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Flood Prevention Tips for Common Causes of New Jersey Property Water Damage

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Soaked residential bathroom floor and kitchen ceiling demolition during property restoration Our team’s primary goal is to mitigate damages using expert skill, experience, and equipment.

What you can expect from our SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Professionals in Mercer and Middlesex County

Even small leaks can bring big trouble for your home or business causing extensive structural and other damage if water removal services are not scheduled quickly. A leaky skylight, clogged drain pipe, or tub overflow can soak your floors, walls, and cabinets. Our technicians have experience in water removal and cleanup for homes and businesses in Trenton, Princeton, East Windsor and New Brunswick, they can quickly get to work to make your property feel “Like it never even happened.” We use advanced technology to locate the source of the damage and map the extent of damages. Our crews will attack your water damage and flooding, first by extracting water from your home with the assistance of wet vacs and pumps. Dehumidifiers and air movers can then be deployed to suck excess moisture from your kitchen cabinets, bathroom flooring, or basement ceiling.

Calling SERVPRO Provides Fast Comprehensive Water Removal

Often during water restoration, many recovery operations need to happen simultaneously, some of our crew will work on water extraction and controlled demolition, while others will inventory and pack up items to move to another location to help prevent further property damage from exposure to contaminated water or excess moisture. Moisture and mold particles can penetrate deep inside building materials, furniture and other porous items. HEPA filters help our industrial strength air scrubbers and dehumidifiers purify the air and neutralize odors and contaminants. Our SERVPRO of East Windsor location is fortunate to offer restoration and rebuilding services following a property disaster from all types of water or mold property concerns. Using our highly qualified construction team will help keep your recovery process moving steady and hassle free, often it can also minimize costs and completion time.

When water damage occurs in your home or business, knowing what to do will save precious time and ultimately minimize losses to your property and building contents. SERVPRO of East Windsor is the right choice and our professionals have extensive experience repairing and restoring catastrophic property water damage. Our technicians understand that ignoring water damage problems amplifies the problem while the source continues to cause harm to your property over time. Making it necessary to make quick, informed decisions, to perform quality restoration services today, that save you from further damaging problems, tomorrow.

SERVPRO EQUIPMENT IS KEY TO WATER RESTORATION:

Isolate Water Damaged Areas
Depending on the severity of your water or flood damage, our SERVPRO professionals may start with containment to help restrict secondary damages such as excessive humidity and mold from contaminating the air throughout your house and keep the damage contained at the source of the water or flood loss areas.

Water Extraction and Removal Equipment
Extractors are at the center of the water removal services. These machines are used to remove water from carpet, upholstery, and floors following a flood damage incidence. Our crews use either truck mounted or portable extractors depending on the extent and severity of water damage. 

Dehumidification Equipment
Excessive humidity from a water damage in your home can have devastating consequences leaving significant structural damage, mold growth and other latent concerns. Dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air and lower the relative humidity and speed up the evaporation process for faster drying. These machines draw in the moist air and replace it with warmer and drier air.

Air Moving Equipment
Used to accelerate air flow and evaporation of moisture from materials for restorative drying. An air mover—at its core—is a fan. But what separates it from your traditional fan is that it’s high-velocity, it’s versatile, and it has precision. This degree of functionality allows us to work quickly and more efficiently as opposed to a generic fan. As the air flows across the surface of moisture, it speeds up the process from which it evaporates and enters the air. It also pushes the newly created water vapor away from the area so more water molecules can dissipate into the air. We then remove the moisture from the air by running a dehumidifier.

Common causes of home or business water damage and what you can do now:

  • Plumbing Problems: freezing pipes is a common problem that can lead to water damage. But it is not just a burst pipe that can create a leak in your plumbing. Pipes can corrode or connections to fixtures can become worn, causing major plumbing problems and water leaks.

    Prevention tips: When it comes to avoiding costly damage from plumbing problems keeping your pipes warm and avoiding clogs are the best things you can do. Even small leaks can cause plenty of harm to your home or business, any unexplained changes in your water bill can also be a sign you could have a hidden water damage problem.
  • Ice Dams: When ice forms at the edge of your roof creating an ice dam, water can get trapped on your roof. This can cause leaks into your walls, around window or door jams and through the roof.

    Prevention tips: Proper ventilation, drainage and insulation are the only ways to prevent ice dams from causing major damage to your property. Inspect your attic and roof for proper ventilation, look for signs of rust or mold, make sure your vents are not blocked with debris or insulation. Look for air leaks and keep your gutters and downspouts working properly, diverting water away from your roof and foundation.
  • Appliance Malfunctions: Supply hoses, water heaters and drainage systems are notorious for springing leaks. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of gallons of water can flood your home or commercial property if any of these connections or holding tanks becomes corroded or damaged.

    Prevention tips: Check and maintain your appliances and hoses regularly, looking for leaks or signs of wear. Damaged hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a big mess and expensive property damage.
  • Basement Flooding: Keeping water out of your basement requires effective waterproofing and excess water removal systems in place. If your waterproofing is insufficient, or your sump pump fails, your basement can become flooded.

    Prevention tips: When water doesn’t properly drain it can cause water to backup or seep into your foundation and basement. Keep your gutters and downspouts working properly, extend them at least 10 ft. to divert water away from your foundation, drain subsurface water with a sump pump – run it every few months and perform annual maintenance.
  • Roof Damage: A leaking roof can quickly cause extensive water damage in your home, dripping down through the ceilings and walls of your structure.

    Prevention tips: Doing regular inspections for roof damage is a great way to avoid the costly after effects that storms, and weathering can bring. Looking for missing shingles or ponding that could lead to water intrusion. Any place where there are openings or joints in your roof, there’s the potential for leaks down the line.

Many of these common water damage issues can be prevented by keeping up with property maintenance. However, not all water infiltration can be stopped. When a pipe bursts or a storm creates a hole in your roof, you not only need to worry about fixing the leak problem, you need SERVPRO’s expert water removal and restoration service to protect your home or business.
 
At SERVPRO of East Windsor we take pride in our ability to erase the damage done by water, including damages caused by hidden problems. After 48 hours of exposure to water, there is a risk of mold growth in wet materials. Our East Windsor, New Jersey team of technicians put years of training, experience, and specialized equipment to work for you, ensuring the removal of all remaining moisture and a fast, effective drying process that you can count on. Our restoration specialists utilize infrared technology and thermal imagery to assess the full extent of the damage that your property has suffered. Using advanced technology can show our technicians areas where water might still exist based on a temperature difference. This process can ensure that the damage has not reached other areas of the building and confirm the completion of the restoration process.

