Fast and Effective Local Summer Storm Home or Business Restoration Services
SERVPRO can answer your storm property damage cleanup and repair questions
Summer brings many hazards and potential risks to your local property, including severe storms that bring coastal flooding, torrential rains, strong winds and lightning. Other risks that can cause property damage during spring and summer are high-humidity or BBQ and other fire concerns. Your home or business could face any number of potential Spring and Summer property damage events, including mold damage, fire damage, storm flooding, sewage backup damage or plumbing leaks and appliance water damage. When you find yourself in need of professional fire or water disaster restoration services or emergency flood cleanup and property repairs, our SERVPRO restoration specialists are here to help.
Summer in Eastern New Jersey brings a ton of exciting things to do, our area offers great beaches and parks to explore, additionally there are great events and community functions happening throughout the season. It’s important to remember safety while enjoying all that spring and summer have to offer. June is National Safety Month – keeping your family, friends and employees safe during these months is important to us, as is taking steps to avoid property damage to your home or business. Follow us for great tips on how to protect your property and what to do in the aftermath of a property disaster. Our crews are available 24-hours a day, always here to help with property repairs and recovery services.
Many New Jersey homes and businesses have experienced flooding and other property water damage from the severe weather in our area, do you need restoration and cleanup help?
OUR NEW JERSEY STORM & WATER MITIGATION SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Roof Tarp and Board Up Services
- Category 1, 2 and 3 Water Extraction & Cleanup
- Drying of affected areas, including walls, carpets and furniture
- Cleaning and Restoration of affected possessions
- Remediating mold and mildew
- Reconstruction and Repairs
Our SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury team has been helping our neighbors for nearly 30 years, we are prepared with expert training and quality equipment to mitigate and restore your commercial or residential property. Our technicians are available 24-7 with our Emergency Response Team to help cleanup and rebuild your property damage from water, sewage, smoke or fire. Our priority is providing fast and effective service and solutions to restore your property and belongings, “Like it never even happened.”
Storm and Coastal Flooding Damage Risks
Flooding presents a serious risk to your commercial or residential property. Northeast Thunderstorms and Hurricanes can bring a ton of moisture and tidal surges causing above average amounts of water to affect the local and surrounding areas. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, floods kill more people every year than lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
When it comes to your home or business flooding can lead to dangerous contamination and structural damage including damage to the drywall, contents and support structure. After only 24 hours your property is in jeopardy of additional damages including mold growth and other harmful bacteria. Proper cleanup and restoration services from a professional team is vital to avoiding even further damage.
Potential Storm Damage Concerns:
Structural Damage: Severe storms can bring major flood risks to most New Jersey properties causing significant structural damage to building materials, contents, foundations and basements. Our immediate flood water removal services are essential to avoiding additional costly damages, our SERVPRO specialists can also provide temporary structural support, tarp and board up services to help stabilize and secure the property.
Mold Growth: following a flood or water damage to your home or business, mold has the potential to start growing right away. SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced to handle the mold remediation process and avoid the spread of mold colonies throughout your property.
Spreading Moisture: Our rapid drying techniques reduce the risk of continued moisture exposure, preventing further water damage to your home or business. Our technicians monitor the spread of moisture to nearby areas and can address any hidden water damage early helping avoid additional costly secondary damage.
Contaminated Water Intrusion can cause additional health and safety concerns
One of the first things to do when faced with water damage is determine what kind of contamination you’re dealing with. Flood water can be contaminated by agricultural pollution, oil pollution, sewage and wastewater, radioactive substances, harmful chemicals, and various other materials. It can sometimes be difficult to determine the type and extent of water damage affecting your home or business. That's why it's best to call a local property disaster restoration company like SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury to fill in the blanks. Our Professional staff will come and inspect your damage and customize a removal, cleanup and restoration solution to get your property damage reversed as quickly and effectively as possible.
Different types of contaminated water pose different risks, but the longer the water stays in a property, the more severe the property damage it will cause and the greater the threat to your health. Also called black water, Category 3 water is water from sewage backups and overflowing rivers that contains various hazardous contaminants, sewage, and/or toxic debris. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all water originating from sea water, ground or surface water, rising rivers and streams, and wind-driven rain from hurricanes and tropical storms is Category 3.
When Summer storms are coming it’s important to be prepared, our SERVPRO teams are ready and always prepared to handle any size property disaster. Calling SERVPRO after you experience flood or water damage from coastal flooding, severe thunderstorms or basement flooding, can be the difference from a quick cleanup and mitigation or costly restoration, construction and mold remediation services.
KNOW YOUR ZONE & WEATHER TERMINOLOGY
When living in a coastal community such as New Jersey, it is incredibly important to know where the flood zones are located, and to prepare for severe weather-related hazards. Weather terminology and warnings are important tools to knowing when to prepare for a storm and how to keep your family healthy and your property safe from disaster.
- Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a thunderstorm including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
- Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 2-24 hours before a storm occurs. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”
- Hurricane Watch: Be Prepared! Watches are typically issued 12-48 hours before a storm is set to hit. This is to advise the public of the possibility of a Hurricane (sustained winds of 74mph or greater) including; heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and possible hail.
- Hurricane Warning: Take Action! Warnings alert the public 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds. Issued for hazardous weather that can cause “significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.”
SAFETY TIPS BEFORE A STORM ARRIVES:
Gather and check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. The American Red Cross suggests you pick up at least three days' worth of water and non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries for it, at least seven days’ worth of prescription medication, a cell phone with a charger, and that you have extra cash and spare clothes at the ready.
Have an emergency kit with these items you probably already have in your home: flashlight(s), battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic (including cell phone), non-perishable foods (canned goods and dry foods), lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit (with a disinfectant), fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, important personal items (eyeglasses, prescriptions, etc.), and paper documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and other significant legal papers.
Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the interior or your property on the lower level or basement. If flooding threatens your home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker. If your property loses power, turn off major appliances such as the AC unit and water heater to reduce damage.
Inspect your roof and foundation for damage and make necessary repairs. Exterior doors should have 3 hinges and a deadbolt lock that is an inch long minimum. Cut dead or weak limbs before a storm hits. Remove any limbs hanging over your home that could cause substantial damage if they fall. Likewise, take the time to have trees that could fall on the home removed. Clean rain gutters ensure runoff has a place to go; water that pools and gathers can cause damage especially if a downpour is ongoing.