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Water doesn’t just stay Under the Bridge in Bridgewater

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage and your Property

In most cases people aren’t prepared for property damage situations for a few reasons, since in most cases they without warning and in some circumstances there isn’t anything that could be done until it has happened. There is a long list of possible scenarios that could happen such as a sewage back up, clogged pipe, pipe leak, appliance failure, weather, and the list can go on. This is why property insurance is a thing even though a decent amount of us may not have to utilize it, but as the common saying goes “it is better safe than sorry”. 

When it comes to events that damage your home or business SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the solution for your water damage needs. We have an experienced and well trained staff that will get the job done efficiently, quickly, all without compromising the quality of the work. Our team will respond with state-of-the-art mitigation equipment that help protect and restore your property.

Water Damage Restoration Process

Each Water damage event is slightly unique and requires a solution tailored to the situation. The process and how we respond to it usually is the same unless the situation calls for other methods to be used. We have developed a multi-step process that can be applied to almost every job in order to ensure each property is treated properly across all active jobs.

Step 1 – Emergency Contact

When we receive our first phone call from you this marks the beginning of the restoration process. A representative will guide you through the process and ask several questions in order to understand the crisis and determine what solution works best for the situation.

Step 2 – Inspection & Water Damage Assessment

During this step our team determines the scope of the water damage. Technicians inspect and determine the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure the restoration is completed properly.

Step 3 – Water Removal / Water Extraction

Water removal start as soon as possible in order to get rid of the majority of the water. Extraction equipment and vacuum units are used to remove the water from your property as quickly as possible, in order to prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 – Drying & Dehumidification

Specialized equipment is used to remove any remaining water that could be accessed in the previous step. The on-site team will begin to measure the affected area, take temperature and humidity readings. This is then used to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 – Cleaning & Sanitizing

All the affected items and parts of the structure that are restorable are cleaned. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 – Restoration

This is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration process may involve minor repairs, such as repairing drywall and installing new carpet or even more major repairs. Reconstruction of various areas may be required depending on the severity of the damage.

The Team at SERVPRO of Bridgewater

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

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What services we bring to the table for property owners in Bridgewater, NJ

Our franchise shoots for the stars and are always trying to find way to improve our services to our customers. When it comes to water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation we will tackle the problem head on. The objective is to restore your property quickly without any compromise to the quality of service, since we understand how important a person’s home and/or business is to their livelihood.

All of our employees are highly skilled and experienced making sure that each worker has received proper training before they go out into the field. This helps ensure that each customer has a friendly and smooth experience with our business. A large amount of our employees are IICRC certified in water damage restoration, applied structural drying, along with a few other certifications.

The team at SERVPRO of Bridgewater will provide excellent service to those in need of restoration work. At times we understand things can be stressful when dealing with property damage and that’s why we will assist you every step of the way. When you choose our team to get the job done you will be treated with the upmost respect and see our team at work so we can show you why SERVPRO is a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration.

More than just a Service

The mission we are on is bigger than just restoring your property. We want to provide help and support during times of need. Our goal is to make sure your experience with us is smooth, satisfying and unforgettable. As a locally owned and operated business we are proud to contribute a valuable service to the Bridgewater community. The SERVPRO family is here for all your restoration needs, whether it be caused by fire, water, or mold.

When Fire & Water Damage Strike

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

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How can a Bridgewater, NJ Business be Affected

Water and fire are powerful forces to contend with and can have a negative impact on a person’s business. Commercial structures have a variety of uses and functions, which makes the restoration process different compared to how the problem is tackled for residential structures.

A business can be affected by a water or fire loss in a variety of ways depending on the extent of damage. In severe situations it can even force operations to shut down, causing a business to lose out on much needed profit. Our objective is to mitigate the issue quickly and get the business on track for full restoration.

Facilities that are greatly impacted require more time for scoping, planning, and estimating. In most cases a business will have additional square footage that is affected, which raises the requirements to complete the project. Large jobs would require more technicians, equipment, and supplies needed to get the job done in a timely manner.