SERVPRO of East Windsor responds quickly to your groundwater flooding or water damage emergency with skilled technicians to your home, our team’s primary goal is to mitigate additional damages with preventative procedures and neutralize and recover sustained damages using expert skill, experience, and equipment.

SERVPRO are experts at keeping your business operating during the busiest retail season after commercial property damage

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

retail business with water damage repair equipment installed Whether your business is suffering from a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale fire disaster trust that SERVPRO is here to help!

As retailers look to stretch an uncomfortably short shopping season this year, don’t let property damages get in the way of increased holiday sales. SERVPRO is your answer to staying operational after a Big or Small water or fire disaster impacts your New Jersey commercial property this holiday shopping season. SERVPRO restoration specialists have the experience, training and equipment to arrive faster to your commercial property disaster. Our full-service team is uniquely equipped to handle all phases of the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction saving your critical time during your recovery when your retail property needs it most. With over 30 years of experience helping local businesses our goal is to work with managers and owners to develop the right recovery plan to minimize cost, avoid business interruption and mitigate property damages.

What Business Disaster Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Provide?

Our SERVPRO Commercial Restoration Professionals can assist with:

  • Board-up, Emergency Power and Building Stabilization
  • Emergency Mitigation Services including Content Management
  • Drying, Dehumidification and Water Extraction
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art, Data and Document Recovery
  • Reconstruction Services
  • Soot, Smoke and Odor Removal

OUR SERVPRO Training and Tools Makes the Difference in quick cleanup and repairs

The success of your property disaster recovery hinges on a fast and effective response from a professional restoration company. Our SERVPRO teams have been assisting your neighbors with disaster restoration for years, providing expert commercial property disaster remediation. Our crews are prepared to assist during your property emergency with powerful and efficient tools and IICRC certified restoration specialists around-the-clock. Retail establishments can be dramatically impacted by natural or accidental disasters such as fire, flood, storms or even vandalism. The SERVPRO of East Windsor has decades of experience and training to overcome the unique challenges that can come with commercial property disasters including keeping your business running while cleaning and restoration is being performed. Our IICRC certified restoration specialists work quickly and efficiently to minimize or eliminate downtime with fast mitigation, content management and professional containment services for a fast recovery.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Mitigation and Restoration Services

  • Mitigation efforts are meant to prevent further damage and loss from occurring due to the existing threat, thus increasing the overall amount of work that needs to be done during the restoration itself.
  • Restoration is performed on items that could not be saved by mitigation efforts, and items that were damaged before the restoration company arrived. This step is often a longer process and may involve the complete replacement of floors, roofs, walls and other portions of your business that have been too damaged to save.
  • Both are necessary in order to get your business back in order after a flood, fire or other disaster, and should be performed by a professional disaster restoration company.

SERVPRO is here to help keep your commercial property operating through the busiest shopping season

Commercial property damage events are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale fire disaster, trust our restoration professionals to cleanup, repair and restore your business with minimal interruption to your customers and employees. Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of East Windsor.

SERVPRO professional’s cleanup and repairs homes suffering from property damage caused by modern conveniences

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Residential Kitchen with extensive water damage to floors, cabinets and walls SERVPRO provides expert property cleanup, repairs and restoration services to New Jersey following unexpected residential water or fire damage.

Modern conveniences are extremely useful tools to have inside your Mercer County home, but they can cause residential nightmares when they break down and cause problems such as water or fire damage. SERVPRO is prepared for all types of residential water or fire cleanup and restoration needs, including 24-Hour Emergency Repair Services.

Housekeeping can seem like an endless cycle of daily, weekly and monthly rituals, it’s easy to forget that many of the routine things we accomplish each day are done with the help of our modern appliances. Appliances are extremely useful tools however they require inspections and maintenance from time to time and inevitably need replacement or repairs. When these modern conveniences malfunction, it can lead to a plethora of fire, smoke or water property damage concerns. When your household appliances fight back from the endless cycle of chores with a burst pipe, puffback or accidental flood or fire SERVPRO is here to help with emergency property damage cleanup and restoration services.

SERVPRO is prepared for all of your residential water damage cleanup and repairs from a leaking dishwasher to a broken water heater our IICRC certified restoration specialists are ready to help.

When your dishwasher, washing machine or water heater fails causing a slow leak or a sudden burst, the results can be the same; significant flooding and other water damage throughout your home. Calling SERVPRO for quick water extraction and damage cleanup and restoration will save you time and money during your home property repairs.

Washing Machine Flood or Overflow: A broken or cracked drain hose or supply line, or even overfilling your washing machine can lead to appliance failure and cause water damage or flood damage to your laundry room or basement.

Refrigerator Supply Line Leak: Most refrigerator flooding and water damage can be attributed to a damaged or broken water line, or the hose that connects your fridge to your homes plumbing and water supply; sometimes however a clogged drain or drain pan can leak and cause water or flood damage.

Dishwasher Overflow: Dishwasher leaks can start as a slow drip or major flood either way the leak can have lasting damage on your floors, wall, cabinets and subfloor.

Water Heater Failure: Water heaters are typically designed to last for around 10 years, sometimes a water heater will start to show signs of deterioration by leaking around the supply lines or you may see puddles of water around the unit.

Whatever the cause of the malfunction the results are the same water damages that can quickly lead to bigger problems inside your home. Our SERVPRO crews are highly trained and experienced with advanced techniques, technology and equipment to mitigate any present damages and take steps to avoid secondary concerns from causing further destruction. A quick response from our New Jersey emergency property disaster response team can minimize your property damage concerns, and provide fast relief with water removal, drying and repairs to your home’s damaged areas.

SERVPRO is prepared for any type of residential fire, smoke and soot damage cleanup and repair

When your oven, stove top, dryer, furnace or fireplace causes fire, smoke or soot damages throughout your home. Fires can have devastating consequences for your home and family, even minor fires can lead to big property damage concerns. Calling SERVPRO for quick fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration will save you time and money during your home property repairs.

