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Fire and the Devastation that Follows

12/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage Fire can be a very destructive force.

After the Blaze

Dealing with property damage that has been caused by a fire can be a very stressful situation to handle. This is why SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here to help and can get things back to normal quickly. Our team has access to state f the art restoration/mitigation equipment that will help get the job done when it’s combined with their experience, which has been built up over the years.

Reach out to an Expert

Once the fire department has extinguished the fire, look for a remediation professional to help get you back on your feet. An expert will be able to provide an assessment after they perform a walk through in order to determine the extent of the damages. In most circumstances an individual should not attempt any part of the restoration process. Doing this can be dangerous if it is attempted on your own.

Getting Organized

In addition one should make sure that they should keep a record of any of the items that have been damaged or destroyed during the incident. This information could be helpful when we start working with the insurance company to ensure that most of the items and the structure is covered. Once you have compiled a list of files it is important to keep the files in a safe place.

Contact your Insurance Company

When the last embers die out make sure that you reach out to your insurance company, so you can get started on your claim. It is important to do this, since your insurance agent will work with you through the filling process. They will also help determine the amount of coverage you will attain for the damages to your property.

Better Safe than Sorry

When it comes down to entering your property after it has been effected by a fire, always ask the fire department or another local authority whether it is safe to re-enter your building. In some cases a fire can weaken the structural integrity and increase the chances of it collapsing.

Restoration Professionals

When your property is effected by fire damage, you can depend on SERVPRO of Bridgewater to help you through this stressful situation. A chief technician will guide you through the fire restoration process, to ensure you are getting the high quality service you deserve. Once our restoration team is finished with their work it will be “like it never even happened”.

SERVPRO the #1 Choice in the Restoration Industry

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

What Makes a Leader in the Field?

It took time for SERVPRO to get where it is today. Hard work and dedicated employees have had a hand in making our company a trusted and well established brand over the decades. Each SERVPRO location is independently owned and operated. This allows each location to build strong relationships with each client and the communities around us. Whenever a home or business has had a water and/or fire damage event we are here to help get you back on your feet.

Leaping into Action

SERVPRO of Bridgewater has 24/7 emergency service available for anyone who may need it. Once you start dialing our office team will pick up the phone swiftly. Then they will begin asking basic questions about the situation in order to determine how our restoration team will approach the issue. Restoration professionals will be dispatched to the location of your home and/or business based off of your availability. When the technician arrives they may ask additional questions to get an understanding on the situation at hand, then they will perform a walk through. The walk through will allow them to determine the best course of action and what needs to be done in order to restore affected areas.

Restoration Professionals

Whether it be out in the field or in the office training never ends, since we are constantly looking for way to improve the quality and efficiency of our work. Training is ongoing as time goes on because our team keeps up with the most current solutions, so we can adapt to any situation no matter how big of a challenge a job may be. Most of our work force has years of experience in the restoration industry and have IICRC certifications that need to be renewed each year. This allows us to be prepared for any size disaster.

Contact Us Today

So if you are ever in need of water and/or fire damage restoration services, give SERVPRO of Bridgewater a call as soon as possible at (908) 222-2020.

By taking action quickly you can potentially prevent any further damages to your home or business.

Destructive Power of Fire

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Property Damage Caused by Fire

SERVPRO of Bridgewater understands how stressful it can be if your home or business has suffered from a fire loss. A building can catch fire due to a variety of factors causing a substantial amount of damage depending on the source and how quickly the situation is addressed. After the fire has been extinguished even if it was small, there can be a lot of work that needs to be done in order to restore your property. Smoke can still spread through a structure quickly and leave residue/soot within each effected area.

It is important to take action quickly even after the damage has been done. After the fire has run its course contacting a restoration company like SERVPRO is a great choice. Our team is faster to any size disaster, as soon as technicians arrive on site they will leap into action and begin the restoration process. We work hard to preserve original construction materials/components along with any contents that are salvageable whenever possible.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

Each fire damage is different and may require a unique solution. The fire damage restoration process can be applied to any type of structure, since it was made to be flexible so it can be applied to a majority of fire damage situations. There are seven steps that our technicians follow in order to restore your property.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

SERVPRO of Bridgewater and its dedicated employees can get your damaged property back on track and it will be “like it never even happened.”

Water doesn’t just stay Under the Bridge in Bridgewater

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Floor mat system Advanced equipment getting the job done.

Water Damage and your Property

In most cases people aren’t prepared for property damage situations for a few reasons, since in most cases they without warning and in some circumstances there isn’t anything that could be done until it has happened. There is a long list of possible scenarios that could happen such as a sewage back up, clogged pipe, pipe leak, appliance failure, weather, and the list can go on. This is why property insurance is a thing even though a decent amount of us may not have to utilize it, but as the common saying goes “it is better safe than sorry”. 

When it comes to events that damage your home or business SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the solution for your water damage needs. We have an experienced and well trained staff that will get the job done efficiently, quickly, all without compromising the quality of the work. Our team will respond with state-of-the-art mitigation equipment that help protect and restore your property.

Water Damage Restoration Process

Each Water damage event is slightly unique and requires a solution tailored to the situation. The process and how we respond to it usually is the same unless the situation calls for other methods to be used. We have developed a multi-step process that can be applied to almost every job in order to ensure each property is treated properly across all active jobs.

Step 1 – Emergency Contact

When we receive our first phone call from you this marks the beginning of the restoration process. A representative will guide you through the process and ask several questions in order to understand the crisis and determine what solution works best for the situation.

Step 2 – Inspection & Water Damage Assessment

During this step our team determines the scope of the water damage. Technicians inspect and determine the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure the restoration is completed properly.

Step 3 – Water Removal / Water Extraction

Water removal start as soon as possible in order to get rid of the majority of the water. Extraction equipment and vacuum units are used to remove the water from your property as quickly as possible, in order to prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 – Drying & Dehumidification

Specialized equipment is used to remove any remaining water that could be accessed in the previous step. The on-site team will begin to measure the affected area, take temperature and humidity readings. This is then used to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 – Cleaning & Sanitizing

All the affected items and parts of the structure that are restorable are cleaned. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 – Restoration

This is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration process may involve minor repairs, such as repairing drywall and installing new carpet or even more major repairs. Reconstruction of various areas may be required depending on the severity of the damage.

The Team at SERVPRO of Bridgewater

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

residential water loss SERVPRO Professionals Hard at Work

What services we bring to the table for property owners in Bridgewater, NJ

Our franchise shoots for the stars and are always trying to find way to improve our services to our customers. When it comes to water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation we will tackle the problem head on. The objective is to restore your property quickly without any compromise to the quality of service, since we understand how important a person’s home and/or business is to their livelihood.

All of our employees are highly skilled and experienced making sure that each worker has received proper training before they go out into the field. This helps ensure that each customer has a friendly and smooth experience with our business. A large amount of our employees are IICRC certified in water damage restoration, applied structural drying, along with a few other certifications.

The team at SERVPRO of Bridgewater will provide excellent service to those in need of restoration work. At times we understand things can be stressful when dealing with property damage and that’s why we will assist you every step of the way. When you choose our team to get the job done you will be treated with the upmost respect and see our team at work so we can show you why SERVPRO is a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration.

More than just a Service

The mission we are on is bigger than just restoring your property. We want to provide help and support during times of need. Our goal is to make sure your experience with us is smooth, satisfying and unforgettable. As a locally owned and operated business we are proud to contribute a valuable service to the Bridgewater community. The SERVPRO family is here for all your restoration needs, whether it be caused by fire, water, or mold.

When Fire & Water Damage Strike

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Man vaccuming carpet Water extraction in action.

How can a Bridgewater, NJ Business be Affected

Water and fire are powerful forces to contend with and can have a negative impact on a person’s business. Commercial structures have a variety of uses and functions, which makes the restoration process different compared to how the problem is tackled for residential structures.

A business can be affected by a water or fire loss in a variety of ways depending on the extent of damage. In severe situations it can even force operations to shut down, causing a business to lose out on much needed profit. Our objective is to mitigate the issue quickly and get the business on track for full restoration.

Facilities that are greatly impacted require more time for scoping, planning, and estimating. In most cases a business will have additional square footage that is affected, which raises the requirements to complete the project. Large jobs would require more technicians, equipment, and supplies needed to get the job done in a timely manner.

Here at SERVPRO of Bridgewater, we have a highly trained, experienced, certified teams that are able to handle all your property damage needs. Our staff receives constant training from the IICRC and material provided by our main office. This allows us to provide the proper assessment and repairs.

Every minute counts when your business is a victim of water and/or fire damage. Each time we enter a commercial loss project, we focus on the differences the job site has when compared to a residential loss. This is taken into consideration when planning and communicating with the owner or property management team to ensure there is an understanding on the actions that will be carried out in order to address the situation.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

People go to us because we are leaders in the industry, our company has the experience and knowledge to get the job done quickly without compromising the quality of our work. We offer 24/7 emergency service, which allows us to work on your business during non-peak hours so the work has less of an impact on employees and customers.  Our base of operations is centrally located in Bridgewater Township allowing us to respond without delay. If your business has been affected by a water and/or fire damage give SERVPRO of Bridgewater a call at (908) 222-2020.

There’s a Storm on the Horizon

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Rain drop backdrop with Servpro Logo SERVPRO is “Here to Help®”

What Nature may have In Store for your Property?

Here in the northeast we have had to deal with a variety of storms. Summers can be hot and dry increasing the chance for a fire to occur, having an impact on a business or home, or they can be humid potentially forming storm systems that can lead to flooding and the ground to be oversaturated. The winters can be just as brutal with snow and ice. Standing your ground against Mother Nature can be difficult, but there are a few things that can be done, which can help protect your property in tough situations.  

Preparing for the Storm to Strike

There are quite a few things a person can do to try and protect their home or business. It also comes down to what tools an individual has at their disposal and how much time one might have to prepare before a storm system rolls on in. Performing a routine check/walkthrough will help you determine what action needs to be taken depending on the kind of weather you are dealing with. If a property has a basement it’s good to check on the water proofing, drainage systems, and condition of the sump pump if there is one installed. Having a battery backup system or a generator can be beneficial during a storm event, which can keep the sump pump operational in case the electric grid goes down. Storm winds can be powerful at times potentially blowing around hazardous debris. Boarding up windows using plywood is a good idea, since it provides additional protection for the glass and the interior of the structure. There are plenty of other things that can assist with protecting your property from disastrous events. These are just a few things that can help if you are curious and want to learn more information on how plan & prepare you can visit the website for New Jersey’s Office of Emergency Management.

Has your Property been affected by a Storm Recently?

When it comes to a home or business being effected by storm damage we understand how stressful it can be, but just know you’re not alone because SERVPRO of Bridgewater is “Here to Help”. If your property has been damaged by a storm event take action and give us a call (908) 222-2020.

Tips on how to Navigate a Fire Claim

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in s Bridgewater Home Severe fire loss in Bridgewater, NJ.

You do not have to go this alone

SERVPRO of Bridgewater deals with fire restoration every day. We have helped countless families and businesses navigate the ins and outs of their insurance claims after a fire disaster. We will walk with you through the entire process. From initial filing, to working with your adjuster to returning to your newly restored home of business.

Stay Proactive! 

Turn off utilities such as your electrical, gas and any other pertinent utilities. Make sure that the fire is completely out and nothing has been allowed to continue to smolder. Board up entries to prevent vandalism and theft. Finally, keep a close eye on the developing situation to be aware of any additional issues that may arise. Make sure to keep track of expenses and retain all related receipts. Your insurance company may be reimbursing you for the cost of fire related expenses, depending on the provisions made in your policy.

File Your Claims ASAP

All insurance policies will require you to report your losses as soon as possible or within a reasonable time frame. Shortly after contacting your insurance provider, you will be required to submit a claim. Make sure to keep account of all communications. As mentioned above, SERVPRO of Bridgewater can help you with this entire process and is your ally and advocate in this time of crisis.

Choose SERVPRO for Your Commercial Business in Bridgewater, NJ

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water loss in s office building. Water restoration in Bridgewater, NJ process being carried out by technicians.


A business owner can only control so much when it comes to their business, disasters aren't one of them. When it water, fire, or mold damage it can happen at any time with no warning depending on the cause. Events such as these can negatively impact your business by temporarily shutting it down or cause operation to move at a snail’s pace. This is where we come in and help get things back on track quickly. SERVPRO of Bridgewater has the professionals that have certification form the IICRC for water and fire damage restoration along with mold mitigation. With our 24/7 emergency response team, we can arrive on site and start the restoration process in order to prevent further damage. Our technicians will bring whatever equipment they need to get the job done. 

How are we so Efficient?

No matter what size area is effected our team will do everything in their power to complete the job quickly without any compromise. Technicians and our friendly office staff will walk you through the process during a stressful situation. SERVPRO directly works with insurance companies to stream line the process. This takes stress away from you, since we can contact your adjuster without taking any time away from you. Once our team is there they create a digital job file that our office can access right away allowing us to shave days off, giving us and our clients a more acceptable completion date. We also handle the reconstruction part of the job, so you don’t have to deal with the extra work of finding a reliable contractor you can trust.

What Areas do we Service?

That’s the great thing about SERVPRO is that our franchises are all over the country and no matter where you are we have your back. SERVPRO of Bridgewater specifically serves the Somerset County area. Being a franchise has its perks as well, since we are locally owned and operated we do our best to maintain a positive reputation with clients and the community around us.

Alleviating Potential Storm Damage

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Local Storm Moving Across Bridgewater Local Storm Affecting the Bridgewater, NJ Area

What Can Be Done To Prevent Storm Damage?

Damage from water during a storm can cause your Bridgewater, NJ home. Thankfully proper maintenance and good habits can help keep the building protected.


When it comes to your home it's important to maintain the building envelope. A buildings envelope is the barrier between the indoors and the outdoors. You can determine if something is wrong with the buildings envelope if it allows significant airflow from the exterior of the structure or if there is a lack of airflow it could mean that the buildings envelope is to tight. Several components make up the envelope.

  • Roof
  • Walls
  • Foundation
  • Windows
  • Doors

Regular maintenance and inspections work hand and hand to keep your building's envelope string and tight. Check for cracks in the walls and foundations and get them repaired. Look for any leaks that may be associated with the roof, along with checking the shingles or other roofing materials are secure. Windows and doors should be aligned and sealed. 

Some owners are comfortable with performing the inspection themselves, but you can also hire a professional to do the task. it is important the building be examined regularly to catch minor issues before they become a serious problem.  


Sadly, buildings with properly maintained envelopes could still be affected by water damage associated with the storm. it is important to act quickly to try to prevent structural damage along with mold growth that can accompany it. 

Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 and we will be right over to dry the property out as quickly as possible. After any standing water has been removed, there can still be moisture found in porous materials. We will use fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area affected by the storm. By the time everything is dry our technicians can be saved and what items can't. 

Removing Bridgewater Fire Damage Promptly

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Dry sponge removing soot damage from a ceiling Our IICRC-Certified experts assess, clean, repair, and restore your Bridgewater home to pre-damage condition after fire damage.

SERVPRO Restorers Rapidly Manage Fire Damage 

Restoration can be one of the focal points for responding technicians after a disaster, but only after emergency services, inspections, and mitigative actions. There are many steps and phases to the full recovery and restoration approach, many of which begin with our team's arrival. Restoration includes:

  • Cleaning
  • Soot Removal
  • Content Care
  • Inventory Services
  • Water Removal
  • Deodorization

Few Bridgewater fire damage events do not require homeowners and property management to contact their insurance providers. The coverage for your property can help to manage or significantly reduce the final out-of-pocket expenses. With our team's relationship with insurance providers, we have become a preferred vendor for restoration and reconstruction.

Estimations and Inspections

Among the earliest ways that SERVPRO can begin to set things right in a fire damaged home or business is through careful inspection of the grounds. Understanding the scope of this disaster's impact on the structure and its contents sets the stage for detailed and thorough estimations that your insurance provider needs to approve a fire damage claim.

The Impact on Contents

The destructive effects of a fire can heavily damage contents. Personal belongings are a priority of our restoring team, as many property owners consider these items as valuable as the structure itself. We strive to provide on-site recovery and cleanup whenever possible, but off-site restoration is sometimes required at our nearby facility. This level of recovery can include:

  • Submersion tank for cleaning hard contents
  • Soft material wash station
  • Ozone chamber for deodorizing multiple items
  • Drying approaches

Large Loss Recovery Providers

We can help all structures throughout Somerset County after fire damages, even larger properties like the Raritan Valley Community College or the Bridgewater Commons shopping area. We have equipment upscaled in size to efficiently manage immediate threats, sufficient portable power, effective containment, and a custom restoration plan to get your doors back open fast.

Soot Cleaning and Smoke Remediation

We understand the impact of soot and smoke damage on a structure, including the effects of soot particles on properties. Soot removal combines air filtration services, duct cleaning, surface cleaning, and floor/carpet cleaning services that we can provide after a fire gets extinguished.

Smoke Damage Types and Recovery Solutions

Many types of soot removal products and approaches are used for fire damage. The choice of these solutions varies considerably in the kind of smoke damage that exists. Environmental conditions and the combusting elements determine the residue left behind. These include:

  • Wet Smoke – Moist environments common to the Raritan Valley force fires to slowly burn and smolder, producing a thick and formidable residue. 
  • Dry Smoke – Chalky film left behind after high-heat fires that fully combust many materials in the path of the fire.  
  • Oil Furnace Puffback – A small explosion in the ignition chamber can hurl ionized soot throughout the property, requiring unique products to address.  
  • Grease/Protein Residues – Thick protein residues require solvents to dissolve and remove after a kitchen flare-up. 

Reconstruction and Build-Back Services

Fires can produce the need for reconstruction services, and fortunately, we have a general contractor license to accommodate this necessity. With millions in the Greater NYC metropolitan area, it can be a considerable benefit to have restoration and reconstruction services under one roof. Our trusted SERVPRO team is a full-service contractor to help however your property needs after fire loss effects.

Fire damage to Bridgewater structures incorporates several levels of expertise for our responding technicians to mitigate loss and clean up after the damaging event. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team rapidly responds to these emergencies with the equipment and products to help. Give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

Bridgewater Water Damage Happens Every Day

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Equipment and drying mats on a water damaged floor SERVPRO has the tools and skilled technicians your Bridgewater home needs after water damage occurs. Give us a call today.

SERVPRO Restores Bridgewater Homes' Water Damage

Water emergency disasters that leave your home exposed to standing water and moisture concerns are among the leading restoration needs for residences in Somerset County. Because this can happen at any time, our team is ready to respond quickly from our facility for:

  • Burst pipes
  • Leaks
  • Appliance failures
  • Spills
  • Flooding

No matter how Bridgewater water damage results, our SERVPRO professionals must act fast to help. We have a fleet of service vehicles capable of mobilizing quickly in a crisis to provide the needed mitigative actions for your property.

What Makes SERVPRO Qualified?

We must showcase our experience and knowledge of the restoration industry in every job we undertake. This can be as direct as utilizing the top practices for recovery but can also include answering customers' questions to help them through the restoration processes. Our accreditation through the IICRC makes our WRT-Certified professionals well-equipped to manage mitigation and remediation.

How Do We Mitigate Damage?

Mitigation is a needed phase of the recovery process for area homes, as this works to protect the structure and its contents from further water damage. Each aspect of these emergency services contains the spread of loss effects and limits the destructive impact on the property. Some of these early actions can include:

  • Extraction
  • Demolition/Repairs
  • Content Relocation/Cleaning

Water Removal Services 

Removing standing water is one of the most prevalent aspects of the mitigation process. It is vital to get this extraction started as soon as possible, which is one of the objectives for the fast response from our centrally located facility. Water removal services are treated with the same urgency, whether the Raritan Valley Community College or single-family homes for the nearly 45,000 residents. We arrive with dozens of tools ranging from pumps to vacuums to manage this pooling. 

Water Damage Repairs

Because our professionals also have a general contractor license, we can complete the build-back services your property requires. After water damage incidents, this can mean removing bulk materials during mitigation, repairing the plumbing, or reinstalling removed structural elements. Our capabilities in this regard allow us to transition to this connected phase of recovery after restoration seamlessly.

Content Relocation and Cleaning

Beyond the damage to the structure resulting from moisture and water exposure, contents can also be highly compromised. Prolonged exposure can leave many personal belongings irreparably harmed and ruined. Homeowners must take management of these items seriously. Much of the restoration of these items can happen on-site, which can include:

  • Drying
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Disinfection
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Prevention

Thorough Drying Tools

It is one of the most intricate and necessary processes to thoroughly dry the house after a damage event. We consider all affected materials and spaces impacted by migrating moisture to ensure appropriate measures get taken. The entire process is monitored with sensors and detection devices to track the progress of drying elements like:

  • Air Movers – These high-velocity units produce powerful blasts of dry air to evaporate surface water on building materials in the residence. 
  • Dehumidifiers – Moisture content in the environment, which continually increases with the production of air movers, is managed by dehumidification equipment. These units remove humidity through absorption or condensation. 
  • Drying Mats – Hardwood, engineered wood, and vinyl plank flooring can benefit from large mats that draw moisture to the surface for removal. 

Bridgewater water damage events can be disruptive to your everyday life, even when it does not force the relocation of the house occupants. As leading restoration professionals for the Raritan Valley, we are ready to help you get life back to normal after disasters. Call our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team today at (908) 222-2020.

Effective Bridgewater Mold Damage Remediation Approaches

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on a ceiling For mold damage remediation services, call SERVPRO right away. We will leave your property in Bridgewater looking "Like it never even happened."

Fast Mold Damage Removal from Bridgewater Homes

The Raritan Valley region, including protected national treasures like North Branch Park, benefits from the moist climate throughout the year. However, structures like homes for the nearly 45,000 residents of Bridgewater do not fare as well against intruding moisture and formidable humidity concerns. Persistent dampness can impact many areas of a property, like:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry Areas

No matter where Bridgewater mold damage exists, it is always wise to incorporate the knowledge and experience of professional remediators to resolve the harm it can cause. Being such a frequent callout for our SERVPRO team, this portion of our roster continues to grow to ensure that no customer waits for mitigative action and clean-up when they discover microbial threats developing in their residence.

How Do You Recognize Mold? 

Mold is a rapidly forming organism that threatens homes and businesses after as little as 48 hours with appropriate conditions. While it is likely that mold can become a threat to your home as most environments feature spores, you might not always immediately recognize a developing situation. Looking for specific signs can help you see when remediation services might be necessary:

  • Odors 
  • Moisture
  • Physical Spotting

Addressing the Causes of Mold Damage

Several threatening circumstances can contribute to the possibility of mold development. Understanding conditions and scenarios that promote this growth can help you identify potential problems in your household before it gets out of control. Certain specific factors can amplify the possibilities of spores seating on hosting materials and forming colonies, and these include:

  • Structural Vulnerabilities – SERVPRO technicians determine where moisture and water can penetrate the home's exterior through structural damage. We dedicate a portion of the remediation process to restoring these vulnerabilities. 
  • Moisture Concerns – Persistent moisture can be a rapidly developing cause and a persistent reason for mold development. Plumbing leaks drips, and breaks can be the root of this structural concern. 
  • Lack of Ventilation – Laundry areas, bathrooms, and kitchens require ventilation to move steam outdoors and prevent condensation and water damage. When inadequate ventilation exists, these rooms can develop microbial growth on sensitive hosting materials. 

Mold Damage Removal Tactics 

Our IICRC-Certified technicians need to develop a plan of action as soon as we arrive to begin addressing mold maturation throughout the house. Mold continues to spread without direct action, making initial efforts like erecting containment important. We can then choose multiple remediation solutions like surface cleaning, media blasting, sanding, and even controlled demolition.

Commercial Mold Loss Assistance 

From structures like the Van Holten School to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset, mold can be destructive and disruptive to commercial properties. We are large loss recovery providers, departing our SERVPRO station with stocked Green Fleet vehicles, including hundreds of air movers, dehumidification equipment, trailered generators, portable heaters, and large-scale desiccants.

Are Mold Damage Repairs Necessary?

One of the consistent aspects of mold remediation and recovery for a property is the likelihood of repairs and reconstruction. There are several purposes for our SERVPRO team to utilize our state contractor license, letting us quickly transition from remediation to the build-back services your residence requires to return to preloss condition. Focuses of repairs include:

  • Controlled Demolition
  • Replacing Ruined Materials
  • Preventing Recurrences

Mold damage in Bridgewater properties is more problematic for your home than one might believe. With how quickly the organism can spread in moist conditions, let our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team help manage damp conditions and remove active colonies rapidly. Give us a call now at (908) 222-2020. 

Our Experts Discuss Materials That Require Removal After A Flood In Bridgewater

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen Chairs Under Flooded Waters Give our specialists a call anytime at (908) 222-2020.

What Materials Require Removal After Bridgewater Flooding

With a fully licensed team of contracting specialists, our SERVPRO professionals are more prepared than many other restoration teams to navigate your Bridgewater home through flood recovery. Because many structural elements and construction materials can become affected by standing water and excessive moisture during these disasters, homeowners must understand that avoiding any controlled demolition and reconstruction is unlikely. We work to limit these tasks, though we seek to inform our customers about what areas are most at risk for requiring build-back.

Flood damage in Bridgewater homes can spread quickly from the point of penetration throughout the entire main floor or subterranean level of the house. Depending on how flooding occurs, varying construction materials and structural elements can lie in the path of migrating damage. An initial assessment, including a complete understanding of the spread and severity of water damage, gets performed to focus the attention of our contractors on what materials might require controlled demolition tactics and later reconstruction.


Between hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, and carpeting, any of these options can get severely damaged by prolonged exposure to standing water. Once deterioration or bloating of these materials has begun, the best remaining solution is to allow our SERVPRO contractors to remove them.

Wood Trim

Saturated trim, especially when contamination is a threat, may often get removed. If drywall and insulation get removed from the specific area, the trim is also likely to need to be torn out. We can even remove this baseboard when drywall is salvageable through careful use of a putty knife and pry bar to avoid damaging the sheetrock behind it.


Drywall is one of the most common options for interior construction and can become unsalvageable within 24 hours of direct exposure to standing water. Flood cuts can remove the damp portions of the wallboard, leaving them dry and stable areas of the constructed surface intact.

Especially when contamination is a concern, homeowners should prepare themselves for the likelihood of controlled demolition and needed reconstruction after a flood loss. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater can help to limit these costs and make the process as efficient as possible. Give our specialists a call anytime at (908) 222-2020.

We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary For Water Damage Restoration In Bridgewater

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor The air scrubber is removing the last of foul odor from the mold damage in this Bridgewater home's bathroom after water damage struck this home.

Extraction Tools for Standing Water in Bridgewater Homes

Many property owners recognize some of the machines and devices that aid water removal and extraction from Bridgewater homes. Loss incidents can quickly take a toll on a property, encouraging our SERVPRO team to always have the industry-leading equipment available to get the job done efficiently. In many situations, the affected surfaces can play a role in the extraction tools used to recover the damages.

In any situation where more than two inches of standing water exists, the ideal approach for water removal in Bridgewater homes is electric submersible pumps. These tools can offer a continuous, quiet draw of water from the affected areas until the depth reaches a point where other tools and extraction accessories might be necessary. In some situations where solids might exist in the standing water, or higher volumes exist than is suitable for sump pump output, we can instead lean on trash pumps or even high-capacity extractor trucks to help.

Attachments for vacuums and extractors can be a critical part of water removal once the level has dropped below two inches. Depending on the flooring material affected, there are several options available that can make removal efforts more efficient to quicken the start of drying. It is the task of our SERVPRO production manager to determine which tools can make the restoration job as thorough and fast as it can be.

Carpet Wands 

While there are applications for wands in tighter, inaccessible areas of your home, their primary use comes when carpeted floors become saturated. Wet fibers can benefit from weighted extraction pads and other accessories we use to force moisture to the surface. Onboard vacuums can pull this water out of the area to maximize drying efforts.

Squeegee Wands 

Much like the technology used to pull water off of your windshield when you are cleaning it at a gas station, the squeegees our SERVPRO team uses can remove nearly all of the surface moisture on hardwood flooring if the planks have not absorbed it. These wands can redirect water flow while simultaneously removing it from the area.

These tools can benefit our professionals through the water removal needs your home has after substantial water loss events. Give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call to help however you need at (908) 222-2020.

The Benefits of Hiring a Mold Removal Company in Bridgewater are Numerous

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you.

Handle Mold Damage in a Bridgewater Home with Help from Industry Experts

Mold can grow in Bridgewater homes regardless of their age. Even though we typically associate mold with older structures that have suffered the effects of storms and plumbing leaks, newer construction can also fall victim to its spread. When homeowners find a telltale sign of molds, such as a musty smell or spots on ceilings and walls, they must call for professional help. Time is the most significant advantage mold has, so promptly controlling it is your first defense line.

Mold damage removal in Bridgewater is possible thanks to SERVPRO and our qualified team of experts. Thanks to our extensive training and field experience, we are prepared to meet the mold remediation needs of our clients regardless of their extent. Along with our skills, we also count on the latest equipment and techniques to ensure success in each task we perform to restore your home after excessive mold is detected. Like you, we want to be efficient and resourceful, so your daily routine remains unaffected despite a mold infestation.

