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Flooded House Cleanup: The Guide

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

photo of feet of water in a living room of house When flooding hits your home, SERVPRO will be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

Here's the scenario: You and your family leave town for the weekend to visit family and relax. But, on your way home you get a call from your neighbor. "You know that big storm that was supposed to come through? The creek behind your house overflowed and now your house is flooded..."

A call like this can throw any sense of relaxation out the window in a moment's notice - and around 14,000 people in the United States experience a water damage situation like this every day.

Whether your flood damage is caused by hurricanes, tropical storms, broken pipes or even faulty appliances - the situation can quickly become overwhelming. But, that's why we've put together a guide on how to get your flooded home back to normal.

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The Guide To Cleaning Up Your Flooded House

Think: Safety First!

The CDC recommends to protect yourself from exposure to floodwater regardless of the source of contamination. Flood water may contain downed power lines, human or animal waste, hazardous chemicals, sharp or large objects, and even animals like rats or snakes. Being exposed to these dangers or contaminates can cause infections, skins rashes, gastrointestinal issues, tetanus, or physical harm. If you must enter flood water, wear proper protective gear, such as rain boots, chest waders, and gloves.

When major flooding hits your home, you should also be sure to turn off the electrical power and gas to avoid electrocution or explosions. If your fuse box is in a flooded area or you're not sure where it is, call an electrician for help. Be sure to not use any electric tools or appliances while standing in flood water.

Be sure that your home is also structurally sound before going in after a major flooding event. Look for signs of structural damages, such as buckling walls or floors, cracks in foundations, or any other signs that a structure in the home may collapse.

Find and stop the source of water.

Obviously, the faster you're able to stop water from entering your home, the easier your clean up efforts will be. If flooding is due to a faulty appliance or a burst pipe, the best step to take is immediately turning the water off in your home.

When house flooding is due to natural disasters like hurricanes, there is sometimes a period where you just have to wait the storm out before anything can be done. This is because as long as it continues to rain and flood waters rise, water will continue to enter your home. Sometimes the most you can do is make it easier for water to drain once rains have stopped.

Contact your insurance company to file a claim.

There are many kinds of house floods that are covered by your standard homeowner's insurance policy, including flooding from broken pipes, faulty appliances, ice dams, sewer lines backing up, or storm drains overflowing. Flood insurance does get spotty, and to be covered by flooding from heavy rains or rivers you may need supplemental coverage.

If you're unsure if your house flood will be covered by your insurance claim, a Project Manager from SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County can come out and help review your policy, let you know if damages will be covered, and even help you file your claim correctly.

You should also be sure to document your damages for the insurance company. Take photos of everything to be correctly reimbursed for non salvageable items and the flood damage to your home.

Remove standing water as fast as possible.

Time is of the essence when it comes to removing water from your home to prevent mold growth. If your home has been flooded for a few days, you can expect the growth of mold. Mold will begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours after flooding or water damage occurs if moisture is not handled quickly and properly.

If water isn't too high, you can try and get some up with a wet dry vacuum yourself or use a portable sump pump to remove water. In major flooding situations, it is not likely that you will be able to get rid of feet of water in your home. In these cases you can sometimes call the Fire Department, but you can also call a flood cleanup company to pump the water out.

Make sure your home is completely dried out.

This step is extremely important to prevent the growth of mold or mildew as well as structural deterioration in your home. To ensure your home is completely and properly dried out, you must be sure to get all the "hidden" water out of your home.

"Hidden" water can be behind walls, under floors or tile, or even in light fixtures. To get to these sources of moisture to dry them,  you usually have to take the trim off walls and make flood cuts to the drywall so the interior of the wall is able to dry. Flood cuts depend on the amount of water that flooded your home.

You may also need to remove tiles, carpeting, or other types of flooring to get down to the subfloor and make sure that it will also be dried. If water has reached the subfloor, it is very important to dry it out to ensure structural issues do not appear over time.

After making any needed flood cuts to walls or ceilings and taking up wet flooring, you should set up fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture from affected areas. Household fans and dehumidifiers are usually not sufficient to dry a home after major flooding. In that case, call a restoration company that uses commercial grade air movers and dehumidifiers. Many times you can also rent similar equipment at hardware stores.

Clean and disinfect flood affected areas.

