Recent Storm Damage Posts

How Damaged is My Jefferson Home After a Storm?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarp on gable of roof Lucky Jefferson Homeowners Can Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Water and Storm Damage

Our SERVPRO professionals can assess damage and repair structural breaches after severe storm systems. 

Severe weather is nothing new to Jefferson's homes and businesses, but the damage that occurs requires immediate attention by competent contractors and restoration technicians of our SERVPRO team. In our area, especially factors like severe wind, can damage your home's defenses, such as the roof or siding. While you cannot control these natural elements outside of your house, you can have a clear plan in place regarding who repairs and restores these damages when they occur.

It might be initially challenging to calculate the damage that occurs from a windstorm against Jefferson structures. In many cases, competent professionals like our technicians must begin job scoping and damage assessment upon arrival to fully grasp the entire spectrum a loss to the property.We fixate our inspection on several areas most prone to structural compromise after severe weather events so that we can quickly determine what repairs and emergency tarping/board up might be required. Some of the most sensitive material to windstorms include:

  • Roofs
  • Eaves
  • Windows
  • Siding

Can Water Damage Result from Structural Damage?

Vulnerabilities in your home's exterior can leave openings for water penetration. The water inside of your house can spread quickly and affect multiple areas. Much like the emergency services where structural breaches can get repaired or temporarily resolved, mitigation that follows seeks to address any water that might have entered your home from these physical vulnerabilities. Extraction is the foundational element of this approach. We use submersible pumps and wet vacuums to address standing water and surface damage before delving more deeply into drying and water removal with the air movers dehumidifiers.

Storm losses can be devastating. Our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team can offer both structural repair and restoration solutions to make these losses "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (973) 810-2825.

Is it Ever Possible to Get My Flooded Jefferson Home Back to Normal Since the Recent Storm?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded We always make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for flood damage services.

After Storm Flood Damage, SERVPRO Works Fast to Restore Your Jefferson Home to Pre-Loss Condition

Any water infiltrating your home’s interior, especially with storm flooding, leaves behind a significant amount of damage. The water from a flood brings about the potential for a laundry list of contaminants. Working with trained water restoration technicians (WRT) is the only way to ensure you have safe, reliable cleanup. SERVPRO features skilled technicians that can arrive at your Jefferson property to start restoration within a few hours after the incident. We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week, for emergency service because we are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Happens After I Call for Restoration?

Handling flood damage in Jefferson calls for a targeted approach. Once we arrive, your interior must get thoroughly assessed so that we may determine the full extent of the loss. From there, our crew chief formulates a plan of attack for flood water removal, followed by the remainder of our specialized restoration steps. Safety hazards are always at the forefront of our minds when addressing floodwaters, so our team takes precautions before starting remediation and restoration. The following is a sampling of standard steps to ensure safety and efficiency with any flood loss event:

    •    Examining various areas of your interior to ensure that there are no electrical hazards
    •    Floodwater testing to determine the level of contaminants
    •    Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFC) get put on specific electrical equipment
    •    Technicians dress in personal protection equipment (PPE)
    •    We take special care when searching for hidden moisture pockets and other areas susceptible to mold growth

What Happens During Flood Cleanup and Restoration?

SERVPRO follows proven guidelines and protocols for handling water restoration and flood loss events. We put a plan into action and have professional-grade extraction tools and pumps at our disposal to quickly and efficiently remove immense amounts of water. Once the standing water gets picked up, we then follow a formula that tells us how many drying units to set up throughout your Jefferson home. Options available to us include:

    •    High-powered industrial fans
    •    Centrifugal air movers
    •    Dehumidifiers

Will DIY Methods Work to Clean Up After the Storm?

Even if you have decent equipment on hand to start cleaning your interior, DIY is never a match for the industrial-grade tools and advanced equipment that our Green Fleet comes stocked with. Our centrifugal air movers boost airflow in the loss zone, allowing embedded moisture to rise. The dehumidification equipment takes it from there, capturing the remainder of the moisture flowing through the air.

How Do You Find Hidden Moisture Pockets?

It is essential to locate and address all hidden moisture so that mold and mildew do not develop. Our team works to provide rapid cleanup, including moisture detection services. If water made its way into your walls, under flooring, and behind your baseboards, we have professional detection tools to find it. A sampling of our detection tools include:

    •    Moisture sensors
    •    Moisture meters
    •    Thermal imaging camera technology

Along with rapid water removal, we also deep clean all surface areas and disinfect using EPA-registered anti-microbial agents. Throughout the drying process, we also continually reposition our dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers until we can get regular readings from our moisture detection tools.

In some instances, it may be necessary for our technicians to perform what is known as controlled demolition to complete the restoration process. During this time, we may perform flood cuts several inches above the water line to remove damaged sheetrock. It then gets replaced with brand-new materials and finished off to ensure the walls look as they did pre-flood.

What About Carpeting in My Home?

Each flood restoration project gets treated on a case-by-case basis due to the nature of floodwater and the presence of potential contaminants. We can test the materials to determine the contamination levels, which tell us whether your carpet and carpet padding is salvageable. If cleaning is not possible, we remove the wet carpet and all padding below. We then treat the subfloor beneath, ensuring everything is dry to inhibit the onset of fungal growth.

