Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Areas of My Morris Plains House Can Become Damaged in a Flood?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

A home with a tree laying on the roof. No matter how or where your storm damage has occurred, SERVPRO is standing by ready to assist.

There are many entry points for flood damage, and our SERVPRO professionals have the skill and materials to recover damaged areas quickly during the restoration process. 

Flood recovery is one of the areas where our SERVPRO team must act deliberately and quickly to protectMorris Plainshomes. One of the most challenging aspects of this disaster is how many ways it can enter and impact your property. Understanding these points of penetration and the appropriate response to these emergencies can help protect the house when flooding begins.

Even when you do not consider the migration of effects, the pressing need for flood repair inMorris Plainshomes can often have enough of an urgency for property recovery. While emergency services often precede much of the other mitigation steps necessary to restore the damage, these preliminary actions also help to control the entry points for flood penetration. Knowing the most likely areas to contend with flooding can help to implement construction solutions to stop water from finding its way into the house. 

Is Roof Damage Common? 

With the violent storms common to the area, Roof damage is something that many homes have experienced. When any form of compromise happens in your home's structural shell, it can create vulnerable points and avenues of penetration for runoff, wind-driven rain, and flooding. In many ways, this variety of flooding is among the most familiar with the area's properties because of our history with severe weather events. The damage possible to your roof can vary depending on the type of precipitation involved and the circumstances. Some of these conditions include:

  • Damaged Shingles - Shingles are a common installation element for area homes, but are susceptible to fierce winds and other damaging conditions. When any portion of these shingles is missing or damaged, there are vulnerabilities present that allow water penetration.
  • Partial Collapse - During the winter months, especially, your roof can deal with much strain from heavy snowfall or saturation. When joists and underlayment begin to weaken under the weight of standing snow, these supports can give way and allow for partial collapse of the roof system.
  • Ice Damming – In the winter months, cold snaps can form ice barriers along the edge of a roof eave and prevent melting snow from getting into the gutters. As this water refreezes and the dam grows, it can damage shingles. 

How Do Openings in the House Allow for Flooding? 

Breaches in your structural integrity can happen in almost every severe weather event, and when it does, it leaves your home vulnerable to water penetration. In most situations, harsh and fierce winds can have the direst effects on the exterior of your home. Once openings exist, they must first get addressed by responding contractors on our team before we can officially begin with mitigation to remove standing water and other damaging effects inside. Some of the most common structural damages that can occur include:

  • Broken Windows
  • Missing Siding
  • Damaged Foundation Block

How Do Internal Water Damages Get Resolved? 

Our in-house contractors (General Contractor License #: 13VH06046200) can work quickly to establish temporary construction solutions to protect your home in the event of a flood. We have experienced professionals in every niche of the building trades to work quickly on these solutions that allow mitigation to begin as promptly as possible. Addressing water damage inside your house once flood water penetrates the exterior involves many steps in phases that must begin as soon as possible, such as:

  • Drying - When it comes to removing water from the damaged areas of your home, there are many solutions for moisture elimination. Often this task falls to air movers, dehumidifiers, and other specialty drying tools.
  • Cleaning - Cleaning is undoubtedly one of the primary needs of your home after a flood loss event. Especially in situations where the water is believed to be contaminated, this cleaning takes on a more critical role.
  • Controlled Demolition – There are situations wheresimple drying solutions are not sufficient to protect your home and its contents. Controlled demolition removes damaged portions of structural elements and makes later reconstruction and repair more efficient and cost-effective. 

Flood losses do not have to be as devastating to your home as they initially appear. Our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team can work quickly to establish containment and work to dry out and clean affected areas of your home. Through experienced professionals and cutting-edge equipment, we can make flood losses "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (973) 887-9100.

How Do I Know My Attic is Flooded?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

blue tarped roof from storm Attic Leaks and Flooding Got You Down? SERVPRO Helps Our Morris Plains Neighbors with Rapid Water Extraction and Drying

Storms can damage roofs and flood your Morris Plains attic, our SERVPRO team can help. 

