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Why SERVPRO? We are here to help fight COVID.

2/21/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned helps you keep your employees and customers safe! Call us at 732-577-1010!

It has been almost one year since we all joined the fight against COVID-19.  This point last year, no one could foresee the way the world was going to change.  All of us had to adapt and here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we were no different.   

In order to provide our beloved community with the help it needed, we initiated a new standard of cleaning, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Howell / Wall Professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

Our goal is to make sure your businesses are cleaned to the highest quality for the safety of your customers and employees.  When you display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned signed at your business, you are letting everyone know you care about their health and safety.

So if you are looking for a higher level of service and a deep clean to fight Coronavirus, call the experts at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010!

Water Damage Timeline

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Got Water Damage? We can help! Call us today at 732-577-1010

Water can create a disaster in your home or business.  It is vital that you act quickly in the event of a water damage event.

Water can move extremely quickly throughout your home of business, wreaking havoc on anything in its path.  It can soak through walls, floors, upholstery and your personal items.  Water can cause your furniture’s finish to bleed and permanently stain your carpets.  Water can also destroy your memories but running photographs, books, and other paper goods.

Here is a sample timeline of what damage water can do:

Within 1 to 24 hours:

  • 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.

 Within 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.

Over 1 Week: 

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth

If water cause damage in your home, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.  The highly trained experts at SERVPRO are available at anytime, day or night, weekends, holidays, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes.   Call us at 732-577-1010 for the professional team you can trust!

Professional COVID Cleaning Services for your business and home

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - technician in PPE The expert cleaning professionals of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall are here to give you peace of mind during the ongoing COVID Pandemic. Call us 732-577-1010

Happy New Year Friends!  Now that the holidays are over and we are all getting back to our daily routines, we are here to remind your that SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to help you during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

During these unprecedented times of the COVID pandemic, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is uniquely prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. At SERVPRO, we have years of expertise in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go well beyond the work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our experts are well trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Our professional COVID cleaning procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

According to the CDC, cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables are recommended. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

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

If you would like to schedule a consultation with our highly trained professionals, call us at 732-577-1010.  The experts of SERVPRO of Howell / Wall are ready and able to provide you, your employees and customers with the piece of mind that your home or business are professionally cleaned, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Commercial Cleaning Services including Professional COVID Cleaning Service

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - employee and customer talking Need your business cleaned? Call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010

COVID-19 cases are on the rise, as a business owner, you want to stay in business, but also keep your employees and customers safe.  That is where we come in and help you be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it’s a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Other services we can provide:

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Need your business cleaned? Call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010

The Holidays are here and so is the colder New Jersey weather

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes Cold Jersey weather brings the possibility of frozen or burst pipes. If disaster strikes your Southern Monmouth County home, we will be there to help!

Colder temperatures are on the way for the Jersey Shore area, as we prepare for the cold weather and how it effects our homes.

Here are some tips from your friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to help you avoid or treat frozen pipes this winter.

  • Drain and disconnect garden hoses
  • Cover your outside faucets with insulating foam covers
  • Turn off water to your outside faucets
  • If you have a sprinkler system, turn it off and use compressed air to drain the lines
  • Cover or close foundation vents under house and windows to basements
  • Insulate exposed hot and cold pipes under your home with foam pipe insulation.
  • Drip hot and cold faucets in kitchen and bath. Drip single control faucets with lever set in middle.
  • Make sure to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
  • Make sure you know where your water main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.
  • If you find frozen pipes that have not brust, use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape, or a portable space heater to thaw them
  • When thawing frozen pipes, keep the faucet open to allow water to begin flowing through it again

If you happen to have a pipe burst this winter, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are here to help you get through when disaster strikes.

Holiday Safety Tips

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday Candles Stay Safe this Holiday Season. We will be a phone call away if you need us: 732-577-1010

December is the month with the highest number of incidents of home candle fires.  If you plan to deck your halls with candles, we highly recommend you use battery-operated candles and tea lights.

According to a 2020 national American Red Cross survey, close to 1/3 of us have left the room or fallen asleep with burning a candle  If you are going to use real candles, please keep them out of the reach of children and pets, keep them away from anything that could burn, and never leave them unattended.   

OTHER HOLIDAY DECORATING SAFETY TIPS

  1. Check all holiday light cords and make sure they aren’t frayed or broken. Also, do not string together too many strands of lights together — no more than three per extension cord. Always remember to turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
  2. Ensure outside decorations are for outdoor use and fasten lights securely to your home or trees. If using hooks or nails outside, make sure they are insulated to avoid an electrocution or fire hazard.
  3. Look for the fire-resistant label when buying an artificial tree. Keep it away from fireplaces, radiators and other sources of heat. Never use electric lights on metallic trees.
  4. If getting a live tree, make sure it’s fresh and keep it watered. Bend the needles up and down to make sure no needles fall off.
  5. Don’t light the fireplace if hanging stockings on the mantel.
  6. Check the labels of older decorations. Some older tinsel is lead-based. If using angel hair, wear gloves to avoid irritation.
  7. Avoid breathing in artificial snow.

 Happy Holidays from your friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

Do you have an Emergency Storm Kit?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Build Your Own Storm Kit; image of wintery street. If a storm does damage to your home or business, your friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will help. Call us at 732-577-1010, 24 hours a day.

In a year filled with the unexpected, one thing that we have learned is that is pays to be prepared. Here are some basic you should have in your Emergency Storm Kit.

Here are some suggestions fromhttps://www.ready.gov/kit

Basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon 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
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • 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)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Other References and suggestions:

https://www.ready.gov/kit

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html

https://www.amazon.com/emergency-preparedness-kit/s?k=emergency+preparedness+kit

If a storm does damage to your home or business, your friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there to help. Call us at 732-577-1010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

We are here to help!

How to Prevent Water Damage

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Howell/Wall help this Howell homeowner recover from water damage. Should this happen to you, call us at 732-577-1010

If water damage does occur in your home, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall. SERVPRO’s expert water damage team will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water, mold, of fire damage loss. If you or someone you know succumbs to any type of water damage, give us a call to make your home look “Like it never even happened.” Call 732-577-1010.

Why SERVPRO - Hoarding

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

Hoarding Got a hoard, we are here to help. Call us at 732-577-1010

According to the Mayo Clinic:

"Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. And when there's no more room inside, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage facilities.

Hoarding ranges from mild to severe. In some cases, hoarding may not have much impact on your life, while in other cases it seriously affects your functioning on a daily basis."

Do you live with a hoader or have a family member of friend with a hoadering problem?  

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can help.  Check out this house in Jackson.   This resident had hoarded plastic bottles, fast food bags and wrappers, chip bags, and leftover food.   This was a huge task, but the team at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall as ready and willing to help with this huge task.

Do you or someone you know need help with hoarding? Call us at 732-577-1010! We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall...Faster to your water damage disaster!

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, holidays and weekends too! Call us 732-577-1010

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 732-577-1010

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.

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.

Dryers can be dangerous if not maintained properly

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

Dryer Fires Unfortunately, this dryer caused a fire in this Monmouth County home. But the homeowner knew enough to call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

Dryer fires are one of the one of the leading causes of house fires.  It is very important that you keep your dryer will maintained and lint free.

According to FEMA:

2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.

More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Here are a few helpful hints to prevent a dryer fire in your home or business:

  • Check and clean the lint trap often, lint can build up in the screen. 
  • Check the back of the dryer for lint buildup. 
  • Check for any damages to the venting system of the dryer. 
  • Dyer machines should be installed and maintained by a certified professional. 

Should a dryer fire strike your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has expertly trained professionals to handle any size disaster.  Call us any time at 732-577-1010.

Why SERVPRO of Howell/Wall - We make it "Like it never even happened."

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Call the expert professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall and let us make it "Like it never even happened." 732-577-1010.

When disaster strikes your home or business, you need to act fast to prevent further damage.  

If you are struck by fire, the expert professionals of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will help you restore your home or business to pre-fire condition. 

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Howell property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition and make it "Like it never even happened."

If disaster strikes and water damages your Jersey Shore home or business, the expert professionals at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly.  So if your property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, our water removal and cleanup process will make it "Like it never even happened."

If water from sewer system backups or toilets overflow your Southern Monmouth County home or business you should consider it to be very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. So call the expert professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Click Here to see how SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has made it "Like it never even happened."

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you through your worse disasters.  Just call us a 732-577-1010 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Candle safety tips to help prevent house fires

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

Candles Should Fire strike your home or business, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall are here to help. Call us at 732-577-1010.

During the most recent natural disaster to hit our area, thousands of residents in the Southern Monmouth County and Jersey Shore lost power for days.  Most of us turned to candles to help light our homes on those dark nights. 

As a service to you, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall wanted to share a special list of important safety tips and statistics to help you understand how dangerous candles can be. 

Candle Statistics:

  • 38% of home candle fires start in bedrooms and cause 35% of associated deaths. 
  • More than 50% of all candle home fires start because the candle was too close to something flammable item (I.E. mattresses, bedding, curtains, cabinetry, or furniture are ignited). 
  • In 12% of home candle fires and in 25% of associated deaths and injuries happened while the people in the home slept.
  • 20 % of home candle fires involved unsupervised children. 
  • Reduce your chances of dying in a fire by 50% by having a working smoke alarm.

Safety Tips:

  • Keep all flames at minimum 12 inches from anything that can burn.  Whether it be curtains, bedding, mattresses, books, flammable decorations, clothing, furniture, and anything else that could catch fire,
  • ALWAYS snuff out or blow out a candle or flame before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • If you are using candle holders, please make sure they are sturdy and can not tip over. Make sure your candle holders that are made from a material that do not burn.
  • Make sure candles are placed out of the reach of children or pets, as well as in a place children and pets cannot knock them over.
  • In an emergency, always use flashlights and not candles for light.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. Additionally, keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Keep all lit candles and any other open flames away from flammable liquids.

Should disaster strike and you become the victim of a home fire, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is here to help. We are your professional fire damage experts and specialize in fire and water restoration.  We can clean your content and home, demo effected areas and eliminate smoke odor from your home and in the end make it "Like it never even happened.” 

Call us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.

Commercial Water Damage in Freehold

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding struck the Freehold business. They knew to call the expert water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.

There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there.  We know how important it is for you to stay in business and we are here to help you get you up and running after a water disaster as soon as possible.  

We are committed to:

So if your business experiences flooding or any other disaster like this local Monmouth County business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010 and we will make it "Like never even happened.” 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Do your part in cleaning your employees and customers safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19, get clean...Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

When our logo is on your door, your commitment to clean and safe is clear!

The novel Coronavirus has changed the world, it has made us all realize as a society the importance of clean.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is committed to helping keep your workplace and business safe for your employees, your customers and everyone they come in contact with.  When you have our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned logo on your door, you are letting everyone know that you care about their health and safety and doing your part as a responsible business owner to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

What does it mean to be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, is our new defensive pathogen cleaning program.  This isn't just your standard janitorial cleaning practices, at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we way beyond just regular cleaning. Our proactive viral pathogen cleaning is done by our expert cleaning professionals.  At SERVPRO we have over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Howell / Wall Cleaning Professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

Are you interested in our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services for your Jersey Shore workplace or business?  Want to show your employees and customers you care about their health and safety?  Call 732-577-1010 to schedule a cleaning consultation.  

We are Cleaning Experts

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Cleaning Experts, keeping your employees and customers safe. Call us today at 732-577-1010!