We Leave Your Interior Fresh, Clean, and Deodorized

Damp, musty smells are common with any water loss incident. If not addressed appropriately, this smell could linger and become a constant reminder of the flooding. Our crew uses EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaning agents to sanitize your home thoroughly. However, we also have a range of professional-grade equipment to help us facilitate deodorization, including:

    •    Air scrubbers
    •    Thermal fogging
    •    Air filtration devices (AFD), and more

We always make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater for flood damage services. To have a crew deployed to your property once you get hit with storm damage, give us a call at (973) 810-2825.

How Can I Protect My Home From Flood Damage?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Jefferson NJ Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home

Technicians Offer Professional Flood Damage Mitigation for Jefferson Homes

Home flooding is the most common natural disaster in the continental United States. While the surface-level damage caused by floodwater, silt, debris, and contaminants is overwhelming enough on its own, flooding also requires rapid mitigation because of the damage it can do behind wall cavities and beneath floors.

SERVPRO offers emergency-response flood damage mitigation for Jefferson residents. Theses Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians, provide comprehensive disaster cleanup that includes the following:

  • A thorough initial inspection by a SERVPRO crew chief to develop a plan of action for saving your home from flood damage.
  • A rapid-response team that is available day and night to restore your home, including on weekends and holidays.
  • In-depth extraction, sanitation, and drying can be accomplished with SERVPRO’s own power sources when yours have been affected by flooding.
  • Restoration and rebuilding services provide cost-effective home cleanup while safely minimizing loss of structures and contents.

Preventative and Emergency Measures for Home Flooding

Be Prepared Before Disaster Strikes

  • Formulate an emergency plan with your family before a disaster. Keep an emergency kit at the ready with enough first aid, shelf-stable food, water, medicine, and other necessities for everyone.
  • Keep photos and digital copies of documents, valuables, and other items and store this data in a safe, off-site location.
  • Consult with licensed professionals about implementing landscaping, drainage systems, waterproofing, or barriers that can lessen the impact of home flooding.

During the Flood

  • Monitor the situation with an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio.
  • Move important documents and other valuables to higher ground or an upper floor. Make use of sandbags for fast-acting diversion of floodwater.
  • Focus on personal safety for yourself and your loved ones above all else. Avoid making contact with floodwater and focus on keeping occupants safe until the disaster has passed.

After Flooding Subsides

  • Do not make contact with floodwater and avoid interacting with electrical components affected by flooding.
  • Call your insurer as soon as possible to file a claim. A prompt filing is more likely to provide faster service and compensation from your insurance provider.
  • Document damage with photos, video, and detailed descriptions of affected structures and property before performing any temporary repairs.

SERVPRO is ready to coordinate with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that cleanup is performed per IICRC standards and your insurance policy.

How SERVPRO Restores Flood-Damaged Belongings

SERVPRO techs have the resources to take the content of your home off-site for thorough cleaning. This process, called a pack out, entails technicians documenting, packing, and moving damaged items room by room for restoration. This process not only bolsters your proof of loss claim with extensive written, photo, and video evidence, but it also strives to prevent loss to a variety of items in your home, including:

  • Books and documents
  • Electronics and digital media
  • Keepsakes, heirlooms, and antiques
  • Collectibles, jewelry, and artwork
  • Children’s toys and items of sentimental value

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater offers mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (973) 810-2825 for an emergency response team to come to your home.

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Flood Damage Cleanup In Dover

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

storm causing damage We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Flood Damage Cleanup In Dover Involves A Final Cleaning Process

After stormy weather comes into the Dover region, weaknesses in your house's structure can become the source of a water leak. Any time rainwater gets into your residence, there is a chance that it can be dirty and contain contaminants. Any outdoor moisture breaching the exterior shell of your building can also be the source of mold growth or mildew-like odors.

As a final step of your flood damage project in Dover, our SERVPRO technicians go through your home to make sure that everything is clean and looks “Like it never even happened.” This final cleaning phase can often include steam cleaning all of the carpets inside your dwelling to remove any staining or unpleasant aromas. To make sure your affected contents and building materials are as clean as possible, we use the following six different aspects to define your home as being "clean."

1. Looks Clean
Our SERVPRO team knows that it is very important that any visible stains or soiling on your carpets and other items are removed during the final cleaning processes.

2. Smells Clean
Smelling clean refers to your house, both containing pleasant aromas and not having foul smells such as mildew.

3. Feels Clean
Clean carpets should be soft and fluffy to the touch and feel like your hair when you get out of the shower. Clean fibers should not feel matted or greasy.

4. Stays Clean
If the carpet cleaning procedures get conducted properly, your carpets should not quickly attract soils to it. During the carpet cleaning phase, our SERVPRO crew rinses your carpets so that soap residues do not attract dirt or dust.

5. Dries Fast
During carpet cleaning, we extract as much excess moisture as possible so that your floors do not stay wet long after they get cleaned.

6. Is Sanitized
During the cleaning process, we can use detergents that have anti-bacterial properties that work towards eliminating any microorganisms that may have been present in the water that entered your home from the outside.

Restoring storm-related problems can require the use of advanced technology just in the cleaning phase. For professional assistance, call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Flood Damage In Dover

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

storm damaged property “Like it never even happened.”

Unexpected Storms in Dover Can Leave Homeowners Reeling from Flood Damage

Storms can bring unpredictability in the form of high wind and excessive rain. Without warning, trees can drop limbs onto your roof, allowing water to get in and leaving your interior drenched. In addition to this, you also have potential harm from storm debris that may leave your outside drains clogged where water may enter your home in other areas.

