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April Showers Bring May Flowers and More...

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

April Showers May Flowers April Showers wreaking havoc on your Monmouth County home or business...Call the Water Restoration Pros of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010

Here we are at the end of March after a long, snowy winter and April is around the corner.  As we turn our calendars and the season change, we will start to experience the warmer weather we all missed.  As the warmer weather approaches, so do the April showers which help to bring us the most vibrant May. However, when April showers are more like torrential, relentless downpours we could face a flooded basement and other water damage causing costly repairs. Flooding generally occurs in the springtime as the result of heavy rains that cannot be adequately absorbed by the still thawing earth. Particularly formidable are the flash floods resulting from thunderstorms, swiftly melting snow, ice jams in creeks, and then there is the fearsome “El Nino." Consider if more than one of these circumstances happens at the same time, you have the potential for a catastrophe with flooding waters and raging mudslides.

Homeowners you can take some simple precautions to secure your property and keep your possessions safe.

Elevate: Keep your furnace, water heater, electrical panels above predicted water levels to protect yourself from costly home replacements.

Install check valves: These valves close to prevent the backward flow of liquid and prevent water from backing up into the drains in your home.

Build barriers: Use sandbags to create flood walls to prevent or reduce flow of water into your home.

Waterproof the basement: Use a waterproofing compound to seal the walls of your basement.

Clean: Clean gutters, drains and downspouts for proper water flow.

Purchase flood insurance: 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.

Should disaster strike and the April showers cause water damage to your home or business, the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there to help get you back to normal.   Contact us at 732-577-1010 and the highly training water experts will be there for you. 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.

Remember, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is faster to any size disaster and we provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year —including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night, as we are on call for you to make it “Like it never even happened.

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!

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.

Home restoration can be covered by your insurance policy.

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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If storm damage strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall  for our expert and professional services.  We have the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-storm condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

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How to Prevent Water Damage from Rain

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Checking for proper drainage:

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

Install or Check Sump Pumps:

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

Check sealant inside and outside foundation

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

Inspect the slope of your lawn

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

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

If storm damage strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Howell/Wall  for our expert and professional services.  We have the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-storm condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

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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

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.”

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.

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

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

How to Care for Your Commercial Roof

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

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

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

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

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

Flashing and control joints

Inspect for signs of wind damage

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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

Storm Preparation: Warning vs Watch

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding caused by storm damage in Spring Lake, NJ.

When a storm hits your home, you need a company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has the capabilities and professional personnel to quickly respond to your storm damage concerns.

As we continue to see storms throughout the area, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Remember, when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are just a phone call away, 732-577-1010 and we will make it "Like it never even happened".

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.