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Engage with Bridgewater's Colonial History on a Winter Trip to the Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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?
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?
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.
Is Odor Control Part of Fire Restoration in Bridgewater?
A tried and tested approach to odor control can help to ensure your home returns to preloss condition sooner rather than later.
SERVPRO Technicians Perform Odor Control for Bridgewater Residents with Recent Household Fire Damage.
Why are burnt smells so tough to remove?
Controlling odors through deodorization of your Bridgewater property would be easy if all odors come from the same source. Unfortunately, fire odors can come from multiple sources, making it tough to tackle effectively without professional assistance. SERVPRO technicians have to use various odor control techniques to take fire odors in your property. These can range from cleaning methods to removing materials as well as air scrubbing equipment and chemical deodorants. Rest assured, our team has extensive experience in helping homeowners overcome unpleasant odors after a housefire.
What are the odor control procedures for fire?
• Removing charred contents or debris that could be a source of malodor
• Cleaning surfaces to rid them of odor-causing smoke residues and soot
• Recreate the conditions of odor spreading by using fogging or misting equipment to mimic smoke behavior
• Sealing surfaces with an odor sealant cover to prevent smoke odors from escaping into the home
Is it necessary to perform all types of odor control in a damaged property?
To deal with the odors of fire damage in your Bridgewater home, it is vital to take a measured approach. We want to remove odors from your property. But we also want to complete the job on-time and on-budget. To remain efficient in our restoration, technicians plan odor control methods sequentially. A first step may be to remove fire debris from the property and clean surfaces. We can then thoroughly ventilate the property to assess whether odors have disappeared. Sometimes, wetness or high humidity can make odors more noticeable. We conduct odor control step by step to ensure that our process remains efficient.
What affects odor in a home?
• Porous materials are more likely to become penetrated by odor particles.
• Thicker soot or smoke deposits are generally more odorous than those from minor to moderate fire damage.
• The length of exposure of materials to smoke and temperature can be influential to malodor
A tried and tested approach to odor control can help to ensure your home returns to preloss condition sooner rather than later. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.
Can You Keep Your Craft Store in Bridgewater Safe From Mold Damage?
If you are concerned about mold in your business, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.
Bridgewater Shop Owners Are Anxious To Avoid Mold Damage?
Owning a craft store in Bridgewater is a labor of love. You need to invest in stock, staff, and your building. Naturally, you do not want to lose any stock if you can avoid it, as that would mean paying out more dollars to replace it.
Mold damage to your Bridgewater craft store is bad news for your inventory. Mold needs five things to grow:
• The correct temperature
• An organic food source
Unfortunately, paper and fabric-based craft materials are an ideal food source for mold. If your inventory is stored in a dark storeroom or tucked away at the back of shelves on the shop floor, fungus can infiltrate.
How can I prevent mold damage in my store?
Because mold loves dark, moist corners, the best thing you can do to protect your shop is to create a drier atmosphere. SERVPRO suggests:
• Running a dehumidifier on the shop floor and in storage areas
• Making sure your HVAC system is running properly
• Fixing leaky doors, windows, gutters, or roof tiles as soon as you spot them
• Carrying out regular walk-throughs of your premises to check for potential problems
It is also a good idea to store your craft materials on raised shelves above the floor and away from the walls.? If you notice signs of mold, do not try to remedy it yourself, as this can make things worse. Instead, call us immediately – we are available 24 hours a day.
How can SERVPRO help?
Our staff includes specially trained mold remediation specialists who know how to handle a mold situation.
We will set up containment in the affected area so the spores cannot escape and spread throughout your store. If necessary, we can use a negative air machine to vent contaminated air outside.
Our team uses various techniques to deal with mold, including HEPA vacuuming, scrubbing, wiping, antimicrobial treatments, and baking soda blasting. We know which method best suits each situation.
When we are finished, we will deodorize your store. We use air scrubbers, and sometimes foggers or ozone generators, to clean the air and leave your shop smelling fresh and welcoming. If you are concerned about mold in your business, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.
Do Residents Need to Use a Dehumidifier if Their Home Has Good Ventilation?
Water damage? Call SERVPRO! We have the necessary equipment to restore your home.
SERVPRO Uses a Multi-Pronged Attack to Remove Excess Moisture in Your Bridgewater Home
Removing water after a leak from a kitchen pipe is not always a simple task. Sometimes Bridgewater property owners incorrectly assume that soaking up the water with old towels and opening windows is an adequate solution. However, this is not always the case. It is vital to have a thorough approach to mitigate secondary damage, such as mold growth or warped walls and flooring. Dehumidifiers are a critical component in the cleanup of your home.
How Does a Dehumidifier Work?
SERVPRO Uses Dehumidifiers to Remove Excess Moisture from the Air
Water removal during your Bridgewater restoration project typically requires the use of dehumidification equipment. They are important because they take the water vapor from the air, which lowers the air's humidity level. After the humidifier removes the moisture, the air is exhausted back into the room.
How Do Technicians Maintain a Balanced Drying System?
- The amount of moisture removed by dehumidifiers needs to be the same as the amount added to the air from the excess water's evaporation.
- Air quality is impacted if the air is too dry.
- Dehumidifiers should be evenly placed throughout the impacted area of your home to ensure consistent drying conditions.
What are the Different Types of Dehumidifiers?
- Refrigerant Dehumidifiers: There are conventional refrigerants and low grain refrigerants (LGR). Both use refrigerants to cool air below its dew point, allowing the condensation to drain into the collection tank. LGRs can lower the humidity ratio more effectively than the conventional refrigerants.
- Desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals to absorb excess moisture while the warm reactivation air releases back into the room. Desiccant dehumidifiers are very effective in removing water and lowering humidity. However, they run the risk of over-drying materials such as wood or carpet.
For assistance, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
Can I Protect My Home from Storm Damage?
Storms are frequent here and can bring flooding. Should floodwaters invade your home, SERVPRO is always on call!
Bridgewater Residents Count on SERVPRO to Address Devastation and Flood Damage Brought on By Storms
Excessive groundwater flooding after a sudden storm often brings notable destruction, mainly if the water infiltrates your interior on any level. You could potentially have damage to your gutters and roofing while also taking a hit to your basement or ground floor. Any standing water left to fester for too long brings harmful contamination and pressure build up on your walls and structural elements. These are just some of the reasons why it is better to be prepared to protect your Bridgewater home from damage. To start with, you can keep SERVPRO's number handy so that you have trained professionals on the scene quickly to begin cleanup and restoration efforts.
Lessening Flood Impact on Your Home
After calling SERVPRO to assist with Bridgewater's flood damage, we send out our fully-stocked Green Fleet to start the assessment. This initial phase is critical, as it helps us determine the level of damage to formulate a plan for removing water and drying every area affected. With your phone call, you can count on us for:
- A quick response from our crew, arriving in as little as four hours after your initial call for help.
- A detailed estimate that includes accurate, fair pricing to eliminate surprises.
- Fully-trained and IICRC-certified technicians who are ready to start work on the water extraction and restoration efforts.
- Quality, dependable work to restore your flood damaged home to preloss condition so that everything is, "Like it never even happened."
Why Do You Have to Move Some of My Belongings?
Depending on the situation, it might be best that we perform pack-out services. A pack-out is when we carefully pack up some contents to bring them off-site for drying, cleaning, or safe storage, speeding up the restoration project while also freeing up room for our crew to work. Our technicians follow protocols to inventory your possessions, including information on the rooms they came from and the condition during packing. This process is another way to ensure coverage should anything become damaged in transit.
Is My Carpeting Salvageable After a Flood Incident?
The contaminants often found in flood water in Bridgewater can lead to potential health hazards, so all areas impacted must be treated carefully. Our skilled technicians know whether the carpeting and padding below can be thoroughly cleaned, then dried, or if all of it should get replaced. In many interior flooding situations, the carpet and carpet padding get removed with particular attention paid to the subfloor below. Carpeting saturated by floodwater often becomes delaminated or loses backing, then turns into a prime source for musty odors. Removing the carpet altogether allows our team to dry the subfloor to help inhibit mold and mildew growth.
How Does Drying Work After Extraction?
We make sure that we remove all water from your home, taking extra measures to ensure no moisture gets left behind. We then put powerful equipment in place to speed up the drying phase to restore your interior back to normal humidity levels. Just a few of the drying equipment we use for water incidents include:
- Industrial fans
- Centrifugal air movers
- Dehumidifiers, and more
Using these tools in unison, our crew can maintain airflow that allows us to dry your furnishings, flooring, walls, and other affected areas.
Should we find water seeped behind the baseboards or walls, we have specialized structural drying equipment at our disposal. We can force the warm air into hard to reach areas and wall cavities, which are known for trapping moisture. Our trucks also come equipped with various attachments that help us redirect, filter, and manipulate airflow.
Do I Need to Worry About Foul, Damp Odors?
As part of our water restoration efforts, we take the time to address foul odors' potential throughout the home. Once extraction and drying wraps up, we work to sanitize and deodorize the work zone with a variety of tools, such as
- Air scrubbers
- Thermal fogging
- Air filtration devices (AFD), and more
AFDs help to control contaminants in the air and work by layering filters to capture particles and debris. These devices also include a HEPA filter and our Odor-Cleanz filter, which allows us to achieve optimum results for indoor air quality (IAQ) and the elimination of musty odors.
Do I Need to Worry About Mold?
After a flood event in your home, you can rest assured that SERVPRO has the training necessary to inspect your interior for signs of mold colonization. We ensure that our cleanup, drying, and sanitization plan includes treating surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobial agents to prevent mold growth from setting in.
When you need rapid, reliable flood damage services, we are here to help 24/7 at SERVPRO of Bridgewater. Call us at (908) 222-2020, and we can send out a crew to get to work on an assessment as soon as possible.
What Can I Do to Get Help with Flood Damage in Bridgewater?
SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the best team to call when you need rapid flood damage assistance.
