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Inexperienced DIY Cleanup Can Make Fire Damage Worse

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with the roof caving in Are you and your family traumatized by fire damage? Contact SERVPRO at (908) 251-9097 for remediation and odor removal.

Fire damage handled by SERVPRO’s skilled team ensures best results in your Somerset home

Experiencing a fire in your home is overwhelming and traumatic. The last thing you want to do is make it worse by failing to take the right steps for cleanup. Calling in IICRC-certified technicians to your Somerset home will bring you quality, lasting results. SERVPRO handles initial charred debris cleanup, structural assessment, smoke and soot odors, and more!

It is vital that you know what to do after your home suffers from fire damage in Somerset. Even more crucial is knowing what NOT to do, such as:

  • Never attempt cleaning of any electronics or appliances that have gotten subjected to water, heat, or fire.
  • Never turn on your ceiling fixtures or overhead lighting if the ceiling is wet.
  • Never use any packaged or canned beverages or foods that may have been located near the blaze. 
  • Never try to wash any painted surfaces or walls with over-the-counter cleaning products.

At SERVPRO, we know how to handle each unique situation with customized methods. Count on us for cleaning up protein fire residue, wet or dry smoke, fuel oil soot, and anything else generated during the fire emergency in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 when you need fire damage cleanup. We have crews available around the clock, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! 

New Brunswick Residents Deserve Rapid Flood Damage Cleanup

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO van in a parking lot Dealing with flood damage in your home? Team SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call today.

SERVPRO is available after a storm to ensure you have prompt flood damage restoration in New Brunswick

When faced with any type of water damage or flooding during or after a storm, safety should always be the top priority. Until SERVPRO arrives to begin the initial assessment, you need to be careful of slip and fall hazards, electrical dangers, and more. Once we show up at your home, we will work quickly to mitigate the damage and leave your home in excellent condition, “Like it never even happened.”

After you suffer from flood damage in New Brunswick, there are several steps that you can take, including:

  • Carefully blotting or mopping standing water
  • Place wood blocks or shims between wet carpeting and furniture legs
  • Gather up loose items from the floor
  • Limit movement from the flood zone into unaffected areas of the home

Calling in SERVPRO for your flood cleanup gives you many advantages, including:

  • 24/7 emergency response
  • Highly-skilled water restoration technicians (WRT)
  • Proven methods set forth by IICRC restoration standards
  • Advanced extraction and moisture inspection equipment
  • Controlled demolition, as needed – General Contractor License #: 13VH06622700

Whether you have a little or a lot of flood damage to deal with, SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is the team that you want to have in your corner. Request help online or give us a call any time of day or night for emergency service at (908) 251-9097.

Why Hire Professional Water Cleanup?

2/7/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on gray tile floor Water emergencies happen without warning. Call SERVPRO immediately to mitigate the water damage situation in your home.

Somerset residents get best results from prompt, reliable water cleanup from SERVPRO

Somerset, New Jersey, is both a census-designated place (CDP) and an unincorporated community that is located within Somerset County in Franklin Township. When the 2010 United States Census got taken, this community had a population of 22,083 people.

Fun Fact: Somerset was the original location of one of the initial Marconi Wireless Stations in the entire United States.

Exploring the History Surrounding Somerset, NJ

What is now the site of Marconi Park, the New Brunswick Marconi Station was positioned at Easton Avenue and JFK Boulevard. This was just a few minutes away from the border of New Brunswick. The station was initially a radio transmitter facility that got constructed in 1913, where it was operated via the American Marconi Wireless Corporation. In 1917, the United States Navy confiscated the facility after a partial failure of the transatlantic telegraph cables.

In 1918, the Fourteen Points speech by President Woodrow Wilson was transmitted at this same site. Once the war wrapped up, the ownership of the station, along with the other US assets of Marconi, got transferred to RCA from the Navy. Antenna masts were removed in 1952 to make room for a small strip mall that held a K-Mart store.

Today’s Attractions and Things to Do in Somerset, New Jersey

Whether you are looking for a natural setting where you can wander a bit, or you are looking for modern, charming experiences, there is something for everyone in and around the Somerset area.

