Recent Water Damage Posts

Flooded Basement in Vineland

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement in Vineland Flooded Basement Problems?

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding occurs most often during heavy rainfall. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a structure and normally built below ground level. There are several reasons why your Vineland basement could flood, such as:

  • Blocked sewer pipe
  • Hot water tank failure
  • Water pooling around your property
  • Drainage failure
  • Sewer backup

The flooding in this Vineland home was caused by heavy rain. The high rain levels overwhelmed the system.

Our Franchise Professionals were onsite within an hour to assess the damage and begin the water extraction process. We had the basement dry in three days.

Water damage must be handled quickly and properly or it can cause severe damage to your structure, and possibly cause mold growth. 

We are flooded basement specialists:

Call SERVPRO of Cumberland County, 856-692-0041 if you suffer from a water damage incident.

  • We're Here To Help 24/7/365
  • Our Franchise Professionals are highly trained in water restoration.
  • We work with your insurance company to help with the claims process
  • We bill the insurance company directly
  • We have advanced equipment to get the job done right the first time

We're Here To Help - 856-692-0041. Call us today if you have any questions or need help with a water damage event. We serve all communities in Cumberland County.

Water Damage in Cumberland County?

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Cumberland County? Flooded basement in Millville, NJ.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year — including all holidays. We serve, Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland, and surrounding areas in Cumberland County. Whether you're a manufacturing plant at the Industrial Park in Vineland or a residential homeowner with a flooded basement in Millville, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home or business and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Cumberland County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Services?
Call 856-692-0041

About SERVPRO of Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our Franchise Professionals are 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.

WHY PIPE FREEZING IS A PROBLEM!

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Information for this blog obtained by redcross.org - when you have a water emergency, call the franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County, 856-692-0041.

Prevent Water Damage in your Cumberland County Home.

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Water Damage In Your Home.

Preventing water damage is a lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are three easy prevention tips.

Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and what holds your house together.

Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

#1. Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

Clean your gutters routinely. A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.

Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.

Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation. That slope keeps water from getting down right next to your foundation, where it could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry, and create leaks. (For crawl spaces, keeping water away makes sure excess water doesn’t pool underneath your floor, making for damp conditions that encourage mold, rot, and insects.)

#2. Test Your Sump Pump Regularly

Sump pumps come to life during storms. That’s not when you want to realize yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once a year, and ideally perform several checks during heavy storm seasons.

How to test your sump pump:  Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Watch for the “float” (similar to the float in your toilet) to rise, which should turn on the pump. Then watch to make sure the water level falls.

Test your backup pump the same way, but unplug the main pump first. If you don’t have a backup pump — or a generator — and are on municipal water, get one that runs on water pressure. If you’re on well water, your only option is the battery kind.

#3. Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them

Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing soggy wood, since it’s soft). Yet if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there may be no long-term damage at all. 

How to check for leaks: Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.

At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.

So now you know how to prevent water damage — and add years (and lower maintenance costs to your home!). If you do suffer from water damage, be sure to call us at 856-692-0041.

Did you know?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know? “The first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives.

  • First and foremost, do not operate any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.
  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County has responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. When Winter weather strikes, we make it, “Like it never even happened.®”

Concerned About Flooding Due to Storms?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Here in Cumberland County, it’s important to be prepared for water damage. Being prepared for flooding and water damage is your best defense. Be aware of the weather, be prepared to move cars to higher grounds and keep all pets inside when necessary. Be aware of how high off the ground your home is, do you have a basement that would be susceptible to water?

Finally, have a plan in place in the event water damage does occur in your home. SERVPRO® of Cumberland County is ready to go 24/7 to assist you. We can be reached at 856-692-0041, we will work to make your situation as stress-free as possible.

5 Ways to Protect Your New Home from Water Damage

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

After spending a great deal of money on a new home, the last thing you want to face is the hefty expense of water damage repairs. However, this is a reality all new homeowners should prepare for — especially since floods are the most frequent and costly types of natural disasters in the United States.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County in Millville, NJ reminds consumers that there are several ways to protect against damage caused by storms, floods, and plumbing emergencies. To help you keep your property in good condition, this residential restoration service offers a few important tips to follow:

5 Water Damage Prevention Tips for New Homeowners

  1. Invest in Roof Inspections

Small roofing problems can develop rapidly — and result in serious leaks the next time a heavy storm comes along. Visually inspect your roof at least once every year, especially after bad weather occurs. You should also hire a professional roofer to thoroughly inspect the structure about once every three years. If you spot any issues — such as missing shingles — have them repaired immediately.

