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SERVPRO is here to help Mercer County with Property Disaster Restoration Services after roof leaks and other water property damage.
SERVPRO has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your residential or commercial property to pre-damage condition, quickly and completely
Learn how SERVPRO of East Windsor is here to help New Jersey neighborhoods near you with home and business property disaster cleanup and restoration services, regardless of the size.
If your Princeton, Monroe or Trenton residential or commercial property experiences fire damage, smoke and soot damage, water disaster and sewage backup damage, basement flooding damage, sump-pump failure or mold damage, it’s important to contact a local disaster restoration company right away. Our SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration professionals are the first choice for property damage emergency clean up, remediation and restoration services near you. SERVPRO of East Windsor has been helping local New Jersey communities like: East Windsor, Trenton, Princeton, Monroe and New Brunswick for nearly 30 years. We take pride in restoring local Middlesex County homes and businesses following property disaster events. Our reliable restoration crews use the latest technologies and techniques to properly evaluate your damage and coordinate with insurance professionals to restore your property to its pre-disaster condition, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of East Windsor offers Emergency Cleanup and Restoration Services in many shapes and sizes to fit your unique New Jersey home or business fire, storm, water or mold property damage needs.
- Emergency Board-up, Tarp, Storage and Fencing – We can provide temporary property security from additional damages and salvage your belongings.
- Water Damage Removal, Cleanup and Restoration – We see water damages from all kinds of sources. Busted pipes, malfunctioning appliances, human accidents or neglect, and ground flooding to name a few common sources.
- Fire and Smoke Restoration – A fire can be a huge inconvenience, you would be surprised at how much of your property can be restored. We specialize in cleaning and deodorizing anything from family heirlooms, office documents, furniture, flooring and the walls in your home or business.
- Mold Remediation – With naturally high levels of humidity in this area mold can be an issue. Give us a call if you need our remediation services.
- Sewage and Biohazard Cleanup – We have the training and experience to properly cleanup any area no matter the cause.
- Reconstruction and Property Repair – We have trained and experienced construction workers and builders to repair structural issues, drywall, flooring and other property repairs.
Storm related property damage including roof damage and water intrusion from wind, rain and flooding are top reasons for insurance claims in the Northeast. Seasonal New Jersey storms bring a ton of moisture and wind can cause significant damages to your Monroe, East Windsor or Millstone home or business, structural water damage from a roof leak is a common spring property damage concern.
Our SERVPRO team responded to a local Princeton home experiencing a roof leak, likely caused by seasonal wind and ice. The water damage was significant soaking the ceilings and walls of several rooms the water leak even caused the kitchen ceiling to collapse. Our water damage restoration crews started the cleanup and restoration process soon after the damage was discovered, however the leak had probably been happening for several weeks. The best thing to do following property damage is calling a local restoration company to help with the cleanup, repairs and restoration. Our crews have the experience, knowledge and resources to fix your home or business and get your life back as quickly as possible. If you have water damage concerns or questions about water stains in your ceiling or visible mold growth, call your local SERVPRO of East Windsor for the property damage advice and restoration solutions you need.
SERVPRO high-quality restoration equipment and certified technicians make a DIFFERENCE in your commercial or residential cleanup, mitigation and reconstruction following Any Property Damage Emergency. Our team is ready 24-hours a day to help with your property disaster repairs, we have local New Jersey resources to help with the entire property damage recovery process.
Avoid Property Disasters with These Seasonal Cleaning Tips from SERVPRO
SERVPRO is always here to help our local Middlesex County New Jersey community during a property disaster but, doing a little work around your home or business can prevent flood, water, fire and mold property disasters and insurance claims.
Seasonal property cleaning and maintenance is a great way to inspect for possible damage and remove any built-up clutter, dust and debris, but regular home and commercial property cleaning is more than just cosmetic. These property cleaning and maintenance tips can improve the health and safety of your home or business and help you avoid property disasters from water damage, fire and smoke damage, storm and flood damage, sewage backups and mold damage in the future.
