Recent Water Damage Posts

Can SERVPRO of Toms River save your carpet?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Carpets are being dried by SERVPRO of Toms River drying equipment The cause of loss in this Bayville home was a washing machine on the 2nd floor that damaged the carpeting. Drying equipment is in use to properly dry

Bayville Homeowners do not Want to Replace Carpets after Water Removal

The right carpet adds ambiance to your Bayville home. From chic single-color rugs to vivid vintage prints, your choice of carpet brings a room together. Carpets are also notoriously expensive, and replacing them is a hassle, so naturally, you do not want to change carpets unless you have to.

The state of your carpets is a primary concern during water removal in Bayville residence. Carpets are often one of the first things customers ask SERVPRO of Point Pleasant about. Our customers want to know if we can save their floor coverings and whether they will need to make an insurance claim.

There are some situations where it is not possible to save a carpet:

  • When it becomes delaminated
  • If it was soaked with water that poses a health hazard, such as water contaminated with raw sewage
  • If there is extensive mold growth because the water problem was left to fester

Thankfully, in many other situations, it is possible to restore your carpet.

How do we remove water from a carpet?

Our technicians have several methods to get water out of a carpet:

  • Free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to suck up surface water
  • Carpet wands to get into corners, and draw water from the top of the carpet
  • Rotary and free-standing extractors to carefully press the water out

Thorough extraction makes drying faster and more efficient and decreases the risk of mold growth. However, careless extraction can cause damage, which is why we treat your carpets with care.

What is the best way to dry a carpet?

The best way to dry a carpet is by using a combination of:

  • Air movers and fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters (we do not need these in every case)

Our technicians follow the theory of drying to set up drying zones. We also monitor moisture and humidity levels during drying, and we use moisture probes to measure water in carpets and on the subfloor below.

Can SERVPRO clean your carpet?

We certainly can. We train our technicians in a range of carpet cleaning methods, including hot water extraction, showcase, bonnet cleaning, and deluxe precondition and rinse. The best way depends on the carpet fibers and the type of soiling. We test your carpet beforehand to establish the kinds of threads, the level of dirt, and the colorfastness. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving your carpets. 

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What to Do After a Water Loss Until Help Arrives in Your Seaside Heights Property

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup Equipment SERVPRO of Toms River has specialized equipment to quickly and efficiently dry out your property.

After the water begins to flow, you will have many questions that need answers. Here’s some simple tips to begin the water damage recovery process.

Your water heater exploded, a pipe burst, an epic rainstorm flooded your basement of your Seaside Heights property: No matter how the water leak began, you’ve now have a soggy mess on your hands. And unless you act quickly, the damage will only get worse.

You’re probably feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and frightened. How will you ever clean up the water damage? Will your insurance cover the cost? Did irreplaceable stuff—like old photos and letters—get ruined?

While you’re swimming in questions, it’s important to keep the momentum going. Here are four ways to begin the recovery process:

  1. Contact your insurance carrier immediately.
  2. Tick tock. Time is of the essence when you have water damage.
  3. You’ve got less than 48 hours to dry out before mold takes over.
  4. Water may be contaminated.

After the property is deemed safe to enter, follow these simple do’s and don’ts until help arrives.

What to Do After Flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If you’ve experienced water damage, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 as soon as possible. Our company is IICRC certified in water damage restoration and structural drying and we'll make your water loss “Like it never even happened.”

Why Water Leak Detectors Could Protect Homeowners in Toms River from Water Damage

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water extraction mats SERVPRO of Toms River using water extraction mats to remove excess water from flooring.

At least once in your life you have probably dropped a gallon of liquid in your home and saw how quickly it spread. Just imagine how quickly a water leak can spread gallons of water throughout you home. 

Leaks are not always preventable but with modern technology, a lot of leaks can be detected early. Water leak detectors can detect small and large leaks to better protect your home from water damage. It’s job is to detect a leak before that leak turns into a problem thus ensuring you are aware of a leak or a frozen pipe before the leak becomes a flood.

How do water leak detectors work?

Traditional water leak sensors simply trigger a piercing alarm when water is detected and you'll only be aware of the leak if you're at home and within earshot. With new smart technology, water leak detectors developed so you could be alerted to any leak with a notification sent to your cellphone. All you need to do is pop a battery-powered leak sensor near any area susceptible to a water leak and you will get an alert on your phone. 

Where should you put a water leak detectors?

  • bathrooms
  • kitchens
  • laundry rooms
  • anywhere that a leak or freeze could occur

What should you put a water sensor near?

  • sinks
  • toilets
  • sump pump
  • pipes
  • appliances that use water
  • showers and tubs
  • hot water heaters

What are some options for water leak detectors?

  • require a hub to communicate
  • operate on Wi-Fi
  • plug into an AC outlet
  • require a battery
  • come with external sensor cables and mount to the wall
  • lay on the floor
  • most, but not all, have onboard sirens

If you are looking into purchasing one, make sure to do your research for the requirements suited to your home. TechHiveTom's Guide and Consumer Reports are just a few sites that rank brands of water leak detectors.

Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing with Cold Temperatures Heading to Ocean County

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Burst Pipe Even a small burst like this in a pipe can bring enormous amounts of water into your home.

