Recent Storm Damage Posts

A Storm Left A Property With Flood Damage. Who Can Help?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

A home with standing water all around the property. Storm damage more than most realize, let SERVPRO help you.

Contact SERVPRO Experts in Newark to Perform Flood Water Removal in Your Property.

After a storm, floodwater can seep into various areas in your Newark property and can cause severe damage. If not taken care of on time, the water can weaken your structure, cause mold growth, and wood rot. Fortunately, SERVPRO technicians can reduce the chances of these secondary damages from occurring if contacted on time.

What certification does SERVPRO have for restoration?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers standards for cleaning and restoring damaged properties. Our technicians only highly trained, certified, and experienced technicians who can perform flood water removal in your Newark property. We can complete the job according to the standards the IICRC has set.

What should I do after flooding occurs in my property?

It is essential to contact your insurance company to inform it about the damage and begin the claim process. Also, contact professional restorers without wasting time to avoid irreparable damage to your drywall, wood, and other porous materials. Also, avoid:

  • Entering your property if it has suffered structural damage
  • Walking through flood water without turning off the electricity first.
  • Getting into contact with the contaminated water.

Can I turn off the noisy fans at night?

We do not recommend turning off the equipment since the more hours it runs, the faster the drying process occurs. Our SERVPRO team can place the drying equipment at strategic points to encourage optimal drying. Switching off the drying equipment can increase the drying time or provide an opportunity for secondary destruction like a mold infestation to occur.

How long can the odor linger?

Odors in your property can last for months or longer if not handled professionally. Floodwater can bring dead animals and different kinds of debris into your property, which can cause odors when rotting. However, with our approved deodorizing products, we can restore fresh air into your home. We can use water-based cinnamon to combat some odors. The product can replace foul odors with a pleasant scent.

It is vital to take immediate action when you experience flood damage in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Newark for efficient flood water removal. "Like it never even happened." Talk to us today at (302) 733-7933 to schedule a visit.   

What Materials Are the Most Damaged After a Flood in My Newark Home?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water spreading / flooding on the parquet floor of a house When a flood damages your home, contact SERVPRO for help with the next steps.

Flooding can cause substantial damage to many exposed structural elements and construction materials, but some are affected more than others. 

There is no mistaking the devastation that flood emergencies can cause Newark homes and businesses. This is part of the reason that professional restoration teams like our SERVPRO response team react so quickly to these conditions. While standing water itself can be rife with hazards and health concerns for those exposed, the threat to structural elements is also a major focal point for the responding recovery technicians that must be addressed as soon as possible. 

There is no set assortment of flood damage that Newark homes experience every time one of these disasters strike, making each loss unique in some regard. While many practices to restore and recover a flood-damaged home might be similar, every property is an individual loss situation that gets thoroughly inspected during the initial job scoping phase. We have competent leadership with our project manager and crew chief to walk through a threatened home and determine the work that must happen, the equipment necessary, and which materials have become most heavily damaged from exposure. 

Is Flooring Able to Get Protected After Flood Exposure? 

Flooring is often one of the most sensitive materials to floodwater because standing water stays directly exposed to these materials the longest. Typically installed materials in your house's living areas, such as carpeting and hardwood flooring, do little to resist water penetration. The objective of responding technicians is to protect the flooring material, but if that is not possible, then the secondary goal becomes protecting subflooring materials. Reducing build back and reconstruction expenses can help these phases to complete more quickly. Some of the tools we use to address both top layer moisture and to protect the subflooring include:

  • Drying Mats – Drying mats are a powerful tool ideal for either saturated wood plank flooring or on the subflooring material. These mats work together to pull moisture from an exposed surface at a controlled rate. 
  • Air Movers – The placement and positioning of air movers can provide a critical blast of heated air where it is necessary to begin evaporative drying. Air movers are also essential for practices such as carpet floating to dry the surface layer and padding simultaneously. 
  • Carpet Wands – One of the attachments for extractors that our team uses can be vital in removing water from carpeted floors. Much like hot water extraction cleaning, carpet wands pull water out of the fibers with forceful suction. 
  • Weighted Extractors – Using our technicians' weight, these extractors press materials together to force moisture to the surface for collection by an onboard vacuum system. 
  • Controlled Demolition – In some situations, physical damages have already begun when our SERVPRO professionals are notified of the emergency. When warping and swelling occur, the only solution for flooring is to remove it and reinstall it. 

How Damaged Can Drywall Become After a Disaster? 

