Recent Storm Damage Posts

A Storm Has Cased Flood Damage in My Home. How Can I Bring Things Back to Normal?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

high flood water yellow sign High Stormwater damage in your Plainsboro home? Contact SERVPRO for extraction, mitigation, and restoration

Contact a Restoration Company to Handle the Storm Flood Damage in Your Plainsboro Home

Storms are known to cause flooding and other problems to homes. The effects of flood damage in your Plainsboro home can be severe and long-lasting. It would be best if you hired a flood restoration company like SERVPRO to clean up your home and rebuild the damaged areas.

What do I do if the flooding has wreaked havoc on my house?

If the storm flood damage in your Plainsboro residence is severe, you need to act quickly by doing the following:

  • Move from your home and find a safe place to stay as soon as you can.
  • If your home has electrical issues, contact your local electricity distributors to inform it about the situation.
  • Report sewage hazards to the authorities
  • Contact your insurance company immediately

Even a small local flood on your property can ruin a lifetime of belongings and affect the comfort you feel in the reliability of your home. SERVPRO is experienced in flood damage cleanup and can work with you to restore your home as quickly as possible. We gladly work with your insurance provider to expedite the service.

What type of damage can a storm cause other than flooding, and how do you deal with it?

A storm can compromise the safety of your home. Knowing the type of destruction to expect can help you deal with it effectively. Our team can handle different kind of damage, including:

  • Hail damage – This can affect the roofing and siding. Our technicians can inspect your roof for damages and provide the needed repairs and restoration.
  • Wind damage – Strong winds can lift shingles in your roof or cause cracks. Flying debris may also cause holes or cracks in your roof and siding. Our team can board up your property to prevent additional damage from the elements of weather or intruders.
  • Snowmelt and ice dams damaging roofs and attics
  • Water damage – Floodwater can affect your entire home, compromising its structural integrity, and posing certain health hazards. The common moisture-related issue is mold growth. Our team can use portable pumps to remove the floodwater. We can then use centrifugal air movers to increase air circulation in your home so that drying can take place much faster. Our team can then use desiccant dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air.

Our SERVPRO team sets up drying equipment to create a balanced drying system, meaning that the rate of evaporation is slightly less than or equal to the rate of dehumidification. We use moisture detection tools such as moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture meters to determine if a home is dry. Once your home is adequately dry, we can replace the affected building materials such as wood, drywall, and dry lining.

After a storm causes flooding in your home, do not hesitate to seek help. SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows can restore your home within a short time. Call us today at (732) 432-9800.

How Do I Know if Floodwater in My Plainsboro Home is Contaminated?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

flood in kitchen Having issues with flood damage in your Plainsboro home? Call SERVPRO to mitigate the problem.

Our professionals can offer fast extraction and thorough cleaning after flood loss scenarios in your house. 

One of the more alarming aspects of natural flooding in your Plainsboro home is contamination and health hazards. Carefully assessing each situation, including how floodwater penetrated the house, can provide the right information to determine potential risks with flood loss scenarios.

While flood cleanup for Plainsboro homes is necessary to some degree in every loss incident that our professionals address, the severity of these situations vary from one to the next. Natural flooding is almost always considered contaminated, as interaction with health-hazardous substances like sewage and bacteria cannot get fully ruled out.

What Are the Risks of Contaminated Water? 

While there are always homeowners debating the possibility of DIY restoration, exposure to contaminated water could cause health effects. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize the appropriate personal protective equipment to keep our team and occupants of the house safe from:

  • Bacteria
  • Viral Pathogens
  • Chemicals
  • Sewage
  • Mud

While exposure to contaminated waters might mean controlled demolition and reconstruction, we can help with a full-service approach that keeps the full spectrum of the work under the same roof. Give our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team a call today at (732) 432-9800.

How Can I Prevent Basement Flooding Happening Again?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

flood in kitchen Having an issue with flood damage in your Plainsboro home. Call SERVPRO for the help you need.

We offer effective extraction and long-term solutions to prevent flooding again in Plainsboro homes.

If your Plainsboro home has recently suffered the effects of a flood, then you already realize how devastating invading water can be in even the basement level of your home. Professional restoration like our SERVPRO team provides can help to make it “Like it never even happened,” but that is only part of the equation.

While addressing flood damage in Plainsboro homes is vital when it occurs, many homeowners also want to take the necessary steps to prevent recurrences moving forward. While there are few things that a homeowner can do to stop intruding water entirely in extreme circumstances, preventative steps can help reduce the risk and possibilities.

How Can I Repair My Basement Structure? 

