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Tips for Addressing a Water Leak in Your Home | SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville

2/20/2024 (Permalink)

Swelling leaking of whitewash and plaster on ceiling of dwelling due to penetration of water from the top floor or roof Are you experiencing an unwanted water leak in your home? We got just the team to help. Call SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville today!

Being a homeowner can be so rewarding, but it can also be really frustrating! Home accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and leave you with serious trouble. This is especially true when it comes to water incidents and disasters. 

No one wants to come home to water all over the kitchen floor or to discover a mysterious puddle in the utility room, but quick action can help you avoid lasting or more serious damage.

Our water damage restoration team explains more below about the impact of water and what to do if a leak happens at your home. 

Discovering the Leak 

Water has the unique ability to leak and spread throughout your home without much warning. It can seep silently down your walls or under your floor, and you often won’t notice it until the water spot has started to affect the color of your walls or the integrity of your floor. 

If you notice a water spot or feel that the floorboards are a little squishier than you remember, it’s time to do some investigating.

A single cracked pipe or loose fitting on a water line can lead to water disasters, but it can also be something as simple as a hairline crack in your roof line that is inviting rainwater into your home. Either way, catching it quickly is key to preventing further issues like structural damage, mildew and even mold growth. 

What to Do First

Your first goal when discovering a water problem is to locate the source of the leak and stop the flow of water. If a water disaster occurs due to a manmade accident like a leaky pipe, turn off the connecting water valve right away. 

If the issue is coming from roof damage and you can’t go outside to investigate until the weather improves, set out a bucket to catch the water and stop the problem from getting worse. 

After that, consider shutting off electricity to the affected space. If the water compromised your electrical system as it was leaking and dripping everywhere, the water that is now on your floors could be electrically charged. Stay out of the water and get us on the phone right away. 

The Water Extraction Process
The main focus of any water disaster is to control the situation and be sure that we get every last bit of lingering moisture. Even just a tiny damp spot can lead to a mold problem that overtakes your entire room. 

We will get to work drying up all of the excess water, and we can even use our thermal imaging cameras to detect hidden moisture behind your walls. 

Once the water is gone, we can get to work on any repairs! This can include wall or carpet replacement, floor repair and even ceiling reconstruction. We are ready to help make your water disaster a thing of the past. 

Water can leak into virtually every area of your home. Contact SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville right away.

What the Polar Vortex Means for Your Pipes

1/15/2024 (Permalink)

Thermostat in Snow Polar Vortexes bring exceedingly cold temperatures

As the winter weather continues, "Polar Vortexes" become far more likely, signaling plummeting temperatures and severe weather conditions. This meteorological term, often associated with bone-chilling cold, can have a profound impact on daily life, particularly for homeowners and business owners. In addition to several drops in temperature to worry about, polar vortexes also heavily affect plumbing systems. As temperatures dive, the risk of pipes freezing and subsequently bursting increases, potentially leading to severely damaging water floods. Understanding the polar vortex, how it affects plumbing piping, and the necessary preventive measures are essential for bracing for the winter months. SERVPRO of Parsippany and Montville has crafted some preventive measures you can utilize to ensure your plumbing stays safe during the ongoing polar vortex.

Understanding the Polar Vortex and Its Impact

A polar vortex is essentially a vast expanse of swirling cold air that typically envelopes the polar regions. However, during the winter, the vortex at the North Pole often expands, pushing frigid air toward the equator and affecting much of the Northern Hemisphere. This shift can result in a sudden and steep drop in temperatures, often catching businesses and residences off-guard.

The critical issue with these plummeting temperatures is their effect on water pipes. Water expands when it freezes, and this expansion can exert extraordinary pressure on pipes, regardless of whether they are made of metal or plastic. When the pressure becomes too great, pipes can burst, leading to water damage, the potential for mold growth, and the need for repairs on top of restoration and cleaning services.

Prevention and Protection

To mitigate the risks of a polar vortex freezing your pipes, consider the following preventive steps:

  1. Insulate Pipes: Wrapping exposed pipes in foam insulation, particularly those in unheated areas like basements, attics, and garages, can significantly reduce the risk of freezing.
  2. Maintain Consistent Indoor Temperature: Keeping your home heated consistently, even when you're away, helps keep the internal temperature of pipes above freezing.
  3. Allow Faucets to Drip: Allowing a slight drip in faucets can prevent pressure buildup within pipes, reducing the risk of freezing and bursting.
  4. Drain Water from Pools and Sprinklers: Drain water from the swimming pool and sprinkler supply lines following the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Close Inside Valves Supplying Outdoor Hose Bibs: After removing and draining outdoor hoses, close the inside valves that supply these bibs but leave the outside valve open.
  6. Insulate Vulnerable Spaces: Increase insulation in areas like attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures.
  7. Open Cabinet Doors: Allow warmer air to circulate around plumbing by opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.

