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Sprinkler Break in Red Bank

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

A large room full of personal contents The contents were moved to perform the mitigation.

The sprinkler system in a commercial building in Red Bank, NJ engaged on a Saturday night due to a frozen pipe. 15,000 square feet of office space was damaged by the water. The building manager contacted our 24/7 staff here at SERVPRO of Middletown to come out and take care of the water removal. She let us know there was a large amount of furniture and personal contents on the floor in the affected areas of the building.

Our water mitigation team quickly prepared equipment for the job and rushed to the scene. They made sure to bring the largest truck to move the contents to temporary workspace while the drying and repairs took place. Shortly after arriving, the technicians had all items packed out and were able to remove the saturated ceiling tiles and carpet in just a few hours.

The manager was amazed at SERVPRO of Middletown’s immediate response during the weekend. She was equally impressed with our team’s ability to dry out the wet offices in only a few days. The office belongings were returned once our construction crew completed repairs of the floor and ceiling. The entire job was complete in less than a month!

Latest Technology

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

close up view of a mobile device's lit screen Using an inferred camera on a water loss.

SERVPRO of Middletown uses the latest technology in disaster recovery to ensure fast and efficient service for all emergency projects. Mastering industry standards, utilizing advanced equipment and providing continuous training to team members allow our business to be a leader in the emergency service industry.

When on site at various losses, our technicians use a range of energy-saving equipment to dry, deodorize, and purify air and structural materials as needed. Specialized machines and environmentally- friendly cleaning agents are used to properly disinfect structures affected by fire, water or mold.

Advanced monitoring tools allow our technicians to accurately determine the moisture level of building materials affected by water. The tools make it simple to confirm the materials are successfully dried at the completion of the job. Our team utilized the inferred camera pictured on a commercial loss in Middletown NJ to check for moisture behind a wall which did not appear to be wet from the outside.

All technicians receive ongoing training and certifications in accordance with IICRC standards, which are a series of guidelines and processes necessary for performing emergency mitigation services. The training also updates the staff about the availability of innovative new equipment and tools which can provide them with greater capability in the field. Additional training is provided whenever equipment is updated.

SERVPRO of Middletown is dedicated to obtaining cutting-edge technology as it continues to become available. Equipped with innovative tools and knowledge, the franchise is always ready to take on emergencies of any size with expert precision. 

What To Do When A Basement Floods

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water swirling on the floor Always remove standing water right away!

When faced with a flood in the basement, it is very important to remain calm and take the appropriate steps towards remediating the situation as soon as possible. Once you give us a call at SERVPRO of Middletown, one of our 24/7 emergency service crews will be dispatched right away to assist with the removal of the standing water. While waiting for our team to arrive at your home or business, it is important to avoid flooded areas of the basement where you are unable to see the floor as electrical outlets beneath pose a great safety risk.

When our emergency crew arrives, they utilize special extraction tools which are designed to safety and effectively remove the water from the basement quickly. Once all the standing water has been removed, the technicians remove unsalvageable materials such as drywall, flooring and trim. After the wet materials are removed, drying equipment is placed to ensure any remaining moisture is eliminated from the building.

SERVPRO of Middletown is ready to take on water losses large and small. Give us a call anytime- 732-530-9009.

Water Trapped Behind The Wall

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

A section of removed drywall in the middle of peeling wallpaper. Water from excessive runoff caused the paint to peel.

Even though SERVPRO of Middletown was called in to dry out a commercial building which had wet carpets from a water purifier, we took the initiative to take care on an ongoing issue behind the walls. The water loss originated from improper run off due to the building's poor gutter design and outside slope. We picked up and installed some leader extensions so the water would run away from the building. As you can see, over time the water had seeped behind the walls causing the paint to peel.

Always take some time to inspect your property around your window wells and foundation walls. Clear your gutters and add some gutter down spout extensions so the water does not end up against your foundation. Any water which lays there will most likely work its way into your home and eventually could create mold issues.

SERVPRO of Middletown will always provide you with advice to avoid future losses and help develop an emergency ready plan for you.

Water Heater Break

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

water on the carpet of an office Water affected the carpeted office floor.

The water heater located in a second floor utility room leaked and poured down on a real estate office below in Deal, NJ. Employees called SERVPRO of Middletown right away to assist with the removal of the water. Our emergency service technicians arrived quickly to extract the water from the carpet and dispose of the wet ceiling tiles.

Commercial water losses generally need to be handled in a different manner than those taking place in residential structures. Most commercial buildings are active workplaces and even public retail spaces where a break in operations due to disaster can be harmful to the business. SERVPRO of Middletown makes every effort to work in a way which is least disruptive to daily activities in order to successfully dry affected buildings. Since our teams are available 24/7, performing work outside of normal business hours is usually more convenient.