The Jersey Shore has been lucky with warm temperatures so far this winter season.  Unfortunately, that is looking like it may soon change. Over the next 10 days, the nighttime temperature is expected to be below freezing, ranging from a low of 12° to a high of 37°. Daytime temps aren't predicted to be as cold, ranging from a high of 49° to a low of 28° according to WeatherForYou.com. Even some snow storms may be in our future.

With the temperatures predicted to plunge below freezing all but one night over the next 10 days, some of our pipes are in danger of freezing. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage, according to Consumer Reports.

Before we talk about tips to prevent your pipes from freezing, let's first look at which pipes are likely to freeze when the weather plummets. The American Red Cross explains the pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation. 

According to the American Red Cross, follow these simple tips to prevent frozen pipes:

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

SERVPRO of Toms River is fully equipped to handle all the cleanup of water damage from any frozen or burst pipe. Please follow our water damage emergency tips until help arrives. 

What Should Beachwood Homeowners Do When Burst Pipes Cause Water Damage in a Property?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

orange sink that is leaking water Finding the problem and fixing it is what Team SERVPRO does best. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Seeking Professional Water Removal Services from a Reliable Restorer like SERVPRO in Beachwood is the Best Move.

When water gets into unwanted places in your Beachwood residence, it is an emergency, and you should contact restoration experts immediately. Since saving time is critical, our technicians respond within a short time and identify areas with high moisture levels. Our technicians can help you avoid incurring costly damages in your property.

How should property owners identify signs of water damage?

When water damage occurs, the signs begin to show immediately. If you delay water removal in your Beachwood home, the damage may spread to other areas. Since plumbers install water pipes behind walls, finding water leaks can be challenging for most property owners. However, a homeowner can detect water damage by:

  • Examining walls and ceilings for water stains
  • Checking basement floors for signs of buckling
  • Switching off all faucets and listening to determine where the water is leaking from

SERVPRO technicians can use thermal imaging cameras to determine how far the water has traveled and borescopes to check where the water is coming from. The two devices help us conduct a thorough inspection without causing more damage to your property.

How long does it take to dry a water-damaged property?

That depends on various factors, including:

  • Humidity
  • Temperature
  • When the restoration process began
  • Types of materials affected

The drying process may take a few days. Our SERVPRO team uses advanced equipment and tools to hasten the drying process. We can conduct controlled demolition to dry hidden surfaces effectively.     

How do you dry the areas behind walls and ceilings?

We try as much as possible to minimize property damage. Therefore, we can drill small holes in the ceiling and through drywall to access the moisture. However, before we begin drying the area, we have to check for contamination. We can use a luminometer to test for contamination. If there is no organic contamination, we can use structural cavity drying equipment to pull out the moist air in the hidden area.

If your property suffered water damage from a burst pipe, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at (732) 349-9898 to get your property to its pre-damage state, "Like it never even happened."

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What Happens to My Toms River Home When a Pipe Bursts in the Wall?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

carpet is removed and being dried after water damage in the home Water damage can quickly affect both the contents and structure of your home. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation services.

Plumbing breaks can be devastating for Toms River homes, impacting several materials.

Between freezing conditions that can cause pipes to burst or the corrosion and degradation of lead/copper pipes standard in older homes in Toms River, a broken portion of plumbing could be devastating for your property. These situations can be overwhelming to witness, but deliberate action taken immediately can reduce continued damage to the house and absorption into exposed materials. Shutting off the water supply to your property and contacting a professional water restoration company like our SERVPRO team is the best solution for protecting a structure and its contents.

Water damage in Toms River homes that results from a plumbing break can quickly move through structural cavities and impact multiple materials. Because our roster is well-rounded with both Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and building trade professionals, we can provide homeowners a comprehensive solution for water damage recovery. Assessing the damage to both the utility and the house requires more direct access to the affected areas, typically from controlled demolition.

Can Controlled Demolition Help After a Pipe Break?

Because of how rapidly the situation can get out of control, our general contractors can quickly remove affected portions of drywall and other exposed materials. The objective of eliminating parts of damaged wall systems and discarding these elements is extensive. There are three main reasons why controlled demolition is a practical path to efficiently restore and recover your home after a substantial water disaster in Toms River:

  • Repairs to Plumbing – One of the initial advantages of removing drywall and other wall system elements is the immediate access to broken portions of plumbing. Our general contractors can work quickly to restore water service to the property with this unrestricted access.
  • Removing Saturated Carpeting – Carpeting can often be quickly damaged by the presence of water, specifically because it is a hygroscopic material. Its composition quickly absorbs moisture, allowing it to mildew or produce mold that destroys its ability to be salvaged.  
  • Direct Access for Drying – Removing portions of the wall where damage has existed is a direct point of access for drying tools and equipment in our inventory. Centrifugal air movers and positive pressure systems can benefit from pathways to where evaporative drying is necessary.

What Materials Become Damaged by Water?