To make sure you can adequately address any flood damage in Dover, it is a good idea to call trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” With a simple phone call to our offices at SERVPRO, we send out a team equipped with the tools necessary for locating unwanted water. We then extract all of the water, dry out the contents of your home, and ensure that everything is cleaned and disinfected for your family to resume daily activities safely.

Should there be damage to your roof, our building crew is available to remove overhead branches and to get the repair work started. You must know that your family does not have to go through flood loss alone. Our skilled technicians bring a great deal of expertise and experience to your home to get everything back to normal.

Prompt Action
The sooner that we are able to get to work on your flood-damaged home, the less there is that must be repaired. Expedient mitigation helps halt the spread of any contaminated water, thus cutting back on the risk of mold growth. Our team utilizes powerful antimicrobials that easily adhere to various surfaces to inhibit bacteria from spreading.

Flood Mitigation
Proper drying after floodwater is removed calls for careful monitoring. We utilize specialized equipment to detect hidden moisture along with the help of mighty air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers. InjectiDry systems help extract water from hollow cavities and flooring while putting forced air into places where other drying equipment is unable to reach.

Flood damage in your home often leaves behind debris and silt on your floors, which also gets pushed into corners and other smaller areas. Our SERVPRO technicians help ensure debris and residue is cleaned up to make your home pleasant to be in once again.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater is available to address all of your flood damage needs. With just one phone call to our office at (973) 810-2825, we deploy a team to your location promptly to start the assessment.

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What Few People Know About Flood Damage Mitigation in Dover

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom with white bed and end tables Flood damage and stagnant water can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Why Water Removal is Vital for Flooded Dover Homes

Debris removal is one of the first steps that you can anticipate your Dover home needing, which might include strenuous hours spent raking and shoveling loose content from the floors of your residence. In many situations, however, water removal must precede debris cleanup because of the severity of standing water and its potential contamination threats present. The extraction process is a critical one for many reasons.

Flood removal for Dover homes hinges on the use of premier extraction tools available to our SERVPRO professionals arriving at your damaged residence. One of the most routinely used devices for our water recovery and flood restoration professionals is our submersible pump. Though it runs on electricity in situations where the power might be disconnected, we have portable and trailered generators to supply stable power to the units where necessary. If the water is thought to contain sewage or other contaminants, we can also work with septic pump truck operators to remove this hazardous standing water.

Hydrostatic pressure is another reason why reacting quickly to flooding scenarios is the focus of our SERVPRO team. Softening soil around the foundation of your house, combined with literal standing water against this structure, can present a challenging scenario. We have to regularly inspect the condition of nearby surfaces like block walls and their mortar joints for new moisture pockets or literal leaks through the masonry of your basement or crawlspace where applicable.

Continually discharging floodwater from a damaged residence often requires us to find the most reliable path to a sanitary sewer system or use our extractor trucks to transport this removed water to a licensed disposal facility. Because many homes have sewer cleanouts towards their home or close to where a service line and mainline come together, drainage to the sewer system is often accessible with these standpipes.

Removing standing water and the hazardous flood effects that can result is the priority of our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater team. We have the experience and equipment to help, however you need. Give us a call anytime disasters strike at (973) 810-2825.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Jefferson Home After A Flood

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

dryers placed in a room after a flood Cutting out drywall to a few inches above the flood line helps us make proper repairs to your home after a flood.

After Flood Damage, We Pump Out Water, Dry Interiors, and Sanitize Homes in Jefferson

Powerful storms that drench the area around Jefferson can leave sewer systems overflowing in various locations. City streets and side roads are not the only sources of the flooding, however. Creeks, streams, and ditches can send overflowing water into your neighborhood.

After a disaster, SERVPRO helps out in the community by assisting residents in Jefferson cope with flood-damaged houses. We know that the flooding affected more than your house. We help people find local resources that can make a big difference in how a family's post-flood experiences shape their future.

When we first arrive at a flood-damaged house, we spray exposed and contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant. This reduces the amount of cross-contamination that might otherwise happen during our initial cleanup efforts.

We methodically pump any remaining water from the lowest portions of the home with submersible units, taking care to check for signs of stress in the foundation. Carpets get cut into sections for quick disposal, and we do the same with portions of drywall about six inches above the flood line. We pull ruined appliances, furniture, and other large items out of your home and place them outside for disposal. 

After removing the water and items retaining large amounts of it, we need to start working on drying things out more thoroughly. We can do this even if the area's electrical power is out. Box fans and dehumidifiers pull floodwaters from out of the wood frame and allow us to apply antimicrobial agents. We use our Injectidry systems to dry out flooring, wall cavities, and other enclosed areas.

Drying can take a while, as can cleaning up each item. However, the more work we do with these methods, the less you must replace. Restoration is often the least costly of the two options. As soon as the interior becomes dry again, we re-apply a disinfectant to ensure that everything that might cause health effects in your family members no longer poses a threat.

SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater knows how vital a fast recovery is after a disaster. When flood damage keeps you from living in your Hopatcong, Stanhope, of Mt. Arlington residence, a quick call to our 24-hour service line, (973) 810-2825, can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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We Offer Fast Cleanup Action In Jefferson After A Flood

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

If flood damage is not addressed within 24 to 48 hours it can cause secondary damage such as mold to begin to develop. We arrive right away.