Critical to a job well done is finding the source of the mold and getting it under control. Once this is done, we perform repairs such as drywall replacement and controlled demolition while focusing on preventing the growth and spread of mold spores throughout the home. To achieve our goal, we take steps such as the following-

  • Control humidity in the air with dehumidifiers and air movers
  • Clean each surface with HEPA vacuums and dry sponges, along with anti-mycotic cleaning solutions
  • Eliminate unsalvageable items that pose a threat and encourage mold proliferation

Mold should not be taken lightly, and a call to SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 will help you get on the right path to getting your home in top condition. Call us as soon as you suspect mold growing inside your property and let us leave it “Like it never even happened.”

The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Bridgewater

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Mold From Water Ceiling Water damage can overcome your Bridgewater business quickly. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Damage in Short Pile Carpets of Bridgewater Offices

Short pile carpeting is a common choice for many office buildings throughout Bridgewater because it is easier to maintain the look and function even years after its installation. Even with thinner material like this, dirt and debris can still collect at the fibers' base, and the material can still act as an absorbent magnet for water loss incidents. Our qualified technicians' fast response in emergencies can help protect this flooring material from requiring replacement.

While there are many conventional approaches with our leading equipment to address commercial water damage in your Bridgewater office, overcoming the saturation of short pile carpeting requires a specific arrangement of recovery equipment. Extraction is a primary concern in these situations, as this can help limit oversaturation of subflooring and supports. Prolonged exposure in these areas can lead to degradation.

When our SERVPRO Green Fleet rolls out from our warehouse, we have an assortment of water recovery tools and equipment to help us begin mitigation work immediately. With pooling and standing water on carpeted areas, a vital machine that we use is our remote-controlled weighted extractor. This unit can easily maneuver through open office space and force moisture and saturation to the surface for removal by a high-powered onboard vacuum.

Getting this material dry as quickly as possible is vital to prevent secondary effects like mold growth. With naturally existing mold spores in the office space, colonization can begin in as little as 72 hours. We uninstall the edges of carpeted floors and place our air movers between the material and the subflooring to float the carpeting and dry it and the materials beneath it.

With the standard carpeting installation in office spaces, water loss incidents almost always feature a need to recover these areas before they get too badly damaged to preserve. Our 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals can respond quickly, 24/7, with the equipment to help. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (908) 222-2020.

Don’t Let Fire Damage Cause You Stress in Bridgewater

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

House In Bridgewater Let SERVPRO of Bridgewater fix it, Don’t stress it.

SERVPRO Helps Bridgewater Residents with Fire Damage Restoration

Overwhelmed with worry and stress – that is how many homeowners feel when dealing with fire damage. When you have a blaze in your Bridgewater property, know that our locally owned and operated SERVPRO franchise is here to help. Not only do we tackle the burden of house fire cleanup, but you can also look to us for any of the questions or concerns you have regarding the process. Rest easy knowing that we have the training and certifications to make it “Like it never even happened.”

When you have fire damage in Bridgewater, we make your life easier in many ways, including:

Professional Fire Mitigation And Restoration

Our IICRC-certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) are ready and able to address soot residue, charred building materials, and tough smoke odors with proven methods. We are available 24/7 and offer a rapid response within hours of your call for:

  • Fire debris removal and safe disposal
  • Controlled demolition and reconstruction using trusted area contractors
  • Odor control services to remove malodors

Tackling Stubborn Soot Damage After A Fire

Smoke and soot can leave varying deposits throughout the fire zone and in other areas unaffected by flames. The types of materials and how hot they burned to determine the types of residues and soils present. We use the following to ensure the best results depending on materials and surface testing:

  • Detergents to help lift soils from materials using emulsification.
  • Solvents for breaking down residues to keep them from corroding the material beneath.
  • Abrasive blasting using sodium bicarbonate, walnut shells, or other materials in conjunction with pressurized air or water to break away soils from materials.

What Do I Do About My House Fire Insurance Claim?

We understand that this is a difficult time, and insurance claims require copious amounts of paperwork. Our SERVPRO team meticulously documents all facets of your project so that you have all paperwork for your claim. You can think of us as an insurance liaison!

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here whenever you need help with fire damage restoration. Request help online or call us anytime at (908) 222-2020.

Why Regular Gutter Maintenance is Necessary to Help Prevent Water Damage in Warren

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Gutter Debris Clutter Schedule gutter cleaning as regular home maintenance to prevent water from damaging your home's structure.

Flood Damage Cleanup Needed Due to Lack of Gutter Maintenance in Warren 

One water-damage-causing home maintenance chore that gets pushed off and not done frequently enough is cleaning the gutters. The structure relies on the gutter system to direct the flow of rainwater away, and when that system is not working correctly, in-home flooding has the potential to occur. 

When SERVPRO technicians handle flood damage cleanup in Warren homes, they scope the premises to define areas of weakness as to why the damage occurred. Then, they use moisture detection equipment to ascertain the migration path of the water requiring removal. 

Frequently Seen Issues with Gutters

A common occurrence with clogged or damaged gutters results in water directed towards the property rather than away from it. Another regularly seen problem is the weight of water (or ice) in a gutter, causing it to pull away from the roof, which causes leaking.

Fast Water Extraction Potentially Reduces Loss

The minute water invades a home, the clock starts ticking for permanent damage. Rapid extraction is vital to limiting water loss to the structure and contents. SERVPRO technicians use different types of equipment to pull deeply embedded water out of the carpet and other specialized water removal tasks. 

Controlled Demolition Assists With Drying

Water-damaged sheetrock and delaminated flooring do not have restoration potential and require removal. Cutting sheetrock away for drying the structure is an exacting process where technicians measure several inches above the water line and cleanly remove it. This action opens the structure for complete airflow within wall cavities and floor joists as needed. 

Preparing for Reconstruction

As technicians perform water loss cleanup, they notate controlled demo actions and any repairs required. SERVPRO can offer clients restoration services and the reconstruction of any necessary water loss areas with their general Contractor License. In the case of clogged gutters causing damage to the home, technicians offer solutions such as covers or protective screening to prevent the issue from reoccurring. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 is ready to restore and rebuild homes with flood damage. Technicians are available 24/7, so no time is lost returning a house to its pre-damaged condition.

Cleaning After Fire Damage on a Bridgewater Showroom Floor

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Flame Close Up Disaster may strike at any time in Bridgewater. Call SERVPRO for the fire damage restoration services needed for your property.

We Provide Fast Large Loss Fire Damage Recovery 

The capable professionals of our SERVPRO team recognize the urgency of fire loss scenarios for local businesses. We rapidly evaluate the condition of the building and its contents to provide custom restoration and recovery solutions tailored to the unique circumstances.

Initial Cleanup Obstacles 

Among the initial focuses of restoring fire damage in Bridgewater dealership showrooms and offices is prioritizing the care and treatment of the inventory. Vehicles must be carefully removed from the damaged portions of the building and intricately cleaned and evaluated. Responding technicians must also focus on:

  • Debris Removal – This process eliminates ash and material remnants from the flooring in the building to lower soot and odor concentrations.
  • Water Removal – Extinguishment methods like sprinklers can add a level of restoration work for the project to remove pooling water.
  • Indoor Air Quality – Post-fire environments feature many toxic or carcinogenic air contaminants, making filtration vital early in restoration.

Cleaning Fire Damage Effects

  • Flooring – Multiple types of flooring exist in your dealership, from the hardwood or concrete in the showroom to the carpeted flooring and tile work of the offices and bathrooms. Each requires a different approach, such as bonnet cleaning for the short pile carpeting common to commercial offices.

  • Walls – Not only can SERVPRO work to preserve drywall and interior walls, but we also carefully clean and restore the large glass windows surrounding the showroom to return their aesthetic appeal.

  • Contents – The inventory, electronics, furniture, and personal items are cataloged for damage individually and treated on-site to remove soot and smoke damage. 

  • Offices – From cleaning up the carpeted flooring to covering the desks and electronics to prevent soot damage, we focus on a high level of cleaning for these personal spaces.

Getting your business back on its feet after a fire is a priority of our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team. We can help 24/7 when you call (908) 222-2020.

Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Restore Your Bridgewater Home After A Water Damage Disaster

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Contact Us Sign You can depend on the quick response and expertise of our SERVPRO professionals to make water loss emergencies “Like it never even happened.”

Efficient Drying Equipment For Water Loss In Bridgewater Homes

Water loss incidents can affect Bridgewater homes in different ways. Still, with the fast spread of damages throughout your property, it is a situation that needs addressing quickly and professionally. Without a complete understanding of the damage to your home, it can be easy to inadequately clean and dry up the saturation and standing water, allowing structural weakening, degradation, and hazardous conditions to persist. Our professionals have advanced detection equipment to get the full scope of the damage to begin thorough and intricate extraction, drying, and cleaning efforts.

Not all water loss events in your Bridgewater home leave standing water throughout the affected areas, but the water damage effects still require the trained personnel and advanced equipment available to professional restorers like ours. The SERVPRO experts that arrive at your home waste no time in identifying the threats and getting to work on vital mitigation efforts that can reduce restoration time and save our customers money.

While mitigation has many steps, one of the most important when facing water damage threats is drying. We have a broad inventory of recovery equipment, including many high-velocity air movers, a variety of dehumidifiers, and even specialized equipment like the Injectidry system. Our SERVPRO Green Fleet stays stocked with these advanced tools and machines so that our professionals can respond to all water loss emergencies at a moment’s notice.

Air movers can be a critical component to the drying and recovering of a water-damaged home. With strategic placement based on the location of moisture pockets, these forced air systems can displace moisture with heated air, sending a vapor into the environment. This moisture in the air can get removed and collected by our LGR or desiccant dehumidification equipment also installed throughout the property.

While drying is only a portion of water damage recovery, the more efficient and effective this process is the minor reconstruction and further restoration techniques the property needs. You can depend on the quick response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals to make water loss emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

Our Response Teams Will Arrive Quickly To Your Bridgewater Home After A Flood Disaster

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Water On Floor If your home experiences a storm damage incident, you need to call our crew immediately.

How SERVPRO Makes Bridgewater Flood Damage Cleanup and Rebuilding Process Seamless

Of all the home disasters that hit a property, flood damage is one of the worst. Groundwater carries a category three rating as a biohazardous Black Water. We advise homeowners not to come into contact with it until our team arrives on-site to perform testing to determine the nature of any toxins, contaminants, or sewage present in the floodwater. Often, no testing is required.

Even though the SERVPRO emergency response team arrives quickly at Bridgewater homes with flood damage, the water in many cases has migrated within the structure, and there is little standing water. We test for harmful elements present and use our moisture detection equipment to scope the premises and discover the areas of excessive moisture. Water extraction efforts immediately begin so we can save as much of the property as possible from prolonged exposure to dampness.

Common actions during cleanup of flood damage include:

  • Using flood cuts to stop groundwater from wicking further into sheetrock and letting a more substantial amount of air into the wall cavity for efficient drying
  • Extracting water from carpeting before it is cut into strips for removal
  • Removal of baseboards as needed for water extraction and thorough drying
  • Drilling weep holes as needed for drainage.

Our goal is always to assist homeowners with saving as much water-damaged property as possible rather than have them incur the cost of replacement. We accomplish this through our proprietary methods while adhering to the best practices taught through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

After drying, disinfection, and treating the property for odors, our technicians give the homeowner a listing of the restoration services completed, which includes both a detailed report plus before and after photographs to assist with expediting insurance claims. We also advise any repairs needed to return the home to its pre-damaged condition. Because our SERVPRO location has a General Contractor License #13VH05228000, we can make the cleanup and reconstruction of the property one seamless process, lessening the stress of the mitigation process for the homeowner.

When flood damage hits your property, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. We have the equipment and expertise to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

We Can Eliminate Smoke and Odors After A Fire In Bridgewater

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged bathroom with debris and soot everywhere Quick action is required when a bathroom is facing fire damage. Our technicians are standing by with certified technicians and equipment for the job.

Eliminating Smoke & Odors After Fire Damage in a Bridgewater Bathroom

One of the last places many homeowners expect to deal with fire damage is in their bathrooms. Whether a faulty outlet makes a hairdryer spew fire or an overcharged lithium battery on an electric razor causes a fire hazard, this can be an extremely stressful situation. On top of that, the moisture in bathrooms can interact with residues from fire and become acidic, which can corrode metals and plastics alike.

If you need a professional team that can mitigate your home's fire damage in Bridgewater fast, certified fire cleanup technicians at SERVPRO can help restore your bathroom to its prior condition. If the damage to your home after a fire is extensive, this team can repair your home with a general contracting license. No matter where or when the disaster occurs, disaster cleanup professionals can address fire damage from appliance failures quickly.

Common Causes of Bathroom Fires

There are a variety of reasons that a bathroom can catch fire; some of the most common ones often involve everyday items and activities. These include:

  •   Exhaust fan malfunctions, usually due to ignition of lint and dust on the motor
  •   Electrical failures, such as damaged wires and overloaded outlets
  •   Appliance malfunctions
  •   Cigarette smoking

Always make sure to observe safe practices with electronics and other items in bathrooms. Turn off your vent fans when not in use and clean them periodically, avoid smoking in bathrooms, and check wires and batteries on appliances for signs of damage.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home

Depending on the damage, your bathroom may need repainting after cleaning. In cases where soot deposits are light, however, this may not be necessary. Regardless, thorough cleaning is required to prevent further damage to your home. SERVPRO can use EPA-registered disinfectants to remove soot and associated odors after a fire. If needed, odor control technicians (OCTs) can deploy industrial-grade thermal foggers to deodorize your bathroom. Ventilation systems also often need a thorough cleaning after bathroom fires. SERVPRO technicians can use augers, whips, brushes, and other agitating equipment to clean bathroom vents and prevent odors from spreading in your home.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater can ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened,” call (908) 222-2020 today for lightning-fast disaster cleanup.

In Need of Water, Fire, Mold, or Storm Damage Restoration in Bridgewater? SERVPRO has You Covered!

4/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in the room of a house When damage has affected your crawlspace, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our technicians 24/7 for effective services at the first inkling of issues.

Why SERVPRO Restoration Services can offer Lasting Repair for Bridgewater Homeowners

Property losses can be disruptive to our everyday lives. Not only does it require the ability to problem solve quickly, but can also involve large amounts of time spent conducting admin. Finding excellent quality restoration services in your local area is not always easy. In large loss claims, you may also find yourself dealing with more than one company. For the repair of mold, fire, storm, or water damage, you can rely on SERVPRO of Bridgewater to be on time and budget in your home restoration. We can enlist the help of general contractors on your behalf and handle the paperwork with your insurance adjuster as part of our stress-free claims process.

Water Damage Restoration

Water incidents can often deteriorate walls, flooring, or carpeting in your Bridgewater property. These problems are often had to spot at the point of entry and can, therefore, cause damages for several weeks or months before becoming unavoidable. One particular area of concern for a restoration service like SERVPRO is crawlspaces. In periods of heavy rainfall these restricted access areas can release groundwater, raise humidity levels, and cause damages to concrete and wood flooring.

A tell-tale sign of crawl space water damage in Bridgewater is the noticeable peeling of paintwork or sodden carpets. You may also notice an unpleasant odor in some regions of the home. Our restoration services use local technicians with experience in restoring the architecture and design of private residences here in Somerset County. SERVPRO trains technicians in a variety of problem-solving techniques to repair your home quickly and thoroughly.

Crawlspaces are typically narrow, which creates an access problem for restoration service technicians. SERVPRO can adapt large equipment using flex hose to allow air circulation into the crawlspace. Carpets can be de-tacked to gain access to the floorboards above and create a dual drying system. Once the job is complete, we recommend investing in a crawlspace vapor barrier to prevent further issues with heavy rainfall here in Bridgewater.

Fire Damage Restoration

Grease fires are frequent with over 5,000,000 reported cooking fires in the US. Grease fires, or protein fires, occur when animal fats spit out of a pan and combust. Leaving a stove unattended for even a short period can cause a protein fire while pouring water can make the situation significantly worse. You should keep a fire extinguisher in, or near to, the kitchen in case of a protein fire which can spread quickly. These fires damage cabinets, appliances, your oven hood and even your heating ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC.)

Reaching out for professional restoration service can go a long way to ensuring that fire damage in your Bridgewater home does not become a permanent issue. You can reach SERVPRO 24/7 to arrange a call out with a qualified fire & smoke restoration technician (FRST.) In the meantime, you need to turn off your HVAC to prevent smoke from entering into the ventilation supply and remove pets or children from the immediate vicinity. If you can access the power supply easily, it may be prudent to remove power from the kitchen.

SERVPRO technicians provide advanced restoration services that can tackle stubborn grease on cabinets, appliances, ceilings, and your HVAC system. Grease is infamously tough to clean and can spread to drawers or cabinets during the fire. Some cabinets may have unfinished interiors which make them extra susceptible to harm from smoke residues. Using our training alongside industrial strength cleaning agents, SERVPRO can remove soiling from your Bridgewater home and refinish surfaces that may have become damaged to return them to a pre-fire condition.

Mold Remediation

Basement humidity levels can become a real problem for a Bridgewater homeowner. As external temperatures change, poor insulation can result in high relative humidity. Additional factors that cause high humidity in your basement could be faulty gutter spots, issues with your sump pump or a leaking exhaust vent. Humidity levels above sixty grains per pound can create the ideal conditions for mold infestation, which finds a healthy food supply in porous materials and contents in your basement.

There are several ways you can attempt to control humidity levels in the basement of your Bridgewater home, including installing a dryer vent, cleaning gutters regularly.  Also, perform necessary maintenance checks on exhausts or sump pumps throughout the year. However, if you find yourself with mold damage in your Bridgewater home, you should enlist the help of professional restoration service to control, contain, and remove the growth.

SERVPRO technicians are experts at psychrometrics- the balance between air, temperature, and humidity. By controlling humidity levels, we can ensure that mold spores do not reproduce or germinate during the restoration service. Using pressure cleaning equipment, we can remove stubborn soiling as well as removing and disposing of severely infested non-salvageable materials. Afterward, SERVPRO uses waterproof paints, biocides, and anti-microbial treatments to provide a crucial stopgap while you invest in longer-term microbial growth methods like dehumidifiers or dryer vents.

Storm Damage Restoration

The immediate issues presented by storm damage to your Bridgewater home may be related to flood waters or property repair. SERVPRO can remove large quantities of water rapidly and put in place temporary barriers over broken windows and doors or tarps to prevent more water from entering the home. However, it is common for indoor air-quality to be overlooked during restoration services after storms because immediate issues are instantly apparent.  Although you cannot see or detect indoor air quality issues, they can have a significant effect on you.

Air testing equipment can be costly and does not cover all types of pollutants present in your indoor air. Flood waters can often bring sewer gasses into your Bridgewater home as well as biological, chemical, or combustion pollutants- the three categories mentioned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Controlling indoor air quality is a three-stage restoration service that starts with removing all contaminated materials, disinfecting the affected area then ventilating the area.

SERVPRO technicians can use a variety of equipment to restore the indoor air quality of your Bridgewater home. Air exchange can be very efficient and first involves opening windows to allow exterior air exchange.  Next, we place a powerful box fan which uses centrifugal motion to encourage circulation of air between indoor and outdoor spaces. SERVPRO can also deploy advanced air scrubbing equipment to remove pollutant particles from a closed indoor space and prevent storm incidents from having a lasting impact on the indoor air quality of your Bridgewater home.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here to help you with fire, mold, storm or water incidents by providing highly qualified local technicians with professional restoration equipment. Contact us at (908) 222-2020 to arrange service.

Moisture Monitoring for Flood Damage in Bridgewater Homes

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a SERVPRO worker and SERVPRO equipment in the crawlspace of a house Water damage needs to be dealt with immediately to be effective. Team SERVPRO is standing by to offer a custom water removal and remediation plan.

Flood Damage Can Be Tracked in Bridgewater Properties with Moisture Detectors

Moisture and water damage impact your home in several ways following a flood. Even without the threats of contaminants, substantial volumes of water can be destructive and ruinous to exposed materials. Special detection devices help monitor the movement of moisture to dry the structure more efficiently. Three common ways related water damage can affect the restoration process include:

  • Surface moisture
  • Environmental moisture content
  • Hidden damp pockets

Surface Moisture Meters

The surface moisture meter is among the most heavily used devices and units for tracking and monitoring the migration of moisture from flood damage in Bridgewater homes. This small handheld device is placed against moist building materials to provide a saturation reading that shows directly how water has impacted the material and can gauge its salvageability.

Probing Moisture Detection

Much like surface moisture meters, probing units penetrate beyond the surface layer to track the progress of water that has been absorbed into affected materials and wall systems. This often indicates where controlled demolition might be necessary when it is determined that water has thoroughly overwhelmed specific exposed materials.


Hygrometers measure the relative humidity and moisture content of the environment. This is helpful information to determine the best approach for drying and evaporation techniques. Relative humidity can directly impact the pace and success of air movers and dehumidification equipment.

Thermal Imagery (Infrared)

Our thermal imagery cameras are another moisture detection process our team can use to find damp areas of the structure that require further attention from drying products. These small devices are attached to mobile tablets to make their application on the worksite faster and user friendly. The premise of this approach is that cooler areas, which often indicate the presence of moisture or water, appear differently than the static warmth of building materials inside a property.

With any water or flood damage incident to your home or business, it is necessary to ensure that moisture is tracked throughout the structure. All drying processes must be validated before restoration completes, and there are several tools in our inventory to help with this process. Give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call today at (908) 222-2020.

Our Experts Make The Flood Damage Restoration Process A Breeze In Your Bridgewater Home

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Bathroom SERVPRO of Bridgewater prepares every flood season for the fast and efficient remediation of your home’s structure and contents.

How A Pack-Out Streamlines Flood Damage Remediation In Bridgewater

Flash flooding the past few months brings home the need for fast and effective remediation efforts in Bridgewater. Heavy rains and the overflowing of local waterways put many homes in harm’s way. Our skilled and well-equipped crews employ a variety of strategies to protect your property from progressive damage, and we have an effective way to speed the flood remediation as well as manage damage to the contents of your home.

Choosing to complete a pack-out is time well-spent when you experience flood damage to your Bridgewater abode. We use a detailed and digitized Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS) to ensure we track every article removed. Once the contents in the flooded spaces are removed, our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians can focus on their specialties, either removing water, cleaning, and drying out structural components, or bringing your furnishings and personal possessions back to life.

When our crew can concentrate on water removal, your home’s lower levels are dried out swiftly. SERVPRO crews at your home use pump and wanded extractors to pull the majority of the standing water out of the structure. When we can do this without the need to work around and move objects, the project proceeds faster.

Because floodwaters are by definition contaminated, SERVPRO arranges for containment and appropriate disposal. We then clean up and disinfect soiled surfaces with an EPA-registered antimicrobial. Employees with Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASDT) certification determined drying goals and set up a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to bring moisture levels down to normal in the flooded spaces.

Meanwhile, at our production facility, other technicians clean, dry, and restore the contents packed out. We work with your insurance company, providing documentation as we evaluate and process your documents, clothing, linens, decor, furnishings, and more. SERVPRO uses resources like freeze-drying and contained drying chambers to bring as many of the packed-out items back to their function and appearance as possible.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater prepares every flood season for the fast and efficient remediation of your home’s structure and contents. Call us as soon as the waters rise at (908) 222-2020.

Class Has Begun: SERVPRO Instructs on How to Remove Water From Schools in Bridgewater

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Classroom in Bridgewater Don't let a water loss event interrupt their learning. Call to remediate the damage.

Fast Extraction for Your Bridgewater School Water Loss

While we have many tools that can help to remove standing water from Bridgewater schools in the event of substantial water loss incidents and flooding, one of the most convenient of these pieces of equipment would be the portable submersible pumps. We strive to provide the most effective removal of standing water and moisture within saturated structural elements and construction materials. Our team has an immediate response to significant loss incidents, rolling out from our facility with an extensive inventory of recovery equipment to begin mitigation work as soon as the team arrives at the school.

We understand it is vital to get the doors open again to a Bridgewater school after a substantial water damage incident, so we work quickly to get water removal actions immediately. With the pressures to get students back into the facility for learning and the faculty that depends on the structure for their pay, addressing standing water in some regions of the institution is nothing that should get left to ill-equipped or under-trained custodial staff that do not have the experience in disaster relief that our SERVPRO team does.

Our professionals can quickly contain the pooling water into the affected areas of the building and work to keep these effects from spreading elsewhere throughout the facility. While we have extractor trucks that have the capability of removing water at a rate of 300 psi, in many situations, the same effect can get reached efficiently with our smaller, mobile units like sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands.

While elements like linoleum tile flooring can resist much of the penetration from pooling water, construction materials like drywall and carpeting are less able to resist saturation. We can assess the full scope of this damage and the spread of saturation with the use of thermal imagery cameras and detection equipment. These can also be vital components to understanding our progress with drying, extraction, and other restorative actions.

Water loss incidents in a school can require immediate and thorough cleanup and drying to ensure that the doors open up again quickly. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals can make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (908) 222-2020.

When Surface Treatment Works for Bridgewater Mold Remediation

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Moldy Baseboard Let your local SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals resolve your mold damage problems.

Antimicrobial Cleaning Can Remove Light Mold Damage in Bridgewater Homes

There are varying degrees and levels of mold damage for residences, so remediation solutions are not universal. We work fast to identify where mold exists and the type of recovery effort necessary to protect as much of the impacted portions of the property as we can. Common places for mold growth include: 

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Crawlspaces
  • Garages

How Severe is the Mold Damage? 

We must first evaluate the mold damage in Bridgewater homes to learn what remediation measures will be necessary. This inspection shows how far the infestation has reached in the property, including the affected hosting materials. Cataloging this damage focuses remediation efforts through prioritizing the most pressing damage concerns. Often, surface treatment can be a beneficial first response to mold removal needs.

What Is Surface Treatment Remediation?

This type of mold remediation focuses on the surface layer of damage. When organisms are not yet seated deeply into the hosting material, superficial cleaning with antimicrobial products and sporicidal solutions is effective. These chemicals can eliminate mold organisms on contact when directly interacting with the spores and microbes.

Are More Aggressive Remediation Methods Needed?

There are times when more aggressive remediation methods are required to remove active colonization and protect hosting materials from irreparable harm. In many cases, materials like drywall can become overly damaged by spreading organisms, requiring aggressive measures like a controlled demolition to resolve. We can also implement soda blasting and sanding strategies when the material is deemed salvageable. 

Because mold is widespread and problematic to diagnose, it is often necessary to implement multiple remediation solutions to overcome these organisms in a house. Our specialists work quickly to identify the scope of the work to complete and begin essential restoration and repairs where needed. You can trust in the fast response of our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team to help when mold threatens your property. Call today at (908) 222-2020. 

How Does Wet Smoke Damage Affect Areas of Basking Ridge Homes?

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

House on Fire Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 to help with fire restoration on your property.

Wet Smoke Can Adhere to Many Surfaces and Persistently Threaten Basking Ridge Homes With Fire Damages. 

Fires can impact your home in many ways, and depending on the type of fire damage present in the property, the impact on the structure changes. Our experienced FSRT-Certified technicians respond quickly to begin vital mitigation efforts during an emergency. With conditions like wet smoke, every minute counts to remove the damaging residues. 

Partially Destroyed Building Materials

One of the pressing concerns with wet smoke and fire damage to Basking Ridge homes is the effect on building materials. Partially destroyed materials result from a slow-moving, smoldering fire. Our technicians must assess where building materials and structural elements cannot be preserved or protected and must get removed using controlled demolition techniques.

Thick Smoke Residues

Formidable soil deposits are a trademark of wet smoke damage, creating a substantial obstacle for our technicians for each affected surface. We must thoroughly examine the entire property to determine which materials have already been heavily impacted and require emulsification or dissolving of the heaped solids. 

HVAC System Damage 

 When your furnace or air conditioning is running when a fire takes place, returns and intakes pull soot and smoke solids into the ductwork system. These soils can become attached to the smooth walls of the HVAC system, especially if dust, debris, and other buildup is a concern already. The air ducts also act as a direct path for soot damage to reach multiple rooms. 

Cleaning Up After Wet Smoke Effects 

Because wet smoke produces such thick and formidable soils, the methods of removing this soot and smoke residue should get underway as soon as possible. Often, this objective centers on trapping surface particles and lifting them from the underlying substrate to be removed with pressurized water or air. Some of the needed approaches to restore normal living conditions in a home include:

  • Wet cleaning products
  • Media blasting equipment
  • Deodorizing tools

When fire damage threatens your home, let our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team help. Call today at (908) 222-2020.

Identifying a Leaking Pipe in Your Bridgewater Home

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Damaged Pipe in Wall The first step to resolving water damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Bridgewater.

There Are Signs to Point to Water Damage in Your Bridgewater Property. 

Water damage can happen in hundreds of ways, from appliance failure to flash flooding. Knowing how to find the source of water damage is a valuable step in getting mitigation and restoration work started as soon as possible. 

