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A Pipe Burst Caused Water Intrusion in My Bridgewater Property. Whom Can I Call to Remove the Water?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a burst copper pipe Water damage not taken care of properly can leave more damage in your home than what you started with. Call SERVPRO mitigation services.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Bridgewater to Perform Water Removal in Your Property.

When water seeps to various surfaces in your property, it can cause significant damage, especially if ignored for an extended period. Fortunately, if you hire SERVPRO professionals to help you restore your Bridgewater home, you can avoid extensive damage.

What are the dangers of trapped moisture?

The damage that water causes is painfully apparent, and that is the reason why you need to perform prompt water removal in your Bridgewater home. Some property owners attempt to remove the water themselves. However, without proper skills and the right water removal equipment, the homeowners end up performing a poor job. The moisture left behind can create risks such as:

Compromising structural integrity of building materials

Moisture behind drywall may cause supports and posts to rot. This can significantly affect your wall's ability to hold up the roof.

Mold growth

Mold produces toxic spores that can cause severe health conditions to the property’s residents. Our technicians can treat areas with mold using advanced products. We can use vanquish, a disinfectant that destroys 99 percent of organisms it comes into contact with on the surface.

Decreased value of a home

A poorly restored property may lose its sale value. The moisture may cause an unfriendly environment to live in, making it difficult to resell.

How do restorers find moisture in confined places?

Water in confined areas can provide a friendly environment for mold growth and odors if not handled on time. SERVPRO’s team of diligent technicians can check for moisture in areas such as: 

  • Outlet covers
  • Under appliances
  • Built-ins
  • Behind drywall

We can use a thermal imaging camera to monitor the moisture in building materials. The device helps us see how water traveled throughout the structure.

How do you dry an affected property?

Water affects materials in two ways. It can directly touch the materials, or moisture (water vapor) can touch the materials. To dry a property effectively, it is essential to remove the water and dry the air. After our technicians pump out the excess water, we begin drying the air. If too much moisture is in the air, it takes longer to dry affected materials. Ventilation is essential for effective drying. Therefore, we can open all windows and doors to enable dry fresh air to enter the property. 

To dry the air, our technicians control the temperature and use drying tools like air movers and dehumidifiers to control humidity levels. We also use the science of psychometry to monitor the drying process regularly. This enables us to determine if the drying process is working.

Water damage should not distort your daily routine. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for efficient water removal services that can make a water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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Can SERVPRO Restore My Storm Damaged Home in Bridgewater?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded room “Like it never even happened.”

Our Restoration Teams Are Professionals at Emergency Flood Mitigation After Storms Wreak Havoc in Bridgewater

Tropical cyclones, hurricanes, and tornadoes travel up New Jersey coastlines leaving severe flooding in their paths. Even in towns like Bridgewater, which aren’t directly on the shoreline, can suffer from the rains, winds, and flooding that comes from these storms.

What services can SERVPRO provide after my home floods during a storm?

Tropical storms bring damaging wind and rain. Storms can produce up to 15” of water in as little as two to three days. As these storms and floodwaters sweep through flood damage in Bridgewater can be quite extensive. Immediate mitigation is a must, and our technicians are ready to go. We have water damage restoration technicians and applied structural drying technicians that will assess your situation and provide you with a plan to restore your home and leave it “Like it never even happened.” Here are some problems we address:

• Blackwater – flooding leaves contaminated water that needs special treatment.
• Mold – water damage left untreated for as little as two days can cause mold.
• Structural damage – flooding can weaken structures and ruin walls, floors, and ceilings.
• Content damage – different content needs different cleaning
• Foundation damage – flooding can cause problems with your home’s foundation

Repairing Storm Damaged Homes

Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians bring the experience, equipment, and skills needed to repair and clean up the flood damage to your residence. Once they arrive on the scene, they begin restoring your home by doing the following:

• Water extraction – removing the water quickly is critical. Our powerful pumps can extract massive amounts of water.
• Drying out – Once the water gets removed, the drying process begins. Air movers and dehumidifiers handle this step.
• Content restoration – we handle everything from furniture restoration to document recovery.
• Cleaning and sanitizing
• Final restoration – painting, restoring carpet, etc.