Structural repair is a service that our SERVPRO team can offer, along with our residential contractors. These licensed professionals on our roster have considerable building trades experience, so they can offer long-lasting preventative measures against flooding such as:

  • Applying Hydraulic Cement
  • Masonry Repair
  • Water Diversion Trenches

While flood recovery once can be a costly situation, repeated disasters can be overwhelming and stressful. Let our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team help with long-term solutions. Give us a call today at (732) 432-9800.

How Can I Prevent Basement Flooding Happening Again? 

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

floating coach Don't let your furniture float away in your Plainsboro flood. Call SERVPRO to mitigate your water problem.

We offer effective extraction and long-term solutions to prevent flooding again in Plainsboro homes.

If your Plainsboro home has recently suffered the effects of a flood, then you already realize how devastating invading water can be in even the basement level of your home. Professional restoration like our SERVPRO team provides can help to make it “Like it never even happened,” but that is only part of the equation.

While addressing flood damage in Plainsboro homes is vital when it occurs, many homeowners also want to take the necessary steps to prevent recurrences moving forward. While there are few things that a homeowner can do to stop intruding water entirely in extreme circumstances, preventative steps can help reduce the risk and possibilities.

How Can I Repair My Basement Structure? 

Structural repair is a service that our SERVPRO team can offer, along with our residential contractors. These licensed professionals on our roster have considerable building trades experience, so they can offer long-lasting preventative measures against flooding such as:

  • Applying Hydraulic Cement
  • Masonry Repair
  • Water Diversion Trenches

While flood recovery once can be a costly situation, repeated disasters can be overwhelming and stressful. Let our SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows team help with long-term solutions. Give us a call today at (732) 432-9800.

How Do I Document Restoration Work for My Flood Insurance Claim?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood in kitchen Having flooding issues in your East Brunswick home? Let SERVPRO take care of the problem and guide you in the insurance process too.

Check Documentation Guidelines for a Flood Insurance Claim, and Hire a Professional Service to do the Job

Flooding in East Brunswick is a problematic situation, and keeping your wits about you can be challenging. Calling a reliable water cleanup service to help you understand the steps necessary for successful restoration is a sound decision. Let the experts apply their knowledge rather than letting your inexperience drive such an important task.

In East Brunswick, flood damage due to a storm is a job for SERVPRO. We are IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification accredited water restoration technicians and work within challenging situations with clarity and speed. Once we arrive at your home, we can establish a timeline for our team to tackle each aspect of the job, including water extraction, disinfection, and sanitizing.

Can I move to another part of the house that isn't flooded?

Floodwaters bring debris, waste, and microorganisms into your home. Even when an area seems safe, it is best to let our SERVPRO team make an assessment and help you make that determination. As much as possible, we isolate the flooded area to avoid cross-contamination throughout your home. Additional protective measures may include-

  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Creation of physical barriers within your home
  • Discarding of irrecoverable items such as carpets

Let SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows work for you in a time of emergency. Call us at (732) 432-9800 and let us work to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Who Can I Call When My Basement Floods?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

sump pump in basement Flooding Woes in Plainsboro? From the basement to the roof, we can help

Certified Disaster Mitigation Experts Are Ready to Remove Flood Damage from Your Plainsboro Basement 24/7

Basement flooding is almost an inevitability in most Plainsboro homes that have them. Statistics estimate that a whopping 98% of basements have experienced moisture damage in their lifetime.

If your basement is affected by flood damage in your Plainsboro property, SERVPRO professionals are available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This team is dedicated to keeping your home in a preloss condition free of odors, microbes, and floodwater contaminants.

Preventing Basement Sump Pump Flooding

There are several issues you can address in your home before flooding occurs to ensure that your basement sump pump can handle floodwaters.

  • Faulty, damaged or obstructed sump pits.
  • A malfunctioning inner float, which typically means there is debris stuck in the pump. Prevent this by keeping the filter and exterior grates clean.
  • Overheated pumps, an issue typically caused by inadequate ventilation or clogs that leave the pump running without actually sucking up water.
  • Undersized sump pumps, which can burn out quickly
  • An old sump pump may no longer have compatible parts for repairs or handle as much water as a newer system. Older properties may not have a pump system in the basement at all.

SERVPRO’s Flood Damage Extraction Tools

SERVPRO techs have a wide array of water extraction tools at their disposal to address any size disaster. Both portable extractors and truck-mounted systems operate with three systems:

  • A vacuum to suck up water
  • A heating system for sanitation
  • A pump system

All three are necessary for removing water from upholstery, but only the vacuum portion is needed for extracting water in most other applications.

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows serves the community with cleanup that is Faster To Any Size Disaster. When your home needs reliable disaster mitigation, you can

cleanup that is Faster To Any Size Disaster. When your home needs reliable disaster mitigation, you can call (732) 432-9800.

Working with an Experienced Team can make this Stressful Process a Bit Easier to Handle

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded homes You want SERVPRO's teams by your side in the event of a flood. We are always available, give us a call.