Dryer Fire: According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the leading cause of dryer fires is the lack of regular maintenance, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year.  The most common sources of ignition in dryer fires are lint and household dust.

Cooking/Grilling Fire: Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Whether preparing for a family dinner or making a quick snack, practicing safe cooking behaviors can help keep you and your family safe.

Microwave Fire: Microwave ovens can do a lot of things -- pop popcorn, heat frozen burritos and warm up leftovers. When used incorrectly, microwaves can be quite dangerous, also similarly to cooking precautions you should never leave your cooking unattended while using the microwave.

Chimney Fire and Puff back: As fires burn, they generate smoke, the smoke rises and condenses, like steam on a glass of cold water…the resulting condensed smoke is called creosote. Creosote is a black or brown gummy substance that builds up on the flue. Without proper maintenance the creosote can build up and catch fire. The resulting chimney fire can leave last damages to your chimney and smoke, fire and structural damages to your home.

Furnace Puff back: Home heating equipment keeps the inside comfortable during chilly winter months, a furnace puffback can occur when the furnace doesn’t operate and ignite properly and may result in accumulated soot, debris and fumes backfiring through the furnace’s exhaust system. In this case, soot often travels to all parts of your home affecting everything from walls, to furniture, to clothing.

Space Heater Fires: These commonly used heating appliances provide a quick and convenient way to raise the temperature in drafty or under heated areas of your home. Although, space heaters maybe an easy solution to your home heating concerns, it’s important to use caution with these residential fire hazards to prevent unexpected fire damages to your property.

Even a small kitchen fire or fireplace puff back can lead to extensive fire, smoke and soot property damage. Removing soot residue and smoke and odors from your home can be an overwhelming and costly task, and it’s best left to professionals. The restoration specialists at SERVPRO of East Windsor have the experience and training to assist in the cleanup, restoration and recovery process avoiding secondary damages and restoring your home to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Using caution and preventative maintenance can help protect your home from any potential water or fire damage concerns these machines bring to your home and property. In the unfortunate event that your home suffers from one of these appliance mishaps our full-service SERVPRO restoration and cleanup professionals are here to assist with water removal, flood cleanup, fire remediation, soot and smoke removal, and reconstruction solutions.

When unexpected water or fire damages leave you and your family dealing with the aftermath of a property disaster, our SERVPRO team has years of experience and training to rescue your property, recover your possessions and rebuild your damages.

SERVPRO has Professional Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Service with surprising benefits to your Mercer County Business.

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Dirt and dust buildup in HVAC vent Our SERVPRO commercial cleaning specialists are familiar with all types of commercial and industrial HVAC/air duct systems.

Business owners and managers are busy, countless daily tasks and emergency situations make paying attention to routine maintenance difficult at times. Turning your attention annually to your commercial HVAC system and air duct system including performing scheduled inspections, maintenance and cleaning services is critical to keeping your operations running efficiently.

Some of the benefits to having our SERVPRO of East Windsor commercial cleaning professionals perform an air duct, vent and register cleaning at your Mercer or Middlesex County commercial building are;

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Benefits:

  • Reduce energy costs for your business
  • Reduce the potential for mold growth
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Increase air circulation and flow
  • Increase your commercial system performance
  • Extend HVAC equipment life

Whether your goal is eliminating contaminants, dust, debris, and other harmful pollutants to improve your buildings indoor air quality, or you want to extend the life and efficiency of your HVAC and air duct system; SERVPRO professional commercial HVAC/air duct cleaning services can benefit your business. According to the US Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling is wasted due to air pollutants and other dirt and debris clogging up residential/commercial air ducts.

Common issues that decrease air flow in your commercial air duct system:

  • Blocked vents and registers
  • Clogged filters
  • Blocked or leaky ducts

Our SERVPRO of East Windsor technicians have advanced training to help resolve potential air flow concerns and accurately clean and remove the buildup of dust/debris, contaminants, mold spores, and particulates circulating throughout your commercial air ducts. Our crews use a variety of specialized equipment to remove years of buildup and pollutants within your air duct system, including high-powered HEPA vacuums, negative air machines and whisking brushes to help remove debris and mold spores from internal surfaces.

Cleaning Commercial Air Ducts are important?

The air ducts in your New Jersey commercial building serve an important function, supplying heating and cooling as well as circulating the air throughout your facility. Our air duct cleaning professional service removes built-up sediment and pollutants from your system, improving HVAC system efficiency and air quality before reaching the indoor spaces where air is breathed by you and your employees.

Air Duct Cleaning Improves the Quality of Indoor Air

By routinely having your air ducts cleaned you can significantly decrease the number of airborne molecules in your office, all while avoiding weighty fees for other air purifying solutions.  Air ducts, like everything else in our office, collect dirt and debris. While filters may catch a lot of streaming debris, there is still a considerable amount of dust that settles within the ducts.

Air Duct Cleaning Conserves Energy

Air duct cleaning can optimize your air duct function, a properly cleaned HVAC system, can reduce the costs associated with running your HVAC system and increase the lifetime of your air conditioner and furnace. Performing routine commercial air duct cleanings removes obstructions and improves airflow, helping your systems to work better, faster, and more efficiently, all while using less energy!

SERVPRO of East Windsor specializes in cleaning local New Jersey commercial and industrial air ducts; contact our staff to schedule an inspection and estimate for your commercial cleaning solution. Our crews have experience, training and advanced equipment to restore your HVAC system to optimal performance. Our SERVPRO commercial cleaning specialists are familiar with all types of commercial and industrial HVAC/air duct systems, give us a call so we can get to work, and you can start experiencing the benefits a commercial air duct cleaning service can bring to your business!

SERVPRO has Advanced Strategies for Professional Residential Air Duct/HVAC Cleaning Services for Mercer County, NJ

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

dust and debris filled air duct vent that needs cleaning Air duct and HVAC cleaning services can reduce the pollutants circulating throughout your system, improve air flow, energy concerns and air concerns.

Heating Season has started; here are several reasons to schedule a professional residential air duct/HVAC cleaning service this season with SERVPRO of East Windsor. Maintaining clean and healthy air quality in your home or business is essential this fall and winter.