Yes, Sometimes Insulation Can Be Saved From Flood Damage in Jefferson Homes

It feels overwhelming enough when a strong storm drops a tree branch on your roof and water pours in. It is even worse when the rainwater runs through the fiberglass insulation and soaks the ceiling in the room below. Fast attention can turn this situation around and limit loss.

Because airborne mold spores can begin to germinate as fast as 24 hours after a flood damage event in a Jefferson home, cleanup should occur quickly. When SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site, one of the first actions our team members do is to tarp over the damaged roof area to inhibit any further entrance of water to the house. 

Attic spaces often present a particular challenge for flood damage cleanup due to the fact space is often limited. One of the key elements for drying an attic is the removal of the fiberglass insulation. Our technicians have specialized attachments on their commercial vacuums that let them pick up the insulation for drying and preparation for reinstallation if the homeowner chooses.

During the drying phase, there may not be room to bring in our air movers, and we create configurations with hoses running from the air movers into the attic to deliver warm, dry air. If the water ran from the attic into the floor joists and the ceiling below, we have drying mats to force air into the area and assist with complete drying. 

Once the attic attains pre-set drying goals, our technicians perform the following functions: 

  • Thoroughly hand clean the area to inhibit the growth of mold, bacteria, and odors.
  • In some cases, antimicrobial sealant around the damaged area further makes the area inhospitable to mold growth.
  • If water odors remain, we apply different methods to neutralize them.

Flood damage in your home does not automatically mean a complete loss. With fast cleanup action, our technicians assist homeowners every day by minimizing water loss. Call SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825, and we can make the water damage in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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The Risks of Standing Flood Water in Jefferson Homes

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

We know and understand all concerns with your flood damage in Jefferson.

SERVPRO wants to help you understand the risks of your Jefferson flood damage.

Flooding can become a very traumatic experience quickly for Jefferson homeowners. Ideally, property owners would seek to secure the experience and fast response of trained disaster relief specialists to help address this invading water and any structural concerns that might also exist. With a substantial push for DIY projects, many owners are looking to overcome these obstacles on their own without a full understanding of the potential risks involved. 

Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training to combat flood damage in Jefferson homes through both the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA.) Both of these firms offer extensive training and coursework to technicians looking to become valuable assets in these restoration and recovery niches of the industry. 

As you might expect, safety is a top concern for our SERVPRO team when we approach the recovery of a flood damage situation in area homes. Likewise, even if you do not intend to utilize our expertise and experience in these matters, we want to ensure that residents in our service region are handling these disasters smartly and safely, carefully assessing risks and working to overcome these hazardous conditions within their limitations and abilities. Here are some risks that exist with standing water in your property: 

  • Water pouring through openings can bring in rodents, snakes, and harmful insects. Do not get into the floodwater without extensive protection. 
  • Flooding can overflow sanitary sewers to present biohazardous contamination for your entire household exposed to the water. 
  • Standing water can substantially weaken flooring, sag ceilings, and deteriorate supports. Tread carefully even after this water has gotten extracted. 

Standing water presents significant risks to the safety of homeowners and even our certified and experienced SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater technicians. It is critical to understand these threats and how to avoid them to keep yourself and your family safe throughout the restoration and recovery efforts. Give our professionals a call to help however we can at (973) 810-2825.

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Dover Homeowners Appreciate Post-Flood Content Preservation Done by SERVPRO

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Skills to Restore Your Flood Damaged Home in Dover While Protecting Your Contents in a Pack-Out

What Happens to Flood Damaged Items in Your Dover Home?

It can be challenging to contend with flooding in your Dover home, especially when it comes with considerable structural concerns. With multiple symptoms and effects to face, most homeowners can appreciate their need for professional restoration technicians to work quickly to protect property as best as they can. What many of these same homeowners do not realize is that with teams like ours, structural recovery is only the beginning to the work that we do to restore your home and your life after a flood emergency.

A property is much more than building materials and space, and when flood damage occurs in your Dover home, you can start to appreciate the various items and contents within that now become at risk for irreparable damages. The belongings within your house can easily become ruined by standing and rising waters, especially when that water comes with the threat of contamination and bacteriological concerns. Our SERVPRO professionals responding to the emergency can work to protect these items with our pack-out process.

With the initial assessment of the property when our mitigation team arrives at your address, our contents department can walk through the home as well and earmark belongings, furniture, and other items for removal and storage off-site. There are many steps that these possessions undergo once they reach our SERVPRO facility, and it can prepare them for their later return to your restored residence.

First and foremost, our team works to dry out damaged belongings removed from the house to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from taking root. In some cases, antimicrobial agents must get introduced to make surfaces uninhabitable for mold spores in the environment. Additionally, deodorization and disinfection are conventional approaches before these items go into storage in our controlled-climate facility.

While you might think that restoration is all about bringing your home back to pre-flood condition, there are more steps than many homeowners realize. You can count on the experience and advanced techniques of our SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater professionals to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (973) 810-2825.

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When A Flood Strikes Your Dover Home, Call Our Experts At SERVPRO Right Away!

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

For expert inspection and solutions to property, damages contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.