Identifying water damage in your Morris Plains attic might be a challenge if it is not living space. In many cases, homeowners do not recognize potential flooding concerns until water damage migrates to lower levels where occupants are living.

Removing flood damage from Morris Plains homes can be a substantial obstacle when water threats persist for days after a storm passes through the area. Some signs indicate flooding might have occurred in the attic, such as:

  • Staining on the ceiling materials
  • Damp areas in the ceiling
  • Sagging materials
  • Musty odors

What Can SERVPRO Do to Help?

Even with a challenging confined space like your attic, we have sophisticated extraction and drying tools that can help to make flooding “Like it never even happened.” Providing a safe and dry space above your living area is critical to prevent microbial threats. Even when mold damages have taken root, we have experienced professionals that can help with remediation and controlled demolition.

Flooded attic? We can help. Give SERVPRO of East Central Morris County a call today at (973) 887-9100.

What Can Remove Floodwater from My Morris Plains Basement?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Living room carpet flooding No matter how severe or overwhelming basement flooding might appear, our team can help with efficient extraction and drying techniques.

We have many premier extraction and drying tools to protect your flooded Morris Plains basement from costlier repairs and reconstruction

Flooding can be a traumatic situation, especially when you are not sure how to remove standing water from subterranean levels like your basement. Our SERVPRO professionals have a fast response with premier equipment that can help to manage this situation as soon as possible.

What Are the Risks of Standing Water in the Basement?
While you might think the sight of flood damage in Morris Plains homes is terrible enough, you should also take some time to appreciate the severity of standing water. The more that you understand about how destructive pooling water can become, the more driven you are to ensure that our professionals are working efficiently to remove standing water and drying out the entire house. Some of these potential risks include:

    •    Masonry Degradation – Penetration through concrete masonry units (CMUs) is not an uncommon scenario for homeowners in the area. Prolonged exposure to standing water and further penetrating floodwater can erode mortar joints.
    •    Microbial Growth – Without removing pooling water from the floor of the basement, the moisture content in this level of the house is often far beyond the necessary limits to facilitate mold growth.
    •    Structural Weakening – Concrete floors are typical for unfinished basements, and even with the low permeance of this material, they can still absorb moisture over prolonged periods. The longer directly exposed to moisture, the weaker this concrete becomes.

How Can SERVPRO Remove Water?
Our professionals can utilize many premier extraction tools in our inventory to remove standing water. Depending on the severity of the situation and the depth of standing surface water, we can utilize numerous machines and mechanisms such as:

    •    Submersible Pumps
    •    Truck-Mount Pumps
    •    Gas-Powered Trash Pumps
    •    Wet-Vacuums

No matter how severe or overwhelming basement flooding might appear, our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County team can help with efficient extraction and drying techniques. Give us a call today at (973) 887-9100.

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Morris Plains Restoration Professionals Talk About Post Flooding Safety

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying being used in water damaged basement Spring rains bring flooding and flood dangers to New Jersey. SERVPRO is always equipped and knows how to safely restore your home.

Flood Damage Morris Plains – Stay Safe After a Flood

Once flooding has receded, many people want to get back into their homes to recover individual items, heirlooms, important papers, and other valuable items. These consumers do not realize there are potential dangers which place themselves and their families at risk. There could be electrocution hazards, and because mud and debris cover everything, slips and falls are frequent, and the water may contain a variety of contaminants. Now is the time to call the professionals to clean and restore your home.

SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Morris Plans and surrounding areas. We cover many of the local towns in the area and can be at your home in less than four hours. Our teams are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to respond to emergencies. We are here to help your recover from the chaos that flooding can create.

