Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Water Cleanup Somerset is Better with Experts

4/9/2023 (Permalink)

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

Trust SERVPRO for Storm Water Cleanup in Somerset

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Principles of Drying Flood Damage in Somerset Attics

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

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

Understanding Flood Damage to Effectively Dry Homes

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

  • Content cleaning
  • Structure drying
  • Humidity management

Porous Building Materials

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

Hot Goes to Cold 

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

Wet Goes to Dry

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

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

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

Can a Flood Weaken the Structure of my Home?

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

Floodwaters Can Compromise the Structural Integrity of Your New Brunswick Home

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

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

What Happens With Floodwaters in a Crawlspace?

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

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

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

Repairing Flood Damage in Somerset

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Can Help Fix Storm Damage in Somerset

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

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

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

Services Offered to Mitigate Storm-Related Issues

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

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

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

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Are the Best Cleaners for Flood Damage?

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

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

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

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

Drying Cavities Beneath Somerset Attic Insulation and Joists

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Concerns Does Basement Flooding Cause New Brunswick Homes?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Standing Water Concerns 

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

Content Damage and Ruin

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

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

Moist Conditions and Contaminants Encourage Mold 

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

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

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

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Things to remember when your interior floods:

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

Why is Professional Water Removal Best?

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

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

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

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

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

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Offers Flood Damage Restoration in New Brunswick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need Flood Damage Restoration in Somerset – Call SERVPRO

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Repairs & Restoration in SERVPRO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Our services include:

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

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

Handling Your Somerset Flood and Storm Damage with Ease

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Furnishings

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

Is It Safe to Use Appliances after Flood Damage?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

Somerset residents are concerned about their appliances

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

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

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

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

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

New Brunswick Residents Deserve Rapid Flood Damage Cleanup

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

The Ideal Placement for a Community

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

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

An Array of Educational Opportunities

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

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

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

Overcoming Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Events

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

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

A Stepping Stone for a Different Country

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

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

Storm Damage and Flooding Cleanup Services

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

When should I contact professionals?

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

What can happen in my home after flooding?

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

What does flood damage restoration involve?

Flood damage restoration involves a few essential steps, including:

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

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

How do you deal with the contamination?

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

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

Do I Need to Paint to Cleanup After a Flood?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Where should the flood restoration process begin?

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

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

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

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

How Do I 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)

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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.