Scoping Flood Damage For A More Efficient Service In Dover

When we think of flooding the first thing that comes to mind is external — natural weather events like heavy rainfall, storms, road overflow or flash flooding. However, flooding can be caused by many other issues internal to the home. If there are issues with an attic water tank, HVAC system or second-floor plumbing, then water can quickly flood the home requiring emergency assistance from an experienced service provider.

We can provide expert IICRC certificate holders to help residents with flood damage in Dover. One of the first things your SERVPRO technician can use their expertise for when arriving on site is conducting a visual inspection, also known as scoping the property. This process may seem time-consuming, especially when there is water around your ankles, but scoping is an essential part of delivering an efficient service.

The scoping procedure involves checking to make sure ceilings are not loaded with water. Equally, shutting off electrical shock hazards and checking subfloors to see how much water has been absorbed. We start from the source of moisture and work outwards using moisture meters to detect where water may have migrated to as well as making a note of different materials that could be a source of damage.

Once a thorough assessment is complete we can then bring in the correct equipment, tailoring it to your property and possessions. Water extraction units combine heating elements with vacuum power and specialize in removing excess moisture. These are effective in combating pooling without risking damages to your structural contents.

If, during the scoping procedure, there is a discovery of excess water beneath your subfloor, underneath fittings or inside wall spaces SERVPRO can deploy specialty drying equipment. Injectidry systems involve drilling small holes at the base of walls to allow a current of hot air to be passed through. We can refill and repaint these holes afterward. However, the process is essential to ensuring your home is thoroughly dry, “Like it never even happened.”

For expert inspection and solutions to property, damages contact SERVPRO of Dover / Stillwater at (973) 810-2825.

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Broken pipes in Freezing Temperatures

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe burst due to freezing the water will run until the line is shut off

It is easy for us to forget how devastating water damage can be. And many do not realize how much damage can be done from a single supply pipe that has a break.

This can be the flex lines we all se eat the toilets and under our sinks and the cooper or PEX lines we all have in our homes. In regards to the flex lines they should be replaced every 5-7 years to prevent a break. Remember these lines are under constant pressure and wear and break down over time. The worst part is they wear from the inside out so likely you have no idea there is a issue until it is too late. And it always seems to happen just as you are leaving for an amazing vacation or going to see family for a extended weekend.

Here are a few tips to protect your home.

  1. First is to make sure the flex lines are all under 7 years old and if you don't know how old it is you should have them replaced. During this process make sure all of the shut off valves work. there is nothing worse than turning the valve to stop the water and it no longer works then all you can do is shut off the main if it works or wait for the plumber to get there and that is a helpless feeling.
  2. In addition when you are going to be away for a extended period of time turn off the water to the home at the main. That way there can be no issues to ruin your vacation. 
  3. There are also multiple water monitors that can be placed on the floor to send you notification that they have sensed water. The key to all of this is maintenance and thinking ahead.

Sometimes all the preparation in the world can stop a accident from happening and that is what we are here for. So if something happens please call us and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

What Is a Nor’easter?

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm problems in Dover,NJ

A severe storm that travels up the Northeastern coast of the United States is referred to as a Nor'easter. These storms can cause flooding due to heavy rain and storm surges or snow. Find out what these storms involve and other Nor'easter facts to help you prepare for adverse weather in Dover, NJ.

What Causes Nor'easters?

Several factors cause Nor'easters:

  • Cold air traveling southward from Canada on the polar jet stream
  • Warm air moving northward from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean
  • The Gulf Stream current warming coastal Atlantic waters and air above the water

The combination of warm air over water and cold air over land is a recipe for strong storms. Although Nor'easters often develop during the winter, these storms can occur at any time of year.

What Do Nor'easters Involve?

These storms have several defining characteristics:

  • Low-pressure fronts
  • Strong winds
  • Blow in off the Atlantic Ocean
  • Originate as a cyclone in the Midwest
  • Move northeastward up the coast
  • Often cause rain, snow, or flooding

A classic or Miller Type-A Nor'easter is a storm that develops along the Gulf Coast or East Coast. A Miller Type-B storm originates in the Midwest.

Which Areas Experience Nor'easters?

Nor'easters tend to batter the eastern coast of the United States. These storms have a characteristic pattern:

  • Nor'easters form within 100 miles east or west of the East Coast
  • Storms tend to develop between Georgia and New Jersey
  • Storms reach maximum intensity near New England or the Maritime Provinces of Canada

Nor'easters can cause severe weather throughout the populous Interstate 95 Northeast corridor of coastal cities from Washington D.C. up through Philadelphia to New York City and Boston. Plan for inclement weather and a potential loss of power if a Nor'easter is headed your way. Contact residential storm damage restoration experts if one of these storms strikes your home in Dover, NJ.

How To Get Rid of Water in Your Basement

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Using the right equipment to Remove water from the Basement

During storm season in Dover, NJ, the likelihood that your basement may flood increases exponentially. Rising groundwater, however, doesn't always wait on a storm. A backed-up sewer or some other type of flood can affect your home as well. Knowing that flooding is always a possibility, you should have procedures in place for dealing with it. You may purchase equipment yourself, have professionals on speed dial for when an emergency arises or do both.