The polar vortex, while a natural weather phenomenon, poses a significant challenge to plumbing, particularly regarding the risk of frozen and bursting pipes. By understanding this meteorological event and taking proactive, preventative measures, you can safeguard your home against the potentially devastating and costly consequences. Prevention actions are far more effective and less costly than repair. Stay warm, stay informed, and prepare your home for whatever the winter brings. 

Should you incur any water or storm damage during the Polar Vortex, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Parsippany and Montville, and we'll make it "Like It Never Even Happened!"

Finish Your Remodel With Confidence | SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville

11/20/2023 (Permalink)

Exterior view of new house under construction and painting Your dream home shouldn't feel like a nightmare to finish. Call SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville to complete the construction process!

We are proud to be a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and we know that the work we do helps folks just like you every single day! While we are grateful to be able to help our community restore their homes and businesses after disasters, that’s not all we do!

We are also a highly skilled construction team that can help you finish that remodel that you have always dreamed about. We offer our construction services to every home and business in the area, and we can help you, too. 

Our Talented Team Is Ready
Certain DIY projects can be fun to tackle on your own, but it is important to recognize when a particular project is out of the scope of your ability. That’s where we come in! Our team can take your plans for your kitchen upgrade and bring them to life, or we can finally help you construct that home office you have always dreamed of.

We are a full-service construction crew, which means you only have to work with us in order to get your project done. You will have a primary point of contact with your project manager and then everything else is coordinated smoothly so you don’t have to worry about a thing. We will handle everything from the construction process to working with your insurance company about your claim and everything in between.

How Our Construction Process Works

We know that there are many different steps to take when it comes to doing a construction project correctly, and we don’t cut any corners. We will get all of the proper approvals and permits before we get started, and we will communicate with you clearly along the way so you know what is going on at any given moment.

You don’t even need to be home for us to work—though you certainly can be. Our crew members are trustworthy, kind and incredibly knowledgeable about the work we do, and you can rest assured that you are in good hands. 

Still not convinced? We are so confident in our abilities that we can handle unforeseen issues or projects that end up being trickier than originally assumed. 

We will adjust, adapt and keep moving to help you reach your end goal in a timely manner. Let’s work together and finally tackle that home remodel that you have always wanted!

Our construction and remodeling crew is ready to make your dream home a reality. Contact SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville today.

Top Tips for Recovering After a Storm | SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville

7/27/2023 (Permalink)

Fallen tree hurricane tornado storm devastation. Has hurricane season affected your home or business? Call SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville to get you back to preloss condition.

The storm season is here to stay for a while in the Parsippany area, and we are certainly seeing our fair share of storms and rain at this point in the year. While some rain storms can be quiet and actually relaxing, other storms can arrive in a blaze of glory and cause significant damage to your home in a short amount of time. 

Recovering after a storm can be tricky depending on the extent of your damage. Follow our tips below to help you navigate this unknown safely and calmly. 

Steps After the Storm

Be cautious about venturing outside as soon as you start to hear the storm fade away. There might be another one on the horizon! 

Stay connected to local authorities and keep your weather radio handy so you are ready to jump back inside at a moment’s notice. Once you and your family have made it outside, connect with your loved ones to make sure everyone fared OK.

Check on your neighbors and help anyone in the area if their homes suffered significant damage. If your home was victim to a strong wind, tornado or flood, stay calm and walk carefully about your property. 

Loose boards, broken windows and exposed wiring can all be safety hazards right after a storm. Take photos of all the damage you see. This helps us create our recovery plan for you, but it also helps your insurance company file a more accurate claim. 

How We Fit In
The recovery process can seem overwhelming at times, which is why SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville is "Here to Help." We are available 24/7 to respond to your call, and we will jump into action immediately following our first conversation. 

We are locally owned and operated, which means we are watching the same forecast and weathering the same storms you are. This allows us to truly be faster to your doorstep.

Our team will arrive and start securing your home with tarps and boards to protect the rest of your belongings from further damage. From there, we will start drying out your space and start on the reconstructions immediately. Storms can sometimes cause so much destruction that entire levels or sections of your home need to be rebuilt. We can handle that, too!