Working with an Experienced Team can make this Stressful Process a Bit Easier to Handle 

New Jersey is no stranger to intense weather, including hurricanes and nor'easters. This wicked weather can bring high winds, rain, and flood damage to both commercial and residential properties in the local area.

When a winter storm rolled through with cold, heavy rains, causing flood damage in an East Brunswick basement home theater. The grade on the property did not direct the water away from the basement, and it entered around the windows and ran down the walls, pooling on the slab floor. 

Scoping and Priorities for Water Loss

The homeowner was concerned about their home theater projection equipment and the soundbar system in the basement and requested SERVPRO technicians remove them as quickly as possible. The techs advised the homeowner to have the electronics inspected by a qualified electrician, or they could arrange for one before the equipment got used again. 

Rapid Water Extraction

The area rug on the slab floor was heavy with water, needed the moisture removed because it could get safely taken out of the basement. The techs moved the couch in the basement and boxes of DVDs to another area of the home during the water cleanup process. After that, the removal of the rest of the water went quickly.

Drying the Basement 

SERVPRO techs take air measurements in unaffected areas of the home to determine the usual conditions to ensure a healthy environment. Through this method, drying goals get set and monitored while the air movers and dehumidification equipment runs to ensure the basement attains preset markers for air quality.

Removal and Repairs

After flood loss in a home, it can be stressful to deal with restoration services and reconstruction. With their general contractor license #13VH06622700, the techs can take the restoration services directly into repairs to bring the home theater in the basement to its preloss condition and ready to entertain again. This service can include needed corrections to the grade on the property and resealing around the basement windows. 

At the first sign of flood damage, contact SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows at (732) 432-9800. The certified techs can restore and rebuild the home to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Are you Ready if Disaster Strikes?

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

The likelihood of you and your family’s survival in an emergency depends largely on the plans you have in place should disaster strike.  Whether it’s a flood, fire, storm damage, earthquake, hurricane or whatever the case, having a plan in place and the tools to make it on your own for at least three days is crucial.  The time to prepare is now! 

Creating a kit of emergency supplies is a must.  Fresh water and food are your first consideration.  Plan to have at least a gallon of drinking water per person per day.  Include at minimum a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that are easily stored with little preparation.   Food items such as dried fruit, protein and granola bars, canned foods, cereals and nuts are perfect.  Consider packing warm clothes and a sleeping bag for cold weather climates.   Also include a first aid kit as well as a battery-operated radio, extra batteries, flashlight and a can opener.  Don’t forget any specific or unique items you or your family may need such as medicines, supplies for your pets etc.  

Now that you have an emergency supply kit ready, the next step is to have a plan of action.  Create a system of communication between family members and/or co-workers.  Keep in mind that emergencies can happen while at home or at your place of business.  Ensuring that everyone knows the plan and reviewing it ahead of time is important. 

The time to prepare is now! 

Read more at ready.gov

Water Woes in Cedar Grove, New Jersey

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage cleanup in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

Party City Versus Mother Nature

SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows is available 24/7 for all types of emergencies and storm damage. We understand the severity of water damage and are here to help ease some of the trauma.

A few months back in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, our team of professionals had been working around the clock to help ease the disaster created by floods to a local Party City. Even with all of the precautions the chain store had in place, some messes are just beyond our control. But, not for SERVPRO of East Brunswick./Princeton Meadows. Despite approaching our busiest of seasons, our team worked around the clock and after hours, to ensure that we were able to get this business up and running as soon as possible. After the severe flooding and damage occurred, our SERVPRO team went into the store, and cleaned all damaged surfaces--including any damaged merchandise--and went about restoring the store to its original standards.

No matter how big the disaster, the SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows team knows how to get any and every job done right--and efficiently. For all of your emergencies, reach us at (732) 432-9800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Extensive Water Damage in Cedar Grove, New Jersey

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Faster to any Disaster!

Torrential Rain Causes Major Flooding for Local Businesses

Due to the recent torrential downpours throughout New Jersey, our team of professionals have been working around the clock cleaning up the water disaster created by floods to several local homes and businesses in the Cedar Grove, Little Falls area. Considering the number of storms New Jersey has been through in the month of August and the amount of rain we have received within hours, cleanup will remain ongoing for a while. Flooded homes and businesses, damaged cars and debris all over will take some time to clean up. SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows works with your insurance company to ensure a smooth claims process.

SERVPRO demonstrates its ability to handle any type of disaster. We have the resources and equipment to restore your home or business to preloss conditions. Immediate response ensures less restoration costs as further damage is reduced with fast response by our professionals.

Regardless of the size if the disaster, SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows team of professionals know how to get the job done right and efficiently. Call us at (732) 432-9800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Burst Pipe Causes Extensive Water Damage in Somerset, NJ

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Burst Pipe Causes Extensive Water Damage to Office Building.

