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We Protect Businesses in New Providence From Storm & Flood Damage

10/25/2023 (Permalink)

water leaking through ceiling tiles Getting your business running after flood damage requires professional help. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians.

Our Flood Damage Response is Your Business' Answer

When it storms, merchants across New Providence depend on their roof's integrity to keep everything inside their business dry and protected. Precipitation that collects near the foundation of a building can cause flood damage to the ground floor and lower levels. If this happens to your business, SERVPRO® is nearby to assist you every step of the way.

Depending on the type of industry or commercial enterprise your business falls under, your equipment, inventory, furnishings, or supplies might sustain flood damage. New Providence needs stable corporations. Flooding and other disasters can threaten the infrastructures that create and maintain that stability. SERVPRO can resolve such issues so they don't weaken your operations.

Explained here are three aspects that SERVPRO can assist with when a local business faces flooding:

  • Lower portions of walls,
  • Cleaning up, and
  • elevations in humidity.

The lower portions of your walls might sustain more damage than your floors because of their more durable and resilient material. Drywall is highly porous and absorbent. Its paper covering allows for a tremendous amount of destructive swelling. We can proceed with flood cuts after we extract the water. We can replace cut-away wall material with new, repaint, and leave it "Like it never even happened."

Often flooding destroys low-lying articles that were already present inside the building. We remove this and move non-damaged items to higher levels. When insurance requires you to submit an inventory of destroyed things, we can help. We have software that allows for accurate accounting of our customer's losses.

We can manage the excess humidity common after a flood. We might run a desiccant machine to reduce the moisture levels to within the normal range as a qualified company restores the foundation. We can take additional readings and help you decide what actions are best for your company. These include the installation of a highly efficient dehumidifier and a sump pump.

Regardless of how flooding starts, SERVPRO of Western Union County can ensure everything finishes in your favor. Call us at (908) 791-9177 for 24-hour emergency assistance.

Dealing with Stubborn Odors During Water Mitigation in New Providence

5/15/2023 (Permalink)

Moisture Reader Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away at (908) 791-9177.

Water Restoration by SERVPRO Deodorizes New Providence Homes

When your house is in good condition, it is hard to imagine things going wrong. However, a single incident can lead to severe problems that prove difficult to resolve. For example, moisture accumulation from a leaking roof or flash flood can create a stubborn odor issue or diminish air quality in your house. Engaging a professional like SERVPRO for water remediation is advantageous in eliminating awkward issues.

Resolving bad smells and air quality issues during water remediation in New Providence homes requires a clear understanding of how they develop. That way, remedial action can focus on neutralizing or reversing the causes. SERVPRO technicians are well-trained to understand how moisture triggers unpleasant odors.  

Common ways moisture causes odors:

  • When it sparks microbial growth processes that release odors
  • Diluting or reacting with chemical agents in materials 
  • Depositing chemicals or biological agents dissolved in groundwater

Sometimes the odors may seem stubborn because of the approaches used in the control attempts. Many strong chemicals that help strip away soils from materials have strong odors that may take time to dissipate. Our SERVPRO crews can investigate all these issues and find viable solutions to control them. For instance, using rapidly biodegradable cleaning agents with non-volatile organic compounds eliminates the chances of creating new odors during cleaning. 

Dealing With Changes in Materials

Significant water exposure changes materials by triggering chemical changes or biological processes that degrade the materials, especially when they rot. Limiting deterioration from developing further and removing decayed materials from the property is essential to managing odors. When SERVPRO crews extract water fast from your property, we can limit the reaction time with materials, thus minimizing the effects. We also perform controlled demolition to remove materials soaked by stormwater. 

Materials that require removal:

  • Insulation
  • Carpets and pads
  • Drywall panels

SERVPRO of Western Union County understands the full scope of water mitigation, so we arrive at your property fully kitted to handle all issues apart from removing water. You can reach us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Repair in New Providence Homes after a Storm

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water on Wood Floor Our techs are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

For Efficient New Providence Storm Cleanup, Contact SERVPRO

A storm is usually characterized by torrential rains and high wind speeds that exert colossal pressure on the exterior surfaces of a structure. The windows, doors, and roofs are the most sensitive components of a home, as the winds can snap tree branches throwing them all over. Significant water volumes could enter your New Providence home when windows and roofs are compromised and cause appalling damage.

Speedy water damage repair at a New Providence property is essential, as excess moisture can affect every structural component, including the framing and foundation. When your floor is exposed to large amounts of water, the floor covering may deteriorate. Signs of high moisture levels in your flooring include buckling, cupping, and warping. SERVPRO responds quickly to storm emergencies extracting excess water, using a pump or squeegee, from your floors to prevent material deterioration.

Readily identifiable damage includes:

  • Fallen and sagging ceiling panels
  • Deteriorated drywall and insulation in walls
  • Soaked carpet and furniture
  • Damage to electrical fixtures

Storm Damage Repair

The restoration professionals at SERVPRO determine the best approach based on the state of your home - the affected contents and structural components. Since storm-damaged structures pose many hazards, like broken glass pieces, exposed nails, wood splinters, and other sharp objects, our teams are well-equipped with PPE to avoid injuries.  

Steps during repair:

  • Boarding up and installing tarps to halt water intrusion
  • Remove absorbent materials such as carpet padding, furniture, and drapes
  • Use air movers and dehumidifiers in affected areas to restore humidity
  • Remove hidden moisture behind wallboards to avoid mold

Board-ups are crucial to help stop further moisture intrusion. Before installing tarps, SERVPRO crews determine the structural integrity of the roof. The ceiling may also pose dangers as it might be holding water. We drill weep holes starting from the edge of the sagging area to drain the cavity.

Trust SERVPRO of Western Union County for efficient water damage repair, even in the most complicated situations. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Discuss Choosing the Right Extractor for Flooding in Berkeley Heights

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

WHITE SOFA FLOATING IN A FLOODED ROOM Berkeley Properties benefit from a swift groundwater extraction by SERVPRO. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Floodwater Removal Is Crucial to Storm Damage Mitigation

One of the advantages of selecting professional restoration and remediation services after flooding in your Berkeley Heights home is an extensive inventory of industry-leading equipment. A point of pride for our growing professional restoration team is the equipment, tools, and technology made available to our skilled technicians. After a flood, the suitable extractor can be the difference between efficient recovery and wasted time and money.

There are many factors in choosing the appropriate extraction equipment to address Berkeley Height's flood damage. Between pumps and extractors, the more efficiently that standing water can get removed from the structure, the less time our professionals must later spend removing the remaining moisture with our high-velocity air movers and dehumidification units. Because there are so many potential extraction tools available to our SERVPRO technicians, we follow the criteria to determine which device best suits the needs of your household.