SERVPRO Arrives at Your Bridgewater Property Fast to Start the Flood Damage Restoration Process
Flooding and weather damage may arise from a broad range of natural disasters. If you get hit with a tropical storm, hurricane, or another event, the effects can be overwhelming to your home and your family. In many instances, this water causes damage when it comes in through broken windows, damaged rooftops, and your home's ground level. After the water infiltrates your Bridgewater interior, you could face harm to your furnishings, electronics, critical documents, and structural elements. SERVPRO is available 24/7, so you have the certified technicians on your side to help mitigate the damage.
Why Should I Enlist the Help of Trained Technicians?
When you call SERVPRO for flood damage in Bridgewater, you can rest assured that you have local experts on your side. We feature highly-qualified and IICRC-certified restoration techs that can handle any size or scope flooding event. You can look to us for:
• Fast action to help minimize the impact of the loss
• Caring for your immediate needs, including board up and tarping services
• Developing a tailored plan that ensures your home gets restored to preloss condition
• A nationwide, robust network to handle everything from extraction and pack-out to controlled demolition services
• Rapid mobilization that allows us to get to your home in as little as a few hours after your initial call
Why choose us for help with floodwater infiltration? Our main goal is to ensure that your life gets back to normal after the onset of the incident. We keep the dialogue open so that you are informed about each step of the way. We want you to know our progress, and we are always available with guidance when you need it most. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!
SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the best team to call when you need rapid flood damage assistance. Call us today at (908) 222-2020, and we send a crew out as quickly as possible!
What Should I Look for When Hiring a Restoration Services Company After a Fire in Bridgewater?
SERVPRO proudly serves the community as the smart choice among fire damage companies that handle the cleanup after any size fire in a home.
SERVPRO technicians bring extensive training and the latest equipment to cleanup Bridgewater homes after a fire
The cleanup after a fire in a home ideally should begin as soon as the first responders give the all-clear to enter the Bridgewater property. There are some important considerations when choosing a company to restore your home, such as:
• Are the employees trained and certified?
• Do employees participate in ongoing education for the latest trends in restoration?
• Will the company work with my insurance carrier?
• How quickly does the crew show up at my home?
What Can Fire Damage Restoration Companies Do That I Cannot?
After a fire in your Bridgewater property, bringing in one of your local fire damage restoration companies is a smart move. There are numerous mistakes that property owners can make when cleaning up after a fire, and it can compound the damage to the house and contents such as the use of the incorrect cleaning methods for smoke damage removal. When SERVPRO technicians handle the cleanup and restoration of your home after a fire, you can expect a fast arrival and that the situation gets dealt with with the highest degree of professionalism.
What Happens During the Restoration Services?
SERVPRO technicians arrive within four hours of your initial call and begin the cleanup process. Some of the most common actions seen during mitigation include:
• Containment to protect undamaged areas of the home
• Communicating as needed with your insurance adjuster
• Removal of charred items with approval from the homeowner or adjuster
• Inspection of ductwork to determine the extent of soot spread in the home
• The technicians remove charred items and begin the process of cleaning away soot and smoke on surfaces are preliminary tactics to lessen the soot and odor in the home.
Water damage from the extinguishing efforts can also contribute to making the problems in the home worse. The longer it remains within the structure, the more potential it has to destroy flooring, wick into sheetrock, and ruin furniture. Through the use of detection equipment, SERVPRO techs can locate all the areas with elevated moisture levels that require drying. The techs use their extraction equipment and air movers to drop the moisture levels rapidly.
Soot can be caustic if it remains on fixtures with chrome finishes or other metal knobs and accessories throughout the home. The techs clean the surfaces and wrap them, so any remaining airborne particulate does not re-settle on the articles.
Hardwood furniture covered in soot after a fire does not automatically require disposal. If exposure to heat or water has not damaged the joints through cracking or swelling, there may be potential for a full restoration through cleaning. The techs have access to wood soaps, waxes, and oil-based cleaners to assist in the removal of smoke damage and restoration of the wood. In some cases, the damage to the furniture may require refinishing for a complete return to its preloss condition.
SERVPRO techs bring their professional-grade exclusive cleaners to every job site. Before cleaning, surfaces get tested to determine the type of smoke damage present as well as the kind of surface getting cleaned. This practice ensures the best outcome in every case, with the detailed attention given during this step. For example, dry smoke can cause more significant harm to surfaces if wet cleaning agents get applied. Instead, other methods such as the use of dry cleaning sponges to capture and lift away the particulate, and then, the surfaces receive a progressively deeper cleaning to remove any remaining soot. When the situation calls for it, the techs can mix custom solvent-based solutions for the removal of thick, smeary wet smoke.
A controlled demolition is a common event during the restoration of a home post-fire. Before any repairs or reconstruction can occur, the home needs to be free of any remaining fire odors. SERVPRO uses air scrubbers to improve the air quality throughout the mitigation process to capture airborne soot; however, complete scent removal requires more robust methods. The techs use various types of equipment, such as thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators, to neutralize both embedded and airborne odorous particles. It is not uncommon for the removal of the odors to become a multi-layered process to ensure that the structure is scent-free and ready for the final repairs to bring the restoration to a close.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 proudly serves the community as the smart choice among fire damage companies that handle the cleanup after any size fire in a home. With the use of their comprehensive training and state-of-the-art equipment, they can make the fire and smoke damage a thing of the past.
A Pipe Burst Caused Water Intrusion in My Bridgewater Property. Whom Can I Call to Remove the Water?
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 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
- 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?
“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?
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?
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?
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?
SERVPRO has the tools and skilled technicians your home needs after a water incident occurs. Give us a call today.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
- 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.
How Do I Remove Odors from My Furniture?
Don't let any smells from fire damage stay in your Bridgewater home. Call SERVPRO to come in and handle your problem.
Our SERVPRO team can help with on-site and off-site content management solutions to restore your possessions to their original condition.
Fabrics and porous materials like the wood used in the furniture of your Bridgewater home can hold on to foul odors and make comfortable living difficult. Addressing odors trapped in the contents of your home involves both on-site and off-site tactics.
Content management is a facet of restoration for fire damage in Bridgewater homes that begins with a thorough assessment of how fire losses impacted your belongings and furniture. Evaluating these items individually can show which need cleaning, drying, deodorization, or discarding. Odors can be a challenge for even our experienced SERVPRO team.
What Deodorization Solutions Are Best?
Removing odors can happen in several different ways, chosen primarily by the impacted materials and how severe the concentration has become. Instead of masking foul scents like smoke and burning, these strategies each work to neutralize or eliminate the odor compound in a unique manner. The three primary tactics for deodorization include:
- Thermal/ULV fogging
- Hydroxyl generators
- Ozone machines and chambers
Removing foul odors from the furniture in the house can require on-site restoration with thermal fogging or off-site recovery with our ozone chamber. You can reach our experienced SERVPRO of Bridgewater team anytime at (908) 222-2020.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open in Bridgewater, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
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Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater today at (908) 222-2020 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
Is There Any Way to Salvage My Living Room After an Electrical Fire in Bridgewater?
SERVPRO of Bridgewater only a phone call away from keeping your home looking, “Like it never even happened.”
Certified Disaster Mitigation Professionals Can Restore Your Bridgewater Home After Fire Damage
Is there ever a situation where homeowners expect an electrical fire? All it takes is an overheated appliance or overloaded outlet to ignite portions of your home. On top of that, soot becomes corrosive over time, which can be even more damaging for your property.
If electrical fire damage has affected your Bridgewater home, SERVPRO has the tools necessary to eliminate residues and odors while restoring your property to a preloss condition. SERVPRO’s fast-acting service aims to minimize damage to your home’s structure and its contents so that you can save time, money, and stress.
What Are the Signs of Elevated Electrical Fire Risk?
• You notice sparks or get a slight electrical shock every time you plug in a device
• Lights flicker even after bulbs have been replaced
• Burnt or discolored sockets, light switches, or fixtures
• Appliances are unusually hot to the touch
• Either one, multiple, or all breakers often trip; fuses may blow at regular intervals
What Does SERVPRO Use to Eliminate Fire Damage Odors?
Much like water damage, deodorization utilizes solvents that saturate surfaces; fire damage odors are eliminated with a deodorizer that penetrates like smoke.
Thermal foggers work in tandem with many other odor removal tools during mitigation, including:
• Time-release pellets
• Odor counteractant beads
• HEPA-filter air scrubbers
• Deodorizing granules
• Odor removing sprays, pumps, or injection systems
SERVPRO of Bridgewater only a phone call away from keeping your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (908) 222-2020 to have an emergency response team come to your home.
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What Can I Do About Standing Water in My Bridgewater Home?
SERVPRO Rescues Bridgewater homes from water damage with advanced equipment
The First Thing You Should Do is Contact a Reputable Water Removal Service
If you ever encounter any standing water in your Bridgewater home, you must act fast before it leads to even more advanced and costly issues. The longer water remains on surfaces, the greater the damage it can do to structural elements, furnishings, and your other possessions. Also, standing water, and the increased airborne moisture it causes, fosters harmful fungal growth that could further impact your home and affect your health. It is for all of these reasons that swiftly enlisting the help of a good water removal service like SERVPRO is essential. These services reduce the stress of the situation and expertly handle the water-related problems for you.
Why is SERVPRO a Good Company to Call for Water Removal in Bridgewater?
There are many reasons why SERVPRO is an excellent option for water removal in Bridgewater. We have built a great reputation in effectively doing, among other things, water removals and related restorations. Our firm is certified to deal with such issues and company technicians have a wealth of experience in resolving them. Using all the latest technology and high-tech equipment, we are capable of taking care of any water-related problem you may have. Here is a short-list of all the reasons why you should consider contacting us:
- We have served the Bridgewater area for nearly twenty years and have received numerous glowing testimonials about the quality of our services
- Our firm is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – certified.
- Company technicians are highly trained, possess decades of combined water removal and water damage remediation experience, and are individually certified in applied structural drying and water damage restoration.
- We have all the latest equipment necessary to resolve most water-related issues, including water sensors/meters, Thermo-hygrometers, extractors, pumps, wet vacs, air movers, dehumidifiers, injectidry systems, and foggers.
- As a local company, we are ready to assist you quickly, 24/7.
As you can imagine, there are many water removal and remediation companies, but few have our resources and can do all that we can. Remember this, when you explore your options.
