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Storm Damage Repair in New Jersey

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Repair in New Jersey Storm Damage Repair in New Jersey

Bad weather of all kinds can affect your home, and cause structural damage, roof damage, content damage, and many more. no matter whether it’s a thunder storm or a hail storm.

Stay out

Although you may be tempted to try and get your possessions, or to see just how bad the damage after a storm really is, it’s probably not safe.

Wait until a professional has had a look and deemed it safe for you and your family to return before going back in.

You’ll also need to think about transport if your car keys were in your home.

Call your insurance company

Call your insurance company as soon as you can, and let them know that your home has suffered significant damage after a storm.

Your insurance company will tell you what to do, and how to find a contractor to repair your home.

SERVPRO work with the majority of insurance companies, so we can help you file your insurance claim, and get started on cleaning your home quickly prior to construction company start work.

Find somewhere to stay

Whilst you might be able to stay with friends or family, if they don’t live locally, you may not be able to.

Knowing whether your insurance policy will pay for hotel rooms for your family is important. You don’t want to be left out of pocket.

Clothes and other essentials

You’ll need to speak to your insurance company and see what to do about clothes and other essentials like toiletries.

You may need to ask about food and sustenance too, so that you can all eat. Whilst eating out at restaurants might be fun for the first couple of days, it can soon get expensive.

Children’s entertainment

If you’ve got young children then you’ll want to make sure that they have plenty to keep them occupied.

Whilst a coloring book and some pens, a cuddly toy or something to read might impress younger children, older children are likely to want their creature comforts and electronic gadgets that they’re used to.

Trying to maintain your children’s routine can be nearly impossible if you’re not at home, so you’ll need to be prepared to compromise and to cut them some slack too.

Our advice

Once you’ve spoken to your insurance company, you’ll know what you can and can’t do, have some idea of how long it’ll take, and you’ll know what your policy does and doesn’t cover.

SERVPRO of Morristown NJ work around New Jersey after the storm, so we’re able to help you.

Need help or advice? Contact us today on 800-734-3213

Understand Thunderstorms 

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understand Thunderstorms  Understand Thunderstorms 

On a hot summer day the surface of the Earth is heated by the sun. The Earth's surface heats the air just above the surface through the process of conduction.

The action of warm air rising and cold air sinking (convection) plays a key role in the formation of severe thunderstorms. If the warm surface air is forced to rise, it will continue to rise, because it is less dense than the surrounding air. In addition, it will transfer heat from the land surface to upper levels of the atmosphere through the process of convection.

Two of the most important ingredients for thunderstorm formation are instability (unstable air) and moisture.

There are three main types of thunderstorms; orographic, air mass, and frontal.

Supercell thunderstorms occur when very strong updrafts are balanced by downdrafts. This can allow the storm to persist for many hours. In a supercell, a moist, unstable body of warm air may be forced to rise by an approaching cold front.

The result is a strong, persistent updraft of warm moist air. Speeds in an updraft can be as fast as 90 miles per hour! The air cools as it rises. Water vapor condenses and forms cumulus clouds. When condensation occurs, heat is released and helps the thunderstorm grow.

At some point, condensation high in the cloud (now in the form of water droplets and ice) falls to the ground as rain. A cold downdraft forms as the rain falls.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Morristown can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

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Mold Remediation in New Jersey

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in New Jersey Mold Remediation in New Jersey

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

To ensure that the mold threat is completely removed, we apply today’s most technically advanced removal & remediation techniques. We are licensed professionals, and the leading specialists in the region. We find the hidden moisture that is commonly bypassed by other companies. Just a small number of mold spores that remain can lead to re-occurrence and the remediation process may have to be repeated.   Don’t let that happen. Call the mold experts in Morristown, NJ  now for a free consultation.

Mold Services we provide in Morristown NJ:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold Removal
  • Mold Testing
  • Mold Inspection

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Morristown on 800-734-3213

Air Conditioner Water Damage

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Air Conditioner Water Damage Air Conditioner Water Damage

It’s almost summer, most homeowners who enjoy cool and comfortable temperatures indoors throughout summer (thanks to their air conditioning system) don't realize that air conditioners can sometimes cause water damage, if not properly maintained. When working at peak efficiency, an air conditioner can collect 10 to 20 gallons of water daily. Ideally, this water drains off of the condensation coil into a collection pan and then is disposed of automatically into the sewer system. However, if the drain becomes clogged, and the unit produces more water than it can easily handle, the overflow of water can lead to damaged floors and carpeting, in addition to creating unhealthy deposits of mold.

