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Your New Jersey property can survive winter with these tips for a safe season.
Preparing your New Jersey property for winter can help prevent ice dams, frozen pipes, and other types of water damage to your home or business.
Winter is Here! SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury wants you to protect your home from fire and water damage emergencies this winter. Before the chilly weather sets in for good, it’s time for some repairs and maintenance to keep your Monroe, Old Bridge, Edison, Middletown, Cranbury or Ashbury home or business safe and warm this winter.
- Keep the Cold Outside
Check around the windows and doors for any gaps in the insulation or caulking, your home can lose a lot of warmth in the winter months if not properly sealed. Remember to change your HVAC system filters and have your unit inspected for debris or mold. At entry ways have a non-skid mat or rug to protect floors and prevent falls. Inspect your roof and siding for gaps or damage from storms, make any necessary repairs.
- Protect the Pipes
Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures, avoid a costly pipe break or other water related disaster. Wrap exposed pipes in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces, with extra insulation around them to prevent them from freezing and causing damage. Don’t forget your water heater, add additional insulation if it’s located in an exposed or cold location.
- Prepare the Car for Cold Weather
There are several things you can do to keep your car in good shape during cold conditions. Make sure you have a new set of windshield wipers and switch to a winter washer fluid. Check the tire pressure levels regularly with temperature changes, and make sure the coolant and antifreeze levels are plentiful. It’s a good idea to get an oil change to keep the car working at optimal efficiency. Have an emergency kit for your car including: flashlights, warm blankets, water and a first aid kit. It’s also a good idea to keep a shovel, ice scraper and a bag of sand.
- Don't Forget Yard Care
Even with the cold weather conditions, your yard still needs to be maintained. Make sure tree and shrub branches are well away from the house and windows. Icy conditions can cause branches to break and damage your home. Autumn is the time for falling leaves, so make sure to clean out the gutters, to avoid possible ice dams and other costly water damage, and rake them off the lawn, clean the flower beds and prepare them for next year with fertilizer.
- Snow and Ice Preparedness
Switch out Spring and Summer tools for Winter ones, keep the snow removal tools close at hand; including roof rakes, snow shovels and blowers, and pet-safe ice melt. Stock up on emergency supplies like batteries, ready-to-eat foods and maybe a generator.
Winter temperatures and storms can come on quick, often before you’re even prepared for it, don’t put off getting your home ready for the winter season. Taking some time to prepare your home for winter can help prevent ice dams, frozen pipes, and other types of water or fire damage to your home. SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is prepared to help home owners in the case of a water or fire property damage Emergency. Our highly-trained technicians are ready to get your home back to normal after a disaster, “Like it never even happened.”
Contact us for 24-7 Emergency Service for your home or business, Fire and Water Damage Emergencies.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is Always Here to Help! (732) 257-3739
Frozen Pipes: A Winter Water Damage Emergency
Low temperatures cause seasonal New Jersey property disasters including frozen pipes, ice dams and other frozen water damage concerns.
We can’t control the weather frigid winter temperatures are here in the Northeast, the lower temperatures cause a new set of seasonal New Jersey property disasters including frozen pipes, ice dams and other frozen water damage concerns.
Every winter our SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury professionals help countless home and business owners in Old Bridge, Monroe, Middletown, Freehold or New Brunswick with the restoration, cleanup and repair of their property following a frozen water property disaster.
Why is a Frozen Pipe a Concern?
- When water begins to freeze, it expands. This can cause both plastic and metal pipes to burst, possibly leading to significant water damage to your home or business.
- Since water expands when it freezes, it puts unwanted pressure on pipes.
- As water freezes, the force exerted from the expansion can cause a pipe to burst, regardless of the strength of the material.
- You may not know you have a burst pipe as the water has turned to ice. Once the temperature starts to warm and thawing begins, leaking and flooding can occur.
TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE FROM A FROZEN PIPE OR OTHER FROZEN WATER DAMAGE
New Jersey pipes are typically protected in insulated spaces reducing the risk of freezing, however pipes that run through exterior walls or those that run through uninsulated or under-insulated spaces can freeze. A Frozen water property damage event including a frozen pipe burst is especially likely during days and weeks of extended subfreezing weather, or when pipes are in high risk locations for example in cold areas caused by poor insulation, cracks in the walls or foundation, or around entry points commonly found in basements and crawlspaces. Frozen water pipes and the damage they can cause are a reality for thousands of New Jersey home and business owners each year.
Frozen pipes can often lead to water damage from leaking water or flooding. Water damage can be very intrusive it can cause obvious surface damage but can easily penetrate all the porous materials in your home or business and additionally cause structural damage and mold growth. When moisture meets your property the initial water damage to your home or business and the contents are considered primary issues, with prompt mitigation and repairs by our SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury teams, almost all primary issues from water and flood damage can be reversed, avoiding the need for additional costly restoration. However, any continued damage due to rising humidity and prolonged exposure to water or water-soaked materials is considered secondary damage. Water damage that sits for just 24 hours will begin to carry a higher risk of permanently damaging your property, flood and other water damage that goes untreated for longer will almost always result in serious and lasting damage.
FROZEN PIPE WATER DAMAGE TREATMENT AND RESTORATION
The key to avoiding costly secondary damage is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property with proper mitigation. Our SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury teams have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. We begin removing the standing water from your property with extraction methods, and rapidly dry your structure and contents with dehumidifiers that lower the indoor humidity levels, so your building dries out quickly. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury professionals will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment.
FROZEN PIPE PREVENTION
Short- and Long-term solutions for low temperature plumbing problems include:
- Locate and seal cracks and openings in the walls, attic, basement or crawlspace.
- Weather strip and caulk around crawlspace doors and basement windows.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated. Pay special attention to areas where pipes are located.
- Insulate unprotected pipes and don't leave gaps. Pipe sleeves simplify the process. Keep the pieces tight against each other and seal the slits and joints with duct tape.
- Install storm windows over basement windows or replace the old windows with energy-efficient alternatives.
- Find your main water shutoff so you can turn off the water quickly if needed. Locations vary — look in the crawlspace or basement where the water supply enters the house, inside a water meter box directly outside the house or near the water heater.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks to let warm air flow around the supply lines. Move any cleaners or other chemicals out of the reach of children.
- Keep your thermostat at the daytime setting during the night. If you'll be away for several days during subfreezing weather, keep it set above 55° F.
What Do You Do if You Have a Frozen Pipe?
- If you have a leak or flood, turn the water off immediately to prevent further water damage and call a licensed plumber to make repairs.
HOW SERVPRO CAN HELP RESTORE YOUR FLOOD AND WATER DAMAGE FOLLOWING A PIPE BURST
When winter temperatures drop below freezing, the water flowing freely in pipes throughout your home or business have the potential to freeze. When your pipes burst from freezing water, getting the water out fast is our highest priority. Our SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury team comes ready with all the necessary equipment to get it done quickly because we want to prevent it from causing further damage to your property. We have years of experience in dealing with New Jersey residential and commercial water damage, and we know what it takes to restore your Old Bridge, Monroe, Middletown, Freehold or New Brunswick property, "Like it never even happened."
If you have water damage to your home or business give us a call, we are always here to help!
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury (732) 257-3739
Link: News 12 – Recommendations on how your New Jersey property can survive winter.
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SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury has some helpful tips to keep your New Jersey kitchen safe from fire damage.
Cooking fires are the most common cause of home fires, follow these tips to help prevent potential cooking hazards in your Edison or Cranbury home.
Don’t let a cooking fire ruin your holiday season, SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury has some helpful tips for preventing fire property disasters.
While most of us are thankful for spending time with loved ones and eating too much delicious food on Thanksgiving. There are more potential hazards in your Old Bridge or Cranbury kitchen than over stuffing your turkey or yourself.
Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year. The NFPA says Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and then Christmas Eve. Make sure you keep yourself and your family safe this year with these safety tips.
REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE KITCHEN
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 6 out of 7 cooking fires occurred while the cook was out of the kitchen, and 2/3rds of these fires happened in the first 15 minutes of cooking. So the BEST THING you can do to keep you and your family and property safe this year, ALWAYS watch what you’re cooking. If you’re using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and watch closely. Also, experts recommend setting a timer periodically to remind you to check the oven.
OTHER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS INCLUDE:
- Roll up sleeves and don’t wear loose fitting clothing that could catch and open flame or heating element
- Ban children and pets from a 3-foot “safe zone” around the stove
- Keep the stove and oven clean, turn pot handles in to avoid spills and cleanup any messes when appropriate
- Keep potholders, dishtowels, oven mitts, food packaging and other clutter off and away from the stove.
- Clean cooking equipment thoroughly because built-up grease can catch fire.
- Don’t over heat your oils, and wait for grease to cool before disposing, tossing hot grease in a trashcan could turn into a disaster
Smoke detectors are your first line for defense against a fire disaster situation so make sure you have one installed in or near the kitchen and make sure it’s working properly.
