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Groundwater Flooding Cleanup in Homes and Businesses in Montville

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

flooded out kitchen Ground water clean up should be left to the professionals. Call SERVPRO for their IICRC certified technicians to handle the job.

What are safe groundwater flooding cleanup processes in Montville?

Flooding during a storm can occur rapidly, often before residents can even leave their homes for safety. The water crashes through doors, flooding everything in its path, bringing debris and contaminants into the house.

SERVPRO has several tips to follow for Montville residents before groundwater cleanup begins and they attempt to rescue family heirlooms and personal items. There may be electrical hazards. Everything will be slippery and wet materials may be very heavy, which can cause back strain when lifted.

Make sure that it is safe to enter and after calling SERVPRO for assistance, consider the following tips if you must enter the home or business:

  • Ensure that the electrical power is off and there are no fuel leaks
  • Wear protective gear on your hands and feet to avoid coming in contact with contaminants
  • Identify family heirlooms and necessary documents for removal
  • Work closely with our SERVPRO team to assist in recording salvageable and unsalvageable items

We clean and sanitize wherever possible to reduce total cost and save your possessions.

Contact SERVPRO of The East Central Morris County for groundwater flooding cleanup services in Montville and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (973) 887-9100.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Morris Place

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

commercial building flooded When your commercial property has water damage you need the help of SERVPRO. their IICRC certified technicians and latest technology can do any job.

Where can businesses store their products during water damage restoration in Morris?

Damage from a water leak or broken window can impact a business significantly. There is the damage to your building and contents, but then there is the loss of customer service and sales that may have a more considerable impact than the cost of restoration.

At SERVPRO, we strive to provide complete end to end services to our clients. Part of our water damage restoration service to our Morris Plains customers includes temporary warehouse space and reconstruction. Commercial customers can store their goods while restarting their business, and we restore your building.

Reconstruction service is in addition to the requirements of removing water and drying the premises. Our emergency teams also provide:

  • Board up and roof tarp covering
  • Temporary fencing
  • Move out and pack-out service
  • We make repairs to drywall, flooring including
  • Hardwood
  • Tile
  • Carpet

Since SERVPRO handles everything from start to finish, our teams minimize the downtime and get you back in business as soon as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of The East Central Morris County for commercial water damage restoration services in Morris Plains and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (973) 887-9100.

Flood Damage from Storms in Morris Plains

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

flood water in home. Storms cause major damage with flooding. Call the pros at SERVPRO for the flood mitigation services for your home.

Fast Response to Flooding in Morris Plains Mitigates Damage 

Morris Plains is a borough within Morris County and next door to Morristown. Both communities are considered bedroom communities for residents traveling to New York City for work. Commuters can travel to New York Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal. Settlers came to the area in 1715, Morris County was created in 1739, Morristown was incorporated in 1865, and Morris Plains was incorporated as a borough in 1926.

Engaging things to Do in Morris Plains and the Surrounding Area

There are many attractions in the general area for locals and tourists to enjoy. Some of the more popular attractions include:

  • The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
  • Morristown National Historical Park
  • Ford Mansion and Museum
  • Jockey Hollow
  • Morris Museum
  • Loantaka Brook Reservation
  • Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
  • Wightman’s Farm
  • Historic Speedwell
  • Lewis Morris Park

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum covers 127 acres and at the center is a colonial revival mansion. Visitors can download a walking tour guide to their smartphones to take them on a tour of the property and explain the various plants, flowers, shade trees, and gardens. There are nature trails with trees and shrubs labeled for your information.

Morristown National Historical Park

There are 27 miles of trails in the park for visitors to enjoy. Bicycles are prohibited due to the damage they cause to the paths. Trails include:

  • Yellow trail – 2.25 miles
  • White Trail / Grand Loop – 6.5 miles
  • Blue trail – 3 miles (Provides a great view from the peak of Mt Kemble)

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

The 213-acre farm takes you back to life in the late 1800s. Costumed docents complete farm chores using original methods and answer questions. They also provide information about raising animals, growing gardens, and performing repairs. Paul Revere’s grandson built the Willows, a Gothic revival style mansion. The mansion is open for tours and also on the first floor of the farmhouse. The farmhouse dates back to the 1918-1927 period. There is also a visitor’s center providing orientation information and guides for touring the property.