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

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

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, 732-577-1010

Commercial Fire on the Point Pleasant Boardwalk

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage on the Jersey Shore

When fire strikes, SERVPRO is there!

At SERVPRO of Howell / Wall we proudly offer 24-Hour Emergency Service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

When the unexpected happens to your Jersey Shore home or business, we will be faster to any size disaster.  We’re dedicated to a quick response when you need help with fire or water damage. Our fast response will help lessen the damage, will limit further damage, and help reduce costs.

We are proudly locally owned and operated right here in Monmouth County.  We have been serving the community since 2015 and love being a trusted community partner.

We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and our highly trained fire restoration technicians are ready to handle any job thrown their way to make sure we make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire and smoke damage is very destructive. In most cases, your southern Monmouth County home or business will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

So if disaster strikes, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010.

Are you Prepared?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Summer Storm Damage When Summer Storms Strike Damage to your Howell Area Home or Business; SERPRVO of Howell/Wall is there!

Are you ready for the heavy rains and summer thunderstorms of the Jersey Shore?  Now is a great time to prepare an Emergency Supply Kit to have the supplies necessary to deal with disaster.  No better time than the present to get your kit put together.  You want to make sure it is ready well in advance of an emergency. You never know if you will have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you.   At that time, you will most likely not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

So, you may be asking; what is an emergency kit, what do I need to survive? You will need to have your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

Here is what a recommended Emergency Supply Kit should include:

  • 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


Lastly, you will want to have our number nearby.  Call the professional at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you.

If you suffer storm damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall will be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe Monmouth County summer storms.

When Water Damage strikes your business, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is there!

6/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Water Damage SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can on the scene in Neptune, NJ helping our client with commercial water damage

Water Damage can be crippling to your home or business.   When water damage is found, it is very important to follow these important steps:

  1. Find where the water is coming form and stop it if you can.  If you can't call a qualified party to help.
  2. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010.  We are industry leaders in clean and restoring water damage!

What you can do while we are on our way:

  • Mop or blot as much excess water as possible to help avoid further damage
  • Make sure you wipe away puddles of water from your table tops and wood surfaces
  • Wrap aluminum foil or place wood blocks between furniture legs of wet carpet
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, documents or items that are sensitive to moisture

The most important thing is your safety! If you can not complete physically complete the steps listed above; the team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there to help! 

For your safety, please avoid the following:

  • If there is standing water and electrical hazards, DO NOT enter those rooms
  • If appliances are water damaged, DO NOT use them
  • If he ceiling is wet, DO NOT use the light fixtures

Our local, highly trained team of experts arrives as soon as possible and we will assess the damage of the affected areas.  Soon after we will start mitigation of the water damage to help avoid further loss, such as warped flooring, mold damage and musty odors.

That is our commitment to you and the community.  We are here to help! 

At SERVPRO of Howell / Wall we will ensure to make your water damage "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes, call the experts at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall anytime at 732-577-1010. We are open to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

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: 
732-577-1010

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.

If you want more information please visit https://www.SERVPROhowellwall.com/

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. 

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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:

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.

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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.”

We are Disinfecting Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

We are Disinfecting Experts We are Disinfecting Experts

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is Here to Help during this time of need

We are in an unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic.  We want to remind, you, our customers and community members that we specialize in proactive disinfectant cleanings.  Our team is ready, willing and able to help disinfect your home and business, and we adhere to the highest cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

Our highly trained SERVPRO staff is prepared to help you with proactively disinfecting your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that traditional janitorial staffs perform daily.

Our proactive disinfectant cleaning services will help you adhere to the CDC advice to clean high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas

Bathrooms

Schools/Classrooms

Offices

Retail Spaces

Water Fountains

Shelving/Racks

Sales Counters

Carpets and Rugs

Stair Handrails

Elevator Cars

Playground Equipment

Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Our team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is ready to assist with proactively disinfecting your places of business and homes. Our HEPA vacuums and filters will filter out 99.9% of air particulates and bacteria giving your home or business the deep clean it needs.  And our hospital-grade disinfectants will provide for healthy, contaminant-free surfaces.

If your home or business needs our proactive disinfecting services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, 732-577-1010

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

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Why should you choose SERVPRO of Howell/Wall?

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Faster to Any Disaster, we are available 24/7, 365 days a year!

First, we offer 24 Hour Emergency Service:

Disasters can happen at any moment.  They definitely don’t work 9-5 and neither do we!  At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. When you choose SERVPRO of Howell / Wall, you can expect an immediate response any time of day.

Need Emergency Service Now? 
Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010

A Fast Response Is the Most Crucial Step:

In many home and commercial disaster situations, immediate action is the best course of action to take.  At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are ready and equipped with the cutting edge equipment and even more important, a staff that is highly trained, experienced and dedicated to be faster to any size emergency in Southern Monmouth County.

Our 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. Your SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Professionals will 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.

In the end, when disaster strikes, call the professionals you can trust to handle your commercial or resident property damage. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!  We are always available to help.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Choosing a Professional Disaster Restoration Company, like SERVPRO is Important?

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Team The experienced and certified staff of SERVPRO Howell/Wall is ready to handle disasters of any size 24/7/365 days a year!

Contacting SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, Restoration Professionals near you is important to avoid further costly damages, and trust that your commercial or residential property will be  back to normal swiftly and correctly.

When a disaster strikes your Monmouth County business or home it can be difficult to know what to do… there are so many options for what you “should” do next. What makes the most sense is to call local Monmouth County restoration professionals, our SERVPRO of Howell / Wall staff has the experience, training and equipment to handle the cleanup, repairs and restoration needs from start to finish of your disaster.  Our crews and managers have been helping local home and business owners around the Jersey Shore with property damage emergency services for many years. Our staff has been well trained and experienced in dealing with local disasters of both commercial and residential property damages including fire and smoke damage, flood and water damage, sewage and biohazard cleanup and mold remediation. Working with us, means you are working with a trusted SERVPRO restoration professionals following a fire, water, flood, sewage or mold property damage event will give you peace of mind, and a friendly, highly-qualified restoration specialist by your side.

Emergency Response Property Disaster Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is dedicated to making the cleanup, restoration and rebuild process for our customers organized, efficient and successful, after what is sure to have been a frustrating and confusing property disaster event. Whether your home or building sustained damages from a storm, flood, fire or water disaster, you’ll have trusted and compassionate professionals by your side. We will work with you to survey the extent of the property damage, develop a plan for cleanup, restoration and reconstruction.

Disaster restoration and repair for your commercial or residential property is best left to professionals of SERVPRO. Our SERVPRO of Howell/Wall professionals are skilled with the complexities of removing water and the water extraction, drying, dehumidifying, disinfecting and removal equipment required to complete the job properly. Our team of experts has the experience, certifications, and equipment to complete any size restoration and repair project quickly, correctly, and affordably.

Big and Small Steps you can take now to prepare for a property disaster

Preparing in advance to handle a Southern Monmouth County property disaster can seem a little menacing, but after helping countless local home and business owners during property damage recoveries in our community, we know it can make a huge difference during and following a property emergency. Here are some key steps to take in advance that can be important to the recovery process and the overall restoration of your property.

  • Know the hazards that are present in your area.
  • Review your insurance policies and confirm you have adequate cover against each type of disaster you are vulnerable to. Also check your sum insured to avoid being underinsured.
  • Take a household inventory and store copies in a safe location or online. Cataloging your belongings with a home inventory might sound tedious, but how easy would it be for you to recall all the contents of your home if you lost everything? Taking a home inventory can help you determine if you have enough insurance and can save you time and headaches when filing a claim following a disaster
  • Prepare a disaster plan. Your plan should start with having somewhere safe to go. Think of someone who could house you and your family and talk to them about what might happen in the event of a disaster. Then talk to everyone who lives in your home about what to do if there’s an emergency and you are unable to return
  • Have an evacuation plan. In some cases when you need to evacuate, there may not be a lot of time. Plan how to evacuate your home quickly and make sure everyone knows the evacuation plan. Make sure everyone has a list of emergency contact numbers they can phone
  • Make sure to regularly check safety devices in your home, such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers

In the end, when disaster strikes, call the professionals you can trust to handle your commercial or resident property damage. Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!  We are always available to help.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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What Are the Brown Stains On Your Ceiling?

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever noticed a brown stain on your walls or ceilings. The spot may be small, but it could lead to questions like what is that spot is or where did it come from.  If you notice one of these spots on your ceiling or wall, you should absolutely consider calling us at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to inspect the damage. Those brown spots or water stains can be signs of disaster lurking.

One of the biggest reasons for these spots and stains is water pooling.  This is evident by the brown or yellow discoloration of your ceilings paint. These stains are caused by the surfactants in your paint.  Surfactant is usually brown in color and oily. When surfactant is mixed with water, it becomes reactivated.  When water pools and is concentrated in one area, that means the surfactant will as well. You may notice brown streaks in your bathroom where water and moisture is abundant.

A leak in your roof or a burst pipe can be the causes of water in your ceiling. Just because water is not flowing steadily down your ceilings or walls, it does not mean you shouldn’t act quickly.   If water sits too long, serious and costly water and mold damage can occur.  It takes only 48 hours for mold to begin affecting your home, so you need to act fast.  As you may know, exposure to mold is not healthy and needs professional mold remediation.  Water and mold lead to rotting of structural building material and is a health risk.

If you notice stains on your ceilings, please do not ignore them. Ignoring that can allow them to grow or worsen, which could cause more damage. Call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall today to schedule an assessment of your water stains at 732-577-1010.

Avoiding Fires in your Monmouth County Restaurant Kitchen

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Howell/Wall area we have a lot of great restaurants.  In order to keep your business, employees and most of all, customers safe; here are some tips to avoiding disasters in your kitchen.

Between 2006-2010, the National Fire Protection Association estimates there were approximately 7,640 fires at restaurant type establishments. Out of all those fires, it is estimated that 3 of 5 of those fires involved cooking equipment, so it is imperative to ensure that ALL equipment such as fryers, ovens, stoves, and other equipment are cleaned every day, as well as professionally inspected when they need to be.

It may appear like you have cleaned the grease from the surfaces, but grease can and will build up in hoods and grease traps. If they get too hot or grease builds up too much, it can quickly cause a fire.  So be sure to check those areas too.

It is good practice to have regularly scheduled cleanings of your kitchen to avoid any possibilities of fire in your restaurant, hotel, or assisted living home.

Also keep in mind that sprinkler systems can be the saving grace between a small fire that closes the business for a few days, or a fire engulfing the entire facility forcing you to permanently close or be closed for an extended amount of time. Pipes and heads on sprinkler systems can become corroded with time, so it’s important to have them inspected regularly. Be sure the sprinkler heads are free of any debris, such a cobwebs.

Lastly, it is important to ensure that your employees, especially kitchen staff have the knowledge of what to do in the case of a fire emergency. You should have scheduled meetings and drills for fire, evacuation, and emergency exits.

Should disaster strike your kitchen or business, call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at (732) 577-1010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Helping to  Keep Your Commercial Pipes from Bursting

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Here are some tips to help prevent pipes from bursting

Frozen water pipes in your business can be a costly and damaging incident that can be prevented with some vigilance and preventative measures. So together, let’s make sure your businesses are as safe as possible this winter by providing you of some popular tricks to keep your water flowing freely and your pipes safe and sound.