IF A FIRE DOES HAPPEN, CONSIDER THESE SAFETY TIPS
- Just get out, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
People often try to put out cooking fires themselves with a fire extinguisher or even water. NEVER use water on any grease fire. Store fire safety equipment in a cabinet or under the sink – It’s important to have a fire extinguisher close by as well as a box of baking soda or salt for grease fires. The first step you can take is turning the stove off and having a lid handy to put over the pan you can also smother the fire with baking soda or salt. If the fire is in your oven just close the door and turn off the heat. Done improperly your cooking fire can spread to other parts of your Edison, Monroe or New Brunswick, New Jersey kitchen, any time you are unsure of how to combat a fire your best option is to leave and call your local fire department.
CREATE AND PRACTICE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.
Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year, more often if you have small children.
Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:
- Find two ways out. Visit each room of your house and find two ways out, including windows and
doors. Make sure all escape routes open easily so you can get outside, and install emergency release
devices on any security bars on doors or windows. Practice feeling your war out in the dark and with
your eyes closed.
- Involve children in planning. Consider having your children help create a fire evacuation plan. Draw a
map of the home and have children mark two exit routes and the locations of smoke detectors. Make
sure your children know NOT to hide from firefighters or other first responders.
- Choose a meeting spot. Decide on a meeting place outside, such as a neighbor’s house, mailbox or stop
sign. It should be in the front of the house so emergency responders can see you when they arrive.
- Agree not to go back into the house after you leave.
Have a backup plan. If the planned exit routes are blocked and it’s not possible to leave the house, close
all doors between you and the fire. Place a towel under the door and go to an exterior-facing window.
- Call the local fire department to report your location.
Whether you’re trying a new cooking technique or cooking your signature dish the way you have countless times before; practicing these important holiday safety tips can help you to avoid major mishaps that could lead to smoke or fire damage.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. If your home does experience fire or smoke damage, give us call at (732) 257-3739. We can restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury works quickly after a fire or water disaster, helping avoiding interruption to your restaurant or commercial property
Business interruption affects many parts of a business and can lead to a significant loss of profit, SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury can help!
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury works quickly and efficiently to restore your fire and water damage, with little to no interruption to your Old Bridge and Monroe New Jersey restaurant or other commercial property.
Running a Old Bridge, Cranbury, Monroe, or Edison, New Jersey restaurant or other commercial property is a challenge, time is of the essence when a disaster strikes your restaurant or other commercial property. Business interruption affects not only your relationships with customers but also impacts the lives of your employees and can lead to a significant loss of profit. Our technicians make your recovery process from smoke, fire and water damage as simple as possible, from performing an initial inspection and assessment of existing damages to finalizing all repairs and performing a final walk through.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury’s fire and water damage restoration process begins with locating and repairing the source, making sure that it is no longer a problem. Each New Jersey property loss situation requires unique steps to ensure the safety of your patrons, employees and the workers performing repairs. If any hazards exist that affect the operations of your company, we notify you immediately. To properly remove standing water and other moisture that exists on your property, we use quality water extraction equipment such as; wet-dry vacuums, hand-held and truck mounted extractors, or submersible pumps, depending on the amount of water that exists and the size of the affected area.
Even a localized kitchen fire can quickly spread to cabinetry and counters, requiring the need for both cleanup and even possibly demolition and reconstruction. Still, one of the most significant threats to a customer experience is the odor wafting through the dining area from a recent kitchen blaze. Our teams work tirelessly to clean, deodorize, and repair every damaged item found on your Old Bridge, Cranbury, Monroe, or Edison, New Jersey property. Our experience gives us a unique perspective when it comes to cleaning delicate cooking utensils or high-dollar appliances. We also use an appropriate antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant to treat potential health risks, returning your property to a safe, healthy condition.
Our Commercial Fire and Water Damage Restoration Process
Fire and water damage can leave your New Jersey restaurant or commercial property unsafe for potential customers. Our experienced SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury restoration specialists are trained to clean and restore your property with as little disruption as possible.
Step1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire & Water Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Repair
Step 7: Restoration & Rebuild
Fire or water damage to your New Jersey business is frustrating and needs to be dealt with by trained professionals to ensure further damage does not continue to impact your commercial property down the road. We understand the level of importance that surrounds maintaining a safe, healthy environment in your Old Bridge, Cranbury, Monroe, or Edison, New Jersey restaurant.
You need access to SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury’s team of qualified professionals who are ready to provide you with the expert restoration services you deserve, a company that puts every effort into making damages on your property disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
Have our SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury professionals perform HEALTH AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY Services with our HVAC & AIR DUCT CLEANING Team.
HVAC and Air Duct System will start to slowly collect dirt and debris, the cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss.
Health and energy efficiency is a major concern for many New Jersey property owners and managers. It is becoming increasingly important to clean and maintain your HVAC and Air Duct systems to avoid any negative impact it could have on the health and efficiency of your Old Bridge, Cranbury, Monroe, Edison, or Princeton property and occupants.
As much as half of the energy used in your home or business goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.
BENEFITS OF OUR HEALTH & ENERGY EFFICIENCY SERVICES
- Restore peak energy efficiency & lower energy costs
- Eliminate allergens and odors
- Reduce the potential for mold growth
Through normal HVAC use dirt and debris will start to slowly collect on the surfaces of your HVAC components, these contaminants if not properly maintained can cause a degradation of the efficiency of the entire system. The cumulative effect of this over time can lead to considerable energy loss and can be a contributor to higher energy bills for your New Jersey home or business. In addition, allergy and asthma sufferers, young children, and other occupants with breathing difficulties are more susceptible to poor indoor air quality.
COMMON PROBLEM AREAS
These are common problem areas that contribute to restricted airflow, increased energy consumption and reduced equipment longevity:
- Duct and System Leakage
- Closed, Clogged or Stuck Dampers
- Filtration Issues
- Excess or Damaged Ductwork
- Failed Duct Liner
- Clogged/Nonfunctioning Exhaust Systems
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury professionals can perform an inspection to access your system and determine the depth of your problem and if your system could benefit from our cleaning and maintenance services. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased, sending spores into your Old Bridge, Cranbury, Monroe, Edison, or Princeton working or living spaces, creating a much larger problem.
HVAC AND AIR DUCT CLEANING
Generally, refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pains, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
PARTS OF AN HVAC UNIT THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE:
- EVAPORATOR COIL: particle buildup can have an insulating effect on the surface of the coil, leading to longer cooling times and greater energy consumption.
- HEATING COIL: dust and dirt will accumulate and clog air passages this restricts air flow and the furnace must run longer to reach desired temperatures. If a coil is severely impacted by debris, it can cause the unit to malfunction.
- DAMPERS AND TURNING VANES: these elements ensure proper air flow throughout your system, particles or larger debris like insulation can obstruct or diminish airflow, leading to an overall degradation of the entire system.
- AIR REGISTERS: dust and debris can accumulate on the blades and seriously reduce air flow, negatively impacting overall energy performance and comfort levels in the space.
- FRESH AIR INTAKE SCREEN: these openings are integral to the quality of air inside your building, they quickly become clogged from environmental debris and buildup inhibits proper fresh air from entering the system.
- FAN AND BLOWERS: particle buildup can reduce the capacity of the blades to move adequate air causing the blower motor to run longer while pushing less air per rotation.
When HVAC systems are cleaned of dirt and debris, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperatures, air can flow more freely. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness, longer operating life, as well as health benefits and energy savings.
Our team of professionals can inspect your local New Jersey HVAC or air duct system and access your specific situation and work with you to provide a solution to keep your business air quality healthy and energy efficient. The exact solution for your New Jersey property will depend on a few factors, including the size of your overall duct and vent system, how accessible your HVAC system is to our technicians, and the level of maintenance required.
Give SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury a call for a Free Assessment, we are Always Here to Help! SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury (732) 257-3739
The SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury Construction Team can help Repair and Restore these 5 Common Property Damage Areas.
Our building team can help restore and rebuild your Old Bridge, Monroe or other local New Jersey home/business to a safe and welcoming place, again.
Putting your Old Bridge, Cranbury, Edison, Monroe or other local New Jersey area property back together after a disaster can be challenging, our construction team takes pride in helping restore and repair residential or commercial property after a fire, water or mold disaster! Restoring your Edison, Monroe and New Brunswick residential or commercial property, “Like it never even happened” is important to us, making improvements after a disaster is common. Our professionals are skilled at working with home and business owners to help navigate a rebuild or remodel, our team is here to help from disaster restoration to the final walk through after reconstruction.
5 COMMON PROPERTY DAMAGE AREAS
- Bathrooms suffer common water damage mainly because they are exposed to several water and plumbing sources including sinks and bathtubs/showers in a localized area.
- Kitchens can suffer damage from both water and fire hazards and can see major damage to floors, appliances, cabinets and counter tops.