SERVPRO Provides Fast Response to Flood Damage Events

During a storm, rain can enter your home or business through broken windows and compromised roofs. Floodwaters can also surge suddenly, inundating a building in seconds. These waters carry a variety of microbes and contaminants that are chemical and biological in origin.

SERVPRO’s experience with flood damage to homes in Morris Plains confirms that a rapid response is always the best approach. Cleaning, sanitizing, decontamination, and drying, are at the top of our priority list to minimize the damage and avoid potential health issues to their clients.

Floodwaters from storms may carry:

  • Chemicals
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel fuel
  • Oil
  • Fertilizers
  • Lawn treatment products
  • And more
  • Biological Waste Material
  • Human
  • Animal
  • Medical
  • Microbes
  • And more

Contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County for flood damage services in Morris Plains and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (973) 887-9100.

Join a Free Laughter Yoga Session with Jess Brain from the Comfort of Your Morris Plains Home

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

a woman laughing SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing everyone participating in the zoom Yoga Sessions!

Improve Your Overall Health and Wellbeing so You Gain the Most from Living in Morris Plains

Laughter Yoga might sound strange at first but it really enhances how you experience life. There’s no need for Yoga mats or special clothing, either, making it super easy. Jess Brain (her real name) holds a Zoom class every Saturday morning, making it fit into the busiest schedules. Look for JessBrainBusiness through your Facebook search bar to sign up for a free class.

Here’s what you can expect to gain:

  • A decrease in stress hormones,
  • A boost in neuroplasticity,
  • Enhanced mood, and
  • A stronger immune system.

Why SERVPRO Uses Encapsulation as Part of Mold Remediation in Morris Plains

Because of its inherent properties, namely loose particles of a microscopic size that regularly get propelled into the air, we use encapsulating sprays to contain as much of the mold in your home as possible, leaving things at a healthy level again. SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can be reached at (973) 887-9100. 

Morris Plains Residents can Learn New Ways to Handle Emotions

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

a person changing dice that spell out stress to spelling out wellness It will be exciting to see the community learning about emotional tools to help them!

Emotional Tools Help with Stress Overload and Getting Along with Others in Morris Plains

Work, family, school, friends, and neighbors can all bring happiness and satisfaction, but they often create situations that bring anxiety and friction, as well. Attending the “Building Your Emotional Toolbox” seminar on Zoom can help you increase your ability to cope with stressors encountered throughout life. Sign up for the seminar, which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2021, by calling Debbie Walter at (908) 851-5450.

Coping with stress is only one area covered. Diane Lang, a trusted expert in actionable life-skills psychology, intends to also cover:

  • Reframing your thoughts in a positive light,
  • Channel angry feelings by getting to their cause,
  • Finding the route to forgiveness, and
  • Engaging in productive self-care.

Complete Mitigation of Water Damage Prepares Your Morris Plains Dwelling for Needed Repairs

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County ensures that each stage of the water mitigation process flows smoothly and efficiently, keeping overall restoration costs low and reasonable for our customers in Morris Plains. Call us at (973) 887-9100 for prompt, professional service.

Montville Residents Live in One of the Nation’s Happiest Counties

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged room When your home is damaged by a fire, quick action is necessary. Contact team SERVPRO for knowledgeable technicians.

Morris County rates much higher than areas east of Montville

There are many things which attract people to live in Montville and Morris County’s other small towns. One of these things is how daily life slows down and becomes more relaxed compared to life in or nearer a big city. However, there is more to it than just this.

Working close to where you live reduces travel time to and from work, but it can also reduce your income. Larger corporations pay more than smaller ones, but the much more affordable cost of living in Montville makes it possible for more people to support their families with employment closer to home. Many other aspects of our area contribute to how happy our residents are, compared to other places, both nearby and across America.

Plentiful parks and other outdoor places exist for recreation and relaxation.

While the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is available for daytime use to the south of Montville, there are many smaller parks available right here in town. Montville Community Park and Camp Dawson have several athletic fields, perfect for soccer and football. Some are natural grass, with others endowed with synthetic turf. The Community Park also has a basketball court.

Other parks have areas specifically for softball and baseball games. They are:

  • Softball only –
    • Masar
    • Etta Konner
    • Michelle Sullivan Field
  • Baseball only – 
    • Reilly
  • Both softball and baseball – 
    • Municipal

Because so many baseball and softball leagues in the area use these during the season, you should consider making a reservation to ensure your group can access one.