Clean and Inspect the Exterior and Landscaping
While sprucing your yard, take the time to clear out overgrown bushes, dead plants, watering cans, garden tools and other items cluttering your landscape. Neglected outdoor spaces and exterior structural systems like your roof and gutters can often lead to property damage, including slow water leaks or poor ventilation, cleaning up your surroundings will prevent accidents and increase the safety and security of your property.
- Examine the roof
This is one of the most important things to do when checking your property. Look for things like missing, buckled, or otherwise damaged shingles, roof damage can lead to water and mold damage. Call a licensed and insured roofing expert to perform repairs, if you experience water intrusion or see visible signs of mold give SERVPRO a call for help.
- Check and clean gutters and downspout
Gutters and downspouts divert rainwater away from your roof and foundation, which is especially important when seasonal showers begin. Make sure all gutters are secure and unimpeded by debris. If your gutters seem damaged from the winter weather, make sure to replace them quickly.
- Fix and fill cracks in your walkway and driveway
Fluctuating temperatures can cause your walkways and driveways to crack during the winter months. Reduce liability by filling these cracks as soon as possible to prevent trips and falls on your property.
- Check outdoor faucets and plumbing
Now that spring is here, you’ll want to get started on gardening. If you turned outdoor faucets off and winterized pool plumbing to prevent frozen pipes in the winter, open them back up and check that they are all working properly.
- Trim tree and shrub overgrowth
Give the plants and trees on your property a once over, they can be a major concern during storms. If built up snow and ice weakened any tree branches, make sure to trim them, especially if there is a danger that they could fall on your home or car.
Organize and Clean the Interior
The accumulation of dirt and clutter can have real consequences to employees’, families’ and property owners’ safety. Clutter can obstruct the entryway, stairs, or hallway making it difficult to see potential water or mold damage. It’s also critical to have clear pathways to exits in case of a property fire to make sure everyone can get out safely. Clutter can also contain materials that are flammable or increase moisture retention and high-humidity. Some common places to inspect and cleanup before the dirt, damage and debris can cause a major disaster are:
- Clean often-overlooked areas
There are parts of the office and your home that are often skipped with the dust cloth as they can be tedious or difficult to clean. So as the season changes, prioritize dusting all those overlooked spots — blinds, baseboards, the tops of doors and cabinets, shelving, fan blades, under the fridge… you know what we mean.
- Clean or replace HVAC filters
It’s important to clean and replace your HVAC filters throughout the year, and the end of winter is a great time to do this. Dirty filters force your heat, ventilation, and air conditioner systems to work harder, making is less efficient and potentially increasing your utility bills. Dirty filters are also less effective, filtering less pollutants from the air in your home or business.
- Check seals around windows and doors
Seasonal cold and wind can deteriorate the caulk and seals of your windows and doors. Inspect all doors and windows and re-apply caulk if needed. This will help to reduce your A/C bill in the summer and prevent water from seeping into your home or business on rainy days.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors
While you’re cleaning the house take the time to check all your smoke and CO detectors. You should be checking these once a month and replacing the batteries once or twice a year.
When your home or business experiences a property disaster you can count on the team at SERVPRO to help cleanup your damage. We are ready to answer your call day or night. We know property disasters don’t wait until you are ready to happen, but luckily we are Always Ready! Our teams can handle any size disaster, with scalable cleanup, repair and restoration services, we run crews 24 hours a day and we are prepared to turn your property disaster around right away. SERVPRO of East Windsor has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your residential or commercial property to pre-damage condition, quickly and completely.
SERVPRO of East Windsor Responds to Flood or Storm Water Property Damage Immediately
Our SERVPRO Storm Property Restoration Team has the experience and resources to handle your New Jersey weather related water property damage.
It’s critical to take quick action following a flood or storm water intrusion to your local New Jersey home or business.
