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Carpet Drying after Flooding and/or Water Damage  

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

If your business has been damaged by flooding or a water leak, the carpeting may be a soggy, water-logged mess. And because most business flooring IS carpeting, this can create a major issue.

The main concern is to dry the carpeting quickly in order to prevent damage to walls, sub-flooring, and other structural elements of your building.  The good news is: the drying process is one you can often start on your own almost immediately after the incident! Just remember that calling in professionals like SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch will ensure your office will be back in sooner rather than later (or never).

Here’s how to START the drying process in order to prevent further damage:

Identify and Stop the Source of the Water Problem

The first step in saving your carpeting is to identify the source of your water problem and do your best to stop it, or at least to lessen it.

Remove Any Standing and/or Excess Water

Once there’s no more water coming in, your next step is to start to remove any standing or excess water. Either renting a pump from your local hardware store or using a wet/dry shop vac will work.

Separate the Soaked Carpeting from the Floor

Once you’ve removed most of the water, if possible, separate the carpet off from the floor.

Begin along a wall, pulling away from the tack strips and moving across the room. Be careful not to use too much force in handling your carpeting, as wet carpeting is more fragile than normal and more likely to tear.

Bring In Professional Restoration Services

In order to thoroughly dry and clean any flooring and/or carpeting, you’ll want to consider calling for the help of a professional restoration service provider.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch are IICRC certified for all types of restoration, and will make sure every surface is dried out, cleaned and remediated professionally, and will take the necessary steps to 

– helping homes and business deal with water damage that’s gone beyond their control. We have all the necessary training and equipment to quickly and efficiently dry your wet carpeting, limiting your risk of mold/bacteria exposure and increasing the chances of saving your carpeting.

  • Dry the area, including affected walls.
  • Clean the floor and sub-flooring.
  • Clean and/or replace the carpeting.
  • Check and remediate for mold if necessary.

SERVPRO Wants to Make Sure You’re Prepared for Storms

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Because weather can be so volatile, especially with the upcoming hurricane season, it’s important be prepared in advance. Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch we’ve seen firsthand how destructive storm damage can be, and we want to make sure everyone in this community knows what they can do before, during, and after a storm to help protect your family and your property in case of a storm emergency.

Here’s a helpful guide so you can be prepared when a storm is in the forecast:

Before

  • Make sure you’re ready with a Disaster Preparation Plan. Determine a meeting place away from your home or commercial building and plan escape routes from each room. Practice the plan with everyone, so there won’t be any question what to do in an emergency.
  • Put together an Emergency Supply Kit. Some good items to include are water, non-perishable food, extra medications, a flashlight, batteries, copies of your personal documents, a blanket, a first aid kit, and cash.
  • Check that your home or commercial building is in good condition to withstand a strong storm. Check your roof now for loose shingles and make sure your doors, windows, and basement are waterproof.

During

  • During a storm, make sure all the windows and doors have been securely shut. Keep away from windows in case the glass should break and shatter.  If the storm is severe, you may want to stay in the basement if you have one, or an interior room.
  • If you go outside, be careful of moving water, because just a few inches of rapidly flowing water can be enough to sweep a person off their feet. If you can, try to stay on higher ground and keep away from low lying areas where deep flooding is more likely.

After

  • Once the storm is over, make sure everyone is ok and start to check your property for any damage. Don’t forget the maxim “Safety First” as flooding can cause potential hazards, including risks of falling, contamination, and electrocution.
  • Make a list of any lost or damaged items, and take photos to document the extent of the damage.

Don’t forget, any storm can happen suddenly, so now is the best time to plan and act. And, if you do require emergency flood repair or water damage restoration, rest assured that SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch is always here to help. We’re known for being “faster to any disaster” with the advanced technicians and equipment needed to restore your property so that it’s like new. We can even help you work with your insurance provider.

5 Tips to Keep Your Energy Costs Down and Your Home Safe from Damage as Temperatures Rise

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is a great time for family activities around the house, but it can also be a time of skyrocketing energy costs and potential home & health hazard. 