Wet Spots and Leaking

There are several methods of tracking water damage to Bridgewater properties. Some of these include: 

  • Structural Degradation – The deterioration of building materials, even to the point of collapse or destruction. Bloating or swelling of drywall, for example, can show that a plumbing leak is nearby.
  • Dripping from Porous Materials and Seams – Physical dripping or flowing of water through materials like drywall, ceiling tile, and the seams of other installed elements can show where a close portion of pipe has been compromised. 
  • Sagging Materials – Installed elements, mostly ceiling materials, can sag and droop under the weight of water saturation. This is a very direct effect of water exposure.  

Thermal Imagery Detection

Using sophisticated detection tools and practices can help find and ultimately remove moisture pockets and damage. Among the most versatile and efficient solutions is thermal imagery (infrared.) Using tablets fitted with special equipment and apps, we can track temperature differences in the surface materials. Cooler temperatures often indicate the presence of water or damp materials

How Can SERVPRO Help? 

Identifying a leak is only the first step in correcting the problem. Many look to the expertise and fast response of our SERVPRO team to begin needed mitigation steps like water extraction and repairs. Our professionals arrive with a Green Fleet stocked with tools for water removal services, drying, content management and inventory, and temporary repairs to ensure the protective and preventive steps possible for your home are taken. 

Knowing the steps and signs to identify a leaking pipe or fixture in your home can ultimately save you money and time on the restoration work your property requires. When you suspect water damage, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are here to help. Call our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team right away at (908) 222-2020. 

Cleaning Wood Floors in Bridgewater Homes After a Fire

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Stairs After A Fire Afraid the wood in your home has been damaged by fire? No need to stress it, Let SERVPRO fix it.

There Are Specific Steps to Preserving Wood Flooring in Bridgewater Properties After Fire Damage. 

Wood flooring is a long-lasting and durable material to install in your home. When concerns like fires occur, though, these fuels for the flames can become heavily affected even without being in the spreading fire damage. It takes several specific steps to thoroughly clean and restore soot-damaged wood flooring in a house.

Clearing Debris and Material Remnants

The first step addresses how fire damage in Bridgewater homes impacted the flooring. Partial combustion can weaken structural elements and cause them to collapse. We also have heaping debris and ash to contend with after extinguishing the fire. Shoveling out fire debris can lessen the presence of harmful post-fire effects.

Damage Assessment for Controlled Demolition

We must determine the extent of structural damage present and identify if controlled demolition will be necessary. The benefit of a general contractor license is quick and efficient demolition and repairs. A thorough examination of the property can help see if certain flooring areas could use removal to the underlayment.

Removing Loose Soot 

Cleaning practices will not be efficient or effective until loose debris, and heaped soils get removed from the floors. Several tools can be used for this effort, including:

  • Sweeping
  • Brushing
  • Dry Vacuuming
  • Wet Vacuuming

Surface Cleaning Strategies

Clearing soot and soils from the surface of wood flooring is often a combination of products and practices. Wood must be carefully cleaned, especially with deep scoring and grain. We have cleaning products specifically designed to renew the vibrancy of the finished flooring after soot threats have been removed, such as wood crème pastes.

After fire damage on wood floors throughout your home, cleaning up shows the advanced equipment and leading products available to our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team. Restoration aims to make it “Like it never even happened,” after fire and smoke damage, so our technicians are here to help 24/7 when you call (908) 222-2020.

Flood Damage Can Ravage Your Liberty Corner Commercial Space

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

Call now graphic Commercial flood damage restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. No matter the size of disaster we have the manpower.

Call SERVPRO to Your Liberty Corner Business for Rapid Flood Damage Cleanup

Interior flooding within any building can have questionable factors in terms of contamination. With most Liberty Corner commercial properties, you may run the risk of chemicals and other contaminants within the water – even if the flooding is from a burst pipe. It is better to avoid DIY cleanup as it may not address chemicals like pesticides, petroleum, and other toxic elements. SERVPRO follows detailed protocols on handling category three water emergency events to ensure your restoration project goes as smoothly as possible.

When you contact SERVPRO for commercial flood damage in Liberty Corner, our services include:

  • Rapid response to facilitate water mitigation to prevent further damage
  • Removals, cleaning, and restoration of your business and all impacted contents
  • Water removal services using advanced extraction equipment and techniques
  • Dehumidification and drying of all affected materials

Many items touched by category three floodwater may require disposal, including upholstery, carpeting, and other porous materials. We also offer convenient pack-out services where items get relocated for off-site cleaning and safe storage while the project continues.

In some instants, our SERVPRO technicians utilize what is known as low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers (LGR), which help to remove water vapors. Our drying and dehumidification efforts help reduce moisture levels to restore relative humidity, which keeps the potential for mold growth at a minimum as we work. The team also has various moisture detection tools like sensors, monitors, and thermal imaging equipment to ensure no moisture gets left behind.

For your project to get the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval, our water restoration technicians (WRT) take the time to thoroughly clean, sanitize, and deodorize all surfaces. Everything gets done to ensure your business is ready for your employees and customers to re-enter safely after the flooding emergency.

Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 whenever you need help with commercial flood damage. We are here to get your business back on track fast!

Water Damage Quickly Wreaks Havoc in Your Basking Ridge Home

1/22/2022 (Permalink)

woman holding a bucket catching leaking water. Water damage restoration is not a DIY project. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service for your home.

SERVPRO Wants Basking Ridge Residents to Have Reliable Water Damage Help

Water-related emergencies like flooding from burst pipes never wait for business hours to develop in your home. Since these issues can happen anytime, you need a team you can call right away to arrive at your Basking Ridge property to begin water removal services. The longer you wait to handle major spills from an overflowing tub or the water from a faulty appliance, the more damage develops. Rather than waiting for costly damage or the onset of potentially harmful mold growth, SERVPRO is there to begin within hours of your call.

Rapid Response is Critical!

You must never wait to call on us for water damage in Basking Ridge. Water spreads through the home and may get absorbed into your walls, furnishings, flooring, and other contents. Rapid response to begin mitigation is crucial because the water damage timeline includes the following:

Within Minutes:

  • Water migrates to dry spaces, infiltrating all porous materials in its path – this includes contents, drywall, flooring, and upholstery
  • Furnishings could bleed, leading to permanent stains on wood floors or carpets
  • Books, photos, and other paper goods may start to swell and disintegrate

Within the First 24 Hours:

  • Metal surfaces may tarnish
  • Drywall begins to swell or crumble
  • Inks and dyes from paper goods and cloth may stain and spread
  • Furnishings can swell or crack
  • Musty odors may develop

Within 48 Hours to a Week:

  • Mildew and mold begin to colonize
  • Windows, wall studs, and doors swell and warp
  • Paint and wallpaper may blister and peel
  • Metal can corrode and rust
  • Hardwood flooring can begin cupping, warping, swelling, or buckling
  • Biohazard contamination may be present

After a Week:

  • The time and cost for water damage restoration increase dramatically – the need for replacement of materials versus restoration could get extensive
  • Biohazard contamination, mold growth, and structural integrity become risks to all occupants

No matter the scope of the project, SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here to handle water damage and restoration. You can reach us by dialing (908) 222-2020 for emergency service 24 hours a day!

Bridgewater Commercial Kitchens Require Skilled Fire Damage Help

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Man standing with SERVPRO hardhat on and iPad in hand, and text on graphic that reads Here to Help SERVPRO commercial damage restoration services are second to none. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Damage in Bridgewater Restaurants or Commercial Kitchens

Whenever there is a fire in a Bridgewater commercial kitchen, restaurant, or bakery, our team at SERVPRO is here to help. Not only do we offer 24/7 response for emergencies, but you can also trust that we have all of the equipment and products for the project in our fully stocked Green Fleet of vehicles. Because we arrive within just hours of your initial call to our office, you can see why We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

We adapt accordingly to assist with any fire damage in Bridgewater that our customers encounter. However, when it comes to something like a commercial kitchen, there will be unique residues to handle from protein-laden smoke that calls for specialized methods. Fires can break out whenever there is a grease trap build-up that translates to issues within the ducts. We handle all of the debris clean-up, smoke remediation, and reconstruction to make your business “Like it never even happened.”

Our Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to the Rescue

You can work with SERVPRO in advance for your ERP. Once in place, we already have pertinent details that allow us to handle your fire damage or any other emergency cleanup. To develop your ERP, we will:

  • Perform a no-cost assessment
  • Put together a profile document with all details required should an emergency arise
  • Develop a guide that will help you get back on track after a fire or another disaster
  • Designate your local SERVPRO franchise as your top choice for a mitigation and restoration provider
  • Establish a chain of command to authorize any necessary work
  • Set up a quick reference guide on facility details on locations of priority areas, shut-off valve locations, and more

No matter what type of fire damage situation you have in your commercial building, SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here to help with rapid response and proven methods. Call us at (908) 222-2020 when you need us!

Why Contact Skilled Mold Damage Technicians When You Spot Trouble in Basking Ridge?

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Got mold? Mold remediation is no DIY project. Call the professional team of SERVPRO for fast and immediate service for your home.

SERVPRO Follows Detailed Mold Damage Protocols, Allowing Us to Provide Basking Ridge Residents with Quality Results

One of the many reasons to contact skilled mold damage remediation technicians is that no two properties are alike. Whenever mold and mildew develop or you suspect colonization in your home, needing mold damage remediation in Basking Ridge, having the assistance of our trained team at SERVPRO gets the job done right. Whether you see bathroom mold or feel black mold is brewing under your kitchen sink, we can get in and get to work as soon as possible. Our team addresses the issue’s root cause but also follows through with complete drying, sanitizing, and black mold damage repair work.

Important – Do not try to wipe or spray areas where you suspect mold! This can dislodge the spores, allowing them to become airborne, exacerbating the issue at hand.

Why Call SERVPRO for Mold Damage Assistance in Basking Ridge?

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, and we care about the health and wellness of our community. We offer prompt, quality service you can trust, including some of the following steps for mold remediation:

  • 24/7 rapid response to begin your mold assessment and remediation
  • Inspection to locate areas where mold is developing so we can formulate a plan of action
  • Containment to ensure microscopic spores do not move throughout your home into unaffected areas. When creating containment barriers, we make sure your HVAC system and all fans or ventilation units get turned off
  • Treatment of the air using air scrubbers and HEPA filtration as well as vacuums to help us remove surface spores
  • Controlled demolition and repair services to remove unsalvageable materials like carpeting, drywall, insulation, and more
  • Cleaning of all surfaces along with sanitizing and deodorizing with EPA-registered products to make your interior Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Proper mold remediation begins with a call to SERVPRO of Bridgewater. We are here for all of your cleanup and damage repair needs – call us at (908) 222-2020 24/7 to have a crew dispatched.

Professional Methods Work Best in Bridgewater for Fire and Smoke Damage

12/26/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help Fire and smoke restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year. Call now!

Something SERVPRO Does Best is Fire Damage Restoration – Call Us When You Need Assistance in Bridgewater!

SERVPRO has developed proven steps and methods that have allowed us to perfect fire and smoke remediation. In many cases, items homeowners thought were unsalvageable can get cleaned and restored with the help of our advanced equipment and techniques. We can mobilize a team for arrival at the door of your Bridgewater property within hours so we can start fast and get you the results you need in a fraction of the time of DIY.

When called to any home dealing with devastation due to fire damage in Bridgewater, our IICRC-certified technicians follow guidelines in our specialized training protocols. Not only are we trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT), but our crew is also composed of Odor Control Technicians (OCT) as well as Applied Structural Drying (ASD) professionals.

What About Smoke Remediation and Odors?

With the latest technology, we can eliminate stubborn odors from porous and non-porous materials using:

  • Thermal fogging equipment
  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Specialized solutions
  • Deodorant pellets
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Ozone generators – only used with caution, as they could be harmful to pets, people, and plants

SERVPRO is your one-stop restoration team for all aspects of house fire clean-up. We work to remove the moisture left from water used to extinguish the flames, address all areas with charring, and dispose of unsalvageable debris. The goal is always to make your interior “Like it never even happened,” so that you and your family get back to life as usual. We also take the time to work with your insurance company to ensure your claim goes as smoothly as possible.

Fire damage and smoke odors are no match for SERVPRO of Bridgewater. Call us whenever you need us at (908) 222-2020, and we can mobilize a team as quickly as possible.

How Can Winter Weather Cause Water Damage in Bridgewater Homes?

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

frozen pipe sign When pipes are frozen and cause water damage, SERVPRO is the team of experts needed for all the water damage restoration services for your home.

Rapidly changing weather can be disastrous for vulnerable Bridgewater residences.

When winter settles in, homeowners should be alert to changing hazardous conditions like steep temperature drops. Preventative measures can help avoid costly destructive situations after winter water damage.

Pipes Can Burst When They Freeze

The winter can create multiple threatening situations, including frozen pipes and ice damming for Bridgewater properties. Freezing pipes and fixtures are among the most common and destructive emergencies in the winter months and result from bitter cold air impacting exposed plumbing or lack of water movement in the pipes during cold snaps.

Ice Can Build Along Roof Edges

The buildup of ice along the eaves of a roof can continually worsen until melting snow has nowhere to go but into the attic space through the roof materials. When this happens, several structural elements can become compromised, including:

  • Roof 
  • Underlayment materials
  • Insulation
  • Attic flooring

What Initial Steps Protect Your Property?

Protecting your property against these harsh winter conditions often means eliminating opportunities for cold temperatures to create problems. For example, to avoid burst or freezing pipes, direct insulation and circulating warm air can be sufficient to prevent any frozen fixtures. Preventing ice damming can also rely on better insulation for the attic and precautionary measures with heated cables installed to the roof edges.

Can SERVPRO Help in an Emergency? 

Once water damages exist, it is often out of the abilities of homeowners and property managers to resolve the situation. Restoration like our experienced team can overcome standing water, remove bulk materials and debris, and protect exposed contents. We can also utilize our general contractor license to provide repairs and build-back services for the plumbing system, damaged structural elements, and more.

Despite the joy and beauty of the winter season, it can be a threatening time for your home when you do not take the necessary precautions. When disasters strike, our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can respond fast. We are Here to Help at (908) 222-2020. 

What Can Be the Long-Lasting Effects of Flood Damage of a Basking Ridge Home?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating in the water Facing flooding can seem overwhelming. Partner with SERVPRO for knowledgeable technicians and effective water removal equipment for the task.

Homes in Basking Ridge and Surrounding Areas Can Face Structural Issues as the Result of Stormwater

Homes in Basking Ridge needing emergency water remediation services after a storm can have more problems than one might think. Floodwater carries microorganisms and waste that enter your home and settle within porous surfaces, such as upholstered furniture, while also weakening dry-wall and flooring materials. As time lapses, the negative effects of flooding worsen, and structural elements can be in grave danger if homeowners don’t act quickly.

To handle flood damage in Basking Ridge, call SERVPRO and let our specially trained staff take care of it all. When microbes are allowed to grow and spread through your home, you might find some of the following evidence taking up residence in your house-

  • Mold growth and mildew spreading on walls, floors, and subfloors
  • A musty odor permeates every surface and is resistant to household air fresheners
  • Discoloration of walls and ceilings, indicating water damage

Our SERVPRO team relies on advanced equipment to assess the problem to achieve a full water cleanup and restoration. Thermo-hygrometers and thermal imaging help us find where water is hiding and how moisture spreads within building materials. Based on their readings, we strategically place air movers, dehumidifiers, and other specialty drying equipment to encourage water evaporation and restore optimal humidity levels. In many of the jobs we perform, removing certain items is necessary, and our team handles their disposal according to relevant environmental regulations. As needed, we can also provide move-out services to preserve your belongings in an off-site location while we dry, clean, and disinfect your home.

At SERVPRO of Bridgewater, we are available around the clock to serve our community. Call us at (908) 222-2020 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Is Mold Damage Inevitable in Old Bridgewater Homes?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall next to a cabinet Changes in humidity can often lead to mold. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 for your mold damage emergency call. We are available 365 days a year.

Mold Damage in Bridgewater is Manageable with the Help of a Professional Team of Experts

It is reasonable to expect the presence of mold in an older home in Bridgewater, but new construction can also find mold growing on its walls. Whenever extensive rains, a ceiling leak, or a burst pipe allows water to permeate the structure and increase humidity levels, homes are vulnerable to the spread of mold. Not only is mold hazardous to your health, but it can also weaken your home value. Enlisting a mold remediation team as soon as possible can save you time and money.

Mold damage and remediation in Bridgewater is a job for our SERVPRO staff. Upon receiving your call, our certified crew steps up to the challenge of finding how far the mold has spread and what type of mold is present at your house. When deciding on treatment types, our team considers the nature of the affected surface (porous vs. non-porous), the extent of the damage, and their location. Armed with all appropriate information, we develop an action plan inclusive of the latest technology and industry best practices.

By wearing personal protective equipment and establishing physical barriers in your home, we minimize cross-contamination and ensure safety at the job site. As we detect and treat mold damage throughout your home, you will find us using different equipment to achieve our mold remediation goals. Among those, you may encounter:

  • Soda blasting to remove mold spores
  • HEPA filters and air scrubbers to clean airborne mold particles
  • Anti-microbial solutions to discourage future growth

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is available around the clock, and you can reach us at (908) 222-2020 for help. Let us take charge of your mold remediation process until your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

Is Flooring a Complete Loss after a Bridgewater Home Floods?

11/14/2021 (Permalink)

a huge puddle of water on the carpet floor of a room Flooding and the resulting flood damage is a situation that needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively. Contact SERVPRO’s technicians for help.

Call SERVPRO for a Quick Response to Water Restoration Needs in Bridgewater

Flood damage in your Bridgewater home is not something to dwell on. Instead, calling a certified water damage restoration team is your first line of defense and critical in avoiding further damage. Failure to act quickly can compromise the structure of your home as well as your furniture even further. To mitigate your loss of time and resources, reach out to a professional team as soon as stormwater enters your home.

In Bridgewater, flood damage restoration is one of the essential services our SERVPRO team offers. We base our approach on industry best practices and put it into practice from the minute we arrive at your home. Using submersible pumps to remove water deeper than two inches, we go through your home and detect lingering water deposits needing portable extractors. At its core, our goal is to restore natural humidity levels in your home efficiently to protect building materials and salvage your personal property.

As far as flooring is concerned, our SERVPRO team works diligently to save as much as possible. Although buckling, cupping, and delaminating are all possible when water floods a home, at SERVPRO, we have the equipment to help prevent a total loss. Some options at our disposal include:

  • Drying mats used on hardwood floors to suction excessive moisture
  • Injecti-dry technology to infuse warm air within wall cavities and under cabinets and accelerate the drying process
  • Dehumidifiers to remove excess humidity gradually, avoiding the problems associated with a too-quick moisture removal process

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is at your service as soon as you call us at (908) 222-2020. Act quickly and let us assist in leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Up Water Damage in a Bridgewater Restaurant Dining Area

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians with equipment Our technicians are prepared with the training and state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident.

There are Many Obstacles to Restoring Water-Damaged Areas of Your Bridgewater Business. 

Whether it is a leak in the fire suppression system, a burst pipe in the plumbing, or unexpected flooding, your restaurant can be heavily impacted by water damages. With skilled professionals accredited and trained through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have solid mitigation strategies to make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal Services Prevent Further Damage 

Removing standing water is one of the first measures that our professionals take to overcome water damage in Bridgewater restaurants. With various materials affected by pooling, several extraction devices and equipment is necessary, including:

  • Carpet wands
  • Wet vacuums
  • Pumps
  • Mopping/Toweling

Protecting Furniture and Contents 

Wooden furniture like the booths and chair legs can deteriorate and warp under direct exposure. For loose contents, relocation can prevent considerable loss and provide a dry, climate-controlled space for restoration and surface cleaning needed. Stationary fixtures like booths can be dried with air movers and kept covered and secure from migrating water damage while restoration continues.

Mold Prevention Solutions Are Critical 

After prolonged moisture exposure, the threats of secondary effects like mold growth cannot be ignored. Microbial colonies can develop within days of moisture exposure, leaving organic materials like the furniture, flooring, and wood trims vulnerable to this damaging organism. Mitigative solutions should include mold inhibiting spray and sporicidal products.

When your restaurant suffers water damage, especially in the dining area, immediate actions are needed to prevent this situation from becoming an insurmountable loss. With the fast response of our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team, mitigation services can get underway immediately to start restoring the building. Call us today at (908) 222-2020.

Choosing Efficient Remediation Services for Your Bridgewater Property

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your property.

Mold Removal Should Begin as Soon as Possible to Protect Bridgewater Homes and Their Occupants. 

When mold damage exists in area homes or businesses, it can be dire for those exposed. Addressing these concerns means getting a firm grasp on the extent of the damage, and the ideal remediation approach is to resolve these threats. Often, successful mold removal is the product of answering a few simple questions.

How Did the Mold Occur? 

While mold damage in Bridgewater homes can be more common than many homeowners realize, the cause of these conditions will vary from one property to the next. While some homes contend with unresolved water damage, humidity is a concern for others. Identifying the catalyst of the moisture damage that promotes mold growth can direct repairs and remediation services to come.

What Is the Best Way to Remove It? 

With dozens of remediation and mold removal strategies possible, choosing the best approach is based on the severity of the situation, the type of material affected, and the perceived salvageability of the impacted elements. There are several specific treatment or mold removal strategies, including:

  • Sanding
  • Media blasting
  • Antimicrobial cleaning
  • Controlled demolition

What Restoration Obstacles Exist? 

Even with the mold colonies removed and the situation mostly resolved, there are often still obstacles to the full restoration of the property needed. Our contractor license helps us to overcome the structural damages created by colonization. From roof repair to foundation patching, we have solutions to help prevent recurrences.

Mold growth happens quickly in moist conditions, so our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team should act fast to begin mitigating loss and preventing the situation from getting worse. Our skilled remediators are available 24/7 to reach damaged properties. Give us a call today at (908) 222-2020.

Initiating Emergency Services to Mitigate Fire Loss in Basking Ridge Homes

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

fire line You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

Several Mitigative Actions Play a Part in Protecting Basking Ridge Homes and Their Contents. 

Mitigation is one of the key elements to saving time and money for the customer on restoration to come. Fires are destructive and hazardous situations, making it an urgent need for homes to begin mitigation services. Some of these efforts include:

  • Water removal
  • Air scrubbing
  • Bulk material removal

Repair and Demolition Needs 

With a general contractor license, our professionals can provide several build-back services that help with fire damage in Basking Ridge homes. Structural damage can often be a challenge to spot initially during the job scoping phase. We help with quick controlled demolition to prevent structural hazards from causing injury.

Fire Debris Removal and Cleanup

Combustion does not single out specific materials, making an array of fire debris, ash, and charred remnants left behind. When extinguishment completes, our professionals must work quickly to remove debris throughout the house to reduce the circulation of soot particles and lessen the severity of present odors.

Gather Contents and Personal Belongings 

Many view their personal belongings and keepsakes as more valuable and important than their home. With the importance and urgency placed on protecting these items, this becomes a focal point for responding technicians looking to reduce loss and protect what matters most to the customer. Fires can produce soot and smoke residues that can overwhelm the contents in the house. We provide relocation and cleaning services to overcome these threats.

A few services should begin as soon as possible when fire damages area homes and businesses. As challenging as these conditions can often be, starting these mitigating strategies as quickly as possible reduces the loss to the customer and ensures that restoration is as efficient as possible. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team is standing by at (908) 222-2020.

What Kinds of Flood Damage Does SERVPRO Restore in Bridgewater?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling collapsed from storm damage Storm damage restoration is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO with all the equipment and experience needed for your property.

We Fix Everything from Discolored Structural Elements to Catastrophic Flood Damage. 

Flood damage comes in many forms and can impact your Bridgewater home in various ways. Homes impacted by floodwaters generally experience microbial growths and foul smells but often also suffer significant structural effects. However, rest assured, there are local services that can effectively handle all these serious issues. 

Biohazard remediation companies like SERVPRO have years of experience in successfully cleaning up and restoring flood damage in Bridgewater. We have effectively used our highly trained personnel and cutting-edge remediation equipment to perform emergency water damage services like water removal services, basement flooding cleanup, sewage cleanup, and water damage repairs. In completing our work, we have encountered and dealt with the following flood-related issues:

  • Destructive flood-borne microbial growths that produce persistent, foul smells often lead to long-term structural damage and may cause health effects in residents
  • Hazardous wastes, like toxic chemicals and sewage that floodwaters have deposited
  • Sagging or collapsing waterlogged floors that have fallen victim to extended periods of standing water 
  • Deteriorated walls impacted by actual contact with floodwaters or the increased interior humidity related to them
  • Substantially destroyed sections of residences that require extensive reconstruction work

Over the years, this experience has allowed us to perfect our craft and provide better service to those we serve. In other words, we have become faster and more effective at our work. This, in turn, often enables us to get things done right the first time and save you time and money in the long run.

With all that said, if you ever need flood damage remediation work done, call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Bridgewater. Contact us anytime at (908) 222-2020 for assistance. 

How Can Minor Leaks Cause Significant Water Damage in My Basking Ridge Home?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in closet, drywall with flood cuts, carpet removed When water damages your home don't worry. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job.

Small Leaks are Insidious and Allow Substantial Water Damage to Develop Over Time. 

Everyone knows when a major pipe rupture or a large water container is punctured at their Basking Ridge residence. The effects of one of these significant water-related events are immediately noticeable and quickly addressed. Conversely, minor leaks often continue unnoticed for extended periods, and their impacts quietly accumulate before they are discovered. 

Fortunately, some Basking Ridge water damage remediators have the training and tools to expertly locate these insidious water issues before they cause major problems. Our skilled technicians receive formal instruction on the telltale signs of small water leaks and their likely locations. Moreover, they carry specialized equipment, like infrared cameras, moisture sensors and meters, and Thermo hygrometers, to pinpoint exactly where they are. These resources often enable our water damage remediation experts to find even the most hidden leaks and adequately address them in less time than it takes other firms. 

If left unaddressed, how can small water leaks lead to major water damage:

  • First, water from relatively minor roof or ceiling leaks, slowly dripping pipes, corroded water containers, or malfunctioning appliances, is absorbed by building materials over time
  • Next, depending on environmental conditions at your home, impacted materials foster the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi
  • Then, these microbes can lead to extensive mold growths, cause home destroying dry rot, and fill your residence with foul, musty odors
  • At the same time, rust stains may appear, and metallic surfaces could corrode
  • Ultimately, as building materials become thoroughly saturated, floors, walls, and ceilings could collapse 

So, while burst pipes or basement flooding may get your immediate attention, always remain vigilant against seemingly minor leaks. SERVPRO of Bridgewater, If you ever need an inspection or help to remediate water damage, don’t hesitate to call us at (908) 222-2020 for assistance. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is Effective at Cleaning Up Mold Damage in Homes

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage bathroom ceiling Mold remediation services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for fast and certified service.

It Is Because of SERVPRO’s Time-Tested Procedures and Advanced Fungicides. 

Mold damage can rather quickly make your Bridgewater home unpleasant to live in and may even render it uninhabitable if the damage is allowed to worsen. Luckily, there are some local services like SERVPRO that know precisely how to eliminate mold from your residence and have the right chemicals to do it safely. 

SERVPRO mold specialists are well versed in the procedures necessary to combat mold damage in Bridgewater homes. This is because they receive extensive training in performing various mold-related jobs and routinely do them every day. As a result, our technicians are experts at mold inspection, basement mold remediation, bathroom mold removal, attic mold removal, and black mold damage repairs. In addition to their particular expertise, SERVPRO remediators are equipped with powerful but safe fungicides that make them even more effective at their work.

The procedures we follow in cleaning up and restoring mold-damaged residences include:

  • Thoroughly inspecting homes for mold damage to find its location and cause, assess the damage it has already done, and determine the best methods to eradicate it
  • Containing mold spores using methods like negative air chambers and repairing any water leaks promoting mold proliferation
  • Employing HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers to filter mold spores from the air
  • Pre-cleaning dirty, mold-impacted surfaces to remove heavy soiling and filth
  • Using cloths, sponges, mops, or foggers to treat surfaces and materials damaged by mold with safe, biodegradable antifungals like SERVPROxide (which can remove mold and keep it from growing back for up to four weeks) 
  • Removing/replacing irreparably mold-damaged building materials and contents and reconstructing destroyed areas

With all this in mind, remember SERVPRO of Bridgewater whenever you need mold damage cleaned up and restored. Call us anytime at (908) 222-2020 for help.

How Should Bridgewater Restaurants Get Rid of Mold Damage?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold spore Mold remediation for your commercial building is a job for SERVPRO. Our techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Work With SERVPRO Mold Remediation Experts to get Cooking Again.

Struggling with mold damage in your Bridgewater cafe is frustrating and can be frightening. You know building inspectors look for evidence of mold spread and can shut you down if you and your staff cannot bring an infestation under control. Even more worrisome is the risk patrons will catch a glimpse or whiff of musty-smelling fungal growth, an off-putting experience they might share on reviews or with family and friends.