As many of you know, when water freezes it expands. When extreme temps take hold of New Jersey, water can turn to ice can expand so much that the ice breaks through the pipes causing significant damage to your commercial property.

Places in your business like crawl spaces, attics, garages and similar area that are more exposed to the outside temperature without insulation are the most prone to bursting pipes. So for these areas, it is important to drain the supply lines or remove the hoses that are commonly left in the cold.  It is good practice to speak to plumber about having insulation, or perhaps a pipe-sleeve, added to trouble areas. Keep the garage door closed if water supply lines are inside.

If your business closes for the holidays, take extra care so that pipes do not burst when no one will know for an extended period of time. No one wants to return from a vacation and see water all over the floor or running water trickling to a standstill.  Here are some way to prevent that from happening. It is highly recommended to keep your thermostat no lower than 55 while away from your business. Some experts will say even while there and not closed for vacation to keep the same temperature at night as you do during the day. We will leave that to your discretion as it could result in a higher than normal heating bill but possibly prevent a high repair charge.

If you suspect a pipe is frozen but not broken, it is possible to thaw the pipe and resume regular use. One way to tell that a pipe is frozen is water trickling from a faucet when it would normally flow fast and free. If you can locate a section you believe to be frozen, apply a heating pad or hair dryer while keeping the faucet open. If the water begins to run after some time warming, you found the frozen section!  If you are uncomfortable dealing with possible frozen pipes, call a plumber and have an expert do the work. You can also ask for quotes on proper insulation for your pipes so they don’t freeze again in the future.

Enjoy your holidays with a peace of mind that your pipes are safe! If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is there to help! Call us at (732) 577-1010, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

2019 Holiday Helpful and Safety Tips for your Home

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Holdays Happy Holidays from your Friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

Thanksgiving is almost here and its almost time for most of us to decorate for the holidays.  

Remember these safety and helpful tips to ensure a safe home through the holidays and beyond.

  • Always inspect your lights before you hang them
  • Replace any out or broken lights
  • Never connect more than 3 strings of lights at a time
  • Use clips to safely attach lights to the house
  • Be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect pets and children
  • Always use ladder safety when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations
  • Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets
  • Remember to keep candle flames far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees
  • When building a fire to keep cozy, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burn only dry, split firewood (avoid chemically treated wood), and close damper when fireplace is not in use

Happy Holidays from everyone at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall! 

Frozen or burst pipes can damage your Howell Home or Business. Do you know what to do when disaster strikes?

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes Frozen or Burst Pipes...Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall as soon as possible!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and the holiday season will be in full swing…. along with the holidays come the beginning of colder weather in New Jersey.  We have already experienced our first arctic blast and suffered through an early cold spell. 

Brutal cold can cause severe damage to your Monmouth County home or business and burst pipes can cause more damage than one can imagine.  If your Howell area home or business experience pipes that freeze and burst, you must take immediate action to limit the damage.

Picture this: 250 gallons of water pouring through a burst pipe in your home or business. It’s not something you want flooding your where you live or work, is it? Well, it’s about what one 1/8-inch crack in a water pipe can leak in 24 hours. Burst pipes aren’t rare — they damage literally millions of homes and businesses each year. The best way to avoid the issue is to be prepared. Should disaster strike and a pipe bursts, you’ll need to act quickly to stop further damage and ensure your home or business is properly repaired.

Know What to Do

  • Assess the damage, amount of water and probable location of the leak — it may be necessary to turn off the electricity to your home to avoid electrocution. Never touch a wet outlet, switch, or appliance.
  • Turn off the house’s main water valve.
  • If the leaked water is warm, it may be necessary to turn off the water valve to the water heater.
  • If appropriate to the situation, place an appropriately sized container under the leak to catch the water.
  • Turn on the faucets throughout the house to drain the water left in the system.
  • Call a plumber immediately to help repair or replace the pipe.
  • Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010. This is important as it affects your insurance claim and helps prevent mold from growing in your wall space, under your floor, or between the floor and ceiling between stories. Your homeowners insurance policy may cover costs you incur.
  • Take photos of the burst pipe and of all the damage to the house’s structure and your personal property for your insurance claim.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

 When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is available anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at 732-577-1010.

Are you prepared to handle the different types of storms we can experience in Monmouth and Ocean counties? 

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here in New Jersey, we can see a wide range of storm. We have seen heavy rains, flooding, super storms, hurricanes, and even tornadoes (remember the June 2017 Home Depot  in Howell)!  Any one of these storm types could cause major damage to your home or business. The damage caused by these storms can keep us from feeling like our home is complete or keep our businesses up and running.  No matter what your scenario, It is important to know the different damages that a storm can cause and more importantly that SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you should disaster strike. 

Wind Damage Storm damage sometimes includes severe wind damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof due to strong winds that may loosen flashing. This can cause your roof shingles to be removed from your home or business causing leaks. Even a subtle roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions. A SERVPRO of Howell / Wall restoration expert can help property owners address storm damage and roof damage more effectively. 

Flooding Damage Heavy rains can cause flooding in low lying areas or even sewers to back up. Flooding may disrupt municipal water systems which call for experts to assess groundwater and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Our SERVPRO of Howell/Wall team can assist in your cleanup process after flood damage has occurred.  

Lighting Damage When a storm occurs, many times it brings the loud sounds of thunder which mean lighting is striking. Your home or business may have objects attached to the building that can attract a lightning strike that can cause a fire. A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures of roughly 30,000 kelvins (53,540 degrees Fahrenheit). Lightning strikes, or discharges of massive charges of static electricity, cause about 2% of all fires. If this occurs in your home or business, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall has the team to help handle the restoration of both the fire and smoke damage.

If any of these storms should strike disaster for your home or business, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall  is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Call us anytime at 732-577-1010.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall we love our community!

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

table set up with half orange half green tablecloth and giveaway items on top Howell Day 2019

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is a locally owned and operated business in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  We are proud members and active members of the local community.   We are proud to serve the people and businesses of Howell, Wall, Brielle, Farmingdale, Manasquan and other surrounding towns of the Jersey Shore and Southern Monmouth Region.

We especially enjoy getting involved in community events where we get to spend time with our current, past and future customers in the towns they live, work and play.   We are here to for you in times of emergency and in times of celebration.  

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall trusted partner of the community since 2015 and we look forward to serving the community for decades to come.   We thank you for your trust, your business and your friendship.

We especially enjoy getting involved in community events where we get to spend time with our current, past and future customers in the towns they live, work and play.   We are here to for you in times of emergency and in times of celebration.  

SERVPRO of Howell / Wall trusted partner of the community since 2015 and we look forward to serving the community for decades to come.   We thank you for your trust, your business and your friendship.

When water damage occurs and mold forms, we are there to help!

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

It does not take long for mold to become a problem in your home or business when there has been a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Significant damage to your property and more importantly to the health of your family, employees or customers can be caused by a mold problem.  The team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 732-577-1010

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be the safety of your family, employees, and customers.  All it takes is 48-72 hours is all it takes for significant mold growth.  Be especially careful with children; the elderly; and individuals with respiratory problems, such as asthma.  

In addition to visible signs of mold, problems may be hiding behind your drywall or under carpets.  If you smell a strong, musty order, mold maybe be lurking where you can't see it.

Should you suspect mold or see mold, please stay out of affected areas. Next, turn off any the HVAC system and fans to prevent spores from spreading.  Lastly, call the experts at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall for mold remediation services.

Please do not disturb the mold or blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.  This is important to prevent it from spreading or getting airborne.  Please do not attempt to dry the area yourself, we have special gear to handle jobs.  Lastly, please do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.  Simply, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall and we will work with you to get your home or business back to normal fast!

Should water damage cause mold in your Jersey Shore home or business, rest assured that highly trained, expert team at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you.  Call us anytime, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to service Southern Monmouth County.

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

How to Prevent Basement Water Damage

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Some of the most vulnerable parts of any building to water damage are the low-lying areas. Some of the causes could be heavy rains from big summer storms or indoor water leaks. In order to protect your property from damage, you will want to take the necessary steps to ensure this kind of damage doesn’t happen to your property.  This will protect your possessions and save you both time and money.

Here are some tips to prevent water damage in your basement:

  • Make sure you have the proper drainage throughout your property.  Inspect your property and make sure that you have proper drainage in place when there is excess amount of water is present. Burst pipes and water mains can drive a large amount of water your way.  Make sure that flooded streets and drainage ditches also don’t cause your home or business any water damage by giving all that water somewhere to go besides your basement or low lying area  If you need to make some changes, get the help of a water damage specialist, especially if you have already experienced issues in your basement or other low-lying areas.
  • Make sure your equipment is maintained. Does your basement contains laundry machines or other equipment that use of water?  Then you want make sure that these everyday tools don’t become a liability due to poor maintenance. You should regularly check the pipes and water connections to make sure a tiny leak doesn’t become a big one really quickly, creating huge loss for you as a home or business owner.
  • Make sure you maintain your roof. A leaky roof can cause water to travel down walls and all the way down to your basement. Once these areas get and stay damp, a mold colony can take hold, and that is a whole new problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Inspecting your roof regularly and necessary repairs, no matter how small, are some of the most effective steps you can take to prevent water damage in your basement. It will keep walls, windows, and floors safe, too.

When it comes to water damage in your Monmouth County home or business, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is always here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are experts in the areas of fire and water damage, and we are also mold remediation specialists. We’ve got you covered!

What To Know When Choosing a Fire Extinguisher

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Three Fire Hazards to Watch for this Summer in the Jersey Shore area

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Bonfires are great on a cool summer night, but they can be a hazard.

Warm weather is finally here.  Memorial day is almost here and the unofficial start of summer on the Jersey Shore.  Lots of us will spend lots of time outside for the next few months and with that being said, there are still a wide variety of fire hazards that you should watch out for, even during the summer months.

  1. Grills: Whether you’re cooking burgers and dogs for the family event or grilling up chicken and kabobs for dinner, you will inherently deal with fire. Most are gas grills, which presents an even greater risk. In fact, the NFPA (https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Home-Grill-Fires) reports that an average of 9,600 home fires are caused by grilling each year. Here are some fire safety tips for the grill:
  • Before lighting your grill, always check for any potential fire hazards.
  • If the grill does not light up on the first shot, let the gas dissipate for at least 5 minutes before trying to light the grill again.
  • Be sure the grill is clean before using to get rid of oil and gas residue.
  • Make sure the grill is set up in an open, outdoor area and keep it a good distance from the house and railings.
  1. Dryers: This is a fire hazard year round. In fact, the leading cause of clothes-dryer related fires is a failure to keep the lint baskets clean. Lint is combustible. Lint causes fires. It takes seconds to clean out the lint basket, so just make a habit of it when you get your clothes out of the dryer. If you have space for a clothesline in the spring and summer months- use it! There’s nothing better than fresh, air dried clothes. The NFPA also recommends cleaning out the vent pipe at least once a year so lint or other flammable particles do not get stuck in the vent pipe. 
  2. Outdoor Fire Pits and Bonfires

The necessary safety precautions for an outdoor fire pit are pretty obvious but keep these in mind when you’re having a party on a cool summer night.

  • Always have an adult present around a fire- never leave children unattended! 
  • Always have a bucket of water or a water hose available nearby if things get out of hand. 
  • Build the fire away from homes, porches, low-hanging trees, or any other fire hazards. 
  • Monitor how much leaves, pine needles, pine needs, paper, and other contents into the fire since these items catch fire quickly and result in high flames and floating embers. 
  • Always put the fire out completely before leaving the fire unattended. Don't expect it to die down on its own!

