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IICRC Certified Firm

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified Firm Call us anytime..day and night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall 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.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

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, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Storm Preparation: Warning vs Watch

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Preparation: Warning vs Watch Flooding caused by storm damage in Spring Lake, NJ.

When a storm hits your home, you need a company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has the capabilities and professional personnel to quickly respond to your storm damage concerns.

As we continue to see storms throughout the area, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Remember, when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are just a phone call away, 732-577-1010 and we will make it "Like it never even happened".

Make This Fall Fire Free

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe, and fire-free. By following these safety precautions, your fall festivities will be safe and fun!

  • Fall decorations such as dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric, and if you choose to make your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight, or a battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you are going to use a real candle, use extreme caution, and don’t forget to put it out if you are not going to be around. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we wish you a happy and safe Halloween.

Facts and information provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again! Autumn is here and before you are stuck inside there are still a few fall yard and home cleanup chores that must be done. Yes, we all have spent the whole summer outside pulling weeds, cleaning the deck and watering the flowers. You deserve a break, but we need to properly do our home maintenance before we start our winter hibernation.

So roll up those sleeves one more time so you can witness your home blossom when the warm weather returns. Here are some helpful fall clean-up tips!

Here is a Fall maintenance checklist for your home:

HVAC: Vacuum and dust

Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens); baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets

Garden: Rake leaves, dispose of or mulch, trim branches and shrubs, winterize perennials, clean annuals out, put lawn decorations and outdoor furniture in storage or cover

Sprinkler Systems and Garden Hoses: Turn off and disconnect water hoses and clear all pipes and systems of water before first freeze, insulate any outdoor or exposed faucets/pipes

Roof and gutters: Clean and check for damage

If you do end up with any water or fire damage this winter, please call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010. Our specialized technicians are ready to help you!

Immediate Steps to Take if Your Howell/Wall Business Suffers From Water Damage

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Immediate Steps to Take if Your Howell/Wall Business Suffers From Water Damage Don't let water stop your business take these steps to move your Howell/Wall business after water damage.

Let’s face it, water damage is threatening to your property’s value and can cause some serious, well damage. Whether you’re facing a storm; a flood; leaks from a weakened roof, HVAC or busted pipes; or experience overflowing appliances, water damage can wreak havoc in an array of emergency situations. To prevent further damage and to increase chances of salvation, it is critical to act quickly within the first 24 hours. Considering you have safely evacuated the premises and safety officials have declared it safe, follow these steps to immediately rectify your business from water damage.

Avoid Additional Risks

Upon returning to your property, survey the premises and document any visible structural damage that may further endanger you and your property. Look for signs of warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, and holes. If safety officials haven’t done so already, contact utility companies to cease all water and electrical sources. Even if the power is still out upon your return, physically turn off the main power line and individual fuses to avoid risk of electrocution should the power be reactivated.

Document Everything

While surveying your property, take photos and document all damages. Digital photos will allow you to properly store, back-up and transfer files quickly and conveniently. Be sure to document all damages prior to removing any water or starting on any repairs; otherwise, you risk decreasing the extent of your insurance coverage.

Contact your Insurance Provider

Contacting your insurance provider is critical immediately following water damage and your return to the property. Your insurance provider will be able to assess the situation, file a claim, determine whether or not the damage is severe enough to send an adjuster, and provide invaluable next steps. They will also ask for the documentation you’ve collected so it’s important to have that readily available. Pro Tip: if government authorities have declared your region a ‘disaster area’, property owners may have access to increased resources, services and financial assistance.

Secure the Property

Place board over broken windows, fasten tarps, and carryout other measures to avoid further leaks and water damage. Be sure to document all of your efforts to secure your property from further damage. If these precautionary steps are not taken and something else happens, additional damages may not be covered by your insurance provider.

Mitigate Mold Damage

It only takes 24-48 hours for mold to develop following a flood or water damage. If items have been wet for less than 48 hours, they may be salvageable. Remove wet contents such as carpeting and furniture as soon as possible. If an item has been exposed longer than 48 hours, it may be harder and more expensive to salvage. If possible, you can start the drying out process within 24 hours and eliminate mold and mildew growth by:

Removing wet furniture or lifting it off of carpet
Place aluminum foil or other carpet separators on furniture to prevent carpet stains
Remove and hang area rugs to dry
Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out wet areas
Turn air conditioning on to help remove humidity and speed the drying process
Contact SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.