Can SERVPRO Mold Specialists Help with Both Current Mold Remediation and Future Mold Damage?

Mold damage in Bridgewater restaurants is a common challenge, but with help from SERVPRO, you will find removing active mold colonies and inhibiting new growth is attainable. Reasons unappetizing mold finds restaurants a favorable environment include steamy kitchens, dishwashing areas, spill-prone bars, and the reality that mold spores are everywhere inside and out, awaiting the opportunity to absorb water and multiply. SERVPRO provides comprehensive mold inspections, remediation, and removal:

  • Our technicians train to find and follow water damage and migration pathways, ensuring we also locate the mold.
  • Essential to our services is helping limit water damage that causes mold growth (including reducing high restaurant kitchen humidity by recommending and using properly working exhaust systems).
  • SERVPRO adheres to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to contain and remove mold organisms, dispose of moldy materials, and apply EPA-registered antimicrobials.
  • Remediators work swiftly because we understand that even a brief hiatus for your business risks permanent closure.

Give the mold remediation team at SERVPRO of Bridgewater the chance to get your eatery cleaned, sanitized, and ready for the noon rush and happy hour. Call (908) 222-2020 for professional assessment and a workable solution.

What Are the Goals of Controlled Demolition as Part of Basking Ridge Flood Damage Restoration?

8/21/2021 (Permalink)

torrential rain inside home Storm damage to your roof is no DIY project. SERVPRO has you covered for all storm damage restoration services from start to finish.

SERVPRO Strategies to Remediate House and Basement Flooding in Basking Ridge are Always Research-Based Best Practices

Torrential rain, exterior destruction, and overland flood damage in Basking Ridge is a seasonal risk. When your home is affected, your stress level, already high, might go through your leaking roof from the storms when remediation experts recommend the tear-out of building materials. 

Why Does SERVPRO Rely on Controlled Demolition for Water Damage Repairs?

We presume the flooding in your Basking Ridge home harbors bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. Floodwaters can contain:

  • Sewage from street drain overflows
  • Chemicals from industrial sites, landscaping, and pavement
  • Animal and insect waste

This Category 3 water exposes your family to health risks and your structure to progressive deterioration if not removed thoroughly, dried out completely, and disinfected with EPA-registered products. Removing wet building materials in a planned manner facilitates the release of trapped contaminated water and permits effective structural drying and application of antimicrobials.

What Kinds of Controlled Demolition Can Basking Ridge Storm-Related Flood Victims Expect?

The SERVPRO crew uses a broad range of strategies to release the water for collection and disposal. 

  • Flood cuts slice through and remove drywall between studs several inches above the waterline. 
  • Weep holes punched through bulging surfaces on walls or near ceiling leaks allow water to drain out in a measured way, minimizing the risk of structural collapse. 
  • Holes drilled behind baseboards or in mortar joints give water trapped behind plaster, bricks, blocks, or stucco a pathway out. 

The access gained allows us to pump or extract water and then direct warm, dehumidified air into the cavities to accelerate drying.  Drying inhibits mold damage and increases the odds of retaining much of the structure, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Bridgewater performs controlled demolition during flood restoration to deliver successful outcomes that avoid lingering secondary damage. Call us at (908) 222-2020 for a prompt assessment and professional assistance. 

What Are the Advantages of a Pack-Out During Fire Damage Restoration in Bridgewater?

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire background When a fire strikes your home, SERTVPRO is the team to call. Fire damage restoration is a specialty of ours.

SERVPRO Recommends Moving Bridgewater Household Contents for Improved Fire and Smoke Damage Remediation Outcomes

Fire-damaged homes in Bridgewater risk harm both to structural components and household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions. The fire's heat and flames result in smoke and soot soiling of the contents of your home, and toxic residues deposited pose health effects and cause deterioration. Firefighting water and chemical extinguishing agents create safety hazards and accelerate the damage of a broad range of items. 

What Are the Benefits of Packing-Out Fire Damaged Contents in Bridgewater?

Fire damage mitigation and remediation for Bridgewater residences require rapid action from highly-trained SERVPRO technicians for the best results. A proven way to increase the speed of water, fire, and smoke restoration is to clear your home of contents. Once the soot-soiled and charred rooms are empty, water removal, deep cleaning, and repairs can proceed without the interference of the repeated need to move furnishings and other personal property as the crews complete the house fire clean up.

How Does SERVPRO Organize a Bridgewater Pack Out?

A dedicated SERVPRO team carefully wraps large items and packs others in sturdy boxes for transport. Our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) tracks the articles at every step of the process using: 

  • Handwritten inventories -- traditional lists
  • Digital photos -- for documenting condition and placement for the eventual pack-back
  • Barcoding -- creating a digital catalog of your possessions

What Happens to Your Contents at the SERVPRO Production Facility?

Technicians record the packed-out contents' condition and create plans to bring each piece back to function and appearance using the specialized resources we have at our base. Precise documentation supports insurance claims for treatments or repair or replacement in instances where restoration is impractical.  

Avoid the loss of treasured, one-of-a-kind items with a professional pack-out, assessment, and restoration by SERVPRO of Bridgewater contents processing specialists. One call to (908) 222-2020 resolves both structural and contents fire damage.

What Is The Best Response To Fire Damage In A Bridgewater Hotel After A Flash Fire?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked outside hotel You can count on SERVPRO's skilled technicians to restore your hotel after fire damage. Just call (908) 222-2020.

SERVPRO Delivers Fire Restoration Services that Guarantee Re-establishment of Sanitary Conditions

A flash fire may not leave significant damages in your Bridgewater hotel if you manage to put it out in good time. However, since it is characterized by high temperature and a rapidly moving flame front, it might leave residues and unwanted odors in unexpected areas.

Apart from dealing with the physical fire damage, your Bridgewater hotel also needs other processes to ensure sanitary conditions. Our SERVPRO teams help by containing the affected areas, thus halting cross-contamination. We also clean heavily soiled surfaces such as tiles to restore food-grade cleanliness. We achieve this by combining various resources, including training, experience, and advanced equipment.

The Right Resources Are Crucial in Addressing Many Unique Problems During:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water & fire damage restorations
  • Fire restoration

Flash fires in hotel kitchens mostly involve grease or protein, among other materials. When such materials combust, they tend to leave smelly and sometimes invisible residues. The extreme temperatures tend to open up pores on surfaces driving residues deeper into the surfaces. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use specially formulated cleaning agents that can lift away the stubborn residues from surfaces. Sometimes, our crews' patience cultivated over the years is the answer since a single application might not suffice. 

Physical agitation also helps. We use various equipment, including pressure washers and rotating brushes, to provide the necessary agitation power. Our SERVPRO crews also clean areas beyond the directly affected areas, thus eliminating all traces of residues.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is a seasoned service provider dealing with fire damage in business premises. You can reach us at (908) 222-2020. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Is Water Cleanup Necessary In Basking Ridge Homes After Moisture Intrusion?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO technicians know all the steps to take after water damage strikes in your home.

SERVPRO Helps Resolve Additional Inconveniences Apart from Delivering Water Removal Services

Whenever there is unnecessary moisture intrusion in a basking Ridge home, several problems tend to develop later, including rotting of organic materials like wood, unexplained odors, stains, and mold. A thorough cleanup of the property is one of the crucial solutions that resolve many problems. 

Water cleanup in Basking Ridge properties involves several steps, including removal of foreign or deteriorated materials, use of chemical agents to remove soils or odors as well as moisture management. SERVPRO restoration teams are skilled and equipped to handle all these aspects simultaneously. 

Water Cleanup May be Necessary Under Different Circumstances Like:

  • Emergency services water damage
  • Basement flooding
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking roof from storms

With a professional team like SERVPRO, it is easier to clean up your property, restoring preloss conditions. For instance, demolishing assemblies such as walls or removing floor treatments like carpets or floorboards is quicker since we always bring a variety of handy tools to the loss site.

SERVPRO technicians are well versed with normal cleaning processes and specialized cleaning involving unique materials or chemical agents. 

Typically Advanced Cleaning May be Necessary During:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Textile cleaning
  • Addressing stubborn odors 

Various steps help improve the outcome of the cleaning process. For instance, evaluation before taking any step is crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the vastness of moisture migration and the level of wetness in specific materials. We also test materials to determine how they might react to different cleaning techniques or products. With such tests, we can address any issue needing cleanup, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Bridgewater helps homeowners conduct water cleanup conveniently. Call us at (908) 222-2020 for assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Problems Are Typical During Flood Damage In Bridgewater Homes?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

thermal imagery device Our certified technicians come prepared with state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident occurs.

SERVPRO Helps Address Evident or Hidden Issues During Water Damage Repairs

Storms usually involve several things, including torrential rain, strong winds, lightning, and rising groundwater. Therefore, it is hard to predict the outcome of a storm incident at your Bridgewater home. Some damages are readily identifiable, while others may remain hidden.

Involving a professional like SERVPRO when flood damage affects your Bridgewater home helps in many ways, including identifying hazards at your property, hidden damages as well as the best solutions for the obvious problems that you can readily identify. 

With Professional Assistance, You do not Have to Worry About:

  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Sewage cleanup

Some common hazards in flooded properties include exposure to contaminants, the risk of electric shock, or even bites from rodents and other small animals. Unfortunately, you cannot resolve these problems without exposing yourself. Luckily, SERVPRO staff have various protective gear allowing them to enter your property to assess or fix damages without risk.

Useful Protective Gear Includes:

  • Hard hats
  • Rubber boots
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Bodysuits

Apart from hazards, the damages from flooding can be baffling. For instance, water trickling down roof beams can end up in unexpected areas, including ceiling or wall cavities. Roofing debris might end up inside the house. Moisture infiltration might also affect several contents. Our SERVPRO technicians help probe these problems, thus finding the best solutions. For instance, thermal cameras help identify hidden moisture pockets in unexpected sections of the building. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater finds the best solutions in case of flood damage. Call us at (908) 222-2020. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Our Certified Technicians Have the Experience to Service Your Basking Ridge Home

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth on a maroon wall Our SERVPRO AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians can remove the mold from this wall in a Basking Ridge structure without demolition

Providing the Best Mold Remediators for Basking Ridge Homes

Mold remediation is a much more complicated procedure than many Basking Ridge residents realize. Even with the likelihood that many of these homes and businesses might combat this damaging organism at some point, mold remediation is still something broadly misunderstood. While some companies can claim that they can remove mold entirely from your house, this is a fallacy. Mold remediation is your best approach. Because of our dedication to providing our customers in the area with the best possible field technicians, we have an entire crew of qualified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians ready to help.

When combating mold damage in Basking Ridge properties, experience counts. Our SERVPRO team comprises qualified technicians who have put in the work to obtain their accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and continue to pursue educational opportunities to stay current on changes in the standard practices. Due to this dedication, we can offer our customers unparalleled service, even in addressing widespread mold threats.

Mold Damage Restoration Training

Our education in mold damage remediation niche of the restoration industry can help us to identify mold growth and threats within a property quickly. Not only can we better determine the presence of microbial growth, but we can also design the best approach for addressing these colonies based on the materials affected and the severity of the spread. In some situations, a lighter presence of mold can get treated with our antimicrobial spray, which can eliminate spores on contact.

Our remediation team's continued training and education also help us work alongside the contractors of our SERVPRO brand to recover overly damaged areas of a home. With an entire team of licensed general contractors, we can implement controlled demolition tactics to remove compromised structural elements and seamless build back and reconstruction to make mold damage "Like it never even happened."

While our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team already can show that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we also can showcase our knowledge and extensive experience in mold remediation when you need it. Give us a call at (908) 222-2020 for an inspection or more information about our premier remediation and recovery services.

Bridgewater, Fire Damage, SERVPRO and Cleanup

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

ozone machine Bridgewater homeowners benefit from the ozone machine from SERVPRO for fire and smoke damage cleanup and odor control

Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Bridgewater

The devastation of a fire in your Bridgewater residence quickly brings home how involved the cleanup is. Residues spread everywhere, on all surfaces. The soiling differs from regular dirt and grime, and DIY efforts to clear it away often make it worse. Dozens of tasks face fire remediators, and our experts are familiar with the work needed and use proven strategies to complete the project fast and thoroughly.

When fire damages your Bridgewater home, you might be surprised to note that water and chemical damage are two of the first things to manage. Firefighters leave vast amounts of water and chemicals behind after extinguishing the flames. Water causes considerable damage on its own, and its presence creates a slip and fall risk and exposes everyone in the building to electric shock possibilities. Because we are a full-service restoration company, holding multiple certifications from the IICRC, our assessment team adds water remediation to the project blueprint as phase one.

House Fire Clean Up

SERVPRO assessors inspect all areas of your home and evaluate the types of residues deposited in different places. Dry, ashy soot from burning wood and paper dry sponges and vacuums away. Thick, sticky soot from fabrics, plastics, and electronics smoldering needs a cleanser enhanced with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen the coating and often agitation to eradicate it. Kitchen fires deposit a thin, smelly layer of protein-based soot, requiring solvents and abrasive tools and action to resolve.

Odors present a challenge, lingering even after SERVPRO removes all the other toxic wastes left by the fire. Our deodorizing technicians follow a detailed protocol to remove and clean any burned item or surfaces still emitting smells. We inspect HVAC systems, cleaning and sealing hard-to-reach areas if the odor emanates from the air ducts. Technologically advanced equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators help eliminate airborne and settled odor-bearing particles. These approaches change the chemical makeup of the minute bits of combusted materials still sharing unpleasant odors at a molecular level, neutralizing the smells.

Rely on SERVPRO of Bridgwater to manage all aspects of fire damage remediation fast. Our highly qualified professionals are available 24/7 by calling (908) 222-2020 immediately after the firefighters leave your home.

Is Thermal Imagery Reliable for Moisture Tracking in Basking Ridge Homes?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

TI camera pointing at ceiling SERVPRO has advanced devices for discovering and removing water and moisture from homes in Basking Ridge--Like this thermal imaging camera

With multiple moisture meters in our inventory, thermography might not always be best for Basking Ridge.

Whether it is collecting information and data for our proprietary software like SERVPRO DryBook or tracking the progress and production of drying efforts, several moisture detection devices play a part in water restoration. In many cases, infrared and thermal imagery provide relevant results to track changing moisture conditions for placing drying instruments effectively.

What Advantages Exist with Thermal Infrared Imagery?

Thermal imagery cameras in our inventory are versatile and feature a user-friendly interface to efficiently track water damage in Basking Ridge homes. No specific skills or training are required to operate these tools, though interpretation comes with training and experience. Some of the advantages to choosing thermal infrared include:

  • Portable and lightweight
  • Tracks large surfaces simultaneously
  • It can be used to identify drying shortcomings

Is Thermography the Best Moisture Monitoring Choice for Area Homes?

Our technicians realize that there is no one set way to learn the placement and presence of moisture throughout the property. While thermal imagery can help in these situations, it is often not ideal for tracking water consistently. Surface moisture meters and hygrometers can both continually track the presence and migration of moisture to place air movers and dehumidifiers effectively.

Tracking moisture migration is critical for long-term drying solutions for damaged properties. We have several devices that can work in this regard. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help when you call (908) 222-2020.

We Have The Expertise And Equipment To Restore Your Bridgewater Home

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage roof Flood damage restoration is a job for a professional outfit. SERVPRO has you covered from start to finish.

Using Humidity to Control Microbial Growth after Flood Damage in Bridgewater

In dealing with excess quantities of water that enter the home, there are two primary methods. The first is an open system that establishes a natural airflow throughout the affected area by opening windows or doors. This method is not always appropriate, especially during the colder times of the year when flood damages are most likely to occur. The second method is a closed system which we use more often when dealing with private property damages.

A closed system service for flood damage in Bridgewater homes involves cordoning off the area of damage using physical barriers like plastic sheeting. At SERVPRO, we call this establishing a contained drying zone which allows us to concentrate our efforts on an area by area basis, thereby increasing efficiency. Plastic sheeting also prevents humid air from circulating into and modifying previously unaffected parts of the home.

Once a drying zone is created, we can use a combination of equipment to help draw out moisture. Hard floors and furnishings can often take on moisture after prolonged exposure. This phenomenon occurs because water naturally migrates from wet to dry. Moisture that is absorbed beneath the surface of a material can be problematic as it encourages microbial growth like mold.

Using the same water moving from wet to dry, SERVPRO technicians can draw moisture from saturated materials. We do this by controlling the relative humidity in a specific area using desiccant dehumidifiers. This equipment uses chemicals to reduce moisture levels in the air to below 40 GPP. Moisture residing inside fabrics or hard floors are then drawn out into the drier air.

To encourage the process of pulling moisture from inside material, your SERVPRO technician can deploy rapid air movers. These blast hot air at a surface level, causing water residues to evaporate. We can measure how effective this process is by using moisture meters and thermal hygrometers. In a closed system, SERVPRO can control humidity with dehumidifiers, thereby reducing the likelihood of expensive secondary damages common with water and flood damages.

Controlling humidity in property involves both expertise and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 to arrange service.

Mold Damage Removal for Your Bridgewater Bakery

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling Mold and microbial growth restoration can cause health effects. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs are trained and ready at a moment's notice.

Mold can shut down your Bridgewater's favorite food places if not cared for properly. 

Bakeries like your Bridgewater establishment stay busy with a steady production of delicious food items, bread products, and other delicacies your patrons enjoy. Situations like mold and microbial growth are never far away, and that does not mean the mold that you might have spotted on a pastry that's sat out too long. The mold that affects your building can spread quickly and become a disastrous scenario for a business owner without the appropriate intervention from a team that knows the latest remediation approaches.

Combating mold damage in your Bridgewater bakery begins with having the right professionals respond to the situation promptly. Our SERVPRO professionals not only can arrive quickly to damaging scenarios for your business, but we have years of training and expertise under our belt to help make a recovery seamless. Our technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in not only Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) but also related niches like Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

As an establishment for food and beverages, the presence of mold might require an immediate closing of your doors to customers until the situation can get resolved and documented. Containment work needs to begin right away, and our team has unique approaches to limit the spread of this organism throughout the rest of the building. Through the combined use of physical barriers and advanced tools like air scrubbers and negative air chambers, we can stop the spread of mold colonization and begin removing the organism where it gets found.

While much of the approach rests on the severity of the situation, our SERVPRO professionals often lean towards removal approaches like media blasting. This abrasive cleaning solution can eliminate the entire hyphae, often without damaging the substrate of the material hosting the colony.

Mold recovery can become a long and involved process without responding to the situation as it gets discovered. Help your business get the doors back open again quickly by reaching out to our SERVPRO of Bridgewater remediation specialists. Give us a call anytime at (908) 222-2020 to make mold damage "Like it never even happened."

Water Cleanup at Basking Ridge Homes is a job for the Professionals.

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water damage restoration by SERVPRO is second to none. SERVPRO techs are ready 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Offers a Reliable and Efficient Water Damage Mitigation Service to Basking Ridge Residents

Water cleanup at your Basking Ridge home must be done promptly to check the extent of water damage and prevent additional loss. SERVPRO water restoration experts offer professional water cleanup services after water damage due to any of the following reasons-

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking roofs from storms
  • Backed up sewers
  • Basement flooding

Water cleanup at Basking Ridge homes may require different approaches depending on the water damage's 'category.' Category 1 damages are sanitary and do not involve contaminated water. In contrast, category 2 and 3 damages involve significantly contaminated and grossly contaminated water, respectively.

How does SERVPRO Ensure Safety of Occupants and Workers during Water Damage Restoration of Category 2 and 3 Damages in Basking Ridge?

Category 1 damages to your Basking Ridge home involve noncontaminated water, and hence, no special safety measures are needed. However, Category 2 and 3 water damages need special safety precautions to minimize health hazards to occupants and workers alike. 

  • Category 2 Damages: Involve significantly contaminated water. SERVPRO technicians typically handle these by using gloves to minimize skin contact. 
  • Category 3 Damages: Involve grossly contaminated water such as found during cleaning up after a sewer backup. Occupants are evacuated from the structure. SERVPRO technicians typically wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including a full-face respirator with HEPA filters, a full-body suit, heavy-duty work gloves, and waterproof boots. 

SERVPRO prioritizes the safety of both the homeowners and the technicians before initiating the water damage remediation process. 

Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for a reliable water cleanup service.

Why is Heating Necessary during Fire Cleanup in Basking Ridge Homes?

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

House fire After a fire incident takes place. You can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Uses Unique Techniques to Facilitate Fire Damage Restoration of Basking Ridge Properties

The need for heating during cleanup in a property affected by a fire incident might sound counterintuitive considering that most damages, including soiling, charring, and even staining, result from exposure of materials to high temperatures.

You might have different goals during the fire cleanup exercise in your Basking Ridge home, including completing the process faster or getting cleaner outcomes. A skilled restorer can rely on the properties of heat to aid in achieving both goals. The basic aspect of cleaning is the movement of molecules. When heated, molecules move faster, thus speeding up the reaction between soils and cleaning solutions. It also reduces the surface tension of soils minimizing adherence to surfaces. 

From the vast experience especially handling smoke remediation tasks, our SERVPRO technicians have established unique traits of temperature changes during cleanup. For instance, after heating cleaning solutions to 118 degrees, every 18-degree increase in temperature doubles the chemical reaction time, thus removing soils faster. When soils move faster, they remain suspended in the cleaning solution longer, thus easing extraction. Of course, our technicians check product labels to determine the best temperatures of cleaning solutions when dealing with: 

  • Smoke damage
  • Fire restoration
  • Smoke remediation

SERVPRO of Bridgewater has all the resources necessary to handle fire cleanup. Call us at (908) 222-2020 for quick assistance.

What Ways Reliably Handle Rust During Water Damage Restoration In My Bridgewater Home?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer SERVPRO technicians are ready and available to assist you with water damages in your Bridgewater home.

SERVPRO Uses Chemical Agents during Water Damage Remediation to Control Rust in Bridgewater Homes

Water intrusions have different effects, including causing rust in metallic items or surfaces. Unfortunately, rust causes deep staining in fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen, synthetic fiber, and wool if the exposure is not handled properly. 

When performing water damage restoration in Bridgewater properties, preventing contact between fabrics and metal items is the best defense against rust stains. However, it is not always feasible to prevent such contact. SERVPRO technicians can help address light and thoroughly impregnated stains in carpets, upholstery, draperies, and other fabrics when performing water cleanup in your home. 

One of the products our technicians rely on is Rusticide which has strong acidic properties that help dissolve rust stains from the affected fabrics. We apply cautiously with a nozzle bottle and agitate with a tool like a bone scraper to break loose the stains. Flushing the area with shampoo helps remove rust residues and Rusticide remnants.  Sometimes color changes might appear in the areas we clean this way. We apply diluted ammonia to restore the original color. 

SERVPRO technicians seek to restore more items in your home to their preloss state during water damage remediation. We can help you address any unexpected issues when dealing with:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 
  • Flood restoration

SERVPRO of Bridgewater delivers professional water damage restoration services. Call us at (908) 222-2020 when you need assistance.

When Is It Necessary To Seek Help After Fire Damage in Bridgewater?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle Call SERVPRO immediately after the fire truck drives away to ensure a speedy and efficient remediation process.

SERVPRO Handles Any Type of House Fire Clean Up in Bridgewater Properties

A good city has something for everyone including readily accessible emergency services such as fire departments since fires affect homes and business premises at any time. Bridgewater Township has a lot to offer, especially to those willing to go off the beaten path and explore the area.

The township sits in Somerset County, New Jersey, and is a hub for the state's central areas and a bedroom suburb for New York City, thanks to the relatively short commute. On average, it takes an hour to reach Manhattan through the Holland Tunnel.  The township was created by a Royal chatter back in 1749. It was also one of the initial 104 townships incorporated by the New Jersey Legislature in 1798. 

Where to Stay in Bridgewater

For people visiting the township, several establishments offer stellar accommodation. Most of the hotels are rated 3-star and include:

  • Bridgewater Marriott, located along Commons Way and offers a café, bar, and restaurant. There is a gym as well as an indoor pool at the facility. It is one of the most booked hotels and most people rate it highly for staff friendliness and cleanliness. 
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Bridgewater sits in a commercial district between I-287 and US-22 highways. The Bridgewater Commons mall is 3 miles from the hotel. It has modern rooms with amenities including Wi-Fi and pull-out sofas  
  • Hotel Somerset Bridgewater sits in a leafy area off I-287. It is close to exciting locations such as East Jersey Old Town Village, which is only 4 miles away, and Duke Farms nature preserve 10 miles away. It has suites with separate bedrooms, and some balconies offer direct pool access.

Areas of Cultural Interest

Whether you want to go out, but you do not want to spend time outdoors, or if you want to learn something interesting, the museums and art galleries in the area are perfect places to hang out. The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is a popular destination with exhibits touching various subjects like history, art, and culture. The Geology Museum at Rutgers has a different lineup of dirt, bones, and artifacts. Apart from exploring unique pieces such as complete dinosaur skeletons, there are events for adults and children. 

What Steps Does SERVPRO Take When Managing Fire Damage in Bridgewater?

Fire affects property differently, especially if the fire department manages to quell it before it consumes the entire building. The outcome is a combination of charred and soiled materials spread all over. Clean-up is one of the consequential steps of fire damage restoration. Cleaning methods vary in terms of complexity and cost. Therefore, identifying the appropriate method for different issues is necessary.  

SERVPRO is well versed with various cleaning methods since we handle different situations regularly, including:

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke remediation
  • Smoke Damage

One of the common approaches we use to restore fire damage is mechanical agitation of materials to dislodge soils or reverse changes such as staining or charring. Agitation relies on friction to remove the soils without applying cleaning solutions. It works mostly for non-greasy residue on non-porous surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians use mild options such as feather dusters or medium ones such as dry cleaning sponges. In case heavy agitation is needed, blast cleaning or Roto pads are sufficient. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater has considerable experience handling fire damage. Call us at (908) 222-2020 to help restore your property to its preloss state.

How to Protect Office Carpets from Mold Damage

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SERVPRO vehicle with equipment SERVPRO will get to the root of your mold problem and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today for assistance.

Prevention is Better Than Cure for Bridgewater Carpets

A moldy carpet might not be top of your list of business concerns, but in fact, it is essential to be aware of the risks. Fungus growing in your office carpet can damage and discolor the mat, smell musty, and might cause health effects.

There are several things you can do to prevent mold damage to Bridgewater office carpets:

  • Replace carpets in wet areas such as kitchens or bathrooms with linoleum.
  • Run dehumidifiers in the office to keep humidity down – mold thrives in damp places.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Be mindful of leaks, damp patches on nearby walls, or wet spots on carpets – clean them up immediately and call the experts if you need help.

In the event of a spill or leak in the office, call SERVPRO. We can assess the situation and set up a drying environment to dry out carpets and discourage mold growth. Our team has air movers, fans, portable heaters, and dehumidifiers on hand to dry out damp areas.

Do not leave mold damage to chance. If you are concerned, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

How Can SERVPRO Help after Water Damage to your Bedroom?

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Illustration of a man fixing toilet in flooded bathroom SERVPRO works to provide Fast and Efficient Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration to Your Bridgewater home.

SERVPRO Helps Bridgewater Residents Sleep Well Once More

A leaky pipe or overflowing tub or sink can wreak havoc in your home. If water spills into your bedroom, you might find yourself thinking that you will need to replace all your belongings. However, before you make that decision, please call SERVPRO – you will be surprised how much we can salvage.

Water damage in a Bridgewater bedroom can seep into all kinds of items, including the bed, linens, carpets, and furniture. Thankfully, we train our technicians to clean and restore many different things. Our team can:

  • Extract excess water from the carpet.
  • Dry or wet clean blinds and drapes.
  • Spot clean water stains on upholstery or other textiles.
  • Carefully dry and polish wooden furniture.

We can even send clothes, accessories, and linens to our facility for professional cleaning to leave them as good as new. However, our service does not stop with visible water damage. We also moisture test the floor, walls, and ceilings to ensure there is no hidden damage.

To get your bedroom looking shipshape once more, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

What Happens to Office Supplies after Flood Damage?

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SERVPRO logo Regardless of the way that your property was flooded, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

SERVPRO Helps Basking Ridge Businesses Dry up

Basking Ridge is a charming unincorporated community located in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey. The town has a population of just 26,747 and yet is filled with green spaces and historical sites. Despite its size, Basking Ridge is home to Verizon Wireless, Barnes & Noble College division, Vencore Labs, and Collabera. Basking Ridge is also a pretty town where you can enjoy simply strolling around the streets admiring the quaint architecture or stopping off at once of the independent coffee houses or ice cream parlors downtown.

History is all Around in Basking Ridge

You are never far from a historic site in Basking Ridge. While you are here, be sure to stop and see:

  • The Lord Stirling Manor Site was the site of a house belonging to William Alexander, Lord Stirling, a Major General of the Revolutionary War. Although the house is no longer standing, the site is occupied by a mail-order house from the 1920s, which is a beautiful authentic piece of architecture. 
  • The Presbyterian Church is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture from 1839. The grounds used to be home to the White Oak, which was 600 years old and one of the oldest oaks in America. The preacher's James Davenport and George Whitfield preached under it. Although the tree no longer stands, the congregation planted an acorn from it in the hopes of growing another fine specimen. 
  • The Brick Academy is a federal-style brick building from 1809. It was originally a school and is now the headquarters of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills. You will find a small museum, a historic schoolroom, and a research room. You can even take a virtual tour online from the comfort of your home.