Taking a look at must-see attractions, you will find places such as the stunning Rudolf W. Van der Goot Rose Garden. Here, you will find sprawling gardens and a lovely compact display that includes thousands of roses. Onsite, there is also a Fragrance and Sensory Garden where you can touch and smell a broad assortment of herbs and flowers.

Of course, there are also lots of fantastic restaurants and breweries in this region to explore. Some of the top options in Somerset include:

  • Lubrano’s Pizzeria and Restaurant – An excellent location for a slice of pizza and a friendly, upbeat atmosphere.
  • Hamilton Barbecue and Restaurant – a nice stop if you are looking for authentic barbecue with traditional recipes and meats cooked to perfection. 
  • Stage House Tavern – known for craft cocktails and excellent buffet meals, diners will always find something delicious on the menu. 
  • Destination Dogs – this unique restaurant features traditional beef hot dogs as well as sausages and unique options such as duck confit.

SERVPRO Provides Somerset Residents with Peace of Mind by Way of Rapid Water Cleanup

The basement or ground floor of your Somerset home can flood at any time and for a variety of reasons. The lowest level of the house is prone to flooding depending on the property, so you need rapid water cleanup in an emergency. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster here at SERVPRO, helping you to ensure your interior gets thoroughly dried and Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Why contact SERVPRO when you need water cleanup in Somerset? Because we act fast to address issues such as:

  • Hot water tank failure
  • Water supply line breakage
  • Blocked or failing sewer pipe
  • Storm sewer backup
  • And more

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is here for you 24/7 when you need fast water cleanup. Call (908) 251-9097 to have a crew dispatched to your property.

Couples Yoga in New Brunswick

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles and technicians hard at work. Water damage can be a hassle. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed for your home.

New Brunswick Couples can Enhance Their Relationships and Physical Fitness through Yoga

Yoga is a great activity to maintain body flexibility, relieve stress, and improve physical fitness. While most people pursue Yoga individually, it is possible to do it as a couple and unlock even more benefits because it is believed to enhance trust and connection. Therefore, apart from improving your physical fitness, it can also enhance the relationship you have with your partner. You can enjoy a beginner-friendly class of Couples Yoga at the Above Art Studios on Morris Street, New Brunswick, on February 13 2021.

Those preparing to attend the event should note a couple of things:

  • The event starts at 4 PM and ends at 7 PM. It is crucial to arrive 15 to 20 minutes earlier to prepare for the session eliminating any delays
  • The organizer provides a limited supply of mats, beverages, and refreshments
  • Participants should bring some supplies, including face masks, towels, and drinking water

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County helps New Brunswick homeowners complete water removal from their properties conveniently. Call us at (908) 251-9097 to help expedite the process.

Learn Intermediate Belly Dance in New Brunswick with Ana Nephilim

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Any time you have a fire, call SERVPRO and their technicians. They are IICRC certified for all disasters. With the know how and experience too.

Have Fun and Meet New People Belly Dancing in New Brunswick 

Belly dancing is one of the few dancing styles that favor women of all sizes, unlike others such as ballet, which are restricted to specific body types.  One misconception people have is that the dance is easy since it does not force the body into unnatural positions. However, it takes dedication and practice to perfect the seemingly effortless movements made by professional dancers. You can have a great time in your New Brunswick home, learning the art of the ancient sacred dance through the online event organized by Ana Nephilim.

The event focuses on:

  • Warm-ups and cool-downs
  • Body postures for injury prevention and glorious beauty
  • Various moves to incorporate in the dance

Those participating should dress in comfortable clothes and have accessories such as yoga mats and water bottles. Since it is an intermediate lesson, it has more intensive routines. If you have a longstanding injury, you should consult your physician before participating.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County helps minimize the hassle of fixing any kind of fire damage in New Brunswick properties. Call us at (908) 251-9097 for immediate assistance. 

Local Expertise Helps Address All Water Damage incidents in Somerset

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work drying water damage SERVPROs technicians are more than capable for all types of water damage, no matter the size of the disaster.

SERVPRO Provides the Resources Somerset Residents Need to Deal with Water Damage

Somerset is located within Franklin Township, in Somerset County. Somerset is an unincorporated community, classified as a Census Designated Place. It is approximately 39 miles from New York City, driving through I-95 S and I-78 W. 

