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Get the Most Out of Water Damage Remediation in Somerset

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet Team SERVPRO can effectively dry out water damaged carpet or any flooring surface. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Water Removal from Wet Somerset Living Room Carpets

Saturated carpets in your Somerset home do not have to indicate a total loss or a need for repairs and reinstallation. With the right prompt response to these emergencies, professionals like our SERVPRO team can implement the right drying practices with practical tools and extraction devices. Damp carpeting can be a destructive situation without the right moisture removal and drying techniques starting at the earliest times.

Because our professionals have a 24/7 response for mitigation and water removal in Somerset homes, we stay prepared for these needs by stocking production vehicles with extraction tools and drying equipment. Before we can determine which flooring materials require drying efforts, we must determine the extent of moisture saturation in the fibers of the carpet, the padding underneath it, or even the subflooring materials that could get affected like plywood and OSB board.

Initial Water Removal Actions 

When we first arrive at a damaged home and have noted damp carpeting, we can deploy effective water removal tactics like carpet wands. These tools do not entirely remove moisture damaging the material, but can pave the way for more efficient drying with air movers.

Floating and Drying Carpets

Drying carpet and padding can happen simultaneously with a practice known as floating. This drying method is only necessary when our team believes that flooring can get saved and does not need to get removed. Placing low profile centrifugal air movers between the carpet and padding can force heated air between these two materials and dry them both simultaneously.

Removal and Reinstallation of Flooring

As much as our SERVPRO team works to address these concerns as quickly as possible, absorption that lasts for long spans can inevitably reach the subflooring and require the removal of upper layers to address. While equipment like drying mats can address damp plywood, our in-house licensed (#13VH06622700) can remove carpet and padding to begin drying and reinstall flooring in these areas when mitigation completes, “Like it never even happened.”

Carpet is a common flooring material for area homes, and one that must be a priority to dry for our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team when water losses occur. Give us a call anytime at (908) 251-9097.

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SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)i is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.ii

Scope of Cleanup Protocol 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents.  The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:  

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

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 waste.  

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. 

SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. However, per the CDC, this product can be used against COVID-19.  In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Porous materials like carpet, rugs, upholstered items, and draperies that are not water sensitive can also be wet cleaned using SERVPROXIDE™.

Call SERVPRO When Your Somerset Home is Hit with Water Damage

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment stacked above and under a shelf. Water damage in your Somerset home can be devastating, call SERVPRO today.

SERVPRO has what your Somerset home needs after a water damage.

Should an appliance malfunction or a pipe break in your home, it can send water flowing throughout the space, causing a fair amount of water damage. If the water loss incident takes place when you are away from home, the amount of water to remove could be exponential. Hiring the experts at SERVPRO helps ensure you get the prompt response and access to the right techniques and equipment to clean up the standing water and then return all moisture levels to normal in your home. 

When you have water damage in Somerset, a SERVPRO crew chief ensures a full assessment is done to determine the right course of action. To extract water efficiently and avoid all potential dangers from electrical hazards when water is deeper than a couple of inches, we deploy gas-powered submersible pumps. We have truck-mounted extractors that also bypass the need for electricity because they work by way of onboard generators. If contamination is a concern, fluids get moved into storage tanks to be taken to the proper place for lawful disposal. 

Specialized Extraction Equipment

Portable extraction units help SERVPRO technicians reach confined spaces within the home where water often seeps. This includes cavities, behind building materials, and into recesses. If trapped moisture is still hard-to-reach with portable extractors, our team may employ the use of controlled demolition to cut or drill materials to get into tight areas and pull out moisture.

Moisture Detection

Detecting and measuring moisture in the home is essential for efficient water damage restoration. SERVPRO technicians use water detectors to map out water incursion perimeters. Moisture meters provide the team with data so that comparisons can be taken on different materials within your home. 

SERVPRO utilizes a unique formula to determine the drying goals for all of the affected areas in a building. Perimeters are set along with the placement of air movers and dehumidifiers to help eliminate moisture from saturated materials. Desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers work to capture water vapor efficiently, and all equipment is moved periodically to enhance drying times. All of this is done to make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Our team at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can come out to your house to help with water damage whenever you need us. You can reach us by calling (908) 251-9097, and we can deploy technicians as soon as possible.

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Use Team SERVPRO’s Expertise For Commercial Water Damage Situations in Somerset

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

excess water under an office door Facing a situation with excess water in your office? Contact the SERVPRO technicians for water removal and remediation services.

Start to Finish Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Somerset

Managing a multi-family condominium, townhouse, or apartment building provides plenty of challenges in Somerset. When one unit experiences an issue like a plumbing leak or overflowing sink or tub, other residents in the complex are also affected. The water incursion needs attention wherever the moisture migrates, including complicated situations where residents above, below, or next to the leak or overflow see similar damage.