Position of the Flooded Area

There are many instances where the decision of the extractor used correlates exclusively to the position of the damaged area. In two-story houses, for example, lead hoses from stationary extractors might be more challenging to manage when portable, and lightweight machines are more flexible.

Severity (Depth) of the Damage

Another consideration that our SERVPRO team must make when assessing the need for extraction equipment is how severe the damage is. The standing water depth can help determine which of the equipment in our inventory is necessary, from truck-mount extractors to light wands better suited for depths under two inches for surfaces like carpets.

Available Power

The demands of the extraction equipment cannot always get met by the damaged home that our professionals work to restore. Portable extractors are versatile tools, but they require stable electricity – which can be challenging after widespread community flooding. We have trailered and portable generators to provide temporary power or extraction tools that operate off fuel, such as our truck-mount pumps and self-priming trash pumps.

No matter what your home needs after a flood loss, you can trust our extensive inventory of recovery tools to meet the demand. Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call whenever you need us at (908) 791-9177.

What To Expect Following Flood Damage to New Providence Homes

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy rain hitting roof SERVPRO has the cleaning products and chemicals to protect your property after flooding.

Direct Action Is Needed to Manage Flood Damage

Flood damage effects can be traumatic and make living conditions uncomfortable until restoration can get underway. For this reason, many look to our SERVPRO team for its fast response and experience with timely mitigation. Knowing what could be necessary to mitigate and protect damaged structures and contents can help put customers at ease with the work. 

Structural Repairs

Flood damage to New Providence homes and businesses can create a destructive path in which water infiltrates the property, and the structural elements become exposed. A thorough inspection can help to determine where controlled demolition might be required. Additionally, SERVPRO professionals can provide patches like tarping and board-up to prevent further flood penetration while cleanup and drying get started. 

Controlled Demolition After Exposure

Restoring a home after flooding is not always necessary or requires elaborating on controlled demolition. When contamination is a concern, any exposed materials will need to be removed and discarded to prepare the space for reconstruction. Controlled demolition is also necessary to provide required access to structural cavities for drying and disinfection.

Direct Extraction Solutions

Water removal is one of our professionals' most vital mitigative efforts with flood-damaged properties. Standing water is a typical result of intruding surges of groundwater, so suitable extraction must overcome pooling and any debris circulating. Trash pumps, wet vacuums, and other deep extraction equipment in our inventory can help with these water removal needs. 

Surface Cleaning Tactics

Whether it is the threat of contamination or lingering residues and soil deposits on the surface of exposed materials, we have several cleaning products and chemicals to protect your property after flooding. Some of the common agents used for disinfection and cleaning include:

  • Chlorines
  • Quaternary Compounds
  • Botanicals
  • Sanitizers

Direct and aggressive action to protect the structure and its contents are our team's priorities. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team responds fast to these emergencies to get mitigation started. Call now at (908) 791-9177.  

Our Crews Are Ready 24/7 To Assist You With Your Scotch Plains Flood Damage

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Shoe Prints on Wet Muddy Floor This client was surprised with how quickly and efficiently we were able to clean up the debris and water and get her basement back after flood damage.

Receding Waters Do Not Mean the End to Flood Damage in Scotch Plains

Heavy rains can bring flash flooding to Scotch Plains. Although the vast quantities of water flowing over pavement during and after a storm briefly make travel difficult, the water usually recedes without significant or lasting damage when the weather changes. If flash flooding makes its way into your home, however, a permanent solution is not merely waiting for it to subside. Indoors, if standing water seems to disappear, it is more likely the moisture migrated within your home. Residual moisture must be found and removed.

Professional Moisture Detection

Scotch Plains flood damage requires professional attention. When absorbed into structural components or trapped in building cavities, floodwaters continually promote the deterioration of building materials and can support harmful mold growth. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training prepare us to use moisture probes and thermal imaging technology to discover the migration patterns of flooding. We record the data as a baseline during structural drying, ensuring our flood water removal efforts are successful.

Floodwater Is a Hazard

Floodwaters seek the path of least resistance, flowing through cracks and joints to collect beneath flooring, behind walls, and in other recesses. Because even clean water is corrosive, any lingering moisture is a problem. SERVPRO technicians know floodwater can contain chemicals and other pollutants and pathogens from organic debris or human and animal waste.

Moisture Release Strategies

The increased challenges presented by contaminants found in floodwater prompt SERVPRO to facilitate a broad range of fast and effective moisture release strategies. The more quickly we remove the tainted water, the better the outcome. We might choose to cut out sections of drywall to reach into cavities. Holes drilled into baseboards or mortar joints ventilate and allow negative air pressure equipment to suction water out. Floor mats connected to extractors pull moisture from subfloors and joists.

Inhibiting Microbial Growth

Contaminants in floodwaters can include viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Before initiating structural drying, it is essential to treat the flood-affected areas with an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent. Structural drying requires air movement, and SERVPRO works to limit any spread of pathogens by completing the disinfectant step before positioning and operating moisture reduction equipment.

SERVPRO of Western Union County has well-qualified crews ready 24/7 to assist when flood damage attacks the integrity of your home. Contact us at (908) 791-9177 for a comprehensive assessment and design and implement a recovery plan.

We Are Ready To Mitigate Your New Providence Home After A Flood

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

mudd on a blue floor with SERVPRO equipment We are ready 24/7 with state of the art equipment to restore your home after a flood, Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Quick Mitigation Tactics for Flooded New Providence Homes

Understanding the best approach to handling flooding in New Providence homes varies from one location to another. To provide the ideal recovery strategies, you need to employ an entire team of professionals capable of addressing multiple effects simultaneously. Our SERVPRO professionals have an extensive training regimen beginning with the acquisition of accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and in related fields like Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). We continue training within this niche to provide skilled and knowledgeable professionals to help each flood damage situation.

Mitigation is always one of the most considerable obstacles to face when flood damage in New Providence properties occurs. We have a full spectrum of qualified professionals to help in every needed area, including thorough drying, extraction, cleaning, and disinfection. Our objective with our rapid response team is to reduce the damage you experience from these devastating flood disasters and to limit out-of-pocket expenses for services that your insurance provider might not cover.

Any flood damage mitigation strategy always begins with a thorough inspection of the property to determine the full extent of the damage. Our SERVPRO professionals might utilize powerful and productive detection devices during this inspection, including thermal and infrared imagery. Our team's tablets can see beyond walls and identify moisture pockets that could allow further material deterioration or encourage mold colonization.

The faster that our team can address concerns like standing water and widespread saturation, the better we can protect installed materials and the contents of your home. We have sophisticated tools that can rapidly remove high volumes of water, including our submersible pumps, trash pumps, and truck-mounted extractor vehicles. Our options can suit every scenario your property might face, helping us quickly identify the best approach and get right to the vital drying phase.

