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Tips For Hoboken Commercial Business Owners When Dealing with Water Damage

1/25/2023 (Permalink)

There are many different causes of water damage, and it is extremely important that commercial business owners understand what they are, how to prevent them, and where to turn for restoration help. Luckily, SERVPRO is well-educated and skilled in this, so below you will find tips for your Hoboken commercial business if you’re to deal with water damage.

Protect Yourself & Your Equipment
Water damage can not only pose a threat to the occupant’s wellbeing, but can also ruin your equipment. If water starts to come into your building, please do the following:

  • Disconnect your technology from the walls and transport as much as you can to a safe place.
  • Evacuate everyone that may be working in the flooded area.
  • If you are to return to the building, please be sure you are wearing protective clothing. You don’t want the water to touch your skin, as there could be hazardous chemicals.
  • Take pictures of the damage for your insurance company.

Find the Source
If you’re not aware of where the water is coming from, you’ll need to find it so you can try to do your best to make it less of a mess. Check the pipes in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. and ensure none of them burst; check for watermarks on the ceiling or drippage - this could be coming from the roof; check the windows, doors, etc. The faster you can spot the source, the less damage there could be.

Call Your Insurance Company ASAP
Once you have evaluated the area and took pictures, contact your insurance company right away so they are aware of the damage. The sooner they can help, the sooner you’ll get your funds to put everything back together.

What to Do After Flooding & What Not to Do
To Do:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and desk/tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying (in the summer)
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

Don’t Do:

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use a vacuum cleaner to remove water
  • Don’t use technology like computers, fax machines, etc.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet

Contact a Water Restoration Company
If your Hoboken commercial business has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your business. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.

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 West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

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.”

How to Handle Winter Storm Aftermath at Your Hoboken Home

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

Winter weather can pose a distinct challenge to the owners of various types of properties. Snow, ice, and sleet can cause damage to your siding, roof, walkways, driveways, and more. If your area deals with frequent freezing temperatures that thaw in cycles, your property is at risk of leaks, frozen pipes, and other issues. So, what are the best ways to handle winter storm aftermath at your Hoboken home? Let’s take a look.

Types of Winter Storm Damage
First, let’s take a look at the types of winter storm damage. These include flooding, fires, roof leaks, and structural damage. Flooding occurs when water freezes in your pipes, causing them to burst. If this happens, it is important to contact someone immediately for help as this could then lead to mold and other damage.

Fires can be caused by a number of reasons such as improperly cleaned chimneys, unattended fireplaces, downed power lines, or even overloaded electrical outlets. Regardless of the reason, winter storms are known to cause various types of fires.

As for roof leaks, ice dams can block pipes and snow can melt and freeze onto your roof breaking through shingles. High winds and hail can also cause damage to your roof which then exposes your property to moisture damage.

How to Handle the Aftermath
If your property falls victim to any type of winter storm damage, chances are your anxiety level will be through the roof. We understand that events like this can cause panic, but the best thing you can do is stay calm, take a few breaths, evaluate the situation, and make wise decisions to react appropriately. You’ll also want to make sure everyone inside is safe and evacuate everyone if necessary.

Turning off the water and power is a great idea, because as we mentioned above, winter storms may lead to floods, leaks, and roof damage. Turn off the water source to prevent further damage and turn your main power outlet off so you can prevent electrical fires.

You’ll also want to have a clear head so you can record your property losses. This is important to present to your insurance company when making claims.

Contact SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City
Storm and flood damage require special restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Hoboken property, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.


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 West Somerset County, SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

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.”

Keep Your Hoboken Home Safe From Fire Damage

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

Residential fires are one of the most depressing disasters one can go through. There are many causes of house fires and some you may not even be aware of. Here’s a list of causes and prevention tips to keep your Hoboken home safe from fire damage.

Here are some of the top sources of holiday home fires (and how to prevent them from damaging your home):

Space Heaters

Whether you have a space heater from the 90s that is still kicking or a new, visually appealing fireplace heater, here are some tips to help you avoid a fire due to your heater.

