Recent Water Damage Posts

Possible Causes for Water Damage in Your Morristown Home

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in kitchen next to white kitchen cabinets, with oven and sink Kitchen standing water damage

Causes & Categories of Water Damage in Morristown:

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your home or office, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Morristown.

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage.

It is also important to start the cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage in Morristown:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  3. Blackwater. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.

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Links:

http://www.thewaterpage.com/water-damage-effects.htm

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Morristown

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

water stains on ceiling, plastic film covering furniture, doors & floor Water loss in a living room

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Morristown:

Standing water of any kind in Morristown can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk.

Different kinds of debris can be found in floodwaters such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rooted food and electrical problems.

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of Morristown suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected.
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Morristown:

  • Avoid floodwaters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

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Links:

To learn more about floods and standing water visit  the CDC here

Tips for Standing Water in Morristown

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in kitchen next to white kitchen cabinets, with oven and sink Kitchen standing water damage

Standing Water in Morristown:

A flood doesn’t end once the storm stops. We still have to deal with all that standing water. The floodwater can take up to 11 days to disappear. It’s not time to go fishing.

If you have to evacuate your office, do not go back until you have been told it is safe.

Be careful driving in Morristown. Remember to “Go around. Don’t Drown!” The water may still be too deep for safe travel.

Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the stormwater leftovers
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick
  • Don’t drink the water
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock

Floodwaters vs. Animals in Morristown:

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up
  • Some animals might find your office a cozy place to live
  • If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets

Links:

More information on floods and standing water here.

Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in Morristown

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

If your home or business in Morristown has water damage, you can do some things before help arrives.

Make sure that the building or home is safe.

SERVPRO of Morristown Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on a dry area before you turn on the electric power

SERVPRO of Morristown suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings

Links:

www.fema.gov

Clogged gutters can be a BIG problem

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

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, 

Water damage in your kitchen

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Getting Rid of Mildew Smells in Carpet

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Getting Rid of Mildew Smells in Carpet

Getting rid of a mildew smell in your carpet may seem like a challenge, but it's actually pretty simple to do. The first step is to make sure that the source of the water damage smell has been fully dealt with first so that any mold or mildew causing the issue doesn't continue to spread. Consider calling mold remediation experts to inspect and address any lingering leaks or mold issues for you, since handling it on your own can be dangerous.

Once you have addressed the original water damage and mold issues to prevent regrowth after cleaning, follow these steps to get rid of or prevent a mildew smell in your carpet:

  • Completely dry the affected area. If the room has windows, keep them open for several hours to distribute fresh air and speed drying. Dehumidifiers help remove moisture from both the air and your carpet fibers. Floor fans also increase air circulation, and pointing the airflow directly on your carpet will accelerate drying time.
  • Treat the carpet with a cleaning solution. Mix one cup of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Gently spray the solution onto areas of the carpet that smell. Be sure not to oversaturate the area, since this can trigger more mold to grow.
  • Pour baking soda over the treated areas.Baking soda quickly absorbs odors and is safe to use around children and pets. Allow ample time for the baking soda to absorb any leftover moisture or odors, preferably overnight, and then vacuum it – and the smell – right up.

If you still having the same issue, contact SERVPRO today.

Air Conditioner Water Damage

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

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 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

Morristown, Water Damage Restoration Service

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Morristown, Water Damage Restoration Service

A water damage restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process.  SERVPRO of Morristown is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service. There is no job too big or too small for us to mitigate in an efficient and thorough manner.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO of Morristown Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • E-Learning
  • Continuing Education Classes

Any Water Damage issues in Morristown, Contact SERVPRO of Morristown.

Water Damage Restoration in New Jersey

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration in New Jersey

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

Important warnings about water damage in New Jersey:

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.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (201) 255-7731

Water Damage Specialist in New Jersey

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Specialist in New Jersey

Water may be essential to human life, but it can spell death for a home. Water damage can cause all sorts of headache for homeowners, both immediately after the damage occurs and in the long run. From floods to leaky faucets, water damage is a serious pain, and can cause major health and safety issues. This highly contaminated water can carry pathogens, silt, pesticides, chemicals, and dangerous debris like broken glass and tree limbs. SERVPRO of Morristown has IICRC trained technicians that have certifications in ASD, Applied Structural Drying, and AMR, Applied Microbial Remediation to combat the ramifications of contaminated groundwater or sewage. Follow this guide to stop, repair, and prevent water damage in your home 