If you want to explore the area around Basking Ridge, you might like to take a train from Lyons Station. Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad built the station in 1931, and it was the last station they made in New Jersey. The station has been lovingly restored thanks to a grant, and while it is a perfectly functioning train station, it is also a slice of history worth visiting.

You can get the train from Lyons Station to nearby Liberty Corner. The Historic District of Liberty Corner features eclectic revival houses, a stunning clapboard church, and even a golf museum! If you feel brave, you can visit Pharelock Castle, a turreted Norman-style castle that locals believe is haunted.

SERVPRO Helps Businesses Salvage Office Supplies

With several companies headquartered here, a reliable flood damage cleanup service is a must. If your business suffers flood damage, you might be concerned about your office supplies. Thankfully, we can clean and restore items in many cases, so you do not have to pay to replace them. For example, we can:

  • Use freeze-drying to rescue water-damaged documents.
  • Call in electricians to assess electronic devices.
  • Put window blinds in ultrasonic cleaning tanks.
  • Wash and dry drapes.
  • Carry out stain and odor removal on office furniture.

The extent of repairs depends on how much water flooded your office and whether contaminants are present in the water. For help and advice, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

Mold Damage Can Devastate Bridgewater Properties

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mold growth on walls. SERVPRO technicians are experienced with mold and all aspects of mold. Leave the mold remediation to the professionals.

SERVPRO Can Remediate All Kinds of Mold Damage in Bridgewater

Mold does not want to get discovered. An infestation will stay hidden for as long as possible and grow under floors and behind walls until it finally gets noticed. Then it is time for action. 

SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience handling mold damage in Bridgewater properties. Most mold infestations are a symptom of another issue in the home. Barring mold growth as an after-effect of flood damage in a home, the most common reasons for colony growth and spreading emanate from these common root causes: 

  • Slow, undiagnosed leaks in pipes
  • Poor ventilation in exhaust fans retaining humidity in attic spaces
  • Inadequate drainage around washing machines or other drains

Drying is a crucial part of the mold remediation process. When working in a home, the techs contain the areas with mold to halt the spread of airborne spores and then work on bringing down the interior humidity levels that are currently sustaining the mold. Afterward, the dried colony matter gets removed by manually scraping and vacuuming up the remnants with a hand-vac with HEPA filtration or, for large colonies, abatement techniques such as ice or soda blasting, which removes the residues without marring surfaces. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 has the experience and equipment to remediate any size mold damage in Bridgewater properties successfully.

SERVPRO Can Save Clothing Involved in Fire Damage in Basking Ridge

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fire damaged home Specific cleaning equipment and procedures are needed for fire restoration. SERVPRO has the man power and equipment for any size job.

Professional Restoration Services Can Turn Around Fire Damage in Basking Ridge Homes

When a fire occurs in a home, the smoke odors and soot can wind up all over the interior, even in areas not directly affected by the flames. One of the most overwhelming feelings for a homeowner is the prospect of losing their clothing. Besides the expense of replacement aside, many people have wardrobe items with sentimental value that exceeds anything monetary. 

SERVPRO techs can assist Basking Ridge homes with fire damage and, in particular, clean the articles of clothing exposed to heat, smoke, and soot. Several applications can work to restore clothing to a wearable state for reuse, including: 

  • Specific cleaning equipment
  • Methods such as agitation or immersion cleaning
  • Spot cleaning or dry cleaning at an outside facility

The Esporta Washing System is a powerful piece of equipment that can clean and sanitize washable clothing items and leave them sanitized after a single cycle. SERVPRO techs often rely on this for all types of restorative cleaning for washable items needed after a fire.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 stands ready to handle fire damage cleanup in Basking Ridge homes 24/7.

SERVPRO Techs Restore Bridgewater Homes With Water Damage

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Drywall removal from water damage. Water damage restoration is not a DIY project. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have the knowledge on what to do.

Bridgewater Residents Count on SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup 24/7

The city of Bridgewater has a long history with humble beginnings as part of a land parcel sold to local settlers by the Lenape, aka Delaware tribe. The estimated population of the tribe before the European settlers arriving was over 20,000 members. The Lenape worked in family groups where the women tended their farming crops while the men hunted. Initially chartered by King George II of England in 1749, the settlement received its incorporation as one of the original townships in New Jersey. It got its name in honor of Bridgwater, located in Somerset County in England.

From its inception until the mid-1960s, the primary industry in Bridgewater was farming. As the cities of Plainfield and Neward began to expand, the population started to grow, and more types of businesses established themselves in the local area to get away from the Plainfield-Newark region after the 1967 riots caused a great deal of property loss. This led to the development of the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and financial industries in Bridgewater. As a modern, suburban community, the city has few reminders of its past as a significant farming hub and is now the second-most-populous city in Somerset County.

Features of Bridgewater

Much of the city is flat, the first ridge of the Watchung Mountains passes through, and the northern edge is more elevated. The Raritan River has branches that run outside the perimeter of the city and form a border. Bridgewater has several unincorporated communities within its township, including: 

  • Bradley Gardens 
  • Finderne 
  • Green Knoll 
  • Martinsville 

TD Bank Ballpark

One of the top draws for attendance in Bridgewater is the TD Bank Ballpark. A relatively new structure, this stadium was built in 1998 and can seat 6,100 people. It is the home field for the Somerset County Baseball Tournament and formerly hosted the Big East Conference Baseball Tournament from 2000-2005. It has won accolades in 2015 and 2016, getting named as Ballpark Digest's Best Independent Minor League Ballpark in the United States. 

Duke Island Park

This park is another frequently visited outdoor area in Bridgewater. There is a canal in the middle of the park built to divert water from the Raritan River. People could rent canoes and paddleboats in the past, but this option is no longer available due to safety concerns. The park features numerous walking trails, a ranger station, a learning center for children, and a summer concert series for the locals and visitors to enjoy.

What Problems Can Water Damage Cause in Bridgewater Homes?

There are many issues that water damage can be the root cause of within a Bridgewater property. Dependent factors are the type of water, how long it went on, and how quickly the cleanup efforts began. 

Scoping a property upon arrival is one of the initial steps SERVPRO technicians undertake to determine the scale of the damage from the water they are dealing with. A visual inspection is not enough; location of the migration path of water or areas affected behind a wall requires specialized equipment such as: 

  • Infrared cameras to "see" hot and cold temperatures and pinpoint areas of cooler water collection
  • Probes 
  • Devices that detect air moisture amounts

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 handles water damage mitigation for the local Bridgewater community. The techs arrive quickly and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Basking Ridge Locals Can Brunch With Hits From The Past

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SERVPRO vehicle Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Day Party Brings Basking Ridge Residents Together

Basking Ridge residents can enjoy brunch with their favorite tunes from the 1990s and early 2000s. There is a full menu of tacos, burritos, plus chicken and waffles served up made fresh along with tasty mimosas to sip. DJ Nasty spins tunes and keeps the party going all afternoon. In light of current health protocols, all patrols must have a table and stay seated in observance of current social distancing guidelines. Attendees need to wear a mask, and temperatures get taken before entry into the event. Feel free to contact PHILINTHEBRUNCH@GMAIL.COM with any questions. 

There is a dress code for the event; men should wear collared shirts, button-down shirts, or polo-style: no t-shirts or sweat pants are allowed at the venue.

  • Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
  • Location: Tequila N Tacos Mexican Sports Bar & Grill, 560 Stelton Road

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 is available 24/7 to handle the restoration services against flood damage in Basking Ridge properties. The techs arrive quickly and clean up the mess to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Rock Out With Led Zeppelin Tribute Band In Bridgewater

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Guitar being played Enjoy an evening out at Village Brewing Company for dinner and a show.

Bridgewater Fans Of Classic Rock Are Welcome To Come to Enjoy Food, Drinks, Tunes

The Bridgewater community is welcome to come out and enjoy a live dinner show by Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. The show observes current health protocols with masks worn and social distancing guidelines in place, and guests get seated at tables.  This event takes place outdoors in a heated tent to keep everyone comfortable while dining on great food, drink house-brewed beer, and enjoy the music. The Village Brewing Company has created the largest heated tent in the state of New Jersey. Dancing while the band is playing is permitted but only in the direct vicinity of your table. 

  • Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
  • Location: Village Brewing Company, 34 W Main Street
  • Price: $10  in advance and $15 at the door per person

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 stands ready to assist local properties with any size water removal needed. The techs are available 24/7 to make the damage to the home, "Like it never even happened."

Bridgewater Residents Use Qualified Restoration Services After Flooding.

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SERVPRO Equipment and technicians After a flood in your home, you need help from the experts! Call SERVPRO right away for assistance.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater Can Recover Wet Building Materials and Belongings after a Flooding Episode.

The town of Bridgewater is in the County of Somerset, New Jersey. Widely considered a bedroom town, Bridgewater's proximity to the broader metropolitan area of New York ensures that many residents work in the big city and live just outside. The city was initially purchased from the Lenape tribes and was a stronghold for Continental forces and settlers in the early 17th and 18th centuries. Following the American Revolutionary War, this town was incorporated into the United States by 1798. The first period of Bridgewater's history focuses on rural farming communities. However, the economic growth of pharmaceutical and financial industries in the nearby Raritan valley ensured population growth and sustainable wealth was brought to this part of New Jersey. The Raritan train line that runs through Bridgewater makes it an ideal commuting destination for New York City workers. As a result, the township has a growing population of 44,464 people and offers progressive food, nightlife, and entertainment.

The success of Bridgewater's population largely relies on big business. Many Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here, with French pharmaceutical company Sanofi among the leading firms to take up residence at Corporate Drive. The Raritan valley area nearby is a hub for leading software companies like Aalpha and Invontor. Shopping districts in Bridgewater attract international brands. The largest of these is the Bridgewater Commons, where residents can pick up products from Apple, LUSH, Macy's, and Swarovski. In total, the Bridgewater commons has 158 stores and offers visitors unique dining experiences while shopping. Children's play areas, free parking, WiFi, and phone charging options are available to make visiting this large shopping center as convenient as possible. For more shopping and brands, taking a trip to the Bridgewater Promenade is well worth visiting with a Hilton Garden Inn, Costco, and Home Depot within the 625,000 square foot mall.

  • One of the top tourist attractions in Bridgewater, New Jersey, is the Washington Valley Park. The public green space expands over 715 acres and sits between the ridges of the Watchung Mountains. The combination of trails, peaks, valleys, and waterways makes this a fantastic example of Bridgewater's local surrounding grounds. The state park also has excellent mountain biking routes and waterfalls. The park's popularity does mean that specific areas fill up quickly, particularly around the waterfalls, and parking can be tough on some days. The Newmans Lane car pack allows direct access to the Chimney Rock trail, which takes a refreshing route alongside the water and leads directly to the waterfall.
  • For sports, the TD Bank Ballpark on Main Street is an excellent example of baseball away from the major leagues. The ballpark is home to the Somerset Patriots, who play in the Minor League. The ballpark was built in 1999 and hosts up to 6,100 spectators at a single game. Since its inception, the stadium has won several awards, including the Best Independent Minor League Ballpark from Ballpark Digest magazine for two years running in 2015 and 2016. Ticket pricing is staggered and affordable, with concessions available for seniors, veterans, and kids. 
  • The Sri Venkateswara Temple is a Hindu Temple. The vast structure is designed in a traditional style and runs events during religious holidays throughout the year. The on-site kitchen allows visitors to enjoy sit down meals while enjoying the temple. The building is part of the Hindu Temple & Cultural Society of the USA. Rentals for events are possible with Banquet Rooms, Auditoriums, and South and North Halls available for celebrations and weddings. Much of the year-round events are thanks to volunteers who assist in the day-to-day upkeep of services.

Places to stay in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

  • The HYATT house hotel is a reasonably priced holiday destination just off route 22 and in an excellent location for exploring the town center of Bridgewater. Guests here enjoy spacious rooms with a kitchen, WiFi access, social events, and free breakfast. There are 128 rooms here as well as conference rooms and meeting spaces for business trips.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn on Promenade Boulevard allows instant access to the shopping districts around Bridgewater. The Hilton location is excellent for guests who want to explore the Washington Valley State Park, catch a ballgame at the TD Bank Ballpark or explore the Protechockey Ponds Ice Center.
  • The AC Hotel Bridgewater is a smaller stay location just off the commercial district of Corporate Boulevard. The facilities include a post-dining lounge where cocktails are served as well as an on-site gym. Breakfast is complimentary, while rooms come equipped with a mini-bar and safe. 

SERVPRO of Bridgewater Can Help Local Residents Overcoming the Devastating Property Damages Caused by Flooding. 

When flash flooding occurs, it can be tough to protect your home and belongings from contaminated water intrusion. The source of flash floods often means that waters may contain human pathogens, raw sewage, or other harmful substances. SERVPRO technicians are experts at controlling losses in properties that have fallen victim to flash flooding. Our team can quickly extract water from the home using pumps specially designed to remove solid wastes from the structure. Semi-porous materials on the home can soon take on contaminated water. Our team can remove sections of drywall from your property and thoroughly decontaminate the cavities in your building assembly. Once complete, we can install clean, dry building materials to return your home to its preloss condition. 

  • We use powerful water extraction and pumping equipment capable of shifting hundreds of gallons of water from your home. 
  • Our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians can assess wall cavities and take the necessary steps to limit secondary losses associated with mold or contamination. 
  • Thermal foggers can be deployed to disperse large amounts of deodorant solvent in a mist that allows for an entire structure's efficient deodorization. 

If your home falls victim to flash flooding this winter, Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

Engage with Bridgewater's Colonial History on a Winter Trip to the Wallace House & Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites.

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Portrait of George Washington. Winter time may cause water damage from frozen pipes amongst other ways. Call the pros in SERVPRO to mitigate your water damage.

Bridgewater Residents and Visitors Can Learn a Unique Piece of Local History by Joining the Weekly Guided Tours of Historic Sites.

The Wallace House of 71 Somerset Street was the winter headquarters of George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. Tours run from late December through January while visitors also explore the founding father, George Washington's, winter dwellings. The two historic sites are managed by the Wallace House Association (WHA), which maintains and runs the daily tours. The WHA also runs seasonal events, including open house days that allow guests to attend unique historical lectures and Q&A sessions.

  • The WHA funding comes mainly from patron donations, while the State of New Jersey allocates a small budget.
  • To become a patron, you can sign up through the WHA website and receive regular updates on special tours and programs throughout the year. 
  • Adults and children of all ages are welcome to attend the tours, which occur every day from Wednesday to Saturday.

Businesses may find their premises suffering from water intrusion this winter. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for commercial specialist restoration.

Test Your Mental Skills This Festive Season At Bridgewater Escape Room Center

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"Escape room" with keys Join in on the fun at Bridgewater Escape Room Center.

Bridgewater Escape Room Center Offers Challenging Fun For All Ages

Are you looking for something fun to do with family and friends this winter? Then look no further than the Escape Room Center in Bridgewater.

The center offers several fun themed rooms with elaborate decorations and storylines, including:

  • The Curse Of The Evil Genie
  • Blackbeard’s Brig
  • The Lost Jewel of Zanzibar
  • Lucky Duck Speakeasy

Escape rooms are suitable for children aged 11 and up, with adult supervision, and most rooms take an hour to escape. Escape Rooms Center does not pair players with strangers, so you can enjoy your time with the people you want to play with.

Bookings start at $22.50 per person plus tax. Rooms are available by appointment only, so please book in advance.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater understands the importance of keeping businesses healthy and mold-free. For help with mold removal, call us at (908) 222-2020.

Hayrides in Bridgewater at the Wightman Farm.

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Hayride sign Fire and smoke damage to your home can be very intimidating when it comes to restoration. Call SERVPRO who has all the know how and equipment.

Pick your Own Produce and Take a Hayride at Wightman Farm by Basking Ridge this December.

Wightman Farm on Mt. Kemble Avenue is in Bridgewater, a famous farmers' market that sells local, seasonal produce. The market opens seven days a week from 8 am until 6 pm, with early closing times on public holidays like Thanksgiving. From December 18th, Basking Ridge residents can begin to put in orders for the seasonal fruit and veg boxes. Orders are placed in advance to allow the farmers to plant seeds to order, while recipe tips and choices are included with all packages. These programs have a strong focus on sustainable farming, while guests are invited to pick their own from the orchards and fruit paddocks. In the winter months, locally-sourced cider, winter warming pies, and hayrides are available for booking from the farm shop. 

  • The Crop Share (CSA) seasons are open for reservations now as planting season begins.
  • Pick your own programs that allow visitors access to the orchards, herb, and flower gardens.
  • Support sustainable farming programs by signing up through their website. CSA programs cover 20 weeks of food with prices working out at just $23.00 per week

A property fire can cause extensive smoke damages to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

How SERVPRO Continues to Protect Historic Bridgewater Properties from Flood Damage

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Green sign welcoming you to New Jersey. Flood damage can be harmful to ones health. SERVPRO team will to rid your home of harm or foul. Their technicians are qualified for these issues.

Flooding can be a threat to homes, businesses, and historic structures through Bridgewater.

There is little disputing the historical place and importance of Bridgewater in the country's formation and its continued growth over the centuries. With a settlement dating back to 1749, many structures and homes have historical significance even before America declared its independence from its British rulers in 1776. As a leading restoration company in the area, our SERVPRO team can get tasked to preserve these properties to their original grandeur after flooding and other losses.

Creation of Bridgewater

Building along the Raritan River made sense for settlements, specifically those like Bridgewater that became one of the earliest developments in New Jersey. This created regular trade routes for bartering and the growth of the rural community. Initially, the area was chartered by George II in Great Britain. Much like other towns and cities throughout the northeast, the name Bridgewater comes from a village of the same name in Somerset County in England. Despite the city being created for and by the King of England, it would serve as one of the influential sites for the American Revolution that would win the United States their independence.  

Middlebrook Encampment 

Illustrating this point is the Middlebrook Encampment nearby. In 1777, and for a prolonged stay between 1778 and 1779, this fortress served as a home for a regiment of the Continental Army stationed to overtake or protect important cities and settlements like New Brunswick. The placement of this encampment created a natural barrier that protected troops and allowed them to keep a constant watch on stationed British forces across the field. Much of this property has been deemed vital to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the encampment continues to be a landmark worth visiting. Every year on July 4th, a program happens at the site where the Declaration of Independence is read and other notable occurrences. The accessibility of this encampment can show those interested in the history of the Continental Army a look into some other strategic mind of one of history's most respected generals, George Washington.

Van Horne House

Another historic site that exists from the time that Bridgewater first was chartered by George II is the Van Horne House. The structure exists on East Main Street and was initially built for Phillip Van Horne. Much like the Middlebrook Encampment, this property would also serve to be a stronghold for American forces overtaking British rule in the area. This home would be a temporary headquarters for American General Benjamin Lincoln. This location would also be where Lincoln would flee from when an overwhelming force of British troops would bear down on Bound Brook nearby.

During a second occupation of the Middlebrook Encampment, the Van Horne home would again serve as temporary quarters and a planning station for an American General, William Alexander – also known as Lord Stirling for his noble Scottish birthright. It would not be until the early 2000s when the site would be recognized for its place in American History and its distinct architectural treasure by the National Register of Historic Places.

Van Veghten House 

In the Finderne section of the Bridgewater Township, this historic house predates the chartered settlement. During the prolonged encampment in Middlebrook, this massive structure would be a makeshift base of operations for one of George Washington's most trusted commanders, Nathanael Greene. It would be the son of the home's original owner that would grant the property for use by the Continental Army, namely as lodging for Quartermaster Greene and his wife.

Today, the property is owned by the Somerset County Historical Society. It has been turned into a living museum and library for historians and those seeking a look into colonial life and the significance of the property to the American Revolution.

Modern Growth of Bridgewater

Beyond the tens of thousands of residents of the city, another area where Bridgewater has grown immensely over the past century is with retail options. While the presence of small shops and stores throughout the town and the surrounding areas has always been a staple of the economy, the area began to thrive with shopping centers and malls. An excellent example of this is the Bridgewater Commons, a nearly 1 million square foot facility and grounds that boast more than 170 stores and services and three anchor locations.

In 2006, The Village at Bridgewater Commons opened as a more casual shopping experience attached to the Bridgewater Commons primary structure. The anchors of this open-air portion are Crate & Barrel and Maggiano's Little Italy.

Realizing the Threats of Flooding for Bridgewater Homes 

With the expectancy of violent storms and flash flooding scenarios, any homes and businesses caught in the path could suffer considerable structural damages. In 2011, for example, the area was struck by Hurricane Irene, which left substantial flooding in several neighborhoods. This would also cause the flooding of significant commercial properties, causing chemicals to leak into the Raritan River. The fast response of SERVPRO to flood damage in Bridgewater homes can reduce overall loss and get you back into the property quicker after flood exposure.

Because we are also experienced general contractors, we can offer effective emergency services beginning as soon as we arrive. These contractors can begin muck-out cleanup to eliminate debris and reduce the concentration of harmful contaminants and hazards. These building trade professionals can also start vital efforts like a controlled demolition to remove and discard materials and contents directly exposed to known contaminants.

Standing water is another concern for our experienced restoration technicians, so we must use multiple tools to address these conditions. Natural flooding often comes with debris and solids present in the standing water, which leaves the removal of surface pooling to machines like trash pumps and wet vacuums.

Knowing what steps must get taken to address flooding in your home can show the importance of securing professional recovery services like our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team as soon as possible. You can reach us anytime at (908) 222-2020.

Experience A Colonial Christmas In Basking Ridge

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Jacobus Vanderveer House SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the community come together for a Colonial Christmas In Basking Ridge.

Come To Basking Ridge For An Unforgettable Festive Celebration

This year, the Jacobus Vanderveer House near Basking Ridge is celebrating its 18th annual Colonial Christmas.

General Henry Knox had his headquarters at Jacobus Vanderveer in 1778 – 1779, making this a historic house. The house is the only building remaining in North America associated with Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment.

Come to Jacobus Vanderveer for a Colonial Christmas that includes:

  • A colonial market with live historic demonstrations, live music, and a free picture with Santa!
  • Liberty tree lighting with presentations on the theme of “What The Holidays Mean To Me” and refreshments.
  • Festive Poinsettia sales.

There will also be virtual auctions and virtual craft kits for you to enjoy at home before or after your visit.

Colonial Christmas takes place on December 5, and tickets are $10 for an individual or $20 for a family. Festivities start at noon.

The risk of burst or frozen pipes is more significant at this time of year. Rest assured that you can enjoy festive celebrations, knowing that SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here if you need water removal and cleanup. Call us at (908) 222-2020.

Bridgewater Residents Can Relax Knowing SERVPRO Is Here To Help With Fire Restoration

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Green New Jersey road sign with a sky background For expert fire remediation services, call the experts at SERVPRO right away. We will leave your property looking "Like it never even happened."

Bridgewater Offers A Wealth Of Leisure Opportunities For Residents In Need Of Down Time

Bridgewater is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey. According to the most recent census, Bridgewater has a population of 44,464. The township occupies mostly flat terrain and is situated beside the Raritan River. Several tributaries of the Raritan pass through the township. In the Northeast, the first ridge of the Watchung Hills passes through the town. The Watchung Hills consists of three volcanic peaks and is home to a staggering array of wildlife, including rare flora and fauna, unusual minerals, and gorgeous examples of trap rock.

Bridgewater’s location beside the Watchung Hills is a massive advantage. New Jersey is one of the top populous areas in North America. Yet, residents and visitors are just moments away from rolling landscapes, picturesque rivers, lots of long, secluded nature walks, and old-growth forests. The Watchung Hills also offers breath-taking vistas over Newark and New York City.

If you want to take advantage of Bridgewater’s green spaces, there are plenty to choose from:

  • Duke Island Park is near Bridgewater’s center and offers ample parking. There are plenty of well-maintained trails ideal for runners or dog-walkers, plus volleyball courts and a soccer field. The park has play equipment for the kids and picnic areas. Keen cyclists will especially appreciate the bicycle trails.
  • Washington Valley Park offers wilder terrain, with peaks and valleys, peaceful babbling brooks, and dramatic waterfalls. There are trails to suit all fitness levels and plenty of quieter walks if you are looking for something more serene.
  • Washington’s Camp Ground is a historical site where Washington camped with his troops for several months in 1777. You can explore the area, and some markers offer more information for history buffs.
  • Kidstreet Playground is a firm favorite with Bridgewater residents. There are plenty of swings, slides and roundabouts, green areas, and even a zip line for kids to slide down.

The Somerset Heritage trail association also offers a regular program of walks around historic sites in Somerset County. A heritage walk is the ideal way to get some exercise and fresh air while also learning about the area.

Bridgewater Is A Great Leisure Destination

Bridgewater is not only about green spaces and historic sites. The township also offers plenty of leisure options.

If you are in the mood to go shopping, look no further than Bridgewater Commons. This three-story mall boasts upscale chains such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Lord & Taylor, alongside a dizzying array of other shops and a food court. 

Baseball fans will want to visit TD Bank Ballpark, which is home to the Somerset Patriots Professional Minor League team. As well as taking in a game, you can enjoy one of the many events run at TD Bank throughout the year or even book it for a private event of your own. 

For more hands-on sports fun, drop by Bridgewater Sports Arena. Families can battle each other in a game of laser tag, and there are also ice skating and hockey rinks. There are also plenty of arcade games to try.

When you have had your fill of fresh air and activities, you will find a fantastic array of restaurants and bars in the downtown Bridgewater area. Diners will find everything from diverse foods from around the world to home-cooked meals from locally grown produce. Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience or a relaxed vibe, Bridgewater has something for you.

Bridgewater Apartments Suffer Fire

There is always a risk of fire in the home, even if you are careful. In August of 2020, some luxury apartments in Somerville, Bridgewater, caught fire. The blaze, at Parcview Lane and Haynes Street, was so extensive that smoke could be seen for miles around. Thankfully the apartments were not occupied because they were still under construction, so no one was hurt.

SERVPRO recommends that Bridgewater residents be mindful of the fire risk in their homes. Some simple steps to stay safe include:

  • Do not leave appliances plugged in when not in use and check wires to ensure they are not frayed.
  • Be careful when cooking as many fires happen in the kitchen. Never leave pans unattended.
  • Burn candles on stable surfaces away from drapes, breezes, children, and animals – or even better, buy some LED candles.
  • Do not cover heaters and ensure you place them clear of walls, drapes, and other furniture.
  • Do not leave burning incense or cigarettes unattended. Smokers should go outside if possible, and you might consider replacing incense with water-based electric oil diffusers.

SERVPRO recommends Bridgewater families draw up a fire escape plan and ensure everybody memorizes and understands it. Each home needs good fire alarms, and please test alarms regularly. You can also purchase fire extinguishers and fire blankets – please only use these if it is safe to do so.

SERVPRO Offers Fire Restoration Services To Bridgewater Families

No one wants to think of a fire in their home, but in the event of a blaze, SERVPRO is here to help. We understand that your home does not feel like your own when it is soot-blackened, and your belongings are damaged. That is why we always aim to restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

It is hard to find peace when you think you will have to replace much-loved family items such as toys and heirlooms. However, do not despair. Our teams focus on restoring rather than replacing items, which means that if we can salvage your belongings, we will. For example, we can:

  • Vacuum and wipe soot from furniture.
  • Use ultrasonic cleaning to restore everything from Venetian blinds to favorite toys.
  • Send linens and clothes to our specialist facility for Esporta hydraulic washing.
  • Spot clean damage on upholstery and cushions.
  • Call in electronic specialists to restore and safety test devices.

We can also clean carpets and wooden floors and remove soot stains from walls and ceilings. We finish every project with deodorization to nix smoke odors and leave your home fresh.

If you need fire restoration services, SERVPRO of Bridgewater is here to help. Call us at (908) 222-2020.

Who Should I Call About the Water Damage at My Business?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

wet carpet in office hallway We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO works quickly to mitigate the water damage to your Bridgewater office

Bridgewater Businesses Dealing with Water Damage Can Find the Help They Need from the Professionals at SERVPRO

Facing a disaster of any kind when it comes to your Bridgewater business location can be an overwhelming experience, to say the least. Water loss, on any level, is one such disaster. Being confronted with such a situation can leave you frustrated, frantic, and potentially heartbroken when it comes to the damage done. It is essential in such a situation to get professional help fast.

When it comes to issues with water damage in Bridgewater, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, which means, with SERVPRO, help is on the way in the timeliest fashion possible. But our ability to respond is only the beginning. We also deal with water removal and the resulting damage with top-notch professionalism, and we use the best techniques and equipment available to get the job done right. Dealing with water loss is a multi-faceted issue, with many components that must be dealt with properly to restore your business and related items to their former state. A few issues resulting from water build-up include:

  • Rusting, odor development, and staining
  • Water absorption in soft, porous materials, which can result in damage inside and out, including controlled demolition and removal
  • Peeling, warping, and weakening of porous materials that have taken on water

All of this is considered ‘water damage’ and must be dealt with expeditiously if your place of business is to be salvaged and restored on any level.