Fall brings longer nights and lower temperatures, for most households that means turning on the heating and ventilation system in your home. The HVAC and air duct system in your home is responsible for circulating heated air and providing proper ventilation keeping your family comfortable throughout the fall and winter. According to the EPA, Americans’ spend about 90% of their time indoors, and the quality of your air is directly related to the amount of debris and contamination in your ducts and ventilation system. As we begin spending more time indoors and closing the doors and windows, it’s most important to focus on the health of the air your family is breathing. Here are some great reasons why fall is an ideal time to schedule an HVAC/air duct cleaning and inspection, to keep your home, family and system healthy and running efficiently. 

  • Fall Is Allergy Season

    For many, seasonal allergies in the fall are terrible the mixture of dry air and allergens can have a negative impact on many in your family. Air ducts can accumulate allergens such as mold spores, bacteria, pollen, mildew pet dander and other harmful contaminants spreading them throughout your indoor environment and compromising your air quality.  Making an appointment for SERVPRO professionals to clean your air ducts and HVAC system can remove these pollutants that have accumulated over the seasons, to keep your family healthy and breathing easier this fall and winter.
  • Summer Is Over

    Summer storms, pests and vegetation can bring debris inside your HVAC system or high-humidity can cause mold growth inside or around your air ducts, vents and fans. Fall is a great time to inspect your air entrances and exists for airflow problems or dust and debris buildup. These factors could contribute to air restriction and possibly compromised air quality. Setting up an appointment for a residential air duct inspection with a highly trained SERVPRO professional is easy, give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

  • Lower Energy Costs

    Turning on your system in the fall and winter to heat your home, circulates heated air throughout your duct system. When dust, mold, contaminants and other debris accumulates in air ducts, it blocks the incoming/outgoing airflow. A reduction in airflow caused by particle and debris buildup can be directly responsible for increases in energy usage when your system needs more power to continue to force air through a dirty duct system. ENERGY STAR estimates that about 20% of the air that moves through your HVAC system is lost due to leaks and duct issues. When your HVAC unit works harder to move air through dirty ducts, you use more energy and your monthly bill increases. Cleaning your air ducts in the fall will allow larger volumes of clean air to circulate throughout your home, along with several other steps air duct cleaning can help reduce the rising cost of heating your home.

SERVPRO residential air duct and HVAC cleaning services have an additional benefit, of providing a cleaner home for you and your family to enjoy. Home heating and ventilation systems can accumulate dust, mold, pollen and any number of contaminants that can cause air quality problems to develop inside your residence. As the air cycles through your duct work, vents and other parts of your HVAC unit the dust and debris will also, sometimes adding to the weekly buildup of dust and pollutants in your living areas. SERVPRO professionals use advanced equipment and techniques to thoroughly clean your air ducts, removing dust, mold and other contaminants trapped within your air ventilation system and stop them from re-circulating through your living areas. Our crews use heavy-duty vacuums, to eliminate harmful odors, particles and allergens to improve the overall air quality of your home.

SERVPRO professionals are here to help with Mercer County residential air duct and HVAC cleaning services. Our technicians have a wide-variety of services to clean and sanitize any dirty or contaminated indoor air duct systems. SERVPRO residential air duct and HVAC cleaning services can reduce the pollutants circulating throughout your system, improve air flow, energy concerns and create a healthier and cleaner indoor environment overall.

sources: www.energystar.gov

New Jersey Businesses turn to SERVPRO professionals for mold inspection and remediation.

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

commercial warehouse on-site clean room for mold remediation When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains.

Mold colonization in a commercial facility or warehouse can quickly get out of control without the appropriate intervention. SERVPRO is here to help with mold remediation for all types of commercial facilities in or near Mercer and Middlesex County.

Commercial flooding and other water damage can have far reaching consequences on a commercial property, leaving the need for many different types of property damage restoration services including water extraction, demolition, deodorization and decontamination, dehumidification and reconstruction. Whether your property just weathered a season of heavy rain, experienced a common appliance malfunction or hazardous plumbing leak, commercial water damage cleanup and restoration can be complicated. Often requiring a detailed set of steps to make sure the water is properly extracted, cleaned up, dried and mitigated, when these steps aren’t done properly, and moisture continues to plaque your business you could end up with a mold infestation and the need for professional mold remediation. Any commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present, the key to preventing excessive mold growth is to control moisture. Mold grows quickly and can spread throughout a property in as little as 24-48 hours. That’s why it’s important to act quickly if your commercial property experiences a water damage or you see any signs of hidden water or visible mold within your commercial facility. SERVPRO is a leading provider of mold remediation services across the country, our mold certified technicians can assess your commercial property to evaluate the extent of your damage and advise owners and managers of the proper steps to remediate and restore your facility, “Like it never even happened.”

Is Mold Damaging Your Commercial Warehouse or Building?

Mold is a microscopic, airborne fungus that exists all around us, it occurs naturally in our surroundings and mostly reproduces by releasing spores into the environment. In nature, mold plays an important role in the decomposition of organic material. Mold requires both organic material and a consistent source of moisture to grow. When excessive moisture accumulates indoors many common materials found inside home and commercial buildings are conducive to growing mold, drywall, wood, paneling, ceiling tiles, carpeting, insulation, paper, cardboard, fabric, upholstery and even paint will encourage mold growth. Leaving mold damage unattended to for an extended period can cause unnecessary damage to your home and possible health effects to the occupants. It’s never too early nor too late to address commercial property mold damage.

When excessive moisture accumulates in indoors or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends these tips to prevent commercial property mold damage

Ensure all leaky plumbing is fixed; Correct all noticed wet spots;

Completely eliminate condensation through insulating or increasing air circulation;

  • Reduce the moisture level in the air and add ventilation to reduce humidity;
  • Maintain indoor humidity level below 60% with a goal of 30-50%;
  • Conduct routine building and HVAC inspections;
  • Provide proper drainage and sloping to eliminate wet foundations.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the process of finding, containing, and removing mold and damaged materials from an affected area and the air around it. It’s crucial to contain the damaged areas, because spores are microscopic and can easily spread to other areas through the air or by attaching themselves to clothes or objects throughout the remediation process. SERVPRO mold removal specialists are specially trained using techniques to contain the damaged areas and mitigate the spread of mold, using air pressure and physical barriers to seal off the infected area, including ductwork during the remediation process.