What are the Main Causes of Standing Water in Your Bridgewater Home?
When dealing with standing water, the first thing to determine is where it is coming from. Our technicians are experts at inspection and can find the source with little difficulty. With all that said, there are numerous reasons why you might find water around your house, some more apparent than others, but these are the primary ones:
- Snowmelt and rainwater from damaged roofs
- Appliance malfunctions
- Pipe ruptures
- Water containers that are leaking
- Sinks that have overflowed
The sooner these sources are found and stopped, the less damage your house is likely to suffer. In our work, we have encountered and successfully dealt with each of these specific problems.
What is Our Water Removing and Home Restoration Procedure?
After the origin of the water has been located and shut-off or blocked, our technicians get to work removing the liquid and restoring your home to its original condition. Using wet vacs, submersible pumps, or powerful extractors, we rapidly remove standing water from your residence. Dehumidifiers and air movers are then employed to dry out your interiors, furnishings, and other contents. Simultaneously, we dry interior walls and ceilings with advanced injectidry systems. Following all of our drying procedures, we use foggers to inject fungicides and deodorants into even the most difficult-to-access areas to prevent future fungal issues, like mold, mildew, and dry rot, and eliminate unpleasant odors.
What Can SERVPRO Save?
SERVPRO technicians are experts at saving your property from water damage. They are knowledgeable in numerous innovative techniques and use state-of-the-art tools to accomplish this. Some of the various things our technicians are capable of saving are:
- Critical documents, cherished photos, and other items of sentimental value
- Structural elements
- Wooden flooring, tilework, and carpeting
- Fiberglass insulation
- Upholstered furnishings
While our workers can save all these things, the key is contacting us as soon as possible. The longer you wait to handle water issues and related damage, the less likely affected items can be saved.
Homeownership in Bridgewater is a wonderful thing, but it does come with its problems. Wear and tear, poor maintenance, everyday storms, and natural disasters can all lead to standing water and related property damage. As a responsible homeowner, you need to remain vigilant against all these potential threats. Periodically have your house inspected to catch potential problems early. Whenever you do notice water damage or experience natural disasters, contact a good water removal service as soon as possible.
Water leaks, severe storms, and flooding can impact you at almost any time, so you should always be prepared to deal with them. Knowing the company to contact for help beforehand is crucial. So, if you ever need help, remember that you can always contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.
Should I Abandon My Home in a Storm?
Let SERVPRO take care of your storm-damaged home in Bridgewater. You won't be disappointed.
Bridgewater Residents Should Obey Local Authorities During a Storm
Copious rain in Bridgewater can be the source of significant damage, causing you to leave your home. Safety should always be your first concern, but you also need to prepare for the consequences you will face. Understanding the sequence of steps necessary to restore your home will guide your actions after the water stops.
Storm damage in Bridgewater is the specialty of our SERVPRO crew. Our team is ready to use industry-grade equipment to extract excess water and moisture from your home while protecting your personal belongings. Make use of our expertise to guide your decisions during this crucial time.
Should I toss all my belongings after storm damage?
Items such as upholstery and carpets may need to be removed from your home, and our SERVPRO team can help you discard them. Our crew can help restore those items that do not pose a danger to your health. By tailoring our cleaning efforts to your needs, we can help diminish your losses. Immediately at our disposal to kick off the cleanup process we have-
Using industry-grade technology and cleaning solutions lets us fight against microbes in your home. Disinfection completes the process and protects you as well.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater is at your service after a storm. Call us at (908) 222-2020 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."
Should I Clean Flood Damage on my Own?
SERVPRO of Bridgewater can mitigate your flood-damaged home. Give them a call to work wonders for you.
Flood Damage Cleanup in Bridgewater is a Job for a Professional Team
Storms and rains can make water levels rise and cause flooding in your area. Despite your best efforts, waste and bacteria can make its way into your Bridgewater home, making you vulnerable to further deterioration. Calling a professional water restoration and cleanup service lets you hedge against future complications while speeding up a comprehensive restoration process.
Bridgewater residents experiencing flood damage can call our SERVPRO team for help. Our crew is available 24/7, and we can arrive at your home as soon as it is safe to enter. Wearing our personal protective equipment, we assess the situation and jump into action, so damage does not spread any further.
How do I extract water from my home after a flood?
Water extraction is essential to restoring your home, but it is only one part of the full restoration process. Our SERVPRO team knows that to protect you, we must extract water, dry, and disinfect your home. Our industry training and expertise prepares us to handle disasters of all sizes by choosing out of several techniques available to us. When we arrive at your home, you may see some of the following equipment working for you-
- Pumps to extract water
- Foggers to spray disinfecting solutions
- Dehumidifiers to eliminate excess moisture
SERVPRO of Bridgewater is your restoration partner. Call us at (908) 222-2020 and let us leave your home in Basking Ridge or Liberty Corner "Like it never even happened."
Is There A Wrong Response Plan To Water Damage In A Bridgewater Footwear Store?
SERVPRO of Bridgewater is well equipped to handle water emergencies in your footwear store.
Call SERVPRO to Help Address Challenges that Commercial Water Damage Incidents in Bridgewater Present
Sudden water intrusion in a business premise is not ideal since it halts normal business operations. In a footwear store, you might not worry much since most of your inventory is placed on raised displays or storage shelves, limiting exposure to water. You might consider water extraction and general cleanup as the only necessary response processes. However, additional problems can crop up depending on the kind of intrusion that occurs and the layout of your store.
Where are problems likely to develop?
Simple things can complicate or ruin the outcome of your response to commercial water damage incidents in Bridgewater. Our SERVPRO technicians help with issues such as:
• Inventory tracking
• Saving or restoring floor materials
Dealing with furniture and fixtures
Considering the different shoe types and sizes in your stock, rearranging the store after completing water extraction and cleanup can be burdensome if you fail to follow systemic procedures when moving items off the shelves during restoration. Our technicians use procedures that help ease such burden, such as using boxes to hold items taken off shelves. Collecting the items by row or other classification and using inventory sheets to keep records of where the contents of each box belong makes it easy to rearrange the store after fixing the loss, “Like it never even happened.”
How adverse can water damage the floor?
The highly polished or robust floor that handles regular foot traffic at your store can develop problems after a water spill. Standard floor types include:
Unlike when washing the surfaces whereby you control the amount of water used and spread patterns, water spills introduce indiscriminate amounts of water within a short period. You are likely to end up with water intrusion below the surface. Conventional extraction methods such as mopping only remove the water on the surface, leaving a festering problem. Our SERVPRO can deal with such penetration using specialized equipment such as drying mats in case of hard floors or remove carpets for better drying.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater is well equipped to handle water emergencies. Call us at (908) 222-2020 to help.
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How Bad is the Flood Damage in My Bridgewater House?
Flood damage can result anywhere in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.
Our SERVPRO Team Has Advanced Discovery Tools to Identify Moisture and Water Damage to Dry Your Home Quickly.
It might not always be as apparent as you might think when your Bridgewater home is suffering widespread effects of penetrating floodwater. While you can see the areas on the surface that have become affected by the intruding threat, you cannot tell how materials and structural cavities have become affected as well. By leaving these areas unchecked and unresolved, you can welcome harmful secondary effects like mold growth or structural deterioration.
Flood damage to Bridgewater homes is rarely only the intruding water that you can see. Identifying the full scope of the damage involves sophisticated tools and dedicated personnel of our SERVPRO team trained to assess what work needs to happen and which tools can accomplish these tasks. The proper blend of job scoping, and moisture detection technology can ensure that drying and extraction processes resolve the issues entirely.
Is Job Scoping a Part of Flood Recovery?
Scoping is a vital element to every loss recovery job that our professionals undertake. Through advanced software like DryBook, we can catalog damaged contents and areas of the property that need to get addressed. The intentions of spending this initial time evaluating the condition of the house are to reduce adverse conditions like:
Exposure of floodwater to many of the construction materials in your home can lead to situations where these materials begin to weaken. Prolonged exposure to sensitive and absorbent materials like wood flooring and drywall can lead to scenarios where there is no other choice but to remove these elements and replace them at a later point.
Reducing the spread of water damage can help to better protect the structural elements and the contents of your home as much as possible. We have intricate tools and advanced technologies that can help to identify the current positioning of moving water and track the path of its migration from the source.
Job scoping often details the damage to your personal belongings and items throughout the house. In many situations, it is possible to clean and restore these possessions, but that is a determination that can get made preliminarily during the scoping. The condition of these contents determines whether they can get cleaned and stored on-site or if they need to get relocated to our nearby SERVPRO warehouse.
Natural flooding can welcome threats like contamination to your home. Storm damage flooding like holes in the roof or missing siding does not often come with the threat of bacterial contamination threats. Water coming in from floor drains or pouring in from the ground floor gets considered to be on par with a biohazardous situation.
What Tools Can Identify Moisture Damage After a Flood?
Many tools play a specific role in identifying the spread and severity of water losses after a flood. Taking note of the condition of your home beyond the surface materials can ensure that all of the moisture gets dried up and that the appropriate steps occur to clean and disinfect exposed structural elements like wood framing when necessary.
Identifying moisture pockets does not fall to one tool or system alone. We have multiple techniques and scientific devices designed to help, including:
- Surface Moisture Meters
- Thermal Imagery
- Probing Moisture Detection Equipment
How Does SERVPRO Dry My Flood-Damaged Home?
Drying is one of the most critical approaches to our entire restoration process, as failure to adequately achieve this can lead to even greater damages for your property. We have multiple tools that we can rely on to accomplish this often substantial task after a flood, and these include:
High-velocity air movers are among the staples of sufficient drying for your flooded property. Centrifugal air movers are vital in removing moisture from specific positions on a damaged structural surface while axial machines address moisture in an open environment.
- Positive Pressure Systems
Structural cavities can often be a place where moisture and dampness can exist after surface conditions have returned to normal. Once these moisture pockets get identified, we can utilize positive pressure systems to introduce heated blasts of air through multiple hoses into the wall cavity. Success for this machine reduces the need for removal.
Moisture removal tools like dehumidifiers help to regulate humidity in the house. Reducing humid conditions can help to maximize the drying production of air movers and other drying tools.
