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When You Have Fire Damage, Call Pros for Restoration in Somerset

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in a parking lot It can be overwhelming when facing fire damage to your Somerset home. SERVPRO can help with the remediation process. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Handles Smoke and Fire Damage for Somerset Property Owners 24/7

Residential or commercial fires can lead to varying levels of damage, both from smoke and charring from the flames. Somerset residents and business owners need prompt, reliable restoration whenever faced with such an emergency – this is where SERVPRO comes in. We know the best techniques and have an endless supply of equipment and tools at our disposal to scale each project to each customer’s needs. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, getting you back to normal before you know it. All you have to do is reach out to us 24-hours a day for emergency response.

Smoke and fire damage in Somerset does not have to mean you lose everything. SERVPRO works to restore versus replace, implementing our protocols to clean and salvage as much as possible. This results in time and money savings overall. 

We Know the Basics of Fire and Smoke Damage

Understanding what occurs in an active fire is critical to adequately addressing any fire restoration project. Our technicians have been through rigorous IICRC training to receive certification for water, fire, smoke, and mold restorations. We understand that:

  • Hot fires will produce less smoke than smoldering, cooler fires.
  • Kitchen grease fires on a hot stove put out immense, oily residue that sticks and smears on surfaces.
  • Fast burning fires involving paper and wood will often leave powdery soot residues.
  • Selecting the best process for each fire situation and the soot residues present help to achieve the best results.

How Do Smoke Odors Get Eliminated During Fire Restoration?

Several steps are necessary to clear out odors after a fire within your Somerset property. Our technicians understand the basic principles for commercial and house fire cleanup. Smoke residues move through hot air currents during the fire, sometimes traveling through a working HVAC system into other areas of the structure. 

SERVPRO considers the type of fire, materials burned, the overall scope, and how long the blaze raged. This allows us to choose the best methods and solutions to eliminate malodors.

  • We carefully remove all charred and unsalvageable contents and building materials. Everything gets disposed of safely according to local guidelines.
  • We tackle all visible surface residues using a combination of vacuuming with dry wiping or brushing and wet methods with water and cleaning agents to pull up smoke residues and deposits.
  • We may also use ozone molecules to help neutralize odors, breaking them down for eradication. 

What Does an Ozone Generator Do to Remove Smoke Odors?

SERVPRO’s vast equipment selection includes ozone generators, which create man-made ozone. The ozone technology has powerful oxidizing properties with ozone, a highly reactive, colorless gas that works to remove odors by reacting. Our trained technicians use these units only in sealed and unoccupied areas.  

Besides equipment like ozone and hydroxyl generators, SERVPRO technicians often use air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to pull odorous elements from the air. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) select the best methods for odor elimination, which may also include odor counteractant beads or granules. We never mask odors, and we only use processes to remove them so that you have no lingering reminders of the fire. “Like it never even happened.”

Let Us Handle All of Your Reconstruction Needs

Most all fire-related incidents call for some level of reconstruction. Our team often uses controlled demolition measures to help restore your property to pre-fire condition. This may include the removal of charred drywall, structural elements, trim, flooring, etc. Everything gets replaced and finished off with new paint, wallpaper, stain, and other finishes.

  • General Contractor License #: 13VH06622700

Call us at (908) 251-9097, and we can dispatch a crew to your door to assist with fire damage cleanup and restoration. You can also request help from SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County online.

Storm Water Cleanup Somerset is Better with Experts

4/9/2023 (Permalink)

water covering the floor of the basement When your home suffers from water damage after a storm, quick action is necessary. Contact our SERVPRO team for water removal services.

Trust SERVPRO for Storm Water Cleanup in Somerset

Storm water usually flows from rooftops, over bare soil, paved areas, and sloped lawns. As the runoff flows, it collects and transports pet manure, pesticides, salt, grease, oil, litter, leaves, and other potential pollutants. Polluted stormwater can cause microbial contamination and extra damage in your home.

Stormwater can flow into basements and cause costly and difficult-to-cleanup damage. SERVPRO can perform stormwater cleanup in your Somerset residence. We can handle extensive stormwater damage with access to specialized equipment like water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

We can inspect the damage, propose a mitigation plan, and start the cleanup process. Our restoration service involves the following steps:

  • Once you call us and we understand the problem, we can send our technicians to examine the situation. Analyzing the issue enables our SERVPRO team to proceed with other steps. 
  • We perform water extraction using cutting-edge equipment to prevent secondary damage.
  • We use air movers and dehumidifiers for drying and dehumidification purposes. This enables us to remove moisture from homes.
  • We clean and disinfect the house to eliminate microbes. 

Dry air is an essential tool when drying damp materials. When the airspace is dry, there is less moisture in the air. When the humidity is lower, moisture is likelier to evaporate from surfaces and materials into the surrounding air. Our SERVPRO technicians reduce the humidity through ventilation or dehumidification.

Stormwater can cause some of the structures and contents in your home to get damaged beyond repair. In that case, our technicians can remove and replace them. This may involve replacing furniture, insulation, ceilings, flooring, and drywall. Water can make porous materials unstable. Replacing such materials helps in sustaining a home’s integrity.

Our SERVPRO team can also perform moisture testing to verify dryness. We also offer construction services to rebuild the structures that we removed, like finish materials, drywall, plumbing, and electrical systems. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is a full-service restoration company that can assist you with stormwater cleanup. Please call us at any time at (908) 259-6860.

Water Cleanup Keeps Your Somerset Dwelling & Contents From Ruin

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

Pipe with Leak We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like It Never Even Happened.”

Water Cleanup Experts to Protect Your Belongings

Rising sea levels and hurricanes like Ian can leave area houses with standing water. However, flooding isn't the only time your Somerset house needs professional water cleanup help.

Families in Somerset need water cleanup teams to handle standing water inside their homes. Prior flooding can cause shifting of your residence's framework, putting tension on your home's water lines. Too much tension can snap a PVC water pipe, causing thousands of gallons to flow into your living area.

Arriving fast to your home means less damage. Working in different teams, we work on the following:

  • Getting everything out of the way of still-moving water
  • Eliminating water
  • Cleaning and drying everything

Unfortunately, even after we turn off the main valve, water continues to inch farther and farther away from the broken pipe. We counter this by placing the things your family loves and cherishes in safer, drier locations as quickly as possible.

We also start undoing the situation caused by the broken pipe – getting the water out of your home. We can pump out any amount of water. Still, when the things inside your home are saturated - carpet, rugs, that huge pile of laundry on the floor you were folding, your toddler's stuffed toys after a tea party – we need various extraction units, air movers, and heaters to speed up drying. We also use brushes and sponges to touch up items, such as refreshing the pile of pillows or other things that touch the lives of your family members.

The interior structure of your home isn't something that we can move out of the way like a bookshelf or pair of beanbag chairs. Dehumidifiers and desiccant machines have huge roles at this stage. We do everything possible to make your home as you remember it, "Like it never even happened."

We can help after water tries to ruin your home. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 24/7, any day of the year.

Water Mitigation in Somerset is a Job for SERVPRO

2/3/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor Don't let water take control of your property. Call SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO's Certified Crew of Experts Provides Emergency Water Damage Services to Somerset Businesses

A successful business owner has a lot to worry about. Supply issues, finding customers, inventory, and finances require constant attention. Business owners must act decisively when something as simple as a water sprinkler system malfunction soaks the whole office or storefront. Making a quick decision is just as important as making the right decision. To control the threat of water damage to your business, enlist the help of a certified team of experts that knows how to tackle water intrusion with as little disruption to your business as possible.

For commercial water mitigation services in Somerset, you only need to look further than SERVPRO. Our staff is certified by the IICRC, and our field experience speaks for itself. We are available around the clock to respond to your emergency and to handle your needs efficiently. Through the process, our staff documents and shares timelines and action plans with you so you're up to date on what is happening and the job's progress. Documentation can also be helpful in the submission of insurance claims and any other regulatory aspects we might assist with.

Our SERVPRO staff is much more than a water extraction team. Most business owners may focus on removing water with rented dehumidifiers and vacuums, which, although helpful, need to provide comprehensive support. Our team employs state-of-the-art technology to assess moisture levels on each surface of your business and takes appropriate corrective actions. Among some of the equipment we carry to help us eliminate all traces of water damage, you will find:

  • Pumps of varying capacities, including truck-mounted and submersible. We also employ handheld technology to extract water from hard-to-reach places.
  • Foggers to help us clean, disinfect and deodorize the space, leaving it in top shape to serve your customers.
  • Drying mats, inject-dry equipment, and other specialized drying solutions remove water from your business's floors, wall cavities, and other items.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is available around the clock by calling (908) 251-9097. When disaster strikes, don't despair. Let us handle it until your business looks "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Somerset Residence

1/4/2023 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call today.

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Fire Damage Restoration in Your Somerset Home

Any size fire in your home is a scary event. Fire and smoke damage can blanket your home and possessions in soot and leave behind offensive odors. You may be tempted to tackle the problem yourself, but attempting to clean your property on your own can result in further damage.

Instead, let the technicians at SERVPRO repair the fire damage to your Somerset structure. We can perform the comprehensive restoration services you need in a timely and convenient fashion. We grasp that this is a stressful time, and we do our best to take that worry away by working with you and your insurance carrier to be consistent with budgeting and timelines. 

Cleaning Ceilings and Walls After Fire Damage

Wall and ceiling cleaning procedures address different surfaces. SERVPRO technicians identify wall and ceiling surfaces while we pretest for cleanability. The factors determining the best method to use include the kind of surface, the type of soil, and whether a surface is dry cleanable or wet cleanable. Three forms of Cleaning will take care of most walls and ceilings:

  • Dry Cleaning Sponge – This can be used for ceilings of all types with light to medium non-grease-based soiling. The dry cleaning sponge can also pre-clean excess non-grease-based soils before wet Cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - is used on metal, painted, or wood ceilings with heavy dry ash, soot residue, or light-to-heavy oil-based residues.
  • Peroxide active Cleaning - can clean acoustical ceilings and other porous or nonporous ceiling surfaces, especially those with heavy nicotine or tar staining. The coating on blown, textured ceilings could dissolve if treated with aggressive wet cleaning procedures. Instead, we use the peroxide active ceiling cleaning process.

When your home experiences fire damage, you can call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County any time at (908) 251-9097. We will be there quickly to help prevent further damage so you can rest easy.

Why You Need SERVPRO for Mold Damage Restoration in Somerset

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

close up of mold For any type of mold damage to your property you can count on SERVPRO to help.

We Prioritize Your Mold Damage Restoration Project

A large percentage of the work done inside Somerset houses makes a lot of noise, and mold damage restoration can also kick up a significant amount of dust and debris. SERVPRO knows you want your home back to normal as quickly as possible, so we work efficiently without cutting important corners.

When we arrive at a customer’s residence in Somerset, mold damage restoration requires us to set up different machinery. We want to complete the work without allowing the property to experience additional damage. 

SERVPRO gets rid of excess mold, keeps the air free of excess contaminants (including spores, mold particles, and debris from wood surfaces), dries out the area and keeps future sources of moisture from appearing, and prevents future mold infestations. The larger machines and systems we employ include:

  • Dry ice pellet blasting system,
  • Air scrubbing machine,
  • Desiccant machines, and 
  • Spray applicators.

Like sandblasting, dry ice blasting makes a mess. However, it’s a temporary one and well worth it, too. This method saves a lot of time over manual scraping of unfinished wood in attics and basements, two common areas where mold overgrows. An added advantage is no further water is introduced into the targeted materials.

Molds release spores into the air whenever disturbed to propagate elsewhere. We need to prevent these spores from getting into uncontaminated places within your property. We use air scrubbers to remove spores from the air and force any particles out of the dwelling.

Desiccant machines and dehumidifiers help dry things out, but we have experience in plumbing to ensure that we resolve any leaks. If water is entering through the house’s exterior, we can also handle that. Our contractor license number is 13VH06622700.

Restoration involves removing and reinstalling materials like drywall, insulation, paneling, carpeting, and anything else the mold colony grew into and caused disintegration. After reinstallation, we spray a protective antimicrobial to prevent re-infestation.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 to get your home the prioritization it needs for professional mold damage restoration services.

The Principles of Drying Flood Damage in Somerset Attics

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Tile Floor SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call today (908) 251-9097.

Understanding Flood Damage to Effectively Dry Homes

Flooding is one of the emergencies that your home cannot always prepare to face. Conditions can compromise your roof over time, for example, waiting for the ideal storm threat to fully penetrate vulnerabilities and leave you contending with a considerable mess. SERVPRO professionals must work fast to overcome the immediate threats to your property and assess how restoration should begin with confined space access. Priorities include:

  • Content cleaning
  • Structure drying
  • Humidity management

Porous Building Materials

Flood damage to Somerset attics involves several materials that are highly absorbent. The roof assembly comprises multiple elements like OSB or plywood, trusses, and insulation. Each component can hold water or allow it to pass through the attic's flooring and the living space beneath this storage area above the main floor. Drying requires starting with standing water removal and introducing air movers and dehumidifiers to begin evaporation critical for materials not removed. 

Hot Goes to Cold 

An important principle of psychometry, or the behavior of water, is how it reacts in specific environments. Warm air seeks out cold conditions. Similarly, water does the same. Understanding the likelihood of this migration from temperature differences helps SERVPRO establish an effective perimeter around the work area to reduce moisture migration as much as possible. 

Wet Goes to Dry

Another important behavior of tracking water moving through an attic space after flooding is that wet seeks out dry. Water will be drawn to dry surfaces and porous elements to get absorbed and migrate to new areas of the structure through this infiltration. 

Flood damage can be one of the more threatening situations for area properties; SERVPRO professionals can more effectively contain flooding that homeowners cannot address on their own. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is equipped for storm damage emergencies and is ready to mobilize 24/7 at (908) 251-9097. 

What Happens When My Dishwasher Overflows in Somerset?

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Kitchen Floor Water may appear to be visually gone from your home, but with professional mitigation you can make sure no water is hidden in unexpected places.

The Water Removal Experts from SERVPRO Can Rescue Your Home in Somerset.

The suddenness of a malfunctioning dishwasher can be hard to deal with. One moment you are simply starting your first load of dishes, and the next, there is water pouring into the kitchen of your Somerset home. Now there is the task of getting the water up and repairing whatever damage it caused.

What Can the Water Damage Experts from SERVPRO Do to Help?

Any water damage needs to be inspected by an expert. This is because there could be water damage in your Somerset home that goes beyond the surface. Damage like this cannot be seen and requires professional help to ensure that any problems are dealt with immediately. The Water Restoration Technicians with our company can find this moisture and restore your home to its former condition. Here are the ways they can help:

  • Inspection
  • Water Removal
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning
  • Restoration

Why Inspect the Damaged Area?

Inspection of the origin of the damage is crucial to determining the extent of the damage and how to proceed with water removal.

How do Water Technicians Remove All Traces of Water?

Submersible pumps and wet/dry vacuums are two ways our experts use to remove any water standing in your home. Since not all the water that seeped out can be removed with this equipment, we also conduct a drying and dehumidification process. This ensures that no water or damp areas are left in your home.

Cleaning and Restoration, The Final Steps.

Once the water removal and drying process are complete, our restoration experts can begin cleaning and restoring your home. During this step, our team will also evaluate and restore personal belongings that were damaged due to the water.

The water removal and damage experts at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County are available 24/7. So, whenever you need an immediate response, call (908) 251-9097. Your home will be repaired and restored with the best care possible.

Claim Approval for Somerset Shops After Flood Damage

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

servpro poster  training female in uniform SERVPRO arrives with trained and professional technicians to mitigate flood damage in your Somerset workplace. We work with your insurance agent.

What Does Your Insurance Need After Flood Damage?

Working with the insurance provider after a disaster can be stressful, as many customers do not know what to expect or what the company needs to approve a damage claim. As a trusted restoration vendor, SERVPRO can help.

Cataloging the Structure Condition

While your insurance company is sure to entrust damage documentation and reporting of flood damage in Somerset shops to an adjuster, SERVPRO is also a trusted name to conduct needed inspections and reports. We work directly with the policy providers to meet their demands after disasters to ensure we can quickly start mitigation and restoration services.

Documenting the Loss

Another type of documentation needed after a flood loss is the impact of this contaminated water on various materials and contents. We carefully note these losses based on a thorough inspection of the shop and its connected rooms. The more detailed these assessments can be, the more quickly restoration and recovery steps can begin for:

  • Documents
  • Electronics
  • Wares
  • Contents
  • Furniture

What Restoration is Needed?

To meet the demands of an insurance provider and get the damage claim approved to begin cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO must create a custom recovery plan. When the insurance company understands what our experts deem necessary to restore the shop and the expected timeline for completing this work, they can more confidently approve damage claim mitigation and cleaning.

The Importance of a Detailed Estimate

Estimations are projections made by experienced professionals like our production managers about expected costs for the restoration work to come. It is necessary to fully evaluate any needed actions, products, and specialty recovery services as these ultimately impact the final expense to the customer or their insurance provider.

Estimations and insurance approval are essential to restoring and recovering your shop after flood damage. Intruding water is traumatic and destructive, especially to the wares and inventory of your boutique. The fast response of our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help when you call (908) 490-6462.

We Put the Flames of Worry Out In Somerset After A Fire

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

charred and destroyed structure Somerset fire damage cleanup, demolition, and reconstruction needed? Call SERVPRO

How Do I Get Professional Fire Restoration for My Somerset Home?

Our SERVPRO team is ready 24/7 to help with fire losses that affect your life.

It can be a great challenge for many Somerset homeowners to get the pieces in motion to protect and restore their homes immediately following a fire. With reputable restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team available 24/7, emergency services, cleaning, and recovery of your property are often only a phone call away.

What Does It Mean When Restoration Companies Chase Fires? 

The term "chasing fires" has become synonymous with taking advantage of the misfortunes of Somerset homeowners after fire damage disasters. In truth, when it is said that our SERVPRO team chases fires, it refers to our professionals and administration keeping an ear to the ground for disasters that happen in the neighborhoods we serve. Learning about fire losses as they happen can benefit the affected homeowner in many ways.

Our preparedness for the emergency is direct, and your property can benefit from our knowledge of a fire in progress. No matter how fast we can respond to emergencies threatening homes and businesses throughout our region, information delivered at the right time can have our technicians and professionals ready to respond when first responders and firefighters turn the property back to you.

With our established relationship with area insurance providers and companies, we often get informed of situations in real-time. Once you contact your insurer, we can enter the loop to simplify the claims process and begin to mitigate the fire damage.

What Are the Emergency Services SERVPRO Offers After a Fire?

  • Controlled Demolition
  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Water Removal
  • Secure the Building
  • Air Quality Control

Once our team arrives at your damaged Somerset home, we must immediately begin several actions before the job scope and mitigation efforts. These emergency services help to make the worksite safer for the responding technicians from our SERVPRO team. Controlled demolition, for example, can address compromised and weak portions of construction materials by discarding them.

Debris removal is one of the first tasks that must occur on any structure fire, as this helps the property to experience less concentrated effects like odors and soot particles. When our professionals first arrive and begin controlled demolition tasks, we can also utilize this time to shovel and vacuum loose debris from the floors.

Controlling the contaminants and environmental hazards is also essential to make the job site safer for our responding technicians. With advanced tools in our inventory, like air scrubbers and negative air chambers, we can reduce the movement and migration of harmful soot particles that can be hazardous to those exposed.

What Equipment is Needed for Cleaning After a Housefire?

  • Abrasive Cleaning Equipment 
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Equipment
  • Deodorization Tools

Cleaning up after fire losses involves multiple tools and strategies working simultaneously. Because every disaster is different, some Somerset homes might experience higher soot deposits while others deal more heavily with harsh odors lingering after the emergency. However your home is affected, we must address the situation with powerful, cutting-edge equipment like soda blasting and media blasting for surfaces affected by specific soils and soot.

Removing odors from the house is another challenging obstacle for responding technicians like ours. While smoke odors can exist in the environment where the fire occurred, the exposed materials and contents have also likely been affected by these smells. Deodorization practices and equipment must address open-air odors and trapped molecules in porous surfaces. We typically rely on thermal foggers, hydroxyl machines, and ozone generators to accomplish these tasks.