Moldy items such as furniture, carpeting and inventory are cleaned if the infestation is minor or removed if it’s extensive. The exact procedure and amount of remediation can only be determined after an inspection visit by one of our SERVPRO trained professionals. Every effort is made by our team to turn around your property mold damage quickly and efficiently. Large storage racks can be hand cleaned with antimicrobial agents, all items in the area must be cleaned and sanitized, even if they don’t have visible mold. Mold can be very illusive and can grow behind wallpaper, inside books or files and other hidden areas. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced equipment and countless hours of experience and training to remediate mold damage and restore any commercial facility back to a healthy, safe and operation work environment.

Commercial Mold Remediation for New Jersey

The Environmental Protection Agency has a guide for Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings on their website.

How Does SERVPRO Stop the Spread of Mold During the Remediation Process

SERVPRO mold remediation crew members are train to use the highest restoration industry standards, mastering Applied Microbial Remediation through IICRC courses. We employ the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed protocols to contain and remove active mold colonies. Our crews also use EPA registered antimicrobial products to treat surfaces after removal to inhibit additional growth. During remediation, we protect our employees and your occupants from the hazards of mold remediation by creating zones where we remove and bag the mold and contaminated debris. Physical barriers provide one kind of protection, and we also install HEPA filtered exhaust ductwork and use negative air pressure to prevent airborne mold and residues from infiltrating unaffected areas of the building.

Containment of the Affected Area

One of the main concerns, when indoor mold is present, is the dissemination of airborne mold spores. When a remediation project is initiated the first step is to set up containment or isolation of the affected area. Containment will help our SERVPRO professionals control the spread of these spores while assisting the remediation process in returning the affected area to normal conditions. The act of removing or disturbing a mold source tends to distribute large quantities of mold spores into the air. If proper containment is not utilized, this can affect adjacent spaces to the work area and cause cross contamination.

One of the first steps when setting up containment of any work area, is to install a Negative Air machine complete with a HEPA air filter. This is a powerful fan which pulls air from the affected area and exhausts the contaminated air outside of the structure via flexible tubing or ducting. Doing this will begin to draw the airborne mold spores away from the airspace, eventually creating a negative pressure environment.

The second step is to install physical barriers in the work area using heavy plastic, creating zones. The main goal when creating this physical barrier is to completely isolate the work area from any adjacent, non-affected areas. All HVAC systems or shared airways between other rooms would be taped or covered in plastic, and all electrical outlets and light fixtures would also be covered.

If you discover mold or are experiencing a musty odor in your commercial warehouse or building, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Windsor to help. Our highly-trained and IICRC certified New Jersey mold remediation specialists are here to help, to explain and assess your property’s commercial mold cleanup and mitigation needs. Our priority is to keep you informed of your specific remediation solution and get your commercial property’s mold damage concerns under control. Our teams will cleanup, remove damage and remediate your commercial mold problem, restoring your facility, “Like it never even happened.”

Source: https://www.epa.gov/

High-Quality Commercial Property cleanup helps minimize business interruption and gets you back to business quickly.

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial building on a sunny day with cars parked outside SERVPRO is a leading provider of property damage cleanup, restoration and repair services for New Jersey.

Our commitment to quality property restoration and recovery after a commercial property disaster caused by fire, flood, water and mold makes selecting our New Jersey SERVPRO property restoration experts the right choice. Getting your Mercer County business open and operational quickly after a property disaster is our highest priority. We rely on decades of hands-on experience and proven cleanup and restoration results to helping local Princeton, Trenton, Monroe and New Brunswick business owners dealing with property damage in communities near you; cleanup, repair and restore their commercial property.

Big or small, the negative effects commercial property damage can have on your local New Jersey business are multi-faceted from loss of revenue, inventory, customers and/or employees to irreversible structural and financial damages. After a property disaster strikes, calling a local trusted property restoration company near you is the most effective way to recover. Here at SERVPRO of East Windsor our IICRC certified technicians start working to repair and restore your commercial property right away. SERVPRO is here to help local Mercer County communities with fast and effective property disaster restoration and cleanup services, we provide a full-range of disaster commercial restoration services including: emergency response, water damage repair, water removal, flood restoration, fire damage restoration, soot and smoke damage services, storm damage repairs, wind damage restoration, industrial dehumidification, structural cleaning and decontamination, mold remediation, environmental services such as hazardous waste removal, lead removal and asbestos removal, duct cleaning services, vital document and paper recovery, machinery and equipment restoration, semiconductor services, reconstruction, consulting and more. Restoring your commercial property is our business, and we are always prepared to get local businesses back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is here to help with restoration services for secondary property damages

Are you concerned with other restoration service providers, do you think you still have property damage concerns? Was your office flooded during a rain storm, or your restaurant suffered a grease fire, maybe your commercial property had a sewage backup? Whatever the extent of damage, SERVPRO is a leading provider of property damage cleanup, restoration and repair services for New Jersey and around the country. If you are unhappy with your previous property cleanup, or you have signs of secondary damages, give our staff a call, our local staff can answer your questions or setup an inspection to address your concerns. Thousands of business owners rely on our SERVPRO of East Windsor franchise every year for a range of services and trust us to handle their property with care. Individuals, corporate clients, and major insurance companies alike deal with us for our speed, reliability, and effectiveness in mitigating property damage and lowering overall claims and recovery costs. Calling our local SERVPRO team gives you the confidence of a disaster specialist who is trained and equipped to handle your “once in a lifetime disaster” with our experience and professionalism.

Mercer County and it’s surrounding areas are crammed with commercial properties, ranging from busy hospitals, libraries, local shopping centers, community facilities and small businesses, our crews have successfully completed cleanup and restoration services for families and business owners near you. Princeton has many great places to eat in Mercer County, after one of the many popular restaurants experienced a kitchen fire, our fire and smoke restoration technicians were called in to cleanup and restore the damages quickly. Our restoration specialists worked cohesively to mitigate the water and fire damages and restore the kitchen and dining areas for customers and employees as soon as possible. Trenton has many multi-family and apartment buildings, when a local apartment complex had an extensive water damage event that destroyed several units our emergency restoration crews were able to get tenants back in their homes quickly and efficiently. The multiple certifications in specialties like Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) held by our team allows us to move from task to task without delay. The full-service approach is why SERVPRO delivers on our promise for fast and professionally cleanup and restoration. After a local warehouse experienced ongoing high-humidity, mold became a major problem for the facility, affecting structural components and inventory. Our SERVPRO mold remediation specialists fixed the issue, providing microbial remediation, water damage mitigation and investigation, applied structural drying, commercial cleaning and deodorizing services to get the job done right.

