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What Are the Brown Stains On Your Ceiling?

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever noticed a brown stain on your walls or ceilings. The spot may be small, but it could lead to questions like what is that spot is or where did it come from.  If you notice one of these spots on your ceiling or wall, you should absolutely consider calling us at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to inspect the damage. Those brown spots or water stains can be signs of disaster lurking.

One of the biggest reasons for these spots and stains is water pooling.  This is evident by the brown or yellow discoloration of your ceilings paint. These stains are caused by the surfactants in your paint.  Surfactant is usually brown in color and oily. When surfactant is mixed with water, it becomes reactivated.  When water pools and is concentrated in one area, that means the surfactant will as well. You may notice brown streaks in your bathroom where water and moisture is abundant.

A leak in your roof or a burst pipe can be the causes of water in your ceiling. Just because water is not flowing steadily down your ceilings or walls, it does not mean you shouldn’t act quickly.   If water sits too long, serious and costly water and mold damage can occur.  It takes only 48 hours for mold to begin affecting your home, so you need to act fast.  As you may know, exposure to mold is not healthy and needs professional mold remediation.  Water and mold lead to rotting of structural building material and is a health risk.

If you notice stains on your ceilings, please do not ignore them. Ignoring that can allow them to grow or worsen, which could cause more damage. Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall today to schedule an assessment of your water stains at 732-577-1010.

Avoiding Fires in your Monmouth County Restaurant Kitchen

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Howell/Wall area we have a lot of great restaurants.  In order to keep your business, employees and most of all, customers safe; here are some tips to avoiding disasters in your kitchen.

Between 2006-2010, the National Fire Protection Association estimates there were approximately 7,640 fires at restaurant type establishments. Out of all those fires, it is estimated that 3 of 5 of those fires involved cooking equipment, so it is imperative to ensure that ALL equipment such as fryers, ovens, stoves, and other equipment are cleaned every day, as well as professionally inspected when they need to be.

It may appear like you have cleaned the grease from the surfaces, but grease can and will build up in hoods and grease traps. If they get too hot or grease builds up too much, it can quickly cause a fire.  So be sure to check those areas too.

It is good practice to have regularly scheduled cleanings of your kitchen to avoid any possibilities of fire in your restaurant, hotel, or assisted living home.

Also keep in mind that sprinkler systems can be the saving grace between a small fire that closes the business for a few days, or a fire engulfing the entire facility forcing you to permanently close or be closed for an extended amount of time. Pipes and heads on sprinkler systems can become corroded with time, so it’s important to have them inspected regularly. Be sure the sprinkler heads are free of any debris, such a cobwebs.

Lastly, it is important to ensure that your employees, especially kitchen staff have the knowledge of what to do in the case of a fire emergency. You should have scheduled meetings and drills for fire, evacuation, and emergency exits.

Should disaster strike your kitchen or business, call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at (732) 577-1010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Helping to  Keep Your Commercial Pipes from Bursting

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Here are some tips to help prevent pipes from bursting

Frozen water pipes in your business can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. So together, let’s make sure your businesses are as safe as possible this winter by providing you of some popular tricks to keep your water flowing freely and your pipes safe and sound.

As many of you know, when water freezes it expands. When extreme temps take hold of New Jersey, water can turn to ice can expand so much that the ice breaks through the pipes causing significant damage to your commercial property.

Places in your business like crawl spaces, attics, garages and similar area that are more exposed to the outside temperature without insulation are the most prone to bursting pipes. So for these areas, it is important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold.  It is good practice to speak to plumber about having insulation, or perhaps a pipe-sleeve, added to trouble areas. Keep the garage door closed if water supply lines are inside.

If your business closes for the holidays, take extra care so that pipes do not burst when no one will know for an extended period of time. No one wants to return from a vacation and see water all over the floor or running water trickling to a standstill.  Here are some way to prevent that from happening. It is highly recommended to keep your thermostat no lower than 55 while away from your business. Some experts will say even while there and not closed for vacation to keep the same temperature at night as you do during the day. We will leave that to your discretion as it could result in a higher than normal heating bill but possibly prevent a high repair charge.

If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. One way to tell that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you can locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you found the frozen section!  If you are uncomfortable dealing with possible frozen pipes, call a plumber and have an expert do the work. You can also ask for quotes on proper insulation for your pipes so they don’t freeze again in the future.

Enjoy your holidays with a peace of mind that your pipes are safe! If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is there to help! Call us at (732) 577-1010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

2019 Holiday Helpful and Safety Tips for your Home

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Holdays Happy Holidays from your Friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

Thanksgiving is almost here and its almost time for most of us to decorate for the holidays.  

Remember these safety and helpful tips to ensure a safe home through the holidays and beyond.

  • Always inspect your lights before you hang them
  • Replace any out or broken lights
  • Never connect more than 3 strings of lights at a time
  • Use clips to safely attach lights to the house
  • Be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect pets and children
  • Always use ladder safety when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations
  • Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets
  • Remember to keep candle flames far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees
  • When building a fire to keep cozy, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burn only dry, split firewood (avoid chemically treated wood), and close damper when fireplace is not in use

Happy Holidays from everyone at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall! 

Frozen or burst pipes can damage your Howell Home or Business? Do you know what to do when disaster strikes?

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes Frozen or Burst Pipes...Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall as soon as possible!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and the holiday season will be in full swing…. along with the holidays come the beginning of colder weather in New Jersey.  We have already experienced our first arctic blast and suffered through an early cold spell. 

Brutal cold can cause severe damage to your Monmouth County home or business and burst pipes can cause more damage than one can imagine.  If your Howell area home or business experience pipes that freeze and burst, you must take immediate action to limit the damage.