Do Restoration Companies Do Repairs as Well? 

  • Licensed Residential Contractors
  • Build Back
  • Renovations and Remodeling

Because we have a licensed division of contractors in-house, we can offer a comprehensive approach to restoring Somerset homes and businesses after a fire loss. Our experienced professionals first got involved with controlled demolition practices when our SERVPRO team arrived at the damaged home and can now begin the full-scale reconstruction of the house once restoration completes.

Repairing and rebuilding your home is a carefully crafted portion of the restoration process we offer customers. With controlled demolition techniques, matching existing construction materials is the only suitable path to make damages "Like it never even happened." We work with our customers to meet their expectations in this reconstruction phase.

It is also possible that due to the severe structural damages that your home endured during the fire loss incident, you can consider the possibility of remodeling and renovation. When residences get taken down to their structural skeleton, much of the first half of remodeling work has already occurred in the initial cleanup and controlled demolition phases. We can utilize an opportunity that interests clients to rebuild to new specifications and designs.

Fire damage can be a devastating force for homes and businesses and one that requires our professionals to respond quickly and confidently. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County technicians have accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to offer a knowledgeable presence during stressful times. Give us a call 24/7 at (908) 490-6462.

How Can I Save My Inventory After Water Damage in Somerset?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

YELLOW SUMP PUMP SERVPRO's inventory of water extraction equipment greatly mitigates water damage to Somerset structures and helps preserve commercial wares.

Businesses in Somerset Can Call SERVPRO to Help Save Inventory After a Water Loss

Anytime a pipe bursts, it can cause damage. In your Somerset business, the damage is more than an inconvenience; it threatens your livelihood. Restoring your commercial venture and preserving as much of your inventory as possible are concurrent goals for the restoration process.

Business owners can count on SERVPRO for water damage restoration in Somerset. A call to our 24-hour hotline gains you access to our experts, who can start remediating the damage as soon as we arrive. We take an initial assessment of the damage and develop an action plan focusing on achieving quick and effective results. Like you, we want to mitigate your losses and reopen for your customers as soon as possible.

Should I file an insurance claim if my business has water damage?

Insurance coverage is often crucial to the businesses we serve. For filing a claim with your carrier, you should reach out to your broker and follow their instructions. In the meantime, SERVPRO can document our restoration process and share those notes with you if they help support conversations with your insurance. As we help business owners, we understand the need to involve other parties in our work. Whenever additional outside contractors need to come into your business, we work with you to leave the area ready for their arrival and reduce any time delays.

Our SERVPRO team knows that water damage restoration in commercial buildings may require us to abide by local ordinances and building regulations. These may extend to the removal of items and water extraction. Thankfully, we have available several options for removing water from the premises, including the following-

These options allow us to extract varying volumes of water so we can leave your business ready for customers.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your partner when disaster strikes. Call us at (908) 490-6462 and let us leave your place "Like it never even happened."

Can a Flood Weaken the Structure of my Home?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of Basement FLood Having a flood issue in your New Brunswick home? Call the pros in SERVPRO for help.

Floodwaters Can Compromise the Structural Integrity of Your New Brunswick Home

When thinking of flooding, we picture water coming through windows and roofs, invading our homes relentlessly. In evaluating the damage to your New Brunswick home, you must consider structural elements that may be weaker because of water exposure. Columns and walls can suffer when water soaks them for an extended time.

You should reach out to our SERVPRO team once the storm passes for repairs associated with flood damage in New Brunswick. Our experts strive to respond as quickly as possible when you call our 24/7 hotline since we recognize that time is essential. The expertise of our water restoration technicians is a valuable asset when returning your home to its original condition or preparing it for additional necessary repairs.

What Happens With Floodwaters in a Crawlspace?

Pumping water out of your home is a top priority, and that includes your crawlspace and wall cavities. Leaving floodwater under your home only sets the stage for inappropriate humidity that will continue to harm your home and even your health. Our SERVPRO team employs a variety of techniques to address water beneath your home, such as:

  • Pumping with truck-mounted and submersible pumps
  • Creating physical barriers to control rising humidity
  • Improving air circulation beneath your home

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your partner throughout a flood. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your whole home "Like it never even happened."

Repairing Flood Damage in Somerset

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Man in Kitchen Getting Rained On Disaster may strike at any time in Somerset. Call SERVPRO for the Storm damage restoration services needed for your property.

SERVPRO Can Help Fix Storm Damage in Somerset

Everyone knows that now that summer has finally arrived, it is likely that severe thunderstorms can strike your neighborhood. When storms come into the region, they can bring about heavy rains, high-speed winds, and in some cases, hail. Even though most experts consider large hail storms very rare for New Jersey, it is still possible. In fact, in July last year, a thunderstorm in Bergen County blasted residents with hail the size of tennis balls and golf balls.

During flood damage projects in Somerset, wind, rain, and hail could all be possible causes for moisture to enter your home. When hail strikes your property, it could cause issues that create a leak in your house's structure. For example, hailstones can come crashing into your roof and break or pop holes into your shingles, making your roof leak. If the hail gets as big as golf or tennis balls, then the hail could start breaking windows on your house, letting more rainwater inside your structure.

If a vicious hailstorm causes one or more leaks, the first thing our SERVPRO technicians can do is find where all of the leaks occurred. Next, we can take steps to seal off sections of your roof that leak or board up broken windows so that H2O stops entering your dwelling. After we repair all of the leaks in your building, we can use moisture sensors and meters to see which of your building materials got wet. 

Services Offered to Mitigate Storm-Related Issues

  • Repair Roof Leaks
  • Ceiling Repairs after a Storm
  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Water Extraction Services
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)

If a hailstorm ever shatters one of your windows or causes your roof to start leaking water, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

Is Mold in the Storage Area a Threat to Customers?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Wall Damages SERVPRO Excels at Mold Remediation for Our Somerset Business Clients

Mold can Cause Effects, but our Technicians can Help With Effective Colony Remediation and Restoration

It is tempting to ignore mold growth that might not be overwhelming the storage areas of your Somerset office building. Despite how far staff and customers might be from this microbial threat, it is still something that should be addressed soon as possible.

Addressing mold damage in Somerset underground storage areas can often happen without reducing the production of your staff or facility. With containment measures, our remediators can begin drying out affected areas and implementing abrasive cleaning tactics to clear colonies.

Will Mold Go Away on Its Own?

Several myths and false facts are floating out there about mold colonization. It is important to remember that:

  • Mold does not vanish on its own
  • Regardless of its type, mold spreads 
  • Mold can cause effects

Wherever you find mold in your office building, it is wise to opt for remediation. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help. Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097.

Is a Professional Water Cleanup Company Necessary After a Flooding in Somerset?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Top of SERVPRO Equipment No matter your restoration emergency, SERVPRO is equipped. We are always equipped to take your call.

Only A Professional Service Can Help You Remove Microorganisms Brought in by Somerset Flood Damage

Floodwaters can bring waste and microbes into your home, and household cleaners are not enough to fight them. A professional cleaning service has equipment and cleaning agents specific to removing bacteria and restoring your home after a flood.

Homeowners in Somerset with flood damage can trust SERVPRO for their restoration needs. Our expert team is always available to identify those areas of concern. Besides our field experience, we study the framework for bacteria removal and apply it to your home in emergencies.

What Are the Best Cleaners for Flood Damage?

Cleaning after a flood is not a one size fits all situation. Each home requires a thoughtful plan to disinfect each surface based on each material's exposure and nature. Our SERVPRO team arrives at your home and explores your needs. Porous materials that quickly absorb water and debris, such as curtains, carpets, and some upholstery, are better outside your home. Our crew wears personal protective equipment appropriate to the situation and proceeds with the removal of furniture and other items.

As we continue our work, we treat other surfaces with solutions that clean and avoid further damage due to their abrasive nature. Part of the process can also include:

  • HEPA vacuuming- these are vacuums with specialized filters that can contain microscopic particles and remove them from your home
  • Wiping with industry-grade cleaning solutions designed to attack microbes
  • Using air movers to remove excess moisture and discourage the proliferation of microorganisms in your home

Sanitizing your home after a flood is not a simple task. SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is here to help you through it. Call us at (908) 251-9097 as soon as the emergency happens and let us into your home, so we can leave it "Like it never even happened."

Skilled Water Cleanup Professionals in Somerset Control Damage

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Kitchen Floor Contact SERVPRO to effectively tackle the water damage in your property.

Thorough Water Cleanup Protects Your Property

Reducing the amount of damage from a disaster involves your Somerset home is critical to controlling not only the financial burden involved but also the amount of interruption your family experiences. Our water cleanup professionals understand your concerns and are ready to assist you.

Residents in Somerset who need water cleanup services can rely on our SERVPRO technicians to handle any size job. We use hi-tech equipment that helps us locate water hiding inside your home’s structure to reduce the amount of building materials needing removal. 

Following detection, we might use any of these types of machines to eliminate the water:

  • Extraction wands,
  • Small hole cutter and suction tube for enclosed spaces,
  • Simpler equipment, including mops and squeegees for tiled floors, and
  • Weighted extraction units for carpeted areas.

After water evaporates and enters the air, we need to use other methods, so this form of water is also removed from your home’s interior. Heaters and air movers play a very large role in this.

We work as quickly as possible to clean up the water and remove it. Doing things quick helps keep microbial growth at a minimal rate. We work quickly to reduce the number of materials damaged from water or moisture absorption. 

Your initial situation may involve a single cracked pipe in an upstairs bathroom. Still, the water never stays in one location. SERVPRO’s professional water cleanup team uses water detection equipment like our infrared cameras to ensure our work is complete. After the complete removal of such water, we can finish cleaning the affected areas of any residue, including that which might contain microbes like mold or mildew. This further protects both your residence and your family’s belongings.

Whenever you need water cleanup for your Somerset residence, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

Who Can Help Me Get Rid of this Smelly Mold?

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment in Window SERVPRO's Trained Techs Can Rig Air Scrubbers Using Negative Air Pressure to Prevent Cross-Contamination during Mold Remediation in a New Brunswick

Mold Remediation in New Brunswick Is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

Central New Jersey cities close to the Raritan River, like New Brunswick, have varying climatic and weather changes that can cause structural damage to homes and businesses.

Why settle for second best concerning mold remediation in New Brunswick?

We are proud to offer well-trained and accredited Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC) technicians to mitigate the losses to property. Our AMRT-applied microbial restoration technicians can utilize the advanced equipment in our arsenal to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

What Can We Provide to Resolve Your Mold Issues Swiftly?

  • Assessment and Inspection
  • HEPA filtered air scrubbers
  • Soda and Dry-Ice Blasting to eliminate demolition
  • EPA-certified and approved products to exterminate molds and spores

Our team can provide lines of communication that do not use "scare tactics" concerning mold and potential health effects but information to help you understand the protocols we follow through a successful conclusion of fungi in your home. We strive to restore and not replace mold-damaged structural materials, fixtures, and contents.

Why Choose SERVPRO for a Great Service?

Now you know a few reasons Why SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is a premier leader for mold remediation and water and fire damage cleanup and restoration. We are ready to help; call (908) 251-9097.

How Can I Save My Inventory After Somerset Water Damage?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

water damage in a bathroom From Restrooms to Floor Space, SERVPRO Provides Water Removal for Somerset Businesses

Businesses in Somerset Can Call SERVPRO to Help Save Inventory After a Water Loss

Anytime a pipe bursts, it can cause damage. In your Somerset business, the damage is more than an inconvenience; it threatens your livelihood. Restoring your commercial venture and preserving as much of your inventory as possible are concurrent goals for the restoration process.

Business owners can count on SERVPRO for water damage restoration in Somerset. A call to our 24-hour hotline gains you access to our experts, who can start remediating the damage as soon as we arrive. Once it is safe to enter the premises, we take an initial assessment of the damage and develop an action plan focusing on achieving quick and effective results. Like you, we want to mitigate your losses and reopen for your customers as soon as possible. 

Should I file an insurance claim if I have water damage in my business?

Insurance coverage is often crucial to the businesses we serve. For advice on how to file a claim with your carrier, you should reach out to your broker and follow their instructions. In the meantime, SERVPRO can document our restoration process and share those notes with you if they help support conversations with your insurance. As we help business owners, we understand the need to involve other parties in our work. Whenever additional outside contractors need to come into your business, we work with you to leave the area ready for their arrival and reduce any time delays.

Our SERVPRO team knows that water damage restoration in commercial buildings may require us to abide by local ordinances and building regulations. These may extend to the removal of items and water extraction. Thankfully, we have available several options for removing water from the premises, including the following-

 These options allow us to extract varying volumes of water so we can leave your business ready for customers. SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your partner when disaster strikes. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your place "Like it never even happened."

Drying Cavities Beneath Somerset Attic Insulation and Joists

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Boards in an attic Contact SERVPRO experts for water mitigation services.

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 be made about damage in this assembly of construction materials between the ceiling drywall in the second story and the flooring/exposed joists in the attic space. Our professionals must also determine work to prevent further moisture exposure with emergency tarping services for the roof in many situations. 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 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 damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (908) 251-9097.

Fire Damage Restoration in Somerset Includes Content Cleaning

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

A fire on a plug in the wall Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County the next time you have a fire. We are happy to help.

SERVPRO Offers Fire Restoration Services in Somerset

When a large fire ignites inside your house, several items can get burnt as the fire moves through your home and uses your building materials and contents as fuels. The smoke coming from a large blaze can also cause several issues, even in parts of your home where nothing got burnt. Smoke can flow through a structure and get into small nooks and crannies inside your house, and it can penetrate porous materials and cause unpleasant aromas to exist. 

If you ever suffer from fire damage in Somerset, our SERVPRO technicians can provide several services to assist. In some cases, the smoke coming from your blaze can coat surfaces of just about everything in your house, including your possessions. Luckily, we have access to several types of cleaning products, and we have experience using different methods to remove the various kinds of soots present after a fire burns in your house.

In more severe cases of structural burns, our SERVPRO technicians can pack out all of your contents to a separate location so that your contents can get cleaned and restored separately from your structural components. Once we move your soiled contents to a clean site, we can devise a plan to clean your various items. Some items can be dry cleaned with rags or sponges, while others clean better using wet cleaning methods. For certain things like dishes, we can submerge your contents into a cleaning solution so that the product can break down the soot's bond with the affected item's surface.

Other services we can offer

  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Fire Cleanups

If you notice that soot residues have covered several of your contents after a fire, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

SERVPRO Technicians and Equipment Mitigate Fired Damaged Homes in Somerset

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen and fridge Soot removal, air cleaning along with content restoration are included in SERVPRO's fire damage service for our Somerset neighbors

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 CCIS Contents Claim Insurance System. When mitigation efforts are 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 are 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:

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 222-2020 restores properties to their pre-fire condition using their advanced equipment and cleaning methods, making the fire loss, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Help Remove Mold Damage in Somerset

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing under carpet SERVPRO inspects, discovers and remediates mold damage in carpets and other materials in Somerset area properties.

Mold Damage Remediation and Making Repairs in Somerset – Call SERVPRO

Many residents of Somerset are unaware that mold spores are everywhere, waiting for the right conditions to descend on a moist surface and grow into a mold colony. Homeowners and business clients are unaware they have a mold problem until they notice the telltale strong, musty odor produced by mold colonies. Mold can cause health effects. Don’t hesitate to call for assistance immediately.

SERVPRO provides mold damage cleanup for Somerset residents and businesses and surrounding areas. We employ the latest technology to detect moisture and remove humidity from your building, the primary cause of mold formation.

With the right conditions, warmth, moisture, and organic food sources, mold colonies can begin forming in as little as twenty-four hours. A leaky pipe, condensation from AC units, or high humidity can lead to the formation of musty-smelling mold colonies. Basements and attics are common locations for mold, along with unvented bathrooms.

SERVPRO will examine the area, identify the primary cause of the moisture, apply the appropriate techniques to remove the mold colony and provide guidance to help prevent a mold colony from reforming in the same space. We can help identify the source of the moisture to make repairs. Structural components are cleaned and sanitized or removed. Porous materials are assessed regarding the appropriate action.

Our high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels and dry the contents and structural elements before repairing and restoring the affected area. We provide mold removal and restoration service to our clients. Our services include:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Basement mold remediation
  • Mold damage removal, repair, and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County and nearby areas for mold damage repair and restoration assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 222-2020

What to Expect During Water Damage Restoration in Somerset

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

moisture meter probing wall SERVPRO says--first find the water damage and moisture, then remove it for our Somerset customers

SERVPRO Handles Water Damage Mitigation in Somerset Properties

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 damaging water situations are:

  • Carpet 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 the water took within the home is crucial to avoiding secondary issues. SERVPRO technicians use state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to locate and extract the liquid.

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 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) 222-2020. Our certified technicians arrive quickly on-site and work until it appears "Like it never even happened."

New Brunswick Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Abatement

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

black mold stains on wall Why do New Brunswick homeowners call SERVPRO for mold remediation--because we make it "Like it never even happened."

Remediate Mold in your New Brunswick Property by Calling a Professional Team

Mold in your home in New Brunswick should not be taken lightly. Mold remediation is a complex process, and only a trained professional should address it. A thorough mold removal process can save you time and resources if done correctly. Conversely, it is a problem that can drag for months if left unattended.

In New Brunswick, mold damage is a job for our SERVPRO technicians, which are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our first step is to understand how widespread the mold is and how it moves through your home. During this process, we wear personal protective equipment as a precaution. Not all mold is perceptible via smell or sight, so we employ specialized equipment to inform us of its presence.

What are the steps in mold removal?

Our SERVPRO team continues its process by finding the source of mold and following its growth. Once we thwart the origin, we can concentrate on cleaning spores in your home, and we achieve this in several ways, namely-

  1. Sealing your HVAC system to prevent further dissemination
  2. Cleaning with antifungal solutions
  3. Replacing any affected building materials such as drywall

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is at your service when there's mold in your home. Call us at (908) 402-0297 and let us apply your knowledge, so your home looks "Like it never even happened."

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

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

water intruding under office door on wood floor From water removal to drying to sanitizing, count on SERVPRO to keep your office doors open and your floors dry Somerset

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) 402-0297.

Contractor Licenses:

General: 13VH06622700

Somerset House Fire Damage Restoration

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

fire insurance form SERVPRO offers Somerset house fire damage restoration and coordination with insurance companies to streamline the service

SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Damage Repair Can Help Return Your Home to a Pre-loss Condition

Fires can be devastating. Even something as innocuous as leaving a stove unattended or daisy-chaining electrical outlets can cause fire, and thousands of homeowners experience property fire each year in the US. While due diligence is crucial to preventing fires, accidents do happen.

When accidents happen, SERVPRO is here to help residents by providing local, expertly trained technicians. Since fire damage in Somerset can result in structural harm, our technicians are trained in general construction to ensure we can help you rebuild without having to resort to third-party subcontractors. Our technicians and customer service staff are here to help you with:

  • Fire restoration
  • Smoke damage
  • Reconstruction after fire

The impact of fire and smoke damage in your Somerset home can vary depending on how quickly firefighting services arrived as well as the type of fire and combustible materials. Sometimes fires can cause such heavy staining to walls and ceilings it is necessary to demo these materials and replace them. Our team can help organize dumpsters for fire debris, perform demolitions, and record damages for your insurance adjuster. Once non-salvageable materials are completely removed, our team can use their training to rebuild your home, including replacing drywall, painting, and reinforcing damaged parts of the structure. We streamline the fire restoration process to reduce stress and inconvenience to your everyday life.

  • Stripping a property with fire damage means removing some of your building's assembly, including drywall, insulation, and fittings.
  • We can pack out parts of the property for safe storage in a climate-controlled warehouse while the reconstruction is underway.
  • All aspects of restoration from inspection to completion are recorded in a digital ledger that can be passed on to your insurer for a stress-free claim.

In the aftermath of a home emergency, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for fire and smoke damage restoration at (908) 251-9097.