Protecting Your Basement

A flood can fill up your basement pretty fast. Once the water flow starts, you could have two feet of standing water down there in no time. That's why it's a good idea to have a sump pump that is ready to pump the water out into your backyard or some other area. It's not enough to have it; you must also take care of the pump:

• Charge it – Make sure it's plugged in to a power source
• Clean it – Make sure there's no debris in the inlet screen
• Test it – Make sure it works by pouring water into it and seeing if it comes on

Taking care of your equipment ensures that it will kick into gear when you need it to do so.

Consulting the Experts

You probably don't want to just rely on the sump pump to take care of the flood's aftermath. Any water damage needs to be fixed by water mitigation professionals. If the standing water in your basement is filled with debris, they can also bring out a trash pump that not only removes the water but the sludge and muck hidden in it. The pump mounts right on the collection truck, making containment a simple process.

It may be daunting to open the door to your basement and see several feet of water where the floor used to be. With the right equipment and help, though, you can get the water out of your basement quickly and efficiently.

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What Is Black Water?

8/18/2018 (Permalink)

Black Water damage to Dover Commercial property

Flood water and sewage overflow are two types of black water, also known as Category 3 water. This type of water poses the highest sanitation risks. If flooding has occurred in Dover, NJ, or a storm has caused sewers to back up, property owners may experience Category 3 flooding or water damage. This water may contain a variety of contents that call for immediate cleanup with protective gear, such as

• Bacteria
• Chemicals
• Pesticides
• Sewage

Category 3 Water Risks

The Category 3 classification covers water from both flooding and sewage. This water is not potable and may pose serious risks upon skin exposure or if inhaled or ingested. Restoration professionals wear personal protective equipment when taking the steps necessary to rid buildings of the presence of contaminated water and limit the extent of the water damage resulting from a backup or flooding situation. These steps include

• Assessing damage
• Removing water and solid waste
• Eliminating or specially cleaning contaminated porous contents
• Cleaning and disinfecting contaminated nonporous contents and surfaces
• Drying the affected area

These methods help to reduce the risk of infection and restrict the amount of secondary damage, such as mold, that can result from the prolonged presence of black water in the wake of flooding or a sewer backup. Porous contents may need to be cleaned with specialized methods or removed and disposed of to eliminate all traces of contamination. Nonporous contents and surfaces can be cleaned by being sprayed or wiped down and disinfected before being thoroughly dried and restored.

How To Get Rid of Category 3 Water

If you are dealing with water damage in a commercial property located in Dover, NJ, damage restoration experts can help you quickly and safely clean the affected area and resume business as usual. Reaching out sooner rather than later can keep the worst effects of this type of flooding from undermining your business.

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Ways You can Prevent Further Damage to Your Roof

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

When you follow these damage prevention and mitigation tips, you can help keep your roof strong.

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. A well-built roof will keep out the elements and provide shelter and protection for you and your family. In most cases, your roof will stand up to the weather and to age. Fortunately, there are ways to can prevent damage and also ensure roof damage from getting worse after large storms.

Inspect Regularly

Just like any part of your Dover, NJ, home, you need to consistently check on your roof to make sure it’s sound. If it is weakening in any way, even mild storms could produce severe wind damage or other problems.

• Inspect it once a year.
• Check for curled, loose or missing roof shingles or tiles.
• Examine the rafters or trusses for nail tips that may be coming through.
• If you’re not thrilled about getting on your roof, you can hire a professional.

Strengthen Your Roof

If you live in an area where high winds are common, it’s a good idea to reinforce your roof to protect it against roof damage. One way to do this is to put cement around the edges or under shingle tabs. You can also install metal structural supports to connect your roof to your walls.

After the Storm

In many places, strong storms are inevitable, and you may have to deal with wind damage and other problems. If your roof has suffered damage, you need to act quickly to ensure your safety and roof integrity. With the help of a professional, you should board up any weakened spots or severely damaged areas of your roof. You may also place tarps over holes to prevent water or debris from coming inside.

When you follow these damage prevention and mitigation tips, you can help keep your roof strong. You can also get it back to normal in a timely manner. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

What Can You Expect During Storm Damage Repairs at Your Business?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Expert storm damage technicians may be able to put your mind at ease by offering a variety of services, large and small, to restore your business.

When heavy thunderstorms cause torrential rains, hail and high winds in Dover, NJ, your commercial building could suffer considerable damage as a result. While this can be stressful for you, having a storm damage and flood cleanup service on call to come make repairs might give you peace of mind despite the destruction. From draining away water to drywall tear out, you can expect this type of company to perform a variety of actions when it comes to the restoration of your business.

Flood Mitigation

Flood waters can come from several sources, but one of the most common is from overflowing rain water during heavy rains. This type of flooding can be contaminated with an array of toxins, including:

• animal feces
• sewage runoff
• chemicals from drain runoff

Flood cleanup techs can prevent the spread of this water inside your building by sealing off affected areas and using sump and trash pumps to drain it away.

Drying and Deodorizing Services

After a flood, water damage may leave behind stains, mold growth and foul odors. Flood cleanup techs will likely eliminate these problems by performing the tear out of drywall and damaged insulation and using specialized tools to clean and deodorize any areas affected by flooding. If mold is detected, your techs may provide you with several options for eliminating it.

Restoration of Damaged Items

If you have any inventory or equipment affected by flood waters or mold, cleanup techs may include storm restoration services as a part of their repair plan. Clothing, books, important documents and office furniture may all be salvaged and restored by the specialized processes a flood cleanup company offers.