  • Never turn on a heater you suspect is damaged.
  • Before use, inspect the heater, power cord, and plug for any defects.
  • Never leave the heater operating while unattended, or while you’re sleeping.
  • Keep materials such as beds, sofas, curtains, papers, and clothes at least 3 feet from the front, top, sides, and back of the heater.
  • Make sure the heater plug fits tightly into the outlet - if not, don’t use this outlet. Poor electrical connections are another leading cause of fires.
  • Ensure that the heater is placed on a stable, level surface and located where it will not be knocked over.

Christmas Trees

One of the deadliest types of fires that occurs during the holiday season involves live Christmas trees. Here are some tips to help you avoid Christmas tree fires.

  • Keep your tree properly watered
  • Check for electrical issues and broken bulbs when hanging lights on the tree.
  • Remove heat sources in close proximity to the tree.
  • Unplug your tree when you’re not home and overnight.

Fireplaces

There’s nothing like sitting in front of a fire, sipping cocoa, and watching a holiday movie. However, if you’re not careful - your fireplace could start a house fire. Here are some tips to help you avoid this from happening.

  • Clean up build-up and ash before lighting a new fire.
  • Schedule an annual chimney inspection before the season.
  • Use safe fire starters - this includes well-seasoned hardwood or CSIA-approved logs.
  • For kindling, stick to fired twigs or branches
  • Ensure all of the embers are completely burnt out before heading to bed.

Faulty or Dead Fire Alarms

It is very important to replace broken fire alarms or replace their batteries when they are dead. This is the only way many people know there is a fire in their home, especially over night when they are asleep.

Smoking

Smoking in your home can cause house fires. If a cigarette or any alternative is not put out completely, it can catch onto something nearby and cause a fire. The smartest thing to do is not smoke in your home - this will prevent any worries or fires.

Some practices to preventing a fire in your home are as follows:

  • Make sure everything is switched OFF and unplugged
  • Check/inspect your chimney annually
  • Keep comforters and anything flammable away from heaters
  • Test fire alarms/replace batteries frequently
  • Never smoke in the home
  • Keep a spoon or spatula as a reminder when cooking/do not leave stovetops unattended when lit.

It is widely recommended that families practice a fire escape route in the event a fire does occur. No one sees a fire coming and it’s best you know what plan of action to take in case you’re faced with one.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (201) 656-0035

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

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.”

How to Keep Your Hoboken Hotel Safe From a Fire

12/8/2022 (Permalink)

Owning and running a hotel comes with its own set of challenges for both the owner and staff.

One of the most important aspects of safety that needs to be considered includes implementing the right fire safety measures for hotels to help avoid costly damage. This is important information for any time of the year, but especially as more and more people come in and book rooms for the holiday season.

Fire Safety Measures for Hotels

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 4,000 fires take place at hotels and motels each year which result in at least $100 million worth of property damage. Many hotel owners assume that their fire safety measures are up to industry standards but in reality, essential steps are often overlooked. Below are the essential fire safety considerations that no hotel owner should overlook:

Holding Regular Fire Drills and Testing Fire Alarms

Fire alarms are possibly the most important element to hotel safety in the event of a fire. Once an alarm sounds, hotel occupants are immediately aware of the situation and can make their way out of the property quickly. Unfortunately, most hotels do not have their fire alarms adequately checked and tested. For this reason, it is critical to conduct regular fire alarm tests.

During a fire alarm test, set control panels to ‘test mode’ to avoid notifying emergency services and press the fire alarm button to test the system. Test results need to be recorded for future reference. For faulty alarms, have them replaced immediately to prevent problems in the event of a fire.

Regular fire drills are also important to prepare staff members on the correct evacuation procedures and for the management to highlight any areas that need to be improved. Before heading into your busiest seasons, this is even more important, as more people will be booking rooms, causing procedures to escort crowds and crowds of people.

Keep Fire Extinguishers Close

All hotels need to be equipped with fire extinguishers rated class A, B, and C which can extinguish small fires involving paper, wood, gas, and oil. Fire extinguishers need to be placed within 75 feet from a hotel property but guest rooms are not required to be equipped with any as there are already several placed in the hallway. Fire extinguishers also need to be checked regularly to ensure they are at the proper gauge or weight limit.

Decluttering

Hallways, rooms, and common areas need to be free of clutter to ensure fire safety can be maintained at all times. It just takes a small flame to turn cluttered spaces into an uncontrollable fire. Things like boxes, equipment, or trash need to be moved and stored at appropriate places to allow occupants to move quickly in the event of a fire. Encourage your guests to bring all of their belongings into their rooms once they check in. Anything left outside of the door can cause a few second delay in escaping the fire.