How to Conduct Water Damage Mitigation in Your New Brunswick Home

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

leaking drainpipe under sink It doesn't take long for a small leak to create a lot of water damage. Always keep an eye out for unwanted moisture in your home.

Water Damage Repair in New Brunswick Calls for Experienced Restorers Like SERVPRO

Any water source has the potential to ruin a home. Outside of your plumbing fixtures and pipes, you should not expose most parts of a home to water for too long. At SERVPRO, we are determined to provide skilled technicians and equipment to deal with water damage in your home.

Repairs for the damage the water leakage caused should begin 24-48 hours after you notice the leak. We are fully equipped to perform water damage mitigation in your New Brunswick home. The steps that our SERVPRO technicians can take to mitigate water damage include:

  • Determining the areas that may hide moisture.
  • Extracting the water.
  • Cleaning affected structures and contents.
  • Drying the affected areas.

Moisture Inspection

Moisture content may significantly alter your home's interior environment, which may pose health risks and affect building materials. At SERVPRO, we use moisture meters to determine the actual moisture levels in affected materials.

Water Extraction

We can use suitable pumps to extract water from your residence. When the standing water is two inches or deeper and does not have solid materials, our crew can remove it using submersible pumps with adequate volume and lift capacity. We often use centrifugal pumps, which convert rational energy from a motor to energy to move liquids.

Cleaning Affected Structures and Contents.

We provide the residential cleaning services that our customers request, or the necessary ones. Our SERVPRO technicians can use industrial cleaners to clean and disinfect the affected surfaces, eliminating microorganisms.

Drying Process

After extracting water, the time required to dry a home is based on the restorers' ability to evaporate the remaining water. Our SERVPRO restorers understand psychometry, and we can create and manage an efficient drying system. We can use dehumidifiers and air movers to air-dry the affected areas of your residence.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County has the highly trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment required to handle water damage in your residence. Contact us at (908) 251-9097.

How to Handle Mold Damage in Your North Brunswick Home

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth on walls and baseboards Discovering mold in your home can be distressing. SERVPRO has the knowledge to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Can Assist you in Handling Mold Damage in Your North Brunswick Residence

High moisture content is the primary facilitator of mold infestation, and different mold species survive in temperatures varying from hot to cold. Molds pose a significant health hazard for you and your family members. You can trust SERVPRO to remediate it effectively.

Dealing with mold damage in your North Brunswick residence can take several steps. The process we follow when dealing with mold infestation depends on the infestation's severity. The process follows the following steps:

  • Identification of the moisture source
  • Containment and air filtration
  • Removal of affected materials Cleaning and dusting
  • Drying of the affected materials and structures

Identifying the Source of Moisture

SERVPRO technicians use non-penetrating moisture meters to identify the areas with moisture. We can also use borescopes to look into cavities to determine the presence of visible contamination and examine the construction method. Niches like telecommunication chases can be expensive to repair if dismantled for inspection. Borescopes help restorers to see destruction in hard-to-reach areas like HVAC ductwork, under cabinets, and stairwells without compromising the structure of a building.

Isolate and Contain the Contaminated Area

To prevent contaminating other areas with mold spores, SERVPRO technicians install plastic sheeting and seal the HVAC system to avoid contamination of the duct system. We can also use centrifugal air movers to induce negative air pressure in the contaminated area.

Remove and Dispose of the Materials Adversely Affected by the Mold

Our team can discard the porous materials with visible mold growth. For non-porous materials, we can remediate the mold by HEPA vacuuming. Our IICRC trained SERVPRO technicians can also use the dump wiping technique to remove spores that might have settled on the ground or surfaces in the affected residence.

Dry the Affected Materials to Prevent Further Growth of the Mold

We complete final drying procedures to restore a home to its former state. We dry affected areas to average moisture content to prevent mold regrowth.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County has dedicated and well-equipped technicians fully trained in mold remediation. Call us any time at (908) 251-9097 for help.

How To Perform Water Cleanup in Somerset

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged room; some hardwood floor removed SERVPRO has the tools to remove the water off the affected areas.

SERVPRO Can Assist You in Performing Water Cleanup in Somerset

The seepage of water into buildings can be immensely destructive in the short-term and long term. Excess moisture can tamper with the interior environment of the house, leading to health hazards. Fortunately, SERVPRO can help you to restore your home.

When left for a long time, the water can lead to long-lasting structural problems in the building. You can trust SERVPRO to perform water cleanup in your Somerset residence efficiently. This process might take a varying amount of steps depending on the severity of the damage, but it consists of basic steps as outlined below:

  • Determining moisture content.
  • Drying water from floors and other affected surfaces.
  • Deodorization
  • Replacing damaged building materials.

Determining the moisture content in the house is vital to ensure thorough drying. Our SERVPRO technicians can use non-penetrating moisture meters to measure different materials' actual moisture levels or content. These meters use capacitance, conductivity, and radiofrequency emissions to detect moisture. They do not cause any surface damage since they do not penetrate the tested materials.

Removing the water off the affected areas is vital in eliminating moisture from a structure. Our restorers remove as much water as possible using extraction equipment to avoid spending much time evaporating and dehumidifying the remaining moisture with drying equipment. We also have different ventilating or drying systems to direct airflow into wall cavities to replace the moist, cool air with dry air. This process increases the temperature of the surfaces and reduces the vapor pressure, increasing the evaporation rate.

If your carpet has a foul odor, we can deodorize both sides of the carpeting and flooring using a suitable EPA-registered disinfectant. Our SERVPRO technicians can deodorize hard surface flooring by fogging with odor control or EPA-registered disinfectants.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County has the professional equipment and expertise required to restore your residence after water damage. You can contact us at (908) 251-9097.

Main Obstacles to Reopening Somerset Offices After a Fire

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged space with soot covering the rails of the stairs When your office is facing fire damage, time is of the essence. Tackle the situation with a quick call to SERVPRO. We are standing by 24/7.

Mitigative actions in Somerset office buildings overcome significant hurdles in resuming operation after a fire.

Offices and commercial structures operate safe environments for their employees and customers. When disasters like fire losses impact these facilities, it is up to experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team to manage the pressing concerns and mitigate damages as thoroughly as possible. Our roster of technicians is available 24/7 to help with various post-fire cleanup needs.

Soot and Smoke Debris 

To manage fire damage in Somerset offices, one of the first obstacles that must be overcome is soot and smoke debris. Not only can certain types of soot damage be carcinogenic and health-hazardous, soils prevent the proper operation of the building and its equipment until the residues and smoke damage get resolved. Some of the removal techniques for soot include:

  • Wet cleaning
  • Dry cleaning 
  • Controlled demolition

Content and Structure Damage

Furniture, equipment, and fixtures can all be compromised by the presence of smoke and fire damage. Through efforts like content relocation and structural repairs, we can provide the needed attention for the building to get you up and running again. 

Water Damage and Pooling

Water suppression to quell the spreading blaze during the disaster can also leave behind wet areas for professionals to contend with during restoration. Initially, pooling can be addressed with light wands, squeegee wands, and wet vacuums. 

Harsh Malodors Lingering

Combustion aerosolizes solids and particles, which can contribute to severe malodors present around the office. Even with much of the soot and residues cleaned up, deodorization requires specific tools and products in our inventory to neutralize offensive smells attributed to the fire disaster.

There are multiple obstacles preventing businesses from staying open after a structure fire. Our experienced SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help mitigate and restore after disasters. Call today at (908) 259-6603.

What Concerns Does Basement Flooding Cause New Brunswick Homes?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water everywhere Basement flooding can damage both the structure and the contents of your home. Contact our trained technicians 24/7 for water removal and cleanup.

Flood damage in New Brunswick basements requires fast action with the immediate threats that result.

The basement is among the most diversely used in many homes throughout the area. Some properties have finished this lower level to create new work or living space, while others maintain a rough concrete floor and use the basement to store seasonal items or keepsakes. However your home manages this subterranean level, flooding can be destructive and compromising when disasters strike.

Standing Water Concerns 

Penetrating water causes flood damage to New Brunswick basements, making water removal services one of the more critical and crucial mitigation options available from our SERVPRO team. In the basement, the added several feet of discharge head for needed extraction usually requires more powerful removal units like trash pumps or high-pressure pumps to resolve several inches or more of standing water. 

Content Damage and Ruin

Stored items in the basement require immediate attention to prevent considerable and permanent damage. Flooding can overwhelm many types of storage units, saturating both these receptacles and the objects inside. Our professionals need to work fast to protect affected contents when possible. We can offer services like:

  • Item by item inspection
  • Surface cleaning
  • Disinfection
  • Drying

Moist Conditions and Contaminants Encourage Mold 

Flooding and its potential contaminants and microbes increase the likelihood of secondary effects like mold and fungal threats. Persistent damp conditions can exist with poorly managed flood cleanup, especially when professionals are not immediately notified of the needed restoration work. We have AMRT-Certified mold removal specialists to help overcome active colonization following flooding.  

Flooding presents multiple threats and risks for area homes, so when these conditions exist, our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team must act fast to help. We have powerful mitigation solutions for extraction and disinfection cleaning to make flood losses "Like it never even happened." Call today at (908) 259-6603.

Containment in Water-Damaged Somerset Restaurants

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

the dining area of a restaurant Make sure that your restaurant patrons don’t find a new bistro for their celebrations. Call SERVPRO right away for commercial water removal efforts.

Containment strategies allow Somerset businesses to continue some operations during the restoration process.

Restaurants and other service industries are at a considerable loss when contending with disasters that shut the doors of the building temporarily. The ideal situations allow these facilities to remain open and operational, even in a limited capacity, to ensure that customer service lapses do not occur. We have credible solutions to mitigate damage from several sources like:

  • Burst pipes
  • Broken fixtures
  • Damaged sprinkler systems
  • Flooding

Managing Standing Water Concerns

Among the first steps in water removal for Somerset businesses, especially restaurants and structures of the food industry, is removing any standing water. The best method of achieving this result is with a combination of vacuums and pumps. Vacuums provide the most versatile approach to removing standing water across multiple surfaces like hardwood, tile, carpeting, and concrete.

Establishing Physical Barriers 

One of the best ways to preserve unaffected areas of the restaurant or cafe from additional damage is to establish barriers that prevent the migration of standing water, moisture, and other threats. Reducing cross-contamination is another considerable aspect of establishing firm perimeters of the workspace. Plastic sheeting and sealing over air pathways allow for a focused drying and cleanup of the damaged zones.

Reducing the Impact on the Building

When water is not stopped and quelled from freely moving, greater surface areas of the restaurant must be shut down to foot traffic and service. Swift action with containment and mitigation makes it possible to partially operate while work continues, but only if these emergency services happen right away. 

Protecting your employees, customers, and facilities after substantial water damage incidents begins with effective and efficient mitigation solutions. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team has leading extraction and drying equipment to help as soon as you call (908) 259-6603.

Handling Fire and Smoke Cleanup the Right Way Calls for Skilled Technicians in North Brunswick

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire station vehicle, servpro sign SERVPRO has trained IICRC-certified FSRT in North Brunswick to cleanup up after a house fire. Just ask your local FD.

SERVPRO Knows the Do’s and Don’ts of Fire and Smoke Cleanup – Call Us to Your North Brunswick Property

The bulk of a fire restoration project is better left in the hands of trained professionals. However, there are some things that North Brunswick homeowners can do until SERVPRO arrives. Fire damage is something that can be devastating for both businesses and homeowners. Due to the nature of a fire event, some elements may be challenging to overcome and restore. Our crew understands the dos and don’ts of any fire restoration situation, allowing us to get you the results you need quickly. We can arrive as the fire trucks leave to inspect and start the mitigation and cleanup service.

When it comes to fire damage cleanup in North Brunswick, these are a few dos and don’ts that we want our customers to know:

  • DO get in touch with our team of certified restoration specialists to begin remediation and repair.
  • DO ensure your utilities are off until you can get a professional evaluation of the damage – this includes your gas, water, electricity, and any other utilities.
  • DO take care of your pets. It is crucial to remove them from fire damaged homes because any lingering smoke and soot might be harmful to them.
  • DON’T use your HVAC system or any electronics. Your heating and cooling system can cause particles to spread throughout the home, and damaged electronics can be hazardous or be further damaged.
  • DON’T clean any ceilings, walls, or similar surfaces. It is also essential to leave clothing and other fabrics to professionals for assessment, so the proper cleaning methods get selected.
  • DON’T consume leftover food. Any food items left inside your home during the fire event might not be safe to consume because of heat, soot, smoke, and other contaminants.

SERVPRO has the training and workforce readily available to bring your home back to pre-fire condition. We even work closely with your insurance provider to ensure your claim goes as smoothly as possible. SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is available 24/7 by dialing (908) 402-0297, or you can request help online.

Professional Cleanup in Somerset Is Best to Handle Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Damage

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

snow, workers removing bagged debris Winterize your Somerset house to prevent burst pipes and ice dams--Sound advice from SERVPRO

SERVPRO is Ready 24/7 to Help Somerset Residents with Cleanup and Restoration from Frozen Pipes and Ice Dam Damage

Whether you are sure you have cleanup skills or want to try to save money, there may come a time when you try to take on water cleanup after an emergency on your own. Somerset property owners may have issues with frozen pipes that burst during the winter, sending a lot of water throughout the impacted space. There also could be hidden damage brewing from ice dams that develop on the roof outside. However, SERVPRO wants you to know that tackling such damage on your own could open the door to a new set of problems – secondary water damage.

Why call the team at SERVPRO when you have water damage from frozen pipes or ice damming in Somerset? Because we have all the tools, manpower, and techniques to get the job done.

Any water that goes unnoticed for some time can seep into walls, spread across floors, get under baseboards and behind cupboards. Many of these areas are difficult to reach using a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. In some instances, the SERVPRO crew will have to perform controlled demolition to open walls, remove flooring, and access any cavities presenting with high moisture levels.

SERVPRO arrives to begin water removal services, but we also have inspection devices to tell us where water has migrated. Some of these devices include:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo-hygrometers
  • Moisture sensors

Whether you have a burst pipe or ice dam that leads to water traveling along your interior wall cavity, we have structural drying equipment that helps push dry air throughout the cavity to get the job done. Everything gets cleaned, restored, and deodorized to ensure your interior is just “Like it never even happened.”

Why trust SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County when you have water infiltration from ice damming or frozen pipes? Because our reputation speaks for itself and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! Contact us by calling (908) 259-6860.

Floodwater Removal and Drying in New Brunswick After a Major Storm Event

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

SUBMERSIBLE PUMP BY BROKEN SUMP PUMP Sump pumps fail when you need them most--after a flooding in your Somerset basement. Call SERVPRO, we have the gear to help

SERVPRO Handles All Your Floodwater Removal Needs to Restore Your New Brunswick Property

The perfect storm is something any homeowner in the New Brunswick area would like to avoid. However, it is difficult to predict Mother Nature, which means always preparing for basement flooding or a leaking roof from storms. Whether you have water coming through a basement window or your sump pump isn’t functioning, SERVPRO is there to handle water removal services, drying, and restoration.

Did you know that even one inch of water can wreak havoc on your drywall, flooring, baseboards, and contents? When you add contamination to the mix, you must have skilled technicians there to address your floodwater removal needs in New Brunswick. Our storm response team is ready to mobilize with our Green Fleet of vehicles stocked with everything necessary to get the job done right the first time.

Things to remember when your interior floods:

  • Wood products to become saturated and warped
  • Carpeting may delaminate
  • Water migrates to dry spaces, often hidden behind walls and under cabinets
  • Structural integrity may become compromised

Why is Professional Water Removal Best?

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, staffed by skilled technicians with prestigious IICRC-certification. We utilize proven methods to get the job done in a fraction of the time that a DIY project would take. We leave no stone unturned or element of the project unattended, including:

  • Submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors for rapid water removal
  • Weighted extractors/rovers to push excess water from carpeting
  • Dehumidification equipment and air movers to dry your interior
  • Specialized equipment and products to finish up each job

Whether you had significant flooding or just a tiny portion of your home got impacted, we take the time to clean, sanitize, and deodorize all surfaces to ensure no lingering, musty odors get left behind. With our emergency services water damage protocols, your interior gets left “Like it never even happened.”

Call (908) 402-0297 if you require assistance with floodwater removal after recent storms. SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is always available and ready to go!

What Determines Whether the Water Cleanup Done in New Brunswick Properties Is Sufficient?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

carpet with water damaged being removed Water damage mitigation is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate water damage restoration services for your home.

SERVPRO Puts Sufficient Effort to Address Regular Soils, Contamination, and Odors

Extracting water and cleaning up surfaces or contents is necessary to resolve water intrusion cases. While it is easy to tell when all traces of moisture are removed, you cannot do the same for all aspects of cleanliness. There is no equivalent of a moisture meter to check for the level of cleanness in your New Brunswick property. Therefore, what matters is how you carry out the process since it is what guarantees thoroughness.

Being clean can mean different things, including reestablishing sanitary, disinfected, or sterile conditions. In most water cleanup exercises in New Brunswick, the goal is to achieve sanitary conditions. The other levels of cleanness are only essential in sensitive areas such as hospitals. SERVPRO takes various simple actions when dealing with different materials to ensure sanitary conditions.

The main areas of focus during the cleanup include:

  • Carpeting
  • Upholstery
  • Wall and ceilings
  • Hard surfaces

Carpets pose different cleaning challenges. First, removing all soils that accumulate in their fibers can be challenging. Secondly, the risk of microbes developing after cleaning is high because the materials retain wetness.  Our SERVPRO technicians tackle both problems. We use strong cleaning techniques, including vacuuming, hot water extraction, and showcase to remove all soils. We also treat both sides of the carpet with EPA-registered disinfectants.

For upholstery items, bad odor and mildew are the main challenges. Minimal moisture exposure, treating for microbes and misting with deodorizers help. For other materials such as hard floor surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians use the appropriate cleaning methods to remove all soils, dry the cleaned area thoroughly, and then mist deodorizers.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County takes care of the expected and unexpected issues during water cleanup exercises. Call us at (908) 251-9097. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Are the Essential Steps Necessary for Cleaning North Brunswick Properties After Fire Damage?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire Fire extinguisher after math is not pretty from a fire. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs have the training and experience in all phases needed for you.

SERVPRO Enhances Washing, Rinsing, and Drying to Ensure Your Property Is Sparkling Clean

When flames are extinguished, and the smoke clears from your North Brunswick property, surfaces and contents are usually heavily soiled with soot and other residues. The cheapest solution for soiling is cleaning. However, it has to be done correctly for the best outcomes.

The main goal of cleaning after fire damage in North Brunswick properties is to lift residues from materials or dissolve soils. Various methods can help complete these actions, so cleaning efforts tend to produce different results depending on the chosen methods. Professional teams like SERVPRO can use advanced cleaning techniques to deliver stellar outcomes.

Cleaning can be broadly classified into three stages:

  • Washing 
  • Rinsing
  • Drying

Using plain water and detergents is one of the common ways to remove residues adhering to surfaces. The success of washing depends on the agitation power used and the strength of the chemical agents in the cleaning solution. SERVPRO technicians improve efficiency at the cleaning phase by using advanced equipment to deliver the cleaning solutions.

Some of the most useful equipment for better washing include:

  • Pressure washers
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Rotary machines

Leaving significant traces of cleaning solutions in the cleaned areas can be almost as detrimental as leaving soils since they can cause staining and bad odors. Rinsing can be done with plain water or special rinsing solutions. SERVPRO uses such solutions to help stabilize fabric colors.

A fire loss situation can evolve into another problem involving mold, rusting, or rot. The culprit for such deterioration is poor drying of the cleaned areas. Our SERVPRO technicians dry the cleaned areas elaborately, removing all excess moisture, thus preventing such adverse outcomes.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County eliminates all traces of soiling "Like it never even happened," helping you restore preloss conditions at your property. Call us at (908) 251-9097.

What Situations Lead to Challenging Water Removal in Somerset Properties?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage from a piping in a cabinet. No matter the challenge from a broken pipe. SERVPRO has trained water damage specialists for any event. we are here to help.

