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Do Your Employees Know How To Cut Off The Water?

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

In today’s workplace, employees tend to always call the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start?

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can help you plan for a water, fire, storm damage.  How can we do that? With a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO.

By having a plan of action and including it in your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a busted pipe, fire or any other type of disaster.

Some business owners use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location.

Should disaster strike, would your business ready?  Things as simple as burst pip can cause a lot of damage and headaches. With a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employees of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE service that we provide to commercial properties.

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Different Smoke Types

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

The damage done by fire and smoke is unique, each disaster requires a tailored solution for the specific conditions incurred.  At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we have the knowledge, experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Here are some smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke travels to cooler areas and upper levels of a building.

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 732-577-1010.

Mold & Mildew in Your Jersey Home

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

In addition to water and fire mitigation for your residence or commercial property, we also mitigate microbial growth in your Howell / Wall area property. Mold can grow after water damage of any size.  So it is imperative to key an eye out for signs of mold after moisture is present in your home or . business.

Basically, mildew is a type of mold. Mildew is a surface mold that won't damage the structure of the property, whereas other types cause the surface to decay. Black mold is hazardous to health and must be removed when found so that it does not grow through the whole business, endangering customers and putting your business at risk. Summer is a busy time for the Jersey Shore, and it's humid and hot. Don't let mold growth stifle you. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.

Commercial Cleaning Secret - MUST READ for Southern Monmouth Business Owners

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

When cleaning your Howell / Wall business, it is important to use non-hazardous and safe cleaning products. is vital for society, since we are trying to lower the effect on our environment due to climate change and endangered species. If customers go into your Howell area business, it is important to have clean facilities in case they need to use them. A clean business says a lot about you, but a dirty one says even more. 

Here are 5 great tips to use at your business:

Tip 1: Use an old toothbrush and scrub the tile floors in the workplace restroom.

Tip 2: If an employee is wearing a fancy white shirt or pants but stains them, grab a damn sponge and scrub the area with toothpaste. This should get the stain off, depending on the severity of the stain.

Tip 3: Remove the stains on the rubber soles of your white shoes. Grab a damp sponge or towel and some toothpaste. Scrub the affected areas, or leave toothpaste on the shoe for a whole day, and it comes off like powder. Thus is an amazing trick to use with your white Reebok's or Adidas's.

Tip 4: Use toothpaste to scrub the toilet to make it more presentable and safe for workers or customers.

Tip 5: Rubbing a tiny amount of toothpaste with a cloth on your cell phone screen will make it look good as new!

If your Jersey Shore commercial property is experiencing severe stains that need professional attention (like blood stains or other bio-remediation services) call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall 24/7. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

More Info on cleaning with non-gel toothpaste - https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/unexpected-uses-for-toothpaste/

Keys to a Safe Family Summer

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

The kids are out of school and it’s time for summer adventures and quality memories with family and friends. No one likes to think about the dangers of summertime activities, but it’s always a good idea to prepare in advance to avoid the kinds of issues that could arise. 

Water Safety: 

  • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can be an extremely important safety measure for children.
  • Learn CPR. At least one parent or family member should be trained in CPR. It could save a loved ones life.
  • Supervise children when they are in or around water. A watchful eye and quick action can make all the difference with water related accidents.
  • Wear properly fitted life vests when traveling in boats or watercraft. 
  • Install proper fencing around pools. 

Heat Safety:

  • Never leave infants, children or pets in hot cars. Even if the windows are down.
  • Outdoor activities should be planned at cooler times of day, including morning and evening hours.
  • Dress children in light weight, light colored, loose fitting clothing. 
  • Know the symptoms of heat related issues and illness. Seek medical attention if concerns arise.
  • Keep kids cool with showers, pools, baths and breaks when outdoors.

Sun Safety:

  • Make sure that children are wearing sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 at all times when they are outside in the sun.
  • Cover up. Clothing can block harmful UV rays.

When spending time in the yard, make sure kids are using an effective insect repellent. Learn ways to make your yard a tick free zone. Or check children daily for ticks if they have been outside. Take simple steps to make sure that summer stays fun day and night.

If the unexpected happens call the pros at SERVPRO to help manage household issues. Everything from flooding and fires to carpet cleaning and deodorization. (732) 577-1010.

Safe Grilling Guide

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

As the summer heats up at the Jersey Shore, your backyard grill is sure to follow. Here are some simple ways to ensure that your BBQ stays fun and safe: 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill related fires. They recommend that:

  • The grill should be kept well away from your home and away from deck railings. It should be out from under eaves and hanging branches.
  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outside.
  • Children and pets should remain at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  • Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat build up from the grill box and in the trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended while cooking.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from children and heat sources.
  • For charcoal grills, make sure coals are completely cooled before disposing them in a metal container.

