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Rock Out With Led Zeppelin Tribute Band In Bridgewater

1/24/2021 (Permalink)

Guitar being played Enjoy an evening out at Village Brewing Company for dinner and a show.

Bridgewater Fans Of Classic Rock Are Welcome To Come to Enjoy Food, Drinks, Tunes

The Bridgewater community is welcome to come out and enjoy a live dinner show by Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. The show observes current health protocols with masks worn and social distancing guidelines in place, and guests get seated at tables.  This event takes place outdoors in a heated tent to keep everyone comfortable while dining on great food, drink house-brewed beer, and enjoy the music. The Village Brewing Company has created the largest heated tent in the state of New Jersey. Dancing while the band is playing is permitted but only in the direct vicinity of your table. 

  • Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
  • Location: Village Brewing Company, 34 W Main Street
  • Price: $10  in advance and $15 at the door per person

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 stands ready to assist local properties with any size water removal needed. The techs are available 24/7 to make the damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

Bridgewater Residents Use Qualified Restoration Services After Flooding.

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians After a flood in your home, you need help from the experts! Call SERVPRO right away for assistance.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater Can Recover Wet Building Materials and Belongings after a Flooding Episode.

The town of Bridgewater is in the County of Somerset, New Jersey. Widely considered a bedroom town, Bridgewater's proximity to the broader metropolitan area of New York ensures that many residents work in the big city and live just outside. The city was initially purchased from the Lenape tribes and was a stronghold for Continental forces and settlers in the early 17th and 18th centuries. Following the American Revolutionary War, this town was incorporated into the United States by 1798. The first period of Bridgewater's history focuses on rural farming communities. However, the economic growth of pharmaceutical and financial industries in the nearby Raritan valley ensured population growth and sustainable wealth was brought to this part of New Jersey. The Raritan train line that runs through Bridgewater makes it an ideal commuting destination for New York City workers. As a result, the township has a growing population of 44,464 people and offers progressive food, nightlife, and entertainment.

The success of Bridgewater's population largely relies on big business. Many Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here, with French pharmaceutical company Sanofi among the leading firms to take up residence at Corporate Drive. The Raritan valley area nearby is a hub for leading software companies like Aalpha and Invontor. Shopping districts in Bridgewater attract international brands. The largest of these is the Bridgewater Commons, where residents can pick up products from Apple, LUSH, Macy's, and Swarovski. In total, the Bridgewater commons has 158 stores and offers visitors unique dining experiences while shopping. Children's play areas, free parking, WiFi, and phone charging options are available to make visiting this large shopping center as convenient as possible. For more shopping and brands, taking a trip to the Bridgewater Promenade is well worth visiting with a Hilton Garden Inn, Costco, and Home Depot within the 625,000 square foot mall.

  • One of the top tourist attractions in Bridgewater, New Jersey, is the Washington Valley Park. The public green space expands over 715 acres and sits between the ridges of the Watchung Mountains. The combination of trails, peaks, valleys, and waterways makes this a fantastic example of Bridgewater's local surrounding grounds. The state park also has excellent mountain biking routes and waterfalls. The park's popularity does mean that specific areas fill up quickly, particularly around the waterfalls, and parking can be tough on some days. The Newmans Lane car pack allows direct access to the Chimney Rock trail, which takes a refreshing route alongside the water and leads directly to the waterfall.
  • For sports, the TD Bank Ballpark on Main Street is an excellent example of baseball away from the major leagues. The ballpark is home to the Somerset Patriots, who play in the Minor League. The ballpark was built in 1999 and hosts up to 6,100 spectators at a single game. Since its inception, the stadium has won several awards, including the Best Independent Minor League Ballpark from Ballpark Digest magazine for two years running in 2015 and 2016. Ticket pricing is staggered and affordable, with concessions available for seniors, veterans, and kids. 
  • The Sri Venkateswara Temple is a Hindu Temple. The vast structure is designed in a traditional style and runs events during religious holidays throughout the year. The on-site kitchen allows visitors to enjoy sit down meals while enjoying the temple. The building is part of the Hindu Temple & Cultural Society of the USA. Rentals for events are possible with Banquet Rooms, Auditoriums, and South and North Halls available for celebrations and weddings. Much of the year-round events are thanks to volunteers who assist in the day-to-day upkeep of services.

