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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!

Most Common Causes of Household Fires

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

House Fire Should disaster strike and fire reeks havoc on your home, we will help you make it "Like it never even happened." Call Us at 732-577-1010

Here are top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

  1. Candles

From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
  1. Smoking

While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there were still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
  1. Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
  1. Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
  1. Lightning

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

Should disaster strike and fire reeks havoc on your home, we will help you make it "Like it never even happened." Call Us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010

How to choose the right Home Fire Extinguisher and tips

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Home Fire Extinguisher Fire Extinguishers are an important safety device that every home needs. Choosing the right one is just as important.

Home fire extinguishers can be a life saver. Whether you place one in the kitchen area, near exits, or just in and easy to grab spot, they can enable you to put out a small fire quickly before it spreads. It can add an extra element of safety and peace of mind for your family. 

But how do you know if you have the right fire extinguisher for your home or usage needs? 

All household fire extinguishers are classified A, B, or C (or a combination of the three).

You should be sure to check the label for the classification letter. Each letter corresponds to the type of fires they can be used on. Ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids or electrical for example. An extinguisher labeled A,B & C will give you the most versatile use since it’s classified to be used on all three types. 

Choose the proper size:

10-pound
Best for: Garage or home workshop, where a fire might grow in size before being noticed.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

5-pound
Best for: Quick grab in the kitchen or laundry room.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

2-pound
Best for: Car.
Look for: Disposable model with mounting hardware to keep it from rolling around in the trunk.

Location, location, location.

Once you’ve determined the proper type and size fire extinguisher for your application, you must decide on the best location to place the extinguisher. Easily accessible, clearly marked areas are best. Mounting the fire extinguisher on a wall by the exit door to a room, will allow you to use the extinguisher with your back to the door. This will provide a quick escape if the fire spreads within the room. 

Above all, make sure that your family’s safety is top priority. Escaping the fire unharmed is always the ultimate goal of fire safety. 

Once the fire is out and the extinguisher has done it’s job, rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to clean up the fire’s lasting effects of odor, soot and dust. We offer 24 hour emergency service. Our expert team is just a phone call away at 732-577-1010.

Storm Preparation: Warning vs Watch...Do you know the difference?

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage If disaster strikes your Howell area home or business, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010

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."

Why SERVPRO? We are here to serve you

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Our sweet Little League Team We love supporting our local community

When you think of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, there are many things to think of.

First, we are locally owned and operated. Our owner, Saher Gouda, was born and raised in Monmouth County and truly loves the community in which he grew up and now serves.

Second, we are community minded and love to give back. We are involved in many community organizations including the Monmouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, Little Leagues of Howell South, North Wall, South Wall and Manasquan/Brielle.

Thirdly, we are committed to helping residents and business owners in their time of need. Whether it be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned COVID cleaning, Fire Damage, Water Damage, or Mold Remediation. The experts at SERVPRO Howell / Wall will be there to help you through your difficult times.


We are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at any time at 732-577-1010.

Keep your business dry by following these steps to maintaining your commercial roof

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Should storms damage your business, call the pros of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010!

How to Care for Your Commercial Roof

When summer storms pummel your business, naturally, the roof gets the brunt of it.  A damaged roof is a major threat to the structural integrity of the entire building.  This should make keeping your roof well maintained a top priority.

Here are some tips on how to care for your commercial roof:

1:  During the off season, make sure you perform a thorough routine inspection of your roof.  The best time of year to do this is when you can perform the inspection and make the neccessary repairs with minimal risk of precipitation.  It is especially important to check the following areas:

Drains and gutters: make sure they are clear of leaves and debris

Roof surface: make sure there are no cracks or exposed surfaces

Flashing and control joints

Inspect for signs of wind damage

2: Inspect the hardware that secures your roof-mounted equipment. Properly attached equipment will minimize roof damage in severe storms.  If you find the equipment is not secure, use qualified professionals to reattach them securely.