- Portable Electric Heaters
Regulating the temperature of damp surfaces and environments that need to get dried can help to increase evaporation. We use portable electric heaters to increase temperatures in drying zones.
Things can feel uncertain and stressful after a flood, but our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help. We have confident and experienced employees available 24/7. Give us a call today at (908) 222-2020.
Is it Safe to Stay in a Bridgewater House After a Small Fire?
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Get Your Bridgewater Home Professionally Restored After a Fire Loss by SERVPRO
After a fire of any size in your home, it is better to find another place to stay until the loss area gets cleaned up. The reason for this is two-fold. First, soot is unhealthy to breathe and can be a skin irritant. Second, remaining in the home can spread odorous soot to other areas of the house, particularly if the HVAC is running.
How Can Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Help?
There are many actions that the pros at SERVPRO know work in the restoration of fire damage in Bridgewater homes. Since airborne soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see, a crucial part of the fire loss mitigation includes using advanced equipment to capture the particulate. Standard actions include:
- Removal and disposal of charred items to lessen odors
- Deployment of air scrubbers to improve air quality during mitigation
- Use of odor control equipment to neutralize fire odors
Smoke Damage Removal
After a fire, smoke residues cover anywhere the fire burned. The materials consumed by the fire define the type of smoke damage left behind, and the surfaces it is upon determines how easily it cleans up. SERVPRO techs test the residues first to determine the type of smoke residues and then choose the appropriate cleaning agent for the kind of surface it is on.
Making Your Home Safe for Habitation
Once SERVPRO techs remove the smoke residue and run equipment to capture airborne motes, the final step ensures that soot does not spread throughout the home. A common area to check is the ductwork in the home, and a filter change for the HVAC may get recommended.
When you need fast action against fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. The technicians are available 24/7 to clean and restore your structure and contents to their preloss condition.
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How Do I Get A Smoke Smell Out of Our Bernardsville School Theater?
Crew Chief fogs the seating area of the affected theater.
SERVPRO Says Fog Away That Soot Smell.
When a local high school’s breaker panel malfunctioned and started a fire in the backstage of their theater after hours, SERVPRO was on the scene that night. Luckily the structure was concrete so that was structurally sound, but soot covered that backstage room and the smell of smoke was everywhere.
Our crew followed the SERVPRO-standard procedure of cleaning the Bridgewater sooty material that could be removed first and then fogging all areas of the school where the smell had traveled.
Fogging is not a perfume or fragrance to cover unpleasant smells. The fog used in this case reacted with the smoke molecules to break them down and get rid of the smell. There are other fogs formulated for other remediations we perform, such as mold.
In the end this job also required special sealing paint to cover the soot stains, which then gets a coat of regular paint over it. In the end, the school got back their backstage better than before, “Like it never even happened.”
When the Bernardsville Fire Co. has a water problem, they call SERVPRO.
Earlier this month, the Bernardsville Fire Company discovered that they had a leak in their kitchen, spreading water through both floors of their fire house. They called us on a Sunday morning and we were there within the hour. SERVPRO extracted the standing water and got to work removing the drywall and other soaked materials that couldn’t be saved. Our industrial dehumidifiers and air movers did their job getting excess moisture out of what could be saved. By Wednesday the whole facility was clean and dry, "Like it never even happened."
Let SERVPRO of Bridgwater be your first phone call when it comes to your fire damage. We will be prepared for your call. Give us a call no matter the time or the day at (908) 222-2020.
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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary For Water Damage Restoration In Bridgewater
The air scrubber is removing the last of foul odor from the mold damage in this Bridgewater home's bathroom after water damage struck this home.
Extraction Tools for Standing Water in Bridgewater Homes
Many property owners can recognize some of the machines and devices that aid in water removal and extraction from Bridgewater homes. Loss incidents can quickly take a toll on a property, encouraging our SERVPRO team always to have the industry-leading equipment available to get the job done efficiently. In many situations, the affected surfaces can play a role in what extraction tools get used to recover the damages.
In any situation where more than two inches of standing water exists, the ideal approach for water removal in Bridgewater homes is electric submersible pumps. These tools can offer a continuous, quiet draw of water from the affected areas until the depth reaches a point where other tools and extraction accessories might be necessary. In some situations where and solids might exist in the standing water, or higher volumes exist than is suitable for sump pump output, we can instead lean on trash pumps or even high-capacity extractor trucks to help.
Attachments for vacuums and extractors can be a critical part of water removal once the level has dropped beneath two inches. Depending on the flooring material affected, there are several options available that can make removal efforts more efficient to quicken the start of drying. It is the task of our SERVPRO production manager to determine which tools can make the restoration job as thorough and fast as it can be.
While there are applications for wands in tighter, inaccessible areas of your home, their primary use comes when carpeted floors become saturated. Wet fibers can benefit from weighted extraction pads and other accessories we use to force moisture to the surface. Onboard vacuums can pull this water out of the area to maximize drying efforts to come.
Much like the technology used to pull water off of your windshield when you are cleaning it at a gas station, the squeegees our SERVPRO team uses can remove nearly all of the surface moisture on hardwood flooring if the planks have not absorbed it. These wands can redirect water flow while simultaneously removing it from the area.
These are some of the tools that can benefit our professionals through the water removal needs your home has after substantial water loss events. Give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call to help however you need at (908) 222-2020.
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Give Us A Call In Bridgewater When You Are Facing Water Damage
The air scrubber removed the last vestiges of foul odor from the mold damage in this Bridgewater home's bathroom.
Equipment for Removing Water from Carpets in Bridgewater Homes
Carpeting is a common flooring material for Bridgewater homes, and as such, our SERVPRO professionals have a large inventory of recovery tools explicitly tailored to carpet restoration after a water loss. Water migration can quickly saturate the primary material in carpeted floors, but also soak through to the padding and subflooring materials underneath – which can be an even more devastating and costly situation without prompt intervention and mitigation by trained restoration professionals.
Wet carpeting can be among the most challenging water removal tasks for Bridgewater homes our experienced technicians face. As is the case with many water loss effects, the faster that certified professionals can get to work on the problem, the more likely it is to get restored on-site rather than succumbing to tear out and reinstallation. Though we have a team of licensed general contractors in-house, we seek to restore before replacing materials whenever possible. We have numerous specialty tools designed explicitly to help with removing water from saturated carpeting.
Stationary Weighted Extractors
Among the most common choices for forcing excess moisture from carpets, pads, and subflooring is a stationary extractor tool. These use the weight of our SERVPRO restoration technician standing on the flat top of the base of this unit to displace moisture and force it to the surface of the carpet for collection by the onboard vacuum.
The more advanced version of stationary extractors involves motorized weighted water damage extraction units that compress the carpet and padding to also force moisture to the surface for removal. The primary difference is a constant motion from these units that can help our technicians to more efficiently reduce the saturation of carpet in an entire floor of a property. These units also can utilize the added weight of our technicians with a ride-on functionality.
Removing water trapped in carpeting within the first few days following a loss incident can help to preserve this flooring and prevent tear-out and later reinstallation. No matter how our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help after a water emergency, give us a call at (908) 222-2020.
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We Discuss Demolition and Framing Recovery in Bridgewater
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Demolition and Framing Recovery in Bridgewater Offices
After substantial water loss incidents in Bridgewater office buildings, it is often necessary for saturated materials to get removed and later replaced. Large commercial structures feature metal framework for hanging drywall with uniform cavities for the storage of electrical conduit, plumbing, and other utility services. Flooding can damage many materials, yet this metal framework can almost always get salvaged by our qualified and trained SERVPRO flood recovery specialists.
As problematic as standing water can be for your office, flood damage in Bridgewater businesses can become costly and time-consuming without controlled demolition efforts. Excessive material removal and demolition are not always necessary, and the determination of which portions of drywall, carpeting, trim, and ceiling materials must get removed falls to the trained eye of our crew chief and production manager. We can document initial findings in our DryBook software to best determine the extent and scope of flood migration, and which materials have become the most heavily impacted by the disaster.
Controlled demolition becomes the responsibility of our licensed general contractors. With experience in commercial construction and nearly all of the building trades, we can remove only the affected drywall, carpeting, and other construction materials too badly saturated to remain. We can also utilize this time to remove at-risk content like the office desks, computers, and essential documentation to prevent irreparable loss. Once these damaged materials have been removed, we can access the exposed cavities with drying tools like our centrifugal air movers and our desiccant dehumidifiers.
Exposed metal framing is often easier to dry and clean than the wood framing typical to house construction. Because it has a natural aversion to water penetration, metal framing only requires extraction and drying efforts to restore fully. In situations where contamination might be a concern, this framing can get cleaned with biocides and disinfectants. Any saturated insulation in ceiling spaces or between walls can get removed with our insulation vacuum and later replaced before our SERVPRO contractors work on build back.
With the standard installation of metal framing for your office building, our SERVPRO of Bridgewater can utilize several tactics to protect this construction and limit excessive build back when possible. There is no job too big or too small, give us a call at (908) 222-2020.
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Our Experts Discuss Materials That Require Removal After A Flood In Bridgewater
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What Materials Require Removal After Bridgewater Flooding
With a fully licensed team of contracting specialists, our SERVPRO professionals are more prepared than many other restoration teams to navigate your Bridgewater home through flood recovery. Because many structural elements and construction materials can become affected by standing water and excessive moisture present during these disasters, homeowners must understand that avoiding any controlled demolition and reconstruction is unlikely. We work to limit these tasks, though seek to inform our customers about what areas are most at risk for requiring build back.
Flood damage in Bridgewater homes can spread quickly from the point of penetration throughout the entire main floor or subterranean level of the house. Depending on how flooding occurs, varying construction materials and structural elements can lie in the path of migrating damage. An initial assessment, including a complete understanding of the spread and severity of water damage, gets performed to focus the attention of our contractors on what materials might require controlled demolition tactics and later reconstruction.
Between hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, and carpeting, any of these options can get severely damaged by prolonged exposure to standing water. Once deterioration or bloating of these materials has begun, the best remaining solution is allowing our SERVPRO contractors to remove it.