Tennis courts are also available for use to the public when not in use by students. They are located at Montville High School.

These parks are all open to the public during the day, providing walkways, fresh air, playgrounds for children, and much more. Even during winter, physical activity can include enjoyable, outdoor activities. In warmer weather, more active individuals find the rink in nearby Boonton a fun place for hockey and roller skating. For more information about the recreational facilities in our area, you can call (973) 331-3305.

Educational opportunities continue to receive high ratings.

High school graduation rate is almost 95% with the national average almost reaching 89%. We have double the number of people who pursued higher education through a university or college than the national average, as well.

These figures might exist because our education system spends almost $10,000 more per student than the national average. Participation in extracurricular activities often results in an increase in grades and a sense of inclusion in a tight-knit community.

Employment rates and economic status are consistently stable and elevated.

Across Morris County, the median income is more than twice that of the national average. There is also a lower unemployment rate, showing stronger job stability, ensuring our residents experience less stress and more expendable income for the little extras that make life easier overall.

One expense that is lower than other areas is housing. Only 37 work hours a week is needed to pay for adequate housing throughout Morris County, while the national average requires four additional hours.

We experience fewer health problems.

Better overall health, namely lower diabetes rates and fewer individuals classified as obese, result in lower health costs, including insurance premiums. The reduction of these two often-debilitating health conditions might exist because of a scarcity of larger grocery stores. Smaller grocers tend to carry fewer empty-calorie items that can lead to both diabetes and obesity.

Two other factors that also improve health is our increased engagement in physical activity during our free time. Instead of merely watching a movie, many of us prefer to go outside and take a walk or find something else to do that actively entertains us. We also smoke less than the national average.

Happiness spreads, increasing everyone’s well-being.

Montville in Morris County is one of the happiest places in America and this makes it one of the most livable in New Jersey. Just east of us, nearer to New York, lay several cities with less favorable living standards. These include:

  • Paterson – an extremely high number of abandoned homes,
  • Union City – a dense population with inadequate green space, and
  • Newark – youth problems, including dropout levels, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse.

We enjoy a balance between closeness to a metropolis (New York) without an excess of the unwanted effects that often come with such nearness. Perhaps these other cities provide us with a buffer from such problems.

Why SERVPRO Uses Thermal Fogging to Mitigate Fire Damage in Montville

When someone’s property in Montville experiences a fire, odor is sometimes overlooked until it continues. SERVPRO understands that odors come from microscopic particles that infiltrate a house’s materials, as well as the personal belongings of the family. We need a method that can get a deodorizing agent into the same places the fire’s heat pushed the foul-smelling smoke.

Obtaining an efficient and thorough result is why SERVPRO uses thermal fogging. The heat-activated deodorizing agent rapidly bonds to the odor-causing particles. The added weight keeps odors out of the air, effectively eliminating foul, acrid scents that homeowners notice even after cleanup of fire damage occurs.

How soot makes a residence smell awful after a fire.

Cleaning soot from surfaces and laundering textiles, in addition to performing upholstery cleaning and carpet shampooing, reduces the heaviest odors, but the hidden soot steadily disintegrates. As it does, soot’s now smaller, lighter-weight particles get picked up on air currents. Once bonded with the agent, a soot particle not only becomes too heavy to become airborne. These particles remain in this state and unable to disintegrate due to its encapsulation.

Soot is difficult to remove.

Because soot comes from partially burned materials, there are several types of soot. In a typical house fire, you might find:

  • Greasy soot from high-protein food,
  • Dry, dusty soot from wood and other dry cellulose, and 
  • Thick, sticky soot from synthetic plastics.

Cleanup by hand requires special tools, and a lot of elbow grease. Although it can feel like it contains nothing harsh, both the particles and the melted chemicals can create a lot of damage the longer it sits on surfaces. Thermal fogging reaches areas we cannot get into with manual tools.

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County wants to help your family after a disaster affects your residence, including cleaning up fire damage like heavy, smelly soot. Call us at (973) 887-9100 any time day or night, year-round.

Get in Touch with your Creative Side this December in Montville.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Pottery/clay Enjoy yourself and learn how to master the art of pottery as SERVPRO masters the art of water removal from your commercial property.

