it's what we do. We have advanced water inspection processes, extraction processes, and state-of-the-art drying equipment. We are locally operated and owned, and, in the water restoration industry, have become a trusted leader. All our technicians are highly trained in water restoration and we are quick to arrive at any size disaster. We offer 24-hour emergency service – because water damage doesn't run on a schedule.

Feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries!

Get To Know Our Moisture Detection Equipment

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

If your home or business has experienced a leak (plumbing or roofing), a flood, or some other type of water damage, the most important thing right now is getting that moisture out of your house or building. Even a little bit of moisture can lead to a lot more moisture, structural damage, and some real health effects, if not taken care of immediately. Moisture detection isn't always easy, however, on your own. Sure, you may be able to see a water damaged area if staining is apparent, drips are coming from the ceiling, etc. But water flows according to gravity and that means all sorts of areas could be affected by water damage, but not be detectable by the naked eye.

At SERVPRO of West Somerset County, we have teams of highly trained and educated professionals. They use the best equipment for dealing with storm damage and water restoration. Before you can restore any area, however, you need to find out where the moisture and damage is. That's where some of our most advanced techniques and technology come in.

Is it crucial that you know exactly what kind of equipment we use? Not really. But we’d like to tell you about it anyway!

Moisture Measurement And Moisture Detection Equipment

Before specialized equipment can be used to employ scientific drying principles, equally specialized equipment must be used to measure, detect, and monitor the moisture levels of a property. Infrared cameras and other recent advances assist us in detecting water through a floor, ceiling, or wall. We use the following:

  • To measure the extent of moisture saturation, we use hygrometers, sensitive moisture detectors, and other meters.
  • For thorough water removal, to identify water locations, an infrared camera might be used.

But we don't stop at moisture detection. We use advanced methods and equipment for other processes as well.

Deodorization and Odor Removal

  • Deodorization agents and thermal foggers
  • Air scrubbers

Drying Equipment

  • To pull water vapor from the air, we use industrial grade dehumidifiers
  • To cause water evaporation at a faster pace, high-speed air movers are used

Equipment for Water Extraction

  • To perform efficient water removal, portable and truck mounted extraction units
  • For continuous high level water pumping, gas powered and submersible pumps

Antimicrobial, Germ Asides, and Sanitizing Agent Treatments

To remove and clean contaminants and odors from your property, we may need to use OSHA approved cleaning agents such as the following:

  • To stop the growth of mildew, fungi, bacteria, and various harmful microorganisms, disinfection products are used.
  • To control odors caused by excessive moisture, deodorization products are used.

Let SERVPRO of West Somerset County Detect Moisture in Your Home or Place of Business

Our highly trained specialists are well-versed in moisture detection. We are IICRC-certified and specialized in the detection of moisture involving all types of properties. We know, all too well, the stress of having excess moisture and the resulting damage and mold growth in your home. That's why we provide every one of our clients with the highest quality equipment and services available. Please contact us if you have any inquiries!

We offer fast, 24-hour emergency service because we know that leaks, floods, and storms don't only happen during 9 to 5 business hours, Monday through Friday. To respond quickly to your water damage emergency, our highly trained specialists are available around the clock.

What Does “Dry Out” Mean In Water Damage Restoration?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding is but one cause of water damage. It can also be caused by high humidity, broken pipes, leaks, and more. Inside your home, serious problems can be caused by water damage. The risk of your family’s health is even a possibility! It's important to remember that molds and bacteria love the breeding environment offered by wet and moist areas.

You will likely require the services of a reputable water damage restoration company if your West Somerset County business or home has a flood. Whether it's broken pipes, a storm, or some other cause of flooding, in order to dry out your home sufficiently, and as soon as possible, contact that company. Naturally, we recommend SERVPRO of West Somerset County.

The challenge of overcoming the risks posed by water damage and more can worsen if damp conditions are not taken care of through the use of appropriate drying techniques, advanced knowledge, and proper equipment.

Drying Out Damp or Damaged Areas

It is important, beyond measure, to completely and thoroughly dry out any water damaged area. There are a number of methods through which to do this. Some of them are as follows:

  • Absorb moisture
  • Freeze papers
  • Remove sodden objects
  • Wet/dry shop vac
  • Pump water
  • Dehumidifier
  • Mechanically move air
  • Naturally move air

The level of "dry out" needed will depend on the level of water saturation. This is one reason it's so crucial to hire professionals to take care of water damaged areas. They will be able to thoroughly assess the level of water damage and saturation, and then go about drying it out properly and completely.

No area can or should be restored until it is completely dried out or all wet materials have been entirely removed.