The customer in Deal was delighted when the wet areas of the office were thoroughly dried in only a few days. Our in-house construction department was able to repair the damaged areas immediately once drying completed.

Heavy Rain Affects Basement in Atlantic Highlands

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded concrete floor in a basement room Water flooded the entire basement.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Outside spigot break
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure.

SERVPRO of Middletown was onsite within an hour to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process. In less than four days, our team successfully dried the basement. Our crews always use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine if your home’s structure is actually dry. We are experts in taking care of flooded basements.

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure, not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the greater the chance the water damage will compound. The flooding in this Atlantic Highlands home was caused by heavy rain runoff. Atlantic Highlands had flash flooding due to a heavy thunderstorm and it rushed into multiple homes.

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Teamwork Is The Key To Our Success

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

No matter what business you work in, teamwork and proper ethics are essential to running a successful business. Here at SERVPRO of Middletown, our team is fortunate to have a warm, yet effective working relationship with each other. Considering we are an emergency business, it is imperative communication is clear between the office, field technicians and project managers. During a surge in business due to a disaster event, proper communication and execution allow our franchise to respond to more calls efficiently.

One of our greatest strengths here at SERVPRO of Middletown is the camaraderie shared within our entire staff. The positive relationship amongst each other provides a pleasant working experience which is then passed on to our customers throughout the day. Evidence of our work environment radiates throughout our business and the communities we serve; the office staff receives numerous complements about our chief technicians on a regular basis. Visit our testimonial page to see what our customers say about SERVPRO of Middletown in action!

Wallpaper Can Hide Moisture

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

A hallway with colorful wallpaper Excessive moisture can cause mold to form in areas which are not visible to homeowners.

Water leaks and moisture are not always present in areas which are visible to home and business owners. Over time, slow leaks and high levels of humidity can cause mold to form under floors, behind walls and in air ducts. SERVPRO of Middletown’s expertly trained water mitigation technicians were called out to a home which had a water loss due to a broken sprinkler head. Once the crew started to remove the wallpaper, they realized mold had formed after a former slow leak from the air conditioning system.

This hallway appears to be clean and dry but a closer inspection revealed mold was growing under the wall paper. If your walls are affected by water and the wall paper remains in place, it can act as a vapor barrier preventing the drying process from occurring. Chances are the insulation behind the wall is also affected. Water will wick up a wall 1" per hour for the first 12 hours following a water loss. 

SERVPRO is always ready to take care of homes and businesses affected by disaster. Call us at 732-530-9009, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week.

Summer Fire Danger

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Trees on fire at night Wildfires can spread quickly and destroy nearby forests and communities.

The transition from cold and wet winter to warm, dryer weather contributes to higher levels of fire danger. As temperatures starts to rise in the late spring and early summer, lower levels of rainfall, bright sunshine and high wind increase the chance of dry brush creating a flame. Uncontrollable wildfires threaten enormous forested areas leading to widespread incineration of woods and nearby structures. Campfires and grills can provide the single spark to mass destruction. Cigarettes thrown from a car can turn leaves and trees into a burning hotbox. Even small brush fires and smoking mulch can easily spread, setting nearby structures alight.

The public can help minimize the potential for summer fires by being aware of atmospheric conditions and taking notice of weather alerts. The US Forest Service posts daily fire danger levels at State and National Parks around the country to keep residents up to date. Campers especially need to be very mindful of their activity in the forest to prevent the ground around them from developing a flame. Power companies should inspect equipment near wooded areas on a regular basis and proactively replace ageing parts and systems. Home and business owners need to keep excessive leaves and brush away from structures to prevent potential flammability during prolonged dry weather.

Summer is the time for enjoying the outdoors, relaxing and having fun. It is to everyone’s benefit for each of us to do our best to prevent warm weather fires from harming the environment we live in.

A Rough Start To The Week

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water on a carpeted floor Water discovered on the floor when opening the office.

When this company in Long Branch, NJ had a flooded business on a Monday morning, they called SERVPRO of Middletown to help clean up the water. The owner was shocked to find over an inch of water on the floor when they opened the door to start the day. Since our emergency crew was able to arrive within the hour, the carpets could remain in place as the water was extracted quickly enough to save them. Drying equipment was placed to remove any lingering moisture from the air within the building. Despite the early morning crisis, the store was able to open for business as the drying commenced. The owner was so pleased with how our professional team was able to handle the disaster without causing her to lose business.

Taking care of commercial businesses constitute a majority of the water losses our franchise handles on a regular basis. We strive to minimize the disruption to a commercial property by utilizing an efficient drying process designed for a rapid turnaround time. Our industry knowledge and expertise allow SERVPRO of Middletown to handle any commercial water loss regardless of size.

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