Saturated trim, especially in situations where contamination is a threat, often may get removed. If drywall and insulation get removed from the specific area, the trim is also likely to need to be torn out as well. We can even remove just this baseboard when drywall is salvageable through careful use of a putty knife and pry bar to avoid damaging the sheetrock behind it.
Drywall is one of the most common options for interior construction and can become unsalvageable within 24 hours of direct exposure to standing water. Flood cuts can remove the damp portions of the wallboard, leaving the dry and stable areas of the constructed surface intact.
Especially when contamination is a concern, homeowners should prepare themselves for the likelihood of controlled demolition and needed reconstruction after a flood loss. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater can help to limit these costs and make the process as efficient as possible. Give our specialists a call anytime at (908) 222-2020.
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We Can Eliminate Smoke and Odors After A Fire In Bridgewater
“Like it never even happened.”
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 is 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.
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What Is Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Bridgewater and How Does It Work?
Flooding in your insurance agency can send many customers seeking new representation. Contact SERVPRO for immediate remediation services.
Insurance Agency Office with Commercial Flood Damage in Bridgewater Needs Fast Turnaround
Much like a professional plumber knows what to expect when a pipe breaks in his or her office, an insurance company knows the ropes when commercial flood damage strikes.
The insurance industry is a competitive one, and when commercial flood damage hits a Bridgewater insurance agency, fast action is vital to limit loss. Fortunately, the majority of adjusters are well-versed in proactive efforts to take before the arrival of the restoration services company on-site.
Move Furniture and Items Out of the Loss Area
Before SERVPRO technicians arrive, and if it is safe to do so, moving chairs and small objects untouched by groundwater is a good idea. The constant exposure to high humidity, if they remain in the vicinity, has the potential to cause hardwood desks and chairs to swell and deteriorate furnishings constructed from composite wood materials. Once the technicians arrive, they examine the office furnishings to find the restorability potential in each.
Documents, Files and Computer Equipment
Securely stored client data is the lifeblood of an insurance agency. If the company does not already have an emergency backup plan for files in a cloud environment, it is a good idea to establish one, so client information is not lost when locally stored data is lost due to unexpected server damage. The removal of both computers and paperwork should occur as fast as possible and paper products, in particular, are at risk for mold in highly humid conditions.
Water Extraction and Drying
SERVPRO technicians extract the water quickly and set up the staging area for expedient drying. Disinfection with professional-quality antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions work to return the affected areas to sanitary standards and neutralize odors.
Repairs and Rebuilding
Before reopening, the building needs to be safe, sanitary, and ready for both employees and clients. The technicians standardly compile a list of both restoration services performed as well as any needed repairs. SERVPRO has a general contractor license and offers this service, so commercial clients have the opportunity to rely on a single company for cleanup and reconstruction of their property.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 is ready 24/7 to handle commercial flood damage in local businesses and make it "Like it never even happened."
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We Can Save Your Water Damaged Bridgewater Kitchen
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Cleaning Up Dishwater Water Damage in a Bridgewater Kitchen
Many homeowners may assume most dishwasher mishaps are easily noticeable, but slow leaks in or behind a unit can pose issues that affect the structural integrity and safety of your home if left unchecked. Something as simple as a leak in a dishwasher hose, a loose clamp, or a torn gasket can be enough to cause water damage in your kitchen.
If you find that your Bridgewater kitchen has water damage from a dishwasher leak, the team at SERVPRO is always available to restore your kitchen to its preloss condition. SERVPRO also offers a general contracting license for Somerset County residents so that you can enjoy comprehensive restoration services after a disaster.
Diagnosing Dishwasher Leaks
• Check on the gasket. A leak can come from something as simple as the rubber gasket lining your dishwasher being torn, cracked, or otherwise worn from age.
• Take a look at the hoses. Shut off power at your circuit breaker first. Most dishwashers have two hoses: one for filling the unit with water, and one for draining.
• Assess water levels. A dishwasher that is too full can also cause leaks. The water level on most dishwashers should be around the lower edge of the door. Check for clogs if the water level is higher than that.
• Examine the water inlet valve. While examining the hoses, make sure to take a look at the water inlet valve that they are attached to. Replace the valve as needed.
How SERVPRO Can Help
When SERVPRO technicians come to your home, they can get straight to work, mitigating damage to the surrounding floors, walls, and fixtures, including cabinetry. Because wood and drywall are porous materials, it is crucial to thoroughly extract water, disinfect surfaces, and dry areas with industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. Not only do these tried-and-true methods eliminate conditions under which bacteria can thrive, but it also saves cabinets and walls from being damaged by exposure to water. Flooring also needs to be addressed. In a kitchen with ceramic tile, water exposure over a long period can soak the mortar under and around tiles, which can affect adhesion to the floor. Vinyl flooring can delaminate after long-term exposure to water and lose its ability to stick to the floor entirely.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater wants to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (908) 222-2020 for disaster cleanup service that can be at your home within mere hours.
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Why Regular Gutter Maintenance is Necessary to Help Prevent Water Damage in Warren
Schedule gutter cleaning as regular home maintenance to prevent water from damaging your home's structure.
Flood Damage Cleanup Needed Due to Lack of Gutter Maintenance in Warren
One water-damage-causing home maintenance chore that gets pushed off and not done frequently enough is cleaning the gutters. The structure relies on the gutter system to direct the flow of rainwater away, and when that system is not working correctly, in-home flooding has the potential to occur.
When SERVPRO technicians handle flood damage cleanup in Warren homes, they scope the premises to define areas of weakness as to why the damage occurred. Then, they use moisture detection equipment to ascertain the migration path of the water requiring removal.
Frequently Seen Issues with Gutters
A common occurrence with clogged or damaged gutters results in water directed towards the property rather than away from it. Another regularly seen problem is the weight of water (or ice) in a gutter causing it to pull away from the roof which causes leaking.
Fast Water Extraction Potentially Reduces Loss
The minute water invades a home; the clock starts ticking for permanent damage. Rapid extraction is vital to limiting water loss to both the structure and contents. SERVPRO technicians use different types of equipment to pull deeply embedded water out of the carpet and other specialized water removal tasks.
Controlled Demolition Assists With Drying
Water damaged sheetrock and delaminated flooring does not have restoration potential and requires removal. Cutting sheetrock away for drying the structure is an exacting process where technicians measure several inches above the water line and cleanly remove it. This action opens up the structure for complete airflow within wall cavities and floor joists as needed.
Preparing for Reconstruction
As technicians perform water loss cleanup, they notate controlled demo actions taken as well as any repairs required. SERVPRO can offer clients restoration services as well as the reconstruction of any necessary water loss areas with their general Contractor License. In the case of clogged gutters, causing damage to the home, technicians offer solutions such as covers or protective screening to inhibit the issue from reoccurring in the future.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 is ready to restore and rebuild homes with flood damage. Technicians are available 24/7 so no time is lost returning a house to its preloss condition.
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In Need of Water, Fire, Mold, or Storm Damage Restoration in Bridgewater? SERVPRO has You Covered!
Ever wondered what the pro's use to restore homes? Here's a peek as just some of our equipment at our disposal.
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 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 concretes and wood flooring.
A tell-tale sign of crawlspace 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 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.
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 floodwaters 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 in present in your indoor air. Floodwaters can often bring sewer gases 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.
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What Few People Know About Bridgewater Fire Damage Remediation
When unforgiving fire damage takes place in your home, your best bet is to contact SERVPRO. We make it “Like it never even happened.”
Necessary Fire Damage Cleanup Techniques in Bridgewater
When fire damage happens in a home, the cleanup and restoration process goes far beyond the scope of showing up, shoveling up debris, and covering up smoke odors.
Fire damage in a Bridgewater home requires several levels of cleaning to return the property back to its preloss condition and save the homeowner the cost of replacing property as much as possible. Often fire in a home is put out before it guts the entire residence. This scenario gives SERVPRO technicians a unique challenge as, during fire cleanup, they need to inhibit the spreading of soot to other areas of the home.
Containment and Controlled Demolition
Partitioning off the fire loss area from the rest of the home is crucial in stopping cross-contamination. Charred building materials require removal and as do non-restorable items upon approval by the homeowner or the adjuster. Whenever feasible, the SERVPRO technicians try to save homeowners the cost of replacement or refinishing through their proprietary cleaning methods.
Getting Ready for Reconstruction
The restoration of fire loss often includes the need for rebuilding on some scale in the home. It may be as simple as replacing some sheetrock on a wall or more extensive such as the reconstruction of a section of the house from the floor up. After debris removal and surface cleaning, it is vital to neutralize all odors, so the rebuilding has a clean slate to begin from.
Use One Service for the Entire Restoration Process
Getting fire damage cleaned up is stressful. Knowing that you need to coordinate reconstruction afterward adds even more anxiety to the situation. SERVPRO technicians possess a general contractor license and take the reins to not only mitigate the damage to your home but also attend to the necessary repairs and rebuilding to restore the house.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater is ready 24/7 to assist homeowners with needed restoration services against fire damage in their homes. Call us at (908) 222-2020, and we arrive on-site within an hour to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened."
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Our Technicians Will Remove Any Standing Water From Your Bridgewater Home
Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals have the skills and equipment to help.
Removing Standing Water From Wall Cavities In Bridgewater Homes
One of the most problematic locations for water damage to exist is within the wall cavities separating rooms of your Bridgewater property. As challenging as locating the source of the water loss incident might be under these conditions, identifying the full extent of the damage can be equally tricky. We invest our resources into always having the ideal equipment for the job, and in these cases, that means powerful discovery tools that can showcase moisture and dampness beyond what the eyes of our technicians can determine.
While we have multiple detection devices, often one of the most pressing concerns with known these losses is water removal from Bridgewater homes. Our entire SERVPRO mitigation team dispatched to your damaged address works quickly to understand the spread of the effects and what machines and personnel are necessary to return the property to preloss condition. With our focus on having modern machines for the work that we do, we can provide an efficient and thorough result.