Whatever you need to help you overcome your storm damage, SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville is here to help.

Snag in Your DIY Home Remodel? We Can Take Over | SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville

7/26/2023 (Permalink)

Side by side images of a room in renovation processes, the left half is under construction and the right half is completed Having some trouble with home repairs? Call SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville to help get your home back in order.

You read an article about how replacing the kitchen cabinets was a quick and easy way to increase the value of your house. Based on what you read, you thought you’d up the value of the house even more if you did a DIY remodel of your kitchen. 

It sounded like a good plan, but the reality turned out much different. Once you got started, you realized you were in over your head and now your kitchen (and your whole house) is a big mess.

Maybe that exact scenario doesn’t ring true, but you may have started on a project that is simply too much for your to-do list. We have some good news: Your local SERVPRO® experts are here to take over! You can reap the benefits of increased house value without the headaches of doing it yourself.

Our Construction Services

When you think about SERVPRO, you probably think of restoration. And it’s true—we are absolutely experts in the field of restoration. We offer complete and comprehensive water damage restoration, fire damage restoration and storm damage restoration services, as well as mold remediation, for both homeowners and business owners.

What you might not know is that we also offer *all-in* construction services. That means that we’re prepared to step in and handle all your construction needs from start to finish. Sometimes that means taking over when a remodel goes awry, and sometimes that means getting in on the front end to provide our expertise and assistance.

What do we offer? Everything! If you have construction or remodeling needs, give us a call. Once you call, our team handles the entire construction process from inspection and estimating to mitigation, restoration and reconstruction. 

We’ll handle all the slightly icky parts of construction, too, like dust control and protection against contaminants. 

Giving You Peace of Mind

Still a little uncertain? We want you to rest assured that you’re receiving top-of-the-line construction services, whether we’re finishing up a remodel for you or providing some construction services after water damage affected your home.

Our entire mission is to fix up your home in a way that makes it “Like it never even happened.” And if nothing ever happened and we’re simply jazzing things up for you, we’ll make it look like a million bucks!

Ready to get started on a construction project? Reach out to us today to set the gears in motion!

SERVPRO of Parsippany Montville, NJ: Commercial Damage Restoration Experts You Can Rely On

7/13/2023 (Permalink)

small business owner SERVPRO of Parsippany Montville, NJ, restoring commercial properties to their pre-damage state—ensuring your business resilience is our top priority

Damage to commercial properties in Parsippany or Montville, NJ can be highly disruptive, impacting both revenue and productivity. But with SERVPRO of Parsippany Montville at your service, restoration is seamless and swift. We specialize in commercial damage restoration and understand the need for quick and efficient work to minimize business interruption. Our team is available 24/7 to provide an immediate response, whether the damage is due to water, fire, storm, or mold. With advanced restoration techniques and equipment, we handle every aspect of restoration—from cleanup to full repairs—ensuring your property is back to pre-damage condition. We even help manage insurance paperwork and claims to streamline the recovery process. Trust SERVPRO of Parsippany Montville, NJ, to make commercial damage "Like it never even happened." Your business resilience is our mission.

How to Prevent House Fires | SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville

6/16/2023 (Permalink)

residential home with roof caught on fire Have you recently had a fire in your home? Call SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville to restore your home once the smoke clears.

It’s no secret that house fires are devastating for both families and homes. The good news is that, more often than not, they can be easily prevented by taking a few simple measures at home.

Here are a few ways to safeguard your home and prevent fires:

1. Install a Smoke Alarm

Your smoke alarm is your first line of defense when it comes to detecting and alerting residents to a potential fire threat. Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including in and outside of each bedroom.

It’s also important to maintain the alarms that you do have, which means testing them and replacing the batteries as necessary.

2. Stay Alert in the Kitchen

Cooking incidents are a leading cause of house fires, which is why vigilance is key in the kitchen. Never leave the stove, oven or other appliances unattended, and take care to ensure that everything is switched off when you leave the room.

Keep a fire extinguisher that’s specifically designed for kitchen fires in your kitchen as an added safety measure.

3. Take Care of Your Electrical Systems

Another common cause of house fires is electrical system mishaps. Overloading outlets or relying on frayed or damage charging cords can lead to sparks and flames.

If you inspect your appliances and cords for signs of wear and tear and replace them immediately if you see anything suspicious, you can help reduce your risk of a house fire. Consider buying surge protectors for extra security as well.