As content management is also one of our strengths as a recovery team, we consider our restoration of these items following pack-out processes as another mitigation tactic that our customers can appreciate. Many insurance policies do not adequately protect homes damaged by a flood, and our ability to protect lightly damaged items can prove invaluable to the final restoration costs.

Every home presents unique challenges to overcome after flooding, but our SERVPRO of West Union County team has the skills and equipment to help. You can reach our professionals anytime by calling (908) 791-9177.

How to Handle Flood Removal in New Providence Homes

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on the floor of a home. SERVPRO of Western Union County is here to assist you in managing your flood damage.

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment to Help With Flood Cleanup in New Providence 

During a storm, water may rise and spread into your New Providence home, and it soaks into several materials. While using extraction equipment like wet vacuums may help sort out surface water, the water absorbed by materials can be challenging to address. Professional assistance may be necessary to remove such water.

A thorough flood removal exercise in New Providence homes is necessary to address diverse soiling and moisture. When floodwaters recede, they leave numerous residues like silt and debris, significantly soiling materials and surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians have the appropriate resources, which simplifies the cleanup of structural areas and contents. Other than using shovels and rakes to remove solid wastes, we use powerful removal equipment like:

  • Pressure washers 
  • Rotating brushes
  • Trash pumps

Successfully addressing hidden moisture and debris

There could be hidden areas in your home where mud or water is trapped. Our technicians diligently identify and clean soils or water located in such places. We pry off baseboards and check under appliances, cabinets, and built-ins to remove mud and mop out water. Directing fans into these spaces enhances drying. With carpeted rooms, the mess and damage can be overwhelming. Padding deteriorates when saturated with water and may not be restored.

Precautions when removing carpet and pad 

  • When disengaging, do not damage baseboards and walls
  • Cut pad and carpet into 2x2 foot section for disposal
  • Place pieces into plastic bags

Water may also penetrate from above during a storm, so checking the ceiling cavities for trapped water is important. When the ceiling is exposed to moisture, it softens and tends to sag. By drilling weep holes at the edge of sagging areas, SERVPRO technicians can release the trapped water and avoid a sudden release which might be the case if the holes are made at the center.

SERVPRO of Western Union County manages flood removal using advanced methods. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Determines Whether Flood Damage in Berkeley Height Properties Can Be Repairable?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water everywhere Regardless of whether flooding comes from a storm or equipment malfunction, the end result is the same - excess water. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Relies on Advanced Skills and Industry Experience to Determine the Best Flood Restoration Approach

Flooding can cause significant destruction to a property within a short period. The damages can be salvageable or unsalvageable, and sometimes, it is hard to tell where the damage in your Berkeley Heights home falls.  

Embarking on the restoration of flood damage at your Berkeley Heights home without having an idea of what the likely outcomes could be may not be very strategic. You might waste effort focusing on irreversible damage or ignore salvageable materials because the soiling seems too extreme. For instance, our SERVPRO restoration teams do not waste time cleaning carpets and pads affected by groundwater since it is impossible to rid them of contaminants.

One way to simplify decision making is by separating items into groups of:

  • Salvageable moisture and soiling damage
  • Unsalvageable from any type of physical damage
  • Questionable general damage

Separating materials based on damage level has many benefits, including saving time since material evaluation does not take too long. Also, once grouped, you can focus on the materials that need immediate intervention. Flood damage worsens over time. For instance, organic materials like wood can develop mold within two days, while rust in metal is expected in a couple of days. Therefore, an action that expedites restoration essentially reduces such additional problems. 

Grouping materials also creates time for restoration tasks that may require extra attention. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians can pack out the materials deemed questionable, thus creating an opportunity for advanced cleaning, decontamination, or any other restoration procedure.

The decision whether to proceed with specific restoration tasks depends on:

  • The value of the items
  • The restoration costs
  • Availability of resources to handle the restoration

SERVPRO of Western Union County takes appropriate action for convenience, cost-effectiveness, and acceptable outcomes after flood damage. Call us at (908) 791-9177. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What is the Best Way to Clean Flood Damage in a New Providence Home?

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water on the basement floor from flood damage Flooded? Water can quickly deteriorate the structure and contents of your home. SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 with flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Techs Bring Years of Experience and Advanced Equipment on Every Flood Restoration Job for the Best Outcome

Water damage from storms in a New Providence home may enter multiple ways, such as a damaged roof or poor seal around a door or window allowing water to enter. Flash floods can deliver copious amounts of moisture into a home, and it can recede rapidly into the walls and under flooring.

A New Providence home with flood damage can have multiple issues happening at the same time, such as:

  • Buckling floorboards
  • Deteriorated sheetrock
  • Art, books, or keepsakes are compromised by exposure to excessive moisture.

A mere half an inch of floodwater in a home can result in devastating amounts of damage to the structure and contents. To limit the damage from the floodwater, there are actions homeowners can take. If it is safe to do so, remove artworks from the walls, important documents, and photo albums with sentimental value to another area. If paintings or photos are framed under glass, inspect the article to determine if condensation is building on the inside of the glass and remove the piece if necessary. Avoid placing damp artworks or photos in direct sunlight as it can cause the paper to curl.

SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians have specialized equipment for handling wet documents or books. Even if they are covered with mud or silt, there can be restoration potential on a case-by-case basis. The technicians often rely on the same methods used by the Library of Congress to preserve historical documents and books. In cases where an artwork received damage from floodwater, an outside expert can be brought in to give a professional opinion on the restoration potential of the piece. 

SERVPRO of Western Union County at  (908) 791-9177 helps New Providence homeowners recover from any size flood damage in their homes.

Don’t Let Flood Damage Overtake Your New Providence Property – Call SERVPRO!

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon of flooded basement Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO for stormwater removal from your New Providence basement

After a New Providence Storm, SERVPRO Mobilizes Fast to Provide Excellent Flood Damage Restoration Results

High winds and heavy rain could spell disaster for your New Providence property. Whether you are a homeowner or manage a business property, you want to have skilled technicians working fast to remedy any damage left in the wake of a storm. SERVPRO features highly trained crews that utilize specialized equipment so that we can perform restoration services. To make it even better, we are available 24/7 for emergency services water damage assistance so that you know there is always a team you can trust.

Calling on us for help when you have flood damage post-storm in New Providence gets you all the relief you need. SERVPRO is here for:

  • Faster Response – Being locally owned and operated, we have crews on standby and ready to arrive fast with all necessary equipment. A fast response helps lessen the damage, inhibits secondary damage, and cuts back on water damage remediation costs.
  • Readily Available Resources – Regardless of the type of property you own, we have the gear to handle the job. From burst pipes or ceiling leaks to full-scale basement flooding cleanup, we get there to perform the assessment and then select the right equipment. Our resources can get scaled to handle a small or large flooding disaster after a storm.
  • Boarding and Tarp Up Services – During a storm, your exterior can suffer damage from flying debris or downed limbs. We can protect your interior immediately so that our crew can safely move forward with the restoration, and your contents and structure do not take on any more damage.