Call our New Jersey Storm Damage Cleanup, Restoration and Repair team.
If it’s a roof leak, exterior damage, a cracked foundation or basement flooding, causing your water property damage, call our Disaster Restoration Specialists at SERVPRO of East Windsor to begin taking steps to stop the water damage from becoming an even bigger disaster. Our professionals first assess the severity of the situation and determine the full extent of the storm, flooding or additional water damage. Restoring your home or business quickly, takes specialized equipment and highly skilled IICRC professionals. Our team closely inspects the flooded or other water damaged areas; measuring the moisture content, humidity and temperature to assess the full extent of the damage. They provide a step-by-step solutions to restore and repair your local New Jersey property and contents to help minimize additional damages, we provide services to Trenton, Monroe, Millstone, Princeton, East or West Windsor.
OUR NEW JERSEY STORM & FLOOD WATER MITIGATION SERVICES INCLUDE
- Water Extraction
- Drying of affected areas, including walls, carpets and furniture
- Cleaning and Restoration of affected possessions
- Remediating mold and mildew
- Reconstruction and Repairs
Our SERVPRO of East Windsor Storm Property Restoration Team has the experience and resources to handle your weather related water property damage quickly and professionally. We know what comes next after your property suffers a disaster storm water damage and we are prepared 24-7 with Emergency help to repair your home or business when you need us! Call our New Jersey Storm Damage Cleanup, Restoration and Repair team.
Spring is here, now is the best time to check for water property damage caused by Winter.
Winter weather can be hard on your residential or commercial property be sure to look for water property damage left from frigid winter temperatures.
Here are some tips for where to inspect your home or business for potential winter property damage disasters.
Even after a very milder winter, it is critical to assess your property’s exterior to make sure the cold weather hasn’t left you with property damage. It’s also important to react quickly and take the necessary steps to prevent property damage from compounding, spring showers are on the horizon.
SERVPRO of East Windsor responded to a local Princeton, NJ property that suffered a water damage disaster indoors due to winter weather and water intrusion. A roof leak went undetected for some time, causing significant water intrusion and secondary damages from the top down. Our professional SERVPRO service technicians were onsite quickly to treat the water and mold damage to the roof, walls and floors. The drying process was started by placing large commercial drying equipment in the area. Once the area is dry, the restoration and rebuilding process could begin.
Winter weather can be hard on your New Jersey residential and commercial property be sure to look for problems that frigid temperatures, snow and ice may have caused.
Winter weather can cause upwards of three and a half billion dollars of property damage in the U.S.
Winter storms are accompanied by lots of moisture – snow, freezing rain, ice, hail and wind – come together to create common issues like ice dams, frozen pipes and frost heave that may cause damage to your home or business. SERVPRO of East Windsor is always ready to respond to your Trenton, Millstone, Monroe or Princeton property damage restoration needs quickly, and we can begin the restoration process immediately. Our local disaster restoration services include an inspection and assessment of the damaged areas, water removal/water extraction, drying and dehumidification, cleaning and repairs, restoration and building as necessary. There are several common problem areas to inspect during spring for potential damage, including your roof and gutter system, foundation and yard, plumbing system and your property’s exterior. From the top down these areas could see potential damage from the worst that the winter elements can bring.
A TOP DOWN APPROACH TO SEASONAL NEW JERSEY SPRING PROPERTY DAMAGE INSPECTION AREAS:
- Roof and Gutter System Damage:
The function of your roof and gutter system is to remove excess water from your property to prevent damage. High winds, hail and winter storms can tear off or destroy shingles and ice can obstruct the flow of water in gutters and downspouts, allowing water to breach the structure. Winter forces can cause obvious holes in your roof from wind or branches, but additionally less noticeable damage from hail or other debris can cause indentations and divots that overtime can lead to ice and moisture damage. Heavy buildup of ice on your roof can cause your gutters and downspouts to separate from your roofline, disrupting the flow of water and cause water intrusion and damage to the inside of your home or business. It’s a good idea each spring to inspect your roof, gutters and downspouts for visible damage, debris and that they are functioning properly.