A clogged drain line is often a major source of creating water damage, but other causes include excessive condensation that occurs when the unit is running around the clock, in addition to evaporator coils that may freeze up and then defrost on a regular basis. Because most of the unit is typically hidden from view, unless regular inspections take place, water damage can be occurring on a daily basis and accumulating into hundreds of dollars worth of damage.


One of the best ways to avoid air conditioner water damage is to change the HVAC air filter at least once a month. This gives a homeowner the opportunity to observe whether or not there is excessive moisture collecting on the condensation line. Ensuring that an AC unit has clean air filters also helps prevent the unit from overworking, a situation that causes freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage. It's also important to regularly check to see that water is indeed flowing from the opening of the condensation line directly to the drain as it was designed to do, especially during periods of very high humidity in the atmosphere.

When installing an A/C condensation line, avoid using elbow connections if possible and have the line run in as straight a vertical direction as possible to facilitate water removal from the unit. It's a good idea to get a professional air conditioning repair service to clean the condensation line at least once a year or every six months if the AC system is used on a year-round basis. A professional plumbing service can also install a condensation pump to help ensure the free flow of excess water into the proper disposal drain. A repair technician may recommend installing a device known as a safety float switch, which will automatically shut down the power to an A/C unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a danger of water overflow.

Professional maintenance of your HVAC unit on an annual basis can also help to prevent water damage by checking the air filter, the condition of the condensation line, as well as the drains to eliminate any blockage, or other problems. Ask about having your air conditioner service technician apply an algaecide to your system to discourage build-up of debris in the drain lines in addition to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can spread throughout the HVAC system and pollute the air throughout the house.

Enjoy better efficiency and cooler air flow indoors  throughout summer by following the steps above to ensure you get the most out of your HVAC and air conditioning units.

Water Damage Emergency Services in Morristown NJ

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Emergency Services in Morristown NJ Water Damage Emergency Services in Morristown, NJ

Water Damage Emergency Services in Morristown

SERVPRO of Morristown is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help – 800-734-3213

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Morristown has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Morristown

SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ specializes in cleanup and damage repair of residential and commercial properties after fire or flood, including smoke extraction, flood mitigation, water removal, and mold remediation affect homes within the state of New Jersey. 

Contact us today for Water Damage Emergency Service in Morristown

Fire Damage Clean Up Service in New Jersey

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Clean Up Service in New Jersey Fire Damage Clean Up Service in New Jersey

Soot is oily and easily stains most household textiles.

Don’t try to clean up soot using your vacuum because the brushes and most attachments tend to force soot deeper into fabrics. A fire restoration company will also have access to chemical cleaning additives called “counteractants” that break down smoke at the molecular level to eliminate odours. There are various types of counteractants available, and which should be used varies with the type of materials that burned in the fire. Dry cleaners may also be able to provide them to you for washing clothing.

To clean soot from walls and other flat surfaces, use a chemical sponge available from a cleaning supply company or at minimum a non-water-based cleaner. Rubbing alcohol or diluted paint thinner may also work for particularly nasty soot, but only use with caution because of the danger of toxic fumes. Remember to wear rubber gloves and use proper ventilation while working.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

What To Expect When You Are Expecting A Contractor

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Expect When You Are Expecting A Contractor Commercial Construction NJ

It’s spring, which means that it feels like it's time for some remodeling—perhaps sprucing up the kitchen or upgrading the bathroom.

Looking for a commercial or residential construction company can be exhausting. You want to ensure that whoever you hire is the best company for the job at hand.

Know What You Want

As the client, you are the one driving the process. Before speaking with Contractors, spend time thinking about your goals for the project -- what it might look like, the amenities you want, and so on. If you don't know how to translate your goals into specific features or products, hire a design-build firm that can offer that service too.

Why Contractor Quotes Vary Drastically

Contractors cannot offer a correct fixed price because there are too many unknowns about the job, so try to eliminate as many of the unknowns as possible. For example, have them open up a wall to examine the skeleton of your house where the add-ons would happen.

Request to define the project specs to include only what he expects to do with the mutual understanding that if additional work is needed, you will get a change order — a written mini-bid for new work after the project has been started. This is common in the construction industry and it is the reason quotes vary by thousands of dollars. The cheapest quote also means they are not being conscientious of the realities that may come later to blow your budget when you were not prepared for unexpected expense(s).