Whether you need drywall tear out or flood water mitigation for your commercial building after storms in Dover, NJ, having a flood cleanup company on hand can be helpful. Expert storm damage technicians may be able to put your mind at ease by offering a variety of services, large and small, to restore your business. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdoverstillwater.com/.

It is important to understand what the weather (Flood) warnings mean

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

The winter season is here, we all know that because we have experienced the cold breeze in our faces and the snowflakes falling in the last weeks. We also know that it is hard to predict the weather and its dangerous storms, but we should know that there are a couple of warning signs that are designed to help us to be prepared and stay safe. It is our responsibility to learn their meaning in in order for them to be successful. For example, in a large snow storm, besides the common dangers there is also the possibility of flooding once the snow melts. Therefore, the National Weather Service will issue some flood warnings and understanding them could make the difference to keep your family and property safe.

Please review the following description of the four main flood warnings:

  1. Flash Flood Warning: This flood warning is issued when the flood is imminent or it is already occurring. You will need to move to a higher ground because this type of flood can be sudden and a violent one, it hard to predict how long it will last it could take from minutes to hours to develop, and it can happen even in areas that are not immediately receiving water. It is important to understand the meaning of the warning signs to know what to do when one is issued. In this case when you see or hear this warning take action and stay safe.
  2. Flood Warning: This kind of warning is issued when flooding is either occurring or is imminent. You need to take action and find a safe place for you and your family.
  3. Flood Watch: This warning is issue when the conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to happen and for flooding to be in the area. It is a preventing warning because it does not mean that flooding will occur, but is a possibility that can happen.
  4. Flood Advisory: This type of advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be severe enough to issue a warning, but it may cause inconvenience and therefore people should take caution because the situation could change.

We hope that these information is helpful to you and to your family. If you ever have an issue with flooding call us we are the professional team that you can count on, we are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825.

Important Snow Shoveling Lessons for the Winter Season

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Snow Removal Lessons

Now that the winter and snowing season is here, it seems like the perfect timing to talk about some snow lessons that will help us to get through the season safe.

  • While snow is falling

If snow is on your weather forecast do not make the mistake of waiting until it passes to start shoveling. This will only make your work harder and you increase the chances to suffer an injury. What you should do instead is to start shoveling snow as it lands, you should prepare yourself to do it as often as every hour if the snow storm is a heavy one, this will allow a faster and safer snow removal.

  • Materials Matter

Most people do not think about the importance of choosing the right snow removal tools and materials. Some of the recommendations to follow are for example not to use rock salt on concrete to avoid cracked walkways, instead use calcium chloride. Use plastic shovels instead of metal ones in surfaces that could get damage. Keep shovels and blades from snow blowers at least a half inch to the grown to avoid to damage the driveway

  • Hold the Shovel Close

During the cold months it is not uncommon to hear about the winter injuries caused by shoveling. In order to avoid this it is necessary to learn how to shovel snow properly. The best way is to keep the shovel close to your body preventing overreaching and causing strain to different parts of your body.

  • Spray Liberally

There is a helpful tip to remember when you are getting ready to go outside to shovel some snow. Before you go outside try to apply a generous amount of cooking spray to the front and back of your shovel, this will let the snow slide of the blade of the shovel which translates in an easier job for you.

  • Have a plan

We recommend that you have a plan when you start shoveling snow. Making not only your job easier, but avoiding the risk of injuries (So common during the winter season). One excellent strategy is to start shoveling from the center of the driveway and work your way out. This will allow you to move lighter loads of snow, move faster, and avoid injuries.

Winter Storms Damages

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

the amount snow that a Snow Storm could bring during winter time.

The evidence of the effects of Climate Change have been more noticeable than ever this year. If we think about it Harvey, Maria, Jose, and Katia, etc. are not exactly names on a new year student's list. Instead, they remind us of the destruction and fear that this year's hurricane season, one of the most active in decades, have left us (Not only in the US, but in the Caribbean and Central America too). Even though the Hurricane season is not over yet, it is about time for us to start thinking about the possible effects of Climate Change for the upcoming winter season and how we can prepare for them.

It is really hard to predict how this winter is going to be, how climate change may affect the amount of snow that we will get, and how many snow storms or blizzards we are going to have. The truth is, it is always smart to be prepare for all the scenarios, know what to do, and who to call in case of an emergency due to the extreme weather conditions. It is important to remember that a winter storm can change from moderate snowfall to severe blizzard conditions in a small time frame. Low temperatures, black ice, power outages, pipe bursts, strong winds, large amounts of snow on the roof that can cause structural damage, and flooding due to melting snow are some of the treats to keep in mind when thinking about how to prepare for the winter season.

There are some considerations to take in order to protect your family and your property from the different kinds of dangers caused by a snow storm.

Before the Snow:

  • Avoid to travel, but prepare your car in case you need to go. Some items to have in your car are : A battery-powered radio with extra batteries, a windshield scraper, some water and snacks, warm blankets (Also, a coat, a hat, and gloves), road salt and cat litter, booster cables, a first aid kit, a shovel, a portable cellphone charger, and make sure to fill your tank with gas before the storm.
  • Prepare an emergency kit (Make sure to have enough food, water, and safety supplies for the whole family and pets. At least for a week). Some items to have are: canned food, drinking water, can opener, first aid kit, prescription medicine, and a flash light with extra batteries, sanitary wipes, a radio, and any special supplies depending on the needs of your family.
  • Prepare your home. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work, always use generators outside, insulate windows and doors, avoid the use of candles and try to use flashlights, keep cabinets open to allow heated air around the pipes, if possible wrap pipes with insulation or newspaper, fill the bathtub with water, and prepare your basement if you think there is a possibility of flooding due to the melting of snow.

