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Grease Fire Do's and Dont's

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Fire When Fire Strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to help!

There are many different ways a fire can break out, one of the most dangerous being a grease fire. If you lack experience putting out a grease fire, know that you do not treat it the same as you would a "standard" fire. There are certain things that you must do and things you absolutely must NOT do. Please consider the following:

Do

Turn off the stove or heat source.

Smother the fire with the pot lid. Without oxygen, the fire cannot survive.

Use baking soda to douse the flames. Flour and other items will not work.

Use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.

call 911

Don't

Try to put out the flames using water. It will splash the grease, causing the fire to spread.

Move the item. This could also cause splashing, spreading and could potentially burn you.

Try to use anything other than baking soda. It will not help.

If fire strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall  for our expert and professional services.  We have the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

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Don't let April Showers bring you down

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Rain SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to help

April is just around the corner and so are April showers, which in turn will bring us the most beautiful May flowers.  But, when April rains are relentless downpours, we could be faced with water damage that will cause costly repairs, like a flooded basement. Flooding is more prevalent in the spring because of the heavy rains that cannot be adequately absorbed by the still thawing yard.

Friends, you can take some simple precautions to secure your property and keep your possessions safe.

Here are some simple precautions to keep your home and possessions safe from flooding and water damage this spring:

  1. Purchase flood insurance:
    1. Most standard homeowners' and business insurance policies unfortunately do no cover flood damage. In the event of a flood, you would be responsible for covering the full cost of repairs and replacing items damaged.
  2. Waterproof the basement:
    1. Use a waterproofing compound to seal the walls of your basement.
  3. Build barriers:
    1. Use sandbags to create flood walls to prevent or reduce flow of water into your home.
  4. Install check valves:
    1. These valves close to prevent the backward flow of liquid and prevent water from backing up into the drains in your home.
  5. Elevate:
    1. Keep your furnace, water heater, electrical panels above predicted water levels to protect yourself from costly home replacements.
  6. Clean:
    1. Clean gutters, drains and downspouts for proper water flow.

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are trained storm specialists who will come in and quickly get your home or business back to a safe and healthy environment. We have the specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs provided by an Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist, a Water Damage Restoration Technician, and an Applied Structural Drying Technician.

Should you or someone you know encounter water damage this spring, call us anytime 24/7, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010. Have peace of mind that the SERVPRO franchise professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall have the training and experience to help make your damage “Like it never even happened.”

We are Disinfecting Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

We are Disinfecting Experts We are Disinfecting Experts

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is Here to Help during this time of need

We are in an unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic.  We want to remind, you, our customers and community members that we specialize in proactive disinfectant cleanings.  Our team is ready, willing and able to help disinfect your home and business, and we adhere to the highest cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

Our highly trained SERVPRO staff is prepared to help you with proactively disinfecting your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that traditional janitorial staffs perform daily.

Our proactive disinfectant cleaning services will help you adhere to the CDC advice to clean high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas

Bathrooms

Schools/Classrooms

Offices

Retail Spaces

Water Fountains

Shelving/Racks

Sales Counters

Carpets and Rugs

Stair Handrails

Elevator Cars

Playground Equipment

Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Our team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is ready to assist with proactively disinfecting your places of business and homes. Our HEPA vacuums and filters will filter out 99.9% of air particulates and bacteria giving your home or business the deep clean it needs.  And our hospital-grade disinfectants will provide for healthy, contaminant-free surfaces.

If your home or business needs our proactive disinfecting services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, 732-577-1010

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

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Why should you choose SERVPRO of Howell/Wall?

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Faster to Any Disaster, we are available 24/7, 365 days a year!

First, we offer 24 Hour Emergency Service:

Disasters can happen at any moment.  They definitely don’t work 9-5 and neither do we!  At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. When you choose SERVPRO of Howell / Wall, you can expect an immediate response any time of day.

Need Emergency Service Now? 
Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010

A Fast Response Is the Most Crucial Step:

In many home and commercial disaster situations, immediate action is the best course of action to take.  At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are ready and equipped with the cutting edge equipment and even more important, a staff that is highly trained, experienced and dedicated to be faster to any size emergency in Southern Monmouth County.

Our immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. Your SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Professionals will arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

In the end, when disaster strikes, call the professionals you can trust to handle your commercial or resident property damage. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!  We are always available to help.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Choosing a Professional Disaster Restoration Company, like SERVPRO is Important?

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Team The experienced and certified staff of SERVPRO Howell/Wall is ready to handle disasters of any size 24/7/365 days a year!

Contacting SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, Restoration Professionals near you is important to avoid further costly damages, and trust that your commercial or residential property will be  back to normal swiftly and correctly.

When a disaster strikes your Monmouth County business or home it can be difficult to know what to do… there are so many options for what you “should” do next. What makes the most sense is to call local Monmouth County restoration professionals, our SERVPRO of Howell / Wall staff has the experience, training and equipment to handle the cleanup, repairs and restoration needs from start to finish of your disaster.  Our crews and managers have been helping local home and business owners around the Jersey Shore with property damage emergency services for many years. Our staff has been well trained and experienced in dealing with local disasters of both commercial and residential property damages including fire and smoke damage, flood and water damage, sewage and biohazard cleanup and mold remediation. Working with us, means you are working with a trusted SERVPRO restoration professionals following a fire, water, flood, sewage or mold property damage event will give you peace of mind, and a friendly, highly-qualified restoration specialist by your side.

Emergency Response Property Disaster Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is dedicated to making the cleanup, restoration and rebuild process for our customers organized, efficient and successful, after what is sure to have been a frustrating and confusing property disaster event. Whether your home or building sustained damages from a storm, flood, fire or water disaster, you’ll have trusted and compassionate professionals by your side. We will work with you to survey the extent of the property damage, develop a plan for cleanup, restoration and reconstruction.

Disaster restoration and repair for your commercial or residential property is best left to professionals of SERVPRO. Our SERVPRO of Howell/Wall professionals are skilled with the complexities of removing water and the water extraction, drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and removal equipment required to complete the job properly. Our team of experts has the experience, certifications, and equipment to complete any size restoration and repair project quickly, correctly, and affordably.

Big and Small Steps you can take now to prepare for a property disaster

Preparing in advance to handle a Southern Monmouth County property disaster can seem a little menacing, but after helping countless local home and business owners during property damage recoveries in our community, we know it can make a huge difference during and following a property emergency. Here are some key steps to take in advance that can be important to the recovery process and the overall restoration of your property.

  • Know the hazards that are present in your area.
  • Review your insurance policies and confirm you have adequate cover against each type of disaster you are vulnerable to. Also check your sum insured to avoid being underinsured.
  • Take a household inventory and store copies in a safe location or online. Cataloging your belongings with a home inventory might sound tedious, but how easy would it be for you to recall all the contents of your home if you lost everything? Taking a home inventory can help you determine if you have enough insurance and can save you time and headaches when filing a claim following a disaster
  • Prepare a disaster plan. Your plan should start with having somewhere safe to go. Think of someone who could house you and your family and talk to them about what might happen in the event of a disaster. Then talk to everyone who lives in your home about what to do if there’s an emergency and you are unable to return
  • Have an evacuation plan. In some cases when you need to evacuate, there may not be a lot of time. Plan how to evacuate your home quickly and make sure everyone knows the evacuation plan. Make sure everyone has a list of emergency contact numbers they can phone
  • Make sure to regularly check safety devices in your home, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers

In the end, when disaster strikes, call the professionals you can trust to handle your commercial or resident property damage. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!  We are always available to help.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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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.