Equipment Is Everything

Your home can be damaged further by DIY attempts to dry out an area after a flood. In the entire water damage restoration process, the "dry out" process is a crucial step. It's the job of professionals to know how to complete this process properly. To ensure an area is completely dry, round-the-clock drying equipment can be employed by water damage professionals. So that you know your home is safe, top-quality equipment is used. Your home will be closely monitored by a team of professionals for humidity and moisture. To ensure everything gets back to its normal condition and is completely restored, adjustments will be made as necessary.

Why Are Professionals So Important?

Hiring water damage professionals is the best option after a flood. There are simply no two ways about it. They have the equipment, expertise, and knowledge needed. They understand many different areas in your home can be affected by water, even if it's only obvious in one spot. If you have a bigger home or massive water damage, the drying out process can be a rough one. But the damage can be properly handled by water damage professionals, and eventually restored to "like new".

Let SERVPRO of West Somerset County Help with Water Damage Restoration

Our highly trained specialists are exceptionally educated and well-versed in water damage and restoration. For all types of properties, we are IICRC-certified and specialized in restoration and cleanup. We understand the stress of having water damage in your home and we strive to give each and every one of our clients the highest quality services available. Please contact us if you have any inquiries!

Understanding The Severity Of Water Damage In Homes

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

According to estimates in the industry, close to 14,000 people in the United States experience water damage incidents each day. Water damage can originate from a plethora of sources and in turn will require a variety of different methods to be employed for remediation. The good news, however, is that many outcomes of water damage can be prevented with the right knowledge and understanding. Read on to find out more on the different types of water damage in your home.

Classes of Water Damage

Class 1 – refers to a small volume of water that is limited to one room without any further spread. This extent of damage is the easiest to deal with as it has only affected materials with low permeability such as concrete and plywood. Only light repairs will be required.

Class 2 – This class refers to a larger volume of water that has affected an entire room or area. This includes damaging materials with slightly higher permeability like carpeting and cushioning. In this class, there is moisture in the structural materials that may cause lasting damage to the structure of the building if left unattended.

Class 3 – This category indicates severe water damage affecting building materials like ceilings and walls, electrical systems like insulation and electrical appliances, furniture such as carpets and personal possessions with the fastest absorption rate. At this point, water may have seeped beneath the walls and has wicked the walls at over 24 inches. Extensive recovery techniques will need to be devised to remediate the situation.

Class 4 – The most severe form of water damage, where the water has penetrated porous and low permeance materials like brick, stone, hardwood, and plaster. Drying and getting rid of moisture in these materials can be particularly difficult as they will need to be treated at low humidity levels and will require longer drying times. If necessary, more specialized methods will be devised to remedy the issue.

Severity of Water Damage

These guidelines are established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification board (IICRC) and are defined by industry’s standards and regulations to identify the type of water involved the specific incident.

Category 1 – Ranking the lowest on the IIRCR scale, this is usually referred to “clean” water that usually originate from sanitary sources such as ruptured water supply lines, broken pipes, bath appliances like sinks and bathtubs that might have overflowed. As this type of water is sewage and toxin-free, it does not pose as health effects and does not require decontamination procedures.

Category 2 – This refers to “gray” water coming from sources such as overflowing appliances. These usually include washing machine, toilets, sump pump backups. While consuming or being in contact with it may not prove to be immediately harmful to humans, this water is considered contaminated and could pose a health effects later down the line.

Category 3 – Also known as “black” water, it is described as most toxic type of water and the most extreme case of damage that will requires immediate actions to mitigate its harmful effects. This category includes raw sewage water, flood waters and ground water. In this scenario, your items and materials will need to be removed immediately to prevent further damage and remediation requires the use of protective gear and extensive disinfection. The affected house may need to be evacuated until the water damage restoration process is completed. 

Time-Sensitive Factors

Now that you can identify the different severity and classes of water damage, it is important that the water damage is remedied as soon as possible to prevent any health risks or hazards.

Over time, the water damage will worsen by the hour. The first zero to 48 hours are the most critical and this is where preventive measures can be taken to remedy the issue. At this point, the area of water damage increases and materials with high permeability rate like drywall and carpeting absorb and retain water.

After 48 hours, this is when the water damage will can start to pose health effects, creating the perfect environment for mold and airborne spores to grow and contaminate the area. Materials like paint and wallpaper will start to blister and peel off while wooden flooring and structures will start to deform and warp. All other materials will start to deteriorate even more.

At the one-week mark, it may no longer safe to enter without being equipped with the right gear and suits as it can pose health effects. Many major structural may be heavily damaged and compromised at this point and will require water damage professionals to remediate the situation.

If you’re facing a water damage issue that is proving too difficult to handle on your own, SERVPRO of West Somerset County is here to provide you with the water damage solutions you need for your situation. To find out more about our services, feel free to contact us today!