Migration Pathways Identified

Our team of Somerset water damage recovery professionals trains extensively concerning the expected movement of water under a wide range of circumstances. General rules like “wet goes to dry” are a good start, but we also take advantage of tools like thermal imaging, moisture detectors, and moisture meters to map the pattern of water seepage from home to home within your building. Although we cannot help with the frustration neighbors might feel when dealing with the unexpected results of negligence or simple bad luck of the folks in an adjoining unit, we can plan for a fast and effective restoration.

Thorough Extraction Is Job One

Research confirms that removing liquid water is about 1200 times more efficient than drying alone to return moisture levels to normal levels. SERVPRO crews pursue aggressive extraction, using a variety of strategies to access water trapped in building cavities between units. Removing baseboards and cutting access holes is useful, permitting us to use systems like Injectidry to suction fluid out with negative pressure. We might also punch through drooping ceiling tiles, bulging wallpaper, or bubbling paint to release trapped water, using portable extractors to get into even tight spaces.

Cleaning and Disinfection Before Drying

The affected surfaces need deep cleaning and disinfection with EPA-registered products. SERVPRO brings all needed cleaners and antimicrobials along with water removal and drying equipment and technicians in familiar green service vehicles. We use the moisture data collected during water migration assessment to set drying goals. To create the balance among airflow, temperature, and reduction in humidity needed to dry out wet building materials, we roll out air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.  

Rebuilding options offered by the construction division SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County finish your journey back to full business operation after multi-family residential water damage. For wrap-around restoration, call us at (908) 251-9097.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 13VH06622700

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SERVPRO Technicians and Equipment Mitigate Fired Damaged Homes in Somerset

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

burned out kitchen with a filthy refrigerator in center Don't Despair! Call SERVPRO to Cleanup and Restore Your Fire Damaged Kitchen in Somerset

The Prognosis for Somerset Fire Damage Cleanup Is Better with Professional Cleanup

For most homeowners in Somerset, it is hard to look at their residence after fire damage happens and see the potential for having things back to normal. The black soot, smoke damage, and charred items make the situation seem hopeless.

A common sight in Somerset homes after fire damage is everything in the room pulled into the middle of the room and drenched with water. This happens because, during the firefighting efforts, the firemen pull burning items and put them in the center of the area and saturate it with water. The debris pile may include building materials, insulation, and furnishings. The result is a wet mess with little restoration potential that requires removal.

Initial Fire Cleanup Actions
The SERVPRO technicians begin the fire loss restoration process by extracting the water left behind by firefighting efforts and removal of anything ruined by the fire. As each identifiable item gets taken off-site, it is photographed and entered into a detailed report. When mitigation efforts complete, the techs provide this report to the homeowner to expedite the insurance claims process. Charred sheetrock, acoustic ceiling tiles, and other damaged building materials get taken off-site as they have no refurbishment prospects.

Cleaning Away Soot and Smoke Damage
As the fire burns, the hot air expands and drives soot into porous surfaces. When the paint on the walls gets heated, soot can enter and get trapped. SERVPRO technicians have methods such as using sealants to eradicate deeply embedded odors that are not candidates for removal through cleaning agents. If the property needs any additional odor control applications, the techs ensure no residual smoke odors remain within the property or contents.

Reconstruction Brings Full Restoration
After fire loss cleanup efforts complete, SERVPRO offers a full rebuilding service to bring the home back to preloss condition. With their general contractor license #13VH06622700, the techs perform commonly needed  activities including:
?    Repairs to walls and floors
?    Painting
?    Carpet
?    Insulation
?    Electrical
?    Plumbing

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 restores properties to their pre-fire condition using their advanced equipment and cleaning methods, making the fire loss, "Like it never even happened."

Drying Cavities Beneath Somerset Attic Insulation and Joists

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Teams Work to Avoid Further Damage Caused by Moisture by Thoroughly Drying Out Affected Areas

Unfinished attic spaces are a common feature in Somerset homes, especially in residences that do not need to bolster the square footage of living space. Not using this space at all, or only having it constructed enough for limited storage leaves this area of the house vulnerable to fast-moving water mitigation after storm damages. Roof compromise like falling tree limbs or missing shingles can allow for moisture penetration directly into this unfinished attic area.

While our SERVPRO professionals can show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, addressing flood damage in Somerset homes requires more than arriving quickly. We have numerous premier tools and devices that can help to remove moisture and begin drying out structural cavities like the ceiling on the second floor of your property. When migrating water moves beyond the attic space, it can begin leaking in multiple points simultaneously.

Many drying decisions must get made about damage in this assembly of construction materials between the ceiling drywall in the second story to the flooring/exposed joists in the attic space. In many situations, our professionals must also determine work to prevent further moisture exposure with emergency tarping services for the roof. While it is possible in some situations to dry out this structural cavity and materials with specialized tools like the positive pressure systems that infuse warm, dry air into the space, this is not always possible.

