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

6/7/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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."

Has Water Migrated to Structural Cavities?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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.

Get the Most Out of Water Damage Remediation in Somerset

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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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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Somerset Water Loss? SERVPRO Can Restore Order!

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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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."