We are always Here to Help when you need us. Call us any time at 732-577-1010! Have a great Summer!

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Supports Our Neighbors

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Our GM Saher at the North Wall Little League Parade with “Buster” from the Lakewood Blueclaws.

By now you are familiar with the orange SERVPRO house logo on our vehicles, uniforms and equipment. It’s there to let you know that we are the experts when it comes to residential water, fire and mold issues. But the orange SERVPRO house means even more than that. It means we are your neighbors, living and working within the communities we serve.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is continuing our tradition of investing in our communities. Through sponsorships and volunteering, we are helping to better the fantastic organizations that do such great work for our friends and neighbors.

This Spring we are sponsoring three Little League teams in both Howell and Wall. We are a part of the 8th annual “Touch A Truck” event through Wall Recreation to benefit Make A Wish New Jersey. We are set to be a site sponsor for the upcoming beach sweeps with Clean Ocean Action. We’ll be on hand for the annual Howell Day Celebration as well. 

We are a part of great organizations like the Howell Chamber of Commerce and the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce. 

When you see the orange SERVPRO house logo and call us at 732-577-1010, know that you are enlisting the help of a team of professionals who will treat you like a good friend and neighbor. We take pride in our community and in helping the residents who also call Monmouth County home. 

Preparing To Open Your Seasonal Jersey Shore Business

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Memorial Day is traditionally the start of the Summer tourist season here at the Jersey Shore. But any seasonal business owner will tell you that the preparations start well before that.

April is the month to coordinate job fairs to ensure that your business has the proper staffing during the busy days ahead.

Taking stock of inventory and reconnecting with vendors and suppliers is key to a successful opening. Customers generally buy seasonal items at the very start and will not be in the market for them even a few weeks later.

Most importantly, it is essential to inspect the physical condition of your business after the Winter months are over.

Things like roof leaks, damaged pipes, mold, and dirty carpets or ducts can be unexpected surprises and add expense and time to your scheduled opening.

At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we understand the challenges of seasonal business owners here in Monmouth County. We can schedule an inspection of your commercial business before the season begins. If there are issues related to water damage, mold, sewage or general commercial grade cleaning, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can make it "Like it never even happened."

Give us a call at (732) 577-1010 and we will gladly help you make your business shine in time for the start of Summer at the Jersey Shore. 

Be Ready With An Emergency Supply Kit

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Warmer temperatures bring lots of visitors to Monmouth County but rising temps also bring the threat of severe storms. As we approach the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family, friends and neighbors. Encourage those around you to put together an Emergency Supply Kit and plan. Being proactive can be a lifesaver when disaster strikes. Here are items to consider for your Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water (1 gal per person per day)
  • 3 day non-perishable food supply
  • Manual can opener
  • First Aid Kit
  • Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra clothing
  • Dust masks
  • Small tool kit
  • Hygiene items
  • Cash
  • ID and important documents like insurance policies etc.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Plastic sheeting or garbage bags
  • Duct tape
  • Local maps
  • Cell Phone Charge Blocks
  • Whistle to signal for help

Severe weather calls for immediate action. Once you and your family are safe the clean-up can begin. The professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall are always ready to take action during any disaster. We’ll help get your life and home back to normal in the aftermath of severe storms. We are here 24 hours a day providing emergency response to Monmouth County neighbors. Reach us at (732) 577-1010. We will help you weather any storm. 

Weathering Severe Storms at Home and on the Road

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can strike at any time. Unfortunately, the timing and conditions of a storm can put your home or car in it’s direct path. Be aware that a sudden storm can do much more than wreck your outdoor plans. 

Driving conditions will deteriorate quickly due to:

  • Low visibility
  • Low traction
  • Puddles of water
  • High winds
  • Flash flooding
  • Lightning
  • Heavy rain
  • Hail
  • Debris
  • Other drivers

It’s always safest to stay off the roads during a storm, but if that isn’t an option remember these key safety tips:

  • Keep your doors and windows closed
  • Drive slowly
  • Don’t tailgate 
  • Headlights on
  • Both hands on the wheel
  • Avoid distractions 
  • Wipers at appropriate speed

Severe storms can do damage to your home and property as well. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has been through many storms here in Monmouth County. We have helped countless families get their homes and lives back to normal. If you have experienced flooding from storms, water damage from failed drainage systems, broken pipes or windows, roof leaks or failed gutters, we are here to help 24 hours a day. No storm is too big for the experience and expertise of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall. 

Always put your safety first and let the professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall handle your storm related damage and issues. 

When disaster strikes your business, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to get your business back up and running fast!

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When disaster strikes your business we will quickly and promptly. No job is too large for SERVPRO of Howell / Wall and we are ready to handle your commercial loss. Every hour of lost productivity is an hour of lost revenue and our team will act fast to get your business back up and running. So when disaster strikes your Monmouth County business, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall and we will make "Like it never even happened." Call us anytime at 732-577-1010.

When Water Damage Strikes, We are there!

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Belmar

Water is very powerful and can do a lot of damage quickly.  When you discover water damage in your home or business it can be very alarming and cause stress. There are many causes for water damage: pipes could break, water line to the fridge’s dispenser or ice maker could break, or even the hose to your washer could break, pipes could burst, your roof could leak, sprinkler system malfunction, or overflowed toilets.  These are all just a few of the reasons for water damage can happen in your home or business. 

Should disaster strike, here some steps to take to minimize the damage to your home or business: 

First and foremost: Find the source of water and stop it if possible, or contact a qualified party to do so

Second: Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall!

What you can do while we are on our way:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible, by mopping or blotting
  • Wipe away excess water on wood surfaces, table tops
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs of wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, documents or items that are sensitive to moisture

Always Remember safety first! If you are not physically able to take on the above measures, it will be ok, our Team will be there to help!

What to avoid doing:

  • Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may be present
  • Do not use water damaged appliances
  • Do not use ceiling light fixtures if the ceiling is wet

When our highly trained and expert team arrives we will assess the damage of the affected areas and start mitigating the water damage as soon as possible to avoid further loss from happening such as warped flooring, mold damage and musty odors.

That is how we at SERVPRO of Howell / Wall are committed to make it "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes, call the experts at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall anytime at 732-577-1010. We are open to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage? We will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall truly lives up to our motto "Like it never even happened." When a you are struck by fire, water or storm damage, our highly trained experts spring into action saving homeowners and insurance companies thousands of dollars by offering services to return properties to the like before the disaster. 

Our team is professional and will assist your family’s need to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible after an unexpected disaster or damage.  In addition to disaster services, we offer property maintenance services like: mold remediation, property restoration, board ups, air duct cleaning, fire and water restoration and more!

The SERVPRO of Howell / Wall team believes in providing excellent customer service during the customer's time of need and works closely with insurance companies to make the entire process as easy as possible.  Call us anytime: 732-577-1010.

What is Black Water Damage?

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Black water is highly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death.  You should avoid ingesting and any contact should be avoided at all costs. Black water may contain some of the following:

  • raw sewage
  • chemicals 
  • bacteria

Do..

  • If water has impacted surfaces and furnishings, treat them as if they are toxic, until properly decontaminated.
  • To prevent further contamination, wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep your children, your pets, and yourself out of contaminated areas. 

Do NOT...

  • Attempt to decontaminate surfaces yourself with sprays and over-the-counter germicidal products, which may not fully disinfect contaminated surfaces. 

Call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall as soon as possible at 732-577-1010 and let our highly trained and licensed expert professionals ensure proper clean up and decontamination. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is fully trained and equipped with the knowledge to restore your property and make it "Like it never even happened."

WHY SERVPRO? How we handle fires at SERVPRO.

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, we are always there to help!

Unfortunately, fires happen.  When disaster strikes, let SERVPRO of Howell/Wall help you recover from fire.

Typically, we are called out at all times of the day and night. We do get some who come in the door and referrals from the people we've worked with.

Usually fires have a pretty short timeline. We're first call responders. We get the fire alerts and then one of us will go out to the fire and just let the customers know that we're there to be of assistance. We get out of the way of the professionals and will hang out and give the property owner any assistance we can. We can help them get the insurance process started by calling their agent for them while they take care of their family.

A lot of the time we will send pictures to the insurance agent and help the customer communicate with their insurance agent. In the off-hours the customer has no way to contact their insurance agent, but we have most of their cell numbers, so we can text their agent and let them know about the incident. The agent appreciates it and the customers do too.

Every now and then, an agent, an adjuster or a customer will call us on a fire, but that's less common than us going out and actually seeing the fire right after it happens.

The other work we do is with water damage, mold, and bio-hazard. It comes to us through referrals, our corporate office and through good people who know us or see us through our advertising.

If you have a fire in your home SERVPRO can help you with so much more than just the restoration process. Let SERVPRO of Howell/Wall take care of you in your time of need.

If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Howell / Wall at 732-577-1010.

WHY SERVPRO? We keep your restaurant carpets CLEAN

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Let us clean your carpets and keep your business looking great!

Your restaurant’s nightly checklist must be followed to the letter in order to keep your business in great shape and ready for the next business day. Every item must be thoroughly washed and sparkling clean daily; the kitchen flooring, stovetops and ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers…. And then there’s the front of house - bathrooms, host stand, and bar area with all your glassware that needs attention. But you and your team have it all handled, every day.

A lot of restaurants have hardwood, which must be frequently maintained because of things like high heels, spills and scratches. That’s why some businesses choose to carpet their floors. A nightly vacuum and some spot treatment can do wonders when it comes to mold prevention and other issues, but a deep clean is also a necessity occasionally to maintain the carpets colouring and improve customers outlook on your business. Because of this, it is important to have deep cleaning on your cleaning checklist!

Here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning jobs. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises, and mold remediation is one of our specialties!

Why keeping your business clean should be a priority

Those shows about failing businesses and restaurants are often entertaining and even humorous, at least to us as viewers. But they also highlight an essential detail that businesses, and not just restaurants, sometimes overlook: a clean work area. Though it might not be your biggest priority when it comes to your business, it sends a powerful message to both staff and customers. Here is a list of some of the benefits to workplace cleanliness:

  • It reduces the need to replace supplies and equipment as often. 
  •  It can help you find and fix damages before they becomes a problem
  • It can help employees avoid illnesses and positively affect morale. 
  • It gives your business an image and reputation of trustworthiness

At SERVPRO of Howell / Wall for help with all your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Call us anytime at 732-577-1010.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is Faster To Any Disaster

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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!

732-577-1010

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

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, 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)

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)

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

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

Source: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes

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!

3 Winter Roof Damage Issues Business Owners Need To Know

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Winter can be a hard time for business owners. Winter can cause damage to their homes but they also have to worry about their business. Here are some common issues that business owners need to be aware of as winter approaches.

Ice Dam Formation

When the warm air is rising from the inside of your building, it loosens the shingles as well as the snow on top of the shingles. The melted snow travels to colder parts of the roof where it freezes once again. That creates a blockade for the other snow that melts and falls which causes the water sitting there to seep through the lose shingles or any cracks on that roof. This will lead to water leaking into your building. One good way to prevent this is to keep the gutter clean and install a heat trace cable in the gutter to melt the snow and keep that flow going.

Icicle Formation

Similar to the ice dam formation, icicles are formed when the snow on the roof travels then freezes up on the edge of the roof. They can cause damage to your shingles and gutter and fall on the pedestrians walking by.  The simple tactic of using a rake and removing the icicles should do the trick.

