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Mold Damage Can Devastate Bridgewater Properties

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth on walls. SERVPRO technicians are experienced with mold and all aspects of mold. Leave the mold remediation to the professionals.

SERVPRO Can Remediate All Kinds of Mold Damage in Bridgewater

Mold does not want to get discovered. An infestation will stay hidden for as long as possible and grow under floors and behind walls until it finally gets noticed. Then it is time for action. 

SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience handling mold damage in Bridgewater properties. Most mold infestations are a symptom of another issue in the home. Barring mold growth as an after-effect of flood damage in a home, the most common reasons for colony growth and spreading emanate from these common root causes: 

  • Slow, undiagnosed leaks in pipes
  • Poor ventilation in exhaust fans retaining humidity in attic spaces
  • Inadequate drainage around washing machines or other drains

Drying is a crucial part of the mold remediation process. When working in a home, the techs contain the areas with mold to halt the spread of airborne spores and then work on bringing down the interior humidity levels that are currently sustaining the mold. Afterward, the dried colony matter gets removed by manually scraping and vacuuming up the remnants with a hand-vac with HEPA filtration or, for large colonies, abatement techniques such as ice or soda blasting, which removes the residues without marring surfaces. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 has the experience and equipment to remediate any size mold damage in Bridgewater properties successfully.

SERVPRO Can Save Clothing Involved in Fire Damage in Basking Ridge

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Specific cleaning equipment and procedures are needed for fire restoration. SERVPRO has the man power and equipment for any size job.

Professional Restoration Services Can Turn Around Fire Damage in Basking Ridge Homes

When a fire occurs in a home, the smoke odors and soot can wind up all over the interior, even in areas not directly affected by the flames. One of the most overwhelming feelings for a homeowner is the prospect of losing their clothing. Besides the expense of replacement aside, many people have wardrobe items with sentimental value that exceeds anything monetary. 

SERVPRO techs can assist Basking Ridge homes with fire damage and, in particular, clean the articles of clothing exposed to heat, smoke, and soot. Several applications can work to restore clothing to a wearable state for reuse, including: 

  • Specific cleaning equipment
  • Methods such as agitation or immersion cleaning
  • Spot cleaning or dry cleaning at an outside facility

The Esporta Washing System is a powerful piece of equipment that can clean and sanitize washable clothing items and leave them sanitized after a single cycle. SERVPRO techs often rely on this for all types of restorative cleaning for washable items needed after a fire.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 stands ready to handle fire damage cleanup in Basking Ridge homes 24/7.

SERVPRO Techs Restore Bridgewater Homes With Water Damage

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Drywall removal from water damage. Water damage restoration is not a DIY project. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have the knowledge on what to do.

Bridgewater Residents Count on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup 24/7

The city of Bridgewater has a long history with humble beginnings as part of a land parcel sold to local settlers by the Lenape, aka Delaware tribe. The estimated population of the tribe before the European settlers arriving was over 20,000 members. The Lenape worked in family groups where the women tended their farming crops while the men hunted. Initially chartered by King George II of England in 1749, the settlement received its incorporation as one of the original townships in New Jersey. It got its name in honor of Bridgwater, located in Somerset County in England.

From its inception until the mid-1960s, the primary industry in Bridgewater was farming. As the cities of Plainfield and Neward began to expand, the population started to grow, and more types of businesses established themselves in the local area to get away from the Plainfield-Newark region after the 1967 riots caused a great deal of property loss. This led to the development of the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and financial industries in Bridgewater. As a modern, suburban community, the city has few reminders of its past as a significant farming hub and is now the second-most-populous city in Somerset County.

Features of Bridgewater

Much of the city is flat, the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains passes through, and the northern edge is more elevated. The Raritan River has branches that run outside the perimeter of the city and form a border. Bridgewater has several unincorporated communities within its township, including: 

  • Bradley Gardens 
  • Finderne 
  • Green Knoll 
  • Martinsville 

TD Bank Ballpark

One of the top draws for attendance in Bridgewater is the TD Bank Ballpark. A relatively new structure, this stadium was built in 1998 and can seat 6,100 people. It is the home field for the Somerset County Baseball Tournament and formerly hosted the Big East Conference Baseball Tournament from 2000-2005. It has won accolades in 2015 and 2016, getting named as Ballpark Digest's Best Independent Minor League Ballpark in the United States. 

Duke Island Park

This park is another frequently visited outdoor area in Bridgewater. There is a canal in the middle of the park built to divert water from the Raritan River. People could rent canoes and paddleboats in the past, but this option is no longer available due to safety concerns. The park features numerous walking trails, a ranger station, a learning center for children, and a summer concert series for the locals and visitors to enjoy.

What Problems Can Water Damage Cause in Bridgewater Homes?

There are many issues that water damage can be the root cause of within a Bridgewater property. Dependent factors are the type of water, how long it went on, and how quickly the cleanup efforts began. 

Scoping a property upon arrival is one of the initial steps SERVPRO technicians undertake to determine the scale of the damage from the water they are dealing with. A visual inspection is not enough; location of the migration path of water or areas affected behind a wall requires specialized equipment such as: 

  • Infrared cameras to "see" hot and cold temperatures and pinpoint areas of cooler water collection
  • Probes 
  • Devices that detect air moisture amounts

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 handles water damage mitigation for the local Bridgewater community. The techs arrive quickly and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Basking Ridge Locals Can Brunch With Hits From The Past

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Day Party Brings Basking Ridge Residents Together

Basking Ridge residents can enjoy brunch with their favorite tunes from the 1990s and early 2000s. There is a full menu of tacos, burritos, plus chicken and waffles served up made fresh along with tasty mimosas to sip. DJ Nasty spins tunes and keeps the party going all afternoon. In light of current health protocols, all patrols must have a table and stay seated in observance of current social distancing guidelines. Attendees need to wear a mask, and temperatures get taken before entry into the event. Feel free to contact PHILINTHEBRUNCH@GMAIL.COM with any questions. 

There is a dress code for the event; men should wear collared shirts, button-down shirts, or polo-style: no t-shirts or sweat pants are allowed at the venue.

  • Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
  • Location: Tequila N Tacos Mexican Sports Bar & Grill, 560 Stelton Road

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 is available 24/7 to handle the restoration services against flood damage in Basking Ridge properties. The techs arrive quickly and clean up the mess to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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.