Regular Inspections

Hotels need to have their fire alarms, lights, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers inspected at least once a year. Professionally inspecting these items can ensure that any problems can be addressed at an early stage to prevent bigger, more costly issues.

Commercial Fire Damage Insurance

Fires can do thousands and even hundreds of thousands in damage and hotels without commercial fire damage insurance can be slapped with hefty damage costs. Ensure that your hotel has sufficient coverage in the event of a fire.

As the holiday season approaches, it is a good idea to set a time aside for all of your staff to come in for a meeting and go over all safety procedures set in place in the event of a fire. Even if this was already done a few months back, you may have hired some additional seasonal help that are not fully aware of the procedures - plus, it’s always good to have a refresher.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (201) 656-0035

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

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.”

Tips to Protect Your Hoboken Home From Water Damage This Winter Season

11/29/2022 (Permalink)

Tips to Protect Your Hoboken Home From Water Damage This Winter Season

Water damage to your home can happen at any time of the year, but in the winter, your home may be especially susceptible. The wet weather and freezing temperatures can cause water to leak into the nooks and crannies of your house. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent this. Here are some tips to protect your Hoboken home from water damage this winter season.

Preventing Ice Dams on the Roof

Ice dams are formed when ice collects at the edges of a roof. This typically happens when the upper portion of a roof is warmer than the lower portion. Snow on the upper portion melts faster and runs down to the cooler part of the roof where it freezes again, creating an ice dam. These are problematic because they block the water from melting snow from flowing off your roof, causing the water to accumulate and seep into your house through tiny cracks or gaps. It can also result in mold and mildew growth on your roof. Mold removal and remediation is a delicate process and nipping water damage in the bud is the best way to avoid it. 

To stop ice dams from forming, you have to ensure that all parts of your roof are equally cold. This can be done by keeping your attic well-ventilated to maintain an evenly cold temperature. You should also seal any ceiling cracks or openings that may allow warm air from other parts of your house to enter the attic.

Clearing the Gutter

Keeping the gutter clear allows water to drain down and away from your roof, helping to keep water from collecting and creating a clog. You can do it yourself with gloves, a garden trowel, and a ladder, however, it may be better to get professional assistance, as this may be a bit dangerous. You can also install gutter covers to reduce the need to clear your gutter, but you should still check the gutter occasionally to ensure that it is not clogged with leaves and other debris, which are likely to collect at the corners and junctions. 

Keeping Your House Perimeter Dry

After you clear ice, snow, and water from your roof and gutter, you need to make sure to keep the foundation of your house dry as well. Melting snow surrounding the perimeter of your home can seep into the soil and enter your house through cracks or leaks in your windows and doors. It can also saturate your foundation and basement walls, increasing the chances of mold forming in your home. The best solution is to shovel the snow away from your house before it melts. You can also seal up gaps or other openings in your basement walls to prevent water from seeping in.

Watching Out for Frozen Pipes

Due to the cold temperatures in winter, water in your water pipes can freeze and lead to high internal pressure in the pipes. If the pressure continues to build up, it can be enough to rupture your pipes, causing a huge amount of water to be released into your home. To prevent frozen pipes, you can insulate water pipes located in places of your home with freezing temperatures. In especially cold temperatures, it is recommended to let your faucets drip slowly to relieve pressure in the event your pipes have frozen. If water from your pipes stops flowing completely, it is best to call a plumber as soon as possible!

If you already have water damage in your Hoboken home, we understand your headache! Water damage remediation is a delicate process that requires the removal of any water that is still on the premises and then the careful cleaning, sanitization and restoration of any property that has been damaged.

If you need help with water damage removal and restoration of your property, give us a call: (201) 656-0035

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

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

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.” 

Tips for New Jersey Businesses Battling Water Damage

11/22/2022 (Permalink)

Tips for New Jersey Businesses Battling Water Damage

One of the worst types of damage to a commercial business is water damage. Depending on the type of water damage, it could be extremely dangerous and detrimental to the safety of your employees and the structure of your building. We understand the concern, so we wanted to provide you with some tips for our local Hoboken and Union City businesses who are battling water damage to put your mind at ease.