Here at SERVPRO of Bridgewater, we have a highly trained, experienced, certified teams that are able to handle all your property damage needs. Our staff receives constant training from the IICRC and material provided by our main office. This allows us to provide the proper assessment and repairs.

Every minute counts when your business is a victim of water and/or fire damage. Each time we enter a commercial loss project, we focus on the differences the job site has when compared to a residential loss. This is taken into consideration when planning and communicating with the owner or property management team to ensure there is an understanding on the actions that will be carried out in order to address the situation.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

People go to us because we are leaders in the industry, our company has the experience and knowledge to get the job done quickly without compromising the quality of our work. We offer 24/7 emergency service, which allows us to work on your business during non-peak hours so the work has less of an impact on employees and customers.  Our base of operations is centrally located in Bridgewater Township allowing us to respond without delay. If your business has been affected by a water and/or fire damage give SERVPRO of Bridgewater a call at (908) 222-2020.

There’s a Storm on the Horizon

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

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What Nature may have In Store for your Property?

Here in the northeast we have had to deal with a variety of storms. Summers can be hot and dry increasing the chance for a fire to occur, having an impact on a business or home, or they can be humid potentially forming storm systems that can lead to flooding and the ground to be oversaturated. The winters can be just as brutal with snow and ice. Standing your ground against Mother Nature can be difficult, but there are a few things that can be done, which can help protect your property in tough situations.  

Preparing for the Storm to Strike

There are quite a few things a person can do to try and protect their home or business. It also comes down to what tools an individual has at their disposal and how much time one might have to prepare before a storm system rolls on in. Performing a routine check/walkthrough will help you determine what action needs to be taken depending on the kind of weather you are dealing with. If a property has a basement it’s good to check on the water proofing, drainage systems, and condition of the sump pump if there is one installed. Having a battery backup system or a generator can be beneficial during a storm event, which can keep the sump pump operational in case the electric grid goes down. Storm winds can be powerful at times potentially blowing around hazardous debris. Boarding up windows using plywood is a good idea, since it provides additional protection for the glass and the interior of the structure. There are plenty of other things that can assist with protecting your property from disastrous events. These are just a few things that can help if you are curious and want to learn more information on how plan & prepare you can visit the website for New Jersey’s Office of Emergency Management.

Has your Property been affected by a Storm Recently?

When it comes to a home or business being effected by storm damage we understand how stressful it can be, but just know you’re not alone because SERVPRO of Bridgewater is “Here to Help”. If your property has been damaged by a storm event take action and give us a call (908) 222-2020.

Tips on how to Navigate a Fire Claim

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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You do not have to go this alone

SERVPRO of Bridgewater deals with fire restoration every day. We have helped countless families and businesses navigate the ins and outs of their insurance claims after a fire disaster. We will walk with you through the entire process. From initial filing, to working with your adjuster to returning to your newly restored home of business.

Stay Proactive! 

Turn off utilities such as your electrical, gas and any other pertinent utilities. Make sure that the fire is completely out and nothing has been allowed to continue to smolder. Board up entries to prevent vandalism and theft. Finally, keep a close eye on the developing situation to be aware of any additional issues that may arise. Make sure to keep track of expenses and retain all related receipts. Your insurance company may be reimbursing you for the cost of fire related expenses, depending on the provisions made in your policy.

File Your Claims ASAP

All insurance policies will require you to report your losses as soon as possible or within a reasonable time frame. Shortly after contacting your insurance provider, you will be required to submit a claim. Make sure to keep account of all communications. As mentioned above, SERVPRO of Bridgewater can help you with this entire process and is your ally and advocate in this time of crisis.

Choose SERVPRO for Your Commercial Business in Bridgewater, NJ

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO?

A business owner can only control so much when it comes to their business, disasters aren't one of them. When it water, fire, or mold damage it can happen at any time with no warning depending on the cause. Events such as these can negatively impact your business by temporarily shutting it down or cause operation to move at a snail’s pace. This is where we come in and help get things back on track quickly. SERVPRO of Bridgewater has the professionals that have certification form the IICRC for water and fire damage restoration along with mold mitigation. With our 24/7 emergency response team, we can arrive on site and start the restoration process in order to prevent further damage. Our technicians will bring whatever equipment they need to get the job done. 

