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Fire Safety Tip: Have an Escape Plan

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Plan Having a plan in place can help save lives. Create and practice a fire escape plan with your family.

Did you know that the size of a fire doubles every minute?  This causes fires to travel at an extremely fast pace. If your home catches fire, you and your family may only have a minute to escape the flames!  This leaves you and your family a very short amount of time to escape unscathed! 

It is extremely important that you and your loved ones have a plan before in case disaster strikes. 

Here are some tips to help you act and escape as quickly as possible. 

1.) Have a fire alarm inside and outside every bedroom.

It is vital that you have alarms inside and outside of every bedroom.  If a fire starts in the middle of the night, these alarms will ensure that everybody in the house will hear and awake in the event of a fire; even if they are sleeping.

2.) Make sure that there are fire alarms on every story of your multi-level home.

In addition to the fire alarms inside and outside of every bedroom, you should also have them installed on every floor of your home. If a fire starts on a floor without a bedroom, it’s important that you’re able to hear the alarms no matter what floor you’re on.

3.) Create a floor plan of your home marking two exits from each room.

Having a floor plan is an extremely important part to having a fire escape plan, especially if you have children. You should mark two ways to exit every room in the house on the floor plan. This will allow you alternative options if one of the exits is blocked by flames in the event of having to escape.

4.) Go over the floor plan with everyone that lives in your home. 

It is vital that everybody in your home knows the fire escape plan, especially the kids. On the floor plan, point out the two exits for each room and the location of each fire alarm.

5.) Choose an outside meeting place.

Another important step is to choose where you will all gather outside after escaping the fire.  Here are some examples: neighbor’s house, a light post, mailbox or a stop sign. This will allow you to make sure that everyone is safely out of the house and accounted for in the event of a house fire.

6.) Practice your escape plan.

Practice makes perfect and creating a plan on paper can only do so much. It’s imperative that the entire family practice the plan in each room of your house. This will allow for the fastest reaction time in the event of an actual emergency.

7.) Get out immediately if you hear the smoke alarms.

If you hear your smoke alarms, you need to get out of your house immediately. Don’t hesitate to see if it’s a false alarm or grab any valuables. Remember that nothing is more important than saving the lives of both you and your loved ones.

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we are here to help.  Should you are someone you know have any questions about fire damage, smoke damage or making a fire escape plan, please do not hesitate to call us at 732-577-1010.

Sources:
National Fire Protection Association

Plumbing issues? Read these tips.

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Plumbing Plumbing issues cause damage to your home? Call the experts in water damage at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010!

You depend on your home’s plumbing each and every day.  Whether it is for the hot water in your shower to the water boiling on your stove.  Water is so important to our daily lives. It is even more important to maintain your plumbing regularly to make sure there aren’t any major issues lurking in your home.  Proper maintenance can help disasters from happening, such as leaks or sewage backups. Despite regular maintenance, plumbing problems can still occur, so it’s good to be aware of common plumbing issues and what you can do to solve them or minimize damage to your home.

Low Water Pressure

Proper water pressure is necessary for washing your hands, cleaning dishes, and taking a shower. If you’ve noticed a significant drop in your home’s water pressure, you probably have a clogged pipe. It’s also possible that you need to fully open your shutoff valve. If you’re only having water pressure issues with one faucet, the solution may be as simple as cleaning the aerator or removing a nearby clog.

Dripping Faucet

Depending on the severity of the drip, a dripping faucet can raise your water bill and waste a significant amount of water—not to mention how annoying it can be. Luckily, fixing a dripping faucet is usually as simple as replacing seats and springs or a washer in the faucet.

Running Toilet

It happens so frequently: minutes after flushing your toilet, you can still hear the toilet running as if the bowl is filling with water. This is an incredibly annoying problem to have, but usually, an easy one to fix. Remove the lid from your toilet tank and make sure that your tank ball, flapper valve, and flush valve are working properly—if any of them are sticking or not functioning right, they’re easy to replace.

Clogged Drain

Clogged or slow drains are probably the most common plumbing problem. Plumbing pipes are designed to allow water and waste to flow through freely, but over time, built up hair, soap scum and other debris can form a clog in your drain that prevents water from passing. This is almost sure to happen in any home given enough time. You can use vinegar and baking soda to break up clogs in your sink, or you can buy a drain auger and remove the clog manually.

