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Removing Bridgewater Fire Damage Promptly

5/13/2022 (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

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment and drying mats on a water damaged floor SERVPRO has the tools and skilled technicians your Bridgewater home needs after water damage occurs. Give us a call today.

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

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on a ceiling For mold damage remediation services, call SERVPRO right away. We will leave your property in Bridgewater looking "Like it never even happened."

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. 

Cleaning After Fire Damage on a Bridgewater Showroom Floor

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Flame Close Up Disaster may strike at any time in Bridgewater. Call SERVPRO for the fire damage restoration services needed for your property.

We Provide Fast Large Loss Fire Damage Recovery 

The capable professionals of our SERVPRO team recognize the urgency of fire loss scenarios for local businesses. We rapidly evaluate the condition of the building and its contents to provide custom restoration and recovery solutions tailored to the unique circumstances.

Initial Cleanup Obstacles 

Among the initial focuses of restoring fire damage in Bridgewater dealership showrooms and offices is prioritizing the care and treatment of the inventory. Vehicles must be carefully removed from the damaged portions of the building and intricately cleaned and evaluated. Responding technicians must also focus on:

  • Debris Removal – This process eliminates ash and material remnants from the flooring in the building to lower soot and odor concentrations.
  • Water Removal – Extinguishment methods like sprinklers can add a level of restoration work for the project to remove pooling water.
  • Indoor Air Quality – Post-fire environments feature many toxic or carcinogenic air contaminants, making filtration vital early in restoration.

Cleaning Fire Damage Effects

  • Flooring – Multiple types of flooring exist in your dealership, from the hardwood or concrete in the showroom to the carpeted flooring and tile work of the offices and bathrooms. Each requires a different approach, such as bonnet cleaning for the short pile carpeting common to commercial offices.

  • Walls – Not only can SERVPRO work to preserve drywall and interior walls, but we also carefully clean and restore the large glass windows surrounding the showroom to return their aesthetic appeal.

  • Contents – The inventory, electronics, furniture, and personal items are cataloged for damage individually and treated on-site to remove soot and smoke damage. 

  • Offices – From cleaning up the carpeted flooring to covering the desks and electronics to prevent soot damage, we focus on a high level of cleaning for these personal spaces.

Getting your business back on its feet after a fire is a priority of our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team. We can help 24/7 when you call (908) 222-2020.

Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Restore Your Bridgewater Home After A Water Damage Disaster

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Contact Us Sign You can depend on the quick response and expertise of our SERVPRO professionals to make water loss emergencies “Like it never even happened.”

Efficient Drying Equipment For Water Loss In Bridgewater Homes

Water loss incidents can affect Bridgewater homes in different ways. Still, with the fast spread of damages throughout your property, it is a situation that needs addressing quickly and professionally. Without a complete understanding of the damage to your home, it can be easy to inadequately clean and dry up the saturation and standing water, allowing structural weakening, degradation, and hazardous conditions to persist. Our professionals have advanced detection equipment to get the full scope of the damage to begin thorough and intricate extraction, drying, and cleaning efforts.

Not all water loss events in your Bridgewater home leave standing water throughout the affected areas, but the water damage effects still require the trained personnel and advanced equipment available to professional restorers like ours. The SERVPRO experts that arrive at your home waste no time in identifying the threats and getting to work on vital mitigation efforts that can reduce restoration time and save our customers money.

While mitigation has many steps, one of the most important when facing water damage threats is drying. We have a broad inventory of recovery equipment, including many high-velocity air movers, a variety of dehumidifiers, and even specialized equipment like the Injectidry system. Our SERVPRO Green Fleet stays stocked with these advanced tools and machines so that our professionals can respond to all water loss emergencies at a moment’s notice.

Air movers can be a critical component to the drying and recovering of a water-damaged home. With strategic placement based on the location of moisture pockets, these forced air systems can displace moisture with heated air, sending a vapor into the environment. This moisture in the air can get removed and collected by our LGR or desiccant dehumidification equipment also installed throughout the property.

While drying is only a portion of water damage recovery, the more efficient and effective this process is the minor reconstruction and further restoration techniques the property needs. You can depend on the quick response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals to make water loss emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

Our Response Teams Will Arrive Quickly To Your Bridgewater Home After A Flood Disaster

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Floor If your home experiences a storm damage incident, you need to call our crew immediately.

How SERVPRO Makes Bridgewater Flood Damage Cleanup and Rebuilding Process Seamless

Of all the home disasters that hit a property, flood damage is one of the worst. Groundwater carries a category three rating as a biohazardous Black Water. We advise homeowners not to come into contact with it until our team arrives on-site to perform testing to determine the nature of any toxins, contaminants, or sewage present in the floodwater. Often, no testing is required.