Common sense should be on the menu for grilling up a fun filled BBQ with friends and family this summer. Remember, we are a trusted source to handle any issues you may have, if something goes wrong we will be there to get everything back to normal. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (732) 577-1010. 

Prepare Your Business For Severe Weather

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

The main goal of any business is to stay in business. Sometimes that can mean weathering unexpected storms and severe weather. The best time to prepare for weather emergencies is well before they happen. 

Here are a few things your business’ emergency plan should address:

  • All plans should include “best practices” to be taken before, during and after any severe weather emergency. 
  • Know the threats that each season brings in your area. 
  • Create procedures related to how employees should report such emergencies (Fire Alarm, Dial 911 etc.)
  • Create medical emergency and evacuation procedures.
  • Map out shelter in place plans and best practices.
  • Use checklists to ensure that the necessary supplies are stored and maintained by designated personnel.
  • Put a timeline together as to what needs to be done 5 days ahead of predicted severe weather. Carry it to 72 hours prior, 24 hours prior and 6 hours prior.

Practice and training are the keys to proper execution during an emergency. Be sure to extend and invitation to the local authorities to attend any drills being conducted. Incorporate any advice they can offer your employees into the emergency plan. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can create an Emergency Ready Profile for your building/business free of charge. It’s a valuable asset when preparing for any emergency. Call us to learn more. (732) 577-1010.

See Your Business As Customers Do

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Running a business isn’t an easy task. Knowing what to prioritize can mean the difference between success and failure. Even under the best of circumstances, there will be differing opinions and complaints from employees and customers about how the business is being run. Knowing how to respond to these criticisms can mean more than you realize.

The fact that someone took the time to bring an issue to your attention should let you know that this is something that warrants thought and investigation. Being criticized is never fun, but take it as a gift of valuable information. If one person noticed it, imagine how many others have also noticed it but never told you?

The cleanliness of your facility, offices and restrooms is one area that others may see and you don’t. Just as a filthy restaurant restroom  promotes an uneasy feeling about the conditions of the kitchen, an unkept work environment can reflect upon the perception of your business. Disheveled work spaces and dirty common areas can lead customers to question your work practices, commitment to detail and level of professionalism. The fact that they notice these things and your staff hasn’t can erode confidence in your ability to handle the job for that customer. 

You can be the best in the business at what you do and that fact will be lost quickly if these details are left unaddressed. The solution is to hire a competent cleaning company that can perform the quality of cleaning that can match the reputation of your business.

SERVPRO has been in business for 50 years and is the leader in commercial cleaning and restoration.   SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is the perfect compliment to your weekly cleaning service. Whether it’s carpet and duct cleaning, deep cleaning even water losses, fire damage and more. We can make it "Like it never even happened." Make sure your customers see your business in the best light. You run your business and let us make you look fantastic. (732) 577-1010. 

No Vacation From Mold During the Summer

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

There’s nothing like enjoying all the activities that go with the warm summer months. But with the beach, boardwalk, and outdoor fun, comes the perfect conditions for mold growth in your home and business.

Heat: Great beach days are also banner days for mold. Mold grows best in warm temperatures from 77 to 86 degrees. 

Humidity: The hazy, hot and humid days often end with an afternoon thunderstorm. If you’re feeling the effects of increased moisture in the heated air, you can bet that the stage is set for mold to ramp up the growth process. Proper humidity levels should be kept between 30-50% inside your home or work space. Use a dehumidifier to ensure that humidity levels are kept low. But be sure to clean and maintain any dehumidifiers as well. 

Ventilation: Along with the proper humidity levels, make sure that your home or office is well ventilated and kept at a comfortable temperature. Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen can help. Opening windows and doors will increase air circulation. A programmable thermostat can be vital to regulate the proper temperature levels. 

Vacation: If your summer includes a family vacation away from home, the proper plan for keeping the temperature, humidity and ventilation at proper levels with ensure that your return home won’t include large scale mold issues. 

No matter what the season, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to diagnose and remediate any mold issues that have occurred. Trust your home to the experience experts who will o the job right. Let SERVPRO of Howell/Wall worry about the mold, so you can have an enjoyable summer. (732) 577-1010. SERVPROhowellwall.com

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

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

When Storms Damage your Commercial Roof...SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is there to help

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.