Once standing water and excessive moisture pockets have gotten identified by our sophisticated devices, we can provide access for our technicians to reach them. This process often involves flood cuts which remove damaged portions of wall materials to leave adequate space for low-profile air movers to get into these open areas between rooms and dry out the dampness discovered there. If standing water gets found, we can utilize multiple units to help address these concerns as promptly as possible, including wet-vacs, sump pumps, and even full extractor trucks from our Green Fleet.
Extraction is only part of the equation to fully restoring any water-damaged property in our area. Our technicians become accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to provide effective mitigation that goes far beyond water removal. We can make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”
We have multiple concerns to address when we first reach your property, and our detection equipment like our thermal and infrared imagery can help us to focus our efforts in the right place as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals have the skills and equipment to help. Give us a call at (908) 222-2020.
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Our Certified Technicians Have The Experience To Service Your Basking Ridge Home
Moisture fuels dormant mold spores that lead to demolition and removal of all fungi-filled building materials.
Providing the Best Remediators for Basking Ridge Homes
Mold remediation is a much more complicated procedure than many Basking Ridge residents realize. Even with the likelihood that many of these homes and businesses might combat this damaging organism at some point, remediation is still something broadly misunderstood. While some companies can claim that they can remove mold entirely from your house, this is a fallacy. Remediation is your best approach, and because of our dedication to providing our customers in the area with the best possible field technicians, we have an entire crew of qualified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians ready to help.
When combating mold damage in Basking Ridge properties, experience counts. Our SERVPRO team gets comprised of qualified technicians that have put in the work to obtain their accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and continue to pursue educational opportunities to stay current on changes in the standard practices. It is due to this dedication that we can offer our customers unparalleled service, even in addressing widespread mold threats.
Our education in mold damage remediation niche of the restoration industry can help us to identify mold growth and threats within a property quickly. Not only can we better determine the presence of microbial growth, but we can also design the best approach for addressing these colonies based on the materials affected and the severity of the spread. In some situations, a lighter presence of mold can get treated with our antimicrobial spray, which can eliminate spores on contact.
The continued training and education of our remediation team also helps us to work alongside the contractors of our SERVPRO brand to recover overly damaged areas of a home. With a full team of licensed general contractors, we can implement controlled demolition tactics to remove compromised structural elements and seamless build back and reconstruction to make mold effects “Like it never even happened.”
While our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team already can show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, we also can showcase our knowledge and extensive experience in mold remediation when you need it. Give us a call at (908) 222-2020 for an inspection or more information about our premier remediation and recovery services.
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Mold Colony Removal for Your Bridgewater Bakery
Don’t let mold be a sweet treat you serve in Bridgewater, Let SERVPRO help today.
Mold can shut down your Bridgewater's favorite food places, if not cared for properly.
Bakeries like your Bridgewater establishment stay busy with a steady production of delicious food items, bread products, and other delicacies your patrons enjoy. Situations like mold and microbial growth are never far away, and that does not mean the mold that you might have spotted on a pastry that’s sat out too long. The mold that affects your building can spread quickly and become a disastrous scenario for a business owner without the appropriate intervention from a team that knows the latest remediation approaches.
Combating mold damage in your Bridgewater bakery begins with having the right professionals respond to the situation promptly. Our SERVPRO professionals not only can arrive quickly to damaging scenarios for your business, but we have years of training and expertise under our belt to help make a recovery seamless. Our technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in not only Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), but also related niches like Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)
As an establishment for food and beverages, the presence of mold might require an immediate closing of your doors to customers until the situation can get resolved and documented. Containment work needs to begin right away, and our team has unique approaches to limit the spread of this organism throughout the rest of the building. Through the combined use of both physical barriers and advanced tools like air scrubbers and negative air chambers, we can stop the spread of mold colonization, and begin removing the organism where it gets found.
While much of the approach rests on the severity of the situation, our SERVPRO professionals often lean towards removal approaches like media blasting. This abrasive cleaning solution can eliminate the entire hyphae, often without damaging the substrate of the material hosting the colony.
Mold recovery can become a long and involved process without responding to the situation as it gets discovered. Help your business get the doors back open again quickly by reaching out to our SERVPRO of Bridgewater remediation specialists. Give us a call anytime at (908) 222-2020 to make mold damage “Like it never even happened.”
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Our Response Teams Will Arrive Quickly To Your Bridgewater Home After A Flood Disaster
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, and we advise homeowners to not 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 to 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 as 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 necessary repairs needed to return the home to its preloss 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."
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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Warren Home
Our fire damage experts assess, clean, repair, and restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire like this one,.
More Than Just Fire Damage Restoration In Warren
The restoration company you choose to use to restore your Warren area property after fire damage occurs can make a huge difference in how your home looks at completion. Sure, you want to have access to a company with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), but they also have to care about you, your family, and your home’s condition. Without the human aspect, they are just strangers working on different areas of your home; no one wants that.
Hiring a restoration company in Warren to deal with fire damage in your home should be more like calling a friend for help. A friend who can answer all of your questions and put any concerns you have to rest. Our entire team trains year-round to provide you with the quality services you deserve. However, we also live right here in your local community. We understand how these type of events can devastate a home, and we put all of our training, experience, equipment, and resources to work for you, every time you call us for help.
At SERVPRO, we understand that there are many different types of fire damage. Some consist of clean-burning materials, such as paper and wood, while others develop more oily soils and residue. When dealing with these different types of soils, your restoration expert needs to make a decision. Our training and experience help us determine whether the oils are light enough to emulsify in water-based detergents, or if they are heavy enough to dissolve in oil-based solvents.
Water-based detergents dissolve in water, while also being able to attach themselves to oily soils. Scientists designed detergent molecules with a water-loving head and oil-loving tail that pulls oily soils away from the surface, giving a technician the necessary time to extract them. SERVPRO technicians use this emulsion action to form a connecting link between oil and water, breaking soils apart, removing them before they stain or damage any of your belongings.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater has highly-trained restoration technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round for your convenience. If you find yourself facing critical issues, or want to form a relationship with our local branch, give us a call. (908) 222-2020
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How Our Water Damage Experts Restore Your Bridgewater Home
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The First Steps After Water Damage In Bridgewater Homes
After a disaster hits, it can be overwhelming for many Bridgewater homeowners to know what steps to take. With how many water loss incidents that our professionals work to restore every year, the likelihood of these emergencies is high. Having a better idea of how you can help to clean and dry your property as you wait for the appropriate restoration professionals like ours to arrive can reduce overall costs and the time involved in recovery.
One of the initial steps that you can take to help overcome water damage in your Bridgewater household is determining the source of the incident. In many situations, water loss can continue to worsen until the plumbing break, leaking fixture, faulty appliance, or other damaging situation gets dealt with directly. Without the appropriate skill set to restore and repair many of these causes on your own, it is wise to work to sever the flow of water to the source of this damage with individual shutoff valves or by preventing flow where service lines first enter the property.
Often, modern shutoff valves have a flat metal fixture with a rubberized handle. These can be many different colors. When installed properly, these valves function normally while running in line with the pipe where it gets installed. When it runs perpendicular to this pipe at a ninety-degree angle, the flow of water ceases. Shutting off these valves can eliminate the supply of water to whatever breach exists in the system and can prevent the situation from continually getting worse until professional help from our SERVPRO team arrives.
The team arrives with the full measure of our mitigation and recovery equipment and can work to both repair the damages to the source of this water loss incident and begin restoring the results of the disaster caused to the house. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training in water loss recovery, including certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification in both Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Restoration (WRT).
If you want to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call today at (908) 222-2020.
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Our Professionals Will Save Your Water Damaged Home In Basking Ridge
Call us 24/7 to let our team show how training in industry best practices and high-efficiency equipment can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Why SERVPRO Excels At Water Damage Remediation In Basking Ridge
Just as with any other consumer purchase, completing research before hiring a contractor to remedy a water loss in Basking Ridge is a smart idea. We expect every customer receives superior customer service from all members of our team, stress up to date training for our on-site and production facility technicians, and invest in state-of-the-art remediation equipment. Our commitment to being the restoration industry leader in this beautiful, historic community drives the quality of our services, clarifying why we should answer your call when disaster strikes.
Homeowners delight in the ambiance of their elegant homes, but water damage from aging plumbing or roofs cause significant concerns. Often the damage is abrupt, a gushing broken pipe or dripping ceiling signaling the problem. Other times small cracks or loose connections allow water to seep into walls or cabinets over time. Clogged gutters or ice dams push water under shingles, but the dampness takes a while to move from the attic into living areas. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians are water migration detectives, and we are an excellent fit for hidden water damage projects in Basking Ridge.
By the time you notice the leak, significant structural involvement is common. The slow saturation of an older, historic home is familiar to us, and why SERVPRO encourages technicians to master the principles of IICRC courses in Building Moisture Thermography (BMT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). We use advanced technologies to measure moisture levels in building materials and scan with thermal imagers to locate caches of hidden water in cavities. We remove standing water with pumps and extractors, occasionally employing controlled demolition techniques in affected areas to release the water.
Our service vehicles stock water removal and drying equipment, supporting why SERVPRO delivers successful outcomes. After assessment by our crew lead the rest of the team implement the water damage remediation plan without delays. The transition from water removal to structural drying is seamless, the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers replacing the pumps and extractors in due course.
Our work ethic and straightforward approach are why SERVPRO of Bridgewater earn the confidence of our water loss customers. Call us day or night at (908) 222-2020 to let our team show how training in industry best practices and high-efficiency equipment can make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Technicians Give a Breakdown On Fire Damage Clean Up In A Warren Home.
Try to catch your fire damage quickly enough do get help.
Smoke damage can ruin so much
Fire damage in a residential property is not an automatic loss of all possessions, walls and floors. Several factors affect the cleanability potential of both the structure and contents and on a case by case basis; items deemed a loss initially, may have restoration potential through our specialized methods.
SERVPRO mitigated fire damage in a Warren home caused by an electrical fire. The firefighters contained the blaze to a single room, but there was significant damage done to the living room. The house was without power, but we bring our generators to job sites when necessary, so no time is lost for cleanup and restoration efforts.