- Basements are prone to water and mold damage from poor drainage and ventilation, both finished and unfinished basements can see major damage from storm and environmental leakage and flooding.
- Exterior Elements such as a roof, doors, windows and siding are all common locations to see property damage from weather, water, fire and mold. Whether damage is small or extensive, taking care of these problems immediately can minimize continued damage to your home.
- Floors commonly suffer water damage and can significantly affect your home’s overall safety and structure, leading to costly repairs.
These common areas are ideal places to look for upgrades or remodel options when your property suffers from storm, water, fire or mold damage. The SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury construction team can help you reimagine your space and restore and rebuild your Northern New Jersey home to a comfortable, safe and welcoming home or business, again.
- Open-Concept Living: Consider knocking down a wall, creating distinct groupings for the space, and make sure to leave plenty of negative space to help separate the areas and provide space for walking around and entertaining.
- Upgrading Windows, Lighting and Fixtures: Adding a new window, skylight or new light fixtures can brighten up your space and create more flow for enhanced natural light.
- Aesthetics: Color can unify and update a dated space, research color trends and find a style that fits your property. Adding wall art, throw pillows, and other accessories can make the space more welcoming.
- Finishing a Basement: A moisture-free and properly ventilated basement can provide additional living space that is an ideal location for an extra bedroom, home office or entertainment area, and don’t forget some additional storage
- Upgrading your kitchen or bathroom: Updated cabinets, replacing a tub or shower, and new fixtures will make a huge difference, also updating your flooring, backsplash or adding an island for additional counter space are a few options.
A fire, water or mold disaster can ruin your possessions and significantly affect the structure of your home or business, which can result in costly repairs.
Our team at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is here to help, we are trusted leaders in the restoration industry and we have the expertise and manpower to address the damage and make repairs. We take pride in every detail of restoring your Old Bridge, Cranbury, Edison, Monroe or other local New Jersey area property and getting your life back to normal as quickly as possible.
Here to Help Tips: Because it’s important to us that you are prepared in case of an Emergency.
Emergencies happen everyday; we have supported countless home and business owners and managers with water, fire and storm property damage.
September was National Preparedness Month; it helps remind everyone that taking little steps to get prepared now, can make a big difference when an Emergency happens.
We here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury know that Emergencies happen everyday; we have supported countless home and business owners, renters and managers with water, fire and storm property damage. We understand that your lives are busy, it can be overwhelming to add being prepared in case of an Emergency to your list, and getting started maybe the hardest part. We also know that being prepared can make a huge difference when faced with a disaster and can get your life back to normal more quickly afterwards. Doing just a few things each month can have a big impact if the worst happens to you or your community.
This Month’s Here to Help Tips, start with getting informed and communicating with your family, household and community about potential risks and what your plan will be in an emergency situation.
Step 1: Make a Plan
Start making an emergency plan with your family, friends and household by discussing the types of disasters that could strike and what to do at different times of the day. Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work, and play. Keep your emergency plan as simple as possible and use places that are very familiar and hard to forget. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
Fill out a Family Emergency Plan and make sure each member has a copy on them at all times.
FEMA.gov has a printable resource to get you started.
Key Points for building your Emergency Plan this Month:
1. Choose at least two pre-planned places for your family to meet in case of an emergency. One should be right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. The other should be outside of your neighborhood in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
2. Hold evacuation drills at home, practice getting out of the house quickly and drive your planned evacuation route. The more you practice, the more confident you will be if you really need to evacuate.
3. Communication is a key component to your safety; make sure you have an out-of-town contact that will help your household reconnect after an emergency. Store an “In Case of Emergency” contact in your phone, have regular conversations about whom to text or call if you need help and where to go during and after an emergency.
4. Create a personalized plan and supply kit for your specific daily needs and responsibilities, taking into consideration any additional friends or family that may be included in your emergency plan, such as elderly neighbors or grandparents. Some key factors to consider when creating a supply list are:
- Different ages within your household
- Medical and Dietary needs including medications
Step 2: Start a Disaster Supply Kit
While your family's Emergency preparedness supply kit and other essentials will be unique to you, there are a few basics that will help to prepare you for success, and get you started on the right track. Your kit should be organized and easily accessible, make sure your kit is easy to carry and contains these basics: water, medical supplies, medications, non-perishable foods, a battery- or hand-powered radio, a manual can opener, a flashlight, batteries, spare clothing items including socks, blankets, cash, tools including a wrench and pliers, local maps and your emergency plan, contact information, important personal and financial information, and a first-aid kit.
It’s also recommended that you have backpack kits for each individual and secondary kits in cars, school lockers and work locations in case you are separated during an emergency situation.
The point about Emergency Preparation is that you never know when or where a disaster could happen. It’s important to take steps now to help make sure you and your family will be prepared with needed supplies and essentials if a disaster strikes later. It’s our goal at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury to be here to help you restore your property after a disaster, but we also want to try and help you be prepared to face a disaster and to take steps to try and avoid one.
If you have experienced a property disaster in the Old Bridge, Cranbury or another New Jersey location and require some restoration help, give SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury a call we are experienced in getting your property restored, “Like it never even happened.”
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Moisture & Mold Solutions for Your Cranbury Home or Business
If your New Jersey property mold damage is larger than 10 sq. ft, you should contact a mold remediation service like SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury
Indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% are ideal.
Moisture problems in your home have a variety of causes and can lead to major property damage and encourage harmful mold and mildew growth.
Common causes of Moisture and Mold in your home can be:
- Water from a leaking water pipe, toilet, shower or bathtub, also weather related flooding in your home. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems.
- Excessive moisture from condensation and high humidity can have negative effects on your property and may indicate poor ventilation or that repairs are needed.
- Water can seep into your house from the outside through a leak in your roof, foundation, or small gaps around windows or doors.
- Normal activities such as cooking, bathing, clothes drying and dish washing also add moisture to the air.
All of these common problems contribute to overall high indoor humidity levels leading to mold and mildew growth. Mold can grow quickly and spread fast if moisture is left untreated, under ideal conditions (optimal temperature and level of humidity) it takes 24-48 hours for mold growth to occur. Typically you will start to see visible mold in 12-20 days, the more time passes the greater chance for mold to develop and spread through your home.
When you find mold damage in your Old Bridge, Cranbury or other local New Jersey property it is essential to call for remediation services as quickly as possible, as mold can cause adverse health effects. Additionally, mold also leaves behind a musty smell and has the power to rot organic materials. For health and safety reasons, when you find mold, you should contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury professionals and have them remediate it for you.
When SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury arrives at your New Jersey home, we can swiftly inspect the mold damage and then identify a remediation strategy. The first step to containing the problem is to set up plastic sheeting, block vents and doorways, so the spores cannot spread while the colony is being removed.
Certified professionals have the training and experience to:
- Identify moisture sources
- Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
- Contain damage to the smallest area possible
- Physically remove contamination
- Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
- Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition
It is a good idea to inspect your New Jersey home or business regularly for any damage caused by moisture, if you notice any problems, take immediate action to fix them before they cause further damage or balloon into larger, more complicated issues. Here are some way you can reduce moisture and prevent damage in your home from water and mold.
- Install vent fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Run a dehumidifier.
- Cover dirt floors in crawl spaces with a plastic vapor barrier.
- Seal air and duct leaks.
- Houseplants can absorb moisture from the air
- Never let wet clothing or other fabrics lie around
- Avoid activities that add moisture to the air on humid days, such as taking hot showers and boiling water on the stove.
Indoor plants that help absorb moisture:
These are perfect plants to have in your home or business to help decrease moisture in the air, with the added bonus of purifying your air of certain contaminants at the same time.
Reed Palms, English Ivy, and Boston Ferns
These plants will reduce humidity levels by absorbing moisture from the air through their leaves.
Some moisture property problems require more complex solutions, and sources of moisture may be hidden.
Consult SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury for a complete inspection if you have serious water damage or mold problems due to humidity, condensation or a water leak or flood. Luckily, our team at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is highly qualified and trained in water and mold remediation and restoration services. Every New Jersey water and mold restoration situation is unique and we treat them that way.
We are here for you in these very stressful times, our team is Always Here to Help! Contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury @ 732-257-3739!
Our experts will come in and assess your South East New Jersey water or mold problem, take the proper steps to limit additional damage. Our teams works quickly to eliminate the water, prepare the area for our advanced drying techniques, inspect for additional damage or mold and work with you to restore your property back to a stable, safe and healthy condition.
Big Concerns: Hurricane Season 2018 Preparing for Intense Storms
Knowing the category of a hurricane can help you understand how threatening it may be. It is never too early to start preparing for an emergency.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season produced 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes and six major hurricanes, including three Category 4 hurricanes that made landfall in the United States: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. It was the most active season since 1936.