How are we so Efficient?

No matter what size area is effected our team will do everything in their power to complete the job quickly without any compromise. Technicians and our friendly office staff will walk you through the process during a stressful situation. SERVPRO directly works with insurance companies to stream line the process. This takes stress away from you, since we can contact your adjuster without taking any time away from you. Once our team is there they create a digital job file that our office can access right away allowing us to shave days off, giving us and our clients a more acceptable completion date. We also handle the reconstruction part of the job, so you don’t have to deal with the extra work of finding a reliable contractor you can trust.

What Areas do we Service?

That’s the great thing about SERVPRO is that our franchises are all over the country and no matter where you are we have your back. SERVPRO of Bridgewater specifically serves the Somerset County area. Being a franchise has its perks as well, since we are locally owned and operated we do our best to maintain a positive reputation with clients and the community around us.

Alleviating Potential Storm Damage

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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What Can Be Done To Prevent Storm Damage?

Damage from water during a storm can cause your Bridgewater, NJ home. Thankfully proper maintenance and good habits can help keep the building protected.

Prevention

When it comes to your home it's important to maintain the building envelope. A buildings envelope is the barrier between the indoors and the outdoors. You can determine if something is wrong with the buildings envelope if it allows significant airflow from the exterior of the structure or if there is a lack of airflow it could mean that the buildings envelope is to tight. Several components make up the envelope.

  • Roof
  • Walls
  • Foundation
  • Windows
  • Doors

Regular maintenance and inspections work hand and hand to keep your building's envelope string and tight. Check for cracks in the walls and foundations and get them repaired. Look for any leaks that may be associated with the roof, along with checking the shingles or other roofing materials are secure. Windows and doors should be aligned and sealed. 

Some owners are comfortable with performing the inspection themselves, but you can also hire a professional to do the task. it is important the building be examined regularly to catch minor issues before they become a serious problem.  

Cleanup

Sadly, buildings with properly maintained envelopes could still be affected by water damage associated with the storm. it is important to act quickly to try to prevent structural damage along with mold growth that can accompany it. 

Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 and we will be right over to dry the property out as quickly as possible. After any standing water has been removed, there can still be moisture found in porous materials. We will use fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area affected by the storm. By the time everything is dry our technicians can be saved and what items can't. 

Removing Bridgewater Fire Damage Promptly

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Dry sponge removing soot damage from a ceiling Our IICRC-Certified experts assess, clean, repair, and restore your Bridgewater home to pre-damage condition after fire damage.

SERVPRO Restorers Rapidly Manage Fire Damage 

Restoration can be one of the focal points for responding technicians after a disaster, but only after emergency services, inspections, and mitigative actions. There are many steps and phases to the full recovery and restoration approach, many of which begin with our team's arrival. Restoration includes:

  • Cleaning
  • Soot Removal
  • Content Care
  • Inventory Services
  • Water Removal
  • Deodorization

Few Bridgewater fire damage events do not require homeowners and property management to contact their insurance providers. The coverage for your property can help to manage or significantly reduce the final out-of-pocket expenses. With our team's relationship with insurance providers, we have become a preferred vendor for restoration and reconstruction.

Estimations and Inspections

Among the earliest ways that SERVPRO can begin to set things right in a fire damaged home or business is through careful inspection of the grounds. Understanding the scope of this disaster's impact on the structure and its contents sets the stage for detailed and thorough estimations that your insurance provider needs to approve a fire damage claim.

The Impact on Contents

The destructive effects of a fire can heavily damage contents. Personal belongings are a priority of our restoring team, as many property owners consider these items as valuable as the structure itself. We strive to provide on-site recovery and cleanup whenever possible, but off-site restoration is sometimes required at our nearby facility. This level of recovery can include:

  • Submersion tank for cleaning hard contents
  • Soft material wash station
  • Ozone chamber for deodorizing multiple items
  • Drying approaches

Large Loss Recovery Providers

We can help all structures throughout Somerset County after fire damages, even larger properties like the Raritan Valley Community College or the Bridgewater Commons shopping area. We have equipment upscaled in size to efficiently manage immediate threats, sufficient portable power, effective containment, and a custom restoration plan to get your doors back open fast.

