Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

For more about Berkeley Heights click here.

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.

For more about Berkeley Heights click here.

We Discuss Choosing The Right Extractor For Flooding In Berkeley Heights

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Give our SERVPRO of Western Union County team a call whenever you need us at (908) 791-9177.

Choosing the Right Extractor for Flooding in Berkeley Heights

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 right extractor can be the difference between efficient recovery and wasted time.

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 that our professionals must spend in later 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 criteria to determine which tool 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 to the needs of the house.

Severity (Depth) of the Damage
Another consideration that our SERVPRO team must make when we are assessing the need for extraction equipment is how severe the damage is. The depth of standing water can help to 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 a challenge after widespread flooding in a community. We do have trailered and portable generators to provide temporary power, or extraction tools that operate off of 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.

For more about Berkeley Heights click here.

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

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

 Our technicians cleaning the basement floors in a home with our equipment 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, when the weather changes, the water usually recedes without significant or lasting damage. 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 prepares 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 prompts 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 for 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 prior to 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 to design and implement a recovery plan.

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

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

basement room with household items, SERVPRO equipment and dirty carpet We are ready 24/7 with state of the art equipment to restore your home after a flood, Call us right away to precent further damage.

Quick Mitigation Tactics for Flooded New Providence Homes

Understanding the best approach to handle flooding in New Providence homes varies from one location to the next. To provide the ideal recovery strategies, you need to employ a full 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 each flood damage situation skilled and knowledgeable professionals to help.

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 loss 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. During this inspection, our SERVPRO professionals might utilize powerful and productive detection devices, including thermal and infrared imagery. These tablets our team uses 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 able to protect installed materials and the contents of your home we become. 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 that your property might face, helping us to 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 is 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.

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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!