- Window, Door and Exterior Damage:
Cold temperatures, snow and hail can take a toll on the structure of your property including the windows, doors and exterior of your home or business. Without proper repair, peeling paint, cracks in sealant and other damage could lead to moisture infiltration and a water damage disaster. After winter passes, damaged paint should be removed, primed, sealed and repainted. Cracks and air leaks should be sealed and repaired to prevent more devastating damage later, and missing siding should be replaced before springtime showers arrive to prevent additional water and structural damages.
- Foundation and Other Drainage Problems:
Another potential casualty of winter weather is your foundation and yard. Hairline cracks in the concrete of a foundation that develop naturally over time can expand, causing major structural damage over time if not properly taken care of quickly. Water can find its way into cracks, freeze and make them larger during the frigid cold months of winter. Getting your foundation repaired in the spring can help prevent more problems from developing as time goes by. The best way to avoid foundation damage is to keep moisture moving away from your foundation. Each spring check your gutters and downspouts for debris or clogs, make sure they are functioning properly, and that they drain at least 10 feet away from your home. Make sure the ground around your home is graded away from your foundation and consider adding a rain garden to your property to combat a bigger problem.
- Plumbing Damage:
Another vulnerable system in your New Jersey home or business that could be damaged from cold winter temperatures is your plumbing. To adequately deliver water to and from your sinks, boiler, and spickets your plumbing system keeps the water forever flowing. However, during cold winter days and nights cracks and stresses can occur and eventually lead to leaks and pipe breaks that can have a damaging effect on your local commercial or residential property. Remember to survey your pipes regularly for cracks and leaks, paying closest attention to the pipes that are closest to the elements or in poorly insulated areas such as the basement or crawlspace, or outside walls and attics. Take this opportunity to add some additional insulation as a precautionary measure for the future winter weather to come.
Take a Proactive Approach:
Taking a proactive approach to property damage starts with making these inspections during your springtime routine. First and Secondary water damage is multi-faceted and can affect almost every area of your home or business which had water or flood intrusion. If you see any signs of suspected water damage or other types of property damage including mold, smoke, biohazard. Your best course of action is to contact your local Middlesex, NJ Disaster Restoration Professionals our SERVPRO crews are trained and certified to handle your water restoration, mold remediation, and other cleanup and property restoration needs. We can arrive quickly perform an inspection, and get you started on the road to recovery and restoration, “Like it never even happened.”
Effective Winter Storm Restoration: Our SERVPRO team has the answers to your property damage repair concerns
Frigid New Jersey winter weather and Blizzard conditions can cause BIG problems for New Jersey home and business owners.
Frigid winter weather and Blizzard conditions can cause BIG problems for New Jersey home and business owners; restore your property damage with our SERVPRO of East Windsor cleanup and restoration team.
As we settle in for what may or may not be an arctic cold and blizzard filled winter, it makes sense to review some basic steps to help shield your New Jersey home and family or your business and employees from the worst that Northeast Winters can offer. Cold temperatures, snow, ice, blizzard conditions with high winds and dangerous wind chills all contribute to the possible threat of a Monroe, Windsor, Princeton, or Trenton residential or commercial property disaster. Whether it’s a burst plumbing pipe or your water heater, an electrical fire or your furnace or fireplace has a puff back, winter poses a serious threat to your home or business from a fire, smoke, water or sewage property damage event.
Did your New Jersey home or business experience a pipe break over the last several weeks during the arctic blast that hit the Northeast?
Our SERVPRO of East Windsor team has been helping our local communities for nearly 30 years, we are prepared with expert training and quality equipment to mitigate and restore your commercial or residential property. Our technicians are available 24-7 with our Emergency Service Team to help 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.”