Almost any material exposed to standing water can become damaged. Some of the affected structural elements and contents in your home are more susceptible and sensitive to this absorption and damage than others. Understanding which materials are most likely to experience the worst of the effects on a shorter timeline can focus our technicians with controlled demolition and repairs at the right points. Individual structural elements are almost guaranteed to become damaged when pipes burst within the walls of your home. These include:

  • Drywall – Removing drywall panels provide access to damaged areas and expose wood framing for drying and antimicrobial treatment.
  • Insulation – Insulation is often thoroughly saturated. Because it is a material that can be easily replaced, it should get vacuumed or pulled out and discarded for easier access to needed repairs. 
  • Carpet/Padding – Pulling up carpeting based on its saturation and wetness prevents the entire room from becoming affected. Often the padding must get removed as well to provide direct access to subflooring.
  • Subflooring – While drying is ideal, OSB board or plywood can become warped and distorted and require cutting out and replacement. Once removed, supports and joists can get treated with antimicrobial products to inhibit mold growth while drying gets underway. 

In the Photo Illustration, our techs moved back the carpet to dry the sheathing with air movers and an LGR dehumidifier, restoring rather than replacing these elements. The wall cavity is prepared for the installation of new drywall.

How Does Mold Growth Get Addressed if It is Found?

Prolonged moisture exposure can often lead to the development of microbial threats and fungal colonization. Mold is often unavoidable when drying does not complete in a specific timeline. With so many materials exposed and saturated by plumbing breaks within your home walls, preparing for mold remediation is often advisable. We have experienced remediators on our roster that can respond along with our restoration technicians to ensure that the appropriate measures get taken to remove colonies thoroughly and safely. To accomplish removing mold colonies and their effects, we have several approaches, including:

  • Surface Treatment
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Deodorization after antifungal application

As immediately threatening and overwhelming as a pipe burst in the wall could be, there are ways that you can protect more of your home and its contents. Quickly securing experienced and helpful professionals like our SERVPRO of Toms River team can ensure that the right steps get taken to make water disasters “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (732) 349-9898.

How Hard Is It to Remove Water from Flooring?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Has water invaded your home? SERVPRO is equipped to handle a complete restoration.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Beachwood Water Damaged Flooring

Water losses often migrate to the flooring of your home, making it necessary for our restorers to dry up many types of materials. Cleaning up water from the floors of your Beachwood home can be more complicated and complex than it initially appears. While many homeowners understand what is necessary to remove surface water and pooling after a loss incident, often underlying concerns like absorption and migrating water beyond the surface goes unchecked and unmanaged. 

Water damage in Beachwood homes can vary significantly based on the source of the emergency. Plumbing breaks and appliance failures can often leave your home contending with higher volumes of water, sometimes even hundreds or thousands of gallons. Within minutes, some sensitive materials used in flooring and wall systems can begin absorbing the standing water. Removing surface and trapped water from these materials involves several advanced tools and technologies available to our responding SERVPRO technicians.  

How Damaged Can Carpeting Get?  

Carpeted floors are a standard installation in many area homes, meaning that these materials often can become affected by migrating water after a loss. In the case of standing water, absorption levels can be high, passing quickly through the fiber surface layer and moving to the padding and subflooring portions of the flooring system beneath it. Preserving and protecting this type of flooring involves the use of several practices and equipment, including: 

  • Carpet Wands – These attachments offer a powerful suction that primarily affects the top layer of carpet flooring systems. These approaches are ideal for when padding underneath the surface is getting removed and replaced. 
  • Weighted Extractors – Weighted extraction units utilize the technician's weight to squeeze the top layer and underlayment of carpeting against the subflooring. An onboard vacuum collects water forced to the surface through this pressing approach.  
  • Floating the Carpet – When both the padding and the top layer can get preserved and protected, it is advisable to float the carpet to remove lingering moisture in these materials. By positioning a centrifugal air mover between the padding and upper layer of carpet, we can dry both materials simultaneously. 

Is Hardwood Ruined If It Gets Wet?  

Hardwood flooring is synonymous with a higher price tag for Beachwood water damage reinstallation and repair, so it is vital to many homeowners to address and moisture concerns in these materials as soon as possible. Wood plank flooring is highly sensitive for the absorption of standing water and can hide pressing concerns beneath the surface. It is vital to utilize our advanced technologies for moisture detection, such as thermal imagery and surface moisture meters, to indicate the dampness that needs addressing before irreparable structural damage occurs. Often the drying process follows a similar pattern: 

  • Using Drying Mats – Drying mats slowly draw moisture from harder surfaces. When placed perpendicular to the seam of planks, these mats can affect a much broader damaged area. 
  • Tenting – By using poly-sheeting to surround the affected area and limit the available workspace for drying mats, we can maximize their effectiveness and efficiency. 
  • Continual Moisture Monitoring – Tenting allows our professionals to monitor the progress of the drying effort continually. Because it is possible to over-dry wood flooring and damage the planks, continual monitoring is vital.  

What Happens When Water Reaches the Subflooring?  

Subflooring materials like OSB board and plywood do not resist water, so when migrating effects reach this underlying layer of flooring systems, it can become highly destructive. This layer's saturation requires fast action, as delaying drying when water reaches this area can ultimately require material removal and reinstallation. We can offer controlled demolition and reconstruction with a full division of licensed residential contractors on our roster whenever necessary. Some of the approaches for managing wet subflooring include: 

  • Drying Mats – Much like wood plank flooring, it is possible to utilize the continual draw of moisture that drying mats can generate on subflooring materials.  
  • Dehumidifiers – Desiccant and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers can reduce saturation and moisture content in the house's damaged areas. 
  • Controlled Demolition – In some situations, there is no avoiding the destructive forces of migrating water. When this happens, our contractors must remove damaged materials to prevent further damage, provide access for focused drying efforts, and prepare the area for the reconstruction we can later perform when mitigation completes.  