Heavy Rooftop Snow Loads

All roofs are designed and built differently, which means they all support different weights. If a huge snow storm hits and your roof is left with a very large load of snow on it, your roof is running a very high risk of collapsing. And if it is bad enough, it can all fall through into your building and damage the contents in your building. If you see any signs of this problem call SERVPRO immediately.

With all of this being said, having a roof inspection before anything hits is a good idea to keep the building in good shape and everything inside that building. These points can also apply to your home as well. 

Winter Time Fires

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The freezing temperatures are approaching and that means everyone is going to do what they can to stay warm. What people do not think about is the damages one could cause while trying to stay warm on a cold day.

Cold weather means turning up the heat and the use of other heating methods like space heaters, heat blanket, candles, and fire places. All of these things can light up the room if used improperly like keeping them on for too long or placing some of these heat sources too close to flammable objects.

Chilly winter air contains less moisture compared to the air in the other seasons throughout the year. Because of the chilly air, the physical wood structure of the home becomes drier which can lead to electrical fires under the right conditions. 

The older the home the more likely it is to be a potential ball of fire. For example, the Clintons' house was built in 1889. An electrical fire occurred and an electrical fire happens when too much electricity is pulled through older wires that cannot handle the capacity.

To prevent these potential problems, have an annual safety inspection to make sure your home is not at risk of lighting up in flames. Here is something to think about, although the total numbers of fire during the winter decreases, the number of structural fires increase.

7 Highly Effective Portable Heater Safety Habits

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

In these cold winter months many of us find it hard to stay warm; our sweaters, wool socks and blankets just aren’t cutting it. So, we resort to other methods to fix the problem. One common method is a portable heater; especially for those sitting at a desk all day! If you are using a portable heater, here are some effective safety habits to keep in mind…

    1. Keep all sides of the heater at least 3 feet from beds, clothes, curtains, papers, sofas, and other items that can catch fire
    2. Never fun the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting and never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip
    3. Make sure the heater is not near water. NEVER touch it if you are wet
    4. Place the heater on a stable, level, surface, located where it will not be knocked over
    5. Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping
    6. If the heater’s cord or plug is HOT, disconnect the heater and contact an authorized repair person. If any part of the outlet is hot, contact a certified electrician
    7. Check SaferProducts.gov to see if your electric heater has been recalled

What to do in case of frozen pipes and indoor flooding

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes Winter is Coming...and water damage from frozen pipes might occur...do you know what to do?

Weather is getting colder and the risk of frozen pipes bursting will increase.  

Here are some WHAT TO DO tips while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Water Damage:

    Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use the television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Home Safety Tips around the Holidays

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Now that Thanksgiving has come on gone, its time for most of us to deck the halls.  

However, some of us get so wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays, we can forget important tips to keep our homes safe. 

Here are some helpful tips on how to keep yourself, your family, and your house safe this holiday season...

  • Use clips to safely attach lights to the house
  • Inspect your lights before you hang them
  • Replace out lights
  • Never connect more then 3 strings of lights at a time
  • Be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect pets and children
  • Use ladder safety when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations
  • Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets
  • Remember to keep candle flames far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees
  • When building a fire to keep cozy, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burn only dry, split firewood (avoid chemically treated wood), and close damper when fireplace is not in use

Happy Holidays from everyone at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall! 

IICRC Certified Firm

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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)

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

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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."

A Disaster Plan for your Pets

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

Extending The Life Of A Candle

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Summer Water Saving Tips

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Every state is experiencing the effects of drought, and saving water is on everyone’s mind these days. We waste a lot of water; our showers are too long, and we are often obsessed with an emerald green lawn. We need to change the way we handle and view water and leave behind the outdated and inefficient water management systems of the past.

Here are some tips that will help you save water this summer. Your water bill will be reduced, and you can save yourself some time into the bargain as well as doing some good for the Earth.

  1. Water your yard in the cool parts of the day. Water evaporates more quickly when it’s hot, so run your irrigation system while it’s most likely to stay with your lawn. Make sure you are not watering your sidewalk or your driveway, too. A drip system works quite well in this respect. Replacing your thirsty lawn with a drought tolerant garden would be a great way to save water, and it won’t have to be mowed every week!
  2. Check for leaky toilets. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, your tank is leaking, and could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water a day!
  3. Take shorter showers. Trimming just two minutes off of your showers can save up to 1700 gallons of water a year. One way to do this is to turn off the shower while you shave or soap up. Install water-efficient shower heads, toilets, and faucets for a savings of thousands of gallons per year as well.
  4. Cover the pool. Make sure the water in your pool stays there by covering it when you are not using it. This will prevent water loss by evaporation.
  5. Use a car wash. Washing your car by hand can easily use 100 gallons of water, and takes a lot of time and effort, as well. Commercial car washes average 40 gallons or less!
  6. Trap rain water. Collect the water from summer rain storms by getting a water barrel. You can reuse this water for your garden. Green roofs, rain gardens, and other water-saving techniques are called green infrastructure and go a long way towards saving this most precious resource. More and more landowners and city governments are choosing to invest in these and other innovative strategies as ways to save water, reduce pollution, and save millions, and even billions, in costs for new water tanks, tunnels, and other traditional water infrastructures.


SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to help you with all your home and business needs. Call us today at (732)577-1010, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

TOP THREE PLACES TO CHECK FOR MOLD GROWTH

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold. Just hearing the word can cause us all to cringe. It’s odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health. And it can show up so fast that it can be shocking! Just knowing where to look and what areas are best to practice preventive measures in can help give you peace of mind.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth:

The bathroom. This almost goes without saying, since everyone knows that mold likes water. And water is the name of the game when it comes to the bath area! Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, and these times are great for checking for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are, or have been, any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. You can invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, and that can be a great help.

The kitchen. This area of your home is also a watery place, and it is used more than any other area in the house besides the bath. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air and cannot be removed. The trick is not giving them a place to land and settle!

The laundry room. This room, since it has large appliances, also has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often, since no one ever sees them. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help, pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. Make sure spills are cleaned and dried right away, as well.

Other areas to keep an eye on: hall closets, your garage, and/or basement.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always here to help you with any issues related to water damage in your home or business, and we are mold remediation experts, too. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties. Call us at (732) 577-1010, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

KEEPING YOUR RESTAURANT’S CARPETING CLEAN

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Your restaurant’s nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep your business in great shape and ready for the next business day. Every item has to be thoroughly washed and sparkling clean on a daily basis; the kitchen flooring, stovetops and ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers…. And then there’s the front of house - bathrooms, host stand, and bar area with all your glassware that needs attention. But you and your team have it all handled, every day.

Flooring in a busy restaurant can be a challenge, as well. Many eateries choose to install hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

Perhaps, however, your establishment has carpeting. A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way towards preventing potential mold growth and other issues that can cause unpleasant odors, but your carpeting will still need a regular deep cleaning to keep floors looking the way you want them to. With carpeting, spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on hardwood flooring, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, with the colors no longer as bright and fresh; that can reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. Make sure a deep cleaning is on your cleaning checklist!

Here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are equipped to handle the toughest carpet cleaning jobs. Our business is experienced with cleanups from fire and water damage in both homes and large commercial enterprises, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Call us today at (732) 577-1010. You can also visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

WHY YOU SHOULD PRIORITIZE KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS CLEAN

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Those shows about failing businesses and restaurants are often entertaining and even humorous, at least to us as viewers. But they also highlight an essential detail that businesses sometimes overlook: a clean work area. That might not sound like a big deal, but a clean business sends a powerful message to staff and customers alike.

Listed here are some of the benefits of prioritizing workplace cleanliness:

  • It reduces the need to replace supplies and equipment as often. When dirt and grime are left to build up, they will cause unnecessary wear-and-tear on your office equipment. The keys on your PC keyboard can get sticky, which necessitates a call to IT. Flooring can become stained and unkempt, and office furniture left uncared for is unsightly, sending the wrong message to everyone. Regular cleaning and maintenance will save you costly replacements of these items. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in all areas of commercial cleaning and restoration.
  • It can help you find and fix damages before they becomes a problem. Regular deep cleaning can help you catch problems you might not notice otherwise and keep you looking good while doing it. You will see the signs of water damage and mold growth much more quickly, and as we all know, damage from leaks are much easier to deal with at the beginning of the issue. The longer damage from a water leak goes on, the higher the costs for repairs are going to be. Taking care of mold is also important for the health of your workforce. Mold spores can often be toxic, and its presence can be a health code violation. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is your area specialist for mold remediation.

  • It can help employees avoid illnesses and positively affect morale. A dirty working environment can encourage the accumulation of bacteria and viruses, which will adversely affect your employees. Clutter and grime also make it difficult to concentrate and has been proven to cause stress, especially for those people who are highly sensitive to uncomfortable surroundings. When your workers are happy and productive, your customers and clients will know it, and an atmosphere of positivity will affect your business by encouraging repeat sales and referrals.

  • It gives your business an image and reputation of trustworthiness. If your business looks like a mess, most people will assume it’s failing; how can they trust you to care about their concerns if you don’t care about your own? Water-stained walls, unkempt furniture and machinery, dusty light fixtures; all these things will give your prospective customers the idea that you are not a careful proprietor. Not the best way to get people to come back!


Call us here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall for help with all your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Our phone number is: (732) 577-1010, or you can visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

Cleaning Up After Smoke Damage

7/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure to your personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make. A professional cleaning company like SERVPRO of Howell/Wall understands that your furniture, keepsakes, and other precious items are what make your house a home.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in restoring the contents of a home or business that have suffered from fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their original condition. Professional cleaning companies use several methods to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam Cleaning: This method is used for upholstery since upholstery fabrics can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry Cleaning: This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet Cleaning: This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy smoke residues.
  • Immersion Cleaning: This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.

Keep in mind that electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard. Never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected by a fire! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in that device. Items that you should be careful of are:

  • Televisions
  • Computers and IPads, etc.
  • DVD and CD players
  • Cell Phones

Documents and photographs can suffer a lot of damage in a fire, and many contain information or records that can be devastating to lose permanently. SERVPRO technicians are experienced in document restoration.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can organize an efficient move-out process of the affected areas. Removal from the area will result in a quicker remodeling process and will also protect your belongings from any further potential damage during that process. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily.

If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, give SERVPRO of Howell/Wall a call today at (732) 577-1010,  or visit our website: SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

Prepare your family for storms

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Prepare your family for storms

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

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.

When Water Damage Happens, Call SERVPRO for Service

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

If you are grappling with the aftermath of residential water damage, you want the problems resolved as quickly as possible. Keep handy our name and number handy, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, 732-577-1010. Our job is to provide state-of-the-art service to our customers that are in need of expert water damage restoration. And we do so with rates that won't break your budget. 


What You Can Expect From a Water Damage Restoration Service 

When you contact us to assess the character of your problem, we will respond by sending a team of friendly, knowledgeable service technicians and leaders to your home. We will make a full inspection and assessment of your property, making sure to note where all of the damage and future potential trouble spots lie. We find the source of the water intrusion, if not visible, for repair. We must identify the water to determine if it is contaminated (such as Black Water from a sewage backup or groundwater intrusion), to use a correct and safe extraction method. Once we have completed this initial diagnosis, we provide you with a full estimate of the cost involved.  We will even help you with the insurance claims process.

