Recent Water Damage Posts

We Act Fast In Clinton After A Water Loss

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

Two of our air movers working to dry the carpet in this home We have the state of the art equipment necessary to dry your home after a water loss. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

Is my Upholstery Safe?

It is not uncommon to hear a homeowner complain about a recent leak in the roof or an upstairs pipe. Owning a residence includes suffering through the perils of homeownership, and we need to be ready for these kinds of problems. When water makes its way into your home and soaks furniture, curtains, and upholstery, the water removal process can appear to be simple. In reality, the average homeowner rarely achieves a complete restoration of the home, which is why calling a professional service is recommendable.

Clinton residents have SERVPRO for their water removal needs. Our team learns about the latest techniques in the classroom and by daily on-the-job training. This level of expertise gives us the benefit of knowing how to address your specific water removal needs when the time comes. When you call our 24/7 hotline, you immediately enlist the help of our knowledgeable team and take the first step in mitigating your material and financial losses following the water event.

As one would expect, water removal from the home is an essential step towards restoring your home. However, it can be deficient in protecting your home from further complications. When you only dry the area and disregard the treatment of porous materials such as curtains and upholstery, you can find yourself battling problems in the short-term future. For example, you may find that in a few months, mold has taken over some of the fabric in your home, causing an even more significant problem as the result of the water leak. Another aspect many homeowners overlook is the replacement of topical treatments on your furniture. When one cleans a sofa with disinfecting solutions, the original stain-repellent or fire-retardant treatment can be compromised. Our SERVPRO technicians know to be on the lookout for such vulnerabilities and can apply the missing treatment once again. As a homeowner, you can trust that our team is aware of this and many other factors that may become problems down the line.

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County is not only a resource for your problems today but also a deterrent to future issues. Call us at (908) 788-8770 and allow us to come to your home and share our expert advice. Like you, we work diligently so that your home looks "Like it never even happened."

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Our Technicians Discuss Addressing Key Drying Factors In Clinton

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Addressing Key Drying Factors for Clinton Homes

There is an intricate science involved with drying out water loss incidents that occur in Clinton homes. As challenging as it can seem to get ahead of the migrating water effects, this obstacle must get addressed on three different fronts. Successful drying of saturated materials and surface water involves controlling the humidity in the environment, the airflow throughout the affected region of the house, and the temperature of the damaged space.

Getting control of water damage in Clinton homes begins with addressing the moisture content in the environment. Elevated humidity can substantially slow the drying process. We have many devices that can determine the moisture content of the environment, so we can know the right balance of air movers and dehumidifiers that must get placed throughout the building to both counteract current humidity concerns and the continued efficient drying of the structure.

Airflow is another essential element in restoring your home after a water loss incident. In some situations, too much airflow can be a challenge for adequate drying, while in other scenarios, proper ventilation can be a benefit to drying. These determinations get made during the scoping of the job by our SERVPRO project manager who walks through the damaged site before our technicians arrive to begin mitigation and restoration actions. From opening windows to constructing containment barriers, there are many ways to manipulate airflow to maximize efficient drying.

The right temperature can make all of the difference in drying. Not only do wet surfaces provide a barrier of cooler air, but cold conditions outside of the house can also become a hindrance to effective drying inside without adequate power. We arrive with portable electric heaters and other area heaters to both improve surface temperatures for efficient drying and to provide a comfortable living space until restoration efforts complete.

The science of drying your damaged home is a balancing act between the temperature of the work area, available airflow, and the humidity. Regulating all three of these conditions can help to improve the efficiency of recovery for the property. Our SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County can help; however, you need by calling (908) 788-8770.

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Lebanon Home Suffered Water Damage? Don't Despair, Call SERVPRO for Help

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Gloves and carpet cutter with Beige carpet and multi color pad pulled back from wall to check subfloor SERVPRO technicians test the fibers and check the pad and subfloor to determine if wet carpet can be dried in place.

Pros and Cons of In-Place Carpet Drying after Water Damage in Lebanon Homes

Most homeowners agree the carpet they have installed in their home is an investment. When water damage happens, their first thought may quickly go to the pain of replacing the floor covering. The good news is, if the water is clean and extraction efforts begin promptly, there is a good chance for restoration. 

SERVPRO technicians always try to limit disruptions within Lebanon homes after water damage; one way is drying the carpet and pad without removing it from the property. In cases where the carpet suffered a water spill, there are both pros and cons for drying it in place. 

Pros of Drying Carpet In-Place

  • Lessens upheaval in the home during mitigation
  • Furniture remains in place
  • Carpet has less potential for damage since it does not require removal and the seams do not require cutting
  • Deep cleaning restores the fullness to the fibers

Cons of Drying Carpet In-Place

  • This type of drying requires more equipment and often increases the drying time needed
  • Requires careful monitoring for mold growth
  • Requires close monitoring to ensure the subfloor does not receive damage from moisture; difficulty in drying the padding

Factors SERVPRO Considers Before Drying in Place

If the water cleanup efforts began later than 48 hours, the water has degraded and requires handling and possible disposal as a biohazard. Before technicians decide the drying and cleaning method, they test the fibers to determine the best application for cleaning and restoration. If there is evidence of subfloor damage or multiple layers of flooring, the carpet is not a candidate for in-place drying. 

The materials that make up the pad matter in determining whether or not to dry in place. If the organic fibers such as jute or hair are part of the construction of the pad, it requires special handling and is not a viable material for in-place drying. For saturated, foam-type padding, removal may be more expedient and less costly than utilizing the in-place drying method. 

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County at (908) 788-8770 cleans up and restores properties with water damage. We use the latest advanced methods and technology in the industry to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damaged Flemington Home? Call SERVPRO for Fast Help

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water puddle on floor. One side of sheetrock removed What! Water Damage in Your Flemington Home? SERVPRO Is Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Preserving Construction Materials with Fast Drying in Flemington 

No matter the size or severity of a water loss incident that occurs in your Flemington home, failure to respond quickly can result in widespread and significant damages. Protecting the structural integrity of your home and its installed construction materials is a priority that homeowners share with our responding technicians, as we have premier equipment and techniques that can help to maintain many exposed elements with fast-drying solutions.

As overwhelming as water damage in Flemington homes might initially seem, the response to this emergency is what determines how widespread the loss becomes. Our SERVPRO team is on call for water loss incidents 24/7, ensuring that qualified professionals and the top-tier restoration and recovery equipment we have are en route shortly after a customer makes the first contact with our office. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that is as true in the middle of the day as it is in the middle of the night.
 
Elements like drywall can be particularly susceptible to moisture exposure and direct saturation, often leading to bloating and distortion in as little as 24 hours. To protect the sheetrock walls of your home, our technicians strategically position air movers, dehumidifiers, and even positive pressure systems like our Injecti-Dry unit. We are skilled and nimble to maintain three fronts for the rapid drying of open areas and structural cavities.
 
Flooring is another area of your home that becomes uniquely susceptible to migrating moisture and water loss effects. Despite the speed with which our technicians can arrive to begin extraction and drying solutions for the wet areas, specialized tools like drying mats might still be necessary to draw out moisture from materials like hardwood flooring. With the combined efforts of these mats and moisture meters, we can maintain the ideal humidity levels for the wood flooring to prevent unnecessary removal and reinstallation. In crawlspace structures, we also check to make sure that the floor joists and supports contain acceptable moisture content levels. If not, we can set the equipment up to complete the drying task.
 
Protecting construction materials throughout your home is a priority of our SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County team. With our experience in the industry combined with our extensive inventory of cutting-edge equipment, we can help to make water loss incidents, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (908) 788-8770.