SERVPRO Technicians Are Well Versed With Situations Requiring Specialty Drying Processes

Water spills and spreads quickly in a property. However, the same cannot be said for the removal process, especially when the water affects some unique materials. Without the right skills in specialty drying, removing water uniformly from your Somerset property might not be possible.

Evaluation is necessary before starting water removal processes in Somerset properties. Such evaluation helps reveal how far the water spreads, the materials affected, and other aspects that might affect the removal process. SERVPRO relies on the technical skills of our crews, moisture scoping tools, and deep probing equipment such as thermal cameras for such evaluation.

Some of the situations that interfere with water removal or require specialty drying include:

  • Wet attics or crawl spaces
  • Wet cabinets, HVAC, or walls with wallpaper
  • Wet cinder block, hardwood floors, or insulation

The main secret of faster water removal is maximizing the extraction of liquid water before embarking on other drying processes. A well-equipped and trained team from SERVPRO has access to various resources to carry out such extraction.

Some of the useful water removal approaches include:

  • Punching vents or weep holes allowing water to drip out
  • Using a perforator on surfaces with wallpaper or glossy paint
  • Controlled demolition to create access by removing sheetrock and insulation

After extracting or draining any pooling water, it is essential to dry wet materials. The process usually requires the circulation of dry air close to the wet materials. The moisture from the wet materials escapes into the air, thus promoting faster drying. Challenges can arise due to poor access to the wet areas or moisture spreading over vast areas. Our SERVPRO technicians tackle this by using special cavity drying equipment or setting up drying chambers.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can help you deal with any challenging water removal situation, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (908) 251-9097.

Where Can I Find Transparent Water Removal Services in Somerset?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fleet at a job site. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience for any size commercial damage restoration project.

SERVPRO Can Provide Your Home With Water Removal Services and Keep You Informed!

Many entrepreneurs seek professional restoration and cleaning services every year in the United States for their properties. As the collective knowledge of the world grows, people become more curious. They want to be informed about what is happening on their property and how it works, which makes sense. Owning your own business is an investment.

So, when your property requires regional Somerset water removal services, the best protection for your investment is to rely on professionals. Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced technology designed specifically with water damage in mind. A short list of why you may want to work with professionals in your water damaged hotel is as follows: 

  • Advanced Technology: Here at SERVPRO, we have access to industry-grade equipment made for water restorations. 
  • Experience: Our technicians are skillfully trained and use highly specialized knowledge to help ensure that further damage is unlikely to occur. 
  • Strength in Numbers: SERVPRO sends a team of certified technicians to your home, and working in numbers helps us get the job done quicker. 

We can keep you informed every step of the way so that you can focus on your business. When you want to know what is happening and how our Team Manager can explain everything you need to know. For example, let's say a water-related accident caused a spill in a room on the third floor. The extent of the damage can be unclear at first. However, here at SERVPRO, we can use infrared technology to identify water-logged spaces. We can help you solve the mystery and get to work quickly. Unforeseen moisture is one of the leading causes of microbial growth and rot, and we can help you prevent that.

If your property needs help with water removal, do not wait. Speak with SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County by phoning (908) 259-6860. We are excited to work with you.

How Can I Handle the Storm Damage on My Brunswick Property?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro water sign Commercial storm damage restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. Call now for the help you need.

SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Can Help Your Property During Storm Damage!

Finding storm-based damage on your commercial property is highly stressful for any business owner. New Jersey is somewhat prone to a lot of rain during hurricane season, as the remnants of tropical storms drive up the coast of the USA. While you can never be entirely prepared for damage, there are things you can do to help your property during an emergency.

When it comes to remediating storm damage in Brunswick, your property needs immediate attention and expert services. SERVPRO has developed a way to make remediation faster in case of an accident, and it is free! The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is an app designed to give technicians faster access to critical areas of your property during an emergency. You only need to do one thing: make sure the profile plan is set up before an emergency.

Calling your local SERVPRO is the first step to setting up your plan. A technician can visit your property free of charge and set up the profile, creating blueprints of your building to be used in the event of an emergency. Our technicians log critical information about your property during the consultation, so we're ready to go when you need us. You may ask why this helps, and we are happy to explain: 

  • The READY profile allows technicians to create a remediation plan on the way to your business instead of after arriving 
  • The plan lays out entrances, exits, windows, and key points of your property (such as water shut-off) 
  • The profile is ready to go as soon as you call during an emergency, and we can move to your property as fast as possible with our advanced technology pre-packed

We made the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile with flood damage in mind. Setting up a profile helps you minimize loss inside your property and creates the shortest remediation times possible.

If you need help with storm damage remediation, do not hesitate. Communicate with SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County by dialing (908) 259-6860. We can help you!

What Causes Fire and Smoke Damage in Other Rooms of My Somerset Home?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO fire damage restoration specialists are on point. We use the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

SERVPRO Can Explain the Process of Fire and Smoke Damage Remediation in Your Somerset Home!

Many people are surprised just how extensive the damage from a small fire can be inside their homes. It is unexpected, and many Americans are seldom prepared for the problems that arise. You may wonder how smoke got into your living room when the fire happened in your closed-off kitchen. Your questions are standard, and help is nearby to answer them!

If your Somerset home faces fire and smoke damage, never wait long to call for professional help. One of the reasons you might see smoke in an unexpected room, or even throughout your home, is because smoke is very light and filled with ash. Your HVAC system also gives the smoke a path through your home and, due to the temperature, the smoke also rises.

Here at SERVPRO, we're prepared to help you with the invasive damage smoke can do inside of your home. Our technicians are fire damage experts, and we work with advanced technology that makes some remediation jobs a simple process of time. Some technology we can use in your home to rid your space of ash, smoke, and debris are: 

  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Soot-based cleaning supplies 
  • Scent neutralizing technology (Thermal foggers, hydroxyl generators, air scrubbers, etc...) 
  • Scent nullifying priming paints 

Our main goal is always to try and return your home to what it was like before the damage occurred inside. No matter how little or small the fire is, our technicians can handle it.

Get help today with fire and smoke damage. Talk with SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County by calling (908) 259-6860. We can provide prompt service. 

Need Emergency Services Flood Damage Restoration in New Brunswick – Call SERVPRO

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage home When a storm floods your home don't panic. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are here to help right now!

SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Restoration in New Brunswick

Even a small amount of floodwater seeping into a home in New Brunswick can cause a great deal of damage, especially in finished basements where the water collects. Carpets and under padding along with the subfloor may be soaked with water. Any delay in removing the water and lowering the humidity levels can lead to mold growth. Mold colonies can materialize in as little as 24 hours, and mold can cause health effects for many people.

SERVPRO responds in less than four hours, providing flood damage restoration in New Brunswick homes. Our quick response team can begin removing water immediately and lowering the humidity levels before mold spores form into colonies.

We use weighted water extractors to remove excess water from the carpeting and the underpad. Dehumidifiers and air movers usually are sufficient to dry the flooring materials and reduce the humidity to acceptable levels. However, there are situations where we must remove the carpet to expose the underpad and the subfloor to dry them properly.

Our SERVPRO technicians are careful to avoid damaging the carpet and your home in this process:

  • We avoid folding the carpet, as the rug is removed, exposing the underpad, which can cause creases.
  • We are careful to avoid damaging the walls or baseboard.
  • If the under-pad must be replaced, we bag it in the room before removing It for disposal to avoid water dripping onto unaffected areas.
  • The subfloor is dried, and a new underpad is installed before reinstalling the dried carpet.

Our water removal technicians can answer any questions you may have about our water removal services.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for flood damage in New Brunswick and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 490-6462. 

Mold Damage Mitigation and Restoration Service in Somerset

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

mold colony Mold remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job. We are here for you.

Remove Mold Spores and Damage in Somerset

High moisture and humidity levels, along with warm conditions, can lead to mold colonies forming and causing mold damage in Somerset homes. With the right conditions, mold colonies can begin growing in as little as 24 hours after a water leak or humid, warm conditions inside your home. Drywall, carpeting, and structural materials can be damaged and often needing to be replaced.

SERVPRO provides mold damage mitigation and restoration in Somerset homes. Our highly trained technicians evaluate the mold infestation, the surface that is affected, whether it is porous or nonporous, and the moisture source that contributes to mold growing in the space. SERVPRO AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians and restoration specialists assist in removing and restoring your home.

One of the first actions is to remove the source of the moisture. Nonporous surfaces such as glass, plastics, and metal can be cleaned and disinfected. Active mold growth on porous materials such as drywall, particle board, fabrics must be removed and discarded. Insulation inside walls must also be removed and discarded once contaminated by mold. Heavily contaminated surfaces such as wood studs in the walls are usually replaced.

SERVPRO manages cleaning and control of mold spores by:

  • HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping
  • Cleaning from top to bottom since mold spores usually settle downward
  • We clean surfaces in the direction of airflow
  • We set up negative air pressure rooms to avoid contamination of other areas of the premises.

Once everything is cleaned, SERVPRO dries the structure and the contents to stop further mold growth. Our teams can restore damaged areas and contents to their original conditions, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for mold damage in Somerset and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 490-6462.

Need Flood Damage Restoration in Somerset – Call SERVPRO

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Flood damage restoration for your home needs to be attended to quickly. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Repairs & Restoration in SERVPRO

Not only do storms cause a great deal of flood damage to homes in Somerset, but water and moisture allowed to remain in place too long can also cause secondary damage to structure and contents exposed to floodwaters. Wood floors absorb moisture and begin to swell, and subfloors may lose their integrity if floodwaters remain and the structure is not dried.

SERVPRO provides flood damage restoration, repairs in Somerset, and temporary board-up services to homes damaged in Somerset during a storm. Technicians respond in less than four hours from your call providing equipment and technicians to remove debris and floodwaters from your home.

Floodwaters can also carry contaminants into your home, which are harmful to your family and your pets. These contaminants may include –

Carpeting, underpads, fabrics, and other porous materials must be removed and disposed of due to the contamination from these hazardous materials. Flood cuts along walls may also be required if water has penetrated the wall, leaving water pockets inside. The drywall may have been damaged due to the absorption of water.

We also check for compromised electrical systems, which can pose a hazard to anyone entering the home. If necessary, we can provide temporary power systems to run pumps and water extractors to remove water, along with air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home.

Upon arrival, SERVPRO evaluates the situation, reviews the damage with you and your insurance adjuster, and makes recommendations on how to proceed. We aim to minimize the secondary damage caused by the storm and floodwaters and return your structure to preloss condition as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for flood damage in Somerset and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 490-6462.

Does SERVPRO Provide Leaking Roof Protection to Homes in Somerset After a Storm?

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Rain pouring on a man in the kitchen in from hole in roof Storm damage to your roof and home is no DIY project. Call the professional team of SERVPRO for all the storm damage remediation services needed.

SERVPRO Delivers Water Damage Repairs from Storms and Flood Damage in Somerset

Storms can roll through our area delivering high winds and heavy rain, causing damage to roofs, windows, and flooding that can inundate a Somerset home in minutes. Even if your home does not experience flood damage, projectiles carried by high winds can cause roof punctures and break windows. The rain washes into the roof area and through windows, causing water damage to your contents, walls, ceilings, and flooring.

SERVPRO provides flood damage mitigation and repairs to Somerset homes. Once the storm has passed, our team can install tarps on the roof to protect the attic. We also install plywood over broken windows to prevent rain and animals from entering your house. These plywood panels remain in place until the windows are replaced.

Roof punctures can allow a great deal of water into the attic, soaking the insulation and penetrating the ceiling into the living areas of your home. Water can drip through the ceiling inside walls and spread out over the floor, damaging flooring materials. SERVPRO can mitigate the water damage by immediately removing wet insulation, vacuuming excess water, and using large fans and dehumidifiers to dry all areas, including inside walls.

Our services include:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Water damage restoration and repairs
  • Repairs to leaking roofs after a storm

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for flood damage in Somerset and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 259-6860.

Does SERVPRO Provide Water Cleanup from a Burst Pipe in New Brunswick?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo It's not uncommon for water damage in your ceiling from a burst pipe. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Need Ceiling Repairs from Burst Pipes in New Brunswick – Call SERVPRO

It is not uncommon for pipes in the ceiling to spring a leak in a New Brunswick home, causing damage to the ceiling and the contents below. Many residents may not even notice a leak until they see bulging panels full of water, or worse, the panels and water have all crashed to the floor. This creates a huge mess, potentially damaging the flooring materials and the room's contents from the water and moisture.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup services to residents of New Brunswick. Leaky pipes inside a ceiling can be tricky, especially if the ceiling has not succumbed to the weight of the water. In situations like this, SERVPRO drills tiny holes in the panels to drain the water to avoid the entire structure crashing down on the floor, causing even more damage. Once the water has drained out, we can remove portions of the panels to dry all areas.

If the ceiling has already caved in, we use extractors to remove moisture from flooring materials after removing the debris from the ceiling. All of your contents are cleaned and dried. They are stored in a staging area until the room is fully restored. We use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remainder of the moisture. We can also help with repairs. SERVPRO also holds a general contractor license - 13VH06622700.

Our services include:

  • Water clean up
  • Water removal services caused by burst pipes
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for water cleanup in New Brunswick and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 259-6860.

New Brunswick Homeowners Deserve Results When Looking for Water Damage Restoration

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe Water damage restoration is a problem if you don't know what to do. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians will handle all the work for you.

Call SERVPRO to Your New Brunswick Home for Prompt, Affordable, and Reliable Water Damage Help!

Water damage is a problem that can happen at your New Brunswick property throughout the year. However, some homeowners find that summer brings the most potential for issues due to rainstorms that bring ceiling leaks or basement flooding. No matter what type of damage you incur or how involved it is, SERVPRO has technicians that understand how crucial immediate water damage remediation is to your recovery efforts. Area residents can count on us because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Once you contact SERVPRO to look at your water damage in New Brunswick, you can count on us to arrive within hours. Whether it is day or night, even over weekends or holidays, we can be there to provide emergency water removal services and thorough drying. 

You can count on our IICRC-certified professionals for:

  • Handling ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Efficient basement flooding cleanup
  • Plumbing leak water damages, including leak detection and addressing burst pipes

SERVPRO is known in the area for providing total property restoration, which includes controlled demolition as needed. We return interior and structural elements to pre-water event conditions with the help of extraction, drying, dehumidifying, and sanitization. We will:

  • Constantly monitor our drying efforts to prevent mold growth and structural issues.
  • Take the responsibility of ensuring our property is safe and sound – safety is a top priority with the SERVPRO crew.
  • Set up a plan involving controlled demolition to remove unsalvageable building materials to be replaced with brand-new materials – General Contractor License #: 13VH06622700

Our friendly and knowledgeable team here at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County has you covered no matter the water damage project. Call us when you need us at (908) 490-6462.

Mold Remediation and Water Removal Services Often Go Together in Somerset

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Commercial mold remediation services by SERVPRO are top-notch. Our techs use the latest technology and equipment for every disaster.

Commercial Properties Deserve Prompt Mold Remediation – Contact SERVPRO When You Suspect Mold Growth in Your Somerset Business

Something SERVPRO always does is offer Somerset customers a comprehensive approach to all types of water damage. Our team understands that moisture can impact your commercial space, including structural integrity and mold growth. Wherever water invades or moisture levels rise, there could be black mold infestation to worry about. Mold specialists are your best course of action for ensuring the health and safety of everyone within your business, no matter the kind of industry you are in. 

When it comes to mold remediation in Somerset, SERVPRO prevents mold growth and structural problems by mitigating any flooding, spills, and leaks as soon as possible. Some of the steps you will see us take include:

  • The use of infrared leak detection tools to seek moisture hidden in ceilings, flooring, and walls.
  • Dehumidifying and drying your commercial building to prevent mold growth from spreading. We offer same-day water cleanup and mold assessment because spores can start to colonize within 24 hours of increased moisture. 
  • We will quickly administer our mold removal and decontamination measures wherever mold is present in the building. Mold is known for causing potential health risks, so we must stop the mold infestation at the source.
  • Not only do our mold specialists handle eradication, but we also implement detailed sanitization and prevention measures that help inhibit further infestations.

Do you need mold remediation as soon as possible in your retail space or production facility? No matter the business you run or the scope of the potential mold damage, we have a crew ready at SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County to tackle it. Call us today at (908) 490-6462, and we can have a team on the way within hours.

Handling Your Somerset Flood and Storm Damage with Ease

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling leak Storm and flood damage restoration for your home is a job for SERVPRO. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Helps Somerset Residents with Flood Damage – Call Our Emergency Services Water Damage Team Today!

Summer thunderstorms rolling through Somerset can be intense at times. While rare in the area, a tornado or a significant weather event could bring torrential rains and high winds. Once caught in the wake of such a storm, your property could be in for notable damage. Along with a leaking roof from storms, there could be a need to clean up after a sewer backup due to upset within the ground and septic. SERVPRO has the team that you want on the job to handle all storm and flood restoration needs.

SERVPRO is available when area residents need fast, efficient flood damage assistance in Somerset. We can be there within hours to formulate a plan that allows us to bring your property back to pre-storm condition, including:

Along with water damage remediation, there could be an issue with humidity that develops with specific storm systems. Once your interior relative humidity increases, you could have problems with mold development. SERVPRO takes the time to monitor humidity so that we can thoroughly dry your property. In turn, this helps to prevent mold infestation or the potential for rot and secondary damage.

We have a broad selection of equipment available on our Green Fleet of vehicles that help us to find moisture located within:

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Furnishings

Should you have basement flooding as part of the recent storm, we also take the time to inspect your foundation as part of our water removal services. Safety and reliable results are just two of the many reasons you can count on SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for flood damage cleanup. Call us at (908) 490-6462 for 24/7 emergency response!

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration in Somerset

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SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Fireplaces that are not well maintained may cause fire and smoke damage. SERVPRO techs are experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration.

Can SERVPRO Help with House Fire Clean-Up in Somerset?

Everyone loves a fireplace on a cold winter night in Somerset to heat the house and provide a great ambiance for residents as they watch TV. Well-maintained fireplaces offer many hours of enjoyment; however, fireplaces that are not well maintained can cause a great deal of smoke damage. Technically a chimney fire is not a fire in your home. However, smoke can billow out of the fireplace due to a plugged chimney, or even a chimney fire can quickly circulate through the entire house.

SERVPRO provides fire damage and smoke odor removal in Somerset residences. If there is a fire in the chimney, the firemen can quickly douse the fire and check that there is no damage in the attic near the vent from the intense fire. Chimneys can also become blocked with birds or squirrel nests if there is not a proper cap at the top of the chimney. This blockage causes smoke and soot to back up into the home.

We can help with repairs caused by any fire damage, clean all of your contents and remove the smoke odors throughout your home. Our services include:

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for fire damage in Somerset and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (908) 259-6860.

How Can SERVPRO Save New Brunswick Homes from Fire and Smoke Damage?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

franklin fd red truck in front When the fire trucks leave your New Brunswick home, it is time for SERVPRO to remove the fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Reliable Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Services to New Brunswick Residents

Fire and smoke damage can leave your New Brunswick home in an almost unrecognizable state. SERVPRO can help you get your home back in no time by offering fire damage restoration services that are just a call away.

It can be traumatic to witness fire and smoke damage to your New Brunswick home, and you might feel confused regarding what services you need to get your home back to its preloss state. SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration experts offer several services to jump-start the restoration process and cut down the required time.

What Services Does SERVPRO Offer During House Fire Cleanup in New Brunswick?

SERVPRO of New Brunswick offers the following fire restoration services-

  • Cleaning and restoration- Cleaning residue after fire damage is among the first things done during the remediation process. SERVPRO techs clean the smoke and soot residue from the structure and contents using various cleaning techniques.
  • Deodorization- Smoke damage can leave your home smelling horrible. SERVPRO carries out deodorization of your house using state-of-the-art equipment such as Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and thermal foggers. Our technicians are trained to combat both real and imaginary odors of a fire-damaged home.
  • Board ups- SERVPRO professionals can also decide boarding up your home after a fire incident to ensure safety and protect the contents from weather elements.
  • Pack-outs- Sometimes, pack-outs are essential, and restoration of contents is done at an off-site facility. We can box, catalog with tags, and scan the content to keep them in order.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (239) 352-8300 for a fast and efficient fire damage restoration service.

