Recent Water Damage Posts

The Science of Drying

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, our team is trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, we will:

• Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.

• 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.

What exactly does it mean to help “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 drier.

The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. We have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. At SERVPRO of North Morris County we also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

It’s not only the equipment but the technology too! SERVPRO® has developed DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides realtime documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

The bottom line? We have the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Drying Is A Science

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, our team is trained in the science of drying and will follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of North Morris County will:

- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening. 

- 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.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? 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.

For this reason, our team has been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of North Morris County has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

The Process

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

The Water Damage Restoration Process

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Water or Flood Damage?
Call Today – (973) 983-5657

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Water Damage - What NOT To Do

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes in a situation, it is just as important to know what NOT to do as it is what you should do.

For example, in a water damage situation You should not enter a room with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist. If there are electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment exposed to water, this is an area to avoid.

You should not leave books, newspapers or magazines on wet carpets or floors since they could cause staining. The same could be said for oriental or other colored area rugs on wall-to-wall carpeting.

Do not use televisions or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially wet concrete floors.

Do not turn on ceiling fans if the ceiling is wet or sagging from retained water.

It is important to know what to do in these situations, but just as important what NOT to do

Contaminated Water - The Do's & Don'ts

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to "contaminated" water, such as sewage, there are things you should do and things you should not. It is important to remember the high bacteria level could cause a health image.

The number one thing to remember is you want to avoid direct contact with the water.  This and any contents affected by the water.

If you do make contact with contamination, make sure you wash your hands immediately.

Things you should avoid in this scenario include walking through and spreading the contaminated water by tracking into unaffected places.

Also, turn off the HVAC system if possible if there is the possibility of spreading the germs. Do not use household fans to dry the affected area.

SERVPRO of North Morris County wants you to stay as safe as possible until help arrives

Understanding Water Types

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater
is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water
becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is
highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural
disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive:

Damage from Clean Water

-Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.

-Turn of circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is same from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.

-Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.

-Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining. 

-Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.

-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

-Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.

-Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.

-Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

-Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants. 

-Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated aras.

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of North Morris County.

FASTER TO ANY DISASTER

8/11/2018 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub floors, causing major problems over time. You need help—fast.

No matter what time of day or night, contact SERVPRO of North Morris County to begin emergency mitigation.

Emergency mitigation means under normal circumstances, we can be on-site within four hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility.

We trained and understand how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages.

We will remove moisture and any contaminants by disinfecting and deodorizing to safely clean and dry your building and contents. Help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of North Morris County.

Call the Cleanup Team That is Faster to Any Disaster

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert—there is always potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of North Morris County. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, we will help you take it back

WHEN WATER DAMAGE STRIKES

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of North Morris County will be on-site to help ensure a water damage 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 any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES: we will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further 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 consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES: we will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

In case of an emergency water damage, there are a few things you should remember:

-Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.

-Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

-Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

-Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

-Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.

-Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

-Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

-Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

For more information on recovering from water damage, contact your SERVPRO of North Morris County today. 

Worries of WINTER WEATHER

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:

- Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.

-Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near the plumbing. 

- When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes. 

- Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.” Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter. If winter weather causes water damage to you or your insured’s property, SERVPRO of North Morris County is only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition. 

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the followingsix precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits:

1.Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

2.Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.

3.Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

4.Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

5.Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water 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.

6.Ask SERVPRO of North Morris County about completing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

The Science of Drying

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of North Morris County is trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.

If your home or business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of North Morris County will:

  1. Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  2. Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  3. Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. What exactly does it mean to help “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.

SERVPRO of North Morris County has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of North Morris County has the training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Ice Dam Prevention Tips

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of North Morris County for more information at: 973-983-5657

Icicles can signal the formation of ice dams on your roof, which can lead to water damage and even mold growth within your home. Use these tips to prevent them.

ICE DAM PREVENTION TIPS

1. Add insulation in your attic - measure width and length of space to be insulated. Lay down boards or plywood sheeting to help you be able to walk safely in the attic space. Do not cover soffit vents with insulation. Work around recessed lighting.

2. Remove attic heat sources - you don;t want to have a potential fire hazard

3. Insulate attic access doors - prevents drafts and assists with heating efficiency

4. Check the exhausts - proper ventilation also prevents mold

5. Check flashing around the chimney

SERVPRO of North Morris County

Is Your Property WINTER READY?

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  1. CHECK YOUR PROPERTY for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  2. ROOFS, WATER PIPES & GUTTERS should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  3. Inspect property, especially WALKWAYS & DRIVEWAYS, for PROPER DRAINAGE to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  4. INSPECT ALL handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  5. PROTECT WATER PIPES FROM FREEZING by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has  outdoor faucets, consider shutting water 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.

