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A Year After the Tornadoes

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Year After the Tornadoes Photo from Cathy Finlayson, a Marketing Rep at SERVPRO of Morristown

Will it happen in N.J.?
On May 15th, 2018 Connecticut residents experienced some of the worst weather since 1989.

As many as 4 tornadoes touched down, winds picked up to 110 miles per hour at their peak, and hail the size of tennis balls rained down throughout New Haven county.


For Connecticut residents, this was an unusual and catastrophic event...

Will it happen in the Morristown NJ area?

Trees fell, homes flooded, and wind and hail did major structural damage. Luckily, SERVPRO was there to help make it "Like it never even happened."

We helped countless New Jersey residents recover from the damage that ensued following these storms - including pulling trees out of houses!

You can’t predict the weather and you surely can't predict when a tornado will strike in New Jersey but what you can do when disaster strikes - CALL SERVPRO. Give us a call and we’ll make your emergency "Like it never even happened."

Clogged gutters can be a BIG problem

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clogged gutters can be a BIG problem Clogged gutters can equal a leaking roof that can cause this kind of water loss

5 Ways Clogged gutters can destroy your home

Seriously...

  1. Your Roof Will Begin To Leak
    (can be an expensive repair)
  2. Mold And Water Damage Will Collect & Grow
    (this can be like a time bomb)
  3. Your Foundation Will Be Weakened
    (foundations are hard to repair and replace)
  4. Your Yard And the beautiful Landscape Deteriorates
    (this can impact the curb appeal of your home)
  5. Your Roof Gets Older Faster
    (new roofs are expensive)
You need to clean your gutters once per year and check it at least twice a year.
Cleaning clogged gutters are essential to keep your roof healthy and extend the life of your roof to potentially 15-30 years or more. Something as simple as a clogged cutter can have very expensive repercussions. You can clean the gutters yourself or you can hire a local professional to come in, do the job and give you peace of mind, 

Musty smell in your basement?

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Musty smell in your basement? Mold in the unfinished basement

That musty smell you've been noticing?

It could be coming from your basement. 

The mold could be visible like you see in the image or it could be hidden behind walls or under carpets.

At SERVPRO of Morristown, we get rid of the smell and the mold too.

According to the EPA, the key to mold control is moisture control.

Sure, you could use some of the over the counter drying products like Damp-rid, but in most cases by the time you smell the mold, it's too late.

That smell? That smell is mold spores from your basement, they can be pulled into your central air system, spreading them throughout the rest of your home. 

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Removing mold can be dangerous, We have highly trained restoration specialists available to do it safely. (201) 643-7394

Water damage in your kitchen

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage in your kitchen Kitchen water damage

In many cases, water damage in your kitchen starts with a small leak under your sink or it could be a bigger problem like a dishwasher breaking down and pumping water all over your floor.

The small problem could eventually be a BIG problem

If the pipe under the kitchen sink has a leak and apparently has been leaking long enough to cause mold and the floor underneath to rot, you have potentially a health problem and or a structural problem with your home.

SERVPRO of Morristown - Highly Trained Restoration Specialists to the rescue!

Next steps:

  • Testing
  • Seal the damaged area
  • The cause of the moisture must be found and fixed
  • Remove and clean the area safely

The team will use a disinfecting and cleaning solution that removes and kills the fungus and remove all the damaged material.

We are certified to do the job for you.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Call us (201) 643-7394 for a free quote

The importance of cleaning your gutters

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The importance of cleaning your gutters The importance of cleaning your gutters

Summer is here now, and that means there are many projects around the home demanding your attention. One thing that often goes overlooked is your gutters.

Gutter cleaning is an integral part of maintaining your home during this summer. At SERVPRO of Morristown, we know gutter cleaning is probably at the bottom of your list of things you want to think about.

The problem is, many homeowners wait to get their gutters cleaned until they notice a problem, or so much debris has collected the gutter is tearing from the roof. Unfortunately, this is like waiting to lower your cholesterol until you have a heart attack.

Clogged gutters can wreak havoc with the natural drainage of water away from your home. This can result in damage to fascia, soffit, roofing, or even begin leaking into your home. Additionally, water damage can ruin the very foundation of your home – something you NEVER want to happen. 

Looking for Cleaning your home in New Jersey? Contact SERVPRO of Morristown for cleaning all your home including the gutters.

Cleaning home after water damage

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleaning home after water damage Cleaning home after water damage

Water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage. Not only can it ruin your prized possessions, but also the house in which they are stored.