Why do Somerset Home Owners Need Professional Flood Damage Restoration?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

flooded rooms, wet cartons Leave the storm water removal, cleanup, and salvaging of your Somerset possessions to the pros--SERVPRO

SERVPRO Offers a Fast and Reliable Service After Flood Damage to Your Somerset Home

The aftermath of flood damage to Somerset home can be difficult to handle for any homeowner. It pays to call in SERVPRO's water damage experts to ensure that the restoration process is fast and efficient. We have state-of-the-art equipment and the necessary expertise to handle any size disaster.

Flood damage at your Somerset home can present unique situations that you need to deal with before SERVPRO's team can reach you. Once we are at the flood damage site, our flood restoration experts can take over and start the restoration process. However, there are some things that SERVPRO techs recommend you do before the professionals arrive at the scene.

Things You Should Do Before SERVPRO Flood Restoration Experts Arrive at Your Flooded Somerset Home

Facing a flood damage situation at your Somerset home can be overwhelming, but there are some things that you can still do-

  • Ensure safety- Safety should be your top priority. Flooded areas can have hidden dangers such as unstable structures and floating debris. SERVPRO recommends you stay put and not try to clean up before water damage restoration professionals arrive.
  • Call in the Pros- Once you are safe, call the professionals of SERVPRO. We can reach you with the help within a matter of hours of your call; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
  • Assess the damage- Before the SERVPRO technicians arrive for water cleanup, you can take a visual note of the damage. If possible, take some pictures of the damaged area; it might help you negotiate with the insurance companies later on. That said, never jeopardize your safety in doing the assessment, do just what you can do safely.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 for 24/7 service.

SERVPRO is the First Choice of Somerset Homeowners When It Comes to Water Removal Services

6/6/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged floor board SERVPRO limits water damage demolition in Somerset area homes, we strive to restore and not replace

Somerset Residents Trust SERVPRO for Water Removal from Their Flooded Homes

Water removal from your Somerset home requires professional-grade equipment and expertise that IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians possess. It pays to take action fast in seeking professional help to minimize the water damage and prevent any long-term issues.

SERVPRO technicians have expertise in providing water removal services to Somerset residents. Our technicians can handle any size disaster, whether it is due to burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or even backed-up sewer. The strategy for water damage restoration depends on the type of water involved in the damage. Category 1 water is sanitary and non-contaminated; it does not pose any harm to health. However, both category 2 water and category 3 water are contaminated and need special care to remediate.

How do SERVPRO Techs Deal with Contamination During Water Damage Remediation in Somerset?

SERVPRO technicians deal with contaminated water in your Somerset home using chemical agents to control microbial growth. However, it is not the only method that SERVPRO technicians employ. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) points out that the restoration of contaminated water is ineffective unless the following steps are carried out.

  • Removing as much moisture as possible- SERVPRO technicians use several types of equipment, including dehumidifiers and air movers, to dry the structure and content during water damage repairs. We carefully monitor the humidity with moisture sensing equipment such as thermal cameras and moisture meters to ensure that the moisture level is returned to a preloss state after complete water damage remediation.
  • Eliminating contaminated material- SERVPRO technicians eliminate any contaminated material from the premises and dispose of it according to the regulatory agency guidelines.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 for reliable and prompt service.

How Can SERVPRO Help Remove Mold from Somerset Homes?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

mold damaged bathroom Mold remediation by SERVPRO is the way to go. You will have IICRC certified technicians with more than enough training for any size disaster.

Our thorough remediation process tackles all active colonization in Somerset properties. 

There are several mold remediation and removal practices that our professionals can implement upon arrival at damaged addresses. Mold damage affects hosting materials differently, requiring several surface cleaning solutions like antimicrobial products and more aggressive tactics like dry ice blasting.

Does Mold Damage Remediation Remove Odors As Well? 

One of the focuses of our responding technicians when beginning to address mold damage in Somerset homes is the removal of musty odors trapped in the house. These smells can often indicate active colonization and linger behind after mold removal practices have been implemented. Trapped odors in porous materials can usually get removed using our advanced deodorization practices and products. Much of these actions include our leading deodorization equipment, including:

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers
  • ULV foggers
  • Ozone machines
  • Hydroxyl generators

We have trusted remediation experts, from removing active colonies from hosting materials to eliminating harsh odors that these organisms can leave behind. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team is ready to help anytime at (908) 490-6462.

Can SERVPRO Keep Your New Brunswick Business’s Doors Open After Water Damage?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

moisture meter SERVPRO technicians will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call. We are second to none when it comes to water damage restoration.

Fast mitigation response can prevent a full shutdown of your New Brunswick business.

We understand how fast your shop can become overwhelmed by water damage incidents. The need for water cleanup can involve several actions happening as soon as our team first arrives. These mitigation strategies can keep your doors open, even in a limited capacity, during water damage remediation. These include:

  • Water removal services
  • Containment strategies
  • Flood restoration
  • Content relocation

What is Water Removal Services Equipment Necessary After Water Damage?

Removing standing water is a key element of water cleanup for New Brunswick shops. Eliminating any pooling prevents stock and your inventory from suffering damage from absorption and saturation. The equipment necessary for extraction and water removal services varies based on the severity of the situation and the impacted areas. Submersible pumps can often begin this removal effort, though they cannot remove the entirety of the standing water concern. Wet vacuums remain the most versatile extraction devices in our recovery inventory.

Water cleanup involves a range of services our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can provide. We are ready 24/7 to help at (908) 259-6860.

What Post-Fire Effects Can SERVPRO Overcome in Somerset Homes?

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smoke and soot damage Smoke and soot removal is no easy task. SERVPRO uses EPA-approved biocides and detergents for fire damage removal.

Fires can be destructive to Somerset properties, but our restorers can help you on the journey back. 

When smoke and fire damage threaten Somerset homes and businesses in the area, mitigation and cleaning solutions should get started as soon as possible. Our technicians are available at all hours to provide prompt emergency services once first responders clear the property for re-entry. We can help with:

  • Fire damaged homes
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke damage

What Threatens Indoor Air Quality? 

There are multiple ways that airborne particulates and fire damage in Somerset homes can be a threatening situation. Soot particles are among the most threatening debris circulating in the environment, as these are microscopic and carcinogenic. Without the appropriate personal protective equipment, those exposed could suffer health effects. Air filtration to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) involves:

How Does Surface Soot Soiling Get Removed? 

Fire and smoke damage can also point to the soot and smoke particles coming to rest on surfaces and materials in the damaged areas of the property. With wet smoke incidents, this residue and soiling can become a thick and formidable presence on these surfaces, making it necessary to act quickly to remove it as soon as possible.

The longer that smoke residues are allowed to have a home on building materials or contents in the house, the more irreparable harm can result to the underlying material. Because of the natural acidic composition of soot particles, substrates can lose their finish and require controlled demolition if not resolved quickly. Some of the products necessary for loosening and removing substances on fire-damaged surfaces include:

  • Solvents
  • Detergents
  • Alkaline Cleaners

What Materials Require Controlled Demolition? 

A careful evaluation of the property is necessary after fire and smoke damage impacts properties. Because structure fires can be so destructive to building materials and installed structural elements, some degree of controlled demolition and subsequent reconstruction or repair is inevitable. Certain materials are more susceptible to this need for controlled demolition and later replacement than others, including drywall, carpeting, and many other fabrics and upholstery textiles. The inspection process can determine which of these materials cannot be restored and provide the necessary green light for removal.

Are Smoke Damage Odors Common After Extinguishment?

Among the most challenging obstacles that our professionals face when cleaning up after fire damage incidents are lingering odors that impact the property. Fire damage is often dealt with first, though smoke damage effects like noxious smells can linger long after extinguishment completes. Deodorization is one of the final stages of fire damage restoration in area homes and can include multiple tools in our inventory, including:

  • Thermal Foggers
  • ULV Foggers
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Machines

Despite how quickly fire damage effects can spread through homes, house fire clean-up by our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can get started fast to help. We are a trusted name in fire restoration available 24/7 at (908) 259-6860.

Can You Dry Your Own Rugs After Somerset Water Damage?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet Water damage is no easy task. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size disaster.

SERVPRO aims to save Somerset floor coverings from water damage

Somerset is a community within Franklin Township, New Jersey. No one is quite sure whether Franklin Township was named for Benjamin Franklin or for his illegitimate son, William Franklin. The general consensus, however, is that townsfolk named the settlement for Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin Township and Somerset have a strong place in the history of the Revolutionary War. The British destroyed several farms in the area during their retreat from it. General Washington was staying in the area when he composed his farewell address to the army. 

In the nineteenth century, the arrival of the Delaware and Raritan Canal brought prosperity to the area. Nowadays, New Jersey is a populous state, but the canal still provides a lovely place for rest and green spaces to explore.

Enjoy the many historic homes in the area.

The Somerset and Franklin Township area is overflowing with fascinating and beautiful historic houses. When you visit, be sure to stop and see:

  • Tulipwood is a large and beautiful shingle-style home, which the architect Jacob August Lienau designed in 1892.
  • The Van Wickle House was the home of Dutch settler Evert Van Wickle and his family. The house dates from the early eighteenth century. When the home was nearly sold in the 1970s, local people campaigned to preserve it for the local community. These days, the house is the site of many fun community activities, including Dutch Christmas celebrations, fireside chats, and Halloween merriment.
  • The Van Liew-Suydam House is a beautiful and imposing house, which Peter Van Liew built in the eighteenth century. The house was recently used for filming a Stephen King miniseries!

Enjoy the freshest local food in and around Somerset.

New Jersey is proud to produce local food, from wines and beer to cheese and meat, and of course, plenty of fruit and vegetables. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture started Jersey Fresh in 1984 to give local producers a certified logo and encourage people to shop and eat locally.

 If you are visiting Somerset, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for the Jersey Fresh logo so that you can enjoy the very best of local produce. It is fresher than anything shipped from elsewhere and better for the environment, too. Some great places to enjoy fresh Jersey food include:

  • Jersey Fresh certified wineries, where you can sample the tastiest local varieties.
  • The many on-farm markets where you can stop off at a farm and buy produce or pick your own.
  • One of Jersey’s many community farmer’s markets, where you will find everything from vegetables to local crafts.

Should you try and dry rugs after water damage?

Water damage can leave rugs looking the worse for wear, and smelling rather nasty, too. Should you dry water-damaged rugs yourself or wait for the professionals?

It is a great idea to call SERVPRO for help because we can:

  • Bring in dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the surface of your rugs.
  • Send rugs out to specialist cleaning facilities if necessary.
  • Carry out thorough testing before using cleaning products to ensure the product will not cause the color on the rug to run.

While waiting for us to arrive, feel free to pick up rugs and hang them so air can circulate.

If you are worried about your rugs after water damage, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 490-6462.

What Happens during Water Clean Up In New Brunswick?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher leaking water No matter the size of water damage done to your home by appliances, SERVPRO has trained technicians with the experience you are looking for.

Water removal is just the first step in New Brunswick. 

If you have a water spillage situation in your house, SERVPRO is here to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can help with everything from small appliance leaks to significant plumbing floods.

When you have a water-related problem in your New Brunswick home, water removal is a vital first step. We need to evacuate water from your house before we can carry on with mitigation. We use a range of pumps and water extractors to remove water from your floors and press the moisture out of carpets and rugs. 

However, water removal is just the first step. Of course, we must also clean and dry your home, but there are other things you might not have considered:

  • We need to check inside and beneath wooden floors to be sure there is no water pooling there.
  • We need to check inside walls to ensure there is no internal water damage or damage to the drywall.
  • We need to check furniture, carpets, and drapes for damp spots, so they do not become home to mold.

For a water removal service that takes care of all the details, Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 490-6462.

Categories of Smoke Odors after Somerset Fire Damage

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fire blazing No matter the smoke and odor damage was done by fire to your home, SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians for any size disaster.

SERVPRO assesses the needs of Somerset homes after fire damage

When you suffer a fire in your home, you need a fire cleanup crew you can trust to help put your house back together. SERVPRO takes care of cleaning your home and your belongings after a fire. 

One primary concern for homeowners after fire damage in Somerset homes is leftover smoke odors. To help us deal with smoky smells, our technicians categorize smoke odors into three types:

  • Light smoke odor situations occur when there is little visible smoke damage and no structural damage.
  • Moderate smoke odor situations occur when there is some structural damage, and smoke residues appear on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
  • Heavy smoke odor situations occur when there is extensive structural damage, and the smoke effects spread far beyond the source of the fire.

The cleaning procedures are different for each type of smoke odor situation. In some cases, we will only need gentle cleaning and some deodorizing pellets, whereas other situations might call for a ULV fogger or an ozone generator. In all cases, we will remove charred and burned materials and arrange cleaning for all salvageable items.

No matter what the level of fire damage, we are here to help. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 490-6462.

Can You Prevent Mold Damage to Your Business?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall next to a door frame Mold can be frustrating, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County for assistance today.

SERVPRO knows New Brunswick entrepreneurs are worried about mold

Whether you run a restaurant, a salon, or a store, it is vital to avoid mold growth if you can. Mold looks and smells terrible, which is not good for your reputation. It can also cause damage to your business premises.

When it comes to mold damage in your New Brunswick Business, it is better to prevent it if you can. Because mold occurs naturally, it is not possible to stop it from entering your building. However, there are some things you and your staff can do to help:

  • Use dehumidifiers to keep humidity levels low.
  • Take care of any leaks, such as faucets or leaky windows, as soon as you spot them.
  • Do not have carpets in kitchens or bathrooms. Replace with lino if necessary.
  • Use mold repellent paint in damp areas.

If you spot signs of mold, call SERVPRO at once. Please do not try to tackle the mold yourself, as many commercial cleaners make the problem worse. Our technicians will set up containment to seal the area and dry your premises to discourage regrowth.

If you are concerned about mold damage in your business, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 259-6860.

Is It Safe to Use Appliances after Flood Damage?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded room with appliances partially under water Trying to use appliances after a flood could be dangerous, call SERVPRO today for assistance.

Somerset residents are concerned about their appliances

After a flood, you may be worried about your appliances, especially if any of them were in the flood’s path. But is it safe to use devices after a flood, and is it ever possible to salvage them?

If you suffer flood damage in your Somerset home, it is best to call SERVPRO immediately. We have experienced technicians on hand who can deal with:

  • Securing your home and making it safe to start the cleanup process.
  • Drying out your house and belongings.
  • Applying antimicrobial treatments to reduce mold risk.
  • Deodorizing your home so that it smells fresh again.

We recommend that you do not handle or attempt to use any appliances the floodwater touched. Instead, call us - our technicians will arrive within four hours and can advise you on your next best steps. If necessary, we can call in expert electricians to assess the situation. We can also take photographs and provide information to help you make an insurance claim.

If you suffer flood damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 259-6860.

Do You Need Help with Water Damage in your Business?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on a white wall When mold hits your business, call SERVPRO we are here to help.

SERVPRO helps Somerset business owners get back on track

Somerset, which gets its name from the county of Somerset in England, is a charming community of just 22,083 people. Somerset has an impressive claim to fame, though: It was home to one of the first Marconi Wireless Stations in the United States. Engineers completed the New Brunswick Marconi Station in 1914, but in 1917 the United States Government confiscated it. The station became the primary radio link between the United States and the United Kingdom, and operators used it to transmit Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Point Speech in 1918.

Visit the historic homes of Somerset

The Marconi Station is not the only historically exciting thing in Somerset! When you visit, be sure to check out these nearby sites:

  • The Abraham Staats House used to be General Baron von Steuben's headquarters, and local lore says George Washington visited it twice. The house has an authentic Dutch section from 1740, including Dutch hinges, woodwork, and beams. The building was once a tiny two-room structure and is now one of the best-preserved examples of Dutch architecture in the area. Viewings are by appointment.
  • The Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum was General Henry Knox's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. It was also the home of the first Military Training Academy in the United States. The house offers an authentic look at Dutch colonial life and hosts regular re-enactments and educational events throughout the year. 
  • The Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway lets you step back into the canal era, with towpaths, quaint villages, and historic sites, including the newly opened Bridgetender's House Visitor Center. You can quickly drive the Byway in about an hour, but we recommend blocking out more time so you can explore the wealth of villages along the way. TheBywayy also offers opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, and horseback riding.

Enjoy the freshest local produce

If you are hungry after exploring the homes and byways of Somerset, be sure to stop off at once of the local farmer's markets. Humans have been farming this area for hundreds of years, and there is still a strong tradition of enjoying local food. Many growers are embracing sustainable agricultural practices, and the site is getting increasingly popular with green tourists.

There are lots of lovely farmers' markets in the area, and they are the best way to enjoy local produce fresh from the field. Why not visit one of these popular gatherings:

  • Bound Brook Farmers Market is well known for offering lots of local crafts and delicious food.
  • Bedminster Farmer's Market offers everything from locally raised beef to handmade soaps, lotions, and much more.
  • Bridgewater Farmers Market has a great selection of fruit, veg, and cheese, along with jewelry, face painting, and live music to entertain you.

Can you protect your business from water damage?

Water can damage the structure of your building, ruin décor, and put your business at risk of fungal growth. There are some things you can do to help prevent water damage:

Look for signs of mold, as this can be a sign of water damage.

Check bathrooms and kitchens for leaking faucets or pooling water.

Keep the roof, doors, and windows in good repair.

If you notice flood damage, call SERVPRO at once. Our trained technicians are waiting to help you get back in business. We take care of every aspect of water damage remediation, from assessment to drying, cleaning, and deodorizing.

For help with water damage, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 259-6860.

Inexperienced DIY Cleanup Can Make Fire Damage Worse

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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.

Fun for Every New Brunswick Family Creating Art Together

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

RUTGERS BUILDING SERVPRO provides water damage restoration to Rutger's structure at the New Brunswick campus.

New Brunswick’s Rutgers University gets water damage help from SERVPRO

There has never been a more uncertain period in most of our lifetimes than this pandemic, and that has taken hands-on projects and events and made them virtual experiences. Rutgers University’s Zimmerli Art Museum has produced virtual online courses and guides to create together as a group to promote a stay-at-home movement and spend more time together as a family.

These detailed guides and courses are available at your convenience online when you and your family are ready to partake. Classes continue to get uploaded throughout the end of the year, meaning that you always have something that you and your family can work on building together. Learn artistic skills, including:

  • Still Life Drawings
  • Printmaking
  • Fingerpainting
  • Animation
  • Book Illustrations

Painting can be fun until it comes to repairing your drywall and repainting wall systems after water damage from frozen pipes in your New Brunswick home. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset team can help with efficient extraction, drying, and reconstruction solutions to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (908) 251-9097.

How Somerset Continues to Define Diversity and Growth, even after Flooding

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

2 green vehicles at job site Somerset gets storm damage relief, quickly, when our SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives

Somerset has become an attractive place to settle down for those looking to escape bigger city feels.

The outer-lying metropolitan areas of New York City and Newark, NJ, have created some desirable communities like Somerset. Without the more prominent city feel that you can find even in nearby New Brunswick with its population nearing 60,000, this municipality only has roughly 22,000 residents. Diversity is a selling point of this growing community, which is showcased in multiple ways.

The Ideal Placement for a Community

As part of the Greater New York City Metropolitan area, the anchor city is accessible through multiple routes leading out of Somerset County. Because of the manageable commute, many have found this southern portion of the county as a suitable place to settle down. Compared to the high cost of living in NYC, many have found the advantages of a lower expected living expense in neighboring New Jersey.

With many areas like New Brunswick and Newark also a short drive from Somerset, many residents do not have to leave the state for gainful employment. While it does not have the millions of residents NYC does, Newark is the largest city in New Jersey, with an estimated population of more than 280,000. Seeking more affordable residences in the outer lying communities within a 40-minute commute of the city can be a wise financial decision and has helped Somerset County get considered among the wealthiest counties in the United States.