When it comes to hurricanes, most of the overwhelming damage, is from the "very few strongest storms," Mann said. "What matters is how many Category 3, 4, and 5 storms we get, and we're likely to see more of those storms, and more damage… as a result." —Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann
Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, Although, they are most common to New Jersey areas during September and early October.
Southern New England is subject to all three hurricane threats:
- Coastal flooding due to the storm surge.
- Widespread wind damage.
- Widespread inland small stream and river flooding due to heavy rains.
Typhoons and hurricanes are both tropical cyclones with winds of at least 74 miles per hour. The only difference is where they are located. Typhoons form in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, while hurricanes occur in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, central and northeast Pacific.
Knowing the category of a hurricane can help you understand how threatening it may be.
Category 1: Winds range from 74 to 95 mph and can be expected to produce some minor damage to property. Injuries to people and animals are generally isolated and limited to flying or falling debris. During a Category 1 storm, protected glass windows generally remain intact. Some roof damage to frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers can also occur, as well as short-term power outages due to snapped power lines and downed trees.
Category 2: Winds range from 96 to 110 mph and can be expected to produce extensive property damage. Greater wind velocities mean that debris poses a greater threat to humans and animals, while the roofing, siding, and glass windows (protected and unprotected) of frame homes are more vulnerable to damage. In a Category 2 storm, significant structural damage to apartment buildings, mobile homes, and shopping centers is also expected, as well as flooding in low-lying areas. Extensive power outages ranging from a few days to a few weeks are common, and residents are encouraged to stock up on potable water as filtration systems also fail during this time.
Category 3: Winds ranging from 111 to 130 mph cause significant damage to property, humans, and animals. Mobile and poorly constructed frame homes are often destroyed, and even well-built frame homes commonly sustain major damage. Significant damage to apartments and shopping centers (even those made of wood or steel) can be expected. Category 3 storms can also cause extensive inland flooding. Electricity and water are commonly unavailable for several days to several weeks after the storm, therefore it’s important for residents to have their own stores of canned food and water.
Category 4: Winds range from 131 to 155 mph and can cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals. Severe structural damage to frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected. Category 4 hurricanes often include long-term power outages and water shortages lasting from a few weeks to a few months, so again, it’s important for any remaining residents to have a significant nonperishable food and water supply at hand.
Category 5: Winds at or greater than 155 mph cause catastrophic damage to property, humans, and animals (read: you should be nowhere near this storm!). Complete or almost-complete destruction of mobile homes, frame homes, apartments, and shopping centers should be expected, and nearly all trees in the area will be snapped or uprooted. Power outages can last for weeks and possibly months. Long-term water shortages should be expected as well, and most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
The strongest hurricanes, have brought severe water and storm damage to coastal locations, including Old Bridge, Cranbury and other local New Jersey areas, while totally disrupting utility power for days across the interior from downed trees and high winds. Both the stronger hurricanes and many of the weaker tropical storms have caused inland river flooding in parts of the New England. History shows that everyone living in southern New England must take tropical storms and hurricanes seriously. Whether you live along the coast, by a river or stream, or far inland, a tropical storm or hurricane striking Southern New England will affect our local area, SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is ready to help you repair your home/business water damage.
The Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning
The difference is 12 HOURS. A watch is issued when a hurricane or tropical storm is possible within 36 hours. A warning is issued when those same conditions are expected within 24 hours.
It’s important to take steps while you have time before a storm arrives to protect the well-being of your family/employees and home/business.
Step 1: Have an Emergency Communication and Evacuation Plan; have a predetermined location both on your property, like the large tree in the front yard, or the family station wagon; and in your local town to meet incase an emergency causes your family to separate. It’s also a good idea to discuss a relative out of town that will be a check-in since it could be difficult to reach others in the same emergency area.
Step 2: Supplies; you should have enough supplies in your home for 72 hours for each member of your family, this includes having specialty items for babies and children or the elderly. You should also have an emergency and first aid kit for your home, your car and each person should have a personal kit for themselves. Another good thing to think about is flashlights, batteries and multiple copies of area maps.
Step 3: Insurance Coverage; consider your coverage for flooding, it’s important to have contact information incase of an emergency and make sure you know what to do if a storm causes damage to your property. If flooding is predicted try and move your vehicles to a safer location. Taking a home inventory can be as simple as snapping cell phone photos of the contents in each of your home’s rooms, and recording the item number or serial number of more important items.
Step 4: Important Documents; you should keep copies of important documents including; proof of ownership for homes, cars and other property. Make sure to keep copies of you and your family’s personal identification and banking information. It’s also a good idea to have some cash available, after a storm getting to an ATM or bank maybe difficult depending on the severity of the damage.
Step 5: Secure Your Property; Experts recommend piling up sandbags at least 2 feet high as an effective barricade against floodwaters. Unplug unused household electronics and appliances, if you are evacuating consider shutting off electricity. Think about trimming trees to reduce any falling limbs and cleaning up things around your home and yard like potted plants, lawn furniture and children’s toys.
Step 6: Electronic Concerns; Aside from keeping extra batteries and chargers around during a hurricane, people are also encouraged to backup any electronic devices. It’s a good idea to store your data at an off-site location.
Call in the Professionals
The effects of a storm to a homeowner can oftentimes be devastating, sustained winds and flooding can damage your home and belongings. When storm and water damage gets serious in Old Bridge, Cranbury New Jersey, there is really only one team to call—SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury! Our team is highly qualified and trained in water restoration, our experts will come in, assess your damage, take the proper remediation steps to limit damage. We work hand in hand with your insurance company to restore your home to what it was before. Like it never even happened!
- We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
- We provide 24-Hour Emergency Service
- We are a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
- We are Locally Owned and Operated
Every New Jersey water restoration situation is unique and our team will treat them that way. We are here in your Old Bridge, Cranbury New Jersey local community to help during your water or storm property damage, in these very stressful times and we are Always Here to Help!
When You Need Help, Call Us SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury at (732) 257-3739
SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury went Back to School Early, Helping a New Jersey School with Restoration After Water Damage.
Contacting our SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury team following any New Jersey water damage, will save precious time and minimize losses to your proper
When flooding caused extensive water damage in a New Jersey school, SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury was there to help with restoration and reconstruction.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury was there to help, our certified professionals knew that water damage recovery starts with damage assessment, temporary protection, supervised implementation of emergency plans and ongoing monitoring. Our team completed the water extraction and dehumidification processes, thoroughly treated the affected surfaces to inhibit bacteria, mold and mildew growth, and began any necessary reconstruction of the school facility in record time, assuring that classes could resume as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury’s goal is to protect not only your belongings but also your health. We provide 24-hour emergency services that are essential to stabilizing and protecting your health and property from further damage.
When water damage occurs in a school or other commercial building, knowing what to do will save precious time and ultimately minimize losses to your property and building contents. Our professionals have extensive experience repairing and restoring catastrophic water damage. Our technicians understand that unattended water damage continues to cause harm to your commercial property over time. Making it necessary to make quick, informed decisions, performing quality restoration services today, that save you from further damaging problems, tomorrow.
At SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury we take pride in our ability to erase the damage done by water, including damages caused by hidden problems. After 48 hours of exposure to water, there is a risk of mold growth in wet materials. Our water damage team of technicians put years of training, experience, and specialized equipment to work for you, ensuring the removal of all remaining moisture and a fast, effective drying process that you can count on. Our restoration specialists utilize infrared technology and thermal imagery to assess the full extent of the damage that your property has suffered. The technology can show our technicians areas where water might still exist based on a temperature difference. This process can ensure that the damage has not reached other areas of the building and confirm the completion of the restoration process.
SERVPRO STEPS FOR A WATER DAMAGE EMERGENCY
Step 1 - Emergency Contact
When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury team first respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.
Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
They carefully inspect your properties water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.
Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. Our professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.
Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury skilled technicians use specialized equipment to target the water that is harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.
Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. Our team of professionals can clean and restore items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 6 - Restoration
The last step is restoring your home or business back to its before water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. When our disaster team arrives on the scene, they know how to handle it with expertise no matter the size or scope of the situation.
We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, equipment, and vehicles to effectively and efficiently get the problem solved with minimal stress and impact on our customers. We know it is never anticipated when a water emergency occurs, but when you call in our SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury team, you can count on us to get things refreshed and restored, like it never even happened!
If you need help to cleanup, restore and repair your property after a water damage event, give us a call (732) 257-3739 we are always here to help!
More Intense Storms are on the Rise, Bringing More Damage to Your Old Bridge or Cranbury, New Jersey Home or Commercial Property.
More Intense Storms are on the Rise, bringing increased property damage in Coastal Communities like New Jersey.