The Cracked Pot Studios Offers Pottery Classes for All Ages and Skills to Montville Residents.

Taking some time for yourself during the busy Christmas period can be a challenge. But learning a new skill can be an excellent way to unwind. The Cracked Pot in nearby Lake Hiawatha is perfect for Montville residents who want to explore something a bit different. The classes run from December 27th and cover both wheel pot-making and hand-forming clay. One-off pot-making experiences are welcomed; however, there are also longer-term classes for enthusiasts. Wheel throwing or hand-building pottery offers four weeks of clay work with 2.5 hours under a dedicated tutor. The facility also allows residents to glaze and fire their pieces on-site at the Cracked Pot kiln.

  • Private sessions are available by appointment between 11 am and 5 pm on weekdays except for Monday, which runs from 2 pm until 6 pm.
  • Corks and clay is an adult's experience that encourages pottery while enjoying wine and snacks.
  • Children's lessons are available for private tuition with age groups starting at 13 years old.

Businesses may be at risk of water intrusion during wet winters. Contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for commercial restoration specialists.

Enjoy a Festive Season at Home with Virtual Performances at the Barn Theatre in Montville.

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Our crew at SERVPRO can restore your property after storm damage occurs.

While Many Christmas Programs are Cancelled in Montville this Winter, The Barn Theatre on Skyline Drive is Hosting Virtual Performances. 

The restrictions and guidance from New Jersey on the corona virus has unfortunately led to the cancellation of many seasonal performances this Christmas. However, from December 12 to January 16, the Barn Theatre in Montville hosts a series of virtual performances for families. Tickets cost just $5 for the Holiday Countdown Surprise, a series of live performances written by Bridget Burke Weiss. The interactive puppet show is suitable for children ages 3 to 6 and tells the story of Buddy Bear & Mini Moose, who lead the countdown for Christmas and Hanukkah for their close friend Geraldine. 

  • Book a spot on this festive theatre by going online to the Barn Theatre website, and bookings can be made through the box office at (973) 334-9320. 
  • Virtual event video links are sent directly to your email.
  • Young children can participate in the activities via video link.

Flooding can be devastating for families over the winter period. Contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for assistance from qualified restoration technicians.

Smoke and Soot Can Have a Lasting Impact on your Morris Plains Home.

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO has the skilled technicians your property needs for thorough and effective fire damage remediation. Call the experts today at (973) 887-9100.

SERVPRO of Morris County Has Qualified Restoration Technicians Ready to Transform your Home to a Pre-Loss Condition. 

Morris Plains was incorporated as a township of Morris County, New Jersey, in 1738. Situated just west of New York City, the two regions share the United States' eastern coastal shelf. Both the township and the County are named after Colonel Lewis Morris, who was acting governor during the incorporation of Morris County to the United States. The region of Morris County was a crucial staging ground for the Continental Army, allowing access to landmark battlegrounds such as Trenton, Princeton, and Jockey Hollow in the war of 1776. This corner of New Jersey is rich in agriculture and resources. Historically, the nearby townships of Dover and Port Aram were mining towns that produced over 700,000 tons of iron ore every year. The riverine region is famous for its extensive collection of freshwater lakes, forests, mountains, and Greenland. The County has the Rockaway, Whippany, Raritan, Black rivers. The borders of Morris County are largely riverine barriers, one of the reasons behind the County's military importance. The Pequannock, Pompton, Passaic, and Musconetcong River form water borders with neighboring counties. Many of the names derive from native American Lenape tribes who originally inhabited the area but migrated into Canada, and Ohio Valley after land purchases, crop droughts, and disease decimated the local populace.

Their affluence typifies the modern population in Morris Plains and Morris County. The County has been rated as among the top 5 places to live in the US, while median income ranges rank in the top 100 of the United States. The excellent graduation rates and job opportunities that characterize this area are reflected in house prices in the top two of New Jersey. The industries that provide such a strong economy focus on pharmaceuticals, research & development, real estate, and finance. The County itself has the headquarters of 33 Fortune 500 companies. These include Palmolive, Pfizer, and Verizon. The lands around Morris Plain are dedicated mainly to wildlife preservation and historical significance. The 28 county parks account for over 13,000 acres of public property, which attracts hikers, bikers, kayakers, and outdoor enthusiasts all year round. Golf courses are also beautiful amongst the natural visages inherent to this part of New Jersey. 