Water removal services and flood damage cleanup when you need it – that is where our team at SERVPRO of Western Union County comes to the rescue! Call us at (908) 791-9177.

Why Should Berkeley Heights Residents Be Particularly Concerned about Flood Damage?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

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There Are Many Good Reasons Why Potential Flood Damage Should Concern Locals.

Berkeley Heights residents benefit greatly from the town’s picturesque natural environment, but sometimes also suffer at the hands of it. This circumstance arises because of the area’s heavy rains and sometimes violent, stormy weather, coupled with its swampy, flood-prone topography. 

Experienced flood restoration firms like SERVPRO know the potential flood damage threats Berkeley Heights homeowners face. These result from a myriad of interrelated natural and manufactured causes, like the:

  • Area’s heavy rainfall during the summer and fall months, which makes the town rainier than the national average and one of the rainiest places in New Jersey
  • Powerful hurricanes and Nor’easters that annually impact the state, rapidly deluging the region in inches of rain and overflowing local waterways
  • Low-lying, swampy nature of the town’s land that prevents it from quickly draining off excess storm waters
  • Poorly designed or storm debris-clogged city drainage systems 
  • Region’s overdevelopment which blocks natural drainage networks and hinders floodwater subsidence 

As a consequence of these various issues, town residents are more likely to require biohazard remediation, water removal services, and water damage repairs than people in other communities. Therefore, it is in their best interest to be mindful of local flood risks and plan ahead.

Considering all this, SERVPRO of Western Union County wants to help you clean up and restore your flood-damaged home if you ever suffer a flooding event. Call us whenever you need us at (908) 791-9177.

Hire Professional Restorers After an Incident of Storm Flood Damage in Your New Providence Home.

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Certified Restorers Like SERVPRO are Knowledgeable in Handling Flood Damage in New Providence

Most homeowners ignore the small amount of floodwater that leaks into the property through broken windows or drainage thinking it cannot cause any kind of damage. However, mold growth can occur, and odors linger on the property. You can avoid these damages by contacting knowledgeable restorers like SERVPRO on time to help with the flood damage restoration.

SERVPRO restorers are available at any time of the day to help handle flood damage in your New Providence home. Flood damage can strike at any time. Therefore, if an emergency arises contact our response team to mitigate the damage and manage the process to its completion. We are:

  • Available around the clock
  • A trusted leader in the restoration industry 
  • Highly trained team of restorers

How SERVPRO restorers dry the affected property

SERVPRO restorers can manage any size disaster and return your home to a safe state. We have cutting-edge technology that allows us to go above and beyond our customers' standards. To dry and deodorize your house, we can use a heavy-duty venting fan. The equipment transfers greater amounts of dry air from outside into the property to increase the drying rate.

Flood damage should not rob your peace of mind. Contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177 for fast and professional restoration to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Is the Best Way To Cope With Flood Damage in Berkeley Heights?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Storm damage can be overwhelming for any property owner. SERVPRO is here to help. Just call (908) 791-9177.

SERVPRO Provides Advanced Resources to Handle Any Water Cleanup Exercise in Berkeley Heights

Bedroom communities are areas populated mainly for residential purposes rather than commercial or industrial uses. Berkeley Heights Township, nestled in the Raritan Valley region, is one such community, so a case of flooding can displace many people from their homes.

The name Berkeley Heights was chosen on November 6 1951. Earlier it had been known as New Providence Township, a name chosen during its incorporation on November 8 1809. The township was named after John Berkeley, an English loyalist soldier, diplomat, and politician. He was one of the founders of the province of New Jersey, the British colony that would later become New Jersey State.

Important Geographical Features in the Area

The area has varying geographic features that provide exciting scenery for residents and visitors. 

  • Watchung Mountain Crest

The township partially covers Watchung Mountain’s second Crest. The mountains, which were once known as the Blue Hills, offer scenic viewpoints overlooking New Jersey, New York, and Newark skylines. 

  • Passaic River

The river forms the town’s northern border. One of the fascinating places to spend time along the river is Passaic River Park which is part of the 298 non-contiguous acres of parkland running along the river known as the three "emerald necklaces." The other two parks are outside Berkeley Heights. 

  • Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

The township borders the wildlife refuge set up in 1960 as the first federal wilderness area in the United States. Its success inspired the establishment of other similar areas, and the number has risen over the years to over 550. 

Other Attractions in the Area

There are alternative attractions apart from the natural features. Museums such as the Little-Lord Farmstead offer information about the area. The farmstead is a pastoral site reminiscent of the agricultural past of the county. The Deserted Village of Feltville-Glenside Park is another unique attraction in the area. The park comprises a carriage house, eight houses, a church, and a general house. The buildings are remnants of what was a mill town that date back to the 18th century. 

How Does SERVPRO Help Berkeley Heights Residents Cope with Flood Damage?

Flooding has been a nuisance in Berkeley Heights from time to time, especially for residents living along the riparian area of the Passaic River. Cleaning up soiled areas, removing deteriorated materials, and renovating affected sections of a property can be an overwhelming task.

When called to help after a flood damage incident in Berkeley Hills, SERVPRO avails various resources that help simplify the restoration. For instance, if the floodwater contains significant silt and mud, it is not a cause for worry since we have self-priming trash pumps that remove solid-filled water. In case the water flows out on its own, leaving the silt and mud, our team shovels out the solid residue. We use plastic to avoid scratching sensitive materials such as tiles. The best thing about our service is the ability to adapt to the specifics of the incident. Therefore, you do not have to look for:

  • Biohazard cleaning company
  • Rodent clean up services
  • Disinfecting companies

SERVPRO of Western Union County has experience handling the challenges of flood damage. Call us at (908) 791-9177. 

Timely Response When Flood Damage Incidents Affect New Providence Properties

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

New Providence logo New Providence residents depend on the skilled experts at SERVPRO for restoration on their properties. Call right away, we are always available.

SERVPRO is Readily Accessible to New Providence Residents Affected by Flooding Incidents 

An incident that happened in 1759 gave New Providence its current name. Initially, the area was known as Turkey because of the large flocks of wild Turkeys that used to roam the area. At the time, the Presbyterian Church was the nerve center of the settlement. One day a crowded balcony at the church collapsed, but miraculously nobody was injured. The residents considered the outcome a divine act of providence, which gave the future town its current name. 

Currently, New Providence has a sparsely suburban feel with a population of over 12000. It is highly rated as friendly for families, with excellent public schools, a reasonable commute, plenty of outdoor activity areas, and the cost of living is not so high. There are several notable family restaurants and eateries in the area, including Italian restaurants such as Bellariva Pizzeria, Spanish Tavern of Mountainside, and Moe's Bistro for Mediterranean cuisine, among many other establishments. There are also farmers markets such as the Central Farmers Market located on Central Avenue, which ensure that residents have access to a wide range of fresh produce, sourced locally, nationally, and even imported, at very affordable prices.