If your home has experienced flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for quality water mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Fast Can My Restaurant Reopen After Water Damage?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

"Come in we're open" We understand the importance of getting back to business as usual. We will have you back up and running in no time at all.

SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and equipment to get your Bridgewater eatery reopened quickly after a water loss incident.

When you have a business that relies on foot traffic for the on-going success of your company, something like a supply line break or other plumbing issues can derail your business until the water gets removed. This is a situation you should hand off to a professional restoration services company in Bridgewater, to ensure that your restaurant gets cleaned, dried, and sanitized to meet health department standards for food prep so you can reopen without issue. 

Does My Restaurant Need to Have Everything Moved Out to For Commercial Water Cleanup?

SERVPRO techs have extensive training for commercial water cleanup in Bridgewater properties and try to limit the disruption to the contents of the property as much as possible during mitigation. Drying in place actions include:   

  • Placing tables on blocks and moving out chairs during extraction and drying
  • Removal of food prep equipment out of the loss area for deep cleaning
  • Use of sanitizing cleaners to ensure no bacteria gets left behind

In cases of extreme loss, the techs may need to perform a pack out to mitigation the loss. With their Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS), the techs catalog and document each item as to its condition and location within the restaurant, so when the restoration services complete, the things get put back in place. 

Why Does My Business Need to Close During Water Loss Mitigation? 

In a business that the public frequents, the people entering your restaurant expect the property to be safe. A wet floor can leave your patrons at risk of slip and fall accidents. Bacteria may be present, and if the water contains sewage or solid waste, it is dangerous to come into contact with or aspirate. The techs have protective clothing that allows them to extract the water and dispose of loss items safely. They also have the testing equipment to determine any pathogens or bacteria that are present, so the appropriate cleaning agents get chosen to eliminate them. 

Common Damages Seen in Commercial Properties  

Flooring by far gets the brunt of water loss, and glue-down tile and carpet fare the worst as when exposed to excessive moisture, they delaminate and allow seepage into the substrate below. Composite flooring tends to deteriorate upon exposure and, in most situations, is a loss.

When moisture gets left behind, it can cause foul odors and, in some cases, mold growth. When cleaning a restaurant, the techs pay special attention to areas of excessive moisture, as found through the use of their detection equipment to ensure that nothing gets left behind.   

Sheetrock wicks water rapidly upon exposure, and when that happens, the result is to buckle or warp. When this occurs, the techs use their moisture detection equipment to determine if the water is behind walls or under flooring, so nothing gets removed that does not need it. This controlled demolition limits the number of building materials that get disposed of so the property owner does not end up replacing an entire wall when only the bottom portion of the sheetrock got affected by the water loss. 

The techs set up a cleaning station to handle any contents that require cleaning for reuse. Immersion cleaning is the most common method. 

Drying and Disinfection are Pivotal to a Rapid Reopening  

The drying process is more than setting up fans and hoping for the best. SERVPRO techs use their equipment to monitor the process carefully and assure that preset drying goals get attained. They take air measurements during the process to determine if additional air movers and dehumidifiers are necessary to stay on track.   

Once the site is confirmed as dry, the techs wipe down the tables, and loss area to sanitize surfaces and ready the property for any needed repairs. SERVPRO has rolled out our unique program--Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned--to provide exceptional applications of disinfectants. In cases where the water loss included sewage, such as a toilet backup, the restaurant may require odor control measures. Frequently turned to include:   

  • Time-release gel pellets for on-going scent control 
  • Thermal fogging which neutralizes surface and embedded odors
  • Hydroxyl generators which work to eradicate airborne particulate 

In many situations, the techs rely on multiple applications for odor control. They may use all three methods or a combination to ensure the property has no residual scents lingering behind once the mitigation efforts complete.

When your property needs commercial water cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. The certified technicians have extensive training in the safe handling and restoration from any size water loss problem.

Why Should I Call a Professional Water Extraction Company in Basking Ridge?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from the ceiling of a house into a black bucket Water leaks in your home can leave lingering effects that can silently damage your home. Contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation in your home.