When winter storms are coming to New Jersey it’s important to be prepared, our SERVPRO teams are ready and always prepared to handle any size property disaster. Calling SERVPRO of East Windsor after you experience water damage from ice dams or basement flooding from ice buildup or excessive snow melt, can be the difference from a quick cleanup and mitigation or costly restoration, construction and mold remediation services.
UNDERSTAND WINTER WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
- Winter Weather Outlook: Meteorologists issue this typically 3-5 days prior to a winter storm when they believe wintery conditions are possible.
- Winter Weather Advisory: Issued typically 2-3 days prior to a possible hazardous winter weather storm that could cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”
- Winter Weather Watch: Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a winter storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a winter storm, blizzard, or other hazardous wintery conditions such as freezing rain.
- Winter Weather Warning: Warnings alert the public 2-24 hours before a winter storm occurs. Issued for hazardous winter weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”
Blizzard Warning: Sustained wind or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 miles per hour accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow, frequently visibilities less than 1/4 of a mile for at least 3 hours.
Winter Storm Warning: Heavy Snow (snow accumulation of 6 inches or more in 12 hours or 8 inches or more in 24 hours), Sleet (accumulation of ice pellets 1/2 of an inch and greater), Ice (accumulation of 1/4 of an inch or more) and/or heavy Snow and Blowing Snow (wind is below blizzard criteria).
SERVPRO CAN HELP WITH WATER PROPERTY EMERGENCIES FOLLOWING STORM FLOODING OR FREEZING WINTER WEATHER
Northeast Winter Storms can bring any number of potential hazards to your Trenton, Princeton or Windsor, NJ commercial or residential property, including fallen tree limbs, hail, blizzard winds and heavy rain and snow. Your home or business is at risk from a collapsed roof, or frozen pipe burst, once a significant amount of water from flooding or moisture affects your home or business, problems from water damage can start to occur.
It’s critical to take quick action and call our SERVPRO of East Windsor team to begin taking steps to stop the damage from becoming an even bigger disaster. Our professionals first assess the severity of the situation and determine the full extent of the storm, flooding or additional water damage. Restoring your home or business quickly, takes specialized equipment and highly skilled IICRC professionals. Our team closely inspects the damaged areas; measuring the moisture content, humidity and temperature to assess the full extent of the damage. They provide a step-by-step solution to restore and repair your property and contents to help minimize additional damages.
OUR NEW JERSEY STORM & WATER MITIGATION SERVICES INCLUDE
- Water Extraction
- Drying of affected areas, including walls, carpets and furniture
- Cleaning and Restoration of affected possessions
- Remediating mold and mildew
- Reconstruction and Repairs
Our SERVPRO of East Windsor Storm Team has the experience and resources to handle your winter weather property damage quickly and professionally. We know what comes next after the storm and we are prepared 24-7 with Emergency help when you need us! Call our Cleanup, Restoration and Repair teams @(609) 443-9110
WHEN WINTER STORMS ATTACK YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS OUR NEW JERSEY SERVPRO TEAM CAN HELP
Our team takes every step possible to minimize the intrusion while working on the cleanup and restoration of your winter storm property damage.
Winter weather can cause damage from top to bottom in your Princeton, Windsor, or Trenton home or business. Our weather patterns have become increasingly unpredictable, resulting in heavy snow and freezing temperatures one day and warmer temperatures and rain the next. Ice, freezing rain, wind and snow all play a role in New Jersey winter property damage losses.
The good news SERVPRO of East Windsor is always here to help, our specialized equipment and highly trained professional staff has the scope of services to handle your Northern New Jersey property restoration needs from start to finish. We understand you may not have all the answers, this maybe the first traumatic experience with your residential or commercial property, calling our team connects you to a professional staff that can provide the answers to your restoration concerns and tailor a solution to restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”
The winter season creates the most common and costly claims for Princeton, Windsor, Trenton or Montgomery home and business owners, and winter-related claims are on the rise, likely due to the severity of storms and increase in the number of people with insurance protection. Over 50% of ALL homeowner claims come from wintery wind, hail, and weather-related water damage.