Places to stay in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

  • The HYATT house hotel is a reasonably priced holiday destination just off route 22 and in an excellent location for exploring the town center of Bridgewater. Guests here enjoy spacious rooms with a kitchen, WiFi access, social events, and free breakfast. There are 128 rooms here as well as conference rooms and meeting spaces for business trips.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn on Promenade Boulevard allows instant access to the shopping districts around Bridgewater. The Hilton location is excellent for guests who want to explore the Washington Valley State Park, catch a ballgame at the TD Bank Ballpark or explore the Protechockey Ponds Ice Center.
  • The AC Hotel Bridgewater is a smaller stay location just off the commercial district of Corporate Boulevard. The facilities include a post-dining lounge where cocktails are served as well as an on-site gym. Breakfast is complimentary, while rooms come equipped with a mini-bar and safe. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater Can Help Local Residents Overcoming the Devastating Property Damages Caused by Flooding. 

When flash flooding occurs, it can be tough to protect your home and belongings from contaminated water intrusion. The source of flash floods often means that waters may contain human pathogens, raw sewage, or other harmful substances. SERVPRO technicians are experts at controlling losses in properties that have fallen victim to flash flooding. Our team can quickly extract water from the home using pumps specially designed to remove solid wastes from the structure. Semi-porous materials on the home can soon take on contaminated water. Our team can remove sections of drywall from your property and thoroughly decontaminate the cavities in your building assembly. Once complete, we can install clean, dry building materials to return your home to its preloss condition. 

  • We use powerful water extraction and pumping equipment capable of shifting hundreds of gallons of water from your home. 
  • Our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians can assess wall cavities and take the necessary steps to limit secondary losses associated with mold or contamination. 
  • Thermal foggers can be deployed to disperse large amounts of deodorant solvent in a mist that allows for an entire structure's efficient deodorization. 

If your home falls victim to flash flooding this winter, Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

Engage with Bridgewater's Colonial History on a Winter Trip to the Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites.

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

Portrait of George Washington. Winter time may cause water damage from frozen pipes amongst other ways. Call the pros in SERVPRO to mitigate your water damage.

Bridgewater Residents and Visitors Can Learn a Unique Piece of Local History by Joining the Weekly Guided Tours of Historic Sites.

The Wallace House of 71 Somerset Street was the winter headquarters of George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Tours run from late December through January while visitors also explore the founding father, George Washington's, winter dwellings. The two historic sites are managed by the Wallace House Association (WHA), which maintains and runs the daily tours. The WHA also runs seasonal events, including open house days that allow guests to attend unique historical lectures and Q&A sessions.

  • The WHA funding comes mainly from patron donations, while the State of New Jersey allocates a small budget.
  • To become a patron, you can sign up through the WHA website and receive regular updates on special tours and programs throughout the year. 
  • Adults and children of all ages are welcome to attend the tours, which occur every day from Wednesday to Saturday.

Businesses may find their premises suffering from water intrusion this winter. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for commercial specialist restoration.

Test Your Mental Skills This Festive Season At Bridgewater Escape Room Center

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

"Escape room" with keys Join in on the fun at Bridgewater Escape Room Center.

Bridgewater Escape Room Center Offers Challenging Fun For All Ages

Are you looking for something fun to do with family and friends this winter? Then look no further than the Escape Room Center in Bridgewater.

The center offers several fun themed rooms with elaborate decorations and storylines, including:

  • The Curse Of The Evil Genie
  • Blackbeard’s Brig
  • The Lost Jewel of Zanzibar
  • Lucky Duck Speakeasy

Escape rooms are suitable for children aged 11 and up, with adult supervision, and most rooms take an hour to escape. Escape Rooms Center does not pair players with strangers, so you can enjoy your time with the people you want to play with.

Bookings start at $22.50 per person plus tax. Rooms are available by appointment only, so please book in advance.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater understands the importance of keeping businesses healthy and mold-free. For help with mold removal, call us at (908) 222-2020.

Hayrides in Bridgewater at the Wightman Farm.

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Hayride sign Fire and smoke damage to your home can be very intimidating when it comes to restoration. Call SERVPRO who has all the know how and equipment.

Pick your Own Produce and Take a Hayride at Wightman Farm by Basking Ridge this December.

Wightman Farm on Mt. Kemble Avenue is in Bridgewater, a famous farmers' market that sells local, seasonal produce. The market opens seven days a week from 8 am until 6 pm, with early closing times on public holidays like Thanksgiving. From December 18th, Basking Ridge residents can begin to put in orders for the seasonal fruit and veg boxes. Orders are placed in advance to allow the farmers to plant seeds to order, while recipe tips and choices are included with all packages. These programs have a strong focus on sustainable farming, while guests are invited to pick their own from the orchards and fruit paddocks. In the winter months, locally-sourced cider, winter warming pies, and hayrides are available for booking from the farm shop. 