If any amounts of water need more than a mop and you’ve followed the immediate steps to secure your business, water removal may require professional attention. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has the expertise, training and equipment to quickly remedy water damages and help your business get back to working order faster. Give SERVPRO of Howell/Wall a call at 732-577-1010.

Two Important Steps When Dealing with Mold Damage in Howell/Wall

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help Remove the Moisture Source and Exterminate Mold Spores for Professional Remediation

Mold is unsightly, and its musty smell might make your Montgomery home a less comfortable abode. Some health effects can also be associated with staying in moldy environments over extended periods. Since the spores that produce mold are omnipresent in many parts of a home, the problem can be hard to eliminate. Luckily, almost all cases of mold infestations have a link to moisture, so it is possible to deal with them by eliminating the cause.

Minimizing moisture is one practical step necessary in fixing mold damage in Howell/Wall since microbes like mold thrive well where there is sufficient moisture. Before attempting to dry off the excess moisture, it is essential to find the source, which could be a leaking pipe or appliance. This way it is possible for dehumidifiers to eliminate the excessive moisture. Of course, the infestation or even the musty odor cannot disappear immediately moisture levels come down. This is why our SERVPRO team includes cleanup as part of the remediation.

Removing contaminated materials is another important step. This step applies if there are porous materials in the affected area. Even though you can clean such materials with cleansers and disinfectants, infestations usually exist with the fungal hyphae attaching below the surface of the porous material. It is therefore hard to eliminate the infestation entirely using cleaning agents. Materials like insulation and fabrics such as carpets fall in the removal category if heavily infested with mold. 

Cleaning mold from hard surfaces is essential. In this case, cleaning agents are a perfect choice. Our SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants, which are effective in killing spores. Since these agents only work when applied physically on the affected areas, we use various techniques to reach all surfaces including using foggers that deliver the antimicrobial agents in mist form to hidden areas in your property. We also allow the necessary dwell time and maintain correct PH and temperature levels because they influence the effectiveness of the disinfectants.

For proper remediation, you should call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at (732) 577-1010. We evaluate the problem and use standard procedures to deal with the problem leaving your property "Like it never even happened."

Howell/Wall Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Howell/Wall basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – 732-577-1010

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Howell / Wall and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

About SERVPRO of Howell / Wall

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

For more information on our company click here.

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is here to take care of you – call 732-577-1010.

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A Disaster Plan for your Pets

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

General A Disaster Plan for your Pets Creating a disaster plan is essential to keeping your family members of all species safe!

Most people know they should have a disaster plan in place for their families, but if you are faced with a natural disaster, do you have a disaster plan for your pet? Storms, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. That’s why everyone should have a plan, not only for yourself, but for your Fur Family. To help you plan for the unimaginable, here are our 9 essentials of disaster prepping for your pet:

  1. Proper ID. The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occurs is to make sure they have proper ID. This means having a physical tag containing your current info on their collar which they wear at all times, and having them micro-chipped and registered in a national registry such as the free Found Animals Microchip Registry.
  2. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date to reduce their risk of disease and sickness. There are so many unknowns in a disaster. If you are evacuated, your pet may not be able to come with you to shelter and may be held in boarding with other animals whose health status is unknown. If your home is destroyed, your pet may be lost and living outside for a time and subjected to the elements, dirty water supply or worse. Be safe, not sorry, and vaccinate.
  3. Display a Pet Rescue Sticker. Make sure you have a pet rescue window decal in a place visible to rescue workers.
  4. Identify Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelters. Not all emergency shelters or hotels allow pets. Before a disaster hits, call your local emergency management office or animal shelter to see if there are places planned for people and pets to stay together in the event of an emergency. Research pet-friendly hotels away from typical disaster zones, or arrange to stay with family or friends outside of your area. Prepare a few options in a range of distances from your home in case of either local or region-wide emergencies.
  5. Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit. You can buy a compact kit that fits under your seat, a larger bag you can carry on your shoulder, a grab and go bucket with everything your pet could need and add pet-related items to your family’s existing emergency supplies. Your kit should include the following items:
  • Food and Water

Plan to have at least five days of food, water and portable bowls. Dry food should be in resealable plastic bags. If your pet eats wet food, make sure to buy easy open cans so you don’t need a can opener. Prepare a written feeding schedule.

