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When Water Damage Happens in the Howell, Call the pros at SERVPRO Howell/Wall

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Howell Got water damage in your Southern Monmouth County home or business? Call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010!

If you are grappling with the aftermath of residential water damage, you want those problems resolved as quickly as possible. At SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, we are faster to any size disaster!  Our job is to provide expert service with state-of-the-art equipment to service our customers when they are in need of professional water damage restoration.

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, any day of the week, including holidays.   Call us at 732-577-1010!

Plumbing issues? Read these tips.

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Plumbing Plumbing issues cause damage to your home? Call the experts in water damage at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010!

You depend on your home’s plumbing each and every day.  Whether it is for the hot water in your shower to the water boiling on your stove.  Water is so important to our daily lives. It is even more important to maintain your plumbing regularly to make sure there aren’t any major issues lurking in your home.  Proper maintenance can help disasters from happening, such as leaks or sewage backups. Despite regular maintenance, plumbing problems can still occur, 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.

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, 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.

Should these or any other issue cause water damage to your home, call the pros at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall, anytime, day or night…we are here to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Call us at 732-577-1010.

Are your beautiful wooden floors damaged?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wood Floors We are always available and ready to help. Call us anytime at 732-577-1010!

Wood floors look good in almost any home. But when mother nature strikes or some kind of accidents happens, your wooden floors are damaged and in some cases can be restored. Here are some facts on your hard wood floors should they become damaged by water.

  • How to tell if it is damaged
    • If there are black marks and stains along the edges of the wood and is caused by the growth of mold
    • If there are humps or bumps along the floor. This is caused by water damage cupping your floor making it rise

But before you call SERVPRO, it is extremely necessary that you find the cause of the loss, should it be from a water damage. Here is a picture of an example of how we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Specialty drying mats make a huge difference when attempting to save solid wood flooring after water damage.  SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has this equipment on its trucks!

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

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

For more information on our company click here.

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

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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.

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.

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."

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!

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!

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


  • 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."

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


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 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.

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.”

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.

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. 

Water Damage in Wall, NJ

11/23/2015 (Permalink)


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."

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!" 

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.

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