Even though the SERVPRO emergency response team arrives quickly at Bridgewater homes with flood damage, the water in many cases has migrated within the structure, and there is little standing water. We test for harmful elements present and use our moisture detection equipment to scope the premises and discover the areas of excessive moisture. Water extraction efforts immediately begin so we can save as much of the property as possible from prolonged exposure to dampness.

Common actions during cleanup of flood damage include:

  • Using flood cuts to stop groundwater from wicking further into sheetrock and letting a more substantial amount of air into the wall cavity for efficient drying
  • Extracting water from carpeting before it is cut into strips for removal
  • Removal of baseboards as needed for water extraction and thorough drying
  • Drilling weep holes as needed for drainage.

Our goal is always to assist homeowners with saving as much water-damaged property as possible rather than have them incur the cost of replacement. We accomplish this through our proprietary methods while adhering to the best practices taught through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

After drying, disinfection, and treating the property for odors, our technicians give the homeowner a listing of the restoration services completed, which includes both a detailed report plus before and after photographs to assist with expediting insurance claims. We also advise any repairs needed to return the home to its pre-damaged condition. Because our SERVPRO location has a General Contractor License #13VH05228000, we can make the cleanup and reconstruction of the property one seamless process, lessening the stress of the mitigation process for the homeowner.

When flood damage hits your property, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. We have the equipment and expertise to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

We Can Eliminate Smoke and Odors After A Fire In Bridgewater

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged bathroom with debris and soot everywhere Quick action is required when a bathroom is facing fire damage. Our technicians are standing by with certified technicians and equipment for the job.

Eliminating Smoke & Odors After Fire Damage in a Bridgewater Bathroom

One of the last places many homeowners expect to deal with fire damage is in their bathrooms. Whether a faulty outlet makes a hairdryer spew fire or an overcharged lithium battery on an electric razor causes a fire hazard, this can be an extremely stressful situation. On top of that, the moisture in bathrooms can interact with residues from fire and become acidic, which can corrode metals and plastics alike.

If you need a professional team that can mitigate your home's fire damage in Bridgewater fast, certified fire cleanup technicians at SERVPRO can help restore your bathroom to its prior condition. If the damage to your home after a fire is extensive, this team can repair your home with a general contracting license. No matter where or when the disaster occurs, disaster cleanup professionals can address fire damage from appliance failures quickly.

Common Causes of Bathroom Fires

There are a variety of reasons that a bathroom can catch fire; some of the most common ones often involve everyday items and activities. These include:

  •   Exhaust fan malfunctions, usually due to ignition of lint and dust on the motor
  •   Electrical failures, such as damaged wires and overloaded outlets
  •   Appliance malfunctions
  •   Cigarette smoking

Always make sure to observe safe practices with electronics and other items in bathrooms. Turn off your vent fans when not in use and clean them periodically, avoid smoking in bathrooms, and check wires and batteries on appliances for signs of damage.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home

Depending on the damage, your bathroom may need repainting after cleaning. In cases where soot deposits are light, however, this may not be necessary. Regardless, thorough cleaning is required to prevent further damage to your home. SERVPRO can use EPA-registered disinfectants to remove soot and associated odors after a fire. If needed, odor control technicians (OCTs) can deploy industrial-grade thermal foggers to deodorize your bathroom. Ventilation systems also often need a thorough cleaning after bathroom fires. SERVPRO technicians can use augers, whips, brushes, and other agitating equipment to clean bathroom vents and prevent odors from spreading in your home.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater can ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened,” call (908) 222-2020 today for lightning-fast disaster cleanup.

In Need of Water, Fire, Mold, or Storm Damage Restoration in Bridgewater? SERVPRO has You Covered!

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in the room of a house When damage has affected your crawlspace, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our technicians 24/7 for effective services at the first inkling of issues.

Why SERVPRO Restoration Services can offer Lasting Repair for Bridgewater Homeowners

Property losses can be disruptive to our everyday lives. Not only does it require the ability to problem solve quickly, but can also involve large amounts of time spent conducting admin. Finding excellent quality restoration services in your local area is not always easy. In large loss claims, you may also find yourself dealing with more than one company. For the repair of mold, fire, storm, or water damage, you can rely on SERVPRO of Bridgewater to be on time and budget in your home restoration. We can enlist the help of general contractors on your behalf and handle the paperwork with your insurance adjuster as part of our stress-free claims process.