  • The Sonesta ES Suites in Parsippany are an ideal hotel for businesses and corporate events. Situated just 30 minutes drive from New York City. The hotel on Interpace Parkway offers flexible working spaces and cooking amenities.
  • The Hyatt House in Whippany is a short distance from Mt. Tabor. Since 1869 various members of the methodist church have spent ten days camping in the Mt. Tabor hillsides, which has been the official title of the camp meeting.
  • For several relaxing resorts, the Mountain Lakes region of New Jersey is a superb option. Cross country skiing is available during the winter months at Tourne Park, which also offers excellent walking trails throughout the year.

Historic sites and recreation in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Like many areas in this region of the United States, Morris Plains and its surrounding townships have an opulent history that stretches back to the American Revolutionary War. There are also unique and protected heritage sites that cover America's transition into a modern industrial world leader and the Gilded Age, thirty years when the US economy's value rapidly accelerated and laid the foundations for its place as an economic superpower in the twentieth century.

  • The village of Boonton is a short distance from Morris Plains and cropped up due to the Morris Canal construction. The John Taylor Building on Main Street features a collection of historical artifacts that charter the region's history from as far back as the eighteenth century. Walking tours are available for visitors to the area with interest in history.
  • For a unique look into the community and local history of Morris Plains, there is no better than the Morris Plains Museum, which was found in 1974 and sits on Jim Fear drive. The museum depicts the beginnings of Morris Plains from a sawmill into a busy suburb of New Jersey.
  • The Mayo Performing Arts Center has a national reputation at the forefront of performative arts and drama. The center puts on 200 shows a year in its 1,319 seater theatre. The cultural center also encourages involvement in art for all ages as well as championing art in education programs.

Smoke damages can affect your indoor air quality. SERVPRO of East Morris Plains County Can Help Restore your Home Effectively.

When materials combust, they can release chemicals, odor particles, and microscopic particles into the indoor environment. Enclosed areas can be tough to ventilate correctly without assistance from a qualified fire restoration professional. SERVPRO technicians are experts at identifying indoor air-quality issues and rectifying them with a range of equipment. When working in a fire loss site, the core principle is to understand the importance of restoration over replacement. Restoring items in the home is typically cheaper, more time-efficient, and better for homeowners who may have sentimental items damaged by smoke. Our technicians work with a restore over replace mentality to ensure your fire restoration causes as little inconvenience as possible. 

  • Air-filtration devices are fitted with high-efficiency particulate air-filters that can remove dust particles as small as 0.3 microns from an indoor environment. 
  • Our deodorization programs involve several equipment and deodorants to find and eliminate all types of smoke odor from your property. 
  • We can use sand-blasting equipment to remove charring from building frames and other solid wood furniture before resurfacing and returning it to a preloss condition. 
  • Our SMR sales and marketing reps can work closely with insurance adjusters to produce a workable time-frame and verbal quote. At the end of service, we can help you fill out a 'stress-free claim.'

Our priority is to ensure residents get their home returned to them, "Like it never even happened." Contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100.

Montvale Residents Invited to a Victorian Christmas at the Historic Hopper-Goetschius House along the Upper Saddle River.

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Hopper-Goetschius House We are excited to learn the history of the Hopper-Goetschius House.

In the First Week of December, the 18th-century Home Opens its Doors to Montvale Residents who Want to Experience a Victorian Christmas.

The Hopper-Goetschius House is part of the national register of historic places and was built on the corner of Lake Street in 1739. The museum opens up during the summer and for a week in December so that residents and tourists can experience one of the oldest buildings in New Jersey. The house and grounds entertain visitors by providing fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts on the faithfully restored beehive oven. At the same time, authentic Christmas decorations are placed inside the house for guests to enjoy with home-made cider and cookies. 

Find out more about the Hopper-Goetschius House.

  • The Upper Saddle River Historical Society operates the museum and provides details of upcoming events. 
  • Virtual tours are available of both the house interior and the grounds that are tended regularly by the Garden Committee of Montvale.
  • Check regularly for COVID restrictions or temporary closures that may affect open house events in the coming months. 

As winter draws in, the chances of damp spots or moisture issues become higher. Contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for expert mold inspections.