What Does SERVPRO Do to Get Things Back to Normal?

First, our highly trained technicians focus on the removal of the water in the affected building. Depending on the area or items that have taken on water, we use a variety of equipment and techniques to dry things out. For example, the use of dehumidifiers and air movers is essential to the drying process, and we use a variety of proven methods of setting up of this equipment to make sure the job is done efficiently. This is just the beginning, however; throughout the process, we can use all available resources and knowledge to set things right once again.

Water damage to your business can be devastating, but we have the experience and resources to minimize the impact. By calling SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 you can get the help you need, and it will seem "Like it never even happened."

What Factors Determine the Repair and Replacement Costs for Bridgewater Home Basement Flood?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Contact your local mitigation team at (908) 222-2020 to get started within hours of your initial contact.

IICRC Certified Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO Provide Flood Damage Cleanup for Bridgewater Homeowners

Home floods, especially those from natural events like ground floods, can prove much more costly for Bridgewater homeowners than clean or grey water counterparts. Clean and greywater damages cost an estimated $3.75 to $4.50 per square foot, according to FIXR data. Blackwater, on the other hand, features significant sanitary concerns for occupants and can cost as much as $7.00 per square foot.

SERVPRO performs flood damage mitigation and sanitation for Bridgewater homeowners that return their properties to a preloss state that is clean and safe to occupy once more. This firm is accredited by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which sets up-to-date benchmarks for the restoration industry. SERVPRO has served communities since 1967 with timely and effective disaster mitigation and restoration services.

What Factors Can Affect How Much Flood Damage Repair Costs Homeowners?
There are various factors to take into account for home flooding repair estimate, especially in the event of a basement flood. These factors can include:

    •    The area in which you live and the cost of materials and labor can affect available prices.
    •    The presence of black water and the extent of the flood damage also affect costs.
    •    Restoration expenses can also vary depending on how much needs to be repaired rather than restored in your Bridgewater home. The cost-effectiveness of either depends on the material in question. Many items, such as sheetrock and upholstery, typically require replacement after a flood.

SERVPRO coordinates closely with both property owners and insurance adjusters for the sake of the following:
    •    Streamlining the claims filing process.
    •    Determining the best course of action for repairing or replacing salvageable structural materials and belongings.

What Tips Should Homeowners Keep in Mind for Basement Flood Cleanup?
Because home floods can be costly, with just one inch of floodwater leading to thousands of dollars in damages and repair costs, it can be tempting to try to fix it on your own to save on expenses. However, unlike a clean water situation, in which light mitigation with consumer-grade products can be relatively safe, black water brings with it a plethora of sanitary concerns that make a “do-it-yourself” approach inadvisable.

Do not clean up floodwaters. Ground floods bring in a variety of contaminants, including:

    •    Sewage and pests.
    •    Chemical runoff and residues.
    •    Sharp objects and unsafe debris.

Contact a professional restoration team like SERVPRO for rapid response cleanup and mitigation.

    •    Avoid contact with floodwaters if the electricity is still running. Attempting to shut off your breakers in a flooded utility room can put you at risk for an electrical shock. Instead, contact your utility provider for assistance with safe power shutoff.
    •    Stay out of flooded rooms when possible. Not only does the presence of contaminated floodwaters make going down to a flooded basement unsafe, but potential mold growth can potentially create health effects for occupants. Restoration technicians use personal protection equipment (PPE) to maximize safety on the job.

How Does SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Save Flooded Basements?
SERVPRO technicians focus on sanitation and thorough moisture extraction before drying a flood-damaged structure. Extraction is performed with a variety of tools, including both portable and truck-mounted extraction units. The type of extraction devices needed depends on the amount and type of water damage present in your home.

    •    Portable extractors can perform 140 inches of water lift at a time. In comparison, truck-mounted units can reach 185 to 198 inches of water lift.
    •    Portable units feature five- to 12-gallon tanks for waste collection, while a truck-mounted extractor can hold a minimum of 60 gallons to well over 100. Wastewater is disposed of in treated sewers, like toilets, unless the homeowner has a septic system on the property.
    •    Submersible, gas-powered sump pumps are ideal in conditions where floodwaters are more than two inches deep, and there are no solid contaminants in the water.
    •    SERVPRO technicians can also provide power sources if electricity is inaccessible in your Bridgewater home after a flood.

Thorough moisture extraction is a must for making structural drying with air movers and dehumidifiers more efficient. EPA-registered biocides are also instrumental in removing contaminants and remediating microbial growth before structural drying begins. Salvageable belongings can be moved off-site in what is known as a “pack out” for sanitation and restoration.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is proud to say that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster so that homeowners can enjoy their properties in a preloss state once more. Contact your local mitigation team at (908) 222-2020 to get started within hours of your initial contact.

Is Odor Control Part of Fire Restoration in Bridgewater?

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire A tried and tested approach to odor control can help to ensure your home returns to preloss condition sooner rather than later.

SERVPRO Technicians Perform Odor Control for Bridgewater Residents with Recent Household Fire Damage.

Why are burnt smells so tough to remove?
Controlling odors through deodorization of your Bridgewater property would be easy if all odors come from the same source. Unfortunately, fire odors can come from multiple sources, making it tough to tackle effectively without professional assistance. SERVPRO technicians have to use various odor control techniques to take fire odors in your property. These can range from cleaning methods to removing materials as well as air scrubbing equipment and chemical deodorants. Rest assured, our team has extensive experience in helping homeowners overcome unpleasant odors after a housefire.

What are the odor control procedures for fire?
    •    Removing charred contents or debris that could be a source of malodor
    •    Cleaning surfaces to rid them of odor-causing smoke residues and soot
    •    Recreate the conditions of odor spreading by using fogging or misting equipment to mimic smoke behavior
    •    Sealing surfaces with an odor sealant cover to prevent smoke odors from escaping into the home

Is it necessary to perform all types of odor control in a damaged property?
To deal with the odors of fire damage in your Bridgewater home, it is vital to take a measured approach. We want to remove odors from your property. But we also want to complete the job on-time and on-budget. To remain efficient in our restoration, technicians plan odor control methods sequentially. A first step may be to remove fire debris from the property and clean surfaces. We can then thoroughly ventilate the property to assess whether odors have disappeared. Sometimes, wetness or high humidity can make odors more noticeable. We conduct odor control step by step to ensure that our process remains efficient.

What affects odor in a home?
    •    Porous materials are more likely to become penetrated by odor particles.
    •    Thicker soot or smoke deposits are generally more odorous than those from minor to moderate fire damage.
    •    The length of exposure of materials to smoke and temperature can be influential to malodor

A tried and tested approach to odor control can help to ensure your home returns to preloss condition sooner rather than later. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

Can You Keep Your Craft Store in Bridgewater Safe From Mold Damage?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall If you are concerned about mold in your business, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

Bridgewater Shop Owners Are Anxious To Avoid Mold Damage?

Owning a craft store in Bridgewater is a labor of love. You need to invest in stock, staff, and your building. Naturally, you do not want to lose any stock if you can avoid it, as that would mean paying out more dollars to replace it.

Mold damage to your Bridgewater craft store is bad news for your inventory. Mold needs five things to grow:

    •    Moisture
    •    The correct temperature
    •    Darkness
    •    Oxygen
    •    An organic food source

Unfortunately, paper and fabric-based craft materials are an ideal food source for mold. If your inventory is stored in a dark storeroom or tucked away at the back of shelves on the shop floor, fungus can infiltrate.

How can I prevent mold damage in my store?
Because mold loves dark, moist corners, the best thing you can do to protect your shop is to create a drier atmosphere. SERVPRO suggests:

    •    Running a dehumidifier on the shop floor and in storage areas
    •    Making sure your HVAC system is running properly
    •    Fixing leaky doors, windows, gutters, or roof tiles as soon as you spot them
    •    Carrying out regular walk-throughs of your premises to check for potential problems

It is also a good idea to store your craft materials on raised shelves above the floor and away from the walls.? If you notice signs of mold, do not try to remedy it yourself, as this can make things worse. Instead, call us immediately – we are available 24 hours a day.

How can SERVPRO help?
Our staff includes specially trained mold remediation specialists who know how to handle a mold situation.

We will set up containment in the affected area so the spores cannot escape and spread throughout your store. If necessary, we can use a negative air machine to vent contaminated air outside.

Our team uses various techniques to deal with mold, including HEPA vacuuming, scrubbing, wiping, antimicrobial treatments, and baking soda blasting. We know which method best suits each situation.

When we are finished, we will deodorize your store. We use air scrubbers, and sometimes foggers or ozone generators, to clean the air and leave your shop smelling fresh and welcoming. If you are concerned about mold in your business, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

Do Residents Need to Use a Dehumidifier if Their Home Has Good Ventilation?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked inside of storage facility Water damage? Call SERVPRO! We have the necessary equipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO Uses a Multi-Pronged Attack to Remove Excess Moisture in Your Bridgewater Home 

Removing water after a leak from a kitchen pipe is not always a simple task. Sometimes Bridgewater property owners incorrectly assume that soaking up the water with old towels and opening windows is an adequate solution. However, this is not always the case. It is vital to have a thorough approach to mitigate secondary damage, such as mold growth or warped walls and flooring. Dehumidifiers are a critical component in the cleanup of your home. 

How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

SERVPRO Uses Dehumidifiers to Remove Excess Moisture from the Air 

Water removal during your Bridgewater restoration project typically requires the use of dehumidification equipment. They are important because they take the water vapor from the air, which lowers the air's humidity level. After the humidifier removes the moisture, the air is exhausted back into the room. 

How Do Technicians Maintain a Balanced Drying System?

  • The amount of moisture removed by dehumidifiers needs to be the same as the amount added to the air from the excess water's evaporation.
  • Air quality is impacted if the air is too dry.
  • Dehumidifiers should be evenly placed throughout the impacted area of your home to ensure consistent drying conditions. 

What are the Different Types of Dehumidifiers?

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers: There are conventional refrigerants and low grain refrigerants (LGR). Both use refrigerants to cool air below its dew point, allowing the condensation to drain into the collection tank. LGRs can lower the humidity ratio more effectively than the conventional refrigerants.
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals to absorb excess moisture while the warm reactivation air releases back into the room. Desiccant dehumidifiers are very effective in removing water and lowering humidity. However, they run the risk of over-drying materials such as wood or carpet. 

For assistance, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Can I Protect My Home from Storm Damage?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

lightning strikes in night sky; trees in foreground Storms are frequent here and can bring flooding. Should floodwaters invade your home, SERVPRO is always on call!

Bridgewater Residents Count on SERVPRO to Address Devastation and Flood Damage Brought on By Storms 

Excessive groundwater flooding after a sudden storm often brings notable destruction, mainly if the water infiltrates your interior on any level. You could potentially have damage to your gutters and roofing while also taking a hit to your basement or ground floor. Any standing water left to fester for too long brings harmful contamination and pressure build up on your walls and structural elements. These are just some of the reasons why it is better to be prepared to protect your Bridgewater home from damage. To start with, you can keep SERVPRO's number handy so that you have trained professionals on the scene quickly to begin cleanup and restoration efforts. 

Lessening Flood Impact on Your Home 

After calling SERVPRO to assist with Bridgewater's flood damage, we send out our fully-stocked Green Fleet to start the assessment. This initial phase is critical, as it helps us determine the level of damage to formulate a plan for removing water and drying every area affected. With your phone call, you can count on us for: 

  • A quick response from our crew, arriving in as little as four hours after your initial call for help.
  • A detailed estimate that includes accurate, fair pricing to eliminate surprises.
  • Fully-trained and IICRC-certified technicians who are ready to start work on the water extraction and restoration efforts.
  • Quality, dependable work to restore your flood damaged home to preloss condition so that everything is, "Like it never even happened." 

Why Do You Have to Move Some of My Belongings? 

Depending on the situation, it might be best that we perform pack-out services. A pack-out is when we carefully pack up some contents to bring them off-site for drying, cleaning, or safe storage, speeding up the restoration project while also freeing up room for our crew to work. Our technicians follow protocols to inventory your possessions, including information on the rooms they came from and the condition during packing. This process is another way to ensure coverage should anything become damaged in transit. 

Is My Carpeting Salvageable After a Flood Incident? 

The contaminants often found in flood water in Bridgewater can lead to potential health hazards, so all areas impacted must be treated carefully. Our skilled technicians know whether the carpeting and padding below can be thoroughly cleaned, then dried, or if all of it should get replaced. In many interior flooding situations, the carpet and carpet padding get removed with particular attention paid to the subfloor below. Carpeting saturated by floodwater often becomes delaminated or loses backing, then turns into a prime source for musty odors. Removing the carpet altogether allows our team to dry the subfloor to help inhibit mold and mildew growth. 

How Does Drying Work After Extraction? 

We make sure that we remove all water from your home, taking extra measures to ensure no moisture gets left behind. We then put powerful equipment in place to speed up the drying phase to restore your interior back to normal humidity levels. Just a few of the drying equipment we use for water incidents include: 

  • Industrial fans
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Dehumidifiers, and more 

Using these tools in unison, our crew can maintain airflow that allows us to dry your furnishings, flooring, walls, and other affected areas. 

Should we find water seeped behind the baseboards or walls, we have specialized structural drying equipment at our disposal. We can force the warm air into hard to reach areas and wall cavities, which are known for trapping moisture. Our trucks also come equipped with various attachments that help us redirect, filter, and manipulate airflow. 

Do I Need to Worry About Foul, Damp Odors? 

As part of our water restoration efforts, we take the time to address foul odors' potential throughout the home. Once extraction and drying wraps up, we work to sanitize and deodorize the work zone with a variety of tools, such as 

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal fogging
  • Air filtration devices (AFD), and more 

AFDs help to control contaminants in the air and work by layering filters to capture particles and debris. These devices also include a HEPA filter and our Odor-Cleanz filter, which allows us to achieve optimum results for indoor air quality (IAQ) and the elimination of musty odors. 

Do I Need to Worry About Mold? 

After a flood event in your home, you can rest assured that SERVPRO has the training necessary to inspect your interior for signs of mold colonization. We ensure that our cleanup, drying, and sanitization plan includes treating surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobial agents to prevent mold growth from setting in. 

When you need rapid, reliable flood damage services, we are here to help 24/7 at SERVPRO of Bridgewater. Call us at (908) 222-2020, and we can send out a crew to get to work on an assessment as soon as possible.

What Can I Do to Get Help with Flood Damage in Bridgewater?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the best team to call when you need rapid flood damage assistance.

SERVPRO Arrives at Your Bridgewater Property Fast to Start the Flood Damage Restoration Process

Flooding and weather damage may arise from a broad range of natural disasters. If you get hit with a tropical storm, hurricane, or another event, the effects can be overwhelming to your home and your family. In many instances, this water causes damage when it comes in through broken windows, damaged rooftops, and your home's ground level. After the water infiltrates your Bridgewater interior, you could face harm to your furnishings, electronics, critical documents, and structural elements. SERVPRO is available 24/7, so you have the certified technicians on your side to help mitigate the damage.

Why Should I Enlist the Help of Trained Technicians?

When you call SERVPRO for flood damage in Bridgewater, you can rest assured that you have local experts on your side. We feature highly-qualified and IICRC-certified restoration techs that can handle any size or scope flooding event. You can look to us for:

    •    Fast action to help minimize the impact of the loss
    •    Caring for your immediate needs, including board up and tarping services
    •    Developing a tailored plan that ensures your home gets restored to preloss condition
    •    A nationwide, robust network to handle everything from extraction and pack-out to controlled demolition services
    •    Rapid mobilization that allows us to get to your home in as little as a few hours after your initial call

Why choose us for help with floodwater infiltration? Our main goal is to ensure that your life gets back to normal after the onset of the incident. We keep the dialogue open so that you are informed about each step of the way. We want you to know our progress, and we are always available with guidance when you need it most. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the best team to call when you need rapid flood damage assistance. Call us today at (908) 222-2020, and we send a crew out as quickly as possible!

What Should I Look for When Hiring a Restoration Services Company After a Fire in Bridgewater?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

House fire SERVPRO proudly serves the community as the smart choice among fire damage companies that handle the cleanup after any size fire in a home.

SERVPRO technicians bring extensive training and the latest equipment to cleanup Bridgewater homes after a fire

The cleanup after a fire in a home ideally should begin as soon as the first responders give the all-clear to enter the Bridgewater property. There are some important considerations when choosing a company to restore your home, such as:   
    •    Are the employees trained and certified?  
    •    Do employees participate in ongoing education for the latest trends in restoration?
    •    Will the company work with my insurance carrier?
    •    How quickly does the crew show up at my home?

What Can Fire Damage Restoration Companies Do That I Cannot?

After a fire in your Bridgewater property, bringing in one of your local fire damage restoration companies is a smart move. There are numerous mistakes that property owners can make when cleaning up after a fire, and it can compound the damage to the house and contents such as the use of the incorrect cleaning methods for smoke damage removal. When SERVPRO technicians handle the cleanup and restoration of your home after a fire, you can expect a fast arrival and that the situation gets dealt with with the highest degree of professionalism.

What Happens During the Restoration Services?

SERVPRO technicians arrive within four hours of your initial call and begin the cleanup process. Some of the most common actions seen during mitigation include:   
    •    Containment to protect undamaged areas of the home
    •    Communicating as needed with your insurance adjuster
    •    Removal of charred items with approval from the homeowner or adjuster
    •    Inspection of ductwork to determine the extent of soot spread in the home
    •    The technicians remove charred items and begin the process of cleaning away soot and smoke on surfaces are preliminary tactics to lessen the soot and odor in the home.

Water damage from the extinguishing efforts can also contribute to making the problems in the home worse. The longer it remains within the structure, the more potential it has to destroy flooring, wick into sheetrock, and ruin furniture. Through the use of detection equipment, SERVPRO techs can locate all the areas with elevated moisture levels that require drying. The techs use their extraction equipment and air movers to drop the moisture levels rapidly.

Soot can be caustic if it remains on fixtures with chrome finishes or other metal knobs and accessories throughout the home. The techs clean the surfaces and wrap them, so any remaining airborne particulate does not re-settle on the articles.

Hardwood furniture covered in soot after a fire does not automatically require disposal. If exposure to heat or water has not damaged the joints through cracking or swelling, there may be potential for a full restoration through cleaning. The techs have access to wood soaps, waxes, and oil-based cleaners to assist in the removal of smoke damage and restoration of the wood. In some cases, the damage to the furniture may require refinishing for a complete return to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO techs bring their professional-grade exclusive cleaners to every job site. Before cleaning, surfaces get tested to determine the type of smoke damage present as well as the kind of surface getting cleaned. This practice ensures the best outcome in every case, with the detailed attention given during this step. For example, dry smoke can cause more significant harm to surfaces if wet cleaning agents get applied. Instead, other methods such as the use of dry cleaning sponges to capture and lift away the particulate, and then, the surfaces receive a progressively deeper cleaning to remove any remaining soot. When the situation calls for it, the techs can mix custom solvent-based solutions for the removal of thick, smeary wet smoke.

A controlled demolition is a common event during the restoration of a home post-fire. Before any repairs or reconstruction can occur, the home needs to be free of any remaining fire odors. SERVPRO uses air scrubbers to improve the air quality throughout the mitigation process to capture airborne soot; however, complete scent removal requires more robust methods. The techs use various types of equipment, such as thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators, to neutralize both embedded and airborne odorous particles. It is not uncommon for the removal of the odors to become a multi-layered process to ensure that the structure is scent-free and ready for the final repairs to bring the restoration to a close.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 proudly serves the community as the smart choice among fire damage companies that handle the cleanup after any size fire in a home. With the use of their comprehensive training and state-of-the-art equipment, they can make the fire and smoke damage a thing of the past.

A Pipe Burst Caused Water Intrusion in My Bridgewater Property. Whom Can I Call to Remove the Water?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a burst copper pipe Water damage not taken care of properly can leave more damage in your home than what you started with. Call SERVPRO mitigation services.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Bridgewater to Perform Water Removal in Your Property.

When water seeps to various surfaces in your property, it can cause significant damage, especially if ignored for an extended period. Fortunately, if you hire SERVPRO professionals to help you restore your Bridgewater home, you can avoid extensive damage.

What are the dangers of trapped moisture?

The damage that water causes is painfully apparent, and that is the reason why you need to perform prompt water removal in your Bridgewater home. Some property owners attempt to remove the water themselves. However, without proper skills and the right water removal equipment, the homeowners end up performing a poor job. The moisture left behind can create risks such as:

Compromising structural integrity of building materials

Moisture behind drywall may cause supports and posts to rot. This can significantly affect your wall's ability to hold up the roof.

Mold growth

Mold produces toxic spores that can cause severe health conditions to the property’s residents. Our technicians can treat areas with mold using advanced products. We can use vanquish, a disinfectant that destroys 99 percent of organisms it comes into contact with on the surface.

Decreased value of a home

A poorly restored property may lose its sale value. The moisture may cause an unfriendly environment to live in, making it difficult to resell.

How do restorers find moisture in confined places?

Water in confined areas can provide a friendly environment for mold growth and odors if not handled on time. SERVPRO’s team of diligent technicians can check for moisture in areas such as: 

  • Outlet covers
  • Under appliances
  • Built-ins
  • Behind drywall

We can use a thermal imaging camera to monitor the moisture in building materials. The device helps us see how water traveled throughout the structure.

How do you dry an affected property?

Water affects materials in two ways. It can directly touch the materials, or moisture (water vapor) can touch the materials. To dry a property effectively, it is essential to remove the water and dry the air. After our technicians pump out the excess water, we begin drying the air. If too much moisture is in the air, it takes longer to dry affected materials. Ventilation is essential for effective drying. Therefore, we can open all windows and doors to enable dry fresh air to enter the property. 

To dry the air, our technicians control the temperature and use drying tools like air movers and dehumidifiers to control humidity levels. We also use the science of psychometry to monitor the drying process regularly. This enables us to determine if the drying process is working.

Water damage should not distort your daily routine. Contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for efficient water removal services that can make a water loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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Can SERVPRO Restore My Storm Damaged Home in Bridgewater?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded room “Like it never even happened.”

Our Restoration Teams Are Professionals at Emergency Flood Mitigation After Storms Wreak Havoc in Bridgewater

Tropical cyclones, hurricanes, and tornadoes travel up New Jersey coastlines leaving severe flooding in their paths. Even in towns like Bridgewater, which aren’t directly on the shoreline, can suffer from the rains, winds, and flooding that comes from these storms.

What services can SERVPRO provide after my home floods during a storm?

Tropical storms bring damaging wind and rain. Storms can produce up to 15” of water in as little as two to three days. As these storms and floodwaters sweep through flood damage in Bridgewater can be quite extensive. Immediate mitigation is a must, and our technicians are ready to go. We have water damage restoration technicians and applied structural drying technicians that will assess your situation and provide you with a plan to restore your home and leave it “Like it never even happened.” Here are some problems we address:

• Blackwater – flooding leaves contaminated water that needs special treatment.
• Mold – water damage left untreated for as little as two days can cause mold.
• Structural damage – flooding can weaken structures and ruin walls, floors, and ceilings.
• Content damage – different content needs different cleaning
• Foundation damage – flooding can cause problems with your home’s foundation

Repairing Storm Damaged Homes

Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians bring the experience, equipment, and skills needed to repair and clean up the flood damage to your residence. Once they arrive on the scene, they begin restoring your home by doing the following:

• Water extraction – removing the water quickly is critical. Our powerful pumps can extract massive amounts of water.
• Drying out – Once the water gets removed, the drying process begins. Air movers and dehumidifiers handle this step.
• Content restoration – we handle everything from furniture restoration to document recovery.
• Cleaning and sanitizing
• Final restoration – painting, restoring carpet, etc.

If your home has experienced flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 for quality water mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Fast Can My Restaurant Reopen After Water Damage?

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"Come in we're open" We understand the importance of getting back to business as usual. We will have you back up and running in no time at all.

SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and equipment to get your Bridgewater eatery reopened quickly after a water loss incident.

When you have a business that relies on foot traffic for the on-going success of your company, something like a supply line break or other plumbing issues can derail your business until the water gets removed. This is a situation you should hand off to a professional restoration services company in Bridgewater, to ensure that your restaurant gets cleaned, dried, and sanitized to meet health department standards for food prep so you can reopen without issue. 

Does My Restaurant Need to Have Everything Moved Out to For Commercial Water Cleanup?

SERVPRO techs have extensive training for commercial water cleanup in Bridgewater properties and try to limit the disruption to the contents of the property as much as possible during mitigation. Drying in place actions include:   

  • Placing tables on blocks and moving out chairs during extraction and drying
  • Removal of food prep equipment out of the loss area for deep cleaning
  • Use of sanitizing cleaners to ensure no bacteria gets left behind

In cases of extreme loss, the techs may need to perform a pack out to mitigation the loss. With their Contents Claim Inventory System (CCIS), the techs catalog and document each item as to its condition and location within the restaurant, so when the restoration services complete, the things get put back in place. 

Why Does My Business Need to Close During Water Loss Mitigation? 

In a business that the public frequents, the people entering your restaurant expect the property to be safe. A wet floor can leave your patrons at risk of slip and fall accidents. Bacteria may be present, and if the water contains sewage or solid waste, it is dangerous to come into contact with or aspirate. The techs have protective clothing that allows them to extract the water and dispose of loss items safely. They also have the testing equipment to determine any pathogens or bacteria that are present, so the appropriate cleaning agents get chosen to eliminate them. 

Common Damages Seen in Commercial Properties  

Flooring by far gets the brunt of water loss, and glue-down tile and carpet fare the worst as when exposed to excessive moisture, they delaminate and allow seepage into the substrate below. Composite flooring tends to deteriorate upon exposure and, in most situations, is a loss.

When moisture gets left behind, it can cause foul odors and, in some cases, mold growth. When cleaning a restaurant, the techs pay special attention to areas of excessive moisture, as found through the use of their detection equipment to ensure that nothing gets left behind.   

Sheetrock wicks water rapidly upon exposure, and when that happens, the result is to buckle or warp. When this occurs, the techs use their moisture detection equipment to determine if the water is behind walls or under flooring, so nothing gets removed that does not need it. This controlled demolition limits the number of building materials that get disposed of so the property owner does not end up replacing an entire wall when only the bottom portion of the sheetrock got affected by the water loss. 

The techs set up a cleaning station to handle any contents that require cleaning for reuse. Immersion cleaning is the most common method. 

Drying and Disinfection are Pivotal to a Rapid Reopening  

The drying process is more than setting up fans and hoping for the best. SERVPRO techs use their equipment to monitor the process carefully and assure that preset drying goals get attained. They take air measurements during the process to determine if additional air movers and dehumidifiers are necessary to stay on track.   

Once the site is confirmed as dry, the techs wipe down the tables, and loss area to sanitize surfaces and ready the property for any needed repairs. SERVPRO has rolled out our unique program--Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned--to provide exceptional applications of disinfectants. In cases where the water loss included sewage, such as a toilet backup, the restaurant may require odor control measures. Frequently turned to include:   

  • Time-release gel pellets for on-going scent control 
  • Thermal fogging which neutralizes surface and embedded odors
  • Hydroxyl generators which work to eradicate airborne particulate 

In many situations, the techs rely on multiple applications for odor control. They may use all three methods or a combination to ensure the property has no residual scents lingering behind once the mitigation efforts complete.

When your property needs commercial water cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. The certified technicians have extensive training in the safe handling and restoration from any size water loss problem.

Why Should I Call a Professional Water Extraction Company in Basking Ridge?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from the ceiling of a house into a black bucket Water leaks in your home can leave lingering effects that can silently damage your home. Contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation in your home.

Restoration After a Water Leak in your Basking Ridge Home Requires More than DIY Drying Solutions. A Professional Water Restoration Technician Can Help.

Imagine your Basking Ridge home immersed in water, with your floors, furniture, and cabinets all soaking water by the minute. Now think of who you should call to help you determine the scope of the damage and eliminate it. Your friends and neighbors will have opinions, but this is a moment in which relying on a professional service can help you avoid more problems in the future.

For an expert opinion about the water damage in your Basking Ridge home, call our SERVPRO team at our 24/7 hotline and invite us to take a look. As soon as we arrive, you will discern our expertise and knowledge as we carefully inspect your house and note the areas of concern. Some problems are easily perceived, but others, such as water hiding underneath your floors or in your drywall, can be less evident. Trust in our ability to identify and measure the impact of the water incident and let us propose a sensible plan of action to return your home to mint condition.

What does it take to disinfect my home?

Excess moisture can invite bacteria to multiply in your home, but our disinfecting efforts can thwart that growth. Once our team is satisfied with the humidity levels in your home, we can sanitize the area. To do so, we may employ one or several techniques such as-

  • Thermal foggers- helpful in controlling odor as well as sanitizing, they create a thick fog that settles upon your home.
  • Ultra-Low Volume foggers- these create small droplets that help reduce airborne bacteria
  • Antibacterial treatments- there are a variety of treatments to remove microbes from the surfaces of your home. The EPA approved cleaning solutions.