You want to clean up any left behind debris, dirt, or other residue from the walls and floors of your home. Depending on the source of the flood water, this step may be even more essential to keep your home healthy.

You also need to sanitize after your house floods to help prevent mold growth. Sanitizing after flooding helps to kill mold spores and prevents them from thriving and spreading in the moist environment.

Restore and rebuild.

Once your home has been properly cleaned and remediated, you are able to move on to restoration and rebuilding. Areas where flood cuts were performed, ceilings taken out, or where flooring has been removed will need to be reconstructed and painted once again. Hopefully by now insurance will have also paid you out to restore or purchase any items that were not able to be saved from flooding.

House Floods Can Be Overwhelming.

The whirlwind of emotions that can follow even a minor flooding event in your home can many times be overwhelming for even the most prepared homeowners. After all, who is really prepared to lose all their belongings in a flood?

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County is Here to Help after you home floods.

As a professional storm damage and flood cleanup company, we have the experience and resources needed to restore your home to pre-damage conditions even after a major disaster. We accept all insurance carriers, provide free estimates, and will guide you through the entire restoration process to put your mind at ease.

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How To Deal With Storm Damage in Hunterdon County

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

photo of damage from tree falling on home. photo taken inside bathroom, roof exposed, debris everywhere Above is damage to a local Flemington home due to a fallen tree.

When tornadoes, hurricanes, microbursts, or even snowstorms come through Hunterdon County, they can cause thousands of dollars worth of storm damage to your home or business. These damages can quickly become overwhelming and require help from a professional storm damage cleanup & restoration company. 

Here, we will go over the types of weather  damage and what you should do when it strikes your home.

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Types of Storm Damage

Impact Damage

This type of damage results from things hitting your property. That can be anything from falling trees or tree branches, strong winds from hurricanes or tornadoes slamming large items into your home, or even fallen power lines. One fallen tree has the power to demolish an entire building - Impact damage can cause the most destruction to your home or business. 

Wind Damage

Strong winds can cause impact damage to your home, but they can do a lot of damage on their own as well. When winds are strong enough, they can lift the roof shingles of your home and result in a considerable amount of wind damage to your roof. Strong winds also have the ability to peel back the siding of your home. 

If you suspect roof storm damage to your home, it’s a good idea to have a company come out to do a roof inspection to be sure no repairs are needed. It’s important to address wind damage, even when it seems small, to ensure that no rain enters through exposed areas and causes water damage to the structure. 

Flood Damage

When rains are heavy enough for a prolonged amount of time, many times many homeowner’s basements flood. When heavy rains are also paired with wind or impact damage, homes are also at risk for flooding. 

Hail Damage

Severe storms can produce hailstones sometimes as large as a softball. Since hailstones are heavy, abnormal in size, and have rough edges, they can easily puncture your roof or dent your siding. 

Signs of damage from a hailstorm are split shingles, dark-colored impact marks, or visible roof felt. Acting on these signs once you identify them can save you costly water damage repairs in the future!

Lightning Damage

A lightning strike to a tree or power line can cause impact damage to your home, but it can also cause damage on it’s own. If lightning strikes your home, it can be at risk for a fire, as well as resulting smoke damage or even water damage from the firefighting efforts. 

What To Do After Storm Damage

Wait until it is safe to go outside. You should wait until the storm has passed to see if there’s any damage to your home. If something has majorly damaged your home, you will likely know without going outside to see it. 

Inspect for damages. Look for signs of roof storm damage, pulled back siding, or any water leaks inside your home. Take photos of any damages for your insurance company. 

If needed, turn off the power and the gas. This is usually only necessary in major flooding situations or if lightning strikes your home. This step is important to keep yourself and those who come to help safe. 

Contact your insurance company. Review your homeowner’s policy to see if your damages will be covered. Your insurance company can also advise you on the next steps you should take. If needed, our Project Managers can help review your policy, let you know if your damages will be covered, and even help file the claim.

Call a storm damage restoration company to prevent further damage to your home. When you have water leaks, flooding, or holes in your roof due to weather damage, you’ll need to address the issues quickly.

A storm damage company can tarp and holes in your roof, board up any broken windows, and begin emergency water mitigation services as needed. SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County provides these services 24/7, and can even handle the rebuilding afterwards. 

Is Storm Damage Covered by Homeowner’s Insurance?