An Array of Educational Opportunities

You might think that just the proximity to larger metropolitan areas might be a selling point enough for accessing some of the nation's top universities and colleges, but Somerset County also has many accredited and respected institutions. Not only do you have the esteemed Rutgers University in nearby New Brunswick, but many young adults are also seeking education closer to their Somerset homes through schools like:

  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Strayer University
  • Drew University
  • Pillar College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University

While the diversity of the post-secondary education is extensive throughout Somerset and neighboring Passaic County, the foundation of this begins with a school system boasting several thousand students between 5 elementary schools, an intermediate school, and Franklin High School. The elementary schools focus on core curriculums with a greater lean on the arts, sciences, and other crafts. With each of these magnet elementary schools featuring specialized courses and curriculum, many students grasp STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and art programs before reaching the next educational tiers.

Overcoming Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Events

As much as homeowners in the area prefer avoiding circumstances like flooding, the likelihood of severe weather coming in from the nearby bays and outlets to the ocean is too great to ignore. With flooding being a present threat for many of the region's properties due to much of Somerset being designated in flood-prone areas, residents must prepare for these possibilities with the right response after emergencies. Beyond the preventative measures that can get taken in the house and to the exterior, flood awareness and cleanup becomes the responsibility of competent local restoration teams.

After devastating weather disasters like Hurricane Floyd in 1999 that left as much as 12 feet of water in the downtown areas, the municipality got to work on flood-control projects that made later disastrous events less devastating than they might have otherwise been. While area homes might always have to contend with the possibilities of brutal storms in different portions of the year, storms like Hurricanes Floyd and Sandy, while devastating, do not happen often. Much like city officials implementing the latest flood-prevention equipment and approaches, our SERVPRO professionals also stay prepared to help in these situations with powerful extractors, cleaning methods, and available resources for our friends and neighbors in the communities we serve.

A Stepping Stone for a Different Country

Cultural diversity is another way that Somerset is unique to many other immediate regions of the state and Greater New York City Metropolitan area. With NYC being among the most diverse assortments of cultures, religions, races, and creeds in the entire world, it is no great surprise that much of this melting pot has extended beyond the borough's borders to neighboring regional locations Passaic County and Somerset County in New Jersey.

While there are thousands of students in the public school system throughout southeast Somerset County and the namesake community, hundreds of these students take courses to learn English as a second language. There are dozens of second languages enrolled students can speak, ranging from Spanish and Arabic to Cantonese and Indian. In recent years, the high school was entirely reconstructed to accommodate a growing number of students in a 50-million-dollar project.

Storm Damage and Flooding Cleanup Services

Because of how quickly damaging storm events can develop from the bays like Sandy Hook beneath New York City to other major water bodies like the Raritan River, storm damages are not improbable. Having efficient stormwater removal for Somerset homes begins with a fast and reliable response to emergencies by our SERVPRO team. We have extensive training and education for our technicians to begin mitigation efforts as soon as we arrive.

Preparations for storm losses begin with pre-stocked READY trailers at our centrally located facility. Because standing water is among the direst circumstances for area homes, we prioritize extraction tools and practices in our earliest mitigation stages. Upon arrival, we can determine the type of floodwater present and the appropriate water removal tools to eliminate pooling. Depending on this collected information, extraction can involve any of several tools, including:

  • Submersible pumps
  • Self-priming trash pumps
  • Weighted extractors
  • Light wands
  • Wet vacuums

Because we have a roster of in-house contractors along with our responding technicians, we can perform several emergency services upon arrival. Specific actions like controlled demolition and pre-restoration repairs can protect more of the property when completed in the earliest mitigation phase.

Removing stormwater or flooding from your home requires industry-leading equipment and experienced, certified technicians like our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team. Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097.

How Difficult Is It To Clean Up After A Fire Incident At A Somerset Hotel?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Dark burnt rural wooden house corridor after fire SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is equipped to handle the cleanup after any fire incident, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Manages Fire Damage Cleanup in Somerset Based On the Specifics of Each Incident

You need to take various actions in the aftermath of a fire incident. Cleaning up soiled surfaces and materials is one of the essential steps for recovery. The level of intricacy varies depending on the specifics of the incident. SERVPRO helps ease the burden of cleanup for Somerset business owners by providing expertise and advanced equipment to tackle the job.

Which typical factors determine the difficulty of fire damage cleanup exercises in Somerset hotels?
    •    The type of fire involved
    •    The intensity of the fire
    •    The period it burns

The damage caused by fires is not uniform since many factors influence the outcome. The fires in Somerset also differ depending on the materials they burn or the type of accelerant fueling the flames. The common types of fires include those involving:
    •    Ordinary combustibles
    •    Flammable liquid and gas
    •    Electrical
    •    Metal
    •    Cooking oils and fats

How does the intensity of fire affect the cleaning process?
A smoldering fire might not consume many materials in a house. However, such fires tend to produce thick or wet smoke residues, soiling materials heavily. Removing such residues requires significant agitation and the use of potent cleaning agents.

Intense fires tend to consume most of the materials while the residues left tend to involve ash and dry soot residues and thus easier to remove. However, timely firefighting efforts can lead to different outcomes. For instance, when the dry soot mixes with water, it can soil beddings and upholstery items heavily. Our SERVPRO technicians use cleaning agents made uniquely for cleaning fire residues to avoid setting the soils. We also have state of the art immersion cleaning equipment such as ultrasonic cleaners.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is equipped to handle the cleanup after any fire incident, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (908) 251-9097.

When Should You Call a Water Damage Restoration Specialist in New Brunswick?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home When your New Brunswick property develops any water intrusion, act quickly to help mitigate water damage.

SERVPRO Professionals Recommend Calling Your Local New Brunswick Water Damage Restoration Specialists at the First Sign of Water Intrusion.

Why is it so important to quickly call for help when your New Brunswick home or business shows signs of water damage? Water moves quickly through surfaces like drywall and carpet. Issues like leaky pipes and broken water heaters can turn into costly damage within a short time.

How Quickly Can Water Damage Your Property?
SERVPRO in New Brunswick has water damage restoration technicians (WRTs) who know that water can damage your property very quickly. Here are some of the common forms of water damage:

    •    Doors, windows, and studs begin to swell and warp.
    •   Mold and mildew can form.
    •    Permanent stains from furniture and other items appear.
    •    Drywall begins to breakdown.
    •    Wood flooring begins to bend.
    •    Metal surfaces begin to rust and corrode.

How Can Calling Quickly Help Mitigate Water Damage?
If you have a New Brunswick water damage problem, SERVPRO highly trained WRTs have the equipment and expertise to extract water and dry your property. Our goal is to save you time and money by acting quickly to mitigate water damage. Your SERVPRO team arrives within four hours to begin work.

    •    Water Extraction: Using pumps and wet vacuuming equipment, your team extracts as much water as possible. SERVPRO WRTs utilize carpet and bare floor wands to vacuum surface water. Once surface water is vacuumed off of carpets, our technicians can employ the method called "floating" a carpet. We lift the edges from the tack strip and place an air mover to the subfloor and gently dry the pad and laminated layer of the carpet with warm air.
    •    Drying: WRTS study the science of psychrometry: The study of air, temperature, and humidity. They use this knowledge to strategically place industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home to industry standards. They monitor the moisture levels in your home or business to monitor the drying process.

When your New Brunswick property develops any water intrusion, act quickly to help mitigate water damage. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Kind of Damage Can Occur to a Somerset Home from Storm Flooding?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

water flooding on living room parquet floor in a house When flood damage affects your home, expert water removal is what you need. Contact our certified team for effective services.

Somerset Homes Can Undergo Everything from Loss of Content to Contaminated Water Hazards

Somerset is home to Marconi Park, where the New Brunswick Marconi Station was built in 1913. It was a notable early radio transmitter facility confiscated by the US Navy in 1917 after enemies interrupted transmissions. Today over 22,000 people live, work and play in Somerset. Due to rising seas, more than 12” in 93 years, these families are at a greater risk for coastal flooding. 

How Does SERVPRO Begin Flood Recovery?

The highest observed flood in Somerset was 9 feet and took place in 2012. The flood damage in the Somerset area was devastating. Extensive flooding is not only dangerous but emotionally hard to deal with as well as it often means folks get displaced for a time. Hiring a professional flood restoration company to deal with the aftermath can significantly relieve the stress of recovery. 

To begin with, a scope is done of your residence to determine the Somerset flood damage and condition of the property. This allows our technicians to put the best possible plan in place for your circumstance. Each job has a project manager who oversees this process and relays information to the technicians. This means the technicians know going into the job the type of cleaning and recovery to be done and prepare the proper equipment and supplies. Here are some of the things that get looked at during the scope:

  • Contamination – Flooding carries with it a danger that doesn’t typically occur from something like a burst pipe. Not only can flood waters put the materials in the home at risk, but it can cause serious health issues as well. Determining just what level of water and contamination is present means better preparation by SERVPRO techs. The surging water brings substances such as:
    • bacterials
    • viral pathogens
    • dirt
    • debris
    • chemical waste
    • medical waste
    • dead animals
  • Content Damage – Standing floodwater can heavily damage your home’s content. Some possessions will be a loss, but other items may be salvageable with the proper cleaning. Scoping helps determine this.
  • Structural Elements – Structural integrity can be degraded by absorption and oversaturation in subflooring, wall systems, and flooring supports. These can then collapse unexpectedly. A job scope reveals these possible hazards upfront.

How Can I Better Prepare for Flooding?

Coastal cities should always be prepared for flooding as it can happen at any time. You may not be able to control the raging water from coming into your home, but there are things you can do to prepare. Lessen the impact on your home by:

  • Moving valuables to higher levels, especially if you have a basement.
  • Place essential documents and valuables such as jewelry in waterproof containers.
  • Have an emergency plan and emergency kits in place.
  • Make sure storm drains and gutters are clean and free of debris. 
  • Consider sandbags of appropriate size for your situation.
  • Ensure you have the proper flood insurance.

Above all, STAY SAFE! Nothing in your home is worth risking you or your family's health or life. SERVPRO technicians are trained to mitigate the hazardous situations that come with floods. We know how important certain items are to you. If you cannot retrieve something you need badly, we do our best to retrieve it for you. We place a high priority on the items you put on that essential list.

What Products Does SERVPRO Use for Flood Damage Cleanup?

Flood damage restoration depends on proper cleanup even more heavily than other situations. The content of the home gets exposed to any number of contaminants, soils, and residues. Because the material exposure differs, so will the cleaning methods. Our technicians decide the best course of action and choose from a number of potent cleaning agents, including:

  •   Botanical agents – These are available for the homes that only want plant-based cleaning agents used. Citric acid and thymol solutions are two that SERVPRO uses.
  •   Chlorine agentsChlorines are disinfectant and get used as an active germicide in an area where proper ventilation is feasible. They have powerful oxidizing properties.
  •   Phenolic agents – Although the scent can be overpowering with these cleaners, the job they do on contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and microbial growth is second to none.
  •   Quaternary compounds – These are disinfectants as well and have a pleasant odor. Often the choice before the phenolic agents, if possible.

Storm flooding can knock an entire area or town entirely off its feet. When that happens, SERVPRO is here to help individuals and businesses recover from flood damage. We have homes in the community, too, and know what a disaster like flooding would do to us. For this reason, we are available around the clock and arrive on the site as quickly as possible. The sooner our technicians get started, the sooner you have your home and life back. We are licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: General: 13VH0662700.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 for experienced flood damage service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is My Home at Risk of Mold Infestation?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

hand peeling back wallpaper revealing mold on wall and back of wallpaper Mold is always a concern for Somerset homeowners. SERVPRO has the know-how to remediate the damage.

Spotting Mold Damage in your Somerset Property Can Be Worrying. SERVPRO has Qualified Mold Remediators to Bring Microbial Growth Under Control

How do I stop mold from spreading?

Mold spores in Somerset comprise of a collection of tiny seeds and are a natural part of your home. When there is a disturbance of these seed clusters, they can break apart and spread on airways. Mold is a resilient organism that can lay dormant. However, once water, temperature, and food supply are introduced, these dormant seeds can proliferate, forming other spores. To agitate or demo material with mold can lead to spores becoming airborne. To prevent airborne spores escaping, SERVPRO uses vacuums or negative air-pressure machines with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. This equipment can capture mold spores as little as 0.3 microns in size and prevent uncontrolled spread.

What conditions do spores need to grow?

  • General temperature between 68 and 86 degrees
  • The food supply of organic materials
  • A water supply

How do I prevent mold from growing?

When mold damage occurs in your Somerset home, it may be frustrating to find that cleaning away the colonies does not clean away the microbial growth issue. Mold can repeatedly return, providing that there are excellent conditions for growth. To tackle a mold issue effectively, it is crucial to tackling the conditions for growth. SERVPRO technicians may use dehumidifiers or even air movers to control your home's relative humidity and dry any damp spots. Removing moisture can prevent mold seeds from building up through the stages of growth. This preventative measure can help us to remove colonies and prevent re-growth in your home.

On what materials does mold feed?

  • Paper materials like drywall or natural woods
  • Carpet fibers as well as Cotton
  • Wood materials that may be in walls

If you notice unpleasant musty odors in your home, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

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My Somerset Inn Has Standing Water – Do I Need To Deal With It Right Away?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooded basement with water boots near it Water in your business location may seem manageable at first but can quickly get out of hand. Contact SERVPRO for water removal services.

Immediate Water Mitigation is Needed at Your Somerset Inn to Prevent Permanent and Secondary Damage

Somerset is a beautiful place to visit. As an inn owner, you understand the importance of keeping those visitors happy. When you experience water damage, it can shut down your business, leaving you and your guests unhappy. That can lead to bad reviews and permanent loss of repeat customers.

The Problem is in the Basement – Can’t it Wait a Day or Two?

If you have a water instruction, even in the basement, you need water removal in your Somerset inn fast. Typically your guests would not be in your basement, but standing water can cause serious problems. The water gets slowly absorbed by any porous material, including drywall, wood, and insulation. Flooring and stored content can be impacted, as well. This can lead to structural degradation and material deterioration. Mold can begin forming within 24 hours and can cause health effects. Our SERVPRO team can be there within hours and begin extracting the water from the basement. Our pumps are powerful, and we have several options depending on the extent of the flooding. This includes truck-mounted, portable, and submersible pumps.

How Fast Can You Dry My Inn?

We understand you want your business back to normal as quickly as possible. You can rest assured our professional technicians understand the need for expediency. They provide the drying methods that best suit your particular situation. There are basic drying methods and equipment that apply to any water-damaged building. These include using:

  • Air movers
  • Industrial fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Moisture sensors
  • Chemical drying agents 

We understand your need for fast water removal. We are available around the clock and can work with your schedule to provide the required water mitigation. Your guests count on you to take care of them. You can count on us to take care of you. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251 - 9097 for quality water removal service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Are There Ways I Can Prevent or Limit Potential Flood Damage?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Yes, There Are Some Key Steps You Can Take to Safeguard Your Home from Flood Damage.

New Jersey is somewhat notorious for its rainy weather and, in recent years, it has also been struck by numerous powerful hurricanes.  Somerset itself suffers from these stereotypical Jersey problems as well.  As you probably already know, the low-lying marshy areas that typify our part of the state are easily flooded during heavy rainfalls.  This tendency is only exacerbated when hurricanes pass through, as their strong winds usually create storm surges that push excess water back up the Raritan River.  So, when heavy rains or hurricanes impact our area, the basements and ground floors of local homes near the river are often quickly inundated with floodwaters.  Considering this, area homeowners should prepare for this potential flooding beforehand.   

What Can I Do to Limit a Flood’s Impact on My Residence?

Mitigating the effects of flooding could be easier than you think.  SERVPRO, a Somerset flood damage clean up and restoration service, advises residents to take the following preventative measures before big forecasted storms to limit the overall impact of potential flooding:

  • Create a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) so that, before disaster strikes, you have a quality service provider established, experienced technicians are made aware of critical information about your property, such as floorplans and utility shutoff switches/valves, and we can develop a clear plan of action to save your home
  • Before leaving your home, shut off utilities like the electric and gas to prevent explosions, fires, and electrical mishaps
  • Ensure that your drainage systems are in good working order and are not clogged
  • Repair any cracks or other foundation damage that may make it easier for floodwaters to penetrate your residence
  • Board up doors, windows, and other openings that could allow rainwaters in and leave your home vulnerable to looters
  • Strategically place sandbags around your home to divert floodwaters away from it

Although these precautions are not always 100% effective, they often do substantially lessen your flood-related losses. In fact, by taking these relatively simple actions before major storms, you are much more likely to save precious belongings, and conserve both time and money.

What Could Happen If I Fail to Properly Prepare for Flooding?

When you fail to properly prepare for floods, you increase your likelihood of one day suffering catastrophic flood damage.  Whenever a flood occurs, your losses are probably going to be much greater over both the short and long terms.  This is because, without any pre-planning, floodwaters are able to get into more places, in greater volumes, than they otherwise would have and it takes longer to effectively deal with them. With all this said, here are some of the issues you can expect to deal with if you fail to plan appropriately:

  • Total losses of certain structural elements that require expensive reconstruction efforts to replace
  • More severe warping and buckling of ceilings, walls, and floors
  • Further deterioration of drywall and wall coverings
  • More extensive growths of harmful microbes throughout your home
  • Greater microbe-related damage like dry rot, mold and mildew discolorations, and persistent foul odors

As you can clearly see, it is in your best interest to anticipate future flooding and plan ahead.  Doing so, can save you further headaches in the long-run.

Why is SERVPRO a Good Service to Help Me Plan For and Deal With Flooding?

As your neighbors, SERVPRO technicians are dedicated to saving your home from flood damage and conserving your precious resources.  Moreover, our company offers innovative services, has professional expertise, and possesses the high-tech equipment to successfully resolve even the worst flooding issues.  Some of the various reasons SERVPRO could be your best remediation option are:

  • We are one of a few services that offer you the opportunity to file a property profile and establish a plan of action with us, before a flooding event occurs
  • Most times, since our firm is locally owned and operated, technicians can be onsite within four hours of your call, 24-hours a day, 365-days a year
  • Our technicians are trained and certified in applied microbial remediation, applied structural drying, and water damage restoration
  • We are highly respected in the flood damage cleaning and restoration industry and adhere to the standards of reputable standard-setting organizations like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA), and the National Duct Cleaning Association (NDCA)
  • Our professionals have access to all the latest tools of the trade, like state-of-the-art extractors, technologically advanced air blowers and dehumidifiers, innovative Injecti-dry systems, odor-neutralizing foggers, and a vast array of EPA-approved disinfectants and deodorants

Considering all this, it is obvious why many call their local SERVPRO for assistance before and after flooding events.

So, if you ever want to prepare for potential flooding or an event damages your home, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 for help.

How Can I Get Rid of Mold Behind a Sink in North Brunswick?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

boots on flooded floor The techs have advanced equipment and techniques to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO techs can remediate and restore your North Brunswick home from any size water and mold issue

If you see a little bit of mold around a sink in North Brunswick, there is a good chance there is a more extensive infestation behind it or within the wall. In many cases, a supply line or other plumbing issue is the culprit creating moist conditions that help sustain mold growth. It is best to bring in a professional restoration company to handle the mold and all the issues connected with it to ensure there is no return.

How Can Water Damage Behind a Bathroom Sink Get Dried?

SERVPRO techs handled water damage and mold remediation in this North Brunswick home at the same time. Significant water spotting and deterioration of the sheetrock behind the cabinet created the perfect home for mold growth. It is essential to work with a restoration services company that also has a general contractor license #13VH06622700, so if removal of structural elements happens, it gets done right. Common actions during water and mold cleanup include:
    •    Pinpointing problem areas with detection equipment
    •    Containment as needed to stop spore spread
    •    Careful, controlled demo for materials ruined by water or mold

In drying a problem area such as this, the techs carefully scope surfaces to determine all the areas that require drying. Floating floors such as found in this bathroom are not attached to a subfloor, and while the laminate does a good job repelling water from the surface, if it seeps underneath, it requires removal for drying underneath. The modular design of this type of floor covering makes the replacement of damaged boards fast and easy.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 stands ready to help local properties with any size water damage restoration needed. The techs have advanced equipment and techniques to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire from an Electrical Fault Caused Severe Damage in My Somerset Property. Who Can Help Me to Restore it?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

burnt kitchen interior with a cabinet burnt After a fire some of your personal belongings might be able to be restored. Call SERVPRO for fire damage restoration and remediation services.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Somerset to Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Your Home

Fire leaves most property owners devastated after watching the home’s contents being engulfed by flames. Thankfully, professional restorers can stop further damage, salvage most of your valuable items, and get your Somerset property back to its preloss state. SERVPRO has decades of experience in the restoration industry, and our General Contractor License number is 13VH06622700.

