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How do Storms Form?

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement caused by recent storm.

The residents of South Plainfield New Jersey have been experiencing a high amount of thunderstorms this summer.

Thunderstorms can be very dangerous to anyone. These storms are usually followed by strong winds, rain and lightning.Large amounts of rainfall in a short period of time can cause flash flooding. Flash floods can send ground water into your home through basement windows, garage doors or through the foundation.

A resident in Iselin New Jersey had recently experienced the tragedy of a groundwater flood with 5 inches of water in his basement.He was fortunate to be prepared for this situation by having flood insurance or it could have been financially devastating. It is important as a home owner to know your insurance coverages before tragedy strikes.

We at SERVPRO of Piscataway are here to help with any type of water intrusion. And, like with our recent customer in Iselin we will respond quickly and professionally to help you through any flooding situation.

SERVPRO of Piscataway available 24/7 for all your storm restoration.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway for all your Commercial Water Restoration

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is never a minor issue. Water damage in your home is something that most people don't take into consideration. The time lost on cleaning up is lost revenue for any business owner. Our professional and trained technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway understands the importance of getting the job done effectively and quickly to minimize downtime to your business.

Water Restoration Process

Step 1:

* Inspection- One of our trained technicians can best access the extent of water in your property. This will help to figure out the class and category of water loss; and best figure out a solution to restore your business as quickly as possible.

Step 2:

* Extraction- Of standing water from all materials whether that is hard surface flooring or carpet. Water removal should begin as soon as possible to minimize any secondary damage caused by high levels of humidity.

Step 3:

* Cleaning- All belongings affected need to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent mold and bacterial growth.

Step 4:

* Set drying equipment- Dehumidifiers and air movers are set to wick the moisture off of surfaces and collect it for removal. This process can take several days to fully complete depending on the material being dried. 

SERVPRO of Piscataway for all your commercial water restoration troubles.Our highly professional and knowledgeable team is here for you 24/7.

SERVPRO of Piscataway:

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway Steps for all your Fire Restoration

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Piscataway knows how awful the aftermath of fire damages are to your business. Thanks to our experience and professional team we can help to get your business back in operation. Our team at SERVPRO of Piscataway recognize the urgency involved when it comes to safe guarding your investments, we are here to help minimize down time during fire restoration.

Fire Restoration Process

SERVPRO of Piscataway understands that each situation is different and how urgent it is for business to function again. The mitigation of fire and smoke damage is essential to minimize down time for your business, we make take the following steps;

Step 1:

* Secure and inspect the facility.

Step 2:

* Ventilate the facility to take out dust and soot from air.

Step 3:

* The removal of any contents, divide salvageable and non-salvageable items in the process. Salvageable items are moved to a secure location for restoration and storage until the reconstruction process is complete. Non salvageable items are cataloged and disposed of.

Step 4: 

* Cleaning the facility includes ceilings, walls and floors to prevent further damage from effects of soot.

Step 5:

* Using specialized equipment and deodorize the facility. We will also sanitize and clean salvageable items. We may also decontaminate HVAC system and duck work in facility.

SERVPRO of Piscataway is available 24/7 with our trained and professional technicians on standby for your commercial fire restoration.

SERVPRO of Piscataway:

732-752-4445

How Water Damage is Classified | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water is water, right? Not always, especially when that water is a result of flooding and water damage.

There are three different classifications for this type of water: clean, gray, and black. If you understand the differences in these types of water, you understand how to better handle a water damage incident.

Regardless of the type of water that has caused damage, a cleanup and restoration process will be necessary afterward. It is imperative that you remove all of the moisture and damp items as quickly as possible to inhibit the growth of mold, since a wet environment is ideal for mold to grow and flourish.

Understanding Clean Water

As the name indicates, clean water is just that, “clean.” Because this water is free of contaminants, it will not pose an immediate threat to your health. This type of water is generally a result of:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

Cleanup from this type of water damage is the easiest type to work with, as there will be fewer microbes living in the water. But remember, after 48 hours and contact with building surfaces, clean water can move up to category two, which is gray water.