Sometimes the clog may be deeper in your pipes or too severe to easily remove, look into professional plumbing services; they have the equipment and expertise to clear clogged drains without causing damage to your plumbing.

Leaking Pipes

Leaks aren’t just an annoyance; they can significantly increase your water bill and quickly cause damage to your home. If you have a leaking pipe that’s beyond a slow drip, shut your water off as soon as possible. If there is any chance of mold or structural damage to your home, avoid spending a fortune on repairs. Leaking pipes generally need to be replaced, but you can use marine tape or epoxy to cover small leaks temporarily—just remember to shut the water off first.

No Hot Water

Have you ever rolled out of bed and into the shower only to find there’s no hot water? It’s not a good experience. Chances are you’ve got something wrong with your water heater, most probably an electrical problem such as a thermostat or element. If you’re not comfortable troubleshooting your water heater, it’s a good idea to get help from a trained, knowledgeable professional.

Plumbing truly is an essential part of our everyday lives. We can’t all be professional plumbers, but with a little bit of research and hard work, you can stay cool, calm and collected in the face of a plumbing emergency.

Should these or any other issue cause water damage to your home, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, anytime, day or night…we are here to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Call us at 732-577-1010.

When Storms Hit, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is Ready!

8/22/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage If Storms damage your home or business, the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there to help!

Hurricane Henri could have caused major damage to the Monmouth County homes and businesses.  Thankfully, most of us just experienced heavy rain for a period of time.   Had Henri wreaked havoc on the Jersey Shore, know that we are ready!

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit your town, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Whether it is an emergency or a general cleaning, give us a call!!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 732-577-1010

Cooking Safety Tips

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Avoid Kitchen Fires Use these tips to avoid disaster in the kitchen.

Cooking Safety tips to avoid fires from the National Fire Protection Association               

Always be alert while cooking.  If you have been drinking or feel tired or sleepy, you should not use your stove.

Never leave your stove unattended while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. 

You should be checking your food regularly, if you are roasting, baking or simmering.

Keep anything flammable away from your stovetop…this includes wooden utensils, towels, curtains, mitts or food packaging.

If you have a small grease fire on the stove, slide a lid over the pan and turn off the heat.  Leave it alone until it is cooled.  If the fire is large, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If something catches fire in the oven, keep the door close and turn off the heat.  If it is not contained, call 9-1-1.

If you are even in doubt of fighting a small fire, just get out and close the door behind you and
call 9-1-1.

Should disaster strike, call 9-1-1.  After the fire is out, call the pros SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010 to help.  We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Indoor dining is back, make sure your carpets clean

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

restaurants Your restaurant is back with indoor dining, make sure your carpets are looking their best!

Your restaurant’s nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep your business in great shape and ready for the next business day. Every item has to be thoroughly washed and sparkling clean on a daily basis; the kitchen flooring, stovetops and ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers…. And then there’s the front of house - bathrooms, host stand, and bar area with all your glassware that needs attention. But you and your team have it all handled, every day.

Flooring in a busy restaurant can be a challenge, as well. Many eateries choose to install hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

Perhaps, however, your establishment has carpeting. A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way towards preventing potential mold growth and other issues that can cause unpleasant odors, but your carpeting will still need a regular deep cleaning to keep floors looking the way you want them to. With carpeting, spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on hardwood flooring, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, with the colors no longer as bright and fresh; that can reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. Make sure a deep cleaning is on your cleaning checklist!

Here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning jobs. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Call us today at (732) 577-1010. You can also visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

Restoring Your Howell/Wall Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Dryers We are here to help your business get back to normal as soon as possible. Call us at 732-577-1010.

Flooding and water damage events at Howell/Wall commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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WHY YOU SHOULD PRIORITIZE KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS CLEAN

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned technicians Call us today, to make sure you business is clean for your employees and customers at 732-577-1010

A clean business/commercial area is more important now, than ever before.  If we have learned anything over the last 17 months, it's the importance of cleanliness. 