Soot Cleaning and Smoke Remediation

We understand the impact of soot and smoke damage on a structure, including the effects of soot particles on properties. Soot removal combines air filtration services, duct cleaning, surface cleaning, and floor/carpet cleaning services that we can provide after a fire gets extinguished.

Smoke Damage Types and Recovery Solutions

Many types of soot removal products and approaches are used for fire damage. The choice of these solutions varies considerably in the kind of smoke damage that exists. Environmental conditions and the combusting elements determine the residue left behind. These include:

  • Wet Smoke – Moist environments common to the Raritan Valley force fires to slowly burn and smolder, producing a thick and formidable residue. 
  • Dry Smoke – Chalky film left behind after high-heat fires that fully combust many materials in the path of the fire.  
  • Oil Furnace Puffback – A small explosion in the ignition chamber can hurl ionized soot throughout the property, requiring unique products to address.  
  • Grease/Protein Residues – Thick protein residues require solvents to dissolve and remove after a kitchen flare-up. 

Reconstruction and Build-Back Services

Fires can produce the need for reconstruction services, and fortunately, we have a general contractor license to accommodate this necessity. With millions in the Greater NYC metropolitan area, it can be a considerable benefit to have restoration and reconstruction services under one roof. Our trusted SERVPRO team is a full-service contractor to help however your property needs after fire loss effects.

Fire damage to Bridgewater structures incorporates several levels of expertise for our responding technicians to mitigate loss and clean up after the damaging event. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team rapidly responds to these emergencies with the equipment and products to help. Give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

Bridgewater Water Damage Happens Every Day

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Restores Bridgewater Homes' Water Damage

Water emergency disasters that leave your home exposed to standing water and moisture concerns are among the leading restoration needs for residences in Somerset County. Because this can happen at any time, our team is ready to respond quickly from our facility for:

  • Burst pipes
  • Leaks
  • Appliance failures
  • Spills
  • Flooding

No matter how Bridgewater water damage results, our SERVPRO professionals must act fast to help. We have a fleet of service vehicles capable of mobilizing quickly in a crisis to provide the needed mitigative actions for your property.

What Makes SERVPRO Qualified?

We must showcase our experience and knowledge of the restoration industry in every job we undertake. This can be as direct as utilizing the top practices for recovery but can also include answering customers' questions to help them through the restoration processes. Our accreditation through the IICRC makes our WRT-Certified professionals well-equipped to manage mitigation and remediation.

How Do We Mitigate Damage?

Mitigation is a needed phase of the recovery process for area homes, as this works to protect the structure and its contents from further water damage. Each aspect of these emergency services contains the spread of loss effects and limits the destructive impact on the property. Some of these early actions can include:

  • Extraction
  • Demolition/Repairs
  • Content Relocation/Cleaning

Water Removal Services 

Removing standing water is one of the most prevalent aspects of the mitigation process. It is vital to get this extraction started as soon as possible, which is one of the objectives for the fast response from our centrally located facility. Water removal services are treated with the same urgency, whether the Raritan Valley Community College or single-family homes for the nearly 45,000 residents. We arrive with dozens of tools ranging from pumps to vacuums to manage this pooling. 

Water Damage Repairs

Because our professionals also have a general contractor license, we can complete the build-back services your property requires. After water damage incidents, this can mean removing bulk materials during mitigation, repairing the plumbing, or reinstalling removed structural elements. Our capabilities in this regard allow us to transition to this connected phase of recovery after restoration seamlessly.