Containment is one of the first actions taken by our technicians upon arrival to halt the spread of soot in undamaged areas of the home. We scoped the site to determine home contents and structural components that have the potential for restorability through our proprietary cleaning methods as well as items and charred building materials too damaged for remediation. Items deemed restorable are photographed, logged, and sent to our facility for detailed cleaning.
The homeowner contacted us quickly, which worked in his favor as the faster mitigation on damage from a fire begins, the better the odds for lessening the overall loss. After we extracted water left behind from extinguishing the fire, the drying phase began. SERVPRO employees hold certifications as Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) and performed correctly, drying inhibits further water damage and the potential for mold growth.
Soot is a particular concern; these odor-causing particles easily get driven into cracks and crevices because hot air expands during the fire and pushes them in. This is the cause of smoke odors that linger in a room. Our technicians use both wet and dry sponge methods for cleaning away smoke residue and soot from surfaces. This action helps sanitize and lessen odors in the room, but the room cannot undergo reconstruction until the application of more robust odor control methods, including equipment such as Hydroxyl generators to capture airborne particles and thermal fogging to neutralize deeply embedded odors.
As well as holding several certifications in the restoration sciences, our SERVPRO location provides reconstruction to fully restore the damaged room to its preloss condition with the approval of the homeowner or adjuster.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater handles all sizes and phases of fire damage from cleanup to full reconstruction. Call us at (908) 222-2020, our emergency response is available to assist you 24/7 and make the loss to your property, "Like it never even happened."
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Never Attempt To Cleanup A Water Damage Incident In Your Bridgewater Home, Call The Experts At SERVPRO!
Get water cleanup done professionally and avoid secondary issues from improper cleaning, even on small amounts of water damage.
SERVPRO Helps Bridgewater Homeowner With The Aftermath Of DIY Water Cleanup
One of the worst things about water damage is that if it is not adequately cleaned up, your property can develop additional issues that have the potential for more significant damage to both structure and contents. That is why any time there is a water loss event in your home of any size, especially if you suspect water migrated to unreachable areas, you should have the affected area professionally cleaned.
SERVPRO answered a call for water cleanup in a Bridgewater home due to a washing machine failure that resulted in gallons of water spilled in a laundry room. The homeowner cleaned up the soapy mess but felt water was under the floor and other areas of the room.
We immediately scoped the room with our moisture detection equipment and found water hiding behind the baseboards and migration into the hallway carpet. We moved the washing machine to a corner of the room and placed it up on blocks for drying as the homeowner stated she planned to have it repaired and requested it stayed in the room.
We bring all the equipment we need for mitigation of damage from water on our fully-stocked green SERVPRO vans. This way, once we arrive, there are no delays from start to finish for turning around damage from water as quickly as possible.
Before setting up drying equipment, we used portable pumps to pull as much residual remaining water as possible that was near the surface from all the affected areas, so the drying process takes less time to complete. Drying goals are established using humidity levels from unaffected areas of the home.
After drying, our certified technicians scoped the room to ensure we met the drying goals for the moisture levels in the room. Then we cleaned ed and disinfected all affected surfaces. Both of these actions eliminated any remaining soap residue left behind and inhibited the growth of mold as well as left the premises sanitary.
Get water cleanup done professionally and avoid secondary issues from improper cleaning, even on small amounts of water damage. Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 when you need help because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Bridgewater
Water damage can overcome your Bridgewater business quickly. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.
Water Damage in Short Pile Carpets of Bridgewater Offices
Short pile carpeting is a common choice for many of the office buildings throughout Bridgewater because it is easier to maintain the look and function of even years after its installation. Even with thinner material like this, dirt and debris can still collect at the base of fibers, and the material can still act as an absorbent magnet for water loss incidents whenever they occur. In emergencies, the fast response of our qualified technicians can help to protect this flooring material from requiring replacement.
While there are many conventional approaches with our leading equipment to address overall commercial water damage in your Bridgewater office, overcoming the saturation of short pile carpeting requires a specific arrangement of recovery equipment. Extraction is a primary concern in these situations, as this can help to limit oversaturation of subflooring and supports. Prolonged exposure in these areas can lead to degradation.
When our SERVPRO Green Fleet rolls out from our warehouse, we have an assortment of water recovery tools and equipment to help us begin mitigation work immediately. With pooling and standing water on carpeted areas, a vital machine that we use is our remote-controlled weighted extractor. This unit can easily maneuver through open office space and force moisture and saturation to the surface for removal by a high-powered onboard vacuum.
Getting this material dry as quickly as possible is vital to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from occurring. With naturally existing mold spores in the office space, colonization can begin in as little as 72 hours. We uninstall the edges of carpeted floors and place our air movers in between the material and the subflooring to float the carpeting and simultaneously dry it and the materials beneath it.
With the common installation of carpeting in office spaces, water loss incidents almost always feature a need to recover these areas before they get too badly damaged to preserve. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals can respond quickly, 24/7, with the equipment to help. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (908) 222-2020.
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Our Experts Make The Flood Damage Restoration Process A Breeze In Your Bridgewater Home
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 pumps 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 flood waters 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.
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SERVPRO Is Your Best Option If Your Basking Ridge Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster
At SERVPRO, our goal is to help every homeowner return their residence to its condition before the water intrusion happened.
Why SERVPRO For Water Removal In Basking Ridge Homes
Basking Ridge is about as picturesque a community as you can find in our part of the state. Our location is inland just far enough to protect us from much of the flooding that happens to other communities. That does not stop broken dishwashers or rusted out water heaters from spilling 30 gallons or more across area kitchens, hallways, and living rooms.
Quick removal of this water from your Basking Ridge home is why SERVPRO should be your first choice to return your home to its original state. Careful, rapid drying of the home can prevent extensive loss of structural property.
Most of these incidents involve smaller amounts of water, so our technicians often use smaller extraction wands rather than commercial pumps, to remove them. The extractors in our inventory have multiple vacuum speeds and a heating element, so personnel can adjust both to match the level of water needing removal without causing any secondary damage to wood floors.
After removing the standing water, SERVPRO response team members look for water that may have seeped between floorboards and collected into the sub-floor below them. If this happens, personnel take steps to remove the water without harming the wood.
They start by removing a floorboard that is partially covered by floor trim or is usually hidden by a hutch or another large piece of furniture to gain access. Technicians then direct an air mover to force warm air into the sub-floor cavity and speed up the evaporation process. If there is a large amount of water in the cavity, they also have the option to use one of our smaller extractors to draw it out of the affected space. Once completed, they replace the floorboard and any floor trim they pulled up earlier.
At SERVPRO of Bridgewater, our goal is to help every homeowner return their residence to its condition before the water intrusion happened. If you have had any water come across your floors, no matter the source, call us today at (908) 222-2020 to schedule a visit from one of our service teams. We are here for you.
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Class Has Begun: SERVPRO Instructs on How to Remove Water From Schools in Bridgewater
Don't let a water loss event interrupt their learning. Call to remediate the damage.
Fast Extraction for Your Bridgewater School Water Loss
While we have many tools that can help to remove standing water from Bridgewater schools in the event of substantial water loss incidents and flooding, one of the most convenient of these pieces of equipment would be the portable submersible pumps. We strive to provide the most effective removal of standing water and moisture within saturated structural elements and construction materials. Our team has an immediate response to significant loss incidents, rolling out from our facility with an extensive inventory of recovery equipment to begin mitigation work as soon as the team arrives at the school.
We understand how vital it is to get the doors open again to a Bridgewater school after a substantial water loss incident, so we work quickly to get water removal actions immediately. With the pressures to get students back into the facility for learning and the faculty that depends on the structure for their pay, addressing standing water in some regions of the institution is nothing that should get left to ill-equipped or under-trained custodial staff that do not have the experience in disaster relief that our SERVPRO team does.
Our professionals can quickly contain the pooling water into the affected areas of the building and work to keep these effects from spreading elsewhere throughout the facility. While we have extractor trucks that have the capability of removing water at a rate of 300 psi, in many situations, the same effect can get reached efficiently with our smaller, mobile units like sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands.
While elements like linoleum tile flooring can resist much of the penetration from pooling water, construction materials like drywall and carpeting are less able to resist saturation. We can assess the full scope of this damage and the spread of saturation with the use of moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras. These can also be vital components to understanding our progress with drying, extraction, and other restorative actions.
Water loss incidents in a school can require immediate and thorough cleanup and drying to ensure that the doors open up again quickly. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals can make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (908) 222-2020.
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We Have The Expertise And Equipment To Restore Your Bridgewater Home
Once water has been sitting in materials for longer than a couple of days they often cannot be dried and have to be removed, call us right away.
Using Humidity to Control Microbial Growth after Flood Damage in Bridgewater
In dealing with excess quantities of water that enter the home, there are two primary methods. The first is an open system that establishes a natural airflow throughout the affected area by opening windows or doors. This method is not always appropriate, especially during the colder times of year when flood damages are most likely to occur. The second method is a closed system which we use more often when dealing with private property damages.
A closed system service for flood damage in Bridgewater homes involves cordoning off the area of damage using physical barriers like plastic sheeting. At SERVPRO we call this establishing a contained drying zone which allows us to concentrate our efforts on an area by area basis thereby increasing efficiency. Plastic sheeting also prevents humid air from circulating into and modifying, previously unaffected parts of the home.
Once a drying zone is created, we can then use a combination of equipment to help draw out moisture. Hard floors and furnishings can often take on moisture after prolonged exposure. This phenomenon occurs because water natural migrates from wet to dry. Moisture that is absorbed beneath the surface of a material can be problematic as it encourages microbial growth like mold.
Using the same process of water moving from wet to dry, SERVPRO technicians can draw moisture from saturated materials. We do this by controlling the relative humidity in a specific area using desiccant dehumidifiers. These equipment use chemicals to reduce moisture levels in the air to below 40 GPP. Moisture residing inside fabrics or hard floors is then drawn out into the drier air.
To encourage the process of pulling moisture from inside material, your SERVPRO technician can deploy rapid air movers. These blast hot-air at a surface level causing water residues to evaporate. We can measure how effective this process is by using moisture meters and thermal hygrometers. In a closed system, SERVPRO can control humidity with dehumidifiers thereby reducing the likelihood of expensive secondary damages that are common with water and flood damages.