Most of us have seen those shows about failing businesses and restaurants are often entertaining and even humorous, at least to us as viewers. But they also highlight an essential detail that businesses sometimes overlook: a clean work area. That might not sound like a big deal, but a clean business sends a powerful message to staff and customers alike.

Listed here are some of the benefits of prioritizing workplace cleanliness:

  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  
    • Our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Howell / Wall Professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.
  • It reduces the need to replace supplies and equipment as often. 
    • When dirt and grime are left to build up, they will cause unnecessary wear-and-tear on your office equipment. The keys on your PC keyboard can get sticky, which necessitates a call to IT. Flooring can become stained and unkempt, and office furniture left uncared for is unsightly, sending the wrong message to everyone. Regular cleaning and maintenance will save you costly replacements of these items. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in all areas of commercial cleaning and restoration.

  • It can help you find and fix damages before they becomes a problem. 
    • Regular deep cleaning can help you catch problems you might not notice otherwise and keep you looking good while doing it. You will see the signs of water damage and mold growth much more quickly, and as we all know, damage from leaks are much easier to deal with at the beginning of the issue. The longer damage from a water leak goes on, the higher the costs for repairs are going to be. Taking care of mold is also important for the health of your workforce. Mold spores can often be toxic, and its presence can be a health code violation. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is your area specialist for mold remediation.

  • It can help employees avoid illnesses and positively affect morale. 
    • A dirty working environment can encourage the accumulation of bacteria and viruses, which will adversely affect your employees. Clutter and grime also make it difficult to concentrate and has been proven to cause stress, especially for those people who are highly sensitive to uncomfortable surroundings. When your workers are happy and productive, your customers and clients will know it, and an atmosphere of positivity will affect your business by encouraging repeat sales and referrals.

  • It gives your business an image and reputation of trustworthiness.
    • If your business looks like a mess, most people will assume it’s failing; how can they trust you to care about their concerns if you don’t care about your own? Water-stained walls, unkempt furniture and machinery, dusty light fixtures; all these things will give your prospective customers the idea that you are not a careful proprietor. Not the best way to get people to come back!


Call us here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall for help with all your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Our phone number is: (732) 577-1010, or you can visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

Grilling Fire Safety Tips

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Grilling Grilling is a great way to feed your family and friends in the summertime.

Summer Grilling Fire Safety Tips

We hope you are enjoying your Jersey Shore Summer and enjoying prime grilling season.   Here are some great tips from FEMA for ensure safe grilling:

  • Only grill outside and keep at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails and eaves.
  • Keep a 3 foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep your children and pets safe.
  • Open the lid to your gas grill before lighting.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit and patio torches. Don’t walk away from then while they are lit.
  • Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
  • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.

Should a fire break out in your home or business always call 9-1-1 immediately.  After the fire is out, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall who will professionally clean the damage left behind by the fire and smoke.   We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, just give us a call at 732-577-1010.  We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Storm Preparation: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall: We Make It "Like it never even happened"

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storms Be prepared for Jersey Shore Summer Storms! If disaster strikes, know that SERVPRO will be there! Call us at 732-577-1010!

Large storms and heavy rains have hit our area hard over the last few months, now is the time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. An Emergency Supply Kit is a good place to begin.

An Emergency Supply Kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
    Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Phone charges with adapters to allow charging in an automobile

Keep our number handy as well, 732-577-1010. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

Are your beautiful wooden floors damaged?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wood Floors We are always available and ready to help. Call us anytime at 732-577-1010!

Wood floors look good in almost any home. But when mother nature strikes or some kind of accidents happens, your wooden floors are damaged and in some cases can be restored. Here are some facts on your hard wood floors should they become damaged by water.

  • How to tell if it is damaged
    • If there are black marks and stains along the edges of the wood and is caused by the growth of mold
    • If there are humps or bumps along the floor. This is caused by water damage cupping your floor making it rise

But before you call SERVPRO, it is extremely necessary that you find the cause of the loss, should it be from a water damage. Here is a picture of an example of how we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Specialty drying mats make a huge difference when attempting to save solid wood flooring after water damage.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has this equipment on its trucks!