When it comes to water damage scenarios for your home, it is vital to have experienced professionals whenever disasters strike. With an extensive inventory of equipment and experienced technicians, our SERVPRO of Toms River team can make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (732) 349-9898. 

How Do I Get Water Out of My Toms River Home?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain shower on roof It’s time for spring and summer showers. Call SERVPRO for fast remediation when water invades your home.

Use SERVPRO Water Removal Teams in Toms River for Professional Restoration 

As the weather becomes warm, many homeowners discover the winter months were not so kind to their pipes. A burst inlet pipe is rare; even a small crack along a weld can spill much water throughout a home.

How quickly can you get started? 

SERVPRO maintains a 24/7 response line so that water removal in Toms River homes gets started as soon as possible. Our operator collects the information needed so the team can start pumping out water within a few minutes of arriving at your home. That includes:

  • Square footage of the room or rooms covered by the water
  • The depth of the water
  • Location of the leak

If there is a safety issue, however, i.e., electrical hazard, we encourage you to not enter the home until the utility company, or our team shuts off the power.

What exactly does SERVPRO bring to clear out my home?

Extensive training and an expansive equipment inventory designed for removing water. Each team member is a certified Water Restoration Technician (WRT) with access to a wide variety of:

  • Water Pumps – For water over an inch deep, WRTs use a pump tailored to the amount of water and size of the home. Our teams can clear even large homes of standing water in about 2 or 3 days.
  • Extraction Wands – We prefer extraction wands for water that covers the floor surfaces. WRTs can adjust the vacuum speed and even engage a heating element if needed to augment the drying process.

What happens next?

SERVPRO teams use air movers and exhaust fans to dry out carpets, other flooring, walls, and personal property. They use these devices and dehumidifiers to lower the humidity level, so the home dries more quickly. 

No matter where the water came from, SERVPRO of Toms River is here to restore your home to a dry, clean condition, safe for occupation. To schedule a service call or a simple inspection, contact our office at (732) 349-9898. 

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What Can I Expect from Water Damage Restoration Professionals in Toms River?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Model depicting ladder, measuring tape in a kitchen remodel setting SERVPRO of Toms River has the tools and skills to remove the water from your kitchen, and then rebuild to your liking.

Tom River Property Owners Love SERVPRO's Full-Service Water Removal and Build Back Services

Until you experience the frustration and chaos after a burst pipe sends water throughout your home, the challenges of water loss recovery to your home are hard to imagine. Much more intense than a spill or overflow, a pipe leaking behind a kitchen wall can put not only the wall but also woodwork, floors, and cabinets at risk. Water migration is hard to follow without proper tools, but leaving water behind risks progressive deterioration of building materials and mold growth.

When Can I Expect an Assessment of My Loss?

Our trained and experienced project managers arrive within four hours to inspect and plan the mitigation and reconstruction of your Toms River water damaged home. Visual examination precedes moisture detection and metering, helping our crew map the contours of the affected area. To achieve these goals we have:

  • Thermal imaging camera to discover temperature fluctuations
  • Boroscopes to locate trapped water and moisture in building cavities
  • Moisture meters for determining the amount of dampness
  • Moisture sensors for indicating areas of wetness

Planning

After data collection, the SERVPRO crew chief creates a project plan. Emergency services proceed. Our technicians use pumps if the water is deeper than two inches and roll extractors off our service vehicles to follow-up with less volumes of standing water. In a kitchen-centric plumbing emergency, water can seep under cabinets and built-in appliances, necessitating creative strategies for removal and drying.

How Are Cabinet Drying Challenges Met?

The walls and floors behind and under cabinets can allow water to collect and also impede drying. SERVPRO technicians examine your cabinets to discover details about their construction to help prevent further issues and remediate the current damage. Backless cabinets can be opened, and holes drilled in the wall behind to release trapped water and permit access for dry, warm air during drying.

Cabinets with backs complicate both water removal and drying with additional layers of materials. Holes can be cut through the cabinet back and then through the wall to facilitate water removal and drying. Additional holes at the top of the wall might help create ventilation to speed drying.

Cutting holes in the toe-kick under the cabinet or removing these strips, combined with the use of a vent system to force dry air into the exposed space, accelerates moisture reduction to normal levels. We can utilize an injecti-dry device to facilitate this drying effort.

Repair and Rebuilding

SERVPRO’s construction division (General Contractor License #: 13VH04999700) can rehabilitate the controlled demolition used to open areas for water damage restoration. Our full spectrum of services means you can save time and expense, and even update your kitchen.

Count on SERVPRO of Toms River to restore your kitchen after leaky plumbing causes water damage. Call (732) 349-9898 and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Understanding Water Types From Water Damage

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River cleaning contaminated black water containing sewage and other contaminants.

When your home or business suffers from a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup. 