Identify the Type of Damage

The source of the water damage makes a big difference in how the damage is mitigated. Identifying the source is the first step. There are generally three different types of water damage.

Clean Water Damage

Clean water damage is provoked by a broken appliance, faulty sprinklers, burst pipe, rainwater, etc. Although this type of water damage isn’t dangerous, per say, if it is not treated correctly, mold could develop - causing it to become a danger.

Gray Water Damage

Gray water damage is considered unsanitary due to the source or the amount of time it has been stagnant. This water damage is usually caused by a broken toilet, washing machine, or anything that could leak hazardous chemicals.

Black Water Damage

Black water damage is the most hazardous water to deal with. This comes from a natural disaster or a sewage problem. If your commercial business was affected by a storm, it’s important to seek professional help right away to avoid additional damage and clean up so you can get your business up and running again. 

Note: Gray and black water damage is not signified by color. It is typically a rating system to decipher the severity of the damage. For example, a lake is not black in color, but would be considered black water due to the unknown bacteria and contents living within it.

Alert Your Business’ Insurance Company

As soon as the damage occurs, it’s important to alert your insurance company to submit a claim. After doing so, you may reach out to a professional to start the cleaning process. Whether it be water damage of any type or mold removal, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City can handle it all. We can also assist in making sure that your damaged property has been properly submitted to your insurance company. 

Act to Avoid Further Damage

If you’re in your commercial business building while a storm is causing a flood or if a pipe bursts, it’s important to try to get ahead of it as quickly as possible to avoid further damage. For example, try to block where the water is coming from, mop or throw towels down to try to keep up with it, and make sure you have a dehumidifier to run after you’ve successfully cleaned up the water. This will all help in the moment and should assist with protection of further damage.

Think Ahead

Along with a first aid kit, you should also have a flood control kit somewhere in your building in preparation. This kit should include sandbags, a wet vacuum, buckets, tarps, and mops. This will help in preparation of a natural disaster coming your way or help clean up a clean water incident. 

Let SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City Help You Recover from Water and Storm Damage

At SERVPRO, we can help you recover from water damage resulting from a winter natural disaster. We’ll take care of plumbing leaks, flooding, roof leaks, sewer or toilet backups, fire damage, and much more. If water damage has already resulted in mold and mildew, we have services and skilled personnel that can be of assistance with mold remediation. We hope this blog helped you learn more about how to prepare your home for New Jersey’s winter storms.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise as well as a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your commercial business and restore it back to pre-water damage condition. Our process includes documentation of the drying process to validate the property is dry. Learn about our water damage training and certificates here!

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (201) 656-0035

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City 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 Lower Manhattan

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.” 

Live in Hudson County? How to Protect Your Home from Winter Storm Damage

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Live in Hudson County? How to Protect Your Home from Winter Storm Damage

Winter storms will be blistering through very soon and if you’ve lived in the Hudson County area for a few years now, you probably know what can hit you. Although SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is not able to deter a storm away from your home, we can tell you how to protect your home from winter storm damage. Get comfortable, grab a blanket, and read on - this could get chilly. 

Get Your Heating System Ready

Now is the time to get your furnace serviced, have your fuel oil tank checked, test your thermostats, and check for blocked ventilation. It’s important to ensure that your heating systems are ready for battle prior to the winter weather - especially when it comes to clogged ventilation. If your ventilation system isn’t properly working, this can cause bigger issues such as house fires

Get Your Fireplace and Chimney Inspected

Getting your fireplace and chimney inspected goes hand-and-hand with checking your heating systems. If you’re more inclined to use your fireplace for heat, make sure it’s free of debris and wildlife. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys, vents, and fireplaces be inspected at least once a year for your safety and the safety of your home. Have a professional come out and sweep out soot and other debris that could potentially catch fire.

Don’t Heat Your Attic

If possible, try not to heat your attic. This can cause snow and ice to melt into your roof and gutters, followed by re-freezing. If your roof has any cracks or holes, you’ll be looking at a moldy mess in your attic after everything settles (especially if you don’t go up there often). If you use the attic as a living space, make sure to get your roof checked before the winter season, seal any cracks or holes, and make sure your gutters are working properly.