Controlling humidity in a property involves both expertise and equipment, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 to arrange service.
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Bridgewater, Fire Loss, SERVPRO and Cleanup
Fire in Bridgewater? SERVPRO Is Fast to Arrive and Cleanup the Fire Damage
Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Bridgewater
The devastation of a fire in your Bridgewater residence quickly brings home how involved the cleanup is. Residues spread everywhere, on all surfaces. The soiling differs from regular dirt and grime, and DIY efforts to clear it away often make it worse. Dozens of tasks face fire remediators, and our experts are familiar with the work needed and use proven strategies to complete the project fast and thoroughly.
When fire damages your Bridgewater home, you might be surprised to note that water and chemical damage are two of the first things to manage. Firefighters leave vast amounts of water and chemicals behind after extinguishing the flames. Water causes considerable damage on its own, and its presence creates a slip and fall risk as well as exposing everyone in the building to electric shock possibilities. Because we are a full-service restoration company, holding multiple certifications from the IICRC our assessment team adds water remediation to the project blueprint as phase one.
SERVPRO assessors inspect all areas of your home and evaluate the types of residues deposited in different places. Dry, ashy soot from burning wood and paper dry sponges and vacuums away. Thick, sticky soot from fabrics, plastics, and electronics smoldering needs a cleanser enhanced with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen the coating, and often agitation to eradicate it. Kitchen fires deposit a thin, smelly layer of protein-based soot, requiring solvents and abrasive tools and action to resolve.
Odors present a challenge, lingering even after SERVPRO removes all the other toxic wastes left by the fire. Our deodorizing technicians follow a detailed protocol to remove and clean any burned item or surfaces still emitting smells. We inspect HVAC systems, cleaning and sealing hard to reach areas if the odor emanates from the air ducts. Technologically advanced equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators are useful for eliminating both airborne and settled odor-bearing particles. Each of these approaches changes the chemical makeup of the minute bits of combusted materials still sharing unpleasant odors at a molecular level, neutralizing the smells.
Rely on SERVPRO of Bridgwater to manage all aspects of fire damage remediation fast. Our highly-qualified professionals are available 24/7 by calling (908) 222-2020 immediately after the firefighters leave your home.
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Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Restore Your Bridgewater Home After A Water Damage Disaster
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, but with the fast spread of damages throughout your property, it is a situation that needs addressing quickly and professionally. Without a full understanding of the damage to your home, it can be easy to inadequately clean and dry up 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 that do exist 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 recovery 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 less reconstruction and further restoration techniques the property ultimately 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 anytime at (908) 222-2020.
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Another Successful Continuing Education Class!
SERVPRO Introduction into CE class.
SERVPRO of Bridgewater was privileged to have Steve Lyon of the Lyon Consulting Group to come this month and speak to many of the insurance and real estate professionals we work with regarding ethics. The class was held at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn near our offices in Bridgewater. Steve gave us a very entertaining and informative class. If you’re interested in information on our future CE classes, please contact us at office@SERVPRO11081.com.
Heartfelt appreciation from a customer in Hillsborough, NJ
The damage that greeted our customer on their return from vacation. If you have a water damage, call SERVPRO at 908-222-2020.
Last month, SERVPRO of Bridgewater received a call about a home in Hillsborough, NJ, whose owner had returned from vacation to find their house falling apart due to a water damage. We were on site within the hour. After extensive remediation, working closely with the homeowner and their insurance, the customer was very happy with our work and we received the following letter:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for everything you have done for me and my wife during our time of crisis. …After returning from a vacation I opened the door to my house to find it was literally destroyed from a water leak. … You were at my house shortly thereafter, assessing the damage. You were knowledgeable as to what had to be done, but more importantly very kind and patient with the questions my wife and I had for you. A few hours later you had a team [on site] that started the clean up and drying process of my house. It was reassuring to know that you were there, overseeing the work. Your team was exceptional, in that they were careful with our belongings, but more importantly thoughtful and sympathetic to what we were going through.
I truly hope no one has to go through what my wife and I did, but it is reassuring to know it is people like you and your crew that make it a little easier.
With much thanks and appreciation,
Nobody anticipates damage to their home, but if it unfortunately happens you can count on SERVPRO to respond 24/7 to help you get back to normal as soon as possible. Call us any time at 908-222-2020.
Find SERVPRO at the NJAA Expo May 25th
Come by SERVPRO's booth to say hi to Lisa or Ron and pick up a giveaway!
Our Marketing Manager Lisa had a great time at the New Jersey Cooperator Expo at the Meadowlands Exposition Center yesterday! Look for her next at the New Jersey Apartment Association Conference and Expo in Atlantic City on May 25th. Come by our booth to say hi and pick up a giveaway!
Spring Cleaning Tips from the Professionals
Call SERVPRO at 908-222-2020 for a thorough spring cleaning!
Here in New Jersey it looks like the temperatures are finally (hopefully!) on the rise. That means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional organization from which all our crew members have certification. The IICRC has some great recommendations that can be used for cleaning or maintaining any commercial or residential property.
Focus on high-traffic areas
- The most obvious are areas near entrances to the outside, but dirt can also accumulate where flooring changes, such as from carpet to hardwood or tile. Cooking oil, pet dander, and dust mites are also common issues. Thoroughly vacuum all high-traffic areas and frequently-used rooms.
Clean and rinse hard floors
- To keep your carpets clean, keep your other floors clean as well to discourage dirt from being tracked from one surface to the next. Disposable cleaning pads or reusable mops or microfiber pads should all be followed by rinsing to remove residue.
Check care instructions for upholstery before treating stains
- Using the wrong solvent, temperature, or even water on some materials can result in more issues than those caused by the original stain. If you are unsure, call in SERVPRO and we can clean and assess almost every kind of upholstery. For more information, see Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning.
Consider deep cleaning your carpets and rugs
- No matter how thick your carpet, it is likely hiding a good deal of dust, dirt, and oily residues. As with upholstery, the wrong treatment of stains can cause more issues, particularly if left for long periods of time. SERVPRO will use our years of professional knowledge to assess the individual needs of your carpets and rugs. The IICRC recommends a deep clean every year.
Check for moisture where it shouldn’t be
- In the winter, heavy snow or expanding ice can cause damage that is only apparent once it has begun to melt (as in the situation we took care of at this local Hillborough church). Check walls and ceilings for stains, and don’t forget areas like the basement or attic that you only rarely see. You want to take care of moisture issues before they become mold issues.
- If you do find moisture you want to consult a contractor or structural engineer to ensure the source has been stopped, then call SERVPRO to come in and make sure everything is dry and remove materials damaged beyond repair (see Building and Reconstruction Services). If the situation has progressed to mold, we are also highly experienced in mold remediation. See Mold Remediation and Restoration for more information.
Don’t forget HVAC
- The season change is always a good time to assess the state of your HVAC system, whether it might need a checkup by a HVAC professional or a thorough duct cleaning. SERVPRO is certified to do duct cleaning and has experience in everything from small houses to large commercial spaces. Many factors affect how frequently they need to be cleaned, but the IICRC recommends about every three years. For more information, see about SERVPRO’s Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning.
Our professionally trained and licensed SERVPRO cleaning technicians would be happy to help you with any or all of these projects. Call us today at 908-222-2020.
IICRC: Get a Sparkling Home This Spring with IICRC’s Cleaning Checklist
Hillsborough Residents: We Specialize in Storm Damage Cleanup
Production Technician extracting water from the carpet.
Snow and ice can cause damage after the storm has passed.
Once snow builds up on a roof, the weight can stress the structure and create openings. Heat can escape through cracks and melt the snow, causing water to leak down into the house. In another situation, the snow remains frozen at the time, but once the weather warms, melting snow will begin to leak. Depending on the size of the opening, the amount of snow present, and the location of the damage, there can be anything from one ceiling spot to water travelling down inside the walls, affecting upper and lower floors. Ceilings, walls, floors, and contents can all be affected, and it is important to stop the source as soon as possible by removing the snow and fixing the roof damage. As soon as the source is stopped, SERVPRO will be on site to remove the water and save as much of the affected structure and contents as possible.
After an early February snowstorm, a church in Hillsborough, NJ, discovered a leak in their classroom ceiling. Their roof had recently been replaced and the contractor had to return to shovel some of the snow off the over-stressed structure. As soon as the source of the leak (the snow) had been removed, their facilities manager called SERVPRO of Northeast Somerset County. Once we were on site our crew got to work assessing what had been affected using our moisture meters.
The affected section of the ceiling had to be removed due to water staining. Part of the walls were too wet to be saved and once removed allowed access to the structure. We extracted the water from and sanitized the carpet. We then put our drying equipment, air movers and dehumidifiers, in place for a few days. When we returned, all the affected area was dry.
With our fast storm response and using our quick and thorough drying process, we were able to save the carpet and most of the structure. Finally, we removed the equipment and cleaned and deodorized the carpet. With that, the church was able to resume use of the room.
During heavy winter storms, property and home owners should be conscious of the weight of snow, particularly on flat or shallow-angle roofs. However, if despite your best efforts you find water where it shouldn’t be, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater! 908-222-2020
Look for us on Restaurant: Impossible!
Look for SERVPRO on Restaurant: Impossible on December 17th on Food Network!
Look for our crew on the episode of Restaurant: Impossible filmed in Whitehouse Station, NJ and premiering Thursday, December 17, 2015! We aren’t allowed to disclose many details just yet, but we can’t wait to share the story with you after “Ambush: Special Delivery” airs! See below for more information:
FoodNetwork.com - Restaurant: Impossible - Ambush: Special Delivery
NJ.com - "Restaurant Impossible" targets Whitehouse Station Italian eatery, ambush-style
Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season
Please let SERVPRO help you through hard times.
Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cites statistics on escalated cooking and candle fire risk that can turn festivities into a fire drill
Bridgewater, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) December 3, 2015 -- As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, SERVPRO® of Bridgewater reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association:
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1
- Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2
“These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says SERVPRO. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”
According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.
While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.
“It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says SERVPRO, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.”
For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Our team is ready 24/7 to respond to all your fire and water cleanup and restoration needs.
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