During the Snow:

  • Make sure to stay indoors and only go outside if it is necessary, if you do make sure to keep multiple layers of warm and dry clothes to keep heat in. Also, communicate with family, friends, and neighbors through text messages to minimize network congestion and keep your phone charged. Watch the news or listen to the radio for updates. Allow a small amount of water to drip continuously from all water taps, keep refrigerator doors closed to maintain temperature and preserve the food in there, stay dressed and warm at all times, and make sure your pets are inside and safe as well.

After the Snow:

  • If you took all the necessary measures to prevent damages due to Mother Nature conditions, more than likely you, your family, and your property will be safe and getting ready to get back to your normal routine. The problem is that sometimes things do not go as planned and an unexpected pipe bursts, some flooding, some damage from your roof, or a fire can alter how soon you will return to your daily activities. This is when you should know who to call to restore your property. If you have any of these emergencies do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here to understand your needs and we are open 24/7 to make sure that your home looks "Like it never even happened." We are SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater (973-810-2825) and we have a highly trained team ready to answer to any kind of emergency that you have.

Preparing your emergency/survival kit.

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

You can be prepared and make your own perfect emergency/survival kit.

When you think about natural disasters and how to be prepared for them, one of the most important tools to survive is to have a good Emergency kit in your home. There are different options that you can buy online, but you can also build your own and accommodate it to your family specific needs. Even though you can add unique items to yours, there are some things that are basic to any emergency kit and that we recommend that you should have when making your own, those are:

  • First-Aid Kit (Pain relievers, bandages different sizes, instant cold pads, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic solution, scissors, thermometer, disposable gloves, adhesive tape, cotton balls, eye solution, soap and a hand sanitizer, anti-diarrhea medication, antihistamine, cold medication, first aid manual, etc.).
  • Flash light (with extra batteries).
  • Water-enough for at least three days (One gallon per person per day).
  • Non-perishable food for at least three days and a can opener if needed. Examples: Proteins or fruit bars, dried fruits, canned juice, granola, can food, avoid foods that can make you and your family thirsty.
  • Cash and change.
  • Copies of important documents (identifications, bank accounts, insurances, etc.)
  • Prescription medicine.
  • Matches and candles in a waterproof container.
  • Battery powered radio (extra batteries).
  • Complete change of clothing.
  • Moist towelettes.
  • Infant supplies (Diaper, formula, wipes, bottles).
  • Feminine supplies.
  • Food and water for your pets.
  • Garbage bags.
  • Sleeping bag or a blanket.
  • Cellphone fully charge.

It is also important to remember to maintain your kit and replace any items as needed at least every six months.

An emergency kit is only one of the things that you can do to be prepared for any kind of disaster, but it is the one that can make the difference and help you survive after the storm.

Flodding: What to do before, during, and after.

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

This is what flooding looks like and it could happen to any homeowner at any time.

Flooding is one type of undesired disasters that could result from a storm or an accident in your home or business. It is important to know that even a few inches of flooding water could cause serious damage to your property, it could be life threating, and it could happened at any time and sometimes without notice. Since any homeowner is exposed to this kind of incident, this is the right time to ask yourself about your home insurance and if you are covered (most standard homeowners insurance do not include this kind of coverage and you will need to call your agent and ask about the National Flood Insurance Program). This could make a big difference in case that you have to deal with this disaster.

Besides making sure that you have flooding insurance, there are some recommendations to follow in case of a flooding emergency (before, during, and after it happens):

  1. Before: Remember that the most important thing is to save yourself and your loved ones (including pets). Therefore, if directed by your local officials evacuate the zone before flooding happens. If possible secure your home (some homeowners use homemade dams made of sand to help to protect their property), disconnect appliances, move valuables to a safe place, and turn off utilities. Finally, bring with you copies of important documents in case originals get affected.
  2. During: In case it is too late to leave and you find yourself in a flooding situation, make sure to move to a higher ground, if necessary go onto the roof of your house (try to avoid going into a closed attic). Do not walk in flooding waters, this is a really important recommendation not only because this water could carry rocks, debris, sewage, etc. but because only six inches of moving water could make you fall. This also applies to driving your car since only one foot of water can move your vehicle off to the road.
  3. After: Finally If you evacuated only return to your property when local authorities say it is safe to do so and follow these recommendations:
  • Be careful when accessing the property as many hidden damages could become even more dangerous than the flood itself.
  • If it is safe turn off electrical breakers before touching or moving any electronics.
  • Discard any food items that have been in contact with the flooding waters.
  • Call your insurance company and if possible take pictures to help the claim process
  • Finally call us SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater 973-810-2825, we recommend that you do not delay to give us a call because the faster we start the cleaning process the faster we can restore your home and avoid further damages to your property. 

Sometimes it becomes impossible to avoid or prevent dangerous circumstances like flooding, but what we can do is to be prepared to know how to handle the situation and stay safe. We hope these recommendations are useful to you and your family. Please call us if you ever have a flooding emergency, we are here 24/7 to serve you and to help you to restore your property.