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SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is Faster To Any Disaster

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is Faster To Any Disaster Need some restoration services? Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall today!

Fire and water damages are never scheduled, but are you prepared? From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex- fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. 

SERVPRO professionals can manage the damage . We have...

  • Over 40 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry 
  • More than 1,500 franchises serving 48 states 
  • Detailed communication throughout the cleaning and restoration process helps keep you informed and in control
  • Experience and training in mitigation damages ranging from single family homes to skyscrapers, and even the Pentagon.

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO representative will contact you to arrange for service
  • Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO representative will be on-site to start mitigation services
  • Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person

Quick response is everything. It may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants. Also, restoration services can help resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime.

Need some restoration services? Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall today!


Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Can Happen Anywhere Should Flooding Occur, We Will Always Be on Call for You! Call SERVPRO® of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

• Flash Flooding

• River Flooding

• Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems

• Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)

• Ice/Debris Jams

• Snowmelt

• Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)

• Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Howell/Wall can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Howell / Wall is ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 30, Iss 3

Howell/Wall Smoke & Soot Cleanup

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Howell/Wall Smoke & Soot Cleanup Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 732-577-1010

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • 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. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 732-577-1010

No Water Removal Job is too Small for SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO No Water Removal Job is too Small for SERVPRO of Howell/Wall! We have state-of-the-art equipment that helps us detect the source of your water woes.

SERVPRO Water Removal Services in the Howell/Wall area.

It is a common mistake to think that a minor leak in your home does not cause much damage. A broken pipe that slowly leaks under your sink and allows water to run off under your flooring and into the walls of your home can cause a myriad of problems if not resolved correctly. Water removal efforts are best left to professional teams that can gauge the full effect of the damage and act accordingly. 

For your water removal needs in lower Monmouth County, our SERVPRO team is prepared to be your best resource as we extract all remaining water from your property. We are trained to operate with safety in mind which is why upon arrival we examine your home to ascertain the degree to which the water has damaged the structure. Once we confirm that there are no imminent dangers to your family or our team, we proceed to make a detailed plan to return moisture levels to normal. If the accumulation of water is significant, we employ high power submersible pumps to remove the bulk of the water. We complement those efforts with handheld instruments that help access hard to reach places. For wet flooring and carpeting, we extract the most water we can with the goal of salvaging the materials but are ready to remove them if needed. 

A significant concern following water removal services is monitoring for the presence of mold. It is not enough to extract water and dry each surface; it is also necessary to treat your home for microbial growth. Our SERVPRO team trains on the different approved methods and solutions commonly used to control the spread of mold spores and bacteria. During this process, we monitor humidity and pH levels in your home as well as allow the necessary time for the disinfectant to act and protect your home.

At SERVPRO of Howell / Wall, we are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency needs. The presence of water damage in your home, whether big or small, requires the attention of a professional team and we are here to help you. Just call (732) 577-1010 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

Why SERVPRO of Howell/Wall - Faster to Any Disaster!

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO of Howell/Wall - Faster to Any Disaster! SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is Faster to Any Size Disaster! Call us 732-577-1010

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall provides emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? 
Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall Now: 

A Fast Response Is Crucial

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An 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. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals 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.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 732-577-1010.

Frozen Pipes

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Last week we experienced dangerously cold weather, more will be on the way, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall would like to keep you informed about the messy and possibly destructive issue of frozen pipes. This article provides information around how to prevent water pipes from freezing, how to thaw pipes should they freeze, and what to do if your pipes burst.

Why do pipes freeze?

Water expands as it freezes, this puts pressure on whatever is containing it, whether metal or plastic pipes. No matter the durability of the container, expanding water can cause pipes in your home to break. Pipes exposed to the severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, water sprinkler lines, and water supplies pipes in unheated or unfinished areas such as basements, crawlspaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Pipes against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are at risk for freezing.

What can I do to prevent frozen pipes?

Before the cold sets in, you can attempt to prevent freezing by:

Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. Be sure to follow your manufacturer’s or installers directions.

Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open outside hose bibs to let water drain. Keep the outside valve open so any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.

Check around for unheated supply lines. Check the basement, crawlspace, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold pipes need to be insulated.

Consider installing products made to insulate pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or UL-listed “heat tape” or “heat cable” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Even ¼’ of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

What can I do during cold weather?

Keep garage door closed if there are supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer are to circulate around pluming.

Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature more than 55° F.

What can I do if I think my pipes have frozen?

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

What if my pipes burst?

When your home is being threatened by water damage from a burst pipe or any type of water damage from flooding or leaks, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall has the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects water damage can have in order to help preserve and restore your property. We have the equipment and experience necessary to handle the most challenging water damage and removal situations and are available around-the-clock. We concentrate on safely drying, deodorizing and disinfecting the areas flooded or damaged by water. When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

Contact SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Regarding Your Water Damage Emergency (732) 577-1010


Understand our terms and lingo

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always "Here to Help". We know that jargon can be confusing so we usually try to break it down as easy as we can out in the field, but we know that our customers like to stay informed. Here are some common terms used in the field with their definition so you can understand better what is happening in your home or business.

Anti-Microbials: A substance, mechanism, or condition that inhibits the growth or existence of an organism.Commonly applied after a water damage to prevent mold from developing.

Fire Damage Recovery: The process of restoring and recovering property and belongings after a fire. The objectives include minimizing existing damage, damage mitigation, structure stabilization, soot & odor removal and reconstruction.

Fungi: The unicellular or multicellular eukaryotic/ DNA organisms embracing a large group of microflora including: molds, mildews, yeasts, mushrooms, rusts and smuts.

HVAC: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

HEPA Filter: High efficiency particulate air filter, a specialized filter capable of removing 99.7% of particles. Commonly used in mold or odor job sites. HEPA Vacuum or HEPA air scrubber. 

Masking Agents: Designed to prevent or remove heightened awareness to odors by providing a fragrance, which is stronger and more pleasant to smell while the source of the odor is being eliminated.

Smoke Damage Removal: Neutralizing or removing smoke odors that linger after fires.

Smoke Particles: Smoke is composed of gases / sometimes aerosols, and airborne solids. Dry wood, natural fibers and paper all produce small non-smearing material. Plastic, foam, and rubber (polymers) produce large easily smeared residues.

The Most Common Causes of House Fires

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

According to U.S. Fire Departments, on average there are about 358,500 home structure fires that occur each year. Fires can happen unexpectedly, but there are several common reasons why fires occur.

  • Candles
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Children playing with fire
  • Cooking 
  • Electrical and Lighting 
  • Lightning 
  • Christmas Trees
  • Smoking

These are only several causes of a house fire, but there are many more. If you or someone you know has been affected by a fire, let SERVPRO of North Spartanburg be the first person you call to take care of the damages. We provide 24 hour service so our team is always on call and ready to take on any job. We have a certified production team and certified equipment to make sure the job gets done right!