As the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season continues, scientists are worried that U.S. coastal communities, including New Jersey could face more super storms with strong winds, storm surges and rainfall so intense that current warning categories don't fully capture the threat. A new review of global data on hurricanes shows that since 1980, the number of storms with winds stronger than 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph, or a strong Category 3) have doubled, and those with winds stronger than 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) have tripled.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center forecasters predicted a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 miles per hour or higher. Five to nine of those could become hurricanes, with winds of 74 m.p.h. or higher, and one to four could develop into major hurricanes, which have winds of 111 m.p.h. or higher.
We have been providing home property or commercial property damage help to a record number of local property owners in the Old Bridge and Cranbury and other New Jersey areas during the last few weeks. We appreciate the trust our customers put in SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury to take care of their flooding and water damage brought on by these record setting rainfalls in our New Jersey area. It is impossible to predict when a water or storm related emergency will affect your property, but these are a few tips to keep in mind when the weather report is calling for storms and flooding in your area.
BEFORE THE STORM
• Keep the name, address, insurance policy and claims reporting telephone number of your insurer and agent in a safe and easily accessible place.
• Take inventory of your household items, especially valuables. Photograph and videotape items for verification and keep in a safe place such as a safety deposit box, and/or send copies of records to a trusted relative or friend who lives another state.
• Read your insurance policy and know what YOUR responsibilities are. Know what is and isn't covered, such as flooding, and know your general/specific policy limits and deductibles.
AFTER THE STORM DAMAGE. NOW WHAT?
• Find out the time limit on filing claims and notify your insurance agent in writing of the damage as soon as possible.
• If there are holes in your roof or your windows are broken, be sure to cover them as quickly as possible so that wind and rain do not cause further damage.
• Save receipts of what you spend and submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.
• Don't throw away any damaged items until an adjuster visits your home.
• Photograph or videotape the damage for your records and the insurance company. Make a copy of your home inventory for your adjuster
Call in the Professionals
Every Old Bridge, Cranbury and other New Jersey area storm and water restoration situation is unique and SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury treats them that way. During your home or commercial property damage emergency, our team is here for you in these very stressful times and we are Always Here to Help! SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is highly qualified and trained in water restoration, our experts will come in, assess your damage, take the proper remediation steps to limit damage, and work with your to restore or rebuild your property. We are a single solution home emergency resource, also working hand in hand with your insurance company to restore your home or commercial property to what it was before. "Like it never even happened."
We are apart of the larger SERVPRO family, which means we have access to the best equipment and technology in the business.
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
We provide 24-Hour Emergency Service
We are a Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
We are Locally Owned and Operated
When You Need Help, Call Us—SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury, New Jersey at (732) 257-3739
Fire and Water Damage in your Laundry Room can cause serious damage to your home.
FACT: The typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads.
When someone mentions they have a laundry emergency, most people’s first thought would be a red wine or grass stain, but here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury a laundry emergency is a much BIGGER deal! What you aren’t thinking about is without proper inspection and maintenance those appliances you rely on can really lead to a serious disaster in your home.
Washing Machines typically run a few times per week in most homes, and the typical life expectancy of a washing machine is 10-11 years, during that time it can wash up to 5,000 loads. Washers come with 3 hoses filled with water: hot water, cold water and a drain, that gives that appliance 3 opportunities to suddenly leave you with a laundry room flood, or worse widespread water damage.
To complete a full cycle of laundry you have to put those wet clothes somewhere, and it is convent that the clothes dryer is located right next to the washing machine, right? No one forgets to throw in the laundry detergent when doing a load, but forgetting to dispose of your dryer lint, well that can cause BIG problems. Dryer lint is very combustible, the accumulation of lint in your dryer and vent can reduce airflow, causing your dryer to overheat. An improperly vented dryer can have dangerous consequences and is a leading cause of fire damage in homes.
Steps to prevent a laundry emergency in your home:
1. Inspect the hoses on your washing machine regularly, remember to check for leaks thoroughly but be sure not to disconnect them. The best way to check is to start a small load on a short cycle and make sure you don’t see any water, with each cycle. Better yet replace rubber hoses with a stainless-steel option, they have a longer life span.
2. Give your washer some room, keeping it 6” away from the wall can help prevent the hoses from kinking. Also, make sure you don’t see a lot of movement, an imbalanced washer can move around enough to loosen or cause added stress on your hose connections.
3. If you seem to have continued problems with your washer install a flood stopper. It’s placed on the floor near your washing machine and when it detects water it can shut off the water supply.
4. It is recommended to have your dryer exhaust system cleaned at least twice a year. Make sure you remove lint from your filter and underneath it every time you start a new load. Don’t use dryer sheets and fabric softener and remove the back of the dryer regularly to remove trapped lint.
5. Check that your dryer vent outside is lifting/venting properly. When installing the duct line keep it as short as possible to accumulate less debris. Keep the area around your dryer free of dust and other debris.
Accidents sometimes happen even after taking proper precautions and performing routine maintenance in your home. We here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury have responded to dozens of calls for water or fire property damage caused by laundry emergencies. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire, smoke or water damage. Our professional staff has the equipment, expertise, and experience to respond faster to any size disaster.
If you have a laundry emergency caused by Fire/Water Damage! SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is always here to help!
Providing 24 Hour Emergency service, 7 Days a week, (732) 257-3739 we are just a phone call away!
Protect Your Business with SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury
Be prepared for anything with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover after a disaster, according to research. Without any context as to why some are able to survive, it might seem like the future of your business after fire, water, storm, or mold comes down to a coin flip. Luckily, you won’t need your lucky rabbit’s foot; you just need a recovery plan! SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury knows that preparation is the secret to success in many fields, and restoration is no different. SERVPRO has created a checklist to ensure that your company is prepared for the worst.
SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the information needed to begin restoring and recovering your business. It is designed to serve as a reference of vital building and contact information. Working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile means you will have access to over 40 years of experience with cleaning and restoring property after a natural or man-made disaster.
SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile Advantage
- A free assessment of your facility
-With a free assessment your money can be put to rebuilding your business!
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
-It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects
- A guide to help you get back into your building following disaster
-This will minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
- Establishes SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
-We will be ready to help rebuild your business whenever needed!
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
-This will save you time and get us to work even sooner!
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, etc…
-A quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance
How to get a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile:
- Visit SERVPRO.com/ready to register an account using your email address as your username (and choose a password)
- Choose SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury as your preferred franchise representative
- Begin creating ERPs for all your properties
- Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan app onto your phone or computer
- Launch the Ready Plan app and sign in using the information you provided earlier
After completing the needed forms a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile will be created and you are on the path to recovery already, but hopefully you will never need it! With a plan in place, SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury can get your business back in action and running “Like it never even happened”. Call us at (732) 257-3739
Common Signs that Water Damage is Lurking in Your Home.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury will closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Water damage is among the most common causes of property damage claims. One in every 50 insured homes will have a water-related property claim. The possible causes of water damage lurking in your home can originate from many different sources, with varying intensities, danger levels, and reach of damage. Even a well-maintained residence can have unexpected water damage including, a leaky dishwasher or sink, broken pipe(s), an overflowing washing machine, an old leaky roof, flood or storm damage and foundation cracks. If you see signs that water damage is lurking in your home, SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury always here to help!
Water spots under sink cabinets
If you see water under the bathroom or kitchen sink it’s a warning sign that you have water damage and potential mold growth around the sink area. If the leak is bad enough, it could cause additional damage to the building structure, including the floor and walls, even if there’s no water present, water spots clearly indicate that pipes under the sink have a slow leak.
Ceiling and wall stains
Ceiling and wall stains are obvious signs of a roof, appliance, or plumbing leak, water saturates insulation and drywall, it can also lead to major water damage, that can compromise the structural integrity of the property. Check your roof for damage, broken tiles or puddling, also investigate appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets for leaky spigots that could be dripping water and causing damage.
Mold needs water to grow, so it’s common to find mold in consistently damp locations—and finding mold is never a good thing, since it means your air quality is suffering. In fact, sensitive individuals may experience unpleasant symptoms such as aggravated allergy symptoms, cold-like issues, and more.
Squishy kitchen/bathroom tiles
Water damage is not always visible. In fact, it’s more common for damage to occur behind the floor, ceiling, and walls where you can’t see it. Since the bathroom is the most humid room in your home, it’s a common place for water damage and mold growth.
Many things can cause water to pool in unlikely places, including a broken pipe or flooding. If you find standing water, it’s important to seek water damage remediation as quickly as possible. Ignoring the problem could lead to greater damage to your home’s structural integrity and air quality.
When you are dealing with water damage, call in the experts to help! SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury can respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Contact us for 24-7 emergency service in your home. SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury Always here to help!
Don't Let Damage To Your Commercial Property Damage Your Bottom Line!
Regardless of the size of your commercial property SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury can help restore your business!
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury knows that there are litanies of complications that can come as a result of damage being done to your commercial property. Large-scale disasters like flooding or fire can shut down your property and business costing you thousands in lost revenue. After disaster strikes, call an expert here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury so we can get your business back up and running. With a 24-hour service offered 7 days a week, we are here whenever you could need us. The sooner we get to work repairing your commercial property the sooner your business can get back to making money!