The area played a historical role during World War I when it hosted one of the initial Marconi Wireless Stations in the country, constructed in 1913. The New Brunswick Marconi Station, situated on JFK Boulevard and Easton Avenue, served as the primary communication link between Europe and the United States from April 7, 1917, when the US Navy took it after enemy action interrupted the Transatlantic Telegraphic Cables. Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi founded the Marconi Company in 1897 in the United Kingdom. At that point, it was known as The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company. He is credited with inventing the radio, although he built it by improving the knowledge accumulated by various physicists and experimenters over the years. 

Other Historical Sites in Somerset

  • Tulipwood

The house located on Hamilton Street is one of the oldest structures in the area. It was built in 1892 and later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Apart from the years, the other unique aspect of the house is its Shingle Style Architectural design, which placed shingles not only on the roof but on the walls as well. The style became famous with the rise of the New England School of Architecture that emphasized highly ornamented patterns. Tulipwood is also known as Whitehaven Farms.

  • Van Liew-Suydam House

The Victorian farmhouse on South Middlebush Road was mostly built in the 18th century by the original owner, Peter Van Liew. Later on, Joseph Suydam put up some additions to the existing house, the largest of which was completed in 1875. It stands atop a hill offering a spectacular view of the countryside, including the woods of the Six Mile Run Valley. The sunsets from the spot where the house stands are spectacular and are cited as one of the probable reasons why Peter Van Liew settled on the spot for his house. Other interesting bits about the property include its change in ownership over the years. For instance, it is named after the first two owners, although there were other owners. In 1988, Franklin Township bought the house from the State of New Jersey for $100.  

  • Blackwells Mills Canal House

The house is located on Canal Road, next to the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The Canal was built in the 1830s connecting the Delaware and Raritan rivers. The house was built at the same time to house the bridge tender who would operate swing bridges allowing boats and cars to pass. Currently, the house serves as a community center and is a great place to ride a bike or take a walk. 

Somerset has a dense suburban feel considering the total population in the 2010 census was 22,083 spread out over a space of 6.3 square miles. The population in the area is very diverse; people often describe it as "a snapshot of the world." According to the Köppen climate classification system, which was defined in 1900 by the Russo-German climatologist Wladimir Köppen, the area's climate is classified as Humid Continental Climate. Its main characteristics include significant temperature changes in different seasons and precipitation spread out throughout the year. 

Scenic Green Spaces in Somerset

One positive impact of well-distributed rainfall in an area is widespread greenery. In Somerset, there are many parks spread out all over the hamlet, providing sufficient opportunities for relaxation. Some of the top parks people can enjoy visiting include:

  • Inman Park

It is one of the largest green spaces in the area and offers a wide array of amenities, including courts for baseball, basketball, soccer, and a general playground. There is a trail for people to walk, jog, or cycle around the park's edge. A sheltered sitting area and parking spaces are also available.

  • Bascom Park

The park located on Delmonico Avenue is great for relaxation and socializing with friends. The area has a good tree cover providing a perfect walking trail. There is a picnic pavilion for those who may want to spend time with friends or family at the park.

  • Naaman Williams Park

It is a public space that offers various athletic facilities and separate age-based playgrounds. The park is a perfect place to jog or swim at the pool. There are large and small sheltered picnic areas for those seeking relaxation at the facility. Slides and other kids' facilities are also available. 

Does SERVPRO Handle Water Damage in all Types of Properties in Somerset?

Water affects most structures negatively if exposure goes unchecked over extended periods. Restoring such damage in Somerset properties requires various resources, including technical skills, experience, and sophisticated equipment. With the right resources, the type of property affected has minimal impact on the outcome. SERVPRO helps with almost all restoration tasks required when moisture affects a building, including:

  • Removal of deteriorated materials deemed unsalvageable for reasons such as loss of structural integrity, contamination, or irreversible soiling. 
  • Extraction of water from all sections of properties including concealed areas
  • Cleaning all areas of the property to remove soils
  • Deodorization to remove odors caused by moisture, soils, or microbial growth

SERVPRO has IICRC certified Water Restoration Technicians who easily establish the extent of the damage and the type of materials affected, which is crucial, especially for older properties. For instance, the use of thermal cameras helps establish moisture spread patterns without tearing down materials. Alternatively, penetrative moisture meters help determine the amount of water semi-porous materials such as solid wood absorb. Inspecting materials helps establish whether the damage done is reversible. For instance, if the water affects composite materials, the adhesives holding them together fail, and drying cannot restore them to their preloss state. Natural materials such as solid wood might also swell or warp beyond reversal. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County helps homeowners affected by major or minor water intrusion incidents. Call us at (908) 251-9097 to assess the damage and expedite the renovation process needed to restore preloss conditions.