There are three types of water:

  1. Clean water is thewater that comes from a broken pipe, or other water source, like rainwater.
  2. Gray water is used to describe water that is slightly contaminated. Clean water can become gray water when it is left untreated, allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin to grow, making the water hazardous.
  3. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more. It is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any natural disaster.

If you suffer from contaminated water damage you should:

  1. Avoid all contact with any water containing contaminants. Wash any body part that has come into contact with the contaminated water. 
  2. Never walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  3. Do not turn on the HVAC system because there could be a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  4. Do not use household fans to dry the structure because the air flow could spread contaminants.
  5. Do not eat or use any food and/or personal products personal for hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

When you do suffer a water damage in Ocean County from either clean or contaminated water, call the experts at SERVPRO of Toms River. We are water removal and cleanup specialists that are ready to service your Toms River home when flooding causes water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.

Why Do Frozen Pipes Burst?

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

If you have already experienced some form of water damage from a burst pipe, call the water restoration experts at SERVPRO of Toms River.

Freezing cold temperatures can cause serious damage to your pipes of your Ocean County home or business.  Unfortunately, burst pipes are a common, serious occurrence in New Jersey. 

Why do pipes burst? According to Live Science, when water freezes, its molecules crystallize, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form, meaning the water molecules expand as they freeze. As the ice expands, it pushes water toward the closed faucet. This causes an immense amount of water pressure to build between the ice blockage and the faucet. Eventually, the pipe ruptures under the pressure, usually at a spot where there's little or no ice.

While you can't control the weather, you can definitely prepare before disaster strikes. Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If your building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. Also, heating or insulating these vulnerable pipes with fiberglass or foam sleeves ahead of time can help prevent them from bursting.

If water damage does happen in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are water removal and cleanup specialists that quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques.

SERVPRO of Toms River Responds with Fast Action and a Full Arsenal of Drying Equipment

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

A washing machine hose leak caused an entire floor of water damage. SERVPRO on site with our arsenal of drying equipment.

When water damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Toms River will help you take it back.

There is no such thing as a small water disaster, especially when a small leak could blossom into a bigger, expense later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep into carpets and pool on sub floors, causing major problems the longer it remains. Our team has experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur.

We will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Our trained professionals understand how to manage the drying processing by using state of the art equipment and the latest technology. Using the proper equipment will ensure your structure is thoroughly dried, which makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage and expense after a water loss. 

The bottom line is SERVPRO of Toms River has the training and equipment to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Five Preventative Tips Against Water Damage

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

An appliance leak caused this home to need water damage restoration in this Toms River home.

Water damage is one of the most common issues that homeowners like us, may face, but with prevention, we may stop it before it begins.  Here are five simple tips to aid in the prevention of water destruction in your home:

  • Do not ignore leaks. If you notice a leak inside or outside your home fix it quickly because a small leak will not remain small. If you are unable to fix it yourself, call in a plumber immediately. The faster you fix a leak, the less damage it will leave behind.
  • Watch for increases in your water bill. If you have an increasingly high water bill one month there may be an unseen reason. Some pipes are in walls or underneath flooring making it difficult to see the leak or burst pipe.
  • Regularly inspect appliances connected to a water supply line. Any appliance that connect to a water supply line, have a chance of bursting or leaking. Appliances using hoses are a common weakness for water damage problems. Replace any that show signs of decay, rust or damage.
  • Turn off your main water valve to your home before going away. Turning off the main valve will cut off your home’s entire water supply and ensure that water will not wreak havoc on your home while unoccupied.
  • Regularly inspect your roof and gutters. Keeping your roof in good condition with no cracks or loose shingles is a great line of defense against rainwater entering your home. While checking the roof, do not forget remove debris from your gutters to prevent overflow.

In Need of Water Damage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO of Toms River when a fast response is critical. We are your local water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition.

Restoring Your Toms River Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

A commercial property in Toms River had an unexpected water damage and SERVPRO of Toms River made it "Like it never even happened."

Flooding and water damage events at Toms River commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require knowledge and a fast, flexible response time. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a larger event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Schools

At SERVPRO of Toms River, our trained professionals will be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. In the event of an emergency in your business, give us a call day or night, weekdays or weekends, and we will be there fast with the help you require.

Did You Know There is Science Behind Our Drying Process?

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

A sink overflowed on the 2nd floor affected multiple floors with water damage so we brought in our drying equipment to speed up Mother Nature.

Your initial reaction to a water damage may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the wet area, but there is actually a science behind the drying process. SERVPRO of Toms River is highly trained in the science of drying and follow strict standards to help lower the chance of secondary damages. If you suffer a water damage, we will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

Why exactly do we need to speed up Mother Nature? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out, which could lead to the dreaded mold word.

SERVPRO of Toms River has the tools and equipment necessary to help Mother Nature along, including hardwood floors, tough to reach spaces or inside walls and much more. We also use state of the art monitoring equipment and technology along with a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your property.

Visit our Water Damage Repair and Restoration page for more information or call us at 732-349-9898.

4 Steps SERVPRO of Toms River Does Following a Water Loss

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

A frozen pipe burst in Manahawkin, NJ and caused water damage throughout the 1st floor.