Sheetrock is immensely porous, making it one of the most sensitive materials in your entire house to migrating water effects after a flood. When standing water settles around the base of a wall system, it can quickly get absorbed by the drywall, but then begin to wick up the wall even several feet beyond where the exposure on the surface stops. Often it is challenging to restore drywall, but the other elements of the wall system can usually get protected with practices such as:

  • Positive Pressure Systems 
  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • Controlled Demolition

What Are the Immediate Threats of Saturated Ceiling Materials? 

Ceiling materials can get damaged in a flood loss situation when areas like the roof allow for water penetration after a storm. Missing shingles or a partially collapsed roof system must get repaired or temporarily resolved with tarping before we can effectively remove flood damage. Our in-house team of contractors can help in that regard. Inside, they can also help with some of the threats to the structural elements of the house. Some of the risks that exist with water moving through ceiling materials include:

  • Sagging/Collapse
  • Water Damage to Lower Levels
  • Microbial Growth

Does SERVPRO Rebuild After Storm Losses? 

With a team of contractors at the ready on our roster, we can help to provide a seamless transition between the mitigation phases and the reconstruction and build back that your property needs. After severe storm losses, some degree of repair is often necessary. We have qualified contractors experienced in the building trades to help your home however it needs when disasters strike. 

Floods can be worse on some materials than others. Our SERVPRO of Newark team can help you get the property back to its preloss condition after a loss, beginning with some of the most damaged structural elements. Give us a call whenever you need us at (302) 733-7933.

Does the Same Company Provide Flood Restoration and Cleaning for Newark Homes?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain on roof; trees in background With rain comes flooding. SERVPRO has the expertise to remediate all flood damage in your Newark home.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Efficient Cleaning and Restoration Strategies to Make Flood Losses "Like it never even happened." 

Recovering a damaged property after a flood in Newark can require several steps happening in quick succession. As a leading flood restoration company for the region, we have been able to reduce the time of these projects by offering a comprehensive approach, including mitigation and reconstruction. With natural flooding, one of the chief concerns is exposure to potential contaminants, which can often get addressed with a thorough cleaning and other practices implemented along with the arrival of our experienced SERVPRO technicians. 

Flooding restoration for Newark properties is only successful when all of the concerns and detrimental conditions have gotten addressed and resolved. To do this efficiently, we have both in-house contractors to oversee immediate repairs and demolition necessary to protect the property, contents, and occupants from contaminant exposure and qualified cleaning technicians to manage threats impacting surfaces and materials that do not require removal. A combination of strategies and products are necessary to return a flood-damaged property to preloss condition after a disaster. 

What Is the Purpose of Job Scoping for Flood Recovery? 

 An evaluation of your property's damage and condition after a flood can be vital to determine the best approaches for restoration and repairs. The assessment gets conducted by our highly trained project manager working to establish current conditions to share with the responding technicians. The better prepared our SERVPRO team can be for the loss effects, the more we have the necessary tools and equipment to address the damage and potential contaminants before they worsen. The type of cleaning and recovery necessary for surfaces and contents can also get determined during this evaluation. Job scoping can identify potential restoration hurdles, such as: 

  • Contamination – Natural flooding often comes with the risks of contaminants, bacteria, and viral pathogens. The effects of these substances on the contents and structural elements of the house can be destructive, but there are concerns about exposure for the property's occupants. 
  • Content Loss/Damage – Your home's contents are often the most heavily damaged by stalled floodwater pooling in areas of the property. Even with our fast response, job scoping can often identify total losses and contents that can still get salvaged with the right cleaning approaches. 
  • Structural Concerns – Oversaturation and absorption can degrade the structural integrity of flooring supports, subflooring, and wall systems to the point of collapse or failure.  

What Conditions Could Exist with Natural Flooding Threats?  

Natural flooding in Newark introduced particles, bacteria, and debris into your house from everywhere that the migrating water has passed. Water moving on roadways can pick up cinders, oils, and other fluids. Rushing water can uproot trees and carry other organic matter like carcasses and fauna into the home. There are no two identical situations when flooding is concerned, so the response necessary to clean and restore these conditions changes accordingly. Water breaching the exterior walls of your home can bring many substances and solids with it, including: 

  • Bacteria
  • Viral Pathogens
  • Chemicals
  • Oils
  • Mud
  • Decaying Organic Matter 

What Cleaning Products Get Used?  