Why Disaster Restoration Professionals are the right choice?

SERVPRO of East Windsor is the right choice for commercial property damage restoration in the Mercer County area, we have decades of hands-on cleanup, restoration and repair experience and our dedication to helping local businesses disrupted by disasters is second to none. We have worked hard over the years building a reliable team of IICRC certified technicians and an arsenal of high-tech commercial grade equipment ready to assist with water, fire, mold, or storm disaster restoration services. Wherever you need restoration specialists, our SERVPRO crews are here to help!

SERVPRO has experience with start to finish professional property disaster cleanup, restoration, rebuild and post-construction cleaning services.

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Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition.

When your New Jersey home or commercial building faces damages from a property disaster, working with a complete service disaster restoration, cleanup and construction company can give you the advantage you need to save money and time during the property recovery process. Our SERVPRO location offers a unique chance to work with locally trusted restoration and recovery team, that includes IICRC certified property damage technicians and licensed contractors with disaster restoration rebuilding and new construction experience. Providing you a complete property disaster restoration and rebuild option for cleanup and repairs. SERVPRO of East Windsor professional restoration and construction managers and crews work together to give your water damage, fire damage or mold remediation and rebuild project a seamless time-saving and often cost effective transition, making your property truly, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in property disaster recovery and restoration services, our on-call 24/7 emergency response teams are highly-trained and experienced with all types of property disaster losses including fire, smoke, water, sewage, flood and storm damage. Our restoration professionals near you have nearly 30 years of experience providing high-quality commercial and residential property disaster restoration and reconstruction services to local Mercer County communities every day.

SERVPRO Emergency Response Property Disaster Restoration Services

After a frustrating and confusing property disaster, SERVPRO of East Windsor is committed to making the cleanup, restoration and rebuild process as organized, efficient and successful for our clients. Whether your home or building sustained damages from a storm, flood, fire or water disaster, you’ll have trusted and compassionate professionals by your side. Our staff works with you to survey the extent of the property damage, develop a plan for cleanup, restoration and reconstruction.

Disaster restoration and repair for your Edison, Trenton, Princeton, Freehold and New Brunswick commercial or residential property is best left to professionals. Our SERVPRO professionals are skilled with the complexities of removing water and the water extraction, drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and removal equipment required to complete the job properly. Our expert team has the experience, certifications, and equipment to complete any size restoration and repair your property disaster loss quickly, correctly, and affordably.

Some of our property Restoration services include:

  • Water Removal and Extraction: This important step in the process involves us removing and extracting standing water from all areas of your property. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize industrial grade equipment to move large volumes quickly and efficiently to minimize long term hazards and damage
  • Property Drying: After the bulk of the water is removed hazardous levels of moisture can still exist fibrous structural and aesthetic components in your home or business building. We utilize specialized equipment to pull moisture from the air to create an environment suitable for drying of these important pieces and may also attempt to speed the drying process with heat.
  • Cleanup: After water and moisture have been removed and dried it’s important to conduct thorough cleaning of the affected area to prevent future health hazards. Flooding from rivers and sewers can pose exceptional risks to health and welfare due to the silt and bacteria they carry. Our team will remove damaged items that are beyond repair
  • Soot and Smoke Mitigation: SERVPRO’s full-spectrum restoration capabilities has many benefits when it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration. We often use air scrubbers that creates negative air pressure to force contaminants through HEPA filters before exhausting to the outdoors. Air quality is improved, including the clearing of any fumes from cleaners or solvents used to remove protein-based soot from kitchen fires.


Our team dedicated team, provides professional and prompt emergency restoration services for all local Long Island commercial businesses and homeowners. SERVPRO of East Windsor’s building services gives our location a unique opportunity to streamline the entire property restoration and recovery process, while mitigating challenges and providing quick and seamless professional service from start to finish.

Property Repair and Reconstruction Services

Once the emergency mitigation services have been performed, our Restoration Project Manager will coordinate with our construction team, your insurance company and adjuster to plan the next steps. Our full-service disaster restoration services provide all the necessary steps in the cleanup, mitigation, restoration and rebuild process from start to finish. Our crews and managers work closely with you and your insurance provider to restore your property to preloss condition. Our goal is to leave you with the home and/or business you had before any damages occurred, as well as minimize any stress or strain associated with handling a restoration and construction project on your own. We have rebuilt and reconstructed countless walls, floors, kitchens, bathrooms, structures and more.  Whether your property suffers a small flood or fire and requires minor remediation services, or is large and require complete reconstruction of walls, support beams, floors and sub-floors, our experienced restoration professionals are here to help.  Not only can we remove ceilings, wall and floors affected by property disasters, we can also replace them.  We provide all necessary reconstruction services and work seamlessly with highly vetted vendors for plumbing, roofing, electrical or other related services.

As construction in your New Jersey commercial or residential property begins a SERVPRO Construction Project Manager will work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to guarantee the highest level of satisfaction and most time-efficient execution of any and all construction requirements and needs. Our goal is to restore and repair your home or business back to its original condition, but also allow for any changes or upgrades to the property at your request (these upgrades may NOT be covered by insurance). This will afford you the opportunity to make any alterations to your property during the reconstruction phase. This will save you time and money on any of those home or business improvements you may have been planning but putting off!  

Our SERVPRO construction professionals can make suggestions to match replacement materials with your current home decor, our managers can assist with upgrading or renovating parts of your home for a completely new look. We work closely with local New Jersey licensing agencies to guarantee that your home reconstruction project and any upgrades are compliant with local and state regulations. Our goal is to finish your restoration and reconstruction project promptly, efficiently and professionally so that you are satisfied and can return to your routine and property as soon as possible.

