Recent Water Damage Posts

Five Preventative Tips Against Water Damage

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Five Preventative Tips Against Water Damage 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)

Water Damage Restoring Your Toms River Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event 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)

Water Damage Did You Know There is Science Behind Our Drying Process? 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)

Water Damage 4 Steps SERVPRO of Toms River Does Following a Water Loss 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)

Water Damage Water Damage from a Burst Pipe in Freehold, NJ 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)

Water Damage Winter is on the Way 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)

Water Damage Sump Pump Failure in a Finished Basement in Oakhurst, NJ 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)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration: SERVPRO’s Process by the Hour 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)

Water Damage 6 Steps to Treat and Remediate Water Damage 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)

Water Damage Emergency Water Damage Mitigation After a Major Apartment Building Fire in Ocean Grove 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 Damage Flood or Mold Damage to Your Property After a Frozen Pipe Burst 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)

Water Damage What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Causes Flood or Water Damage 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 Preventative Tips to Help Your Pipes from Freezing in New Jersey 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)

Water Damage Water Damage &  Flooding: How We Can Help 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