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Give Us A Call In Bridgewater When You Are Facing Water Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

An air scrubber working to remove food odor in this home 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 (#12VH05228000) 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 Northeast Somerset County 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)

flood damaged office There is no job too big or too small, give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

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

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in kitchen 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 present during these disasters, homeowners must understand that avoiding any controlled demolition and reconstruction is unlikely. We work to limit these tasks, though 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.

Flooring
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 allowing our SERVPRO contractors to remove it.

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

Drywall
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 the 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 Northeast Somerset County can help to limit these costs and make the process as efficient as possible. Give our specialists a call anytime at (908) 222-2020.

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We Can Eliminate Smoke and Odors After A Fire In Bridgewater

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

burnt house interior “Like it never even happened.”

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

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What Is Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Bridgewater and How Does It Work?

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

insurance agency with a home representation Flooding in your insurance agency can send many customers seeking new representation. Contact SERVPRO for immediate remediation services.

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 #13VH05228000 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 Northeast Somerset County 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)

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak 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 Northeast Somerset County 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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Why Regular Gutter Maintenance is Necessary to Help Prevent Water Damage in Warren

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Hand full of debris while cleaning out gutter 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 both 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 does not have restoration potential and requires 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 up 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 taken as well as any repairs required. SERVPRO can offer clients restoration services as well as the reconstruction of any necessary water loss areas with their general Contractor License #13VH05228000. In the case of clogged gutters, causing damage to the home, technicians offer solutions such as covers or protective screening to inhibit the issue from reoccurring in the future. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Somerset County 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 preloss condition.

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

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment inside of SERVPRO storage facility Ever wondered what the pro's use to restore homes? Here's a peek as just some of our equipment at our disposal.

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 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 concretes and wood flooring.

A tell-tale sign of crawlspace 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 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 floodwaters 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 in present in your indoor air. Floodwaters can often bring sewer gases 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 Northeast Somerset County 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.

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What Few People Know About Bridgewater Fire Damage Remediation

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

bedroom with soot on walls and sections of drywall burned away 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 #13VH05228000 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 Northeast Somerset County 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)

Flooded bedroom Our SERVPRO of Northeast Somerset County 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 Northeast Somerset County professionals have the skills and equipment to help. Give us a call at (908) 222-2020.

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