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within 4 hours of emergency water loss notification, SERVPRO of Toms River will be on site to help ensure your loss is handled by completing the following steps:

  • Inspection-We will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work.
  • Emergency Services-SERVPRO of Toms River professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further water damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step by step.
  • Monitoring-To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. The updates will be communicated to you consistently.
  • Restoration Services- Lastly, we will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property to preloss condition.

For more information on recovering from a water damage, contact SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898.

Water Damage from a Burst Pipe in Freehold, NJ

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

This photo may look like a photo taken at night at the beach but in reality it is a crawl space flooded with water from a burst pipe in Freehold, NJ.

Quick action is key to minimize further damage from a burst pipe. Follow these simple tips:


1. Shut off water: Immediately shut of the main water valve to your home to reduce further damage to your home.
2. Power down: Avoid a shock by powering down and unplugging electrical devices in the area where the water has entered.
3. Protect possessions: Remove belongings from the area if possible, to avoid excess damage to your possessions.
4. Call a plumber: Contact a certified and trusted professional plumber to help you fix to the burst pipe if you are unable to fix it properly yourself.
5. Contact SERVPRO of Toms River, your local water damage restoration company: In the event your home is effected by water, contact us at 732-349-9898 to remove the water, dry the structure, and prevent further damage such as mold.
6. Contact your insurance company: Depending on your policy, water damage caused by a burst pipe may be covered. Contact your insurance company and file a claim to have damages assessed and necessary repairs and recovery actions reimbursed.
7. Record the damage: Take photos and write down personal items and structural areas of your home that are damaged by the burst pipe. This will help in your claims process.
Prevention is best to avoid damaging and costly effects of frozen and burst pipes, but despite our best efforts, pipes still freeze and burst. Call us at 732-349-9898 at the first sign of water damage to minimize further damage and cost.

Winter is on the Way

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Even a crack this tiny on a pipe can cause water damage and even mold to your home.

Winter is on the way bringing with it joy, happiness and frozen pipes. While all of us look forward to joy and happiness not many of us are looking forward to a frozen pipe that could leave us with devastating water damage and costly repairs.

A quarter of a million families experience cracks on pipes from the cold weather each winter. A crack in a pipe only 1/8-inch can expel up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

Homes with plastic and copper pipes are both susceptible to the cold temperature and pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

If you do happen to experience the full effect of winter with water damage from a frozen pipe, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898, your local water restoration company.

Sump Pump Failure in a Finished Basement in Oakhurst, NJ

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River on the scene after a sump pump failure in Oakhurst, NJ.

Sump pumps, commonly placed in the lowest part of basements and crawlspaces, are used to pump the water out and away from the building to keep it dry and prevent flooding. Water from rain, melting snow, flooding, and other water related disasters can seep through a building’s foundation into a sump basin or other area where standing water is distributed to the pump.

Sump pump failures are one of those things that you don't think about until it is too late. If you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement from flooding, it's important to have a backup system in place. Consider one or more of the following options as a backup system:

  • Secondary Electric Pump
  • Battery Backup Powered System
  • Hydraulic Pump
  • High Level Alarm

If your New Jersey property has experienced water damage or mold from a sump pump failure call SERVPRO of Toms River. We are highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. Our water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.

Call Us Today (732)-349-9898.

Got Water Damage? Four Things You Need to Know.

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Got Water Damage? Four Things You Need to Know.

After the floodgates open, things can unravel quickly. Here’s how to begin the recovery process.

Your water heater exploded, a pipe burst, an epic rainstorm flooded your basement: No matter how the deluge began, you’ve now got a soggy mess on your hands. And unless you act quickly, the damage will only get worse.

You’re probably feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and frightened. How will you ever clean up the water damage? Will your insurance cover the cost? Did irreplaceable stuff—like old photos and letters—get ruined?

While you’re swimming in questions, it’s important to keep the momentum going. Here are four ways to begin the recovery process:

  1. Contact your insurance carrier immediately.

As soon as you discover water damage, let your insurance carrier know so the claims process can begin. Your agent will also give you tips for protecting your property from additional damage and may refer you to a water-damage restoration company (you are not obligated to use the specialist they recommend).

Note: Insurance companies differentiate between water damage and flood damage, so be sure to specify which applies to your situation. Also, not all water damage is covered by insurance—review your policy carefully.

  1. Tick tock. Time is of the essence when you have water damage.

Water is aggressive and cruel. Once it seeps in to carpets, flooring, walls, furniture, paper, and everything else in its wake, it will continue to destroy. Drywall will droop and disintegrate. Wood will swell, buckle, warp, and rot. Electrical equipment may short out, causing shock and fire hazards. Mold will flourish (see point #3).

For anything other than a minor spill, it’s best you get a professional assessment of your situation to determine the extent of damage. Professional water-damage specialists can then begin the restoration process and halt additional damage.

  1. You’ve got less than 48 hours to dry out before mold takes over.

Mold spores lurk everywhere, but they’re opportunistic. Give them a nice wet environment—like a soaked carpet or damp drywall—and they’ll multiply like mad. You have 24 to 48 hours to dry your space before the fungus invasion.

Mold remediation is a dirty deed and is best left to specialists who have the right equipment and cleaning supplies to get the job done swiftly.