Restoring a Home After a Flood

Electrical circuits often experience short circuits when water inundates a home. Never turn on lights or reset circuit breakers until your sure there is no chance of electrocution. Resetting circuit breakers before electrical connections are dried and tested can cause fires. SERVPRO can evaluate your situation and prepare a plan to remove standing water, mud, and debris and contents that have been damaged by the floodwaters.

We use flood cuts on walls to remove water damaged drywall and expose the studs. There are often pockets of water inside the walls after a flood, and the drywall is not only contaminated; it also swells after contacting floodwaters and must be replaced. We also replace contaminated carpeting and underpadding. Severely damaged floors, especially when water and moisture have penetrated the subfloor may necessitate replacement of tile and hardwood flooring.

SERVPRO reviews all of the damage with our clients. We can work closely with your insurance adjuster to return your home to its original condition. We also have a general contractor license: 13VH06046200, which enables our team to save time and reduce the total cost of flood mitigation, repairs, and reconstruction.

Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Lake Hiawatha, Boonton Township, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

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How Professionals Restore Flood Damaged Montville Homes

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain.  Raindrops falling and pooling Storms are frequent in New Jersey and present flooding challenges. SERVPRO is always ready to restore your flood damaged home.

How to Get Efficient Flood Damage Restoration in Your Montville Residence

Heavy rain in Montville usually causes the level of water in the Passaic River to rise, and this increases the risk of flooding in nearby properties. The presence of floodwater in a building often results in undesirable consequences. Many types of destruction can occur, such as ruined drywall, furniture, ceilings, and hardwood flooring.

If your Montville residence sustains flood damage, knowing whom to call for help is crucial. It is not always advisable to attempt to perform flood clean-up on your own because of the many threats present during this kind of disaster. You can get high-quality restoration services from SERVPRO. Our restorers can help you to clean up, dry, and disinfect the affected surfaces to restore your property to its original condition.

After we receive your call, our restorers can get to your home quickly and assess the situation. We can consider the length of time the water has been in the house, hazardous substances in the floodwater, and the presence of mold contamination. Our restorers can identify and resolve any safety hazards.

Floodwater damages increase the longer it sits in a home. Our team can use heavy-duty water removal equipment to give your home the best chance to dry out. When the water has soaked floors, walls, and other surfaces, it is critical to use advanced techniques to dry and dehumidify the property. If you do not remove the water and moisture quickly, wood flooring drywall can absorb it and become discolored or misshapen. Mold can also grow on porous surfaces, and cause health effects to the inhabitants.

Touching or looking at the areas where water pooled cannot give an accurate representation of how wet your home is. Our team can use thermal imaging cameras to find and monitor moisture. A thermal imaging camera makes it easier to detect moisture because the water stays at the same temperature longer than solid structures. With this equipment, our restorers can find moisture that would have otherwise remained hidden. At the end of the drying process, thermal imaging cameras offer excellent documentation that your home is dry.

Flooding can also damage the building materials or finishes of your property, making it necessary to replace them. Water breaks down materials naturally, and it ruins materials like plywood, drywall, wood, and framing. Our SERVPRO team can perform the necessary restoration work. We can remove, replace, and fix any structural components that sustained damage.

Floodwater also poses a risk of infection because of the presence of toxins, bacteria, and other hazardous substances in it. Our team can use anti-microbial solutions to eliminate bacteria and other microorganisms.

When flooding happens in a house, working with a trusted restoration company is essential to ensure correct project completion. Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for effective restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage Montville – Rebuilding Your Home

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

A home with the windows and door boarded up. SERVPRO can be there for your Montville storm damage, from board ups to restoration.

Storm damage in your Montville home can be handled properly, let SERVPRO be your team.

Restoring a home or business after a significant storm has blown through involves many different steps, which can be quite daunting to the average homeowner. There may be roof punctures, broken windows, and even doors that may have significant damage. Wind and rain have flooded your home with debris and water that can cause much damage. Where do you start and who do you turn to for help?

