SERVPRO Wants to Help You Prevent Summertime Fires
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
What to Do About Commercial Property Leaks
Water damage caused by leaky pipes can cause severe property losses for local businesses. Whether the water is slowly seeping from a loose fitting or is suddenly gushing from a burst frozen pipe, commercial property leaks can prove disastrous for the overall local economy.
The good new is: many types of leaking water damage are covered by commercial property insurance policies. Unfortunately, not all leaks are covered. So, it’s good to know how to be prepared.
Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch we know how important it is to keep local businesses up and running. That’s why we’re trusted by so many business owners in this community to help deal with water damage and restoration issues.
To help you understand how to deal with leaks at your commercial property, here’s a helpful guide explaining what kinds of water leaks are typically covered by commercial property insurance policies, and what kinds of leaks are not:
- Sudden Events
If a leak is caused by a pipe or other appliance, such as a water heater, that suddenly breaks, any damage to your commercial property will likely be covered under your insurance policy.
Note: commercial property policies generally don’t cover damage resulting from a backed-up drain, sewer or sump pump. However, it is often possible to purchase additional sewer backup coverage if you are concerned about that issue.
- Fire System Damage
While commercial property policies generally won’t cover the repair costs to most broken appliances, they often will cover the cost to replace or repair any damaged parts of a fire protective system, such as a sprinkler.
- Building Restoration
Most water pipes are hidden inside walls, ceilings, and floors, so when a leak occurs, it will often be necessary to tear out a piece of the building in order to repair the pipe.
The good news is, many commercial property insurance policies will cover the costs to restore those parts of the building that had to be removed in order to repair the leak.
- Slow Leaks
Many commercial property insurance policies will not cover damage caused by water that has been leaking continuously for 2 weeks or more.
For this reason, it’s important to be proactive about maintenance and vigilance regarding potential leaks. Sometimes a leak can be so slow that no harmful damage occurs until months have passed, so you need to be on the lookout for even the smallest indications of a leak.
- Frozen Pipe Leaks
It’s common for many insurance policies to contain a “freezing” exclusion so that any damage caused by a frozen appliance or liquids that freeze will not be covered.
However, there are often exceptions. For example, if you can demonstrate that you did your best to maintain adequate heat in the building, if the frozen pipe was caused, say, by a sudden power outage, you may still be able to qualify for coverage.
If the worst should happen and you do need water damage restoration, we can help you ASAP. Here at SERVPRO of Eatontown / Long Branch, we pride ourselves on being “faster to any disaster” with the best technicians and equipment to restore local businesses in this community. We’ll even help work with your insurance provider.
Keep Your Home Safe From Mold
Most homes have basements, attics, crawl spaces or garages that provide habitats for mold. All that is needed is a dark, damp, warm environment. If you have water damage, water leaks, a leaky roof, a washing machine that overflows frequently or any other chronic water/moisture issue, mold can take a toehold and thrive.
sometimes water damage can lurk behind walls where it is not apparent. SERVPRO professionals can use a moisture meter and infrared cameras see if anything is leaking.
So what can you do to reduce your exposure to mold? Attack mold on two fronts -- removal and prevention:
Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. If you have mold in your crawl space or basement, locate the source and stop the water from coming in.
Dry water-damaged areas and items (like carpeting) within 24 to 48 hours of flooding. Throw out all wet, moldy tiles and carpeting.
Reduce indoor humidity by venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources. Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens can help. If you don’t have exhaust fans, crack a window in the kitchen when you're cooking or in the bathroom when you're bathing.
In the summer use air conditioners and dehumidifiers inside your home. Change filters regularly. Use a dehumidifier to get rid of dampness in basements.
In the winter, add insulation to windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors where there is potential for condensation on cold surfaces.
If you suspect or see mold anywhere in your home, get your house tested for mold. A moisture meter test will help, and dust samples from your carpet can show whether mold spores are in your home. If you DO have mold, call SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch, and our certified experts will put a remediation plan in place to get rid of it.
SERVPRO Can Help After a Fire
While we unfortunately can't do anything for the structure that is gone, SERVPRO CAN remediate and clean the surrounding structures.
Having a fire in your home is a devastating and traumatic experience. No matter how small, soot, smoke and ash can creep into every crevice of your home, leaving a fine film over surfaces, ash everywhere and a lingering odor.
Having a fire in a structure next to your home can be just as devastating, as fire may destroy siding, smoke and ash may enter your home and water used to put out the fire next door can also affect rooms in your home as well. It can be just as traumatic not knowing what to do or whom to turn to.
SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch is here to help. We have certified, experienced and professional technicians who will come to clean and deodorize – finding every place soot and odor can hide. We are also experts in content cleaning like furniture and have services that can clean documents, photos, artwork, rugs and window treatments. We can also tarp your home where damage has occurred or board up windows and doors if needed.
Whether you experience a fire in your home or are affected by one next to you, remember that SERVPRO is here to help, and truly can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Smoke is Sneaky - It Gets Everywhere
Smoke damage from a fire, no matter how large or small, can be devastating. Oftentimes smoke damage can be long lasting because the odor soaks into every surface including walls, furniture, window treatments, flooring, and wall studs.
Behavior of Smoke
A fire loss can be very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals undergo extensive fire restoration training and certification, and understand the behavior of smoke.
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas.
- Smoke migrates to upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
Knowing how smoke penetrates and lingers is only one part of being able to mitigate smoke damage. Knowing what types of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process as well.
Knowing what type of smoke has affected your home is also important.
- Wet smoke- Plastics and Synthetics
- Dry smoke- Paper and Wood
- Protein Fire Residue- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire.
- Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs
Because we are experts in dealing with fires, we know how to clean it professionally and completely. It is important to understand why you need to call us in the event of a fire, no matter how large or small. The professionals at SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch will help get you back to your lives and jobs as soon as possible, making it “Like it never even happened.”