Cleaning is one of the critical elements of every restoration project that our SERVPRO team undertakes, but it is essential for flood damage recovery and repairs. Depending on what materials and contents in the house become exposed to potential contaminants, residues, and soils, the cleaning products and approaches used to restore them change. We choose among potent cleaning agents and chemical solvents to address pressing concerns on the property after a flood. These agents include: 

  • Phenolics – These products are reliable and work well against contaminants such as fungus, microbial growth, viruses, and bacteria. These solutions often have a stronger smell than other options, making it harder to use with customers sensitive to overpowering scents. 
  • Chlorines – Much like iodine-based solvents and products, chlorines are disinfectants with more potent oxidizing properties than other agents our SERVPRO team uses. These can get used as an active germicide in rooms with proper ventilation. 
  • Quaternary Compounds – Regarding disinfectants, quats are among the most traditionally used because they have a pleasant odor that makes them a more suitable choice for residences than phenolics. 
  • Botanicals – There are some businesses and homes that only want botanical (plant-based) products used for cleaning and disinfection of contaminants. Thymol and citric acid-based solutions fit into these categories. 

As challenging as flood losses might seem, a significant threat exists with lingering or mismanaged contaminants. Natural flooding damage should get resolved with experienced professionals like our SERVPRO of Newark team. Contact us today at (302) 733-7933.

Is Hurricane-Related Flood Damage Common in Newark?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

"Flood zone ahead" Storm Water Damage in Newark can be handled correctly, let SERVPRO show you.

Yes and we have the Experts who can Help You!

Hurricanes and other powerful coastal storms are commonplace in the Newark area.  Heavy rains, strong winds, and related storm surges backing water up into local rivers and streams, raise water levels several feet above normal. 

In just the last ten years, seven major hurricanes/tropical storms have affected the region and contributed to extensive flood damage in Newark.  Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst storms in U.S. history, passed almost directly over the area in 2012 and deluged it with multiple inches of rain.  Considering all this, residents should be mindful of the potential for these superstorms and the catastrophic flood damage they can cause.

It is best to research flood damage repair services and prepare as much as possible before ever experiencing a disaster.  You should learn what local Newark companies offer and what might be useful when facing flood damage. Area businesses like SERVPRO provide a wide range of home-saving services like:

Fast, round-the-clock service with technicians that can be on-site within four hours of your call.

Inspections for water damage, using moisture sensors and meters.

Professional water extractions, ranging from puddles to feet of water, using wet vacuums, portable extractors, and truck-mounted water removers.

Expert removal and disposal of hazardous water and waste.

Professional cleaning/disinfecting that prevents harmful bacteria, mold, and mildew growth that can cause health effects and dry rot structural elements.

Skilled drying of ceilings, walls, and floors using state-of-the-art equipment like injectidry systems, dehumidifiers, air movers, and industrial-strength fans.

Expert odor removal, using high-tech foggers and sprayers, that can remove smells from even the hardest to reach parts of your house.

When properly informed of your options before a major flooding event occurs, you can make better home-saving decisions when suddenly faced with such a catastrophe.  Knowing your options beforehand also enables you to act more quickly to save your property when disaster strikes. Newark area companies like SERVPRO are here to help if it does.

Hurricane season can be a scary time for local homeowners.  Know your options, plan ahead, and rest assured that there are area professionals that can help if you experience flooding.  Contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933 if you need help.       

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Recovering Properties after a Storm Flood in Newark

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

"Storm damage? Call SERVPRO, we can help" Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after any disaster.

SERVPRO’s Steps to Recovering Your Belongings After a Flood Incident

Storms are frequently accompanied by torrential downpours that can overload drainage systems or dams, causing flash flooding in your local area. Fast-moving floodwaters can overwhelm your home, resulting in large quantities of standing water that can seriously damage floors, furnishings, and fixtures. We offer water restoration technicians to residents of this community that are experiencing flood issues in their property and can quickly set to work mitigating further losses, removing excess water, and restoring your home. 

Property owners that experience a storm flood in Newark should avoid trying to move the furniture themselves. We understand that homes are built over the years with accumulated possessions that hold significant sentimental value or considered irreplaceable. However, floodwaters can carry all kinds of dangers including harmful diseases and should not be approached without personal protective equipment (PPE.) Structural damage may also be sustained by large quantities of water, resulting in uneven surfaces or weakened floorboards and present a severe health hazard.