3: Know the load limits of your roof. There are limits to how much weight your roof can bear. Blocked drains during periods of intense rain can turn small roof ponds into large lakes. Record-breaking snow or snow followed by rain or ice can also cause load problems. Be prepared to deal with these situations when these circumstances arise.

4: Don’t forget to check the underside of the roof. If possible, look at your roof from the inside. If you see evidence of leaks or damage, add those areas to your repair list.

5: Roofs do not last forever. If your roof is old or showing signs of weakness, it may be time for a roof rebuild. An engineer can evaluate your current roof and recommend a course of action.

Storms can cause even the best-maintained commercial roof to fail.  Roof damage never happens at a convenient time.  When Mother Nature comes raging through, let it be of comfort to you that we are to help with any damages that storms leave behind.  At SERVPRO of Howell / Wall, we are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to service your lower Monmouth County business or home.  Just give us a call at 732-577-1010.

Keeping your home or business fresh!

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning with SERVPRO Freshen up your home or business with Duct Cleaning. Call us at 732-577-1010!

What Is Duct Cleaning?

This process refers to the cleaning of various system components of your heating and cooling system. The components that should be regularly cleaned include grilles, supply and return air ducts, heat exchangers, coils, and unit housing.

When not cleaned, these components can become contaminated with dust, dirt, and pollen. In addition, moisture can even result in mold growth, which often has health effects. A thorough cleaning, however, can prevent such contamination and keep your indoor air at a high quality. 

How Can It Help Remove Foul Odors?

When the ducts are thoroughly cleaned with proper equipment, professionals can remove dander, mold, dust, and other contaminants in your air vents. These particles are generally the cause of foul odors. For example, mold often causes a musty smell, while pet fur and dander trapped in the ducts may cause other odors. To truly remove these smells, the process sanitizes and deodorizes all areas that are affected.

Looking to Freshen up? Call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010!

Tips to help a sewage back up in your Southern Monmouth County Home or Business

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage back ups happen.  When they do, you know the pros of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there to help.

Here are some helpful tips to help you avoid a stinky mess!

Never pour grease down the drain. 
Grease looks like a liquid when you’re done cooking, but that’s because it’s still hot, hot, hot! As soon as grease hits your cold pipes, it cools down and becomes a solid, sticking to the pipes’ insides and trapping food residue. 

Don’t flush those solids! 
This includes disposable diapers, hygiene products, or any other items that do not dissolve in water. Aim for the trash can, not the toilet!
Avoid throwing wet wipes into the toilet. 
Even if the label says “flushable.” They can still become stuck in your pipes, especially if there are other things already trapped down there.

Beware long hair! 
Hair is a major cause of pipe blockage, so instead of watching your hair go down (or not go down) the drain in the shower, take some action! Pick up any hair gathered around your drain and throw it out into the trash.


Never throw paper towels down the toilet. 
Paper towels are built for absorption and durability, so they don’t break down easily when flushed; this often ends up causing issues in your sewer line.

Keep an eye on large trees growing near your sewer lines. 
Trees are known for growing roots deep into the ground and causing movements or breaks in your pipes. So, it’s important to check nearby sewer lines and have them moved or repaired before the roots take over.

Should disaster strike and sewage backup in your Jersey Shore home or business, call the expert water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.  We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us anytime at 732-577-1010.

The season for Spring and Summer Storms has begun, do you have your Emergency Kit Ready yet?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Kits Get your Emergency Kits Ready Today!

Spring is here and with the warmer weather on the horizon, all parts of Monmouth County can start to expect large storms and heavy rains.  Now is the time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.  

In preparation of spring and summer storms every home and business should have an Emergency Supply Kit ready.  An Emergency Supply kit is a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency.

It is good practice to have your kit ready now, well in advance of an emergency. You never know if 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

If your Jersey Shore Area home or business suffers from storm damage call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010.  We can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms and make it “Like it never even happened.