4. Use Candles With Caution

While candles have lots of nice benefits—adding a nice scent to your home and building ambiance, they should never be left unattended. Make sure to blow candles out whenever you leave a room and always place them far away from flammable materials.

5. Teach Your Family About Fire Safety

If you’re following every safety procedure but the rest of your household isn’t, you’re still vulnerable to fire incidents. Educate your family about fire safety protocols so you can prevent accidents but also so you can feel prepared if something does go wrong.

Stock your home with fire extinguishers, and make an escape plan just in case.

6. Know When to Call the Professionals

Preparation is key. However, even with the best of intentions, accidents can still happen. In the event of a house fire, it’s important to know who to contact for your fire damage repair and restoration needs.

At SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville, we’re experienced in assessing damage, cleaning and restoring homes to their original conditions. Our emergency services are available 247 because we know that prompt restoration makes a difference when it comes to minimizing damage.

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a house fire, you need a team that can offer reliable, trustworthy fire damage restoration. SERVPRO of Parsippany, Montville is here for you 247, so contact us today! 

Less Tropical Storm Activity in July is Common, More Storms Could be on the Way

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Houses and streets are flooded after a major storm. SERVPRO's storm team is prepared for the next major storm event.

2022 has been one the hottest summers ever recorded, but there has not been any hurricane activity at the Atlantic Ocean. Although this hurricane season was predicted to be active by scientists, there has been very little activity in the Atlantic Ocean over the last few weeks. This is normal for July. However, it does not necessarily mean we are finished.

When a hurricane warning or tropical storm is in effect it is important to listen to the local meteorologist. SERVPRO is ready to assist you during and after major storms. In the northeast, we have been able to manage properties through every major storm that has hit our region over the last 20 years. As such, we provide window/glass door board up services, sandbag and flood preparation services as well as water removal and pumping-out services. We also offer drying services, demolition, cleanup, and construction. This means that we can provide all storm restoration services.

We are prepared for any major storm and will assist commercial and residential property owners should it occur.

We can help you if your commercial property is in flood-prone areas. We will assess your property before damage happens and prioritize response if flooding does occur.

Soot Removal & Smoke Odor Removal

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

Forest fire picture taken from space. SERVPRO is available to help when fire damages property. Commercial or residential, we are prepared to help!

The record-breaking heat waves of the summer 2022 have broken all records. So much so that in Spain meteorologists are now naming these events (like hurricanes) due to the amount of damage and death following in their wake. Forest fires throughout Europe and the US have forced thousands of people from their homes to search for safer places.

Both residential and commercial properties are at risk from an out-of-control forest fire. Even though properties may be miles away, they can still be damaged by smoke, or soot. SERVPRO is available to assist properties in recovering from smoke and soot damages, and the clean-up of damaged/burned buildings.

Our team is well-trained to resolve problems resulting from smoke or soot damage.

  • Sanitization and cleaning of all surfaces
  • All visible soot removed
  • Removal of odors
  • Cleaning textiles (clothings/rugs, curtains, etc.)
  • Furniture restoration
  • Restoring electronics
  • Reconstruction

SERVPRO is #1 in fire damage repair because we provide a complete solution that saves time, money and helps you avoid costly mistakes. We can help you immediately if any property, residential or commercial, has been damaged by fire. Our team is available 24/7 to begin work on your damaged property.

SERVPRO's Storm Team is Prepared For Hurricane Season 2022

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

Two houses are partially under water after a flood. SERVPRO's Storm Team is prepared for hurricane season 2022. Call Us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

June 2022 saw several new records set for temperatures across the country. Experts believe this marks the beginning for a very hot summer. In cities across the south, records have been broken for consecutive days with low temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. Even at night, no relief from heat is available. These areas are susceptible to flash floods due to the prolonged drought and high heat. This is due to the fact that hardened, dry ground won't absorb water as quickly as it needs if a storm or large rain comes through states like Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia. These areas are often hit by heavy rainfall during hurricane seasons. In fact, it is the slow moving tropical storms or hurricanes carrying lots of moisture that have caused the largest property damage to homes and commercial buildings in the United States. It's impossible to prepare for these types storms. The only thing that can be done is to listen to your local authorities and to be ready to move if your home or commercial property is in danger of flooding or storms. We are always available to help if any damage is caused. Our storm management and disaster restoration experts are available to assist you in New England, New York, and anywhere else in the nation if needed.