Don’t get burned paying a lesser remediation service if your business has been affected by fire damage. Call the experts here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury so we can start getting to work! Our fire and smoke restoration technicians will restore your business quickly. After cleaning the damage our technicians will begin removing the odor, so there is no smoky smell. Once the smell is removed, they will restore your fabric and upholstery.
Water damage can be caused by a plethora of causes; flooding, blizzards, even sprinklers that turned on as a result of a recent fire, can all have significant effects on your business (no matter how large or small your company). After all the contaminated water is removed, our experts will begin the structural drying. Once everything has dried, we will contain and remove the odor. Lastly, we will clean all the fabric and upholstery.
Mold remediation is necessary if stagnant water has been allowed to pool. It can be difficult to remove mold, especially from larger commercial properties. Our team of professionals can take care of everything; applied microbial remediation, water damage restoration, applied structural drying, and—of course—odor control and fabric cleaning.
Small or large office buildings, big box warehouses, or even apartment buildings—we will clean it all!
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury specializes in cleaning and restoring your commercial and residential property. Our staff is thoroughly versed in damage restoration. We are constantly training our staff on the newest and most efficient ways to remove mold. We are IICRC-certified and great at what we do. Give us a call at (732) 385-3182 so we can get to work fixing your business!
FIRES HAPPEN! Once the fire is out, the recovery process begins. SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is here to help!
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury has been successfully helping Old Bridge/Cranbury, NJ homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury’s local professionals have been successfully helping Old Bridge/Cranbury, NJ homeowners with fire damage for over 27 years. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding FASTER to any size disaster. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Service
Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury, New Jersey at (732) 257-3739 we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with all your damage remediation needs.
First Steps After a Fire:
- Safety: Ask the firefighters or proper authorities on the scene if it is safe to go inside.
- Call your Insurance provider: Let them know what happened so they can start a claim and initiate the paperwork for you.
- Contact loved ones: Call to let everyone know you’re okay or let people who weren’t home know what happened.
- Secure the residence/business: Prevent theft by locking the doors and covering windows or holes. If, you need help contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury, we are here to help!
- Obtain a copy of the fire report: The report specifies all the necessary information about the fire including the time, casualties, date and the extent of fire damage.
- Your current location: Notify friends, family, employers, schools, utilities & services of your temporary location. If you need somewhere to stay you can also contact the American Red Cross for assistance.
CONSIDER CLEANUP REQUIREMENTS: SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury, NJ can provide services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced. We can help you with providing estimates to insurance companies for the cost of damages and will help walk you through the process of thoroughly deodorizing, cleaning and repairing your home.
SERVPRO Steps for a Fire Damage Emergency:
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury, New Jersey, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury, New Jersey at (732) 257-3739
What To Do If Your Pipes Burst
Freezing temperatures are not only a pain for getting around in the winter, but can also damage your home. Plunging temps put your pipes at risk of freezing. Burst pipes cause problematic water damage require remediation, not to mention the risk for mold as well. As water freezes it expands putting pressure on metal and other pipes. The continuous expanding and contracting eventually weakens the integrity of your pipes turning them into ticking time bombs. Expanding water can cause pipes to break leaving you with a big, wet, cold mess.
The continual freezing and expansion that causes water pressure to increase downstream, between the ice blockage and the closed faucet at the end. It’s this increase in water pressure that leads to pipe failure and usually the pipe will burst where little or no ice has formed.
Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Keep the water running at a trickle to keep water from settling? Open cabinets and draw heat to pipes against exterior walls and places like your basement.
If you should find yourself faced with a pipe break situation, contact your insurance company then call us. We have 24 hour emergency services available and will do our very best to bring your home back to its preloss condition as soon as possible.
Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury at (732) 253-4914
What To Do After a Flood
Water damage needs to be dealt with immediately.
Floods happen so quickly that many are caught unprepared; and while floods often can’t be prevented, what you do after a flood can save you thousands of dollars on flood remediation and water damage repair costs. Here are some tips to take after you notice flood damage.
- Stay Safe
Floodwaters can be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals; so do not go into the water without protection, even if it is clear. If there is possibility of downed or live wires don’t risk it, wait for a professional. If it is safe to go into the water wear waders: hip or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water- damaged possessions, and to avoid contaminants. Hiring a professional to do flood cleanup is the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your possessions. Any food that came into contact with the floodwaters should be thrown away. Boil all of your water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.
- Take Pictures
Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage to send to your insurance company by taking photos or video. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you run the risk of decreasing the extent of your coverage.
- Call Your Insurance Company
After you have ensured your family is safe, the first person you should contact is your insurance agent. If the floods have affected an entire region note that your agent might be dealing with their own flooding emergency and may not be available. If that is the case, contact your insurance company’s headquarters because they should be able to direct you to the right information.
Let your insurance company know the extent of the damages to your home, and any repairs you intend to do immediately. Be sure to follow the insurance company’s direction about whether or not to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before you make repairs. Document the damage and conversations at every stage of the process.
- Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury
Our expert flood damage remediation specialists can help you recover from water damage. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury at (732) 253-4914
Your First Steps After a Disaster
You might feel overwhelmed after a disaster, but we are here to help rebuild your home!
Whether victimized by water, mold, or fire we know it can be difficult to catch your breath. There are so many questions running through your mind it can be difficult to know where to start. Oftentimes the toughest question for a person to answer is “What now?”
If your home is deemed safe to enter you might think the first step is to start cleaning. Though it may seem counterintuitive, you should not start cleaning until you are able to document the damage done to your home and belongings. The easiest way to document the damage would be to use a camera or cell phone to take pictures. If you do not have a camera available to you, or you are unable to enter your home again, your first step should be to call us here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury and let us take it from there!
An expert at SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury will document the damage done to your home, if needed, so you can receive every penny required from the insurance company. The serviceperson will also be able to advise you if going through insurance is your best course of action. It’s possible that the damage is so small it may actually benefit you to work outside of insurance. Fear of increased deductibles, higher rates, or even the cancellation of your plan might mean not involving your insurer is your best option.
Our goal at SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury is to make the process as painless as possible, and we are here to help you every step of the way. After documenting the destruction we will be able to give you an honest assessment of the damage done to your home, as well as the best way to proceed with the reconstruction. The only thing you will have to do is submit your insurance claim! Your insurance may encourage you to go with one of their “preferred vendors” that they already have an agreement with, but as the consumer, you should know you have the right to pick a vendor you trust!
Disasters can be…disastrous, but we want you to know we are here to help. Try turning a negative into a positive and use the rebuilding opportunity to add a much-needed addition to your home, like a second bathroom or laundry room. Rebuilding after a disaster strikes is never fun, but SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury is ready to make your home better than ever!
Get Your Ducts in a Row
Removing a vent cover allows you to look at your air duct system.
Cleaning a duct system can be very labor intensive so we recommend calling a professional, but luckily there are things you can do to see if it is time to call us here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury. Removing vent covers will allow you to see the inside of your duct system to check for dirt and dust. You should also check your air filter for debris. If either of these tests proves that your AC system needs a thorough cleaning, give us a call. While doing these simple tests, you can also check in on your heater. A dirty heat exchanger surface means your system is not optimized.
With summer approaching, you should also take a look at your air conditioner. AC coils need to be clean to run at peak efficiency. Take a flashlight and point the light onto the coils. You should be able to see the light projected onto the other side if it is clean. The fins of the coil should be evenly spaced and free of any nicks or scrapes. If you do see these pieces are dirtied the AC will be less efficient. No need to sweat it though, we are ready to help get your AC running perfectly!
This is a quick guide to all the steps, and work, that goes into cleaning your ducts:
The first thing we will do is check your AC filters. Dirty filters mean that you are breathing dirty air. Cleaning, or replacing, the filter can make the air you breathe cleaner and make sure your system is allowing the air to flow without restriction.
Once the filter is resolved, we can start work on the condenser coils. A clean condenser coil will help to ensure you AC are maximizing all the power it consumes, which will lower your electricity bill. The professionals here at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury will also make sure you coolant lines are giving you the coolest air possible.
Cleaned and checked, the only step left is to turn it on! Once running, your SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury professional can check one last time for any problems. If there is a need to fix anything else, needless to say, we will be ready to fix it!
What Causes Mold Inside The Home?
Contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury to handle any mold removal or mold remediation emergencies.
Mold needs dampness, or water, to flourish. Mold spores will begin multiplying when they reach a wet surface. Some essential spots mold can be hiding include:
- Bathrooms. Showers, sinks, and toilets are ideal locations for mold. These spots have a tendency to be moist and, without effective ventilation, will give a home to mold.
- Air conditioning and vents.
- Fireplaces. When not being used chimneys and fireplaces are cool, moist, and murky—fruitful ground for mold spores.