SERVPRO can provide turnkey flood damage restoration in the Montville area. We are the experts at cleaning and drying your home or business after a damaging storm has passed through. We also have a General Contractor License (#: 13VH06046200), which allows us to provide reconstruction services if required covering all of the major trades.

Outdoor Damage Repair

High winds can bring down large trees, damage your roof and puncture walls, doors, and windows. Our restoration services include a full range of emergency services, including board up to cover broken windows and punctures, roof tarps, roofing services, emergency fencing, and tree removal.

Indoor Damage Recovery

In a matter of minutes, your home can be inundated with water and debris. The damage may be contained to one room on the first floor or involve the entire home. We strive to save as much as possible, which helps to manage the total cost of repair and restoration. Furniture and contents that cannot be saved, due to contamination or damage, are documented and removed.

Once the structure is enclosed, we can remove debris and standing water and proceed to dry the structure, walls, and flooring. Our general contractor license includes restoration services for all electrical work, drywall repair, flooring of all types, HVAC, plumbing repairs, and painting. We look after the setup of staging areas as well as provide move out and move in services.

SERVPRO can provide full turnkey services for flood damage events, reducing the stress and worry that many homeowners experience.

Call SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at (973) 887-9100 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Boonton Township, Mountain Lakes, Lake Hiawatha, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Right Extractor for Every Loss Situation in Morris Plains

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Person is vacuuming /extracting something off of a couch or chair. Let SERVPRO show you which extractors are needed in your flooded Morris Plains home.

We know what your flood damaged Morris Plains home needs.

Did you know that there are more than 40 different varieties of hammers getting used throughout construction trades and various crafts in Morris Plains and beyond? Much like having the right hammer for the job, water restoration requires the same premise. Flooding often requires extraction efforts, and with multiple choices available to our team, we must choose the right tools to maximize efficiency and production.

While we may not have 40 or more extraction units in our inventory, our SERVPRO professionals must carefully choose among more than a dozen options for flood removal in Morris Plains homes. This decision is a culmination of several factors, and the right choice ensures that areas of affected homes can get protected from migrating flood loss damage. While there are multiple units that we can deploy, we have a few that see more action than the rest.


Portable extractors are among the most versatile removal equipment available to our SERVPRO team. From the confined spaces of structural cavities to the open areas where standing water can quickly erode exposed materials like drywall, these units can help. Wet-vacs and sump pumps both run on electricity, meaning that they require a generator to run if the power to the property has gotten severed.


Stationary units like trash pumps run on gasoline and can provide a much higher volume of extraction for properties. The drawback to these units beyond the need to maneuver the machine into place is the need to prime suction manually. In challenging extraction areas, priming the lines multiple times can be a time-consuming and inefficient approach.


The most powerful extraction device used by our technicians is the truck-mounted pump in our Green Fleet. This impressive machine can pull out standing water at 300 psi, making short work of even substantial standing water. Depending on the situation, this unit could be unnecessarily powerful.

Choosing the right extractor can make recovery tasks more efficient and productive. Our SERVPRO of East Central Morris County might have many units to choose from, but we have become experienced in knowing which machines can meet your home’s needs and save you time and money. Give us a call anytime at (973) 887-9100.

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Spring Storm Damage

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

High winds uprooted this tree right onto this home's roof

Although it is not storm season yet spring can bring some serious headaches when it comes to weather. The constant High Winds, melting snow, heavy rains, saturated ground etc.. can all equate to problems as a home owner. So here are a few helpful tips to be proactive rather than reactive; however if you have to be reactive make sure to react by calling SERVPRO of EAST CENTRAL MORRIS COUNTY ;)

  1. Make sure your sump pump is working, it will be working overtime with the ground saturated with rain and melting snow so keep an eye on it.
  2. Check the trees around your property for damage, large broken limbs are just waiting for gusty winds to help it come crashing down on your fence or roof
  3. Inspect your house for damage to the roof, siding, exterior foundation walls. 
  4. Check for animal nests, Over the winter wild animals may have invited themselves to stay in your warm cozy property. Entry holes near eaves or close to ground, drilling sites by birds or insects, chew marks on wood or wiring, or shredded building materials around the foundation. Check your attic and crawl spaces for animal droppings
  5. Seal up leaks. Inspect the sealant around your windows, doors, and places where utility pipes enter the exterior walls of your house. If it is cracked or shrinking, use a urethane-based caulk to seal cracks and prevent water intrusion.