  • The Crop Share (CSA) seasons are open for reservations now as planting season begins.
  • Pick your own programs that allow visitors access to the orchards, herb, and flower gardens.
  • Support sustainable farming programs by signing up through their website. CSA programs cover 20 weeks of food with prices working out at just $23.00 per week

A property fire can cause extensive smoke damages to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

How SERVPRO Continues to Protect Historic Bridgewater Properties from Flood Damage

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Green sign welcoming you to New Jersey. Flood damage can be harmful to ones health. SERVPRO team will to rid your home of harm or foul. Their technicians are qualified for these issues.

Flooding can be a threat to homes, businesses, and historic structures through Bridgewater.

There is little disputing the historical place and importance of Bridgewater in the country's formation and its continued growth over the centuries. With a settlement dating back to 1749, many structures and homes have historical significance even before America declared its independence from its British rulers in 1776. As a leading restoration company in the area, our SERVPRO team can get tasked to preserve these properties to their original grandeur after flooding and other losses.

Creation of Bridgewater

Building along the Raritan River made sense for settlements, specifically those like Bridgewater that became one of the earliest developments in New Jersey. This created regular trade routes for bartering and the growth of the rural community. Initially, the area was chartered by George II in Great Britain. Much like other towns and cities throughout the northeast, the name Bridgewater comes from a village of the same name in Somerset County in England. Despite the city being created for and by the King of England, it would serve as one of the influential sites for the American Revolution that would win the United States their independence.  

Middlebrook Encampment 

Illustrating this point is the Middlebrook Encampment nearby. In 1777, and for a prolonged stay between 1778 and 1779, this fortress served as a home for a regiment of the Continental Army stationed to overtake or protect important cities and settlements like New Brunswick. The placement of this encampment created a natural barrier that protected troops and allowed them to keep a constant watch on stationed British forces across the field. Much of this property has been deemed vital to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the encampment continues to be a landmark worth visiting. Every year on July 4th, a program happens at the site where the Declaration of Independence is read and other notable occurrences. The accessibility of this encampment can show those interested in the history of the Continental Army a look into some other strategic mind of one of history's most respected generals, George Washington.

Van Horne House

Another historic site that exists from the time that Bridgewater first was chartered by George II is the Van Horne House. The structure exists on East Main Street and was initially built for Phillip Van Horne. Much like the Middlebrook Encampment, this property would also serve to be a stronghold for American forces overtaking British rule in the area. This home would be a temporary headquarters for American General Benjamin Lincoln. This location would also be where Lincoln would flee from when an overwhelming force of British troops would bear down on Bound Brook nearby.

During a second occupation of the Middlebrook Encampment, the Van Horne home would again serve as temporary quarters and a planning station for an American General, William Alexander – also known as Lord Stirling for his noble Scottish birthright. It would not be until the early 2000s when the site would be recognized for its place in American History and its distinct architectural treasure by the National Register of Historic Places.

Van Veghten House 

In the Finderne section of the Bridgewater Township, this historic house predates the chartered settlement. During the prolonged encampment in Middlebrook, this massive structure would be a makeshift base of operations for one of George Washington's most trusted commanders, Nathanael Greene. It would be the son of the home's original owner that would grant the property for use by the Continental Army, namely as lodging for Quartermaster Greene and his wife.

Today, the property is owned by the Somerset County Historical Society. It has been turned into a living museum and library for historians and those seeking a look into colonial life and the significance of the property to the American Revolution.

Modern Growth of Bridgewater

Beyond the tens of thousands of residents of the city, another area where Bridgewater has grown immensely over the past century is with retail options. While the presence of small shops and stores throughout the town and the surrounding areas has always been a staple of the economy, the area began to thrive with shopping centers and malls. An excellent example of this is the Bridgewater Commons, a nearly 1 million square foot facility and grounds that boast more than 170 stores and services and three anchor locations.

In 2006, The Village at Bridgewater Commons opened as a more casual shopping experience attached to the Bridgewater Commons primary structure. The anchors of this open-air portion are Crate & Barrel and Maggiano's Little Italy.

Realizing the Threats of Flooding for Bridgewater Homes 

With the expectancy of violent storms and flash flooding scenarios, any homes and businesses caught in the path could suffer considerable structural damages. In 2011, for example, the area was struck by Hurricane Irene, which left substantial flooding in several neighborhoods. This would also cause the flooding of significant commercial properties, causing chemicals to leak into the Raritan River. The fast response of SERVPRO to flood damage in Bridgewater homes can reduce overall loss and get you back into the property quicker after flood exposure.