- Attics. If your housetop springs a leak, mold can procreate and spread through the ventilation space in the often ignored room. It will thrive in ventilation or soffit vents.
- Cellars. That conspicuous basement smell is verification of sogginess and—more than likely—mold. As often as possible, mold will be discovered in ducts, surrounding the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.
Indoor mold advancement must be stopped by drying the damp conditions inside. If there is mold propagation in your home it is essential to stop it rapidly and take out the origin of the issue. In the right conditions, mold development will spread fast—in as little as 24–48 hours.
If you are unsure if your home or business has mold it is essential that you call a specialist as quickly as time permits. They will start by analyzing and testing the area. The Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury are experienced in water and mold expulsion. They're pros in reclaiming your home from mold using the best accessible equipment.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury experts will assess the harm and, if required by law, get a protocol for a Certified Mold Assessor and devise a methodology. They will then spotlight the compromised territory, using obstructions and a negative air pressure chamber—containing the mold so they can get to work cleaning and reestablishing your home.
The experts at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury are thoroughly prepared for remediation, ensuring that the revamping of your home or business is finished quickly and effectively.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury offers rapid response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If it is not yet an emergency you can call to schedule a thorough exam of your home or business.
Is Black Mold Really Dangerous?
Do you have a mold problem in your home or business? Contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury today!
We’ve all been there. You go into your basement or your bathroom and there, on the wall, you see it: black mold. You panic, because you’ve heard horror stories for years about the dangers of black mold, but is there really any truth to the hype?
In truth, the term “toxic black mold” is a misnomer with no scientific validation at all. In fact, the term “toxic mold” is also inaccurate. According to the CDC, “the term ‘toxic mold’ is not accurate. While some molds can produce toxins, specifically mycotoxins, the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous”.
So what kinds of mycotoxins can black mold produce? The trichothecene types below are found in toxic black mold:
- Roridin E
- Satratoxin F, G and H (the most abundant type of trichothecene)
- Sporidesmin G
- Verrucarin J
Molds come in a rainbow of colors but it is the black mold species Stachybotrys chartarum that has been falsely dubbed “toxic black mold”. In reality, mold is everywhere in our environment, it’s the dosage that makes the poison.
There is no argument that excessive exposure to almost any type of mold can cause adverse health effects, no matter what the color.
In addition, mold growth can also damage buildings—weakening structure and causing unpleasant odors, as well as causing ugly staining. Cleaning mold is often exactly what causes it to spread; the process dislodges mold spores and allows them to travel into new areas of the environment.
To avoid this it’s best to call a professional when you suspect you have a mold issue in your home or business. SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury has years of experience in mold removal and remediation and can ensure that any damage caused by mold is repaired properly, and completely. With SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury it’ll be "Like it never even happened."
The Real Truth About Mold Removal And Mold Remediation
Contact the experts at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury to remove your mold quickly and professionally.
Many contractors and even mold removal companies will try to confuse you as to the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. Some will try to tell you that for a small mold issue, you can get mold removal, but for a larger more dangerous issue, you’ll need a more complicated, and expensive, mold remediation. Out of fear, many will choose to go with remediation and spend the extra money. That makes sense, mold can be extremely dangerous, causing severe illness and other problems, but the fact is that mold removal and mold remediation are interchangeable terms that mean the same thing!
Mold is endemic in our environment, meaning you can find it almost everywhere that water and oxygen are present. While some mold, such as the mildew in your shower (when in small quantities,) are considered “cosmetic mold” and can be simply sprayed with bleach, other types of mold (and even mildew when it spreads,) can become dangerous and toxic.
Certified Mold Specialists
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury has certified mold remediation technicians that can not only help to identify and properly remove the mold in your home, but they will also locate the source, and eradicate the cause of your mold issues.
When you find mold in your home, make sure that your mold professional can explain the mold remediation process in simple terms. Many small mold issues should not be expensive to handle. Moldy drywall is one example. If the affected area is small, it should not be a tremendously expensive fix. The most important issue with small drywall fixes happens once the damaged section is removed. It is imperative to ensure that spores are not spread further, so great care must be taken with the disposal of affected areas. If the technicians you hire use extremely technical terms to frighten you into tremendously expensive treatment options, be wary.
When you call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury, we will carefully inspect your property to ensure that not only are all mold issues are addressed, but also that we locate the source of the issue, and eradicate it. If we do find an issue that needs to be addressed, we will use specialized filtration equipment to capture microscopic mold spores that may be in the air and to prevent them from spreading during removal.
In addition to mold removal, we also specialize in cleaning your belongings and ensuring that they are sanitized and safe to use. Should major restoration need to be done, we can also handle reconstruction and finishing to ensure that you are back to normal as quickly, and cleanly, as possible.
Mold doesn’t have to be scary, so don’t let an unqualified contractor or “specialist” make it into a nightmare.
Water Damage & Flooding
If you experience water damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury
The rainy season is upon us in Old Bridge Cranbury. Excessive rainfall means the potential for leaky roofs, flooded basements and other types of water damage. These situations are some of the most costly that a homeowner or business owner can face. Water can quickly lead to mold growth, damage furniture and drywall, and compromise the very structure of a house or building.
Common causes of water damage include corroded or damaged pipes, blocked gutters, and leaks from roofs or windows.
To prepare for flooding, elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home or building. Install check-valves to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains. And know how to locate and safely shut off all utilities.
There are also several measures you can take to help prevent water damage. Inspect sinks, showers, toilets, gutters and downspouts to ensure there are no blockages. Have a sump pump installed in the basement of your home or business. Seal basement walls and floors with waterproofing compounds.
If certain areas consistently have standing water or if there are a few spots in your basement where water regularly collects, there might be a problem with the pitch or angle of the grounds outside. If the ground is pitched toward your house or building, water will run back toward it, causing leaks or flooding. So make sure the ground pitch is angled away from your home or facility.
Water and flood damage restoration is not a do-it-yourself project. It is a lengthy and potentially dangerous process that should be tackled only by experienced professionals, like the experts at SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury. If you have an issue, call SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury right away. While you wait for our restoration team to arrive, take the following steps:
1. Turn off all power
2. Move important possessions and documents to safety
3. Raise all furniture or remove it entirely
4. Let in fresh air if weather permits
5. If safely doing so is possible, use buckets to remove water, and clean out the internal and outside water drainage of your home or building
Once they arrive, the SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury team will begin the repair and restoration process:
Our technicians determine f the water is from a clean source or an unsanitary place like a sewerage system. SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury locates and measures the damage, from subfloors to inside the wall cavities and elsewhere.
We use powerful vacuums capable of removing thousands of gallons every hour.
Our licensed restoration professionals have the knowledge and heavy-duty
equipment to start the air movement necessary to dry out your home or facility. They will also inspect the affected areas for mold.
Without prompt action, water damage is virtually guaranteed to spread and become permanent. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of mold growth and unrecoverable property. So if you live in Old Bridge Cranbury and have a water issue, call SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury immediately. Our professionals have the expertise to reverse and prevent the devastating effects of flooding and water damage.
When a pipe bursts in your home.
A burst pipe can cause serious water damage.
2018 has brought us mostly subfreezing temperatures. When it gets this cold outside homes are at risk of burst pipes and all of the headaches and water damage they bring. Water pipes burst when the water inside them freezes and expands causing an increase in pressure inside the pipe. When the pressure gets too high for the pipe to contain it bursts causing damage to your home.
A burst pipe can happen almost anywhere, but usually occurs with pipes that are close to the exterior of your home. The most critical aspect of dealing with a burst pipe is turning off the water supply and stopping the flow of water. Water in a crawlspace or basement is usually well contained and can be easily dried out. However, when a pipe bursts in the main part of your home, such as a toilet feed or an under-sink supply line, it can create a much bigger mess depending upon how much water has inundated the house.
As with any water damage, time is of the essence as mold can start to develop in as little as 24 hours after flooding occurs. The more time that passes without treatment the more likely those materials will continue to deteriorate and may not be salvageable. This is doubly true in homes with carpeting.
When a pipe in your home bursts—affecting multiple rooms—travels from an upper level to a lower level of the home, or has been left unnoticed for more than 8 hours, professional water mitigation and specialized drying equipment is essential for preventing long-term damage. If you see that water has seeped into the subflooring or the drywall the safest step would be to contact a professional water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury to help remove or restore items that would otherwise be destroyed by mold.
Prevent Smoke Damage From Your Fireplace
Prevent Smoke Damage From Your Fireplace
The weather outside is frightful and there is nothing better than curling up on a cold night to the warm glow of a fireplace. Unfortunately, fireplaces can also pose a smoke and fire hazard to your home. There is, however, nothing particularly soothing about unwanted fireplace smoke puffs that spill into the home while the fire is burning. Fires can also start when hot embers from the fire catch on residue from unclean chimneys.