Restoration After a Water Leak in your Basking Ridge Home Requires More than DIY Drying Solutions. A Professional Water Restoration Technician Can Help.

Imagine your Basking Ridge home immersed in water, with your floors, furniture, and cabinets all soaking water by the minute. Now think of who you should call to help you determine the scope of the damage and eliminate it. Your friends and neighbors will have opinions, but this is a moment in which relying on a professional service can help you avoid more problems in the future.

For an expert opinion about the water damage in your Basking Ridge home, call our SERVPRO team at our 24/7 hotline and invite us to take a look. As soon as we arrive, you will discern our expertise and knowledge as we carefully inspect your house and note the areas of concern. Some problems are easily perceived, but others, such as water hiding underneath your floors or in your drywall, can be less evident. Trust in our ability to identify and measure the impact of the water incident and let us propose a sensible plan of action to return your home to mint condition.

What does it take to disinfect my home?

Excess moisture can invite bacteria to multiply in your home, but our disinfecting efforts can thwart that growth. Once our team is satisfied with the humidity levels in your home, we can sanitize the area. To do so, we may employ one or several techniques such as-

  • Thermal foggers- helpful in controlling odor as well as sanitizing, they create a thick fog that settles upon your home.
  • Ultra-Low Volume foggers- these create small droplets that help reduce airborne bacteria
  • Antibacterial treatments- there are a variety of treatments to remove microbes from the surfaces of your home. The EPA approved cleaning solutions.

Don’t stop at water extraction when your home is the victim of water damage. For a complete restoration process, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 and let us clean and disinfect your home. Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Can I Secure my Home after a House Fire?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged washer and dryer Fires are stressful. Let SERVPRO help relieve the stress and restore your home.

SERVPRO is an Authority on Fire Damage Restoration for Bridgewater Residents 

Is my home safe after a fire? 

Fires can affect the structural integrity of your Bridgewater home as well as producing potential accident causing debris. It is crucial to wait for a fire marshall's approval before re-entering your home after a house fire. Once you gain re-entry to the home, it may be safer to avoid the affected area altogether. By arranging a call-out from a professional fire technician, you can ensure that your home returns to its safe, preloss condition without incidents or accidents. SERVPRO technicians can scope the building, remove any fire debris, and potential hazards like faulty electrical equipment or wiring from home safely. If there is a power outage, we can work using portable generators initially until electricity returns. 

Can I arrange fire restoration and remain in the property?

When fire damage affects your Bridgewater home, it can become an inconvenience, especially when essential rooms like bathrooms and kitchens are fire victims. SERVPRO technicians organize our restoration strategy around you to ensure that you can continue with your everyday life during the process.

If fire damage affects your kitchen or bathroom, our team can first work on these areas to ensure that you keep access to essential areas of the home. Any areas that require longer-term restoration use physical barriers as well as plastic sheeting for containment. During aggressive restoration activities, our team can deploy negative air-pressure to the affected area to prevent debris and dust from spreading. 

How can I prevent soots and smoke residues from spreading? 

  • Cover any surfaces using old sheets
  • Avoid unnecessary foot traffic in the affected area
  • Use negative air pressure to ensure any air-borne specks of dust do not escape the area 

If you need a convenient solution to housefire restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

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What Tools Help with Water Removal?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

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For Water Removal, SERVPRO Technicians Use Professional Tools to Restore Your Bridgewater Home

Once water infiltrates your Bridgewater home, it starts to deteriorate most materials that it comes into contact with. Hiring the experts in the field of water restoration ensures your interior is back to normal faster. At SERVPRO, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can get to work in as little as four hours after you call us for emergency service. 

How Does the Cleanup Begin?

Following any water loss call, our team takes a look at your need for water removal in Bridgewater. A thorough assessment is performed so that we may determine the level of damage, and a solid plan of action can get set in motion. Our team takes all of the necessary precautions to lessen the migration of water, and we start removal efforts quickly to limit the amount of secondary damage. Some of the steps that we take include:

  •   Scanning the water loss zone to identify any electrical hazards
  •   All technicians wear personal protection equipment (PPE)
  •   Testing of any water that may be contaminated, such as chemicals found in flooded basements or fuel that may have come from water in a connected garage
  •   Our crew works to find any areas where water may have migrated to locate hidden pockets of moisture

What Happens During Water Removal Efforts?