Costs for all of the various elements of the job should include:

  • Demolition and hauling trash
  • Framing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical work
  • HVAC
  • Tiling and floor covering installations
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Drywall and painting
  • Finish carpentry
  • Clean up

Contractors will often give you a fixed bid, but some work may be on a "cost plus" basis, charging you for materials, time/labor, and an administrative or overhead fee for their time managing those aspect of your project. “Cost plus” is sometimes a legitimate alternative, but it should have a cap or some provision to contain cost overruns that exceed your max budget.

Reputation Has More Value Than Price
Reputable and therefore trustworthy Contractors in trade locally for five or ten years will have an established network of subcontractors and suppliers in the area and a local reputation to uphold. That makes them a safer choice.

Ask for a business card with a real street address, not just a post office box, and get references from one or two early projects and some current customers. This will help you verify consistency and honor.

You should also vet their background by verifying their credentials and insist on a detailed contract before making a hiring decision.

Personality Is Prettier Than Price

You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this contractor, so when you make your decision, think about whether you feel comfortable with their personality, background, methods, and communication skills. Is everyone clear about the project at hand and on the same page? If not, you could end up disappointed, frustrated, and possibly out several thousand dollars beyond what you budgeted for.

Set Job Site Boundaries

Let the company know you expect routine precautions. Also, establish some ground rules about parking, bathroom use, smoking, and other issues that might concern you.

Have A Resolution Strategy

Any contractor you hire will become part of your life for at least the duration of the project. Make sure you pick someone with whom you can communicate, and trust your gut if first impressions leave you feeling uneasy. Reputable professionals will insist on clear written agreements in order to protect both parties.

During initial meetings, ask how unexpected issues or differences might be handled. This can include change orders (these should always be in writing, with cost issues directly noted) or more serious disputes, such as unintended damage or a failure to meet legal or reasonable standards.

Commercial Cleaning Services in NJ

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning Services in NJ Commercial Cleaning Services in NJ

SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ is a commercial cleaning and restoration company committed to providing outstanding commercial cleaning services across New Jersey.

SERVPRO of Morristown not just a cleaning service. We’re your productivity partners. We don’t simply clean up after the day’s mess. We get your office and business set up fresh for a new day of business. Commercial Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Restoration and many more.

SERVPRO of Morristown offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Commercial Water Damage Warnings and Tips

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Warnings and Tips Commercial Water Damage NJ

When flooding strikes our local area, lives can be disrupted and homes may experience water damage.

Important warnings about water damage:

• Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on!

• Do not use electrical appliances while on wet surfaces.

• Do not use an ordinary vacuum to remove water.
• Do not lift tacked down carpet without professional help.

Help minimize additional water damage and costs by following these steps:

After experiencing water damage:

• Use fans to circulate the air and assist drying,
• Use dehumidifiers if available,
• Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting,
• Wipe furniture dry,
• Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod,
• Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place small wood blocks under furniture legs,
• Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings,
• Open furniture drawers, closet doors and luggage to enhance drying,
• Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location,
• Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature,
• Do not remove damp books from shelves. Leave tight to prevent pages from rippling,
• Control interior temperatures with heat or air conditioning. Keep interior temperatures between 70º and 80º.


If you need commercial water restoration services in Morristown NJ, the professionals at SERVPRO are here to help you! Call us at 800-734-3213.

Common causes of mold in homes

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Common causes of mold in homes Mold Remediation in NJ

The unfortunate reality is that problematic mold can really pop up anywhere that isn’t dry. Cascone says it sees it most often in attics due to roof leaks, poor air circulation, and bathrooms that ventilate into the attic rather than outdoors; crawl spaces because earthen or gravel flooring allows moisture and spores to rise from the soil; basements that have flooding from foundation leaks or plumbing leaks; and interior living spaces with leaks, bad windows, and high humidity.

Is there a chance I have mold and don’t even know it?

Cascone says there are four criteria that you should be aware of:

  1. A musty odor is caused during the colonization of some fungal species, but can come and go depending on moisture levels and air current changes.
  2. If you have water staining or if building materials have discoloration that’s spreading over time… that may be a sign of mold.
  3. Mold spores that were already present will begin to colonize just 48 hours after a water event.
  4. Health Effects. If your allergy or respiratory symptoms begin to worsen or if you feel worse in certain indoor environments and better when you leave that space, you may have mold.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – 203-630-2273 SERVPRO of Morristown