How We Deal With Water Damage 


Once water damage in has taken its toll, engage the path to a solution as soon as possible. This means hiring a professional cleanup and restoration service to drain all of the unwanted water out of the building. We have truck-mounted pumps and portable extractors to quickly dispatch water. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can dry out your home with the additional aid of air movers and dehumidifiers, both desiccant and refrigerant. Our trained WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technicians, adhere to the cleaning standards of the IICRC. We ensure, by testing with moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers, that the affected areas are dry. 

Contact Your Local Residential Water Damage Service


SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to be your one-stop water damage cleanup and restoration authority. For all fire, mold, and water issue, we are fully equipped and qualified to address and solve them quickly. We are locally owned and operated and can be contacted at any time of the day or night. 

Don't Kill Mold With Bleach

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

When most people see mold they think of treating it with bleach. To an untrained professional, cleaning mold with bleach can seem right. But here are three reasons why bleach is not the most effective choice to rid your home or business of mold.


1.    Bleach loses effectiveness over time.

Chlorine bleach rapidly loses its effectiveness. Try leaving a glass of chlorinated water out on the counter for a few days. You’ll find the chlorine will evaporate. This happens within bleach  containers as well. Evaporation means that it will be hard to determine the true potency of your chlorine bleach solution because the chlorine can escape through plastic. Perhaps the chlorine bleach you’re using has been sitting at the store, or in your home for months or longer. That will lessen its power to kill mold.

2.    Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces. In fact, bleach can contribute to mold growth.

Yes, chlorine bleach can kill surface mold. But mold can grow deep roots within porous surfaces like wood and drywall. Those roots will not be affected by bleach. The bleach you apply remains on the surface while the water in the bleach goes deeper and can feed the mold growth.

And not only does mold have roots, mold also releases spores. These mold spores can get into the air and land anywhere. Once spores travel and land elsewhere, if the environment is right, more mold will grow. Chlorine bleach cannot stop mold from spreading in this way.

3.    Bleach is toxic.

Chlorine bleach produces fumes that pollute the air and can become harmful to humans and pets. Chlorine bleach also generates a by-product called dioxin, which is linked to cancer. If you use bleach over time you can build up these pollutants in your home, business, or any environment.

So, you can use bleach to temporarily kill what’s on the surface but treating mold with bleach alone is not effective in the long run. You won’t know how potent the bleach you use is and using bleach means exposing yourself to harmful fumes.


Get Rid of Mold Issues for Good

Specialists in professional remediation can be your best bet when it comes to getting rid of mold effectively. Our crews at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall use special cleaners and equipment to get rid of mold, including spores. We can identify the full extend of your mold infestation and treat mold-infested areas safely and effectively.  If you suspect mold, call us anytime 24/7 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.

 
More Information   

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall publishes educational articles on how Manchester area residents and businesses can protect themselves from mold and natural disasters and restore their property after a flood, sewage spill or other harmful event. 

Don't Kill Mold With Bleach

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

When most people see mold they think of treating it with bleach. To an untrained professional, cleaning mold with bleach can seem right. But here are three reasons why bleach is not the most effective choice to rid your home or business of mold.


1.    Bleach loses effectiveness over time.

Chlorine bleach rapidly loses its effectiveness. Try leaving a glass of chlorinated water out on the counter for a few days. You’ll find the chlorine will evaporate. This happens within bleach  containers as well. Evaporation means that it will be hard to determine the true potency of your chlorine bleach solution because the chlorine can escape through plastic. Perhaps the chlorine bleach you’re using has been sitting at the store, or in your home for months or longer. That will lessen its power to kill mold.

2.    Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces. In fact, bleach can contribute to mold growth.

Yes, chlorine bleach can kill surface mold. But mold can grow deep roots within porous surfaces like wood and drywall. Those roots will not be affected by bleach. The bleach you apply remains on the surface while the water in the bleach goes deeper and can feed the mold growth.

And not only does mold have roots, mold also releases spores. These mold spores can get into the air and land anywhere. Once spores travel and land elsewhere, if the environment is right, more mold will grow. Chlorine bleach cannot stop mold from spreading in this way.

3.    Bleach is toxic.

Chlorine bleach produces fumes that pollute the air and can become harmful to humans and pets. Chlorine bleach also generates a by-product called dioxin, which is linked to cancer. If you use bleach over time you can build up these pollutants in your home, business, or any environment.

So, you can use bleach to temporarily kill what’s on the surface but treating mold with bleach alone is not effective in the long run. You won’t know how potent the bleach you use is and using bleach means exposing yourself to harmful fumes.


Get Rid of Mold Issues for Good

Specialists in professional remediation can be your best bet when it comes to getting rid of mold effectively. Our crews at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall use special cleaners and equipment to get rid of mold, including spores. We can identify the full extend of your mold infestation and treat mold-infested areas safely and effectively.  If you suspect mold, call us anytime 24/7 365 days a year at 732-577-1010.

 
More Information   

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall publishes educational articles on how Manchester area residents and businesses can protect themselves from mold and natural disasters and restore their property after a flood, sewage spill or other harmful event. 

Different Types of Mold

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary 

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can pass value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

To the Unhealthy 

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusion can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide a food source for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health hazard for your family and pets. 

If you see or suspect mold in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at (732) 577-1010

The most common plumbing issues

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

You depend on your plumbing each and every day, from the hot water in your shower to the water boiling on your stove. As such, it’s important to maintain your plumbing regularly to make sure there aren’t any major issues such as leaks or sewage backups. But plumbing problems can still occur with regular maintenance, so it’s good to be aware of common plumbing issues and what you can do to solve them or minimize damage to your home.

Low Water Pressure

Proper water pressure is necessary for washing your hands, cleaning dishes, and taking a shower. If you’ve noticed a significant drop in your home’s water pressure, you probably have a clogged pipe. It’s also possible that you need to fully open your shutoff valve. If you’re only having water pressure issues with one faucet, the solution may be as simple as cleaning the aerator or removing a nearby clog.

Dripping Faucet

Depending on the severity of the drip, a dripping faucet can raise your water bill and waste a significant amount of water—not to mention how annoying it can be. Luckily, fixing a dripping faucet is usually as simple as replacing seats and springs or a washer in the faucet.

Running Toilet

It happens so frequently: minutes after flushing your toilet, you can still hear the toilet running as if the bowl is filling with water. This is an incredibly annoying problem to have, but usually, an easy one to fix. Remove the lid from your toilet tank and make sure that your tank ball, flapper valve, and flush valve are working properly—if any of them are sticking or not functioning right, they’re easy to replace.

Clogged Drain

Clogged or slow drains are probably the most common plumbing problem. Plumbing pipes are designed to allow water and waste to flow through freely, but over time, built up hair, soap scum and other debris can form a clog in your drain that prevents water from passing. This is almost sure to happen in any home given enough time. You can use vinegar and baking soda to break up clogs in your sink, or you can buy a drain auger and remove the clog manually.

Sometimes the clog may be deeper in your pipes or too severe to easily remove, look into professional plumbing services; they have the equipment and expertise to clear clogged drains without causing damage to your plumbing. If you have sewage damage as a result of a clogged drain or other plumbing issues, please call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall (732) 577-1010

Leaking Pipes

Leaks aren’t just an annoyance; they can significantly increase your water bill and quickly cause damage to your home. If you have a leaking pipe that’s beyond a slow drip, shut your water off as soon as possible. If there is any chance of mold or structural damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall (732) 577-1010to avoid spending a fortune on repairs. Leaking pipes generally need to be replaced, but you can use marine tape or epoxy to cover small leaks temporarily—just remember to shut the water off first.

No Hot Water

Have you ever rolled out of bed and into the shower only to find there’s no hot water? It’s not a good experience. Chances are you’ve got something wrong with your water heater, most probably an electrical problem such as a thermostat or element. If you’re not comfortable troubleshooting your water heater, it’s a good idea to get help from a trained, knowledgeable professional.

Plumbing truly is an essential part of our everyday lives. We can’t all be professional plumbers, but with a little bit of research and hard work, you can stay cool, calm and collected in the face of a plumbing emergency

 If you have water damage as a result of any of these or other plumbing issues, please call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall (732) 577-1010

4 Flameless Alternatives to Candles

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

Unattended candles pose a major fire risk. Candle fire can ignite nearby combustibles or be accidentally knocked over. Whether you are looking for flameless alternatives for a special occasion or everyday use, there are several safer options that still capture the desirable look or scent of your favorite candles. Here are four candle alternatives to consider for decorating or lighting purposes.

1. Battery-operated candles: Candles that run on batteries flicker like real candles and some are made of scented wax. Choose from a variety of different shapes and sizes, ranging from tea lights to pillars.

2. Christmas lights or fairy lights: Create enchanting effects indoors or outdoors with strings of lights. Consider LED lights if you want to make these lighting methods more efficient.

3. Candle warmers: Choose from electric bases or larger lamp-style models that are designed to accommodate traditional wax candles that you buy or make. In addition to these candle alternatives, you can also spread a fragrance with oil warmers or wax warmers.

4. Reed diffusers: Placing reeds in oil is an elegant air freshening solution that spreads a scent without the use of battery-operated and electrical devices or fire.

Candle fires are most common during the holiday season, starting in Halloween and going through New Year's Day celebrations. You may prefer to replace candles in decorations with newer flameless alternatives. Battery-operated candles can also make safer centerpieces or place-settings at a weddings or any other formal event. 

For day to day use, candle alternatives are perfect for places like bathrooms or bedrooms where they may be left unattended for long stretches of time. You should never leave a burning candle where you cannot observe it and ensure that a fire does not start. If you do experience a candle fire, contact a damage restoration company that specializes in fire and smoke odor remediation, contact SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010 or visit us on the web at http://www.SERVPROhowellwall.com for more information on fire damage. 

Fire extinguisher knowledge (part 2 of 2)

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

This blog post is a continuation of "Fire extinguisher knowledge part 1" from earlier this week.

The fourth type of fire extinguisher is the wet chemical extinguisher. The wet chemical extinguisher helps in that it focuses on removing heat from the fire in order to extinguish a fire and is most effective on fires made from paper, wood or plastics.

The fifth type of extinguisher is the clean agent. This type of extinguisher focuses on breaking the chemical reaction of a fire and is best worked on fires caused by flammable liquids, electrical equipment or combustibles such as wood or trash.

The sixth type is the dry powder extinguisher which focuses on separating the oxidizing agent from the fuel source and is most useful on fires created by combustible metals.

The seventh is the water mist extinguisher. This extinguisher is mainly water and focuses on cooling the fire and adds a cleaning agent to simplify the mess and should mainly be used on fires caused by electrical content.

The eighth and final extinguisher is the cartridge operated dry chemical and is similar to the clean agent in that it interrupts the chemical reaction of the fire

Fire extinguisher knowledge (part 1 of 2)

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

In the case of a fire emergency, both knowing general facts and tips on fire extinguishers can help exponentially when putting out any kind of fire. This will be one of two blogs explaining the facts on extinguishers. 

The different types of extinguishers.

In total there are eight different types of fire extinguishers, the first is water and foam based. This type focuses on taking the heat element out of a fire and should mainly used on a fire made from wood, paper or plastic.

The second type of extinguisher is carbon dioxide based that focuses on taking away the oxygen element of a fire, and should only be used on fires made from flammable liquids such as gas or oil, or fires from electrical equipment such as outlets or transformers. 