  1. Test Your Sump Pump Annually

When you have a flooded basement, your home’s sump pump can help clear water out to prevent damage. However, these devices only have an average life span of 10 years and can often experience issues after long periods of inactivity. To avoid flooding damage, test the sump pump once a year and promptly repair any problems.

  1. Keep Your Gutters Functional

  If your gutters don’t provide proper drainage, excess water can spill over and damage the walls and foundation of your home. Regularly clean your gutters to promote the flow of water away from your home. And if you spot sagging or broken gutters, have them replaced as soon as possible.   

  1. Watch Your Water Bill

Since the majority of your home’s plumbing system remains hidden behind the walls, it can be tough to spot leaks that may cause water damage. However, unusual upticks in water bills can be a sign of a potential leak. If you notice increasing water usage, call a plumber for a professional inspection.

  1. Check Your Insurance  

While proactive inspection and repairs can help new homeowners avoid water damage, some incidents can’t always be avoided. In these cases, strong homeowners and flood insurance policies can help cover the cost of water restoration and mold remediation.

When water damage occurs, it’s important to restore the area as quickly as possible to prevent structural deterioration and mold growth.

You’ll find fast and reliable care from the professionals at SERVPRO of Cumberland County. Providing water, fire, and storm damage restoration services since 1967, we offer expertise and resources to get your home back to its original condition. Visit us online to learn more about our emergency restoration services or call (856) 692-0041 to request assistance.

What to Do and What to Avoid When You Have a Flooded Basement.

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

When floods break out, basements are at risk. Whether it’s due to a broken pipe or heavy rain, flooded basements should be addressed quickly to help you minimize costly water damage and prevent safety issues. So what’s the best way to respond to these emergencies? To help you stay prepared, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County— a water restoration company serving Cumberland County — highlights important do’s and don’ts of tending to a flooded basement.

DO:

Move belongings to dry areas.

As soon as you determine the area is safe, try to recover any belongings that may be exposed to moisture. Certain items — such as soaked books and appliances — are usually not salvageable. However, clothing, furniture, and other slightly damp objects can often dry out in a well-ventilated area.

Safely remove water.

 The sooner you can remove water, the less damage you will experience. Sump pumps, wet-dry vacuums, or mops and buckets can all be effective ways to clear the space.

Check insurance coverage.

While home insurance policies may cover some types of water damage, they generally don’t pay out benefits for natural floods. However, if you have flood insurance, you may be able to save yourself a great deal of money. To find out what’s covered, get your insurance documents in order and call your agent as soon as possible to start the claims process.

DON'T:

Keep electricity active.

If the water is more than two inches deep, do not touch it; you could be shocked by live electricity. In any case, shut off power to the basement using the circuit breaker or calling an electrician.  

Enter water unprotected.

Water in a flooded basement may contain harmful bacteria and can increase the risk of slip-and-fall injuries. Wear a face mask, boots, gloves, and other protective gear when entering the area.

Wait to call for help.

Even if you seem to have a good handle on removing water and recovering items, call a professional water restoration team right away. These trained specialists will quickly remove excess water and help dry out the area to limit the risk of property damage, as well as mold growth.

When you’re facing a flooded basement, call SERVPRO of Cumberland County. Backed by the nationally recognized SERVPRO name, we are a local business that offers responsive, safe, and thorough water damage restoration to provide homeowners with peace of mind. In addition to preserving your home as much as possible, we also offer comprehensive mold remediation services to help keep your family healthy. Ask about our water removal capabilities by calling (856) 692-0041.  

5 Common Causes of Flooded Basements

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you use it for storage or additional living space, your basement is worth protecting against heavy rains and faulty plumbing. If it floods, your basement could be subject to extensive water damage and become a breeding ground for dangerous mold. But with a little foresight, you can take steps to prevent this problem from happening. Providing water restoration services throughout Cumberland County, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County highlights a few common causes of flooded basements that homeowners should watch out for.

5 Reasons You May End Up With a Flooded Basement

  1. Sump Pump Failure

All basements should be equipped with a functioning sump pump. When water pools in the basement’s sump basin, these pumps push it out. When the pump isn’t working, the water will only continue to grow. Since sump pumps only have an average lifespan of six years, it’s best to inspect your equipment every year and repair or replace it when necessary.