Because we are also experienced general contractors, we can offer effective emergency services beginning as soon as we arrive. These contractors can begin muck-out cleanup to eliminate debris and reduce the concentration of harmful contaminants and hazards. These building trade professionals can also start vital efforts like a controlled demolition to remove and discard materials and contents directly exposed to known contaminants.

Standing water is another concern for our experienced restoration technicians, so we must use multiple tools to address these conditions. Natural flooding often comes with debris and solids present in the standing water, which leaves the removal of surface pooling to machines like trash pumps and wet vacuums.

Knowing what steps must get taken to address flooding in your home can show the importance of securing professional recovery services like our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team as soon as possible. You can reach us anytime at (908) 222-2020.

Experience A Colonial Christmas In Basking Ridge

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Jacobus Vanderveer House SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the community come together for a Colonial Christmas In Basking Ridge.

Come To Basking Ridge For An Unforgettable Festive Celebration

This year, the Jacobus Vanderveer House near Basking Ridge is celebrating its 18th annual Colonial Christmas.

General Henry Knox had his headquarters at Jacobus Vanderveer in 1778 – 1779, making this a historic house. The house is the only building remaining in North America associated with Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment.

Come to Jacobus Vanderveer for a Colonial Christmas that includes:

  • A colonial market with live historic demonstrations, live music, and a free picture with Santa!
  • Liberty tree lighting with presentations on the theme of “What The Holidays Mean To Me” and refreshments.
  • Festive Poinsettia sales.

There will also be virtual auctions and virtual craft kits for you to enjoy at home before or after your visit.

Colonial Christmas takes place on December 5, and tickets are $10 for an individual or $20 for a family. Festivities start at noon.

The risk of burst or frozen pipes is more significant at this time of year. Rest assured that you can enjoy festive celebrations, knowing that SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here if you need water removal and cleanup. Call us at (908) 222-2020.

Bridgewater Residents Can Relax Knowing SERVPRO Is Here To Help With Fire Restoration

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Green New Jersey road sign with a sky background For expert fire remediation services, call the experts at SERVPRO right away. We will leave your property looking "Like it never even happened."

Bridgewater Offers A Wealth Of Leisure Opportunities For Residents In Need Of Down Time

Bridgewater is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey. According to the most recent census, Bridgewater has a population of 44,464. The township occupies mostly flat terrain and is situated beside the Raritan River. Several tributaries of the Raritan pass through the township. In the Northeast, the first ridge of the Watchung Hills passes through the town. The Watchung Hills consists of three volcanic peaks and is home to a staggering array of wildlife, including rare flora and fauna, unusual minerals, and gorgeous examples of trap rock.

Bridgewater’s location beside the Watchung Hills is a massive advantage. New Jersey is one of the top populous areas in North America. Yet, residents and visitors are just moments away from rolling landscapes, picturesque rivers, lots of long, secluded nature walks, and old-growth forests. The Watchung Hills also offers breath-taking vistas over Newark and New York City.

If you want to take advantage of Bridgewater’s green spaces, there are plenty to choose from:

  • Duke Island Park is near Bridgewater’s center and offers ample parking. There are plenty of well-maintained trails ideal for runners or dog-walkers, plus volleyball courts and a soccer field. The park has play equipment for the kids and picnic areas. Keen cyclists will especially appreciate the bicycle trails.
  • Washington Valley Park offers wilder terrain, with peaks and valleys, peaceful babbling brooks, and dramatic waterfalls. There are trails to suit all fitness levels and plenty of quieter walks if you are looking for something more serene.
  • Washington’s Camp Ground is a historical site where Washington camped with his troops for several months in 1777. You can explore the area, and some markers offer more information for history buffs.
  • Kidstreet Playground is a firm favorite with Bridgewater residents. There are plenty of swings, slides and roundabouts, green areas, and even a zip line for kids to slide down.

The Somerset Heritage trail association also offers a regular program of walks around historic sites in Somerset County. A heritage walk is the ideal way to get some exercise and fresh air while also learning about the area.

Bridgewater Is A Great Leisure Destination

Bridgewater is not only about green spaces and historic sites. The township also offers plenty of leisure options.

If you are in the mood to go shopping, look no further than Bridgewater Commons. This three-story mall boasts upscale chains such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Lord & Taylor, alongside a dizzying array of other shops and a food court. 