Types of Construction Services available by SERVPRO of East Windsor

From simple repairs and remodeling, to total reconstruction or improvement projects, our construction and remediation crews have the resources and knowledge to offer these services:
    •    Site Containment / Temporary Shoring
    •    Selective Demolition
    •    Full-Scale Carpentry
    •    Complete Exterior/Envelope Reconstruction
    •    Interior Build-Out and Finishes
    •    Complex Installation and Interior Finishes
    •    Historic Reconstruction and Restoration


Our SERVPRO Disaster Restoration and Reconstruction crews are committed to helping home and business owners and managers navigate the aftermath of a property disaster. You are not alone – SERVPRO will guide you step-by-step through the cleanup, restoration and reconstruction process and make your experience as quick and efficient as possible. We have helped countless local Trenton, Monroe, New Brunswick, Freehold and East Windsor property owners in your situation, and are here to help you, too.

Still have questions about Restorations and Repairs?
Let us answer your questions about ANY of our property disaster recovery phases, our professionally trained SERVPRO staff is available 24-hours a day to provide answers to your concerns, or setup an inspection to get your property back on the road to restoration and recovery. Give SERVPRO of East Windsor a call!

High Humidity Levels could be causing property damage in your Mercer County New Jersey Property

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Over time hidden moisture can contribute to high humidity levels, creating ideal conditions for mold growth and other property damage.

Water damage can pose significant risks to local New Jersey homes and businesses, it is among the most common property damage insurance claim in the Northeast. Some sources of water damage such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups are obvious and require emergency SERVPRO restoration service right away. However, there are other “hidden moisture” sources of damage that can be difficult to detect and often lead to a considerable amount of property damage and an increased cost for cleanup, restoration and repairs.

One possible concern with hidden moisture problems or sustained water damage is an increase in the overall humidity of your property. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. During warm spring and summer months keeping an ideal relative humidity can be difficult, especially if your property is hiding a moisture source. If you are having trouble with high humidity in your New Jersey residence or commercial building “hidden moisture” could be a cause. You may be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home, damp basements, high traffic areas, bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens with high humidity activities and poor circulation. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. Over time hidden moisture can contribute to high indoor humidity levels and during ideal conditions can cause mold growth and other property concerns to emerge. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, contamination levels, and scope of damage. Some of our largest property restoration projects start as small water leaks that cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

Our SERVPRO of East Windsor crews use many tools and techniques to successfully and thoroughly locate and address New Jersey high humidity and other hidden water damage concerns. Calling local New Jersey SERVPRO professionals can help investigate the source behind high humidity or hidden water damage concerns and inspect for any sign of visible mold or other secondary property damages.

How do SERVPRO restoration specialists find hidden water?

Our SERVPRO professionals have IICRC certification and extensive training to handle all facets of water loss recovery in homes throughout New Jersey. Our technicians double check to ensure success during the restoration process, our goal is to provide quick and effective service to get life back to normal. We use state of the art moisture monitoring and thermal imaging equipment to locate hidden water damage that could be lurking in your home after an emergency loss or lingering water property disaster.

MOISTURE DETECTION DEVICES:
Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture detection devices, like a stud finder these moisture readers can indicate the presence of moisture behind, ceilings, walls and floors. The devices that our teams use emits electromagnetic waves and measures the resistance in their return to determine moisture content in the affected materials. This sophisticated equipment can help us to decide when structural element could be too saturated or damaged to preserve.

THERMAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT:
Our SERVPRO professionals also use thermal imagery to indicate the presence of moisture pockets throughout affected and exposed areas of your property. Much of the damage in many water loss incidents can occur out of sight, so seeing a temperature array to detail the presence of moisture and dampness in challenging areas can help to determine the best points for installing drying equipment.

Is Hidden Moisture Causing High Humidity Concerns for Your Local Home or Business

Hidden moisture or water leaks are dangerous because they can cause serious issues like structural damage and mold growth before they are discovered. Excess water and moisture get absorbed in wood, drywall, insulation, and furniture and can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and structural deterioration.

Common signs of water damage can look like:

Water spots or warping under sink cabinets

If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink, it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.

Ceiling or wall stains and bubbling

Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.

Squishy or Warping kitchen/bathroom floors or tile

Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.

Moisture detection equipment can help our SERVPRO professionals to identify problem areas within your home that could be contributing to your home’s high humidity. Excessive moisture and high humidity can also cause mold to grow and spread in areas behind walls and ceilings where it is not easily detected. If water damage isn’t properly mitigated, mold and other secondary damages can begin to spread throughout your property in just a few days. That’s why it’s important to choose quality restoration professionals to dry and restore your property and take necessary steps to avoid further damages.

Ask About SERVPRO’s Visible Mold Inspection

The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control and enough airflow. If you suspect your home is suffering from excessive high humidity, get in touch with our SERVPRO staff right away. Our Mold Remediation team can inspect your property for mold and water damage, locate the source of hidden moisture and plan a mold removal and remediation process to get your home healthy and safe, “Like it never even happened.”

Signs of mold in your Mercer County home are unpleasant odor, health issues or visual signs of mold growth.

In fact, mold sensitive individuals may experience unpleasant symptoms such as:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Throat irritation.
  • Skin irritation.

If our SERVPRO technicians do discover mold during the inspection and mitigation process, they will evaluate the mold growth and contain any damage to the smallest area possible. They will then physically remove the mold and thoroughly dry any contaminated areas to ensure that the mold does not return. Finally, the technicians will follow established procedures to return the property to a preloss condition.

When your New Jersey home or business experiences a water disaster issue, or you suspect that high humidity maybe a problem, call our trusted local SERVPRO of East Windsor Property Restoration Service Specialists. Our sophisticated tools can make it easy to determine the presence of hidden moisture and dampness in your Princeton, Trenton, Monroe or other local New Jersey property, waiting too long to choose a professional cleanup and recovery service can be a costly and hazardous mistake. Our SERVPRO specialists closely monitor and document all our cleanup, mitigation and remediation steps and make sure your moisture problem is taken care of correctly. To schedule a FREE inspection for property damage, give our SERVPRO of East Windsor team a call 24/7 at (609) 443-9110.

Efficient and Professional Spring and Summer Storm Home or Business Restoration Services with SERVPRO

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Summer can bring some serious hazards and potential property damage to your local New Jersey residence or business, SERVPRO is here to help!

SERVPRO has the answers your looking for about New Jersey property storm damage cleanup and repair concerns, give us a call today!