What precautions should I take?

Before you get into the affected property, wait for the local authorities to deem your property safe for re-entry. Contact our technicians within 48 hours to mitigate the fire damage in your Somerset home. If you have to get into the property, avoid touching surfaces with soot and smoke residues to prevent them from spreading further.

What does the fire mitigation process involve?

Fire damage mitigation concentrates on minimizing losses and damages. Effective mitigation should happen immediately after the fire to keep physical and financial consequences low. The essential elements of fire damage mitigation include:

  • Checking for potential hazards
  • Evaluating areas of vulnerability
  • Coming up with an effective mitigation strategy
  • Performing necessary cleanup and repairs

Before we begin the restoration process, we inspect the affected area thoroughly to get a clear picture of the severity of the damage. If the firefighters used lots of water to fight the flames, we could use a thermal imaging camera to see how far the water traveled. The device helps us to check moisture levels even in confined areas.

What do you consider to determine the cost of restoring a property?

The restoration cost of a fire loss depends on several factors. It is essential to understand that even after extinguishing the fire, smoke and soot residues continue to damage various surfaces. Firefighters may also have broken doors or windows and put holes in ceilings and walls when putting out the fire. The water used to extinguish the flames can also cause considerable damage to your floor and drywalls. Fire restorers usually base the cost of cleanup and restoration on:

  • The number of affected rooms
  • The severity of the damage
  • Repairs required

Can you clean valuables with soot?

SERVPRO technicians clean and restore the contents of your home on-site or in our off-site facility. To restore delicate items, our experts can use the immersion technique. This procedure involves using an ultrasonic cleaner to remove soot and smoke residues. The cleaning technique uses sound waves to form and implode bubbles. The collapsing bubbles produce energy, which eliminates the soot residues on the items.

With state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can bring your home back to life after a fire, “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (908) 251-9097.

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Why Is SERVPRO a Premier Company to Grapple with Water, Fire, Storm, and Mold Cleanup and Restoration?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

ERP green digital app on phone SERVPRO Helps Somerset Area Homeowners with Fire, Water, Mold, and Commercial Damages with Professional Help and the ERP Plan.

Somerset Property Owners Are Well-Aware of the Professionalism of SERVPRO and Rely on Our Services

Disasters can happen anywhere at any time for Somerset property owners. Addressing these concerns must occur immediately, as all loss incidents worsen the longer they go unchallenged by conventional restoration approaches. We have an experienced roster of technicians accredited in their various niches of the restoration industry through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), among other similar organizations. The work to obtain their initial certifications as well as the ongoing training to maintain it leaves our technicians confident and educated in the latest practices and equipment for fire, water, mold, and storm losses.


Many Somerset homeowners do not realize how short the restoration window for water damage is and how destructive this force can be. Without fully understanding the spread and severity of these situations, homeowners treat surface issues as the entire problem, and the damage continues beneath the visible layer. With 48 hours, many porous materials exposed to excessive moisture or standing water can become irreparably damaged. For this reason, we stay ready to handle water loss incidents of any type that could affect your property with fully stocked READY trailers and production vehicles in our SERVPRO warehouse.

Before we can get working on the job, we need skilled eyes to diagnose the damage and what your Somerset property needs to return to normal. Scoping the job is a task for our project manager and crew chief, as they can walk around initially to see the face value damage and catalog it in our DryBook software. We can also deploy advanced moisture detection tools on wall surfaces and flooring to gather information about where drying efforts should get focused.

We have multiple premier extraction and drying tools to manage water loss situations as soon as mitigation efforts begin in Somerset properties. Extraction is vital to getting saturated materials dry by removing surface and trapped water, and we have multiple tools to complete this, including:

  • Wet vacuums
  • Carpet wands
  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Trash pumps
  • Drying Mats


Water damage can also find its way into many of the fire losses that Somerset homes might experience, and the preparedness for these emergencies can also then benefit our fire response. Managing water losses from extinguishment efforts is necessary when these concerns are noted in the post-fire job scoping by our project manager. During this involved process cataloging losses and services needed, our management can assess the salvageability of hundreds of affected items and contents in the damaged areas.

It is often unsafe for unprotected property owners to enter their Somerset home after a structure fire, as there are threats for weakened materials and collapse, but also air quality concerns like soot, smoke debris, and other potential contaminants or odors. We have multiple solutions to address these concerns, including the use of air movers and hydroxyl generators, both of which feature onboard HEPA filtration. With thermal fogging, ozone, or hydroxyl radicals introduced into the damaged area, harsh odor compounds can get neutralized or eliminated on contact.

With a team of licensed (#13VH06622700) in-house contractors, we can seamlessly transition from fire recovery to the reconstruction and repairs that your Somerset home needs. With effective controlled demolition practices happening earlier in the mitigation process, build back, and repairs require less time and money to complete.


Being the fastest to a storm loss situation means little if you do not have a plan of action to implement when you arrive. Our SERVPRO team understands that with structural breaches of your Somerset home or business, that every second counts. When we arrive, we can bring along our experienced in-house contractors to begin vital emergency services like tree removal, roof tarping, and board up for any openings.

Flooding can often go hand in hand with storm damage to your Somerset home, but can also affect your home without significant structural failures. Natural flooding, for example, can penetrate your basement or first floor of the home and spread quickly through connected spaces. Mitigation is vital in these situations both to remove the standing water and dry saturated materials, but to address the very likely possibility of contamination.

Protecting your belongings is a level of restoration and service that many Somerset homeowners benefit from the most. The pace of disasters often leaves you unable to protect the things that matter most. However, our prompt response and content management professionals can work to offer real-time cleaning and drying options for these items.


The same technologies and practices that have gone so successfully into the recovery of hundreds of Somerset homes and businesses over the years can benefit your business without a disaster. Premier cleaning services like hot water extraction in carpeting or stain and graffiti removal can improve the look and feel of your business any time that you need it. Because not every business is the same, what they need to look their best changes accordingly. With our level of restoration experience and advanced equipment and products, we can offer:

  • Deep carpet cleaning
  • Hardwood resurfacing/cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Wall cleaning
  • Stain/Graffiti removal
  • Tile and grout cleaning

As you might expect, we are also available to help your Somerset home amid an emergency as well. We have a fast response to fire and water losses, giving us the chance to reduce the migration and severity of loss effects. We can work with area businesses to create an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) that can designate SERVPRO as the responding technicians for disasters, but also save time on restoration by indicating the locations of crucial shutoffs, showcasing the layout of the building, and more.

Most of all, cleaning services for your Somerset business must happen when it is convenient for you, or it can hurt your productivity and damage your image with customers. We can schedule after-hours restoration or an ongoing schedule at your slowest points to decrease the impact on your staff or customers.

Restoration services that happen quickly and thoroughly can save you time and money in the long run. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can help however you need at (908) 251-9097.

What Can I Do to Fix My House After My Washing Machine Breaks and Leaks

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking washing machine. Water beginning to pool on floor Damage from leaking washing machines is common. Inspect the areas around your appliances connected to water often for signs of leaks..

For Water Cleanup Inside Your Somerset Laundry Room in Somerset Call SERVPRO

The washing machine inside your Somerset home has both clean water and sewage lines running from it. If one of these lines leaks or the appliance breaks, moisture can leak onto your laundry room's floor or get your drywall wet. If you can get the moisture removed from the contents and building materials inside your laundry room promptly, then you can prevent many items from being removed and replaced.

How soon after by washing machine leaks should I call in a restoration company?

As soon as you notice that your appliances have leaked, it is wise to call in our SERVPRO technicians for water clean-up in your Somerset home. The longer your contents and building materials stay wet, other problems can occur, such as mold contamination. Our location is local, and we can provide a fast response and be at your residence shortly after your emergency call.

How can you fix my laundry room's vinyl floors if they got wet?

  • Inspection- We certify all of our technicians by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program. We have advanced training that gives us knowledge about the construction of vinyl flooring and how to mitigate any water damage issues with it properly. We always coordinate directly with your insurance company and use our experience and training to determine whether it will be more economical to restore or remove affected items in your laundry room.
  • Extraction- Since H2O is easier to remove from your house when it is still in liquid form, we can use extraction equipment or a mop and squeegee as a first step in the restoration process.
  • Drying- We can use industrially advanced equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers to remove moisture from building materials.

If your laundry room ever gets wet after your washing machine breaks, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 seven days a week.

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How Do I Clean Up a Water Loss in My Somerset Office Correctly?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Loss in My Somerset Office

Even smaller water losses in the kitchen/break areas of your office might not be devastating but require the experience and expertise of our team to make sure it does not get worse.

Regardless of the size of a water loss incident in your Somerset office building, there are many distinct reasons why many would choose to have the damage professionally restored. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help with any water emergencies that could impact your property. This response can prevent the situation from getting out of control and damaging many of the structural elements and fixtures that could become exposed in the kitchen area of your office building.

Water cleanup for your Somerset structure requires multiple tasks to occur. We have qualified cleaning technicians available to help oversee the restoration of your property from the initial job scoping and mitigation phases through the final cleaning touches for the structure after the restoration completes. As with any loss incident, our professionals must first determine the extent of the damage and what actions must get taken to return the property to preloss condition. Even with seemingly smaller loss conditions, the actual impact could be worse than the surface might indicate.

How Bad is the Damage?

We understand how valuable time is for your company and its staff. We do not waste our efforts offering services that your property does not need. We can determine what is necessary quickly through a job scoping phase. Our project manager can determine the extent of the water damage and its path of migration during this initial evaluation of your property. By tracking moisture from the source, we can identify moisture pockets and damp areas that must get addressed with thorough drying practices to come. Several of the sophisticated tools that we use to identify these moisture pockets and track the movement of water beyond the surface include:

    •    Moisture Detection Tools
    •    Thermal Imagery
    •    Thorough Visual Inspection

Does SERVPRO Do Repairs?

One of our team's ways of separating from others in the area is through a comprehensive restoration and recovery solution that we can offer local businesses. With a team of in-house contractors to help with both residential and commercial properties in need, we can ensure that the right repairs and reconstruction occurs at the appropriate times. The mitigation phase can be the proper point for damaged fixtures to get repaired so that pipes can get pressurized again with water.

These are all steps that help your office get back to normal. Our contractors can help through various phases of the recovery of your office kitchen and its surrounding areas. Mitigation can see the repair of plumbing and controlled demolition when necessary, while later stages of restoration in the building might require these discarded materials to get replaced. Initially, upon discovering the source of water damage, our contractors can fix:

    •    Plumbing
    •    Fixtures
    •    Valves

What Tools Are Best for Efficient Water Removal?

Not every loss situation requires us to pull out the most powerful and efficient tools in our inventory. In some cases, extraction tools are not necessary at all. With small leaks that can begin to spread through the kitchen and break areas of your office building, it is possible to sop up water on the surface to prevent penetration and saturation of exposed materials. Removing this mild volume of water from the surface of damaged materials in these areas most often requires conventional cleaning and restoration tools that many property owners are already familiar with, including:

    •    Mops
    •    Towels
    •    Wet Vacuums

How Do I Efficiently Dry the Room?

The drying of this space requires several tools in our inventory working together. Efficiency is vital in this regard, as drying can often be one of the most prolonged phases of restoration after a water loss. With the right information regarding where moisture pockets exist, we can utilize tools like air movers and dehumidifiers to gain control of these conditions. If drying must occur within structural cavities, we have specialty tools such as are positive pressure systems that can inject dry air into these openings to increase evaporative processes.

Not every loss situation requires the full extent of our restoration team and equipment, but can still benefit from the experience and fast response of competent professionals. We can track water damage beyond the surface to ensure that the drying process is thorough and avoid more hazardous conditions such as mold growth. However we can help, you can reach our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team 24/7 at (908) 251-9097.

My Somerset Furniture Is Covered In Soot – Can It Be Saved?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097for quality fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Fire Mitigation and Can Clean and Restored Furniture Damaged by a Fire in Somerset

With over 350,000 home fires happening annually, there is a constant need for fire cleanup professionals. If your Somerset home suffered a fire that left your furniture in need of cleaning and restoration, we have the help you need. The key to saving the contents of your home is immediate mitigation.

What type of furniture gets restored?

It isn’t the type of furniture that is the challenge but the soot covering it. The more severe the fire, the stronger the need for aggressive fire damage mitigation in your Somerset home. In certain situations, the furniture will need replacing, but if restoration is possible, SERVPRO gets it done. Here are some reasons smoke and soot are a problem:

    •    Smoke is resilient – its tiny particles can spread quickly.
    •    Human skin worsens the acidic film on surfaces.
    •    Needs neutralization with specific chemicals.
    •    Hidden damage
    •    Eats away at materials if left untreated.

Dealing with Stubborn Soot Problems

Soot is insidious and loves to disperse into every nook and cranny of a home, including furniture. Fabrics such as drapes and upholstery can be difficult to clean unless the exact cleaning agent gets used. Soot sinks into furniture like sofas and stains it. But the fire mitigation team at SERVPRO are experts at handling these problems. They know how to proceed to restore your furniture and leave it “Like it never even happened.” Tools of the trade include:

    •    Dry Sponges
    •    Powerful cleaning agents
    •    Deodorizing equipment
    •    HEPA vacuums

Furniture restoration is preferred over replacement whenever possible. Restoration saves you and your insurance company money, plus you keep your original possessions.

Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097for quality fire damage service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Heavy Rainfall Has Caused Flooding in My Somerset Home. Whom Should I Call for Help?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Seek Professional Help from SERVPRO to Restore Your Somerset Home after Storm Flood Damage

The heavy rainfall that accompanies stormy weather can lead to flooding in your home, which can cause significant damage to your drywall, appliances, furniture, and other valuable items. It can also cause contamination. Thankfully, professional restorers can prevent secondary damage and restore your Somerset property to its preloss state.

When should I contact professionals?

You need to contact restorers soon after the flooding incident because flood water can continue causing damage in your home. By calling SERVPRO technicians to handle the storm flood damage in your Somerset property, you can avoid costly repairs. We respond fast to our customers’ emergency since we understand how destructive flood water can be. Our response team is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

What can happen in my home after flooding?

The secondary damage resulting from flooding can take place after a few hours. The water can sip in your drywall and flooring shortly after it gets into your property. After some time, the water’s color can change, and a foul smell may fill the home. Mold can grow on the affected surfaces within 24 to 48 hours and cause health hazards to the residents.

What does flood damage restoration involve?

Flood damage restoration involves a few essential steps, including:

  • Inspection
  • Water removal
  • Structural drying
  • Anti-microbial application
  • Odor removal

Water removal is the primary step in flood damage restoration. It speeds up the drying process and minimizes odors. SERVPRO has hi-tech equipment and tools that help us restore our customers’ properties within a brief period. Floodwater tags, along with debris, dead animals, tree leaves, and stones, among other debris. Our technicians can use a self-priming trash pump to extract water in your home.

How do you deal with the contamination?

Apart from equipment, we have water restoration products that help us to disinfect a property. We can use germicides and disinfectants to achieve this. These products are antimicrobials, which destroy about ninety-nine percent of organisms on the surfaces where our restorers apply them. The common disinfectants we use are chlorines, alcohols, formaldehydes, phenols, and quaternaries. We can use electric sprayers to apply the products. The equipment helps us spray the product directly onto the contaminated areas effectively.

Do not let flood damage distort your daily way of life for long. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 for professional restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

By The Time I Notice A Leak Under The Sink in Somerset How Much Damage Do I Face?

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

waste disposal leak under sink in a home Quick action when leaks happen in your home can result in a successful outcome. Contact team SERVPRO to help with water damage.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Probe the Water Damage Extent in Somerset Properties and Carry Out the Necessary Restoration

Minor leaks in the elaborate plumbing systems in Somerset homes are a common occurrence. Although the leaks may be small, they can cause widespread damages depending on factors such as the physical traits of the surrounding materials and the time it takes you to discover them and thus take remedial action. 

What common issues lead to minor leaks?

Several problems can lead to minor leaks that result in water damage in your Somerset home. The most likely ones include:

  • Broken seals around pipe connectors
  • Pinhole leaks due to corrosion
  • Loose connectors

The plumbing problems in Somerset develop suddenly or over extended periods because of reasons such as:

  • Natural wear and tear of pipes
  • Sediment buildup
  • Changes in water pressure
  • Temperature fluctuations

Although leaks under the sink are the most common, leakage can happen anywhere, including concealed areas such as within wall cavities, ceilings, and attics, or basements. The leaks under the sink are easier to notice because the spilled water is likely to collect on the floor below, prompting you to investigate the source of moisture as you clean the area. However, leaks from plumbing lines in concealed areas can take long to discover, thus leading to widespread damage to surrounding materials. 

What signs indicate a hidden water leak?

Although a leak may be out of sight, some signs can help you notice when there is a problem. 

  • Appearance of patches or dark spots or surfaces
  • Development of a musty odor
  • Low water pressure

What problems emanate from the hidden water leaks?

Although the leak point may be hidden, the water released still causes problems. Microbial growth, which leads to mold infestation, is a common outcome of such water leaks. The appearance of patches or spots on walls surfaces can indicate an ongoing water leak within the wall cavity. Alternatively, you might experience a musty odor within the property. Mold can be a serious problem that takes considerable resources to resolve. For instance, performing controlled demolition in the affected areas is a typical response since it helps remove spoiled materials and clean mold residues.

Sometimes the water leak may not lead to visible physical damages, but you might notice other changes within the property such as low water pressure or inexplicable increases in your water bills. The spilled water also evaporates, which might increase the humidity levels in your house, thus reducing the level of comfort.

There is a leak, what next?

After identifying the leak, several steps may be necessary, depending on its severity. The standard response might include:

  • Fixing the leak or replacing the pipe
  • Removing materials damaged by moisture
  • Drying residue wetness
  • Cleaning the affected areas

If the leak results from severe damage such as pipe corrosion or broken joints, you might need to replace some sections of the plumbing. Such repairs require assistance from a professional plumber who can identify the best course of action. Leaky pipes can be fixed through pipe clamps, use of epoxy products, pipe wraps, and replacement of sections of the damaged pipes. After resolving the leak, thorough cleanup around the damaged area or the entire property is necessary to deal with any form of soiling. Water intrusion soils property in many ways, including spreading residues such as dust from one area to another. It can also cause deterioration of materials such as chipping of paint, thus increasing the soils.  

Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches, including mopping and wet vacuuming, during water removal. We also tear open wall panels or cabinet siding damaged by the water. Opening up such areas also helps create better access for cleaning.

Leaving the affected areas wet can lead to the recurrence of problems already resolved, such as deterioration of materials and mold development. For the best outcomes, fast drying is also essential. Several factors help improve the drying process, including:

  • Improved evaporation
  • Heat 
  • Extraction of moisture from the air

Our SERVPRO crews are well equipped with devices such as air movers to improve the evaporation rate and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the humid air. The dehumidifiers exhaust warm air, which re-circulates back into the property. In case extra heat is necessary, we have portable heating units allowing us to remove all excess moisture from your property, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can help restore your New Brunswick, North Brunswick, or Franklin Township property to its preloss state after a hidden water leak. Call us any time at (908) 251-9097 to help.

Whom Do I Call for Fast Water Removal from My Office?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

injecti-dry device with tubes going into wall at baseboard We are fast and efficient, just ask some of our clients. Water damage removal in New Brunswick offices--done swiftly by SERVPRO.