Water Damage Restoration

Water incidents can often deteriorate walls, flooring, or carpeting in your Bridgewater property. These problems are often had to spot at the point of entry and can, therefore, cause damages for several weeks or months before becoming unavoidable. One particular area of concern for a restoration service like SERVPRO is crawlspaces. In periods of heavy rainfall these restricted access areas can release groundwater, raise humidity levels, and cause damages to concrete and wood flooring.

A tell-tale sign of crawl space water damage in Bridgewater is the noticeable peeling of paintwork or sodden carpets. You may also notice an unpleasant odor in some regions of the home. Our restoration services use local technicians with experience in restoring the architecture and design of private residences here in Somerset County. SERVPRO trains technicians in a variety of problem-solving techniques to repair your home quickly and thoroughly.

Crawlspaces are typically narrow, which creates an access problem for restoration service technicians. SERVPRO can adapt large equipment using flex hose to allow air circulation into the crawlspace. Carpets can be de-tacked to gain access to the floorboards above and create a dual drying system. Once the job is complete, we recommend investing in a crawlspace vapor barrier to prevent further issues with heavy rainfall here in Bridgewater.

Fire Damage Restoration

Grease fires are frequent with over 5,000,000 reported cooking fires in the US. Grease fires, or protein fires, occur when animal fats spit out of a pan and combust. Leaving a stove unattended for even a short period can cause a protein fire while pouring water can make the situation significantly worse. You should keep a fire extinguisher in, or near to, the kitchen in case of a protein fire which can spread quickly. These fires damage cabinets, appliances, your oven hood and even your heating ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC.)

Reaching out for professional restoration service can go a long way to ensuring that fire damage in your Bridgewater home does not become a permanent issue. You can reach SERVPRO 24/7 to arrange a call out with a qualified fire & smoke restoration technician (FRST.) In the meantime, you need to turn off your HVAC to prevent smoke from entering into the ventilation supply and remove pets or children from the immediate vicinity. If you can access the power supply easily, it may be prudent to remove power from the kitchen.

SERVPRO technicians provide advanced restoration services that can tackle stubborn grease on cabinets, appliances, ceilings, and your HVAC system. Grease is infamously tough to clean and can spread to drawers or cabinets during the fire. Some cabinets may have unfinished interiors which make them extra susceptible to harm from smoke residues. Using our training alongside industrial strength cleaning agents, SERVPRO can remove soiling from your Bridgewater home and refinish surfaces that may have become damaged to return them to a pre-fire condition.

Mold Remediation

Basement humidity levels can become a real problem for a Bridgewater homeowner. As external temperatures change, poor insulation can result in high relative humidity. Additional factors that cause high humidity in your basement could be faulty gutter spots, issues with your sump pump or a leaking exhaust vent. Humidity levels above sixty grains per pound can create the ideal conditions for mold infestation, which finds a healthy food supply in porous materials and contents in your basement.

There are several ways you can attempt to control humidity levels in the basement of your Bridgewater home, including installing a dryer vent, cleaning gutters regularly.  Also, perform necessary maintenance checks on exhausts or sump pumps throughout the year. However, if you find yourself with mold damage in your Bridgewater home, you should enlist the help of professional restoration service to control, contain, and remove the growth.

SERVPRO technicians are experts at psychrometrics- the balance between air, temperature, and humidity. By controlling humidity levels, we can ensure that mold spores do not reproduce or germinate during the restoration service. Using pressure cleaning equipment, we can remove stubborn soiling as well as removing and disposing of severely infested non-salvageable materials. Afterward, SERVPRO uses waterproof paints, biocides, and anti-microbial treatments to provide a crucial stopgap while you invest in longer-term microbial growth methods like dehumidifiers or dryer vents.

Storm Damage Restoration

The immediate issues presented by storm damage to your Bridgewater home may be related to flood waters or property repair. SERVPRO can remove large quantities of water rapidly and put in place temporary barriers over broken windows and doors or tarps to prevent more water from entering the home. However, it is common for indoor air-quality to be overlooked during restoration services after storms because immediate issues are instantly apparent.  Although you cannot see or detect indoor air quality issues, they can have a significant effect on you.

Air testing equipment can be costly and does not cover all types of pollutants present in your indoor air. Flood waters can often bring sewer gasses into your Bridgewater home as well as biological, chemical, or combustion pollutants- the three categories mentioned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Controlling indoor air quality is a three-stage restoration service that starts with removing all contaminated materials, disinfecting the affected area then ventilating the area.