  1. Water may be contaminated.

An overflowing dishwasher or burst water heater releases clean H2O, so there’s little immediate risk of harm. But, again, time is not on your side. “Clean” water that’s been sitting around can foster bacterial growth or pick up icky stuff from dirty carpets and ground soil, sullying the waters within hours.

Even more serious: Sewage backups, toilet overflow, storm-drain water, and other polluted waters that enter your home can be dangerous to your health. Attempting to clean these messes up yourself is a bad idea. Get professional help from certified water-damage remediation experts, like SERVPRO of Toms River.

If you’ve experienced water damage, contact us now. We’ll help you get back to “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River in the process of drying out a finished basement in Spring Lake, NJ from a burst pipe.

Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour



Water damage restoration is a process that we at SERVPRO of Toms River have practiced, refined and perfected over the years. Our experts are meticulous yet swift with their response to emergency water damage calls. Here’s what to expect when you call SERVPRO for water damage restoration:



One-Hour Response


Within one hour from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for water damage service. You’ll gain some much-needed peace of mind knowing help is on the way!



Four-Hour Arrival


We will be on site within four hours to begin mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is immediate action, which is why we guarantee our fast arrival. Once we arrive, we will walk you through each step of the job process, and begin pretesting from the source of the damage outward.



Eight-Hour Follow-Up


Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated from SERVPRO to the appropriate person, usually the adjuster or property manager.



Cleaning & Restoration


It’s difficult for us to give an exact hour in which we will complete cleaning and restoration, because each job has different parameters. But rest assured we will work neatly and efficiently to help you to restore your property to pre-damage form. SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of correctly, the first time.



Final Walk-Through


After our work has been completed, we will take you on a final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction.



And that’s it! Water damage restoration in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding area is as easy as calling SERVPRO at 732-349-9898 or visit us at SERVPROofTomsRiver/water. When water damage takes control of your life, count on us to help you take it back. Our goal is to make it “like it never even happened.®”

6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage

6/3/2017 (Permalink)

This water damage in Manchester, NJ caused part of the ceiling to fall.

6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home or business. If your property in Toms River, NJ and the surrounding area has suffered water damage from flooding, a leak or a fire, don’t try to clean up on your own. SERVPRO provides complete water damage restoration in six straightforward steps:

  1. Call SERVPRO of Toms River

Water damage doesn’t have to be daunting. When you call SERVPRO immediately, one of our friendly representatives will guide you through a series of questions that will help us to respond quickly, with the right equipment and team to meet your needs.

  1. Assess

When we arrive at your home or business, we will conduct a complete inspection and compile a detailed assessment of the water damage. This helps us to determine how serious the damage is, and how best to begin treatment.

  1. Remove/Extract

Before we can restore your property and belongings, we need to get rid of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water from your property, helping to prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

  1. Dry

Once the water is gone, we can begin the drying process. To determine how many dehumidifiers to use and where to place them, we will measure the dimensions of every room, along with the temperature and relative humidity. This helps us to dry out your home or business efficiently and effectively.

  1. Clean

Using several different tools and techniques, SERVPRO will clean any structures, furniture and personal items that appear to be restorable. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, and to deodorize your property.

  1. Restore

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to the condition it was in prior to water damage. Restoration can involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, as well as more substantial repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms.

Are you in need of water restoration and water damage repair? Don’t wait, call us today at 732-349-9898.

Emergency Water Damage Mitigation After a Major Apartment Building Fire in Ocean Grove

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Toms River arriving on scene after a massive fire burns through several structures in Neptune Township.

Emergency Water Damage Mitigation After a Major Apartment Building Fire in Ocean Grove, NJ


 


An early morning fire on March 3, 2017 burned several structures including the Warren Rest Home, La Pierre Condominiums, Marlboro Condominiums and four single family homes in Ocean Grove, NJ. The buildings in Ocean Grove are very close together, but fortunately the firefighters did a great job of getting the fire under control quickly to avoid it spreading further. The Warrington burned completely to the ground while The La Pierre Condominiums and The Marlborough Condominiums were badly damaged. The La Pierre Condominiums were saved but suffered major water damage from the firefighters’ efforts to put out the fire.  


 


As soon as it was safe, SERVPRO of Toms River was on scene to begin the process of drying out the structure. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial water damage emergencies. We will respond quickly, regardless of the size or scope of the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. To learn more please visit SERVPRO of Toms River or call us at 732-349-9898

Flood or Mold Damage to Your Property After a Frozen Pipe Burst

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water and mold damage caused by a frozen burst pipe to this home in Bayville, NJ.

Flood or Mold Damage to Your Property After a Frozen Pipe Burst


Pipes that freeze during the cold season are in danger of bursting possibly causing several hundred gallons of water to flow throughout your property leading to water damage. Water damage can significantly harm your home by promoting mold growth and causing rot to develop causing significant damage to the structure. Leaking frozen pipe water can also soak your furniture, appliances, important papers, family heirlooms, pictures, and so on.


Getting immediate water remediation in the event of a frozen or burst water pipe accident is essential for New Jersey property owners to prevent further loss. SERVPRO of Toms River is a locally owned water damage restoration company and is close by, ready to respond to your water damage emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


While you are waiting for SERVPRO of Toms River to arrive follow these few steps to prevent further water damage:



  • Turn off the electricity, if necessary to prevent electrocution.