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we want to make sure everyone in this community stays safe and is able to enjoy the Summer while protecting your home and property values. As leading Cleanup & Restoration experts in this local area, we want to help you with this simple Summer checklist.

Here are 5 tips to keep your family protected and your home safe as the days get longer and temperatures continue to rise:

How to Keep A/C Costs Low

One of the best ways to keep your air conditioning costs down is to plan for regular maintenance. It’s a good idea to have a central HVAC unit serviced at least once a year, and make sure to replace or at least clean your filters before the new summer season gets into full swing.

Another useful tip is to not run your air conditioner on high when you’re not at home.  Set your thermostat a couple of degrees higher anytime you’ll be out for more than an hour.  You can set it back down once you return.

How to Grill Safely

Summertime grilling is a favorite way to spend quality time for families across the country.  Unfortunately, it is also a leading cause of fires and fire damage.

 Here are a few guidelines for safe grilling:

  • Make sure the grill is clean and in good working order before you use it.
  • Keep a bottle of water and a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Place your grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any other flammable structure.

How to Prevent Water Damage

Warmer weather is also the season for sprinklers, hoses, and other outdoor water faucets.

You want to be diligent to make sure these water systems aren’t leaking, as leaks can lead to significant water damage. Look for signs of corrosion, wear and tear, or other damage to the various parts. Also, be on the lookout for any puddles or pools of water that may have formed across the water line.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

The potential for mold growth increases as the weather gets more humid.  Mold grows where there’s moisture, so be on the lookout for standing water or extensive condensation.

If you discover a small section of mold (less than 10 sq. ft.) it is probably safe to clean it yourself with a solution of one-part water to one-part bleach. If in doubt, however, you can always call for help from a professional service provider like SERVPRO.

Pay Attention to Your Attic and Basement

While you may now be spending more time outdoors, don’t forget to keep tabs on what’s going on inside your house as well, especially in the attic and basement.

If you notice signs of discoloration or deterioration, these may be signs of a water or mold problem.  Catching these problems early is the best way to keep costs down.

Maintenance and prevention are the best ways to prepare for a safe Summer.  If, however, a problem should arise, know that SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch is always here to help with any clean-up or restoration project large or small.  We have the all the advanced training and equipment needed to deal with home damage of all kinds.

What You Need to Know About Commercial & Large Loss Fire Damage Restoration

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

A large-loss fire presents unique challenges for a business that needs to emerge from the ashes stronger than ever. A fire is not only devastating to a business’s physical building, it can also be emotionally devastating to the owners, employees, and loyal clients and customers of the business.

Because of this, handling a large-loss fire restoration project is not only about restoring a piece of commercial property to its pre-fire condition, it also requires sensitivity to the long-term, deep needs of those most affected by the fire.

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we have the advanced training, specialized equipment, and expertise to help your business in all aspects of the restoration process.  Our elite large-loss specialists are strategically trained and positioned to be able to respond to any size disaster, no matter how large. Every large-loss project is supervised by a specially designated manager who ensures that the restoration process happens as quickly as possible with effective, responsive communication among everyone involved.

If your business suffers a major loss due to fire, here are 6 key steps to the restoration process that you can anticipate:

Making the Call

The first point of contact happens when we get the call about your fire damage restoration needs.

During the initial stages, we want to gather as much information as we can about the fire and your needs: When and where was the fire? What kind of fire was it? How much of your business property has been affected?  The better we understand the scope of your needs right from the start, the more efficiently we can move forward.

On-Site Inspection

Next, we will conduct an on-site inspection to assess the extent of the damage and prepare for next steps.

Typically, this occurs after the fire department has cleared the fire and secured the property.  Oftentimes, the efforts to put out the fire can cause an additional set of problems (i.e. water damage). In this stage, we work to determine the exact scope and timeline of the project and how much demolition and/or reconstruction may be necessary. Sometimes we may have to temporarily board-up open spaces and introduce temporary supports to maintain the structural stability of your building.

Property Removal

Typically, the next step is to remove and pack up anything in the building that has been affected by the fire to try to restore what can be salvaged off-site.