Understanding Gray Water

Where gray water is involved, water damage cleanup and restoration can become a bit more complicated and detailed. This water contains small amounts of chemical and biological contaminants that could create a health risk. It will need to be thoroughly treated before being safe for consumption.

The probable causes of gray water can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, since gray water becomes black water if not treated.

Understanding Black Water

Of the three different classifications, black water is the most serious, and it is considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter. This includes all floodwaters containing soil and sewage.

Sewage is highly contaminated with hazardous microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, and can be harmful to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

It is best to treat all waters associated with water damage as black water because water picks up contaminants along its path.

All of our technicians study the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC) standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps needed to get your home back to normal. The IICRC is an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Whichever type of water caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Piscataway is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

An In-Depth Look at the Various Types of Floods | SERVPRO® of Piscataway

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

A flood can occur for a myriad of reasons. Most type of floods that occur are due to storms, however a flood can also occur due to sewer system or drainage issues. Because of how much damage floods can cause, they are considered one of the most destructive natural disasters, causing U.S. residents approximately $8 billion in damages each year. While all floods are destructive, it is important to know the various types and understand the nuanced risks that they pose when they become an active threat.

 

Common Types of Flooding

By understanding these common types of flooding, communities can be more aware of what their specific risks are and how they can remain safe when waters rise:

Oceanic floods. Cities on the Atlantic Ocean often get hit hardest with severe storms that have gained their power from the ocean. These severe storms can raise tides, causing a significant rise in sea level and leading to coastal flooding. Since the 1950s, the frequency of coastal flooding in Sandy Hook and Atlantic City has increased by 10 times.

River floods. When heavy rainfall occurs over an extended period of time, it is possible for rivers to literally overflow as they cannot expunge the water in a timely manner. This is one of the most common types of flooding and can cause significant damages to inland areas.

Flash floods. When the ground is fully saturated with water and heavy rainfall continues, a flash flood can occur. These floods come about suddenly (hence the name) and can affect any area—even those not prone to flooding. While these will typically subside in a timely manner, they often bring rushing waters and unknown dangers to areas that are not prepared.

Groundwater floods. Groundwater floods are similar to flash floods, but they are in slow motion. Prolonged rainfall can over saturate the ground in the same way as with a flash flood, but a groundwater flood takes much longer to develop and subside. 

Drain floods. While drain and sewer floods are not always weather-related, they can cause just as much damage to property. They can occur due to heavy rains, but can also occur due to a block or malfunction with the drain. This can occur inside or outside a building, depending on the cause.

 

If you have experienced damage from any type of flood, SERVPRO of Piscataway can help!  We are here 24/7- give us a call at 732-752-4445.



Summer Fire Safety

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

This home in Middlesex had fire damage due to a grill being placed against the house.

Barbecues and bonfires are two activities that come to mind when you think of summer fun. Grilling, toasting marshmallows, or just sitting around the fire - nothing says summer like a bonfire or a backyard barbecue. However, both activities carry a high risk of fire hazard.

When grilling, the grill should only be used outdoors in a well ventilated area at least 10 feet away from the house. Never use a grill on a porch, balcony, or a deck with a roof or overhang. SERVPRO of Piscataway recently completed a fire job at a home in Middlesex where a grill was placed against the house and caused a fire to break out. It caused extensive damage to the back of the home and the deck.

After using a propane grill, always make sure the propane tank is shut off properly. Forgetting to shut off the tank can cause an explosion. 

Whether you are using a propane grill or a charcoal grill, never pour or squirt lighter fluid directly onto a lit grill.

When building a bonfire, use only untreated hardwood. Never use flammable liquid to keep your fire going and always have things on hand to put out the fire (water, shovel, and/or fire extinguisher). 