Summer can bring some serious hazards and potential property damage to your local Central and Northern New Jersey residence or business, including severe storms that bring flooding, torrential rains, strong winds and lightening. Other elements that can cause property damage during the spring and summer are high-humidity or summer fire damagers. Your Trenton, Princeton or Monroe property could face any number of potential SERVPRO is here to help with your local Spring and Summer property damage, including mold damage, fire damage, sewage backup damage or plumbing leaks and appliance malfunctions. When you find yourself in need of specialized fire or water disaster restoration services or emergency flood cleanup and property repairs, our SERVPRO restoration team of professionals is always here to help.

New Jersey’s summer days bring a ton of exciting things to do, our area offers great beaches and parks to explore, with other great events and community functions happening throughout the season. It’s important to remember safety while enjoying all that spring and summer have to offer. June is National Safety Month – keeping your family, friends and employees safe during these months is important to us, as is taking steps to avoid property damage to your home or business. Follow us on facebook for great tips on how to protect your property and what to do in the aftermath of a property disaster. Our crews are available 24-hours a day, always ready to help with property repairs and restoration services

OUR MERCER COUNTY STORM & WATER MITIGATION SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Roof Tarp and Board Up Services
  • Category 1, 2 and 3 Water Extraction & Cleanup
  • Expert drying of affected areas, including walls, carpets and furniture
  • High-Quality Cleaning and Restoration of affected possessions
  • Mold Remediation
  • Building, Reconstruction and Repairs

Our SERVPRO of East Windsor team has been helping our local New Jersey neighborhoods for nearly 30 years, our crews and project managers are prepared with expert training and quality equipment to mitigate and restore your commercial or residential property. SERVPRO staff is available 24/7 to handle Emergency Disaster Restoration services, our team helps cleanup and repair your property damage from water, sewage, smoke or fire. Our priority is providing quick and effective service and solutions to restore your property and belongings, “Like it never even happened.”

River and Storm Flooding Damage Concerns

Flooding in New Jersey presents a serious risk to your commercial or residential property, the occurrences of interior and coastal flooding or other water intrusion events is becoming more common. Northeast Thunderstorms and Hurricanes can bring a ton of moisture and tidal surges causing above average amounts of water to cover the local and surrounding areas. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people every year than lightening, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.

It only takes 24 hours following a water intrusion before your property is in jeopardy of secondary damages including mold growth and other harmful bacteria. When it comes to your home or business flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and structural damage including damage to the drywall, contents and building structure. Efficient cleanup and restoration services with an IICRC certified team is necessary to avoiding further costs and damages.

Common Secondary Damages Associated With Delayed Water Damage Mitigation

Building Damage: Severe storms can bring flood risks to most New Jersey properties causing significant water damage to building materials, contents, foundations and basements. Our immediate hazardous water removal services are essential to avoid additional costly damages. SERVPRO of East Windsor technicians can provide temporary structural support, tarp and board up services to help stabilize and secure your Monroe, Trenton, or Princeton property following storm damage.

Mold Contamination: following flood or water damage to your home or business, mold has the potential to start growing right away within 24 hours. It’s important to get the moisture cleaned up and properly dried to prevent additional damages. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced to handle the mold remediation process and avoid the spread of mold colonies throughout your property.

Spreading Moisture: Our rapid drying techniques reduce the risk of continued moisture exposure, preventing further water damage to your home or business. Our technicians monitor the spread of moisture to nearby areas and can address any hidden water damage early helping avoid additional costly secondary damage.

Why Contaminated Water Requires Professional Cleanup

A SERVPRO Property Damage Inspection can determine what type of water is causing your flood and water damage sometimes the damage could be from various types of water. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), water can become contaminated with a variety of pollutants including, oil pollution, sewage and wastewater, radioactive substances, harmful chemicals, and various other materials. It can sometimes be difficult to determine the type and extent of water damage affecting your home or business. That's why it's best to call a local property disaster restoration company like SERVPRO of East Windsor to fill in the blanks. Our Professional staff will come and inspect your damage and customize a removal, cleanup and restoration solution to get your New Jersey property damage reversed as quickly and effectively as possible.

Different types of contaminated water pose different risks, but the longer the water stays in a home, the more severe the property damage it will cause and the greater the threat to your health. Also called black water, Category 3 water is water from sewage backups and overflowing rivers that contains various hazardous contaminants, sewage, and/or toxic debris. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all water originating from seawater, ground or surface water, rising rivers and streams, and wind-driven rain from hurricanes and tropical storms is considered to be Category 3.

When severe spring and summer storms are forecasted for Northern or Central New Jersey communities it’s important to be prepared. Our SERVPRO teams are ready and always prepared to handle any size property disaster. Calling our local New Jersey storm cleanup crew immediately after you experience a flood or other water damage disaster, can be the difference between the need for a quick cleanup and mitigation or a long costly restoration, construction and mold remediation.

KNOW YOUR ZONE & WEATHER TERMINOLOGY

Weather terminology and warnings are important tools to knowing when to prepare for a storm and how to keep your family healthy and your property safe from disaster.

THUNDERSTORM TERMINOLOGY

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a thunderstorm including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 2-24 hours before a storm occurs. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”

HURRICANE TERMINOLOGY

  • Hurricane Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a Hurricane (sustained winds of 74mph or greater) including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
  • Hurricane Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS BEFORE A STORM ARRIVES:

SUPPLIES:

Gather and check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. The American Red Cross suggests you pick up at least three days' worth of water and non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries for it, at least seven days’ worth of prescription medication, a cell phone with a charger, and that you have extra cash and spare clothes at the ready.

Have an emergency kit with these items you probably already have in your home: flashlight(s), battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic (including cell phone), non-perishable foods (canned goods and dry foods), lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit (with a disinfectant), fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, important personal items (eyeglasses, prescriptions, etc.), and paper documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and other significant legal papers.

STAY SAFE:

Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the interior or your property on the lower level or basement. If flooding threatens your home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker. If your property loses power, turn off major appliances such as the AC unit and water heater to reduce damage.

PREPARE AHEAD:

Inspect your roof and foundation for damage and make necessary repairs. Exterior doors should have 3 hinges and a deadbolt lock that is and inch long minimum. Cut dead or weak limbs before a storm hits. Remove any limbs hanging over your home that could cause substantial damage if they fall. Likewise, take the time to have trees that could fall on the home removed. Clean rain gutters ensure runoff has a place to go; water that pools and gathers can cause damage especially if a downpour is ongoing.