SERVPRO of East Windsor is prepared with highly trained professionals and top-notch equipment to be your number one resource during these times of distress. No property disaster is too large for us to handle, our professionals can find solutions to restore your property, “Like it never even happened.”
ROOF DAMAGE: We often take for granted the work our roofs do for us during tough New Jersey winters, they keep us safe, dry and warm from the worst winter snow and ice storms. They bear the brunt of the elements, over time the cycle of snow and ice accumulation can have devastating effects and cause major damage to roofing materials and weaken the structural components. Excessive snow loads and weakened roofing materials from ice dams, pooling or leakage are all possible problems that can cause water to infiltrate your home or business and cause water damage.
PIPE BURSTS: We also take for granted the plumbing system in our home or business we just know the water is running or in the case of a pipe freeze (not running). During the winter it gets cold and your pipes feel that too, if your pipes get too cold, the water inside will freeze. The ice can expand causing tiny stresses and breaks or a burst, when the ice melts water begins to leak and causes water property damage to your New Jersey home or business. Freezing pipes are a major concern, and a priority for our SERVPRO of East Windsor team; learn more about how we can help. Freezing pipes account for 18% of all water damage claims, damage from pipe bursts can include flooding, ceiling collapse, floor and wall damage, contents and electronic damage and mold.
WET BASEMENTS: A Basement is a wonderful asset to your home or business, it can provide additional storage or living space to a crowded property. During winter months melting snow can cause water damage in your basement from faulty gutters, cracks in foundations and improper drainage. Water damage is one of the most common and worst side effects of water leakage or flooding in a basement. In addition to contributing to structural and foundation problems, basement water damage can destroy your personal belongings and interior decorative finishes and it also has the power to create the perfect environment for toxic mold growth.
Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have experience working with a variety of water damage situations both big and small. We have seen flooding and carpet issues, to broken or frozen pipe and plumbing issues, and basement and roof leaks. Our technicians understand that a property damage event can be traumatic and unexpected; they realize time and efficiency are important and they take every step possible to minimize the intrusion while executing the cleanup and restoration of your home or business.
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SERVPRO of East Windsor provides 24-hour emergency services to New Jersey communities, Princeton, Windsor and Trenton for fire, smoke, sewage and water and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. Our service pros respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
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DO YOU NEED HELP WITH WINTER STORM DAMAGE? Call Us 24/7 – (609) 443-9110
SERVPRO of East Windsor wants your New Jersey Property to be Ready for Winter with these tips for a safe season.
Preparing your home for winter can help prevent ice dams, frozen pipes, and other types of water or fire damage to your East Windsor home.
Winter is Coming, SERVPRO of East Windsor wants you to protect your New Jersey home from fire and water damage emergencies. Before the chilly weather and snow storms sets in its time for some New Jersey home repairs and maintenance to keep you and your family safe and warm this winter.
Keep the Cold Outside
Check around the windows and doors for any gaps in the insulation or caulking, your home can lose a lot of warmth in the winter months if not properly sealed. Remember to change your HVAC system filters and have your unit inspected for debris or mold. At entry ways have a non-skid mat or rug to protect floors and prevent falls. Inspect your roof and siding for gaps or damage from storms, make any necessary repairs.
Protect the Pipes
Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures, avoid a costly pipe break or other water related disaster. Wrap exposed pipes in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces, with extra insulation around them to prevent them from freezing and causing damage. Don’t forget your water heater, add additional insulation if it’s located in an exposed or cold location.
Prepare the Car for Cold Weather
There are several things you can do to keep your car in good shape during cold conditions. Make sure you have a new set of windshield wipers and switch to a winter washer fluid. Check the tire pressure levels regularly with temperature changes, and make sure the coolant and antifreeze levels are plentiful. It’s a good idea to get an oil change to keep the car working at optimal efficiency. Have an emergency kit for your car including: flashlights, warm blankets, water and a first aid kit. It’s also a good idea to keep a shovel, ice scraper and a bag of sand.