Fun and Competition at the Swim Clubs

Swimming is another exciting way to spend time in New Providence since there are several swim clubs in the area. The history of swim clubs in the area is fascinating, especially considering the set up of the first community pool on Springfield Avenue in the early 1960s was fraught with challenges like lack of funds and opposition from some of the residents, even though it was a unique idea at the time. The New Providence Community Pool was the second one in the entire state. However, the project also had many supporters, including the mayor of the town, Frank LeBart. The budget for the construction was financed by individuals who co-signed for the loan or held bonds. By the time it was finished, over 900 families had signed up for yearly membership, which cost $35, making it an immediate success. 

Today there are several clubs in the area which cater to recreational and professional interests. The most renowned clubs include:

  • Crestview Swim Club
  • Clearwater Swim Club
  • Berkeley Aquatic Club

Crestview and Clearwater clubs have a longstanding competitive feud that stretches back over 30 years. At the beginning of summer, the two clubs present their best swimmers aged 6 to 18 to compete in timed swim races. The winning club gets the bragging rights for the rest of the season. Apart from beating the other club members, participants also try to beat individual or club records. Crestview at one time had a 12-year streak of back-to-back wins. The events also offer a chance for parents to spend time at the pool cheering the participants, providing refreshments, or even raising money that the clubs need for various purchases, thus keeping them relevant as times change.

Flooding and Other Disruptions from Hurricanes

Despite the fun and laid back feel of the area, some natural disasters such as hurricanes tend to affect the area disrupting activities and causing damages through flooding and other problems. Some of the notable incidents of that nature include hurricane Irene and Sandy.

  • Hurricane Irene hit the area on August 28, 2011 and was the first time a hurricane had made landfall in the state of New Jersey since 1903. It led to widespread flooding since it involved heavy precipitation, with at least 18 hours of continuous rainfall recorded. The incident left widespread damages to various properties. The New Providence library reportedly spent $23,000 even though the total flooding at the facility was less than 4 inches.
  • Hurricane Sandy affected the area on October 26, 2012. Its high-speed winds of up to 75MPH toppled many trees in the area leading to power outages in many properties and road closures, which cut people off. Apart from the physical damages caused by the hurricane, it also affected social aspects of life, including rescheduling Halloween celebrations and cancellation of a meeting set by the chamber of commerce.

Apart from storms and other adverse weather, the rivers in the area also cause flooding at times. The Passaic River, which runs along the border of New Providence, floods periodically due to heavy precipitation, debris accumulation, and issues related to property development. One of the reasons cited as the stumbling block to managing flooding from the river is the distributed ownership of the land through which it passes. Municipalities own some areas, others belong to the county, and individual landowners hold other sections. Therefore, developing comprehensive flood management plans is a challenge.

How Does SERVPRO Help With Flood Damage Management In New Providence?

When a flooding incident happens in New Providence, many factors can affect the response plan. For instance, flooding caused by storms also includes other factors such as road closure and power outage, which delay mitigation actions, thus worsening the damages. SERVPRO restoration teams prepare to respond even under challenging circumstances, helping homeowners avoid the issues that develop due to a delayed response. 

Our customer care staff is reachable 24 hours a day. We help during the crucial early minutes of the incident when most distressed homeowners are confused and might not know which steps might be beneficial. Some of the steps that might help include:

  • Turning off utilities such as power and gas at the mains
  • Relocating movable items from lower sections of the property to minimize exposure to floodwaters
  • Preparing for possible evacuation emergency supplies

Getting help when there is a significant flooding event can be a challenge since most people are occupied or cut off. SERVPRO crews step in at such times to fill the void. Our production trucks are pre-packed with the necessary resources, including protective clothing, to venture into flooded properties and useful utilities such as portable generators to serve as alternative power sources. Therefore, we set out immediately when requested to offer assistance.

SERVPRO of Western Union County is well equipped to handle flood damage challenges in New Providence, restoring homes to their preloss state.  Call us at (908) 791-9177 if your property is affected.

Is Flood Damage A Common Threat to Homes?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

flood cuts walls, equipment Rely on SERVPRO for fast and efficient flood damage cleanup and restoration for New Providence Homes--from groundwater extraction to build back.

There are several types of flooding possible for New Providence homes, and each requires unique restoration techniques to resolve.

With the location of New Providence, homeowners must contend with severe weather conditions that could potentially develop in any season of the year. As a leading storm damage restoration team in the region, our SERVPRO professionals stay prepared for situations that threaten your home and our neighborhoods. We keep stocked READY trailers at our facility loaded with extractors, drying tools, and EPA-approved cleaning products.

Our response to flood damage in New Providence homes and businesses can reduce the severity of loss situations for property owners when possible. As with most loss scenarios, storm and flood damage both have a finite timeline before their exposures to sensitive interior materials can have irreparable effects.

We must remain prepared for any of these loss situations with the right tools, personnel, and experience. Because we also have technicians on our roster with building experience, we can also provide immediate construction solutions to prevent the situation from worsening. We can also partner with other companies for a seamless solution to your flood loss. Each circumstance is unique after flooding, however, and much of it depends on the type of disaster. Our area is often threatened by four kinds of possible flooding scenarios, including:

How Can Severe Weather Cause Attic Flooding?

Because the area is known, in part, for severe weather systems that can pass through, homeowners understand how their roof could be vulnerable to damages. Hail, strong winds, and torrential rainfall can all have an immediate impact on shingled roofs. Harsh winter conditions like ice dams on the roof can also create access points for water damage.

  • Extraction –  Not all of the attic flooding scenarios require extensive extraction due to water migration concerns. However, tools like wet vacuums and light wands can have an impact on pooling to reduce saturation. 
  • Structural Assessment – Our technicians also pay attention to the roof's vulnerable points. Not only does temporary tarping need to begin, but a plan must get formulated for repairing this vital exterior system. 
  • Drying – Drying up the attic space can often happen in several ways, though the foundation of this effort relies on both air movers and dehumidifiers. Containment efforts can regulate temperature and airflow for more efficient evaporation. 

What Are the Main Concerns with Flash Flooding?