When winter weather strikes, call your SERVPRO of North Morris County to strike back.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

The Water Damage Restoration Process

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Water or Flood Damage?
Call Today – (973) 983-5657

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Water Damage - The DO's & DON'Ts

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

  1. DO

    1.    Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a

    qualified party to stop the water source.

    2.    Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building,

    when access to the power distribution panel is safe

    from electrical shock.

    3.    Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping

    and blotting.

    4.    Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing

    lamps and tabletop items.

    5.    Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for

    even drying.

    6.    Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture

    legs and wet carpeting.

    7.    Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects,

    computers, documents and other materials that are

    valuable or sensitive to moisture.

    8.    Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off

    damp floors.

    9.    Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact

    with wet carpeting or floors.

    10.Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at

    room temperature.

    DON’T

    1.    Enter rooms with standing water where electrical

    shock hazards may exist.

    2.    Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches,

    circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed

    to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

    3.    Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored

    items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.

    4.    Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet

    wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.

    5.    Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water,

    possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the

    vacuum cleaner.

    6.    Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet

    carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

    7.    Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms

    where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

    8.    Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated

    by sewage.

    9.    Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with

    contaminated items.

    10.Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily

    on damaged or wet areas.

    11.Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of

    spreading contaminated air.

    12.Use household fans to dry the structure and

    spread contaminants

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North morris County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 973-983-5657

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of North Morris County

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

That Dam Ice

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Typical Ice Dam

As the next winter storm bares down on the northeast, the chances of several inches (or feet) of snow piling up on your roof are pretty good. What you don't want is that snow closest to your gutter creating a waterfall on the INSIDE of your house.

It is not unusual for the snow, especially when your gutter runs along an overhang, to melt and re-freeze into ice, and then burrow its way underneath the shingles. This is your classic case of ice damming and if you don't do something to prevent it, you could end up with water streaming down your interior drywall and possibly within the wall cavity itself. Worse yet, if you do not react quickly enough, your hard wood floors could be ruined as well.

The solution? Be proactive. 

First - Purchase a "roof rake". For a $50 or $60 investment at your local hardware store, you could save thousands of dollars in water damage. Once the snow has stopped falling, use the roof rake to pull as much snow off the roof as possible. It is advisable to reach at least 5 or 6 feet from the gutter.

Second - Use the edge of rake to "skim" along the inside of the gutter to clear out as much snow as possible.

Third - Utilize "gutter heaters". Obviously, this step is best done in the spring, summer or fall. Typically, a heavy duty wire is attached in a zig-zag pattern along the edge of the roof reaching about 3-4 feet from the gutter. The same wire runs inside the gutter. When it is plugged in, after you have cleared as much snow as you can, the gutter heater will melt the residual snow and prevent ice (and an ice dam) from forming.

Although nothing is fail safe, these three steps will give you a much better chance and you can hopefully avoid dealing with that ice dam.

Good luck!

A Note To Do-It-Yourselfers

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

So your second floor bathroom tub overflows and the water goes from the bathroom to the hallway and, as an added bonus seeps into the unfinished basement below. You quickly mop up what you can and break out a few fans. You think to yourself, "that should take care of it". A day later, you feel the floor with your hand and turn off the fans. Everything is dry... Or is it?

Did you kow that "dry" wood has 10% moisture content or less? Did you know your hand has a moisture content well above 10%. Truth is, without the proper equipment, you cannot really tell when wood or drywall has actually dried completely. Not only that, but that clean bathroom water has picked up contaminants as it passed through the flooring and through the ceiling below in that unfinished basement.

The proper approach includes moisture measurements, the application of an antimicrobial and the type of drying equipment that can sufficiently dry out structural materials. 

To avoid possible complications down the road, your best bet is to hire a professional like SERVPRO of North Morris County.

Keep The Water Moving

12/7/2015 (Permalink)

It's getting to be that time of year. The temperatures begin to plummet and the winds begin to pick up. When we start to see those sub freezing temperatures, that is when you start to see those icicles forming. If the water dripping from your roof becomes an icicle, what do you think the water in your exposed pipes is doing?

A few thoughts which could save homeowners a lot of money this winter:

1. WRAP THOSE PIPES - If you have exposed pipes, say, in your garage, wrap them now with insulation to keep them as warm as possible. This may prevent frozen pipes as the temperature drops.

2. DRIP THE FAUCET - Many times the exposed pipes closest to indoor bathroom faucets will freeze leaving you with nothing coming out of the faucet. When you know it's going to be a sub-freezing night, open the faucet just enough to let the water drip. As long as the water is moving, your pipes should not freeze.

3. EMPTY THE PIPELINE - The closer the pipe to an outside faucet, the more likely it will freeze. Turn the water off leading to those faucets then turn them on and let them drain out.

SERVPRO of North Morris County believes that doing these few things may save you a ton of aggravation and expense down the line.