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Basking Ridge Locals Can Brunch With Hits From The Past

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

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Day Party Brings Basking Ridge Residents Together

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

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

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

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

Bridgewater Residents Use Qualified Restoration Services After Flooding.

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Places to stay in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

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

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

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

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

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

How SERVPRO Continues to Protect Historic Bridgewater Properties from Flood Damage

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Creation of Bridgewater

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

Middlebrook Encampment 

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

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

Van Horne House

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

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

Van Veghten House 

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

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

Modern Growth of Bridgewater

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

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

Realizing the Threats of Flooding for Bridgewater Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Can I Protect My Home from Storm Damage?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

lightning strikes in night sky; trees in foreground 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.

Can SERVPRO Restore My Storm Damaged Home in Bridgewater?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded room “Like it never even happened.”

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

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

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

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

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

Repairing Storm Damaged Homes

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

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

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

Should I Abandon My Home in a Storm?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

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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?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

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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."

How Bad is the Flood Damage in My Bridgewater House?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Toy home in water puddle 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:

  • Structural Compromise 

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.

  • Water Migration

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.

  • Content Conditions 

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.

  • Contamination Concerns

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
  • Hygrometers
  • 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:

  • Air Movers 

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. 

  • Dehumidifiers 

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.

Our Experts Discuss Materials That Require Removal After A Flood In Bridgewater

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

Flooring
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.

Wood Trim
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
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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Why Regular Gutter Maintenance is Necessary to Help Prevent Water Damage in Warren

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

A person pulling leaves out of gutters. 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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Our Response Teams Will Arrive Quickly To Your Bridgewater Home After A Flood Disaster

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

A room with dark hardwood floors, with a stream of water on the floor. If your home experiences a storm damage incident, you need to call our crew immediately.

How SERVPRO Makes Bridgewater Flood Damage Cleanup and Rebuilding Process Seamless

Of all the home disasters that hit a property, flood damage is one of the worst. Groundwater carries a category three rating as a biohazardous Black Water, 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 Experts Make The Flood Damage Restoration Process A Breeze In Your Bridgewater Home

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom with standing water on grey floors. 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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We Have The Expertise And Equipment To Restore Your Bridgewater Home

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

A room with drywall missing from the walls and ceilings, with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. 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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Hillsborough Residents: We Specialize in Storm Damage Cleanup

3/24/2016 (Permalink)

A man cleaning carpet in a room. 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