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Let Our Experts Help After A Flood In Clinton

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage In Clinton

When storms roll through, high winds can do a lot of damage in addition to lots of rain that causes flooding of homes and businesses. Debris carried by the winds can punch holes in roofs and even through walls. Heavy rain can introduce lots of water through these roof punctures, with water flooding through several units in a multi-tenant building.

SERVPRO has been responding to commercial flood damage events in Clinton and surrounding areas for many years. We have years of restoration experience covering water damage from floods, heavy rainstorms, water leaks, wind damage as well as fire damage. We're available 24 / 7 and usually respond in less than four hours to provide flood damage mitigation and restoration services.

Multiple Unit Water Damage from Roof Puncture
Multi-tenant buildings are particularly vulnerable to flooding from roof punctures during a storm. Once a hole is opened in the roof, water pours in and spreads over the ceiling, flows into wall cavities, and spreads from unit to unit. In many cases, the water may spread to multiple units on multiple floors!

As soon as it is safe, SERVPRO can add tarps to the roof to prevent additional water from pouring into the open puncture. Surface water can then be vacuumed up from carpeting and hard surface floors. We use moisture detectors to check for water and moisture inside the walls. Access holes are sometimes needed to remove pooled water inside wall cavities and to apply dry air into these areas to absorb moisture.

SERVPRO also recommends that wet attic insulation is removed and replaced. Attic insulation can be challenging to dry, and the insulation may have compressed in areas where water penetrated, compromising the insulating capacity of the material.

Our SERVPRO technicians can investigate all areas potentially affected by water and moisture. Removing all moisture prevents the growth of mold and further damage to wall materials and structures.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County at (908) 788-8770 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Flemington, Whitehouse Station, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO, Whitehouse Flooding, and Understanding Moisture Removal

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage, Materials, And Moisture In Your Whitehouse Area Restaurant

You might think that damage is damage when dealing with a flood in your building. However, the type of material used to construct your Whitehouse area restaurant has a significant effect on the harm received and losses experienced.

At SERVPRO, we understand how moisture has various outcomes on different materials affected by flood damage on your Whitehouse area commercial property. To pass this information on to you, we need to explain a variety of terms that we use to describe the relationship between materials and moisture.

•    Permeance (PERM): is the measure of water vapor flow through a specific material. A unit of permeance or PERMS - describes the total amount of vapor flow in grains per hour (GPH), through one square foot of a given materials surface, when the vapor pressure is at one Hg (1” of Mercury). It sounds a little complicated, so let’s put it into simpler terms.

o    Very Porous Materials, such as carpet and upholstery, have high permeance factors, which means that they absorb and release moisture quickly. You might use these in your dining area and seating arrangements.
o    Non-Porous Materials, such as plastics, glass, and vinyl, have low permeance factors, which means that they absorb little to no moisture during a flood — many materials used for menus, dishes, and even appliances.

•    Vapor Barriers; are a type of material that is either waterproof or has a permeance of 1 PERM or less. In other words, it is a material that moisture cannot enter, or cannot pass through quickly. Here are some examples.

o    Vinyl Wallpaper
o    Masonry Brick
o    ½” Plywood
o    Vapor Retarding Paint
o     Paper-Faced Insulation (Batten)

•    Hygroscopic Materials: are materials with a high permeance factor that readily absorb and hold onto water vapor that exists in the air.
o    Carpet
o    Insulation
o    Upholstery
o    Gypsum Wall-Board
o    Particle-Board

Your SERVPRO technician can help you understand why the harder the material is to penetrate, the harder it is to dry. For example, think about a beach towel and a piece of plywood. If you get both materials wet, the towel soaks up water rather quickly, while the wood takes longer to absorb water. However, when you set them both in the sun to dry, the towel dries much faster than the wood, even though it absorbed more water, faster.

Understanding the physical nature of materials allows our technicians to implement the correct equipment, tools, and products for a successful restoration. When we know our business, we can keep you in business!

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County stands ready to provide 24/7 emergency flood damage restoration to business owners throughout the area, call today. (908) 788-8770