Flash flooding can damage a home quickly and thoroughly, leaving homeowners struggling with the steps necessary to address all the pressing concerns. Because these conditions can change rapidly, our SERVPRO team must prepare for situations where multiple homes encounter the same devastating natural disaster. Each of our skilled technicians available to help appreciates the primary concerns with flash flooding scenarios, including:

  • Debris – Debris and solids present an immediate risk to the house because it limits the available pumps and extractors that can get used to remove standing water in the damaged areas. Often, the choice involves self-priming trash pumps, truck-mount pumps, and wet vacuums. 
  • Contaminants – Water can encounter multiple substances, chemicals, and pollutants before reaching your home. It is not uncommon for the water to interact with hazardous substances such as sewage, oil, and other bacterial or viral pathogens in flooding situations. Exposure of contents and structural elements often requires removal and discarding. 
  • Organic Matter – From foliage and branches to animal carcasses or live creatures carried in with the flooding, organic matter removal must happen quickly before these elements begin to decay and deteriorate in the house. 
  • Odors – Decay, mud, sewage, and other substances brought into the house do more than damage surfaces and contents. Harsh smells can overwhelm a property after a flood, so our SERVPRO team must reduce the severity with counteractant products until the appropriate phase for full-scale deodorization arrives. 

Does Natural Flooding Always Require Reconstruction?

There are a few instances of flooding that do not require some degree of repair and reconstruction. Because floodwater can penetrate exterior wall systems and take paths where structural vulnerabilities exist to reach inside your house, these access points must get resolved. Because we can call upon partnered contractors to respond along with our accredited technicians, we can offer both immediate construction solutions with tarping and board-up services, but also provide permanent build back once mitigation efforts complete.

Different types of flooding can create unique problems and obstacles for restoration in your home. With how devastating these loss events can become, it is essential to secure knowledgeable professionals to oversee your damaged residence's cleaning and recovery. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team is standing by 24/7 at (908) 791-9177.

Poor Drainage left Homeowners in New Providence Dealing with Flood Damage After a Heavy Storm. Where Can They Get Help?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with floating furniture Flood damage on your property has to be dealt with quickly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for water removal services.

SERVPRO Technicians in New Providence Can Help Homeowners Handle the Storm Flood Damage.

Flood Water can leave property owners homeless and in a devastated state. If professionals do not restore the home, the water can cause long-term damage to the affected property. Therefore, it is essential to involve certified experts like SERVPRO technicians to fix your New Providence property to its preloss state.

Why should homeowners hire a certified professional?

Hiring a professional restorer to handle the storm flood damage in your New Providence property is essential to minimize and prevent damage from becoming permanent. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an independent organization that promotes ethical standards for cleaning and restoration firms. An IICRC certified restorer offers reliable and effective restoration services. Our team of technicians has decades of experience in the restoration industry and access to top-notch equipment and tools that help us handle flood damage of any magnitude.

How can homeowners minimize damage?

Once flooding occurs in your property, it is not advisable to begin the restoration process without involving a professional. However, there are essential tasks you can perform to help minimize the damage, including:

  • Moving wet clothing, furniture, and other fabrics to a dry area.
  • Placing plastic bags under the stands of large furniture to avoid wicking.
  • Moving paintings and pictures from damaged walls to a dry and safe place.

How long does it take to dry a flooded property?

With conventional drying methods, it can take weeks to dry the affected property completely. However, with our innovative technology, we can handle the same task in a few days.

We can use an electric submersible pump to extract the excess water in your property if it is two inches deep. However, if the water levels are lower, we can use portable extractors to remove the water. The equipment has three components, including a heater, a water pump, and a vacuum cleaner. Our SERVPRO team can then take steps to dry your property thoroughly by using air movers and dehumidifiers. We know how to manipulate humidity levels and temperature to create optimum drying conditions without causing secondary destruction.

It is essential to have a certified professional to restore your property after flood damage. Hire SERVPRO of Western Union County to remediate the flood damage to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (908) 791-9177.

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Stormy Weather Left Me with Flood Damage in My Property. Who Can Help?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning in night sky Storms are frequent and can cause flooding. SERVPRO is always on call to dry your home.

SERVPRO Technicians in New Providence Can Help You Deal with the Storm Flood Damage in your Residence

Excess water in your New Providence home can cause expensive damage to your furnishings, weaken your structure, and lead to the growth of mold. However, if professional restorers handle the flooding immediately it occurs, the damage can be minimal. Involve experienced and reputable restorers like SERVPRO professionals to restore your New Providence property to its pre-incident state.

Why do I need professionals to restore my property?

Flood damage in your New Providence property can not only jeopardize the integrity of your structure but also invite insects in your home. If you reside in an area susceptible to termite infestations, your wood and drywall are at risk. Involving a professional restoration company like SERVPRO is the best way to avoid structural problems and deal with the contamination that black water brings into a home.

We work around the clock and respond to our customers’ emergency calls. We respond with the latest and powerful extraction equipment and tools available to handle flood damage of any size or scope. Our professionals act fast and begin the extraction process to reduce drying time and repair costs.

How do you clear out mold growth?

Our restorers understand that mold growth can occur after 24 hours. Therefore, when responding to your emergency call, we are ready to combat mold growth. It grows in areas that can retain humidity such as basements, crawlspaces, and attics. Since mold can cause serious health effects to humans, we wear protective gear such as:

  • An N95 respirator
  • Full bodysuit
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Eye protection

We use advanced products to treat mold growth effectively. Our restorers can use chlorine, a sterilizer that destroys all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores. The product can leave your property free from organisms that can cause health effects.

How do you dry surfaces with moisture?

After water extraction, we dry the affected area effectively after dealing with mold. We can use axial air movers to improve air circulation in the property and structural cavity drying equipment to direct dry air into confined areas. The air movers also help in extracting any mold spores floating in the air. Depending on the amount of damage, we can run the equipment during the day and overnight for several days to thoroughly dry your property.

Restorers from a licensed and certified firm like SERVPRO of Western Union County can handle flood damage effectively. Call us today at (908) 791-9177 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Removal Equipment for New Providence Homes

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooded room with couch Getting water out of your house can be a tricky process when you don’t know who to call. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation and remediation services.

Flooding can be a widespread concern in area houses, but we have efficient tools to address these concerns.

While no two loss incidents are identical, the equipment necessary to restore and repair flood-damaged New Providence structures varies as well. There are many layers to flood recovery and cleanup, beginning with extraction and flood removal. Pooling water can be a considerable threat to a property when not immediately addressed, as all exposed materials and contents can start to absorb moisture based on their respective permeance.

The restoration and repairs following flood damage in New Providence residences and businesses hinge on efficient extraction solutions to begin as soon as possible. Depending on the type of flood damage present, namely, if there are solids present or not, the kind of extraction tools and water removal device varies. As is the case with many standing water concerns, submersible pumps are often among the most popular options for their versatility and continuous output until the property is ready for drying. Some of the extraction tools we use include:

Is an Electric Pump Ideal for Flood Removal?

Electric submersible pumps are among the most versatile of our removal tools, but they are adequate for situations where no debris is present. Because of a smaller intake and discharge, solids pose a threat to these pumps' operation and can render them ineffective when used in natural flooding scenarios. In these cases, trash pumps and the extractor trucks in our Green Fleet can be most effective.