  • Medication and Medical Records

Keep an extra supply of your pet’s regular medication in a waterproof zip lock bag. Also include a copy of your pet’s vaccination record and microchip number.

  • Supplies

For cats, include kitty litter and disposable litter boxes. For dogs, pack plastic waste bags and an extra leash and harness. Beds, blankets, toys and clothing are also useful to keep your pet calm and cozy in an emergency situation.

  1. Store Supplies for a Speedy Exit. Place all of your emergency supplies in a safe, dry, convenient place near your escape route in case you need to leave in a hurry. The safest way to transport a pet in an emergency or disaster is in a carrier or crate, so keep one close to your emergency kit. Frightened pets can be difficult to manage with only a leash and collar.
  2. When a Disaster Strikes, Don’t Hesitate; Evacuate. Not all disasters come with warning, but if they do, follow emergency response recommendations and evacuate as quickly as possible. Disasters are very stressful on both pets and people, and no one can predict how bad things will get. Don’t wait until the last minute to leave. Use your emergency plan as a tool to supplement first responder instructions.
  3. Leave with Your Pets. If the area is not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets.  It may not be possible to return for your pets, so take them with you from the start.
  4. If Your Pet Gets Lost, Check for Found Pet Alerts. If your pets are separated from you, check your cell phone and email for Found Pet Alerts. When a rescue worker finds your lost pet and starts an alert in the Found Animals Registry, you will be contacted via phone calls, text messages, and emails based on your pet’s microchip registrations. These alerts will provide information on your pet’s location. If you cannot access your phone or email, or are unable to retrieve your pets, your emergency contacts and vet will also be notified.

For more information about Pet Disaster Preparedness, please visit the following websites:

  1. Preparing your Pets for Emergencies,Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ‎
  2. Make a Disaster Plan for Pets, Humane Society United States(HSUS)
  3. Disaster Preparedness, ASPCA
  4. Pets and Disaster Checklist, American Red Cross
  5. Saving the Whole Family Brochure, American Veterinary Medical Association

“Like It Never Even Happened” Call Us Today- (732)577-1010

Grease Fire Do's and Dont's

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grease Fire Do's and Dont's Grease fires can happen in any kitchen, knowing how to handle them is important!

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.

Extending The Life Of A Candle

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

General Extending The Life Of A Candle Tips to extend the life of your candle for smell or survival.Extending The Life Of A Candle

We burn candles for a variety of reasons, whether for the aroma or to light the home due to a power outage. Did you know that you could actually assist them in burning longer? 

Tip 1: Freeze your candle. Yes, put it in the freezer! By doing so, you are hardening the wax, which makes it melt more slowly and therefore last longer. It may not be feasible to store all of your candles in your freezer, so simply slip your next-up-to-burn candle into the freezer on the morning or night before you’re planning to light it.

Tip 2: After letting the candle burn long enough for a pool of wax to collect around the wick, blow out the flame. Then, quickly sprinkle table salt into the liquid wax. If necessary, use a toothpick to ensure that the salt actually mixes into the wax and doesn’t just sit on the surface.  Then re-light the candle.  Adding salt serves the same purpose as putting the candle in the freezer—it slows down the rate at which the wax melts, giving you a longer, more economical burn.  What matters most is how long you let the candle burn the first time you light it. Try not to extinguish it until the pool of wax has extended across the diameter of the candle. Blow it out too soon, and you may cause the candle to leave excess wax; if it doesn’t melt on the first lighting, the dry, hard wax around the outside edge will almost never burn.

Tip 3: It can also be helpful to keep the candle wick trimmed to about a quarter inch in length, because longer wicks tend to burn faster.  Leftover wax is a sign that the candle didn’t burn to its full potential. To get the most bang for your buck, make sure that the candle burns both evenly and completely. Finally, remember not to leave the candle near a door or window or in any similarly drafty spot; not only is such a location unsafe, but it can also result in uneven burning.