The third is a dry chemical extinguisher. This type is the most common of extinguishers and focuses on interrupting the chemical reaction of a fire triangle. (The fire triangle is what makes up a fire; Heat, Fuel, and an oxidizing agent which is normally oxygen) This extinguisher should be mainly used on; material fires caused from wood or plastic, fire caused from a flammable liquid such as gas, and fires made from electrical equipment.

Damaged wooden floors

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Mold vs Mildew: What is the Difference?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Simple Chart to describe the difference between Mold and Mildew (Mold Left v Mildew Right)

When it comes to mold and mildew, many often wonder, “What is the difference?” HGTV.com compares mold and mildew to siblings, stating that they have a few matching characteristics but they also have some striking differences.

As for similarities, they both strive in warm, moist areas and they both are able to grow on a multitude of surfaces. They are also both two types of fungi that no one is ever happy to find in their home!

Differences between mold and mildew can be seen in their appearance. Mold is usually fuzzy in appearance and can be various different colors, but it is most often black or green. Mildew, on the other hand, usually grows in a flat pattern and may appear powdery. It is usually white or gray in color. One interesting difference between mildew and mold is that there is no use for mildew. On the contrary, some molds are actually used in food production. For example, Penicillium is used in the production of cheese.

While mold and mildew definitely have differences, the methods to prevent mold and mildew in the home are very much the same. All areas of the home need to be kept dry and moisture-free. Humidity levels inside the home should be checked and controlled. Any leaks need to be repaired quickly and HVAC systems should be inspected regularly.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in mold testing and remediation. If you suspect mold is an issue in your home, give us a call today! (732) 577-1010.

Mold Prevention Tips

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

In order for mold to grow and thrive, there must be excess moisture, food, the right temperature and lack of ventilation.  The most important step that any property owner can take is to identify any humidity, moisture or water problems before they create bigger more costly issues. Look for any water or moisture.  Pay special attention around pipes, in basements and crawl spaces.  Recognize musty or moldy odors, which indicate mold growth.  Your sense of smell may alert you to potential problems you cannot see.   Control humidity in bathrooms and wherever water is repeatedly used.  Exhaust fans, proper caulking and effective cleaning with a bleach based product will help keep problems away.  Inspect your HVAC systems and air conditioners.  Regular inspection and maintenance can identify moisture problems or drain clogs before they get worse.  

If moisture or mold  is spotted contact a SERVPRO of Howell/Wall and our professional team will come out and take a look.  Call us anytime, 24/7, 365 days a year 732-577-1010.

Most Common Causes of House Fires

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Have Questions? Call Us Today –
(732) 577-1010

What You Need to Know About Mold in HVAC Systems

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a natural occurrence that can grow in many different environments as long as the conditions are in its favor. Unfortunately, this is often true for HVAC systems and air ducts, which is concerning because the air flow allows the mold to travel to various areas of the building. HVAC cleaning can reveal such mold growth, and it goes without saying that cleaning vents on a regular basis should be on the to-do list of every property owner in East Naples, Florida. Here’s what you need to know about mold in HVAC systems.

How Do You Know If Your HVAC System Has a Mold Issue?

The first step of ridding your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system of mold is knowing common signs that indicate mold growth. Examples of this are:

• Visible mold in air ducts, drip pan or vents
• Mold smell
• Standing water or high level of moisture in parts of the building

Why Does Mold Grow in HVAC Systems?

Mold in HVAC systems is a problem that many property owners are faced with because it is a breeding ground for mold. Mold grows in moist environments, and condensation or leaks in HVAC systems can provide this moisture. Building in warm areas with high humidity are at a higher risk of developing mold issues. Furthermore, the dust that collects in air ducts is a food source to mold as it contains organic materials, such as skin cells. These organic materials, as well as mold spores, often come from outside through the ducts. 

How Can You Prevent Mold in HVAC Systems?

The best way to prevent mold is regular maintenance and HVAC cleaning done by a professional. This should be done at least once a year. Additionally, you have to change your filters once a month and may consider using a HEPA filter. If you live in a humid area, a dehumidifier can prove itself to be very helpful.

Should you notice mold in your HVAC system, it’s important to have an experienced mold remediation professional perform the necessary HVAC cleaning. Always keep in mind that it is crucial to address the mold problem as soon as possible.

For more information on mold visit us at http://www.SERVPROhowellwall.com/

With all these heavy rains, mold

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Picture of Suspected Mold Growth

Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home

Black mold is one of the worst fears you might have as a homeowner. Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) grows in common household features such as carpet, drywall, insulation, and sub-flooring. It grows when these household materials have been in contact with moisture. As it grows, it releases spores into the air. These spores can be harmful or even fatal to humans. At low levels of exposure, spores can cause respiratory problems and irritation; at severe levels of exposure, it can cause bleeding in the lungs and severe nausea and vomiting.

Where to Test for Black Mold

Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Howell/Wall for professional mold remediation services in the Howell and Wall area. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.

Carpet

Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.

Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.

Air Conditioning and Heating Vents

Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.

When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.

Drywall

Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.

Restoring Your Monmouth County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Monmouth County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

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

Restoring Your Howell/Wall Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business.

Flooding and water damage events at Howell/Wall commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Howell/Wall

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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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Houston Relief Fund (Hurricane Harvey)

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Houston Flooding. DONATE TO THE UNITED WAY RELIEF FUND TODAY

Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Houston Area. Here in Monmouth County, we know first hand the severe damage caused by water.  Superstorm Sandy devastated large parts of Monmouth and Ocean counties shore area.   There are homes that still haven't been touched 5 years later.  Our local United Way, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean counties played a huge role in the recovery by coordinating volunteers who when into the affected areas and spent years rebuilding home for those who were hit by the destruction of Sandy.

If you would like to donate to help those in Houston, click here: United Way of Houston Storm Relief Fund.

Please consider giving today.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is proud to work with local charities to aid in relief efforts.  We are always here to help.

SERVPRO and the PGA TOUR partner together to bring you FANTASY GOLF

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO and PGA TOUR Partnership

Are you into Fantasy Sports? Do you love golf?


We have a game for you.
SERVPRO and PGATOUR.COM have partnered together to announce two new fantasy golf games, PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done and PGA TOUR Champions One & Done. Both games are free to play and can be found in both the Apple iTunes Store and Android Play Store or on the web at www.fantasygolf.pgatour.com.


The games are simple and fun to play. Players simply pick one golfer each week and accumulate the most points in the FexExCup or Charles Schwab Cup Cup, over the course of the season.


The top in finisher in the PGA TOUR game will win a new set of golf clubs, while the top prize for the PGA TOUR Champions game will win a trip for two to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix County Club in Phoenix, AZ in November.


Again these games are free and fun…Check it out.

 

Brick residents, we specialize in Water Damage Cleanup

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

You ever have a leaky pipe in your home?  Unfortunately, for this Brick resident, a pipe leak in their kitchen caused severe water damage to their home.  Several areas of their home were affected by this leak including their entire finished basement which consisted of ceiling tile, carpet, pad & personal belongings were affected, as were kitchen flooring & cabinets.

 

We started the road to recovery for this homeowner by manipulating a lot of content in the basement, and although we had to dispose of the wet carpet pad, we were successfully able to lift, dry and ultimately salvage the carpeting.  Being able to salvage the carpeting was great news for the homeowner and a testament to the advanced quality of SERVPRO’s equipment and training of our crew. 

 

There was also significant damage to the kitchen.  We need to remove the laminate floor in order to dry the plywood subfloor.  As with all our losses, we try to preserve and protect as much as possible and fortunately for the insured and their insurance company, we were able to clean, dry and salvage much of the content.

 

After using our advanced techniques and fleet of dehumidifiers and air movers, this house had a “dry” bill of health.  Thank you to this homeowner for trusting SERVPRO of Howell/Wall when disaster struck and we are thrilled to have put their home well on its way to making this leaky kitchen pipe “Like it never even happened.”

Home Maintenance Checklist to be Ready for Spring

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is Here!

Punxsutawney Phil said we would have six more weeks of winter and he was right.  But winter has past and now its time for spring.  Here is a checklist of things to check on your home this spring from your friends at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall


 


1:  Examine the shingles on your roof.  Now that winter is gone, you want to check to make sure that you haven’t been damaged or lost.  Any shingles that cracked, buckled or loose need to be replaced in order to keep your house dry through April showers.


 


2: While your up there, examine your chimney, if you have one, for damage.  Also, its not a bad idea to get a chimney sweep to examine and clean the flue.


 


3:  Check your wood, including the trim around windows, doors, railings and decks with th a screwdriver to probe for trouble spots.  Be sure you make your repairs before the spring storms do more damage to your wood.


 


4:  Check your gutters to make sure they are still secure or leaking.  Also, make sure gutters are unclogged, free of debris, and that they are not draining into the foundation.


 


5:  Inspect your concrete slabs for cracks.  If you have cracks, fill them silicone caulk or concrete crack filler, then, when the weather cooperates, power wash and seal the concrete.


 


6:  Time to check the outside faucets that may have been damaged in the freezing temps of winter.   Turn on your faucet and try and stop the flow of water with your thumb.  If you can stop the water, that is an indication the pipes inside the home are damaged and need to be replaced. 


 


7:  Have your outside AC unit serviced by a qualified HVAC contractor.  Have your unit cleaned annual to keep your system running efficiently and at peak performance.


 


Thanks for reading and enjoy your Spring.


 


Your Friends at SERVPRO Howell/Wall


Call us anytime, we are available 24/7, 365 days a year at 732-577-1010


 


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Asbury Park: We Specialize in Water Damage

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Damage to the ceiling due to water pipe burst

Recently disaster struck for one resident in Asbury Park when a pipe burst on the 3rd floor of their home.  The pipe burst caused major damage to the lower floors and over a foot of water in the basement.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called to begin emergency water mitigation services.

 

First, we accessed the damage and packed out all the salvageable items from the home and are storing them for the duration of the clean-up and rebuilding process.  Unfortunately for this home owner there was a lot of personal items that could not be saved.  Those items were inventoried and disposed of in multiple on site 30 yard dumpsters. 

 

This Asbury Park home was constructed with drywall over plaster on every wall.  The demolition of the water damaged walls was a extremely labor intensive and down right back breaking for the team of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, but as always, the team was up to the task!  After several days, the demolition of the water damaged first and second was complete and we could begin the next phase of this project…drying.  

 

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall needed to use our industrial-sized drying equipment to remove the remaining moisture left behind by the breaking of this 3rd floor pipe.  We worked with the homeowner and utility company to get the power restored to the home to allow us to complete the drying process with our dehumidifiers and air movers.  After several days of drying, our work was complete and the homeowner was ready to begin the rebuilding phrase. 

 

We want to thank this homeowner for trusting SERVPRO of Howell/Wall when disaster struck and we kept our promise to make it “Like it never happened”, a promise we make to everyone who trusts us with their homes.

Howell and Wall Residents: We specialize in Fire Damage Cleanup

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Extensive damage to ceiling

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is your go to professional when disaster strikes.  Recently we were called to action for SERVPRO’s expert fire mitigation services.  We were on the scene of a house fire in Wall Township.  The fire started in the attic and caused extensive damage throughout the home. 

We started our work by conducting an initial inspection of the fire damage throughout the home.  Upon our inspection, we immediately mobilized air scrubbers to begin filtering the inside air of all the impurities left behind by the fire and to help with odor control.