Tree/Tree Branch Removal

If you have dead or dangerous trees close to your home, removing them before the winter hits is the safest decision. Wet, heavy snow can cause branches to fall easily, causing damage to your roof, windows, fencing, etc. If the trees around your home are not healthy, it’s a safer bet to have the full tree removed as opposed to gambling with the chance of it falling and crashing onto your property. 

Open Kitchen Cabinets at Night

One trick that works well is opening your kitchen cabinets overnight. The winter brings extremely cold temperatures and one of the best ways to avoid your pipes from freezing is by inviting heat into the cabinets. The heat from inside your home will hug the pipes and help keep the water flowing through them at a reasonable temperature. Allowing your pipes to freeze can cause them to burst, eventually causing water damage

Let SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City Help You with Any Winter Storm Damage

At SERVPRO, we can help you recover from water damage resulting from a winter natural disaster. We’ll take care of plumbing leaks, flooding, roof leaks, sewer or toilet backups, fire damage, and much more. If water damage has already resulted in mold and mildew, we have services and skilled personnel that can be of assistance with mold remediation. We hope this blog helped you learn more about how to prepare your New Jersey home for winter storms.

Reach out with any and all of your questions and inquiries: (201) 656-0035

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

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

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.”

A Guide To Storm Damage Prevention

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

A Guide To Storm Damage Prevention

When strong storms accompanied by wind, rain, and hail hits your town, countless people are impacted. Both homeowners and business owners struggle to recuperate from the damage that has been caused due to the storms. Most of the time, this is because of a lack of preparedness. The weather is often unpredictable, and a storm may emerge out of nowhere, giving you very little time to get your affairs in order before destruction strikes. Being prepared is the first step to storm damage prevention so here are our top tips that you must follow.

Securing Outdoor Furniture

During strong storms, even the sturdiest looking outdoor furniture can be flung into the sky within moments. This does not only result in you wasting your money but can also pose a serious physical threat to yourself your neighbors. To secure your outdoor furniture well, use steel security cables to fasten them to the ground. Though this process may seem time-consuming initially, it will be worth it in the long run when your expensive patio furniture doesn’t get blown away.

Checking Your Trees

Your tall, bushy trees might be one of the most dangerous threats during a storm. Aside from the occasional trim, full-grown trees are often left alone. However, keeping a close eye on your trees and giving them constant care plays a role in storm damage prevention. During storms, strong winds are also present that can cause dead branches from your trees to fall off. This can cause serious hurt to your neighbors, your property, and yourself! Weak trees, that lack a strong and secure foundation are also more likely to get uprooted. Hence, be sure to give those trees some proper care before the storm season arrives.

Inspecting Your Roof

Having your roof inspected professionally on a regular basis is not just beneficial to prevent storm damage. It also helps to ensure the longevity of your roof. If you’re more hands-on and are experienced in doing handy work, then you can do your roof inspections on your own too! Look out for any missing shingles or any leaks, as these are issues that may get amplified during a storm, affecting the interior of your home.

Keeping Your Gutters Clean

Making sure your drainage systems are in order is important as gutters that are left neglected could have been accumulating debris and standing water. Debris can block any rainwater from being drained away, resulting in flooding during excessive rains due to storms. Standing water can also flow into the foundation of your home and cause flooding in the basement.

If you’re currently dealing with the aftermath of storm damage, SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City can be of great service to you. We understand the worries that you may have at this moment as we have been in the business for a long time. Aside from any physical damages, you may be worrying about insurance claims and other financial matters. We can aid in both these areas, with our storm damage cleanup restoration as well as help you to manage the insurance paperwork and process. If you ever find yourself stuck in a storm, our team has the capability to quickly respond to you due to our 24-hour emergency service.



Why Is Knowing Your Water Shut-Off Valve Location Important?

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

It is estimated that approximately $49 billion will be lost by businesses due to some kind of flood every year. For homeowners, the cost can also be phenomenal, especially if flood insurance isn't in place. Can all of that cost be averted by knowing the location of the water shut-off valve? No. But if an interior flood occurs due to a home’s or commercial building’s water system, shutting off the supply promptly can save a lot of money on water damage and cleanup.

Water Shut-Off Valves: What Are They?