  1. Leaking Pipes

If you don’t spend a lot of time in your basement, it can be easy to miss a plumbing leak. While small leaks may only cause minimal water damage, they can get worse over time. To defend against these problems, inspect your plumbing about once a year and keep an eye out for signs of leaks—such as unusually high water bills. You should also use insulation to protect exposed pipes from freezing and bursting.

  1. Drainage Problems

 If your home was built in a bad location or you have clogged gutters, it’s possible that storms could cause water to rush toward the basement. If you have drainage issues, consider hiring a contractor to grade your landscape to change the direction of water flow. Additionally, make sure that gutters are always clean and that drain spouts are positioned far away enough from the foundation of the home.

  1. Sewer Backup

When sewage backs up into the basement, it not only presents water and mold risks, but may also introduce harmful bacteria. While some backups may be out of your control, you can minimize the danger by resolving clogged pipes immediately—and taking steps to avoid clogs in the first place.

  1. Improper Sealing

If the walls of your basement are not sealed correctly, you may notice continually damp areas—and experience an increased risk of flooding. Fortunately, there are several products out there that can waterproof these spaces, including concrete sealers, densifiers, waterproof paint, and specialized tiles.

If you’re faced with a flooded basement, acting fast could save you from a great deal of costly damage. That’s why SERVPRO of Cumberland County offers round-the-clock emergency restoration services.

When floods strike, we will dispatch knowledgeable crews to your home to remove water, dry wet areas, and repair structural damage. We also offer comprehensive mold remediation to minimize health risks. To request water damage services for your property, call the experts at 856-692-0041.

No Water Damage is Too Big or Small

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

No Water Damage is Too Big or Small

Whether a flood or leaky pipe, SERVPRO® of Cumberland County can help. When damage affects your home or business, you want it to be restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the experience to do the job right.

The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary damage or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Cumberland County will be on-site to help ensure water damage is handled b completing the following steps:

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of Cumberland County will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of Cumberland County 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 prepare the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, SERVPRO of Cumberland County will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES

SERVPRO of Cumberland County will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to ensure the property was returned to preloss conditions.

Before further water damage occurs to your home or business and belongings, contact SERVPRO of Cumberland County by calling 856-692-0041.

Cumberland County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Basements

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 causing surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more…

The flooding in this home was caused by heavy rain runoff. Cumberland County had received several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system. 

At this particular job, we were onsite within an hour to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the basement dry. We used advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that the structure of the homes was dry. 

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 worse the problem will get! 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists, and we: 

  • Are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • Bill the Insurance Company Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About!
  • Highly-Trained Technicians in Water Restoration Techniques
  • Use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help! (856) 692-0041.

We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"

Water Damage & Flooding Tips: Did You Know, Cumberland County?

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know, Cumberland County?

The first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage.

Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives.

  • First and foremost, do not operated any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.
  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland Countyhas responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. When Winter weather strikes, we make it, “Like it never even happened.®

Call us today for your water damage questions: 856-692-0041.

SERVPRO of Cumberland County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Cumberland 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 – 856-692-0041

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 Cumberland County 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 Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County 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.

Faster to your Cumberland County Water Damage

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Cumberland County Water Damage SERVPRO of Cumberland county provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service throughout the county.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO® of Cumberland County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Cumberland County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 856-692-0041

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Cumberland County

SERVPRO of Cumberland County 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.

Water Damage Tips for Cumberland County Residents

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage? We're here to help in Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland and surrounding areas in Cumberland County!

Did you know that the first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage?

Many flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives.

  • First and foremost, do not operated any equipment that requires electrical power in areas that have standing water or moisture.

  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, if it is seawater, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.

  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.

  • Throw away all foods - even canned goods - that have come into contact with flood waters.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.

  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

SERVPRO® of Cumberland County has responded to many large loss and storm events in the state of New Jersey and across the country. When Winter weather strikes, we make it, “Like it never even happened.®

Call 856-692-0041 if you have any water damage questions. We're here in your community, and we're here to help!

Cumberland County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Flooded Basements

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 causing surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more…

The flooding in this home was caused by heavy rain runoff. Cumberland County had received several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system. 

At this particular job, we were onsite within an hour to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the basement dry. We used advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine that the structure of the homes was dry. 

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 worse the problem will get! 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists, and we: 

  • Are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • Bill the Insurance Company Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About!
  • Highly-Trained Technicians in Water Restoration Techniques
  • Use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help! (856) 692-0041.

We make it, "Like it never even happened.®"