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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)

image of devices and ERP Plan Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Somerset County to Help Prevent and Mitigate Flood Damage to Your Somerset Property--We Have the Plan--ERP

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 Happens When My Dishwasher Overflows in Somerset?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

water leak on the floor of a kitchen 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 not only the task of getting the water up but also of repairing whatever damage it caused.

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

Any type of water damage needs to be inspected by an expert. The reason for this is that 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 that our experts use to remove any water that is standing in your home. Now, since not all the water that has seeped out can be removed with this equipment, we also conduct a drying and dehumidification process. This ensures that there is no water or damp areas left in your home.

Cleaning and Restoration, The Final Steps.

Once the water removal and drying process is 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.

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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)

interior of an office completely flooded “Like it never even happened.”

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)

Two people standing in a room with green rain boots on. We know how scary storm damage to your Somerset home can be, let us walk through the damage with you.

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.

Who Can Help Me Get Rid of this Smelly Mold?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

air scrubber with a duct out 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 has 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, just call (908) 251-9097.

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.

Can a Flood Weaken the Structure of my Home?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

flood in basement 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 home relentlessly. In evaluating the damage to your New Brunswick home, you need to 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 as soon as 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 employ 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."

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 Can I Get Rid of Mold?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

mold on wall Let the trained professional handle your mold problem in your New Brunswick home. Call SERVPRO in your local area for the help you need.

Eliminate 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) 251-9097 and let us apply your knowledge, so your home looks "Like it never even happened."

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

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Is Mold in the Storage Area a Threat to Customers?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

mold in torn out wall SERVPRO Excels at Mold Remediation for Our Somerset Business Clients

Mold can cause health effects, but our technicians can help with effective colony remediation and restoration.

It can be tempting to turn a blind eye to 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 get addressed as soon as possible.

Addressing mold damage in Somerset subterranean 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 health effects for staff and customers

Regardless of where 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.

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

How Can I Save My Inventory After Water Damage?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

flooded water in a restroom 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-

Truck-mounted pumps
Submersible pumps
Wand extractors

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."

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

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

top view of SERVPRO restoration 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 in 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 that could pose a health threat to you and your family. 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 posing a health threat to your family.

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."

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Somerset After A Fire

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

A family room covered in soot and smoke after a fire We have the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition after a fire.

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 is 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.

One of the most direct ways that your property can benefit from our knowledge of a fire in progress is our preparedness for the emergency. No matter how fast we can typically respond to emergencies that threaten 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 over to you.

With our established relationship with area insurance providers and companies, we often get informed of situations in real-time. You reach out to your insurance company to find out what to do, and they reach out to restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team that have established a positive report over the years. This information can help to reduce wait times on meeting the demands of damage claim evidence so that work can begin as soon as possible in your residence.

What Are the Emergency Services SERVPRO Offers After a Fire?

  • Controlled Demolition
  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Air Quality Control

Once our team initially arrives at your damaged Somerset home, we must begin several actions immediately that occur before the job scoping and mitigation efforts to come. These emergency services help to make the worksite safer for responding technicians of our SERVPRO team, but can also reduce the severity of fire loss effect migration to other areas and materials in the house. 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 out loose debris from the floors.

Controlling the contaminants and hazards circulating in the environment is also a noteworthy task to make the job site safer for our responding technicians. With the application of 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 a hazard 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 another deals more heavily with harsh odors lingering behind 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.

While walls and ceilings can deal with much of the residue risks of a house fire, the flooring can contend with much of the debris and sediment produced by the combustion. While many areas require the removal of carpeting and other soft materials too severely damaged to preserve, more lightly affected portions of carpet can benefit from hot water extraction and pretreatment approaches to restore color and vibrancy while removing any soils trapped in the fibers.

Removing odors from the house is another great obstacle for responding technicians like ours. While smoke odors can exist in the environment where the fire took place, each of the exposed materials and contents has also likely been affected by these smells in some way. Deodorization practices and equipment must address open-air odors as well as 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 because with controlled demolition techniques, matching existing construction materials exactly 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 where it interests clients to rebuild to new specifications and designs.

Fire damages 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 in a stressful time. Give us a call 24/7 at (908) 251-9097.

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Get the Most Out of Water Damage Remediation in Somerset

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal from Wet Somerset Living Room Carpets

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

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

Initial Water Removal Actions 

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

Floating and Drying Carpets

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

Removal and Reinstallation of Flooring

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

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

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

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

About Coronavirus

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

Scope of Cleanup Protocol 

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

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning 

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

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

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.  

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

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

Call SERVPRO When Your Somerset Home is Hit with Water Damage

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Specialized Extraction Equipment

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

Moisture Detection

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

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

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

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

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

Start to Finish Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Somerset

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

Migration Pathways Identified

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

Thorough Extraction Is Job One

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

Cleaning and Disinfection Before Drying

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

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

Contractor Licenses:

General: 13VH06622700

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SERVPRO Technicians and Equipment Mitigate Fired Damaged Homes in Somerset

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drying Cavities Beneath Somerset Attic Insulation and Joists

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Somerset Water Loss? SERVPRO Can Restore Order!

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

What to Expect During Home Water Damage Restoration in Somerset

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

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

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

Advanced Equipment for Moisture Detection

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

Drying for Special Situations

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

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

Demolition Areas Need Repair for Full Restoration

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

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

SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows Expands with New Location

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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


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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