The knob or handle that allows you to shut down the water supply is referred to as a shut-off valve. It can be applied to an entire property or a specific area of a home/building. To avoid thousands of dollars in cleanup and repairs, knowing how to shut off the water supply in a timely manner is crucial.

Why Should You Know the Location?

There are several reasons for wanting to know where a water supply shut-off is located.

  • If work needs to be done on a fixture, supply pipe, etc., the water supply must first be shut off.
  • If the building is going to be vacated for a considerable amount of time, shutting off the water supply is a good idea. If a pipe would burst or a water tank would develop a leak, having the water shut off will help avoid costlier, excessive damages.
  • To avoid complications, knowing the location of a shut-off valve will be extremely useful in the case of a plumbing emergency. Plumbers often find soaking towels or filled buckets under leaks because no one knew how to shut off the water.

Where Is Your Water Shut-Off Valve?

Though these kinds of valves can be found in many places, here are some common locations:

  • Next to a water heater
  • Under a sink/toilet
  • Near a water meter, outdoors
  • In the basement or at ground level
  • On the perimeter wall of a building

If you are unsure as to where your main water shut-off is (in your home or office), check out the property inspection report if you have it handy.

Didn't Get to Your Water Shut-Off in Time? Let Us Help with Cleanup and Restoration!

At SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we handle all types of cleanup and restoration jobs. That includes residential homes and commercial locations. If your home or business was flooded with excess water – whether it was from a fresh source, a natural disaster, fire, or some other cause – we can help. What's more, we offer 24-hour emergency service and we'll get there faster than anyone else. We know you need help and you need it in a hurry. That's why we are leaders in our industry.

It doesn't matter whether you require commercial clean-up/restoration services or residential clean-up/restoration services, we’re the ones to call. Contact us at 201-656-0035 with any questions you may have (fax: 201-656-0037).

If you wish, you can also open the lines of communication by using our convenient online form.

Why Is Knowing Your Water Shut-Off Valve Location Important?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

It is estimated that approximately $49 billion will be lost by businesses due to some kind of flood every year. For homeowners, the cost can also be phenomenal, especially if flood insurance isn't in place. Can all of that cost be averted by knowing the location of the water shut-off valve? No. But if an interior flood occurs due to a home’s or commercial building’s water system, shutting off the supply promptly can save a lot of money on water damage and cleanup.

Water Shut-Off Valves: What Are They?

The knob or handle that allows you to shut down the water supply is referred to as a shut-off valve. It can be applied to an entire property or a specific area of a home/building. To avoid thousands of dollars in cleanup and repairs, knowing how to shut off the water supply in a timely manner is crucial.

Why Should You Know the Location?

There are several reasons for wanting to know where a water supply shut-off is located.

  • If work needs to be done on a fixture, supply pipe, etc., the water supply must first be shut off.
  • If the building is going to be vacated for a considerable amount of time, shutting off the water supply is a good idea. If a pipe would burst or a water tank would develop a leak, having the water shut off will help avoid costlier, excessive damages.
  • To avoid complications, knowing the location of a shut-off valve will be extremely useful in the case of a plumbing emergency. Plumbers often find soaking towels or filled buckets under leaks because no one knew how to shut off the water.

Where Is Your Water Shut-Off Valve?

Though these kinds of valves can be found in many places, here are some common locations:

  • Next to a water heater
  • Under a sink/toilet
  • Near a water meter, outdoors
  • In the basement or at ground level
  • On the perimeter wall of a building

If you are unsure as to where your main water shut-off is (in your home or office), check out the property inspection report if you have it handy.

Didn't Get to Your Water Shut-Off in Time? Let Us Help with Cleanup and Restoration!

At SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we handle all types of cleanup and restoration jobs. That includes residential homes and commercial locations. If your home or business was flooded with excess water – whether it was from a fresh source, a natural disaster, fire, or some other cause – we can help. What's more, we offer 24-hour emergency service and we'll get there faster than anyone else. We know you need help and you need it in a hurry. That's why we are leaders in our industry.

It doesn't matter whether you require commercial clean-up/restoration services or residential clean-up/restoration services, we’re the ones to call. Contact us at 201-656-0035 with any questions you may have (fax: 201-656-0037).

If you wish, you can also open the lines of communication by using our convenient online form.