Estimate & Restoration Work

Once we have an idea of the scope of your project, we can offer you an estimate, sign all the necessary paperwork, and finally get started on the restoration work.

Though demolition and/or reconstruction may be necessary in the case of major fire loss, some areas of your business property may just require smoke, ash, and water damage restoration.  Wall and carpeting may require professional deep cleaning to restore them to their pre-fire condition. 

Frequent Communication

Whatever the scope of your project, the manager we assign to your restoration will make sure to facilitate frequent communication that includes you, your insurance company, and all the members of the teams assigned to your project.

Constant, consistent communication ensures that everyone is on the same page and making progress. We want to make sure any of your questions are addressed at any stage of the project.  Our goal is full transparency, so you know just what will be done, when, and why.

Finishing Touches & Walk-Through

Once the major work of reconstruction and restoration is complete, the last step is often to clean the air ducts and HVAC system to remove the last traces of soot and contamination. Also, it is now time for any property that had been removed for restoration or safe-keeping to be returned to where it belongs.

If your commercial property has suffered a large loss due to fire, call us here at SERVPRO Eatontown / Long Branch anytime.

SERVPRO Wants to Help You Prevent Summertime Fires

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Summertime is the season for backyard barbecues, fireworks, and time spent enjoying the outdoors, maybe even sitting around a fire pit. This means there’s also an increased potential for a fire emergency. 

Here’s a guide that can help keep your home and/or local business safe from fires this summer:

Practice Grill Safety

It’s a good practice to make sure your grill is at least 3 feet away from the house and any other structures or objects that could potentially catch on fire.  Be wary of any overhanging tree branches!

Regularly clean the grill and remove any grease build up. Also, always make sure you have water and a fire extinguisher nearby when you’re grilling, just in case

Monitor Your Air Conditioning

Air conditioning, fans, and other cooling equipment are a frequent cause of summertime fires. Typically, they occur from electrical or mechanical failures.

One way to make sure your equipment is in good working condition is to schedule regular maintenance. You can also make sure to change the filter and remove any dirt or debris.

In order to prevent overuse, try turning your air conditioner off during peak hours.  You can also adjust your thermostat when you leave for more than one hour to maximize efficiency.

Check Your Lawnmower

Don’t let a faulty lawn mower be the cause of a fire!

Be sure to check the engine, mufflers, and cutting blades and keep your machine clean and well maintained.  If your lawn mower overheats, wait for it to cool down before trying to refuel it.

Be Cautious with Fireworks

If you live somewhere where fireworks are legal, they can add some extra pizzazz to your summer parties. Just be sure to use them with caution!

Make sure to follow all the local laws, and heed any warnings or instructions that come with your fireworks. Make sure to keep your fireworks at a safe distance away from people, buildings, and any flammable objects.

And always keep a bucket of water on hand, just in case!

These summertime fire prevention tips can go a long way to keeping you safe. However, if you still do experience a fire accident, know that SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch can help you take the right steps to get your home or business back in shape.  We often even can help you work with your insurance company.

SERVPRO Can Help with Your Commercial Loss

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch has been the cleanup and restoration leader in this community for over 10 years. We’ve helped many business owners deal with the aftermath of a water or fire disaster and make sure they are up and running for business again as soon as possible. We know how important it is to be prepared so you can deal with the cleanup process ASAP and get back to serving your customers.

To help you understand what to expect from the cleanup process, here’s a step-by-step guide:

Create a Safety Zone

During any restoration process, it may be necessary to establish a safety perimeter, especially around standing equipment and removed building materials.

Remove Any Non-Salvageable Items

Our SERVPRO team of restoration professionals is committed to salvaging and repairing as much as possible. 

In particular, items like carpeting or wooden furniture that can become saturated with contaminated water may not be safe to try to repair.  When this happens, these non-salvageable items will be properly bagged and removed from the area for safe disposal.

Sanitize

Once the affected area has been cleared out, next it is time to clean and disinfect.