Flooding can be a widespread concern in your residence that continually worsens until you resolve the need for flood removal with our inventory of powerful extraction devices. Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call anytime you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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What Are My Cleanup Options After a Flood?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged room; flood cuts on walls Summer storms are common and bring flooding. Sometimes we make flood cuts to ensure drying.

Expert Restoration for Flood Damage is Best to Ensure Your Berkeley Heights Home Gets Back to Pre-Loss Condition 

Any storm can make you feel uneasy, especially when water begins to infiltrate your home's interior. When you experience heavy rainfall, wind, and flooding in your Berkeley Heights home, you can rest assured that SERVPRO is available 24/7. We act fast not only to lessen the secondary damage but also to make sure that your interior is back to preloss condition "Like it never even happened." 

Why Is Skilled Restoration Best? 

As soon as you notice your home has suffered from flood damage in Berkeley Heights, you should call for expert restoration. Before our SERVPRO crew arrives, make sure that you are careful around any standing water, as there could be dangers from electrocution or lacerations. 

The sooner that the restoration efforts begin, the better your chances of halting secondary damage like: 

  • Wood rot
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Subfloor damage
  • Delamination of flooring
  • Foul odors, and more 

The minute that we receive a call from a customer to come out for emergency flood cleanup and restoration, we spring into action. We deploy a crew to your home, with most arrival times commencing in as little as four hours or less, so that we can get to work. Our Green Fleet comes equipped with advanced restoration equipment, and we use proven techniques to restore your home. All of our IICRC-certified technicians are well-versed with things like expert water removal, eliminating the dangers of microbial threats, and halting the onset of foul odors. 

Are There DIY Efforts with Which I Can Assist? 

It is natural for a homeowner to want to clean up some of the water invading their home. However, consumer-grade equipment often fails to provide results anywhere near our industrial-strength tools and equipment. Furthermore, you run the risk of causing even more damage without realizing it when you try to handle floodwater with DIY methods. It is not uncommon for our crews to arrive to find out that the initial loss was made worse by self-cleaning efforts, such as: 

  • Contamination that spreads into other areas of the home
  • Water migration outside of the flood-loss zone
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous materials
  • Unnecessary secondary damage to building materials and belongings 

Why Do Contaminants Spread So Easily? 

Any flood loss can present with varying degrees of contamination. When floodwater, also known as blackwater, enters the home, it brings a range of contaminants. These contaminants may include: 

  • Dirt, silt, various debris
  • Chemicals
  • Fuel
  • Biohazards
  • Fecal matter, and more 

Contaminants such as these will often travel and spread quickly through foot traffic. DIY cleaning methods using high-pressure water may also aerosolize the pollutants, making them airborne and providing a path to other interior areas. When you call us at SERVPRO to help with your flood emergency, you can count on us to take several necessary precautions: 

  • Our crew wears personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes foot coverings
  • We put plastic sheeting into place to create contamination barriers and air scrubbers for an environment with negative pressure
  • Buffers need placing in areas where there is only partial flooding present 

With flooding from a violent storm in Berkeley Heights, we also take the time to ensure your property is safe. We will secure your home by: 

  • Ensuring the safety of your home and our crew by putting braces in place if your structure is damaged
  • Boarding up or taping of any damage, including broken windows
  • Shutting off the electricity and other utilities near the flood-loss zone may pose a potential hazard from shock or fire 

How Can My Structure Be Damaged During a Storm and Flood? 

The physical integrity of your home could be at risk and supporting structures such as a garage or shed. During the force of heavy, wind, rain, and flooding, there could be issues such as: 

  • Metal or wood framing that can bed or begin to shear off
  • Doors, windows and siding that may warp or break entirely
  • Depending on the water levels and pressure, your foundation could be at risk for a wash-out 

After your structure is secure, our crews get to work using high-powered extraction equipment. With truck-mounted extractors, submersible pumps, and various other tools, we pull out all of the standing water within the loss zone. It is then essential to take the time to use specialized moisture detection tools to locate any hidden pockets where water may have migrated. We then put into place a range of drying machines to facilitate the next phase, including: 

  • Industrial-strength fans
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers 

All of these drying tools help reduce relative humidity and ensure your interior is dry for the final restoration phase. No matter the level of flood damage you are facing, our team is no match at SERVPRO of Western Union County. Call us 24/7 at (908) 791-9177, and we can send out a crew to get to work as soon as possible! 

Flood Damage In Your Berkeley Heights Home

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help to balance these traits for fast and thorough drying of your property.

Drying Sciences at Work in Berkeley Heights Homes After a Flood

Drying your Berkeley Heights home after a flood or water loss incident involves a complex blend of specific conditions to get met. Our grasp of the science of moisture removal and efficient drying practices are what allow our SERVPRO professionals to be leading technicians in the industry. Understanding the balance of all factors that impact the pace of drying efforts can help to not only improve the turnover time for our customers but reduces higher costs for you or your insurance.

Flood damage in Berkeley Heights homes can be a complicated situation, especially when the damage at hand has penetrated beyond the surface of materials. Standing water and moisture in structural cavities can be a considerable challenge to address. Drying a property after widespread flooding, or even localized damages, involves the same balance of three critical drying elements:

The warmth of the environment and the surface temperature of material getting dried can both play a factor in the efficiency of moisture removal. During the often-harsh winters, the lower temperatures outside and inside the house can both play a factor in how quickly areas get dried. We have portable electric heaters that can help to bolster the warmth in the drying zone to continue maximum drying production.

Regulating the flow of air through the structure is an important consideration when working to improve the efficiency of the drying process. Our SERVPRO professionals can utilize many air movers working simultaneously to provide a powerful evaporative process.

As many of our drying processes involve evaporation, humidity rises following the displacement of moisture from structural elements and contents. Addressing this concern often involves the proper placement and frequency of dehumidification units. In lower temperatures, the ideal choice would be our desiccant units.

The science of drying your home after a flood involves a complex balance between these three listed elements, knowing that they are intertwined. Increases in airflow increase humidity, for example. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can help to balance these traits for fast and thorough drying of your property. Give us a call anytime at (908) 791-9177.

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Flooding In Your Berkeley Heights Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can work to protect as much of your belongings as possible beginning as soon as we arrive.

Effective Content Management Amid Flooding in Berkeley Heights

Content management is a critical element to the service that we can offer Berkeley Heights homeowners amid an emergency like flooding. Removing exposed and at-risk belongings from the house, or to a safe area of the residence, is an added level of protection that prevents irreplaceable items from becoming unsalvageable against invading floodwater. Beginning this process starts with a thorough inspection and assessment of the property and its contents as promptly as possible.