Office Flooding in Somerset Commercial Buildings Need SERVPRO for Water Mitigation

This area of New Jersey is known for its closeness to the beaches and New York City. But work still goes on in Somerset office buildings

Getting Help to Keep the Office Open

Leaks from a faulty restroom fixture can result in water damage to a Somerset small office environment. Luckily, the manager knew to call SERVPRO since he used our services at a different office previously. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster! We typically arrive within four hours or less of the initial call and arrive with the necessary equipment to extract the unwanted flooding and dry out the suite.

How do we know what equipment we need?

We follow a professional phone protocol with trained office staff to speak with our future client and even put a project manager or lead technicians to gather the facts. The truck-mounted pump may not be needed, but the portable wet/dry vacs can be used. Our injecti-dry devices can help expedite the drying while salvaging wallboard. Then we can place strategically in damp area air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers to complete the drying process.

Rely on us to keep your business concern functioning by call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097.

Do I Need to Close my Daycare Due to Water Damage?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged bank of computer terminals Don't let water damage stop your production time for your business. Call SERVPRO to mitigate your problem and keep you in business as well.

Somerset Daycare Facilities Must Assess the Water Damage to Decide on Continuity of Operation

Daycare facilities in Somerset, much like other commercial establishments, need to evaluate the scope of the damage should a water event occur. Each business owner must determine the impact on the staff and clients and the smooth running of daily operations. They should also contact a professional water restoration company for an efficient resolution to the situation.

In Somerset, commercial water damage is our specialty at SERVPRO. Our Green Fleet arrives at your location once you place a call to our 24/7 hotline, and we assess the scope of the damage as we commence the water extraction work. Our technicians document every action we take, which can contribute to any insurance claim or regulatory report you may need to submit.

What should I look for after water damage?

Some signs of damage are easy to spot: a puddle, peeling paint, a bulge on the ceiling. Others may not be evident, but our SERVPRO crew has industry-grade technology to detect it. As we comb your daycare for signs of trouble, you may see us using different equipment:

  • Infrared technology to detect moisture
  • Thermal imaging to find water accumulations within wall cavities
  • Wand extractors to remove water from hard-to-reach places

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is part of your business community, and we're here to help. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your daycare "Like it never even happened."

Do I Need to Hire a Professional Cleanup Service After a Fire?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

soot and fire damage Let SERVPRO use their specialized cleaning techniques for the soot damage in your New Brunswick home.

Smoke, Soot and Extinguishing Agents in Your New Brunswick Home Require a Professional Cleanup Crew

Fire in your home implies a mixture of soot, debris, smoke, and remains of extinguishing agents. It may look overwhelming at first glance, but your New Brunswick home can look like new with the help of a professional team. Damage can be more widespread than you perceive, and a reputable company can help you make that assessment.

Fire cleanup services in New Brunswick are easily accessible by calling SERVPRO around the clock. Our team trains to handle emergencies, and we do so in a systematic way, starting by assessing the scope of the damage in all areas of your home. Rather than jump into cleaning with household cleaners, let our team create a targeted plan and start our work.

How can I get rid of both soot and the smell of smoke?

Our SERVPRO team takes a comprehensive approach to clean your home, including air quality and personal belongings. Acting quickly lets you preempt any corrosion caused by soot sitting on your furniture and fixtures for an extended time. Cleaning the air can include the use of foggers and ozone generators while removing soot and smoke damage can consist of-

  • Thermal fogging
  • Dry cleaning methods
  • Use of specialized primers when repainting is a need.

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County provides comprehensive services after a fire. Call us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Do I Need to Paint to Cleanup After a Flood?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage Let SERVPRO mitigate your flood issue in your Somerset home.

Cleanup After A Flood in Somerset Involves More than a Coat of Paint

Flooding causes problems involving safety and esthetics. As you strive to restore your Somerset home, call a professional flood restoration service to prioritize tasks, and provide a comprehensive plan. Simply cleaning with household cleaners and painting over the damage can leave you vulnerable to health and safety issues.

Property owners in Somerset can delegate flood restoration functions to our SERVPRO team. As soon as we enter your home, we take note of the extent of damage and start taking action to remediate it. Our team takes protective measures to protect the health of all as well as contain cross-contamination.

Where should the flood restoration process begin?

Our SERVPRO crew makes an assessment and decides on a timeline with you. Some tasks are concurrent and in coordination with other relevant parties, such as sub-contractors and insurance adjustors. Our goal is to mitigate your loss of time and resources, which is why we perform tasks such as-

  • Removal of damaged goods
  • Move out services
  • Preservation of documents and electronics

Throughout the above, we also focus on water extraction by using pumps, injectidry technology, and air circulators. The sooner we remove excess moisture, the quicker we can disinfect and sanitize your home.

Let SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County guide you after a flood. Call us at (908) 251-9097 whether you live in New Brunswick or North Brunswick and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

How do I Know When to Call a Water Restoration Technician?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

buckling floor from water damage SERVPRO can do the professional work you are in need of for your water damaged home in Somerset. You won't be disappointed.

A Sizeable or Prolonged Leak in Your Somerset Home Warrants a Professional Water Removal Service

Some leaks in your Somerset home may not need a water restoration technician to help you. If the leak only happens for a moment and you can soak up the water easily, you are in the clear. However, if the leak exists for an extended period, or you are unsure of the extent of the damage, it is best to call a professional service for advice.

For water removal in Somerset, SERVPRO is a knowledgeable resource. Upon calling our 24/7 number, our crew arrives at your home and takes notice of the leak and any increase in moisture around it. Using industrial-grade technology, we detect hidden pockets of water, even behind walls or cabinets. Armed with information, we develop an action plan to restore your home before the damage escalates.

What are the signs of water damage?

If you are unsure of the effect of water in your home, be on the lookout for telltale signs. Our SERVPRO team is trained to spot some of these issues shortly upon arriving at your home, but you can also be vigilant. Some signs of water damage include-

  • Buckling of hardwood floors
  • Peeling paint
  • Bloated drywall

Any change to your home's normal status is cause for concern and calling our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County is your best option. Reach us at (908) 251-9097 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Can Items Blackened From a Fire Get Cleaned for Reuse?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Charred items after fire Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO has the professional cleaning agents and equipment to restore any amount of fire loss

After a fire occurs in a home, the contents may have a coating of soot that may be light and powdery or thick and smears easily. Both of these types need specific cleaning agents and methods for complete removal. Care should get taken when moving any items as it can spread soot to other areas of the home via airborne particulate or from your shoes. 

What is the Best Way to Remove Fire Damage from Countertops?

If the countertops in your Somerset home have fire damage, there are essential steps to take before cleaning them. The types of residues should get determined through testing, and this, in turn, allows for the correct cleaning method to get chosen so countertops do not get marred.

SERVPRO technicians encounter different types of residues and the ways to remove them vary depending on some of the following determinants:

  • The construction materials that makeup the item 
  • How porous the item is 
  • How deeply embedded the soot is

One of the most effective types of cleaning is immersion cleaning, where items get fully immersed in a cleaning agent to loosen the grip of the residues on the surface. Specific wood soaps get used on hardwood furnishings to remove the smoke damage and moisturize the wood.  As long as there is not direct damage from the heat or exposure to water that caused swelling or cracking of the joints of the furniture, the prospects for restoration in most cases is good. 

If there are any repairs needed post-mitigation, SERVPRO technicians have a general contractor license #13VH06622700 and can make the transition from restoration to reconstruction seamlessly. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 is available 24/7 to clean up and restore your property from any size fire damage. 

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Has Water Migrated to Structural Cavities?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

moisture meter When it comes to water damaged property. Call SERVPRO of Somerset so they can use their updated tools to mitigate your problem.

Our SERVPRO team can help identify the spread and severity of water migration in your Somerset home. 

You might not always understand how quickly and severely water can spread throughout your Somerset home after a loss incident. Structural cavities can be a welcoming area for moisture migration once the water has absorbed through surface materials like drywall, carpeting, or hardwood flooring. 

Because successful water restoration in Somerset homes depends on the thorough evaluation and understanding of where water exists in your house, our SERVPRO professionals have sophisticated tools to help. By identifying the path of migrating water and its concentrations, we can focus drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers in these most challenging areas. 

What are the Best Moisture Detection Tools? 

Finding water trapped beyond the surface material can often require several different approaches, as water can be behind multiple types of materials ranging from sheetrock to concrete. Since no one tool can divulge all the necessary information for restoration, our team relies on multiple devices:

  • Hygrometer
  • Surface moisture meter
  • Probing moisture meter
  • Thermal imagery

Once we know where moisture pockets exist, we can direct positive pressure systems, air movers, and desiccant dehumidifiers to that point to dry it thoroughly. Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team a call at (908) 251-9097.

How Do I Get the Soot Left by a Fire Out of My Home?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming from under the door. Let SERVPRO mitigate your fire damaged home in Somerset.

Call SERVPRO for Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Somerset

For Somerset residents, fire damage can look like the end of their dream of owning a home. As bad as it appears though, a professional restoration team can often return each home to a livable condition.

Where do you start?

SERVPRO restoration teams first concentrate on two actions: Removing Debris and Cleaning the Structure. These actions serve multiple purposes in the restoration fire damage for Somerset.

  • Removal clears the home so we can decide the tools and cleaning agents needed
  • It also eliminates the source of many odors so technicians can determine if odor-causing particles penetrated deeply into the structure
  • Cleaning removes more odor particles and also stops further damage by getting these acidic particles off surfaces as quickly as possible

How long is this going to take?

That depends on the amount of fire damage. Restoration is not a quick process, and our technicians take every step necessary to return your home to a clean, safe place for your family. That is why each team leader provides an estimate of time and services before starting and keeps you updated throughout the process.

For more information on how we restore your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County at (908) 251-9097 today.

How Do I Know What My New Brunswick Home Needs After a Fire?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

salesman holding up insurance policy form You are assured of great fire damage cleanup and restoration of your New Brunswick property when SERVPRO completes the project!

Our SERVPRO team works with insurance companies and customers to meet the challenges that fire losses can leave behind. 

Fires can be an overwhelming experience in your New Brunswick home, so you might not be able to decipher what is irreparably damaged and what areas can get salvaged. Our SERVPRO professionals can help.

Before the earnest fire restoration of New Brunswick homes can begin, a thorough evaluation of the property must get conducted. This assessment meets the needs of your insurance company to secure damage claims and directs our restoration technicians to the priorities of recovering the structure.

What Does Job Scoping Entail?

Our project manager works along with the customer and the insurance adjuster to learn as much as possible about the disaster and the toll on the property. Some of the critical points of this evaluation include:

  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Content damage
  • Structural damages
  • Restoration obstacles 
  • Odors 
  • Residues 

With the information from the assessment in the hands of our crew chief and fire restoration technicians, we can get to restoring your home to its original condition. Give our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team a call today at (908) 251-9097.

How Do I Dry Out My Flooded Garage?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

overhead view of a sump pump If your sump pump fails during a flooding in your New Brunswick home--call SERVPRO for Extraction!

SERVPRO can help with fast extraction and drying techniques for flooded New Brunswick properties. 

When floor drains in your New Brunswick garage get clogged, intruding water can find its way into the structure. With so many tools and items stored in this structure, standing water can be destructive.

Combating flood damage to New Brunswick homes and structures involves deploying powerful extraction devices and drying tools as soon as possible. With natural flooding, there is also the potential threat of contamination to consider as well. Professionals like our SERVPRO team can help dry the structure and apply disinfectant cleaning products to remove these threats.

What is the Best Removal Tools for Standing Water?

While there are multiple water removal devices that our professionals can use, these vary based on the severity of the standing water and whether solids and debris are present. Some of the options for extraction in your garage include:

From the initial removal of standing water through cleaning out debris and drying up the garage, our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can help. We have cutting-edge tools and technologies to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (908) 251-9097. 

What Happens to My Belongings After a Flood in My Somerset Home?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

boxes sent back after pack-out service Pack-Out Needed for your Flood Damaged Contents? Relax, SERVPRO can clean and restore them to your Somerset Home, "Like it never even happened."

With pack-outs, we can relocate damaged belongings to our SERVPRO facility for drying, cleaning, and restoration.

Because your possessions and belongings hold such a special sentiment, many Somerset homeowners care more about protecting them than the structure itself. We can work with effective emergency services like content management to get your possessions out of harm’s way in a flood.

Flood cleanup for Somerset homes and their items often falls to our content management team. We can pack up your belongings and relocate them to our SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning and restoration that cannot happen on-site.

What Can Content Management Technicians Do for My Possessions? 

As challenging as it can feel about relinquishing the reins of your items to our professionals, we are meticulous about documenting their care and location while in our possession. In our facility, your treasured belongings experience:

  • Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Safe Storage 

Once restoration and mitigation complete in the house, our SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County team can return your possessions to the house “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (908) 251-9097.

Do I Need A Professional Service after Water Spreads throughout My Home?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

build robot for cleaning with tools Somerset Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO (NOT Robots!) for Drying Floors and Preventing Further Water Damage

Often Somerset Homes Need Professional Restoration after Water Damage.

Water leaks and spills can affect residences in Somerset in a variety of ways. None are good.

It takes only a small amount of water to damage a Somerset home. If not dealt with quickly, it can buckle floors, destroy drywall, and ruin wood furniture.

Why SERVPRO now? The water is already draining from my home.

Drainage is not enough. After just a few hours, a significant amount of water soaks into floors, walls, and furniture. SERVPRO technicians use commercial grade pumps and extractors to draw water out of carpets and from between floorboards to mitigate its effects and preserve them for further, safe use. When water soaks into drywall and other panels, team members remove floor trim and drill holes to drain the water trapped behind them.

How do you restore my home and property?

To dry carpets, and other flooring, technicians use air movers to force warm air across the surfaces, pushing out moisture. They also install fans to draw out damp air and pull the moisture out of the home. They also use the air movers to restore wood paneling and drywall to a dry, usable state.

If you have had any water in your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County today at (908) 251-9097. We can make it a dry, safe place to live once again.

How Quickly Can I Reopen for Business after a Fire?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

ladder truck spraying a commercial fire job No Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration for a New Brunswick Building Is Too Big or Too Small for SERVPRO

Bring in SERVPRO to Professionally Restore Your New Brunswick Business in a Safe, Swift Manner

In New Brunswick businesses, even a small fire, quickly extinguished, often causes closure of at least several days. For a restaurant like a pizzeria, this can take even longer to meet the city and state health requirements for cleaning and restoration. 

Why do cleaning and restoration take so long?

Every fire generates a large amount of smoke and soot particles. The fire damage to New Brunswick Businesses can be very detrimental to the ebb and flow of money in the area. The amount and type of them depend on how hot the fire burned and what was consumed. Our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians train extensively to clean every affected surface of physical debris and soot particles and deodorize the entire structure of the malodors left behind by burned material.

What about the water from the sprinklers?

Our teams also have Water Restoration Technicians that can draw out the water and quickly dry the kitchen, customer seating, and bathrooms. Depending on the square footage and water level, they can clear most businesses in less than a week.

To learn more about what SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County can do for your business here or in nearby Somerset, call us today at (908) 251-9097. We are here to help you reopen as quickly, and safely, as possible.

A Water Spill Ruined Property in My Home; How Do I Clean It Up?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

removed carpet, showing tack strip against wall Call SERVPRO to Deal with Water Damaged Carpets in New Brunswick--Getting Them Dry and Clean!

Use SERVPRO Restoration for Professional Water Cleanup in New Brunswick

Many New Brunswick homes never have more than just a little water in their homes. While a pitcher of water (about half a gallon) may not seem like much, over time it can warp floors, loosen linoleum, and cause even worse damage.

How do you know to restore an item or throw it out?

SERVPRO technicians are trained to examine each property item damaged by water in New Brunswick, determine if it is cheaper to restore or repair, and inform you of the options. Our office also works with every major insurance carrier in the state to make certain our actions are approved by everyone to keep the cost of restoration as low as possible.

What about the stains left by the finishes and colors soaked out of furniture and fabrics?

Our restoration teams, accredited by the IICRC, have an extensive inventory of cleaning agents designed to match the stain and the material it soaked onto. As an example, the carpet shampoos we use are more powerful than the average cleaner available in retail stores and tailored to lift finishes that have hardened again without separating the carpet layers. We cannot promise total stain removal, but we can promise a great look.

For professional, timely water cleanup, call SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County today at (908) 251-9097. We are ready 24/7 to return your home to a dry, safe condition.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/14/2020 (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, 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 Southeast Somerset County today at (908) 251-9097 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 Can I Get Three Inches Of Water Out Of My Home?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked in a parking lot. Need water removal Somerset? Call SERVPRO, we will be right there.

To Remove Any Amount of Water in Somerset, Call SERVPRO Specialists

Spring weather gives all of us cabin fever, especially this year. When what is supposed to be a safe place becomes a possible threat, water removal from your Somerset home suddenly turns into the most important task for you and your family. SERVPRO is here to help you draw out not just the standing water, but also remove any possible threat left behind.

It looks impossible, how do you get started?

We start with your call to us. Our operator gathers all the information we can so our teams arrive with the right equipment needed to return your home to the same dry, safe condition it was before the water in your Somerset home interrupted your life. 

Can you remove all of the water?

Yes, we start with the standing water or the water that you can see and feel as it laps over your shoes. This is the easiest to remove, but it also involves some of the largest, and loudest devices in our equipment inventory; water pumps.

The pumps we use may look like a giant water-vac but is much more efficient. Our commercial-grade pumps are adjustable to match the level of the water without damaging the surface of the floor it rests on and is slowly destroying. 

The pump sizes start with a unit that can sit in an entryway while the operator uses it to draw out the water from your living room or den. Larger models have the pump sitting outside the home while one or more operators use a set of longer hoses to draw water out of basements and other areas of the home. Our biggest pumps are truck-mounted for use in very large homes or commercial facilities. 

Is that the end of the water? 

No, even the most effective pump leaves some water on the surface. It also leaves water trapped in carpets and between floorboards. To remove this much lower level of water, specialists use smaller devices like extraction wands and other equipment designed for the task.

  • Extraction Wands – These are our primary tools for drawing water out of carpets and off the surface of other floorings. Like the pumps, they also come in various sizes to match the amount of water and the surface where it rests. In small rooms and carpeted closets, an operator can wear the vacuum part of the wand as a backpack so there is no tripping hazard with power cords while carefully removing the trapped water. 

Larger extractors include devices that an operator can ride. These are designed for extended use in large, carpeted areas. The operator can guide the self-propelled machine and adjust the vacuum to protect the carpet from the delamination or separation of the carpet layers. If needed, there is also a heating element useful to speed the drying process. 

  • Drying Pads – These are ideal for very small amounts of water, especially in tight areas like small closets with concrete or wood floors and underneath items that cannot be moved like water heaters. Specialists carefully lay them down to cover the affected area and quickly remove them when the pad is saturated. The pads are also useful to dry floors after lifting the carpet and removing the pad underneath. 

All right, the water is gone, but my home still feels damp. What about that?

The damp feeling means the humidity level or amount of moisture in the air is too high. It may also indicate there is water trapped in furniture and drywall panels. To remove it, specialists use equipment to force moisture out and into the air where they force it out of the home. 

  • Air Movers – Specialists use these to push moisture out of the drywall and other property. They adjust the speed, temperature, and airflow direction for the best result.
  • Dehumidifiers – Team members use these to pull moisture from the air. Depending on the humidity level, the machines can draw out 25 gallons of water every 24 hours. 
  • Exhaust Fans – Specialists place these in doorways and windows to pull out the damp air. This action augments the efficiency of the dehumidifiers and the air movers. 

OK, the water and moisture are gone. Is that it?

Almost; your SERVPRO team now inspects everything affected by the water once last time. They check for signs of rot in fabric, rust on metal surfaces, and splitting or cracking of wood flooring and furniture. If there are no other signs of water damage, the team leader brings you through your home for a walk-through and then happily turns it back to you.  

At SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County, our teams work tirelessly to clear your home of water and return it to you in a dry, safe condition. If you have had even a minor water spill in your residence, call us today at (908) 251-9097 to learn more about what we can do for you.

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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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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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/


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."


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