Just a few things you can add to your "Honey do List" that will keep you busy on the weekends. Like you don't have enough to do but hey, welcome to home ownership right. Haha

Severe Weather

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans experience an average of*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

As a member of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of South Everett is “Ready for whatever happens.” When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is poised for any storm that may happen. With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team is there when large storms hit our area. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective: to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams included:

  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew  
  • 2016 Louisiana Flooding
  • 2016 Houston, TX Flooding 
  • 2015 Siberian Express
  • 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding 
  • 2014 Polar Vortex  
  • 2013 Colorado Floods
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy

No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is Here to Help. With the help of SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, we can handle any size weather event. If disaster strikes your home or business, give us a call at 973-887-9100.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Windstorms

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Windstorms cause millions of dollars of damage across the East Coast every year. There’s not always a lot of warning before a large windstorm hits, so it’s important to prepare your home well beforehand. Small fixes now can prevent more costly repairs after a storm.

Trim Your Trees

Check your property for any tree branches that hang over your roof, cars, power lines, or shed. Overhanging branches can cause significant damage to your property if they fall, which you can easily prevent by cutting them down before a storm hits.

If you have dead trees or branches on your property, get them professionally removed.

Inspect the Roof and Garage

Any loose roofing material will be particularly susceptible during a windstorm. Further damage can occur when a windstorm rips loose material off the roof. Before the windstorm hits, check your roof for loose shingles, flashing, gutters, edging strips, etc. Make sure any problems you find are fixed ASAP.

Your garage door, if it is not in top shape, can be a liability as well. If you haven’t had it professionally inspected in a while, consider doing so.

Protect Your Windows

Strong winds and flying debris can damage windows, so make sure they are prepared before the storm comes in. If you don’t have stormproof windows installed, you can use aluminum or steel shutters or plywood to protect your windows from damage.

Secure Items Around Your Property

While wind can cause a lot of damage on its own, loose items around the yard can severely increase the damage potential. If you received a report of an impending windstorm, secure or safely store items like:

  • Grills
  • Patio Furniture
  • ATVs
  • Garbage and recycling bins
  • Container plants
  • Wind chimes and other decor
  • Trampolines
  • Swing sets and toys
  • Bicycles

Make sure to store cleaning chemicals, motor fuels, and pesticides in safe places as well. You don’t want chemicals to mix together or spread throughout your yard or home

Put Together an Emergency Kit

If the windstorm takes out the power, in some cases you may have to go without electricity for a few days until it gets fixed. Prepare emergency kits with food, water, and anything else your family might need to get through three days without power.

Even the most prepared home can sustain damage during a bad windstorm. Fortunately, at SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County, we’re prepared to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

We offer a wide range of services (like board-ups, water damage restoration, tarp-ups, and other roofing services) to help repair your property after a storm. We’re there when you need us with our 24/7 emergency service, so give us a call at 973-887-9100.

Flood Safety TIps

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded basement

Flooding is a temporary overflowing of water onto the land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. There are many possible causes of floods including heavy rain or snowmelt, coastal storms and storm surge, waterway overflow from being blocked with debris or ice, or overflow of levees, dams, or waste water systems, flooding can occur slowly over many days or happen very quickly with little or no warning, called flash floods.

Basic Safety Tips:

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood water.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

After a Flood:

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charges from underground or drowned power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.