The quickest way to reduce the potential losses in a flood situation like this is to remove standing water and moisture from the affected area. To reduce immediate losses, SERVPRO deploys pumping equipment along with extraction units to remove excess moisture from home. Water extractors can be up to 1,200 times more efficient at removing water, and prolonged exposure to moisture can cause further losses than initially anticipated. By mobilizing this equipment quickly, SERVPRO technicians can significantly reduce your losses and claims the expense.

The next stage in performing a complete restoration is to ensure that the property is dry. Floodwater migrates and can wick into cavities into the subfloor or other recesses that are common in a home environment. SERVPRO technicians use an established drying procedure that incorporates both air-moving and dehumidification equipment. This stage is essential to preventing further losses because it reduces the likelihood of secondary mold damages from occurring in the property after service is complete. By drying the property, technicians not only tackle unpleasant odors but also guard against the future expense of secondary damage claims.

SERVPRO of Newark is available for property restoration and water mitigation services at (302) 733-7933.

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Dealing With Only One Point of Contact Throughout Flood Damage Recovery in your Newark Property

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A group of SERVPRO employees in a garage with a SERVPRO vehicle and equipment. SERVPRO knows that your contents are just as important as the rest of your Newark home.

Let us help you save your Newark contents and home. We are ready for your call.

In severe rainstorms, your property may sustain so much damage that you need to relocate temporarily. Relocations can be incredibly taxing on homeowners because they are unaware of what is happening at their property. Figuring out where to store items, how to prevent unlawful entry, and how to make a claim are just a few of the concerns facing homeowners in a flood situation. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with residential flooding situations and run a series of emergency services to help homeowners overcome painful periods. 

Services providing flood damage recovery in Newark need significant resources to deliver for their customers. Not only do technicians need to provide emergency security services, but they also need to pack, transport, and store your contents safely. Homeowners may find that the packing and removal of materials to be one of the most stressful experiences. Here at SERVPRO, we enlist the help of professional removers to ensure your contents are taken care of while creating digital records of all items and their condition. 

Our goal is to smooth the transition from an emergency to restoring your home to its preloss condition. Pack-outs, the removal of contents for safe storage, is an essential part of that process. We use climate-controlled SERVPRO storage facilities to keep your possessions safe for the duration of their time outside the property. All goods must go through a comprehensive check for infestation or pests. These checks ensure that cross-contamination from other storage items in our warehouse does not affect your possessions. 

These situations are usually only in use when property damages are severe. While your items are in storage, SERVPRO can arrange for construction teams to perform any restoration as well as electronic specialists for televisions, laptops, and tablets. Vital documents can be freeze-dried to stop further harm from happening. All work we arrange is made a note of, which we can then pass on to you or a stress-free claim. 

Dealing with one point of contact throughout the recovery process can help to reduce the emotional toll of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.

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Black Ice Can Be Dangerous

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Black Ice

SERVPRO of Newark wants to warn you of Black Ice this time of year!

Black ice is a term for frozen water that forms on roadways when there is even the slightest amount of moisture present.  This forms slightly above the road surface where the tires are riding above the actual road surface and is hard to detect.  This is a big cause of accidents during these cold winter months when temperatures reach below freezing (32 F)

Bridges can be especially dangerous and precaution should be taken between sunset and sunrise.

The best thing to look for is the pavement is dry and see spots that look dark and glossy, there is a good chance those areas have the dangerous layer of ice formed already and to take precaution when driving.  Since your vehicle has lack of traction on ice, the best rule is to stay calm and let the vehicle pass over it without breaking or accelerating.

Stay Safe!

Flood Damaged Newark Home? Call SERVPRO!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO air movers drying water damaged office Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your home.

SERVPRO Can Save Your Home from Flood Damage in Newark 

Newark homes can suffer from devastating structural issues after storms swoop in that bring flood damage. Not only is there the danger of the loss of structural integrity, but there is also the saturation of your home’s contents and potential contamination from bacteria and other elements found in standing water. You can protect your home by enlisting the help of trained SERVPRO technicians to bring specialized techniques and equipment to the job. 

While flood damage in Newark can happen in several ways, our technicians can start by assessing the situation to determine the best place to start. Water extraction begins, and our content management team can remove any of the items from your home that are at risk of severe damage. While a fair amount of the structural damage remains unknown until a closer inspection takes place, other steps are taken to cut back on the amount of flood loss. 

After removing standing water, SERVPRO technicians start to dry out all saturated materials. We have a variety of discovery devices that allow us to locate moisture in any structural supports such as joists, framing, wall studs, and other areas of your home. The degradation of critical structural elements may lead to collapse, so we work quickly to address any potential threats. Safety is undoubtedly our main priority, and we work diligently to preserve or replace key components of your home’s structure.  