SERVPRO technicians can use a variety of equipment to restore the indoor air quality of your Bridgewater home. Air exchange can be very efficient and first involves opening windows to allow exterior air exchange.  Next, we place a powerful box fan which uses centrifugal motion to encourage circulation of air between indoor and outdoor spaces. SERVPRO can also deploy advanced air scrubbing equipment to remove pollutant particles from a closed indoor space and prevent storm incidents from having a lasting impact on the indoor air quality of your Bridgewater home.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here to help you with fire, mold, storm or water incidents by providing highly qualified local technicians with professional restoration equipment. Contact us at (908) 222-2020 to arrange service.

Moisture Monitoring for Flood Damage in Bridgewater Homes

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO worker and SERVPRO equipment in the crawlspace of a house Water damage needs to be dealt with immediately to be effective. Team SERVPRO is standing by to offer a custom water removal and remediation plan.

Flood Damage Can Be Tracked in Bridgewater Properties with Moisture Detectors

Moisture and water damage impact your home in several ways following a flood. Even without the threats of contaminants, substantial volumes of water can be destructive and ruinous to exposed materials. Special detection devices help monitor the movement of moisture to dry the structure more efficiently. Three common ways related water damage can affect the restoration process include:

  • Surface moisture
  • Environmental moisture content
  • Hidden damp pockets

Surface Moisture Meters

The surface moisture meter is among the most heavily used devices and units for tracking and monitoring the migration of moisture from flood damage in Bridgewater homes. This small handheld device is placed against moist building materials to provide a saturation reading that shows directly how water has impacted the material and can gauge its salvageability.

Probing Moisture Detection

Much like surface moisture meters, probing units penetrate beyond the surface layer to track the progress of water that has been absorbed into affected materials and wall systems. This often indicates where controlled demolition might be necessary when it is determined that water has thoroughly overwhelmed specific exposed materials.


Hygrometers measure the relative humidity and moisture content of the environment. This is helpful information to determine the best approach for drying and evaporation techniques. Relative humidity can directly impact the pace and success of air movers and dehumidification equipment.

Thermal Imagery (Infrared)

Our thermal imagery cameras are another moisture detection process our team can use to find damp areas of the structure that require further attention from drying products. These small devices are attached to mobile tablets to make their application on the worksite faster and user friendly. The premise of this approach is that cooler areas, which often indicate the presence of moisture or water, appear differently than the static warmth of building materials inside a property.

With any water or flood damage incident to your home or business, it is necessary to ensure that moisture is tracked throughout the structure. All drying processes must be validated before restoration completes, and there are several tools in our inventory to help with this process. Give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call today at (908) 222-2020.

Our Experts Make The Flood Damage Restoration Process A Breeze In Your Bridgewater Home

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Bathroom SERVPRO of Bridgewater prepares every flood season for the fast and efficient remediation of your home’s structure and contents.

How A Pack-Out Streamlines Flood Damage Remediation In Bridgewater

Flash flooding the past few months brings home the need for fast and effective remediation efforts in Bridgewater. Heavy rains and the overflowing of local waterways put many homes in harm’s way. Our skilled and well-equipped crews employ a variety of strategies to protect your property from progressive damage, and we have an effective way to speed the flood remediation as well as manage damage to the contents of your home.

Choosing to complete a pack-out is time well-spent when you experience flood damage to your Bridgewater abode. We use a detailed and digitized Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to ensure we track every article removed. Once the contents in the flooded spaces are removed, our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians can focus on their specialties, either removing water, cleaning, and drying out structural components, or bringing your furnishings and personal possessions back to life.

When our crew can concentrate on water removal, your home’s lower levels are dried out swiftly. SERVPRO crews at your home use pump and wanded extractors to pull the majority of the standing water out of the structure. When we can do this without the need to work around and move objects, the project proceeds faster.

Because floodwaters are by definition contaminated, SERVPRO arranges for containment and appropriate disposal. We then clean up and disinfect soiled surfaces with an EPA-registered antimicrobial. Employees with Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASDT) certification determined drying goals and set up a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to bring moisture levels down to normal in the flooded spaces.

Meanwhile, at our production facility, other technicians clean, dry, and restore the contents packed out. We work with your insurance company, providing documentation as we evaluate and process your documents, clothing, linens, decor, furnishings, and more. SERVPRO uses resources like freeze-drying and contained drying chambers to bring as many of the packed-out items back to their function and appearance as possible.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater prepares every flood season for the fast and efficient remediation of your home’s structure and contents. Call us as soon as the waters rise at (908) 222-2020.