After our team is onsite and a plan is in place, we utilize extraction tools and industrial-strength pumps to take as much water from the loss zone as quickly and efficiently as possible. Once we remove standing water, we have a unique formula to determine the number of drying implements necessary to facilitate the next phase. Some of the drying equipment we use includes:

Even if you have some tools on hand, DIY methods are not recommended for water removal. Due to the difference in consumer equipment versus the professional equipment that our Green Fleet comes equipped with, it is best to leave all cleanup efforts and drying to our skilled team. Our centrifugal air movers boost airflow, while the dehumidifiers help to capture moisture in the air throughout your home.

How Can You Stop Foul Odor Development?

Once we use our powerful pumps to remove standing water throughout the loss zone, our team of skilled technicians carefully remove porous materials. We take out carpeting and padding that cannot be salvaged and ensure they get replaced with brand-new materials. What we know about the impact of microbial growth includes the following:

  •   Harmful bacteria start growing within 24 to 48 hours after your water loss begins
  •   Surfaces are susceptible to mildew and mold growth, with the most significant threat coming from hidden moisture pockets and saturated porous materials
  •   We can treat surfaces with antimicrobial agents that help inhibit or slow the onset of microbial growth

Why Can’t Moisture Be Left to Dry Naturally?

It would be best if you never ignored moisture or humidity left in your home, as it can bring on the potential for mold growth. Water travels into drier spaces, which can leave hidden cracks and crevices riddled with moisture. We work diligently to speed up drying times and look at any walls or baseboards in the home that may have moisture behind them. If necessary, we perform controlled demolition that allows us to remove damaged building materials.

What if Moisture Got Behind My Walls or Under My Flooring?

We have a range of specialized equipment made for structural cavity drying when moisture lurks within your walls. By creating airflow while increasing pressure, it helps to remove moisture from the impacted area. Air moving equipment helps in conjunction with open windows or doors to create an open-system drying method. We can also create a controlled drying zone for smaller spaces by using dehumidifiers and physical barriers that allow us to exchange the moisture for dry air.

If you have saturated hardwood flooring, the SERVPRO Injectidry system exchanges air using targeted pressure. Air movement acts as a vehicle for the moisture, and we can salvage your flooring if water removal begins quickly enough. We also have drying mats and tenting methods that help to speed up the drying process.

When Will My Interior be Safe Again?

Our team double-checks everything for structural integrity and any leftover moisture with the final steps of water removal. We thoroughly clean and disinfect your interior using products registered by the EPA so that you can rest assured your home is safe to resume regular daily activity.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the team to call if you need prompt, reliable water removal services. Have a crew deployed to your home fast, and give us a call 24/7 at (908) 222-2020. It is always our goal to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Clean Smoke Residues From Hard floors in Bridgewater?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Burning flame isolated on black For expert assessment and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

When Fire Damage Affects Your Bridgewater Flooring Contact a Professional Restorer Like SERVPRO

How do smoke residues affect hard floors?

Many Bridgewater residents experience a housefire at some point during ownership. While most smoke residues affect upper walls and ceilings, there are frequently soots or debris that builds up on floors. Most of these residues occur after the fire when non-bonded soots gather on surfaces. You can mitigate losses by covering floors and surfaces as well as avoiding foot traffic in the area until a restorer arrives. It is quite common for floors to require cleaning at the beginning and the end of service as some cleaning methods may loosen or detach soots from upper walls or ceilings.  When soots embed into flooring, they can produce unpleasant odors or show visible signs of soiling.

Can I mop up smoke residues on hard floors?

A home with fire damage in Bridgewater can have varying levels of floor soiling. Dust-mopping can be effective; however, there is a risk of pushing heavier soils into the floor. With moderate levels of soiling, SERVPRO technicians use more aggressive methods of cleaning. These methods include spray buffing, a process of picking up residues while laying down a buff solution. Spray buffing can help to level a hard floor surface while filling in any cosmetic issues like scratches. Solvents can be effective, but we need to pre-test floors to see how they respond to solvents to avoid further harm.