Depending on the type of flood damage your home has suffered, our technicians may need to expose damaged materials to employ the use of specialized industrial-strength products for disinfection purposes. These products help to reduce the potential for mold growth and to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. We can perform flood cuts as a way to access studs and framing so that dehumidifiers and air movers can get to work drying out all of the moisture that might be present.  

SERVPRO of Newark understands that flooding can be very stressful and overwhelming. Give us a call at (302) 733-7933 when disaster strikes, and we can send out a team of skilled technicians as soon as possible. 

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment In Newark To Restore Your Home

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

The outside of a home covered in debris from a storm When big heavy winds came blowing through this home it was severely damaged. We had the tools and experience to restore the home right away.

Protect The Contents Of Your Newark Home With The Help Of SERVPRO Technicians

Living in Newark is unique, it’s the type of place where you understand the difference between “The Beach” and “The Shore,” can eat three meals a day at Wawa, or settle for saying, “I’m kinda from Philly,” when someone from out of state asks where you live. It takes a unique sort of person to live in the first colony after all.

Dealing with flood damage in your Newark area home requires a unique solution as well. You want to have access to a local company that can protect your home’s contents that also provides restoration services that can meet or even exceed your expectations. You have managed to locate a company with all of the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to successfully return your area property to a quality pre-flood damage condition.

No one wants to settle for less, nor should you, and while most homeowners are content with waiting for technicians to arrive, other do-it-yourself (DIY) minded folks may want to get started while they wait. We must stress that if there is any possibility of contamination in the water invading your home, that you should avoid contact and wait for a professional to confirm that it is safe. 

Protect The Contents Of Your Home – You can help SERVPRO technicians prevent further damage to contents by securing loose draperies or removing scattered materials after a flood. Items such as books, papers, boxes, area rugs, and shoes can all leave stains behind if not handled correctly. Check all storage areas, such as closets, stairwells, or under your beds for any items that may cause problems. 

Always avoid causing additional flood damage to carpeting, vinyl, or hardwood flooring by leaving the appliances, furniture, and heavy lifting to the professionals. 

Extraction Of Excess Water – SERVPRO uses both extraction and evaporation to remove standing water from your home. However, it doesn’t hurt to throw down some towels or activate a sump pump before help arrives. Just remember that the professionals have the most efficient way to remove excess water, so don’t plan on putting much of a dent in this before help arrives. 

Gain additional humidity control by ventilating the structure by opening doors and windows. 

When your SERVPRO of Newark team arrives, we can utilize various equipment to accelerate the drying process and help remove all of the damaged materials and contents. Call any time, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for full-service cleanup and restoration services. (302) 733-7933

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Trickle Down Storm Damage in Newark? Just Call SERVPRO!

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Newark Flood Damage Mitigation from Roof to Basement Starts with a Call to SERVPRO

Storm and Flood Damage in Newark From the Attic Down

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Wind plus tree limb equals a damaged roof. Once that happens, rainwater enters, and the timer starts ticking for water damage to the home. For most homeowners, when this happens their first phone call is to their insurance adjuster, the next is to SERVPRO.

What to do when a storm impacts your home?
We answered a call to mitigate storm and flood damage to a Newark home. Several hours earlier, an intense storm cell rolled through, and high winds caused a tree limb to damage the roof and water poured into the attic.

Inspection, Scoping, Plan of Action
Upon arrival, our technicians scoped the attic and found water within the insulation and in the ceiling joists, the area between floors that often proves challenging to dry without the application of specific equipment and methods. Another standard procedure we do during mitigation of an attic is containment as moving things around tends to raise dust and dirt that have the potential to enter the rest of the home.

Advanced equipment and tools expedite the restoration service
Fortunately for this homeowner, their insulation of choice was fiberglass-based. We have special vacuum attachments that let us collect the wet insulation for drying in-plant and reuse, but preferably to discard and start with new blown-in insulation. Once that is removed, the extraction of remaining moisture and drying becomes a fast procedure. We used injectidry equipment to direct warm air into the voids, thus increasing the evaporation rate. We can then capture this water vapor with a dehumidifier as we eliminate the moisture buildup. Our air movers took care of the rest of the attic, followed by hand cleaning and odor control.