Don’t stop at water extraction when your home is the victim of water damage. For a complete restoration process, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 and let us clean and disinfect your home. Like you, we want to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Can I Secure my Home after a House Fire?

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged washer and dryer Fires are stressful. Let SERVPRO help relieve the stress and restore your home.

SERVPRO is an Authority on Fire Damage Restoration for Bridgewater Residents 

Is my home safe after a fire? 

Fires can affect the structural integrity of your Bridgewater home as well as producing potential accident causing debris. It is crucial to wait for a fire marshall's approval before re-entering your home after a house fire. Once you gain re-entry to the home, it may be safer to avoid the affected area altogether. By arranging a call-out from a professional fire technician, you can ensure that your home returns to its safe, preloss condition without incidents or accidents. SERVPRO technicians can scope the building, remove any fire debris, and potential hazards like faulty electrical equipment or wiring from home safely. If there is a power outage, we can work using portable generators initially until electricity returns. 

Can I arrange fire restoration and remain in the property?

When fire damage affects your Bridgewater home, it can become an inconvenience, especially when essential rooms like bathrooms and kitchens are fire victims. SERVPRO technicians organize our restoration strategy around you to ensure that you can continue with your everyday life during the process.

If fire damage affects your kitchen or bathroom, our team can first work on these areas to ensure that you keep access to essential areas of the home. Any areas that require longer-term restoration use physical barriers as well as plastic sheeting for containment. During aggressive restoration activities, our team can deploy negative air-pressure to the affected area to prevent debris and dust from spreading. 

How can I prevent soots and smoke residues from spreading? 

  • Cover any surfaces using old sheets
  • Avoid unnecessary foot traffic in the affected area
  • Use negative air pressure to ensure any air-borne specks of dust do not escape the area 

If you need a convenient solution to housefire restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

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What Tools Help with Water Removal?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in kitchen SERVPRO has the tools and skilled technicians your home needs after a water incident occurs. Give us a call today.

For Water Removal, SERVPRO Technicians Use Professional Tools to Restore Your Bridgewater Home

Once water infiltrates your Bridgewater home, it starts to deteriorate most materials that it comes into contact with. Hiring the experts in the field of water restoration ensures your interior is back to normal faster. At SERVPRO, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can get to work in as little as four hours after you call us for emergency service. 

How Does the Cleanup Begin?

Following any water loss call, our team takes a look at your need for water removal in Bridgewater. A thorough assessment is performed so that we may determine the level of damage, and a solid plan of action can get set in motion. Our team takes all of the necessary precautions to lessen the migration of water, and we start removal efforts quickly to limit the amount of secondary damage. Some of the steps that we take include:

  •   Scanning the water loss zone to identify any electrical hazards
  •   All technicians wear personal protection equipment (PPE)
  •   Testing of any water that may be contaminated, such as chemicals found in flooded basements or fuel that may have come from water in a connected garage
  •   Our crew works to find any areas where water may have migrated to locate hidden pockets of moisture

What Happens During Water Removal Efforts?

After our team is onsite and a plan is in place, we utilize extraction tools and industrial-strength pumps to take as much water from the loss zone as quickly and efficiently as possible. Once we remove standing water, we have a unique formula to determine the number of drying implements necessary to facilitate the next phase. Some of the drying equipment we use includes:

Even if you have some tools on hand, DIY methods are not recommended for water removal. Due to the difference in consumer equipment versus the professional equipment that our Green Fleet comes equipped with, it is best to leave all cleanup efforts and drying to our skilled team. Our centrifugal air movers boost airflow, while the dehumidifiers help to capture moisture in the air throughout your home.

How Can You Stop Foul Odor Development?

Once we use our powerful pumps to remove standing water throughout the loss zone, our team of skilled technicians carefully remove porous materials. We take out carpeting and padding that cannot be salvaged and ensure they get replaced with brand-new materials. What we know about the impact of microbial growth includes the following:

  •   Harmful bacteria start growing within 24 to 48 hours after your water loss begins
  •   Surfaces are susceptible to mildew and mold growth, with the most significant threat coming from hidden moisture pockets and saturated porous materials
  •   We can treat surfaces with antimicrobial agents that help inhibit or slow the onset of microbial growth

Why Can’t Moisture Be Left to Dry Naturally?

It would be best if you never ignored moisture or humidity left in your home, as it can bring on the potential for mold growth. Water travels into drier spaces, which can leave hidden cracks and crevices riddled with moisture. We work diligently to speed up drying times and look at any walls or baseboards in the home that may have moisture behind them. If necessary, we perform controlled demolition that allows us to remove damaged building materials.

What if Moisture Got Behind My Walls or Under My Flooring?

We have a range of specialized equipment made for structural cavity drying when moisture lurks within your walls. By creating airflow while increasing pressure, it helps to remove moisture from the impacted area. Air moving equipment helps in conjunction with open windows or doors to create an open-system drying method. We can also create a controlled drying zone for smaller spaces by using dehumidifiers and physical barriers that allow us to exchange the moisture for dry air.

If you have saturated hardwood flooring, the SERVPRO Injectidry system exchanges air using targeted pressure. Air movement acts as a vehicle for the moisture, and we can salvage your flooring if water removal begins quickly enough. We also have drying mats and tenting methods that help to speed up the drying process.

When Will My Interior be Safe Again?

Our team double-checks everything for structural integrity and any leftover moisture with the final steps of water removal. We thoroughly clean and disinfect your interior using products registered by the EPA so that you can rest assured your home is safe to resume regular daily activity.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is the team to call if you need prompt, reliable water removal services. Have a crew deployed to your home fast, and give us a call 24/7 at (908) 222-2020. It is always our goal to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Clean Smoke Residues From Hard floors in Bridgewater?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Burning flame isolated on black For expert assessment and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

When Fire Damage Affects Your Bridgewater Flooring Contact a Professional Restorer Like SERVPRO

How do smoke residues affect hard floors?

Many Bridgewater residents experience a housefire at some point during ownership. While most smoke residues affect upper walls and ceilings, there are frequently soots or debris that builds up on floors. Most of these residues occur after the fire when non-bonded soots gather on surfaces. You can mitigate losses by covering floors and surfaces as well as avoiding foot traffic in the area until a restorer arrives. It is quite common for floors to require cleaning at the beginning and the end of service as some cleaning methods may loosen or detach soots from upper walls or ceilings.  When soots embed into flooring, they can produce unpleasant odors or show visible signs of soiling.

Can I mop up smoke residues on hard floors?

A home with fire damage in Bridgewater can have varying levels of floor soiling. Dust-mopping can be effective; however, there is a risk of pushing heavier soils into the floor. With moderate levels of soiling, SERVPRO technicians use more aggressive methods of cleaning. These methods include spray buffing, a process of picking up residues while laying down a buff solution. Spray buffing can help to level a hard floor surface while filling in any cosmetic issues like scratches. Solvents can be effective, but we need to pre-test floors to see how they respond to solvents to avoid further harm.

What are the types of hard floor?

    •    Resilient  floors include vinyl and come in tiles or strips
    •    Non-resilient floors are stone or masonry
    •    Concrete floors
    •    Wood floors can have varying levels of strength and porosity

Clearing soot from hard floors can be complicated, with each type of hard floor responding differently to the type of cleaning method. For expert assessment and restoration, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

How Can I Get My Business Back Up and Running After a Water Spill?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policy Having water damage in your Bridgewater business? Call the pros in SERVPRO to mitigate your water problem and insurance issues.

Call SERVPRO to help Reopen Your Business Quickly and Safely

For a small business like a corner market, closing up for even a day is too much. Shutting down to remove water and restore your business for a longer period can mean a major loss of income. Also, every business in Bridgewater is more important to its customers than ever before.

How can SERVPRO get my store reopened quicker than another Restoration Service?

When it comes to dealing with commercial water damage in Bridgewater, SERVPRO teams can perform every task, short of a major rebuild, needed to reopen your business; so, we lose no time having to deal with sub-contractors. Our technicians have access to the latest equipment in the restoration industry, and their training is extensive; to include water removal, drying the structure and property, construction, and electrical repair.

How much is this going to cost?

That depends on the amount of damage to your Bridgewater store and what your insurance policy covers. Our office works closely with many agencies licensed in the state and makes certain we do nothing, without your approval, that is not covered.

If you have had any damage or loss to your business, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020 today.

How Do I Remove Oily Residues from My Restaurant Kitchen? 

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage in kitchen Don't be concerned with fire damage in your Bridgewater home. Call SERVPRO to handle all of the problems.

Our professionals have potent cleaning products and techniques to remove residues and soot after small kitchen flareups in your Bridgewater restaurant. 

Kitchen fires can vary in their origin, but resolving the lingering effects in your Bridgewater restaurant should be the top priority. Losses like odors, airborne contaminants, ash, and soot can all migrate a considerable distance from the ignition point. 

A small kitchen flareup can lead to multiple layers of fire damage in your Bridgewater restaurant. In particular, grease fires can leave a thick film on surfaces like stainless steel shelving and countertops. Not only can this be challenging to clean thoroughly, but these conditions can promote more significant loss effects like harsh odors.

What Specific Cleaning Techniques Work Best for Residue Removal? 

Oily residues can describe many of the thick layers of carcinogens and grease that must get cleaned. There are multiple effective strategies for overcoming these effects, including: 

  • Water-based solvents
  • Abrasive cleaning techniques
  • Soda/media blasting

Fire losses like kitchen flareups can spread destructive loss effects like oily residues and foul odors throughout the kitchen and even the dining areas. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help with an efficient and thorough cleaning and deodorization. Give us a call today at (908) 222-2020.

How Likely is Water Damage I Cannot See?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

special equipment drying the floor Call SERVPRO to mitigate your water damage in your Bridgewater home.

After a loss incident, water can migrate beyond where you can easily dry it in your Bridgewater home – our SERVPRO team can help with detection and drying. 

DIY water restoration is more and more common for Bridgewater homes, but this often comes at more of a hassle than it might be worth. A misstep such as misjudging the migration of water throughout the property can lead to costly deterioration and microbial threats.

While you might believe that surface moisture is the only primary concern for water restoration in Bridgewater homes, but water penetrating beyond this surface to wall cavities, subflooring, or other sensitive materials could be disastrous. Without moisture detection equipment, it can be difficult to mark the path of water migration through the property.

What Detection Tools Can Identify Moisture Pockets? 

Sophisticated equipment and technologies help our project manager to help identify current moisture pockets and dampness in the affected materials. A combination of multiple devices ensures that the information inputted into our SERVPRO DryBook software is accurate. These include:

  • Thermal Imagery
  • Hygrometers
  • Surface Moisture Meters
  • Probing Moisture Detection

Professional water restoration can save time and money because the job gets done the first time thoroughly. Give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call today at (908) 222-2020.

How Do I Remove Odors from My Furniture?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

bedroom needing smell control help Don't let any smells from fire damage stay in your Bridgewater home. Call SERVPRO to come in and handle your problem.

Our SERVPRO team can help with on-site and off-site content management solutions to restore your possessions to their original condition. 

Fabrics and porous materials like the wood used in the furniture of your Bridgewater home can hold on to foul odors and make comfortable living difficult. Addressing odors trapped in the contents of your home involves both on-site and off-site tactics.

Content management is a facet of restoration for fire damage in Bridgewater homes that begins with a thorough assessment of how fire losses impacted your belongings and furniture. Evaluating these items individually can show which need cleaning, drying, deodorization, or discarding. Odors can be a challenge for even our experienced SERVPRO team.

What Deodorization Solutions Are Best? 

Removing odors can happen in several different ways, chosen primarily by the impacted materials and how severe the concentration has become. Instead of masking foul scents like smoke and burning, these strategies each work to neutralize or eliminate the odor compound in a unique manner. The three primary tactics for deodorization include:

  • Thermal/ULV fogging
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines and chambers 

Removing foul odors from the furniture in the house can require on-site restoration with thermal fogging or off-site recovery with our ozone chamber. You can reach our experienced SERVPRO of Bridgewater team anytime at (908) 222-2020.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Bridgewater, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater today at (908) 222-2020 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is There Any Way to Salvage My Living Room After an Electrical Fire in Bridgewater?

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire isolated on black SERVPRO of Bridgewater only a phone call away from keeping your home looking, “Like it never even happened.”

Certified Disaster Mitigation Professionals Can Restore Your Bridgewater Home After Fire Damage

Is there ever a situation where homeowners expect an electrical fire? All it takes is an overheated appliance or overloaded outlet to ignite portions of your home. On top of that, soot becomes corrosive over time, which can be even more damaging for your property.

If electrical fire damage has affected your Bridgewater home, SERVPRO has the tools necessary to eliminate residues and odors while restoring your property to a preloss condition. SERVPRO’s fast-acting service aims to minimize damage to your home’s structure and its contents so that you can save time, money, and stress.

What Are the Signs of Elevated Electrical Fire Risk?

    •    You notice sparks or get a slight electrical shock every time you plug in a device
    •    Lights flicker even after bulbs have been replaced
    •    Burnt or discolored sockets, light switches, or fixtures
    •    Appliances are unusually hot to the touch
    •    Either one, multiple, or all breakers often trip; fuses may blow at regular intervals

What Does SERVPRO Use to Eliminate Fire Damage Odors?

Much like water damage, deodorization utilizes solvents that saturate surfaces; fire damage odors are eliminated with a deodorizer that penetrates like smoke.

Thermal foggers work in tandem with many other odor removal tools during mitigation, including:
    •    Time-release pellets
    •    Odor counteractant beads
    •    HEPA-filter air scrubbers
    •    Deodorizing granules
    •    Odor removing sprays, pumps, or injection systems

SERVPRO of Bridgewater only a phone call away from keeping your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (908) 222-2020 to have an emergency response team come to your home.

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What Can I Do About Standing Water in My Bridgewater Home?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

air mover drying house SERVPRO Rescues Bridgewater homes from water damage with advanced equipment

The First Thing You Should Do is Contact a Reputable Water Removal Service

If you ever encounter any standing water in your Bridgewater home, you must act fast before it leads to even more advanced and costly issues.  The longer water remains on surfaces, the greater the damage it can do to structural elements, furnishings, and your other possessions.  Also, standing water, and the increased airborne moisture it causes, fosters harmful fungal growth that could further impact your home and affect your health.  It is for all of these reasons that swiftly enlisting the help of a good water removal service like SERVPRO is essential.  These services reduce the stress of the situation and expertly handle the water-related problems for you.

Why is SERVPRO a Good Company to Call for Water Removal in Bridgewater?

There are many reasons why SERVPRO is an excellent option for water removal in Bridgewater.  We have built a great reputation in effectively doing, among other things, water removals and related restorations.  Our firm is certified to deal with such issues and company technicians have a wealth of experience in resolving them.  Using all the latest technology and high-tech equipment, we are capable of taking care of any water-related problem you may have.  Here is a short-list of all the reasons why you should consider contacting us:

  • We have served the Bridgewater area for nearly twenty years and have received numerous glowing testimonials about the quality of our services
  • Our firm is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – certified.
  • Company technicians are highly trained, possess decades of combined water removal and water damage remediation experience, and are individually certified in applied structural drying and water damage restoration.
  • We have all the latest equipment necessary to resolve most water-related issues, including water sensors/meters, Thermo-hygrometers, extractors, pumps, wet vacs, air movers, dehumidifiers, injectidry systems, and foggers.
  • As a local company, we are ready to assist you quickly, 24/7.

As you can imagine, there are many water removal and remediation companies, but few have our resources and can do all that we can.  Remember this, when you explore your options.

What are the Main Causes of Standing Water in Your Bridgewater Home?   

When dealing with standing water, the first thing to determine is where it is coming from.  Our technicians are experts at inspection and can find the source with little difficulty.  With all that said, there are numerous reasons why you might find water around your house, some more apparent than others, but these are the primary ones:

  • Snowmelt and rainwater from damaged roofs
  • Appliance malfunctions
  • Pipe ruptures
  • Water containers that are leaking
  • Sinks that have overflowed

The sooner these sources are found and stopped, the less damage your house is likely to suffer.  In our work, we have encountered and successfully dealt with each of these specific problems.

What is Our Water Removing and Home Restoration Procedure?

After the origin of the water has been located and shut-off or blocked, our technicians get to work removing the liquid and restoring your home to its original condition.  Using wet vacs, submersible pumps, or powerful extractors, we rapidly remove standing water from your residence.  Dehumidifiers and air movers are then employed to dry out your interiors, furnishings, and other contents.  Simultaneously, we dry interior walls and ceilings with advanced injectidry systems.  Following all of our drying procedures, we use foggers to inject fungicides and deodorants into even the most difficult-to-access areas to prevent future fungal issues, like mold, mildew, and dry rot, and eliminate unpleasant odors.   

What Can SERVPRO Save?

SERVPRO technicians are experts at saving your property from water damage.  They are knowledgeable in numerous innovative techniques and use state-of-the-art tools to accomplish this.  Some of the various things our technicians are capable of saving are:

  • Critical documents, cherished photos, and other items of sentimental value
  • Structural elements
  • Wooden flooring, tilework, and carpeting
  • Fiberglass insulation
  • Upholstered furnishings

While our workers can save all these things, the key is contacting us as soon as possible.  The longer you wait to handle water issues and related damage, the less likely affected items can be saved.

Homeownership in Bridgewater is a wonderful thing, but it does come with its problems.  Wear and tear, poor maintenance, everyday storms, and natural disasters can all lead to standing water and related property damage.  As a responsible homeowner, you need to remain vigilant against all these potential threats.  Periodically have your house inspected to catch potential problems early.  Whenever you do notice water damage or experience natural disasters, contact a good water removal service as soon as possible.  

Water leaks, severe storms, and flooding can impact you at almost any time, so you should always be prepared to deal with them.  Knowing the company to contact for help beforehand is crucial.  So, if you ever need help, remember that you can always contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020.

Should I Abandon My Home in a Storm?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Bridgewater Residents Should Obey Local Authorities During a Storm

Copious rain in Bridgewater can be the source of significant damage, causing you to leave your home. Safety should always be your first concern, but you also need to prepare for the consequences you will face. Understanding the sequence of steps necessary to restore your home will guide your actions after the water stops.

Storm damage in Bridgewater is the specialty of our SERVPRO crew. Our team is ready to use industry-grade equipment to extract excess water and moisture from your home while protecting your personal belongings. Make use of our expertise to guide your decisions during this crucial time.

Should I toss all my belongings after storm damage?

Items such as upholstery and carpets may need to be removed from your home, and our SERVPRO team can help you discard them. Our crew can help restore those items that do not pose a danger to your health. By tailoring our cleaning efforts to your needs, we can help diminish your losses. Immediately at our disposal to kick off the cleanup process we have-

Using industry-grade technology and cleaning solutions lets us fight against microbes in your home. Disinfection completes the process and protects you as well.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is at your service after a storm. Call us at (908) 222-2020 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Should I Clean Flood Damage on my Own?

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Cleanup in Bridgewater is a Job for a Professional Team

Storms and rains can make water levels rise and cause flooding in your area. Despite your best efforts, waste and bacteria can make its way into your Bridgewater home, making you vulnerable to further deterioration. Calling a professional water restoration and cleanup service lets you hedge against future complications while speeding up a comprehensive restoration process.

Bridgewater residents experiencing flood damage can call our SERVPRO team for help. Our crew is available 24/7, and we can arrive at your home as soon as it is safe to enter. Wearing our personal protective equipment, we assess the situation and jump into action, so damage does not spread any further.

How do I extract water from my home after a flood?

Water extraction is essential to restoring your home, but it is only one part of the full restoration process. Our SERVPRO team knows that to protect you, we must extract water, dry, and disinfect your home. Our industry training and expertise prepares us to handle disasters of all sizes by choosing out of several techniques available to us. When we arrive at your home, you may see some of the following equipment working for you-

  • Pumps to extract water
  • Foggers to spray disinfecting solutions
  • Dehumidifiers to eliminate excess moisture

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is your restoration partner. Call us at (908) 222-2020 and let us leave your home in Basking Ridge or Liberty Corner "Like it never even happened."

Is There A Wrong Response Plan To Water Damage In A Bridgewater Footwear Store?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Shoe store aisle SERVPRO of Bridgewater is well equipped to handle water emergencies in your footwear store.

Call SERVPRO to Help Address Challenges that Commercial Water Damage Incidents in Bridgewater Present

Sudden water intrusion in a business premise is not ideal since it halts normal business operations. In a footwear store, you might not worry much since most of your inventory is placed on raised displays or storage shelves, limiting exposure to water. You might consider water extraction and general cleanup as the only necessary response processes. However, additional problems can crop up depending on the kind of intrusion that occurs and the layout of your store.

Where are problems likely to develop?
Simple things can complicate or ruin the outcome of your response to commercial water damage incidents in Bridgewater. Our SERVPRO technicians help with issues such as:

    •    Inventory tracking
    •    Saving or restoring floor materials

Dealing with furniture and fixtures
Considering the different shoe types and sizes in your stock, rearranging the store after completing water extraction and cleanup can be burdensome if you fail to follow systemic procedures when moving items off the shelves during restoration. Our technicians use procedures that help ease such burden, such as using boxes to hold items taken off shelves. Collecting the items by row or other classification and using inventory sheets to keep records of where the contents of each box belong makes it easy to rearrange the store after fixing the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

How adverse can water damage the floor?
The highly polished or robust floor that handles regular foot traffic at your store can develop problems after a water spill. Standard floor types include:

    •    Carpet
    •    Laminate
    •    Hardwood
    •    Tiles

Unlike when washing the surfaces whereby you control the amount of water used and spread patterns, water spills introduce indiscriminate amounts of water within a short period. You are likely to end up with water intrusion below the surface. Conventional extraction methods such as mopping only remove the water on the surface, leaving a festering problem. Our SERVPRO can deal with such penetration using specialized equipment such as drying mats in case of hard floors or remove carpets for better drying.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is well equipped to handle water emergencies. Call us at (908) 222-2020 to help.

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How Bad is the Flood Damage in My Bridgewater House?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Toy home in water puddle Flood damage can result anywhere in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Our SERVPRO Team Has Advanced Discovery Tools to Identify Moisture and Water Damage to Dry Your Home Quickly. 

It might not always be as apparent as you might think when your Bridgewater home is suffering widespread effects of penetrating floodwater. While you can see the areas on the surface that have become affected by the intruding threat, you cannot tell how materials and structural cavities have become affected as well. By leaving these areas unchecked and unresolved, you can welcome harmful secondary effects like mold growth or structural deterioration.

Flood damage to Bridgewater homes is rarely only the intruding water that you can see. Identifying the full scope of the damage involves sophisticated tools and dedicated personnel of our SERVPRO team trained to assess what work needs to happen and which tools can accomplish these tasks. The proper blend of job scoping, and moisture detection technology can ensure that drying and extraction processes resolve the issues entirely.

Is Job Scoping a Part of Flood Recovery? 

Scoping is a vital element to every loss recovery job that our professionals undertake. Through advanced software like DryBook, we can catalog damaged contents and areas of the property that need to get addressed. The intentions of spending this initial time evaluating the condition of the house are to reduce adverse conditions like:

  • Structural Compromise 

Exposure of floodwater to many of the construction materials in your home can lead to situations where these materials begin to weaken. Prolonged exposure to sensitive and absorbent materials like wood flooring and drywall can lead to scenarios where there is no other choice but to remove these elements and replace them at a later point.

  • Water Migration

Reducing the spread of water damage can help to better protect the structural elements and the contents of your home as much as possible. We have intricate tools and advanced technologies that can help to identify the current positioning of moving water and track the path of its migration from the source.

  • Content Conditions 

Job scoping often details the damage to your personal belongings and items throughout the house. In many situations, it is possible to clean and restore these possessions, but that is a determination that can get made preliminarily during the scoping. The condition of these contents determines whether they can get cleaned and stored on-site or if they need to get relocated to our nearby SERVPRO warehouse.

  • Contamination Concerns

Natural flooding can welcome threats like contamination to your home. Storm damage flooding like holes in the roof or missing siding does not often come with the threat of bacterial contamination threats. Water coming in from floor drains or pouring in from the ground floor gets considered to be on par with a biohazardous situation.

What Tools Can Identify Moisture Damage After a Flood? 

Many tools play a specific role in identifying the spread and severity of water losses after a flood. Taking note of the condition of your home beyond the surface materials can ensure that all of the moisture gets dried up and that the appropriate steps occur to clean and disinfect exposed structural elements like wood framing when necessary.

Identifying moisture pockets does not fall to one tool or system alone. We have multiple techniques and scientific devices designed to help, including:

  • Surface Moisture Meters
  • Hygrometers
  • Thermal Imagery
  • Probing Moisture Detection Equipment

How Does SERVPRO Dry My Flood-Damaged Home? 

Drying is one of the most critical approaches to our entire restoration process, as failure to adequately achieve this can lead to even greater damages for your property. We have multiple tools that we can rely on to accomplish this often substantial task after a flood, and these include:

  • Air Movers 

High-velocity air movers are among the staples of sufficient drying for your flooded property. Centrifugal air movers are vital in removing moisture from specific positions on a damaged structural surface while axial machines address moisture in an open environment. 

  • Positive Pressure Systems 

Structural cavities can often be a place where moisture and dampness can exist after surface conditions have returned to normal. Once these moisture pockets get identified, we can utilize positive pressure systems to introduce heated blasts of air through multiple hoses into the wall cavity. Success for this machine reduces the need for removal. 

  • Dehumidifiers 

Moisture removal tools like dehumidifiers help to regulate humidity in the house. Reducing humid conditions can help to maximize the drying production of air movers and other drying tools. 

  • Portable Electric Heaters

Regulating the temperature of damp surfaces and environments that need to get dried can help to increase evaporation. We use portable electric heaters to increase temperatures in drying zones.

Things can feel uncertain and stressful after a flood, but our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help. We have confident and experienced employees available 24/7. Give us a call today at (908) 222-2020.

Is it Safe to Stay in a Bridgewater House After a Small Fire?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Get Your Bridgewater Home Professionally Restored After a Fire Loss by SERVPRO 

After a fire of any size in your home, it is better to find another place to stay until the loss area gets cleaned up. The reason for this is two-fold. First, soot is unhealthy to breathe and can be a skin irritant. Second, remaining in the home can spread odorous soot to other areas of the house, particularly if the HVAC is running. 

How Can Professional Fire Damage Cleanup Help? 

There are many actions that the pros at SERVPRO know work in the restoration of fire damage in Bridgewater homes. Since airborne soot particles can exist smaller than the human eye can see, a crucial part of the fire loss mitigation includes using advanced equipment to capture the particulate. Standard actions include: 

  • Removal and disposal of charred items to lessen odors
  • Deployment of air scrubbers to improve air quality during mitigation
  • Use of odor control equipment to neutralize fire odors 

Smoke Damage Removal 

After a fire, smoke residues cover anywhere the fire burned. The materials consumed by the fire define the type of smoke damage left behind, and the surfaces it is upon determines how easily it cleans up. SERVPRO techs test the residues first to determine the type of smoke residues and then choose the appropriate cleaning agent for the kind of surface it is on. 

Making Your Home Safe for Habitation 

Once SERVPRO techs remove the smoke residue and run equipment to capture airborne motes, the final step ensures that soot does not spread throughout the home. A common area to check is the ductwork in the home, and a filter change for the HVAC may get recommended.  

When you need fast action against fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020. The technicians are available 24/7 to clean and restore your structure and contents to their preloss condition. 

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How Do I Get A Smoke Smell Out of Our Bernardsville School Theater?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Says Fog Away That Soot Smell. 

When a local high school’s breaker panel malfunctioned and started a fire in the backstage of their theater after hours, SERVPRO was on the scene that night. Luckily the structure was concrete so that was structurally sound, but soot covered that backstage room and the smell of smoke was everywhere.

Our crew followed the SERVPRO-standard procedure of cleaning the Bridgewater sooty material that could be removed first and then fogging all areas of the school where the smell had traveled.

Fogging is not a perfume or fragrance to cover unpleasant smells. The fog used in this case reacted with the smoke molecules to break them down and get rid of the smell. There are other fogs formulated for other remediations we perform, such as mold.

In the end this job also required special sealing paint to cover the soot stains, which then gets a coat of regular paint over it. In the end, the school got back their backstage better than before, “Like it never even happened.”

When the Bernardsville Fire Co. has a water problem, they call SERVPRO.

Earlier this month, the Bernardsville Fire Company discovered that they had a leak in their kitchen, spreading water through both floors of their fire house. They called us on a Sunday morning and we were there within the hour. SERVPRO extracted the standing water and got to work removing the drywall and other soaked materials that couldn’t be saved. Our industrial dehumidifiers and air movers did their job getting excess moisture out of what could be saved. By Wednesday the whole facility was clean and dry, "Like it never even happened."

Let SERVPRO of Bridgwater be your first phone call when it comes to your fire damage. We will be prepared for your call. Give us a call no matter the time or the day at (908) 222-2020.