Content Relocation and Cleaning

Beyond the damage to the structure resulting from moisture and water exposure, contents can also be highly compromised. Prolonged exposure can leave many personal belongings irreparably harmed and ruined. Homeowners must take management of these items seriously. Much of the restoration of these items can happen on-site, which can include:

  • Drying
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Disinfection
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Prevention

Thorough Drying Tools

It is one of the most intricate and necessary processes to thoroughly dry the house after a damage event. We consider all affected materials and spaces impacted by migrating moisture to ensure appropriate measures get taken. The entire process is monitored with sensors and detection devices to track the progress of drying elements like:

  • Air Movers – These high-velocity units produce powerful blasts of dry air to evaporate surface water on building materials in the residence. 
  • Dehumidifiers – Moisture content in the environment, which continually increases with the production of air movers, is managed by dehumidification equipment. These units remove humidity through absorption or condensation. 
  • Drying Mats – Hardwood, engineered wood, and vinyl plank flooring can benefit from large mats that draw moisture to the surface for removal. 

Bridgewater water damage events can be disruptive to your everyday life, even when it does not force the relocation of the house occupants. As leading restoration professionals for the Raritan Valley, we are ready to help you get life back to normal after disasters. Call our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team today at (908) 222-2020.

Effective Bridgewater Mold Damage Remediation Approaches

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Fast Mold Damage Removal from Bridgewater Homes

The Raritan Valley region, including protected national treasures like North Branch Park, benefits from the moist climate throughout the year. However, structures like homes for the nearly 45,000 residents of Bridgewater do not fare as well against intruding moisture and formidable humidity concerns. Persistent dampness can impact many areas of a property, like:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry Areas

No matter where Bridgewater mold damage exists, it is always wise to incorporate the knowledge and experience of professional remediators to resolve the harm it can cause. Being such a frequent callout for our SERVPRO team, this portion of our roster continues to grow to ensure that no customer waits for mitigative action and clean-up when they discover microbial threats developing in their residence.

How Do You Recognize Mold? 

Mold is a rapidly forming organism that threatens homes and businesses after as little as 48 hours with appropriate conditions. While it is likely that mold can become a threat to your home as most environments feature spores, you might not always immediately recognize a developing situation. Looking for specific signs can help you see when remediation services might be necessary:

  • Odors 
  • Moisture
  • Physical Spotting

Addressing the Causes of Mold Damage

Several threatening circumstances can contribute to the possibility of mold development. Understanding conditions and scenarios that promote this growth can help you identify potential problems in your household before it gets out of control. Certain specific factors can amplify the possibilities of spores seating on hosting materials and forming colonies, and these include:

  • Structural Vulnerabilities – SERVPRO technicians determine where moisture and water can penetrate the home's exterior through structural damage. We dedicate a portion of the remediation process to restoring these vulnerabilities. 
  • Moisture Concerns – Persistent moisture can be a rapidly developing cause and a persistent reason for mold development. Plumbing leaks drips, and breaks can be the root of this structural concern. 
  • Lack of Ventilation – Laundry areas, bathrooms, and kitchens require ventilation to move steam outdoors and prevent condensation and water damage. When inadequate ventilation exists, these rooms can develop microbial growth on sensitive hosting materials. 

Mold Damage Removal Tactics 

Our IICRC-Certified technicians need to develop a plan of action as soon as we arrive to begin addressing mold maturation throughout the house. Mold continues to spread without direct action, making initial efforts like erecting containment important. We can then choose multiple remediation solutions like surface cleaning, media blasting, sanding, and even controlled demolition.

Commercial Mold Loss Assistance 

From structures like the Van Holten School to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset, mold can be destructive and disruptive to commercial properties. We are large loss recovery providers, departing our SERVPRO station with stocked Green Fleet vehicles, including hundreds of air movers, dehumidification equipment, trailered generators, portable heaters, and large-scale desiccants.

Are Mold Damage Repairs Necessary?

One of the consistent aspects of mold remediation and recovery for a property is the likelihood of repairs and reconstruction. There are several purposes for our SERVPRO team to utilize our state contractor license, letting us quickly transition from remediation to the build-back services your residence requires to return to preloss condition. Focuses of repairs include:

  • Controlled Demolition
  • Replacing Ruined Materials
  • Preventing Recurrences

Mold damage in Bridgewater properties is more problematic for your home than one might believe. With how quickly the organism can spread in moist conditions, let our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team help manage damp conditions and remove active colonies rapidly. Give us a call now at (908) 222-2020.