Equipment must be manned by well-trained personnel
Our technicians that handle this type of home damage have extensive training and the following certifications from the IICRC--the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification:
?    Applied Structural Drying Technician ASD
?    Carpet Cleaning Technician CCT
?    Odor Control Technician OCT
?    Water Damage Restoration Technician WRT

Our team provides comprehensive water removal through repair
SERVPRO technicians did temporary repairs on the damaged roof and tarped over the opening to stop any further water from entering the attic before repairs happened. We have a general contractor license #1992104829 and were able to offer the homeowner our services for restoration from the storm loss as well as repairs to the roof to eliminate some of the stress and provide a seamless transition from cleanup and mitigation through to the repair.

When storm and flood damage need fast and thorough cleanup, call SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933. Our trained, certified technicians have both the experience and equipment to make the water damage in your home "Like it never even happened."

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Newark Home

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

A storm hit this beautiful home, when big heavy winds came blowing through and high rains. We arrived right away to begin restoration.

Small Scale Flood Removal in Newark Plus Pungent Odor Removal

Water damage separates into three main categories: clean, gray and black. When loss from a storm happens, if the water entering a property is rainwater from a damaged roof, as long as it is cleaned up within 48-hours, the danger of bacteria and contamination is slight. The problem is black water from groundwater flooding. This type of water intrusion brings anything it encounters into the home, including sewage, chemicals and debris.

When SERVPRO answered a call in a Newark home for flood removal, we found the loss centered in a single area of the house, the stench of sewage permeated the air. Luckily, the homeowner removed the sofa and chairs into another part of the home when the water entered due to heavy rains. The french drain that should have directed water away from the property backed up and water pooled around the back entrance instead.

During the initial call, our technicians advised the homeowner to stay out of the room until we arrived on-site in protective gear to test the water and perform the flood water extraction. After we arrived, testing showed the water contained both sewage and bacteria. We treated the water before removal efforts began. Our certified Water Restoration Technicians used portable pumps for speed and efficiency. Little standing water remained visible; however, our moisture detection equipment showed migration into the carpeting.

To save as many of the belongings as possible, we photographed and notated non-porous items as we removed them to another area for cleaning with our EPA-registered disinfectants. The only significant loss in this flood damage mitigation was the carpet and padding. Because of the danger of injury moving wet carpet, we used weighted extractors to pull as much groundwater as possible out of it. Then our technicians cut it into strips and removed it from the house and disposed of it properly. Fortunately, because the homeowner called SERVPRO in so quickly after the initial incident, we found little additional flood damage.

Drying and disinfection reduced the pungent odor in the home but did not eliminate it. Our technicians used both air scrubbers and ultra-low-volume fogging to remove the remaining odors in the house to prepare it for installation of new carpet and padding.

Flood removal needs to occur as fast as possible to limit the damage to your home. Contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933 we can extract the water and rebuild as needed. We proudly serve our local community and are available 24/7 because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Your Key To Success in Flood Damage Remediation in Newark

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Newark can be exhausting if done alone. Call the remediation team SERVPRO today for help.

Seasonal Storms Bring Flood Damage to Newark

Fierce storms rage across Delaware in spring and summer, threatening your Newark home with straight-line winds and tornadoes. Heavy precipitation overwhelms storm drains, forcing backups into basements. One storm follows another, dumping rain on the same area several times over a short period. Flash flooding and significant seepage into residence lower levels then occurs. Professional flood mitigation and remediation is a must.

Newark flood damage needs fast action to avoid structural deterioration and to manage water contamination. Our managers and technicians master the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training to learn the best practices to restore your flooded house. 

Storms often knock out your electricity, but SERVPRO uses gas-powered pumps for water two inches or deeper and truck-mounted extractors connected to onboard generators for final water evacuation. Our service vehicles stock the water removal and structural drying equipment needed to contain and dispose of floodwater and then dry out the wet spaces. As our crew moves the water out, we use thermal imaging to locate any large caches of fluid migrating into building cavities during the flooding. If needed, our crew makes flood cuts, sawing through and pulling out wet drywall from the floor level up to several inches above the waterline.

The flood cuts open access to trapped floodwaters and enhances the reach of warm, dry air circulating when we set up the drying perimeter. After SERVPRO cleans and disinfects the wet surfaces with EPA-registered products, our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) technicians design a drying plan based on the recorded moisture levels of structural components in the flooded space. 

Air movers and heaters dry the air so that moisture absorbed into building materials vaporizes. Our high-efficiency dehumidifiers condense or absorb the vapor for collection and removal outside of your home. Once we meet the drying targets SERVPRO rebuilding specialists can replace and repair the storm damage and the structures we tore out to remove the water. 