  • Turn off the water supply if you detect a frozen pipe burst as it will minimize any water damage.

  • Protect your possessions that are in danger from the frozen pipe in case the water continues to flow.

  • Cover your electric box if you think the water could reach it.

  • Find the frozen pipe by looking in areas like the bathroom and kitchen feeling along pipes to locate frozen or bulging areas on a pipe or if unsure how to locate or fix a burst pipe contact a licensed plumber.


Prevention is key to keep your home, property, and possessions safe from water and mold damage caused by a burst pipe. For more info on preventing a frozen pipe from bursting please visit The Washington Post. In the unfortunate event you do experience a burst pipe causing water damage or mold damage, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 or visit SERVPRO of Toms River. We are a highly trained emergency response team specializing in water restoration and mold remediation servicing all off Ocean County and surrounding areas.


 

What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Causes Flood or Water Damage

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

This home in Colts Neck, NJ had a leak from their hotwater heater in the garage that caused flooding into the basement resulting in water damage.

What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Causes Flood or Water Damage


A hot water heater leak may seem like a minor problem at first but it can lead to damage to walls, floors and sub-floors if it is not addressed immediately. It could also be the symptom of a larger problem and, in some cases, can cause significant water damage. The longer water is allowed to sit your home the more damage it has the potential to do and the higher the cost for repairs and replacing damaged items.


As soon as you discover a hot water leak follow these steps to avoid further damage:



  • Turn the power off

  • Shut of the water supply

  • Drain the water tank

  • Contact a certified plumber if you are unable to find and fix the leak safely and properly yourself

  • Take pictures of the damage for your records


After the water heater leak has been controlled, the damage halted and the problem fixed, it is time to begin the water restoration process by calling SERVPRO of Toms River. We have a rapid response team that is highly trained with years of experience and are ready to help you. Our highly trained professional technicians have the experience and tools necessary to clean up the water damage properly and bring your home and personal belongings back to pre-flood condition. 


Call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898 for any water damage emergency.


 

Preventative Tips to Help Your Pipes from Freezing in New Jersey

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage emergency in Toms River, NJ

Preventative Tips to Help Your Pipes from Freezing in New Jersey


New Jersey winters can be harsh on household plumbing so don’t forget to protect the pipes from the elements. Cold weather can cause plumbing pipes to freeze and possibly burst causing flooding and costly water damage to your home. Taking preventative measures to your home before winter sets in can reduce and eliminate the risk of frozen pipes leading to water damage. Pipes located on outside walls, in un-heated basements, crawl spaces, garages and attics are more prone to the cold temperature and freezing than others.


Because water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal and plastic pipes. No matter the strength of the pipe, expanding water can cause it to burst.


To help avoid frozen pipes and costly repairs to your New Jersey home, follow these preventative tips:


Outside:


 



  • Disconnect all garden hoses from the faucet to prevent an interior pipe from bursting due to increasing pressure.

  • Protect outdoor faucets from freezing by shutting off water from the interior valve leading to the outdoor faucet.


 Indoors:



  • Locate the main water valve and the water heater valve in case of an emergency.

  • Keep the heat at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

  • Look for pipes that are near exterior walls and in unheated areas and insulate them.

  • Check for any leaks or cracks in the walls that could let cold air in and seal them by weather strips, caulking, or insulating. Also check for leaks around chimneys, dryer vents, wiring and pipes.

  • Make sure all windows are closed and seal any gaps.

  • During extremely cold periods, let lukewarm water drip from faucets to keep water moving through the pipes.

  • Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to let warm are circulate in around the plumbing.


Call SERVPRO of Toms River when a frozen pipe burst.


If you are faced with an emergency water damage situation in your New Jersey home or business, call SERVPRO of Toms River at 732-349-9898. When dealing with a water damage emergency, immediate attention to the situation will minimize damage and prevent further loss.


 

Water Damage & Flooding: How We Can Help

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

When a local bank had flooding SERVPRO of Toms River responded with equipment and manpower so they could stay open, even as the cleanup was underway.

WATER DAMAGE & FLOODING: HOW WE CAN HELP

SERVPRO of Toms River is fully equipped and fully staffed to handle any disaster that comes our way. With advanced water inspection, extraction and drying equipment, we are a trusted leader in the water restoration industry. We can handle any size loss – from small water damage in a residential home to a very large damage in a skyscraper.

Flooding from burst pipes is one of the most common reasons SERVPRO gets calls for help.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Toms River property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly.

Case Study

After a burst pipe flooded the Toms River branch of OceanFirst Bank,

SERVPRO of Toms River responded with plenty of equipment and manpower so the bank could stay open for business, even as the cleanup was underway.

“They did an excellent job. Very professional, and they brought the correct staff in to clean the building up. They were courteous to our customers, didn’t interfere with our daily business, and they stayed in touch with me the entire time - the communication was fantastic. The team did a very professional job.”

- Bob Brennan, General Service Manager, OceanFirst Bank

OUR WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS

The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water damaged property:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

If you are dealing with water damage and/or flooding, give our team a call today! SERVPRO of Toms River is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.

Phone: (732) 349-9898

Email: SERVPRO8796@comcast.net