The specific cleanup process will vary depending on the nature of the accident, but in all circumstances, a commercial-grade disinfectant will be used to thoroughly sanitize the area and prevent any further issues. 

Seal

Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to seal-up certain surfaces in order to remedy odors and stains.

It is common for drywall to need to be repaired.  Other surfaces that may need sealing might include plaster, concrete, or certain wooden surfaces.

Reconstruct

Once your damaged property has been thoroughly cleaned and sealed up, it will be time to start the restoration and reconstruction process.

Maybe it’s just your floor that needs to be restored, or maybe there’s a whole section of a building that needs to be reconstructed.  Whatever the size of the problem, you can rest assured that our professionals of SERVPRO will be able to handle it. In fact, we pride ourselves on being “faster to any size disaster.”

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Drying Carpeting after Flooding and/or Water Damage

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

If your home or business has been damaged by flooding or a water leak, your carpeting may be a soggy, water-logged mess. When this happens, it’s imperative to dry the carpeting quickly in order to prevent damage to your walls, sub-flooring, and other structural elements of your building.  The good news is: the drying process is one you can often start on your own almost immediately after the incident! 

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we know how devastating water damage can be to a home or business. As a leader in professional restoration services we want to help make sure you mitigate any damage that may occur to your property due to a water problem.

Here’s how to start drying your wet carpeting in order to prevent further damage:

Identify and Stop the Source of the Water Problem

The first step in saving your carpeting is to identify the source of your water problem and do your best to stop it, or at least to lessen it.

Remove Any Standing and/or Excess Water

Once there’s no more water coming in, your next step is to start to remove any standing or excess water.

The sooner you can start drying out your carpeting, the better your chances of salvaging it. If there’s standing water completely covering the carpet, you may want to rent a pump from your local hardware store to start extracting it.

Another useful tool is a wet/dry shop vac which can be used to suck up excess water from a saturated carpet.

Separate the Soaked Carpeting from the Floor

Once you’ve removed most of the water, now you will want to separate the carpet off from the floor.

Once you’ve pulled up the carpeting, you’ll want to dispose of the carpet padding. (Carpet padding is typically inexpensive and generally easier to just replace than to try to dry out).

Dry, Dry, Dry!

Once the carpeting is separated from the flooring, it’s time to do your best to dry both completely.

It’s often useful to move the carpeting to another totally dry area. Use high-powered fans and/or blowers on both the flooring and the carpeting.  SERVPRO has professional grade equipment that will do the job better than any home/retail equipment can do.

Replace and Clean the Carpeting

Once the floor has been cleaned and you’ve installed new carpet padding, it’s time to re-install and clean your carpeting. In most cases, however, replacing the carpet is the norm.

Bring In Professional Restoration Services

In cases of significant water damage, specialized equipment and training is often needed to thoroughly fix the problem and restore your property to like-new conditions.

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we’re proud to be helping homes and business deal with water damage that’s gone beyond their control. We have all the necessary training and equipment to quickly and efficiently dry your wet carpeting, limiting your risk of mold/bacteria exposure and increasing the chances of saving your carpeting.

When You Should Call for Professional Services to Clean Up Mold

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Spring showers may bring new flowers…but Spring flooding can also lead to mold growth in your home or business. Mold is a common side effect of water damage, and once it starts growing, it may require professional clean-up services to fully remove it.

We at SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch, are proud to be a leader in professional cleaning and restoration services for this community. We’re experts in dealing with the aftereffects of major flooding and water damage, helping homes and businesses throughout this area restore their properties to like-new conditions. We want to help make sure you stay safe from the hazards of mold.

Much misinformation has been spread about mold. The truth is, there are many types of mold that come in many colors, and not all types are as potentially dangerous as others.  

Common symptoms associated with hazardous mold exposure can include skin irritation, congestion, itchy eyes, or sinus problems. People who already have allergies, immune deficiencies, and upper respiratory issues may be at greater risk when exposed to hazardous mold.

The first thing to remember about cleaning up is that mold is the result of a water problem. So, the first step to getting rid of the mold is to identify and fix the source of the water issue. If you don’t, the mold is likely to return, even after a thorough cleaning.