Don't Forget Yard Care
Even with the cold weather conditions, your yard still needs to be maintained. Make sure tree and shrub branches are well away from the house and windows. Icy conditions can cause branches to break and damage your home. Autumn is the time for falling leaves, so make sure to clean out the gutters, to avoid possible ice dams and other costly water damage, and rake them off the lawn, clean the flower beds and prepare them for next year with fertilizer.
Snow and Ice Preparedness
Switch out Spring and Summer tools for Winter ones, keep the snow removal tools close at hand; including roof rakes, snow shovels and blowers, and pet-safe ice melt. Stock up on emergency supplies like batteries, ready-to-eat foods and maybe a generator.
Winter temperatures and storms can come on quick, often before you’re even prepared for it, don’t put off getting your home ready for the winter season. Taking some time to prepare your home for winter can help prevent ice dams, frozen pipes, and other types of water or fire damage to your home. SERVPRO of East Windsor is prepared to help New Jersey home owners in the case of a water or fire property damage Emergency. Our highly-trained technicians are ready to get your East Windsor home back to normal after a disaster, “Like It Never Even Happened.”
Contact us for 24-7 Emergency Service for Fire and Water Damage Emergencies effecting your New Jersey home or business.
SERVPRO of East Windsor is Always here to help! (609) 443-9110
Big Concerns: Hurricane Season 2018 Preparing for Intense Storms
Knowing the category of a hurricane can help you understand how threatening it may be. It is never too early to start preparing for an emergency.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season produced 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, including three Category 4 hurricanes that made landfall in the United States: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. It was the most active season since 1936.
When it comes to hurricanes, most of the overwhelming damage, is from the "very few strongest storms," Mann said. "What matters is how many Category 3, 4, and 5 storms we get, and we're likely to see more of those storms, and more damage… as a result." —Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann
Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, Although, they are most common to New Jersey areas during September and early October.
Southern New England is subject to all three hurricane threats:
- Coastal flooding due to the storm surge.
- Widespread wind damage.
- Widespread inland small stream and river flooding due to heavy rains.
Typhoons and hurricanes are both tropical cyclones with winds of at least 74 miles per hour. The only difference is where they are located. Typhoons form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, while hurricanes occur in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, central and northeast Pacific.
Knowing the category of a hurricane can help you understand how threatening it may be.
Category 1: Winds range from 74 to 95 mph and can be expected to produce some minor damage to property. Injuries to people and animals are generally isolated and limited to flying or falling debris. During a Category 1 storm, protected glass windows generally remain intact. Some roof damage to frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers can also occur, as well as short-term power outages due to snapped power lines and downed trees.
Category 2: Winds range from 96 to 110 mph and can be expected to produce extensive property damage. Greater wind velocities mean that debris poses a greater threat to humans and animals, while the roofing, siding, and glass windows (protected and unprotected) of frame homes are more vulnerable to damage. In a Category 2 storm, significant structural damage to apartment buildings, mobile homes, and shopping centers is also expected, as well as flooding in low-lying areas. Extensive power outages ranging from a few days to a few weeks are common, and residents are encouraged to stock up on potable water as filtration systems also fail during this time.
Category 3: Winds ranging from 111 to 130 mph cause significant damage to property, humans, and animals. Mobile and poorly constructed frame homes are often destroyed, and even well-built frame homes commonly sustain major damage. Significant damage to apartments and shopping centers (even those made of wood or steel) can be expected. Category 3 storms can also cause extensive inland flooding. Electricity and water are commonly unavailable for several days to several weeks after the storm, therefore it’s important for residents to have their own stores of canned food and water.
Category 4: Winds range from 131 to 155 mph and can cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals. Severe structural damage to frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected. Category 4 hurricanes often include long-term power outages and water shortages lasting from a few weeks to a few months, so again, it’s important for any remaining residents to have a significant nonperishable food and water supply at hand.
