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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Summer Water Damage to Look Out For

8/24/2023 (Permalink)

We're in the heart of summer, which means summer storms. Living in New Jersey, we're all too familiar with how our summer storms can be - especially when it comes to water damage. We understand how devastating a flood can be, especially if it affects your home or business. Our team is full of skilled, experienced technicians that will get any job done. Let's get into the types of water damage, causes, and what to look out for.

Flash Floods

Flash floods are no joke. These warnings come every time a storm brings in a lot of rain in a short period of time. This causes the sewers to overflow, as they can't keep up, as well as brings the level of lakes, rivers, and streams up. Many times we just get a flood warning sent to our phones, but it's important to take those warnings seriously and be prepared for anything, especially if your home is located in a flood risk zone.

Coastal Flooding

Coastal flooding is more of a risk for those who live down the shore. This happens when water inundates or covers normally dry coastal land as a result of high or rising tides or storm surges. Coastal storms are dangerous, especially if a hurricane is involved. It can cause terrible flooding, power outages, and a disaster to your home. It's important to stay alert and watch the weather reports, especially during hurricane season.

Great Amounts of Rain

If your area experiences a storm that lasts longer than a few hours, there's a large chance that your home could fall victim to flooding. It's important to make sure that your gutters are clear, your trees are checked and groomed, and any of your belongings outdoors that could either break, rust, or float away are fastened.

Water Damage Causes...

Water damage causes a lot of issues to your home and if they are not taken care of right away, you're looking at dealing with further damage like mold growth, structural damage, roof problems, and more. Pay attention to your phone or the news for any warnings such as your township being under flood watch, flash flood warnings, high winds, etc.

What Can Flood Water Do to Your Home?

Following a storm, though many threats can occur as a result, one of the most likely is the danger of flood water. In fact, every year, various regions across the U.S. are devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, and more. Once the storm has passed, seemingly, so has any threat to your wellbeing, property, etc. That's not always the case, however. Some of the biggest dangers that can result - in addition to road closures, lack of supplies, and more - are the risks presented by standing floodwater.

While we at SERVPRO cannot legally advise you on health effects, the CDC themselves have weighed in on the topic of standing water presenting health effects. In the event of a storm disaster, according to the CDC, the threat of numerous diseases becomes more likely (think West Nile or Norovirus). Why is this? The CDC tells us that infected water can spread diseases and bacteria to everything it touches. This includes the toys your children play with and articles of clothing.

Even if a storm is not particularly severe, depending on your location, flooding can happen. With insufficient drainage, an area can be flooded with even a medium amount of rain.

There can be many different sources of water damage. In addition to heavy rains, things like broken appliances, faulty plumbing and more can cause a flood in your home. What's truly important is that you react as quickly as possible. At SERVPRO, we know time is of the essence particularly when referring to water damage from a flood.

To create a plan for water restoration after a flood, count on our team of professionals. If you have experienced flood damage, don't hesitate another moment. Fast action is crucial, and that's why we're here.

SERVPRO Team Harvey is Your Best Bet for Water Damage Restoration

We understand the importance of getting to a water damage scenario quickly. Our water damage restoration team is ready for any size job. We're available 24/7 and are faster to any size disaster. No matter the problem, we can help. If you have water damage that you need restored, we can do that. If you've found a mold problem in your home, we can stop the mold growth and help remediate that as well. Just give us a call!

Our water damage restoration process looks like this:

  • You call us - emergency contact!
  • We inspect and perform a damage assessment - we'll see what equipment is needed to take care of the damage.
  • We start with water removal and water extraction - we use our professional and high tech equipment to remove the water from your home.
  • We'll dry and start the dehumidification process - we'll ensure that your wet materials are taken care of as well as dry out the area in your home that was flooded.
  • We'll clean and repair - if there needs to be any repairs, such as new drywall, new carpeting, etc., we'll take care of that.
  • Finally, the restoration - we'll make sure to bring your home back to pre-water damage condition like it never even happened.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey
SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”


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