Baseball fans will want to visit TD Bank Ballpark, which is home to the Somerset Patriots Professional Minor League team. As well as taking in a game, you can enjoy one of the many events run at TD Bank throughout the year or even book it for a private event of your own. 

For more hands-on sports fun, drop by Bridgewater Sports Arena. Families can battle each other in a game of laser tag, and there are also ice skating and hockey rinks. There are also plenty of arcade games to try.

When you have had your fill of fresh air and activities, you will find a fantastic array of restaurants and bars in the downtown Bridgewater area. Diners will find everything from diverse foods from around the world to home-cooked meals from locally grown produce. Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience or a relaxed vibe, Bridgewater has something for you.

Bridgewater Apartments Suffer Fire

There is always a risk of fire in the home, even if you are careful. In August of 2020, some luxury apartments in Somerville, Bridgewater, caught fire. The blaze, at Parcview Lane and Haynes Street, was so extensive that smoke could be seen for miles around. Thankfully the apartments were not occupied because they were still under construction, so no one was hurt.

SERVPRO recommends that Bridgewater residents be mindful of the fire risk in their homes. Some simple steps to stay safe include:

  • Do not leave appliances plugged in when not in use and check wires to ensure they are not frayed.
  • Be careful when cooking as many fires happen in the kitchen. Never leave pans unattended.
  • Burn candles on stable surfaces away from drapes, breezes, children, and animals – or even better, buy some LED candles.
  • Do not cover heaters and ensure you place them clear of walls, drapes, and other furniture.
  • Do not leave burning incense or cigarettes unattended. Smokers should go outside if possible, and you might consider replacing incense with water-based electric oil diffusers.

SERVPRO recommends Bridgewater families draw up a fire escape plan and ensure everybody memorizes and understands it. Each home needs good fire alarms, and please test alarms regularly. You can also purchase fire extinguishers and fire blankets – please only use these if it is safe to do so.

SERVPRO Offers Fire Restoration Services To Bridgewater Families

No one wants to think of a fire in their home, but in the event of a blaze, SERVPRO is here to help. We understand that your home does not feel like your own when it is soot-blackened, and your belongings are damaged. That is why we always aim to restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

It is hard to find peace when you think you will have to replace much-loved family items such as toys and heirlooms. However, do not despair. Our teams focus on restoring rather than replacing items, which means that if we can salvage your belongings, we will. For example, we can:

  • Vacuum and wipe soot from furniture.
  • Use ultrasonic cleaning to restore everything from Venetian blinds to favorite toys.
  • Send linens and clothes to our specialist facility for Esporta hydraulic washing.
  • Spot clean damage on upholstery and cushions.
  • Call in electronic specialists to restore and safety test devices.

We can also clean carpets and wooden floors and remove soot stains from walls and ceilings. We finish every project with deodorization to nix smoke odors and leave your home fresh.

If you need fire restoration services, SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here to help. Call us at (908) 222-2020.

Who Should I Call About the Water Damage at My Business?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

wet carpet in office hallway We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO works quickly to mitigate the water damage to your Bridgewater office

Bridgewater Businesses Dealing with Water Damage Can Find the Help They Need from the Professionals at SERVPRO

Facing a disaster of any kind when it comes to your Bridgewater business location can be an overwhelming experience, to say the least. Water loss, on any level, is one such disaster. Being confronted with such a situation can leave you frustrated, frantic, and potentially heartbroken when it comes to the damage done. It is essential in such a situation to get professional help fast.

When it comes to issues with water damage in Bridgewater, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, which means, with SERVPRO, help is on the way in the timeliest fashion possible. But our ability to respond is only the beginning. We also deal with water removal and the resulting damage with top-notch professionalism, and we use the best techniques and equipment available to get the job done right. Dealing with water loss is a multi-faceted issue, with many components that must be dealt with properly to restore your business and related items to their former state. A few issues resulting from water build-up include:

  • Rusting, odor development, and staining
  • Water absorption in soft, porous materials, which can result in damage inside and out, including controlled demolition and removal
  • Peeling, warping, and weakening of porous materials that have taken on water

All of this is considered ‘water damage’ and must be dealt with expeditiously if your place of business is to be salvaged and restored on any level.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Get Things Back to Normal?

First, our highly trained technicians focus on the removal of the water in the affected building. Depending on the area or items that have taken on water, we use a variety of equipment and techniques to dry things out. For example, the use of dehumidifiers and air movers is essential to the drying process, and we use a variety of proven methods of setting up of this equipment to make sure the job is done efficiently. This is just the beginning, however; throughout the process, we can use all available resources and knowledge to set things right once again.