Category 5: Winds at or greater than 155 mph cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals (read: you should be nowhere near this storm!). Complete or almost-complete destruction of mobile homes, frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected, and nearly all trees in the area will be snapped or uprooted. Power outages can last for weeks and possibly months. Long-term water shortages should be expected as well, and most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
The strongest hurricanes, have brought severe water and storm damage to coastal locations, including East Windsor and other local New Jersey areas, while totally disrupting utility power for days across the interior from downed trees and high winds. Both the stronger hurricanes and many of the weaker tropical storms have caused inland river flooding in parts of the New England. History shows that everyone living in southern New England must take tropical storms and hurricanes seriously. Whether you live along the coast, by a river or stream, or far inland, a tropical storm or hurricane striking Southern New England will affect our local area, SERVPRO of East Windsor is ready to help you repair your home/business water damage.
The Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning
The difference is 12 HOURS. A watch is issued when a hurricane or tropical storm is possible within 36 hours. A warning is issued when those same conditions are expected within 24 hours.
It’s important to take steps while you have time before a storm arrives to protect the well-being of your family/employees and home/business.
Step 1: Have an Emergency Communication and Evacuation Plan; have a predetermined location both on your property, like the large tree in the front yard, or the family station wagon; and in your local town to meet incase an emergency causes your family to separate. It’s also a good idea to discuss a relative out of town that will be a check-in since it could be difficult to reach others in the same emergency area.
Step 2: Supplies; you should have enough supplies in your home for 72 hours for each member of your family, this includes having specialty items for babies and children or the elderly. You should also have an emergency and first aid kit for your home, your car and each person should have a personal kit for themselves. Another good thing to think about is flashlights, batteries and multiple copies of area maps.
Step 3: Insurance Coverage; consider your coverage for flooding, it’s important to have contact information incase of an emergency and make sure you know what to do if a storm causes damage to your property. If flooding is predicted try and move your vehicles to a safer location. Taking a home inventory can be as simple as snapping cell phone photos of the contents in each of your home’s rooms, and recording the item number or serial number of more important items.
Step 4: Important Documents; you should keep copies of important documents including; proof of ownership for homes, cars and other property. Make sure to keep copies of you and your families personal identification and banking information. It’s also a good idea to have some cash available, after a storm getting to an ATM or bank maybe difficult depending on the severity of the damage.
Step 5: Secure Your Property; Experts recommend piling up sandbags at least 2 feet high as an effective barricade against floodwaters. Unplug unused household electronics and appliances, if you are evacuating consider shutting off electricity. Think about trimming trees to reduce any falling limbs and cleaning up things around your home and yard like potted plants, lawn furniture and children’s toys.
Step 6: Electronic Concerns; Aside from keeping extra batteries and chargers around during a hurricane, people are also encouraged to backup any electronic devices. It’s a good idea to store your data at an off-site location.
Call in the Professionals
The effects of a storm to a homeowner can oftentimes be devastating, sustained winds and flooding can damage your home and belongings. When storm and water damage gets serious in East Windsor New Jersey, there is really only one team to call—SERVPRO of East Windsor! Our team is highly qualified and trained in water restoration, our experts will come in, assess your damage, take the proper remediation steps to limit damage. We work hand in hand with your insurance company to restore your home to what it was before. Like it never even happened!
- We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
- We provide 24-Hour Emergency Service
- We are a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
- We are Locally Owned and Operated
Every East Windsor New Jersey, water restoration situation is unique and our team will treat them that way. We are here in your East Windsor local community to help during your water or storm property damage, in these very stressful times and we are Always Here to Help!
When You Need Help, Call Us SERVPRO of East Windsor at (609) 443-9110
Finished basement filled with standing water from storm.
SERVPRO of East Windsor 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.
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 West Windsor, 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, Team Kluger, that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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