The standard homeowner’s insurance policy does cover most types of storm damage. That includes wind, hail, lightning, and impact damage. These damages are covered because they are unpredictable and there are no steps you could’ve taken to prevent these events from happening. 

Covered becomes spotty when it comes to water damage or flooding. Water damage that resulted from the damages covered above will be covered by your insurance company. But, many times flooding is not covered by your policy. If flooding isn’t caused by any of the covered damages, it will likely not be covered unless you have supplemental flood insurance. 

Basement flooding from storms is usually not covered because it is groundwater. This type of flooding can be avoided by installing a sump pump, floor drains, or waterproofing your basement - that’s why it’s not covered. 

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Flood Damage in Clinton

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Flood Damage in Clinton is a Real Threat

Sometimes it seems like our memories as homeowners are quick to discount trouble and focus on the enjoyable aspects of homeownership. We think of flower beds, barbecues, and renovations, but can forget how easily Mother Nature can become a threat to our homes and families. A shift in weather can bring storms that cause a rise in creeks and rivers, which, in turn, make their way into our homes, causing flood damage and leaving us in need of expert guidance to restore our property.

Homeowners facing flood damage in Clinton can count on the expert advice of our SERVPRO technicians. Our training, both in the classroom and on-the-job, guides us through a systematic approach to the restoration of your home. Even when you wonder where to start, our team is ready to unravel the extraction of water as well as the drying and disinfecting process. All you need to do is call our hotline and allow us into your home as soon as it is safe to enter. Our team helps you take precautions to protect the health of your family and the integrity of your home.

At the core of our action steps, is deciding what to salvage and what to remove. When floodwaters come into your home, they bring organisms that can multiply quickly and pose a more significant threat to your well-being. With this in mind, our SERVPRO crew pays close attention to the equipment we bring into your home to extract water. For sizable volumes, we may opt to use our truck-mounted pump, which allows us to remove water at a faster pace. To complement the work of this type of extraction, we use smaller instruments, such as extraction wands, to access hard-to-reach crevices and ensure that humidity levels are back to regular readings. Once this aspect of the flood is under control, our expert team can proceed with disinfecting and cleaning as well as preparing your home for any other necessary repairs.

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County is your ally in times of crisis. Call us at (908) 788-8770 and place your home in our capable hands.  Together we can develop a plan to minimize your loss and to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Avoid Delays With Storm Damage Remediation in Clinton

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage can affect the structure of your home and allow water to come in. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation options.

Applied Structural Drying Technicians for Clinton homes with Storm Flood Damage

Tempestuous weather conditions can break windows, doors or roofing with relative ease. These violent weather events which damage the structure of your home can quickly get out of hand as rainwater or floodwaters enter the home and begin causing harm to both structure and contents. Prioritize your own safety before calling in a company that you can trust with the restoration of your home. We have over 25 years of combined experience in the restoration industry and a first-hand knowledge of how to correctly restore a building from start to finish. 

You can contact our team twenty four hours a day to arrange for storm flood damage restoration of your Clinton home. Typically our process begins with an over the phone assessment which allows us to get a preliminary understanding of the type of equipment and expertise you need to restore your house to its preloss condition. Our roster of technicians spans water restoration technicians (WRT,) Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians and Odor Control Technicians (OCT.) With diverse skill sets of SERVPRO restorers we are confident of completing your restoration on time and on budget. 

The skills of an ASD technician are useful in situations where flooding is widespread and affects the structure of your home. These situations may include standing water levels, groundwater flooding or when water is present in the home beyond 72 hours. Water naturally migrates from one area to another. In a home environment this can mean that a flooded kitchen, quickly escalates into cavity flooding or subfloor damage. SERVPRO can provide specialist technicians with state-of-the-art drying equipment to manage your restoration requirements. 

Wet cavities in the home can cause microbial growth issues, unpleasant odors or the weakening of structure itself. Generally the issue is that cool, moist air enters the cavity along with a body of water. Since the cavity has no natural light, heat or airflow the water can stagnate or cause rot. Ventilating these areas is achievable using negative or positive air pressure via an injectidry system. SERVPRO technicians generally use positive air flow to blast warm dry air into the cavity but in some cases, where there is no water contamination for example, we may use negative air pressure to suck air from the cavity. 

Storm flooding can lead to a plethora of property issues that affect the structure as well as the indoor air quality of your home. Contact SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County at (908) 788-8770 now.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Clinton Flood Damage Restoration Services

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

We use advanced equipment like axial fans to handle flood damage as well as air movers, and dehumidifiers to secure the structure.