Water damage to your business can be devastating, but we have the experience and resources to minimize the impact. By calling SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 you can get the help you need, and it will seem "Like it never even happened."

What Factors Determine the Repair and Replacement Costs for Bridgewater Home Basement Flood?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Contact your local mitigation team at (908) 222-2020 to get started within hours of your initial contact.

IICRC Certified Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO Provide Flood Damage Cleanup for Bridgewater Homeowners

Home floods, especially those from natural events like ground floods, can prove much more costly for Bridgewater homeowners than clean or grey water counterparts. Clean and greywater damages cost an estimated $3.75 to $4.50 per square foot, according to FIXR data. Blackwater, on the other hand, features significant sanitary concerns for occupants and can cost as much as $7.00 per square foot.

SERVPRO performs flood damage mitigation and sanitation for Bridgewater homeowners that return their properties to a preloss state that is clean and safe to occupy once more. This firm is accredited by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which sets up-to-date benchmarks for the restoration industry. SERVPRO has served communities since 1967 with timely and effective disaster mitigation and restoration services.

What Factors Can Affect How Much Flood Damage Repair Costs Homeowners?
There are various factors to take into account for home flooding repair estimate, especially in the event of a basement flood. These factors can include:

    •    The area in which you live and the cost of materials and labor can affect available prices.
    •    The presence of black water and the extent of the flood damage also affect costs.
    •    Restoration expenses can also vary depending on how much needs to be repaired rather than restored in your Bridgewater home. The cost-effectiveness of either depends on the material in question. Many items, such as sheetrock and upholstery, typically require replacement after a flood.

SERVPRO coordinates closely with both property owners and insurance adjusters for the sake of the following:
    •    Streamlining the claims filing process.
    •    Determining the best course of action for repairing or replacing salvageable structural materials and belongings.

What Tips Should Homeowners Keep in Mind for Basement Flood Cleanup?
Because home floods can be costly, with just one inch of floodwater leading to thousands of dollars in damages and repair costs, it can be tempting to try to fix it on your own to save on expenses. However, unlike a clean water situation, in which light mitigation with consumer-grade products can be relatively safe, black water brings with it a plethora of sanitary concerns that make a “do-it-yourself” approach inadvisable.

Do not clean up floodwaters. Ground floods bring in a variety of contaminants, including:

    •    Sewage and pests.
    •    Chemical runoff and residues.
    •    Sharp objects and unsafe debris.

Contact a professional restoration team like SERVPRO for rapid response cleanup and mitigation.

    •    Avoid contact with floodwaters if the electricity is still running. Attempting to shut off your breakers in a flooded utility room can put you at risk for an electrical shock. Instead, contact your utility provider for assistance with safe power shutoff.
    •    Stay out of flooded rooms when possible. Not only does the presence of contaminated floodwaters make going down to a flooded basement unsafe, but potential mold growth can potentially create health effects for occupants. Restoration technicians use personal protection equipment (PPE) to maximize safety on the job.

How Does SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Save Flooded Basements?
SERVPRO technicians focus on sanitation and thorough moisture extraction before drying a flood-damaged structure. Extraction is performed with a variety of tools, including both portable and truck-mounted extraction units. The type of extraction devices needed depends on the amount and type of water damage present in your home.

    •    Portable extractors can perform 140 inches of water lift at a time. In comparison, truck-mounted units can reach 185 to 198 inches of water lift.
    •    Portable units feature five- to 12-gallon tanks for waste collection, while a truck-mounted extractor can hold a minimum of 60 gallons to well over 100. Wastewater is disposed of in treated sewers, like toilets, unless the homeowner has a septic system on the property.
    •    Submersible, gas-powered sump pumps are ideal in conditions where floodwaters are more than two inches deep, and there are no solid contaminants in the water.
    •    SERVPRO technicians can also provide power sources if electricity is inaccessible in your Bridgewater home after a flood.

Thorough moisture extraction is a must for making structural drying with air movers and dehumidifiers more efficient. EPA-registered biocides are also instrumental in removing contaminants and remediating microbial growth before structural drying begins. Salvageable belongings can be moved off-site in what is known as a “pack out” for sanitation and restoration.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is proud to say that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster so that homeowners can enjoy their properties in a preloss state once more. Contact your local mitigation team at (908) 222-2020 to get started within hours of your initial contact.