Somerset Residents Can Sharpen Their Poker Skills Every Monday in Somerville

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon poker table with people playing poker SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the skillful players at the Texas Hold'Em tournaments!

Get in on free Texas Hold’Em tournaments every Monday night.

If you enjoy a good hand of poker against players of all skill sets, this is an event for you. In nearby Somersville, residents from all over Somerset County can head to the Village Brewing Company building at 34 W Main Street to try their luck at the tables with dealers that shuffle and dole out your cards. Winning hands can walk away with multiple prizes or even entries into higher stakes games in the area.

These on-going events happen every Monday night from 7 PM to 11 PM until the end of 2020. If you want to be a part of free prizes, meeting new people, and having some fun without breaking the bank, register by calling (908) 333-2990.

When you need water damage restoration for your Somerset business, it can be overwhelming and costly. Let our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team help you keep the doors open with efficient drying and cleaning. We can make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call (908) 251-9097.

Revisit a Classic Holiday Stage Performance in Your New Brunswick Home

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

an illustration from A Christmas Carol It will be exciting to see the community viewing A Christmas Carol!

A unique virtual spin on A Christmas Carol benefitting the George Street Playhouse available now. 

Tony Award-winning Jefferson Mays breathes a refreshing new life into the holiday classic A Christmas Carol with a virtual performance available for viewing at your convenience until January 3rd, 2021. The event is sponsored locally by the George Street Playhouse of New Brunswick. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit this facility during its recent postponement and canceling of scheduled performances.

Mays takes on more than 50 roles on his own to do the complete production of the play alone, showing the versatility and range of the actor most known for his Broadway roles in I Am My Own Wife and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Tickets can be purchased from the On the Stage website, and more information is available by emailing streamhelp@onthestage.com.

Don’t let mold be the ghost haunting your future. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can offer thorough mold cleanup and remediation for New Brunswick businesses. Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097.

Preserving Somerset County History After Fire Damage

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

exterior of a fire damaged house It can be quite overwhelming when you are facing fire damage. SERVPRO can help with the remediation process. Call us right away.

After a fire, restorers must carefully clean and recover historic properties.

New Jersey has always been one of the most historic locations since the earliest settlements of America's newly forming colonies. Somerset County has been an influential part of this growth and evolution, housing some of the most significant battles of the American Revolution and being a haven for the Continental Army's patriots through some of the war's tremendous hardships. With many of the towns like Somerset and Franklin Township chartered during the mid-1700s, structures built at this inception that remain today are a treasure worth protecting.

Historic Properties in Southeast Somerset County

Whether it is mold that could develop from elevated moisture in the region to the potential for complete or superficial fire damages, historic properties and landmarks throughout Somerset County must get protected. These buildings and areas offer their significance to the state's history and growth over the centuries. Some structures serve to showcase popular architectural decisions of various eras in America's life, while others have been influential locations or historically significant. Some of the most popular of these include:

  • The Meadows – This is a house in Franklin Township initially constructed in 1722. Upon construction, the property was close to 800 acres and was placed on the Raritan River and a major route to connect it to settlements and traders. Today, the structure exists as a living museum of 18th-century architecture and life.
  • Rockingham – This property was built around 1710 by the merchant John Berrien but did not take on the name it is now known by until more than 70 years later when the property was for sale. This location would be General George Washington's final headquarters and station during the American Revolutionary War.
  • Tulipwood – This is a property that exemplifies the shingle style made famous during the 1800s. The majority of this house was constructed in 1892 as a prestigious property for Stephen Guion Williams of the renowned Williams & Guion Black Star Line company. The house and the land have also been known as Whitehaven Farms by many over the years.
  • Rocky Hill Historic District – At the center of Rocky Hill, some of the most recognizable and renowned historic properties exist. From the Rocky Hill Inn constructed around 1830 to the Parsonage for the Dutch Reformed Church built around 1858, many protected buildings showcase the history of Somerset County. 
  • Six Mile Run Historic District – This subsection of Franklin Township has become a popular destination for travelers looking to tour some of the area's older structures and get a feel for its history. An excellent example of this is the Van Liew-Suydam House built in the 18th century, the Hageman Farm from the early 19th century, and the Wyckoff Garretson House constructed in 1730.
  • Middlebush Village Historic District – As another section of the Greater Franklin area, Middlebush has multiple historic properties, landmarks, and older buildings contributing to a protected region. There are 37 properties that make up this district, though some of its most renowned include The Middlebush Reformed Church (1919), the Voorhees House (1719), and the Middlebush School (1926) that has now become the area Board of Education building.
  • Kingston Mill Historic District – This protected area in Somerset County shows some of the earliest architectural styles of settlers and colonists in the 18th century. As one of the original settlements for Princeton, NJ, the original and newer Kingston Mills still stand, the first being constructed in 1755 and the newer built near the 20th century in 1888. There is also a stone bridge built in 1798 to replace one destroyed by the Continental Army to slow British advancements.
  • King's Highway Historic District – This is one of the original main roadways designed originally to connect Boston and Charleston. There are many historic properties laid out along this path where the Revolutionary War's influential battles were fought. The road passes through Somerset County and features many landmarks and buildings along the route that were historically significant to the success of the Continental Army during America's battles for independence from King Charles II, whom the roadway was initially named after.

Museums Protect Somerset's History and Culture

One way we work to protect our heritage and illustrious history spanning centuries is to document these times and events in museums and cultural centers. Each of the prominent eras is represented by the artists and people who endured them and continue to be an inspiration and educational opportunity for curious individuals. These include:

  • Ukrainian Museum of New Jersey
  • Princeton University Art Museum
  • Old Millstone Forge

Cleaning Up Somerset Homes After Fire Damage

Fire losses are among the most devastating disasters that impact Somerset County homes, as these situations can develop from hundreds of potential sources. Addressing a fire's effects can require both our building trade professionals and experienced Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) This effort begins with emergency services conducted as soon as our team first arrives.

Emergency services are a blend of general contracting needs and mitigative tasks that lessen the ultimate loss of a property and the cost of restoring it. Temporary repairs of structural breaches and controlled demolition are two examples of how our in-house contractors can help. Debris removal is also an instrumental action taken to reduce the severity of hazardous or discomforting effects in the house like noxious odors or carcinogenic soot particles.

Removing soot from the environment and surfaces requires a combination of advanced equipment, detergents, and solvents. Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators utilize onboard HEPA filters that can capture particulates as small as 0.3 microns. Removing the bulk of circulating ash and soot can reduce hazards to those exposed and prevent smoke residues from becoming thicker and less manageable.

Addressing the effects of fire damage in Somerset homes and businesses involves our skilled technicians and our inventory of industry-leading tools and products. Whenever disaster strikes, our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can mobilize quickly to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097.

Somerset Residents Can Have a Stormy Night of Laughter at The Mansion

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

mansion restaurant from exterior As SERVPRO restores your flood-damaged Somerset kitchen, enjoy a meal at Mansion at Natirar

Laugh your way through an expertly prepared Italian dinner near Somerset at The Mansion at Natirar.

In nearby Gladstone, you and your family can appreciate an evening of laughter and expertly prepared Italian cuisine at The Mansion at Natirar. Comedy Night at The Mansion happens on November 20th, 2020, from 7-10 PM. Executive Chef Freddy Vargas prepares a three-course meal served family style to tables. For those looking to appreciate some delicious wine paired with the dishes prepared, you can make this choice ahead of the event. Bottles are available for pre-sale up to the night of the performance.

Reservations by the table can accommodate parties of 2, 4, 6, or 8, and tickets for these groups begin at 125 per person. Renowned comedians Joey Vega, Joe Conte, and Eleanor Kerrigan take the stage throughout the night to keep the laughs coming.

Groundwater removal for your Somerset home is no laughing matter. Let our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County help with fast extraction and cleaning approaches as soon as you need them. Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097.