The project manager of our SERVPRO team can help to not only catalog losses and destruction from flood damage in Berkeley Heights homes but also document what belongings would best suit the pack-out process for our content management team. In many situations, even saturated belongings can get preserved and restored with the right focused attention delivered at the appropriate time.

Warehouse Cleaning
Flooding presents a unique threat to the entire household, from contaminants to weakening structural elements exposed to substantial saturation. In many situations, there are no suitable places to move at-risk contents to while mitigation and restoration tasks continue. Instead, our SERVPRO team can safely pack up these belongings, furniture, and other possessions and relocate them to our nearby facility. Our technicians can offer intricate cleaning, disinfection, drying, and safe storage for these belongings.

In-House Recovery
There are also circumstances in which our professionals can move at-risk contents to upper floors or detached areas from the flooded zones to remove the immediate threat. In these storage points, we can focus on necessary disinfection, cleaning, drying, and other actions that the items need. Once these actions have completed, these belongings must wait to get returned to their original positions until mitigation and potential reconstruction have finished.

Flooding can be a destructive force in your home, and one that can be exceptionally costly when your contents become unsalvageable after exposure. Our SERVPRO of Western Union County team can work to protect as much of your belongings as possible beginning as soon as we arrive. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (908) 791-9177.

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Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Restore Your Berkeley Heights Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Just contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177.

Why Berkeley Heights Residents Seek Local, Professional Flood Damage Restoration Services

When your home is flooded, it may seem as though the situation has got beyond your control. However, there are several tasks a homeowner can carry out to mitigate loss. By dividing and prioritizing the issues at hand, you can take positive steps toward loss recovery. Although it can be challenging to reason with water around your ankles, your first step should be to contact your insurance provider and making a claim. Depending on the situation and scale of water in your home, you may also want to consider professional restoration assistance seriously.

There are hundreds of reactions happening in a home that is suffering from flood damage here in Berkeley Heights. Microbes-which include fungi, bacteria, and viruses-present in floodwaters begin interacting immediately with the home's contents and structure. Permanent materials in the build are at a high risk of exposure to microbes in the water because they absorb both water and contaminant. At the same time, pre-existing microbes natural to a home environment begin to interact with the floodwater. These interactions can see a clean water emergency deteriorate in as little as seventy-two hours. At SERVPRO, we can respond quickly to home emergencies because our technicians are based in this community.

Natural elements always seek to establish an equilibrium. This principle means that water moves from wet areas to dry ones. In your home, a large body of water can enter crawlspaces, cavities, or become absorbed into furniture or upholstery. When this process occurs, the prospect of permanent damage is significantly increased. If removing water is slow, you may want to consider taking items out of harm's way by placing them in the upper levels of your property. Valuable possessions and documents should be a priority. SERVPRO operates specialized document restoration alongside our rapid water removal services to cover both issues.

Time is working against you when trying to deal with a flood restoration project. One of the reasons homeowners use SERVPRO is to ensure that the extent of damage is minimal. Our response times are exceptional, while our equipment allows us to remove water by the gallon using truck-mounted extractors. We can converse with you throughout service and document all aspects of service for you to pass on to your insurer.

Our team is here to help should you need us. Just contact SERVPRO of Western Union County at (908) 791-9177.

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Storm Safety

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Although everyone is excited and eager for summer, I'm sure everyone is not so eager to have to deal with thunderstorms. Each summer, we experience thunderstorms that seem to appear in the blink of an eye. Often times, these storms are accompanied by high winds that can cause some damage. With that being said, we have a few safety precautions that you can take if you know a storm is on the way.

First off, make sure you are not in a body of water. Although this is usually the first one that comes to peoples' minds, it is one of the most important. It can be deadly if you are in a pool or lake when a storm arrives.

In addition, make sure furniture and other things such as umbrellas or pool floats are away in secure as to not be blown away.

Lastly, make sure you have extra food and water in case of a power outage.

If you follow these general safety tips, I'm sure no storm will be a match for you!

Preparing for a Hurricane

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

With hurricane season quickly approaching, the importance of being prepared increases. Follow these guidelines from the CDC to make sure you and your family stay safe in the event of a hurricane.

  1. Make a plan. It is important that even if there is no immediate risk of a hurricane or storm that your family has a plan in place in the event one occurs.
  2. Prepare an emergency food supply. The CDC recommends that you have at least a 3-5 day supply of food on hand. They also recommend foods that have a long storage life, require little to no cooking, refrigeration, or water, and that meet the needs of babies and pets.
  3. Prepare an emergency water supply. During an event like a hurricane, water supplies can become contaminated. Therefore, it is crucial that you have at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet.
  4. Get safety products. Things such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, blankets, and batteries are crucial to have in case the power goes out or a fire occurs.

Although you can never fully prepare for a natural disaster, if you follow these guidelines, you will be as most prepared possible. In the event you do encounter a hurricane or tropical storm, SERVPRO of Western Union County is here to help. Give us a call at (201) 496-6024.

When Storms or Floods Hit Western Union County, SERVPRO is Ready!

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Union County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Western Union County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Dealing With Damage After a Storm

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

In 2012, New Jersey and its bordering states were rocked by Hurricane Sandy. The high winds and heavy rains produced numerous problems in the tri-state area. We dealt with flooding and downed trees, among other things. A storm of that magnitude shocked the area because it does not occur often. However, here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we were ready and equipped to deal with the aftermath!

We had numerous homeowners call us to report flooding in their homes. All over the state experienced flooded basements and then eventually, mold. We were able to help each customer and give them the care they deserved.

Not only did we deal with flooding, but problems related to downed trees as well. This created a variety of issues that we adapted to. We tailored our work depending on the needs of the customer and the severity of the damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Western Union County, we are here to help no matter what. If you find yourself in a situation after a storm, give us a call at (201) 496-6024.

Classifying a Hurricane

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

With hurricane season approaching, it is important that you know the difference between the each type of hurricane.


  • Category 1 - Very dangerous winds that will produce some damage. Winds range from 74-95 mph. Falling debris could strike people, livestock, pets, and homes.
  • Category 2 - Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. Winds range from 96-110 mph. There is a bigger risk of injury or death to people, livestock, pets, and homes.
  • Category 3 - Devastating damage will occur. Winds range from 111-129 mph. There is a high risk of injury or death to people, livestock
  • Category 4 - Catastrophic damage will occur. Winds range from 130-156 mph. Falling and flying debris poses a very high risk of injury or death to people, pets, livestock, and homes.
  • Category 5 - Catastrophic damage will occur. Winds are 157 mph or higher. Flying debris can pose a severe threat to people, livestock, and pets, even if you are indoors.

It is important that we understand how hurricanes are categorized so we know the severity of it when it occurs. If you find yourself in a situation after a storm and need help, give SERVPRO of Western Union County a call at (201) 496-6024!