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Fire Damage Restoration For Businesses And Homes

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire When Fire Strikes Your Home or Business, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is there!

A fire at your business or in your home can mean major losses. If a fire starts, remember to stay calm and act rationally. Having quick access to a written plan of the steps you need to take after fire damage can save precious time and keep your fire damage losses down.   

After the fire in your business or home is put out, take precautionary measures to prevent injury and further losses. Your best bet is often to call a fire damage restoration company.  Or you may want to handle the fire damage restoration yourself. If so, here are some steps to consider:

1. Think long and hard before deciding not to use an emergency fire damage restoration service

Nearly every corner in the country now has 24/7 access to an experienced, professional fire damage service like SERVPRO of Howell / Wall. Companies like ours help reduce the fire, smoke, and soot damage at businesses and in private residences. Involving the fire damage restoration professionals also reduces the risk of injury. The professionals have the right equipment and training to safely deal with the aftermath of a fire. Commercial fire damage usually results in a lot of smoke smell. Smoke smell can be a health hazard to anyone working in or near the premises. Commercial fire damage services can help to quickly get rid of the smoke damage.

2. Evaluate the extent of the fire damage

You’ll want a complete and accurate assessment of all damage so you can determine how much it will cost you to restore your business or home. An accurate fire damage assessment will quicken the process of restoration. Speeding the process allows you to get back to your daily activities in the shortest time possible. For businesses this means less business interruption, less revenue loss, and a greater chance of recovering the full extent of your business.

Understanding the level of fire damage will also help you determine what items you need to get rid of. This will help to reduce the smoke smell in your business or home. Your insurance company will also want a full and accurate assessment of  fire damage so they can pay your claim efficiently.

For professional fire, smoke, and soot restoration call SERVPRO Of Howell/Wall at (732) 577-1010.

  1. Prevent further damage

    Evaluate beyond the area that seems to be fire damaged. Take a good look at your entire property. Sometimes business owners or homeowners miss a burned window or a damaged roof. If you don’t find all the fire damage you risk leaving conditions that could lead to further fire damage. One example is holes in the roof. They are particularly dangerous and must be addressed before people move back into the business or home. Another example is missing a water pipe or water tap that’s suffered damage. Check all your utilities, including your water. If you notice any leaking taps or pipes, seal them to prevent further damage.

    4. Start fire damage restoration 

    Sometimes a fire’s flames and heat do less damage than the smoke and soot the fire creates. Breathing in smoke can be hazardous. Soot can invade porous surfaces and damage furniture, carpets, drapes, and other valuable items. Commercial fire damage companies know how to clean up soot and smoke damage. The longer you wait to deal with soot and smoke the more damage they can do.  

    The smell caused by smoke damage is not very easy to get rid of, especially if you decide to handle the restoration process yourself. To do this, you might have to dispose of badly burned items. Soot damage will usually coat items such as curtains, and these might need to be washed thoroughly. Also, soot damage affects the solid surfaces of your home. These will need to be cleaned using a solution made up of vinegar, dish soap, and water. If the carpets and furniture are not badly burned, you should clean them using a HEPA vacuum. This is more effective in getting rid of the smoke damage since the particles are not blown back into your home environment. Finally, you should use an exhaust fan to remove the smoke smell in your building. 

    For professional fire, smoke, and soot restoration call SERVPRO Of Howell/Wall at (732) 577-1010.

And what about water? The fire cleanup process often involves getting rid of standing water. If any pipes or tanks were affected by the soot damage, you will need to purify the water before you use it. Don’t risk getting poisoned. 

In the process of fire cleanup, you should be careful not to touch any wires that may have been affected by the fire, or water.

5. See if professionals can save valuable items that appear destroyed

After a fire some items will probably have to be thrown away. But sometimes what looks like an item that is not salvageable can be restored by professionals. Books, leather items, and other valuables might fit into this category.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010 day or night, 365 days a year! We are here to help when disaster strikes and make it "Like it never even happened."

How to handle gasoline safely

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Gas Can Proper handling of gas, can prevent future disasters. If disaster does strike, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there!

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we have first-hand experience dealing with the results of fire damage. Fires are physically and emotionally devastating to the victims. We embrace fire-prevention efforts and we encourage everyone to follow common-sense advice to prevent fires.

The American Petroleum Institute offers the following guidelines for handling gasoline.

Gasoline is an important part of our everyday lives. It lets us run our cars and trucks, getting the kids to school and the groceries home. It helps us keep our grass and gardens looking good, powering mowers and lawn care equipment. It lets us get away on vacation, running boats, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles.

But gasoline can be dangerous if not handled or stored properly. Gasoline should only be used for its intended purpose – as a motor fuel – and stored only when absolutely necessary. It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, barbecue starter or for any other non-engine use.