Next, we arranged for on-site storage of our homeowner’s salvageable belongings.   We cleaned and packed the items that could be saved.  After storing and cleaning, clean up on the structure damage began.  We demolished the affected areas of the house, which included fire and water damaged floors, walls and ceilings.  In order to prevent disaster from striking again during cleanup, the utilities were turned off, but at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are fully equipped with an on-site generator to power our drying equipment which includes dehumidifiers and air movers to help prevent microbial growth.

These are just some of the services we are committed to providing you at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.  We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes.  Call us anytime at 732-577-1010. 

We are happy to report; the reconstruction of this house is well underway and as we promise; SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will help make it “Like it Never Even Happened”

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Large Water Loss in Wall, NJ

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

This was a portion of the flooded basement. The water seen here flowed through two stories in this house.

You never know when disaster is going to strike and here we have the victim of a broken supply line in an upstairs toilet, causing a whole house flood in Wall, NJ.  Aside from a couple of bedrooms on the second floor, the entire first floor and basement were fully affected.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called in to clean up the aftermath.  We arrived onsite within 1.5 hours of receiving the call and began our emergency services of water extraction and controlling temperature & humidity.  We were onsite well into the evening, only to return the following day with more hands on deck for demo day. 


With the dumpster onsite early, we began removing affected drywall, flooring, ceilings, etc.   


Work was completed in under 5 days including demo & drying.  The owner was thrilled to see how quickly we responded and completed the job. 


SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always available 24/7/365 to attend to needs of our local communities.  We are always here to help!

Water Damage in Spring Lake, NJ

3/7/2016 (Permalink)

Removal of laminate flooring. Notice the moisture that was trapped beneath the flooring.

A toilet supply line cause this 1st floor in Spring Lake, NJ to flood.  Using our moisture meters, we noticed the water wicked up the majority of the walls, requiring we cut out wet drywall and wet insulation.  This photo was taken during mitigation.  Notice how much moisture was trapped beneath the laminate flooring? 

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called in to clean up this aftermath.  The owner was thrilled to see how quickly we responded and completed our mitigation/drying efforts.

Frozen Pipe in Ocean, NJ

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

Close up of damaged pipe

We were called to the scene of a vacant townhome in Ocean, NJ that that was a victim of a broken pipe.  Fortunately there was no furuture to be damaged, however carpet and laminate flooring was removed along with perimter cuts of drywall. 

The owner was thrilled we were able to limit the damages of his loss and getting the home back to "like it never even happened"

Water Loss in Spring Lake Heights, NJ

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

This living room was one of many rooms affected by this water loss.

A broken toilet caused an extensive flood in this home in Spring Lake Heights.  Water was flowing for 14 hours before the homeowner arrived in complete shock.  The homeowner was advised to call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to clean up the aftermath.  After several days and countless man-hours, the house was dry and ready for reconstruction.  The owner was in awe by the professionalism and prompt service provided by SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.  Fortunately, this customer is well on her way to a fully restored home. 

Sewer loss in Sea Girt, NJ

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

Pre-mitigation sewer loss in a crawl space

We were called to service a sewer loss in a crawl space in Sea Girt, NJ.  The customer had an extensive odor issue which lead to the source being 2" if sewer water throughout the crawl space. 

After extracting the contaminated water, we thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the affected area.  After a few days of proper drying, this crawl space looked like nothing ever happened.  And fortunately, the house smelled "like it never even happened". 

Fire loss in Manasquan

12/18/2015 (Permalink)

Location of the attic fire (pre-mitigation)

The air circulator in the attic caused this small fire loss in Manasquan.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called in to clean the attic, all floors/baseboards & horizontal surfaces. 

We started at the top and worked our way down the structure.  Always pleasant to be in a hot attic wiping & vacuuming.  Our crews meticulously work to get clean ever surface while manipulating every piece of furniture and personal belongings to ensure a job done right.  After a thorough cleaning of all walls, ceilings, floors and everything in between, we eliminated any evidence (visual or odor) of the fire and our customer was very pleased with the results. 

We finished this project on time and on budget.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always ready to make it "Like it Never Even Happened". 

IIABNJ of Monmouth & Ocean County Holiday Party

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was delighted to attend our first IIABNJ of Monmouth & Ocean County Holiday Party on Thursday, December 10th at Jumping Brook Country Club.  This event was very well attended and we enjoyed networking with the association's members. 

The event started off with a cocktail reception where local insurance agents and adjusters mingled over finger foods and beverages.  We got to chat with many folks, absorbing their wisdom like a sponge as we get acclimated to this vital industry. 

Buffet dinner followed with a smorgasbord for dessert.  You fellow sweet tooth folks can certainly appreciate a chocolate fountain, Italian cookies and a sundae station.  And if the night couldn't get any better, we won the 50/50 raffle.  Talk about getting paid to network.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always here to help.  We are available anytime at 732-577-1010



Water Damage in Wall, NJ

11/23/2015 (Permalink)

Post-Mitigation

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called into an emergency water loss in Wall, NJ.  A slow leak in a copper pipe caused extensive water damage to our customer's gym.  Our customer was very happy with our prompt and professional service.  Ultimately, we made this loss "Like it never even happened."

Toilet Overflow in Marlboro

10/2/2015 (Permalink)

Drying a wet bathroom due to a toilet overflow.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called into a residence in Marlboro, NJ to mitigate a water loss due to a toilet overflow.  The overflow started in an upstairs bathroom and leaked down into the first floor. 

After removing saturated drywall and building containment, we began our drying process.  After several days of drying, our customer was pleased to see their home "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage in Freehold, NJ

10/2/2015 (Permalink)

Muddy remnants from a water main break in Freehold, NJ.

A water main break caused the lower level of this house in Freehold, NJ to flood.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall received the call from the listing agent on this property who put is in touch with the owners. 

This one was a back breaker!  Two layers of vinyl flooring had to be removed as well as wet drywall.  After a long days work, we commenced strucutral drying.  Within 3 days the house was dry and clean. 

The customer was elated with the results and suggested this job would make great "before and after" photos. 

Another job made to look "Like it never even happened."

Mold in Jackson, NJ

10/2/2015 (Permalink)

Mold on the customer's exterior wall.

We were called into a residence in Jackson, NJ which experienced mold damage due to a roof leak.  Our customer was relieved to see the results of our extensive mold remediation.

Neptune Day

10/2/2015 (Permalink)

Our vehicle & table setup at Neptune Day 2015!

We were delighted to show our support for the community in Neptune, NJ for their annual Neptune Day 2015.  Hundreds of residents attended the somewhat brisk & windy event.  Although we had to keep making sure our promotional gifts and brochures didn't fly away, we thoroughly enjoyed our first Neptune Day.

We were parked right by the Neptune firetrucks and the climbing wall, which was one of the biggest this among the local children.  All the kids also enjoyed getting their SERVPRO HERO tattoos while their parents learned about fire safety and what to do if disaster strikes. 

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall enjoyed coming out to support the residents in Neptune.  We are committed to our local communities and are honored to serve.  We look forward to see you at other community events throughout the year. 

Biohazard in Lake Como

9/22/2015 (Permalink)

Affected floor in bathroom & hallway. Due to the biohazard nature, we had to remove all affected layers of flooring.

We were called into the very unfortunate event of cleaning biohazard from a home whose owner was deceased for several days. 

The family of the deceased called on SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to help during this extremely difficult time.  This job was certainly not for the faint of heart.  After methodically handling all the affected areas, we begun demolition and detailed cleaning of all hard contents.  We also fully inventoried all soft unsalvageable contents.  After several fogging and ozone treatments, the odor was eliminated.

After several days of hard work, our job was complete.  The customer thanked us for our angelic performance that exceeded their expectations.  Helping those in need during difficult times...that's what it's all about!  The team here at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall extends its deepest sympathies to our customer's families. 

Water loss in Neptune, NJ

9/22/2015 (Permalink)

Fully saturated carpet in the basement.

A faulty wall unit caused this basement to flood in Neptune, NJ.  Water was literally pouring out of PVC like a garden hose.  And not just clean water, but soil and other organic matter completely covered this basement.  The carpet & pad were completely saturated.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall was called in to make this scene "Like it never even happened.”

We had our work cut out for us with much content to manipulate, and heavy too.  We worked methodically to extract water and remove carpet & padding.  We finished our emergency services later that day and had our artillery of air movers and dehumidifiers to the rest of the work drying out this basement.  After 3 solid days of drying, our job was complete.  The customer was very grateful for our prompt and professional service.  

Yet another example of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall stepping up to the call of duty and making it "Like it never even happened!" 

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall joins Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce

8/5/2015 (Permalink)

Proud members of JSCC

We are delighted in becoming the newest members of the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce.  This chamber has historically been one of the best around.  They make a conscious effort to engage all members with various networking events each month. 

Please feel free to stop in and show your support for this great chamber. You can find us often attending the Wednesday morning breakfasts as well as the business after hours.

We have already reaped the benefits of our membership, forming relationships with various contractors, business owners and future customers. 

Looking forward to seeing all new & longstanding chamber members at events throughout the year.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always here to help.  We are available 24/7/365 and can be reached at 732-577-1010.  Thank you for visiting our blog. 

Toilet Overflow in Spring Lake

8/5/2015 (Permalink)

Fecal matter due to a toilet overflow.

We received a call late Sunday evening to address a toilet overflow in Spring Lake, NJ.  When we arrived on site, we noticed the entire foyer, hallway, bathroom and part of the utility room covered in fecal matter, or as we say...poo poo. 

We donned our full Tyvek suits and begain the dirty work of cleaning the mess.  We conducted emergency water extraction and eliminated all the sewer matter and applied disinfectant throughout.

We returned the next day to remove the affected laminate flooring as well as a one foot tear out of drywall in the affected area.  

With the help of a dehumidifier and a few air movers, we were able to give this home our dry seal of approval. 

Our customer was relieved with our rapid response time for their emergency serivce and equally pleased with the speed and professionalism provided by SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.

Thanks for checking out our blog! 

Mold in Howell

8/5/2015 (Permalink)

Mold growth above kitchen cabinetry

We were recently called to action on a water/mold loss in Howell, NJ.  Unfortunately this was a case of DIY gone bad.  The homeowner did a good job of tearing out carpet pad and lifting carpet for in place drying, however the severity of this situation was too much for a DIY'er and required the assitance of the SERVPRO of Howell/Wall team.  After identifying wet drywall in several rooms, we began demolition, only to find widespread mold throughout. 

We continued removing all drywall with evident mold growth and began remediation to all the wood framing.  After a few days of intense cleaning/remediation, this job looked like nothing ever even happened.  Our customer was delighted to see their home on its way to preloss conditions. 

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is always here to help.  Call us at 732-577-1010 anytime. 

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Joins Howell Chamber of Commerce

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Howell Chamber of Commerce

We are pleased to announce that we are the newest members of the Howell Chamber of Commerce.  Established in the 1970s, the Howell Chamber of Commerce is the core of what keeps the community running.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is committed to being a model steward to our local communities and as always, we are here to help. 

Looking forward to seeing you around town and at many of the local events hosted and organized by the Howell Chamber of Commerce.

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is the premiere water/fire/mold restoration company located here in Monmouth County, NJ.  No job is too big or too small for us to handle.  We are available 24/7, 365 days/year.  We welcome the opportunity to service your needs should you be affected by a water damage, fire damage, or if you have a presence of mold.  We will even get the toughest of stains out of your precious rug, flooring, upholstery, etc.

Thank you for checking out our blog!

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