If you are someone who likes to use their fireplace during the winter here are a few tips to prevent smoke or fire damage to your home.
Nobody likes a drafty house, but a house that is relatively airtight may not be able to supply enough outside air to the fire, resulting in a negative pressure in the home. Well-insulated homes can benefit from an outside air supply vent installed in the fireplace to satisfy the fire's needs.
Exhaust fans—like in kitchens or in forced air heating systems—can cause negative pressure, which will drag the smoke from your fireplace into your home. Turn off exhaust fans before settling down by the fire.
Only use your fireplace when it is cold out. The difference between the indoor and outdoor air helps the smoke draft properly. If it is too warm the smoke will have nowhere to go.
Make sure that the damper is open all the way. Sometimes there is a rain cap or even another damper on top of the chimney, which may be obstructed and needs attention. This can also be a fire hazard, so be careful.
Wet firewood can create heavy smoke. Make sure you only use seasoned firewood that is dry in your fireplace.
If you experience smoke or fire damage from your fireplace this winter contact the experts at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury. Their smoke damage experts can clean your furniture, curtains, walls, and floors to get rid of not only the black soot, but the foul odor it leaves behind.
Hurricane Harvey Response
Harvey Blasts Texas
SERVPRO is known to respond faster to any disaster; after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, we lived up to that claim. Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 storm that hit Texas on August 25, 2017. It caused $180 billion in damage. That’s more than any other natural disaster in U.S history, except the largest estimates of Hurricane Katrina damage.
At its peak on September 1, 2017, one-third of Houston was underwater. Two feet of rain fell in the first 24 hours. The storm claimed the lives of 82 people and damaged 203,000 homes, of which 12,700 were destroyed.
Harvey was just winding down when our team landed in San Antonio, TX, after that it was a harrowing journey navigating across flooded river crossings and damaged bridges to get to Houston. Within the first three days we surveyed thirty properties for water and storm damage and started getting them on the path to recovery.
We were able to coordinate efforts mobilizing the resources we needed to help dry out and rebuild these properties, shipping in tractor-trailers full of equipment, our crew of one hundred ready to work.
Common Places for Mold To Grow
Mold can grow in many places.
When we think of mold problems we equate it to damp basements and black gross mold growing on drywall; but mold is insidious and can grow in places where you least expect it. Mold is fast growing, can pop up within 24 hours of being exposed to moisture, and spreads quickly.
Here are some common places where mold forms that you might not be aware of:
Under Your Refrigerator
The spaces behind and under your fridge rarely see the light of day, which make them a perfect breeding ground for mold. Clean all water lines and drip pans and ensure they are not leaking; even a small leak can lead to a huge mold problem. Take the extra time to check and clean behind and underneath your refrigerator.
Your chimney can easily become a breeding ground for mold. Brick crevices collect water, dirt, and other organic debris. Rusted chimney caps and faulty flashing let in rain and snow, encouraging mold to grow. Replace rusted caps and fix flashing. Call a licensed mold removal specialist to remove the mold in your chimneys. To prevent mold, get your chimney cleaned by a professional chimney sweep at least once a year.
Front-Loading Washing Machines
Front-loading washing machines are great, but can be a hotspot for mold growth. The gasket around the door on front-loading washing machines often stays wet because the door is usually closed when not in use. Add some lint to the moisture and mold happily munches and multiplies. Wipe the gasket and glass dry before you shut the door. If you spot mold, run a hot water wash with some chlorine bleach (no clothes), which will kill the fungi. Even if you have a top-load washer make sure to regularly check behind and underneath your washer and dryer to make sure there are no leaks or source of moisture. Clean out vents and lint traps to prevent mold havens, as well as fire hazards.
Window Sashes and Seals
Condensation from windows provides the moisture mold loves, and the dirt and dust that collect provide the perfect place for the mold to settle. After heavy rains open windows and wipe moisture from the bottoms of sashes and windowsills. Replace any broken seals and if you notice any water has leaked into the wood and walls call a professional to see if the problem has caused mold.
Air conditioning units trap dust and pollen (a good meal for mold) and grab moisture from the air. If you don’t run your AC unit at least every 24 hours in warm weather humidity in your house climbs, giving mold the opportunity to grow in AC ducts, drain pans, and on coils. Drip pans and drainage hoses on window units can leak causing mold to grow into the windowsill and dry wall. If mold grows in your central air conditioning unit you’ll have to hire a mold remediation pro to clean out the system.
If you suspect you may have mold contact the experts at SERVPRO of Old Bridge / Cranbury
Rebuilding after a storm.
After a disaster—whether it be a fire, water, or storm—damages your home you will need to rebuild and restore. For decades SERVPRO has been known for their ability to respond to a disaster and fix your home to “make it like it never happened”.
The first thing you must do after a disaster is take temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris. Mold, smoke, fire, and water damage all have their own protocol for restoration and our experts know how to tackle each problem.
Once your home or building is secured and the hazards are removed you can start the rebuilding process; from the structure itself to preserving and restoring the treasured items inside your home—including heirlooms, art, and family photos. The professionals at SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.
- Board Up
- Carpet Repair and Installation
- Document Drying
- Dry Cleaning
- Drywall Installation
- Drywall Removal
- Electronics Restoration
- Fine Art Restoration
- Furniture Restoration
- General Contracting
- Hardwood Floor Repair
- HVAC Services
- Move Out
- Roofing Services
- Tree Removal
- And more!
If you are in need of construction services contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury at (732) 253-4914.
Document restoration with SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury
Aside from people, some of the hardest things to replace after a natural disaster are documents. After a flood or fire photographs and books could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. Our experience and state-of-the-art technology can help save your important documents from the trash.
We employ the latest technology available, utilizing the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books; this method can clean and dry your documents without sacrificing their integrity or damaging them. As powerful as our document restoration technology is, it is delicate enough to handle old and fragile documents, books, and papers. With water damage like sewage or floodwater, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.
Our facility is managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance so you know that your personal information is kept secure and confidential.
To prevent your documents from becoming damaged again, we also offer digitalization for your documents and photos. We use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents. In the digital age converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. You can have access to your records while saving space.
Types of Documents We Restore/Preserve
- paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- blueprints and maps
If you are in need of document restoration services contact SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury at (732) 253-4914
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field - manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury
SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, water or sewage damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training so you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Puff Back happens when your ignition fails to light properly, oil fumes accumulate in the chamber of your furnace. After the pilot light ignites again it causes a small explosion shooting the dust and soot in your ducts or baseboard all over the room. The soot manages to get into drapes, blinds, furniture, bedding, clothing, floors, carpets, dishes, appliances, you name it, causing major headaches for homeowners.
Soot is very difficult to clean and can’t be wiped off with a regular sponge, towel, paper towel, etc. in fact that just makes the problem worse! The cleaning of soot requires special sponges and cleaning products that are used by professionals. Almost worse than the mess is the smell that seems to permeate into everything. This odor is difficult to remove and requires the services of a professional to remove as well. A professional certified home restoration company such as SERVPRO of East Windsor is experienced with handling puff back situations. A puff back can occur in large proportion such as the situation just mentioned or in small proportion, over a period of time. If you notice black soot accumulating on carpet around heating vents or baseboard, or on surfaces inside your home, chances are you are experiencing a small scale puff back.
Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury right after a puff back can save you time and money.
Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury at (732) 253-4914
Mold can not only destroy the quality of life in your home it can destroy the value of your home as well.
Mold grows in dark damp areas of your home like behind walls and under floors and by the time you finally see visual signs of mold it is already a much bigger problem.
The most common mold that causes the most problems for homeowners is black mold. Black mold tends to have a strong, musty smell, and of course it displays a trademark black color. It can cause health problems and decrease the value of your home. It is imperative that you contact a mold remediation specialist at the first sign of a mold problem.
If you believe you have black mold growth in an area of your home after these initial inspections, you should contact a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Old Bridge Cranbury
Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury at (732) 253-4914
What to Do After a Fire
For fire damage recovery call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury.
A house fire is a devastating event. Even a small fire can cause serious damage to your home. So how do you rebuild? What do you do after the fire department leaves? Here are some tips to dealing with fire damage.
Contact your insurance company IMMEDIATELY after the fire is out. They can provide advice on how to handle the aftermath of your fire and possibly be able to recommend a professional fire restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury A fire restoration company can provide services to prevent further damage, help determine which items can or cannot be refurbished and which structural items do and do not need to be repaired or replaced. They provide estimates to insurance companies for the cost of damages and will help walk you through the process of thoroughly deodorizing, cleaning and repairing your home.
Things to remember after a fire:
- Do not use electrical appliances that have been near a fire.
- Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
- Do not touch anything during your first inspection to prevent transferring soot from item to item.
- Do not wash drapes or other materials that may require dry cleaning.
Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury right after a fire can save you time and money.
Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury at (732) 253-4914