SERVPRO of Newark has the trained technicians and equipment to return your storm-damaged home from chaotic and flooded to  “Like it never even happened.” We answer customer calls round the clock at (302) 733-7933.

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How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Exterior Wall frozen pipe

When you turn on a spigot and little to no water comes out, your pipe may be frozen.  Keeping the spigot open while the pipe is thawing will help the water run through it.  Running water through the pipe will help melt the ice too, only if the pipe has not erupted.  Carefully apply heat to the pipe section that has been affected with a hair dryer or wrap the affected pipe in a hot soaked towel.  Never use a blowtorch or an open flame device. Once the pipe is thawed your water should flow normally.  Make sure all you pipes within the home are monitored too.  A licensed plumber to check to make sure there are no cracks is always a good safety measure to take too. 

SERVPRO of Newark is Here to Help

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Newark is Here to Help

When a water damage happens, you may be overwhelmed by the aftermath and want the problem resolved as quickly as possible. Having a restoration company like SERVPRO of Newark’s phone number, (302) 733 – 7933, handy can be helpful. When you contact us, we can asses the damages and work directly with you and your insurance company. We provide top notch customer service with state-of-the-art equipment. Once we are contacted, we will respond by sending a team of professional, friendly, knowledgeable water technicians to your home. We will identify the category of water and use the correct and safe methods of taking care of your water damage. We will make sure to test and document all the readings throughout the duration of the job process. SERVPRO of Newark is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Snow Storm Preparation

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Snowy Tree in Snow Storm

Although we know Fall is coming to an end and the winter season has not officially started it is right around the corner. Taking some preventative measures to help reduce damage if a snow storm hits can be helpful. Some tips to keep in mind as the weather gets colder are:

  • Make sure all outdoor furniture is secured or the tarps you may have wrapped them with are snug
  • Secure any decorative flags, wreaths or any loose fencing from being blown away
  • Make sure your yard is free of small branches from being a flying projectile
  • Have salt ready to help melt your sidewalks or your snow blower easily accessible
  • Make sure you have windows securely closed and proper insulation around within your home
  • Know the proper safety uses for operating a generator or grills
  • Keep extra batteries and candles handy
  • Pay attention to local news alerts

Roof Tarping

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Roof Tarping

Storms can cause a lot of damage. I feel like there are more storms in the recent years as opposed to many years ago. At first, I thought it was just the media and level of awareness. That may be accurate to a degree but the strength of the storms and the amount of damage they cause seem to be greater. When storms or hurricanes blow through our area it affects people. Homes that are situated near valleys or located near streams seem to get the most issues. Often times roof shingles can be blown off of a home. SERVPRO of Newark can come and help board up or tarp those areas after the storm has passed. This is important to do because if there is no temporary fix while waiting for the actual repair more damage can occur.

Storms Cause Damage

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Got a Leaky Roof?

When Storms or Floods Hit Newark, DE, SERVPRO is Ready!

 SERVPRO of Newark specializes in Storm & Flood Damage Restoration.

Faster Response Time

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage clean up, SERVPRO Newark has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Your local SERVPRO has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (302) 733-7933 for 24/7 assistance!

Storm Blows Through Area

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Resting Crew Tech

Storms often blow through our area of SERVPRO of Newark.  Storms affect many individuals and many properties.  Many homes and businesses sustain damages and incur several inches of standing water. Not only water comes in but sometimes flying debris too. When storms like this happen we do have crews working around the clock.  Although we cannot get to everyone within the hour, we try and get to the most possible.  Our crews are dedicated to helping those in need.  The crews work as hard as they can sometimes sleeping at the shop for a few hours.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of people.  From the men and women working outside the shop in the homes to the men and women in the office making it happen behind the scenes.   

Winterize Your Vehicle

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for extreme cold weather is not only important for your home but also your car. Your vehicle functions in rain, snow, ice, hail, salted roads, and freezing temperatures. It is important to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped to handle all of the winter weather elements. 

Before the winter weather has begun, you should have your car checked by a mechanic for antifreeze, brakes, tires, windshield wipers, heater, defroster, etc. While using your car throughout the winter, it is best to keep your gas tank at least half full. Salting and sanding your driveway or road is helpful for minimizing ice and increasing traction.