What are the types of hard floor?

    •    Resilient  floors include vinyl and come in tiles or strips
    •    Non-resilient floors are stone or masonry
    •    Concrete floors
    •    Wood floors can have varying levels of strength and porosity

Clearing soot from hard floors can be complicated, with each type of hard floor responding differently to the type of cleaning method. For expert assessment and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

How Can I Get My Business Back Up and Running After a Water Spill?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policy Having water damage in your Bridgewater business? Call the pros in SERVPRO to mitigate your water problem and insurance issues.

Call SERVPRO to help Reopen Your Business Quickly and Safely

For a small business like a corner market, closing up for even a day is too much. Shutting down to remove water and restore your business for a longer period can mean a major loss of income. Also, every business in Bridgewater is more important to its customers than ever before.

How can SERVPRO get my store reopened quicker than another Restoration Service?

When it comes to dealing with commercial water damage in Bridgewater, SERVPRO teams can perform every task, short of a major rebuild, needed to reopen your business; so, we lose no time having to deal with sub-contractors. Our technicians have access to the latest equipment in the restoration industry, and their training is extensive; to include water removal, drying the structure and property, construction, and electrical repair.

How much is this going to cost?

That depends on the amount of damage to your Bridgewater store and what your insurance policy covers. Our office works closely with many agencies licensed in the state and makes certain we do nothing, without your approval, that is not covered.

If you have had any damage or loss to your business, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 today.

How Do I Remove Oily Residues from My Restaurant Kitchen? 

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage in kitchen Don't be concerned with fire damage in your Bridgewater home. Call SERVPRO to handle all of the problems.

Our professionals have potent cleaning products and techniques to remove residues and soot after small kitchen flareups in your Bridgewater restaurant. 

Kitchen fires can vary in their origin, but resolving the lingering effects in your Bridgewater restaurant should be the top priority. Losses like odors, airborne contaminants, ash, and soot can all migrate a considerable distance from the ignition point. 

A small kitchen flareup can lead to multiple layers of fire damage in your Bridgewater restaurant. In particular, grease fires can leave a thick film on surfaces like stainless steel shelving and countertops. Not only can this be challenging to clean thoroughly, but these conditions can promote more significant loss effects like harsh odors.

What Specific Cleaning Techniques Work Best for Residue Removal? 

Oily residues can describe many of the thick layers of carcinogens and grease that must get cleaned. There are multiple effective strategies for overcoming these effects, including: 

  • Water-based solvents
  • Abrasive cleaning techniques
  • Soda/media blasting

Fire losses like kitchen flareups can spread destructive loss effects like oily residues and foul odors throughout the kitchen and even the dining areas. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help with an efficient and thorough cleaning and deodorization. Give us a call today at (908) 222-2020.

How Likely is Water Damage I Cannot See?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

special equipment drying the floor Call SERVPRO to mitigate your water damage in your Bridgewater home.

After a loss incident, water can migrate beyond where you can easily dry it in your Bridgewater home – our SERVPRO team can help with detection and drying. 

DIY water restoration is more and more common for Bridgewater homes, but this often comes at more of a hassle than it might be worth. A misstep such as misjudging the migration of water throughout the property can lead to costly deterioration and microbial threats.

While you might believe that surface moisture is the only primary concern for water restoration in Bridgewater homes, but water penetrating beyond this surface to wall cavities, subflooring, or other sensitive materials could be disastrous. Without moisture detection equipment, it can be difficult to mark the path of water migration through the property.

What Detection Tools Can Identify Moisture Pockets? 

Sophisticated equipment and technologies help our project manager to help identify current moisture pockets and dampness in the affected materials. A combination of multiple devices ensures that the information inputted into our SERVPRO DryBook software is accurate. These include:

  • Thermal Imagery
  • Hygrometers
  • Surface Moisture Meters
  • Probing Moisture Detection

Professional water restoration can save time and money because the job gets done the first time thoroughly. Give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call today at (908) 222-2020.