Flood Damage Clinton – Checking for Moisture

Anytime moisture is allowed to remain inside a wall, or under a floor, there is a risk of mold and even structural issues if the wood frame begins to lose tensile strength. Many consumers may clean up after a flood removing debris from the flood, perhaps even throwing out carpeting and items that were damaged. But what about moisture in the subfloor and inside walls?

SERVPRO has been providing flood damage services in Clinton and has over 25 years of experience. Our team of certified technicians understands how much damage hidden moisture pockets can do. We have the latest equipment to find these pockets of moisture. We use a combination of penetrating moisture meters, infrared cameras, moisture sensors, as well as thermos Hygrometers to identify and remove all of the potential trouble spots.

Moisture Sensors

The carpet and underpad may appear to be dry, but what about the subfloor. A moisture meter is used to probe through the carpet and underpad to the subfloor. It verifies the removal of all moisture. If moisture is detected, SERVPRO may lift the carpet to blow dry air over the subfloor to remove the additional moisture.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

These cameras document moisture areas at the beginning of a project. Also, at the end of the project to confirm that all of the moisture is gone. Damp materials that appear to be dry on the surface demonstrate a different surface temperature compared to nearby areas that are dry. Different surface temperatures are an indication of moisture inside the wall or floor.

Moisture Meters

Moisture meters are used to determine the level of moisture inside materials. For example, wood floors, while dry on the surface, may contain high moisture levels, which can cause cupping and splintering if the moisture is not removed.

Thermo-hygrometers

These devices measure the relative humidity and temperature of air masses inside rooms, basements, or commercial premises. Thermos-hygrometers are also used to verify humidity levels of air exhausted from dehumidifiers and HVAC systems.

SERVPRO uses all of these devices to make sure that all areas touched by flood damage are dry and cannot cause mold infestations or damage structural elements at a later time.

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

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How to Safely Remove Floodwater From Your Flemington Residence

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwaters contain contaminants. Call SERVPRO for safe and fast floodwater removal services.

Flood Removal Basics in Flemington 

Extremes in weather patterns are as frequent in Flemington as other places. Torrential rain and fierce winds create more than just an inconvenience if one system follows another. The ground around your foundation becomes saturated, and the wetness seeks dryness, which results in seepage into your basement or crawl space. If several inches of rainfall within a few hours, rivers of water form on roadways, parking lots, and lawns, creating flash and overland flooding.  

Fast and Efficient Removal Needed 

A significant amount of water can invade your Flemington home, flood removal requiring professional help to extract and dry out the spaces. Our commercial-grade equipment rids your dwelling of the water quickly, crucial to a satisfactory outcome. Moisture that remains in a home for more than a 24 to 48-hour window creates conditions that significantly increase the risk of substantial structural deterioration and mold growth and damage.  

Containment and Disposal of Hazardous Waste 

Floodwaters are highly contaminated. If nearby municipal drains are overwhelmed, common with flash floods, you likely contend with sewage backup, exposing your family to harmful pathogens from human waste. Overland flooding carries roadway and lawn chemicals, industrial waste, and even dead animals and other debris into your home. SERVPRO crews are skilled in containing the tainted waters and familiar with local rules regulating their legal disposal. We treat affected spaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials after flood removal to destroy any lingering viruses, bacteria, or other microbes. 

Detection of Water Migration 

When water enters a structure, it does not merely pool up, waiting for removal by our pumps and extractors. Flood water seeps through cracks and crevices and soaks porous building materials. The SERVPRO team is ready to trace the path of flooding, using infrared imaging to detect temperature discrepancies that indicate trapped water in building cavities. We also use sensitive moisture probes to set baselines as we move into the structural drying phase. 

Thorough Flood Water Drying 

All structural components in the flooded space need returning to standard moisture levels. SERVPRO technicians use the moisture data already recorded to determine the initial configuration of heaters and air movers, placed strategically to facilitate evaporation from building materials. High-efficiency dehumidifiers either condense or absorb the vapor, collecting it for permanent removal outside your home. As drying continues, we monitor the moisture decreases and adjust the drying perimeter accordingly. 

When you need flood removal services, SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County has you covered. Call us day or night at (908) 788-8770 -- We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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