Somerset, NJ Business Damaged by Frozen Pipe Burst

An increased amount of snow, wind and rain this winter caused havoc with many homeowners and businesses throughout New Jersey and the rest of the northeast. Nor’easter storms were as frequent as the temperatures were brutal. Frigid temperatures and accumulation of snow and icy conditions became the norm for what seemed like an eternity.

Imagine walking into the front lobby of your office building and stepping unto carpeting saturated with a couple of inches of water. As if this wasn’t shocking enough, after further investigation, you discover extensive water damage throughout the building including floors, ceilings and walls. Water from one floor spreading to other rooms and seeping down to the floor below causing extensive damage with falling ceiling tiles scattered throughout. This was the scenario SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows encountered increasingly this winter. Pipe breaks due to frozen pipes were causing numerous businesses to close due to flooding.

SERVPRO of East Brunswick understands the urgency of getting you back to business with as little interruption as possible. After initial contact from the customer, SERVPRO professionals are dispatched immediately to perform the necessary dry-out and cleanup services. Getting you back to business as quickly as possible is our number one priority. We understand that immediate remediation is necessary to avoid further damage from occurring. SERVPRO works with your insurance company for a stress-free claims process. Our 24-hour service technicians ensure immediate emergency response bringing enough equipment and manpower to get the job done right. Trust our professionals to get your business back to business with as little interruption as possible. Call SERVPRO of East Brunswick/Princeton Meadows and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

Pipe Break Causes Extensive Damage to Local Hotel

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Local New Brunswick Hotel experiences frozen pipe break resulting in extensive flood damage to rooms.

New Jersey suffered frigid temperatures and heavy winds this winter causing pipe breaks and sump pump issues resulting in flooding to residential and commercial properties.

SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows was recently called out to an emergency pipe break causing extensive damage to a local commercial property. SERVPRO understands that every hour counts when trying to get your business back to normal. Our professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. SERVPRO of East Brunswick was on site within 2 hours with enough manpower and equipment to get the job done. Our technicians were dispatched and worked nonstop to manage the restoration to completion. Once the drying process was completed, our Reconstruction services were right behind doing the rebuild. Our local hotel was back to normal within days, not weeks.

Water Damage Cleanup in Plainsboro, New Jersey

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Recent rain storm in Plainsboro, New Jersey resulted in a sump pump failure flooding the entire carpeted basement.

Plainsboro, NJ Water Damage Cleanup

When your sump pump fails during a heavy rain storm and you encounter a flooded basement, don’t panic. SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows has the equipment and experience to extract and restore your basement in order to minimize further damage and lessen your stress. SERVPRO of East Brunswick / Princeton Meadows responds immediately to your water damage emergency. We work directly with your insurance company to ensure a smooth claims process for our residential and commercial customers. When it comes to water damage cleanup including drying and sanitizing, we are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No job is too big or too small. Call us at 732-432-9800 for peace of mind.

Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup - SERVPRO

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was onsite immediately to get you back to business within days. Our professionals are experts at dealing with commercial storm emergencies.

Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO of East Brunswick understands that dealing with a commercial or residential flood caused by storm damage, pipe burst or sump pump failure can be difficult and overwhelming.  Our team prides itself on taking away the stress of cleaning up your home or business.  SERVPRO of East Brunswick's team of professional, dedicated and caring individuals treat your home or place of business like it's their own.  We are honored that our customers feel the same way and thank them for choosing us to help them through there stressful time.

SERVPRO of East Brunswick understandings customer service and strives to be the best in the business.  Thank you Frank for sharing your SERVPRO experience with us.  We appreciate the positive feedback and your trust in our SERVPRO team. 

"We suffered water damage at our office in Somerset during a tropical storm. The next day I called SERVPRO to assess the damage and come up with a remediation plan. They came on site that day to come up with the plan and meet our insurance agent for approval. They completed all of their work in a timely fashion and they were extremely neat and professional, within one week we were back in business".

Preventing Frozen Pipes

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Here's what you need to know to be prepared and prevent water damage to your home:



  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.

  • Shut off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off .”

  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.

  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.

  • Proper maintainance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

  • Tag the location of your main water valve and make sure you can easily turn it on and off.

  • If you have a thermostat that uses a battery, be sure to replace it regularly.

  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or heating tape.


Following these precautionary steps to protect your plumbing will help you avoid water damage cleanup to your home after a burst pipe.

Preparing your Backyard for Summer Storms

5/15/2014 (Permalink)

Are You Ready for the Next Storm?

If a rain storm or hurricane is in the forecast, would you know what to do to prepare your outdoor living space?  Read more and print this checklist now.

Read the entire article here. 

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