In some circumstances, it can cost more and take more time to work on drying out exposed materials like drywall and insulation in the ceiling space. Instead of these excessive resources, our team of in-house contractors can work on controlled demolition and prepare the area for reconstruction. Our licensed (#13VH06622700) residential contractors can also help to replace damaged, unfinished wood in the attic and repair the roof after mitigation completes.

Storms can become a destructive force for area homes and businesses, but our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help. We have years of experience and an extensive inventory of extractors, air movers, positive pressure systems, and more to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (908) 251-9097.

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Somerset Water Loss? SERVPRO Can Restore Order!

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

moisture meter pressed into a window sill SERVPRO Technicians Are Equipped with Advanced Equipment and Devices for Restoring Water Damaged Properties in the Somerset Area

What to Expect During Home Water Damage Restoration in Somerset

Water damage hits local Somerset area homes in many forms. Cold weather and inadequately winterized or unheated basements produce pipe bursts. All year- round situations happen where appliances malfunction and sewage systems back up. All of these have a common denominator: fast action for restoration services can lessen the loss.

The unfortunate side of water damage in Somerset homes is during the cleanup; some controlled demolition actions are sometimes necessary. Frequently seen in water loss situations are:

  • Tile delamination requiring removal
  • Collection of fiberglass insulation for possible reuse
  • Specialized extraction heads used on wet carpet and padding
  • Removal of a portion of sheetrock that has wicked water
  • Water migration within walls and subflooring

Advanced Equipment for Moisture Detection

Finding the paths of the water loss took within the home is crucial to avoiding secondary issues. SERVPRO technicians use state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to locate and extract any place in the house that water travels.

Drying for Special Situations

When SERVPRO technicians move to the drying phase of the restoration service, it is a lot more than setting up fans and hoping for the best. Measurements get taken of the ambient interior humidity and indoor air moisture levels to determine drying goals. This process receives monitoring to ensure the attainment of pre-set aims.

Air movers push air over surfaces with great velocity; it causes moisture to rise where the dehumidification equipment captures it. For wall cavities opened for drying, devices such as the Injecti-Dry system pushes warm air into the area. The use of drying mats assists in the removal of moisture from hardwood flooring, saving property owners the cost of replacement.

Demolition Areas Need Repair for Full Restoration

To return the home to its pre-water loss condition, SERVPRO offers reconstruction services through general contractor license #13VH06622700. Whether it is replacing damaged sheetrock, installation of tile or insulation, painting, or other needed task, the certified technicians make it happen.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is available 24/7 by calling (908) 251-9097. Our certified technicians arrive quickly on-site and make the water damage in local properties, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows Expands with New Location

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

East Brunswick, NJ (November 5, 2019) -- SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows, the national franchise renowned for disaster cleanup of fire, water and mold damage, has opened a new location in Southeast Somerset County.  The new franchise, SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County will service the areas of Somerset, North Brunswick, New Brunswick, Franklin Township, Highland Park, Kendall Park, Bound Brook, Kingston, Heathcote and Zarephath, New Jersey.

“We are excited to open our 2nd franchise in Somerset County,” said Salvatore Marinello, Owner.  “We hope to bring our proven restoration and remediation services to this residential and commercial community.  Our team of professionals are standing by 24/7 in the event of an emergency fire or water disaster situation.” 

SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows recently moved into a larger facility with office and warehouse space to accommodate the new franchise acquisition.  “Our new warehouse space has allowed us to expand our contents and storage capabilities.  We now offer our clients a one stop solution in their time of need.  Remediation, restoration, cleaning and storage is now done under one roof,” commented Sal.

SERVPRO franchisees specialize in disaster restoration, offering cleanup and repairs to both commercial and residential customers whose property has suffered fire or water damage.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  However, our emergency services department is open 24/7.  For more information on our restoration and remediation services, follow us on Instagram at @SERVPROeastbrunswick or visit https://www.SERVPROsoutheastsomersetcounty.com/ or https://www.SERVPROeastbrunswickprincetonmeadows.com/

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What our Customers Have to Say

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County, customer satisfaction is our number one priority.  We can say all we want about our services and staff, but in the end, it's all about what our customers say about us that matters.

Lauren, Piscataway, NJ

"All team members were AWESOME! Professional, fast and kind.  This loss was extremely nerve racking and frustrating, but dealing with you folks made it so much easier.  Thank you!!"

Jack, Plainsboro, NJ

"Jon C and his team were amazing.  They helped us when we needed it THE MOST. My family is so grateful. Thanks guys!"

Karen, Monmouth Junction, NJ

"I don't think there is room for improvement.  The service was excellent and extremely professional.  Jon, my Project Manager, was extremely kind, professional and on top of the whole project.  He took everything off my shoulders and took the worry out of the entire disaster for me."