Don’t treat flood water in unwanted places lightly: even if your basement only has an inch of water in it, or is even just damp, it is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold growth not only ruins walls, furniture, carpets, flooring, etc.,. Preventing mold growth is key to keeping your home’s air clean and healthy. Here are a few tips to deal with your flooded basement and minimize the water damage

  • Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately.
  • Dry out the affected area. Once you’ve mopped up all the water, use fans and  a dehumidifier to help dry out the area.
  • Disinfect. After the area has dried out, including wood beams, insulation, drywall, etc., use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc.
  • Prevent mold growth.
  • Dispose of damaged items responsibly: you’ll be tempted to throw everything into a dumpster and send it all away and out of site.

Need Help ?? Call SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ

Our certified team, has a vast array of experience in the industry, which includes Residential and Commercial Cleanup Assessments for over 10 years. They are our local heroes, dedicated to restoring our Morristown area community!

ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE

Many New Jersey properties and buildings built before the 90’s may contain asbestos used for walls, ceilings and roofing. Asbestos materials are not harmful unless they release dust or fibres into the air that can be inhaled.

Damage and destruction of the asbestos materials such as water or storm damage as well as fire damage will increase its friability. Asbestos fibres become hazardous and risky for our health when it is friable which means that it can be crumbled by hand and release particles into the air easily. Undamaged asbestos materials do not release fibres into the air and aren’t dangerous for the human body.

ASBESTOS AND WATER DAMAGE

After every storm or water damage in houses the two main concerns are often the extraction of water and the prevention of mould growth. However, many houses in New Jersey were built with asbestos materials and we frequently forget about this important aspect too.

If “older” houses have experienced storm damage involving strong winds and structural damage has occurred, the chances of asbestos contamination are very high. We recommend you consult an Asbestos Removal Company such as SERVPRO of Morristown who can test the materials and safely remove it if necessary.

Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoking Fires Are Preventable!! Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

The place where we feel safest — at home — is where most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Make Sure

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration Commercial Property Water Damage Restoration

A basement can flood at any time, for a number of reasons, including heavy rainfall. Basement flooding occurs because they are partially or fully underground. 

Floods in New Jersey commonly occur because of: 

  • Water pooling in or around the home
  • Full Septic Tank
  • Sewer pipe failure
  • Foundation drainage issues
  • Water supply or hot water tank failure
  • Pipes burst from freezing
  • Saturated drenched soil overflowing outside water into your home
  • Clogged Drain Pipes, clogged drains
  • Debris Filled Rain Gutters
  • Roof in need of repair
  • Leaking Water Heaters
  • Faulty Washing Machine Hoses 

The flooding in this Morristown, NJ home was caused by a storm sewer backup.

Since we are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week, SERVPRO of Morristown were on site fast to help this family by inspecting the damage and beginning the thorough water extraction process.  

In just a few days we had their basement dry as if nothing had ever happened and they were grateful to be enjoying their basement family room again. 

“With SERVPRO of Morristown, they were confident that no water is leftover because we use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that their home and the foundation structure is actually dry. We don’t just look, we use science to KNOW for sure.”

You can see the flooded basement before and after pictures in our before and after photo gallery.

Water damage can cause severe damage to the house structure leading to mold in a short time, due to untreated or missed water, so it is crucial to have a professional team of experts working for you with all the latest advancements because your home is a hugely expensive investment into your future that needs to be well taken care of. 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists: 

  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We bill the Insurance directly so you don’t have to worry about it
  • Our Technicians are highly-trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards and have all the current certifications and training
  • We have the most technologically advanced inspection and extraction equipment and modern skills to handle any disaster
  • We are always open 24/7 to help you too 

Commercial Basement Flooded in New Jersey? Call SERVPRO of Morristown today. !

Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in New Jersey, NJ

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in New Jersey, NJ Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in New Jersey, NJ

Smoke and fire damage is dependent on several factors which all impact on the fire damage restoration process.

The temperature of the fire and smoke movement determines what damage occurs, and predominately where the most damage occurs. Smoke can penetrate the smallest areas; so it is common in fire and smoke damaged houses are areas that weren’t affected first hand by the fire. It is critical to ensure the fire damage restoration begins as soon as possible.

As smoke is acidic, moisture and humidity are a catalyst to the corrosive dilapidation of finishes and fixtures in the premises. It is hard to imagine a situation more traumatising and unwanted than a fire in your home. Even a small fire can cause extensive damage and impact on your family’s sense of security.

At SERVPRO of Morristown, our Fire Damage Restoration emergency response team are knowledgeable and sympathetic to your situation and should be the first step towards putting your life back together. Securing your New Jersey home to prevent further damage or deterioration is our number one priority.

SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ’s tried and tested fire restoration methods mean we are able to save many building components and valuable personal items. Even if the damage looks severe, items can often be remediated to the pre-damage condition. From furniture to appliances, computers and even family heirlooms, our team of Fire Damage Restoration specialists New Jersey have developed methods to successfully remediate your personal belongings, saving you from more heartache in this unfortunate event.

Contact Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company in New Jersey today 800-734-3213