  • Contact your insurance company immediately. Inquire about policy coverage and specific filing requirements. This gets the ball rolling on the claim process.
  • Know the difference between flood insurance and homeowners insurance. Flood damage is typically caused by water that has been on the ground before damaging your home. Water damage occurs when water damages your home before the water comes in contact with the ground (broken pipes, a leaky roof, etc.). These claims would be covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Do what you can to start mitigating further damage. If you’re worried about wet carpets or rugs, get fans and dehumidifiers going. Talk to an expert to see if the carpet/rugs or furnishings can be salvaged.
  • Document the damage to your property. Take pictures or video if possible

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (201) 255-7731

Commercial Water Damage Planning in New Jersey

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Planning and preparing can make a big difference in being safe and continuing operations after a disaster. The ability to maintain or quickly reestablish business operations or organization missions requires a focus on preparedness, advance planning, and relationships with external partners and community leaders.

One of the most effective ways to share information and motivate people to take steps for personal preparedness is to talk to your people. Add a preparedness discussion to the agenda of your next staff or organizational meeting or arrange a brown bag lunch session. Many individuals within an organization can lead a preparedness discussion, including a manager, employee, teacher, or volunteer. You can cover the basics in 15 minutes; 30 minutes provides time for more discussion. get the conversation started! PREPAREDNESS DISCUSSION GOALS As you prepare for your talk, keep the following goals in mind to ensure you facilitate a productive and informative discussion.

  • Share the potential impact of floods—the majority of injuries and death are from people being trapped or washed away in floodwaters. The depth of flood water is not always obvious, never attempt to cross or drive through floodwaters.
  • Know the National Weather Service terms that are used to describe changing flood conditions. These terms— advisories, watches, and warnings— can be used to determine the timeline and severity of flooding.
  • Emphasize the importance of being prepared to evacuate by remembering the 5 Ps: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs, Priceless Items.
  • Outline your organization’s emergency communications plans and policies.
  • Sign up for community notifications.

Residential Water Damage Restoration Services

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage Restoration Services

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Morristown provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (201) 255-7731

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Water Damage Cleaning and Restoration

Basement Water Damage in Morristown, NJ

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Basement Water Damage in Morristown, NJ

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 Morristown, NJ 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 

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

THE INSURANCE CLAIMS PROCESS - WATER DAMAGE

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

THE INSURANCE CLAIMS PROCESS - SERVPRO

It’s important to know what to do after you experience flood damage so that you can get your life back to normal, come back to your property, and receive speedy payment from your flood insurance claim. This article contains important steps to help you make sure the process is as quick and painless as possible.

After you’ve experienced flood damage, a flood claim has to be filed. You should expect to hear from an insurance adjuster.

Before the adjuster visits your property (before your flood claim payment can be issued), you’ll need to take important steps to prepare for the insurance claim.

TAKE THESE IMPORTANT STEPS:

1. Separate damaged property from undamaged property so it’s quicker to assess what you need coverage to repair.

2. Take photographs of all damaged property, including discarded objects, structural damage, and standing floodwater levels. Be careful!

3. Make a list of damaged and lost items including the date of purchases, values and receipts for each item, if possible.

4. Place flooded items outside the home. Officials may require disposal of damaged items, but wait for instruction to throw anything in your insurance claim away.

DURING THE VISIT, THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER WILL:

• Examine your damaged goods and property.

• Help determine your final estimate for flood damages.

• Give you a Proof of Loss form. This document is your official claim for damages. It substantiates the insurance claim and is required before the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can compensate you for flood damage.

NEXT STEPS:

• Complete, sign and return the Proof of Loss form to your insurance company within

60 days of the flood.

• Once insurance received the form, you and your insurance company agree on the amount of damages, then they will issue payment.

Morristown, NJ and New Jersey Residents, We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morristown, New Jersey Residents, We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and 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 Morristown, NJ 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. New Jersey had flooding that overwhelmed the system. 

Since we are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week, we 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 foundational 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 

 

Basement Flooded?
Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help
(800) 734-3213

Tips for Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Air conditioning water damage and restoration can become necessary from leaking AC air conditioner in Morristown, New Jersey

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.