An emergency kit for your car is essential when preparing for the winter's extreme weather. Your vehicles emergency kit should include the following:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Ice Scraper
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Car cellphone charger
  • Sand for better traction
  • Extra Blanket

After the Storm

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

  • Make contact with family and friends in the affected area and let those that you know outside of the affected area that you are safe.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. Attempting to re-enter the area can be dangerous and it is important to wait until the area has been cleared as safe by officials.
  • Avoid areas with debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid flood waters, whether on foot or in vehicle. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Take note of any damage to your belongings or to your property
  • Photograph any damage to your belongings/property for insurance purposes
  • Tarp or board up damaged roofs and windows to prevent further damage. Your insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm has passed.

Snow Storm Christmas Party

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Having some fun in the snow during our Christmas party

SERVPRO's 2017 Christmas party was a hit! The colder weather brings on a busy amount of business for our SERVPRO team. With such hectic and long  hours, we were happy to be able to find the time to fit in a great Christmas party this year. Our holiday party just happened to be thrown on our first big snow storm of the winter. 

Here is a photo captured early on in this snow storm and in the Christmas party. Such stormy weather ended up being the perfect opportunity for a bonfire, a few snow ball fights, and some holiday fun! Earlier that day we had delivered cookies and pretzels to a few offices around the Newark area. We are happy to spread the holiday spirit and what better way than in the snow!

Heavy Rains During Storm

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

A storm does not need to come in only the form of rain and flooding to seriously affect your home. Here is a photo of the flooring that had to be ripped up from a home after an extremely windy storm. Strong winds caused a tree branch to come down and puncture the siding to the house. Later that night, it started to rain heavily and eventually flooded the first floor, ruining a large section of the hardwood floors. Along with some belongings wrapped up in black plastic bags, you can see the amount of floor panels that had to be removed before we started our drying process throughout the home. Luckily this storm only affected a portion of the home rather than the entire property.

Content Cleaning and Storage!

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

A recent storm in the Newark area took out some of a household's roof and siding. The brutal storm opened up the home to the rain and winds, which then damaged much of this families belongings inside the house. SERVPRO came in and removed all the damaged contents from the home and dried the water damaged areas of the structure. We detail cleaned all the items that were salvageable from the home and stored them for the homeowners. We even use our own storage units to ensure the security of the household's belongings and keep them under our care throughout the whole rebuilding process. Now that the home is completely restored and in livable condition, we have packaged up all of their contents and are delivering them back to the house.

SERVPRO of Newark is Expanding!

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Our New Edition

Over the last few years we have expanded our levels of equipment and grown to need more storage. Here is our new edition on our property! Our new garage is used to store all of our generators and a few of our other pieces of equipment that we have not had the space for recently. Snow plows and snow blowers and overflow of equipment. Once we started the construction of our new storage edition, it was only a matter of days before we were adding the finishing touches and getting ready to put it to use. Now we are storing our equipment comfortably and with organization. The state of the art security system allows us to have constant visual contact on the facility.  We already thinking about adding an additional structure.

Hurricane Damage

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Surge- the rising of the sea level due to a storm causing pressure in the atmosphere to change and winds to accelerate. 

During a hurricane, the Storm Surge is what causes the most damage. Storm surges or the water that floods the land during a hurricane, is the most dangerous weather factor during a hurricane storm.

Hurricane winds can easily reach two hundred miles per hour. Winds that reach such dangerously high speeds are another huge cause of the damage that a hurricane inflicts on an area. Buildings can be ripped open and even down, trees are likely to damage properties, and items left out and unsecured become dangerous.

Heavy rain fall can cause flooding and water damage to homes. Cars are often flooded on the streets and in driveways due to extreme rain fall and flooding. Roads are commonly closed off and unable to be driven on during a Hurricane.  

Giving Back After Hurricane Irma

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Kayla giving a bath to one of the many Hurricane Irma rescues.

Hurricane Irma hit Florida hard and many communities were impacted in the area. Not only are hundreds of families suffering from the harsh effects of Hurricane Irma, but so are many of the animals and pets of those families in Florida. Recently, SERVPRO of Newark went to the local SPCA and volunteered in the best way we could. Many dogs and cats were rescued from Hurricane Irma and flown from Florida to Delaware and brought to various SPCA locations. We helped bathe many of the dogs rescued from Hurricane Irma and got them ready for adoption. Being in the Cleanup industry, we did what we do best and cleaned up plenty of our furry friends as a way of giving back and contributing to the restoration of Florida. 

SERVPRO to the Rescue in LA

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO helps in LA

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community. 

SERVPRO'S are here to help

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO'S from all over pour in to help the victims in the flooding in LA.

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community.