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SERVPRO of Bridgewater is Effective at Cleaning Up Mold Damage in Homes

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage bathroom ceiling Mold remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and certified service.

It Is Because of SERVPRO’s Time-Tested Procedures and Advanced Fungicides. 

Mold damage can rather quickly make your Bridgewater home unpleasant to live in and may even render it uninhabitable if the damage is allowed to worsen. Luckily, there are some local services like SERVPRO that know precisely how to eliminate mold from your residence and have the right chemicals to do it safely. 

SERVPRO mold specialists are well versed in the procedures necessary to combat mold damage in Bridgewater homes. This is because they receive extensive training in performing various mold-related jobs and routinely do them every day. As a result, our technicians are experts at mold inspection, basement mold remediation, bathroom mold removal, attic mold removal, and black mold damage repairs. In addition to their particular expertise, SERVPRO remediators are equipped with powerful but safe fungicides that make them even more effective at their work.

The procedures we follow in cleaning up and restoring mold-damaged residences include:

  • Thoroughly inspecting homes for mold damage to find its location and cause, assess the damage it has already done, and determine the best methods to eradicate it
  • Containing mold spores using methods like negative air chambers and repairing any water leaks promoting mold proliferation
  • Employing HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers to filter mold spores from the air
  • Pre-cleaning dirty, mold-impacted surfaces to remove heavy soiling and filth
  • Using cloths, sponges, mops, or foggers to treat surfaces and materials damaged by mold with safe, biodegradable antifungals like SERVPROxide (which can remove mold and keep it from growing back for up to four weeks) 
  • Removing/replacing irreparably mold-damaged building materials and contents and reconstructing destroyed areas

With all this in mind, remember SERVPRO of Bridgewater whenever you need mold damage cleaned up and restored. Call us anytime at (908) 222-2020 for help.

Our Certified Technicians Have the Experience to Service Your Basking Ridge Home

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth on a maroon wall Our SERVPRO AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians can remove the mold from this wall in a Basking Ridge structure without demolition

Providing the Best Mold 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, mold remediation is still something broadly misunderstood. While some companies can claim that they can remove mold entirely from your house, this is a fallacy. Mold remediation is your best approach. 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 comprises qualified technicians who 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. Due to this dedication, we can offer our customers unparalleled service, even in addressing widespread mold threats.

Mold Damage Restoration Training

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.

Our remediation team's continued training and education also help us work alongside the contractors of our SERVPRO brand to recover overly damaged areas of a home. With an entire 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 damage "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.

Water Cleanup at Basking Ridge Homes is a job for the Professionals.

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage restoration by SERVPRO is second to none. SERVPRO techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Offers a Reliable and Efficient Water Damage Mitigation Service to Basking Ridge Residents

Water cleanup at your Basking Ridge home must be done promptly to check the extent of water damage and prevent additional loss. SERVPRO water restoration experts offer professional water cleanup services after water damage due to any of the following reasons-

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking roofs from storms
  • Backed up sewers
  • Basement flooding

Water cleanup at Basking Ridge homes may require different approaches depending on the water damage's 'category.' Category 1 damages are sanitary and do not involve contaminated water. In contrast, category 2 and 3 damages involve significantly contaminated and grossly contaminated water, respectively.

How does SERVPRO Ensure Safety of Occupants and Workers during Water Damage Restoration of Category 2 and 3 Damages in Basking Ridge?

Category 1 damages to your Basking Ridge home involve noncontaminated water, and hence, no special safety measures are needed. However, Category 2 and 3 water damages need special safety precautions to minimize health hazards to occupants and workers alike. 

  • Category 2 Damages: Involve significantly contaminated water. SERVPRO technicians typically handle these by using gloves to minimize skin contact. 
  • Category 3 Damages: Involve grossly contaminated water such as found during cleaning up after a sewer backup. Occupants are evacuated from the structure. SERVPRO technicians typically wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including a full-face respirator with HEPA filters, a full-body suit, heavy-duty work gloves, and waterproof boots. 

SERVPRO prioritizes the safety of both the homeowners and the technicians before initiating the water damage remediation process. 

Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for a reliable water cleanup service.

Mold Damage Can Devastate Bridgewater Properties

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Can Remediate All Kinds of Mold Damage in Bridgewater

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Techs Restore Bridgewater Homes With Water Damage

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Features of Bridgewater

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

  • Bradley Gardens 
  • Finderne 
  • Green Knoll 
  • Martinsville 

TD Bank Ballpark

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

Duke Island Park

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

What Problems Can Water Damage Cause in Bridgewater Homes?

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

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

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

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

Test Your Mental Skills This Festive Season At Bridgewater Escape Room Center

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

"Escape room" with keys Join in on the fun at Bridgewater Escape Room Center.

Bridgewater Escape Room Center Offers Challenging Fun For All Ages

Are you looking for something fun to do with family and friends this winter? Then look no further than the Escape Room Center in Bridgewater.

The center offers several fun themed rooms with elaborate decorations and storylines, including:

  • The Curse Of The Evil Genie
  • Blackbeard’s Brig
  • The Lost Jewel of Zanzibar
  • Lucky Duck Speakeasy

Escape rooms are suitable for children aged 11 and up, with adult supervision, and most rooms take an hour to escape. Escape Rooms Center does not pair players with strangers, so you can enjoy your time with the people you want to play with.

Bookings start at $22.50 per person plus tax. Rooms are available by appointment only, so please book in advance.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater understands the importance of keeping businesses healthy and mold-free. For help with mold removal, call us at (908) 222-2020.

Bridgewater Residents Can Relax Knowing SERVPRO Is Here To Help With Fire Restoration

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Green New Jersey road sign with a sky background 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.

What Can I Do to Get Help with Flood Damage in Bridgewater?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home 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!

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

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What does it take to disinfect my home?

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

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

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

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How Do I Remove Odors from My Furniture?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

bedroom needing smell control help 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

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. 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.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater today at (908) 222-2020 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

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.

How Do I Get A Smoke Smell Out of Our Bernardsville School Theater?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee spraying a fogger in a 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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Give Us A Call In Bridgewater When You Are Facing Water Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom floor with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. 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. 

Self-Propelled Extractors 

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

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on shelving next to a SERVPRO vehicle. 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.

Mold Remediation

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

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

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

Storm Damage Restoration

The immediate issues presented by storm damage to your Bridgewater home may be related to 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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Our Professionals Will Save Your Water Damaged Home In Basking Ridge

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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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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SERVPRO Is Your Best Option If Your Basking Ridge Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

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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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