Picture this: 250 gallons of water pouring through a burst pipe in your home or business. It’s not something you want flooding your where you live or work, is it? Well, it’s about what one 1/8-inch crack in a water pipe can leak in 24 hours. Burst pipes aren’t rare — they damage literally millions of homes and businesses each year. The best way to avoid the issue is to be prepared. Should disaster strike and a pipe bursts, you’ll need to act quickly to stop further damage and ensure your home or business is properly repaired.

Know What to Do

  • Assess the damage, amount of water and probable location of the leak — it may be necessary to turn off the electricity to your home to avoid electrocution. Never touch a wet outlet, switch, or appliance.
  • Turn off the house’s main water valve.
  • If the leaked water is warm, it may be necessary to turn off the water valve to the water heater.
  • If appropriate to the situation, place an appropriately sized container under the leak to catch the water.
  • Turn on the faucets throughout the house to drain the water left in the system.
  • Call a plumber immediately to help repair or replace the pipe.
  • Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010. This is important as it affects your insurance claim and helps prevent mold from growing in your wall space, under your floor, or between the floor and ceiling between stories. Your homeowners insurance policy may cover costs you incur.
  • Take photos of the burst pipe and of all the damage to the house’s structure and your personal property for your insurance claim.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

 When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is available anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at 732-577-1010.

Are you prepared to handle the different types of storms we can experience in Monmouth and Ocean counties? 

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here in New Jersey, we can see a wide range of storm. We have seen heavy rains, flooding, super storms, hurricanes, and even tornadoes (remember the June 2017 Home Depot  in Howell)!  Any one of these storm types could cause major damage to your home or business. The damage caused by these storms can keep us from feeling like our home is complete or keep our businesses up and running.  No matter what your scenario, It is important to know the different damages that a storm can cause and more importantly that SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you should disaster strike. 

Wind Damage Storm damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof due to strong winds that may loosen flashing. This can cause your roof shingles to be removed from your home or business causing leaks. Even a subtle roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions. A SERVPRO of Howell / Wall restoration expert can help property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively. 

Flooding Damage Heavy rains can cause flooding in low lying areas or even sewers to back up. Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems which call for experts to assess groundwater and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Our SERVPRO of Howell/Wall team can assist in your cleanup process after flood damage has occurred.  

Lighting Damage When a storm occurs, many times it brings the loud sounds of thunder which mean lighting is striking. Your home or business may have objects attached to the building that can attract a lightning strike that can cause a fire. A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures of roughly 30,000 kelvins (53,540 degrees Fahrenheit). Lightning strikes, or discharges of massive charges of static electricity, cause about 2% of all fires. If this occurs in your home or business, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall has the team to help handle the restoration of both the fire and smoke damage.

If any of these storms should strike disaster for your home or business, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall  is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Call us anytime at 732-577-1010.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we love our community!

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

table set up with half orange half green tablecloth and giveaway items on top Howell Day 2019

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is a locally owned and operated business in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  We are proud members and active members of the local community.   We are proud to serve the people and businesses of Howell, Wall, Brielle, Farmingdale, Manasquan and other surrounding towns of the Jersey Shore and Southern Monmouth Region.

We especially enjoy getting involved in community events where we get to spend time with our current, past and future customers in the towns they live, work and play.   We are here to for you in times of emergency and in times of celebration.  

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall trusted partner of the community since 2015 and we look forward to serving the community for decades to come.   We thank you for your trust, your business and your friendship.

We especially enjoy getting involved in community events where we get to spend time with our current, past and future customers in the towns they live, work and play.   We are here to for you in times of emergency and in times of celebration.  

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall trusted partner of the community since 2015 and we look forward to serving the community for decades to come.   We thank you for your trust, your business and your friendship.

When water damage occurs and mold forms, we are there to help!

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

It does not take long for mold to become a problem in your home or business when there has been a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Significant damage to your property and more importantly to the health of your family, employees or customers can be caused by a mold problem.  The team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 732-577-1010

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be the safety of your family, employees, and customers.  All it takes is 48-72 hours is all it takes for significant mold growth.  Be especially careful with children; the elderly; and individuals with respiratory problems, such as asthma.  

In addition to visible signs of mold, problems may be hiding behind your drywall or under carpets.  If you smell a strong, musty order, mold maybe be lurking where you can't see it.

Should you suspect mold or see mold, please stay out of affected areas. Next, turn off any the HVAC system and fans to prevent spores from spreading.  Lastly, call the experts at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall for mold remediation services.

Please do not disturb the mold or blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.  This is important to prevent it from spreading or getting airborne.  Please do not attempt to dry the area yourself, we have special gear to handle jobs.  Lastly, please do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.  Simply, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall and we will work with you to get your home or business back to normal fast!

Should water damage cause mold in your Jersey Shore home or business, rest assured that highly trained, expert team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you.  Call us anytime, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to service Southern Monmouth County.

Do Your Employees Know How To Cut Off The Water?

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

In today’s workplace, employees tend to always call the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start?

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can help you plan for a water, fire, storm damage.  How can we do that? With a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO.

By having a plan of action and including it in your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a busted pipe, fire or any other type of disaster.

Some business owners use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location.

Should disaster strike, would your business ready?  Things as simple as burst pip can cause a lot of damage and headaches. With a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employees of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE service that we provide to commercial properties.

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Different Smoke Types

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

The damage done by fire and smoke is unique, each disaster requires a tailored solution for the specific conditions incurred.  At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we have the knowledge, experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Here are some smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke travels to cooler areas and upper levels of a building.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 732-577-1010.