Take The Following Precautions

  • Your local and state governments are the first places you should check for standards and regulations on gasoline storage. For example, fire codes and regulations restrict the amount of gasoline an individual homeowner can store (usually no more than 25 gallons), in approved containers of less than five gallons capacity each.
  • Gasoline must be stored in an approved container or tank. Keep gasoline containers tightly closed and handle them gently to avoid spills.
  • Gasoline is a flammable liquid and should be stored at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, a hot water heater, space heater or a furnace, and a least 50 feet away from ignition sources, such as pilot lights.
  • Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to ignition sources. Do not smoke where gasoline is handled or stored.
  • Put gasoline in a small engine (like a lawnmower) only when the engine and attachments are cool.
  • Store gasoline in a building separate from the house or place of occupancy, such as a shed or garage. Always keep gasoline out of reach from children.
  • For better ventilation, it is best to handle gasoline outdoors.
  • Do not mix even a small amount of gasoline with kerosene or diesel. Do not use gasoline in kerosene heaters or lamps.
  • Minor spills should be absorbed with sawdust, paper or rags. Larger spills may be contained and collected. Check with your local government or hazardous waste disposal center to determine the proper avenues for disposing of spilled gasoline.
  • Place recovered gasoline and cleanup materials in approved, labeled containers for proper disposal. Never dispose of spilled gasoline or cleaning materials on the ground or into your garbage, drains, toilets or sewers. If you do, it might cause a fire, or seep into streams, bays, lakes or your groundwater.

For more information about fire safety, please call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010.

Why SERVPRO of Howell/Wall - We Are Faster to Any Disaster

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall We are faster to any disaster. Call us anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a years at 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.

Home restoration can be covered by your insurance policy.

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage When Storm Damage strikes call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

Insurance is something that benefits you tremendously when it comes to storm damage. Storm damage, especially when it comes to frozen pipes and ice dams, is no laughing matter and it is important that you contact SERVPRO of Howell/Wall as soon as possible to assess the damage and then its ultimate restoration.

Flooding and river flooding is enough to need a proper flood pump, and if you don't have this yourself, you're going to need to hire a storm damage expert. Home restoration and water restoration are best left to the flooding and river flooding experts. This is especially true if you also have frozen pipes, ice dams and ice damming. Flood water is problematic for many reasons, and it's why you're going to need help with this type of project.

If you currently have a roof leak or suspect you might have roof leaks, you'll need roof repair to be done by the professionals. Wind damage is also problematic for those who have dealt with hurricane damage, so it's important to hire a professional specialized in wind damage and roof damage repair. Flooding and river flooding issues can also be dealt with from the same company, offering a proper flood pump for the ground water and flood water. The ground water and flood water will be gone with the right flood pump put into place, and this is why it is so important that you hire the experts who specialize in flood water and ground water problems.

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If storm damage 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-storm condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

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How to Prevent Water Damage from Rain

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage Rain water damaging your home? SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to help! Call us at 732-577-1010

Everyone loves the occasional thunderstorm - but it could cause major problems if rain water seeps into your home. One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is from rain water. It can enter through leaks in your roof, seeping in from the foundation, or even flooding into your basement. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home such as:

Checking for proper drainage:

  • inspect your roof thoroughly for structural damage or holes
  • clear your gutters from leaves and other debris that could block the flow of water from draining into the yard

Install or Check Sump Pumps:

  • sump pump are very effective for keeping rainwater out of your house
  • have a professional check your sump pump to insure it is working properly once a year

Check sealant inside and outside foundation

  • make sure the tar sealant covering the inner and outer sides of the foundation are intact

Inspect the slope of your lawn

  • grading is the slope of your lawn and it should always slope away from your home to redirect the rainwater from flooding around the foundations

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

If storm damage 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-storm condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

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SERVPRO - Your Commercial Cleaning Experts

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

As we endure the global coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to remind our local communities that social distancing plus proper cleaning and disinfecting is necessary to hep flatten the curve and overcome the physical, mental and economic impact that has effected so many of us here in our community.

Specialized Training

Our technicians are trained to deal with various contaminants, from microbial growth, smoke & soot carcinogens, biohazards and pathogens.  We follow the cleaning and disinfecting protocols as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Our service will complement your traditional janitorial service, going above and beyond was is typically addressed. 

The CDC recommends usage of hospital-grade disinfectants with claims against similar pathogens to the one we face.  We have multiple products in our SERVPRO arsenal that meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.  There remains no available product that is currently tested against this particular strain of the virus and we continue to follow all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

The CDC is encouraging the cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as tabletops, doorknobs, counters, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards and tables at a minimum.  And the CDC is also recommending the regular cleaning of the following areas/items:

  • Water Fountains
  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Bathrooms
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Here to Help

Our team here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is ready and able to handle all your cleaning and disinfecting needs.  From proactive disinfecting to those with presumed positive and confirmed cases.  Call us today (732) 577-1010.

When Storms or Floods hit Southern Monmouth County, SERVPRO is ready!

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help When Storm Damage Strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there to help!

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 the areas around Howell/Wall, 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 732-577-1010

Jersey Shore Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Flooded Basement, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will help!

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.

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

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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:


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


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.”