What Are The Processes Involved In Drying Out Your Home?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Drying out your home after a flood (from a storm, plumbing leak, etc.) can be a real chore. In many cases, it is best left to trained, certified professionals. Naturally, some people attempt to dry out their home on their own, without consulting the experts. Whether they're trying to save money or are simply avid DIYers, they feel they can do the job adequately and appropriately. This may well be the case. But trained professionals with certifications, the right technology, advanced equipment, and more, will likely do a more thorough job in as little time as possible. They will even go so far as to sanitize areas where needed.

If you have experienced a flood or water leak in your home, should you tackle water restoration on your own? Let's look at what's involved.

Evaluation of the Site

The first thing you want to consider is the type of water involved. Within the industry, category one water is referred to as clean. Category two, however, is contaminated on a minor basis. Black Water, or category three, is considered to have come from a source that is contaminated.

There are requirement standards to deal with each type of water. Affected area pressurization, personal protection gear, and special precautions are required when dealing with water sources that are considered contaminated. For category three or category two, it's always best to use a professional.

Additionally, you must be aware of a musty/mildewy smell or visible mold. It's growing if you can see it or smell it! You might also have to worry about asbestos being present, particularly if your home was built or remodeled before 1978.

Extracting the Water

Whether or not floor coverings stay or go can depend on the category of water referred to above. To get the water out of padding and carpet, you'll need a weighted extractor. No shop vac or conventional vacuum can do the job adequately.

If you have solid wood flooring, the only way to get under that is with special equipment.

Mapping Moisture

You have to know all of the areas of your home that got wet before you can be assured everything is dry. For an extended period of time, this could mean making your way around the premises on your hands and knees. Hopefully, you’re well-versed regarding building materials, tools, etc. To reduce assessment time, wireless monitoring systems, thermal imaging cameras, and more can be used. The experts have those handy. Do you?

Stabilization of the Environment

Air movers and dehumidifiers will be needed to stabilize the environment. Again, the experts have these on hand. Even if you use fans, dehumidifiers, etc., you may still experience a mildew/mold problem that could remain hidden until it's too late.

If you have filed a claim with an insurance company due to water damage, you may have no choice but to go with a professional for water removal and restoration services. Truth be told, this is the best way to go no matter if it involves an insurance claim or not.

Have You Experienced A Flood or Leakage?

If your home has been flooded, you've experienced a significant leak, had a fire extinguished, or some other source of water has infiltrated your area, you could well be in the market for water extraction and other services.

Not only does all of the water need to be completely and totally extracted, the area must be 100% dried out. After that, restoration has to take place. You may even need the area sanitized! That's a lot to deal with. Why not leave it to trained, certified professionals for guaranteed results.

Contact us today at SERVPRO to dry out your home.

Why You Shouldn’t Delay Water Damage Restoration

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Many people may associate water damage with heavy storms and floods. Did you know that most water damage cases result from household problems such as damaged pipes, sewage backup and leaks? When that happens, do not put off water damage restoration. The longer you leave the water there, undrained, and undried, the higher the chances of secondary damage occurring. This can lead to further complications and higher costs down the road.

The Dangers of Secondary Damage

Secondary damage refers to problems that arise as a result of water not being gotten rid of promptly. Even if you have managed to drain most of the water, the fact remains that substantial damage may already have occurred to your ceilings, walls, and floorboards, possibly affecting the structural integrity of your property. In addition, water damage can also result in the growth of mold and mildew, which can pose health effects to occupants.

What to Do When Water Damage Strikes

At the first sign of water damage, you should be ready to spring into action by following these simple steps:

  • Identify the source of the water and stop it if possible. For example, if a pipe has burst or is leaking, take temporary measures to block off the source of water before the professionals arrive.
  • Take photographic evidence of the damage that has occurred. This will help your insurance claim. Do not attempt to move anything until this step is completed.
  • Contact your insurance company and a reliable water damage restoration professional. The sooner they can arrive, the sooner you can get your property back to normal and process your claim. You should also take the chance to ask your insurance provider what steps they require you to take in order to make a claim.
  • If possible, start drying out your premises within 24 hours of the incident. Remove furniture and bring in fans and dehumidifiers. This can go a long way in reducing the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Although you can get started with drying before the professionals have arrived, the truth is that water damage restoration professionals have specialized equipment at their disposal that can help you handle any complications. This is one area where it definitely does not do to skimp and save.

Engage Water Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

If your property has recently sustained water damage, SERVPRO is your one-stop shop for water damage restoration. When you engage our services, you can be assured that our 24-hour emergency service will get us to your doorstep as soon as possible. Our water damage restoration technicians have expertise in advanced water extraction and inspection besides having a wide range of drying equipment at their disposal. 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.

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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