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Give Us A Call In Bridgewater When You Are Facing Water Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom floor with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. The air scrubber removed the last vestiges of foul odor from the mold damage in this Bridgewater home's bathroom.

Equipment for Removing Water from Carpets in Bridgewater Homes

Carpeting is a common flooring material for Bridgewater homes, and as such, our SERVPRO professionals have a large inventory of recovery tools explicitly tailored to carpet restoration after a water loss. Water migration can quickly saturate the primary material in carpeted floors, but also soak through to the padding and subflooring materials underneath – which can be an even more devastating and costly situation without prompt intervention and mitigation by trained restoration professionals. 

Wet carpeting can be among the most challenging water removal tasks for Bridgewater homes our experienced technicians face. As is the case with many water loss effects, the faster that certified professionals can get to work on the problem, the more likely it is to get restored on-site rather than succumbing to tear out and reinstallation. Though we have a team of licensed general contractors in-house, we seek to restore before replacing materials whenever possible. We have numerous specialty tools designed explicitly to help with removing water from saturated carpeting. 

Stationary Weighted Extractors 

Among the most common choices for forcing excess moisture from carpets, pads, and subflooring is a stationary extractor tool. These use the weight of our SERVPRO restoration technician standing on the flat top of the base of this unit to displace moisture and force it to the surface of the carpet for collection by the onboard vacuum. 

Self-Propelled Extractors 

The more advanced version of stationary extractors involves motorized weighted water damage extraction units that compress the carpet and padding to also force moisture to the surface for removal. The primary difference is a constant motion from these units that can help our technicians to more efficiently reduce the saturation of carpet in an entire floor of a property. These units also can utilize the added weight of our technicians with a ride-on functionality. 

Removing water trapped in carpeting within the first few days following a loss incident can help to preserve this flooring and prevent tear-out and later reinstallation. No matter how our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team can help after a water emergency, give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

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We Discuss Demolition and Framing Recovery in Bridgewater

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Demolition and Framing Recovery in Bridgewater Offices

After substantial water loss incidents in Bridgewater office buildings, it is often necessary for saturated materials to get removed and later replaced. Large commercial structures feature metal framework for hanging drywall with uniform cavities for the storage of electrical conduit, plumbing, and other utility services. Flooding can damage many materials, yet this metal framework can almost always get salvaged by our qualified and trained SERVPRO flood recovery specialists.

As problematic as standing water can be for your office, flood damage in Bridgewater businesses can become costly and time-consuming without controlled demolition efforts. Excessive material removal and demolition are not always necessary, and the determination of which portions of drywall, carpeting, trim, and ceiling materials must get removed falls to the trained eye of our crew chief and production manager. We can document initial findings in our DryBook software to best determine the extent and scope of flood migration, and which materials have become the most heavily impacted by the disaster.

Controlled demolition becomes the responsibility of our licensed general contractors. With experience in commercial construction and nearly all of the building trades, we can remove only the affected drywall, carpeting, and other construction materials too badly saturated to remain. We can also utilize this time to remove at-risk content like the office desks, computers, and essential documentation to prevent irreparable loss. Once these damaged materials have been removed, we can access the exposed cavities with drying tools like our centrifugal air movers and our desiccant dehumidifiers.

Exposed metal framing is often easier to dry and clean than the wood framing typical to house construction. Because it has a natural aversion to water penetration, metal framing only requires extraction and drying efforts to restore fully. In situations where contamination might be a concern, this framing can get cleaned with biocides and disinfectants. Any saturated insulation in ceiling spaces or between walls can get removed with our insulation vacuum and later replaced before our SERVPRO contractors work on build back.

With the standard installation of metal framing for your office building, our SERVPRO of Bridgewater can utilize several tactics to protect this construction and limit excessive build back when possible. There is no job too big or too small, give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

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What Is Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Bridgewater and How Does It Work?

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Insurance Agency Office with Commercial Flood Damage in Bridgewater Needs Fast Turnaround

Much like a professional plumber knows what to expect when a pipe breaks in his or her office, an insurance company knows the ropes when commercial flood damage strikes. 

The insurance industry is a competitive one, and when commercial flood damage hits a Bridgewater insurance agency, fast action is vital to limit loss. Fortunately, the majority of adjusters are well-versed in proactive efforts to take before the arrival of the restoration services company on-site. 

Move Furniture and Items Out of the Loss Area

Before SERVPRO technicians arrive, and if it is safe to do so, moving chairs and small objects untouched by groundwater is a good idea. The constant exposure to high humidity, if they remain in the vicinity, has the potential to cause hardwood desks and chairs to swell and deteriorate furnishings constructed from composite wood materials. Once the technicians arrive, they examine the office furnishings to find the restorability potential in each. 

Documents, Files and Computer Equipment 

Securely stored client data is the lifeblood of an insurance agency. If the company does not already have an emergency backup plan for files in a cloud environment, it is a good idea to establish one, so client information is not lost when locally stored data is lost due to unexpected server damage. The removal of both computers and paperwork should occur as fast as possible and paper products, in particular, are at risk for mold in highly humid conditions.

Water Extraction and Drying

SERVPRO technicians extract the water quickly and set up the staging area for expedient drying. Disinfection with professional-quality antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions work to return the affected areas to sanitary standards and neutralize odors. 

Repairs and Rebuilding

Before reopening, the building needs to be safe, sanitary, and ready for both employees and clients. The technicians standardly compile a list of both restoration services performed as well as any needed repairs. SERVPRO has a general contractor license and offers this service, so commercial clients have the opportunity to rely on a single company for cleanup and reconstruction of their property.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater at  (908) 222-2020 is ready 24/7 to handle commercial flood damage in local businesses and make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Can Save Your Water Damaged Bridgewater Kitchen

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen with standing water on the floor. Call (908) 222-2020 for disaster cleanup service that can be at your home within mere hours.

Cleaning Up Dishwater Water Damage in a Bridgewater Kitchen

Many homeowners may assume most dishwasher mishaps are easily noticeable, but slow leaks in or behind a unit can pose issues that affect the structural integrity and safety of your home if left unchecked. Something as simple as a leak in a dishwasher hose, a loose clamp, or a torn gasket can be enough to cause water damage in your kitchen.

If you find that your Bridgewater kitchen has water damage from a dishwasher leak, the team at SERVPRO is always available to restore your kitchen to its preloss condition. SERVPRO also offers a general contracting license for Somerset County residents so that you can enjoy comprehensive restoration services after a disaster.

Diagnosing Dishwasher Leaks

    •    Check on the gasket. A leak can come from something as simple as the rubber gasket lining your dishwasher being torn, cracked, or otherwise worn from age.
    •    Take a look at the hoses. Shut off power at your circuit breaker first. Most dishwashers have two hoses: one for filling the unit with water, and one for draining.
    •    Assess water levels. A dishwasher that is too full can also cause leaks. The water level on most dishwashers should be around the lower edge of the door. Check for clogs if the water level is higher than that.
    •    Examine the water inlet valve. While examining the hoses, make sure to take a look at the water inlet valve that they are attached to. Replace the valve as needed.

How SERVPRO Can Help
When SERVPRO technicians come to your home, they can get straight to work, mitigating damage to the surrounding floors, walls, and fixtures, including cabinetry. Because wood and drywall are porous materials, it is crucial to thoroughly extract water, disinfect surfaces, and dry areas with industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. Not only do these tried-and-true methods eliminate conditions under which bacteria can thrive, but it also saves cabinets and walls from being damaged by exposure to water. Flooring also needs to be addressed. In a kitchen with ceramic tile, water exposure over a long period can soak the mortar under and around tiles, which can affect adhesion to the floor. Vinyl flooring can delaminate after long-term exposure to water and lose its ability to stick to the floor entirely.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater wants to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (908) 222-2020 for disaster cleanup service that can be at your home within mere hours.

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What Few People Know About Bridgewater Fire Damage Remediation

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a room with windows. When unforgiving fire damage takes place in your home, your best bet is to contact SERVPRO. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Necessary Fire Damage Cleanup Techniques in Bridgewater

When fire damage happens in a home, the cleanup and restoration process goes far beyond the scope of showing up, shoveling up debris, and covering up smoke odors.

Fire damage in a Bridgewater home requires several levels of cleaning to return the property back to its preloss condition and save the homeowner the cost of replacing property as much as possible. Often fire in a home is put out before it guts the entire residence. This scenario gives SERVPRO technicians a unique challenge as, during fire cleanup, they need to inhibit the spreading of soot to other areas of the home.

Containment and Controlled Demolition 

Partitioning off the fire loss area from the rest of the home is crucial in stopping cross-contamination. Charred building materials require removal and as do non-restorable items upon approval by the homeowner or the adjuster. Whenever feasible, the SERVPRO technicians try to save homeowners the cost of replacement or refinishing through their proprietary cleaning methods.

Getting Ready for Reconstruction

The restoration of fire loss often includes the need for rebuilding on some scale in the home. It may be as simple as replacing some sheetrock on a wall or more extensive such as the reconstruction of a section of the house from the floor up. After debris removal and surface cleaning, it is vital to neutralize all odors, so the rebuilding has a clean slate to begin from.

Use One Service for the Entire Restoration Process

Getting fire damage cleaned up is stressful. Knowing that you need to coordinate reconstruction afterward adds even more anxiety to the situation. SERVPRO technicians possess a general contractor license and take the reins to not only mitigate the damage to your home but also attend to the necessary repairs and rebuilding to restore the house.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater is ready 24/7 to assist homeowners with needed restoration services against fire damage in their homes. Call us at (908) 222-2020, and we arrive on-site within an hour to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Our Technicians Will Remove Any Standing Water From Your Bridgewater Home

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

A bedroom with standing water. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals have the skills and equipment to help.

Removing Standing Water From Wall Cavities In Bridgewater Homes

One of the most problematic locations for water damage to exist is within the wall cavities separating rooms of your Bridgewater property. As challenging as locating the source of the water loss incident might be under these conditions, identifying the full extent of the damage can be equally tricky. We invest our resources into always having the ideal equipment for the job, and in these cases, that means powerful discovery tools that can showcase moisture and dampness beyond what the eyes of our technicians can determine.

While we have multiple detection devices, often one of the most pressing concerns with known these losses is water removal from Bridgewater homes. Our entire SERVPRO mitigation team dispatched to your damaged address works quickly to understand the spread of the effects and what machines and personnel are necessary to return the property to preloss condition. With our focus on having modern machines for the work that we do, we can provide an efficient and thorough result.

Once standing water and excessive moisture pockets have gotten identified by our sophisticated devices, we can provide access for our technicians to reach them. This process often involves flood cuts which remove damaged portions of wall materials to leave adequate space for low-profile air movers to get into these open areas between rooms and dry out the dampness discovered there. If standing water gets found, we can utilize multiple units to help address these concerns as promptly as possible, including wet-vacs, sump pumps, and even full extractor trucks from our Green Fleet.

Extraction is only part of the equation to fully restoring any water-damaged property in our area. Our technicians become accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to provide effective mitigation that goes far beyond water removal. We can make loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”

We have multiple concerns to address when we first reach your property, and our detection equipment like our thermal and infrared imagery can help us to focus our efforts in the right place as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Bridgewater professionals have the skills and equipment to help. Give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Warren Home

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a room. Our fire damage experts assess, clean, repair, and restore your home to pre-damage condition after a fire like this one,.

More Than Just Fire Damage Restoration In Warren

The restoration company you choose to use to restore your Warren area property after fire damage occurs can make a huge difference in how your home looks at completion. Sure, you want to have access to a company with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), but they also have to care about you, your family, and your home’s condition. Without the human aspect, they are just strangers working on different areas of your home; no one wants that.

Hiring a restoration company in Warren to deal with fire damage in your home should be more like calling a friend for help. A friend who can answer all of your questions and put any concerns you have to rest. Our entire team trains year-round to provide you with the quality services you deserve. However, we also live right here in your local community. We understand how these type of events can devastate a home, and we put all of our training, experience, equipment, and resources to work for you, every time you call us for help.

At SERVPRO, we understand that there are many different types of fire damage.  Some consist of clean-burning materials, such as paper and wood, while others develop more oily soils and residue. When dealing with these different types of soils, your restoration expert needs to make a decision. Our training and experience help us determine whether the oils are light enough to emulsify in water-based detergents, or if they are heavy enough to dissolve in oil-based solvents.

Water-based detergents dissolve in water, while also being able to attach themselves to oily soils. Scientists designed detergent molecules with a water-loving head and oil-loving tail that pulls oily soils away from the surface, giving a technician the necessary time to extract them. SERVPRO technicians use this emulsion action to form a connecting link between oil and water, breaking soils apart, removing them before they stain or damage any of your belongings.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater has highly-trained restoration technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round for your convenience. If you find yourself facing critical issues, or want to form a relationship with our local branch, give us a call. (908) 222-2020

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How Our Water Damage Experts Restore Your Bridgewater Home

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

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The First Steps After Water Damage In Bridgewater Homes

After a disaster hits, it can be overwhelming for many Bridgewater homeowners to know what steps to take. With how many water loss incidents that our professionals work to restore every year, the likelihood of these emergencies is high. Having a better idea of how you can help to clean and dry your property as you wait for the appropriate restoration professionals like ours to arrive can reduce overall costs and the time involved in recovery.

One of the initial steps that you can take to help overcome water damage in your Bridgewater household is determining the source of the incident. In many situations, water loss can continue to worsen until the plumbing break, leaking fixture, faulty appliance, or other damaging situation gets dealt with directly. Without the appropriate skill set to restore and repair many of these causes on your own, it is wise to work to sever the flow of water to the source of this damage with individual shutoff valves or by preventing flow where service lines first enter the property.

Often, modern shutoff valves have a flat metal fixture with a rubberized handle. These can be many different colors. When installed properly, these valves function normally while running in line with the pipe where it gets installed. When it runs perpendicular to this pipe at a ninety-degree angle, the flow of water ceases. Shutting off these valves can eliminate the supply of water to whatever breach exists in the system and can prevent the situation from continually getting worse until professional help from our SERVPRO team arrives.

The team arrives with the full measure of our mitigation and recovery equipment and can work to both repair the damages to the source of this water loss incident and begin restoring the results of the disaster caused to the house. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training in water loss recovery, including certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification in both Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Water Restoration (WRT).

If you want to make water loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” give our SERVPRO of Bridgewater team a call today at (908) 222-2020.

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Our Professionals Will Save Your Water Damaged Home In Basking Ridge

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Excels At Water Damage Remediation In Basking Ridge

Just as with any other consumer purchase, completing research before hiring a contractor to remedy a water loss in Basking Ridge is a smart idea. We expect every customer receives superior customer service from all members of our team, stress up to date training for our on-site and production facility technicians, and invest in state-of-the-art remediation equipment. Our commitment to being the restoration industry leader in this beautiful, historic community drives the quality of our services, clarifying why we should answer your call when disaster strikes.

Homeowners delight in the ambiance of their elegant homes, but water damage from aging plumbing or roofs cause significant concerns. Often the damage is abrupt, a gushing broken pipe or dripping ceiling signaling the problem. Other times small cracks or loose connections allow water to seep into walls or cabinets over time. Clogged gutters or ice dams push water under shingles, but the dampness takes a while to move from the attic into living areas. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians are water migration detectives, and we are an excellent fit for hidden water damage projects in Basking Ridge.

By the time you notice the leak, significant structural involvement is common. The slow saturation of an older, historic home is familiar to us, and why SERVPRO encourages technicians to master the principles of IICRC courses in Building Moisture Thermography (BMT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). We use advanced technologies to measure moisture levels in building materials and scan with thermal imagers to locate caches of hidden water in cavities. We remove standing water with pumps and extractors, occasionally employing controlled demolition techniques in affected areas to release the water.

Our service vehicles stock water removal and drying equipment, supporting why SERVPRO delivers successful outcomes. After assessment by our crew lead the rest of the team implement the water damage remediation plan without delays. The transition from water removal to structural drying is seamless, the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers replacing the pumps and extractors in due course.

Our work ethic and straightforward approach are why SERVPRO of Bridgewater earn the confidence of our water loss customers. Call us day or night at (908) 222-2020 to let our team show how training in industry best practices and high-efficiency equipment can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Technicians Give a Breakdown On Fire Damage Clean Up In A Warren Home.

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a kitchen counter. Try to catch your fire damage quickly enough do get help.

Smoke damage can ruin so much

Fire damage in a residential property is not an automatic loss of all possessions, walls and floors. Several factors affect the cleanability potential of both the structure and contents and on a case by case basis; items deemed a loss initially, may have restoration potential through our specialized methods.

SERVPRO mitigated fire damage in a Warren home caused by an electrical fire. The firefighters contained the blaze to a single room, but there was significant damage done to the living room. The house was without power, but we bring our generators to job sites when necessary, so no time is lost for cleanup and restoration efforts.

Containment is one of the first actions taken by our technicians upon arrival to halt the spread of soot in undamaged areas of the home. We scoped the site to determine home contents and structural components that have the potential for restorability through our proprietary cleaning methods as well as items and charred building materials too damaged for remediation. Items deemed restorable are photographed, logged, and sent to our facility for detailed cleaning.

The homeowner contacted us quickly, which worked in his favor as the faster mitigation on damage from a fire begins, the better the odds for lessening the overall loss. After we extracted water left behind from extinguishing the fire, the drying phase began. SERVPRO employees hold certifications as Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) and performed correctly, drying inhibits further water damage and the potential for mold growth.

Soot is a particular concern; these odor-causing particles easily get driven into cracks and crevices because hot air expands during the fire and pushes them in. This is the cause of smoke odors that linger in a room. Our technicians use both wet and dry sponge methods for cleaning away smoke residue and soot from surfaces. This action helps sanitize and lessen odors in the room, but the room cannot undergo reconstruction until the application of more robust odor control methods, including equipment such as Hydroxyl generators to capture airborne particles and thermal fogging to neutralize deeply embedded odors.

As well as holding several certifications in the restoration sciences, our SERVPRO location provides reconstruction to fully restore the damaged room to its preloss condition with the approval of the homeowner or adjuster.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater handles all sizes and phases of fire damage from cleanup to full reconstruction. Call us at (908) 222-2020, our emergency response is available to assist you 24/7 and make the loss to your property, "Like it never even happened."

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Never Attempt To Cleanup A Water Damage Incident In Your Bridgewater Home, Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Bridgewater Homeowner With The Aftermath Of DIY Water Cleanup

One of the worst things about water damage is that if it is not adequately cleaned up, your property can develop additional issues that have the potential for more significant damage to both structure and contents. That is why any time there is a water loss event in your home of any size, especially if you suspect water migrated to unreachable areas, you should have the affected area professionally cleaned.

SERVPRO answered a call for water cleanup in a Bridgewater home due to a washing machine failure that resulted in gallons of water spilled in a laundry room. The homeowner cleaned up the soapy mess but felt water was under the floor and other areas of the room.

We immediately scoped the room with our moisture detection equipment and found water hiding behind the baseboards and migration into the hallway carpet. We moved the washing machine to a corner of the room and placed it up on blocks for drying as the homeowner stated she planned to have it repaired and requested it stayed in the room.

We bring all the equipment we need for mitigation of damage from water on our fully-stocked green SERVPRO vans. This way, once we arrive, there are no delays from start to finish for turning around damage from water as quickly as possible.

Before setting up drying equipment, we used portable pumps to pull as much residual remaining water as possible that was near the surface from all the affected areas, so the drying process takes less time to complete. Drying goals are established using humidity levels from unaffected areas of the home.

After drying, our certified technicians scoped the room to ensure we met the drying goals for the moisture levels in the room. Then we cleaned ed and disinfected all affected surfaces. Both of these actions eliminated any remaining soap residue left behind and inhibited the growth of mold as well as left the premises sanitary.

Get water cleanup done professionally and avoid secondary issues from improper cleaning, even on small amounts of water damage. Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater  at (908) 222-2020 when you need help because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Is Your Best Option If Your Basking Ridge Home Experiences A Water Damage Disaster

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO For Water Removal In Basking Ridge Homes

Basking Ridge is about as picturesque a community as you can find in our part of the state. Our location is inland just far enough to protect us from much of the flooding that happens to other communities. That does not stop broken dishwashers or rusted out water heaters from spilling 30 gallons or more across area kitchens, hallways, and living rooms.

Quick removal of this water from your Basking Ridge home is why SERVPRO should be your first choice to return your home to its original state. Careful, rapid drying of the home can prevent extensive loss of structural property.

Most of these incidents involve smaller amounts of water, so our technicians often use smaller extraction wands rather than commercial pumps, to remove them. The extractors in our inventory have multiple vacuum speeds and a heating element, so personnel can adjust both to match the level of water needing removal without causing any secondary damage to wood floors.

After removing the standing water, SERVPRO response team members look for water that may have seeped between floorboards and collected into the sub-floor below them. If this happens, personnel take steps to remove the water without harming the wood.

They start by removing a floorboard that is partially covered by floor trim or is usually hidden by a hutch or another large piece of furniture to gain access. Technicians then direct an air mover to force warm air into the sub-floor cavity and speed up the evaporation process. If there is a large amount of water in the cavity, they also have the option to use one of our smaller extractors to draw it out of the affected space. Once completed, they replace the floorboard and any floor trim they pulled up earlier.

At SERVPRO of Bridgewater, our goal is to help every homeowner return their residence to its condition before the water intrusion happened. If you have had any water come across your floors, no matter the source, call us today at (908) 222-2020 to schedule a visit from one of our service teams. We are here for you.

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Another Successful Continuing Education Class!

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Bridgewater was privileged to have Steve Lyon of the Lyon Consulting Group to come this month and speak to many of the insurance and real estate professionals we work with regarding ethics. The class was held at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn near our offices in Bridgewater. Steve gave us a very entertaining and informative class. If you’re interested in information on our future CE classes, please contact us at  office@SERVPRO11081.com.

Heartfelt appreciation from a customer in Hillsborough, NJ

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

A kitchen with a ceiling that has fallen through. The damage that greeted our customer on their return from vacation. If you have a water damage, call SERVPRO at 908-222-2020.

Last month, SERVPRO of Bridgewater received a call about a home in Hillsborough, NJ, whose owner had returned from vacation to find their house falling apart due to a water damage. We were on site within the hour. After extensive remediation, working closely with the homeowner and their insurance, the customer was very happy with our work and we received the following letter:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for everything you have done for me and my wife during our time of crisis. …After returning from a vacation I opened the door to my house to find it was literally destroyed from a water leak. … You were at my house shortly thereafter, assessing the damage. You were knowledgeable as to what had to be done, but more importantly very kind and patient with the questions my wife and I had for you. A few hours later you had a team [on site] that started the clean up and drying process of my house. It was reassuring to know that you were there, overseeing the work. Your team was exceptional, in that they were careful with our belongings, but more importantly thoughtful and sympathetic to what we were going through.

I truly hope no one has to go through what my wife and I did, but it is reassuring to know it is people like you and your crew that make it a little easier.

With much thanks and appreciation,


Nobody anticipates damage to their home, but if it unfortunately happens you can count on SERVPRO to respond 24/7 to help you get back to normal as soon as possible. Call us any time at 908-222-2020.

Spring Cleaning Tips from the Professionals

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO at 908-222-2020 for a thorough spring cleaning!

Here in New Jersey it looks like the temperatures are finally (hopefully!) on the rise. That means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional organization from which all our crew members have certification. The IICRC has some great recommendations that can be used for cleaning or maintaining any commercial or residential property.

Focus on high-traffic areas

  • The most obvious are areas near entrances to the outside, but dirt can also accumulate where flooring changes, such as from carpet to hardwood or tile. Cooking oil, pet dander, and dust mites are also common issues. Thoroughly vacuum all high-traffic areas and frequently-used rooms.

Clean and rinse hard floors

  • To keep your carpets clean, keep your other floors clean as well to discourage dirt from being tracked from one surface to the next. Disposable cleaning pads or reusable mops or microfiber pads should all be followed by rinsing to remove residue.

Check care instructions for upholstery before treating stains

  • Using the wrong solvent, temperature, or even water on some materials can result in more issues than those caused by the original stain. If you are unsure, call in SERVPRO and we can clean and assess almost every kind of upholstery. For more information, see Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning.

Consider deep cleaning your carpets and rugs

  • No matter how thick your carpet, it is likely hiding a good deal of dust, dirt, and oily residues. As with upholstery, the wrong treatment of stains can cause more issues, particularly if left for long periods of time. SERVPRO will use our years of professional knowledge to assess the individual needs of your carpets and rugs. The IICRC recommends a deep clean every year. 

Check for moisture where it shouldn’t be

  • In the winter, heavy snow or expanding ice can cause damage that is only apparent once it has begun to melt (as in the situation we took care of at this local Hillborough church). Check walls and ceilings for stains, and don’t forget areas like the basement or attic that you only rarely see. You want to take care of moisture issues before they become mold issues.
  • If you do find moisture you want to consult a contractor or structural engineer to ensure the source has been stopped, then call SERVPRO to come in and make sure everything is dry and remove materials damaged beyond repair (see Building and Reconstruction Services). If the situation has progressed to mold, we are also highly experienced in mold remediation. See Mold Remediation and Restoration for more information.

Don’t forget HVAC

  • The season change is always a good time to assess the state of your HVAC system, whether it might need a checkup by a HVAC professional or a thorough duct cleaning. SERVPRO is certified to do duct cleaning and has experience in everything from small houses to large commercial spaces. Many factors affect how frequently they need to be cleaned, but the IICRC recommends about every three years. For more information, see about SERVPRO’s Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning.

Our professionally trained and licensed SERVPRO cleaning technicians would be happy to help you with any or all of these projects. Call us today at 908-222-2020.


IICRC: Get a Sparkling Home This Spring with IICRC’s Cleaning Checklist


Hillsborough Residents: We Specialize in Storm Damage Cleanup

3/24/2016 (Permalink)

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Snow and ice can cause damage after the storm has passed.

Once snow builds up on a roof, the weight can stress the structure and create openings. Heat can escape through cracks and melt the snow, causing water to leak down into the house. In another situation, the snow remains frozen at the time, but once the weather warms, melting snow will begin to leak. Depending on the size of the opening, the amount of snow present, and the location of the damage, there can be anything from one ceiling spot to water travelling down inside the walls, affecting upper and lower floors. Ceilings, walls, floors, and contents can all be affected, and it is important to stop the source as soon as possible by removing the snow and fixing the roof damage. As soon as the source is stopped, SERVPRO will be on site to remove the water and save as much of the affected structure and contents as possible.

After an early February snowstorm, a church in Hillsborough, NJ, discovered a leak in their classroom ceiling. Their roof had recently been replaced and the contractor had to return to shovel some of the snow off the over-stressed structure. As soon as the source of the leak (the snow) had been removed, their facilities manager called SERVPRO of Northeast Somerset County. Once we were on site our crew got to work assessing what had been affected using our moisture meters.

The affected section of the ceiling had to be removed due to water staining. Part of the walls were too wet to be saved and once removed allowed access to the structure. We extracted the water from and sanitized the carpet. We then put our drying equipment, air movers and dehumidifiers, in place for a few days. When we returned, all the affected area was dry.

With our fast storm response and using our quick and thorough drying process, we were able to save the carpet and most of the structure. Finally, we removed the equipment and cleaned and deodorized the carpet. With that, the church was able to resume use of the room.

During heavy winter storms, property and home owners should be conscious of the weight of snow, particularly on flat or shallow-angle roofs. However, if despite your best efforts you find water where it shouldn’t be, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater! 908-222-2020

Look for us on Restaurant: Impossible!

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

Look for SERVPRO on Restaurant: Impossible on December 17th on Food Network!

Look for our crew on the episode of Restaurant: Impossible filmed in Whitehouse Station, NJ and premiering Thursday, December 17, 2015! We aren’t allowed to disclose many details just yet, but we can’t wait to share the story with you after “Ambush: Special Delivery” airs! See below for more information:

FoodNetwork.com - Restaurant: Impossible - Ambush: Special Delivery

NJ.com - "Restaurant Impossible" targets Whitehouse Station Italian eatery, ambush-style

Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season

12/3/2015 (Permalink)

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Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cites statistics on escalated cooking and candle fire risk that can turn festivities into a fire drill

Bridgewater, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) December 3, 2015 -- As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, SERVPRO® of Bridgewater reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association:

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1
  • Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2

“These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,”  says SERVPRO. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”

According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.

While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.

“It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says SERVPRO, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.”

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please contact SERVPRO of Bridgewater at (908) 222-2020

1 http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking

2 http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/candles

3 http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/put-a-freeze-on-winter-fires


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9/24/2015 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Bridgewater is happy to announce our expanding web presence. We can now be found on Google MapsFacebookYelpLinkedIn, and Twitter.  Follow us for information about upcoming events, seasonal tips for protecting your property, and more! We look forward to sharing the insight we’ve gained in over years of remediation and restoration in Bridgewater, NJ.  Follow us for information about upcoming events, seasonal tips for protecting your property, and more! We look forward to sharing the insight we’ve gained in over sixteen years of remediation and restoration in Somerset County, NJ.


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