While having fun this summer, always remember that fire can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage. Preparation is key to having a fun and safe summer.

If your home or business has suffered from fire or smoke damage, our technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 732-752-4445.

How to Prevent Water Damage Before Leaving for Your Summer Vacation

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

A broken pipe caused this roof to cave in while the homeowner was on vacation.

Summer is here - sun, fun, and summer vacations! Lots of people go away on vacation during the summer. 

In between packing, checking flights and reservations, and other last minute details, water damage is probably the last thing on your mind. But according to Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the 2nd most common insurance claim, and the damage can be much more extensive if you are not home to notice it.

Here at SERVPRO of Piscataway, we have unfortunately seen this happen many times. One instance, was a job we recently completed in Green Brook, where the homeowner was on vacation for 3 weeks and returned to immense water damage in their home. A pipe had burst and caused the ceiling to fall down. (Luckily we were there to restore their home back to normal, and make it seem 'Like it Never Even Happened'!) 

Preventing water damage before leaving for vacation is possible with a couple preventative measures:

  • Close- Turn off the water main valve. Drain out excess water by continuously running the water until it runs out. 
  • Check- Check the hoses on all appliances for leaks (refrigerator, washer/dryer, dishwasher). If you have a sump pump, listen to the motor to make sure the water is flowing outside.
  • Clear- Look at your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear. If they are clogged, have them cleaned.

These simple steps will protect your home from water damage because who wants to come home from a relaxing vacation to a house ruined by water damage? No one! 

If you have water damage- SERVPRO of Piscataway is here for you 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. Give us a call at 732-752-4445.

SERVPRO of Piscataway Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration Service

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

This basement in Bound Brook flooded after a recent storm.

SERVPRO of Piscataway specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential & commercial property after water, storm, or fire damage.

"We are Faster to any Sized Disaster"

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage & restoration costs. Our technicians respond immediately, day or night, to help business owners and residents.

Storms occur with little warning and can be devastating to your home or business, so you'll need a company you can trust to rise to the occasion. 

The significant rainfall we have been experiencing this month caused major flooding to hundreds of homes within the area of Bound Brook. The heavy rain caused the sump pump to stop working and the basement to fill with water. SERVPRO of Piscataway's professional, highly trained technicians responded quickly, thoroughly dried the area, and restored it to it's pre-damage condition "Like it never even happened."

If you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Piscataway today at (732) 752-4445.

SERVPRO of Piscataway for your soot and smoke clean up

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a fire in your business can leave you devastated and at a loss. Soot can cover almost every inch. Smoke can penetrate your walls, surfaces, and air ducts and cause smoke to linger.

Recently the Township of Piscataway called SERVPRO of Piscataway for a clean up of soot and smoke. Our highly trained technicians responded quickly to the call. The client was happy at how fast restoration occurred and how quickly they were up and running again.

Soot and smoke can continue to cause damage to materials if they are left behind. Odors from smoke will stay on surfaces long after the fire and continue to cause problems. Within seconds walls, equipment, surfaces and other areas ca be discolored. Quick response and actions are important. The more time that is wasted before treatment the greater the damage. You do not want to attempt to clean soot damage yourself, if not taken care the right way it can cause health problems and more sever damage.

Don't let fire clean up cause you stress call SERVPRO of Piscataway. We are here 24/7 for all your soot and smoke restoration.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445

SERVPRO of Piscataway

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged in south Plainfield was cause by a broken sprinkler pipe.

SERVPRO of Piscataway provides 24 hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have trained technicians to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

There is never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration SERVPRO of Piscataway has the trained technicians to respond quickly to get your property back to business.

Due to a flood in South Plainfield New Jersey, our trained and qualified technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway arrived promptly and performed water restoration quickly. The client was very Pleased at how quick restoration occurred for they were back in business in no time.

SERVPRO of Piscataway

732-752-4445