When you ought to call for professional clean-up help

  • If you have significant water damage.
  • If you have damp areas you’re not able to thoroughly dry yourself. 
  • If you have mold growth beyond 10 square feet.

If your home or business needs clean up help with black mold, know that SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is here 24/7 to help. Our friendly expert technicians have the advanced training and professional grade equipment needed to stop your mold problem for good and restore your property.

SERVPRO Knows How to Remove Mold

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a problem that can affect every home, and may be present even before it becomes visible.

In order for mold to take hold, environment needs to be rich in food sources (like cardboard, wood, dust, paper, etc.), little air movement and humid and moist temperatures. Basements, garages and bathrooms are prime places mold growth can occur.

The issue is most people are completely unaware there could be mold hidden behind sheet rock or in their insulation. In many cases you can smell mold in the air long before you ever see signs of a mold problem. Many times your wall or floor may look dry on the surface, but moisture can be trapped underneath.

SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch has technicians who are certified and trained in discovering hidden mold and removal.

Hidden mold is often discovered during a water loss restoration, when sheet rock or flooring is too wet to dry with our special equipment and must be removed. Once that is done, often mold will be visible growing on stud beams, inside the sheet rock or on insulation. Homeowners may not even know it’s a problem.

Thankfully, once discovered by our technicians, mold removal and cleaning is easy to accomplish. Again, SERVPRO has special equipment and procedures to remediate mold and make sure your home is safe, the dangerous mold is removed and your home is left “Like it never even happened.”

How to Prevent Water Damage: Everyday Tips and DIY Tricks

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be unpredictable. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent it. In fact, it can be quite easy to make sure your plumbing and HVAC systems are in good working order.

Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we’re proud to be leaders in cleaning and restoration services here in this community. Our team of advanced technicians has all the specialized knowledge, training, and equipment necessary to handle any size disaster.  But rather than cleanup after a disaster, we’d like to help you prevent major damage from occurring in the first place.  

Here are some ways you can prevent water damage on a day-today basis, both when you’re at home and traveling away for an extended period:

Everyday Water Damage Prevention Tips

If you’re careful about what goes down your drains, you can help prevent cracks and damage to your pipes that might otherwise lead to leaks and water problems.

  • Be careful what goes down your toilet. It’s a good idea to flush only human waste and toilet paper. Note: even “flushable” wipes can clog toilet drains, especially in bulk.
  • Make sure not to pour grease or coffee grounds down drains as these can clog pipes and sewer lines.
  • If you have a drain clog, try using a drain snake rather than a chemical cleaner as a snake is typically both more effective and less potentially hazardous.

DIY Water Damage Preventative Maintenance

Here are some easy DIY steps you can take to inspect and maintain your water supply.  If you do notice signs of wear and tear or incorrect operations, be sure to call professional services soon before a small problem turns into a major home disaster.

  • Clean your gutters regularly once a year and be sure to check them after heavy storms to make sure water is flowing properly.
  • Once a year, make sure to visually inspect your plumbing - including any toilets, sinks, tubs, washing machines, or dishwashers – and look for any signs of damage or leaking.
  • Flush your sinks with baking soda and vinegar to help prevent clogs. You can use lemon juice to eliminate any odors.
  • Consider investing in a sump pump in case of flooding and be sure to check it regularly to make sure it is in good working order.

Pay attention to your water bill each month. An unexpected increase may indicate that water is leaking somewhere.

Water Damage Prevention When Traveling

If you’ll be traveling away on vacation, here are steps you can take before you leave to help prevent any water problems while you’re away.

  • Adjust your HVAC settings to a low setting or turn them off completely if possible.
  • Consider turning off your water supply and draining your pipes.
  • Ask a neighbor to check on your house every few days to make sure there aren’t any developing problems.

While it’s not always possible to prevent water damage, these tips can help minimize your chances of having to deal with a major water-related emergency. And if something should happen, know that SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch is available 24/7 to help deal with any size water damage problem, large or small.